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Huawei befuddled by reports of total 5G ban in UK
News Analysis | 5/23/2020

The Chinese equipment vendor faces a complete exclusion from the UK's 5G market, according to mainstream press reports.

AT&T faces more pressure to jettison DirecTV – report
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

Bankers reportedly are set to put the heat on AT&T to spin out its struggling DirecTV unit as AT&T company grapples with a big debt load and critical 5G commitments.

SeaChange's video biz takes hit as COVID-19-caused delays mount
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

Says the video delivery sector has been 'meaningfully impacted' by the pandemic, slowing deployment decisions on the vendor's new Framework platform for cloud and on-prem services.

Netflix gives its subscriber list a good scrub
The Bauminator | 5/22/2020

In a display of goodwill and confidence in its underlying business, Netflix has begun to auto-cancel subscriptions that have been inactive for a year, estimating that it pertains to a small sliver of its base.

Cable travels tech-agnostic road to smart cities
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

There's no silver bullet solution for smart cities projects, so cable ops are utilizing a variety of technologies, including LoRaWAN, cellular, Wi-Fi and narrowband-IoT, to support those efforts.

Vodafone taps beer chief for chairman role
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

Heineken CEO Jean-Francois Van Boxmeer to replace Gerard Kleisterlee in November 2020.

Mixed Q1 messages from Axiata
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

Things are going well in Sri Lanka and Indonesia, but not so good in Malaysia and Nepal.

Eurobites: Vodacom South Africa 'decouples' from parent company
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Northern Ireland turns away from the UK's COVID-19 app; 5G fails to capture the imagination; Openreach tweaks product terms as office lock-out continues.

HPE to make bigger 'aaS' of itself with $800M cost-cutting plan
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

The IT giant looks set to announce thousands of layoffs and speed up its services transition after a disappointing set of results.

WiCipedia: Women in tech roles hit hard by pandemic
WiCipedia | 5/22/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: The N95 mask's origin story; women in tech concerned about job loss; Intel announces new diversity goals; and more.

China's 5G subs may be overstated by 40%
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

The huge gap between subscriber totals and number of devices sold shows that, for all the hype, China's 5G is still a game of giveaways.

Top ten takeaways from the tower industry's terrific teleconference
DanoVision | 5/21/2020

Also, it happened on a Tuesday (which would reinforce the alliteration in the headline) but I decided that thing was totally tiring.

Podcast: 5G Americas President Chris Pearson on momentum for standalone 5G
Kelsey's Grammar | 5/21/2020

Pearson shares his forecast for when standalone 5G will emerge and the potential barriers to commercial deployment.

India postpones 5G spectrum sale to 2021
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

India will auction spectrum later this year, but it is not including 5G airwaves in the sale.

Masa Son (of God) and the valley of coronavirus
Morris Lore | 5/21/2020

He's misunderstood like Jesus was, and he needs all the help from heavenly forces he can get.

T-Mobile offers free service to first responders, but rivals shouldn't fret just yet
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

T-Mobile's 'Connecting Heroes' offers free service to all US public and nonprofit state and local fire, police and EMS departments. But there are plenty of caveats.

Comcast: We're 'fully committed' to Full Duplex DOCSIS
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

Comcast's affirmation of that commitment comes amid chatter that the cable op has reassessed its near-term engineering priorities during the pandemic. Still, that decision could impact suppliers involved in the project.

China Mobile, CBN strike long-awaited network-sharing deal
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

New partnership with China Broadcasting Network Corporation (CBN) for joint 5G build gives China Mobile access to valuable 700MHz band.

Openreach's fiber splurge is a boon for non-Chinese vendors
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

Nokia and Adtran look set to profit as the UK incumbent ups rollout targets and works to limit its reliance on Huawei.

Samsung raves about fab six
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

South Korean behemoth starts work on sixth domestic foundry to bolster chip-manufacturing capacity using advanced sub-5nm process technology.

Altice Europe maintains 2020 outlook despite 'challenging backdrop'
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

Telecoms group reports 3.6% revenue growth in the first quarter of 2020, with a slight rise in EBITDA.

Eurobites: Euskatel goes nationwide under Virgin brand
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: top BT execs do the decent thing; TIM, Google collaborate on cloud services; Colt appoints new CEO.

