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Eurobites: Proximus gives its VDSL some va-va-voom
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: how 5G is changing the way folk use their phones; Orange brings 5G to Slovakia; the Queen promises to sort out UK broadband.

Mo Katibeh now in charge of building AT&T's 5G, fiber network
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

Mo Katibeh is now in charge of AT&T's capital budget 'including AT&T's aggressive fiber build expansion and nationwide 5G deployment,' the company confirmed to Light Reading.

Small cells cool off while midband 5G buildouts begin
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

Verizon, T-Mobile and others are building 5G in midband spectrum. That work is initially focused on macro cell towers. Small cells, on the other hand, might come into play later.

FuboTV subs climb to 590,000, up 105% year-on-year
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

'Sports-first' OTT-TV service provider intends to kick off a beta of its free-to-play gaming within weeks, and its interactive sportsbook in Q4. FuboTV now expects to end 2021 with as many as 850,000 subscribers.

Biden: 25Mbit/s broadband is fine, I guess
Broadband World News | 5/11/2021

Although President Biden has hinted at a broadband future with 1Gbit/s speeds, new rules from his administration suggest speeds of 100 Mbit/s. And they acknowledge speeds of just 25 Mbit/s.

Remote working poses new threats to enterprise security – Verizon report
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

Verizon report on mobile device security reveals phishing attempts are on the rise; malware threats have slightly decreased.

TiVo leads Roku and Amino in MobiTV auction with baseline bid of $14.1M
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

Other qualified bidders for MobiTV's assets include TV2, RPX, Vobile and Streaming TV Acquisition. Update: TiVo has been outbid by Amino's $10 million bid for MobiTV's 'going concern' business combined with a $5 million bid from the Roku-RPX joint venture for MobiTV's IP/patent assets.

China joins the global LEO satellite race
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

China has established a new state-owned satellite company that looks set to drive its national LEO broadband efforts.

SoftBank Corp plans PayPay IPO, peeks beyond Japan
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

With Japan's mobile market maturing, SoftBank Corp looks to pan-Asian data analytics, chat and driverless cars for other bets to boost its numbers.

Back off or Ericsson gets it, China reportedly tells Sweden
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

The equipment maker could be turfed out of China's second 5G tender if Sweden's government does not reinstate Huawei and ZTE, according to a Chinese news report.

5G, digital drive double digit earnings growth at SKT, KT
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

Korea's two biggest operators have both reported a double digit spike in Q1 operating profit, with signs their 5G investments may be starting to pay off.

Nokia wins 5G contract from Movistar Chile
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

The Finnish vendor adds another deal to its list of 5G contracts in the Americas.

Building pay-TV resilience in a time of crisis
Guest Perspectives | 5/11/2021

Using and analyzing real-time and industry-specific data along with the formation of adaptive roadmaps are critical as video service providers work their way out of the pandemic and towards business growth.

Podcast: Stanford's Nick McKeown on his SDN legacy and 5G security
LRTV Interviews | 5/11/2021

Stanford University's Nick McKeown, recipient of the 2021 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, joins the podcast to discuss a career milestone and a very forward-looking 5G project that involves (hopefully not) crashing drones on purpose.

Eurobites: UK class action seeks £1.5B from Apple for app 'overcharging'
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica teams up with Microsoft on 5G private networks; Samsung isn't going to Barcelona; Ericsson boosts indoor 5G.

MobiTV's sale plan gets some static on eve of auction
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

Buckeye Cablevision is worried about what might happen if MobiTV's assets, which include software code that Buckeye licenses to deliver video services, were to change hands.

Five reasons why US wireless growth is speeding up
DanoVision | 5/10/2021

The US wireless industry collected a total of more than 7 million new postpaid phone customers during the past 12 months. Where are all these new customers coming from?

T-Mobile looks to squash Dish's 12GHz aspirations in 5G
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

T-Mobile is urging the FCC to take Dish Network's 12GHz spectrum licenses away from the company and auction them for 5G. Billions of dollars could be at stake.

Dish teams with UScellular for 5G towers
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

Dish Network is looking to cover portions of the Central and Western US via its new cell tower Master Lease Agreement (MLA) with UScellular.

