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Oh, Ciena... analysts impressed by Q2 beats
News Analysis | 6/5/2020

Network supplier surpasses expectations. Strong order-book impresses.

Rakuten's 4G core will not survive NEC shift
News Analysis | 6/5/2020

Japanese e-commerce giant says the move will address some of the shortcomings of the non-standalone system it has built.

The only 5G health risk is the mast-burning vandal
Morris Lore | 6/5/2020

'Experts' who depict 5G as the ultimate evil could provide the vindication that others seek for their criminal behavior.

WiCipedia: How companies can align values with profits
WiCipedia | 6/5/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: The pandemic could negatively affect diversity efforts; companies like Cisco are aligning money with ethics; queer women and nonbinary people in tech get their own who's who list; and more.

Broadcom signals delay to new Apple iPhone launch
News Analysis | 6/5/2020

Chipmaker points to delays at 'large North American mobile phone' customer that will push its usual annual revenue uptick into the current, third fiscal quarter.

Eurobites: France, Germany suit up for cloud 'moonshot'
News Analysis | 6/5/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Switzerland ahead in Europe's 5G race, says Omdia; Telecom Italia cuts more jobs; COVID-19 app confusion in the UK.

How Amazon, Microsoft and Google are courting – and challenging – telcos
News Analysis | 6/4/2020

The pairings between telecom operators and public cloud providers for edge computing and 5G are growing, a trend that's expected to pick up steam in the months and years ahead.

AT&T catches heat for HBO Max data cap exemption
News Analysis | 6/4/2020

Citing potential net neutrality concerns, a set of Democratic US senators has criticized AT&T's sponsored data policy for the new SVoD service, arguing it could harm consumers and stifle competition.

Amazon wants to buy stake worth $2B in India's Airtel – reports
News Analysis | 6/4/2020

Web giant is the latest foreign investor linked with the Indian telecom sector after recent moves by Facebook and various private equity firms.

US cell tower techs warned of 5G attacks
News Analysis | 6/4/2020

A trade association for US cell tower technicians is warning its members of possible attacks this weekend. Ericsson will reportedly discontinue work on US cell towers due to the situation.

Comcast teases 'interactive livestreams' for X1
The Bauminator | 6/4/2020

Cable op is developing enhanced television applications for its pay-TV platform that will be powered by tech from Watchwith, the deep metadata company Comcast acquired in 2017.

UK in search of Huawei 5G replacements – report
News Analysis | 6/4/2020

Prime Minister Johnson shows signs of backtracking on the Chinese supplier.

US military expands 5G testing to include AR, spectrum sharing and open RAN
News Analysis | 6/4/2020

The US military said it will test 5G networks across a total of 12 bases, and will look at technologies ranging from spectrum sharing to 'Open Radio Access Networks.'

Midco nears debut of new IP-based video service
News Analysis | 6/4/2020

Eyeing improved pay-TV economics, the new offering, called 'Midco TV,' will run on mobile devices and Android TV boxes, use TiVo's UI and be underpinned by Vecima's CDN and video processing/transcoding platforms.

HKT weighing sale of international unit PCCW Global – report
News Analysis | 6/4/2020

The company is in the early stages of considering a number of options, including sale.

Eurobites: Iliad, Open Fiber 'close to deal'
News Analysis | 6/4/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: O2 rides the rails in the UK; Brit academic slams COVID-19 app strategy; Com Hem upgrades TV service.

Telecom equipment market gets off to weak start in Q1 2020 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 6/4/2020

Revenue shares of Cisco, Huawei and Nokia declined in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same period of 2019.

Making open RAN happen
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/3/2020

Open RAN is a new way to build mobile access networks with many benefits.

AT&T: We moved hundreds of tower sites in 2019 to get better deals
News Analysis | 6/3/2020

As it works to reduce the cash outlay for renting space on cell towers, AT&T is threatening to move off of towers it deems too expensive.

