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Eurobites: Ericsson, BT and Telia join new climate-change club
News Analysis | 9/22/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional round: ancient telly wipes out Welsh broadband; Telefónica's connectivity fires up 'digitalized shopping center' in Spain; Swisscom turns blue.

Microsoft snaps up Bethesda Softworks for $7.5B
News Analysis | 9/22/2020

Software giant to buy ZeniMax Media, the parent company of the game developer and publisher.

Here's how Indian telcos are preparing for 5G
News Analysis | 9/22/2020

India will not auction 5G spectrum until next year but its operators are preparing for the technology in other ways.

Activist investor nabs 20M shares of Comcast
News Analysis | 9/21/2020

Trian Fund Management said it believes Comcast's stock is undervalued and has recently begun 'constructive discussions' with Comcast's management team.

US military looks to use DSS for 5G spectrum sharing
News Analysis | 9/21/2020

The Pentagon is considering using DSS technology to share the 3100-3550MHz spectrum band with commercial users. The issue again raises the potential for a wholesale 5G network.

Quibi exploring possible sale – report
The Bauminator | 9/21/2020

The struggling short-form premium streaming service is pursuing strategic options, says The Wall Street Journal.

Orange still has little use for NB-IoT
News Analysis | 9/21/2020

The French operator continues to prefer other technologies to the cellular standard that generated so much excitement just a few years ago.

Telekom Deutschland plans 3G sunset in summer 2021
News Analysis | 9/21/2020

Operator curiously claims 3G is headed toward a 'well-earned retirement.'

Utility giant Xcel to test private LTE network with Motorola Solutions
News Analysis | 9/21/2020

After shuttering its WiMAX effort, utility provider Xcel Energy is now testing a private wireless LTE network with spectrum from Anterix and equipment from Motorola Solutions.

South Korean operators team up with AWS, Google for MEC
News Analysis | 9/21/2020

South Korea is becoming a mobile edge testbed, with each of its three telcos forging an alliance with different global partners.

More spectrum the key to DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 9/21/2020

Beefing up capacity to 1.2GHz and up to 1.8GHz is a primary driver for the new CableLabs specs. Meanwhile, SCTE has already kicked off standards focused on a future move to 3GHz.

Eurobites: Drillisch shares slide after profits warning
News Analysis | 9/21/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Enet facilitates Brodynt's entry into Ireland; CityFibre bolsters buildout with Bechtel; Saudi Arabia pins hopes on digital transformation.

EC pins recovery hopes on 5G and supercomputing
News Analysis | 9/21/2020

The European Commission recommends the adoption of a common approach to the deployment of 5G networks.

Omdia's James Crawshaw: 5G will drive OSS market recovery
LRTV Interviews | 9/21/2020

The most advanced 5G features anticipated by network operators, like network slicing, will require OSS systems to be modernized and expanded, says Omdia Principal Analyst James Crawshaw.

Iliad targets Pole position with €3.5B Play takeover
News Analysis | 9/21/2020

The enfant terrible of the French telecom market is looking further east for its next growth opportunity.

NBCU's Peacock soon to run wild on Roku
News Analysis | 9/18/2020

New deal will bring NBCU's Peacock service to Roku's platform and pave the way for NBCU content to be offered on the ad-supported The Roku Channel.

AT&T, Verizon team to stop T-Mobile from getting more 5G spectrum
DanoVision | 9/18/2020

AT&T and Verizon are mobilizing against a spectrum-leasing deal between T-Mobile and Columbia Capital. But the upcoming C-band auction is at the heart of the issue.

Omdia's Pablo Tomasi: 5G importance in private networks
LRTV Interviews | 9/18/2020

Omdia Senior Analyst Pablo Tomasi says 5G won't be the main technology in private networks for a few years, but the 5G discussions in some verticals are moving the needle on planning and purchasing.

Versa takes SD-WAN south of the border with MCM
News Analysis | 9/18/2020

Versa CMO Mike Wood says the entire Latin American region is the 'next major growth area' for SD-WAN.

