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Rakuten's Tareq Amin: Battling legacy thinking and network complexity
CxO Spotlight | 4/22/2021

Tareq Amin, group chief technology officer at Rakuten Mobile, discusses his company's open RAN deployments and the evolution of a new kind of mobile network.

China Unicom reports spike in growth but costs rise too
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

Rising operating costs have been chipping away at the Chinese operator's profits, its latest report shows.

AT&T surprises in Q2, but wireless outlook remains murky
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

AT&T added 595,000 postpaid phone customers during the first quarter, far ahead of Verizon. However, AT&T's promotional efforts in the industry 'can only go so long,' according to analysts.

Podcast – The Divide: ConnectMaine's Peggy Schaffer on the 'street-by-street battle' for broadband
LRTV Interviews | 4/22/2021

This week: Peggy Schaffer, executive director, ConnectMaine, on the state of broadband in Maine and why she says we need to stop giving money to the FCC.

AT&T drops another 620K pay-TV subs as HBO Max gains more ground
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

Meanwhile, AT&T tacked on another 235,000 fiber broadband customers, extending that total to 5.18 million.

Comcast Full Duplex DOCSIS trial pumps out 4-Gig symmetrical speeds
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

Powered by a new Full Duplex DOCSIS chipset from Broadcom, the successful lab trial puts Comcast, and possibly other cable operators, on the road to DOCSIS 4.0 and '10G.'

Tele2 CEO hails 'disciplined focus' in Q1
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

‘Baltic Sea challenger' navigates choppy pandemic waters with continued cost cutting.

Eurobites: EU tries to make AI less scary
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson wins Slovakian 5G deal; ADVA has 'best ever' Q1; Proximus turns to Velocix for content delivery.

Hat in hand, open RAN cheerleaders zoom to Washington
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

According to open RAN proponents, the technology can improve everything from cybersecurity to the digital divide – as long as lawmakers cough up a little funding.

Pushing antitrust act, senator takes aim at tech titans
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

The new Congress gets stuck into tech giants, with Senator Amy Klobuchar launching hearings about anti-competitive practices by Apple and Google.

Rakuten finally picks up the iPhone
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

Japan's newest operator can expect a surge of interest in its service after adding the country's most popular mobile gadget to its catalog.

Orange holds firm, but Spain remains a drain
News Analysis | 4/22/2021

France-based telco is able to report modest group revenue growth in Q1 2021, but the pandemic continues to make its mark.

Rogers blames Ericsson software upgrade for wireless outage
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Rogers will apply credits to customer bills after tracing the problem to a software issue that impacted a piece of equipment central to the wireless network, which led to intermittent congestion and service outages.

Verizon CEO Vestberg: 'We are actually winning'
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Verizon said it can remain competitive even if its rivals ratchet up their game. But some analysts aren't so sure: 'Verizon's network will still be 'very good.' But will that be 'good enough?'

Dish's 5G network architect explains the new Amazon deal
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Dish Network's Marc Rouanne said the public cloud run by Amazon Web Services will be 'the foundation of our [network] architecture.'

Quibi content to be recast as 'Roku Originals'
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Other fresh fare will also be part of future originals programming as the streaming giant continues to shore up the strategy of The Roku Channel.

China Mobile warns of mounting 5G costs
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

The world's biggest operator says cuts may be needed to cope with soaring electricity fees and other charges.

UK scrutiny chips away at Nvidia's $40B Arm buy
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

The UK government will intervene in Nvidia's $40B purchase of UK chipmaker Arm. SoftBank may find itself considering an IPO instead.

Verizon broadband gains continue to outpace video losses
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Aided by Verizon's broadband-led 'Mix & Match' plans, Fios revenues climbed in Q1 2021 as the company added 98,000 Fios Internet subs against a loss of 82,000 Fios TV customers.

HKBN acquisitions power higher 1H earnings
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Hong Kong's HKBN says it has weathered the pandemic storm, posting a 12% rise in first-half earnings and achieving advances in its transition to a broad ICT provider.

Podcast: Verizon's Anand Shah on why private networks are a big opportunity
LRTV Interviews | 4/21/2021

Anand Shah, Verizon's director of technology strategy and architecture, joins the podcast to talk all about private networks.