Aussie telcos take aim at costly NBN with 5G
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

Dissatisfied with NBN pricing, Australian telcos are making an end-run around the wholesale network with 5G fixed wireless.

China's 'big three' to exit NYSE
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom lose their appeal against delisting.

Amino Technologies among bidders for MobiTV
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

Virtual auction for MobiTV, a bankrupt provider of IP video services to a wide range of cable operators and telcos, is set for the morning of Tuesday, May 11.

Swisscom taps Nokia for transport network upgrade
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

The Finnish vendor is to modernize the Swiss operator's transport network to enable faster service delivery through increased automation.

Future-proofing the network: Why you need to optimize for user experience
Guest Perspectives | 5/10/2021

The network needs to be set up to prioritize types of traffic – and anything else that employees need – both for the rest of 2021, and to ensure we're ready for what the future might hold.

Poland's IS-Wireless steps into Europe's open RAN void
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

A Polish startup says it can go one better than the usual American software options for open RAN technology.

Eurobites: Zain hit by COVID-19 and currency devaluations in Q1
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica sells off four more data centers; A1 Digital offers container orchestration; Dixons Carphone pays 'living wage.'

YouTube TV creates new workaround as Roku standoff continues
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

New feature nests YouTube TV inside the YouTube app, and arrives after Roku removed the YouTube TV app. Update: Roku calls Google's action the 'clear conduct of an unchecked monopolist.'

Roku CEO: Streaming ad market is catching up to TV
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

Roku's Platforms business, which is fueled in part by advertising and inventory on The Roku Channel, grew 101% in the first quarter of 2021.

Ultra-low latency streaming struggles for adoption beyond niche applications
Guest Perspectives | 5/7/2021

Cost and scaling and a lack of business value for many video applications remain key issues for ultra-low latency streaming.

Synamedia sparks managed RDK offering for service providers
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

RDK-based 'Gravity' offering will support managed Wi-Fi, cybersecurity and advanced routing services and also try to provide capabilities similar to those of Google's Android TV Operator Tier in the video world.

Double checking: Are you going to MWC Barcelona?
The Philter | 5/7/2021

We're still getting mixed messages about #MWC2021. The pandemic's grip is loosening in several places, but is it enough to bring the telecom world to Barcelona? Take our survey and let us know.

Cable One video penetration dips to 10.9% as broadband dominates
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

Cable One, like WideOpenWest, continues to see solid results from a broadband-focused strategy that gives short shrift to pay-TV.

Airwaive wants to be an Airbnb for wireless network equipment
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

The startup connects operators with hosts that will manage small cells in exchange for a monthly fee. Its first deployment is planned for this summer.

Verizon aims to test 5G, carrier aggregation in 3.5GHz CBRS band
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

Verizon's 5G tests in the 3.5GHz CBRS band will also include 'intra-band and inter-band carrier aggregation between 3.5GHz and licensed (and/or unlicensed) bands.'

Ericsson settles Samsung patent dispute with surprising speed
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

The two vendors sign a multi-year agreement and settle their dispute in under five months, although not without inflicting some pain on Ericsson.

WiCipedia: How to tackle implicit bias and the 'lonely only'
WiCipedia | 5/7/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: How to overcome implicit bias; Snapchat shares diversity report findings; sports tech nonprofit lobbies for women to join industry; and more.

Eurobites: Smart cities need to up their security game, says UK spies' HQ
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: LoRaWAN for water control in Poland; Orange Business Services lands SD-WAN gig; Telecom Italia confuses with story rebuttal.

A Cellnex mutation could upend European telecom
Morris Lore | 5/7/2021

Cellnex has gone from renting out space on towers to buying 5G equipment in a move that has major ramifications for service providers, equipment makers and authorities.

Broadband providers bankrolled fake net neutrality opposition, investigation finds
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

In the early days of the Trump administration, a group of senior broadband industry executives hatched a plan to overturn the FCC's net neutrality guidelines, according to the New York Attorney General.

