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Google Fiber debuts symmetrical 8-Gig speeds in Mesa, Arizona
News Analysis | 3/31/2023

Mesa, Arizona, is the first Google Fiber market to get access to a new symmetrical 8-Gig fiber service tier that sells for $150 per month. Cox and Lumen are among the incumbents in the market.

Huawei's profit squeezed as it seeks new growth
News Analysis | 3/31/2023

Earnings down two-thirds as higher costs weigh on flat revenue.

Cable One CEO: 'It's not our time' to enter the mobile game
News Analysis | 3/31/2023

CEO Julie Laulis says Cable One will stay focused on providing its core broadband service for now, but estimates that the company could execute a mobile launch in six to eight months.

The Notebook Dump: Fiber manufacturing in America
LRTV Interviews | 3/31/2023

The editors discuss challenges to the Universal Service Fund (USF) and Graphiant's new $62 million in funding. They also examine Roku's layoffs, new fiber manufacturing projects in the US and why wireless providers are pushing more device inventory online.

It's official: Rogers completes purchase of Shaw in Canada
News Analysis | 3/31/2023

Rogers Communications' buyout of Shaw Communications received final approvals, in part thanks to the sale of Shaw's wireless business, Freedom Mobile, to Quebecor's Videotron.

US government publishes federal 5G purchasing guidelines
News Analysis | 3/31/2023

The document touches on several hot-button issues, including 5G security and open RAN operations. It also offers a few pointers on how federal agencies could use advanced 5G services.

Germany's 1&1 must spend billions to match rivals
News Analysis | 3/31/2023

After badly missing its rollout targets last year, the United Internet mobile subsidiary is under pressure.

The Buildout: New York awarded $100M to connect 100,000
News Analysis | 3/31/2023

This week in broadband builds: New York gets $100 million to connect affordable housing, Alaska Communications expands, New Mexico awards four providers $17 million – and more.

Eurobites: MTN steps up network resiliency program
News Analysis | 3/31/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone and friends set up 5G testbed in Portugal; Meta changes tack on EU data privacy; Branson's satellite firm sheds most of its workforce.

Lumen hacked
News Analysis | 3/30/2023

'A malicious intruder had inserted criminal ransomware into a limited number of the company's servers that support a segmented hosting service,' Lumen said in describing one of two separate hacks.

Satellite companies hunt for cash
News Analysis | 3/30/2023

Telesat, Ligado, Rivada Space Networks and Lynk Global face multiple challenges as they try to raise additional funding. But there is money out there: Just ask Globalstar and OneWeb.

Roku to lay off 6% more
News Analysis | 3/30/2023

Roku's layoff of about 200 employees follows a similar workforce reduction last year that slashed 5% of the company's headcount.

China Mobile buys $6.5B stake in retail bank
News Analysis | 3/30/2023

China Mobile pays 42% premium to take 6.8% stake in China Postal Savings Bank.

Intelsat and SES are on a $10B collision course
News Analysis | 3/30/2023

Two antiquities of the satellite industry hope to survive the launch of newer and more sophisticated technologies by teaming up.

Colorado muni fiber operator unlocks smart city options with private wireless
News Analysis | 3/30/2023

The city of Longmont, Colorado, now owns a private wireless network covering roughly half of the city. It runs on equipment from vendor Baicells in the unlicensed 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum band.

Eurobites: Shareholders still have beef with Ericsson's board
News Analysis | 3/30/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre launches ad campaign; ETNO and UNI Europe combine to tackle workplace harassment; Romania gets a second Orange 5G lab.

Ziply Fiber CEO talks edge-outs, BEAD, FWA and the mobile bundle
CxO Spotlight | 3/29/2023

Edge-out opportunities are broadening Ziply Fiber's scope. Meanwhile, the company will use FWA 'selectively' and for now will take a pass on creating a home broadband and mobile bundle, says CEO Harold Zeitz.

Lumen to explore wireless partnerships 'if it makes sense'
News Analysis | 3/29/2023

'If the need arises, we'll explore wireless partnerships if it makes sense. But right now we don't see the customer demand for it,' said Lumen Technologies' Maxine Moreau.

What's the Story? Frontier bundles in YouTube TV
LRTV Interviews | 3/29/2023

Jeff Baumgartner joins the podcast to discuss Frontier's YouTube TV bundle and what the competitive implications are of that decision.

CommScope bulks up fiber optic cable production to aid rural rollouts
News Analysis | 3/29/2023

With demands for BEAD on the horizon, CommScope has expanded its US-based fiber optic cable manufacturing capacity and launched a lighter-weight fiber called 'HeliARC' that's optimized for rural deployments.

