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Cellnex forms Dutch tower venture with DT
News Analysis | 1/21/2021

Creation of the new DIV fund also paves way for further investments in Europe's digital infrastructure.

C-band bidding ends, but quarrels continue
News Analysis | 1/21/2021

The record $81 billion raised by the FCC's C-band auction has eased tensions between SES and Intelsat. But the aviation industry has warned of potential troubles 'leading to multiple fatalities.'

India asks WhatsApp to withdraw the new service terms
News Analysis | 1/21/2021

The Indian Government has asked the Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp to withdraw its yet-to-be-implemented privacy policy.

Eurobites: Youfone enters Belgium, on Proximus' network
News Analysis | 1/21/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BICS expands NB-IoT with France's SFR; Telefónica seeks 5G/edge innovation; BT connects Dutch embassies.

DZS beefs up mobile transport play with Optelian deal
News Analysis | 1/20/2021

Deal for Optelian, the first acquisition under new DZS CEO Charlie Vogt, will add coherent optics technology to DZS's portfolio and provide it with a path to 200-Gig and 400-Gig transport capabilities.

Incoming FCC chief could inherit RDOF boondoggle
News Analysis | 1/20/2021

The FCC's recent Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction came in below expectations and will provide money to fresh faces. President Biden will need to decide whether that's good or bad.

Huawei swap-out starts after Sweden's 5G auction
News Analysis | 1/20/2021

Telia spends $91 million on a 120MHz chunk of highly prized mid-band spectrum, while Net4Mobility says it has already got Huawei replacements lined up.

Orange issues 2025 O-RAN ultimatum to big kit vendors
News Analysis | 1/20/2021

France's biggest operator has made a bold commitment to open RAN and predicted 'parity' with traditional kit in the next four years.

LG mulls options for troubled smartphone unit
News Analysis | 1/20/2021

South Korean vendor could close down its smartphone unit, reports suggest.

Eurobites: EU looks forward to post-Trump tech era
News Analysis | 1/20/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone and MTS stay friendly; Nokia slices FWA for Saudi Arabia's Mobily; mobile sales slump at Dixons Carphone.

Europe's telco giants come together over open RAN
News Analysis | 1/20/2021

Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone have made a joint commitment they hope will accelerate ecosystem development.

Charter pulls request seeking early end of ban on data caps, paid peering
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

Decision to drop petition at the FCC comes on eve of inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden and recent pressure from lawmakers centered on usage-based broadband policies.

2021 is the fifth 'year of 5G,' and possibly the most interesting
DanoVision | 1/19/2021

This year promises to include everything from C-band deployments to a possible reset in US-China relations by President Biden. The future of the 5G industry is at stake.

Netflix blows by 200 million subs worldwide
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

OTT giant added 8.5 million subs in Q4 2020, handily beating the 6 million adds expected in the period.

Locast's user base streams past 2.3M
The Bauminator | 1/19/2021

Nonprofit streamer of local TV channels continues to expand markets amid ongoing legal brawl with major broadcasters.

GSMA spectrum chief heads to SpaceX
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

Brett Tarnutzer was in charge of all of the GSMA's spectrum-related regulatory activities, but is now leaving London for Washington, DC, to join SpaceX.

Telstra weaponizes 5G against NBN
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

Telstra has thrown down the gauntlet on 5G – and NBN Co has picked it up. The operator unveiled its first 5G home service three months ago, promising to expand availability.

Telefónica Deutschland wants Europe's COVID-19 funds for open RAN
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

The German operator says European recovery funds are needed to help foster the development of a local ecosystem for the in-vogue technology.

Paramount+ to launch in US and Latin America on March 4
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

New streaming service from ViacomCBS is also coming to the Nordics and Australia later in the year. CBS All Access in Canada to be rebranded as Paramount+ on March 4.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom, O2 to tackle 'gray spots' through network sharing
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson helps manage Voi e-scooters; Orange's new subsea routes; Salt offers FWA in Switzerland; Telenor Norway turns to Hiya for scam-call protection.

Cisco gets China nod for Acacia deal
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

Drawn-out $4.5 billion merger overcomes the final hurdle as China's antitrust regulator, the SAMR, approves merger on condition fair competition is protected.

