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Verizon's CFO 'pretty excited' about potential for reduced network capex
News Analysis | 6/16/2021

Verizon is spending billions of additional dollars on capital expenses over the next few years. But that higher level of spending isn't permanent, according to the company's CFO.

Consolidation in test and measurement: Viavi goes for Exfo
News Analysis | 6/16/2021

Viavi has made a $430 million offer to purchase testing and measurement company Exfo, a play that counters the plans of Exfo's founder to take the company private.

Juniper CEO: 5G future is virtualized
CxO Spotlight | 6/16/2021

Rami Rahim, CEO of Juniper Networks, explains why future 5G services will be virtualized, and how the company plans to further automate data center operations.

Lightpath enters Boston market via M&A flurry
News Analysis | 6/16/2021

Lightpath, the fiber connectivity company now owned by Altice USA and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners (MSIP), will enter a market served by incumbents that include Comcast, RCN and Verizon.

Betting big, Nokia goes open RAN fishing in Texas
News Analysis | 6/16/2021

Nokia opens an open RAN collaboration and testing center in Dallas, as CEO Pekka Lundmark bets large on O-Ran to catch Ericsson and hobbled Huawei.

Eurobites: CMA puts mobile 'ecosystems' under the microscope
News Analysis | 6/16/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: HMD Global does IoT with Nokia's WING; Ekinops lands Croatian transport deal; Deutsche Telekom updates on 5G rollout.

Nokia covers all the bases with its cloud partnerships
The Wizard of Roz | 6/16/2021

Dish went all-in with AWS. Nokia is splitting its time and attention between the three leading cloud providers. Contributing analyst Roz Roseboro looks at the merits of the approach and how it lines up with each cloud provider's strengths.

Vodafone and AWS kickstart war on latency with UK 'edge' launch
News Analysis | 6/16/2021

The UK gets its first taste of a low-latency 5G service this week as it launches the Wavelength service that was first promised last year.

Ericsson says fears about Europe's 5G lag have come true
News Analysis | 6/16/2021

New data shared exclusively with Light Reading shows just how badly Europe has now fallen behind other parts of the world in 5G, says the Swedish equipment vendor.

New Ericsson report calls 46% data traffic growth 'normal'
News Analysis | 6/16/2021

According to a new Ericsson report, mobile data traffic grew 75% in 2018 and early 2019, but that growth slowed this year.

VMware, Intel and Cohere discuss spectrum efficiencies and the telco cloud transform in the RAN
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 6/16/2021

Stephen Spellicy, VP of product marketing and solutions from VMware, Caroline Chan, GM, 5G infrastructure from Intel, and Ray Dolan, CEO from Cohere Technologies join Gabriel Brown to discuss a recent announcement in the RAN.

AT&T, T-Mobile prepare to tackle the 5G perception problem
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

T-Mobile's marketing leadership is in a transition phase. Meantime, AT&T is preparing a brand refresh campaign. The actions are in response to expectations of frenetic growth in the 5G industry this year.

Not all churn is created equal, Sling TV exec says
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

OTT-TV provider has a 'robust restart business' among customers who come and go, while others, particularly families with multiple users, tend to be more loyal and represent more value.

VMware adds cloud-based security to SASE stack
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

Windstream Enterprise plans to make VMware's new cloud-based security service available to its SD-WAN customers later this year.

On the Huawei question, Biden replaces Trump's stick with carrots
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

The US government is offering training, workshops, handbooks and, most importantly, money, to encourage countries to block the purchase of Chinese 5G equipment.

Dish's 'Project Gene5is' signup site hints at American 5G
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

Dish Network has erected a website signup page for its planned 5G network that carries the 'Project Gene5is' branding and promises to 'democratize wireless access.'

TiVo-NCTC agreement enables MobiTV service to live on
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

New master services agreement comes together about a month after TiVo emerged as the top bidder for MobiTV's assets.

Malaysia surprises with another unusual spectrum handout
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

Once again, the Malaysian government has surprised the industry with a sudden and unexplained spectrum allocation.

Vodafone UK takes aim at rivals with new offers
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

The UK operator positions itself to meet the challenge of converged rivals BT/EE and O2/Virgin Media.

Rakuten says chips crunch is 'much worse' than expected
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

Telecom industry faces an uphill battle over the next two years, warns Rakuten Mobile's Tareq Amin.