Ericsson is back to boringly good, but China threats loom
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

The Swedish equipment vendor delivers another strong set of results for its first quarter as geopolitics continues to affect its business.

Microsoft fails to reach accord with Discord
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Reports say the messaging platform rejected the software giant's $12 billion bid and plans to go it alone.

EU wants to work with India on 5G security standards
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

It's been reported the EU hopes to collaborate with India on 5G rollout and security standards, as part of discussions at the India-EU summit on May 8.

Eurobites: Ericsson goes nuclear with private networks in France
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Etisalat and Nokia launch 5G services in UAE; A1 Bulgaria wins main 5G spectrum license; TalkTalk piggybacks on Openreach network in Ipswich.

Amazon lands rockets for its satellite broadband
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Amazon has made the first rocket alliance for its own satellite broadband effort to chase Starlink and OneWeb, but big questions remain.

Huawei trampled on in smartphone Q1 frenzy
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Strategy Analytics reports 24% year-on-year surge in smartphone shipments, and Huawei gets pushed out of top-five vendors by market share.

New $4.5B US-Japan alliance needs a big vendor
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

The leaders of the US and Japan have agreed on a $4.5 billion 5G and 6G collaboration, but details of the plan are vague.

No end in sight to AGR litigation in India
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

The question of who should pay the AGR dues of bankrupt service providers has resurfaced thanks to a ruling by India's National Company Law Appellate Tribunal.

Nokia missing from Verizon's C-band frenzy
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

Verizon said it will purchase 5G equipment from Samsung and Ericsson for its C-band 5G buildout. Nokia, a longtime Verizon vendor, was not named in the announcement.

Vodafone lab to show open RAN does exactly what it says on the tin
News Analysis | 4/21/2021

The test and integration lab at its Newbury headquarters will be a catalyst for the new-look technology, the UK operator hopes.

Netflix comes up short in Q1
News Analysis | 4/20/2021

The addition of 4 million subs was below guidance of 6 million – and down from a whopping 16 million net sub adds a year earlier – as Netflix dealt with a big 'pull through' from 2020 paired with a slowdown of fresh content.

The Apple TV 4K gets an upgrade
News Analysis | 4/20/2021

Apple's new streaming box, starting at $179, is still a pricey gadget when compared to many other 4K-capable devices. But support for Dolby Vision and high-frame rate HDR make it a target for higher-end home theaters.

Taiwan's MediaTek: Chip shortage won't stop US smartphone ambitions
News Analysis | 4/20/2021

MediaTek recently passed Qualcomm as the world's biggest smartphone chipset supplier. And the company doesn't see the global chipset shortage affecting the smartphone industry anytime soon.

Sling TV pitches deep discount to nab new subs
News Analysis | 4/20/2021

Dish-owned OTT-TV service is pitching first month of Sling TV for $10 along with a premium DVR service that provides 200 hours of storage.

Why Verizon is sweetening 5G Home with promotions, free devices
News Analysis | 4/20/2021

Verizon is offering a free streaming TV device and a free Samsung Chromebook, as well as up to $500 in early termination fees, in order to sell its 5G Home service.

UK risks own goal with open RAN diversity plan
Morris Lore | 4/20/2021

The British government is pushing through an 'open' agenda that will restrict operators' freedom of choice.

Deutsche Telekom joins Celo blockchain network
News Analysis | 4/20/2021

German operator said to be the first telco to join the mobile-first Celo Alliance for Prosperity and buys native token CELO.

Adtran takes shot at LoRaWAN market
News Analysis | 4/20/2021

Vendor says it has already scored purchase agreements as the new IoT gateway places Adtran into a new market, and in position to help service providers build overlay networks for enterprise IoT apps.

Eurobites: UK government tackles rural 'notspots' with taller masts
News Analysis | 4/20/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup:; Virgin Media touts DOCSIS-based speeds; Telenor combines with Oracle and more on 5G SA offering; UK government probes Nvidia-Arm deal.

Cloud infrastructure for the 5G core
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/20/2021

SPONSORED: Heavy Reading's 'Cloud-Native 5G Core Operator Survey' explores preferences for cloud infrastructure platforms.

