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GSMA: 5G is 'at risk' if 6GHz remains unlicensed
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

'The 6GHz range is a midband frequency and sits at a balancing point between coverage and capacity, providing the perfect environment for 5G connectivity,' the GSMA argued with Nokia and others.

Podcast: The Divide – How 'Project Overcome' is tackling access in Clinton County, Missouri
LRTV Interviews | 5/18/2021

This week: US Ignite's Mari Silbey – as well as Alex Wyglinski and Casey Canfield, co-leads on an Internet deployment project in Clinton County, Missouri – join the podcast to discuss 'Project Overcome,' a $2.7 million effort to tackle the digital divide with novel broadband solutions.

AT&T issues warning on global supply chain
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

AT&T estimates the overall information and communications technology industry is responsible for roughly half of all semiconductor sales. And as a result, it's worried about shortages.

Minim prepares to make the leap to the Nasdaq
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

Vendor hopes to raise its profile among institutional investors as it pushes ahead with a plan to pair Motorola-branded cable modems, gateways and other CPE with AI-powered smart home management software.

Podcast: AT&T unravels its content, pay-TV empire
LRTV Documentaries | 5/18/2021

Light Reading's Alan Breznick and Jeff Baumgartner weigh in on the burning questions surrounding the recently announced media moves by AT&T.

India's Airtel and Jio see massive ARPU fall in Q4
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

The drop in ARPU comes after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India eliminated Interconnection Usage Charges (IUC) in January this year.

Big spender Vodafone feels the pinch
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

The UK-based operator plans to spend more on 5G and the development of business products, to the immediate dismay of shareholders.

After NYSE exit, China Mobile plots $7B Shanghai listing
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

China Mobile is planning a stock exchange listing in Shanghai that could raise $7 billion from domestic China investors.

Wirepas gears up for massive IoT challenge
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

The Tampere University spinoff moves into the next phase of its strategy and unveils Wirepas Private 5G based on DECT-2020 NR standard.

Charter wants to trim down some of its RDOF deployment commitments
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

Charter seeks a limited waiver for RDOF wins in small parts of Massachusetts, Kentucky, Missouri, Virginia and Wisconsin that are already served by a broadband provider or are recipients of broadband funding.

Will iOS 14.5 let Twitter's advertising finally fly?
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

Twitter has seen big brands pull their advertising, even as Facebook and Google cash in big from micro-targeting. But will iOS 14.5 be the big equalizer?

Eurobites: Play buy boosts Iliad in Q1
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BICS hooks up to Google Cloud; Vodacom encouraged by full-year numbers; BT bills with Amdocs.

Celona unveils 'edgeless enterprise' architecture
News Analysis | 5/18/2021

Startup hopes to support enterprises looking to transition to private wireless 5G networks on CBRS spectrum.

Podcast: Limelight's Steve Miller-Jones on tracking the content delivery evolution
LRTV Interviews | 5/17/2021

Steve Miller-Jones of Limelight Networks joins the podcast to talk about the future of media and video distribution.

Why TiVo went after MobiTV
News Analysis | 5/17/2021

MobiTV's platform will fill key gaps in TiVo's tech and services portfolio as it looks to grow its largest market, pay-TV, exec says. The move also arrives as Xperi looks to split out its product and intellectual property businesses.

It's time for telecom to worry about the public cloud
News Analysis | 5/17/2021

Telecom operators sound like they have given up resisting AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure. They are risking a lot.

China set to launch world's first in-flight 5G
News Analysis | 5/17/2021

China Telecom and ZTE are building out systems for passenger airlines that could replace satellite technology.

AT&T exits content big time in tie-up with Discovery
News Analysis | 5/17/2021

In a huge reversal, AT&T sells its content shop WarnerMedia to a joint venture with Discovery, as CEO John Stankey shrinks the company's big debt pile.

Vantage Towers springs no surprises in FY21
News Analysis | 5/17/2021

Vodafone spinout keeps within guidance, but markets seem underwhelmed as share price takes a hit.

Liberty Global DAA rollout plots path to 10-Gig
News Analysis | 5/17/2021

The European cable operator is preparing for widespread deployments of a distributed access architecture using a compact node from Vector Technologies paired with a remote PHY module developed by Vecima.

