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Ericsson counts cost of coronavirus
News Analysis | 2/17/2020

Swedish equipment vendor ramped up production in Europe to cope with Chinese factory closures but is still assessing impact of canceling MWC.

Eurobites: Nancy Pelosi warns Europe off Huawei
News Analysis | 2/17/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange Egypt dons Red Hat for NFV; cable wars in Germany; ETSI launches fixed 5G group.

Thai 5G auction raises $3B as Singapore bids close
News Analysis | 2/17/2020

The 5G bidding frenzy is starting in some important Asian markets.

SD-WAN security: The impact of orchestrated services multiplicity
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 2/17/2020

Providing open solutions that minimize vendor lock-in are keys to the continued growth of SD-WAN services, writes Heavy Reading's Jim Hodges.

Under the smartphone hood
LRTV Interviews | 2/17/2020

In a video interview recorded before the cancellation of Mobile World Congress 2020, Omdia principal analyst Tom Hackenberg takes a look at smartphone subsystems and the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to system-on-chip (SoC) products.

IBM pulls out of RSA Conference citing virus outbreak concerns
News Analysis | 2/14/2020

The coronavirus outbreak continues to wreck tech conferences as another big company pulls its participation from another major industry show.

Liberty Global sizing up partnerships to expand reach of Virgin Media's network
News Analysis | 2/14/2020

Cable op is 'examining all options,' including financial and network partners, as UK-based Virgin Media looks to extend its network to an additional 7 million to 10 million more homes.

Pentagon drops opposition to Huawei sales restrictions – reports
News Analysis | 2/14/2020

Multiple media reports have said that the Defense Department has dropped its opposition to stricter export rules that would make it tougher to sell to Huawei.

Verizon: We have more unused network capacity today than five years ago
News Analysis | 2/14/2020

Thanks to new LTE technologies, small cells and other efforts, Verizon says it has managed to increase the amount of excess capacity on its network.

Sprint cuts the price of 5G
News Analysis | 2/14/2020

Sprint is now including 5G access across all three of its unlimited plans. The offering had previously been restricted to Sprint's most expensive unlimited plan.

Australian court clears way for $10B Vodafone-TPG merger
News Analysis | 2/14/2020

Australia's top court has overruled its regulator and cleared the way for a merger between the mobile and cable operators.

Dabby pitches OTT aggregation platform to cable operators
News Analysis | 2/14/2020

The startup aims to resolve a growing app fragmentation problem and said it can assist service providers that are backing away from pay-TV.

WiCipedia: 2020's best cities for women in tech
WiCipedia | 2/14/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: The best cities for women in tech in 2020 are revealed; women share their salaries to compare where they stand; a new 'unconscious bias educational tour experience' educates on the move; and more.

Most Americans know about 5G and some might pay extra for it
News Analysis | 2/14/2020

A new survey indicates a willingness among Americans to pay more for 5G connections.

Eurobites: Iliad chooses Nokia for 5G rollout in France, Italy
News Analysis | 2/14/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Three struts its 5G stuff on London catwalks; Virgin Media's Q4; Telekom Slovenije and Iskratel target Industry 4.0.

Huawei accused of 'racketeering' in latest US attack
News Analysis | 2/14/2020

Chinese vendor stole intellectual property from six US technology companies and used this for commercial advantage, alleges the Department of Justice.

VEON names new bosses as CEO Burns steps aside
News Analysis | 2/14/2020

Emerging-markets operator also said the CEO of its business in Russia will quit after a disappointing performance in the past year.

5G, private networks fuel new enterprise service options
LRTV Interviews | 2/14/2020

In a video interview recorded before the cancellation of Mobile World Congress 2020, Omdia's enterprise services chief analyst, Camille Mendler, says 5G and private network opportunities are among the trends highlighting new business services opportunities for telcos.

Roku ends 2019 with 36.9M 'active' accounts, still can't catch Amazon Fire TV
News Analysis | 2/13/2020

Streaming hours on Roku's platform jumped 60%, to 11.7 billion, in Q4 2019.

Verizon doubles down on mmWave 5G with new 60-city deployment goal
News Analysis | 2/13/2020

Verizon plans to double the number of cities where it operates an mmWave 5G network, countering concerns that the operator might back away from the daunting task of building a widespread mmWave 5G offering.

Roll call: Who's still going to Barcelona?
DanoVision | 2/13/2020

If you're still going to Barcelona this year, please let me know.

