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TelcoDR to go strictly virtual at MWC 2022 as Ericsson returns
News Analysis | 1/25/2022

The one-woman consulting firm made a big splash last year when it took over the Swedish vendor's stand, but this year its 'Cloud City' will be an online experience only.

Will Dish move into 'phase 2' of its 5G buildout?
News Analysis | 1/24/2022

Dish Network is estimated to have around 1,000 cell towers up and running today. That figure could increase to around 15,000 by this summer. It would need to reach at least 40,000 for nationwide coverage.

MWC Barcelona 2022 to be 'not far from' pre-pandemic attendance – GSMA chief
News Analysis | 1/24/2022

The GSMA reported 109,000 attendees at its show in Barcelona, Spain, in 2019. GSMA Director General Mats Granryd expects a similar turnout in 2022.

AT&T lights up multi-gig fiber speeds in dozens of US markets
News Analysis | 1/24/2022

Launch of 2-Gig and 5-Gig FTTP tiers in 70-plus markets puts more pressure on cable ops to enhance their existing DOCSIS 3.1 network or accelerate their upgrade activity centered on the new DOCSIS 4.0 specs.

How Didja is accelerating its local TV streaming expansion
CxO Spotlight | 1/24/2022

CEO Jim Long says the startup is using digital 'beachheads' to gain initial footholds in various US markets, with plans to follow with deployments of antenna sites that can stream out larger channel lineups.

Shamsunder, longtime Verizon 5G exec, departs company
News Analysis | 1/24/2022

'I will forever be one of Verizon's biggest fans, and will be rooting for the team for years to come,' Sanyogita Shamsunder wrote on LinkedIn of her departure from Verizon.

Inside the messy world of T-Mobile's midband 5G spectrum licenses
News Analysis | 1/24/2022

T-Mobile offered the Christian College of Georgia $1 million to buy its 2.5GHz spectrum license, which the carrier has been leasng. The company also told the college it could not sell the license to anyone else, even if it could get a better price.

Telecom Italia confirms Pietro Labriola as CEO
News Analysis | 1/24/2022

Former TIM Brasil CEO takes over all powers of ex-CEO Luigi Gubitosi.

Ciena's Gina Nienaber on IP/optical convergence
News Analysis | 1/24/2022

Gina Nienaber explains service providers' priorities for IP/optical convergence, and she shares insights from a recent Heavy Reading survey on the topic.

Open RAN moving faster than expected – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 1/24/2022

Research firm estimates nascent tech will account for around 15% of the overall 2G-5G RAN market by 2026.

Jio Estonia partners with University of Oulu on 6G research
News Analysis | 1/24/2022

They will work on aerial and space communication, holographic beamforming, 3D-connected intelligence in cybersecurity, microelectronics and photonics.

Eurobites: Is Netflix set for a UK slump?
News Analysis | 1/24/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: some Brits ditch their smartphones; trade bodies sign up to EU green scheme; is 5G really good for the environment?

Vodafone, Iliad merger could revive Italian mobile – if allowed
News Analysis | 1/24/2022

Europe remains awash with four-player mobile markets, despite the best efforts of the region's investors.

China operators make a play for the metaverse
News Analysis | 1/24/2022

Investment last year totaled 25.9 billion yuan ($4.1 billion) across 209 projects.

Intel promises massive new chip-making plant in Ohio
News Analysis | 1/21/2022

'Today's investment marks another significant way Intel is leading the effort to restore US semiconductor manufacturing leadership,' Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said in a statement.

Open RAN: Steady as she goes
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/21/2022

SPONSORED: Heavy Reading's Open RAN Operator Survey identifies steady, not spectacular, progress.

Evoca gives Altitude TV a new (and cheaper) pathway into Denver
News Analysis | 1/21/2022

The regional sports network, still blacked out on Comcast or Dish, is now available in the Mile High City on Evoca's expanding hybrid over-the-air/over-the-top pay-TV service.

Telenor Myanmar sale back on as M1 finds local partner – report
News Analysis | 1/21/2022

Lebanon's M1 Group is said to be partnering with Shwe Byain Phyu Group to buy Telenor Myanmar.

Omdia's Andreas Olah on IoT and edge services for 5G
News Analysis | 1/21/2022

Andreas Olah explains how service providers can deliver AR/VR, edge computing, IoT and intelligent automation capabilities as-a-service to enterprise customers, and how both parties can benefit from the as-a-service delivery model.

