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Comcast beefs up network capacity, uses AI to keep data demands in check
News Analysis | 6/29/2020

As usage spiked during the early parts of the pandemic, Comcast has accelerated the pace of capacity upgrades and sped up the use of an AI system called 'Octave' to boost the efficiency of its access networks.

Vodafone silent on Huawei as it values 5G at £158B to UK economy
Morris Lore | 6/29/2020

Greater support from government authorities will be needed if the UK is to realize the full benefits of 5G, says a new report from the UK operator.

IoT security prioritization creeps to the forefront
News Analysis | 6/29/2020

Comcast, Google, Amazon and T-Mobile are among the big names behind the Internet of Secure Things Alliance. But will driving a global standard of IoT security be enough to thwart the threat?

Eurobites: UK government faces fresh lawmakers' mutiny over Huawei
News Analysis | 6/29/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson's aboard the 5G train; Lebara chooses Openet for charging; BT fast-tracks ethnic minority employees.

Ericsson trumpets mobile core network win from Liberty Latin America
News Analysis | 6/29/2020

Sweden-based vendor says the three-year deal will focus on implementing virtualized and cloud-based mobile core network solutions to prepare the operator for new technologies.

India to test telecom gear as tension rises with China
News Analysis | 6/29/2020

Indian authorities will require some equipment to undergo mandatory tests starting in October in a move that could hold up network deployment.

Nokia lands $450M 5G contract with Taiwan Mobile
News Analysis | 6/29/2020

Finnish vendor lands a significant 5G contract with an existing customer.

Clearing up my view of the telco cloud
The Wizard of Roz | 6/26/2020

A former cloud insider returns, with an outside-in, peek-behind-the-curtain look at the telco industry's road to becoming more cloud native.

5G protest movement keeps marching on
Morris Lore | 6/26/2020

The campaign against the new mobile technology flared up in Ireland this week, and it's not just about the coronavirus.

Eurobites: Ericsson tells UK it can fill void left by Huawei ban
News Analysis | 6/26/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom integrates e-SIM onto Qualcomm chipset; Telia takes control of rail signaling in Oslo; Bouygyes Telecom buys Credit Mutuel subsidiary.

WiCipedia: How tech can evolve beyond performative activism
WiCipedia | 6/26/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: How companies can get past performative activism; steps to support women at work; Melinda Gates does it again; and more.

Mavenir flags standalone 5G core trial with Deutsche Telekom
News Analysis | 6/26/2020

Emerging open RAN player reveals collaboration with German operator to validate what it describes as 'web-scale technologies' for the 5G standalone core.

What will Jio do with its recent windfall?
News Analysis | 6/26/2020

The Indian operator has attracted billions of dollars from a range of investments. Debt reduction might not be the only option.

Verizon's 'enhanced' 5G Home lands in Houston
News Analysis | 6/25/2020

The company also touts a repeater technology trial with Pivotal Commware designed to enhance and boost Verizon's millimeter wave 5G signals.

VMware jumps on the SASE train with zero-trust access service
News Analysis | 6/25/2020

VMware is integrating its SD-WAN service and Workspace ONE to provide the zero-trust service, and will deploy the service in over 100 locations.

Consumers culling SVoD services, TiVo study finds
News Analysis | 6/25/2020

Some 21% of pay-TV subs and 11% of broadband-only customers have removed a subscription VoD service within the last six months. Meanwhile, adoption of ad-based streaming services remains strong.

Cable One will boost data plans, but not scrap its cap
News Analysis | 6/25/2020

Cable operator will permanently increase most residential data plans by up to 300 gigabytes starting July 1 and extend other pandemic-related relief measures through the end of 2020.

Singapore ties up 5G loose ends
News Analysis | 6/25/2020

Provisional 5G license winners given all-clear after doing necessary paperwork. (Oh, and Huawei is given a wide berth.)

Huawei to build new £1B UK R&D center after local council gives blessing
News Analysis | 6/25/2020

The go-ahead by authorities in Cambridgeshire will anger US officials and put further pressure on the government as it considers Huawei's future role in the UK.

How NB-IoT bombed: An IoT tale of hubris and no-show
Morris Lore | 6/25/2020

Last year, there were hardly any NB-IoT connections outside China. Just what happened to the technology that was hailed as such a revolutionary thing?

Eurobites: Ericsson offers 'try before you buy' 5G SA kits to enterprises
News Analysis | 6/25/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telecom Italia sells Inwit stakes; Colt goes multicloud; Becks plows dough into esports.

NTT takes $560M stake in NEC to forge 5G, optical alliance
News Analysis | 6/25/2020

The companies said in a statement that they will develop and sell 'ICT products utilizing innovative optical and wireless technologies.'

Vodafone partners with Ford to deploy private 5G network in UK
News Analysis | 6/25/2020

Ford becomes first carmaker to deploy a private mobile network based on 5G in the UK, with the aim of supporting the future production of electric vehicles.

Security a key part of Nokia's new Digital Operations Center for 5G
News Analysis | 6/25/2020

Nokia's new Digital Operations Center supports network slicing for 5G, among other offerings, but also provides a focus on network security.

Technicolor sets restructuring plan, expects 'good year' for Connected Home unit
News Analysis | 6/24/2020

The key supplier of gateways and set-tops plans to obtain €420 million in new financing under the restructuring plan as the company continues to grapple with the financial impact of the pandemic.

