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Verizon, Amazon to integrate LEO satellites with 5G
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

A deal between Verizon and Amazon for satellites will first focus on cell site backhaul but could expand internationally with 'joint solutions' for large enterprise customers.

Cable techies see big network changes coming
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

Senior cable technologists envision DOCSIS 4.0 upgrades, spectrum mid-splits and high-splits, DAA rollouts, XGS-PON deployments and more as the industry strives to maintain its competitive edge.

Mobile industry starts talking like the cable guys
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

In the drive toward a cloud-powered, globally scaled Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) ecosystem, the 5G Future Forum is touting the need for specifications, interoperability and widespread collaboration.

Biden announces long-awaited nominees for vacant FCC and NTIA posts
Broadband World News | 10/26/2021

Following much public hand-wringing over the fate of the FCC, President Biden nominated Jessica Rosenworcel and Gigi Sohn as commissioners, with Rosenworcel designated as Chair. Biden also nominated Alan Davidson for Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the NTIA.

Facebook to snub older users, go search for youth
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

Facebook will make deep changes to try to win back young users. So far its ad revenue has held up, but its political fortunes tell a different story.

Calix reports strong Q3 but projects supply chain issues for 'entirety of 2022'
Broadband World News | 10/26/2021

Speaking to shareholders, Calix CEO Carl Russo was optimistic about the company's ongoing success with small ISPs. But he notes Calix is experiencing the 'direct effects' of low global vaccination rates.

The big tech elephant is squashing telecom
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

For all their software activity and hope, telecom operators will struggle to avoid a utility fate.

Pay-TV penetration slips to 71% of US homes – study
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

That's down from a reach of 82% in 2016 and a reach of 86% in 2006, according to Leichtman Research Group.

India amends RoW rules to boost broadband infrastructure
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

India's Department of Telecommunications has revised the Indian Telegraph Act right of way rules to make it easier to install aerial optical fiber cable.

The digital transformation race is leaving telcos behind
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

It's become conventional wisdom that the pandemic has massively accelerated digital transformation.

Orange says towers high on agenda as Totem takes shape
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

France-based operator maintains guidance for 2021 as core profits and revenue drop slightly in Q3.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia revs up fiber offer with XGS-PON
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Motorola faces ESN probe; KPN enjoys steady Q3; VEON opts for Amdocs out east.

Dish to use Helium's DIY 5G network
DanoVision | 10/26/2021

Dish Network, already a bit of a maverick in the 5G arena, said it plans to use the do-it-yourself 5G network that startup Helium is constructing with cryptocurrency payments.

Vodafone demands Arm silicon, not Intel, for open RAN in cities
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

Specialist chips will muscle x86 out of open RAN in more densely populated areas, says the operator's chief digital officer.

Telecom Italia dumped Altiostar for JMA as open RAN supplier
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

The Italian phone incumbent is switching open RAN software suppliers in a decision that could bode ill for Rakuten.

AT&T holds onto customer usage data for seven years
News Analysis | 10/25/2021

AT&T said it holds onto the data to comply with law enforcement requests. However, the company keeps its data far longer than its rivals Verizon and T-Mobile.

Ousted Rogers chairman declares he's been re-elected by hand-picked board
News Analysis | 10/25/2021

Rogers Communications counters that Edward Rogers' 'purported' board meeting with proposed directors is unlawful and is 'therefore not valid.'

Lynk updates on testing, approvals for 5G from space
News Analysis | 10/25/2021

Startup Lynk hopes to provide ten-cent text messaging services from its satellites by acting as a space-based roaming partner for terrestrial mobile network operators.

Liberty Global exploring network carve-out – report
News Analysis | 10/25/2021

The cable operator, which is pushing ahead with a big FTTP project in the UK at Virgin Media O2, is in talks about ways to split out its infrastructure assets and services business, Bloomberg says.

Netflix pushes back hard at SK on network costs
News Analysis | 10/25/2021

Netflix digs in against attempts by South Korea's SK Broadband to make it pay for using their network, after Squid Game's unexpected popularity.

BSNL to provide Inmarsat solutions in India
News Analysis | 10/25/2021

British satellite maker Inmarsat claims to be the first foreign operator to get approval in India to sell high-speed broadband to planes and ships.

