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AT&T halts sale of U-verse TV
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

Company is instead pushing the sale of AT&T TV, a new contract-based, big-bundle streaming service that runs on an operator-supplied Android TV box.

Frontier inches toward bankruptcy
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

Says 'significant under-investment' in fiber has played role in putting Frontier in this tenuous position as company outlines plan to reorg, invest in fiber and manage the decline of 'non-core' products and customers.

Nokia cuts nearly 5K jobs as Huawei bulks up
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

The Nordic firm has been cutting its workforce as it tries to protect margins, while its Chinese rival just keeps getting bigger.

StackPath CTO: Service providers possess 'beachfront property' for the edge
CxO Spotlight | 4/3/2020

But startup's broader play is to stitch together a global content delivery network footprint and a growing edge cloud that can run a wide range of bandwidth- and latency-sensitive services.

The 5G value question crops up again in South Korea
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

Subdued interest in Samsung's latest (and expensive) 5G smartphone is bad news for South Korea's big three operators.

Podcast: Carrier voice traffic stays over-the-top
The Philter | 4/3/2020

TeleGeography's Paul Brodsky joins Light Reading's Phil Harvey to talk about international voice traffic and how the mix of traffic on carrier networks has changed over the years.

China releases 700MHz for 5G
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

China Broadcast gets 700MHz, but not a partner.

Eurobites: Orange tops up COVID-19 fighting fund
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia helps Finnish government fight COVID-19; new voice and messaging service for African diaspora; Vodafone positions itself for public sector procurement in Scotland.

WiCipedia: Gender equality is imperative in city planning
WiCipedia | 4/3/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: Geochicas take to the streets; high schoolers as role models; how pandemics affect feminism; and more.

Researchers say smartphone location tracking can fight COVID-19
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

Asian countries have used smartphone apps to help stop the spread. Can the US and Europe do the same?

TIM, Infratel step up fiber switch-on in response to COVID-19
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

Italian operator signals acceleration of agreement to light up dark fiber installed by Infratel Italia in 600 municipalities.

AT&T: SDN, NFV helped meet COVID-19 traffic demands
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

AT&T said traffic to its VPN has risen 700% during the past few weeks - demand it was able to match thanks to its virtualized network services and white box gateway.

US firms confident they can bring radio manufacturing home
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

Mavenir and Parallel Wireless are optimistic that radios can be made in the US at a competitive cost.

California regulators to T-Mobile: Now wait just a minute
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

T-Mobile's lawyers may not be done quite yet. California's telecom agency said the company can't begin merging with Sprint until officials there sign off on the transaction.

800G rollout imminent following live trials
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/2/2020

800G single wavelength coherent is a significant development that will help meet demand for higher bandwidths from users working from home and businesses delivering services remotely.

COVID-19-driven network traffic shows signs of stabilizing
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

According to Nokia, COVID-19 Internet traffic is beginning to plateau. Meantime, CenturyLink reported 35% growth in its traffic. And vendors including Ciena and Juniper could eventually benefit.

Tofane Global snaps up NOS carrier services unit
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

Communications group continues its acquisition drive with acquisition of NOS International Carrier Services from the Portuguese operator.

KDDI, Softbank form network sharing JV
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

Japanese operators team up as operators in other markets have already done to build a joint 5G network in rural areas.

Tarana plotting pivot from small cell backhaul to fixed wireless
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

With investors that include Charlie Ergen and Greg Wyler, Tarana Wireless is hoping to break into the fixed wireless industry with technology that can support up to 1Gbit/s connections.

'Evoca,' a new pay-TV service, will be delivered over ATSC 3.0
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

New offering from startup Edge Networks will launch in Boise this summer on the next-gen broadcast standard and feature more than 80 channels for less than $50 per month.

Eurobites: Bouygues Telecom scraps guidance amid COVID-19 uncertainty
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Slovakia presses on with 5G auction plans; O2 cuts ties with Dixons Carphone; Telecom Italia sets up new supervisory body; optical equipment makers to feel Europe's 5G pain.

What's next for T-Mobile's TVision?
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

T-Mobile didn't reveal any new plans for its home TV service after locking up Sprint, but a source says the company is working with MobiTV on an updated platform that will succeed the one it acquired from Layer3 TV.

5G proponents win some, lose some in latest FCC proposals
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

The FCC's chairman is proposing a 5G Fund that would total $9 billion. However, he's also suggesting that the 6GHz band be used only by unlicensed operations.

The eight new things we learned about New T-Mobile
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

John Legere will leave the company early. The Sprint brand isn't going anywhere, at least not yet. And T-Mobile has already started work on its post-merger 5G network.

Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar to take helm of WarnerMedia
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

Kilar, who also led a short-lived YouTube competitor called Vessel, will start on May 1 and succeed John Stankey as WarnerMedia nears the launch of HBO Max.

