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ATSC 3.0 transition 'in peril' without more FCC action, NAB claims
News Analysis | 1/30/2023

The National Association of Broadcasters argues that 'a stalled transition is threatening the future' of broadcast TV and wants the FCC to create an 'ATSC 3.0 task force.'

Here are 4 big themes for 5G in 2023
DanoVision | 1/30/2023

Growth in the US wireless industry is expected to slow during 2023, and Verizon's lackluster outlook isn't sparking optimism. But cable's mobile efforts are looking good.

Gigi Sohn headed for third Senate hearing
News Analysis | 1/30/2023

Sohn is expected to sit through an unprecedented third Senate hearing for FCC Commissioner sometime in the coming weeks.

NEC posts networks loss amid 5G slowdown and open RAN 'caution'
News Analysis | 1/30/2023

Months after complaining about open RAN wariness among brownfield operators, the Japanese company reports losses at its networks division.

Upstream demand driven by 'marketing,' not true usage, Charter CEO says
News Analysis | 1/30/2023

Chris Winfrey's comments arrive as Charter prepares to upgrade its HFC networks, but shifts the broader narrative toward wireline/wireless service convergence.

Walmart's drones take a multi-carrier approach to 5G
News Analysis | 1/30/2023

A Walmart representative confirmed that the company's drone fleet can be upgraded to 5G, and that the company's drone vendor, DroneUp, uses technology from Elsight to connect to multiple cellular networks.

Bell joins Telstra as second 'big telco' investor in Cohere
News Analysis | 1/30/2023

The Canadian operator is stumping up funds for trials of Cohere's capacity-boosting network software and 6G candidate.

Eurobites: Orange Belgium and Telenet strike wholesale fixed-networks deal
News Analysis | 1/30/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Hrvatski Telekom gets digging in Dubrovnik; London's mayor takes FTTH credit; MTN's Mupita wants new regulatory framework.

Cellnex merger rumors add to ongoing tower chess game
News Analysis | 1/30/2023

M&A remains an ongoing source of speculation as MNOs continue to set their towers free.

Charter near avoiding big financial hit in murder case involving former field tech
News Analysis | 1/27/2023

In a case that originally awarded more than $7 billion in punitive charges, a tentative settlement is for 'substantially less' than a reduced judgment of $262 million, according to a Charter SEC filing.

AT&T boasts of core 'white box' success in 5G, fiber push
News Analysis | 1/27/2023

Broadcom, DriveNets, Cisco, Nokia and others are among the vendors supporting AT&T's move toward a new switching and routing platform that's now carrying a majority of the operator's production traffic.

The Notebook Dump: BEAD battles, 5G wins and woes, robot dog uprising
LRTV Interviews | 1/27/2023

The editors cover cable earnings updates, 5G wins and woes, battles over BEAD funding and the rise of the robot dogs in the Notebook Dump for the week ending January 27.

Verizon, Dish drive open RAN in the US, Dell'Oro finds
News Analysis | 1/27/2023

'The operator is ordering 7.2x compatible radios from one of its vendors, but the carrier is waiting to fully deploy open RAN,' Dell'Oro Group wrote in its recent report.

The Buildout: Four states get $794M for broadband; Wahzhazhe Connect to break ground
News Analysis | 1/27/2023

This week in broadband builds: States get $794 million for broadband plans; electric co-ops, Comcast win in Missouri; Conexon connects Florida's EREC; Wahzhazhe Connect to construct Osage Nation network – and more.

Charter rakes in record 615K mobile lines, base balloons to 5.29M
News Analysis | 1/27/2023

'Spectrum One' convergence bundle is contributing to mobile line growth, but execs say the bulk of those lines are coming from existing broadband subs upgrading to mobile.

Bridging the Digital Divide: Part 4
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/27/2023

In the final installment of this four-part sponsored series, we look at still more key highlights from a new Heavy Reading study about the broadband industry's plans for closing the Digital Divide. #sponsored

Midband 5G reaches the halfway point in US, Crown Castle CEO says
News Analysis | 1/27/2023

'To date, only about half of our sites across our top three customers [Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile] have been upgraded with midband spectrum,' said Crown Castle CEO Jay Brown.

Huawei's smart car business finds a higher gear
News Analysis | 1/27/2023

Following a much stronger 2022, Huawei's smart car unit says it is on track to turn a profit in 2025.

Intel is 'losing market share left, right and center'
News Analysis | 1/27/2023

A leading analyst says the US chipmaker faces an existential threat from Arm after it reports another shocking set of results.