Telstra snaps up Digicel with $1.3B government assist
News Analysis | 10/25/2021

In perhaps the most unusual deal of the year, Telstra is to acquire Pacific operator Digicel with some generous backing from the Australian government.

Rakuten orchestrates Korean deal for Symphony
News Analysis | 10/25/2021

Rakuten Mobile is to buy South Korea's Estmob with its Send Anywhere service to boost Symphony platform.

Eurobites: Let's get time-critical, says Ericsson
News Analysis | 10/25/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia Carrier tackles number provisioning with Telesmart.io; Ofcom leans on operators to tackle scam calls; Tesco's online outage.

Canada's Rogers mired in family feud
News Analysis | 10/25/2021

If the writers of HBO's Succession are lacking ideas for corporate-level, family-fueled drama and intrigue, they need only look to Canada's Rogers Communications for inspiration.

T-Mobile blinks, delays 3G CDMA shutdown by three months
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

T-Mobile said it now plans to shutter its 3G CDMA network by March 31, 2022, but complained that 'partners haven't followed through on their responsibility to help their customers.'

FTC report finds ISPs 'collect troves of personal data'
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

In response, the NCTA called the report 'a highly distorted view' of ISP data collection policies that inappropriately attempts to lump broadband providers into the same category as the Big Tech platforms.

Open RAN specs take another step forward
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

The O-RAN Alliance's new specs cover complex technologies, including non-real-time RAN Intelligent Controller architecture, RAN control, xhaul transport testing and open RAN security.

Ericsson's DoJ nightmare takes a new twist
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

Swedish vendor told it was slow to provide information relating to the US$1B payment agreement from 2019.

Sweden's Telia sees Q3 income drop 36%
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

Allison Kirkby's Telia sees its net income drop by 36% in the third quarter, as it sells towers and struggles through a restructuring.

5G specter still hangs over cable
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

Cable and mobile technologists view telco rollouts of 5G millimeter wave technology as potentially strong competition to cable broadband service, particularly in unserved and underserved areas.

ADVA Q3 caught between ‘solid demand’ and supply chain squeeze
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

Optical networking supplier puts the blame of slimmer profit margins firmly at the door of the 'semiconductor crisis.'

AT&T uses Google Stadia to stream Batman game for free
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

AT&T again signaled its interest in cloud gaming, and cloud computing in general, by offering a Batman game for free to its customers using Google's Stadia infrastructure.

Enterprise, not 5G, powers China Mobile, Unicom earnings growth
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

Chinese operators are the latest to report a healthy bump in earnings and revenue.

Roku-Google stalemate lives on as YouTube deadline looms
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

Access to the core YouTube app on 'new' Roku streaming devices is in jeopardy as a battle between Roku and Google nears the six month mark.

Intel: Chip shortage will extend to at least 2023
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

Intel sees shares fall as its PC chip business and margins shrink, but Gelsinger is betting big on spending its way to being a major-player foundry.

AT&T job cuts hit record 12K in recent quarter
Morris Lore | 10/22/2021

The US operator is still slashing thousands of jobs as it tries to cut about $6 billion off its expenses.

US military spearheads private 5G for California first responders
News Analysis | 10/21/2021

The project has the potential to support 5G networks anywhere they're needed, 'all while outside the range of existing cellular networks,' according to the DoD.

Verizon SVP Debika Bhattacharya on the credibility conundrum for women in comms
Kelsey's Grammar | 10/21/2021

Light Reading recently caught up with Bhattacharya during a fireside chat at Light Reading's Big 5G Event in Denver to discuss the role mentors and sponsor have played in her career, and what she sees as the current biggest barriers for women in the industry.

AT&T pushes past 5.72M fiber subs as supply chain challenges persist
News Analysis | 10/21/2021

Meanwhile, WarnerMedia's HBO and HBO Max base nears 70M, thanks to international expansions, helping to offset a subscriber hit resulting from the media giant's decision to halt distribution of HBO content via the Amazon Channels platform.

