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Don't expect Qualcomm to curb Intel's open RAN power
Morris Lore | 6/24/2021

The mobile chips whizz says it won't be challenging Intel in open RAN and there are few other signs of competition.

Podcast: The Divide – UTOPIA Fiber's Roger Timmerman on serving Utah with open access muni broadband
CxO Spotlight | 6/24/2021

This week: Roger Timmerman, CEO, UTOPIA Fiber, on running an open access, municipal fiber network in Utah, why the model works and what other communities should know as they embark on building broadband.

T-Mobile enters ad-tech biz as rivals pull out
News Analysis | 6/24/2021

T-Mobile's new Marketing Solutions division is headed by Mike Peralta, a longtime advertising technology executive who previously worked at Future, AOL, Criteo and MediaMath.

Cohere CEO: Open RAN ideal for enterprise applications
CxO Spotlight | 6/24/2021

There are potential cost savings to service providers by improving 5G network capacity, but the revenue from supporting enterprise applications could be operators' real golden ticket.

Eurobites: Brussels plans pan-EU cyber unit
News Analysis | 6/24/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: O2 UK accused of return to roaming charges; Openreach rolls on; telcos aim to make parcel delivery more eco-friendly.

Nokia finds its 5G mojo, piling pressure onto Huawei and Ericsson
News Analysis | 6/24/2021

After a product reboot, the Finnish vendor seems to measure up to its rivals on some of the most important criteria.

Peacock nets streaming deal for Amazon Fire TV devices, Fire tablets
News Analysis | 6/23/2021

Deal also weaves in distribution on Amazon devices for NBCUniversal's network apps for NBC, Bravo, NBC News, NBC Sports and Telemundo.

Confusion around SASE remains while deployments accelerate
News Analysis | 6/23/2021

While enterprises might not be familiar with Gartner's terminology around SASE, many do see the combining of networking and security services as an important step for their businesses.

Sweden's Tele2 creates new deployment model for remote PHY
News Analysis | 6/23/2021

Looking well beyond organic network capacity needs, Tele2 has developed a data-driven model fueled by other factors, including profitability, competition and risk assessment that help to justify where and when to deploy.

T-Mobile celebrates 5G buildout with booze but no maps
News Analysis | 6/23/2021

T-Mobile said it will sell limited quantities of 5G-branded gin and ginger beer through its website. But it will not provide detailed mapping information for its 5G network.

Starry restarts expansion in Columbus, Ohio
News Analysis | 6/23/2021

Starry in 2016 said it planned to cover the world with broadband. Now it's expanding into its sixth market – Columbus, Ohio – which counts around 368,000 households.

Huawei loses in Swedish courts over 5G, again
News Analysis | 6/23/2021

Court dashes vendor's hopes of an appeal, but Ericsson continues to raise concerns over business in China.

Astrocast joins a growing IoT space race
News Analysis | 6/23/2021

Swiss-based Astrocast joins a growing industry trying to come up with the IoT answer to satellite Internet for people.

Cable's new upstream tech must break through the noise
News Analysis | 6/23/2021

While deploying OFDMA upstream channels on DOCSIS 3.1 networks can provide a lot more pop than legacy tech, cable operators must keep the plant clean and be mindful of noise, particularly in lower frequencies.

Everynet hooks up with Crown Castle for national IoT network
News Analysis | 6/23/2021

Everynet says it is fully funded for a LoRaWAN-powered network that will be lit up later this year and initially cover 36 US metropolitan areas.

Eurobites: UK considers clampdown on streaming giants
News Analysis | 6/23/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swisscom taps Teoco for drones analytics; BICS supports Azure Peering; connected caffeine.

Satellites may be the secret ingredient to Charlie Ergen's 5G recipe
DanoVision | 6/22/2021

Billionaire Charlie Ergen is the majority shareholder of two companies with far-reaching 5G ambitions. Will they combine forces and bring 5G to the world?

DoCoMo and NEC tackle RIC for open RAN
News Analysis | 6/22/2021

The two Japanese giants announce a further extension of their ongoing open RAN collaboration.

HPE expands GreenLake, introduces Lighthouse, unveils Microsoft partnership
News Analysis | 6/22/2021

Hewlett Packard Enterprise bombards press with slew of announcements on first day of HPE Discover event.

New CableLabs specs to drive access network optionality
News Analysis | 6/22/2021

Flexible Mac Architecture (FMA) will give operators the ability to stick with HFC and upgrade to DOCSIS 4.0, or pull fiber all the way to the home, and make those decisions on a granular, market-driven basis.