Orange suffers more pain in Spain and plans job cuts
News Analysis | 5/17/2021

Operator intends to cut a maximum of 485 jobs in bid to boost competitive position.

Eurobites: Vodafone, Proximie scrub up for remote surgery trials
News Analysis | 5/17/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: social media back on in Ethiopia; Enea joins multivendor 5G SA core initiative; EE boosts rail connectivity as UK pandemic restrictions ease.

Evoca sizes up Phoenix launch, setting up pay-TV battle with Cox
News Analysis | 5/14/2021

Evoca, a pay-TV provider that uses ATSC 3.0 and Internet connectivity, to deliver a blend of live TV and VoD services, has dropped a big hint about its next market launch.

Zattoo eyes MobiTV fallout and European expansion
News Analysis | 5/14/2021

Swiss IPTV software and infrastructure services player is yet another vendor that hopes to benefit from the financial demise of MobiTV even as it seeks to expand its reach in Europe.

MWC Barcelona poll: Most say they'll stay away
The Philter | 5/14/2021

Our unscientific reader poll shows that nearly 7 in 10 folks who attended #MWC19 will not likely turn up for #MWC21.

The ransomware threat is just getting started
News Analysis | 5/14/2021

After Colonial Pipeline payday expect a surge in ransomware attacks – starting with Toshiba.

WhatsApp continues to defy India over data-sharing rules
News Analysis | 5/14/2021

Messaging giant WhatsApp's controversial policy, which allows user data to be shared with parent company Facebook and others, is in the spotlight again.

DZS set to key on network convergence
Broadband World News | 5/14/2021

CEO Charlie Vogt identifies set of 'mega trends' poised to drive the business forward, including the shift to 5G, new and emerging broadband competition, and an acceleration of fiber upgrade cycles.

Swiss PE looks to acquire India's ACT Broadband
News Analysis | 5/14/2021

Swiss private equity fund Partners Group is reportedly in talks to acquire Atria Convergence Technologies, India's largest non-telco ISP.

3GPP Chair Wanshi Chen on creating 5G standards during a pandemic
News Analysis | 5/14/2021

Chen, who works for Qualcomm, was named the chairman of the 3GPP RAN Plenary in March and oversees the development of 5G standards for the physical layer of the radio interface.

WiCipedia: 'Blind' hiring may offer solutions for women in tech
WiCipedia | 5/14/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Returnships could offer post-pandemic option for women who left jobs; blind interviews create hiring solutions; how work culture should change to accommodate employees; and more.

Eurobites: Inwit pushes on in Q1
News Analysis | 5/14/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telecom Italia signs renewables deal; Rostelecom surges ahead in Q1; UK homeworkers dread returning to their office broadband.

Singtel stumbles over diversification strategy
News Analysis | 5/14/2021

Singapore operator to review Amobee and Trustwave businesses and expects to report full-year net exceptional loss of $907 million.

Open RAN will struggle to fit in, despite Euro telco demands
Morris Lore | 5/14/2021

A wish-list of technical requirements arrives in vendor offices, but the chances of a mass-market deployment in the next few years are remote.

Getting the whole office connected to private 5G networks
Column | 5/14/2021

The interest in deploying private 5G networks is at an all-time high, writes West Gate Networks President Andrew Froehlich. Service providers need to make sure their customers understand how to stay connected when most devices are WiFi-only.

Disney+ subscriber train slows down
News Analysis | 5/13/2021

Disney's premium streaming service ended fiscal Q2 with 103.6 million subs, short of an expected 110 million. Meanwhile, operating losses at Disney's direct-to-consumer business have narrowed significantly.

Things are looking somewhat grim at Sonim
News Analysis | 5/13/2021

Sonim, a maker of rugged mobile phones, warned that 'substantial doubt exists regarding Sonim's ability to continue as a going concern.' As a result, the company is considering strategic alternatives.

T-Mobile eyes government money for fixed wireless service
News Analysis | 5/13/2021

As the Biden administration pushes $100 billion toward the broadband industry, T-Mobile positions its 5G Home Internet service as a potential recipient of that spending.