The Divide: How LUS Fiber makes the muni model work in Lafayette, Louisiana
Broadband World News | 10/21/2021

This week: Ryan Meche, director of LUS Fiber, a municipal fiber provider in Lafayette, Louisiana, on why the city chose a municipal broadband model, how it's funded and how it works and the company's plans for a potential NTIA grant.

Open RAN has a 2G Achilles' heel
News Analysis | 10/21/2021

Not many open RAN vendors can support 2G, and that technology seems likely to be around for years.

The 5G pricing war shifts into high gear
News Analysis | 10/21/2021

At the exact same time that AT&T executives were boasting that their 'aggressive acquisition and retention efforts continue to bear fruit,' T-Mobile launched a new $1,000 competitive attack.

CommScope takes partnership path to DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 10/21/2021

CommScope and a pair of partners are developing chipsets and a network architecture for DOCSIS 4.0 that aims to expand the ecosystem for vendors and MSOs. It should also prevent Broadcom from cornering the market.

Telenet gives Ericsson a bigger 5G role
News Analysis | 10/21/2021

Liberty Global-owned Belgian operator appears to have fully pivoted away from Chinese supplier ZTE.

More 5G means greener society – report
News Analysis | 10/21/2021

New report from trade association Mobile UK says government can burnish their green credentials by doing more to promote 5G.

Vodafone plans software blitz to cut IT spend and cloud risks
News Analysis | 10/21/2021

The operator is to add another 7,000 software experts to its team by 2025 as it aims for more technology independence.

Marc Ganzi, through Zayo, could buy Windstream, Uniti next – reports
News Analysis | 10/20/2021

A group of investors that includes Marc Ganzi are reportedly exploring to acquire broadband network owner Uniti Group and its Windstream business.

Cox preps for high-split trials in 2022
News Analysis | 10/20/2021

Big US cable operator aims to start high-split spectrum upgrade trials and accelerate rollouts of mid-split upgrades as it seeks to create more upstream capacity in its HFC plant.

Andromeda bidders avoid auction failure – but now the real work begins
News Analysis | 10/20/2021

With more than $15 billion in winning bids, the FCC's 3.45GHz-3.55GHz spectrum auction officially passed its reserve price. Now, though, auction winners will need to buy more radios.

Verizon beats Q3 expectations, but troubles in wireless loom
News Analysis | 10/20/2021

'Despite a relatively healthy third quarter report – albeit against relatively easy year ago comps – there are reasons for disquiet,' wrote the financial analysts at MoffettNathanson.

Verizon has 150,000 fixed wireless access subs
News Analysis | 10/20/2021

In its first disclosure of fixed wireless access subscriber figures, Verizon said it added 55,000 FWA subs in Q3 2021, representing about 42% of the 129,000 net broadband subscribers it added in the period.

Google Fiber's 2-Gig footprint expands
Broadband World News | 10/20/2021

San Antonio is the latest Google Fiber market to get access to a relatively new service tier that pumps out 2Gbit/s downstream and 1Gbit/s upstream for $100 per month.

Alibaba in the race to rescue failed chip firm Unigroup
News Analysis | 10/20/2021

Tsinghua Unigroup, one of the biggest chip-makers, was forced into bankruptcy after accumulating debts of at least 100 billion yuan ($15.3 billion).

Phoenix plots further growth with West Indies tower deal
News Analysis | 10/20/2021

Tower company enters into agreement with Altice-owned Outremer Telecom to buy 203 towers and new towers over 10 years.

Netflix shows why telcos should fear AWS
Morris Lore | 10/20/2021

The streaming service is more popular than ever and its share price has soared, but its public-cloud arrangements carry enormous risk.

Netflix adds 4.4M subs in Q3, pushes global total to 213.56M
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

Netflix, which expects to add another 8.5 million subs in Q4, says it will soon measure engagement of titles on an hours-viewed basis rather than the current one based on viewership among subscriber households.

Is the sun finally starting to shine on 5G?
DanoVision | 10/19/2021

'It's been a profitable business,' said Elisa's Kimmo Pentikäinen of the operator's 5G launch. In its most recent financial report, the operator reported a gain of $3.50 per month per customer from 5G.

IBM has acquired Volta Networks as it muscles up in automation
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

Big Blue has made Volta a part of its takeover strategy and can already cite customers for its technology, including Dish and Telefónica.