Rakuten's open RAN diversity claims ring hollow
News Analysis | 3/29/2023

Open interfaces will certainly aid specialists but it's hard to see how they will necessarily bring diversity, despite what proponents and government figures say.

Vodafone waves goodbye to RCS, shifts over to Google
News Analysis | 3/29/2023

Vodafone is shutting down its proprietary RCS platform and instead relying on Google to support business and consumer RCS based messaging services in future.

Wall Street is fed up with Dish Network
DanoVision | 3/29/2023

'We are downgrading Dish,' wrote the financial analysts at UBS in a report to investors this week. They aren't alone, and the list of reasons for the downgrades is long.

What you need to know about the national broadband map
LRTV Documentaries | 3/29/2023

The FCC's new National Broadband Map debuted in November and - as the basis for the BEAD program - will define the future of broadband access in the US. Here's the backstory on how we got here, challenges thus far and why an accurate map matters.

Eurobites: UK tries to nail AI jelly to the wall
News Analysis | 3/29/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: AI axes jobs; VMO2 does pay-per-view deal with DAZN; more mid-contract price-rise mayhem.

EU presses on with plans to get more use out of data
News Analysis | 3/29/2023

The EU's planned Data Act legislation, intended to facilitate the sharing and transferring of data, has advanced to the next stage of negotiations between EU bodies.

RDK gets more powerful Wi-Fi tech thanks to Comcast and OpenSync contribution
News Analysis | 3/29/2023

Comcast and companies associated with OpenSync have contributed a new, more powerful Wi-Fi software manager for the RDK-B stack to help manage broadband gateways, Wi-Fi access points and Wi-Fi extenders.

Disney mucks metaverse unit as part of larger layoff – report
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

Disney's metaverse unit, which had about 50 employees, was among the casualties in a larger wave of layoffs at the media giant, according to The Wall Street Journal.

NaaS startup Graphiant grabs $62M in funding
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

Founder and CEO Khalid Raza said industry interest in Graphiant's network edge service 'has been much faster than what we saw with MPLS at Cisco or SD-WAN with Viptela. Graphiant has hit a nerve.'

The Divide: How ACA Connects sees BEAD funds rolling out nationwide
LRTV Interviews | 3/28/2023

ACA Connects' Brian Hurley joins the podcast to discuss the group's BEAD funding framework – a national analysis of how far funding from the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program will go, and a state-by-state breakdown of how those funds can be used for fiber.

T-Mobile starts spending political capital to get its 2.5GHz spectrum
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

According to the financial analysts at New Street Research, T-Mobile isn't afraid to 'spend some political and financial capital to demonstrate that it has a strong argument' for its 5G spectrum.

Alibaba to break up into six 'agile' businesses
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

Alibaba restructure follows Jack Ma's return to China after lengthy absence.

Google Fiber to take on Cox and Lumen in Council Bluffs, Iowa
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

Building on a recent string of network expansion plans, Google Fiber's latest market target will pit it against area incumbents Cox Communications and Lumen/CenturyLink.

Amazon opens Sidewalk network to outside developers
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

Amazon is making a renewed effort to put Sidewalk on the map, announcing Tuesday that it's opening this network to outside developers and offering them free test kits to check its coverage.

Comcast expands service and tech ecosystem for new 'Smart Solutions' unit
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

The new Comcast Smart Solutions unit is expanding tech and service ecosystem to support its goal of being a one-stop-shop for IoT services tailored for municipalities, retailers, campuses and other businesses.

Here's why Paradise Mobile chose AWS for its 5G cloud
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

Paradise Mobile, which is planning to build a 5G network in Bermuda, said it will run its network operations almost completely within the AWS cloud.

Eurobites: BT explores '$500M opportunity' with AWS
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson does 5G fast in the Faroe Islands; Telia explores 5G for healthcare; French government kills the phone fun.

Charter makes rare acquisition amid focus on rural network expansions
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

M&A opportunities have been few and far between, but Charter has reportedly struck a deal to acquire Bee Line Cable, a family-owned operator serving parts of central Maine.

Court upholds USF for now but future of broadband subsidies still murky
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

The Universal Service Fund, or USF, survived the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, but its future is still uncertain.

IoT consolidation continues via KORE's new Twilio deal
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

Longtime Internet of Things (IoT) player KORE announced that it will acquire Twilio's IoT business. The transaction shines more light on the tumult enveloping the IoT space.

BT would be nuts to replace Jansen now
Morris Lore | 3/27/2023

The UK telecom incumbent is reportedly searching for a new boss, but it will have trouble finding one who can do any better.