Altice USA makes mobile, gigabit, M&A waves
News Analysis | 2/13/2020

Fourth-largest US cable op enjoys first big wireless quarter and swings deal for smaller New Jersey cableco while rolling out 1-Gig service and reports otherwise mixed Q4 results.

Why all the fuss about Disney+?
Column | 2/13/2020

Disney's shift to a more personalized, direct-to-consumer model isn't just about hauling in more video revenues as the traditional pay-TV industry struggles: it's about supercharging the rest of Disney's business.

Verizon intros LTE-M modules for fast IoT onboarding
News Analysis | 2/13/2020

Verizon uses certified Sequans modules to get LTE-M IoT devices onto its 4G network.

Eurobites: Ericsson Claims mmWave 5G Data Transfer Record
News Analysis | 2/13/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Africa & Middle East gives Orange a lift in Q4; Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone share networks in gray spots; new faces at Ofcom.

DT wants to renegotiate T-Mobile, Sprint deal – report
News Analysis | 2/13/2020

German parent of T-Mobile is reportedly pushing for a lower price because of the deterioration in Sprint's performance since the deal was first mooted.

SoftBank's Son is losing his shine
News Analysis | 2/12/2020

Losses at the Japanese billionaire's Vision Fund raise questions about his entire investment strategy.

Cisco CEO says customers are waiting but the catalysts are there
News Analysis | 2/12/2020

The waiting is the hardest part. Cisco CEO highlights the opportunities ahead while the networking vendor guides revenue down for next quarter.

Adtran takes aim at SMBs with new SD-WAN service
News Analysis | 2/12/2020

The new cloud-based edge router, built on Intel's x86 architecture, is targeted at small and midsized businesses and distributed enterprises that want to migrate to SD-WAN on an open, virtualized platform.

MWC2020: The show won't go on
News Analysis | 2/12/2020

The GSMA, organizer of the annual Mobile World Congress, has canceled this year's Barcelona show because of 'the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak.'

MWC2020: Omdia Analyst Highlights Hot IoT Trends
LRTV Interviews | 2/12/2020

Omdia analyst Alexandra Rehak identifies the key trends that will dominate IoT discussions during Mobile World Congress, including enabling technologies such as 5G and LPWAN, adjacent technologies such as blockchain, data enablement tools such as analytics and AI and verticalization.

Coronavirus to hit China 5G rollout, fiber supply
News Analysis | 2/12/2020

The outbreak of coronavirus looks set to have an impact on 5G and fiber rollout in China.

Now Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone quit this year's MWC
News Analysis | 2/12/2020

They think it's all over...

Nokia, VEON and BT quit MWC, odds shorten on event's cancellation
News Analysis | 2/12/2020

If it goes ahead, this year's MWC will now lack two of the world's three biggest mobile equipment vendors, while another major operator also decides not to attend.

Light Reading's editors join MWC exodus
News Analysis | 2/12/2020

It will be easier and more efficient to report on the industry's developments without traveling to Barcelona.

Eurobites: Telekom Austria turns a corner
News Analysis | 2/12/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor Sweden gets industrial with Ericsson; OBS wants all of systems integrator B&D; Vodafone makes the case for in-car telematics.

Rakuten joins AT&T, DoCoMo and Sprint in quitting MWC
News Analysis | 2/12/2020

Japanese e-commerce giant and emerging mobile operator is only the fourth high-profile service provider to announce its withdrawal from MWC due to coronavirus concerns.

Samsung intros first phones that will support all flavors of 5G
News Analysis | 2/11/2020

Samsung unveiled its S20 brand, which will be released on March 6.

Sprint/T-Mobile merger: The six big things that should happen next
News Analysis | 2/11/2020

A judge's decision this week cleared the way for Sprint and T-Mobile to close their merger by April. But what needs to happen between now and then for the companies to consummate their transaction?

Comcast, Charter promise 5G services, but remain silent on pricing
News Analysis | 2/11/2020

Charter and Comcast plan to join Verizon, their MVNO partner, in offering 5G phones. However, it's unclear whether the cable companies will join Verizon in charging extra for the service.

ExteNet adds speed, automation to optical network
News Analysis | 2/11/2020

ExteNet teams with LightRiver for faster metro core network, in part for 5G.