CenturyLink touts early edge computing customer wins
News Analysis | 6/3/2020

Following its announcement last year of an investment into edge computing, CenturyLink said it's seeing interest from customers deploying private networks and IoT offerings.

New Netcracker suite lures 15 customers to the show
News Analysis | 6/3/2020

The 2020 update from the NEC subsidiary looks well timed, with 5G, the cloud and a microservices architecture all in mind.

Quibi cuts back – report
News Analysis | 6/3/2020

The struggling mobile-focused streaming service confirmed internally that some senior execs are taking a voluntary 10% pay cut, but shot down rumors that the company is mulling a broader 10% staff layoff.

Comcast beefs up cloud DVR storage
News Analysis | 6/3/2020

Cable op has quietly more than doubled its cloud DVR storage hours – from 60 to 150 per sub – but how does it compare to the streaming competition?

Huawei tried to cover up its control of Iran's Skycom – Reuters
News Analysis | 6/3/2020

The Chinese equipment vendor tried to bury details of its relationship with Skycom, a company that sold equipment to Iran in breach of US sanctions, according to new documents unearthed by Reuters.

T-Mobile moving NYC's midband 5G signal from Nokia to Ericsson
News Analysis | 6/3/2020

T-Mobile is shutting off the 2.5GHz 5G signal on Nokia's equipment in New York City. Instead, the operator is using Ericsson equipment to broadcast that midband transmission.

CCS Insight more bullish on 5G than GSMA
News Analysis | 6/3/2020

Research firm says a quarter of mobile connections will be 5G by 2025.

Goodbye Huawei, hello Ericsson: Swap-out gathers pace
Morris Lore | 6/3/2020

The Swedish equipment vendor is in pole position as the US-led campaign against Huawei gathers momentum.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: M&A, retail and social media
LRTV Documentaries | 6/3/2020

'Just the two of us,' crooned the late, great Bill Withers. He probably had this podcast in mind.

Eurobites: Fastweb boosts its enterprise appeal with Cutaway acquisition
News Analysis | 6/3/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iskratel tackles CPE; work begins on Channel Islands network upgrade; Telefónica offers its servers for research into diseases.

Nokia trumpets green credentials with 5G liquid cooling tech
News Analysis | 6/3/2020

Finnish vendor said it helped mobile operator Elisa to reduce energy costs and CO2 emissions of its 5G basestation.

Rakuten unwraps NEC's 5G core
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

NEC will supply Rakuten's 5G core. That's noteworthy considering Rakuten has emerged as a leading player in the global wireless industry's move to open, cloud-based network technology.

Zoom blooms and another boom looms soon
The Philter | 6/2/2020

After attracting 265,400 customers with more than 10 employees and a whole host of weird cocktail parties, the video conference star predicts another killer quarter ahead.

Small US cable op scraps its data cap
The Bauminator | 6/2/2020

Antietam Broadband has eliminated its data usage plans and data caps permanently after relaxing those policies temporarily during the pandemic. Antietam's move could pressure other cable ops to follow suit.

US continues push to keep China out of its telecom networks
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

Telecom companies including Huawei, Pacific Networks and ComNet are among those in heated legal disputes with US officials, who are aiming to turn the world against China.

Vodafone bosses boost their pay as jobs are culled
Morris Lore | 6/2/2020

Times are good for the top brass at the UK operator, but less rosy for the service provider's European workforce.

AT&T's Sponsored Data rises again for HBO Max
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

AT&T's smartphone customers won't incur data-usage fees when they watch content from HBO Max. That's likely an indication of AT&T's efforts to ensure the success of the offering.

Cisco donates $5M to anti-discrimination organizations, postpones Cisco Live
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

The event was originally scheduled to run today and Wednesday – which would have marked the first fully virtual Cisco Live US.

Starry's base growing by 10% per month, nearing 100K sub mark – analyst
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

Fixed wireless broadband startup is succeeding in a slow, targeted way against rivals in markets such as Boston, but Starry's greater impact on the national US broadband market is still a drop in the bucket.