Frontier tightens ties to YouTube TV, targets cable's bundle
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

Signaling a new attack on cable's broadband/pay-TV bundle, Frontier is now offering its own broadband service and YouTube TV on the same bill. YouTube TV is now Frontier's primary video offering for new customers.

First open RAN/vRAN installations expected to ramp up
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/27/2023

Key findings from Heavy Reading's Open RAN Platforms and Architectures Operator Survey Report indicate that the ecosystem is continuing to develop and that a very significant number of service providers expect to complete first installations within two years.

US hardball drove Chinese vendor from huge cable project: reports
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

US government pressure forced Chinese vendor HMN Technologies out of the 19,000-km Sea-Me-We 6 (SMW6) subsea cable in favor of New Jersey-based SubCom, it's been reported.

Fair share or net neutrality? Cakeist EC thinks it can have both
Morris Lore | 3/27/2023

The European Union seems to be approaching the subject the way Boris Johnson approached Brexit.

Glance still planning US launch, at some point
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

Glance has not yet launched its services in the US. That's noteworthy considering reports last year indicated the startup's US launch was imminent.

India’s Airtel Nxtra to double capacity by 2025 to increase market share
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

Airtel's data center arm, Nxtra, will come up with seven new data centers to double capacity as competition heats up and the stage is set for consolidation.

Eurobites: BT boss Jansen's days are numbered – report
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OneWeb completes its constellation; KPN has a management re-jig; Nokia helps CSPs save more network energy.

Meta says it's the telcos' job to build and monetize network infrastructure
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

Familiar disagreements between Big Tech, telcos, regulators and the European Commission regarding the fairness of fair-share arguments got an airing during a Politico debate in Brussels.

Cable broadband: A look forward... and a look (way, way) back
The Bauminator | 3/24/2023

The recent Cable Next-Gen event looked ahead. But it was also an opportunity to look back, when there was no DOCSIS and data was delivered over a 6MHz channel – enough to be 'wicked fast.'

Why Intel ditched 5G laptops, and what to expect next
News Analysis | 3/24/2023

Intel is exiting the market for 5G-capable laptops, a clear blow to 5G network operators. But there may still be hope in Qualcomm's 5G laptops – unless a lawsuit from ARM upsets the situation.

The Notebook Dump: T-Mobile to scrap 5G reliability ads
LRTV Interviews | 3/24/2023

The editors discuss cable versus fiber, consumer broadband labels and potential roadblocks to BEAD program rollouts. They also examine why T-Mobile will need to re-think its 5G advertising strategy and whether TikTok is now cooler than ever.

The Buildout: NTIA awards $25.7M for tribal broadband, altafiber expands in Ohio
News Analysis | 3/24/2023

This week in broadband builds: NTIA awards tribal broadband funding; altafiber to build in Warren County, Ohio; TDS grows in Wisconsin; NYC expands Big Apple Connect – and more.

Apparently, the metaverse will run just fine on 5G
DanoVision | 3/24/2023

'The development of the metaverse will not require telecom operators to grow capital expenditures for greater network investment,' according to Meta executives. Last year, the company offered a different story.

US chip exposure to China grew even more last year
News Analysis | 3/24/2023

After a two-year surge in sales to China, US semiconductor companies stand to lose billions in revenues as export controls are tightened.

Ciena's Steve Alexander: A terabit in the hand
LRTV Interviews | 3/24/2023

Ciena CTO Steve Alexander discusses the WaveLogic 6 announcement, the OFCnet, and reminds us of how dramatically optical networking technology has speed up and shrunk down over the years.

Comcast's Elad Nafshi on network scale, DAA, 10G, PON and what's next for FDX
LRTV Interviews | 3/24/2023

Elad Nafshi, Comcast's EVP and chief network officer, joined Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner at Cable Next-Gen 2023 to expand on multiple facets of the operator's network evolution.

Eurobites: Salt shakes up Swiss mobile market in 2022
News Analysis | 3/24/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Truespeed turns to Adtran's XGS-PON; Cell C boss steps down; 1&1 Versatel fibers up another business park.

Kyrio's 'ARC Mobile' platform breaks into the enterprise market
News Analysis | 3/23/2023

Kyrio, a unit of CableLabs, has notched its first reseller deal, with Sparro, for ARC Mobile, a platform that manages and optimizes multiple types of wireless connections, including Wi-Fi, cellular and satellite.

