Light Reading editors discuss orange skies over NYC, plus the future of the Affordable Connectivity Program, thoughts on Ciena's Vectors event, Apple's Vision Pro, CableLabs' DOCSIS 4.0 modem certification program and more.
New DOCSIS 4.0 modems will be capable of accelerating downstream speeds on existing DOCSIS 3.1 systems while operators push ahead with DOCSIS 4.0 network upgrades.
Heavy Reading's 5G Orchestration and Service Assurance Market Leadership Program (MLP) survey results indicate that mobile service providers are taking important steps in their journey to monetize 5G services.
A day after the event, China Telecom is still unable to explain why its network went down for five hours in China's wealthiest province.
This week in broadband builds: West Virginia awards over $18 million, Block Island launches BroadbandBI, Spectrum expands in Ohio and more.
India's MTNL has been recording losses for several years now and the government seems to have decided to shut down operations instead of merging with BSNL.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Parisians can stream the French Open on their phones via 5G - for free; BT talks network sustainability; World Bank invests in Safaricom Ethiopia's 4G and 5G networks.
In the year since the takeover, UnaBiz CEO Henri Bong has been slashing costs, shredding the old business model and eyeing convergence with other IoT technologies.
Japanese vendor Fujitsu acknowledges open RAN equipment is still struggling for commercial credibility.
Lynk Global has secured two new MNO partners in New Zealand as it seeks investment to grow satellite fleet and improve coverage reliability.
The WSJ says Amazon is in early talks to develop an ad-supported tier for Prime Video, a streaming service already included in Amazon Prime subscriptions and sold standalone for $8.99 per month.
UK mobile operator EE indicates that hundreds more small cells are to be rolled out in the coming months while 5G small cell trials are also in progress.
Cable modem vendors can submit DOCSIS 4.0-based products to CableLabs starting June 26. With fees starting at $209,000, CableLabs is prepared to test modems supporting the FDD and FDX options of the specs.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT boss stuck on GB pound 1.1 million a year; Deutsche Telekom hooks up with Ivanti; Sparkle lands in Libya.
AT&T and T-Mobile topped the ACSI's latest customer satisfaction survey. Overall satisfaction of ISPs rose 6%, but still scored at the bottom of the barrel when compared to other industries.
Analysts are unsure if the company's backlog, much bigger than usual, is shrinking because of economic problems or supply chain improvements.
Japan operator believes midband and sub-THz also will be essential to support dense 6G networks.
US housing move activity in May 2023 dipped 18% year-over-year, well below the drop-offs seen earlier in the year, Evercore ISI found in its latest analysis.
Sources cited by Reuters say a long-rumored merger between Vodafone and Three UK owner Hutchison is imminent, with an announcement to be made by early next week.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Breton highlights investment gap; Liberty Global's Telenet bid makes progress; Du deploys Nokia's fixed wireless tech.
EU officials said to be concerned about sluggish implementation of recommendations to ensure 5G networks remain secure.
Apple adds Mira to its growing roster of technologies that combine to enhance, produce and display AR/VR content.
Lumen expects broadband revenues and subscribers to grow as it builds fiber to an additional 5-7 million locations. But some analysts are skeptical that Lumen can hit all of its long-term targets.
Michael O'Rielly, former FCC Commissioner, defended the need for Congress to fund the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) but suggested limiting eligibility.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OneWeb launches maritime service; Zain wants to get greener with Ericsson; Three UK and Jola strike business SIMs deal.
All applicants to the government's $10 billion plan to set up a fab unit in India are struggling to find a technology partner.
Amdocs says amAIz will enable telcos to 'benefit from the immense potential of generative AI.'
The iPhone maker signals its next big move as it unveils the Vision Pro mixed reality headset, although the new device comes with a hefty price tag.
Big Telco in Europe thinks Big Tech from the US should pay for network usage, but it shows a cluelessness on the practicalities.
At least six main industry organizations have different ways of measuring energy efficiency and sustainability in the telecom space. Which ones are you watching?
AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have already denied they are in mobile discussions with Amazon, but analysts have weighed in to explain why such a deal doesn't add up for all sides.
Charter will use Nokia's 'AirScale' gear, including strand-mounted CBRS radios, for the operator's targeted 5G network deployment. Nokia says it marks its first 'large-scale' wireless 5G deal in the cable sector.
Over 6 million eSIM and iSIM devices will be shipped in the next five years as Counterpoint says the market has reached a high-growth phase.
This week: IEEE Senior Member David Witkowski on developments and challenges in the low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite space and what role LEO connectivity can play in closing broadband gaps.
One expert calls for strategic investment in OneWeb as lower-risk option for remote broadband.
