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After R&D slog, Nokia's software biz is targeting juicier profits
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

The standalone software business of the Finnish vendor was a high-flyer in the first quarter. Despite coronavirus, it is confident of earnings growth this year.

How Attabotics and Microsoft use private LTE to monitor robots
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

A Canadian startup that thinks it can someday do supply chain logistics better than Amazon has partnered with Microsoft for a private LTE network with edge compute for IoT applications.

VMware keeps its vim
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

Pandemic hardly lays a glove on Q1.

Will Broadcom step up for DOCSIS 4.0?
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

Industry sources say Broadcom has halted investment in next-gen DOCSIS technology until it gets financial support from cable operators, including help footing the bill on product development.

WiCipedia: A post-pandemic restructuring opportunity for WiT
WiCipedia | 5/29/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: A free coding bootcamp for African American women in the UK; Google's diversity initiative conundrum; a 'new normal' for women in tech; and more.

O-RAN meets GSMA: The start of a beautiful friendship?
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

The disruptive wild child of the networks sector meets the established order represented by the GSMA as the two groups announce a partnership.

Eurobites: Virgin Media set to vanish from UK high street
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TalkTalk Business makes changes at the top; COVID-19 brings a new CEO to Beyond.pl; more data consumption doesn't spell environmental disaster, finds GSMA.

O2-Three UK merger probably should have been allowed
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

EU court ruling to annul EC decision to block O2-Three UK merger comes a little late for Hutchison, but could have implications for future mergers.

AT&T on track to cover 1.1M rural locations with fixed wireless LTE this year
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

AT&T is meeting its CAF-II obligations with LTE fixed wireless technology. Further, AT&T's Igal Elbaz said a broader fixed wireless buildout is 'on the roadmap.' But he wouldn't provide details.

DoD gives $2.7M to fund a 5G spectrum-sharing initiative in Salt Lake City
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

Zylinium Research will develop an AI-based spectrum sharing system alongside the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Project in Salt Lake City.

Emerging Verizon-Walmart 5G deal covers edge computing too
DanoVision | 5/28/2020

Growing evidence points to a major new agreement between Verizon and Walmart that involves the retailer using Verizon's 5G and edge computing services for a variety of retail offerings.

Shaw joins the gigabit club
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

Canadian operator has launched 'Fibre+ Gig,' a DOCSIS 3.1-powered residential broadband product that has ties to Shaw's syndication deal with Comcast.

Google explores 5% stake in Vodafone Idea – report
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

The search engine company could be the latest tech giant to enter the Indian telecom sector.

China could be leaning toward 5G in mmWave spectrum
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

There are growing indications that Chinese mobile network operators are looking to expand their 5G offerings into mmWave spectrum, a development that could supercharge the mmWave 5G industry.

Ob-la-di, OIBDA, life goes on for MegaFon
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

Russia's second-largest mobile operator claims greater operational efficiency helped it weather the COVID-19 storm during Q1.

The death of Huawei won't stop the rise of China
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

The latest US sanctions have brought China's biggest equipment maker to its knees. Even if it collapses, China will be hard to impede.

Singtel underlying profit down 13% as virus, competition bite
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

The group posted income of S$1.08 billion (US$760 million) on 5% lower revenue of S$16.54 billion ($11.66 billion).

Eurobites: Nokia makes industry vet Baldauf its new chair
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor has a Hub; Sparkle extends its reach in Brazil; French COVID-19 app gets the green light.

Swiss Salt improves earnings in Q1 2020
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

Iliad-owned operator in bullish mood following a positive performance in the first quarter of 2020.

Vodafone Idea continues its Indian journey, for now
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

Despite its warnings about a departure from the Indian market, Vodafone Idea looks set to remain in the country.

Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente considering private wireless LTE network
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

Kaiser Permanente wants to trial a private wireless LTE network working in 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum for patient monitoring and critical communications.

