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US moves to block Nvidia's purchase of ARM
News Analysis | 12/2/2021

The US Federal Trade Commission is worried Nvidia's proposed $40 billion purchase of ARM would stifle competition in the chipset space.

MVNO US Mobile goes full eSIM
News Analysis | 12/2/2021

eSIM will support new features 'like being able to switch plans instantly, getting live-at-arrival connectivity when traveling abroad, or intelligently shifting between networks,' according to the company.

Falcon V connects with Liberty Global and Charter on 'open' DAA
News Analysis | 12/2/2021

Fresh funding will help fuel development of an open approach for a distributed access architecture that appears to draw some parallels to the technology connection forged between Comcast and Harmonic.

Picocom throws hat into open RAN silicon ring
News Analysis | 12/2/2021

Noting the unsuitability of x86 processors, the China-backed chips developer launches its small cells product.

Comcast travels M&A path in Massachusetts
News Analysis | 12/2/2021

Comcast is expanding its presence in the state as it inks deals to acquire two municipal service providers: BELD Broadband and Russell Municipal Cable TV.

Apple warns suppliers of fading iPhone 13 signals – report
News Analysis | 12/2/2021

Unnamed sources send ripples through Apple’s supply chain on claims that demand for iPhone 13 models has slowed.

Beyond 400G: Charting adoption for coherent 800G optics
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/2/2021

Heavy Reading survey data suggests that the newest generation of 800G coherent optics will gain broad adoption over the next five years across the metro, long-haul and subsea network segments.

Telecom Italia faces strike amid boardroom disunity
News Analysis | 12/2/2021

SLC-Cgil union says strike at TIM 'could be called within 10 days.'

Senators press Sohn, Davidson on how they'll implement broadband bill
Broadband World News | 12/2/2021

With few legislative days left on the calendar, the US Senate Commerce Committee held a confirmation hearing on Wednesday for President Biden's nominees for NTIA head, Alan Davidson, and FCC Commissioner, Gigi Sohn.

ADRF on 5G, open RAN and indoor wireless networks
News Analysis | 12/2/2021

ADRF has been selling wireless equipment for indoor networks for 20 years. The company's longtime COO sees opportunities and challenges in topics ranging from private wireless to open RAN.

Cheese! Qualcomm's new Snapdragon aims at photos
News Analysis | 12/2/2021

A Qualcomm looking to grow past its dwindling relationship with Apple aims at high-end Android customers with its photo punch in its new chip.

NTT DoCoMo, not Rakuten, may be the open RAN leader
News Analysis | 12/2/2021

Japan's biggest operator says its 10,000 5G basestations use open RAN specifications and is targeting 20,000 by March.

Eurobites: Belgium's Telenet begins 5G rollout
News Analysis | 12/2/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia supplies 400GE kit to Italy's TOP-IX; TIM connects cars in Turin; T-Systems validates vaccination certificates.

5G Open Innovation Lab is solving real-world challenges
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 12/1/2021

Join Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief at Light Reading, and Ana Redondo, Network Strategy Lead at 5GOIL founding member at Amdocs, to hear how 5GOIL is addressing real-world challenges with technology solutions.

Verizon launches pair of pricey streaming soundbars
News Analysis | 12/1/2021

Developed with Bang & Olufsen, Verizon's duo of premium soundbars weave in the company's Stream TV app. The baseline version goes for $399.99, and a nine-speaker 'Pro' edition fetches almost $1,000.

The future of fiber optic innovation: Part III
Guest Perspectives | 12/1/2021

It's clear that bandwidth demand will continue to increase exponentially. Optical transport capacity must scale to meet this demand, while at the same time the cost-per- bit must decrease, and optical transport equipment must become more space- and power-efficient.

Qualcomm, Plume, Nokia, Google, others signal interest in 6GHz management
News Analysis | 12/1/2021

An FCC plan to allow private companies to operate Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) systems in the 6GHz band has drawn interest from a wide array of players.

China Mobile, Huawei's top customer, seeks open RAN diversity
News Analysis | 12/1/2021

A head scientist at the world's biggest operator says open RAN is 'not a matter of if, but when.'