Tata Comms net profit up by 28% on the back of data business
News Analysis | 1/21/2022

Data contributed 77.3% of Tata Communications' revenue in the December 2021 quarter, while voice services contributed just 13.2%.

Comcast Business enters the private wireless game
News Analysis | 1/21/2022

Comcast and Nokia are building a private 4G/5G private network at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center. In addition to supporting a range of use cases, Comcast will also use the deployment to showcase its private wireless prowess.

Lumen gets ready to rip out Huawei gear
News Analysis | 1/21/2022

'It's layer one equipment that cannot be used to route or redirect customer traffic,' the company wrote in response to questions from Light Reading.

Eurobites: BT bills to rise by 9.3% from April
News Analysis | 1/21/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: who's up and who's down in the Fiber Development Index; European Commission probes consumer IoT market; Telefónica Tech becomes Teams player.

The Netflix outlook is turning blurry
Morris Lore | 1/21/2022

The video-streaming firm often grouped with the Internet giants remains a one-trick pony while competition is rising.

5G SA adoption not living up to hype – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 1/21/2022

Research firm finds most network operators currently content with 5G NSA and DSS to deliver next-gen connectivity.

The 5G debacle in the C-band isn't over yet
DanoVision | 1/20/2022

International flights have resumed after a day of 5G-related cancellations. But worries over C-band interference continue, and the situation could ultimately cost years and billions of dollars.

Netflix stock price tumbles on subscriber miss
News Analysis | 1/20/2022

Netflix shares dropped almost 19% after the streaming giant announced it added 8.28 million subs in Q4 2021, missing an expected 8.5 million. Netflix ended the period with 221.84 million paid streaming subs worldwide.

Telia Carrier applies celestial inspiration to new brand Arelion
News Analysis | 1/20/2022

Since divesting from Telia Company in June 2021, Telia Carrier has been developing a new brand, name and look with inspiration from the stars.

Chinese officials won't fix security flaws in Olympic app
News Analysis | 1/20/2022

Citizen Lab said it advised the Beijing Olympic Committee of the security flaw on December 3 but since have had no response from either the committee or the app developer.

Mediacom-West Des Moines deal clears the way for Google Fiber
News Analysis | 1/20/2022

Mediacom says settlement will also provide access to conduit and the ability to overlash aerial network in a way that fast-tracks the operator's own '10G' upgrades.

India takes crucial steps to develop chip ecosystem
News Analysis | 1/20/2022

India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology is seeking applications from 100 companies as part of its Design Linked Incentive (DLI) scheme.

Gigabit for all should be last of the UK's concerns
Morris Lore | 1/20/2022

Authorities in the UK should drop their obsession with ensuring luxury broadband services are brought to remote communities.

Apple hits back in Ericsson patent spat
News Analysis | 1/20/2022

The iPhone maker has filed a suit with the US ITC and is seeking a US import ban of Ericsson mobile infrastructure products.

How the launch of 'real' 5G turned into an unmitigated PR disaster
DanoVision | 1/20/2022

'There's a term for what the FAA and the aviation industry is doing: blackmail. It is a criminal offense,' wrote research firm Strand Consult of the troubled launch of 5G in C-band spectrum.

Eurobites: Telenor and AWS get serious on cloud services
News Analysis | 1/20/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT signs with Rackspace; UK government doubles down on cybersecurity; Red Cross hacked.

Comcast unit pitches 'VideoAI' service
News Analysis | 1/20/2022

New service from Comcast Technology Solutions enables programmers and streaming services to analyze video, audio and captioning data to deliver targeted ads, support TV binge-viewing and auto-generate sports highlight reels.

Ziply Fiber goes wide with 2-Gig and 5-Gig broadband tiers
News Analysis | 1/20/2022

Ziply Fiber, an operator that tangles with Comcast and Charter, has launched two multi-gigabit tiers in 60 urban areas, aiming for all markets by Q2 2022.

Open RAN for private 5G and venue networks
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/19/2022

SPONSORED: Heavy Reading's Open RAN Operator Survey gauges industry interest in open RAN for smaller-scale private and venue networks.

5G spectrum auction maps, winners and big spenders: Auction 110 of 3.45-3.55GHz
News Analysis | 1/19/2022

AT&T, Dish Network and T-Mobile were among the big winners of the FCC's Andromeda midband spectrum auction for 5G. Here are the details of what they paid for and what they're getting.

Verizon Frontline and THOR tap 5G for disaster response
LRTV Interviews | 1/19/2022

Verizon Frontline tackles first responder challenges with a prototype response vehicle that operates on a 5G network.