Small WISP gets government cash to cover Apple's HQ with broadband
Broadband World News | 6/15/2021

About $8,000 in RDOF funding is going to LTD Broadband to provide 1-Gig service in areas surrounding Apple's massive $5 billion headquarters. That's drawn a complaint from the Competitive Carriers Association.

India's BSNL future uncertain as it struggles to launch 4G
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

The recent approval by India's DoT of 5G trials has put the spotlight on state-owned BSNL, which is still struggling to build a 4G network.

The forecast for in-person telecom events: Expect a busy Q4
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

From the Big 5G Event to Connect (X) 2021, ACA Connects and the NAB Show, US telecom executives are expecting a strong return to in-person events in the fall.

The folly of attempting to future-proof broadband
Guest Perspectives | 6/15/2021

Broadband usage today is completely asymmetrical, making symmetrical requirements misguided.

Telia Carrier CEO: Pushing for global expansion
CxO Spotlight | 6/15/2021

Telia Carrier CEO Staffan Göjeryd said his company is poised to keep growing and will likely become more focused and more competitive now that it is standing on its own. Meanwhile, the need to balance technology investments and market expansion looms larger than ever.

Eurobites: Beeline Georgia modernizes core with Nokia
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sparkle Nibbles into northern Europe; UPC mobile customers move over to Sunrise; AI for Spain's industrial sector.

Cautious start to 5G in spectrum-starved Indonesia
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

Led by Telkomsel, Indonesian operators have begun rolling out limited 5G deployments in the face of a severe spectrum shortage.

SES, Comcast deal ties into C-band reclamation for 5G
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

New deal paves way for Comcast Technology Solutions to transition video distribution services to a different satellite and help SES eventually vacate a portion of the C-band that will be used for 5G.

Study sizes up cost and performance options for bridging the broadband gap
Broadband World News | 6/14/2021

ACA Connects and Cartesian connected on a multi-faceted study finding that it would cost in the range of $61 billion to $118 billion to bring 1 Gbit/s to certain locations not covered by the phase I RDOF auction.

Taking the OSS to the cloud – are CSPs there yet and how does it help their digital and network transformation?
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 6/14/2021

Traditionally, public cloud was regarded as unable to meet the performance, security and data governance requirements of the mission-critical business and operation support systems used by the communications and media industry. However, faced with the need to increase their agility and operational efficiencies, a growing number of CSPs are now looking at migrating their operations support systems (OSS) to public clouds in order to achieve these objectives.

AT&T to take open RAN indoors first
News Analysis | 6/14/2021

AT&T plans to implement open RAN first in its indoor networks, mainly because such networks are often relatively simple. And the operator can push traffic onto its outdoor networks if there are problems.

Light Reading Recap: Week of June 11
LRTV Documentaries | 6/14/2021

Last week's highlights included a piece of good news for TikTok users in the US, a big bet on BT's fiber rollout from French telecom giant Altice and Starlink's plans to provide in-flight Wi-Fi.

Orange says software bug to blame for outage
News Analysis | 6/14/2021

The French group says a cyberattack was not to blame for a major network outage that affected calls to emergency numbers.

Biden to UAE: Sheikh off Huawei or lose F-35s
News Analysis | 6/14/2021

UAE achieved one of the world's best 5G rollouts using Huawei kit. But Biden tells the Emirates to break with Shenzhen or lose an F-35 jet shipment.

Eurobites: MTN Uganda turns to TIP tech for network automation
News Analysis | 6/14/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia and Ooredoo deploy 4G and 5G FWA in Oman; STC adds fire alarm system to its smart armory; Openreach's Selley lands a CBE in Birthday Honours list.

Satellite firms, telcos fight over 28GHz spectrum in India
News Analysis | 6/14/2021

There seems to be a tug of war going on between the satellite communication firms and Indian service providers over the 28GHz spectrum band.

Samsung beats Euro, US rivals to land Vodafone UK open RAN deal
News Analysis | 6/14/2021

The South Korean vendor emerges as the key player in the deployment as Vodafone works on replacing China's Huawei in its 5G network.

New York judge halts $15/month broadband, handing victory to telecom industry
News Analysis | 6/11/2021

Although a New York judge issued an injunction against legislation requiring $15 per month broadband, the issue is still very much undecided.

Cable access market rises on back of new hardware deployments – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 6/11/2021

Deployments of distributed access architecture (DAA) equipment are also showing signs of life, but suppliers of DOCSIS CPE could be in for more pain as chip shortages persist.

