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AT&T, TPG to spin DirecTV into a separate company
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

'New DirecTV,' consisting of the DirecTV satellite service, U-verse TV and AT&T TV, will operate as AT&T's US video unit. The transaction values the entity at about $16.25 billion.

WOW expects to lose more than half its pay-TV base
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

And that's just fine and dandy. Amid its pursuit of a 'broadband-first' strategy, WOW, which has about 308,000 video subs, expects its pay-TV base to dip below the 100,000 mark within three years, CFO says.

Comcast brings pay-TV upgrade option to Flex
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

Launch of Xfinity Stream app on Flex enables broadband-only subscribers to add contract-free pay-TV services, starting with a baseline 'Choice TV' package that includes major local broadcast channels.

High rollers: A look at the billion-dollar bidding strategies for 5G spectrum
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

UScellular dropped out when prices reached $76 million. Dish Network dropped out after prices reached $218 million. And, finally, T-Mobile tapped out after round 30, when prices hit $240 million.

Huawei spoils Ericsson party with 5G radio weighing 1kg less
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

Turn off Abba's 'Dancing Queen' and stopper the aquavit – the Chinese hit back at Ericsson with an even lighter product.

ADVA Q4 benefits from cost-cutting
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

CFO hails 2020 as one of the most successful financial years in the company's history.

Vecima scoops up ATX's 'GAP' node tech
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

Aim is to accelerate the development of the Generic Access Platform, an emerging node standard for HFC networks that can slot in service modules for DOCSIS, PON, mobile/wireless and, potentially, edge compute.

C-band auction maps and charts: Who won what, where and how much
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are collectively spending almost $90 billion on C-band spectrum licenses. These seven charts show exactly what they're buying.

Telco AI: Critical for networks, but not yet quite a business
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

Artificial intelligence has brought efficiency for operators but little in the way of additional revenues.

The rise and fall of Telefónica
Morris Lore | 2/25/2021

Worth $370 billion in 2006, Spain's biggest telecom operator is valued at just $25 billion today.

Axiata exudes cautious optimism after tough 2020
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

Southeast Asian group said to have shelved plans to sell stake in Edotco tower unit.

Eurobites: Which? takes on Qualcomm over smartphone chip charges
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU wants to extend roaming regulation for another ten years; Tele2 and Equinix cozy up for secure IoT; Sparkle to supply cloud services to GÉANT.

Australia's TPG Telecom gets $820M tax windfall
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

In its first results since its Vodafone merger, Australia's TPG inked $734 million in profits with help from the taxman, though COVID-19 hit pro-forma figures.

Paramount+ sets price for ad-free 'premium,' ad-supported 'base' tiers
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Paramount+'s ad-free 'premium' service, to launch March 4, will cost $9.99 per month. Paramount+'s 'base' offering, coming in June, will fetch $4.99 per month.

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile: Here are the C-band auction results
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile walked away with the vast majority of the C-band licenses for 5G. Dish Network spent just $2.5 million, while Comcast and Charter spent nothing.

Chip shortages spread into telecom
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Vendor Infinera expects up to $340 million in revenue in its upcoming quarter, but that figure includes a $10 million risk due to 'semiconductor shortages that are not unique to our industry.'

Windstream Enterprise takes swing at improving customer service reputation
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Windstream Enterprise is backing the new customer commitment with contract flexibility, free upgrades and guaranteed 100% uptime for customers of both its OfficeSuite UC and SD-WAN Concierge services.

Dish connects with ADT on home security
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Dish and its OnTech unit will market and sell ADT services in an agreement that comes a few years after EchoStar shut down its DIY-focused SAGE by Hughes smart home/security offering.

T-Mobile supports Siden's tests of LTE Broadcast for video streaming
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Siden, a startup backed by Columbia Capital, obtained T-Mobile's permission to test LTE Broadcast technologies in the operator's spectrum in Washington, DC.

