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Omnispace's tests hint at discussions with Dish, Verizon, US Space Force
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

Fresh off its deal with Lockheed Martin, Omnispace appears to be busy. The company has hinted at potential discussions with players ranging from Dish Network to Verizon to the US Space Force.

Biden's budget highlights interest in spectrum sharing for 5G
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

The White House has requested $39 million in 2022 for the NTIA to research 'innovative approaches to spectrum sharing.' That could pave the way for IIC technology to go live for 5G.

Verizon: Global chip shortage shouldn't slow 5G
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

Following warnings from the likes of T-Mobile, Gogo and Infinera, Verizon said that it does not expect the global chip shortage to affect its C-band buildout plans.

NCTC pitches plan to keep MobiTV alive
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

NCTC, which represents dozens of operators that use MobiTV, has asked members to put up at least $1 million toward potential MobiTV buyers.

Biden targets supercomputers in first move against China tech
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

New president signals that he, too, plans to take a tough line over technologies regarded as a potential threat.

WiCipedia: What makes a good company for female employees?
WiCipedia | 4/9/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: How trans people in tech are faring; the best places for women to work; 'tech-bro gender-blindness'; and more.

Eurobites: Ericsson, TDC Net pump 5G into Grundfos plant
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica Tech opts for quantum randomness; STC teams up with Dizmo for smart homes; HMD Global unveils more Nokia phones.

Indian telcos want a share of the growing IoT business
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

The Internet of Things (IoT) seems to be the flavor of the month as far as Indian service providers' enterprise offerings are concerned.

China's five-year plan bigs up 5G
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

Beijing's 14th five-year plan calls for building on China's 5G advantage to maintain its status as the world's factory floor, but it's less ambitious than previous plans.

Nokia, Lenovo shake hands on patent deal
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

Companies put their patent‑infringement battles behind them, but only after Lenovo agrees to make a net balancing payment to Nokia.

The billion dollar fight to cross the digital divide gets dirty
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Some of the companies that won money in the FCC's RDOF program are facing a growing, noisy chorus of critics that argue they won't be able to meet their obligations.

Charter wants to start mapping out its mobile network
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

After spending around $500 million on CBRS spectrum licenses, Charter is now asking the FCC for permission to conduct drive tests of transmissions in the band in around a dozen cities.

Discovery+ adds to Comcast's streaming mix
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Discovery's new premium streaming service has launched on Flex, and will be rolled out to Comcast's X1 pay-TV platform in the coming weeks.

Dish's 5G sales pitch thickens around security
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Dish Network is now promising 'a cloud-native solution that integrates network security from the foundation up.' Nokia, Allot and Palo Alto Networks are providing the details.

Supporting cable technicians today and tomorrow
Guest Perspectives | 4/8/2021

The past year has taught us many lessons. Among them is the critical role of the cable network in our homes and our daily lives.

CommScope open to other alternatives for Home Networks unit
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Board would consider other options if they created value that extends beyond the current plan to spin off a Home Business unit that will be led by cable and telecom industry veteran Joe Chow.

Fujitsu: Cyber cretins are casing out private 5G
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

When private 5G meets factories it brings cybercriminals to the yard. Fujitsu partners up with Trend Micro to eyeball if they can cook up a solution.

Podcast: The Divide – Scott Willis and Bruce Garrison on the 'collective ecosystem' required to reach the underserved
CxO Spotlight | 4/8/2021

This week, Scott Willis, CEO of DartPoints; and Bruce Garrison, chief revenue officer of Bluebird Network, on their connectivity work in rural Iowa and the collaboration required to tackle the digital divide.

India's Jio acquires 800MHz spectrum from arch-rival Airtel
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

In a first-of-its-kind deal in India, Reliance Jio will buy 800MHz spectrum from arch-rival Bharti Airtel.

Four ways to unlock more B2B opportunities and 5G value
Guest Perspectives | 4/8/2021

For B2B success, CSPs should be open to more collaboration and double down on building an agile network infrastructure that scales, according to CSG.

CommScope to spin off Home Networks unit
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Company expects to complete the spin-off of a unit that makes set-tops and other consumer premises equipment by the end of Q1 2022. It represents one move of several aimed at cutting operating costs.