What they're saying: Reactions to T-Mobile/Sprint merger
News Analysis | 2/11/2020

A judge's approval of the proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile elicited plenty of discussion among supporters, opponents and analysts about how the transaction might affect the wider market.

C-Band plan good for both wireless firms and satellite operators, says FCC's O'Rielly
News Analysis | 2/11/2020

FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly believes satellite firms are happy with the proposed relocation payments and will clear the C-Band quickly.

Synacor, Qumu strike merger to pursue enterprises
News Analysis | 2/11/2020

With the proposed all-stock transaction, two companies aim to create a leading global player in SaaS-based collaboration software for enterprises.

MWC2020: AT&T, Cisco, Facebook and Sprint are latest to cancel
News Analysis | 2/11/2020

Find out about the latest companies to have announced they won't be at this year's Mobile World Congress.

Eurobites: KKR sells Deutsche Glasfaser for €2.8B
News Analysis | 2/11/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Liberty Global rolls out Plume's 'intelligent WiFi;' EE offers free BritBox trial; German lawmakers aren't ruling out Huawei.

CableLabs, Altran team to take open source to the edge
News Analysis | 2/11/2020

'Project Adrenaline' initiative takes a cable-first approach, but broader aim is to develop a general purpose edge computing platform that can be applied to multiple industries and network types.

Inseego working on CommScope partnership for private LTE networks
News Analysis | 2/11/2020

Inseego is working to partner with CommScope on 3.5GHz equipment for sale to enterprises. The situation yet again highlights interest in the market for private wireless LTE networks.

Coronavirus has left the GSMA reeling
Morris Lore | 2/11/2020

The outbreak of the deadly disease has led to calls for the cancellation of this year's MWC as major exhibitors continue to withdraw.

MWC2020: Why 5G and live sports is a winning combination
LRTV Interviews | 2/11/2020

Ahead of Mobile World Congress, Omdia analyst Maria Rua Aguete discusses the key trends in the media and entertainment market, including the potential for mobile operators to generate new revenues from 5G-based live sports services and partnerships between the media giants and the telcos.

IT'S OVER: T-Mobile, Sprint merger approved – reports
News Analysis | 2/10/2020

The judge overseeing a lawsuit challenging the merger will side with the companies, according to the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, removing the last major roadblock to the deal.

Amazon Prime snags former Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins
News Analysis | 2/10/2020

Hopkins, a TV exec also late of Sony and Fox, helmed Hulu when the OTT service launched a live TV service that now has 3.2 million subscribers.

U.S. Cellular gets on the IoT path with LTE-M
News Analysis | 2/10/2020

The carrier says it is also exploring deploying NB-IoT.

Ericsson pushes private wireless networking product toward AT&T
News Analysis | 2/10/2020

Ericsson's 'Industry Connect' product is targeted at the private wireless networking space, and the infrastructure giant appears keen to rope AT&T into the effort.

Sluggish lowband 5G from AT&T, T-Mobile raises the question: Why bother?
News Analysis | 2/10/2020

Signals Research Group conducted extensive tests of the lowband 5G from AT&T and T-Mobile finding that 'LTE network performance was at least as good as if not better than 5G NR.'

Parallel Wireless extends partnership with Robin.io to automate next gen networks
News Analysis | 2/10/2020

Parallel Wireless and Robin.io are expanding their existing partnership to help operators automate network functions.

ViacomCBS preparing a supersized streaming service – report
News Analysis | 2/10/2020

New offering will combine the assets of the recently merged company, including movies from Paramount, shows from various Viacom cable channels and the CBS All Access streaming service.

After years in the cold, satellite is hot again
News Analysis | 2/10/2020

Satellite technology is making a comeback, with major investors backing competing projects.

NTT DoCoMo becomes first major telco to quit MWC exhibition
News Analysis | 2/10/2020

Japanese operator is the first Tier 1 operator to officially cancel its exhibition at this year's show because of concern about coronavirus.

Eurobites: China's ambassadors go out to bat for Huawei in Europe
News Analysis | 2/10/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia lands Orange Slovenkso gig; UK's Premier League mulls 'route one' approach to soccer streaming; big week in EU-versus-Google saga.

MWC2020: Hot trends in telco IoT
LRTV Interviews | 2/10/2020

Pablo Tomasi, senior analyst at Omdia, outlines the hot trends in telco IoT that he expects to talk about at MWC, including industrial IoT, private networks and more.