MWC's big story is still the cloud cheerleader replacing Ericsson
News Analysis | 6/22/2021

Bidding to be the Elon Musk of telecom, Danielle Royston has hijacked this year's shindig and made it all about the cloud.

Videon lands cash, hires CEO, as it looks to scale up live streaming biz
News Analysis | 6/22/2021

Videon, a company whose heritage extends back to early HDTV tuners, DVD-ROM upgrade kits and the original Google TV gizmo, has raised its first-ever round of funding to fuel an ambitious growth plan.

Eurobites: Belgium's Proximus takes it to the bank
News Analysis | 6/22/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica is booking hotel rooms at MWC; Nokia wants bodies in the office; BT in talks with News UK over future of TV sport offering.

Ericsson lets Intel inside as midband 5G gets cloudy
News Analysis | 6/22/2021

The Swedish equipment maker will run baseband software on x86 processors supplied by Intel in a sign of RAN upheaval.

Are Globalstar, Anterix, NextNav and Ligado ushering in a new era of 5G?
DanoVision | 6/21/2021

As the dust settles on the FCC's blockbuster C-band spectrum auction for 5G, investors appear to be turning to other potential sources of spectrum once thought unusable or uninteresting.

Cox heads to the edge
News Analysis | 6/21/2021

Cable op launches Cox Edge, an edge cloud computing service with global aspirations focused on a range of low-latency apps and services that can be offered in and out of Cox's traditional network footprint.

Dish's 5G core takes another step forward
News Analysis | 6/21/2021

For Dish Network, the Nokia 5G core in the AWS public cloud will support 'near zero-touch automation' and the ability to offer service level agreements to customers.

Samsung opts out of India's PLI for telecom gear – report
News Analysis | 6/21/2021

Samsung was a major beneficiary of the PLI for mobile device manufacturing, but it's decided not to make additional investment.

Light Reading Recap: Week of June 18
LRTV Documentaries | 6/21/2021

Last week's highlights included Viavi's ongoing pursuit of a merger with Exfo, Rakuten's open RAN plan to reveal what it's really paying for telecom gear, and we briefly ponder why Nokia would roll out the red carpet for open RAN developers in Dallas.

Huawei loses its day in court against the FCC
News Analysis | 6/21/2021

A US appeals court throws out Huawei's complaint against the FCC, though there's more to keep its lawyers busy in Canada, Poland, the UK and Sweden.

Axiata, Telenor seal Malaysian merger deal
News Analysis | 6/21/2021

Deal to merge Celcom and Digi is said to be worth $15 billion.

US is winning the Pacific cable wars
News Analysis | 6/21/2021

The US may be struggling to persuade the world to ban Huawei gear from 5G networks, but it's a clear winner in the Pacific subsea cable wars.

Intel's top researcher wants 6G to focus on network resiliency
News Analysis | 6/21/2021

Network resiliency is a difficult thing to achieve because wireless networks are typically spread across large geographies so there are many points where the network can fail.

AT&T, T-Mobile don't want to reveal signal strength data
News Analysis | 6/21/2021

AT&T and T-Mobile balked at requests for their 'heat maps.' Such data would help to show their network signal strength data in the same way as the number of bars of service on a customer's phone does.

Eurobites: Virgin Media O2 sees upside in upload for UK businesses
News Analysis | 6/21/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Incari touts new 'European operating system'; Orange branding guys totally smash it; Proximus downsizes in Brussels.

Accelleran adds a Belgian flavor to open RAN
News Analysis | 6/21/2021

The Antwerp-based startup emerges from stealth mode with a new 5G product just as operators call for local alternatives to Asian and US providers.

Cable players are taking many paths to PON
News Analysis | 6/18/2021

Though many cable operators will continue to head down the road of DOCSIS in the years to come, they're also taking a close look at various FTTP options as they explore next-gen network moves.

Biden back in DC, but China still on his mind
News Analysis | 6/18/2021

Back from his foreign junket, Biden issues an order letting the government subpoena or ban Chinese app makers, while the FCC closes Huawei loopholes.

AT&T, Verizon are still using spectrum tied to Dish for COVID-19 traffic spikes
News Analysis | 6/18/2021

At issue are billions of dollars worth of spectrum licenses that Dish Network is still trying to acquire. The FCC, meantime, is loaning those licenses to AT&T and Verizon.