Digicel embarks on Iliad odyssey
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

Beleaguered Caribbean operator sets sail on mobile network JV with French telecoms group.

Telefónica Deutschland opts for Ericsson as 5G core partner
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

German operator prefers to rely on a European supplier for the 'security-relevant' 5G core.

Malaysia minister sidelines regulator with shock 5G directive
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah has ordered the regulator to issue 700MHz spectrum to five individual operators.

Viasat cuts staff, sizes up LEO satellite opportunity for rural broadband
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

Satellite broadband company has laid off about 300 employees and paused hiring to ease the financial impact of an in-flight business that's been hit hard by a major cut back in air travel during the pandemic.

German 5G industrial plan will punish smaller firms, says Orange exec
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

The industry is still riven over plans to reserve spectrum for companies outside the telecom sector.

Eurobites: Tele2 Sweden goes 5G roaming in Latvia
News Analysis | 6/2/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK operators to be 'compensated' for Huawei strip-out; Italy pilots decentralized COVID-19 app; CityFibre poaches some of Ofcom's legal firepower.

Schlichting out, Schwimmer in as Sling TV's top boss
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

Warren Schlichting's exit comes amid steepening losses at the Dish-owned OTT-TV service provider.

Dish adds former T-Mobile exec Mayo to 5G buildout recipe
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

Dish Network said it hired Dave Mayo, a former T-Mobile network executive, to head up its 'wireless buildout strategy and execution of the company's deployment of the nation's first standalone 5G network.'

Testing giant Rohde & Schwarz kicks off 6G marketing efforts
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

Complete with a website, hashtag and possible testing rig, Rohde & Schwarz is looking to take an early lead in the discussion around 6G.

Equinix to buy BCE's data centers for $750M
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

As expected, Canada's BCE said it will sell its data centers to Equinix. The operator joins Verizon, AT&T and others in exiting the data center business.

Podcast: Light Reading's Iain Morris on Huawei's future and what it means for China
LRTV Interviews | 6/1/2020

In this podcast, Light Reading International Editor Iain Morris and Editor-in-Chief Phil Harvey discuss whether stopping Huawei in the US and Europe will do much of anything to slow down China from becoming the world's dominant technology superpower in the next decade. They also examine the most recent court ruling against Huawei's CFO, and what it means as she fights extradition to the US.

Comcast Business tailors new offering for home workers
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

In response to the pandemic, Comcast has accelerated the introduction of a new 'At Home' product that provides a dedicated, commercial-grade service paired with a simplified, company-paid billing structure.

BT 5G turns one year old with not much to celebrate
Morris Lore | 6/1/2020

The UK's 5G service does not look like it is off to the flying start that 4G had several years ago.

The biggest 5G challenge for telcos? Learning to collaborate
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

For 5G to succeed, operators and telcos must learn how to forge partnerships and build new businesses across numerous verticals – something they've never done.

SKT kick-starts new TEAC Wave
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

South Korea's largest mobile operator sets in motion a third 'Wave' at its TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Centre (TEAC) – this time to try and spur 5G edge innovation in a 'post-COVID-19 world.'

Eurobites: Is a Huawei handbrake-turn ahead for UK?
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: investment firms launch bid for MasMovil; Kenyan government proposes new digital levy; management maneuverings at Net Insight.

BT sets out green ambitions post COVID-19
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

UK-based operator launches two new initiatives to help tackle climate change.

Oracle looking to sell 5G core to network operators
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

Sensing a sizable opportunity, Oracle is joining the likes of Ericsson, Huawei, Microsoft, HPE and others in selling 5G core services to mobile network operators.

After R&D slog, Nokia's software biz is targeting juicier profits
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

The standalone software business of the Finnish vendor was a high-flyer in the first quarter. Despite coronavirus, it is confident of earnings growth this year.

How Attabotics and Microsoft use private LTE to monitor robots
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

A Canadian startup that thinks it can someday do supply chain logistics better than Amazon has partnered with Microsoft for a private LTE network with edge compute for IoT applications.

