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With assist from Comcast, OpenSync platform connects with RDK
News Analysis | 3/29/2023

OpenSync, an open-source framework for managed Wi-Fi, is now a component of the Reference Design Kit for broadband gateways and Wi-Fi access points and extenders.

Disney mucks metaverse unit as part of larger layoff – report
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

Disney's metaverse unit, which had about 50 employees, was among the casualties in a larger wave of layoffs at the media giant, according to The Wall Street Journal.

NaaS startup Graphiant grabs $62M in funding
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

Founder and CEO Khalid Raza said industry interest in Graphiant's network edge service 'has been much faster than what we saw with MPLS at Cisco or SD-WAN with Viptela. Graphiant has hit a nerve.'

The Divide: How ACA Connects sees BEAD funds rolling out nationwide
LRTV Interviews | 3/28/2023

ACA Connects' Brian Hurley joins the podcast to discuss the group's BEAD funding framework – a national analysis of how far funding from the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program will go, and a state-by-state breakdown of how those funds can be used for fiber.

T-Mobile starts spending political capital to get its 2.5GHz spectrum
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

According to the financial analysts at New Street Research, T-Mobile isn't afraid to 'spend some political and financial capital to demonstrate that it has a strong argument' for its 5G spectrum.

Alibaba to break up into six 'agile' businesses
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

Alibaba restructure follows Jack Ma's return to China after lengthy absence.

Google Fiber to take on Cox and Lumen in Council Bluffs, Iowa
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

Building on a recent string of network expansion plans, Google Fiber's latest market target will pit it against area incumbents Cox Communications and Lumen/CenturyLink.

Amazon opens Sidewalk mesh network to outside developers
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

Amazon is making a renewed effort to put Sidewalk on the map, announcing Tuesday that it's opening this mesh network to outside developers and offering them free test kits to check its coverage.

Comcast expands service and tech ecosystem for new 'Smart Solutions' unit
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

The new Comcast Smart Solutions unit is expanding tech and service ecosystem to support its goal of being a one-stop-shop for IoT services tailored for municipalities, retailers, campuses and other businesses.

Here's why Paradise Mobile chose AWS for its 5G cloud
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

Paradise Mobile, which is planning to build a 5G network in Bermuda, said it will run its network operations almost completely within the AWS cloud.

Eurobites: BT explores '$500M opportunity' with AWS
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson does 5G fast in the Faroe Islands; Telia explores 5G for healthcare; French government kills the phone fun.

Charter makes rare acquisition amid focus on rural network expansions
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

M&A opportunities have been few and far between, but Charter has reportedly struck a deal to acquire Bee Line Cable, a family-owned operator serving parts of central Maine.

Court upholds USF for now but future of broadband subsidies still murky
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

The Universal Service Fund, or USF, survived the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, but its future is still uncertain.

IoT consolidation continues via KORE's new Twilio deal
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

Longtime Internet of Things (IoT) player KORE announced that it will acquire Twilio's IoT business. The transaction shines more light on the tumult enveloping the IoT space.

BT would be nuts to replace Jansen now
Morris Lore | 3/27/2023

The UK telecom incumbent is reportedly searching for a new boss, but it will have trouble finding one who can do any better.

Frontier tightens ties to YouTube TV, targets cable's bundle
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

Signaling a new attack on cable's broadband/pay-TV bundle, Frontier is now offering its own broadband service and YouTube TV on the same bill. YouTube TV is now Frontier's primary video offering for new customers.

First open RAN/vRAN installations expected to ramp up
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/27/2023

Key findings from Heavy Reading's Open RAN Platforms and Architectures Operator Survey Report indicate that the ecosystem is continuing to develop and that a very significant number of service providers expect to complete first installations within two years.

US hardball drove Chinese vendor from huge cable project: reports
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

US government pressure forced Chinese vendor HMN Technologies out of the 19,000-km Sea-Me-We 6 (SMW6) subsea cable in favor of New Jersey-based SubCom, it's been reported.

Fair share or net neutrality? Cakeist EC thinks it can have both
Morris Lore | 3/27/2023

The European Union seems to be approaching the subject the way Boris Johnson approached Brexit.

Glance still planning US launch, at some point
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

Glance has not yet launched its services in the US. That's noteworthy considering reports last year indicated the startup's US launch was imminent.

India’s Airtel Nxtra to double capacity by 2025 to increase market share
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

Airtel's data center arm, Nxtra, will come up with seven new data centers to double capacity as competition heats up and the stage is set for consolidation.