Dozens of NBCU apps could go dark on Roku
News Analysis | 9/18/2020

Tensions are mounting as NBCU and Roku as Peacock remains a no-show on Roku's platform. Update: The two sides are said to be 'very close' to a new deal.

Omdia's Dario Talmesio: Big enterprise 5G opportunities
LRTV Interviews | 9/18/2020

In this overview of what's happening in the 5G market, Omdia Principal Analyst & Practice Leader Dario Talmesio discusses the 5G deployments to date, the biggest enterprise vertical opportunities and how Apple's products will kickstart 5G consumer acceptance.

SoftBank's telecom retreat is nearly complete
Morris Lore | 9/18/2020

After the sale of Brightstar, announced today, the Japanese firm has control of no telecom assets.

Másmóvil falling into private hands
News Analysis | 9/18/2020

Overwhelming majority of shareholders in Spain's fourth-largest network operator gives thumbs-up to private equity takeover bid.

Meet open RAN's billionaire cheerleader
News Analysis | 9/18/2020

Michael Dell is one of the richest people in the world, and is firmly in the open RAN camp: 'These new technologies like open RAN are going to allow for faster deployment,' he says.

Orange faces staff dissent about 5G on eve of France's auction
News Analysis | 9/18/2020

Ahead of France's September 29 5G spectrum auction, Orange SA faces internal staff dissent about 5G's profitability and environmental impact.

Time runs out for TikTok as Trump announces Sunday ban
News Analysis | 9/18/2020

Deadline looms large for TikTok and social messaging platform WeChat as White House says app store ban will take effect on Sunday.

Huawei will run out of smartphone chips early next year
News Analysis | 9/18/2020

Three key questions about US sanctions and their impact on Huawei and the global market at large.

Fujitsu flags efforts to tackle facial recognition fraud
News Analysis | 9/18/2020

Japan-based technology firm aims to improve trust in facial recognition software by making it easier to block fraud.

Ericsson spends $1.1B on Cradlepoint in strategic shift
News Analysis | 9/18/2020

For the last few years, the Swedish equipment vendor says it has refused to serve enterprise customers directly. That now looks set to change.

Podcast: MetTel's smart city strategy for City of Phoenix
LRTV Interviews | 9/18/2020

Max Silber, vice president of mobility and IoT for MetTel, discusses the service provider's IoT strategy for assisting the City of Phoenix in meeting its goal of becoming a zero-waste city by 2050.

Eurobites: Nokia holds its own in software and services
News Analysis | 9/18/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: remote-controlled tractors; Microsoft creates jobs in Tampere; 5G-powered studio lighting.

Dish lays out its 12-month 5G agenda
News Analysis | 9/17/2020

Dish is looking for cloud providers to host its network functions, and expects to begin receiving custom radios from Fujitsu in the second quarter of 2021.

Is T-Mobile prepared for its 5G iPhone moment?
DanoVision | 9/17/2020

T-Mobile has more than double the low- and midband 5G spectrum of Verizon. But what will CEO Mike Sievert do when Apple launches the 5G iPhone?

Mediacom opens door to the '10G Smart Home'
News Analysis | 9/17/2020

The demo in Ames, Iowa, features an enhanced DOCSIS 3.1 network feeding 8K video and more than 70 connected devices, along with an eye-popping show of emerging bandwidth-eating light field display technology.

Surprise, surprise: China prefers Chinese cloud-service providers
News Analysis | 9/17/2020

Report by Synergy finds easier pickings for US players elsewhere in the APAC region, as Alibaba leads the pack of homegrown cloud services providers.

Starry eyes single-family homes
News Analysis | 9/17/2020

Fixed wireless Internet provider Starry has delayed its market expansion plans, but it's now targeting a new class of customers: single-family homes.

Rakuten the 'unvendor' has a lot to prove
News Analysis | 9/17/2020

Big operators investing in open RAN may be wary of buying products from another telco.

Huawei phone prices soar as chips supply gets cooked
News Analysis | 9/17/2020

US sanctions on Huawei's chip providers have caused its smartphone prices to skyrocket in China, while chipmakers like Qualcomm and TSMC closely watch November's election.