HPE bustles into open RAN with new server
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

The IT giant has spruced up its portfolio of communications products and launched a new open RAN server, but will the industry bite?

Elon Musk says Starlink speed doubling to 300 Mbit/s
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Elon Musk says Internet-from-orbit serve Starlink will double its speeds this year to 300 Mbit/s, and reach all the earth's services by 2022.

Optic maker Infinera cuts its losses by $56.7M
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Telecoms optical computing firm Infinera cut its Q4 losses to $9.9M, down from $66.6M a year before, even as its North American market slowed down.

Vantage Towers IPO is a goer
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Vodafone formally announces intention to float European towerco spinout on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange by the end of March.

MWC Shanghai: Banner year for 5G mmWave
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Thirst for data is driving industry into the arms of 5G mmWave in 2021 – and a GSMA Intelligence report concludes mmWave can cut costs by as much as a third.

Net neutrality rules ready to roll in California
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Judge's ruling in California could clear way for other states to follow suit ahead of expectations that the FCC will pursue new rules that were rolled back during the Trump administration.

Don't count on a Telecom Italia renaissance
Morris Lore | 2/24/2021

The Italian operator's latest strategic plan is probably not going to be a major restorative for a company that seems in perpetual decline.

EE ups SRN ante with extra 4G coverage
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

BT-owned operator aims to complete 579 4G site upgrades by the end of 2021.

Podcast: Low-latency broadband powers a Michigan music masterclass
LRTV Interviews | 2/24/2021

The Light Reading podcast welcomes Dan Kurin, tech coordinator at Factory Two, and Brandon Corder, CEO of Beats x Beers, to discuss an upcoming experiment with low-latency broadband in Flint, Michigan.

Eurobites: Vive les vieux smartphones, says France
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Zain revenue down; real-estate companies warned on digital failings; more bad ads from UK mobile operators.

Ericsson CEO braces (slightly) for stiffer competition
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Börje Ekholm nonetheless thinks large-scale open RAN is years away.

How Dish Network's Boost plans to navigate T-Mobile's 3G shutdown
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Late last year, T-Mobile told Dish it would shut down its 3G CDMA network for Boost customers by January 1, 2022. That's a full year earlier than Dish had expected.

AT&T nears deal to sell stake in pay-TV biz – report
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

TPG closing in on agreement to acquire 'large minority' stake in DirecTV, U-verse and AT&T TV in deal valuing AT&T's video business at about $15 billion, CNBC reports.

Why Tucson is building its own 4G network
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

The city's network spans 44 square miles and provides speeds up to 50Mbit/s. Existing telecom providers Lumen Technologies and Cox have 'spent a significant amount of time pushing back on this project.'

AT&T TV unleashes upgrades for cloud DVR, in-home streaming
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

AT&T's primary OTT-TV service will soon support up to 20 simultaneous streams in the home, and shift its premium, 500-hour cloud DVR storage tier to unlimited storage.

US operators' 5G spending might not pick up until 2022
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

'It'll pick up at some point,' Alex Gellman, CEO of cell tower company Vertical Bridge, predicted. In the meantime, though, financial analysts are bracing for a 5G spending lull.

Wi-Fi gets a dose of QoS
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Spanning all flavors of Wi-Fi, new Wi-Fi Alliance certification program brings standardized approach to traffic prioritization, with focus on apps such as AR/VR, videoconferencing and online gaming.

Big vendors talk 5G enterprise as MWC returns
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

The world's biggest vendors had enterprise on their mind as Mobile World Congress returned Tuesday after a year's hiatus.

Why 5G patent rankings are not to be trusted
Morris Lore | 2/23/2021

One study's winner is another's laggard, possibly because researchers cannot agree on what constitutes an essential patent.

Podcast: What's the story with the C-band auction?
LRTV Interviews | 2/23/2021

On this episode, Mike Dano gets into the significance of the FCC's $81 billion C-band spectrum auction and what the forthcoming results will mean for operators' 5G plans.