Cable-Tec Expo 2020 in Denver is a no-go
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

SCTE/ISBE is considering alternative arrangements after receiving notification that the designation of the Colorado Convention Center as a temporary medical facility has been extended through the rest of the year.

Huawei's CFO doesn't get her way in Canadian court
The Philter | 5/27/2020

Canada's Supreme Court will allow its government to proceed with extradition hearings against Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who is accused by US authorities of fraud and sanctions violations.

HBO Max lands Comcast deal on launch day
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

Existing Comcast HBO subs can get HBO Max for no added cost via the HBO Max app and website. Plans are underway to bring the HBO Max app to Comcast X1 and Flex boxes.

US cable accelerates broadband gains in Q1
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

And new proprietary data from Comlinkdata shows how much runway some individual US cable ops still have against DSL and FTTN broadband competition and the exposure they face from FTTP.

T-Mobile reportedly close to hiring a new CFO
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

The employment contract for T-Mobile's longtime CFO Braxton Carter ends in July. According to a new report, CEO Mike Sievert is close to hiring a replacement.

America's big midband spectrum auction for 5G clears another obstacle
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

SES and Intelsat have agreed to the FCC's C-Band plans, a development that brings critical midband spectrum for 5G one step closer to US wireless network operators.

Airtel promoters sell 2.75% stake worth $1B to clear debt
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

The Indian operator has improved its balance sheet position with the sale of a stake in its business.

Russia's MTS looks to digital upside in pandemic
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

The Russian service provider has lowered guidance for the fiscal year but hopes the coronavirus pandemic could spur the transition to digital services.

5G wacky races
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

Different spectrum vehicles partly explain why 5G operators are traveling at varying speeds (but there's more to 5G race-performance than a nifty acceleration pedal).

South Korean telcos make a play for another pay-TV asset
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

All three South Korean telcos – SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus – are making a play for HCN, a unit of Hyundai Department Store.

Packet staffing up network edge as part of Equinix
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

Bare metal automation specialist Packet, now part of Equinix, says software talent will add value to the network edge.

Ericsson is not following Nokia into the unChinese Open RAN Policy Coalition
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

The Swedish equipment maker remains on the outside of a group promoting a technology that forms part of the US attack on China's Huawei.

Eurobites: KKR plows $1B into European data center venture
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ekinops lands 10G deal; ARM launches new chip to boost Android processing power; COVID-19 strikes Nokia plant in Tamil Nadu.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G race, semiconductors and Joe Rogan
LRTV Documentaries | 5/27/2020

This week the newly Spotifyed podders ponder the politics of 5G and 6G, among other hot topics.

UK's EE sees 45% rise in chat app traffic amid COVID-19 lockdown
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

BT-owned mobile operator tracks changing usage habits of communications services during the UK lockdown.

GTT CEO Calder sets his exit
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

The exec wraps up a 13-year stint at a surging upstart carrier that very rarely sat still.

Big advertisers want to defer payments, tweak deals with Quibi – report
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Quibi's initial numbers are not hitting the mark for some major advertisers that reportedly are seeking to change their terms with the mobile-focused, short-form premium video service.

Things get tense between Dish and T-Mobile
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Dish Network said it loaned T-Mobile 600MHz spectrum to increase network capacity during the COVID-19 crisis. Instead, Dish claims T-Mobile used the spectrum to attempt to gain more customers.

Broadcasters place 'NextGen TV' bet in Las Vegas
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Sinclair, Nexstar and Scripps have lit up ATSC 3.0 signals for four stations, creating the foundation for a wave of new apps and services that could include 4K video, targeted ads, VoD and immersive audio.

Operators hope for a VR catalyst to 5G
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Verizon, China Mobile and Deutsche Telekom are among the 5G operators rallying around a new batch of virtual and augmented reality devices that could eventually boost their service revenues.

Nokia plays catch-up in 400G Ethernet gear
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Nokia is touting new 400G products following its acquisition of Elenion Technologies, but some argue competitors including Infinera, Ciena, Cisco and Juniper Networks beat it to the party.