US prepares for a 6G fight
DanoVision | 5/21/2020

One of the premier US telecom standards organizations is now pushing for a new public-private partnership to ensure the US 'will be at the forefront of 6G development and deployment.'

Airtel's latest results are a pleasant surprise
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

The Indian operator has been under pressure ever since archrival Jio entered the market, but its latest figures are cause for some optimism.

T-Mobile's 5G reaches 1 Gbit/s, and that's just the beginning
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

T-Mobile said it scored a 1Gbit/s speed test on its 5G network in New York City – and that transmission didn't even use two of the three 'layers' in T-Mobile's promised 5G 'layer cake.'

AT&T to halt '5G Evolution' advertising, but the icon will remain
DanoVision | 5/20/2020

AT&T said it will comply with the National Advertising Review Board and will discontinue its '5G Evolution' adverting. But its '5GE' icon will stay.

HBO Max adds distribution partners as launch nears
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

Altice USA, Cox, NCTC and Verizon are among the latest to agree to offer the new supersized SVoD service, but Comcast and Dish are still absent from that list.

China's 6G grandstanding will ruffle US feathers
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

As ZTE parades its 6G colors, Huawei's defense of global standards may serve only to hasten their demise.

FCC vote positions ATSC 3.0 as a new broadband pipe
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

Commissioner Brendan Carr says proposal to remove the 'overhang of legacy media regulations' sets stage for 'Broadcast Internet' services that ride on ATSC 3.0 to deliver 25 Mbit/s data streams.

Tele Columbus navigates through COVID-19
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

German cable operator boasts 'solid' Q1. Confirms full-year guidance.

Digicel is on life support in its Caribbean hideout
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

Owned by Irish billionaire Denis O'Brien, the Caribbean operator is asking bondholders to write off money they are owed.

All roads lead to Rome DOCSIS 4.0
Column | 5/20/2020

Those roads will be strewn with signal power challenges as spectrum is raised to 1.8GHz, but DOCSIS 4.0 provides a prime opportunity to rethink the design of HFC networks and introduce a new Distributed Gain Architecture.

Eurobites: Liberty's electric vehicle plans get UK blessing
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia boasts 5G world record; Etisalat loses CEO; Altice pays off debts; Angola awards fourth license.

Ireland's eir maintains network investment momentum after 'solid' Q3
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

Irish operator reports 1% dip in Q3 revenue but EBITDA rises by 5% in the same period.

FCC on 1 Gbit/s in rural areas using 5G: Good luck with that
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

The FCC reversed course and now will allow fixed wireless providers, including those using 5G, to get government money for 1Gbit/s services. But the agency clearly has doubts that's possible.

Australian cities, states start rolling out fiber alternatives to NBN
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

With Australia making a poor showing in global broadband rankings, state and regional governments are beginning to deploy their own fiber networks as alternatives to the underwhelming NBN.

Apple nabs NextVR as details about AR glasses leak out
The Bauminator | 5/19/2020

Apple's deal for NextVR, a company that produces live and on-demand VR content, emerges amid a report that the company is nearing the introduction of augmented reality specs under the Apple Glass brand.

Ligado promises to move forward on 5G despite Pentagon opposition
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

Ligado promises to 'create a new kind of network,' but the company still faces political and vocal opposition from the likes of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and 'Miracle on the Hudson' pilot 'Sully' Sullenberger.

Aryaka's Ginsburg on COVID-19's impact on enterprise traffic
Slide Shows | 5/19/2020

Aryaka's David Ginsburg examined several of the operator's enterprise customers' network traffic patterns and identified a few surprising trends.

UPS hints at drone ambitions
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

UPS has been testing drone operations, but the company's appearance at the Wireless Infrastructure Association's Connect (X) trade show could indicate the company's interest in 4G and 5G connections.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: BT, Rakuten and spectrum auctions
LRTV Documentaries | 5/19/2020

Download the audio on Soundcloud here and subscribe on all podcast platforms!

Telecom Italia crumbles like a Roman ruin
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

Shares in Italy's biggest phone company have tumbled after another round of customer losses and more divestment activity.

