Several government agencies ask the FCC to 'revoke and terminate' China Telecom's licenses in the US, citing foreign ownership and imminent security threats.
Huawei has donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to healthcare workers in New York City and Washington, DC, on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Critics of the company claim it's a political tactic.
The pandemic has come two or three years too early for the hyped mobile technology, and companies depending on 5G for growth may suffer badly.
But even as a 'pure play' cable operator, Charter won't come out of this crisis completely unscathed as broadband subscriber growth slows and cord-cutting likely goes from bad to worse.
Now that T-Mobile has finally closed its merger with Sprint, the company is expected to purchase Shentel's wireless business across parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Excluding Hong Kong from a trans-Pacific cable is bad news for the city, according to a key industry figure.
Australian cable TV provider Foxtel cuts staff and warns of an uncertain future as it struggles from the impact of COVID-19.
Canada's 'big three' service providers cut thousands of jobs last year while boosting executive pay. At least one company boss has realized that's a problem.
Finnish vendor is late to DSS party, but better later than never for the tech's enthusiasts.
Italian operator's CEO said revenue will suffer even as demand for communication and entertainment services booms.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Turkey tracks the virus carriers; BT reveals pressure on emergency lines; KPN feels confident, despite everything.
Surge in Disney+ subscribers follows international market launches. The service debuted in the US late last year and had 28.6 million subs by early February.
Without a better system than IP, future 5G applications may simply not be feasible. But the industry is torn over the answer.
Offer for a free year of the premium service also arrives ahead of the debut of HBO Max and AT&T's plan to migrate legacy HBO customers to its new super-sized SVoD service.
In an online press conference, China's big three telcos jointly shared plans to climb aboard the RCS bandwagon with rich 5G messaging.
Rakuten Mobile explodes onto Japan's 4G scene and carriers around the world are watching.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Synamedia lands Vodafone TV gig; the march of the altnets; Deutsche Telekom gets on board with Azure.
Software company spots an opportunity for the underwhelming technology to redeem itself.
The semiconductor company admits that its first-quarter performance will be worse than expected due to the spread of the coronavirus.
The Chinese vendors have cut hundreds of jobs, Light Reading has learned, in the troubled Indian market.
Although cable companies commanded close to a third of all postpaid wireless customer additions last year, the spread of the new coronavirus could stymie their mobile momentum in 2020.
Wi-Fi has long been a 'critical missing strategic element in our portfolio,' MaxLinear CEO says. On the cable end, the deal will ensure that cable operators still have a critical second source for DOCSIS silicon.
T-Mobile has long employed a noisy, over-the-top approach to marketing its brand. And though the company has remained relatively quiet during the pandemic, that might change in July.
It's week three of the lockdown pod, and the regular crew looks at how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting China's relationship with the rest of the world.
While the spreading coronavirus disrupts daily life around the world, AT&T told investors its financial situation, and its supply chain, remain stable.
Kazu Gomi discusses why NTT Research was formed, what it's working on and the ambitious goals of its IOWN initiative with Intel and Sony.
Moves to cut Huawei off from one of its largest suppliers could result in 'catastrophic destruction' on a global scale.
This latest investment brings total funding for Cato to over $200 million since its inception in 2016.
Quibi's mobile-focused video service debuts amid a COVID-19 crisis, causing millions to stream from home and threatening to slow the production of new content during a critical time for the streaming startup.
Australia's NBN claims it is meeting increased demand during the pandemic, but some are calling on the network to cut wholesale prices.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Arcep investigates environmental impact of telecom; European distribution deal for Versa Network's SD-WAN tech; hard times at Net Insight.
The letter comes on the heels of Nokia's failure to win a single share of China Mobile's 5G tender, which was awarded primarily to Chinese vendors last week.
Only matter of time before pandemic hits sales, although memory chip business might provide some profit-margin protection.
Cisco said it will acquire Fluidmesh Networks in a move the company said will boost its ability to keep industrial objects reliably connected, whether that's a high-speed train or a shipping container.
MaxLinear aims to beef up its cable product portfolio and be ready for the Wi-Fi 6 era as it deals for a unit of Intel that makes chips for Wi-Fi access points and broadband gateways.