There's not much at stake in the Dish vs. T-Mobile fight – analysts
News Analysis | 4/19/2021

Dish is fretting over T-Mobile's CDMA shutdown plans. But some financial analysts believe the whole issue is just 'an attempt to reduce Dish's burden to provide GSM-compatible devices.'

Rogers suffers some kind of big wireless kerfuffle
News Analysis | 4/19/2021

A massive service outage arrives as Rogers Communications and fellow Canadian service provider Shaw Communications pursue a merger that touts mobile and 5G as a major driver.

Will the feds set our broadband Internet prices?
News Analysis | 4/19/2021

President Biden has hinted that the federal government might step in to 'reduce Internet prices for all Americans.' But some analysts aren't expecting that kind of heavy-handed regulation.

Frontier headed for 'modest' growth following Chapter 11 – analysts
Broadband World News | 4/19/2021

'We wouldn't call Frontier a diamond in the rough. Instead, it's more of a semi-precious stone in the rough,' analysts say in a report that sizes up Frontier's fiber-focused, post-bankruptcy future.

Fast-growing ZTE, free to buy US tech, is a nightmare for Biden
News Analysis | 4/19/2021

China's second-biggest network equipment maker is allowed to buy US technology and supply that to Chinese mobile operators, raising awkward questions for America's new president.

Is it open yet? Closed RAN and other short stories
Guest Perspectives | 4/19/2021

In this article, Mike Murphy CTO, Nokia North America, outlines key areas that need to be developed to enable true Open RAN deployments at scale.

Rural will rev Altice USA's broadband growth – analyst
News Analysis | 4/19/2021

The operator could lose some share in Fios territories on the east coast, but its underpenetrated, less competitive (and underappreciated) rural markets have 'unusually high potential,' new study finds.

Korea's LG Uplus taps Nokia small cells for 5G
News Analysis | 4/19/2021

Korean operator takes steps to improve indoor 5G connectivity following complaints over patchy coverage.

Eurobites: Millicom is out of Africa
News Analysis | 4/19/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia combines with Edzcom on private 5G network; Lycamobile has a new boss; Ericsson bags design prize.

NGMN brings together US and Chinese operators for 6G
News Analysis | 4/19/2021

Amid noisy international 6G saber-rattling from Chinese, European and North American groups, the NGMN is warning that 'fragmentation is not forward looking or sustainable.'

Juniper's Cloud Metro powers the next generation of 5G, edge and IoT services
Guest Perspectives | 4/16/2021

By reimagining metro networks, operators can start overcoming their most pressing business and technical challenges and reinvent their role in the digital ecosystem.

Cato dips toe in telco waters with KDDI collab
News Analysis | 4/16/2021

Partnering with a tier 1 service provider is a new move for Cato, which historically competed with telcos on the SD-WAN front and dubbed itself the 'un-carrier' of managed SD-WAN services.

CableLabs takes on role of convergence catalyst
News Analysis | 4/16/2021

CableLabs is spearheading two initiatives – a group made of up execs from service providers and an advisory council comprised of vendors – focused on driving collaboration and scale around network and service convergence.

Telstra, I Squared in PCCW Global tilt – report
News Analysis | 4/16/2021

Australian telco Telstra has been making a play for HKT's international unit PCCW Global.

With pent-up demand, competitive intensity in wireless primed to detonate
News Analysis | 4/16/2021

Verizon is now applying discounts to phones with cracked screens. That's just one indication among several of how the US wireless landscape could soon get a lot more competitive.

Best FRANDs: Apple gets a new day in court over IP
News Analysis | 4/16/2021

Big Tech faced a hot summer of $3.7B royalty fines in Texas courts, but now one judge says 'hang on there, cowboy' and vacates a $0.5B ruling.

Dell spins off VMware and winds in its $49B debt
News Analysis | 4/16/2021

Dell bought cloud virtualization star VMware in 2016, and it's booming. But the company is spinning it off to write down a $49 billion debt.

South Korea adopts 5G network sharing to boost rural 5G
News Analysis | 4/16/2021

Move comes as three MNOs are set to face more competition from MVNOs in the area of 5G data plans.