Where's the subscriber floor for US pay-TV?
News Analysis | 12/1/2021

Some 53 million sports- and news-viewing TV households are seen as the 'bedrock floor' of US pay-TV. That still leaves about 30 million pay-TV homes at risk for further erosion, according to a new study.

Why subscription media services don't have to accept churn as a fact of life
Guest Perspectives | 12/1/2021

Four tips for overcoming involuntary churn and improving customer lifetime value.

NEC takes real-time video analytics to the edge
News Analysis | 12/1/2021

Japan's NEC said it's on the cusp of launching 'gradual deep learning-based object detection technology' to aid real-time video analytics.

Frontier quietly looks to expand CBRS fixed wireless biz
News Analysis | 12/1/2021

'In some cases, we use fixed wireless technology to deliver broadband to a small portion of our customer base in rural communities,' the company acknowledged in response to questions.

Eurobites: BT ignores takeover rumors, unveils vision for the future
News Analysis | 12/1/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: World Mobile does a Loon; Proximus in talks over Telesign; Vodafone Portugal fires up 5G.

Telefónica could trim almost 2,000 jobs
News Analysis | 12/1/2021

UGT union said a new voluntary redundancy plan could end up affecting 1,950 people.

Neos Networks hits 550 target of unbundled BT exchanges
News Analysis | 12/1/2021

UK business broadband provider aims to up the number to 700 next year.

Optical transport market bobs and weaves with supply chain challenges
News Analysis | 11/30/2021

The downward trend in optical transport revenue this year is a result of lower sales in China; in the rest of the world, demand for optical equipment is on the rise and continues to exceed supply.

Atlantic Broadband gets ready to throw some elbows
News Analysis | 11/30/2021

The operator plans to splash out $82 million to extend fiber-fueled services into parts of New Hampshire and West Virginia and compete with the likes of Comcast, Frontier and Consolidated Communications.

Amazon, Dish peddle 5G products for the enterprise
News Analysis | 11/30/2021

Amazon kicked off its annual AWS re:Invent trade show with a new AWS Private 5G product. Meanwhile, AWS customer Dish Network touted its own 5G plans.

Musk: SpaceX at 'risk of bankruptcy' if flight frequency, production goals aren't met
News Analysis | 11/30/2021

In a companywide email, Elon Musk reportedly said the production crisis involving the 'Raptor' engines for the heavy-duty Starship rocket could place SpaceX in hot water.

AT&T's networking chief downplays C-band delay in 5G
News Analysis | 11/30/2021

'In the grand scheme of things, I wouldn't be overly concerned about this from an investor perspective,' said AT&T's Jeff McElfresh, the executive in charge of selling 5G and fiber Internet connections.

Cable Next-Gen Business Services returns
Alantown | 11/30/2021

Light Reading's longest-running conference will be fully digital again next week as it tackles the damage wrought to the commercial market by COVID-19 and assesses cable's post-pandemic business prospects.

India advises people not to subscribe to Starlink
News Analysis | 11/30/2021

Government authorities say the company owned by Elon Musk has not acquired the necessary licenses.

Hit the road, Jack: A Twitter retrospective
News Analysis | 11/30/2021

The resignation of Twitter's Jack Dorsey robs tech of an idealistic eccentric, with Parag Agrawal now stuck sorting the platform's monetization woes.

Ho ho ho – telco Xmas list asks Europe to scrap net neutrality
Morris Lore | 11/30/2021

The region's big players have written a hopeful letter asking for mergers to be approved, spectrum to be cheaper and big tech to pay up.

5G fixed wireless: How far can it go?
News Analysis | 11/30/2021

The latest studies continue to insist on the attractiveness of the service despite unimpressive adoption so far.

What cable wants from the edge
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/30/2021

In this third segment of a four-part sponsored series, we look at more key results from a new Heavy Reading study about the cable industry's edge computing driving factors and implementation plans.

Eurobites: Turkey gets 25G PON in time for Christmas
News Analysis | 11/30/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: FiberCop signs up another operator; Vodafone Spain renews with Netcracker; Telefónica Tech goes underwater.