Eurobites: BT boss Jansen's days are numbered – report
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OneWeb completes its constellation; KPN has a management re-jig; Nokia helps CSPs save more network energy.

Meta says it's the telcos' job to build and monetize network infrastructure
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

Familiar disagreements between Big Tech, telcos, regulators and the European Commission regarding the fairness of fair-share arguments got an airing during a Politico debate in Brussels.

Cable broadband: A look forward... and a look (way, way) back
The Bauminator | 3/24/2023

The recent Cable Next-Gen event looked ahead. But it was also an opportunity to look back, when there was no DOCSIS and data was delivered over a 6MHz channel – enough to be 'wicked fast.'

Why Intel ditched 5G laptops, and what to expect next
News Analysis | 3/24/2023

Intel is exiting the market for 5G-capable laptops, a clear blow to 5G network operators. But there may still be hope in Qualcomm's 5G laptops – unless a lawsuit from ARM upsets the situation.

The Notebook Dump: T-Mobile to scrap 5G reliability ads
LRTV Interviews | 3/24/2023

The editors discuss cable versus fiber, consumer broadband labels and potential roadblocks to BEAD program rollouts. They also examine why T-Mobile will need to re-think its 5G advertising strategy and whether TikTok is now cooler than ever.

The Buildout: NTIA awards $25.7M for tribal broadband, altafiber expands in Ohio
News Analysis | 3/24/2023

This week in broadband builds: NTIA awards tribal broadband funding; altafiber to build in Warren County, Ohio; TDS grows in Wisconsin; NYC expands Big Apple Connect – and more.

Apparently, the metaverse will run just fine on 5G
DanoVision | 3/24/2023

'The development of the metaverse will not require telecom operators to grow capital expenditures for greater network investment,' according to Meta executives. Last year, the company offered a different story.

US chip exposure to China grew even more last year
News Analysis | 3/24/2023

After a two-year surge in sales to China, US semiconductor companies stand to lose billions in revenues as export controls are tightened.

Ciena's Steve Alexander: A terabit in the hand
LRTV Interviews | 3/24/2023

Ciena CTO Steve Alexander discusses the WaveLogic 6 announcement, the OFCnet, and reminds us of how dramatically optical networking technology has speed up and shrunk down over the years.

Comcast's Elad Nafshi on network scale, DAA, 10G, PON and what's next for FDX
LRTV Interviews | 3/24/2023

Elad Nafshi, Comcast's EVP and chief network officer, joined Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner at Cable Next-Gen 2023 to expand on multiple facets of the operator's network evolution.

Eurobites: Salt shakes up Swiss mobile market in 2022
News Analysis | 3/24/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Truespeed turns to Adtran's XGS-PON; Cell C boss steps down; 1&1 Versatel fibers up another business park.

Kyrio's 'ARC Mobile' platform breaks into the enterprise market
News Analysis | 3/23/2023

Kyrio, a unit of CableLabs, has notched its first reseller deal, with Sparro, for ARC Mobile, a platform that manages and optimizes multiple types of wireless connections, including Wi-Fi, cellular and satellite.

SES' JP Hemingway on satellites' role in the digital divide, D2D and disasters
LRTV Interviews | 3/23/2023

SES' chief strategy officer spoke with Light Reading at Satellite 2023 about D2D, how SES is helping bridge the digital divide using MEO and GEO, how modern satellite capabilities compare to fiber and more.

Samsung's Shah talks open RAN, accelerators and the cloud
News Analysis | 3/23/2023

Samsung has business with Verizon, Dish Network and Comcast in the North American market, giving it a prime view into developing technologies including open RAN and cloud architecture.

Omdia's Jaimie Lenderman on how cable is speeding ahead on network upgrades
LRTV Interviews | 3/23/2023

At the Cable Next-Gen event, Omdia analyst Jaimie Lenderman presented fresh data on cable operators' plans for DAA, the virtual CMTS, DOCSIS 4.0 and PON, and her multi-year forecast for the cable equipment market.

Telcos coo as Nvidia pumps up the dirty Gen AI bubble
Morris Lore | 3/23/2023

Lift-off for generative AI would entail huge costs and have possible ramifications for climate change.

Capex scandal slashes PLDT earnings by 60%
News Analysis | 3/23/2023

External review at Philippines telco found no fraud but capex accounting scandal takes its toll on bottom line.

Equinix and OQC bring quantum computing to the masses
News Analysis | 3/23/2023

Oxford Quantum Circuits is installing its hardware in Equinix's IBX data center in Japan. Customers will be able to access the quantum computer via Equinix Fabric beginning in the fall of 2023.