Eurobites: Vodafone UK trials drones for easier network upgrades
News Analysis | 4/16/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Romania bans Huawei; VEON co-CEO steps down; Nokia claims mmWave breakthrough; hologram pizzas.

WiCipedia: A cybersecurity PR blunder for the ages
WiCipedia | 4/16/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: A cybersecurity PR blunder; Amazon makes commitment to hire minority employees into senior roles; the evolution of diversity in space travel; and more.

AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile offer unlimited 5G disappointment
DanoVision | 4/16/2021

The big three US carriers continue to tout new networks, but they remain relatively indifferent about helping customers connect without traditional telco frustrations.

The 1970s comeback in UK telecom is a new virus
Morris Lore | 4/16/2021

A government-appointed taskforce wants to interfere in the decisions that operators make about their suppliers, according to a report.

Shaw's wireless biz waxes as wireline wanes
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

Extending a theme that has taken hold at the Canadian company in recent quarters, Shaw's cable pay-TV and broadband business continued to shed subscribers in fiscal Q2 as its mobile business gained more ground.

Cable ops to be 'surgical' with latest Wi-Fi tech
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

Wi-Fi 6E will eventually reach the masses, but cable operators will likely use the technology early on targeted, app-driven situations for wireless set-tops, cloud gaming services and in Wi-Fi-constrained MDU environments.

Verizon's other network buildout focuses on location tech
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

Verizon's new hyper-sensitive location service relies on several dozen Real Time Kinematics (RTK) reference stations the operator has constructed across the US.

SKT to spin off its non-telecom businesses
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

SK Telecom is to spin off its non-core businesses to maximize the value of its chip and digital services investments.

Podcast: The Divide – David Gilford on local priorities for federal broadband funds
LRTV Interviews | 4/15/2021

This week, David Gilford, co-founder of the Broadband Equity Partnership, on what local government and nonprofit broadband leaders need from a national broadband stimulus.

Telefónica incubator Wayra turns ten
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

The acceleration program has so far helped nurture 800 startups of which 250 have worked directly with the Spanish telco.

It's boom time for TSMC, but the chips are down for everyone else
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

The Taiwanese foundry is struggling to keep up with demand for chips, partly because there are so few alternatives for its customers.

Ubiquiti's latest hack highlights troubled security path for operators
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

Vendor Ubiquiti reportedly suffered a 'catastrophic' security breach. 'Their security aligns with the overall nature of their equipment, relatively cheap and flimsy,' said a former Ubiquiti customer.

Airtel revamps structure to focus on India's digital opportunity
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

India's second-largest service provider by subscribers, Bharti Airtel, has announced a new organizational structure to focus on the digital business.

Comcast gets aggressive with unlimited mobile 5G pricing
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

Subs can reduce the price on Xfinity Mobile unlimited plans as they add lines, down to as low as $30/month in four-line packages. Comcast's previous, more static unlimited plan fetched $45 per month per line.

Eurobites: Swisscom calls time on 2G
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Cosmote to shut down 3G services; MTS switches on 5G in Moscow with Huawei; Liberty Global trials Teleste's DAA in UK.

Titans told to toe the line in China's tech crackdown
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

Meituan, ByteDance, and JD.com promise to behave, as China's market watchdog, fresh from fining Alibaba $2.8 billion, now calls in 34 other tech giants.

RootMetrics 5G report puts AT&T in first place
News Analysis | 4/15/2021

New testing shows T-Mobile provided the best 5G availability in a number of US cities, while AT&T provided superior 5G download speeds and reliability.

Masergy amps up AIOps service for enterprises
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Providing a clear picture of network and application performance and the ability to make real-time changes is particularly useful to SMBs that often face budget constraints and have less in-house IT and cybersecurity staff than larger enterprises.

Analysts tamp down hopes for edge computing proliferation
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

5G players ranging from American Tower to T-Mobile are investing in edge computing sites. However, a new report 'informed by the speed of light' raises questions about the parameters of the opportunity.