Google Cloud puts Intel inside Anthos in 5G push
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Intel is Google's latest partner for its Anthos for Telecom effort. The companies are targeting both network operators as well as enterprises building their own networks.

Orby TV website is back in action, touting a discount
The Bauminator | 2/23/2021

Days after the prepaid satellite TV service halted new service activations, Orby TV's website is active again, promoting a cut rate on one-room installs.

Malaysia highlights Huawei's role in 5G rollout
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Malaysia also plans to establish a 5G Cybersecurity Lab with the Chinese vendor.

Eurobites: Nokia to offer dollops of DelOps for the 5G core
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson explore solar power at mobile sites; Swisscom goes with Teoco for 5G network planning; RootMetrics offers UK 5G snapshot.

India's Airtel ties up with Qualcomm for open RAN 5G
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Bharti Airtel has partnered with global chip-maker Qualcomm to roll out virtualized and open RAN-based 5G networks, after Airtel's successful live 5G test.

T-Mobile puts premium price on 5G perks
DanoVision | 2/22/2021

T-Mobile is hoping to encourage customers to sign up for new, more expensive Magenta MAX service by removing monthly usage limits.

Dish to launch 5G in 'major' city by end of Q3
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

Meanwhile, a potentially costly wrinkle emerges in Dish's retail mobile biz as T-Mobile warns it plans to shut down its 3G CDMA network on or around January 1, 2022.

Sling TV can do better, Ergen says
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

'We should have more market share there,' Dish's chairman says, noting that Sling TV 'stumbled' on the quality of the user experience.

StarHub mobile biz suffers Q4 shocker
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

But the Singaporean operator's cost reduction program continues to make good progress.

In chip dip, Apple shoves to front of Foxconn queue
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

Foxconn says the silicon drought will have 'limited impact' on it and customers like Apple, as freak Arctic weather shuts down Texas chip plants.

India spectrum auction: Who's bidding for what (and why)?
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

The mega spectrum auction takes place in March, with top three telcos Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea bidding on a total of 2310MHz spectrum.

Comcast extends delay on debuting data caps in the Northeast
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

After initially agreeing to postpone new data policies in its Northeast division until July 2021, the cable operator said it will now hold off implementing them until 2022.

FCC working group proposes using AI for better broadband maps
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

One of the benefits of AI is that it can be used to look at coverage data in different ways, incorporating factors such as economics and population density into the maps.

RAN spending splurge in Q4 helps market top $35B in 2020 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

Revenue from RAN equipment reached record-breaking heights in 2020, driven by stronger than expected 5G NR investments in North America and China toward the end of the year.

Ericsson now boasts superior 5G radios to Huawei
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

Swedish vendor claims to have the smallest and lightest massive MIMO radios in the world.

Apple takes top smartphone spot in Q4 2020 – Gartner
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

iPhone maker regains number one position for first time since Q4 2016, says latest report, although Samsung retains the top spot for the year.

Eurobites: Telefónica and Huawei pilot 600G/800G over WDM
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: French village says 'non' to Starlink ground station; KPN buffs up green credentials; MVNO specialist returns to Three UK.

Verizon adds new flavors of managed SD-WAN services with Cisco
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Verizon Business is expanding its SD-WAN services by providing customers with the options of co-managed Cisco SD-WAN by Viptela, managed SD-WAN by Viptela for the Cisco ISR1100 Series platform, and new managed service tiers for Cisco Meraki.

Something's up at Orby TV
The Bauminator | 2/19/2021

Cryptic message that Orby TV is 'not activating customer accounts' has left customers in the dark about the fate of a prepaid satellite TV service that got off the ground in early 2019.

Intel, Cisco might be on the hunt for edge computing companies – analyst
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

JiNan Glasgow George said her crystal ball, powered by a mixture of experience, artificial intelligence and patent filings, indicates Cisco and Intel will pursue M&A opportunities in edge computing.