Axiata, Telenor to merge Malaysian operations
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Axiata and Telenor are close to agreeing a merger of their Malaysian operations, the two companies have announced.

KPN takeover rumors broaden to new players
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners is said to have teamed up with EQT on a possible takeover bid valuing the Dutch telco at over $15bn.

Eurobites: MWC does deal with Spanish government to allow non-EU visitors
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor considers Malaysia merger; Nokia expands Wavence microwave range; EE makes progress on 5G rollout.

Beyond connectivity – quantifying and monetizing the 5G effect
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/8/2021

SPONSORED: 5G monetization will be more profound than 2G, 3G and even 4G network monetization. 5G will fuel the adoption of a multi-vendor, end-to-end programmable and automated service delivery model that will transform how CSPs deliver high-value services to their customers.

CommScope nearing transaction centered on CPE biz – sources
News Analysis | 4/7/2021

But the form of such a transaction remains hazy, as it could involve an outright sale or the formation of a joint venture designed to improve product margins and get the CPE business off of CommScope's books.

Four questions dogging T-Mobile's 5G fixed wireless ambitions
DanoVision | 4/7/2021

T-Mobile plans to sell 100Mbit/s connections to up to 30 million US households for $60 per month. However, there remain a number of questions surrounding the effort.

Starlink delivering sporadic speeds – study
Broadband World News | 4/7/2021

The satellite broadband service, still in beta, has seen median speeds fluctuate in recent months even as users report a rise in burst speeds, according to new Ookla Speedtest data.

T-Mobile puts the finishing touches on its 5G growth engine
DanoVision | 4/7/2021

T-Mobile is now offering a free 5G phone alongside promises of cheaper 5G services than the competition. The operator's announcement may represent the final piece of its 5G puzzle.

Afghanistan gets open RAN – Africa, Asia eye it
News Analysis | 4/7/2021

Open RAN comes to Afghanistan, as Etisalat partners with Parallel Wireless – and operators eye the developing world as prime networks to open up.

Under-cooked Dito Telecom fails early tests
News Analysis | 4/7/2021

Philippines' newest operator, Dito Telecom, has stumbled at the first hurdle in its mission to break the local duopoly.

Bharti Enterprises, Dixon form JV for India's PLI scheme
News Analysis | 4/7/2021

Bharti Enterprises and Dixon Technologies have agreed to form a joint venture to produce telecom and networking products.

Privacy activist takes on Google over Android tracker
News Analysis | 4/7/2021

After making a similar complaint against Apple, the noyb pressure group has now launched action against the Android Advertising Identifier.

Podcast: Microsoft Azure's Khalidi curates carrier clouds
LRTV Interviews | 4/7/2021

Yousef Khalidi discusses the economic benefits operators can experience by partnering with a cloud provider.

Eurobites: T-Mobile Netherlands goes Dutch on fiber venture
News Analysis | 4/7/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Lutz Schüler named as boss of post-merger Virgin Media/O2 entity; Ericsson does 5G in Malta; UK sets up new regulatory unit to tame tech titans.

Is Wi-Fi 6 enough? The need for intelligent management
Guest Perspectives | 4/7/2021

Improving the customer experience while achieving the full promise of Wi-Fi 6.

The 'undecideds' could shape MWC Barcelona this year
News Analysis | 4/7/2021

Our short, informal survey revealed that nearly one in every five people who went to MWC Barcelona in 2019 are still not sure about whether they'll attend #MWC21.

Will Charlie Ergen outwit Hans Vestberg and John Stankey in midband 5G?
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

The FCC plans to auction off 100MHz of prime midband spectrum between 3.45GHz and 3.55GHz in October. It could be just the event that Dish Network's Charlie Ergen has been waiting for.

MobiTV bids due on May 7
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

If multiple qualified bids are received, May 12 has been set for an auction, according to revised bid procedures that tie into MobiTV's voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.

Shentel to cut 30% of workforce after T-Mobile deal
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

Shentel is cutting roughly 340 employees from its payroll as it moves ahead with the sale of its wireless business to T-Mobile.