Eurobites: EU wants less replacing, more repairing
News Analysis | 3/23/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Google's cloud lands in Turin; Telefonica gets into bed with Qwilt; new brooms sweep in at Vodafone Portugal and Fastweb.

Qualcomm vs. Arm: What are the best and worst-case scenarios?
Guest Perspectives | 3/22/2023

Tantra Analyst's Prakash Sangam weighs in with the best- and worst-case scenarios for Qualcomm and Arm as the companies continue to battle in court.

'Buy America' restrictions could bog down BEAD
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

Fear is growing that strict 'Buy America' conditions threaten to delay BEAD rollouts. Several industry associations believe speedy and flexible waivers on those restrictions will be needed to reach deployment goals.

Verizon's new network chief promises customer feedback tool
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

Joe Russo recently took over control of Verizon's networking operations. Now he's planning to release a feedback tool for customers that will allow them to point out networking troubles.

Corning's new twist on hyperscaler cabling
LRTV Interviews | 3/22/2023

Mike Bell, Corning's SVP and GM for optical communications, talks about Corning's newest data center solution that shortens installation times for cables and connectors. As capacity is needed, vendors are tackling physical plant construction bottlenecks to speed up network expansion.

Comcast-Altitude TV court clash ends with a whimper
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

Comcast and regional sports network Altitude TV have ended their years-long court battle, but a settlement did not result in a new carriage deal for the TV home of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche.

Telecom Innovator - Spirent CEO Eric Updyke talks to Light Reading
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 3/22/2023

Heavy Reading analyst Ruth Brown caught up with Spirent Communications at MWC Barcelona recently and spoke to CEO Eric Updyke about his thoughts on the latest trends in 5G. #sponsored

1&1, Dish and Rakuten add up to 'greenfield' misery
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

State-of-the-art technologies have not lowered the considerable barriers to entry in the telecom sector.

Digital boom powers China Telecom revenue, earnings
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

Cloud revenue more than doubles as China business embraces digital.

Verizon, NTT among service providers narrowing private 5G focus
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

NTT and Verizon are among service providers starting to narrow their focus for private 5G deployments as some enterprise verticals are easier to enter than others.

Viasat's John Janka on the future of satellite and need for LEO-GEO harmony
LRTV Interviews | 3/22/2023

John Janka, chief officer of global government affairs and regulatory at Viasat, spoke with Light Reading at Satellite 2023 about the changing communications landscape and how satellite players and policies must evolve.

Telecom suits up for predicted edge-computing boom
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

'Edge computing has started to go more mainstream,' according to Omdia analysts. As a result, many types of players are working to stamp out a competitive position.

5G war heats up between Airtel and Jio in India
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

The rivalry between Airtel and Jio is set to intensify as India's top two telcos slug it out in the 5G market.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia plans to cut 2,000 more jobs – report
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus buys EDPnet; Ooredoo's MWC deals; Nokia gets greener; ChatGPT messes with EU lawmakers' minds.

Orange gets its VOO moment in convergence journey
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

Orange Belgium is forging ahead with long-held fixed-mobile convergence ambitions, but the nation is still a laggard in 5G and fiber rollouts.

Six benefits of virtualized RAN
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/22/2023

Key findings from Heavy Reading's Open RAN Platforms and Architectures Operator Survey Report indicate that improved economies of scale for generic hardware and the independent upgradability of HW/SW components are the most critical benefits of vRAN for service providers. #sponsored

Utah judge voids $469M patent verdict against Dish
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

Judgment comes after a jury ordered Dish to pay $469.07 million stemming from allegations by ClearPlay that Dish's 'AutoHop' feature infringed on patents tied to content filtering technology.

Liberty Global's latest Telenet play should stick the landing
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

Arriving 11 years after a similar play, Liberty Global's 'voluntary and conditional' takeover bid for Telenet has a chance for success but could face shareholders seeking a higher price, an analyst reckons.

EchoStar's Paul Gaske on how HughesNet is adding capacity and lowering latency
LRTV Interviews | 3/21/2023

Paul Gaske, COO at EchoStar, spoke with Light Reading at Satellite 2023 to discuss the company's forthcoming launch of its Jupiter-3 satellite, the future of direct-to-device communications and more.

Alarm bells at NBN as LEOsat, 5G competition begins to bite
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

The alarm bells are starting to ring at Australia's broadband wholesaler NBN Co as it feels the heat from Starlink and 5G.