The chipmaker's two-for-one AI and virtual RAN deal is unlikely to make sense to operators outside the most densely populated and fiber-rich cities.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: WHO adopts EU's digital approach to health threats; Deutsche Telekom does more on blockchain; FAST forward for video streaming.
Portugal's cybersecurity council puts forward a resolution that could exclude Huawei et al from 5G networks. China isn't happy.
Montana's Mid-Rivers Communications is joining a small but growing group of operators that is dropping its own pay-TV services and ceding it all to streaming.
Light Reading's Tereza Krasova joins the podcast to discuss TXO System's role in the 'circular economy.' We discuss the economic and environmental reverberations an increased demand for repaired and refurbished equipment in the telecom industry could create.
Dish shares spiked Friday following a Bloomberg report that Dish is among the mobile operators negotiating with Amazon. Update: AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon deny they are in such discussions.
This week in broadband builds: Charter wins $14.4 million in Florida; Treasury Department approves $151.5 million for Mississippi broadband; Ziply announces service launches - and more.
Docomo is hoping to build a global open RAN business with pre-tested 5G gear under its new Orex brand.
Telcos fanatical about virtualization and the avoidance of lock-in are ultimately facing disappointment.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson and DT implement network slicing; Telefonica chairman takes over as Virgin Media O2 chair; Inmarsat Maritime launches satellite internet for coastal areas.
Wireless 20/20 Senior Analyst Berge Ayvazian urges carriers to look at the ROI of fiber deployments when determining how to best connect underserved customers.
Nokia's Peter Vetter joins the podcast to discuss challenges to deploying and reaping the benefits of 6G. He explains progress toward developing 6G standards and how 6G will fuse digital and physical environments.
Google Fiber is in expansion mode, but the unit apparently won't chase after funds set aside for BEAD and other rural-focused government subsidy programs. Or at least it won't pursue those dollars on its own.
The French Senate has just adopted a bill that aims to eliminate home fiber installation 'malfunctions' that 'poison the daily life of many French people.'
SoftBank's high-profile new partnership with Nvidia can be traced to its early enthusiasm over GPU role in vRAN.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia sings the praises of mmWave; Vodafone wishes to save electronic waste from landfill; IoT data trading predicted to rise.
In a letter, the Consolidated shareholder said it is the 'wrong time to sell,' calling the bid an 'effort to bottom fish for our company.'
New analysis of Charter's aggressive network upgrade and fiber-building plans envisions broadband sub growth, a jolt to broadband ARPU and a rise in the company's overall value.
American Tower and IBM executives join the podcast to discuss how the tower company's acquisition of CoreSite has impacted its data center business, how the edge computing market is evolving, and why sustainability and energy consumption is a growing concern for both American Tower and IBM.
CableLabs' Randy Levensalor explained how and why the cable industry is paving a path to wireline/wireless network service convergence, and some of the challenges that lie ahead.
With its Graviton processors, AWS is working with Nokia and other software companies to provide an architectural choice for telcos.
Indian telecom giant, Bharti Airtel, is all set to take its data center business, Nxtra to Africa with plans to build five big data centers in the continent.
Latest Arcep report points to slightly slower operator revenue and FTTH rollout and subscriber growth in 2022.
Tied into a broader expansion plan, Google Fiber has cut a deal to build a fiber network in Franklin, Tennessee. It'll be Google Fiber's second broadband market in the state.
'We have no radio manufacturing in China,' Mavenir wrote in response to questions from Light Reading. Other 5G equipment vendors made similar assurances, but the devil remains in the details.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Keysight and Nokia to test sub-Terahertz equipment for 6G; China Telecom to establish a quantum technology group; GSMA says progress on eliminating the gender mobile gap has stalled.
Banglalink has included a cyclone tracking feature in its MyBL app to help customers prepare for cyclone, with cyclone Mocha being the first to test it.
A set-top from ADTH powered by software from Tolka is the first certified 'NextGenTV' upgrade box. Additional set-tops supporting the new ATSC 3.0 standard are in the works.
Omdia's Fernando Montenegro joins the podcast to discuss recent security trends such as the increased use of AI for cybersecurity. He also shares how security teams are improving their response times to threats and growth of the use of SASE services.
The good news is there are many ways to deliver brilliant indoor 5G networks to industrial venues, campus networks and all manner of commercial and public buildings.
US cable's nearly 12 million mobile lines still represents 'little more than a rounding error' in the wireless market, but cable is 'crowding out the growth available to the Big Three,' said MoffettNathanson.
In a blog post following the FCC's map release, the NTIA said it is still 'on track' to make BEAD allocations by June 30.