Iceland takes the FTTH as half EU homes get fiber
News Analysis | 5/13/2021

More than half of houses across Europe have fiber-optic connections, 10 million more than in 2019.

NTT DoCoMo making gains, anticipating pain in price war
News Analysis | 5/13/2021

Profits are increasingly being held up by the Japanese service provider's digital businesses.

Rakuten and the curious case of the missing 5G plan
News Analysis | 5/13/2021

The Japanese e-commerce firm is already a long way behind its bigger rivals in the country's 5G market.

MediaTek to challenge Qualcomm on its home turf
News Analysis | 5/13/2021

Following a big bet on 5G, MediaTek is now positioned to challenge smartphone chipset heavyweight Qualcomm in the US market. MediaTek is predicting 40% growth in 2021.

BT ups FTTP target to 25M premises by 2026
News Analysis | 5/13/2021

UK operator to consider external funding for FTTP rollout for the first time as it looks to brighter times ahead.

Telefónica Q1 shows signs of improvement
News Analysis | 5/13/2021

Spanish giant claims full-year 'stabilization' target on track as COVID-19 impact diminishes; continues to chip away at huge debt pile.

Eurobites: Italy slaps Google with €102M fine for Android antics
News Analysis | 5/13/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK soccer rights rolled over; Safaricom pinched by pandemic; BT makes progress in carbon-cutting.

Altice USA preps for multi-gig speeds
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

Fourth-largest US cable operator aims to be '10-gig-ready' in the next 18 months, thanks to its aggressive FTTP upgrade strategy.

TiVo wins MobiTV auction with bid of $18.5M
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

In an auction process that took a day-and-a-half to complete, TiVo beat out a rival bid of $18 million from a group that included UK-based Amino Technologies and a joint venture of Roku and RPX.

Charter to start first CBRS market buildout in 2021
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

'We know where to put the CBRS radios to get the maximum offload capacity,' says Charter President and CEO Tom Rutledge.

US scraps Xiaomi blacklisting
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

Threat of litigation by Chinese smartphone maker appears to have forced a rethink.

T-Mobile to leave 2G intact amid 3G CDMA shutdown
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

T-Mobile disclosed in a recent letter that 'active 2G/3G devices accounted for less than 1% of traffic on the T-Mobile network as of the week of April 11, 2021.'

Facebook to test 5G small cells at Menlo Park HQ
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

Facebook's newest midband spectrum tests hint at its desire for 'self-organizing network (SON) features in a 5G over-the-air setup operating in a small cell configuration.'

Sedona disappears into Cisco M&A factory
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

The US Internet equipment maker snaps up an Israeli startup highly regarded for its automation expertise and agnosticism.

Pre Olympics, SoftBank's profit a new Japan record
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

Bouncing back from a 2019 loss and splash as the Nasdaq Whale, SoftBank Group rides IPOs to profits that are a Japanese record. But can it continue?

Comcast's Flex platform driving ARPU of $2/month as deployments reach 3.5M devices
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

Comcast Cable CEO Dave Watson says 'it's absolutely doable' to deploy the company's software stack for Flex and X1 in smart TVs.

India's DoT tries to debunk coronavirus 5G link
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

India's DoT tries to nip 5G COVID-19 conspiracy theories in the bud by reasonably pointing out there's currently no 5G in India.

The Future of Work – it's for everyone
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 5/12/2021

Learn how new Cisco Webex innovations ensure secure, inclusive collaboration so everyone's voice is heard – regardless of geography, language, tech savvy or personality type and more.

Deutsche Telekom's Americanism might not pay off for Europe
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

Europe's biggest operator today generates most of its profits and invests most of its cash in the US. What does that mean for Europe?

Ericsson to pay €80M to Nokia to settle damages claim
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

The settlement relates to events that were subject to a $1 billion settlement with the DoJ and SEC in 2019.

Podcast: What's the story with telecom in India?
LRTV Interviews | 5/12/2021

On this episode, Gagandeep Kaur discusses the state of telecom in India and the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the industry at large.

Eurobites: Proximus gives its VDSL some va-va-voom
News Analysis | 5/12/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: how 5G is changing the way folk use their phones; Orange brings 5G to Slovakia; the Queen promises to sort out UK broadband.