EU could oppose Italy's single fiber network plan – report
News Analysis | 9/17/2020

EU competition officials are said to be questioning the plan for Telecom Italia to keep control of a single fiber network company.

Telcos need to get in shape for the rush to the edge
News Analysis | 9/17/2020

IDC researcher says telcos need to rethink business models and architectures to prepare for the enterprise rush to the network edge.

Cogeco to Altice USA and Rogers: No means no
News Analysis | 9/17/2020

A war of words is emerging as Altice USA and Rogers continue to pursue a hostile bid to divvy up the US and Canadian assets of Cogeco, which has dismissed the offer as a 'futile exercise.'

Eurobites: Nokia expands Azercell's 4G footprint
News Analysis | 9/17/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telecom Italia touts diversity credentials; IoT developments; remote working is working, says TalkTalk study.

Ribbon's McClelland: 5G is one of our catalysts
CxO Spotlight | 9/17/2020

Bruce McClelland joined Ribbon weeks before the pandemic struck. His remit at the company? Do what he did for 20 years at Arris – grow it.

911 services fall victim to FCC's Huawei 'rip and replace' program
News Analysis | 9/16/2020

According to the Rural Wireless Association, an unnamed service provider is no longer able to offer 911 services due to the FCC's actions against Huawei and ZTE.

Are the Comcast-Charter X1 talks dead in the water?
News Analysis | 9/16/2020

Comments from Charter CEO Tom Rutledge indicate that the cable operator will pursue streaming opportunities on its own set-tops and via other third-party platforms.

Nokia stocks app store for private wireless customers
News Analysis | 9/16/2020

The Finnish equipment vendor is adding new features to one of its most important enterprise services.

Podcast: What's the story with OSS?
LRTV Interviews | 9/16/2020

This week: James Crawshaw, Omdia principal analyst, on what's going on with OSS and growth projections for 2021.

Metro data center business holds firm – report
News Analysis | 9/16/2020

Edge computing has still to make an impact on the traditional colocation market.

Alibaba, China Mobile may invest in blacklisted surveillance firm
News Analysis | 9/16/2020

E-commerce giant and telco consider 3 billion yuan investment in Dahua, a blacklisted surveillance company whose tech monitors Uyghurs in Xinjiang province.

Keeping Cogeco out of mobile is motivating hostile bid, CFO says
News Analysis | 9/16/2020

Taking Cogeco 'out of the equation' for mobile is probably a driver for a hostile bid that involves Rogers, a fellow Canadian service provider and stakeholder, says Cogeco CFO Patrice Ouimet.

AT&T mulling ad-supported phone plans – report
News Analysis | 9/16/2020

AT&T CEO John Stankey suggests the subsidized cell phone plans could be introduced in 2021.

Duterte ultimatum galvanizes Philippines telcos
News Analysis | 9/16/2020

Philippines operators and officials speed up cellsite moves in the wake of the president's ultimatum.

Telefónica and Rakuten join open RAN forces
News Analysis | 9/16/2020

The two operators announce a wide-ranging partnership to lower equipment costs, but does it threaten standards?

Eurobites: Arm's IoT workers face uncertain future
News Analysis | 9/16/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU court backs net neutrality, zaps zero-rating; Virgin Media offers 4G backup for fixed-line failure; let's get digital, says Nokia.

T-Mobile's Mexican standoff affects hundreds of cell sites
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

Altán Redes is building a wholesale wireless network for the Mexican government. But its operations have forced T-Mobile to shut or power down hundreds of sites.

CBS All Access to be rechristened Paramount+
The Bauminator | 9/15/2020

ViacomCBS reasons that the Paramount brand has higher recognition worldwide amid plans to take the OTT service international, but the Twitterverse still had fun mocking the decision.

How and why Verizon acquired TracFone
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

Verizon's CEO said negotiations for TracFone began last year, and some financial analysts argued that America Movil has long wanted to exit the US wireless industry.

T-Mobile inks $17B deal for 5G cell towers
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

T-Mobile's new cell tower rental agreement with American Tower paves the way for the operator to strike similar agreements with the likes of Crown Castle and SBA Communications.

