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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.

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.

The rise and fall of Telefónica
Morris Lore | 2/25/2021

Worth $370 billion in 2006, Spain's biggest telecom operator is valued at just $25 billion today.

Axiata exudes cautious optimism after tough 2020
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

Southeast Asian group said to have shelved plans to sell stake in Edotco tower unit.

Eurobites: Which? takes on Qualcomm over smartphone chip charges
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU wants to extend roaming regulation for another ten years; Tele2 and Equinix cozy up for secure IoT; Sparkle to supply cloud services to GÉANT.

Australia's TPG Telecom gets $820M tax windfall
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

In its first results since its Vodafone merger, Australia's TPG inked $734 million in profits with help from the taxman, though COVID-19 hit pro-forma figures.

Paramount+ sets price for ad-free 'premium,' ad-supported 'base' tiers
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Paramount+'s ad-free 'premium' service, to launch March 4, will cost $9.99 per month. Paramount+'s 'base' offering, coming in June, will fetch $4.99 per month.

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile: Here are the C-band auction results
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile walked away with the vast majority of the C-band licenses for 5G. Dish Network spent just $2.5 million, while Comcast and Charter spent nothing.

Chip shortages spread into telecom
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Vendor Infinera expects up to $340 million in revenue in its upcoming quarter, but that figure includes a $10 million risk due to 'semiconductor shortages that are not unique to our industry.'

Windstream Enterprise takes swing at improving customer service reputation
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Windstream Enterprise is backing the new customer commitment with contract flexibility, free upgrades and guaranteed 100% uptime for customers of both its OfficeSuite UC and SD-WAN Concierge services.

Dish connects with ADT on home security
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Dish and its OnTech unit will market and sell ADT services in an agreement that comes a few years after EchoStar shut down its DIY-focused SAGE by Hughes smart home/security offering.

T-Mobile supports Siden's tests of LTE Broadcast for video streaming
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Siden, a startup backed by Columbia Capital, obtained T-Mobile's permission to test LTE Broadcast technologies in the operator's spectrum in Washington, DC.

HPE bustles into open RAN with new server
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

The IT giant has spruced up its portfolio of communications products and launched a new open RAN server, but will the industry bite?

Elon Musk says Starlink speed doubling to 300 Mbit/s
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Elon Musk says Internet-from-orbit serve Starlink will double its speeds this year to 300 Mbit/s, and reach all the earth's services by 2022.

Optic maker Infinera cuts its losses by $56.7M
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Telecoms optical computing firm Infinera cut its Q4 losses to $9.9M, down from $66.6M a year before, even as its North American market slowed down.

Vantage Towers IPO is a goer
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Vodafone formally announces intention to float European towerco spinout on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange by the end of March.

MWC Shanghai: Banner year for 5G mmWave
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Thirst for data is driving industry into the arms of 5G mmWave in 2021 – and a GSMA Intelligence report concludes mmWave can cut costs by as much as a third.

Net neutrality rules ready to roll in California
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Judge's ruling in California could clear way for other states to follow suit ahead of expectations that the FCC will pursue new rules that were rolled back during the Trump administration.

Don't count on a Telecom Italia renaissance
Morris Lore | 2/24/2021

The Italian operator's latest strategic plan is probably not going to be a major restorative for a company that seems in perpetual decline.

EE ups SRN ante with extra 4G coverage
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

BT-owned operator aims to complete 579 4G site upgrades by the end of 2021.

Podcast: Low-latency broadband powers a Michigan music masterclass
LRTV Interviews | 2/24/2021

The Light Reading podcast welcomes Dan Kurin, tech coordinator at Factory Two, and Brandon Corder, CEO of Beats x Beers, to discuss an upcoming experiment with low-latency broadband in Flint, Michigan.

Eurobites: Vive les vieux smartphones, says France
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Zain revenue down; real-estate companies warned on digital failings; more bad ads from UK mobile operators.

Ericsson CEO braces (slightly) for stiffer competition
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Börje Ekholm nonetheless thinks large-scale open RAN is years away.

How Dish Network's Boost plans to navigate T-Mobile's 3G shutdown
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Late last year, T-Mobile told Dish it would shut down its 3G CDMA network for Boost customers by January 1, 2022. That's a full year earlier than Dish had expected.