US telecom groups warn of network construction delays from chip shortages
News Analysis | 6/11/2021

'The minimum delay reported by members was generally three to four weeks,' NTCA told the FCC. Some network operators report 'not being able to obtain the equipment for the 2021 construction season.'

Wi-Fi 6E poised to pave a 'VIP lane' for service providers
News Analysis | 6/11/2021

Tapping into the 6GHz band with Wi-Fi 6 will enable service providers to free up the 5GHz band and pursue a new wave of high-bandwidth, low-latency apps and services, CommScope exec says.

Intel wants to high-five SiFive – reports
News Analysis | 6/11/2021

US chip giant said to have offered $2 billion to get its hands on chip-designer startup.

Will service providers achieve the desired outcomes of digital transformation?
Guest Perspectives | 6/11/2021

Service providers need to both bend to the technology realities of the moment, while continuing the march towards a longer-term vision, writes A10's Terry Young.

Reshoring: TSMC seeks offshore options
News Analysis | 6/11/2021

Asia's most valuable company, TSMC, is weighing construction of an advanced chip-making plant in Kumamoto, western Japan.

A battle royale is forming in private wireless networking
DanoVision | 6/11/2021

A wide range of companies – from mobile network operators to cloud computing companies to startups – are colliding in their pursuit of the private wireless networking opportunity.

WiCipedia: Working from home isn't for everyone
WiCipedia | 6/11/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Working from home does not work for everyone; the biggest diversity trends; women in engineering experience daily microaggressions; and more.

Eurobites: Drahi to push for Openreach spin-off – report
News Analysis | 6/11/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia Carrier highlights pandemic security spike; 5G gaming-by-the-sea; AWS to plant data centers in Israel.

Rakuten network wins plaudits but could need a 'Hail Mary' deal
News Analysis | 6/11/2021

It performs well in a comparison with other international 4G networks, but one analyst says the loss-making Japanese firm desperately needs a deep-pocketed investor.

NBCU to deliver live coverage of Tokyo games in 4K HDR
News Analysis | 6/10/2021

Programmer's first live primetime coverage of the Olympic games in the eye-popping format will be complemented by live 4K HDR coverage on NBCU's Golf Channel and the Olympic Channel.

Accelerating broadband access tailwinds – Light Reading discusses major marketplace opportunities with DZS CEO Charlie Vogt
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 6/10/2021

DZS CEO Charlie Vogt and Light Reading Editor-in-Chief Phil Harvey discuss the accelerating tailwinds and significant opportunities present in the access market today, the turnaround at DZS and how the company is helping service providers capture "generational" opportunities.

Skepticism of Dish's 5G plans is justified – analysts
News Analysis | 6/10/2021

'Selling to enterprises is very difficult, and we don't know why anyone would work with Dish, which has no experience in building networks or working with enterprises,' argued the financial analysts at J.P. Morgan.

DoD's 5G bet is already paying dividends
Guest Perspectives | 6/10/2021

The Miramar competition provides a look into the breakthrough wireless technologies that the DoD investments have already produced.

Open RAN groupie Airspan shows progress ahead of IPO
News Analysis | 6/10/2021

Airspan reported a 67% year-over-year increase in its revenues to $45.9 million and a 42% year-over-year increase in its gross profit to $20.9 million ahead of its planned debut as a public company.

Biden's billions a throwback to Cold War innovation
News Analysis | 6/10/2021

The Biden administration's plans to tip tens of billions into new tech to counter China is a throwback to the Cold War – not necessarily a bad thing.

Starlink courting airlines for in-flight Internet connectivity deals
Broadband World News | 6/10/2021

SpaceX exec says Starlink's aviation product is in development and talks are now underway with 'several' airlines, moves that are sure to amp up competition with satellite broadband companies such as Viasat.

TikTok tale ticks to Biden finale, second season
News Analysis | 6/10/2021

Biden overturns Trump's TikTok and WeChat bans, but his new review on how Chinese companies use US data may see them die another day.

Podcast: The Divide – INDATEL and Connected2Fiber on monetizing 'fiber to the farmhouse'
CxO Spotlight | 6/10/2021

This week: Ben Edmond, founder and CEO of Connected2Fiber, and Mel Wagner, CEO of INDATEL, on the economic challenges of rural broadband and how Connected2Fiber is helping operators plan and monetize their networks.

Bring me wine and let robots run the BT network
Morris Lore | 6/10/2021

Regarding people as a problem, BT's chief network architect is determined to automate as much as he possibly can over the next decade.