Comcast closer to facing broadband competition in Alexandria
News Analysis | 1/19/2022

Lumos Networks, North American Tower, Shentel and Ting Internet have reportedly been shortlisted to provide broadband service in the politically charged market.

Eurobites: Nokia readies Go Malta for 5G rollout
News Analysis | 1/19/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Türk Telekom trials Wi-Fi 6E; World Mobile connectivity boost for Zanzibar; Orange hits the 6 million mark on fiber.

5G devices exceed 1,200 threshold – report
News Analysis | 1/19/2022

5G SA devices are also increasing, but reports indicate that slow take-up of 5G SA networks is hampering mobile core network growth.

A metaverse-loving Microsoft brings a dystopia for telcos
Morris Lore | 1/19/2022

A $68.7 billion takeover of Activision Blizzard by the software giant promises a future deluge of network traffic.

Tonga faces a month without Internet in wake of eruption
News Analysis | 1/19/2022

Pacific island state Tonga will be without Internet services for at least a month after a massive volcanic eruption cut the sole international cable link.

China's telcos join race for computing supremacy
News Analysis | 1/19/2022

China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom are stepping up to support the national crusade to boost China's computing power.

Vodafone's first 5G open RAN site goes live – minus antennas
News Analysis | 1/19/2022

The UK operator's launch of open RAN technology is a brave step as doubts linger about the path ahead.

Juniper adds security features, hardware to SD-WAN portfolio
News Analysis | 1/18/2022

Juniper has updated its Session Smart Router (SSR) SD-WAN platform with intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS/IPS), URL filtering capabilities and Juniper-branded hardware.

Starlink's daunting deployment plan 'leaves no margin for error' – analyst
News Analysis | 1/18/2022

Elon Musk's nascent broadband will need to radically accelerate the rate of satellite launches – and navigate tricky supply chain logistics – if it's going to come close to fulfilling its global ambition.

Ericsson's newest lawsuit increases pressure on Apple's lawyers
News Analysis | 1/18/2022

Apple is facing new patent-infringement allegations from Ericsson, which ultimately wants Apple to license Ericsson's 5G patents. Specifically, Ericsson wants $5 for every iPhone that Apple sells.

After airlines again warn of 'chaos,' AT&T, Verizon tweak 5G launch plans
News Analysis | 1/18/2022

AT&T agreed to temporarily defer turning on a limited number of towers' due to concerns from the US airlines industry. Verizon said it would do the same.

China embraces 5G as smartphone shipments soar
News Analysis | 1/18/2022

New data shows that 5G phone shipments in China reached over 266 million units in 2021.

What's the story? Astound and Atlantic Broadband rebrand
News Analysis | 1/18/2022

Jeff Baumgartner explains what the rebranding of two cable companies means for the customers and markets they serve.

Telefónica sees the smaller open RAN picture in Germany
News Analysis | 1/18/2022

O2 Germany activates 4G open RAN small cells in Munich; 5G SA minicells to follow later this year.

Pay-TV's problems aren't cable's alone
The Bauminator | 1/18/2022

If misery loves company, there's plenty to go around in pay-TV. Cable operators, satellite players and the telcos have all pivoted their businesses to adapt to a pay-TV market that's crumbling beneath their feet.

Warehouse automation company Symbotic starts deploying 5G
News Analysis | 1/18/2022

Symbotic's interest in 5G is noteworthy considering a wide range of companies in the global wireless industry are hoping that 5G becomes a necessity in the warehouse of the future.

Eurobites: Vodafone, Qualcomm combine on iSIM
News Analysis | 1/18/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: counting the cost of GDPR transgressions; shareholders back Vodacom's Egyptian deal; Proximus in poles position.

New report highlights cloud-native migration challenges
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/17/2022

SPONSORED: The migration to cloud native brings large-scale shifts for the communications service providers.

The great 5G trade-off: competition vs. viability
News Analysis | 1/17/2022

The latest is between New Zealand's 2degrees and Orcon, who aim to combine into a new company worth around $2.3B.

Italy wants to fling €3.7B of taxpayer funds at fiber
News Analysis | 1/17/2022

The government scheme may look wasteful to critics when Italy already looks on track for nationwide fiber coverage.

Telenor inches towards Myanmar exit with Wave Money deal
News Analysis | 1/17/2022

Norwegian telco agrees to sell 51% stake in mobile money venture to local player Yoma.

