This week in broadband builds: AT&T live in rural Indiana; Treasury awards $435 million to three states; FastBridge, Metronet, Magellan break ground; Alabama co-ops get millions for middle mile; more GREAT grants for Spectrum.
X.LA's Alex Barkaloff explains why 5G will pair well with the metaverse.
Norwegian telco sets up a new fiber company and plans to sell 30% to a KKR-led consortium, but intends to remain in control of its business and assets.
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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ofcom updates on UK fiber rollout, hybrid working; Deutsche Telekom takes lead on airborne 6G project; Orange lands SD-WAN gig.
The telecom equipment giant will reportedly become the major customer of a new Shenzhen semiconductor fab - but key questions remain unanswered.
Following a similar Fios program, the new 'Verizon Forward' initiative brings free 5G Home and LTE-based Internet services to households that qualify for the FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program.
Cory Davis, AVP for Verizon Frontline, returns to the podcast with an update on how the service provider is coordinating with emergency services and local municipalities to provide network access and other emergency resources in the wake of the hurricane.
Altitude Sports, a regional sports net that still lacks deals with Comcast and Dish Network, has secured a multiyear deal to be offered on FuboTV, a sports-focused pay-TV streaming service.
'Sparklight has not satisfied its burden of proof to establish that it provides reliable service to the applied-for areas,' said Veneeth Iyengar, executive director of Louisiana's broadband office.
Vodafone Group has already embarked on efforts to strengthen its operations in the UK and Portugal. Reports suggest it is also exploring a sale of its Spanish fixed network.
In April COMSovereign boasted that it was 'the US-based end-to-end 4G LTE & 5G+ telecom solution provider.' By June the company's Dallas headquarters 'were vacated and the lease was abandoned.'
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Etisalat UAE turns to ADVA for uCPE; UK elected to ITU governing council; Nokia gets SaaSy.
This week: LiveOak Fiber's Steve Smith joins the show to discuss the company's plans to build out fiber to 80,000 homes and businesses on the Emerald Coast of Florida and the Golden Isles of Georgia.
Hard to market, potentially hard to guarantee and in possible contravention of rules on net neutrality, network slicing is not looking like the best thing since, well, you know what.
Meanwhile NTT Docomo launches new metaverse company with plans to invest US$416 million.
Netflix ad revenues will represent a small slice of the overall pie in the coming years, with most growth from the ad-supported option coming from existing subs 'spinning down,' according to MoffettNathanson.
Light Reading is still narrowing down its shortlist of finalists for the 2022 Leading Lights awards.
In this private 5G demo, Umajin and NTT show how the technology can monitor worker safety in areas such as mines and ports.
NTIA said it received over 235 applications worth $5.5 billion for the $1 billion middle mile fund and will issue grants 'no earlier' than March 2023.
AT&T and T-Mobile have already shuttered their 3G networks. Now Verizon is scheduled to do so by end of year. That will undoubtedly add to the operator's mounting problems.
India's top two service providers finally launched 5G services in a few cities with the promise to extend coverage over the next few months.
As T-Mobile targets the public-safety market, the company is urging the FCC to require FirstNet to disclose details about its ongoing relationship with AT&T.
The Tesla billionaire is back at Twitter's door with his bag of dosh, saying he needs the social media company to build the all-powerful super-app of the future.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU approves common charger law; Ericsson on connectivity's role in future energy markets; Orange reduces its energy bills.
Telco argues its case for retaining extra midband frequencies acquired in the Taiwan Star deal.
Boingo's CEO said his company's new Las Vegas tech innovation lab will open later this year.
Verizon and Charter said they hope to 'streamline voluntary coordination' among operators that use time-division duplexing systems 'to reduce risks of harmful interference and accelerate the deployment of 5G service.'
US Ignite's Mari Silbey explains that testing for vendor interoperability for open RAN is a must to move the technology into broader markets.
California's governor vetoed a bill that would have helped wireless providers get broadband grants. But WISPA is seeking clarification on funding rules for FWA.
Mavenir scored $155 million from an existing, unnamed investor. 'For a company like us to succeed, we need to offer an end-to-end package,' explained CEO Pardeep Kohli.
Liliia Malon highlights the country's most pressing equipment needs and encourages donors to take advantage of a new Digital Tech Hub, which makes logistics easier.
Pollen Mobile, Helium and Xnet are some of the companies hoping to upend the traditional mechanics behind wireless networks. And they're helping to bring some fresh blood into an increasingly staid industry.