MWC still happening but with more restrictions and fewer participants
News Analysis | 2/10/2020

World's biggest telecom trade show is in peril as more exhibitors pull out and organizers impose restrictions on visitors from China.

MYCOM OSI embraces AI/ML in move to 'autonomic network'
News Analysis | 2/10/2020

New service assurance AI/ML capability designed to make use of public cloud, big data processing technology and advanced machine learning modeling systems.

MWC2020: Omdia analyst highlights Barcelona's smarts
LRTV Documentaries | 2/10/2020

Ahead of Mobile World Congress, Omdia's associate director, Liz Cruz, says the smart city of Barcelona is an apt location for a show that's about 5G, IoT, AI and edge computing.

T-Mobile, Verizon dogged by worries over DSS in 5G
News Analysis | 2/7/2020

T-Mobile CTO Ray noted that the technology eats away at the capacity of shared radio.

T-Mobile's TVision called out for questionable advertising after Charter complaint
News Analysis | 2/7/2020

Cable giant Charter filed a complaint with the National Advertising Division (NAD) over T-Mobile's advertisements for its TVision, which the mobile operator claims is better than cable TV.

AT&T CEO says US government investment into Nokia, Ericsson is a bad idea
News Analysis | 2/7/2020

AT&T's CEO rejected suggestions from the US attorney general that the US purchases a controlling interest in Nokia or Ericsson. Instead, the executive said software innovation could blunt the rise of China's Huawei.

Sling TV turns 5
The Bauminator | 2/7/2020

To celebrate, the Dish-owned OTT-TV service provider is declaring February 9 as 'National Cut the Cord Day' and promoting a batch of deals for new and existing subscribers.

Ericsson shareholder urges firm to explore sale to US – report
News Analysis | 2/7/2020

Nordic equipment makers receive a boost during Friday-afternoon trading after a US official proposes buying one of the companies.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Coronavirus, Balkanization & Vodafone
LRTV Documentaries | 2/7/2020

Jamie's gone to watch the rugby so it's down to Scott, Iain and super-sub Wei to tackle this week's big telecom topics.

South Korean Telcos Still Waiting for 5G Benefits
News Analysis | 2/7/2020

KT and SKT have witnessed declines in profitability after pumping money into their new 5G businesses this year.

Japan Government to Help Fund Subsea Cable Projects to Counter China
News Analysis | 2/7/2020

Japan is finalizing an action plan to support submarine cable projects, with the likes of NEC, NTT Communications and KDDI in line to benefit.

Ericsson's MWC Decision Will Likely Start Domino Effect
Shades of Ray | 2/7/2020

As companies wait to see what others are doing before deciding whether to still attend MWC 2020, Ericsson's bold decision to withdraw looks like it will tip many towards following suit.

WiCipedia: Women in Tech Turn to TikTok to Expose Industry
WiCipedia | 2/7/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: When women don't apply to jobs; the new social media scene spreading the tech word (for better or for worse); the skills women need to get hired; and more.

Local Officials Take on the Feds in Battle Over 5G Small Cells
News Analysis | 2/7/2020

Dozens of cities and city representatives are challenging FCC regulations intended to speed up the rollout of small cells for 5G. They argue such rules are unfair to taxpayers.

MWC at Risk as Ericsson Pulls Out on Coronavirus Concern
News Analysis | 2/7/2020

Swedish equipment maker said it would not be able to ensure the health and safety of its employees and customers.

Eurobites: Trump Blows His Top at Boris Over Huawei – Report
News Analysis | 2/7/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom tells Nokia to shape up; Orange to spend €1.5 billion on retraining exercise; Cellnex boosts coverage at Etihad Stadium.

Meet My Small Cell
DanoVision | 2/7/2020

Small cells are rolling out in neighborhoods all over the US. I decided to go find mine.

T-Mobile to Expand 5G Footprint in 2020
News Analysis | 2/6/2020

But execs don't have much new to say about the proposed Sprint merger.

Satellite Firms Unimpressed With Pai's $9.7B Pitch for C-Band Spectrum
News Analysis | 2/6/2020

Several Canadian and European satellite companies aren't yet sure if they want to accept $9.7 billion to quickly free up valuable midband spectrum for 5G.

Attorney General Barr: The US, Allies Should Take Nokia or Ericsson Stake for 5G
News Analysis | 2/6/2020

White House officials have reportedly discussed incentives for US private equity firms to buy stakes in Ericsson or Nokia for 5G. But there appears to be discord among Trump's appointees.