Leading Lights awards deadline moves
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

We're moving the entry deadline for this year's Leading Lights awards to Friday, May 1.

Podcast: Gluware's Haugh on advancing network automation
Kelsey's Grammar | 4/1/2020

On this Light Reading podcast, Haugh provides an update on the evolution of enterprise network automation and how Gluware uses software-defined networking concepts to 'treat the underlying network infrastructure as code and then interact with it programmatically.'

The New T-Mobile is here
The Philter | 4/1/2020

Sprint and T-Mobile finalize a merger that the new company says will unleash a $40 billion investment in its network and business over the next three years.

Dish Network mostly mum on T-Mobile's big day
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

Thanks to the close of the T-Mobile and Sprint merger, Dish Network is now on the hook to be an MVNO while starting construction on a 5G network. But the company isn't saying much about its plans just yet.

India's operators respond to COVID-19
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

Service providers are offering free talk time and an extension of service validity during the COVID-19 lockdown.

COVID-19 will destroy jobs, and many won't return
Morris Lore | 4/1/2020

The pandemic will spur layoffs within the telecom sector, driving companies to automate activities where employees pose a risk.

Xiaomi rides COVID-19 storm in China
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

Chinese smartphone and IoT manufacturer optimistic about domestic market, but less sure of near-term prospects abroad.

5G auctions delayed across Europe due to COVID-19
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

European operators impatiently waiting to get their hands on 5G-enabling spectrum will have to wait a bit longer as auctions are postponed in multiple markets.

'New IP' is an actual Huawei threat to networks
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

A new system for the Internet is a far greater threat to the West than Huawei's role in 5G networks.

Eurobites: Boffins join forces to develop COVID-19 tracking apps
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia given green light for Finnish fiber JV; who's up and who's down in European telco brands; Sequans revises guidance down for first quarter.

New 'Dashboard' illustrates how US cable networks are coping during COVID-19 crisis
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Based on data from cross-section of US cable operators, downstream demand is up 20.1% and upstream demand has risen 27% since March 1, according to the NCTA.

Palo Alto to acquire CloudGenix in $420M cash deal
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Palo Alto Networks will integrate CloudGenix's cloud-managed SD-WAN products to speed up onboarding of remote branches and retail stores utilizing Palo Alto's Prisma Access SASE platform.

Set your alarms: Wednesday promises plenty of 5G fireworks
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

T-Mobile and Sprint are expected to announce the official close of their long-gestating merger, and the FCC's chairman is expected to outline his plan to release the 6GHz spectrum band for unlicensed use.

AlefEdge to use Microsoft Azure for real-time advertising with edge computing
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Microsoft is leveraging its new Azure Edge Zones with edge computing startup AlefEdge for real-time advertising services.

COVID-19 will help China to extend its 5G lead
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Operators in virus-stricken countries are starting to tighten their belts, and 5G rollout may no longer seem like a spending priority.

NTT DoCoMo quits NB-IoT
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Japan's DoCoMo said it would discontinue its NB-IoT service, which likely indicates the expense of running the IoT offering was not enough to warrant the revenues the operator derived from it.

Why service providers fancy Wi-Fi 6
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Next-gen wireless platform will provide a solid capacity boost and open door to new, specialized services, CommScope exec says. But part of that future hinges on the still unresolved future of the 6GHz band.

Ericsson CEO warns of 'necessary measures' in wake of COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Börje Ekholm tells shareholders that the Swedish firm has yet to see significant business disruption, but it is only a matter of time before it does.

AT&T hints at mobile and fixed plans for mmWave 5G
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

AT&T has spent around $2 billion on millimeter wave spectrum licenses for 5G during the past year. Now, the operator is hinting that it could use the spectrum for 5G in both mobile and fixed applications.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: COVID-19 blues, MWC refunds and 5G patents
LRTV Documentaries | 3/31/2020

The regular crew try out a new videoconferencing platform in the second week of COVID-19 lockdown. And Scott taunts Iain with a can of beer.

Building Better Telco Clouds
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 3/31/2020

As telcos begin to build and scale next-generation 5G and MEC networks, new IT infrastructure manageability challenges are emerging.

HPE to launch open source software for 5G core
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

HPE announced a new partnership effort called the Open Distributed Infrastructure Management Initiative that the company hopes will help it break into the 5G core space.

Huawei, ZTE win 90% of giant China Mobile 5G tender
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

China's biggest operator has just handed out major 5G contracts, and the Western rivals to Huawei and ZTE were barely acknowledged.

SCTE/ISBE standards initiatives spread into AI, smart cities, telehealth
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

New 'Explorer' effort, which will also look to accelerate the industry's involvement with autonomous transport, seeks out expertise and aid from industries and people from outside the traditional cable sector.