Minim first to get CableLabs stamp for low-latency DOCSIS 3.1 device
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

The Motorola MG8725 gateway is also the first in an anticipated lineup of Minim products to be outfitted with Wi-Fi 6 technology.

So long LG and thanks for the vision
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

LG's departure is a loss of sorely-needed device innovation – it may not be a big deal for the handset business, but it is something of a blow to operators.

Google wins ten-year copyright battle with Oracle
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

US Supreme Court ruled that the use of Oracle software code to build the Android operating system did not violate federal copyright law.

WOW to unleash data caps in June, starting in Chicago
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

WOW's new policy, which includes a $30 unlimited option for 1-Gig customers, arrives amid a 'broadband-first' posture and a steering of high-speed Internet customers to OTT-TV options such as YouTube TV and Philo.

Cable Next-Gen returns online
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

Like we did last August, Light Reading will stage our Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies conference as a free digital event over two half days in late April.

Viptela founders launch multicloud management startup with $25M in funding
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

Prosimo's AXI service addresses several challenges enterprises face in cloud application delivery, including managing operating costs, meeting application SLAs and 'fragmented security.'

Eurobites: Ericsson and friends try W-band for 5G backhaul
News Analysis | 4/6/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia puts charging system on AWS cloud; fiber discussions in the UK; A1 cracks cloud gaming with Blacknut.

Canada plots Quebec broadband stimulus
Broadband World News | 4/5/2021

Federal and provincial governments plan to spend C$826.3 million to extend broadband to nearly 150,000 unserved Quebec households by September 2022.

Biden's $100B broadband plan raises four big questions
DanoVision | 4/5/2021

Who will benefit from Biden's broadband plan? Should broadband be considered a utility? And what even is broadband? The answers to these questions could have major implications.

Starlink's threat to wired broadband 'minimal' – analyst
News Analysis | 4/5/2021

But SpaceX's satellite broadband service is poised to be a 'game-changer' for rural US coverage and in position to pursue a much larger global market, according to MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett.

LG's phone business exit a boon to Samsung, Motorola, TCL
News Analysis | 4/5/2021

Fully half of LG's phone business was based in the US. As the company walks away from its 10% share in the US market, analysts expect Samsung, Motorola and TCL to capture that business.

Reimagining the Internet for the future
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 4/5/2021

Discover how new innovations can fundamentally change the economics of the Internet and help close the digital divide.

Samsung, TSMC $130B plunge underlines the great chip divide
News Analysis | 4/5/2021

The global chip war is framed usually as a rivalry between the US and China, but in reality the two superpowers are not even in the race.

An IP over DWDM renaissance at 400G
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/5/2021

SPONSORED: The new routed optical network is not your father's IP over DWDM, writes Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin.

Prepping for PON and puns at Cable Next-Gen
LRTV Interviews | 4/5/2021

Alan Breznick and Tien Fu trade their absolutely worst puns about cable as Light Reading gears up for our 14th edition of Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies later this month.

AT&T SD-WAN is homeward bound with new Cisco service
News Analysis | 4/2/2021

The service provider is launching the new teleworker SD-WAN service to address a growing hybrid workforce that is accessing business applications both on-premises and in the home.

The nature of upstream network usage has likely changed forever, OpenVault says
Broadband World News | 4/2/2021

Upstream traffic surged 63% in 2020 during a pandemic-marked year that forced people to work and study from home and altered the period of the day that saw peak network usage.

Dish grumbles to FCC about T-Mobile's CMDA shutdown plan
News Analysis | 4/2/2021

Dish claims it's 'simply not possible' to accelerate the migration of Boost Mobile subs in time for the January 2022 3G CDMA shutdown. T-Mobile counters that its plan fits inside the parameters of its deal with Dish.

Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown: Exploring the world of open RAN
LRTV Interviews | 4/2/2021

Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown offers up a preview of the upcoming two-day Open RAN World Digital Conference.

Synthesis Cloud plots plan for national broadcast Internet network
CxO Spotlight | 4/2/2021

Startup plans to pair the new ATSC 3.0 signaling standard with spectrum from hundreds of low-power TV station partners to underpin a national IP multicast network and edge caching system.

