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Verizon reiterates support for Nokia amid rumors of a Samsung swapout
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

Rosenblatt analyst Ryan Koontz said Verizon is close to replacing Nokia with Samsung as its major 5G supplier. But the company said Nokia 'continues to be an important partner.'

5G iPhone could get a big boost from US wireless carriers
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

A Wall Street analyst firm is expecting the big American wireless network operators to heavily promote the 5G iPhone this fall. But they're warning against inflated sales expectations for the gadget.

Huawei's possible demise is grounds for a UK U-turn
Morris Lore | 7/7/2020

Threatening language by China's UK ambassador is inappropriate and overlooks the perilous nature of Huawei's current predicament.

Google Fiber returns to expansion mode through city pact
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

After a four-year pause on market expansion, Google Fiber is gearing up to start network deployments in West Des Moines, Iowa, via a new public/private partnership with the city.

With a record number of bidders, CBRS auction estimates rise to $10B
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

The FCC's upcoming 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum auction is generating plenty of bidding interest, causing industry analysts to boost their financial forecasts for the event.

Implementing automated security services: We are somewhat confident virtually here
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/7/2020

Automation is vital for raising confidence levels that 5G services and networks can be fully secured in the post-pandemic world, writes Heavy Reading's Jim Hodges.

US wireless carriers hide behind masks (and that's a good thing)
DanoVision | 7/7/2020

Masks are becoming de rigueur among retail stores operated by the nation's biggest wireless network operators. But that doesn't mean every store that sells cell phones requires a mask.

Indian ban on Huawei in BSNL network opens 4G door for Tech Mahindra
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

A deal with BSNL would mark the arrival of Tech Mahindra as a 4G supplier to the Indian market.

Promptlink tries to rise above the cable network noise
CxO Spotlight | 7/7/2020

New AI-assisted tool is helping cable operators identify and pinpoint the source of upstream network noise during a pandemic that has caused peak usage to surge, CEO says.

Nokia and Samsung O-RAN moves put pressure on Ericsson
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

The Swedish equipment vendor is conspicuous by its absence from the recent O-RAN marketing activity.

Samsung: Our 5G RAN is now open and virtualized
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

Samsung is joining Nokia in the move to sell fully open and virtualized 5G radio access network products. Those initiatives could put pressure on Ericsson to do the same.

Iliad ups fixed-line ante in Italy; TIM suffers
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

Open Fiber deal gives French telecoms Group an Italian route into broadband. Telecom Italia investors take fright.

Australia spots a Chinese Panda in Ericsson
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

Reports in the Australian press have drawn attention to a joint venture between the Swedish vendor and a Chinese company blacklisted by the Pentagon.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Huawei, broadband and ad boycotts
LRTV Documentaries | 7/7/2020

This could be the last time you get to see Scott's pile of overdue filing, so make the most of it.

Eurobites: Telefónica beefs up cybersecurity offer with Nozomi investment
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: eSIM company claims 5G first; Swisscom tops eco-rankings; Openreach spreads fiber across Edinburgh.

Orange unveils new CEOs for Belgium and Poland
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

More musical chairs at the France-based group as it implements a wide-ranging reshuffle of top management at its European operations.

Dish Network's Ergen has a big appetite for 5G spectrum
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

Tucked away in Dish Network's announcement last week that it would enter the wireless industry was a promise to follow through with the $3.6 billion purchase of 800MHz spectrum from T-Mobile in 2023.

BT plans BAME 'baseline' for senior management roles
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

Following a data-gathering exercise to gauge the ethnic makeup of its workforce, the UK operator will set targets.

Crown Castle's small cell strategy challenged by activist investor
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

Activist hedge-fund Elliot Management – the same company that pressured AT&T – is now urging Crown Castle to make changes that would pull the company away from small cells.

Tele2 banks on new CEO to cut costs
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

CEO Anders Nilsson sails away. Telco operations veteran Kjell Morten Johnsen takes his place.

Huawei now a surrogate for China threat as US gains some ground
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

The Chinese equipment vendor is being driven out of telco networks in the West as the US stays on the offensive.

Eurobites: Ericsson trumpets standalone 5G NR software
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Colt appoints new CCO; using drones to fix cell towers; smart home devices losing their luster in MEA.

Huawei alert system raised from amber to red in UK
Morris Lore | 7/6/2020

The Chinese equipment maker faces a UK ban, according to press reports, because new US sanctions make it an even bigger risk.

France unlikely to ban Huawei, but will encourage operators to steer clear
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

ANSII indicates that it will limit authorizations to use Huawei equipment to between three and eight years.

Bharti Global, British government consortium wins OneWeb bid
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

The Indian conglomerate will become a major shareholder in the UK-backed alternative to the EU's Galileo initiative.

Here are nine new things that 5G can do now
DanoVision | 7/3/2020

The 3GPP is expected to issue 'Release 16' of the 5G standard Friday. It will support fancy new technologies like network slicing, Integrated Access Backhaul and vehicle platooning.