Although many expect the 3GPP to issue 'Release 16' of the 5G specification shortly, it's unclear how COVID-19 and new legislation in the US might affect Release 17 and beyond.
Thanks to an ancient FCC rule on the use of digital TV spectrum for subscription services, a new pay-TV offering to be delivered via ATSC 3.0 signals will be subject to a fee totaling 5% of gross revenues.
French telecom regulator reports that Q4 2019 revenue grew after almost two years of contraction, supported by mobile services growth.
In giving up his pay, the boss of the UK's biggest operator has set an example that other CEOs should follow.
Samsung was a 5G supplier to Sprint, and also supplies 5G equipment to AT&T and Verizon. But the company has not been mentioned among the vendors for T-Mobile following the Sprint merger.
The move marks Huawei's latest attempt to strengthen domestic sourcing in the face of US sanctions.
As the world moves to contain the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, home containment has been our biggest weapon to 'flatten the curve.'
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Open Fiber resumes work on FTTH network in Italian coronavirus hotspot; Orange/Free Mobile roaming agreement extended; Deutsche Telekom's security unit teams up with Palo Alto Networks.
Reduced costs high on agenda, but drone tech might also mitigate COVID-19 risks for field engineers.
The pitchfork-wielding lynch mobs of the Middle Ages have their equivalent in the technophobic arsonists burning 5G equipment.
Company is instead pushing the sale of AT&T TV, a new contract-based, big-bundle streaming service that runs on an operator-supplied Android TV box.
Says 'significant under-investment' in fiber has played role in putting Frontier in this tenuous position as company outlines plan to reorg, invest in fiber and manage the decline of 'non-core' products and customers.
The Nordic firm has been cutting its workforce as it tries to protect margins, while its Chinese rival just keeps getting bigger.
But startup's broader play is to stitch together a global content delivery network footprint and a growing edge cloud that can run a wide range of bandwidth- and latency-sensitive services.
Subdued interest in Samsung's latest (and expensive) 5G smartphone is bad news for South Korea's big three operators.
TeleGeography's Paul Brodsky joins Light Reading's Phil Harvey to talk about international voice traffic and how the mix of traffic on carrier networks has changed over the years.
China Broadcast gets 700MHz, but not a partner.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia helps Finnish government fight COVID-19; new voice and messaging service for African diaspora; Vodafone positions itself for public sector procurement in Scotland.
Asian countries have used smartphone apps to help stop the spread. Can the US and Europe do the same?
This week in our WiC roundup: Geochicas take to the streets; high schoolers as role models; how pandemics affect feminism; and more.
Italian operator signals acceleration of agreement to light up dark fiber installed by Infratel Italia in 600 municipalities.
AT&T said traffic to its VPN has risen 700% during the past few weeks - demand it was able to match thanks to its virtualized network services and white box gateway.
Mavenir and Parallel Wireless are optimistic that radios can be made in the US at a competitive cost.
T-Mobile's lawyers may not be done quite yet. California's telecom agency said the company can't begin merging with Sprint until officials there sign off on the transaction.
800G single wavelength coherent is a significant development that will help meet demand for higher bandwidths from users working from home and businesses delivering services remotely.
According to Nokia, COVID-19 Internet traffic is beginning to plateau. Meantime, CenturyLink reported 35% growth in its traffic. And vendors including Ciena and Juniper could eventually benefit.
Communications group continues its acquisition drive with acquisition of NOS International Carrier Services from the Portuguese operator.
Japanese operators team up as operators in other markets have already done to build a joint 5G network in rural areas.
With investors that include Charlie Ergen and Greg Wyler, Tarana Wireless is hoping to break into the fixed wireless industry with technology that can support up to 1Gbit/s connections.
New offering from startup Edge Networks will launch in Boise this summer on the next-gen broadcast standard and feature more than 80 channels for less than $50 per month.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Slovakia presses on with 5G auction plans; O2 cuts ties with Dixons Carphone; Telecom Italia sets up new supervisory body; optical equipment makers to feel Europe's 5G pain.
T-Mobile didn't reveal any new plans for its home TV service after locking up Sprint, but a source says the company is working with MobiTV on an updated platform that will succeed the one it acquired from Layer3 TV.