VMware keeps its vim
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

Pandemic hardly lays a glove on Q1.

Will Broadcom step up for DOCSIS 4.0?
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

Industry sources say Broadcom has halted investment in next-gen DOCSIS technology until it gets financial support from cable operators, including help footing the bill on product development.

WiCipedia: A post-pandemic restructuring opportunity for WiT
WiCipedia | 5/29/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: A free coding bootcamp for African American women in the UK; Google's diversity initiative conundrum; a 'new normal' for women in tech; and more.

O-RAN meets GSMA: The start of a beautiful friendship?
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

The disruptive wild child of the networks sector meets the established order represented by the GSMA as the two groups announce a partnership.

Eurobites: Virgin Media set to vanish from UK high street
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TalkTalk Business makes changes at the top; COVID-19 brings a new CEO to Beyond.pl; more data consumption doesn't spell environmental disaster, finds GSMA.

O2-Three UK merger probably should have been allowed
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

EU court ruling to annul EC decision to block O2-Three UK merger comes a little late for Hutchison, but could have implications for future mergers.

AT&T on track to cover 1.1M rural locations with fixed wireless LTE this year
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

AT&T is meeting its CAF-II obligations with LTE fixed wireless technology. Further, AT&T's Igal Elbaz said a broader fixed wireless buildout is 'on the roadmap.' But he wouldn't provide details.

DoD gives $2.7M to fund a 5G spectrum-sharing initiative in Salt Lake City
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

Zylinium Research will develop an AI-based spectrum sharing system alongside the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Project in Salt Lake City.

Emerging Verizon-Walmart 5G deal covers edge computing too
DanoVision | 5/28/2020

Growing evidence points to a major new agreement between Verizon and Walmart that involves the retailer using Verizon's 5G and edge computing services for a variety of retail offerings.

Shaw joins the gigabit club
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

Canadian operator has launched 'Fibre+ Gig,' a DOCSIS 3.1-powered residential broadband product that has ties to Shaw's syndication deal with Comcast.

Google explores 5% stake in Vodafone Idea – report
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

The search engine company could be the latest tech giant to enter the Indian telecom sector.

China could be leaning toward 5G in mmWave spectrum
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

There are growing indications that Chinese mobile network operators are looking to expand their 5G offerings into mmWave spectrum, a development that could supercharge the mmWave 5G industry.

Ob-la-di, OIBDA, life goes on for MegaFon
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

Russia's second-largest mobile operator claims greater operational efficiency helped it weather the COVID-19 storm during Q1.

The death of Huawei won't stop the rise of China
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

The latest US sanctions have brought China's biggest equipment maker to its knees. Even if it collapses, China will be hard to impede.

Singtel underlying profit down 13% as virus, competition bite
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

The group posted income of S$1.08 billion (US$760 million) on 5% lower revenue of S$16.54 billion ($11.66 billion).

Eurobites: Nokia makes industry vet Baldauf its new chair
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor has a Hub; Sparkle extends its reach in Brazil; French COVID-19 app gets the green light.

Swiss Salt improves earnings in Q1 2020
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

Iliad-owned operator in bullish mood following a positive performance in the first quarter of 2020.

Vodafone Idea continues its Indian journey, for now
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

Despite its warnings about a departure from the Indian market, Vodafone Idea looks set to remain in the country.

Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente considering private wireless LTE network
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

Kaiser Permanente wants to trial a private wireless LTE network working in 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum for patient monitoring and critical communications.

Cable-Tec Expo 2020 in Denver is a no-go
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

SCTE/ISBE is considering alternative arrangements after receiving notification that the designation of the Colorado Convention Center as a temporary medical facility has been extended through the rest of the year.

Huawei's CFO doesn't get her way in Canadian court
The Philter | 5/27/2020

Canada's Supreme Court will allow its government to proceed with extradition hearings against Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who is accused by US authorities of fraud and sanctions violations.