China 5G device sales slow
News Analysis | 6/18/2021

The China 5G handset juggernaut is slowing down – after growing at a thundering pace in early 2021 with 91 million devices shipped in the first four months.

Telecoms equipment market rebounds in Q1 2021 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 6/18/2021

Huawei retains its grip with a 36% share outside North America, almost equal to the combined share of Nokia, Ericsson and ZTE.

With five IPOs and $5B, SK plans Korea's SoftBank
News Analysis | 6/18/2021

Eyeing the SouthBank Group blueprint, South Korea's SK Telecom hives off an investment arm, with $5 billion and five IPOs lined up.

Open RAN a lifeline for emerging market telcos
News Analysis | 6/18/2021

The ardent debates around open RAN have obscured the reality that many of the biggest proponents of the new architecture are in the developing world.

WiCipedia: Coded Bias sheds light on facial recognition inequalities
WiCipedia | 6/18/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: AI needs an overhaul; only 5% of tech roles are held by women of color; women take on the autonomous vehicle industry; and more.

Symphony MediaAI builds churn-buster for streaming services
News Analysis | 6/18/2021

Company ties streaming subscriber data with its AI and machine learning engine to get to the core of why or when subs are about to churn and provides provides potential remedies to keep them from fleeing.

Eurobites: Orange's pole upgrade bill just got bigger
News Analysis | 6/18/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus demonstrates 5G with VR gig; Infosecurity Europe goes online-only; A1 puts its faith in esports.

Google Fiber's free upgrade play pushes Chromecast with Google TV devices
News Analysis | 6/17/2021

The gigabit-happy ISP is also tossing in whole-home Google WiFi upgrades as Google Fiber seeks to eventually detach itself from its legacy, managed IPTV product.

Another East Coast utility starts testing private wireless LTE network
News Analysis | 6/17/2021

Avangrid is testing a private wireless LTE network with equipment from Nokia and GE working on spectrum bands including 900MHz from spectrum-leasing company Anterix.

Microsoft expands telecom portfolio with Azure private MEC
News Analysis | 6/17/2021

An 'evolution' of Microsoft's previous offering in the area, Azure private MEC represents a melding of the company's cloud computing technology with its new Affirmed and Metaswitch assets.

Viavi probably won't get Exfo, and that may be OK
News Analysis | 6/17/2021

Exfo's board said a merger with Viavi 'is not capable of being completed.' But one financial analyst firm said Viavi's prospects in the sector, even without an acquisition of Exfo, remain undimmed.

Cable's wireless biz 'ready for its star turn' – analyst
News Analysis | 6/17/2021

Comcast's multi-line pricing and break-even status of its mobile biz, coupled with traffic offload opportunities presented by CBRS, show 'it's time to take cable's wireless business seriously,' according to Craig Moffett.

Podcast: The Divide – Internet Society Foundation aims to bolster broadband with global grants
LRTV Interviews | 6/17/2021

This week: Sarah Armstrong, executive director of the Internet Society Foundation, on the organization's mission to support Internet access for everyone and its current work to award grants for community-led efforts in Bangladesh, Colombia and Senegal.

Google Cloud brings more apps to the edge in 5G drive
News Analysis | 6/17/2021

Cloud services provider brings 22 more industry application providers into the fold as part of broader telecoms strategy.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom goes on the hunt for fiber funding
News Analysis | 6/17/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia rolls out 5G for TTN in Denmark; MTN digs open RAN; UK government gets gung-ho on gigabit broadband.

Rakuten to expose what open RAN kit makers charge
News Analysis | 6/17/2021

The Japanese firm plans to reveal exactly what it pays for components in a move that the big vendors may not welcome.

Router/switch market back to pre-pandemic levels – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 6/17/2021

Market research firm expects transition to 400G products, along with mobile backhaul upgrades, as key demand drivers going forward.

India launches Trusted Telecom site to address security concerns
News Analysis | 6/17/2021

Portal gives clearance to telecom gear before it is installed by service providers, as new rules mandate telcos use equipment from 'trusted' sources only.

TIM gets Cisco into Noovle
News Analysis | 6/17/2021

Operator's cloud company taps into expertise of seasoned enterprise networking giant.

Ericsson bags 5G 'core' deal with Vodafone UK
News Analysis | 6/17/2021

The UK's mobile core market looks increasingly Nordic as Ericsson extends its role within Vodafone's network.

Verizon's CFO 'pretty excited' about potential for reduced network capex
News Analysis | 6/16/2021

Verizon is spending billions of additional dollars on capital expenses over the next few years. But that higher level of spending isn't permanent, according to the company's CFO.