Details of Verizon's C-band buildout begin trickling out
News Analysis | 6/10/2021

Verizon may not get early access to the B and C Block portions of its C-band holdings. However, it plans to add CBRS capabilities to its network as part of its C-band buildout.

Altice snags 12.1% stake in BT
News Analysis | 6/10/2021

Biggest single shareholders in UK incumbent are now French and German.

Eurobites: KPN switches on fiber joint venture
News Analysis | 6/10/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica invests in Monogoto; TIM teams up to digitalize Italian industry; Sky Italia fails to bag sports content.

Intel is building an open RAN fortress, but it's also under attack
News Analysis | 6/10/2021

Operators believe open RAN can spur competition and supplier diversity in the radio access network. So how come today's ecosystem is built around one giant chipmaker?

On China, Senate passes telecoms, chips, 5G bill
News Analysis | 6/9/2021

Eyeing China, the US Senate passed a $250 billion bill to boost the US semiconductor, telecoms, and AI sectors, but its path ahead is uncertain.

T-Mobile's CMO Matt Staneff is no longer with the company
News Analysis | 6/9/2021

Staneff said on Twitter that it's time for a new adventure. He left the wireless carrier on June 1.

Need for mobile convergence forced cable to 'think differently,' CableLabs CEO says
News Analysis | 6/9/2021

'You can't operate in a silo,' CableLabs CEO Phil McKinney says regarding a pair of recent convergence-focused initiatives that are actively seeking out cross-industry collaboration.

Private wireless networks in the US start going public
News Analysis | 6/9/2021

Private wireless networks are emerging in locations such as the Port of Oakland and the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia – an indication of the maturation of the space.

Hitting the upstream 'sweet spot' with DOCSIS 4.0
Broadband World News | 6/9/2021

DOCSIS 4.0 presents a multitude of spectrum options, but operators are already gravitating towards expanding the upstream to 396MHz, which would support upstream speeds of about 3 Gbit/s, CommScope exec says.

Podcast: Women in Comms Spotlight – Verizon engineer on the value of being a 'relentless doer'
LRTV Interviews | 6/9/2021

There is still immense pressure on women to balance the demands from their careers and personal lives, and tech companies need to provide employees with the flexibility to succeed at home and in the workplace.

CNG Europe Preview: From Dodgy to DOCSIS
LRTV Documentaries | 6/9/2021

Alan Breznick and Tien Fu share bad British humor as they prep for LR's upcoming Cable Next-Gen Europe digital symposium on June 22 and 24.

Huawei steps up the fight
News Analysis | 6/9/2021

The China-based vendor insists that country of origin does not affect the security of network equipment.

Eurobites: Google bows to EU pressure on Android search engine choice
News Analysis | 6/9/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iskratel expands into Germany; online living in the post-pandemic world; Lebara sticks with Vodafone in the UK.

Open source software expected to drive open RAN deployments
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/9/2021

SPONSORED: Key findings from Heavy Reading's 'Accelerating Open RAN Platforms Operator Survey' show that carriers are shifting to open source for their RAN software.

There are many paths to the promised land of '10G'
News Analysis | 6/8/2021

Operators have multiple tech options, including HFC, PON and even wireless, to achieve the capacity, low latency and security goals of the cable industry's 10G initiative, execs at the Anga Com event say.

Boris Johnson is shafting the GSMA
Morris Lore | 6/8/2021

UK government rules may deter thousands from attending this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Is the Twitter-India standoff over?
News Analysis | 6/8/2021

The social media giant has sought more time from the government to comply with the new IT rules, possibly marking an end to the standoff.

TIM trumpets new open RAN lab in Turin
News Analysis | 6/8/2021

After being late to the European operator open RAN party, the Italian group is trying to build a head of steam.

Rethinking networking in a 'post MPLS' world
Guest Perspectives | 6/8/2021

Performance on the Internet middle mile, once the network service provider's problem in the MPLS network, is now a concern for the enterprise, writes TeleGeography's Greg Bryan.

Android TV biz picks up at Evolution Digital
News Analysis | 6/8/2021

TDS has selected the vendor's 4K-capable Android TV device for IPTV, a deal that builds on similar wins with Liberty Latin America, Cincinnati Bell, RCN and Grande Communications.

Fastly outage gives preview of Internet apocalypse
Morris Lore | 6/8/2021

An unprofitable minnow temporarily paralyzes a few major organizations and knocks out a whole government website.

