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Dish hack expected to cut into Q1 subscriber tally
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

In the wake of a 'cyber-security incident' that impacted Dish service installs, bill payments and customer care capabilities for weeks, analysts expect Dish's Boost business to take the biggest hit in Q1.

'60 Minutes' spotlights Rocco Commisso's 'hustle'
The Bauminator | 3/20/2023

The '60 Minutes' profile of Mediacom's Rocco Commisso doesn't delve into company strategy, but it does spotlight the hustle that led him to the top of US cable and, later, ownership of Italian club ACF Fiorentina.

T-Mobile's latest 5G spectrum purchases stuck in limbo
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

The FCC's congressional authority to auction spectrum lapsed for the first time ever earlier this month, which is preventing the agency from authorizing T-Mobile's latest 2.5GHz purchases.

Consumer advocates, industry groups still quibbling over broadband label rules
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

A new batch of FCC filings shows a few remaining sticking points between consumer groups and industry organizations representing ISPs on final rules for broadband labels.

Chinese firms are finding ways to beat US tech sanctions
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

Chinese AI firms are training their data sets on server clusters using high-end chips.

Energy crisis raises enterprise network costs, sharpens sustainability focus
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

An Arelion report found most companies saw energy costs rise above contract terms, causing them to become a prime concern, which has pushed many to seek greater energy efficiency.

Eurobites: Virgin Media O2 in takeover talks with CityFibre – report
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT hooks up with AWS for more cloud-assisted mobile-edge clout; MTN trials 5G SA core with Azure; Germany fears effects of Huawei ban.

Whatever BT boss thinks, his fiber rivals are going nowhere fast
Morris Lore | 3/20/2023

As Ofcom weighs intervention on BT's latest pricing plans, its own data shows that BT's rivals have made scant progress in the UK's full-fiber market.

Open RAN platforms to support far edge AI inference
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/20/2023

Key findings from Heavy Reading's 'Open RAN Platforms and Architectures Operator Survey Report' show that service providers are planning to support AI inference and other applications in their open RAN/far edge installations. #sponsored

The Notebook Dump: Amazon's $10B satellite project, Casa Systems' CEO exit
LRTV Interviews | 3/17/2023

The editors discuss Amazon's plan to spend $10 billion on a satellite constellation, an update on Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen event, why Casa Systems' CEO is stepping down today and more.

Charter the likely target of Vecima's new 10G deal
News Analysis | 3/17/2023

Vecima announced it will supply a tier 1 US operator with remote PHY nodes for an HFC network upgrade. Vecima didn't name the operator, but all clues lead to Charter Communications.

The Buildout: Surf Internet rides fiber wave into Indiana; Ziply starts 100th new build
News Analysis | 3/17/2023

This week in broadband builds: Surf Internet starts construction in Indiana; Ziply expands in Washington; Kinetic network live in North Carolina; Glo Fiber's plans for Pennsylvania – and more.

Vodafone and Three merger needs officials to ditch the dogma
Morris Lore | 3/17/2023

Allowing the Vodafone and Three merger to happen will show authorities have abandoned the 'four networks good, three networks bad' credo.

Cable Next-Gen 2023 recap: Operators choose their own adventure
LRTV Interviews | 3/17/2023

Omdia's Jaimie Lenderman joins Light Reading's Mike Dano and Jeff Baumgartner to discuss the big themes at the Cable Next-Gen event, including network optionality and the rising role of PON and wireless.

More DeWi players get money and make promises
News Analysis | 3/17/2023

The decentralized wireless space heats up as Really raises $18 million to pursue a model like Helium Mobile, and Xnet uses $1 million in seed funding to chase DeWi offload.

Eurobites: Ofcom delays decision on Openreach pricing plan
News Analysis | 3/17/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Inwit heads up the mountains; Telenor and Cisco extend collaboration; fraudsters impersonate MTN bigwig.