Geoverse offers private LTE with its CBRS/licensed spectrum combo
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

Geoverse is looking to sell private wireless LTE offerings using a unique combination of its licensed 600MHz and 700MHz spectrum licenses and CBRS spectrum.

Vodafone's cloud-native journey: A mix of old school and new
The Wizard of Roz | 7/3/2020

The Cloud Native World program last week offered evidence of progressive telco thinking and the same old barriers to faster adoption of cloud-native architectures.

5G still too costly, inflexible for private network – Tencent
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

Tencent GM Wang Yachen warned an online conference audience this week that 5G needs to be more cost-effective in order to compete in B2B.

Pandemic spotlights need for simplified and automated self-service tools – study
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

More than half of consumers can't fix their own technical issues, a number that surges to 73% among those who don't consider themselves tech-savvy, Sweepr finds in survey of 600+ people in the US and UK.

Eurobites: Show some post-pandemic love for open RAN, pleads trade body ETNO
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK wants to pronounce on O2/Virgin Media merger; Ericsson takes TDC to the water; beaucoup de connectivity en vacances, promises Orange.

PPF Group up to its old restructuring tricks again
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

Private equity firm splits retail and infrastructure operations of former Telenor CEE assets, just like it did with O2 Czech Republic a few years ago.

Vodafone UK readies for standalone 5G future
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

UK operator lines up Ericsson, MediaTek, Oppo and Qualcomm to help with its standalone 5G network and installs trial network at Coventry University.

Carlyle Group acquires 25% stake in Airtel's Nxtra in India
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

The data center business of one of India's biggest telcos has attracted investment amid surging demand for cloud services.

Huawei ban in UK is surely just a matter of time
Morris Lore | 7/3/2020

If the Chinese vendor were not so technically gifted, it would probably have been sent packing already.

5G mmWave silence from AT&T, T-Mobile becomes deafening
DanoVision | 7/2/2020

Verizon has loudly touted its plans to expand its mmWave 5G network. But AT&T and T-Mobile have remained conspicuously silent on the topic.

TiVo weaves HBO Max into new Stream 4K platform
News Analysis | 7/2/2020

Integration builds on new SVoD's tie-ins with Android TV devices and gives TiVo's new streaming device a point of differentiation against two platforms that currently don't support HBO Max – Roku and Fire TV.

Virgin Media makes DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade splurge
News Analysis | 7/2/2020

Target of passing 15 million homes with 'gigabit-capable' networks by end of 2021 apparently on track.

Profits and power propel the open RAN security debate
DanoVision | 7/2/2020

While dozens of companies debate the US government's role in open RAN, the almighty dollar is driving the discussion.

KT chief warns of slow 5G adoption
News Analysis | 7/2/2020

KT CEO Hyeon-Mo Ku warns that slow 5G takeup means operators must switch to focusing on the enterprise.

O-RAN Alliance adds Telus and U.S. Cellular to its ranks
News Analysis | 7/2/2020

The open radio access network (RAN) specification group now has 26 operator members.

Facebook's boycotters risk mainly hurting themselves
Morris Lore | 7/2/2020

The Internet platform's audience has been growing just as major advertisers decide to practice social distancing.

Eurobites: Vodafone wheels 5G into West Midlands transport initiative
News Analysis | 7/2/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: T-Systems focuses on its Brot und Butter; Israel to track COVID-19 victims; Huawei provides Massive MIMO in Johannesburg.

Indian backlash against China spells opportunity for homegrown vendors
News Analysis | 7/2/2020

The Chinese are increasingly out of favor in the huge Indian market, creating opportunities for domestic and other foreign vendors.

AT&T, fuboTV join the pay-TV price hike party
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

fuboTV is raising prices in the wake of its Disney deal while AT&T is boosting first-year pricing on its contract-based DirecTV and new AT&T TV services.

CBRS auction creates challenges, opportunities for utility companies
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

Some utility companies may need to update their existing WiMax networks due to the CBRS auction. But they might also bid for CBRS spectrum licenses for private wireless LTE networks.

5G's future includes a cloud-native architecture complete with containers
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

Many mobile operators want 5G to be built on a cloud-native stack from the RAN to the network core.

The US won't get its Independence Day from Chinese tech
Morris Lore | 7/1/2020

US officials are promoting open RAN as an answer to China, but the technology specifications are based partly on Chinese IP.

Dish Network's Boost pricing plans show it's in a marathon, not a Sprint
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

Dish Network officially entered the wireless industry with the purchase of Sprint's Boost brand from T-Mobile. However, Dish's new Boost service plans aren't very exciting.

NBCU's Peacock forges streaming pact with ViacomCBS
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

Licensing deal will deepen Peacock's streaming library as the service nears its national launch on July 15.