Wireless speeds into the lead at Casa Systems
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Some 42% of Q4 revenues came from Casa's wireless business, outpacing its legacy cable business and its budding telco wireline business.

Twilio Q4 revenue surges 65% on back of SMS revival
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Cloud business Twilio, with its SMS API platform, sees fourth-quarter revenue up 65% as it sells $1 billion of fresh shares.

MobiTV is in a financial pinch – sources
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

MobiTV, a company that helps to underpin T-Mobile's TVision service as well as pay-TV streaming services for several US cable operators, is in need of more capital or a buyer to keep operations afloat.

How a new crop of vendors is breaking into the 5G core
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Casa Systems, HPE, Mavenir, Microsoft, Athonet and Parallel Wireless are just some of the 5G core network vendors challenging established heavyweights like Huawei and Cisco.

Malaysia fast-tracks 5G with $3.7B goverment-funded network
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Authorities plan to build a state-owned mobile network that would be open to all operators.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom tests standalone 5G
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Eir launches VoLTE; TalkTalk dangles Amazon Prime; UK Supreme Court rules that Uber drivers aren't self-employed.

Huawei CFO loses UK legal battle to open HSBC documents
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

In the latest setback for Meng Wanzhou, the UK's high court has rejected her application to peek into HSBC's files.

WiCipedia: The buzz on Bumble's billionaire boss
WiCipedia | 2/19/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: There's a new billionaire in town; Clubhouse excludes minorities; the gaming industry makes ghosts of female developers; and more.

Huawei to halve smartphone output in 2021 – report
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

China-based equipment provider is said to have warned suppliers it will need 60% fewer components this year as US sanctions bite.

Indian telcos demand same treatment as OTTs
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Telecom operators are outraged that Internet companies are not subject to the same tough obligations.

Roku ARPU flies past $28
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

Roku ends 2020 with 51.2 million active accounts, maintaining a small edge over Amazon's Fire TV platform.

Cable networks are set for a much-needed upstream boost
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

A more efficient modulation scheme, OFDMA, is expected to play a bigger role as cable operators start to embark on upgrades that dedicate more spectrum to the upstream.

A second wave of CBRS players await FCC approval
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

New SAS providers are hoping to compete against CommScope, Google, Sony, Federated Wireless, Key Bridge and Amdocs to manage CBRS spectrum sharing.

Why performance management is at the heart of successful managed SD-WAN
Guest Perspectives | 2/18/2021

A new report reveals that comprehensive network performance management across legacy and SD-WAN deployments will be key to driving successful managed services.

T-Mobile's standalone 5G boosts latency by around 20% – study
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

Improved latency is one of the 'great goals of the designers of 5G,' OpenSignal noted, and it's only available to operators that switch on the 'standalone' version of 5G.

Apple starts hiring 6G engineers
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

Apple's 6G hires would 'research and design next generation (6G) wireless communication systems' and 'participate in industry/academic forums passionate about 6G.'

Huawei is proving as hard to stop as a movie supervillain
Morris Lore | 2/18/2021

Despite concern about the impact of US sanctions, the Chinese equipment giant's networks business is still going strong.

In China, AI and cloud boost Baidu revenues by 52%
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

Big investments in AI and cloud send Baidu's non-advertising revenues soaring 52%.

Podcast: Can live sports save pay-TV?
LRTV Interviews | 2/18/2021

Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner discusses new streaming services such as Paramount+, whether live sports can keep pay-TV alive, and what other features are keeping pay-TV subscribers from cutting the cord.

YouTube TV to launch premium add-ons as sub base flattens out
The Bauminator | 2/18/2021

The streaming video service is preparing a yet-to-be priced add-on that will provide access to shows in 4K, allow subs to download shows, and provide unlimited streams at home.

Podcast – The Divide: How US counties are confronting connectivity needs
LRTV Interviews | 2/18/2021

This week: Judge JD Clark of Wise County, Texas and Councilmember Craig Rice of Montgomery County, Maryland – co-chairs of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Broadband Task Force – on local connectivity challenges, problems with FCC mapping and more.