Vodafone's planned acquisition of Nowo will not dramatically change its market position initially, but questions over 5G licenses and new market entrants remain.
'I think we're finding some good traction here,' said Celona CEO and founder Rajeev Shah of the private wireless space. 'The demand for this is extraordinary.'
MWC Las Vegas speakers endorsed using next-gen repeaters to fill out mmWave coverage instead of throwing more cell sites at the problem.
ACE Power will offer the Fiber Broadband Association's OpTIC Path course later this year to train new and existing employees for a fiber expansion project.
The Indian systems integrator has spied an opportunity to be the master Lego builder for the telcos of the future.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Europe struggles in Fiber Development Index; unlicensed operators help Russian military in war-torn Ukraine; STC sets up new infrastructure assets company.
Paul Davis, the CEO of Adeia, the intellectual property and licensing company spun out of Xperi, says patent portfolio and market expansion are near-term priorities, and litigation is a 'last resort.'
Apple will spend roughly $1 billion over the next seven years for a license to InterDigital's patents. What that new deal means for Ericsson and Nokia remains to be seen.
In a doozy of a spat involving ESPN and ABC, Dish claims Disney is demanding a $1 billion boost in carriage fees. Disney contends Dish declined a 'fair, market-based' renewal offer.
Allowing the UK to lose a mobile competitor would stoke the usual concerns about market power and rising prices - and the timing is hardly auspicious.
The Seattle-based software giant has been busy acquiring expertise, not learning at customers' expense, says the CTO of its telecom business.
According to Christian Kurasek, co-founder and CFO of Pollen Mobile, the decentralized wireless (DeWi) marketplace is rapidly maturing. 'There's a huge opportunity to offer something different,' he said.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT scans its own digital brain; United Internet shrinks capex guidance following antennas debacle; Italy keeps a closer eye on its cables.
NTIA proposed a limited waiver on 'Build America, Buy America' rules for middle mile broadband grants. Comments on the proposal are due October 3.
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In its push for self-reliance, the Indian government is asking device makers to produce NavIC, a home-grown Indian navigation system, compatible devices.
Overwhelming vote rejects Russian plan to remake ITU.
Google Fiber is pursuing a license agreement to build a fiber network in Omaha that, if successful, will set up a fight with incumbents Cox and Lumen.
Airtel's edge computing platform is supported by IBM Cloud Satellite and Red Hat's OpenShift platform to bring secure, open cloud services to enterprise customers.
Tareq Amin, CEO of Rakuten Mobile and Rakuten Symphony, discusses how he got Symware from being a reference architecture to a shipping product, with plans to deploy 30,000 units in Rakuten Mobile's network in Japan.
Light Reading editors Kelsey Ziser, Mike Dano and Phil Harvey sign off from MWC with a ten-minute informal recap of the work week ended September 30.
More than a quarter of German households can now access fiber, but work lies ahead to meet the target of full gigabit coverage by 2030.
Mike Murphy is North American CTO for Ericsson, a top 5G vendor. He has a team figuring out the intersection of telecom and hyperscale cloud providers.
Matanuska Telecom Association recently launched a new leg of its terrestrial fiber network connecting Alaska and Chicago. Execs said it was necessary to 'avoid the Pacific Northwest.'
SpaceX and Globalstar are among the companies playing in the market for phone-to-satellite communications. But Brian Pemberton argues that Omnispace is the one to watch.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Teesdale gets the gigabit; Vodafone brings 4G to the Tube; Swisscom switches the lights off.
After the disaster that was Revenue Manager, the Swedish vendor has rethought its approach and its portfolio amid a broader restructuring.
With new state-backed investors China Telecom's Tianyi Cloud unit seeks a spinoff or IPO.
Google will issue refunds on Stadia hardware and games but stressed it's 'deeply committed to gaming.' That promise connects with a new product called Immersive Stream for Games that counts AT&T as a customer.
AWS wants telecom operators of all shapes and sizes to put their operations into its cloud, and Ishwar Parulkar, the company's chief technologist for telecom, said it is making progress.
Verizon's share of MWC Vegas' opening keynote focused on home broadband and entertainment experiences instead of mobile services.
Starry 'delivers a good product and generates good unit economics,' but investors will stay on sidelines until the FWA specialist resolves its long-term financing issues, MoffettNathanson says.