HBO Max lands Comcast deal on launch day
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

Existing Comcast HBO subs can get HBO Max for no added cost via the HBO Max app and website. Plans are underway to bring the HBO Max app to Comcast X1 and Flex boxes.

US cable accelerates broadband gains in Q1
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

And new proprietary data from Comlinkdata shows how much runway some individual US cable ops still have against DSL and FTTN broadband competition and the exposure they face from FTTP.

T-Mobile reportedly close to hiring a new CFO
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

The employment contract for T-Mobile's longtime CFO Braxton Carter ends in July. According to a new report, CEO Mike Sievert is close to hiring a replacement.

America's big midband spectrum auction for 5G clears another obstacle
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

SES and Intelsat have agreed to the FCC's C-Band plans, a development that brings critical midband spectrum for 5G one step closer to US wireless network operators.

Airtel promoters sell 2.75% stake worth $1B to clear debt
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

The Indian operator has improved its balance sheet position with the sale of a stake in its business.

Russia's MTS looks to digital upside in pandemic
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

The Russian service provider has lowered guidance for the fiscal year but hopes the coronavirus pandemic could spur the transition to digital services.

5G wacky races
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

Different spectrum vehicles partly explain why 5G operators are traveling at varying speeds (but there's more to 5G race-performance than a nifty acceleration pedal).

South Korean telcos make a play for another pay-TV asset
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

All three South Korean telcos – SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus – are making a play for HCN, a unit of Hyundai Department Store.

Packet staffing up network edge as part of Equinix
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

Bare metal automation specialist Packet, now part of Equinix, says software talent will add value to the network edge.

Ericsson is not following Nokia into the unChinese Open RAN Policy Coalition
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

The Swedish equipment maker remains on the outside of a group promoting a technology that forms part of the US attack on China's Huawei.

Eurobites: KKR plows $1B into European data center venture
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ekinops lands 10G deal; ARM launches new chip to boost Android processing power; COVID-19 strikes Nokia plant in Tamil Nadu.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G race, semiconductors and Joe Rogan
LRTV Documentaries | 5/27/2020

This week the newly Spotifyed podders ponder the politics of 5G and 6G, among other hot topics.

UK's EE sees 45% rise in chat app traffic amid COVID-19 lockdown
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

BT-owned mobile operator tracks changing usage habits of communications services during the UK lockdown.

GTT CEO Calder sets his exit
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

The exec wraps up a 13-year stint at a surging upstart carrier that very rarely sat still.

Big advertisers want to defer payments, tweak deals with Quibi – report
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Quibi's initial numbers are not hitting the mark for some major advertisers that reportedly are seeking to change their terms with the mobile-focused, short-form premium video service.

Things get tense between Dish and T-Mobile
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Dish Network said it loaned T-Mobile 600MHz spectrum to increase network capacity during the COVID-19 crisis. Instead, Dish claims T-Mobile used the spectrum to attempt to gain more customers.

Broadcasters place 'NextGen TV' bet in Las Vegas
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Sinclair, Nexstar and Scripps have lit up ATSC 3.0 signals for four stations, creating the foundation for a wave of new apps and services that could include 4K video, targeted ads, VoD and immersive audio.

Operators hope for a VR catalyst to 5G
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Verizon, China Mobile and Deutsche Telekom are among the 5G operators rallying around a new batch of virtual and augmented reality devices that could eventually boost their service revenues.

Nokia plays catch-up in 400G Ethernet gear
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Nokia is touting new 400G products following its acquisition of Elenion Technologies, but some argue competitors including Infinera, Ciena, Cisco and Juniper Networks beat it to the party.

Cable broadband access equipment market will rebound, eventually
Column | 5/26/2020

But, thanks partly to the current COVID-19 hit, the market won't approach its previous heights until at least the middle of the decade when next-gen access technologies finally kick in.

SmarTone joins Hong Kong's 5G party, promising full coverage in a year
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

SmarTone has unveiled its 5G service in Hong Kong, eight weeks behind competitors, claiming to offer the 'widest' indoor and outdoor coverage.

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