Cable broadband access equipment market will rebound, eventually
Column | 5/26/2020

But, thanks partly to the current COVID-19 hit, the market won't approach its previous heights until at least the middle of the decade when next-gen access technologies finally kick in.

SmarTone joins Hong Kong's 5G party, promising full coverage in a year
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

SmarTone has unveiled its 5G service in Hong Kong, eight weeks behind competitors, claiming to offer the 'widest' indoor and outdoor coverage.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia cozies up to Google via Noovle acquisition
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 5G fanfare in the Nordics; Orange Money adds channels; AWS gives its blessing to Telefónica's cybersecurity arm.

Telia, Tele2 and Three trumpet Swedish 5G launches
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Three of Sweden's four mobile network operators vie for market leadership as they signal commercial 5G networks launches.

Podcast: Colt CEO Keri Gilder on new opportunities and global expansion
CxO Spotlight | 5/26/2020

After 18 months as its chief commercial officer, Keri Gilder has taken the top job at Colt Technology Services and, in this podcast, she speaks with Light Reading's Phil Harvey about how Colt's network is different and how she'll tackle leading a carrier during a pandemic.

Huawei moves to guarantee chip supply
News Analysis | 5/25/2020

China's biggest maker of network equipment and smartphones is seeking new chip suppliers as the latest US sanctions loom.

Huawei befuddled by reports of total 5G ban in UK
News Analysis | 5/23/2020

The Chinese equipment vendor faces a complete exclusion from the UK's 5G market, according to mainstream press reports.

AT&T faces more pressure to jettison DirecTV – report
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

Bankers reportedly are set to put the heat on AT&T to spin out its struggling DirecTV unit as AT&T company grapples with a big debt load and critical 5G commitments.

SeaChange's video biz takes hit as COVID-19-caused delays mount
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

Says the video delivery sector has been 'meaningfully impacted' by the pandemic, slowing deployment decisions on the vendor's new Framework platform for cloud and on-prem services.

Netflix gives its subscriber list a good scrub
The Bauminator | 5/22/2020

In a display of goodwill and confidence in its underlying business, Netflix has begun to auto-cancel subscriptions that have been inactive for a year, estimating that it pertains to a small sliver of its base.

Cable travels tech-agnostic road to smart cities
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

There's no silver bullet solution for smart cities projects, so cable ops are utilizing a variety of technologies, including LoRaWAN, cellular, Wi-Fi and narrowband-IoT, to support those efforts.

Vodafone taps beer chief for chairman role
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

Heineken CEO Jean-Francois Van Boxmeer to replace Gerard Kleisterlee in November 2020.

Mixed Q1 messages from Axiata
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

Things are going well in Sri Lanka and Indonesia, but not so good in Malaysia and Nepal.

Eurobites: Vodacom South Africa 'decouples' from parent company
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Northern Ireland turns away from the UK's COVID-19 app; 5G fails to capture the imagination; Openreach tweaks product terms as office lock-out continues.

HPE to make bigger 'aaS' of itself with $800M cost-cutting plan
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

The IT giant looks set to announce thousands of layoffs and speed up its services transition after a disappointing set of results.

WiCipedia: Women in tech roles hit hard by pandemic
WiCipedia | 5/22/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: The N95 mask's origin story; women in tech concerned about job loss; Intel announces new diversity goals; and more.

China's 5G subs may be overstated by 40%
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

The huge gap between subscriber totals and number of devices sold shows that, for all the hype, China's 5G is still a game of giveaways.

Top ten takeaways from the tower industry's terrific teleconference
DanoVision | 5/21/2020

Also, it happened on a Tuesday (which would reinforce the alliteration in the headline) but I decided that thing was totally tiring.

Podcast: 5G Americas President Chris Pearson on momentum for standalone 5G
Kelsey's Grammar | 5/21/2020

Pearson shares his forecast for when standalone 5G will emerge and the potential barriers to commercial deployment.