Ericsson's Texas see-saw patent massacre
News Analysis | 4/2/2021

KPN sues Ericsson for patent-infringement in a district court in Texas, only weeks after the Swedish supplier did the same to Samsung.

Podcast: The Divide – Fiber Broadband Association's Gary Bolton on the 'good news, good news' for fiber
CxO Spotlight | 4/1/2021

This week, Gary Bolton, CEO, Fiber Broadband Association, joins the show to discuss why the US needs to put fiber first, why satellite broadband could be a 'disaster' for communities and more.

China data revenue shrinks on discount 5G
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

In the first two months of 2021, combined sales of mobile and fixed-line data services contracted by 1.2%, official figures show.

Musk's SpaceX faces obstacles in India
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

Operators want authorities to block SpaceX's launch of commercial services during a testing phase, saying it has not obtained licenses.

Are you going to MWC Barcelona?
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

The big cloud companies won't be at #MWC2021, but a cloud evangelist will. What about you? Take our survey and let us know.

Eurobites: Verizon lands 5G private network gig in Southampton
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swiss cheesemakers kick up a 6G stink; BT extends Enjoy partnership; Deutsche Telekom tweaks climate-change targets.

FiberCop is go after KKR and Fastweb firm up stakes
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

Telecom Italia completes FiberCop agreements with two shareholders, but many obstacles remain on route to create the ultimate 'AccessCo.'

Why Deliveroo's flopped IPO didn't deliver
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

Even after coronavirus, Deliveroo's IPO flops, wiping £2 billion from a £7.6 billion opening market cap. How much will the indigestion affect tech IPOs?

India may add more frequency bands for 5G auction
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

The Department of Telecommunications may add more bands to the planned auction, according to media reports, following telcos' demands for more 5G spectrum.

Intel on the outside: Chips giant, Google and Microsoft are latest to quit MWC
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

US technology giants backs out citing safety concerns, and Google also confirms its withdrawal from this year's event.

Xiaomi places $10B bet on 'smart' EVs
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

Chinese smartphone maker unveils ambitious plans for a 'Xiaomi electric vehicle.'

Indosat Ooredoo sells towers to Digital Colony for $750M
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

Indonesian operator of offload third and final tranche of towers to Digital Colony unit Edgepoint.

Ericsson opens lab to polish its cloud RAN credentials
News Analysis | 4/1/2021

Ericsson launches an open lab to work on virtualized 5G RAN, part of its campaign to head off virtualization and cloud RAN moves by Samsung and Nokia.

Biden's big infrastructure plan targets broadband access, puts subsidy programs on notice
News Analysis | 3/31/2021

Piece of plan aimed to 'revitalize' US digital infrastructure also references the 1936 Rural Electrification Act, labeling broadband as 'the new electricity.'

After Brazil's about-face, Indonesia still hedges on Huawei
News Analysis | 3/31/2021

'We have to be smart in choosing,' says government minister.

Huawei short on answers to chips crunch as growth stalls
News Analysis | 3/31/2021

The Chinese equipment behemoth still lacks a convincing solution to the problem of US trade sanctions, and sales are dropping outside China.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia foments industrial revolution
News Analysis | 3/31/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ooredoo sells towers in Indonesia; CityFibre wants clearer broadband labelling; Nokia helps make Nicosia smarter.

NCTC CEO Rich Fickle sets his exit
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

The hunt for a successor is underway amid word that Fickle is departing the National Cable Television Cooperative, a group that handles programming and tech deals for hundreds of independent operators.

Cable One plows ahead with 'Sparklight TV'
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

Cable operator confirms it has launched new IP- and app-based pay-TV service in a handful of markets even as its tech partner, MobiTV, pursues a Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring.

Muni broadband projects win funding to tackle digital divide
Broadband World News | 3/30/2021

US Ignite and the NSF announced winning projects of Project Overcome, a $2.7 million effort to accelerate broadband delivery to underserved communities using novel solutions.