Don't expect a less disruptive T-Mobile in 2021
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

CEO Mike Sievert may be less abrasive than his predecessor John Legere, but there's no sign that T-Mobile's 'Un-carrier' strategy will run out of steam this year.

Banning Trump and Parler is not for big tech to decide
Morris Lore | 1/19/2021

Facebook, Twitter and Amazon should not be the arbiters of free speech. And that means a repeal of telecom legislation should be a priority.

Jio resurrects 4G feature phone, hopes to take 5G lead in 2021
News Analysis | 1/18/2021

India's Reliance Jio Infocomm is planning to relaunch its low-cost 4G feature phone, JioPhone, in the first half of 2021, according to media reports.

Brazil backtracks on banning Huawei from 5G – report
News Analysis | 1/18/2021

Trump's exit may force Bolsonaro to bow to local industry demand to allow Huawei to participate in 5G.

China Unicom appoints new president after ten-month gap
News Analysis | 1/18/2021

Chen Zhongyue was previously executive vice president and deputy party secretary at China Telecom.

Exiting Trump nixes Intel license to supply Huawei
News Analysis | 1/18/2021

With hours left in the White House, Donald Trump waves one last fist at China's Huawei, revoking licenses for Intel and other suppliers to sell to it.

Eurobites: Three UK turns to Tata for 5G core configuration
News Analysis | 1/18/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone gets in on the drones act; BT faces class action over landline charges; Deutsche Telekom eggheads investigate quantum-assisted artificial intelligence.

Is COVID-19 a catalyst for enterprise cloud growth?
Kelsey's Grammar | 1/15/2021

In part two of this series, Navisite COO Gina Murphy shares how the company is working with customers to assist their move to the cloud and help automate their operations.

C-band bidding wraps at $80.91B
News Analysis | 1/15/2021

Record-setting result for coveted mid-band spectrum comes as operators around the US prepare to shore up capacity for their 5G network deployments.

Struum brings 'ClassPass' model to the world of streaming
CxO Spotlight | 1/15/2021

Developed by former Disney and Discovery execs, Struum is set to launch a credit-based offering that will aggregate and promote dozens of smaller, more niche-focused streaming services.

UK love affair with open RAN goes on despite telco reservations
Morris Lore | 1/15/2021

British authorities are infatuated with a technology they barely understand from either a technology or market perspective.

Huawei booted out of Sweden's last chance 5G saloon
News Analysis | 1/15/2021

Supreme Administrative Court calls time on Chinese supplier's 5G hopes. Spectrum auction to start next Tuesday.

The last days of Vivint Internet
News Analysis | 1/15/2021

Vivint Internet announced plans to shut down service to 8,500 customers just two weeks before COVID-19 rampaged across the US. This is the story of the company's collapse.

A Trump who can't tweet blacklists Xiaomi
News Analysis | 1/15/2021

In an eleventh-hour move, the Trump administration bans US investors from owning shares in Xiaomi and other Chinese tech companies.

5G is still a race to sell data
News Analysis | 1/15/2021

Operators still leaning on price to drive 5G, waiting for new apps and use cases to drive usage even in northeast Asia, with 216 million subscribers.

Vodafone fails to pause €508M 3G patent lawsuit in UK
News Analysis | 1/15/2021

Lawsuit brought by Spanish firm Top Optimized Technologies (TOT) against Vodafone and Huawei began in 2016.

WiCipedia: Should tech jobs require college degrees?
WiCipedia | 1/15/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: The argument for why jobs in tech shouldn't require a diploma; a new online community for women in UX; how language in job descriptions affects applicants; and more.

Breaking down the 2021 cloud, automation and virtualization predictions
The Wizard of Roz | 1/15/2021

Some offer predictions and prognostications. Our former cloud analyst steps in with her reactions and reminds us that moving critical telco systems to the public cloud for telcos is a considerable challenge.

Eurobites: OneWeb bags more funding from SoftBank, Hughes Network Systems
News Analysis | 1/15/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom's Access 4.0 platform goes live; everyone loves Tim Höttges; CityFibre rolls into Sunderland; EE extends unlimited mobile data offer for NHS workers.