Consolidation in test and measurement: Viavi goes for Exfo
News Analysis | 6/16/2021

Viavi has made a $430 million offer to purchase testing and measurement company Exfo, a play that counters the plans of Exfo's founder to take the company private.

Juniper CEO: 5G future is virtualized
CxO Spotlight | 6/16/2021

Rami Rahim, CEO of Juniper Networks, explains why future 5G services will be virtualized, and how the company plans to further automate data center operations.

Lightpath enters Boston market via M&A flurry
News Analysis | 6/16/2021

Lightpath, the fiber connectivity company now owned by Altice USA and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners (MSIP), will enter a market served by incumbents that include Comcast, RCN and Verizon.

Betting big, Nokia goes open RAN fishing in Texas
News Analysis | 6/16/2021

Nokia opens an open RAN collaboration and testing center in Dallas, as CEO Pekka Lundmark bets large on O-Ran to catch Ericsson and hobbled Huawei.

Eurobites: CMA puts mobile 'ecosystems' under the microscope
News Analysis | 6/16/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: HMD Global does IoT with Nokia's WING; Ekinops lands Croatian transport deal; Deutsche Telekom updates on 5G rollout.

Nokia covers all the bases with its cloud partnerships
The Wizard of Roz | 6/16/2021

Dish went all-in with AWS. Nokia is splitting its time and attention between the three leading cloud providers. Contributing analyst Roz Roseboro looks at the merits of the approach and how it lines up with each cloud provider's strengths.

Vodafone and AWS kickstart war on latency with UK 'edge' launch
News Analysis | 6/16/2021

The UK gets its first taste of a low-latency 5G service this week as it launches the Wavelength service that was first promised last year.

Ericsson says fears about Europe's 5G lag have come true
News Analysis | 6/16/2021

New data shared exclusively with Light Reading shows just how badly Europe has now fallen behind other parts of the world in 5G, says the Swedish equipment vendor.

New Ericsson report calls 46% data traffic growth 'normal'
News Analysis | 6/16/2021

According to a new Ericsson report, mobile data traffic grew 75% in 2018 and early 2019, but that growth slowed this year.

VMware, Intel and Cohere discuss spectrum efficiencies and the telco cloud transform in the RAN
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 6/16/2021

Stephen Spellicy, VP of product marketing and solutions from VMware, Caroline Chan, GM, 5G infrastructure from Intel, and Ray Dolan, CEO from Cohere Technologies join Gabriel Brown to discuss a recent announcement in the RAN.

AT&T, T-Mobile prepare to tackle the 5G perception problem
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

T-Mobile's marketing leadership is in a transition phase. Meantime, AT&T is preparing a brand refresh campaign. The actions are in response to expectations of frenetic growth in the 5G industry this year.

Not all churn is created equal, Sling TV exec says
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

OTT-TV provider has a 'robust restart business' among customers who come and go, while others, particularly families with multiple users, tend to be more loyal and represent more value.

VMware adds cloud-based security to SASE stack
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

Windstream Enterprise plans to make VMware's new cloud-based security service available to its SD-WAN customers later this year.

On the Huawei question, Biden replaces Trump's stick with carrots
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

The US government is offering training, workshops, handbooks and, most importantly, money, to encourage countries to block the purchase of Chinese 5G equipment.

Dish's 'Project Gene5is' signup site hints at American 5G
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

Dish Network has erected a website signup page for its planned 5G network that carries the 'Project Gene5is' branding and promises to 'democratize wireless access.'

TiVo-NCTC agreement enables MobiTV service to live on
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

New master services agreement comes together about a month after TiVo emerged as the top bidder for MobiTV's assets.

Malaysia surprises with another unusual spectrum handout
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

Once again, the Malaysian government has surprised the industry with a sudden and unexplained spectrum allocation.

Vodafone UK takes aim at rivals with new offers
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

The UK operator positions itself to meet the challenge of converged rivals BT/EE and O2/Virgin Media.

Rakuten says chips crunch is 'much worse' than expected
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

Telecom industry faces an uphill battle over the next two years, warns Rakuten Mobile's Tareq Amin.

Small WISP gets government cash to cover Apple's HQ with broadband
Broadband World News | 6/15/2021

About $8,000 in RDOF funding is going to LTD Broadband to provide 1-Gig service in areas surrounding Apple's massive $5 billion headquarters. That's drawn a complaint from the Competitive Carriers Association.