Podcast: US moves to block chips, 5G tech from Huawei
The Philter | 5/19/2020

Light Reading's Iain Morris and Phil Harvey discuss this latest move in the US vs. Huawei, and Morris reports on Huawei's initial reaction, what we should expect next and how this could ricochet and affect Apple and others.

Huawei struggles with guidance after latest US ban
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

Huawei offered an incomplete Q1 picture and declined to give revenue guidance as it reels from the COVID-19 crisis and new US restrictions.

Security report warns of increased dangers with workers at home
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

Verizon's latest Data Breach Investigations Report sheds light on lockdown dangers and debunks data-breach myths.

Here's why T-Mobile is avoiding the open RAN policy debate
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

Although both AT&T and Verizon are part of the Open RAN Policy Coalition, T-Mobile is not. That's noteworthy considering T-Mobile is embarking on a major new 5G network buildout effort.

Eurobites: Openreach sale talks baseless, says Jefferies
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange gets into AI; Telia sells TV rights; Iliad seeks damages from Telecom Italia.

Sunrise and Salt team for $3.1B Swiss fiber push
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

The two Swiss operators plan to build a fiber-to-the-home network covering up to 1.5M households over the next five to seven years.

Putting the squeeze on 8K
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

Content in the 8K format remains sparse, but industry leaders in the video tech arena are sizing up new AI-assisted encoding techniques to deliver 8K in a bandwidth-efficient manner.

Michigan university wants $15M to scrap new Huawei LTE network
News Analysis | 5/18/2020

Demand for Northern Michigan University's LTE network, which currently serves 15,000 families and students, has skyrocketed during the pandemic. Is the network, built with Huawei equipment, a real security threat?

Podcast: Decoding Microsoft's M&A moves
The Philter | 5/18/2020

Light Reading's Mike Dano says that Microsoft's recent acquisitions of Affirmed Networks and Metaswitch signal that the company has bigger plans than just finding more stuff to sell to telcos.

Verizon outlines 'phase 3' of its COVID-19 response
News Analysis | 5/18/2020

Fully 115,000 of Verizon's employees worked from home during nationwide quarantine orders. Now, the operator is charting a course for some – but not all – of those employees to return to the office.

US law enforcement warned of 5G/coronavirus conspiracy threats
News Analysis | 5/18/2020

A report from the US Department of Homeland Security warns that the myth tying 5G with the coronavirus has already prompted arson and physical attacks against cell towers in several US states.

Huawei is running short of friends, but it still has options
Morris Lore | 5/18/2020

The latest US attack follows efforts by several European operators to cut their dependence on Huawei and poses the biggest threat so far to the Chinese vendor.

Comcast seeks to one-up Charter in 5G
News Analysis | 5/18/2020

Comcast said its 5G will be available for no extra charge on its $45 unlimited and 'by the gig' plans. Charter, meantime, only offers 5G on its unlimited plan.

IBC 2020 canceled due to COVID-19
News Analysis | 5/18/2020

Show organizers determine that 'a return to (a new) normal is unlikely to be achieved by September' and will instead pursue digital alternatives.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom in talks over SoftBank's T-Mobile US stake – report
News Analysis | 5/18/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Net Insight makes hay in the Middle East; Ericsson's China deals confirmed; bad 5G karma down Glastonbury way.

SoftBank's bleedin' (and Ma's not alright)
News Analysis | 5/18/2020

Record losses. No dividend guidance. Jack Ma ups sticks.

Cable and edge computing: The rest of the story
Column | 5/18/2020

In this followup blog, Broadband Success Partners' David Strauss reveals more about cable operators' plans to leverage edge compute technology.

Vodafone teams up with a China-based smartphone vendor not called Huawei
News Analysis | 5/18/2020

Operator provides route for Oppo to sell 4G and 5G smartphones in seven Vodafone markets in the initial phase.

Huawei seeking survival after US escalates offensive
News Analysis | 5/18/2020

We're a plane riddled with bullet holes, says senior executive, after US authorities prepared to slap new restrictions on the company.

Say hello to India's first digital service provider
News Analysis | 5/18/2020

Facebook's investment in Jio could trigger a new wave of digital disruption in one of the world's biggest markets.

5G gives RAN market a Q1 boost – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 5/15/2020

Research firm maintains overall RAN growth outlook for 2020, despite COVID-19 uncertainty.