New Ericsson report hikes forecasts for 5G subscribers
News Analysis | 11/30/2021

Even Ericsson has been surprised by the rapid growth in 5G despite the pandemic and component supply problems.

Charter warns that pole access disputes could slow RDOF deployments
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

Charter tells FCC that 'timely and non-discriminatory access' to utility poles is critical for RDOF buildouts. Meanwhile, Charter and an electrical coop don't see eye-to-eye on a pole-related issue that has surfaced in Kentucky.

Why Alan Davidson is a new power player in 5G
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

'Spectrum use has never been more critical for both federal and commercial users,' argued Alan Davidson, President Biden's new pick to head the NTIA.

NAB voices 'serious concerns' about Gigi Sohn's involvement with Locast
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

NAB is troubled by Sohn's involvement as one of three directors of Locast, a streamer of local TV broadcast signals that shut down earlier this year in the wake of a legal battle with ABC, CBS, Fox and NBCU.

Telcos to nearly double fiber footprint by 2027 – report
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

Wall Street firm projects that telcos will pass nearly twice as many homes with fiber lines over the next five years, while the number of telco FTTH subs will more than double to 35 million.

US cable steers (mostly) clear of Black Friday mobile promos
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

Comcast put forth an Xfinity Mobile promotion, 'but the fine print reveals that it is far less aggressive than meets the eye,' says MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett.

UK on Meta-Giphy: Let's call the whole thing off
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

The UK's CMA looks poised to block Meta's $400 million purchase of Giphy. Does this signal the end of Zuckerberg's run buying social media companies?

US years ahead in LEO broadband, but 6G battle looms
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

China appears to be years behind in satellite technology as the US continues to launch new constellations.

Dangerous liaisons for HPE in China
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

The IT company's Chinese joint venture has become one of the latest additions to the notorious Entity List.

Eurobites: Telcos still not happy about being US tech giants' beasts of burden
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom tests hybrid 5G; Telefónica chosen by SMCP for SD-WAN and more; A1 Telekom Austria and the BBC snuggle up.

Ooredoo strikes five-year strategic deal with Nokia
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

Finnish vendor highlights 5G rollout as part of multi-country partnership; Qatari operator emphasizes enhanced customer experiences.

Wrong number! India's Jio denies bidding for the UK's BT
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

The owner of India's largest telco has been linked with a possible takeover of the UK phone incumbent.

Telecom Italia CEO quits as KKR circles
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

Luigi Gubitosi is the latest CEO to throw in the towel at the Italian incumbent. TIM sets up a committee to study the KKR offer.

India panel urges social media crackdown – reports
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

Pressure is mounting on Facebook and Twitter, with local authorities saying they should be held accountable for user content on their platforms.

The US-China tech war is only getting started
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

More Chinese companies have been added to the US trade blacklist as China pushes 'indigenous innovation.'

What's the story? The $22 billion Andromeda spectrum auction
News Analysis | 11/26/2021

On this episode, we talk with Light Reading's Mike Dano about all things spectrum auctions, including the 'Andromeda' auction, which just wrapped up with $22 billion in bids. We also get into broadband mapping and how spectrum could be used to tackle the digital divide.

Salt hails strong Q3 amid fiber network concerns
News Analysis | 11/26/2021

Switzerland-based operator reports strong Q3 revenue growth, but fiber ambitions face a setback after Swisscom ruling.

Ericsson's $6.2B Vonage deal has befuddled investors – no wonder
Morris Lore | 11/26/2021

Vonage's relevance to 5G is questionable and shareholders will be asking if the cash would have been better spent elsewhere.

Eurobites: Private equity rivals consider joint bid for TIM – sources
News Analysis | 11/26/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus helps out with electric vehicle charging; Tele2 connects the electric road; BT moves into new global HQ.

RAN momentum checked by supply chain squeezes – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 11/25/2021

Analyst firm expects 2022 RAN spend to grow only 3% year-on-year, after two years of double-digit increases.

Behind China's huge 5G numbers: Fast rollout and low prices
News Analysis | 11/25/2021

China's 5G rollout remains a story of government-mandated deployment and rock-bottom fees.

