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Asian telcos leading charge to 10G
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Asia-Pacific operators are leading the world in the transition to next-generation PON, experts told the Light Reading Next-Gen Broadband APAC event.

Comcast 'Flex' box deployments pass 3 million
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Flex, a streaming product for Comcast's broadband-only customers, represents the 'new television,' company chairman and CEO Brian Roberts says.

India sells spectrum worth $10.6B in two-day auction
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

India's mega spectrum auction ended in two days, raising INR778 billion (US$10.6 billion). As anticipated, service providers went for spectrum up for renewal.

Microsoft dials up operators for Teams calls
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Operator Connect function to allow calls to be placed over the PSTN, part of a raft of Teams updates announced for Microsoft Ignite.

Eurobites: Telecom Egypt plans subsea ring around Africa
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Tesco Mobile boss slams sneaky price increases during a time of pandemic; EU antitrust boss issues recovery reminder; a data center for DRC.

US pay-TV universe shrank by 857K subs in Q4
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

'Traditional' pay-TV providers lost 1.35 million subs in the period, offset by a gain of almost 500,000 among virtual multichannel video programming distributors, according to Craig Moffett's latest 'Cord-Cutting Monitor.'

More room for Zoom boom, as Q4 revenue rises 369%
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

Zoom's run of good luck isn't over, with $882 million of Q4 revenues beating expectations, amid new bets on call centers and Zoom Phone.

Broadband's new normal as Aus, NZ navigate the pandemic
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

Broadband operators can expect higher upstream traffic post-COVID, even as downstream returns to previous levels.

Charter 'not giving up' on video, CEO says
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

Consumers are being priced out of the pay-TV market, but Charter has a role to play in selling streaming packages as a 'storefront and an aggregator,' CEO Tom Rutledge says.

KPN stands by Huawei as it overhauls networks
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

Reliance on Ericsson in the core and Nokia as a fixed broadband vendor gives the Dutch incumbent a multivendor network, says its chief technology officer.

Ericsson, Huawei, AT&T attending MWC, others not so sure
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

The GSMA expects up to 50,000 attendees at its MWC show in Barcelona. Ericsson, Huawei, Telefónica, Parallel Wireless and AT&T confirmed they will be there. Others are still deciding.

Ligado's CEO talks spectrum values, partnerships and sales
CxO Spotlight | 3/2/2021

Ligado's Doug Smith addresses questions on how the company's L-band spectrum might aid C-band auction winners, and whether he has fielded any purchase inquiries.

T-Mobile tosses MobiTV a life raft
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

TVN Ventures, a unit of T-Mobile, has agreed to provide MobiTV with $15.5 million in DIP financing to avoid an asset 'fire sale.' T-Mobile, which launched its new TVision service in late 2020, is MobiTV's top customer.

India's Jio introduces device offers to attract rivals' 2G users
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

In a bid for rivals' 2G subscribers, India's pure-play 4G telco Reliance Jio has come up with two bundled offers for its 4G low-price handset, JioPhone.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom bids for vaccination passport contract
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom teams up on urban data; Openreach goes with Viavi for network management; Proximus in Bruges.

France's Bouygues and SFR start Huawei purge – report
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

So-called 'loi anti-Huawei' poses a challenge for two of France's four mobile operators that have relied on the China-based vendor in the past.

Altice USA CEO envisions end of traditional cable pay-TV
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

Fewer eyeballs are fixed on pay-TV and the economics of a linear cable TV service are getting 'worse and worse every year,' CEO Dexter Goei tells CNBC.

Verizon's 5G tech support says the quiet part out loud
DanoVision | 3/1/2021

Verizon's customer support implied that 5G will drain customers' phone batteries. What they really meant is that 5G is not yet worth using.

The era of converged network infrastructure has officially begun
DanoVision | 3/1/2021

Digital Colony will take Boingo private in a transaction valued at around $854 million. It's Marc Ganzi's latest step toward 'digital infrastructure' convergence.

Zoom Phone available through Lumen: Will you answer the call?
Guest Perspectives | 3/1/2021

Lumen is partnering with Zoom to launch the Zoom Phone, a cloud phone system that provides customers with the ability to migrate on-premises calling systems to a cloud platform which also includes Zoom Meetings, Chat, Rooms and Webinar capabilities.

Deutsche Telekom in no rush to join towers frenzy
Morris Lore | 3/1/2021

The German incumbent is weighing options for its infrastructure while the region's powerbrokers continue to advance.

Orby TV unplugs prepaid satellite TV service
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

Orby TV has shut down and now steers affected customers to a promo with Dish Network that includes one 'Wally' HD receiver and an option to switch over for as low as $100 when activation fees are factored in.

MobiTV enters Chapter 11, secures $15.5M to stay afloat
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

MobiTV, a pay-TV tech partner to T-Mobile and several MSOs, could end up selling most of its assets. Its list of creditors include Rackspace, Silicon Valley Bank, MPEG LA, Comcast and several programmers.