Dish Network's new device chief sees opportunities, not challenges
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

Paul Chapple is in charge of procuring phones and other devices for Dish Network's planned 5G network. 'It's really familiar territory for me,' said the former Vodafone executive.

Five 5G takeaways from Samsung's new phones
DanoVision | 1/14/2021

Samsung, the world's largest smartphone vendor, released new flagship Galaxy S21 phones. The gadgets have significant implications for the 5G industry.

Shaw Mobile drives wireless gains, but broadband subs slide again
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

Canadian operator's new bundle leads to wireless net adds of 101,000 in fiscal Q1, but Shaw still lost 15,100 residential broadband subs as it continues to wrestle with the pandemic and competition from Telus.

Podcast – The Divide: EFF's Ernesto Falcon on 'building back better' broadband
LRTV Interviews | 1/14/2021

On the first episode of 'The Divide' – a new series from the Light Reading Podcast – Ernesto Falcon, senior legislative counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) talks with pod host Nicole Ferraro about the need for a commitment to fiber in the US and what's holding that up.

Juniper bulks up on RIC, open RAN with Türk Telekom affiliate
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

US supplier signs exclusive IP global licensing agreement with Netsia, giving it access to RIC technology and open RAN expertise.

Cisco-Acacia deal is back on
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

Under amended deal, Cisco is set to acquire Acacia for $115 per share, or roughly $4.5 billion, a sweetened deal that handily beats an original offer of $2.6 billion.

India's BSNL and MTNL turn profitable
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

The Indian operators are no longer loss-making, but that has come at a heavy cost for employees.

In a first, Hong Kong telcos cut off website under new security law
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

The blocking of websites by the country's service providers represents an unfortunate milestone.

AI becomes a critical network tool for cable ops
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

The use of AI tools and techniques have helped cable ops improve and enhance their ability to monitor and optimize networks during a pandemic that's still driving usage upward.

Google, Nokia tie-up makes it likelier web firms will rule edge
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

The Internet company and the Finnish equipment vendor are teaming up to provide a range of 5G products to service providers.

Intel outside: CEO sacked as Gelsinger takes over
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

Intel sacks Bob Swan as CEO after investor discontent over failed acquisitions and lost customers, tapping Pat Gelsinger for the top job.

Eurobites: EE spreads the 5G love, wins at gaming
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: O2 toots 5G trumpet; BNP Paribas goes with Orange for SD-WAN; small cells help big ships.

T-Mobile US signs 5G deals with Ericsson and Nokia
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

The 'uncarrier' agrees new five-year deals to further the rollout of 5G across its spectrum assets.

SeaChange CEO quits
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

Yossi Aloni has left the video software specialist to 'pursue other interests.' Robert Pons has been named executive chairman and will assume Aloni's duties as SeaChange seeks a new CEO.

Utilities shift from tests to deployments with private LTE
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

Xcel Energy and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) both announced plans to deploy private wireless networks running on the 4G LTE standard.

Looking ahead in India: 5G, open RAN and fiberization
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

This year is likely to bring the launch of 5G, more tie-ups between operators and startups and growing interest in satellite technology, among other developments.

Qualcomm buys Nuvia for $1.4B amid silicon industry upheaval
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

Qualcomm could be eying the data center market, or leverage against Nvidia's Arm, via its Nuvia purchase. One thing is clear: There's turmoil in the silicon industry.

Microsoft president urges industries, governments to address cyber threats
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

Brad Smith says lessons from the fictions of 'Wargames' and the realities of the recent SolarWinds cyberattack serve as an important wakeup call that must be heeded.

Europe plots mega sat comms project
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

European Commission urgently presses for new satellite constellation to fill broadband gaps and support advanced services, such as self-driving cars.

Telefónica goes towerless with €7.7B sale to ATC
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

The Spanish operator becomes the first major European telecom operator to cede control of its mobile sites.

For Zoom, $1.5B second IPO looms
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

With markets seemingly craving tech IPOs, Zoom announces a $1.5 billion secondary share sale, to take advantage of shares now 10x the platform's IPO level.

