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Ra-Ra Rakuten, lover of the open RAN
News Analysis | 4/8/2020

Rakuten Mobile explodes onto Japan's 4G scene and carriers around the world are watching.

Eurobites: Vodafone and friends take on COVID-19 – with your smartphone
News Analysis | 4/8/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Synamedia lands Vodafone TV gig; the march of the altnets; Deutsche Telekom gets on board with Azure.

Desperate times as VMware hurls old-timer NFV into Vodafone's COVID-19 fight
News Analysis | 4/8/2020

Software company spots an opportunity for the underwhelming technology to redeem itself.

NXP downgrades Q1 estimate as COVID-19 hits demand
News Analysis | 4/8/2020

The semiconductor company admits that its first-quarter performance will be worse than expected due to the spread of the coronavirus.

Indian market woes trigger job cuts by Huawei, ZTE
News Analysis | 4/8/2020

The Chinese vendors have cut hundreds of jobs, Light Reading has learned, in the troubled Indian market.

COVID-19 could slow cable's advance into wireless
News Analysis | 4/7/2020

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.

Intel deal adds vital Wi-Fi piece to MaxLinear's broadband puzzle
News Analysis | 4/7/2020

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 plotting summertime marketing push
News Analysis | 4/7/2020

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.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: China, 5G and network traffic
LRTV Documentaries | 4/7/2020

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.

AT&T: Supply chain, finances looking good amid pandemic
News Analysis | 4/7/2020

While the spreading coronavirus disrupts daily life around the world, AT&T told investors its financial situation, and its supply chain, remain stable.

Podcast: NTT Research President and CEO Kazu Gomi
CxO Spotlight | 4/7/2020

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.

Cutting Huawei off from TSMC would be end-of-days move
Morris Lore | 4/7/2020

Moves to cut Huawei off from one of its largest suppliers could result in 'catastrophic destruction' on a global scale.

Cato captures $77M in largest funding round
News Analysis | 4/7/2020

This latest investment brings total funding for Cato to over $200 million since its inception in 2016.

Consumers already quibbling about Quibi's lack of TV support
News Analysis | 4/7/2020

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 under spotlight amid COVID-19 usage spikes
News Analysis | 4/7/2020

Australia's NBN claims it is meeting increased demand during the pandemic, but some are calling on the network to cut wholesale prices.

Eurobites: Nokia plugs into private network deal for Poland's power grid
News Analysis | 4/7/2020

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.

Nokia China chief publishes open letter over lost 5G contracts
News Analysis | 4/7/2020

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.

Samsung's financial calm before COVID-19 storm
News Analysis | 4/7/2020

Only matter of time before pandemic hits sales, although memory chip business might provide some profit-margin protection.

Cisco adds Fluidmesh to provide wireless backhaul for industrial IoT
News Analysis | 4/6/2020

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 snaps up Intel's Home Gateway Platform unit for $150M
News Analysis | 4/6/2020

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.

How Trump and the coronavirus could impact 5G standards
News Analysis | 4/6/2020

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.

Portion of Evoca's pay-TV revenues will go to the US government
News Analysis | 4/6/2020

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.

France's operators see slight revenue gain in Q4 2019, says Arcep
News Analysis | 4/6/2020

French telecom regulator reports that Q4 2019 revenue grew after almost two years of contraction, supported by mobile services growth.

Telecom chiefs should heed BT's Jansen and take pay cuts amid COVID-19 carnage
Morris Lore | 4/6/2020

In giving up his pay, the boss of the UK's biggest operator has set an example that other CEOs should follow.

Samsung not invited to T-Mobile's 5G bonanza
News Analysis | 4/6/2020

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.

Huawei buys into local 5G testing firm
News Analysis | 4/6/2020

The move marks Huawei's latest attempt to strengthen domestic sourcing in the face of US sanctions.

How home connectivity has been a lifeline during COVID-19
Column | 4/6/2020

As the world moves to contain the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, home containment has been our biggest weapon to 'flatten the curve.'

Eurobites: BT CEO Jansen waives pay for six months to help fund COVID-19 fight
News Analysis | 4/6/2020

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.

Rakuten to deploy drone inspectors at cell sites
News Analysis | 4/6/2020

Reduced costs high on agenda, but drone tech might also mitigate COVID-19 risks for field engineers.

5G malaise mounts as COVID-19 morons mangle masts
Morris Lore | 4/6/2020

The pitchfork-wielding lynch mobs of the Middle Ages have their equivalent in the technophobic arsonists burning 5G equipment.

AT&T halts sale of U-verse TV
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

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.

Frontier inches toward bankruptcy
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

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.

Nokia cuts nearly 5K jobs as Huawei bulks up
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

The Nordic firm has been cutting its workforce as it tries to protect margins, while its Chinese rival just keeps getting bigger.

StackPath CTO: Service providers possess 'beachfront property' for the edge
CxO Spotlight | 4/3/2020

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.

The 5G value question crops up again in South Korea
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

Subdued interest in Samsung's latest (and expensive) 5G smartphone is bad news for South Korea's big three operators.

Podcast: Carrier voice traffic stays over-the-top
The Philter | 4/3/2020

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 releases 700MHz for 5G
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

China Broadcast gets 700MHz, but not a partner.

Eurobites: Orange tops up COVID-19 fighting fund
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

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.

WiCipedia: Gender equality is imperative in city planning
WiCipedia | 4/3/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: Geochicas take to the streets; high schoolers as role models; how pandemics affect feminism; and more.

Researchers say smartphone location tracking can fight COVID-19
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

Asian countries have used smartphone apps to help stop the spread. Can the US and Europe do the same?

TIM, Infratel step up fiber switch-on in response to COVID-19
News Analysis | 4/3/2020

Italian operator signals acceleration of agreement to light up dark fiber installed by Infratel Italia in 600 municipalities.