CommScope struggles with supply and demand for set-tops and gateways
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

Supply chain constraints, particularly with semiconductors, are hitting Home Networks, the unit that CommScope intends to spin out in the first quarter of 2022.

Telecom Italia loses game of fiber monopoly to EU
Morris Lore | 5/6/2021

Italian operator's share price falls sharply after Italy's prime minister is reported to have shot down its plans to merge with Open Fiber.

Lumen puts copper biz on the auction block...again
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

'If we find transactions that are positive to shareholders, we won't hesitate to move forward,' said CEO Jeff Storey. But some analysts aren't so sure that's going to actually happen.

WOM Colombia sets sail with Whale Cloud BSS
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

Colombia's fourth mobile operator is said to be aiming for a 25% market share in five years.

Malaysia invites eight bids for 5G wholesale network
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

Malaysia gets cracking on its ambitious plan to build a single national 5G wholesale network – but government officials haven't explained who will pay.

Podcast: The Divide – Next Century Cities' Francella Ochillo on documenting local perspectives in broadband policy
LRTV Interviews | 5/6/2021

This week: Francella Ochillo, executive director of Next Century Cities, on the challenges local communities face in having their voices represented in broadband policy making and deployment.

India may postpone 5G auction but clears trials
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

India's 5G spectrum (3.3-3.6GHz) auction may be pushed to the first quarter of 2022 due to the devastating second wave of COVID-19, according to reports.

ViacomCBS adds 6M streaming subs in Q1, extends total to 36M
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

Paid subscriber gains led by Paramount+, the super-sized streaming service that debuted on March 4 and succeeded CBS All Access.

Liberty Global sees Virgin gains ahead of O2 wedding
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

Having sold off so much of its European estate, the cable company needs a forthcoming UK marriage to work out.

Podcast – Nokia North America CTO: Standards and parity will save open RAN
LRTV Interviews | 5/6/2021

Nokia North America CTO Mike Murphy examines the standards and parity challenges open RAN has to overcome to become a fully fledged technology.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia loses government support for single network plan
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Airspan to open lab in Slough; Three's revenue rises in Q1; Openreach trials digital migration in Suffolk.

Full speed ahead for low-latency DOCSIS
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

Extending beyond the need for raw speeds and feeds, reducing latencies could set up a 'revolutionary change' to the user's broadband experience, says CableLabs exec Matt Schmitt.

Counting the cost: How chip shortages are affecting telecom companies
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

Infinera, Apple, National Instruments and Viavi are among the companies that have reported financial troubles due to the ongoing global chipset shortage.

Who needs help with their math: Charlie Ergen or Mike Sievert?
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

T-Mobile counts around 900,000 Dish Network customers that will be affected by its CDMA plans. Dish puts that number closer to 4 million. The truth may lie elsewhere.

American Tower's latest deal shows towermania has yet to end
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

US towerco sells a stake in its European business and announces a public offering to raise funds for its takeover of Telxius.

CommScope takes another step toward DOCSIS 4.0
Broadband World News | 5/5/2021

Supplier says a new, flexible distributed access architecture (DAA) product, which could play a role in future DOCSIS 4.0 networks, is ready for field deployments.

China reins in big tech as Telecom Law makes a comeback
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

China has fallen out of love with tech giants and is seeking new ways to punish them.

Musk's Starlink reports 500K orders on Star Wars Day
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

Elon Musk announces the Starlink satellite Internet service has 500,000 pre-orders, rocketing up from 10,000 in February.

Vodafone UK gets serious about automation with Ciena deal
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

The UK mobile operator believes the overhaul of its transport infrastructure will lead to cost savings and a competitive edge.

Facebook's Workplace boosted by home-working trend
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

The social network's business communication product hits 7 million paid subscribers, but it is still a minnow compared to Teams.

Cloud-in-a-box enables enterprises to reach new heights
Guest Perspectives | 5/5/2021

A cloud-in-a-box – perhaps more commonly referred to as 'Business in a Box' or 'Infrastructure In a Box' – takes everything to the edge, and dramatically reduces the possibility of business disruptions due to the misfunctioning or end-of-life application servers or network devices at each location.