Verizon CEO views 5G Home as 'transformative business'
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

Self-installation model, video service bundle options and broadband service mobility will open up opportunities with residential and business customers, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg says.

Comcast wants to go global on smart TVs, CEO says
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

Bringing company's tech stack to smart TVs fits into a broader plan to build a global IP video platform that relies on a common tech stack and standardized hardware, Brian Roberts says.

People are getting the wrong idea about open RAN
Morris Lore | 9/15/2020

The political hijacking of open RAN looks partly to blame for some of the misconceptions about the immature technology.

US agency red flags Chinese state-affiliated cyberattacks
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

US risk advisor CISA has accused hacking groups linked to the Chinese Ministry of State Security of targeting US government agencies and private sector companies.

No new rules for OTTs, says Indian regulator
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) finds no need to regulate OTT platforms for now but suggests that could change in the future.

Dutch mobile market counts cost of COVID-19
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

New report expects Dutch mobile revenue to fall 4.3% in 2020, but the three operators show a slightly mixed picture in Q2.

Open RAN connects Xilinx with network operators
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

Xilinx's new 'T1 Telco Accelerator card' is designed for wireless network operators, which are not the network equipment vendors the company traditionally works with.

Facebook failing to stop billion-dollar bot ad fraud
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

Platforms like Facebook aren't using technology they possess to stop bots committing advertising fraud, costing tens of billions of dollars a year.

Eurobites: KPN and Prysmian trial eco-friendly fiber
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Openreach rolls out more fiber; here comes the Nokia SON; Facebook given some breathing space in data-transfer rumpus.

Google Fiber to unleash '2 Gig' service
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

In a move that could accelerate cable upstream upgrades and DOCSIS 4.0 development, Google Fiber will soon launch 2-Gig service in Nashville and Huntsville for $100 per month, and expand it to most markets by early 2021.

Five takeaways from the FCC's open RAN event
DanoVision | 9/14/2020

The event attracted speakers ranging from Rakuten's Tareq Amin to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. That's because open RAN today is everything to everyone.

Austria's budget '5G' auction shows Dutch telcos were fleeced
Morris Lore | 9/14/2020

Beer costs the same in the Netherlands as it does in Austria. So why is Dutch spectrum about four times as expensive?

Altice Mobile flexes its data options
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

Building on its original unlimited data plan, Altice USA's mobile service has added 1GB and 3GB plans paired with reduced rates for its own Optimum and Suddenlink broadband and video customers.

Sweden's Bredband2 makes $71M swoop on A3
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

Consolidation in Sweden's broadband market in the offing as A3 committee recommends takeover bid by smaller rival.

Podcast: COVID-19 challenges online learning, network performance
LRTV Interviews | 9/14/2020

Light Reading podcast veteran Prof. Nick Feamster from the University of Chicago shares an update on his research of network usage and performance during the pandemic.

Verizon to buy TracFone from America Movil for almost $7B
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

Verizon stands to gain around 21 million prepaid customers across brands including Straight Talk and Simple Mobile. The move comes amid a recession in the US.

Oracle is the unlikely winner of the TikTok wars
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

US software giant Oracle has won the bidding war to buy TikTok's US operations from ByteDance, but the deal will face grueling political hurdles.

Taiwan 5G shake-out starts as FarEasTone, APT forge alliance
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

The alliance is the first 5G spectrum sharing deal since the NCC announced it would allow sharing in the 3.5GHz band.

5G cloud gaming offers annual $150bn revenue gain – report
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

New report shows that 'ardent gamers' would be willing to pay a lot more for a high-quality cloud gaming service on low-latency 5G networks.

Eurobites: BT blasted for cost of rural hook-ups
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE ditches Dixons Carphone; former BT bigwig heads up UK's post-Huawei task force; Telecom Italia grows connectivity for agribusinesses.

Nokia lands 5G core contract with Dish Network
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

Finnish equipment vendor wins important strategic deal with one of the planet's most exciting greenfield players.

Nvidia's $40B Arm takeover is the stuff of nightmares
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

The takeover of the UK-based technology champion by the US chipmaker would be a disaster for Arm's ecosystem, warn industry observers.