Eurobites: Telefónica Tech and Grupo Álava team up on 5G-fueled predictive maintenance
News Analysis | 1/17/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Portugal's IP Telecom upgrades with Nokia; Orange turns to solar power in Côte d'Ivoire; Intracom Telecom expands mmWave range for FWA.

Why does 5G only pose a problem for US airplanes?
News Analysis | 1/17/2022

US worries about 5G having negative effects on aircraft safety systems don't seem to spread internationally, as other countries take a relaxed view.

Zayo's acquisition of QOS could signal more M&A to come
News Analysis | 1/14/2022

Zayo's CTO says the team-up with QOS will provide customers with more options for managed and co-managed SD-WAN services.

AT&T, Dish win big in Andromeda auction, Verizon gets nothing
News Analysis | 1/14/2022

The results of the FCC's auction of midband spectrum between 3.45GHz and 3.55GHz are in: AT&T spent $9 billion, Dish spent $7.3 billion, T-Mobile spent $2.9 billion. And Verizon spent nothing.

Dish probably won't get AWS-3 cash, spectrum from FCC – analysts
News Analysis | 1/14/2022

During a debate in front of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Friday, New Street Research analysts believe Dish Network lawyers faced difficult questioning.

Comcast makes big changes to product and tech exec team
News Analysis | 1/14/2022

Fraser Stirling upped to global chief product officer; Elad Nafshi rises to EVP and chief network officer; Rick Rioboli named chief technology and information officer; and Noam Raffaelli named SVP, wireless engineering, emerging technologies and business.

CableLabs targets rural broadband with new 'FARMSIS' fixed wireless specs
News Analysis | 1/14/2022

The specs, which define a set of wireless adapters for network nodes and cable modems, aim to reduce deployment costs and tap into various spectrum bands, including CBRS, ISM and even TV white spaces.

Ericsson plans return in cheery news for MWC, but Sony may be out
Morris Lore | 1/14/2022

An intended comeback by the Swedish equipment vendor bodes well for the Barcelona-based trade show.

Telia gets 5G ball rolling in Lithuania with DSS
News Analysis | 1/14/2022

Telia activates commercial 5G services in Vilnius using its existing 2.1GHz frequencies and dynamic spectrum sharing technology.

Eurobites: Lebanon's telcos in 'crisis management mode'
News Analysis | 1/14/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM rides the rails; BT chairman in line for regulator role; Ukraine suffers massive cyberattack.

TSMC massively ups capex on advanced chips
News Analysis | 1/14/2022

Taiwanese semiconductor firm looks to capture future growth in 5G and high-performance computing with a planned capex splurge of between $40 billion and $44 billion during 2022.

Huawei builds out chip portfolio with dozens of investments
News Analysis | 1/14/2022

The Chinese equipment vendor is investing in dozens of companies across various parts of the semiconductor supply chain.

Looks like no respite for Huawei from Biden
DanoVision | 1/13/2022

Trump's State Department launched a 'Clean Networks' initiative that rallied US allies against Huawei. Biden's new 'Alliance for the Future of the Internet' likely will do the same.

'Succession' star records colorful commentary on Rogers drama
The Bauminator | 1/13/2022

Brian Cox, who plays the grumpy, foul-mouthed patriarch Logan Roy in the hit HBO series, sprinkles in some F-bombs to congratulate Rogers Chairman Edward Rogers for his role in ousting former CEO Joe Natale.

FAA begins issuing warnings over 5G interference
News Analysis | 1/13/2022

The FAA has so far issued a total of 1,462 Notice to Air Missions (NOTAMs) at 50 airports around the country. Each NOTAM is directed at a particular location or type of aircraft or pilot.

Growth tops the agenda for Segra's new CEO
CxO Spotlight | 1/13/2022

Kevin Hart, Cox's former CTO, said fiber-focused Segra will pursue growth by expanding into adjacent areas, broadening its product slate and seeking opportunities in unserved and underserved markets.

Asian operators plunge into chip market
News Analysis | 1/13/2022

Led by Korea's SKT and KT, this is seen as a strategic move that will lift growth and innovation.

MobiledgeX ponders new biz model as it bets on multicloud role
News Analysis | 1/13/2022

Telco resistance to all-in deals with public cloud vendors could suit the edge middleware startup, but it might need a different approach.

Comcast tests 4-Gig speeds on DOCSIS 4.0 modem prototype
News Analysis | 1/13/2022

Stepping beyond recent network-side trials, Comcast's latest DOCSIS 4.0 trial featured a prototype modem powered by Broadcom silicon.