Eurobites: Nokia launches blockchain-powered data marketplace
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Echostar teams up with Semtech for satellite-based services; Slovak Telekom increases its capacity with Intelsat; BICS simplifies SIMs.

RDK deployments expand to 80M+ devices worldwide
News Analysis | 5/5/2021

RDK Management, an organization now led by Jason Briggs following the recent departure of Steve Heeb, hits device deployment milestone as Google continues to drive service provider scale with Android TV.

Does 5G make a difference? T-Mobile says yes
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

T-Mobile's CEO said that the operator's new Magenta Max 5G customers consume 40% more data than its other 5G customers, and fully 70% more data than T-Mobile's average 4G LTE customers.

As US policymakers mull open RAN certifications, others move on
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

'An industry certification program for open RAN can be a significant milestone,' Microsoft told the FCC. Meantime, the O-RAN Alliance, the UK government and others aren't standing still.

WideOpenWest's pay-TV penetration falls to 8.9%
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Operator's 'broadband-first' strategy is in full swing, as vast majority of new customers take only WOW's broadband service and attach a streaming service.

Nextlink walks away from RDOF obligations in New Mexico
Broadband World News | 5/4/2021

Nextlink won't build Internet connections to 265 locations in New Mexico. The company said that's just 0.1% of its RDOF coverage area, but critics are beginning to sound the alarm.

Chunghwa boosts earnings while 5G cost weigh on Taiwan Mobile
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Taiwan heavyweights Chunghwa Telecom and Taiwan Mobile have handed down contrasting Q1 results.

KPN spurns 'unsolicited' takeover bids by private equity firms
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Dutch incumbent KPN, in response to media speculation, said it had knocked back two separate and 'unsolicited' takeover bids from private equity firms EQT and KKR.

Discord jilts Microsoft for Sony instead
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Microsoft's $12 billion takeover offer for the popular video game chat service Discord has been denied.

Google moves a step closer to running Vodafone
Morris Lore | 5/4/2021

The operator is entrusting more of its systems to the public cloud and will use a technology developed with Google to realize cost savings and service improvements.

Harmonic grapples with supply chain constraints
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Expected short-term issue is driving up costs and lowering margins for cable access gear, but not enough to alter Harmonic's revenue forecast for 2021.

Second COVID wave disrupts India's smartphone growth story
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

The ongoing second wave of the pandemic is likely to have a devastating impact on the smartphone market in the country, according to Counterpoint Research.

Telenor plunges into the red after Myanmar write-off
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

As if COVID-19 were not enough to contend with, Telenor's Myanmar business reels from the effects of February's coup and its aftermath.

Aryaka scoops up SASE provider Secucloud
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Secucloud provides Aryaka with a SASE platform that includes a cloud-based firewall-as-a-service, DNS security and secure web gateway with advanced threat protection capabilities.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia begins copper switch-off in Trento
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia in FWA foray with Ooredoo Kuwait; OneWeb takes on GPS; BT offers half-price broadband for welfare claimants.

Dish's Boost Mobile to add telemedicine to the bundle
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

Alongside calling, texting and mobile hotspot capabilities, Dish Network's Boost Mobile MVNO will also offer telemedicine services through K Health on its $60/month plan.

Will Frontier add a wireless play? 'Never say never,' exec says
News Analysis | 5/3/2021

Striking an MVNO deal is 'an interesting idea,' but the near-term focus is on upgrading and expanding Frontier's fiber network as the company exits bankruptcy, executive chairman John Stratton says.

Now open: The 2021 Light Reading Leading Lights awards
The Philter | 5/3/2021

Our entry page is live and we're now accepting your nominations for outstanding achievements in communications across 26 categories, including the Light Reading Hall of Fame.

What AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are doing to harden their networks
News Analysis | 5/3/2021

As the 2021 hurricane and wildfire season gets underway, the nation's top wireless network operators say they're preparing their operations for worst-case scenarios.

Verizon Media, home to Yahoo and AOL, sold to Apollo for $5B
News Analysis | 5/3/2021

While Verizon will retain 10% of that business, the 'corporate carveout' effectively ends Verizon's individual pursuit of a digital advertising and media market led by the likes of Google and Facebook.