India's Airtel looks to beat Jio with cheap, homegrown 4G phones
News Analysis | 9/14/2020

Bharti Airtel is in talks with domestic smartphone vendors including Karbonn, Lava and Micromax to develop an affordable 4G device aimed at 2G subscribers.

5G vs. cable: Hitting the millimeter-wave wall
Column | 9/14/2020

Broadband Success Partners' Jack Burton argues that 5G is not the competitive threat to cable that many once thought it would be.

Verizon, Vodafone talk open networks and innovation
News Analysis | 9/12/2020

Network operators are seeking a wider ecosystem of vendors to increase choice and acceleration innovation.

Is 5G fixed wireless getting ready for its comeback?
News Analysis | 9/11/2020

Analysts have derided early FWA services in 5G as relatively small-scale operations. But new products, technologies and spectrum resources could change the calculation.

The case of the missing British open RAN plan
Morris Lore | 9/11/2020

As other countries look to national technology providers, the UK's lack of homegrown alternatives to Huawei is a concern.

Coronavirus cuts summer mobile roaming
News Analysis | 9/11/2020

Telcos report much less roaming for summer 2020, as consultation closes on renewing EU roaming regulations after 2022.

RDK widens supplier ecosystem as battle with Android TV rages
News Analysis | 9/11/2020

Set-top juggernaut Skyworth and chipmaker Amlogic combine on IP-powered 'accelerator' box underpinned by Reference Design Kit software.

China can't manage domestic cybersecurity, let alone the world's
News Analysis | 9/11/2020

China has a long way to go in providing a fair and equitable domestic cybersecurity environment.

Founder Drahi plans to take Altice Europe private
News Analysis | 9/11/2020

Patrick Drahi makes €2.5B ($3B) offer to buy out smaller shareholders in the telecoms company.

Eurobites: Proximus sizes up Be-Mobile for the slab
News Analysis | 9/11/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Czech operators unhappy at 5G auction conditions; Vodafone's spare processing power helps in coronavirus fight; Google adds a Finnish data center.

Accelerating open radio for 5G pico cells
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/11/2020

Radio hardware is an expensive and difficult proposition, but one way to address this barrier to market competition and bring the benefits of scale to more vendors is through open RU reference designs.

PacketFabric co-founder: Diverse leaders are cornerstones of inclusive teams
Kelsey's Grammar | 9/10/2020

PacketFabric's Anna Claiborne explains the formula for successfully leading a diverse team, the top cybersecurity concerns facing the telecom industry, and her professional advice for other women in comms.

CBRS spectrum auction maps: Who won what, and where
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

Stephen Wilkus of Spectrum Financial Partners, Moise Advisory and JMA Wireless provide detailed Auction 105 results in terms of spectrum and location.

EarthLink throws book at Charter
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

EarthLink, which has tried to renew an expiring wholesale deal with Charter, alleges that the cable operator is duping subs into switching providers and tarnishing the EarthLink brand.

SKT joins forces with Samsung, HPE, Intel on 5G NFV
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

Collaboration aimed at easing pain of multi-vendor NFV integration and to speed up time to market for 5G-based services.

Ericsson issues warning on open RAN security
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

Ericsson said that 'with any nascent technology, including O-RAN, security cannot be an afterthought.' The move comes amid a rise in open RAN interest.

Footprint expansions boost cable's broadband growth
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

Cable operators have raked in broadband subs during the pandemic, but the reasons behind the surge run far and deep, according to a top industry analyst.

Europe is showing Huawei the exit
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

The Chinese equipment giant is facing eviction from networks in some of Europe's biggest markets.

Is Facebook facing the end of EU-US data transfers?
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

Ireland's data regulator says Facebook has to stop transferring data to the US about EU users, after the EU's top court struck down Privacy Shield.

Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown on O-RAN's progress and the challenges of SA 5G
LRTV Interviews | 9/10/2020

Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown discusses how O-RAN is gathering momentum in 5G networks and why that matters. He also weighs in on operator moves to embrace standalone 5G, and what's holding some of them back.

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