Hacking group LightBasin broke into at least 13 mobile networks – report
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

The cybersecurity research firm said hackers were able to access subscriber information and call record details. However, the firm did not disclose the mobile network operators that were hacked.

Cato captures $200M in largest funding round
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

Cato's largest funding round so far brings the SASE provider's total financing to $532 million.

Samsung will struggle to replace Ericsson or Nokia at O2
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

The South Korean vendor, short on legacy technologies, is shouting about 4G and 5G trials with Virgin Media O2.

Comcast goes out of footprint with XClass TV
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

A pair of 4K-capable Hisense TVs powered by Comcast's streaming platform will be sold nationwide via Walmart.com and Walmart stores. Pay-TV apps from Comcast and Charter will launch on XClass TVs in the coming months.

Xiaomi to churn out cars from 2024
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

China's Xiaomi, eyeing a burgeoning Chinese electric vehicle market, says it is joining the fray and making its own cars from the first half of 2024.

Foxconn unveils EVs, angling to make the Apple Car
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

Biggest iPhone assembler Foxconn, which has long eyed making the Apple Car too, has unveiled concept electric vehicles to bolster its carmaking chops.

Supply chain squeeze hasn't dimmed demand for high-end 5G phones
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

The supply chain crisis is certainly making a dent on smartphone shipments but the 5G outlook is unchanged.

China culls unprofitable 5G use cases as it narrows focus
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

After throwing resources at thousands of industry use cases in the past two years, the China 5G industry has abandoned most of them to narrow its focus.

Tele2 hails growing momentum in Q3 2021
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

Swedish operator sees continuing good momentum but remains on the post-pandemic recovery path in the consumer market.

Boingo touts new private wireless deal with San Diego Padres
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

Boingo's private LTE network in CBRS spectrum for the San Diego Padres will help move the team's payments and ticketing systems off congested public networks and onto a dedicated network.

Ericsson hurt by China and chips crunch, but profitability soars
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

Swedish equipment maker reports component problems and the loss of China business, but its gross margin is at record levels.

Sinclair hit by ransomware attack
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

Lisa Plaggemier with the National Cybersecurity Alliance says the attack on Sinclair is another wake-up call for the industry, and another reason for media companies to treat cybersecurity like any other risk to the business.

VMware zeroes in on data management, security and carbon emissions
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

During VMworld, VMware launched several initiatives to assist its cloud provider partners in delivering managed security services and simplified app management to end users.

Tucows adds fixed wireless to Ting's fiber toolkit
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

Ting Internet, from Tucows, announced it will acquire fixed wireless operator Simply Bits. 'We recognize the value of fixed wireless as an additional tool in our connectivity toolkit,' explained an executive.

Vewd CEO pushes Operator TV play
CxO Spotlight | 10/18/2021

Starting in Europe with a partnership with Vestel, Vewd intends to take its 'Operator TV' program to other regions around the globe, CEO Aneesh Rajaram says.

Verizon, AT&T dial back promotions amid cable onslaught
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

Verizon stopped offering its most aggressive smartphone promotion to its existing customers, but continues to offer it to new customers. Meantime, AT&T reduced its smartphone discount from $1,000 to $800.

Left alone by US, state-backed ZTE is more profitable than ever
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

Free to buy American technology, the smaller of China's two equipment vendors is still on a roll.

Virgin Media O2 sparks into converged life with Volt
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

UK operator launches its first fixed-mobile convergence offering, but PP Foresight analyst warns of low consumer appetite for buying numerous services from one provider.

Telefónica freed from fiber regs in more areas
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

Spanish competition regulator CNMC approves changes that give telco greater freedom to compete on fiber throughout the nation.

Arm wrestling with Intel over open RAN as it sets up 5G lab
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

The UK-based firm is opening a new 5G lab focused on open RAN technology as it continues to battle America's biggest chipmaker.

TelcoDR sets up $1B fund for public cloud mission
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

Made famous by this year's MWC, public cloud evangelist Danielle Royston now has $1 billion at her disposal to buy and develop telecom software.