Mo Katibeh now in charge of building AT&T's 5G, fiber network
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

Mo Katibeh is now in charge of AT&T's capital budget 'including AT&T's aggressive fiber build expansion and nationwide 5G deployment,' the company confirmed to Light Reading.

Small cells cool off while midband 5G buildouts begin
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

Verizon, T-Mobile and others are building 5G in midband spectrum. That work is initially focused on macro cell towers. Small cells, on the other hand, might come into play later.

FuboTV subs climb to 590,000, up 105% year-on-year
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

'Sports-first' OTT-TV service provider intends to kick off a beta of its free-to-play gaming within weeks, and its interactive sportsbook in Q4. FuboTV now expects to end 2021 with as many as 850,000 subscribers.

Biden: 25Mbit/s broadband is fine, I guess
Broadband World News | 5/11/2021

Although President Biden has hinted at a broadband future with 1Gbit/s speeds, new rules from his administration suggest speeds of 100 Mbit/s. And they acknowledge speeds of just 25 Mbit/s.

Remote working poses new threats to enterprise security – Verizon report
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

Verizon report on mobile device security reveals phishing attempts are on the rise; malware threats have slightly decreased.

TiVo leads Roku and Amino in MobiTV auction with baseline bid of $14.1M
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

Update: TiVo wins the MobiTV auction with a bid of $18.5 million, beating a last gasp bid of $18 million from a group that included Amino Technologies and a joint venture of Roku and RPX.

China joins the global LEO satellite race
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

China has established a new state-owned satellite company that looks set to drive its national LEO broadband efforts.

SoftBank Corp plans PayPay IPO, peeks beyond Japan
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

With Japan's mobile market maturing, SoftBank Corp looks to pan-Asian data analytics, chat and driverless cars for other bets to boost its numbers.

Back off or Ericsson gets it, China reportedly tells Sweden
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

The equipment maker could be turfed out of China's second 5G tender if Sweden's government does not reinstate Huawei and ZTE, according to a Chinese news report.

5G, digital drive double digit earnings growth at SKT, KT
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

Korea's two biggest operators have both reported a double digit spike in Q1 operating profit, with signs their 5G investments may be starting to pay off.

Nokia wins 5G contract from Movistar Chile
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

The Finnish vendor adds another deal to its list of 5G contracts in the Americas.

Building pay-TV resilience in a time of crisis
Guest Perspectives | 5/11/2021

Using and analyzing real-time and industry-specific data along with the formation of adaptive roadmaps are critical as video service providers work their way out of the pandemic and towards business growth.

Podcast: Stanford's Nick McKeown on his SDN legacy and 5G security
LRTV Interviews | 5/11/2021

Stanford University's Nick McKeown, recipient of the 2021 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, joins the podcast to discuss a career milestone and a very forward-looking 5G project that involves (hopefully not) crashing drones on purpose.

Eurobites: UK class action seeks £1.5B from Apple for app 'overcharging'
News Analysis | 5/11/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica teams up with Microsoft on 5G private networks; Samsung isn't going to Barcelona; Ericsson boosts indoor 5G.

MobiTV's sale plan gets some static on eve of auction
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

Buckeye Cablevision is worried about what might happen if MobiTV's assets, which include software code that Buckeye licenses to deliver video services, were to change hands.

Five reasons why US wireless growth is speeding up
DanoVision | 5/10/2021

The US wireless industry collected a total of more than 7 million new postpaid phone customers during the past 12 months. Where are all these new customers coming from?

T-Mobile looks to squash Dish's 12GHz aspirations in 5G
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

T-Mobile is urging the FCC to take Dish Network's 12GHz spectrum licenses away from the company and auction them for 5G. Billions of dollars could be at stake.

Dish teams with UScellular for 5G towers
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

Dish Network is looking to cover portions of the Central and Western US via its new cell tower Master Lease Agreement (MLA) with UScellular.

Aussie telcos take aim at costly NBN with 5G
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

Dissatisfied with NBN pricing, Australian telcos are making an end-run around the wholesale network with 5G fixed wireless.

China's 'big three' to exit NYSE
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom lose their appeal against delisting.