HBO Max might have Friends, but Amazon and Roku aren't yet among them
News Analysis | 5/15/2020

Roku and Amazon – two of the biggest video providers in the market – do not have agreements to distribute AT&T's HBO Max, a situation that clearly casts a shadow over the operator's video ambitions.

Could 2020 be cable's break-out year in mobile?
DanoVision | 5/15/2020

Cable providers like Comcast and Charter have already outstripped AT&T and Verizon in terms of quarterly postpaid mobile customer additions. What they do next could cement their mobile ambitions.

US broadcasters plow ahead with 'NextGen TV'
News Analysis | 5/15/2020

Despite some launch delays caused by COVID-19, broadcasters intend to light up ATSC 3.0 signals in several markets this year as new 3.0-capable TV sets arrive on the scene.

Virus-linked cell tower attacks threaten NZ services
News Analysis | 5/15/2020

Arsonists in New Zealand have carried out 14 attacks on cell towers in the past six weeks alone, causing damage and disruption at a time when people are relying on connectivity the most.

Openreach may soon practice social distancing from BT
News Analysis | 5/15/2020

UK telecom giant BT is in talks about a partial divestment of Openreach that would value the network's business at £20 billion (US$24.4 billion), according to a Financial Times report.

TSMC to build second US-based chip plant in Arizona
News Analysis | 5/15/2020

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is to begin construction of new $12B facility in 2021, with production slated to start in 2024.

WiCipedia: Making diversity a priority in job searches
WiCipedia | 5/15/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: How to tell if your future employer is focused on diversity; YouTube's policies leave room for error; women take the lead in cybersecurity practices; and more.

Eurobites: French regulator reconnoitres multi-network mobile market
News Analysis | 5/15/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia does remote healthcare monitoring with Capio; media network home run for Net Insight; 5G not imminent in Africa.

Rakuten delays 5G launch by three months on COVID-19 disruption
News Analysis | 5/15/2020

Japanese disruptor's plans are dealt a blow by the virus, but a spokesperson insists there will be minimal impact on business performance.

Intelsat's bankruptcy could throw wrench into Verizon's 5G plans
News Analysis | 5/14/2020

Intelsat is one of the primary users of C-Band spectrum, which the FCC wants to auction for 5G. Now the company's future is in the hands of a bankruptcy judge.

Microsoft gets serious about telecom with Metaswitch purchase
News Analysis | 5/14/2020

Although Metaswitch reported revenues of just $180 million in 2019, the company is viewed as a knowledgeable vendor of deep networking services, which signals Microsoft's ambitions in the space.

Deutsche Telekom job cuts hit 20K since 2015 as pace ratchets up
News Analysis | 5/14/2020

The German telecom incumbent has cut about 4,000 jobs from its payroll this year so far as it continues to pursue greater efficiency.

Cisco takes a coronavirus beating as profits fall
News Analysis | 5/14/2020

The Internet equipment giant is suffering as supply chains are disrupted and business customers cancel projects.

Gogo guards 5G plan despite downturn
News Analysis | 5/14/2020

COVID-19 sent Gogo's business into a tailspin, but the company still plans to build its planned 5G network – for the moment at least.

China's 5G fever triggers 6G delirium as experts channel Dr. Dolittle
News Analysis | 5/14/2020

China's 5G dominance is causing some experts to blather about the possibilities for 6G, but the country's leadership in this space is brittle.

South Korea, Japan top 5G speed chart – report
News Analysis | 5/14/2020

But speed is not king when it comes to video experience.

Eurobites: BT's Openreach adds Adtran to its fiber force
News Analysis | 5/14/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange announces new subsea project; Bouygues' first quarter dinged by COVID-19; Germany's approach to coronavirus contact tracing.

Charter CFO: The 5G threat to wired home broadband has 'subsided'
News Analysis | 5/14/2020

But cable operator remains bullish on how 5G can be applied to other applications and portions of the market.

Deutsche Telekom shrugs off virus, flexes pecs as sales, profits rise
News Analysis | 5/14/2020

Teutonic giant maintains outlook for €800 million in earnings growth this year, describing itself as an 'anchor of stability.'