SD-WAN revenue to hit $5.5 billion in 2025, Omdia reports
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

SD-WAN product revenues reached $844 million in Q2, an increase of more than 30% year-over-year. This shows, overall, that the pandemic hasn't negatively impacted the SD-WAN market, says Omdia's Dominika Koncewicz.

CableLabs' Kyrio unit sets sights on network convergence
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

Kyrio's new software-powered Adaptive Route Control (ARC) system enables fixed and mobile operators to route customer traffic to the best available network on an application-by-application basis.

Supply-chain woes cost Adtran $9M, but supplier reports 'record demand' for Q3
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

'Although our revenue growth and profitability in the near-term are impacted by the supply chain issues, our long-term outlook continues to strengthen,' says Adtran CEO Tom Stanton.

Debt-slashing Telefónica flogs Salvadoran business
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

Telefónica finally manages to offload its El Salvadoran mobile business, after a scotched 2019 deal, but gets less than half last time's sale price.

Sweden's Sivers buys 5G mmWave startup MixComm for $135M
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

Sivers CEO Anders Storm proclaims that 'most of the world is going to start rolling out' mmWave 5G.

GlobalData's Emir Halilovic: How PON, SD-WAN have changed the enterprise market
LRTV Interviews | 10/15/2021

GlobalData Principal Analyst Emir Halilovic discusses the changes in enterprise PON connectivity that have been unlocked by SD-WAN.

Europe at loggerheads over wholesale roaming charges
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

Parliamentary committee wants lower caps than ones proposed by the European Council and European Commission.

Vecima leaps into cable's 'GAP'
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

The supplier said the Entra EN9000, a node based on SCTE standards for the Generic Access Platform (GAP), will be available for lab tests in the first half of 2022. Expect Charter to be among the first in line.

FCC vacancies threaten to derail US broadband plans
Broadband World News | 10/15/2021

Without a permanent chair or adequate staff, and at risk of losing its Democratic majority, the FCC will fail to make meaningful progress on crucial broadband programs, a former agency official warns.

Comcast could spark FDX Amplifier trials in 2022, deployments in 2023
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

The rise of this new class of product will put Comcast in position to deploy upstream-boosting Full Duplex DOCSIS technology to a large portion of its HFC network.

Eurobites: Proximus sprouts more fiber around Brussels
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange opens two more digital centers in Africa; Telia TV hosts HBO Max; smart-home wars.

WiCipedia: The 'broken rungs' of women's careers
WiCipedia | 10/15/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Women get short shrift when it comes to promotions; workplace harassment is as pervasive as ever; telecom steps into the 21st century; and more.

Net neutrality moaning shows telcos are stuck in the past
Morris Lore | 10/15/2021

Internet companies have done operators a massive favor by serving up the apps that consumers demand, but operators still think the app developers should pay.

Omdia's Julie Kunstler on what's going on with PON
LRTV Interviews | 10/15/2021

Julie Kunstler discusses developments in passive optical networks and why operators are turning to PON to reduce 5G small cell transport costs, and to support their own 'green' initiatives.

Microsoft starts selling transport, routing services to 5G operators
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

Microsoft said it has built a 'well-managed, reliable, and performant' transport and routing network for its Azure cloud computing service. Now it's selling that network to 5G operators.

Andromeda auction bidding slows while concerns grow
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

'Prices have increased slower than we projected,' wrote the financial analysts at Credit Suisse. Bidding so far is nowhere near the auction's reserve price.

Stratosphere emerging as the next big Internet battleground
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

SmartSky, Aeronet, Gogo and HAPSMobile are just some of the companies that are hoping to eke profits from stratospheric communications. But others, like Loon and Qualcomm, have moved on.

Omdia's Jaimie Lenderman on the changing broadband landscape
LRTV Interviews | 10/14/2021

Jaimie Lenderman discusses the growth of altnets, the entrance of new vendors, the evolution of PON and why the industry is poised for 'exponential' growth.

Is Korean profit bump sign of 5G turning the corner?
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

South Korean telcos are about to enjoy a Q3 earnings spike thanks to 5G, analysts have forecast.

Australia close to acquiring Digicel Pacific – report
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

Australian government and Telstra reportedly on brink of deal with debt-laden Digicel Group; widely seen as political manoeuvre to stymie China's influence in the region.

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