Dell'Oro's Sameh Boujelbene: AI is changing data center hardware
LRTV Interviews | 3/17/2023

Higher speed optical links between data centers, computing clusters and servers are being pushed to the limit by the demands of AI, according to Dell'Oro's Sameh Boujelbene.

GSMA to back climate resilience and adaptation projects
News Analysis | 3/17/2023

GSMA opens applications for grants backing projects that use mobile and digital technology to improve climate resilience and help with adaptation in selected regions.

Comcast fights mobile ad complaint lodged by AT&T
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

Comcast is appealing recommendations from an ad watchdog urging the operator to modify or discontinue marketing claims about speed and reliability for the Xfinity Mobile service.

Element8 gets $200M for WISP rollup
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

Startup Element8 this week scored $200 million in funding. Its first move: the purchase of Oklahoma City-based WISP AtLink Services for an undisclosed sum.

The Cable Center CEO on the launch of the 'Syndeo Institute'
CxO Spotlight | 3/16/2023

The Cable Center President and CEO Diane Christman discusses the 'Syndeo Institute,' a new operational brand that also serves as a hub for the Center's Intrapreneurship Academy and related programs and events.

Investors remain cool on open RAN, and it's no wonder
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

The telco championing of open RAN has not been matched by support for new entrants.

Three UK hints at Vodafone merger progress
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

CFO Darren Purkis was unable to provide details on the proposed merger with Vodafone but noted that discussions "are positive from both sides."

Equipped with $15M, Andrena aims to scale its wireless model
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

Andrena is working to bring affordable wireless broadband to buildings through a revenue-share model with property owners.

GCI starts doing the high splits while preparing for convergence
LRTV Interviews | 3/16/2023

GCI has begun upgrading its DOCSIS 3.1 cable network to a high-split architecture with equipment from vendors including ATX and CommScope.

Telcos need to build businesses as well as networks
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

New figures show telco revenue is declining just as capex reaches a record high.

Eurobites: Branson's satellite firm suspends operations
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iliad makes hay in Italy; UK government ministers face TikTok ban; O2 saves devices from landfill.

Ciena's hop over 1.2 Tbit/s trend could get pricey
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

Ciena is the only optical vendor offering 1.6 Tbit/s optical services, although the WaveLogic 6 service won't be available until the first half of 2024.

UK looks to join the mmWave party
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

Ofcom launches consultation on its plan to assign 26GHz and 40GHz spectrum for 5G services.

Amazon will put $10B in Project Kuiper 'before seeing much cash flow,' says exec
News Analysis | 3/15/2023

Amazon will launch its first satellites for Project Kuiper in 2024, entering the low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite space as the US goes all-in on fiber.

Replacing Huawei's 80,000 5G antennas would cost Germany billions
News Analysis | 3/15/2023

Europe's biggest economy has installed a huge amount of Chinese network equipment and dismantling it to address security concerns will not be easy.

T-Mobile pays a premium for Ryan Reynolds' mobile customers
News Analysis | 3/15/2023

According to the financial analysts at Wells Fargo, T-Mobile's $1.35 billion purchase price for Mint Mobile would value each of those customers at around $450.

The eSIM spells trouble for operators
News Analysis | 3/15/2023

With Apple starting to remove the physical SIM slot in some iPhone 14s, operators in many markets need to prepare for an emergence of the eSIM.

Casa Systems founder Jerry Guo stepping down as CEO
News Analysis | 3/15/2023

Casa, a supplier of cable and wireless technology, also disclosed that it will not be receiving orders from a major customer, presumed to be Charter, for its initial rollout of a cable infrastructure upgrade.

In cable, the FDX vs. ESD debate continues
News Analysis | 3/15/2023

Comcast appears squarely in the FDX camp, while Charter Communications has voiced support for ESD. Cox thinks there is room for both iterations of DOCSIS technology.