AT&T nears deal to sell stake in pay-TV biz – report
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

TPG closing in on agreement to acquire 'large minority' stake in DirecTV, U-verse and AT&T TV in deal valuing AT&T's video business at about $15 billion, CNBC reports.

Why Tucson is building its own 4G network
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

The city's network spans 44 square miles and provides speeds up to 50Mbit/s. Existing telecom providers Lumen Technologies and Cox have 'spent a significant amount of time pushing back on this project.'

AT&T TV unleashes upgrades for cloud DVR, in-home streaming
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

AT&T's primary OTT-TV service will soon support up to 20 simultaneous streams in the home, and shift its premium, 500-hour cloud DVR storage tier to unlimited storage.

US operators' 5G spending might not pick up until 2022
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

'It'll pick up at some point,' Alex Gellman, CEO of cell tower company Vertical Bridge, predicted. In the meantime, though, financial analysts are bracing for a 5G spending lull.

Wi-Fi gets a dose of QoS
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Spanning all flavors of Wi-Fi, new Wi-Fi Alliance certification program brings standardized approach to traffic prioritization, with focus on apps such as AR/VR, videoconferencing and online gaming.

Big vendors talk 5G enterprise as MWC returns
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

The world's biggest vendors had enterprise on their mind as Mobile World Congress returned Tuesday after a year's hiatus.

Why 5G patent rankings are not to be trusted
Morris Lore | 2/23/2021

One study's winner is another's laggard, possibly because researchers cannot agree on what constitutes an essential patent.

Podcast: What's the story with the C-band auction?
LRTV Interviews | 2/23/2021

On this episode, Mike Dano gets into the significance of the FCC's $81 billion C-band spectrum auction and what the forthcoming results will mean for operators' 5G plans.

Google Cloud puts Intel inside Anthos in 5G push
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Intel is Google's latest partner for its Anthos for Telecom effort. The companies are targeting both network operators as well as enterprises building their own networks.

Orby TV website is back in action, touting a discount
The Bauminator | 2/23/2021

Days after the prepaid satellite TV service halted new service activations, Orby TV's website is active again, promoting a cut rate on one-room installs.

Malaysia highlights Huawei's role in 5G rollout
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Malaysia also plans to establish a 5G Cybersecurity Lab with the Chinese vendor.

Eurobites: Nokia to offer dollops of DelOps for the 5G core
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson explore solar power at mobile sites; Swisscom goes with Teoco for 5G network planning; RootMetrics offers UK 5G snapshot.

India's Airtel ties up with Qualcomm for open RAN 5G
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Bharti Airtel has partnered with global chip-maker Qualcomm to roll out virtualized and open RAN-based 5G networks, after Airtel's successful live 5G test.

T-Mobile puts premium price on 5G perks
DanoVision | 2/22/2021

T-Mobile is hoping to encourage customers to sign up for new, more expensive Magenta MAX service by removing monthly usage limits.

Dish to launch 5G in 'major' city by end of Q3
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

Meanwhile, a potentially costly wrinkle emerges in Dish's retail mobile biz as T-Mobile warns it plans to shut down its 3G CDMA network on or around January 1, 2022.

Sling TV can do better, Ergen says
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

'We should have more market share there,' Dish's chairman says, noting that Sling TV 'stumbled' on the quality of the user experience.

StarHub mobile biz suffers Q4 shocker
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

But the Singaporean operator's cost reduction program continues to make good progress.

In chip dip, Apple shoves to front of Foxconn queue
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

Foxconn says the silicon drought will have 'limited impact' on it and customers like Apple, as freak Arctic weather shuts down Texas chip plants.

India spectrum auction: Who's bidding for what (and why)?
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

The mega spectrum auction takes place in March, with top three telcos Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea bidding on a total of 2310MHz spectrum.

Comcast extends delay on debuting data caps in the Northeast
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

After initially agreeing to postpone new data policies in its Northeast division until July 2021, the cable operator said it will now hold off implementing them until 2022.

FCC working group proposes using AI for better broadband maps
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

One of the benefits of AI is that it can be used to look at coverage data in different ways, incorporating factors such as economics and population density into the maps.