Podcast: What's the story with mobile data in Africa?
LRTV Interviews | 7/1/2020

On this episode of 'What's the Story?' – a new series from the Light Reading Podcast – Paula Gilbert, editor of LR's sister site Connecting Africa, talks with pod host Nicole Ferraro about mobile data growth in Africa: the latest news, why it matters and what's likely to happen next.

Dish's Marc Rouanne: Building an open RAN, greenfield 5G network
CxO Spotlight | 7/1/2020

Light Reading spoke with Marc Rouanne, who was hired late last year to construct Dish's 5G network, about the company's vendor choices so far, and how Dish is designing its planned network.

Comcast raises monthly Internet data ceiling to 1.2 terabytes
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

Comcast's usage-based plan offers only one courtesy month with no data cap, but its unlimited data plans are now less expensive than they were before the pandemic.

BT reports on 100 days of lockdown solitude
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

People more tech-savvy and data usage on the up, as UK lockdown reaches 100-day milestone.

Eurobites: UK hints at Huawei volte-face
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom throws more cash at gaming; Three UK targets enterprise with Amdocs; EU adopts small cell rules.

Openet expands BT mobile BSS deal to include EE
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

Ireland-based BSS provider to implement real-time charging services for EE's mobile operations.

Modernizing China Unicom network operations with TianShu
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/1/2020

TianShu enables stronger collaboration between marketing, sales, planning, network planning, procurement, network construction and ongoing operations.

Aryaka and Alibaba Cloud amp up SD-WAN in APAC
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

Alibaba's customers approached Aryaka about the need for a partnership between the companies to expand SD-WAN availability and access to public clouds in the APAC region.

Rural carriers 'stunned' by the FCC's ban on Huawei, ZTE
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

Rural wireless network operators represented by the Rural Wireless Association are taking issue with an FCC move against purchases of Huawei and ZTE equipment.

Podcast: US Ignite's Mari Silbey on hybrid networks and new broadband business models
The Philter | 6/30/2020

US Ignite's Mari Silbey joins Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey for a discussion about what changes are ahead in how cities and companies can provide broadband to residents in underserved areas.

YouTube TV hikes price by $15 per month
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

Illustrating again that OTT-TV service providers aren't immune to rising content prices, YouTube TV has jacked the rate of its baseline package by 30% – from $49.99 to $64.99 per month – as it adds fare from ViacomCBS.

Rakuten plots global 5G landgrab as Japanese tech strikes back
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

The Japanese e-commerce company's real goal is not to become another mobile operator in Japan but to lead a global revolution.

Dish's 5G radios to come from Japan's Fujitsu
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

Dish said it will use 5G radios from Japan's Fujitsu. That's noteworthy considering radios account for a large percentage of the cost of a 5G network, and Dish had indicated its preference for US suppliers.

Light Reading virtualizing Cable Next-Gen event
Breznick Unbound | 6/30/2020

Instead of staging our usual in-person conference in Denver, we will now conduct a free, digital event over two full days in late August.

Synacor and Qumu call off the marriage
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

Before scuttling the merger, the companies foresaw an opportunity to take a bigger run at the enterprise services market.

Verizon: The fastest 5G in the world – report
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

Thanks to its mmWave network, Verizon offers average 5G download speeds of roughly 500 Mbit/s, which Opensignal calculates is the fastest in the world.

Missouri farm makes hay with edge computing, private LTE
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

Trilogy Networks and its new Rural Cloud Initiative (RCI) is aiming to bring technologies like private wireless LTE networks and edge computing to rural parts of the US.

Asia cloud slowdown 'not a positive' for economic recovery
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

A new report from the ACCA shows cloud adoption across Asia is slowing down, but the reason for the slump is unclear.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Core network, Huawei and Facebook boycott
LRTV Documentaries | 6/30/2020

It's all getting a bit heated on this week's pod as the usual crew sweats the big stuff.

Bharti said to be key player in UK's OneWeb bid
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

The Indian operator is reportedly one of several investors in a UK government-backed consortium that aims to secure control over the low-Earth orbit satellite system.

Eurobites: Dutch 5G auction cranks into gear
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson comes up for AIR; Nokia boosts backhaul for Djezzy in Algeria; Telia goes 5G roaming.

BICS pens IoT deal with Avnet Silica
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

Industry middleman combines 'largest cellular connectivity' with IoT 'hardware expertise.'

Europe's dependence on Huawei laid bare in new study
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

A report by Strand Consult shows that some of Europe's largest operators and national incumbents have become heavily reliant on the Chinese vendor.

Microsoft locks down more IoT security with latest acquisition
News Analysis | 6/29/2020

The software giant is focusing on smart manufacturing.

US wireless carrier capex projected to grow 11% in 2021 to $35B
News Analysis | 6/29/2020

Increased spending on 5G by T-Mobile, Dish Network and others could create more opportunities for cell tower companies and wireless network equipment vendors.

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.

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