Eurobites: Openreach to stop outbound calls for digital refuseniks
News Analysis | 1/27/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE adds more scam call protection; Elisa powers on; Google commits to greater transparency for EU searchers.

BT to hire 400 graduates and apprentices
News Analysis | 1/27/2023

The company has announced plans for a new intake and says it is planning investment to support young people and jobseekers.

Comcast to unleash global UI for TVs, streaming media players
News Analysis | 1/26/2023

Common interface will be woven into multiple products, including those supporting X1, Flex, Sky Glass, the Xumo streaming JV, and TVs and streamers distributed to Comcast's syndication partners.

Calix transformation to a platform company complete, say execs
News Analysis | 1/26/2023

Calix execs said over 90% of Q4 bookings comprised platform and managed services as it pursues a 'land and expand' strategy.

AT&T, other network operators navigate IoT turmoil
News Analysis | 1/26/2023

AT&T is reviving its 'Connected Solutions' unit to navigate the intersection between 5G and IoT. Cameron Coursey, a longtime AT&T IoT exec, will lead it.

What's the Story? Mediacom mum on mobile service details
LRTV Interviews | 1/26/2023

Jeff Baumgartner joins the podcast with updates on Mediacom's mobile service plans and discusses how the cable industry at large is doing in the mobile space.

Comcast sets mobile record, but Hurricane Ian spins broadband subs into the red
News Analysis | 1/26/2023

Alongside a gain of 365,000 mobile lines, Comcast lost a better than expected 26,000 broadband subs – which would've been a gain of 4,000 absent the impact of Hurricane Ian.

BICS' data shows an uptick in human and machine roaming in 2022
News Analysis | 1/26/2023

BICS also noted a marked increase in the number of 5G-enabled devices, which it believes will have implications for SA 5G and roaming demand.

Pollen Mobile distances itself from crypto, sparking DeWi outrage
News Analysis | 1/26/2023

Critics are concerned that Pollen Mobile's new rewards structure does not have a mechanism that allows early Pollen supporters to accrue more cryptocurrency. And that's caused an uproar.

AT&T's fiber buildout pace could signal broader slowdown
News Analysis | 1/26/2023

AT&T's lower annual fiber overbuild cadence 'will certainly feed the controversy around whether fiber is pulling back,' a New Street Research analyst notes.

Fixed wireless companies keep pushing NTIA on BEAD rules
News Analysis | 1/26/2023

FWA providers want NTIA to amend BEAD's restriction on unlicensed spectrum projects. Some advocates agree the change is necessary to close the digital divide.

Optical roundup: Transport gear market to hit $17B by 2027 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 1/26/2023

In this roundup: Dell'Oro Group forecasts that the optical transport equipment market will grow at a 3% CAGR over the next five years; Ciena's Blue Planet appoints a new general manager; and Lumen Technologies expands its 400G Wavelength Services network.

Eurobites: Ericsson appoints new head of Europe & Latin America region
News Analysis | 1/26/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: SFR eyes 5G private networks market, with Nokia's help; Telia blown off course by headwinds; Shell Energy comes under Ofcom's cosh.

Nokia targets 5G market share gains after ending 2022 on a high
News Analysis | 1/26/2023

The Finnish equipment maker reports sales growth and profitability at all its major business units and now aims to build on a 5G turnaround.

AT&T preps new FWA product for 'copper catch'
News Analysis | 1/25/2023

Amid massive fixed wireless gains by Verizon and T-Mobile, AT&T said it too is preparing a new fixed wireless product. But AT&T's overall FWA strategy is different from that of its rivals.

AT&T and Verizon cut 9,400 jobs last quarter
News Analysis | 1/25/2023

AT&T and Verizon have now cut nearly 170,000 jobs in the last seven years and they are apparently not done yet.

After Verizon lowers expectations, AT&T raises them
News Analysis | 1/25/2023

AT&T raised its wireless service revenue growth expectations for 2023 a day after Verizon lowered its own forecasts. AT&T CEO John Stankey said the company's overall strategy for 2023 is to maintain course.

AT&T resets fiber plan, sheds light on BlackRock JV
News Analysis | 1/25/2023

AT&T says it will use a blend of organic growth, partnerships and government subsidies to expands its fiber footprint well beyond 30 million US homes and businesses.

EE is the clear winner in RootMetrics' UK awards
News Analysis | 1/25/2023

The telco performed the best in most performance tests conducted by RootMetrics, while overall 5G performance and availability improved across operators.

Telstra CEO said she'll work during today's public holiday
News Analysis | 1/25/2023

Telstra CEO Vicki Brady stirs controversy by declaring she won't observe one of Australia's national holidays.