Telecom industry's political contributions remain in the spotlight
News Analysis | 5/3/2021

T-Mobile said in January it would 'reevaluate' its political contributions. But in February the company was among those that made the maximum legal contributions to GOP candidates.

India's STL sees 5G, open RAN as fiber growth factors
News Analysis | 5/3/2021

Corning competitor STL said increased bandwidth usage, European expansion and more 5G network buildups will keep it growing in 2021.

YouTube TV touts casting workaround as its app is purged from Roku's store
News Analysis | 5/3/2021

OTT-TV service is presenting alternatives after YouTube TV and Roku failed to strike a new deal that reportedly centers in part on Google's desire to have the AV1 codec supported on Roku's platform.

Verizon, T-Mobile outline their open RAN fears
News Analysis | 5/3/2021

'Open RAN is not ready for full commercial deployment for several reasons,' T-Mobile argued. 'For example, methods must be developed for implementing regulatory mandates, like 911.'

Ad-supported HBO Max to fetch $9.99/month – report
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

Decision to move forward with an ad-aided form of the premium service, due to launch sometime in June, has rankled some pay-TV distributors, according to CNBC.

AT&T to launch open RAN by next year
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

'We are actively working in this direction,' AT&T told the FCC of its plans to introduce open RAN equipment into its network 'within the next year.'

KPN Q1 beats on earnings, but sales take a hit
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

Through what it called 'continued disciplined cost control,' Dutch incumbent's underlying profit is (slightly) better than analysts predicted.

Telecom begins the fight against US government rate regulation
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

A group of top telecom providers are filing a lawsuit to block New York state legislation requiring 15Mbit/s broadband services starting at $15 per month.

Charter aims to stoke mobile growth after adding 300K lines in Q1
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

Charter ended Q1 with 2.67 million mobile lines, and is ready to grab many more. 'We have owner's economics in many ways,' CEO Tom Rutledge says in reference to its Wi-Fi network and use of CBRS spectrum.

EU regulator Vestager: Apple's App Store is anticompetitive
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

Apple's App Store breaches EU competition law, says EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager. But will it just start charging for downloads instead?

5G sales in the US reach the halfway point
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

Counterpoint reported that the percentage of 5G phones in quarterly sales among Americans rose from 0% in the second quarter of 2019 to 57% in the fourth quarter of last year.

Nearly 20% of Charter's non-video subs consume at least 1TB per month
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

Charter's average non-video customers used about 700 gigabytes per month in the first part of Q1 2020, CEO says.

Chinese police recover 70 million tons of fake SIMs
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

Chinese police have just broken up a ring that involved retailers, MVNOs, telco employees and more than 300 criminal gangs.

China operators return to growth but battle costs
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

Chinese operators report growth, but they're also struggling to contain the costs of their emerging digital revenue streams.

WiCipedia: 'Gender is embedded in the job'
WiCipedia | 4/30/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Conferences go virtual this year; the tech industry's fundamental flaw; getting girls access to the Internet; and more.

Podcast: These pitches be crazy!
LRTV Interviews | 4/30/2021

In this Light Reading podcast "pitch session," editors Phil Harvey, Mike Dano, Jeff Baumgartner and I share some story pitches that are about as useful as a Shake Weight.

The NeoPhotonics show goes on without Huawei, for now
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

The components maker worst affected by US sanctions against Huawei is proving how important its technology is to other big players.

Proximus continues to count COVID-19 cost in Q1
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

Belgian operator is not yet out of the woods as revenue and core earnings fall in the first three months of 2021.

Eurobites: Nokia lands GSM-R gig with ProRail
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swisscom gets into digital signage; gamers take to smartphones during lockdown; Boris is ready to take your call.

End-to-end service orchestration in the 5G and cloud era
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 4/30/2021

With the nexus of 5G, cloud and edge, the foundation is being laid to enable a wide range of innovative services. But getting these launched quickly and managed effectively requires service providers to evolve how they approach service automation and orchestration.

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