This week: Jonathan Spalter, CEO of USTelecom, joins the show to discuss how the telecommunications industry is working toward closing the digital divide, and what it will take to make the BEAD program a success.
Smartphone app stores gave birth to a range of apps such as Angry Birds, Instagram and even Fart World. Now, open RAN technology may create a similar marketplace for xApps and rApps for 5G networks.
The hottest chipmaker in the world right now has a product for managing radio access network and AI workloads and one of Japan's biggest telcos has bitten.
While densification seems to be the main focus for small cell deployments, use cases such as indoor 5G coverage and private networks are emerging.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Portuguese authorities round on Huawei; Nokia unveils new core software; Arm touts new chip designs.
In this panel from Mobile World Congress 2023, Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and other participants discuss the economic and technological impacts of the supply chain on open RAN deployments.
Light Reading editors discuss big topics from last week's Big 5G Event in Austin, plus updates on the national broadband map, what to make of the latest Dish/Amazon rumor and more.
Dallas Fort Worth airport hosts 72.2 million passengers a year and employs 30,000 people across 26.9 miles. 'We really need a private wireless network,' said Mike Youngs, the airport's VP for IT.
This week in broadband builds: Spectrum RDOF construction, GoNetspeed launches in two New York towns, Comcast expands in Florida, TDS wins in Wisconsin and more.
Editors Phil Harvey and Kelsey Ziser discuss which Leading Lights Awards categories are new and their advice for submitting a solid entry.
Shares in both chipmakers are up as they predict untold riches thanks to a surge of interest in AI, but some are warning of a bubble.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Saudi-Europe subsea deal agreed; Tesla rear-ended by data issues; OpenAI boss loves Europe after all.
Consultancy warns that telcos aiming to diversify beyond connectivity are in danger of missing out on a massive opportunity.
Still alive and kicking, the special ops bit of UK telecom incumbent BT is launching a set of immersive experiences for schools and businesses.
AT&T is testing VoNR in its labs and plans to move to early field validation later this year. Meanwhile, T-Mobile and Dish Network are also moving forward with deployments.
Korean government asks US to ease Chips Act rules for Samsung and SK Hynix.
MetTel's Max Silber provided an update on MetTel's Single SIM service and shared his thoughts on what the convergence of wired and wireless networks means for the industry at large.
Mark Poletti, the lead wireless architect at CableLabs, explains how CableLabs is focused on supporting the transition from vRAN to open RAN. The industry organization is also working toward open RAN conformance, performance and interoperability testing.
'We ... don't offer wholesale access to our Wi-Fi network,' a Comcast representative confirmed after MobileX sought access to the Wi-Fi networks operated by Comcast and Charter.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iceland trials OneWeb connectivity; Microsoft appeals UK's Activision decision; AI and data privacy.
US server maker HPE is teaming up with one of the hottest chip startups on a product that could provide much needed competition to Intel.
Omdia's Roz Roseboro discussed how 5G and the rise of the distributed workforce have changed how enterprises utilize the cloud. She also provided a sneak peek into her research on AI and the customer experience.
Vodafone UK describes the creation of a division that targets the health 'vertical' as an 'exciting first.'
'We won't be able to reach our goal of affordable networks without it,' said Davidson of the ACP during a House hearing. The program is projected to run out of funds by next year.
Quantum security, energy efficiency and widespread AI use are all on the whiteboard at Juniper Beyond Labs. CTO Raj Yavatkar discusses his 'pathfinder' strategy to turn ideas into networking reality.
'We give them a true IT experience,' says Napatech's Charlie Ashton about the company's customers. Napatech sells hardware and software for networking chips.
Comcast is on track to 1 million passings in 2023 via fill-ins, edge-outs and 'hyberbuilds,' and is expected to pursue government subsidy dollars more aggressively in the coming years.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: DAZN fights the content pirates; CityFibre boss responds to Equinox 2 decision; BT to stop printing the Phone Book.
The UK telecom regulator has blessed BT's controversial Equinox 2 plans to lower the wholesale price of full-fiber lines.
Heavy Reading's Jennifer Clark discusses industry progress around AI and how service providers can use it to improve user experience.
NOW TV, a service featuring 60-plus channels, Peacock Premium and a 20-hour cloud DVR, is 'a great starter video service' that will be packaged with broadband, says Comcast Cable CEO Dave Watson.
Verizon's Hans Vestberg, T-Mobile's Mike Sievert and AT&T's John Stankey said they would grow their 5G business. But they're all facing competition from cable and a slowdown in new wireless customers.
BSNL has given a purchase order to a TCS-led consortium and plans to make a service available by the end of June.