Qualcomm tries to put some spring in millimeter wave's step
News Analysis | 1/25/2023

The high-band spectrum can provide a capacity boost in hotspots and support an array of new applications, but the business case remains unclear.

Blockgraph CEO on how data is fueling the future of targeted TV advertising
CxO Spotlight | 1/25/2023

Blockgraph CEO Jason Manningham joins the podcast to discuss how the company is keeping data safe and secure amid the rising tide of targeted TV advertising.

AT&T FirstNet unleashes robotic dogs for emergency services
News Analysis | 1/25/2023

The IoT use cases where robotic dogs will be deployed include 'disaster response and recovery, facilities surveillance and security operations,' said AT&T's Lance Spencer.

Eurobites: Truphone emerges out of sanctions limbo
News Analysis | 1/25/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ASML performs well, considering; EU wants to cut 5G red tape; Ericsson in 5G trials with Spark and Red Hat.

TM Forum says certification way forward for open APIs
News Analysis | 1/25/2023

But there's still plenty of compliance activity under the certification radar.

Verizon adds 379K FWA subs in Q4 but faces capacity questions
News Analysis | 1/24/2023

CEO Hans Vestberg is confident Verizon will have ample capacity to exceed its fixed wireless access subscriber goals, but some analysts aren't so certain.

MC-PTX interworking for critical communications
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/24/2023

Standards-based mission-critical push-to-talk over cellular (PTToC) technology offers great advantages to public safety agencies. #sponsored

Verizon admits to miscalculations on 5G, edge computing and private networks
News Analysis | 1/24/2023

'The mobile edge compute and private 5G networks ... the adoption curve [is] a little slower than maybe we would like,' admitted Verizon CFO Matt Ellis during the company's earnings conference call.

Rakuten's energy use soared on mobile rollout
Morris Lore | 1/24/2023

The Japanese company watched electricity consumption rocket with its buildout of the country's fourth network – and that was before it had many customers.

Brace for the collision between telecom, public cloud
DanoVision | 1/24/2023

Should telecom operators leverage the public cloud? Billions of dollars hang on the answer to that question as the private networking opportunity lights a fire under both sides.

Alaska maps its broadband locations with Ecopia AI
News Analysis | 1/24/2023

Alaska is working with Ecopia AI to generate a map of the state's buildings and broadband serviceable locations in the lead up to BEAD.

Telco vs. Cable: Who comes out on top?
Guest Perspectives | 1/24/2023

Industry analyst Cheenu Seshadri weighs in on the cable industry's push to mobile connectivity and how that will impact incumbent telcos.

T-Mobile urged to stop using 'fast,' 'high-speed' or 'reliable' in FWA ads
News Analysis | 1/24/2023

The National Advertising Division's decision stems from a Comcast complaint. T-Mobile will appeal the decision that its speed and reliability claims are unsupported.

Eurobites: Ofcom investigates BT over contract clarity
News Analysis | 1/24/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Neos Networks completes regional metro access networks; Deutsche Telekom sold on Cellnex; Elon owes rent to King Charles.

Chinese telcos relish their new role at core of digital economy
News Analysis | 1/24/2023

The Year of the Rabbit promises more cloud-driven growth.

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile quietly walk away from ZenKey joint venture
News Analysis | 1/23/2023

The nation's top mobile operators launched ZenKey in 2020 to offer single sign-on services. But AT&T stopped supporting the offering last year, according to its website.

The Divide: Ciena's Steve Alexander on closing the connectivity and digital education gap
LRTV Interviews | 1/23/2023

This week: Steve Alexander, CTO at Ciena, joins the show to discuss what it will take to close the digital divide, how Ciena is preparing for funding opportunities and where all this connectivity is taking us.

Dish could slow 5G spending later this year
News Analysis | 1/23/2023

'Activity suggests a 2H23 slowdown (taking a breather after meeting its June 2023 FCC shot-clock) as we also consider the company is being mindful of its balance sheet,' the Cowen analysts wrote of Dish.

Verizon narrowing FWA coverage gap with T-Mobile – study
News Analysis | 1/23/2023

With capacity availability playing a role in coverage numbers, Verizon's use of C-band spectrum for FWA also ramped up significantly in 2022, finds a new market study from ISI Evercore.

Mediacom seeks mobile trademark, but mum on launch plans
News Analysis | 1/23/2023

Filing for the 'Mediacom Mobile' trademark is part of a broader process to explore whether it makes business sense to offer an operator-branded mobile service, an official says.

Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia chase 5G royalties beyond smartphones
News Analysis | 1/23/2023

The world's biggest holders of 5G patents are targeting other companies using mobile technologies and not paying for the privilege.

What to expect from MWC Barcelona 2023
News Analysis | 1/23/2023

The GSMA said it expects 80,000 people to turn out for its MWC trade show in Barcelona, Spain, this year, alongside around 2,000 exhibitors. That's up from the 61,000 who attended MWC Barcelona last year.

Don't worry about the government?
Guest Perspectives | 1/23/2023

Former Heavy Reading analyst Patrick Donegan looks at the year ahead in telecom security and how regulatory moves can push telcos to safety.

Cox on losing end of broadband ad spat
News Analysis | 1/23/2023

In the wake of a complaint lodged by AT&T, Cox has been urged to drop an 'implied superior reliability claim' in Internet ads.

Eurobites: Telia flags up impairment charges as headwinds bite
News Analysis | 1/23/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: VMO2 upgrades its IP core with Juniper; Proximus addresses fiber rollout 'abuses'; job cuts at Spotify.

The Notebook Dump: DeWi pushes forward, ACP needs funds, Netflix with ads is 'meh'
LRTV Interviews | 1/20/2023

The editors contemplate the state of decentralized wireless, the future of the Affordable Connectivity Program and why Netflix with ads is irritating.

T-Mobile failed to secure API in latest hack
News Analysis | 1/20/2023

Starting in November, T-Mobile said, hackers were able to get customers' billing addresses, emails, phone numbers and dates of birth via an insecure interface.

US aid agency backs fourth Philippines 5G network
News Analysis | 1/20/2023

USTDA signs deal to back 5G trials with the country's smallest telco - but can it find commercial backers?

What's the Story? Apple scraps AR glasses… for now
LRTV Interviews | 1/20/2023

Mike Dano joins the podcast to explain why Apple paused development on its augmented reality glasses and shifted focus to mixed reality headsets.

Brands get burned by tech’s annus horribilis
News Analysis | 1/20/2023

Verizon and Deutsche Telekom are ranked as most valuable telco brands in 2023 report.

Starry cuts another 100 jobs, scraps funding deal
News Analysis | 1/20/2023

The FWA specialist's latest layoff will reduce its workforce by about 24%. Starry has also axed a stock agreement poised to raise up to $100 million.

Utility provider PGE takes an 'omnicarrier' approach to networking
News Analysis | 1/20/2023

Portland General Electric inked a new deal with startup Expeto that company executives said will give the utility the ability to use the best connection for each of its applications.

The Buildout: Spectrum scoops up $24.1M in Indiana broadband grants
News Analysis | 1/20/2023

This week in broadband builds: Spectrum, Comcast, electric co-ops win in Indiana; Cox, AT&T win in Kansas; Kinetic connects 9K in Kentucky; GoNetspeed expands in Maine - and more.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson focus on 5G uplink
News Analysis | 1/20/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU explores 5G's role in defense; TIM makes progress in ultrabroadband and 5G backhaul; UK public-sector cloud spend surges.

Ericsson feels the squeeze as big customers slash 5G spending
News Analysis | 1/20/2023

Profitability weakened at the Swedish equipment vendor in the final quarter of 2022 and the outlook is bleak.

Netflix now counts 231M global subscribers, names co-CEOs
News Analysis | 1/19/2023

Netflix offered little color on how its new ad-supported tier performed in Q4 2023. Meanwhile, Ted Sarandos and Greg Peters are now co-CEOs, with Reed Hastings shifting to executive chairman.

Unpacking the math behind AT&T's 5G and fiber spending
News Analysis | 1/19/2023

AT&T hopes to cover 130 million people with midband 5G by the end of this year, and 30 million locations with fiber by the end of 2025. However, the details of that buildout are somewhat fuzzy.

FWA's growth curve 'beginning to bend' – forecast
News Analysis | 1/19/2023

A small quarter-over-quarter subscriber growth decline indicates that FWA's 'adoption curve is shifting from accelerating to linear,' the analysts at ISI Evercore said.

Microsoft CEO gushes about AI as he prepares to ax 10,000 jobs
News Analysis | 1/19/2023

The software giant rumored to be planning a major AI investment will cut 5% of its workforce by March, said Satya Nadella.

Transforming the BSS: A Prerequisite for CSPs’ Growth
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 1/19/2023

Discover how Accenture is helping CSPs reinvent by updating tech and operating models, adopting new growth models and driving hyper-personalization here. #sponsored

Telcos don't look very brutally automated
Morris Lore | 1/19/2023

After several years of talk about the rise of the robots, the industry still seems to be a long way from having a self-driving network.