India postpones 5G spectrum sale to 2021
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

India will auction spectrum later this year, but it is not including 5G airwaves in the sale.

Masa Son (of God) and the valley of coronavirus
Morris Lore | 5/21/2020

He's misunderstood like Jesus was, and he needs all the help from heavenly forces he can get.

T-Mobile offers free service to first responders, but rivals shouldn't fret just yet
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

T-Mobile's 'Connecting Heroes' offers free service to all US public and nonprofit state and local fire, police and EMS departments. But there are plenty of caveats.

Comcast: We're 'fully committed' to Full Duplex DOCSIS
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

Comcast's affirmation of that commitment comes amid chatter that the cable op has reassessed its near-term engineering priorities during the pandemic. Still, that decision could impact suppliers involved in the project.

China Mobile, CBN strike long-awaited network-sharing deal
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

New partnership with China Broadcasting Network Corporation (CBN) for joint 5G build gives China Mobile access to valuable 700MHz band.

Openreach's fiber splurge is a boon for non-Chinese vendors
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

Nokia and Adtran look set to profit as the UK incumbent ups rollout targets and works to limit its reliance on Huawei.

Samsung raves about fab six
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

South Korean behemoth starts work on sixth domestic foundry to bolster chip-manufacturing capacity using advanced sub-5nm process technology.

Altice Europe maintains 2020 outlook despite 'challenging backdrop'
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

Telecoms group reports 3.6% revenue growth in the first quarter of 2020, with a slight rise in EBITDA.

Eurobites: Euskatel goes nationwide under Virgin brand
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: top BT execs do the decent thing; TIM, Google collaborate on cloud services; Colt appoints new CEO.

US prepares for a 6G fight
DanoVision | 5/21/2020

One of the premier US telecom standards organizations is now pushing for a new public-private partnership to ensure the US 'will be at the forefront of 6G development and deployment.'

Airtel's latest results are a pleasant surprise
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

The Indian operator has been under pressure ever since archrival Jio entered the market, but its latest figures are cause for some optimism.

T-Mobile's 5G reaches 1 Gbit/s, and that's just the beginning
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

T-Mobile said it scored a 1Gbit/s speed test on its 5G network in New York City – and that transmission didn't even use two of the three 'layers' in T-Mobile's promised 5G 'layer cake.'

AT&T to halt '5G Evolution' advertising, but the icon will remain
DanoVision | 5/20/2020

AT&T said it will comply with the National Advertising Review Board and will discontinue its '5G Evolution' adverting. But its '5GE' icon will stay.

HBO Max adds distribution partners as launch nears
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

Altice USA, Cox, NCTC and Verizon are among the latest to agree to offer the new supersized SVoD service, but Comcast and Dish are still absent from that list.

China's 6G grandstanding will ruffle US feathers
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

As ZTE parades its 6G colors, Huawei's defense of global standards may serve only to hasten their demise.

FCC vote positions ATSC 3.0 as a new broadband pipe
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

Commissioner Brendan Carr says proposal to remove the 'overhang of legacy media regulations' sets stage for 'Broadcast Internet' services that ride on ATSC 3.0 to deliver 25 Mbit/s data streams.

Tele Columbus navigates through COVID-19
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

German cable operator boasts 'solid' Q1. Confirms full-year guidance.

Digicel is on life support in its Caribbean hideout
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

Owned by Irish billionaire Denis O'Brien, the Caribbean operator is asking bondholders to write off money they are owed.

All roads lead to Rome DOCSIS 4.0
Column | 5/20/2020

Those roads will be strewn with signal power challenges as spectrum is raised to 1.8GHz, but DOCSIS 4.0 provides a prime opportunity to rethink the design of HFC networks and introduce a new Distributed Gain Architecture.

Eurobites: Liberty's electric vehicle plans get UK blessing
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia boasts 5G world record; Etisalat loses CEO; Altice pays off debts; Angola awards fourth license.

Ireland's eir maintains network investment momentum after 'solid' Q3
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

Irish operator reports 1% dip in Q3 revenue but EBITDA rises by 5% in the same period.