The virtual RAN benefits are as clear as mud, unless you're Intel
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

Facing so many options and trade-offs, and alert to the danger of supplier lock-in, many operators have yet to be convinced about RAN virtualization.

The Divide: How Cisco and El Paso, Texas, are bringing digital services to at-risk communities
LRTV Interviews | 3/21/2023

This week: We hear from Cisco's Gary DePreta and the city of El Paso's Nicole Ferrini on the launch of El Paso Helps, a digital portal for connecting at-risk individuals to essential services.

Can MOCN save private wireless?
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

Several private network installations are testing MOCN, which stands for Multiple Operator Core Network, as a way to connect to a commercial mobile network.

Cable access purchasing stays steady as PON goes gangbusters – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

Led by growth in passive optical networks, broadband equipment spending climbed 17% in 2022, notching a record of $19 billion, according to Dell'Oro Group.

US cell towers and small cells: By the numbers
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

At the end of 2022, there were 142,100 cell towers and 452,200 outdoor small cell nodes across the US, according to one new tally.

Harmonic bags Charter for virtual CMTS
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

Charter has tapped Harmonic as a 'strategic technology partner' for a virtual cable modem termination system rollout. Comcast, Vodafone and GCI are among other top ops to go with Harmonic's 'CableOS' platform.

Eurobites: EU gives green light to Orange's VOO takeover
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Hungarian government gets its claws into telecom; UK government tests out emergency alerts service; FibreConnect chooses EXA for Italian backbone job.

Dish hack expected to cut into Q1 subscriber tally
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

In the wake of a 'cyber-security incident' that impacted Dish service installs, bill payments and customer care capabilities for weeks, analysts expect Dish's Boost business to take the biggest hit in Q1.

'60 Minutes' spotlights Rocco Commisso's 'hustle'
The Bauminator | 3/20/2023

The '60 Minutes' profile of Mediacom's Rocco Commisso doesn't delve into company strategy, but it does spotlight the hustle that led him to the top of US cable and, later, ownership of Italian club ACF Fiorentina.

T-Mobile's latest 5G spectrum purchases stuck in limbo
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

The FCC's congressional authority to auction spectrum lapsed for the first time ever earlier this month, which is preventing the agency from authorizing T-Mobile's latest 2.5GHz purchases.

Consumer advocates, industry groups still quibbling over broadband label rules
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

A new batch of FCC filings shows a few remaining sticking points between consumer groups and industry organizations representing ISPs on final rules for broadband labels.

Chinese firms are finding ways to beat US tech sanctions
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

Chinese AI firms are training their data sets on server clusters using high-end chips.

Energy crisis raises enterprise network costs, sharpens sustainability focus
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

An Arelion report found most companies saw energy costs rise above contract terms, causing them to become a prime concern, which has pushed many to seek greater energy efficiency.

Eurobites: Virgin Media O2 in takeover talks with CityFibre – report
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT hooks up with AWS for more cloud-assisted mobile-edge clout; MTN trials 5G SA core with Azure; Germany fears effects of Huawei ban.

Whatever BT boss thinks, his fiber rivals are going nowhere fast
Morris Lore | 3/20/2023

As Ofcom weighs intervention on BT's latest pricing plans, its own data shows that BT's rivals have made scant progress in the UK's full-fiber market.

Open RAN platforms to support far edge AI inference
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/20/2023

Key findings from Heavy Reading's 'Open RAN Platforms and Architectures Operator Survey Report' show that service providers are planning to support AI inference and other applications in their open RAN/far edge installations. #sponsored

The Notebook Dump: Amazon's $10B satellite project, Casa Systems' CEO exit
LRTV Interviews | 3/17/2023

The editors discuss Amazon's plan to spend $10 billion on a satellite constellation, an update on Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen event, why Casa Systems' CEO is stepping down today and more.

Charter the likely target of Vecima's new 10G deal
News Analysis | 3/17/2023

Vecima announced it will supply a tier 1 US operator with remote PHY nodes for an HFC network upgrade. Vecima didn't name the operator, but all clues lead to Charter Communications.

The Buildout: Surf Internet rides fiber wave into Indiana; Ziply starts 100th new build
News Analysis | 3/17/2023

This week in broadband builds: Surf Internet starts construction in Indiana; Ziply expands in Washington; Kinetic network live in North Carolina; Glo Fiber's plans for Pennsylvania – and more.