5G networks and the public cloud
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/13/2021

How can 5G network operators and public cloud providers work better together to improve the service experience for customers?

Eurobites: Zain KSA taps Infovista for 5G radio planning
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia connects trains in Austria; Three UK installs private network at Port of Felixstowe; Amdocs helps enforce London's clean-air zone.

Podcast: eero CEO Nick Weaver takes Wi-Fi management for the win
CxO Spotlight | 1/13/2021

eero's CEO discusses Wi-Fi 6, pandemic connectivity and how the company is courting service provider broadband partners.

Tele2 snaps up former VEON CTO Yogesh Malik
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

CEO presents a refreshed management team as the Swedish operator enters a critical period of its transformation phase.

Philo CEO not sweating rise of Discovery+
News Analysis | 1/12/2021

Andrew McCollum not overly concerned that Discovery's new premium streaming service will undercut Philo, but instead views the new entry as a complement to his entertainment-focused OTT-TV service.

Intelsat to test 4G connections to iPhones from stratosphere
News Analysis | 1/12/2021

Although the company declined to elaborate, Intelsat is asking the FCC for permission to transmit LTE signals from an unnamed, solar-powered aircraft operated by Airbus.

Verizon CTO on open RAN: 'We're 100% behind the idea'
News Analysis | 1/12/2021

Verizon CTO Kyle Malady tells Light Reading: 'I don't see any reason why the technology can't work, but there will be things carriers need to work out if they do adopt it.'

GeoLinks to shift from 5GHz to 60GHz for fixed wireless
News Analysis | 1/12/2021

GeoLinks' new GIGA-AIR platform, built with vendor Globtel, will use the DOCSIS 3.1 spec and the 60GHz band, and will be sold to other providers, including cable operators.

BT has yet another crack at digital transformation
News Analysis | 1/12/2021

The UK incumbent is setting up a discrete unit that will be charged with making it look more fit for purpose in a hi-tech world.

AT&T scuttles sales of AT&T TV Now
News Analysis | 1/12/2021

Decision for the no-contract, skinny-bundle OTT-TV service follows AT&T's attempts to slow pace of pay-TV sub losses and amplify focus on AT&T TV, its new OTT-TV service, and HBO Max.

Parler, kicked offline, sues Amazon Web Services
News Analysis | 1/12/2021

Unmoderated social network Parler, popular with Trump supporters, is suing AWS after the cloud provider said the platform's posts incited violence.

FuboTV's latest buy to underpin new online sportsbook
News Analysis | 1/12/2021

'Sports-first' OTT-TV service acquires interactive gaming company Vigtory just weeks after snapping up Balto Sports, a fantasy sports tech company.

Rakuten employee arrested over alleged theft of SoftBank 5G secrets
News Analysis | 1/12/2021

Former employee is accused of having accessed a SoftBank server and emailed technical data to himself on his last day at the company.

Orange gives more power to VC unit
News Analysis | 1/12/2021

France-based operator injects €350 million into new entity called Orange Ventures.

Eurobites: Elisa acquires CamLine for smart-manufacturing push
News Analysis | 1/12/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia helps Kalmar with cargo handling; Virgin Media touts whole-home Wi-Fi offering; Colt targets Microsoft Teams with cloud-based voice offering.

WhatsApp's new service terms annoy users in India
News Analysis | 1/12/2021

The social media firm has made changes that allow it to share more user data with parent company Facebook, provoking a backlash.

Verizon CEO Vestberg uses CES to push 5G into a new phase
DanoVision | 1/11/2021

Verizon's CEO dispensed with the speeds and feeds that often dominate 5G discussions. Instead, he showed off some real-world 5G services, alongside a tacit nod toward the wider American zeitgeist.

Acacia reports revenue, profit growth as it scraps with Cisco
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

The components vendor said its business is growing thanks to bandwidth demands and it stands by its desire to call off its pending acquisition by Cisco.

TV shipments to dip in 2021 despite 8K surge – CTA
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

Total US TV shipments will drop 8% this year, but 8K sets are expected to rise 300%, to 1.7 million units, according to the Consumer Technology Association.