Eurobites: Nokia and Yadro combine on basestations in Russia
News Analysis | 11/25/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ETSI secures smartphones; CityFibre shows some 800Gbit/s backbone; Atos and OVHcloud extend partnership in France.

Vodafone sticks a wind turbine on a mobile mast
News Analysis | 11/25/2021

The UK operator is pioneering an innovative solution to the problem of running power to mobile sites in the countryside.

Orange CEO quits after fraud conviction
News Analysis | 11/25/2021

The 'affaire Tapie' has finally forced Orange's Président Directeur Général to step down after 11 years.

Reliance Jio lost 19M users in September
News Analysis | 11/25/2021

The Indian telco giant's customer base is shrinking as rural subscribers and customers treating it as a second SIM quit service.

AT&T, Verizon to temporarily turn down 5G power to address FAA worries
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

'We will ... adopt these precautionary measures to allow for additional time for continued analysis,' the two companies wrote of their plans to reduce the power of their 5G networks.

After missing 4G and 5G, HAPS supporters now target 6G
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

Japan's SoftBank hopes to raise money for 'capital expenditures, research and development, business operations and other areas' in its High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) business.

Fab news with new $17B Texas Samsung chip plant
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

With a new fab to open in late 2024, Samsung takes its total US investment to $47 billion, and pockets generous subsidies after a fierce bidding war.

Streamers bump Black Friday bargains to spur sagging sub growth
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

AMC+, Disney+, Paramount+, Discovery+ and many others push Black Friday discounts to get larger subscriber numbers in the plus column.

Nokia caught in telco schism over open RAN
Morris Lore | 11/24/2021

The Finnish equipment vendor rejects the charge its software works only with its own hardware and finds an ally in BT.

Fraud could drag down Biden's broadband ambitions – report
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

'There are many more EBB-enrolled households that claimed they have a dependent child at certain CEP schools than students who are actually enrolled in those schools,' warned the FCC's inspector general.

Spectrum-sharing task force chair: 'It really doesn't have to be a spectrum fight'
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

As the commercial 5G industry and the US military begin working to share spectrum in the lower 3GHz band, the head of the National Spectrum Coalition task force on the issue remains hopeful.

The future of fiber optic innovation: Part II
Guest Perspectives | 11/24/2021

The next 50 years of optical communications will most likely be dedicated to addressing key fundamental challenges to make the optical expansion more efficient and practical, and to make these predictions even riskier (and more fun).

Eurobites: Orange's Richard found guilty in Tapie case
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor divests Open Universe, FTTH assets; Vivendi has no plans to exit TIM; ADVA recommends Adtran bid to shareholders.

EU acts to tackle might of 'gatekeeper' platforms
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

The Digital Markets Act takes a further step towards the goal of ending 'unfair practices of big online platforms.'

Swiss carriers outpace UK, US on 5G speeds – RootMetrics
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

Swisscom in pole position on speed and availability, according to the latest report.

Comcast may move Hulu content to Peacock
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

Comcast's NBCUniversal unit is reportedly weighing whether to pull much of its content from Hulu and make it exclusive to Peacock to boost that streaming service.

Dish Network officially teams up with Rakuten
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

Dish Network said it will use Rakuten Symphony's observability framework to collect telemetry data from its network functions in order to support the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Doom for Zoom boom, as CEO looks to enterprises
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

Zoom beat expectations but still saw its slowest growth since 2018.

Xiaomi profits collapse as fortunes reverse
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

The Chinese smartphone maker faces a components crunch, domestic competition and souring technology investments.

IBC cancels December show in Amsterdam
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

IBC 2021, a big annual media tech event usually held in Amsterdam in September, becomes the latest trade show to succumb to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wireless industry report says 5G FWA could connect 43% of rural US
Broadband World News | 11/23/2021

A new industry report from Accenture, commissioned by CTIA, the wireless industry association, makes the case for serving the rural US with fixed wireless, noting that with billions available for broadband, it's 'key to acknowledge that 5G FWA is a future-proof technology.'