Vodafone and Three merger needs officials to ditch the dogma
Morris Lore | 3/17/2023

Allowing the Vodafone and Three merger to happen will show authorities have abandoned the 'four networks good, three networks bad' credo.

Cable Next-Gen 2023 recap: Operators choose their own adventure
LRTV Interviews | 3/17/2023

Omdia's Jaimie Lenderman joins Light Reading's Mike Dano and Jeff Baumgartner to discuss the big themes at the Cable Next-Gen event, including network optionality and the rising role of PON and wireless.

More DeWi players get money and make promises
News Analysis | 3/17/2023

The decentralized wireless space heats up as Really raises $18 million to pursue a model like Helium Mobile, and Xnet uses $1 million in seed funding to chase DeWi offload.

Eurobites: Ofcom delays decision on Openreach pricing plan
News Analysis | 3/17/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Inwit heads up the mountains; Telenor and Cisco extend collaboration; fraudsters impersonate MTN bigwig.

Dell'Oro's Sameh Boujelbene: AI is changing data center hardware
LRTV Interviews | 3/17/2023

Higher speed optical links between data centers, computing clusters and servers are being pushed to the limit by the demands of AI, according to Dell'Oro's Sameh Boujelbene.

GSMA to back climate resilience and adaptation projects
News Analysis | 3/17/2023

GSMA opens applications for grants backing projects that use mobile and digital technology to improve climate resilience and help with adaptation in selected regions.

Comcast fights mobile ad complaint lodged by AT&T
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

Comcast is appealing recommendations from an ad watchdog urging the operator to modify or discontinue marketing claims about speed and reliability for the Xfinity Mobile service.

Element8 gets $200M for WISP rollup
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

Startup Element8 this week scored $200 million in funding. Its first move: the purchase of Oklahoma City-based WISP AtLink Services for an undisclosed sum.

The Cable Center CEO on the launch of the 'Syndeo Institute'
CxO Spotlight | 3/16/2023

The Cable Center President and CEO Diane Christman discusses the 'Syndeo Institute,' a new operational brand that also serves as a hub for the Center's Intrapreneurship Academy and related programs and events.

Investors remain cool on open RAN, and it's no wonder
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

The telco championing of open RAN has not been matched by support for new entrants.

Three UK hints at Vodafone merger progress
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

CFO Darren Purkis was unable to provide details on the proposed merger with Vodafone but noted that discussions "are positive from both sides."

Equipped with $15M, Andrena aims to scale its wireless model
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

Andrena is working to bring affordable wireless broadband to buildings through a revenue-share model with property owners.

GCI starts doing the high splits while preparing for convergence
LRTV Interviews | 3/16/2023

GCI has begun upgrading its DOCSIS 3.1 cable network to a high-split architecture with equipment from vendors including ATX and CommScope.

Telcos need to build businesses as well as networks
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

New figures show telco revenue is declining just as capex reaches a record high.

Eurobites: Branson's satellite firm suspends operations
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iliad makes hay in Italy; UK government ministers face TikTok ban; O2 saves devices from landfill.

Ciena's hop over 1.2 Tbit/s trend could get pricey
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

Ciena is the only optical vendor offering 1.6 Tbit/s optical services, although the WaveLogic 6 service won't be available until the first half of 2024.

UK looks to join the mmWave party
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

Ofcom launches consultation on its plan to assign 26GHz and 40GHz spectrum for 5G services.

Amazon will put $10B in Project Kuiper 'before seeing much cash flow,' says exec
News Analysis | 3/15/2023

Amazon will launch its first satellites for Project Kuiper in 2024, entering the low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite space as the US goes all-in on fiber.

Replacing Huawei's 80,000 5G antennas would cost Germany billions
News Analysis | 3/15/2023

Europe's biggest economy has installed a huge amount of Chinese network equipment and dismantling it to address security concerns will not be easy.

T-Mobile pays a premium for Ryan Reynolds' mobile customers
News Analysis | 3/15/2023

According to the financial analysts at Wells Fargo, T-Mobile's $1.35 billion purchase price for Mint Mobile would value each of those customers at around $450.

The eSIM spells trouble for operators
News Analysis | 3/15/2023

With Apple starting to remove the physical SIM slot in some iPhone 14s, operators in many markets need to prepare for an emergence of the eSIM.

Casa Systems founder Jerry Guo stepping down as CEO
News Analysis | 3/15/2023

Casa, a supplier of cable and wireless technology, also disclosed that it will not be receiving orders from a major customer, presumed to be Charter, for its initial rollout of a cable infrastructure upgrade.

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