Eurobites: Proximus taps Google for 'sovereign cloud' in Belgium and Luxembourg
News Analysis | 3/15/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Seacom goes live on Equiano subsea cable; go higher, says Telecom Italia; Open Fiber revenue up by a quarter in 2022.

Indian government develops BharOS as part of 'self-reliance' program
News Analysis | 3/15/2023

Indian government hopes BharOS, developed at IIT Madras, will help build a vibrant ecosystem of indigenous technology.

6G is shaping up to disappoint, and the industry can blame itself
Morris Lore | 3/15/2023

Marketers have already run out of road on 5G and the next generation of mobile will not do anything radically different.

Infinera's exploring a sale, with chips as the main course – report
News Analysis | 3/14/2023

Reuters, citing an unnamed source, is reporting that Infinera is working with investment bank Centerview Partners to start the process of shopping itself to possible buyers.

With 83,000 DAA nodes deployed, Comcast's 10G network upgrade remains on track
News Analysis | 3/14/2023

According to a top company executive, Comcast has so far deployed 83,000 new nodes into its network - that represents an improvement from the 50,000 the company counted last fall.

What's the Story? African tech startups score $3.3B in funding
LRTV Interviews | 3/14/2023

Connecting Africa's Paula Gilbert joins the podcast to explain why the fintech sector is bringing in the most funding, which countries are leading the way for most funding and what these trends mean for the continent as a whole.

Omdia's Julie Kunstler: PON growth isn't slowing down anytime soon
LRTV Interviews | 3/14/2023

Omdia's chief analyst for broadband access discusses where passive optical network (PON) technology is going next and how service providers are succeeding with new offers like multi-gig fiber-to-the-home broadband.

Tensions rise as China seeks to control Asian cables: reports
News Analysis | 3/14/2023

Chinese demands have forced new Google and Facebook cables to re-route around the South China Sea.

Get ready for the summer of spectrum squabbling
DanoVision | 3/14/2023

The FCC is deadlocked between Republicans and Democrats and recently lost its authority to auction spectrum. In the absence of decisiveness, expect bickering.

Eurobites: Vodafone to cut around 1,000 jobs in Italy
News Analysis | 3/14/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ofcom opens up mmWave; EU fights Qualcomm in the courts, again; how mini data centers could save Britain's pools from closure.

5G RAN automation: RIC apps appear
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/14/2023

Several SMO and RIC solutions were on show at MWC23, demonstrating that RIC apps and the developer community are evolving to support more intelligent RAN operations.

Good luck building a virtual, open RAN – there's no such thing
News Analysis | 3/14/2023

Whether using Intel or rival silicon, operators face lock-in and awkward compromises everywhere they turn.

Nokia and NASA to launch lunar 4G LTE network
News Analysis | 3/13/2023

Nokia said the IM-2 mission will be the first cellular 4G LTE network on the moon with a goal of proving that terrestrial cellular technologies can be used to provide connectivity on future lunar missions.

Charter pitches free mobile line to SMBs
News Analysis | 3/13/2023

Led by a free unlimited line of mobile service for a year, Charter has launched a new convergence bundle for small and midsized biz customers that's similar to its 'Spectrum One' promo for residential subs.

The COVID hangover: US fiber providers slow down
News Analysis | 3/13/2023

According to the financial analysts at Evercore, there's a chance that US fiber providers will build fewer locations this year than in 2022. That's a major change from original estimates.

Dish notches a win and a loss in separate patent spats
News Analysis | 3/13/2023

Dish might appeal a $470 million jury judgement in a suit filed by ClearPlay. Meanwhile, the ITC banned connected fitness products from Peloton and iFit found to infringe on Dish's adaptive streaming tech.

ZTE hikes full-year earnings by 19%
News Analysis | 3/13/2023

While its earnings have increased, ZTE is increasingly reliant on the domestic market.