SES' JP Hemingway on satellites' role in the digital divide, D2D and disasters
LRTV Interviews | 3/23/2023

SES' chief strategy officer spoke with Light Reading at Satellite 2023 about D2D, how SES is helping bridge the digital divide using MEO and GEO, how modern satellite capabilities compare to fiber and more.

Samsung's Shah talks open RAN, accelerators and the cloud
News Analysis | 3/23/2023

Samsung has business with Verizon, Dish Network and Comcast in the North American market, giving it a prime view into developing technologies including open RAN and cloud architecture.

Omdia's Jaimie Lenderman on how cable is speeding ahead on network upgrades
LRTV Interviews | 3/23/2023

At the Cable Next-Gen event, Omdia analyst Jaimie Lenderman presented fresh data on cable operators' plans for DAA, the virtual CMTS, DOCSIS 4.0 and PON, and her multi-year forecast for the cable equipment market.

Telcos coo as Nvidia pumps up the dirty Gen AI bubble
Morris Lore | 3/23/2023

Lift-off for generative AI would entail huge costs and have possible ramifications for climate change.

Capex scandal slashes PLDT earnings by 60%
News Analysis | 3/23/2023

External review at Philippines telco found no fraud but capex accounting scandal takes its toll on bottom line.

Equinix and OQC bring quantum computing to the masses
News Analysis | 3/23/2023

Oxford Quantum Circuits is installing its hardware in Equinix's IBX data center in Japan. Customers will be able to access the quantum computer via Equinix Fabric beginning in the fall of 2023.

Eurobites: EU wants less replacing, more repairing
News Analysis | 3/23/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Google's cloud lands in Turin; Telefonica gets into bed with Qwilt; new brooms sweep in at Vodafone Portugal and Fastweb.

Qualcomm vs. Arm: What are the best and worst-case scenarios?
Guest Perspectives | 3/22/2023

Tantra Analyst's Prakash Sangam weighs in with the best- and worst-case scenarios for Qualcomm and Arm as the companies continue to battle in court.

'Buy America' restrictions could bog down BEAD
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

Fear is growing that strict 'Buy America' conditions threaten to delay BEAD rollouts. Several industry associations believe speedy and flexible waivers on those restrictions will be needed to reach deployment goals.

Verizon's new network chief promises customer feedback tool
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

Joe Russo recently took over control of Verizon's networking operations. Now he's planning to release a feedback tool for customers that will allow them to point out networking troubles.

Corning's new twist on hyperscaler cabling
LRTV Interviews | 3/22/2023

Mike Bell, Corning's SVP and GM for optical communications, talks about Corning's newest data center solution that shortens installation times for cables and connectors. As capacity is needed, vendors are tackling physical plant construction bottlenecks to speed up network expansion.

Comcast-Altitude TV court clash ends with a whimper
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

Comcast and regional sports network Altitude TV have ended their years-long court battle, but a settlement did not result in a new carriage deal for the TV home of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche.

Telecom Innovator - Spirent CEO Eric Updyke talks to Light Reading
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 3/22/2023

Heavy Reading analyst Ruth Brown caught up with Spirent Communications at MWC Barcelona recently and spoke to CEO Eric Updyke about his thoughts on the latest trends in 5G. #sponsored

1&1, Dish and Rakuten add up to 'greenfield' misery
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

State-of-the-art technologies have not lowered the considerable barriers to entry in the telecom sector.

Digital boom powers China Telecom revenue, earnings
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

Cloud revenue more than doubles as China business embraces digital.

Verizon, NTT among service providers narrowing private 5G focus
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

NTT and Verizon are among service providers starting to narrow their focus for private 5G deployments as some enterprise verticals are easier to enter than others.

Viasat's John Janka on the future of satellite and need for LEO-GEO harmony
LRTV Interviews | 3/22/2023

John Janka, chief officer of global government affairs and regulatory at Viasat, spoke with Light Reading at Satellite 2023 about the changing communications landscape and how satellite players and policies must evolve.

Telecom suits up for predicted edge-computing boom
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

'Edge computing has started to go more mainstream,' according to Omdia analysts. As a result, many types of players are working to stamp out a competitive position.

5G war heats up between Airtel and Jio in India
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

The rivalry between Airtel and Jio is set to intensify as India's top two telcos slug it out in the 5G market.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia plans to cut 2,000 more jobs – report
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus buys EDPnet; Ooredoo's MWC deals; Nokia gets greener; ChatGPT messes with EU lawmakers' minds.

Orange gets its VOO moment in convergence journey
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

Orange Belgium is forging ahead with long-held fixed-mobile convergence ambitions, but the nation is still a laggard in 5G and fiber rollouts.