Despite pledge, T-Mobile has cut 5K jobs since Sprint merger
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

German owner Deutsche Telekom promised a combo would employ more staff, but 6% of jobs have disappeared.

Biden to follow through on Trump-era China tech ban
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

The Biden administration will put into force sweeping Trump-era measures against importing Chinese technology into the US, to IBM and Amazon's horror.

China aims to tackle misbehaving apps – report
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

Government seeks to better regulate its sprawling mobile apps market.

Eurobites: Jan du Plessis to step down as BT chairman
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone's European integration plan trundles into action; MTN Syria fights judicial guardianship ruling; Hyperoptic does its bit for the digital divide.

Industry honchos highlight key 5G issues in India
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

Spectrum woes, high taxes and more combine to make life difficult.

Juniper ties 128's SD-WAN technology into Mist AI
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

Juniper says that by now bringing telemetry data from Session Smart Routers into the Mist AI engine, customers can better manage service levels across the WAN, and proactively detect anomalies to improve user experience.

Why the time is ripe for Comcast to blow past its borders
The Bauminator | 2/26/2021

The discussion is no longer about offering a low-margin OTT-TV service out of Comcast's footprint, but about generating scale for a broader platform supported by a much more diverse economic ecosystem.

Cable One must become an 'acquisition machine' – analyst
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

MSO needs to buy more smaller operators and apply a model that de-emphasizes video and pushes broadband penetration if Cable One is to 'sustain its stratospheric value,' MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett says.

Huawei steers course to make its own cars – report
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

According to Reuters, Huawei – in collaboration with Chinese automakers – is gearing up to make electric vehicles under its own brand.

Short video gets more crowded with Lomotif buyout
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

TikTok and Kuaishou rival Lomotif is bought for $125 million by a consortium led by Ted Farnsworth, as the short video industry gets a little more crowded.

From 5G to 6G: What could it look like?
Guest Perspectives | 2/26/2021

As demand for connectivity increases, it's time to begin defining the 6G standard, and understanding the benefits and challenges that 6G will present.

Dish's 5G construction chief talks network speeds, public clouds and more
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

'We're pretty optimistic about open RAN and its ability to do a number of things,' says Dave Mayo, who recently assembled the leadership team for Dish's four network regions.

Brazil’s auction rules rule in Huawei
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

Requirement to move straight to standalone version of 5G causes some ructions.

5G boosts SmarTone, Taiwan Mobile
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

5G has delivered a boost to the bottom line for SmarTone and Taiwan Mobile, financial filings reveal, in one of the first signs of 5G uplift outside Korea.

Despite €100B in sales, Deutsche Telekom fails to excite
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

Europe's biggest operator had its most successful year ever in 2020, but investors do not seem to have noticed.

WiCipedia: Pandemic culture shifts rank of best cities for WiT
WiCipedia | 2/26/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: New study reports gender equality in tech stats; Google seeks to improve image; the best cities for women in tech in 2021; and more.

Eurobites: Proximus sees revenue slip 2.3% in 2020 as pandemic bites
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Cellnex grows revenues 55% in 2020; Three UK updates on network upgrades; Brexit threatens UK's fintech future, says government-led report.

India gets new social media, OTT rules
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

Indian government issues new regulations for digital media, including Internet firms, OTT platforms and online news.

AT&T, TPG to spin DirecTV into a separate company
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

'New DirecTV,' consisting of the DirecTV satellite service, U-verse TV and AT&T TV, will operate as AT&T's US video unit. The transaction values the entity at about $16.25 billion.

WOW expects to lose more than half its pay-TV base
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

And that's just fine and dandy. Amid its pursuit of a 'broadband-first' strategy, WOW, which has about 308,000 video subs, expects its pay-TV base to dip below the 100,000 mark within three years, CFO says.

Comcast brings pay-TV upgrade option to Flex
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

Launch of Xfinity Stream app on Flex enables broadband-only subscribers to add contract-free pay-TV services, starting with a baseline 'Choice TV' package that includes major local broadcast channels.

High rollers: A look at the billion-dollar bidding strategies for 5G spectrum
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

UScellular dropped out when prices reached $76 million. Dish Network dropped out after prices reached $218 million. And, finally, T-Mobile tapped out after round 30, when prices hit $240 million.

Huawei spoils Ericsson party with 5G radio weighing 1kg less
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

Turn off Abba's 'Dancing Queen' and stopper the aquavit – the Chinese hit back at Ericsson with an even lighter product.

ADVA Q4 benefits from cost-cutting
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

CFO hails 2020 as one of the most successful financial years in the company's history.

Vecima scoops up ATX's 'GAP' node tech
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

Aim is to accelerate the development of the Generic Access Platform, an emerging node standard for HFC networks that can slot in service modules for DOCSIS, PON, mobile/wireless and, potentially, edge compute.

C-band auction maps and charts: Who won what, where and how much
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are collectively spending almost $90 billion on C-band spectrum licenses. These seven charts show exactly what they're buying.

Telco AI: Critical for networks, but not yet quite a business
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

Artificial intelligence has brought efficiency for operators but little in the way of additional revenues.

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