The FCC's chairman is proposing a 5G Fund that would total $9 billion. However, he's also suggesting that the 6GHz band be used only by unlicensed operations.
John Legere will leave the company early. The Sprint brand isn't going anywhere, at least not yet. And T-Mobile has already started work on its post-merger 5G network.
Kilar, who also led a short-lived YouTube competitor called Vessel, will start on May 1 and succeed John Stankey as WarnerMedia nears the launch of HBO Max.
We're moving the entry deadline for this year's Leading Lights awards to Friday, May 1.
On this Light Reading podcast, Haugh provides an update on the evolution of enterprise network automation and how Gluware uses software-defined networking concepts to 'treat the underlying network infrastructure as code and then interact with it programmatically.'
Sprint and T-Mobile finalize a merger that the new company says will unleash a $40 billion investment in its network and business over the next three years.
Thanks to the close of the T-Mobile and Sprint merger, Dish Network is now on the hook to be an MVNO while starting construction on a 5G network. But the company isn't saying much about its plans just yet.
Service providers are offering free talk time and an extension of service validity during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The pandemic will spur layoffs within the telecom sector, driving companies to automate activities where employees pose a risk.
Chinese smartphone and IoT manufacturer optimistic about domestic market, but less sure of near-term prospects abroad.
European operators impatiently waiting to get their hands on 5G-enabling spectrum will have to wait a bit longer as auctions are postponed in multiple markets.
A new system for the Internet is a far greater threat to the West than Huawei's role in 5G networks.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia given green light for Finnish fiber JV; who's up and who's down in European telco brands; Sequans revises guidance down for first quarter.
Based on data from cross-section of US cable operators, downstream demand is up 20.1% and upstream demand has risen 27% since March 1, according to the NCTA.
Palo Alto Networks will integrate CloudGenix's cloud-managed SD-WAN products to speed up onboarding of remote branches and retail stores utilizing Palo Alto's Prisma Access SASE platform.
T-Mobile and Sprint are expected to announce the official close of their long-gestating merger, and the FCC's chairman is expected to outline his plan to release the 6GHz spectrum band for unlicensed use.
Microsoft is leveraging its new Azure Edge Zones with edge computing startup AlefEdge for real-time advertising services.
Operators in virus-stricken countries are starting to tighten their belts, and 5G rollout may no longer seem like a spending priority.
Japan's DoCoMo said it would discontinue its NB-IoT service, which likely indicates the expense of running the IoT offering was not enough to warrant the revenues the operator derived from it.
Next-gen wireless platform will provide a solid capacity boost and open door to new, specialized services, CommScope exec says. But part of that future hinges on the still unresolved future of the 6GHz band.
Börje Ekholm tells shareholders that the Swedish firm has yet to see significant business disruption, but it is only a matter of time before it does.
AT&T has spent around $2 billion on millimeter wave spectrum licenses for 5G during the past year. Now, the operator is hinting that it could use the spectrum for 5G in both mobile and fixed applications.
The regular crew try out a new videoconferencing platform in the second week of COVID-19 lockdown. And Scott taunts Iain with a can of beer.
As telcos begin to build and scale next-generation 5G and MEC networks, new IT infrastructure manageability challenges are emerging.
HPE announced a new partnership effort called the Open Distributed Infrastructure Management Initiative that the company hopes will help it break into the 5G core and edge space.
China's biggest operator has just handed out major 5G contracts, and the Western rivals to Huawei and ZTE were barely acknowledged.
New 'Explorer' effort, which will also look to accelerate the industry's involvement with autonomous transport, seeks out expertise and aid from industries and people from outside the traditional cable sector.
By creating an AI-driven home operating system, the company believes it can reduce service calls.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia offers 'AI as a service'; more virus-related reassurance; Spongebob Squarepants to the rescue!
Sales and profits rose for the Chinese equipment giant, but it has undoubtedly been harmed by US measures.
Belgian operator flags April 1 launch for 5G as it outlines a new operational and financial strategy under the #inspire2022 banner.
SD-WAN security services strategies possess the richness to support a programmable and multidimensional application-aware security model, writes Heavy Reading's Jim Hodges.
Carriers are increasingly putting the new coronavirus front-and-center in their latest advertising messages.