Comcast Bumped to 'Buy'
News Analysis | 2/6/2020

Industry analyst Craig Moffett still has concerns about 'secular headwinds' faced by NBCU and Sky, but sees enough strength in Comcast's cable business to warrant an upgrade of what he views as an undervalued stock.

fuboTV Takes Flight With Viasat
News Analysis | 2/6/2020

fuboTV is the first virtual MVPD to lock in a distribution deal for in-flight services and tap into new open caching specs developed by the Streaming Video Alliance.

Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom, Others Put $13M Into Blockchain Startup Clear
News Analysis | 2/6/2020

The venture money for Israel-based startup Clear underscores not only the opportunity surrounding blockchain in the telecom space but also operators' interest in the technology.

KT's 5G Splurge Hits Profits in 2019
News Analysis | 2/6/2020

Results for 2019 show impact of South Korean telco's commitment to 5G, as the number of its 5G subscribers reaches 1.4 million.

MWC2020: All Roads Lead to Cloud Gaming
LRTV Interviews | 2/6/2020

George Jijiashvili, senior analyst at Omdia, explains why cloud gaming and esports will be hot topics in Barcelona.

Podcast: Windstream's Managed Services Moves
Kelsey's Grammar | 2/6/2020

This podcast examines how service providers are revamping their managed services and how Windstream is evolving from a traditional telco to a true managed services provider.

Eurobites: EU Gets Its Claws Into Qualcomm (Again)
News Analysis | 2/6/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange challenges boldly in Belgium; Swisscom's uphill struggle; Deutsche Telekom's love pants.

Nokia Sees Light at End of 5G Tunnel
News Analysis | 2/6/2020

The Finnish equipment maker hailed good progress on cost cutting and is slowly building up its stock of more profitable 5G products.

Taking the Operators' Pulse on SD-WANs: Visibility, Security & Simplicity
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 2/6/2020

Light Reading/Heavy Reading and MEF have teamed up once again to launch a global SD-WAN Strategies Survey focused specifically on the opportunities for managed SD-WAN services offered by network operators to enterprise customers.

Huawei Back in Court With Patent Suit Against Verizon
News Analysis | 2/6/2020

The Chinese vendor has gone on the attack against Verizon, claiming the US service provider violated its intellectual property.

US Politicos Take 5G Bandwagon Down Dangerous Path
Shades of Ray | 2/5/2020

We don't need no bifurcation…

Amid Layoffs, Xilinx Warns of Pause in 5G Activities
News Analysis | 2/5/2020

Xilinx sells chips for 5G basestations, and had grand ambitions for its sales in the space. But last week the company announced layoffs and a 'pause' in 5G buildouts.

Helium Flies High With More Than 3,000 Hotspots Installed in US DIY IoT Network
News Analysis | 2/5/2020

Startup makes progress on user-installed rival to cellular IoT.

FCC Chairman Hunts for Magic Number in C-Band
News Analysis | 2/5/2020

C-Band incumbents reportedly want at least $12 billion to release the band for 5G, but the FCC's chairman is only expected to give them up to $9 billion. How will Ajit Pai split that difference?

Vodafone, DT Hold New 5G Network-Sharing Talks in Germany
News Analysis | 2/5/2020

The German operators are in discussions about a new scheme that could help them to meet some tough coverage obligations.

Omniverse Wants HovSat to Pay for Video Sins
The Bauminator | 2/5/2020

The defunct OTT-TV service provider has filed a motion for its erstwhile partner, HovSat, to be held responsible for a $50 million judgement stemming from a copyright suit involving several major US studios.

Amdocs Doubles Down With Spanish Deals
News Analysis | 2/5/2020

Orange Spain expands support for public cloud by opting to deploy Amdocs' cloud-native offering on Amazon Web Services.

MWC2020: 5G core to star in Barcelona
LRTV Interviews | 2/5/2020

Dario Talmesio, principal analyst and practice leader at Omdia, expects to be hearing a lot about 5G core developments and 'the platform' during this year's Mobile World Congress.

How Badly Will Coronavirus Hurt MWC?
News Analysis | 2/5/2020

With exhibitors pulling out and cities under lockdown, this year's MWC could see a fall in attendee numbers, despite what its organizer says.

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