Sunrise lowers 2020 revenue guidance over COVID-19
News Analysis | 5/14/2020

Swiss operator reports revenue growth for the first quarter of 2020 and said business remains robust, but coronavirus effects were evident in March and the outlook is less certain than before.

Trump extends Huawei ban to May 2021
News Analysis | 5/13/2020

Invoking the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, President Trump is moving to extend a block on US business with China's Huawei until next year.

ISPs ask Congress for a COVID-19 bailout
News Analysis | 5/13/2020

In what some analysts describe as a 'fatal flaw,' an FCC extension of a program designed to prevent network operators from canceling customers' service during the pandemic is driving certain ISPs to seek money from Congress.

FCC activity has sped up during the pandemic, Chairman says
News Analysis | 5/13/2020

In addition to 'bread-and-butter' activity, the pandemic has likewise 'generated a huge amount of effort' at the Commission, Ajit Pai says during NAB Digital Express keynote.

Light Reading sets digital Cable Next-Gen Europe event
Breznick Unbound | 5/13/2020

Instead of staging a live conference in London next month as previously planned, Light Reading will now run a free, digital event over two afternoons in mid-June because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harmonic takes aim at cable network capacity upgrades
News Analysis | 5/13/2020

New remote PHY 'shelf' running Harmonic's CableOS software enables MSOs to quickly add upstream and downstream capacity without the troubles typically associated with traditional node splits, company claims.

AT&T's HBO Max is coming, but not via Amazon Fire app store
News Analysis | 5/13/2020

AT&T's CEO said HBO Max will be available across distributors like Charter Communications, Apple and Google. But Amazon will likely be missing from that mix.

Rakuten Mobile launches assault on global telecom market
News Analysis | 5/13/2020

The world's most exciting network operator wants service providers in other markets to buy its cloud.

COVID-19 traffic spikes haven't scared T-Mobile, Verizon away from fixed wireless
News Analysis | 5/13/2020

Verizon plans to eventually expand its 5G Home service to 30 million US households, while T-Mobile is targeting 10 million households by 2024. And neither company is changing those plans due to the pandemic.

KT profit slides 13% as it looks to B2B for growth
News Analysis | 5/13/2020

KT reports weak Q1 2020 results, with a 12.8% fall in net profit, a 4.7% decline in operating income and flat revenue.

United Internet sees 5G costs begin to mount despite COVID-19 delay
News Analysis | 5/13/2020

The parent company of 1&1 Drillisch reports only moderate growth in operating profits, although it hails the first quarter of 2020 as a good start to the year.

Intel looks chipper with new tech investments
News Analysis | 5/13/2020

US tech giant ploughs $132M into 11 'disruptive' tech startups, two of which are Chinese semiconductor companies.

Eurobites: Orange reopens phone stores in France
News Analysis | 5/13/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia Norway switches on 5G in Oslo; Nokia teams up with Microsoft on data center OS; UK broadband networks standing up to COVID-19, says Ofcom.

Zoom Telephonics CEO sets his exit
News Analysis | 5/12/2020

Joe Wytanis, an exec late of Cisco and Scientific-Atlanta, came on board in 2018 to help the cable modem vendor, which sells products under the Motorola brand, make some headway in the service provider market.

T-Mobile lays out $60B, five-year buildout plan for 5G
News Analysis | 5/12/2020

T-Mobile is working to build a 5G network spanning roughly 85,000 macro cell sites, and is already upgrading some sites at the rate of 1,000 towers a month.

Here's why Verizon's CEO lowered the bar for nationwide 5G
DanoVision | 5/12/2020

Verizon's Hans Vestberg wants to take 5G nationwide, just in time for a 5G iPhone in the fall. But he's working to lower expectations for nationwide 5G working in lowband spectrum.

Altice USA CEO defends FTTP game plan
News Analysis | 5/12/2020

Cutting opex and goosing performance are driving forces for FTTP upgrades, but Altice USA believes the move will also enable it to lean more heavily on its HFC network to backhaul wireless traffic.

India's Airtel looks to IBM for cloud help
News Analysis | 5/12/2020

The ailing Indian operator hopes a deal with IBM and its Red Hat subsidiary will reduce costs and boost competitiveness.

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