DeWi players hope to shift projects from pilots to payments
News Analysis | 1/19/2023

Officials in Shreveport, Louisiana, are running an extensive test of decentralized wireless technology with vendors Pollen Mobile and Spread Networks.

Infinera doubles US-Japan subsea cable capacity with 800G upgrade
News Analysis | 1/19/2023

The optical networking vendor also upgraded Louisiana State University's research and education network.

Ex-CEO defends Orange ‘burdens’ as next strategy makeover nears
News Analysis | 1/19/2023

Current CEO Christel Heydemann will reveal Orange's next strategic plan on February 16, with suggestions she will focus on more traditional offerings.

Eurobites: BT seeks to justify 14.4% price rise
News Analysis | 1/19/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK government warns providers not to hike prices; Deutsche Telekom rated Europe's top brand; Spotify and friends are no friends of Apple.

India may be heading toward a duopoly after all
News Analysis | 1/19/2023

As well as mounting debt, Vodafone Idea is also facing troubles on workforce and subscriber fronts.

O2 Germany CEO gears up for 600MHz battle
News Analysis | 1/19/2023

Markus Haas has been pushing the MNO case for 600MHz spectrum ahead of WRC-23 later this year.

Why AT&T is relinquishing spectrum in Mexico
News Analysis | 1/18/2023

According to AT&T, 'Mexico has one of the most expensive spectrum costs, which causes fewer people to be connected, putting investments at risk and creating barriers to competition.'

Harmonic open to opening up 'CableOS' to outside developers
News Analysis | 1/18/2023

Harmonic has had 'a couple of conversations' about expanding the scope of the company's cloud-powered CableOS platform, said Harmonic CEO Patrick Harshman.

Sandvine maps out ongoing shifts in Internet traffic patterns
News Analysis | 1/18/2023

In its latest report, software vendor Sandvine shows video and overall Internet traffic went up in H1 2022. It also sides with telcos in the debate on net neutrality and fair contributions.

Bridging the Digital Divide: Part 3
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/18/2023

In the third installment of this four-part sponsored series, we look at some more key highlights from a new Heavy Reading study about the broadband industry's plans for closing the Digital Divide.

KT prepping GPT3-style AI tool for commercial launch
News Analysis | 1/18/2023

Korean telco in talks with financial services companies to offer powerful new AI as SaaS or PaaS later this year.

'Greatest challenge' to closing digital divide is uncertainty about ACP, advocates warn
News Analysis | 1/18/2023

The National Urban League, in response to an inquiry from Sen. Thune, said the 'greatest challenge' to closing the digital divide is uncertainty about the Affordable Connectivity Program.

Standalone 5G progress remains 'a disappointment'
News Analysis | 1/18/2023

According to Dell'Oro Group, there are over 900 networks that could be implementing 5G SA technology. But so far only 39 operators have deployed it.

Eurobites: Telia wields the jobs ax again – report
News Analysis | 1/18/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Tele2 builds wireless network for Axfood; Nokia helps tackle the digital divide in Senegal; UK toughens up online safety legislation.

Huawei remains a 5G force in the UK after govt backpedaling
News Analysis | 1/18/2023

The controversial Chinese vendor continues to serve thousands of 5G sites and is likely to be around for many years.

GTT adds PoP, new logo and exits Chapter 11 cases
News Analysis | 1/17/2023

The managed service provider is launching a new point of presence in Portland and has emerged from nearly $3 billion in debt plus Chapter 11 cases.

Mobi in Hawaii to go nationwide with new cloud-based mobile core
News Analysis | 1/17/2023

Mobi will use a cloud-native mobile core from startup WG2 - hosted in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud - to launch a nationwide MVNO service on T-Mobile's network. And it's building a CBRS network too.

Dish breaks more ground on 5G as pay-TV and mobile bases shrink
News Analysis | 1/17/2023

Dish lost another batch of pay-TV subs and saw mobile losses improve in prelim Q4 results. Meanwhile, Dish said it has started construction on more than 15,000 5G sites.

Wave7 Research's Jeff Moore on the keys to cable's mobile success
LRTV Interviews | 1/17/2023

Scale, simplicity, affordability and an under-appreciated local retail presence are among the reasons cable is having a moment in mobile, Moore says.

The Divide: How Kwikbit is bringing broadband to mobile homes
LRTV Interviews | 1/17/2023

This week: Joe Costello, CEO of Kwikbit, joins the show to discuss the company's work delivering wireless broadband to mobile homes across the US.

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