At DTW, executives from CSPs old and new provided insights into the challenges and opportunities of turning digital.
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At the MWC Vegas trade show, 5G executives cheered the success of fixed wireless access (FWA) services. But they're also looking for the next big use case for 5G technology.
This week: FirstLight Fiber's Maura Mahoney, chief marketing officer, and Patrick Coughlin, chief development officer, talk about tackling the digital divide through fiber 'onramps and off ramps,' their work with local nonprofits and institutions and more.
This marks Ericsson's first entry into the US IoT market.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Europe braces for mobile network blackouts; Scott Petty made CTO at Vodafone; Proximus trumpets fiber expansion.
The deeper an operator goes into a public cloud, the harder it may be to get out of it.
T-Mobile for Business SVP Mishka Dehghan intros the carrier's move to package 5G solutions for businesses.
Vodafone Idea's massive debt may result in a delayed 5G launch as it struggles to clear dues and close vendor deals.
The Oklahoma operator bought $32 million worth of Huawei's 4G equipment because it was far cheaper than similar gear from Nokia and Ericsson. Now, it's buying Ericsson's 5G-ready equipment.
NTT says it's deploying the largest open, municipal network CBRS deployment in the US, in partnership with the City of Las Vegas.
From Verizon to Comcast to Dish Network, Samsung is involved in a variety of high-profile 5G network buildouts. And that's just part of Derek Johnston's story.
As traditional pay-TV declined another 9.7% in the second quarter, the linear video model 'is hanging by a thread,' warns MoffettNathanson in its latest 'Cord-Cutting Monitor' report.
The three telcos are the first in the world to gain 'Running on ODA' status, but more are needed to keep momentum going.
Appointed to the top job at Orange Business Services this year, the former soccer professional aims to score big in cloud, data and cybersecurity.
Qualcomm expects to see commercial open RAN products running its silicon in the market by the second half of next year. That's important, according to analysts, as it indicates the company remains on track.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT opens new lab, hires customer experience boffins; Vodafone sets up software apprenticeships; T-Systems wants a slice of the EV charging action.
Vodafone subsidiary Vantage Towers turns out to be responsible for site-installation delays at Germany's newest mobile network.
Raw broadband speed is still important in the multi-gig era, but messaging from cable industry execs at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo zeroed in on network reliability and meeting elevated customer expectations.
Touting a 20-Gig test and 'journey' toward a symmetrical 100-Gig future, Google Fiber plans to 'dramatically expand our multi-gigabit tiers' in the coming months, says unit CEO Dinni Jain.
According to a new report, Ericsson's recent legal wins at the United States International Trade Commission could strengthen its position against Apple in the company's patent battle.
Mike Dano explains how Helium Mobile's MVNO will work and which new and noteworthy elements Helium Mobile will bring into the US wireless industry.
Midco and GCI are among the operators that will push the limits with DOCSIS 3.1 before considering a bigger leap to DOCSIS 4.0.
The smartphone chipset giant sets its sights on the automotive market, touting support by a wide range of car manufacturers for its Snapdragon Digital Chassis.
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Federated Wireless said it is now officially packaging its Private Wireless-as-a-Service offering. It will showcase the service in its new headquarters neighborhood, the massive National Landing redevelopment by real estate giant JBG Smith.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sky launches new streaming option; Proximus goes a-slicing in Belgium; Nokia, Du combine on carrier aggregation.
The Iranian government is restricting Internet and mobile access in response to nationwide protests. Whether Starlink can help is unclear.
As the telecom industry's reliance on the public cloud continues to grow, so does the risk of being tied to one provider.
Launch of Charter's pay-TV app on Comcast's initial family of smart TVs comes as both operators to rev up plans for a national streaming joint venture.
Springing from a Christian-based broadcast television network, Trilogy 5G hopes to build a private wireless networking business at the intersection of 5G and ATSC 3.0 technology.
NextWave first gained widespread notoriety in the 1990s by bidding heavily in the FCC's PCS spectrum auction. Now it's back with a 2.5GHz private wireless network covering New York City.
Mark Trudeau, the founder and CEO of OpenVault, said speed tier upgrades among customers on the FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program is what likely drove usage in that group higher than the average in Q2 2022.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: European telcos bang on about Big Tech, again; CityFibre likes UK government's Growth Plan; Ericsson clarifies Russia business.
India proposes sweeping changes, including bringing OTTs under licensing and limiting the regulator's power, through the draft Telecom Bill 2022.