Amdocs tries to tap into the connected home market with doxi OS
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

By creating an AI-driven home operating system, the company believes it can reduce service calls.

Eurobites: Spain postpones 5G auction as COVID-19 tightens its grip
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia offers 'AI as a service'; more virus-related reassurance; Spongebob Squarepants to the rescue!

Huawei gloomy about 2020 as US sanctions take toll and COVID-19 threatens
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Sales and profits rose for the Chinese equipment giant, but it has undoubtedly been harmed by US measures.

Proximus looks beyond COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Belgian operator flags April 1 launch for 5G as it outlines a new operational and financial strategy under the #inspire2022 banner.

SD-WAN security: The richness of multidimensionality
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/31/2020

SD-WAN security services strategies possess the richness to support a programmable and multidimensional application-aware security model, writes Heavy Reading's Jim Hodges.

'In times like these': Carriers debut COVID-19 ad campaigns
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Carriers are increasingly putting the new coronavirus front-and-center in their latest advertising messages.

Some CCA members fight COVID-19 by pledging 'no refund needed' on show
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

The coronavirus has cut significantly into some organizations' event revenues. Now, some members of the CCA have pledged to reject refunds on their trade show expenses in order to keep the association up and running.

Comcast: Peak network traffic rises 32% as millions stay at home
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

Peak usage is up as much as 60% in some markets that were hit early by COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders, but usage there is starting to plateau, according to Comcast's Tony Werner.

Behind the numbers: How COVID-19 could change the US telecom industry
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

With Americans forced to stay home, the value of a reliable Internet connection has soared. What might that mean for the financial position of telecom operators and policymakers' perception of the industry?

Reinvention may steel BICS for COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

Can a company known as a roaming middleman survive a pandemic that has all but ended international travel?

5G set to make Hong Kong debut
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

Hutchison is all set for its 5G debut but is still resisting rules on exclusion zones.

SKT: 5G chews up twice as much data as 4G
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

South Korean operator reports back on 5G usage patterns one year on from launch. Talks again about 'hyper collaboration' to squeeze more from the next-gen tech.

Backhaul or anyhaul: Why IP transport is critical to 5G
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

In 5G, transport must be in sync with the radio access network or it will be a bottleneck.

Eurobites: UK telcos remove fixed data caps, go easy on the hard-up to ease COVID-19 pain
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK operators warn of delayed line repairs; BEREC reports no signs of network congestion; the ethics of data tracking at a time of crisis.

Euskaltel keeps calm and carries on with network expansion
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

Amid the spread of COVID-19, the operator in Spain's Basque region intends to pursue its national network expansion strategy, including the launch of Virgin-branded services.

WOW CEO Teresa Elder hospitalized with COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/29/2020

Bill Case, WOW's chief information officer, serving as acting CEO as Elder recovers.

OneWeb heads into bankruptcy and SpaceX might be next
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

OneWeb filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, an action that casts a cloud over rival Starlink, the satellite broadband initiative backed by Elon Musk's SpaceX.

Microsoft's telco ambitions still unclear after Affirmed purchase
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

Microsoft could use the technology it is acquiring from Affirmed Networks for a number of different offerings. But the company isn't providing much insight into its strategy.

ZTE is on the up, but challenges remain
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

The Chinese equipment vendor is back in profit for a full year after recovering from US fines and sanctions, and its business is mainly growing.

Metaswitch's Giuhat talks 5G opps for women in comms
Kelsey's Grammar | 3/27/2020

Women in Comms caught up with Giuhat to discuss how 5G may impact career opportunities for women in the industry, new developments in Metaswitch's UC platforms and the impact of mentors on her own career path.

Video streaming – and (gasp!) even traditional TV – gain lift during pandemic
The Bauminator | 3/27/2020

Usage of Disney+, Hulu and Netflix is unsurprisingly up, but so is cable and broadcast TV viewing and the desire among some consumers to add a pay-TV subscription, Hub Entertainment Research finds.

COVID-19? Run to the clouds
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

Dell'Oro anticipates uptick in cloud demand as enterprises cut IT spend.

The mysterious case of the vanishing Chinese customers
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

… and three other things we've learnt from the telecom reporting season in China.

Farewell, Light Reading, and thanks!
Shades of Ray | 3/27/2020

After 18 years, it's time for a new adventure.

NetNumber highlights 5G core challenge
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

The rollout of 5G core systems will herald a distributed architecture, but that brings data management challenges, suggests NetNumber's COO.

WiCipedia: Working from home is bright spot of COVID-19 for many minority workers
WiCipedia | 3/27/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: Women in tech work from home and manage just about everything else; former and current employees of The Wing tell all; networking apps for professional women are flourishing; and more.

Eurobites: Hungary's 5G auction brings home the bacon
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre completes FibreNation acquisition; Ericsson provides reassurance; operators do their bit in a time of crisis.