The Divide: Doug Maglothin on Diamond State Networks' plans for Arkansas and beyond
LRTV Interviews | 3/13/2023

Doug Maglothin is the CEO of Diamond State Networks (DSN), a group of 13 electric co-ops in Arkansas working to unite fiber networks and provide wholesale broadband statewide. We discuss DSN's unique model and progress so far, how it envisions partnering with other states and more.

Getting to know the how – and the why – of the telecom cloud
DanoVision | 3/13/2023

Google Cloud, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services have suddenly and loudly entered the telecom industry. But how should telecom network operators evaluate each of their cloud options?

Eurobites: MTN earnings up in 2022, despite 'load shedding' mayhem
News Analysis | 3/13/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Virgin Media O2 expands gigabit network in Scotland; Silicon Valley Bank UK bought by HSBC; Telia points to sustainability halo.

Roku: 26% of cash stuck at failed Silicon Valley Bank
News Analysis | 3/10/2023

Roku said $487 million of its cash is held at SVB, with deposits at the failed bank 'largely uninsured.' UPDATE: Depositors will have access to all of their money starting Monday, March 13, US regulators announced Sunday.

The Buildout: TDS makes moves in Maine; South Carolina gets $185M for broadband grants
News Analysis | 3/10/2023

This week in broadband builds: TDS is live for 5,000 Maine locations; South Carolina gets $185.8 million for broadband; Ziply Fiber to upgrade four more markets; GoNetspeed launches in New York - and more.

The Notebook Dump: Gigi Sohn exits FCC race, Verizon's leadership shakedown
LRTV Interviews | 3/10/2023

The editors discuss OFC, Gigi Sohn withdrawing her FCC nomination and Nokia's lunar 4G/LTE network. We also examine Charter and Comcast's stance on fixed wireless access, whether there are upgrades beyond DOCSIS 4.0, and 5G strategies in 2023 for AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Dish have all been targets of hacks this year
News Analysis | 3/10/2023

Although hacks and other cybersecurity troubles have become de rigueur among corporate America in recent years, all of the nation's 5G providers have been involved in security incidents in 2023.

DZS CEO Charlie Vogt: Backlogs and 'Buy American'
CxO Spotlight | 3/10/2023

DZS CEO Charlie Vogt, fresh off announcing new optical transport gear and a transport module for its network management platform, said there a lot of issues to be worked out as service providers look to take advantage of access network funding programs.

Foxxum's smart TV OS bid takes a step toward scale
News Analysis | 3/10/2023

Integration of Foxxum's RDK-based operating system for smart TVs with printed circuit boards made by China's CVTE 'is a key element to scaling fast,' says Foxxum CEO Ronny Lutzi.

Dell to jump into vRAN market this year
News Analysis | 3/10/2023

According to sources, Dell is developing vRAN software to control 5G radios, but it's unlikely that Dell will manufacture its own physical 5G radios.

How telcos can build the future they want with open source
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 3/10/2023

In this interview, Chris Wright, Red Hat CTO and SVP of Global Engineering, and Jennifer Pigg Clark, Principal Analyst at Light Reading, discuss the need to change the way we think about openness at every order of magnitude when building modern networks. #sponsored

Cable's dance with DAA, PON, wireless, DOCSIS 4.0… and more
LRTV Interviews | 3/10/2023

Heavy Reading's Alan Breznick and Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner preview the hot topics for next week's Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event in the Mile High City.

Eurobites: Cellnex powers up Huawei backhaul tech in Poland
News Analysis | 3/10/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: French fiber update; Proximus makes progress in Liege; OneWeb sends up 40 more satellites.

Operators hold the course with open RAN
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/10/2023

At MWC23, operators maintained that open RAN is a long-term, strategic play.

Vonage boss is paid 550 times as much as average Ericsson worker
Morris Lore | 3/10/2023

Rory Read would have to perform miracles at Ericsson to justify another $32.76 million this year.