AT&T, Verizon, Comcast halt donations to lawmakers who opposed Biden's election
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

Lawmakers like Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., who voted against the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's election victory, won't get money from the likes of AT&T, Verizon and Comcast.

Airtel, Vodafone Idea allege 'miscalculation' of AGR dues
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

The Indian operators say the government has overestimated the amount they owe in licensing fees and related penalties.

DoD eyes 'challenge' designed to promote open source 5G
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

The US military is looking for ways to 'accelerate the development of an open source 5G,' which comes as no surprise given the Pentagon's wide and growing interest in the technology.

CES 2021: DOCSIS 3.1 shipments soar, TV makers gravitate to Google TV
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

Also in this CES news snapshot: CommScope expands Wi-Fi 6 lineup; Netgear takes flight with Wi-Fi 6E; the CBRS Alliance rebrands.

As C-band bidding slows, telco debt expected to skyrocket
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

Activity in the C-band auction is slowing with $80.7 billion in gross proceeds. Already T-Mobile is looking to raise $2 billion, likely to help pay for its purchases.

Deutsche Telekom looks for Dutch exit door (again)
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

German incumbent reportedly in talks with private equity investors in a deal that could be worth in excess of $6 billion.

Europe's towercos are building on shaky ground
Morris Lore | 1/11/2021

Towers companies may struggle to justify their lofty valuations as competition grows and the telecom sector remains under pressure.

Ajit Pai kicks Section 230 can down the road
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

FCC chair won't pursue a rulemaking clarifying protections for social media outlets, but also declined to second-guess decisions by Twitter and Facebook to boot President Trump from their respective platforms.

Tight chip supply chain threatens smartphone recovery
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

The supply chain could struggle to keep pace with surging demand this year.

Eurobites: Vodafone, O2 look to monetize tower assets
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom, Nextcloud launch collaboration platform; Orange Ventures strikes out on its own; Airspan eyes Huawei-shaped hole in UK.

Making sense of the latency alphabet soup
Guest Perspectives | 1/11/2021

Latency is a key part of the user experience, which is why it is one of the pillars of the cable industry's 10G strategy.

Navisite COO on creating a successful M&A playbook
Kelsey's Grammar | 1/11/2021

In this mentor spotlight, Gina Murphy discusses the key to completing a successful acquisition, and the importance of building a company culture that supports new ideas, new technology and diverse teams.

Tele2 taps Nokia for 5G core in Sweden and Baltics
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

Finnish vendor to deploy 5G standalone core network in Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Starlink launches satellite Internet in rural UK
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

Elon Musk's Starlink has launched its satellite Internet network service in rural Britain, where it will compete with the recently bankrupt OneWeb.

'Black Sky' fears help drive interest in private wireless networks
News Analysis | 1/8/2021

A Black Sky hazard 'is a catastrophic event that severely disrupts the normal functioning of our critical infrastructures.' Worries over such events are helping to drive interest in private wireless networks.

Charter-NBCU deal adds lift to Peacock
News Analysis | 1/8/2021

New wide-ranging distribution deal with NBCUniversal will allow Charter to offer the ad-supported 'premium' Peacock service to video and broadband subs for no added cost... for a while.

US military eyes expanding deployment to 3GPP for 5G
News Analysis | 1/8/2021

The Pentagon is planning to increase its work within the world's leading 5G standards organization. Some analysts aren't surprised, but warn that the military may need to move carefully.

Roku deals for Quibi's content
News Analysis | 1/8/2021

Deal for global content distribution rights to Quibi's short-form premium fare paves way for Roku to serve it up on The Roku Channel, its ad-supported content aggregation platform.

Trump may add Tencent to Chinese telco delisting
News Analysis | 1/8/2021

China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom Hong Kong dropped $5.6B market cap after Trump made NYSE delist them, eyeing Alibaba and Tencent next.

Gigabit subsidies are a waste of taxpayer dosh
Morris Lore | 1/8/2021

The UK spending watchdog slams the government's gigabit record, but does anything really need to be fixed?

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