India's BSNL future uncertain as it struggles to launch 4G
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

The recent approval by India's DoT of 5G trials has put the spotlight on state-owned BSNL, which is still struggling to build a 4G network.

The forecast for in-person telecom events: Expect a busy Q4
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

From the Big 5G Event to Connect (X) 2021, ACA Connects and the NAB Show, US telecom executives are expecting a strong return to in-person events in the fall.

The folly of attempting to future-proof broadband
Guest Perspectives | 6/15/2021

Broadband usage today is completely asymmetrical, making symmetrical requirements misguided.

Telia Carrier CEO: Pushing for global expansion
CxO Spotlight | 6/15/2021

Telia Carrier CEO Staffan Göjeryd said his company is poised to keep growing and will likely become more focused and more competitive now that it is standing on its own. Meanwhile, the need to balance technology investments and market expansion looms larger than ever.

Eurobites: Beeline Georgia modernizes core with Nokia
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sparkle Nibbles into northern Europe; UPC mobile customers move over to Sunrise; AI for Spain's industrial sector.

Cautious start to 5G in spectrum-starved Indonesia
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

Led by Telkomsel, Indonesian operators have begun rolling out limited 5G deployments in the face of a severe spectrum shortage.

SES, Comcast deal ties into C-band reclamation for 5G
News Analysis | 6/15/2021

New deal paves way for Comcast Technology Solutions to transition video distribution services to a different satellite and help SES eventually vacate a portion of the C-band that will be used for 5G.

Study sizes up cost and performance options for bridging the broadband gap
Broadband World News | 6/14/2021

ACA Connects and Cartesian connected on a multi-faceted study finding that it would cost in the range of $61 billion to $118 billion to bring 1 Gbit/s to certain locations not covered by the phase I RDOF auction.

Taking the OSS to the cloud – are CSPs there yet and how does it help their digital and network transformation?
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 6/14/2021

Traditionally, public cloud was regarded as unable to meet the performance, security and data governance requirements of the mission-critical business and operation support systems used by the communications and media industry. However, faced with the need to increase their agility and operational efficiencies, a growing number of CSPs are now looking at migrating their operations support systems (OSS) to public clouds in order to achieve these objectives.

AT&T to take open RAN indoors first
News Analysis | 6/14/2021

AT&T plans to implement open RAN first in its indoor networks, mainly because such networks are often relatively simple. And the operator can push traffic onto its outdoor networks if there are problems.

Light Reading Recap: Week of June 11
LRTV Documentaries | 6/14/2021

Last week's highlights included a piece of good news for TikTok users in the US, a big bet on BT's fiber rollout from French telecom giant Altice and Starlink's plans to provide in-flight Wi-Fi.

Orange says software bug to blame for outage
News Analysis | 6/14/2021

The French group says a cyberattack was not to blame for a major network outage that affected calls to emergency numbers.

Biden to UAE: Sheikh off Huawei or lose F-35s
News Analysis | 6/14/2021

UAE achieved one of the world's best 5G rollouts using Huawei kit. But Biden tells the Emirates to break with Shenzhen or lose an F-35 jet shipment.

Eurobites: MTN Uganda turns to TIP tech for network automation
News Analysis | 6/14/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia and Ooredoo deploy 4G and 5G FWA in Oman; STC adds fire alarm system to its smart armory; Openreach's Selley lands a CBE in Birthday Honours list.

Satellite firms, telcos fight over 28GHz spectrum in India
News Analysis | 6/14/2021

There seems to be a tug of war going on between the satellite communication firms and Indian service providers over the 28GHz spectrum band.

Samsung beats Euro, US rivals to land Vodafone UK open RAN deal
News Analysis | 6/14/2021

The South Korean vendor emerges as the key player in the deployment as Vodafone works on replacing China's Huawei in its 5G network.

New York judge halts $15/month broadband, handing victory to telecom industry
News Analysis | 6/11/2021

Although a New York judge issued an injunction against legislation requiring $15 per month broadband, the issue is still very much undecided.

Cable access market rises on back of new hardware deployments – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 6/11/2021

Deployments of distributed access architecture (DAA) equipment are also showing signs of life, but suppliers of DOCSIS CPE could be in for more pain as chip shortages persist.

US telecom groups warn of network construction delays from chip shortages
News Analysis | 6/11/2021

'The minimum delay reported by members was generally three to four weeks,' NTCA told the FCC. Some network operators report 'not being able to obtain the equipment for the 2021 construction season.'

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