Biden's budget includes $400M for rural broadband – and a shoutout for ACP
News Analysis | 3/9/2023

The White House called for $400 million in additional funding for the USDA ReConnect program. It did not call for funding the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).

Spotlight turns to ARPU in US broadband battle
News Analysis | 3/9/2023

As the pace of fiber overbuilding and overall broadband subscriber growth slow, the revenue story for the sector 'will be much more ARPU-dependent going forward,' according to MoffettNathanson.

Bundling and convergence in the US: By the numbers
News Analysis | 3/9/2023

Which companies will have the upper hand as wireless operators increasingly run up against cable providers? And how might any possible consolidation play out among US telecom operators broadly?

Virgin Media O2 looks to make 5G and broadband child's play
News Analysis | 3/9/2023

Virgin Media O2 is using 5G and gigabit broadband to transform a London playground into a connected one.

How AI is taking center stage at SK Telecom
News Analysis | 3/9/2023

SK Telecom says it is trying to build an AI ecosystem in the global market, working with startups such as Phantom AI.

China Unicom boosts earnings 17% on strong enterprise demand
News Analysis | 3/9/2023

China Unicom expands its enterprise segment by 29% as it transforms into a digital technology provider.

Verizon SVP on safer, more sustainable connected vehicles
LRTV Interviews | 3/9/2023

In addition to discussing how IoT can support a smarter utility grid, TJ Fox discusses Verizon's strategy for connected vehicles and how connected cars are becoming safer and more user-friendly.

BAI becomes Boldyn Networks, but its focus remains the same
News Analysis | 3/9/2023

Over the past few years, BAI Communications has acquired ZenFi, Mobilitie and Vilicom. Now, the company is rebranding into Boldyn Networks to unify its approach to the market.

ATX adds US manufacturing for HFC network upgrade wave
CxO Spotlight | 3/9/2023

ATX Networks is ramping up production of 1.2GHz and 1.8GHz amps via a new US facility that will be used to help power enhancements to cable's existing DOCSIS 3.1 networks and future upgrades to DOCSIS 4.0.

Eurobites: Dutch government imposes new chip-tech export ban
News Analysis | 3/9/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Eutelsat expands coverage with Intelsat and OneWeb; Airtel Africa taps Nokia for state-of-the-art SIM tech; Ericsson boss earns a pittance (relatively speaking).

FWA is 'wireless substitution' and DOCSIS 'not done at 4.0' – Charter CEO
News Analysis | 3/8/2023

Fixed wireless is 'chipping away at the lower end of the market' but will never stack up to cable's wireline capabilities, Charter CEO Chris Winfrey said. He also hinted at life after DOCSIS 4.0.

AT&T reiterates interest in BEAD money
News Analysis | 3/8/2023

'BEAD gives you the opportunity to probably fill in areas that economically you might not have had high on the priority list,' AT&T's Jeff McElfresh said.

Cignal AI's Scott Wilkinson: 100ZR pluggable at the network's edge
LRTV Interviews | 3/8/2023

Cignal AI's Scott Wilkinson explains why the market demand and availability of 100ZR components will pick up in 2024.

Comcast gearing up for BEAD, other government broadband subsidy programs
News Analysis | 3/8/2023

After sitting on the sideline for RDOF, Comcast 'will be a participant' in BEAD and other rural broadband programs, but the bar for participation will be high, says Comcast President Mike Cavanagh.

Ofcom wants to tackle empty promises of 'full fiber'
News Analysis | 3/8/2023

Ofcom has unveiled a set of proposals that would make fiber broadband offers more comprehensible to customers.

T-Mobile's Ray updates his 5G 'layer cake' analogy one last time
News Analysis | 3/8/2023

T-Mobile's Neville Ray said carrier aggregation technology essentially glues together transmissions in disparate spectrum bands in the same way a slice of a cake combines multiple layers.