Biden's broadband bill could torpedo a DirecTV-Dish combo – analyst
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Proposed bill that earmarks $100 billion for rural broadband could help merger clear the DoJ, but it would also eliminate a 'critical backstop' for the satellite TV industry, MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett says.

Italy ups EU fund allocation on broadband, 5G – report
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Italy's new government diverts an extra $3 billion from the EU COVID-19 recovery fund to ultrafast infrastructure.

Here's how AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile slice and dice 5G plans and pricing
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

All of the big US network operators are working to get customers to subscribe to their expensive service plans, but the details of their 5G pricing strategies highlight their divergent network positions.

Huawei promises to share driving in its new smart car business
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

If there's one thing we've learned from Huawei's annual analyst event this week it is that it's definitely not building its own car – right?

Plex raises $50M to fuel streaming expansion
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

With a mission to become a 'one-stop shop' for streaming media and plans to tie in a bigger mix of major streaming services, new chairman views Plex as 'the cable company of the future.'

Global biggies show interest in India's PLI scheme
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

The DoT says global vendors including Ericsson and Nokia have applied via the Production Linked Incentive Scheme to expand their manufacturing base in India.

Rights groups seek tougher EU rules for WhatsApp, Skype
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Letter calls for EU Parliament to stand up for user privacy rights in reform of ePrivacy directive, and not defend the interests of tech giants.

Virgin Media and O2 merger cleared for take-off
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Competition authorities have few worries about the UK tie-up, but customers and employees may feel differently.

Eurobites: Openreach turns to India's STL for cabling, connectors
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vector Photonics bag equity funding; German data protection regulator clamps down on Facebook; Spotify suffers branding car-crash moment.

Huawei and the great 6G schism
Morris Lore | 4/14/2021

The Chinese equipment giant questions the need for 6G and even 5G technology as protectionism looms and US sanctions force a strategic shift.

Satellites poised to join 5G network topology
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

Satellites to date have been viewed as a last-resort option for 5G backhaul. But players ranging from OneWeb to AST SpaceMobile to Inmarsat are hoping to provide far more than that.

Harmonic gets lift from agreement with big shareholder
The Bauminator | 4/13/2021

Agreement with Scopia Capital Management leads to some wild speculation about what it all means, but it appears that the motivations behind it are much more straightforward.

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile kill RCS plans
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

The biggest wireless network operators in the US announced in 2019 that they would jointly launch RCS messaging services sometime in 2020. But it was not to be.

5.5G needs on-demand spectrum allocation: Huawei
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

The evolution to 5.5G will require on-demand frequency allocation and much greater network intelligence, Huawei says.

Vodafone trumpets launch of standalone 5G in Germany
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

German operator teams with Ericsson, Nokia, Oppo and Qualcomm to cast 5G adrift from LTE.

Comcast's enterprise IoT unit sets sail for scale
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

MachineQ says rollouts of LoRaWAN gateways and traffic loads are on the rise amid a deployment streamlining effort, investments in sales and marketing and a stronger link to Comcast Business.

BT, Ericsson get all Industry 4.0 with Hyperbat
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

UK battery manufacturer looks to 5G VR digital twin solution to boost productivity.

Tiny Montana operator voices support for open RAN
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

Triangle Telephone Cooperative (TTC) is based in Central Montana and counts around 17,000 subscribers. It's considering ripping out Huawei's core and replacing it with open RAN equipment.

Xilinx and Mavenir hail massive MIMO breakthrough for open RAN
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

The companies promise a 64T64R radio unit competitive with the best from traditional players by late 2021.

Roku freshens up device lineup, OS
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

Roku is rolling out a new entry-level, $39.99 4K player, a premium voice remote and new soundbar/streaming combo, along with a mix of new features in updated OS for streaming players and Roku TVs.

Eurobites: Use smaller vendors for 5G, UK government tells industry
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson drives private network for automotive testbed; Openreach invests £100 million in Northern Ireland; Three UK hires new CTO.

AXON emerges on fixed access scene with $27M in funding
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

AXON Networks says it delivers an AI-driven, analytics-based orchestration platform, the AXON AnyNet Orchestrator, in addition to high-speed routers utilizing the latest Wi-Fi technologies.

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