Eurobites: Nokia gives Italy's Wind Tre added backbone
News Analysis | 1/13/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange Slovakia has a new boss; BT's new X-man; Vodafone thwarts the SMS scammers.

BT nears deal to flog sport unit to DAZN for $800M – report
News Analysis | 1/13/2022

DAZN is now said to have edged ahead of Discovery as favorite to buy BT Sport.

Keysight to start 6G tests in California, Washington
News Analysis | 1/12/2022

Keysight told the FCC it will design, develop, test and demonstrate 6G electronic test and measurement technologies at its indoor facilities. Keysight's tests will focus on spectrum bands between 275GHz and 330GHz.

Astound Broadband brand takes top billing at RCN, Grande and Wave
News Analysis | 1/12/2022

Rebrand, which will reach all parts of Astound's portfolio, including EnTouch, Harris Broadband and some recently acquired WOW systems, has been more than a year in the making, says CEO Jim Holanda.

Dish and DirecTV are talking turkey, again – report
News Analysis | 1/12/2022

But Dish's Charlie Ergen, who has repeatedly called a merger of the companies 'inevitable,' appears to be dragging his feet and 'demanding significant voting shares,' according to the New York Post.

A decade on, RCS remains a topic of discussion in the US
News Analysis | 1/12/2022

A top Google executive this week publicly begged Apple to support the RCS standard in its iMessage service. Meanwhile, Verizon appears poised to launch RCS services this year with vendors Google and Synchronoss.

Vodafone Germany hits 50% 5G milestone
News Analysis | 1/12/2022

German MNOs are making rapid progress on the deployment of 5G, with Vodafone saying its network now covers 45 million people.

Eurobites: Nokia joins renewables supergroup
News Analysis | 1/12/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Zain Jordan picks Infovista; BT upgrades ABB's communications infrastructure; OVHcloud revenues rise in Q1.

India probes finances of Chinese device makers
News Analysis | 1/12/2022

Authorities are reportedly investigating whether companies such as Xiaomi and Oppo evaded duties and abused their market position.

T-Mobile and Verizon's fixed wireless aggression doesn't add up – analyst
The Bauminator | 1/11/2022

MoffettNathanson questions whether mobile operators will have the network capacity and the right business metrics to back their aggressive stance and forecasts for fixed wireless home broadband.

Aptiv acquires Wind River for $4.3B
News Analysis | 1/11/2022

Aptiv says it will finance the transaction through a combination of cash and debt, and the acquisition is expected to close by mid-year.

Omdia's Pablo Tomasi: Why 2022 won't be the year of 5G private networks
LRTV Interviews | 1/11/2022

The industry will have to resolve itself to the idea that 2022 isn't the year of 5G for private networks, says Omdia Analyst Pablo Tomasi.

Diane Christman takes helm of The Cable Center
CxO Spotlight | 1/11/2022

Christman, who joined The Cable Center in 2006, said her top priority in the new role is spearheading the next phase of the organization's five-year strategic transformation plan.

Katibeh, in charge of AT&T's 5G and fiber buildout, leaves company
News Analysis | 1/11/2022

Last year, Mo Katibeh was put in charge of AT&T's massive fiber and 5G network expansion efforts. This week, he announced he would leave the company to become RingCentral's new chief operating officer.

Fastweb wants to move faster; unveils $3.4B infrastructure plan
News Analysis | 1/11/2022

Swisscom subsidiary embarks on 'accelerated' expansion of 5G, FTTH and FWA networks in Italy over next four years.

Spectrum-starved Rakuten will be loss-making until 2026 – analysts
News Analysis | 1/11/2022

The Japanese operator is hobbled by its lack of 4G airwaves, costly roaming deal with KDDI and 5G lag, but its cost arguments stack up, according to the latest research.

France 5G generated €2B in 2020 – report
News Analysis | 1/11/2022

The sale of 5G terminals alone accounted for €1B in 2020, according to a new report by Arthur D. Little.

China rails at foreign 6G partnerships
News Analysis | 1/11/2022

Authorities in China have denounced a US 'clique' as battle lines form over the next generation of mobile technology.

Is 2022 the year FWA actually starts to threaten cable?
DanoVision | 1/11/2022

'Verizon and T-Mobile will add 1.8 million wireless home broadband customers in 2022,' predicted LightShed Partners. They said that's close to the total wired broadband customers Comcast, Charter and Altice might gain in 2022.

India becomes biggest shareholder in Vodafone Idea
News Analysis | 1/11/2022

The government is now the largest single shareholder in the ailing telco after it chose to convert outstanding regulatory charges into equity.

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