FCC on 1 Gbit/s in rural areas using 5G: Good luck with that
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

The FCC reversed course and now will allow fixed wireless providers, including those using 5G, to get government money for 1Gbit/s services. But the agency clearly has doubts that's possible.

Australian cities, states start rolling out fiber alternatives to NBN
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

With Australia making a poor showing in global broadband rankings, state and regional governments are beginning to deploy their own fiber networks as alternatives to the underwhelming NBN.

Apple nabs NextVR as details about AR glasses leak out
The Bauminator | 5/19/2020

Apple's deal for NextVR, a company that produces live and on-demand VR content, emerges amid a report that the company is nearing the introduction of augmented reality specs under the Apple Glass brand.

Ligado promises to move forward on 5G despite Pentagon opposition
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

Ligado promises to 'create a new kind of network,' but the company still faces political and vocal opposition from the likes of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and 'Miracle on the Hudson' pilot 'Sully' Sullenberger.

Aryaka's Ginsburg on COVID-19's impact on enterprise traffic
Slide Shows | 5/19/2020

Aryaka's David Ginsburg examined several of the operator's enterprise customers' network traffic patterns and identified a few surprising trends.

UPS hints at drone ambitions
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

UPS has been testing drone operations, but the company's appearance at the Wireless Infrastructure Association's Connect (X) trade show could indicate the company's interest in 4G and 5G connections.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: BT, Rakuten and spectrum auctions
LRTV Documentaries | 5/19/2020

Download the audio on Soundcloud here and subscribe on all podcast platforms!

Telecom Italia crumbles like a Roman ruin
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

Shares in Italy's biggest phone company have tumbled after another round of customer losses and more divestment activity.

Podcast: US moves to block chips, 5G tech from Huawei
The Philter | 5/19/2020

Light Reading's Iain Morris and Phil Harvey discuss this latest move in the US vs. Huawei, and Morris reports on Huawei's initial reaction, what we should expect next and how this could ricochet and affect Apple and others.

Huawei struggles with guidance after latest US ban
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

Huawei offered an incomplete Q1 picture and declined to give revenue guidance as it reels from the COVID-19 crisis and new US restrictions.

Security report warns of increased dangers with workers at home
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

Verizon's latest Data Breach Investigations Report sheds light on lockdown dangers and debunks data-breach myths.

Here's why T-Mobile is avoiding the open RAN policy debate
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

Although both AT&T and Verizon are part of the Open RAN Policy Coalition, T-Mobile is not. That's noteworthy considering T-Mobile is embarking on a major new 5G network buildout effort.

Eurobites: Openreach sale talks baseless, says Jefferies
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange gets into AI; Telia sells TV rights; Iliad seeks damages from Telecom Italia.

Sunrise and Salt team for $3.1B Swiss fiber push
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

The two Swiss operators plan to build a fiber-to-the-home network covering up to 1.5M households over the next five to seven years.

Putting the squeeze on 8K
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

Content in the 8K format remains sparse, but industry leaders in the video tech arena are sizing up new AI-assisted encoding techniques to deliver 8K in a bandwidth-efficient manner.

Michigan university wants $15M to scrap new Huawei LTE network
News Analysis | 5/18/2020

Demand for Northern Michigan University's LTE network, which currently serves 15,000 families and students, has skyrocketed during the pandemic. Is the network, built with Huawei equipment, a real security threat?

Podcast: Decoding Microsoft's M&A moves
The Philter | 5/18/2020

Light Reading's Mike Dano says that Microsoft's recent acquisitions of Affirmed Networks and Metaswitch signal that the company has bigger plans than just finding more stuff to sell to telcos.

Verizon outlines 'phase 3' of its COVID-19 response
News Analysis | 5/18/2020

Fully 115,000 of Verizon's employees worked from home during nationwide quarantine orders. Now, the operator is charting a course for some – but not all – of those employees to return to the office.

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