VEON sees green shoots after tough 2020
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

Group returns to local currency growth in Q4 2020 and outlines ongoing efforts to improve its results, portfolio and capital structure in 2021.

Orange joins towerco spinout crowd
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

News of a fully independent masts company fails to prevent share-price dip as markets react to steep profit downturn in Spain.

Facebook cuts off Australia news over new rules
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

In response to a plan to charge the platform for news content, Facebook announced it would eliminate all news links from its Australian site.

Eurobites: Nokia lands A1 Austria's 5G rollout
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Bouygues remains buoyant; CityFibre extends in Brighton; BT resells Illumio's micro-segmentation tech.

USITC parachutes into Ericsson, Samsung patent cross-fire
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

US trade body launches investigation following patent-infringement complaint made by the Swedish supplier against the South Korean behemoth.

CWA labels purported US telecom workforce shortages as 'misinformation'
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

US wireless industry representatives have long complained of networking technician shortages. But the head of the massive CWA union warned that lawmakers should be 'skeptical of these claims.'

FCC's acting chair voices support for spectrum sharing
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

Jessica Rosenworcel, the acting chairwoman of the FCC, says the agency will need to 'get creative about the policies we put in place' for spectrum management.

CommScope to evaluate its full portfolio of products and businesses
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

Evaluation ties into 'CommScope Next,' a broader initiative kicked off in January under new CEO Chuck Treadway.

Open RAN is mutating faster than COVID-19
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

The many variants of open RAN and the apparent shortcomings of the standardization process will frustrate efforts to challenge Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia.

Reliability: A keystone in the post-pandemic world
Guest Perspectives | 2/17/2021

The pandemic has accelerated progress in the broadband market and sharpened the focus on the critical role that connectivity plays in our everyday lives.

Starlink rockets Musk's SpaceX to $74B valuation
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

Elon Musk's SpaceX sees its valuation jump 60% in a funding round, with Starlink benefiting from the crash of Alphabet's Loon and Facebook's Aquila.

RingCentral rings in 'outstanding' Q4, but investors want more
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

UCaaS specialist adds Vodafone Business to partner roster and targets Zoom market with Glip and RingCentral Video.

Chunghwa jacks up capex to speed 5G rollout
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom is boosting capex this year to NT$43.1 billion ($1.5 billion) as its 5G rollout reaches its peak.

In the 5G race to space, Lynk takes the lead against SpaceMobile
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

Startup Lynk plans to light up commercial services by 2022 – that's one year earlier than its rival, SpaceMobile. Both companies promise to connect standard cellphones to satellites.

Is the Indian telecom industry on a recovery path?
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

The recently declared quarterly results of the top three Indian service providers indicate that the industry seems to be on the road to recovery.

Eurobites: Nokia, Elisa go public on private 5G networks push
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM crosses the digital divide; Swisscom joins the Azure gang; Deutsche Telekom shields the machines.

Roku sizing up plan to develop original content
News Analysis | 2/16/2021

Job listing indicates the streamer is exploring a plan to build its own slate of original TV shows and movies and building on its recent deal to acquire the rights to Quibi's content catalog.

Dish uncovers a few more 5G puzzle pieces
News Analysis | 2/16/2021

Dish Network has inked deals with more tower companies and hired more execs to manage its 5G buildout. Meanwhile, Qualcomm has released silicon supporting some of Dish's spectrum.

Why the Anterix-SDG&E private wireless deal is raising eyebrows
News Analysis | 2/16/2021

San Diego Gas & Electric bought Anterix's 900MHz spectrum for around $2.31 per MHz-POP, a price that reflects the growing value around the private wireless sector.

Big business doesn't trust telcos with 5G, says new research
News Analysis | 2/16/2021

Telcos are chasing the enterprise that doesn't really like them and ignoring the smaller businesses that do, say Omdia and BearingPoint//Beyond.

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