Six benefits of virtualized RAN
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/22/2023

Key findings from Heavy Reading's Open RAN Platforms and Architectures Operator Survey Report indicate that improved economies of scale for generic hardware and the independent upgradability of HW/SW components are the most critical benefits of vRAN for service providers. #sponsored

Utah judge voids $469M patent verdict against Dish
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

Judgment comes after a jury ordered Dish to pay $469.07 million stemming from allegations by ClearPlay that Dish's 'AutoHop' feature infringed on patents tied to content filtering technology.

Liberty Global's latest Telenet play should stick the landing
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

Arriving 11 years after a similar play, Liberty Global's 'voluntary and conditional' takeover bid for Telenet has a chance for success but could face shareholders seeking a higher price, an analyst reckons.

EchoStar's Paul Gaske on how HughesNet is adding capacity and lowering latency
LRTV Interviews | 3/21/2023

Paul Gaske, COO at EchoStar, spoke with Light Reading at Satellite 2023 to discuss the company's forthcoming launch of its Jupiter-3 satellite, the future of direct-to-device communications and more.

Alarm bells at NBN as LEOsat, 5G competition begins to bite
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

The alarm bells are starting to ring at Australia's broadband wholesaler NBN Co as it feels the heat from Starlink and 5G.

The virtual RAN benefits are as clear as mud, unless you're Intel
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

Facing so many options and trade-offs, and alert to the danger of supplier lock-in, many operators have yet to be convinced about RAN virtualization.

The Divide: How Cisco and El Paso, Texas, are bringing digital services to at-risk communities
LRTV Interviews | 3/21/2023

This week: We hear from Cisco's Gary DePreta and the city of El Paso's Nicole Ferrini on the launch of El Paso Helps, a digital portal for connecting at-risk individuals to essential services.

Can MOCN save private wireless?
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

Several private network installations are testing MOCN, which stands for Multiple Operator Core Network, as a way to connect to a commercial mobile network.

Cable access purchasing stays steady as PON goes gangbusters – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

Led by growth in passive optical networks, broadband equipment spending climbed 17% in 2022, notching a record of $19 billion, according to Dell'Oro Group.

US cell towers and small cells: By the numbers
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

At the end of 2022, there were 142,100 cell towers and 452,200 outdoor small cell nodes across the US, according to one new tally.

Harmonic bags Charter for virtual CMTS
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

Charter has tapped Harmonic as a 'strategic technology partner' for a virtual cable modem termination system rollout. Comcast, Vodafone and GCI are among other top ops to go with Harmonic's 'CableOS' platform.

Eurobites: EU gives green light to Orange's VOO takeover
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Hungarian government gets its claws into telecom; UK government tests out emergency alerts service; FibreConnect chooses EXA for Italian backbone job.

Dish hack expected to cut into Q1 subscriber tally
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

In the wake of a 'cyber-security incident' that impacted Dish service installs, bill payments and customer care capabilities for weeks, analysts expect Dish's Boost business to take the biggest hit in Q1.

'60 Minutes' spotlights Rocco Commisso's 'hustle'
The Bauminator | 3/20/2023

The '60 Minutes' profile of Mediacom's Rocco Commisso doesn't delve into company strategy, but it does spotlight the hustle that led him to the top of US cable and, later, ownership of Italian club ACF Fiorentina.

T-Mobile's latest 5G spectrum purchases stuck in limbo
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

The FCC's congressional authority to auction spectrum lapsed for the first time ever earlier this month, which is preventing the agency from authorizing T-Mobile's latest 2.5GHz purchases.

Consumer advocates, industry groups still quibbling over broadband label rules
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

A new batch of FCC filings shows a few remaining sticking points between consumer groups and industry organizations representing ISPs on final rules for broadband labels.

Chinese firms are finding ways to beat US tech sanctions
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

Chinese AI firms are training their data sets on server clusters using high-end chips.

Energy crisis raises enterprise network costs, sharpens sustainability focus
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

An Arelion report found most companies saw energy costs rise above contract terms, causing them to become a prime concern, which has pushed many to seek greater energy efficiency.

Eurobites: Virgin Media O2 in takeover talks with CityFibre – report
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT hooks up with AWS for more cloud-assisted mobile-edge clout; MTN trials 5G SA core with Azure; Germany fears effects of Huawei ban.

Whatever BT boss thinks, his fiber rivals are going nowhere fast
Morris Lore | 3/20/2023

As Ofcom weighs intervention on BT's latest pricing plans, its own data shows that BT's rivals have made scant progress in the UK's full-fiber market.

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