Analyst relieved T-Mobile is pulling the plug on TVision
The Bauminator | 3/30/2021

Winding down of T-Mobile's in-house pay-TV service and teaming with YouTube TV and Philo is 'an incremental positive' for T-Mobile, analyst says. Will other MobiTV partners follow suit?

Taiwan operators taking 5G to the tech sector
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

Taiwan operators are steadily rolling out 5G private networks to support the island's high-tech manufacturing sector.

OneWeb: Deals are near to plug funding gap
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

Britain's OneWeb has launched 146 satellites of 648, chasing SpaceX's Starlink on 1,300. But Neil Masterson's real race is for funding and customers.

Japan's messaging Battle Royale pits telco RCS against Line
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

The recent misfortunes of Japan's answer to WhatsApp could be an opportunity for Japan's telecom operators.

Cisco recounts recent tech advances, previews a post-pandemic pitch
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

As the Cisco Live event kicks off today, the networking giant looks beyond the lockdowns and urges service providers to build the network they're going to need when the world gets moving again.

Podcast: Six questions about 6G
LRTV Interviews | 3/30/2021

Light Reading's Mike Dano says there are at least two big improvements coming with 6G.

FTC drops four-year antitrust battle against Qualcomm
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

Chipmaker can finally pop the cork, although the US agency still believes the company violated antitrust laws.

Is the Chinese gear ban imminent in India?
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

The National Cyber Security Coordinator, a government body trusted to curate procurement sources for Indian telcos, recently conveyed its shortlisting criteria.

Eurobites: UK broadband subsidy scheme comes under fire
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia pushes private networks in Norway; Nokia does IoT with Mobily in Saudi Arabia; Viasat brings cybersecurity jobs to UK.

T-Mobile to shut down own 'TVision' services, team with YouTube TV and Philo
News Analysis | 3/29/2021

Says it took a 'fresh look' at how it does video, but pivot to OTT-TV partnerships stems from bankruptcy restructuring underway at MobiTV, T-Mobile's key TV software provider.

Másmóvil swoops in for Euskaltel
News Analysis | 3/29/2021

Spain's private equity backed Másmóvil makes 'friendly' takeover bid for Basque operator.

Meet Echo and Bifrost, Facebook's new subsea cables
News Analysis | 3/29/2021

The social networking giant continues its strategy of partnering with local telcos to build new infrastructure to boost connectivity.

After Brexit and Huawei, UK must weigh big bet on chips
News Analysis | 3/29/2021

As other regions consider investments in fabs and foundries, the UK remains undecided on its future strategy, says a government advisor.

NBN Co stretching limits of mmWave as it preps 5G
News Analysis | 3/29/2021

With a world record under its belt and an eye on the millimeter wave auction, Australian broadband wholesaler NBN Co is adding 5G to its technology mix.

Comcast starts to stream Disney+, ESPN+ to X1 and Flex subs
News Analysis | 3/29/2021

Integrations will boost exposure for Disney's streaming stable and add key premium OTT apps to Comcast's platforms for pay-TV and broadband-only customers.

Complementary security for Orange's Data and AI Ethics Council
Guest Perspectives | 3/29/2021

Patrick Donegan of HardenStance discusses Orange's activities around AI ethics and looks at how the operator could collaborate with a much broader set of telcos.

Minerva, Shift 2 Stream also pitch MobiTV backups
News Analysis | 3/29/2021

IPTV pioneer Minerva is trying to make waves with its new 'YourTV Now' platform, while Shift 2 Stream, a startup led by a former Cox exec, also claims to have a viable alternative as MobiTV wends through bankruptcy.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia trials XGS-PON
News Analysis | 3/29/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM seals soccer deal with DAZN; London's mayor promises 4G for the Tube; is this the next chairman of BT?

GeoLinks to test Tarana's fixed wireless tech
News Analysis | 3/26/2021

GeoLinks is looking to test 'new technologies for Gigabit wireless broadband access to the home in rural, suburban and urban areas' using technology from Tarana.

China 5G race taking its toll on operators
News Analysis | 3/26/2021

Chinese authorities have finally cleared up one of the mysteries of the 5G age: Exactly how many 5G subs does it have?

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