HKBN rides digital transformation through pandemic
News Analysis | 6/8/2021

In era of unprecedented change, Hong Kong telco HKBN keeps focus on the customer – expanding to office stationery sales and more.

Eurobites: We're all heading back to the office, predicts UK think-tank
News Analysis | 6/8/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Virgin Media O2 uses recycled rubble; AWS plans more data centers in Spain; Ericsson-backed report sings the praises of mmWave.

Viasat pushes ahead with global satellite broadband plan
Broadband World News | 6/7/2021

The first of three ViaSat-3 satellites, set to provide coverage for the Americas region, has completed key integration and performance testing ahead of an expected launch in 'early' 2022.

Microsoft bags US approval for $19.7B Nuance buy
News Analysis | 6/7/2021

Microsoft gets US regulatory approval to buy Nuance, the company behind Dragon voice-recognition software and the voice-rec engine for Siri.

Premium gaming options gain steam with cable ops
News Analysis | 6/7/2021

RCN, Grande Communications, Wave Broadband and enTouch are pitching a gaming-optimized Wi-Fi 6-powered router from Netgear for an extra $12.95 per month.

Light Reading Recap: Week ending June 4
LRTV Documentaries | 6/7/2021

Last week's news highlights included a look at big telco job numbers (they're dropping), Huawei's software strategy and T-Mobile's plans to connect rural America. This video first appeared on Informa Tech's executive community, The Network.

Fixed wireless, FTTH or satellite? It depends...
Guest Perspectives | 6/7/2021

Could the high cost of building a fiber connection to each home and business be avoided by using fixed wireless technology? Let's see.

Fiber push in UK might bode ill for BT
News Analysis | 6/7/2021

The UK is bustling with companies eager to build the next generation of broadband networks in what looks like a potentially nasty development for BT.

India's DoT invites applications for PLI scheme
News Analysis | 6/7/2021

India's DoT has issued guidelines on the implementation of the Production Linked Incentive scheme to spur domestic telecom equipment manufacturing.

Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone plan a more virtual MWC
News Analysis | 6/7/2021

The two European telcos are the latest to decide against having a major physical presence at the 2021 event.

China targets 2030 for commercial 6G
News Analysis | 6/7/2021

China aims to commercialize 6G by 2030, according to its leading 6G development body, the IMT-2030 (6G) Promotion Group, integrating mobile and satellite.

Korea, China feel the blowback from big 5G subsidies
News Analysis | 6/7/2021

Mobile handset subsidies are back on the table in Korea and China as operators race to sign up 5G subs.

Unscrambling AT&T's fixed wireless strategy
DanoVision | 6/7/2021

AT&T plans to use fixed wireless some of the time. Except in locations where customers are using a lot of data. And it will somehow be able to figure this out before actually serving those customers. Make sense?

Eurobites: BT sidles into SoHo
News Analysis | 6/7/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telecom Italia trials satellite Internet service; ADVA supplies gear for TIP proof of concept; Orange makes health-tech move in Africa.

The myriad reasons some people don't have broadband
Broadband World News | 6/4/2021

A large chunk of Pew Research Center survey respondents who don't have home broadband aren't really that interested in getting it in the future. And 11% without home broadband 'do not need it.'

US government to open RAN vendors: Shut up and prove it
News Analysis | 6/4/2021

President Biden's main telecom agency said it will test and price open RAN equipment and software. The program promises to lay to rest questions of open RAN efficiency, cost and capability.

Podcast: Taking DOCSIS to the maximus
LRTV Interviews | 6/4/2021

Light Reading's Alan Breznick serves up an audio appetizer on what listeners can expect to learn at the Cable Next-Gen Europe Digital Symposium later this month.

Paramount+ ad-supported service to launch June 7
News Analysis | 6/4/2021

New 'Essential' plan for Paramount+ replaces the ad-supported version of CBS All Access. Paramount+ with ads will fetch $4.99 per month, but will not include access to a local, live feed of CBS.

Orange investigates itself over network outage
News Analysis | 6/4/2021

Still unclear whether there is a direct link between deaths that occurred during an outage which prevented calls to the emergency services.

India's Jio-Google 4G phone to drop before Diwali – report
News Analysis | 6/4/2021

The smartphone, being developed in partnership with Internet giant Google, is likely to be priced at $50, with two variants, 4G and 5G.

T-Mobile outlines rural growth strategy
News Analysis | 6/4/2021

T-Mobile describes rural America as covering 140 million people across 54 million households. The company's goal is to raise its market share there from the 'low teens' today to around 20% by 2025.

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