Amino Technologies among bidders for MobiTV
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

Virtual auction for MobiTV, a bankrupt provider of IP video services to a wide range of cable operators and telcos, is set for the morning of Tuesday, May 11.

Swisscom taps Nokia for transport network upgrade
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

The Finnish vendor is to modernize the Swiss operator's transport network to enable faster service delivery through increased automation.

Future-proofing the network: Why you need to optimize for user experience
Guest Perspectives | 5/10/2021

The network needs to be set up to prioritize types of traffic – and anything else that employees need – both for the rest of 2021, and to ensure we're ready for what the future might hold.

Poland's IS-Wireless steps into Europe's open RAN void
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

A Polish startup says it can go one better than the usual American software options for open RAN technology.

Eurobites: Zain hit by COVID-19 and currency devaluations in Q1
News Analysis | 5/10/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica sells off four more data centers; A1 Digital offers container orchestration; Dixons Carphone pays 'living wage.'

YouTube TV creates new workaround as Roku standoff continues
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

New feature nests YouTube TV inside the YouTube app, and arrives after Roku removed the YouTube TV app. Update: Roku calls Google's action the 'clear conduct of an unchecked monopolist.'

Roku CEO: Streaming ad market is catching up to TV
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

Roku's Platforms business, which is fueled in part by advertising and inventory on The Roku Channel, grew 101% in the first quarter of 2021.

Ultra-low latency streaming struggles for adoption beyond niche applications
Guest Perspectives | 5/7/2021

Cost and scaling and a lack of business value for many video applications remain key issues for ultra-low latency streaming.

Synamedia sparks managed RDK offering for service providers
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

RDK-based 'Gravity' offering will support managed Wi-Fi, cybersecurity and advanced routing services and also try to provide capabilities similar to those of Google's Android TV Operator Tier in the video world.

Double checking: Are you going to MWC Barcelona?
The Philter | 5/7/2021

We're still getting mixed messages about #MWC2021. The pandemic's grip is loosening in several places, but is it enough to bring the telecom world to Barcelona? Take our survey and let us know.

Cable One video penetration dips to 10.9% as broadband dominates
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

Cable One, like WideOpenWest, continues to see solid results from a broadband-focused strategy that gives short shrift to pay-TV.

Airwaive wants to be an Airbnb for wireless network equipment
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

The startup connects operators with hosts that will manage small cells in exchange for a monthly fee. Its first deployment is planned for this summer.

Verizon aims to test 5G, carrier aggregation in 3.5GHz CBRS band
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

Verizon's 5G tests in the 3.5GHz CBRS band will also include 'intra-band and inter-band carrier aggregation between 3.5GHz and licensed (and/or unlicensed) bands.'

Ericsson settles Samsung patent dispute with surprising speed
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

The two vendors sign a multi-year agreement and settle their dispute in under five months, although not without inflicting some pain on Ericsson.

WiCipedia: How to tackle implicit bias and the 'lonely only'
WiCipedia | 5/7/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: How to overcome implicit bias; Snapchat shares diversity report findings; sports tech nonprofit lobbies for women to join industry; and more.

Eurobites: Smart cities need to up their security game, says UK spies' HQ
News Analysis | 5/7/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: LoRaWAN for water control in Poland; Orange Business Services lands SD-WAN gig; Telecom Italia confuses with story rebuttal.

A Cellnex mutation could upend European telecom
Morris Lore | 5/7/2021

Cellnex has gone from renting out space on towers to buying 5G equipment in a move that has major ramifications for service providers, equipment makers and authorities.

Broadband providers bankrolled fake net neutrality opposition, investigation finds
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

In the early days of the Trump administration, a group of senior broadband industry executives hatched a plan to overturn the FCC's net neutrality guidelines, according to the New York Attorney General.

CommScope struggles with supply and demand for set-tops and gateways
News Analysis | 5/6/2021

Supply chain constraints, particularly with semiconductors, are hitting Home Networks, the unit that CommScope intends to spin out in the first quarter of 2022.

Telecom Italia loses game of fiber monopoly to EU
Morris Lore | 5/6/2021

Italian operator's share price falls sharply after Italy's prime minister is reported to have shot down its plans to merge with Open Fiber.

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