SES CPO: Deploying private 5G networks via MEO satellites
CxO Spotlight | 3/8/2023

SES' JP Hemingway explained why SES has partnered with Boeing and SpaceX on the launch of O3b mPower satellites, how the company is utilizing software-defined capabilities in its satellites and why it's focused on the MEO versus LEO space.

Asian telcos struggle to find room for women leaders
News Analysis | 3/8/2023

Operators have lifted their reporting on diversity but progress in promoting women has been glacial.

VEON is stepping into the Big Tech vacuum in emerging markets
News Analysis | 3/8/2023

As it quits Russia, VEON is focused on hiring software talent and addressing 'digital' opportunities in emerging markets.

Eurobites: Orange seals deal with OneWeb to expand global connectivity
News Analysis | 3/8/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU ready to stick its full-length probe into Orange/Masmovil deal; Proximus issues worker-wellbeing charter; BT extends Digital Voice trials.

Galicia seeks 'carbon-neutral' data center amid sector's rising energy use
News Analysis | 3/8/2023

Plans for a carbon-neutral data center in Spain serve as a reminder of how far the industry still has to go.

Omdia's Ian Redpath: Optical networking momentum at OFC23
LRTV Interviews | 3/7/2023

Omdia's Ian Redpath says high-performing, lower powered opticals are fitting into smaller form factors, blurring the lines between what used to be distinct technology markets.

Gigi Sohn withdraws FCC nomination, blaming 'blatant lies' from 'legions' of lobbyists
News Analysis | 3/7/2023

'Unfortunately, the American people are the real losers here. The FCC deadlock, now over two years long, will remain so for a long time,' said Gigi Sohn in a statement withdrawing her nomination.

New company seeks to help tribes with broadband mapping, BEAD prep
News Analysis | 3/7/2023

Native-owned Tribal Ready is working to provide tribes with resources to successfully participate in the $42.5 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program.

For Verizon's consumer business, it's 'back to basics'
News Analysis | 3/7/2023

'I think there have been times when we've got distracted by trying to do too many things at once,' said Verizon's CFO. He suggested Verizon's new leadership structure ought to change that.

Most satellite D2D services will fail, predicts Iridium CTO
News Analysis | 3/7/2023

New players with untested business models will run out of cash, warns legacy satellite player.

Slower housing moves a bad omen for cable broadband sub growth
The Bauminator | 3/7/2023

Fresh data from ISI Evercore shows that change-of-address requests dropped 8% in February, reducing the number of 'jump balls' cable can use to stoke broadband subscriber growth.

AT&T VP: Gearing up software-defined, edge-connected vehicles
LRTV Interviews | 3/7/2023

AT&T's Cameron Coursey discusses how the service provider is adding more software-defined capabilities to connected cars, and where 4G and 5G come into play for specific IoT use cases.

A Huawei ban in Germany could be nasty for open RAN
Morris Lore | 3/7/2023

Open RAN is not ready for widespread commercial deployment, Deutsche Telekom recently said, just as Germany weighs a Huawei ban.

Nokia’s head of Europe says operators are nervous about open RAN
News Analysis | 3/7/2023

Rolf Werner thinks fears about network quality deterioration are holding back adoption of the nascent tech.

Ericsson's Vonage outlines plan to share revenues with telcos
News Analysis | 3/7/2023

Executives from US platform provider Vonage have been defending the APIs logic of Swedish vendor Ericsson's $6 billion takeover.

AT&T’s Mansfield touts midband 5G, but downplays standalone 5G
News Analysis | 3/7/2023

AT&T's Gordon Mansfield said the operator will make significant progress this year deploying 5G on its midband spectrum. But he expressed some reservations about standalone 5G technology.

The Divide: Connected Nation's Brent Legg on the need to build more carrier-neutral IXPs
LRTV Interviews | 3/7/2023

This week: Brent Legg, EVP of government affairs at Connected Nation, joins the podcast to discuss the organization's application for an NTIA Middle Mile grant to build out carrier-neutral Internet exchange points.

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