Light Reading's Leading Lights 2020: The Finalists
News Analysis | 6/24/2020

Light Reading is delighted to announce the finalists for this year's Leading Lights Awards program, which is now in its 16th year.

Why Amazon is sizing up a 'live' video play for Prime Video
The Bauminator | 6/24/2020

Adding a curated, linear-style streaming component to its video platform will help Amazon promote its broader on-demand fare, according to analysts and industry experts.

Could COVID-19 finally make broadband universal in the US?
DanoVision | 6/24/2020

Microsoft's CEO sees a future of 'remote everything.' As a result, there's a growing consensus among lawmakers that Internet access is no longer a 'nice to have' but a 'need to have.'

Was T-Mobile California dreamin'?
News Analysis | 6/24/2020

Pledge to create 1,000 full-time new jobs in the sunshine state goes out the window.

The labors of Lundmark: Herculean turnaround faces new Nokia boss
Morris Lore | 6/24/2020

Pekka Lundmark will join Nokia as CEO in August, returning to a company he previously worked for 20 years ago. The task ahead of him looks immense.

China 5G numbers soar as prices sink
News Analysis | 6/24/2020

Chinese telcos are slashing prices in a short-term, unsustainable effort to drive up 5G subscribers.

Verizon begins pushing prepaid as recession dawns
News Analysis | 6/24/2020

Verizon is reducing the cost of its unlimited prepaid option, a move that coincides with a wider emphasis by the company on prepaid amid the beginnings of a recession in the US.

Eurobites: Ericsson nudges 5G rivals aside in Croatia
News Analysis | 6/24/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica boss spies the sunlit M&A uplands; Telia turns to Motorola for push-to-talk; Elisa goes streaming with NENT Group.

Podcast: What's the story with HBO Max?
LRTV Interviews | 6/24/2020

On this episode of 'What's the Story?' – a new series from the Light Reading Podcast – Jeff Baumgartner talks with pod host Nicole Ferraro about HBO Max: the latest news, why it matters and what's likely to happen next.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Nokia, Huawei and social media censorship
LRTV Documentaries | 6/24/2020

Parental advisory: Includes tub-thumping and eye-rolling.

Dell said to be considering 'options' for VMware stake
News Analysis | 6/24/2020

Report says Dell is looking at options including a spinoff of its $50 billion stake in the enterprise software specialist.

After three years of development, US operators' password app languishes
News Analysis | 6/23/2020

More than six months after launching, the ZenKey 'single sign-on' app from AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon shows just a handful of downloads and no named supporting companies.

Verizon expected to go big in CBRS 3.5GHz auction
News Analysis | 6/23/2020

Verizon is widely anticipated to spend heavily in the upcoming CBRS spectrum auction. But factors including spectrum sharing and power output levels could temper its bidding enthusiasm.

NBCU's Peacock cuts streaming deal with Google
News Analysis | 6/23/2020

Agreement covers entry on Android, Chromecast and Android TV devices ahead of Peacock's national debut on July 15.

What went wrong at Edge Gravity?
News Analysis | 6/23/2020

Edge Gravity, Ericsson's internal startup focused on the development of a global edge computing cloud, is said to have suffered from an 'innovator's dilemma' that hinders large companies from changing their ways.

Optical network automation gets real
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/23/2020

The needle is moving firmly toward an automated optical future, writes Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin.

Big telcos have cut headcount by 9% since 2015
News Analysis | 6/23/2020

Telco staff are reeling as operators announce pandemic-era layoffs after years of cutbacks by many of the world's biggest companies.

SD-WAN market to exceed $4B by 2023 – report
News Analysis | 6/23/2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic slowed SD-WAN market momentum in the first half of 2020, Futuriom forecasts a pickup in the second half of 2020 and into 2021 as more enterprise employees work from home and require secure, remote access services.

ITIF says WTF on Huawei, ZTE
News Analysis | 6/23/2020

US think tank accuses China of artificially beefing up its telecom equipment suppliers and holding back 5G innovation.

Supreme Court shoots down Comcast's request to review TiVo patent case
News Analysis | 6/23/2020

The US High Court shoots down Comcast petition centering on an earlier Federal Circuit court decision involving two TiVo patents that describe remote DVR recording functionality.

China edges forward on 5G private networks
News Analysis | 6/23/2020

Local government and industry experts in China push back against a 5G private network monopoly.

Eurobites: Nokia gets the nod for Ireland's national broadband plan
News Analysis | 6/23/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Irish coronavirus app poised for deployment; Sky Germany looks ahead; InCoax lands US MoCa deal.

SoftBank to offload most of T-Mobile US stake
News Analysis | 6/23/2020

Former Sprint parent company to give Deutsche Telekom the option to buy a further 101 million shares in T-Mobile US by June 2024.

Nokia is first big kit vendor to unveil O-RAN suite
News Analysis | 6/23/2020

Finnish kit vendor says a full set of O-RAN-compliant products will be ready in 2021, putting pressure on Ericsson and other traditional rivals.

COVID-19: What's next for the communications industry
Column | 6/23/2020

CSPs must start planning for what comes next and the role they can play in helping societies and economies recover in the pandemic's aftermath.

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