Optiva CEO seeks a 'second life' for cloud BSS specialist
CxO Spotlight | 3/27/2020

CEO Danielle Royston has an aggressive new plan for the cloud-based BSS vendor and growing customer support, but it involves extra investment and ongoing losses that might not suit all of the company's investors.

Fujitsu launches private 5G network
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

Manufacturer claims a first in Japan as it gears up to launch its own private 5G network in Kawasaki City, with more to come.

Telia goes all Scandi noir about COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

The Nordic operator's profit warning could be the first of many issued by telecom operators in the coming weeks.

JR Shaw, Shaw Communications founder, dies at 85
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

JR Shaw, a cable Hall of Famer and industry pioneer, stepped down as CEO of the Canadian service provider in 1998 but had remained active with the company, serving as executive chairman.

CableLabs preparing to take DOCSIS 4.0 to the test
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

As cable ops size up their next move, CableLabs is pulling together a group to focus on test plans for products based on new specs that will pump up the capacity of cable's widely deployed HFC networks.

$30B in new federal education funding could help US wireless industry
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

The $2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus package could funnel money to AT&T, Verizon and other mobile operators as schools work to connect students with Wi-Fi routers and mobile hotspots.

Even COVID-19 can't stop Huawei, says founder
Morris Lore | 3/26/2020

Ren Zhengfei pops up to inform the Western world that his company has recovered swiftly from the virus and is ready for European business.

Huawei 'rip and replace' price tag doubles to $2B amid coronavirus outbreak
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

The FCC's chairman has urged Congress to earmark $2 billion in the coronavirus relief package to pay US telecom operators to swap out Huawei and ZTE equipment with products from 'trusted' suppliers.

With Affirmed Networks purchase, Microsoft looks to plug 5G into Azure
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

The purchase of Affirmed Networks will allow Microsoft to sell software-powered, virtualized functions to mobile network operators, challenging the likes of Ericsson, Cisco and others.

How Altran plays a pivotal role in 5G, edge
CxO Spotlight | 3/26/2020

Altran's key relationships in 5G software and edge initiatives have helped make it a $4.1 billion takeover target for Capgemini.

OTT voice traffic reaches 1 trillion minutes in 2019 – report
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

TeleGeography's latest report on voice traffic estimates that OTT voice traffic was more than double international carrier voice traffic in 2019.

CableLabs unleashes DOCSIS 4.0 specs
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

The new specs will add capacity, tack on new advanced capabilities and, more generally, extend the life of the cable network for years, but the DOCSIS 4.0 era will likely take several years to fully unfold.

Eurobites: Ericsson lands new RAN deal with Russia's MTS
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Inwit deal completes; Elliott cuts stake in TIM; GSMA looking at virus-related data sharing?

Amid COVID-19 traffic spikes, online video game providers dial it back, too
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

Akamai, Sony and Microsoft are among the online video gaming companies that have pledged to reduce the amount of network traffic that their services generate.

HKBN doing barter deals for broadband
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

Swapping broadband for cheeseburgers? HKBN will barter.

Tele2 has slashed hundreds of jobs and more cuts are coming
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

New figures show that about 13% of jobs were cut last year as the Swedish operator worked on boosting profitability in the absence of sales growth.

Casa Systems seeing 'no impact' from COVID-19 on Q1
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Cable and wireless tech supplier says manufacturing is fully operational and seeing increased customer demand. Meanwhile, CommScope says it's also seeing cable operator spending tick up.

Juniper's Mist will offer AI-powered analytics to enterprises
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Juniper Networks subsidiary Mist Systems is ramping up its ability to provide enterprises with analytics capabilities.

Verizon, AT&T and others mobilize to fight a virus hitting close to home
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Verizon, AT&T and Comcast are among the service providers with employees who reportedly have the coronavirus. Now, those operators and others are mobilizing in unprecedented ways to fight the spread of COVID-19.

FCC delays 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum auction by a month
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

The FCC said it will hold its 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum auction in July. That could affect a range of companies, including Verizon, AT&T and Charter Communications.

COVID-19 to inflict pain on US commercial wireline sector – analyst
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

The wireline commercial units of AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink will be impacted by COVID-19, but the effects also will be felt by US cable and its disproportionate exposure to the SMB market, industry analyst Craig Moffett warns.

Light Reading resets Cable Next-Gen event for late August
Breznick Unbound | 3/25/2020

We now plan to hold our Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event in Denver on August 25-27 after postponing it earlier this month because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

NTT, Toyota in $1.8B smart city tie-up
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

The telecom giant and the carmaker are teaming up in the expectation that smart cities will be a major business opportunity.

GSMA offers sting-in-the-tail MWC refunds
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Weeks after this year's show was canceled, the trade association has offered credits against the costs of future shows and, for those companies that didn't cancel, a partial cash refund.

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