RAN spending splurge in Q4 helps market top $35B in 2020 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

Revenue from RAN equipment reached record-breaking heights in 2020, driven by stronger than expected 5G NR investments in North America and China toward the end of the year.

Ericsson now boasts superior 5G radios to Huawei
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

Swedish vendor claims to have the smallest and lightest massive MIMO radios in the world.

Apple takes top smartphone spot in Q4 2020 – Gartner
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

iPhone maker regains number one position for first time since Q4 2016, says latest report, although Samsung retains the top spot for the year.

Eurobites: Telefónica and Huawei pilot 600G/800G over WDM
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: French village says 'non' to Starlink ground station; KPN buffs up green credentials; MVNO specialist returns to Three UK.

Verizon adds new flavors of managed SD-WAN services with Cisco
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Verizon Business is expanding its SD-WAN services by providing customers with the options of co-managed Cisco SD-WAN by Viptela, managed SD-WAN by Viptela for the Cisco ISR1100 Series platform, and new managed service tiers for Cisco Meraki.

Something's up at Orby TV
The Bauminator | 2/19/2021

Cryptic message that Orby TV is 'not activating customer accounts' has left customers in the dark about the fate of a prepaid satellite TV service that got off the ground in early 2019.

Intel, Cisco might be on the hunt for edge computing companies – analyst
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

JiNan Glasgow George said her crystal ball, powered by a mixture of experience, artificial intelligence and patent filings, indicates Cisco and Intel will pursue M&A opportunities in edge computing.

Wireless speeds into the lead at Casa Systems
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Some 42% of Q4 revenues came from Casa's wireless business, outpacing its legacy cable business and its budding telco wireline business.

Twilio Q4 revenue surges 65% on back of SMS revival
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Cloud business Twilio, with its SMS API platform, sees fourth-quarter revenue up 65% as it sells $1 billion of fresh shares.

MobiTV is in a financial pinch – sources
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

MobiTV, a company that helps to underpin T-Mobile's TVision service as well as pay-TV streaming services for several US cable operators, is in need of more capital or a buyer to keep operations afloat.

How a new crop of vendors is breaking into the 5G core
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Casa Systems, HPE, Mavenir, Microsoft, Athonet and Parallel Wireless are just some of the 5G core network vendors challenging established heavyweights like Huawei and Cisco.

Malaysia fast-tracks 5G with $3.7B goverment-funded network
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Authorities plan to build a state-owned mobile network that would be open to all operators.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom tests standalone 5G
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Eir launches VoLTE; TalkTalk dangles Amazon Prime; UK Supreme Court rules that Uber drivers aren't self-employed.

Huawei CFO loses UK legal battle to open HSBC documents
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

In the latest setback for Meng Wanzhou, the UK's high court has rejected her application to peek into HSBC's files.

WiCipedia: The buzz on Bumble's billionaire boss
WiCipedia | 2/19/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: There's a new billionaire in town; Clubhouse excludes minorities; the gaming industry makes ghosts of female developers; and more.

Huawei to halve smartphone output in 2021 – report
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

China-based equipment provider is said to have warned suppliers it will need 60% fewer components this year as US sanctions bite.

Indian telcos demand same treatment as OTTs
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Telecom operators are outraged that Internet companies are not subject to the same tough obligations.

Roku ARPU flies past $28
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

Roku ends 2020 with 51.2 million active accounts, maintaining a small edge over Amazon's Fire TV platform.

Cable networks are set for a much-needed upstream boost
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

A more efficient modulation scheme, OFDMA, is expected to play a bigger role as cable operators start to embark on upgrades that dedicate more spectrum to the upstream.

A second wave of CBRS players await FCC approval
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

New SAS providers are hoping to compete against CommScope, Google, Sony, Federated Wireless, Key Bridge and Amdocs to manage CBRS spectrum sharing.

Why performance management is at the heart of successful managed SD-WAN
Guest Perspectives | 2/18/2021

A new report reveals that comprehensive network performance management across legacy and SD-WAN deployments will be key to driving successful managed services.

T-Mobile's standalone 5G boosts latency by around 20% – study
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

Improved latency is one of the 'great goals of the designers of 5G,' OpenSignal noted, and it's only available to operators that switch on the 'standalone' version of 5G.

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