Charter's Spectrum Enterprise goes on the offensive
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

Enterprise services unit of Charter boots up new brand identity and a campaign focused on fulfilling 'unreasonable' requests of large businesses and stealing away share from incumbent service providers.

Telefónica turns to Wipro for 5GC automation in Germany, Brazil
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

If all goes to plan, Spanish group will then roll out Indian tech firm's CI/CD/CT solution to Spain and the UK.

Rare earths shortage roiling supply chain
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

Soaring rare earth prices are disrupting the global supply chain and another source of geopolitical tension between China and the US.

How and why T-Mobile sidestepped mmWave 5G
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

Only about half of the phones T-Mobile sells support mmWave 5G, according to Counterpoint Technology Market Research. As a result, T-Mobile counts 3.5 million non-mmWave 5G customers.

Eurobites: Telefónica does some blue-skies thinking on broadband
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Kcom uses ADVA's optical transport; Enea lands private network gig in Taiwan; Brits love drones, says BT research.

Germany reckons open RAN is risky business
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

One of Germany's government agencies has released a report arguing that open RAN is far less secure than traditional network infrastructure.

Orange Belgium starts talks on VOO, enfin
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

The Belgian operator has been interested in buying the Nethys-owned cableco since at least 2018.

Fixed wireless, LEO satellite broadband best suited for unserved and underserved areas – study
Broadband World News | 11/22/2021

Performance data from Comlinkdata/Tutela indicate that T-Mobile Home Broadband and Starlink are as good as VDSL, stomp on DSL, but generally fall short of terrestrial HFC and fiber services.

Ericsson shells out $6.2B for Vonage
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

CEO Börje Ekholm optimistic about creating a new and lucrative 5G API market in the enterprise space through its biggest ever acquisition.

AST SpaceMobile warns of possible launch delays
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

AST SpaceMobile had hoped to launch another satellite on a SpaceX rocket sometime early next year. But the company warned it might need 'additional time for ... testing and final launch preparation.'

Verizon to gain around 20M new mobile customers any day now
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

Reuters reported that the FCC's four commissioners will approve Verizon's purchase of América Móvil's TracFone shortly. The prepaid provider counts a total of around 20 million customers.

EU slaps anti-dumping tariffs on China optical cable firms
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

The European Commission has finally made a judgement against Chinese vendors for anti-competitive behavior.

India's Airtel hikes prepaid tariffs by 25%
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

In a widely anticipated move, India's second-largest service provider, Bharti Airtel, has announced it is raising prepaid tariffs for all plans by 20-25%.

Telecom Italia faces $12.2B privatization bid from KKR
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

Shareholder Vivendi is said to oppose the offer, rating it too low.

Eurobites: Telenor explores Thai merger
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Intracom tests PtMP with 5G service providers; Telia's 5G drives timber project; WhatsApp tweaks privacy policy.

Ericsson, Nokia line up new CTOs in North America
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

Michael Murphy in August moved over to Nokia's fierce rival, Ericsson, and is now that vendor's North American CTO. Murphy is being replaced by David Eckard, VP of strategy and technology for North America at Nokia.

John Malone sizes up the threat to cable posed by fiber overbuilders
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

'The biggest threat has always been the stupid guy with a lot of money coming into your business,' the cable industry legend tells CNBC's David Faber. The big question is what kind of return investors are willing to accept, Malone says.

Hulu to raise live TV pricing as it bundles in Disney+ and ESPN+
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

Move aims to soften the blow of a $5 price to the Hulu + Live TV service, but will likewise enable Disney to give its full slate of premium streaming services a jolt.

Driving Change With 400G Coherent Pluggable Optics
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/19/2021

Heavy Reading survey data suggests that coherent pluggable optics are relevant in a wide range of use cases and will create a healthy and competitive ecosystem for a new era in transport networking.

Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile stay the course with holiday promotions
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

Although there are a few new elements in play, including possible smartphone shortages and a competitive discount from Dish, Black Friday looks relatively calm this year on the wireless front.

Cable One plots path to DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

As part of a broader focus on '10G,' the cable operator said it is upgrading its return path to enable symmetrical multi-gigabit speeds and an overall plant upgrade to 1.8GHz.

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