AT&T: SDN, NFV helped meet COVID-19 traffic demands
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

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.

US firms confident they can bring radio manufacturing home
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

Mavenir and Parallel Wireless are optimistic that radios can be made in the US at a competitive cost.

California regulators to T-Mobile: Now wait just a minute
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

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 rollout imminent following live trials
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/2/2020

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.

COVID-19-driven network traffic shows signs of stabilizing
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

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.

Tofane Global snaps up NOS carrier services unit
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

Communications group continues its acquisition drive with acquisition of NOS International Carrier Services from the Portuguese operator.

KDDI, Softbank form network sharing JV
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

Japanese operators team up as operators in other markets have already done to build a joint 5G network in rural areas.

Tarana plotting pivot from small cell backhaul to fixed wireless
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

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.

'Evoca,' a new pay-TV service, will be delivered over ATSC 3.0
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

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.

Eurobites: Bouygues Telecom scraps guidance amid COVID-19 uncertainty
News Analysis | 4/2/2020

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.

What's next for T-Mobile's TVision?
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

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.

5G proponents win some, lose some in latest FCC proposals
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

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.

The eight new things we learned about New T-Mobile
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

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.

Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar to take helm of WarnerMedia
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

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.

Leading Lights awards deadline moves
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

We're moving the entry deadline for this year's Leading Lights awards to Friday, May 1.

Podcast: Gluware's Haugh on advancing network automation
Kelsey's Grammar | 4/1/2020

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.'

The New T-Mobile is here
The Philter | 4/1/2020

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.

Dish Network mostly mum on T-Mobile's big day
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

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.

India's operators respond to COVID-19
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

Service providers are offering free talk time and an extension of service validity during the COVID-19 lockdown.

COVID-19 will destroy jobs, and many won't return
Morris Lore | 4/1/2020

The pandemic will spur layoffs within the telecom sector, driving companies to automate activities where employees pose a risk.

Xiaomi rides COVID-19 storm in China
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

Chinese smartphone and IoT manufacturer optimistic about domestic market, but less sure of near-term prospects abroad.

5G auctions delayed across Europe due to COVID-19
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

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.

'New IP' is an actual Huawei threat to networks
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

A new system for the Internet is a far greater threat to the West than Huawei's role in 5G networks.

Eurobites: Boffins join forces to develop COVID-19 tracking apps
News Analysis | 4/1/2020

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.

New 'Dashboard' illustrates how US cable networks are coping during COVID-19 crisis
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

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 to acquire CloudGenix in $420M cash deal
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

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.

Set your alarms: Wednesday promises plenty of 5G fireworks
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

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.

AlefEdge to use Microsoft Azure for real-time advertising with edge computing
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Microsoft is leveraging its new Azure Edge Zones with edge computing startup AlefEdge for real-time advertising services.

COVID-19 will help China to extend its 5G lead
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Operators in virus-stricken countries are starting to tighten their belts, and 5G rollout may no longer seem like a spending priority.

NTT DoCoMo quits NB-IoT
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

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.

Why service providers fancy Wi-Fi 6
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

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.

Ericsson CEO warns of 'necessary measures' in wake of COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

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 hints at mobile and fixed plans for mmWave 5G
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

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 Telecoms.com Podcast: COVID-19 blues, MWC refunds and 5G patents
LRTV Documentaries | 3/31/2020

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.

Building Better Telco Clouds
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 3/31/2020

As telcos begin to build and scale next-generation 5G and MEC networks, new IT infrastructure manageability challenges are emerging.

HPE to launch open source software for 5G core and edge infrastructure
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

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.

Huawei, ZTE win 90% of giant China Mobile 5G tender
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

China's biggest operator has just handed out major 5G contracts, and the Western rivals to Huawei and ZTE were barely acknowledged.

SCTE/ISBE standards initiatives spread into AI, smart cities, telehealth
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

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.

Amdocs tries to tap into the connected home market with doxi OS
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

By creating an AI-driven home operating system, the company believes it can reduce service calls.

Eurobites: Spain postpones 5G auction as COVID-19 tightens its grip
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia offers 'AI as a service'; more virus-related reassurance; Spongebob Squarepants to the rescue!

Huawei gloomy about 2020 as US sanctions take toll and COVID-19 threatens
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Sales and profits rose for the Chinese equipment giant, but it has undoubtedly been harmed by US measures.

Proximus looks beyond COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Belgian operator flags April 1 launch for 5G as it outlines a new operational and financial strategy under the #inspire2022 banner.

SD-WAN security: The richness of multidimensionality
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/31/2020

SD-WAN security services strategies possess the richness to support a programmable and multidimensional application-aware security model, writes Heavy Reading's Jim Hodges.

'In times like these': Carriers debut COVID-19 ad campaigns
News Analysis | 3/31/2020

Carriers are increasingly putting the new coronavirus front-and-center in their latest advertising messages.

Some CCA members fight COVID-19 by pledging 'no refund needed' on show
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

The coronavirus has cut significantly into some organizations' event revenues. Now, some members of the CCA have pledged to reject refunds on their trade show expenses in order to keep the association up and running.

Comcast: Peak network traffic rises 32% as millions stay at home
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

Peak usage is up as much as 60% in some markets that were hit early by COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders, but usage there is starting to plateau, according to Comcast's Tony Werner.

Behind the numbers: How COVID-19 could change the US telecom industry
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

With Americans forced to stay home, the value of a reliable Internet connection has soared. What might that mean for the financial position of telecom operators and policymakers' perception of the industry?

Reinvention may steel BICS for COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

Can a company known as a roaming middleman survive a pandemic that has all but ended international travel?

5G set to make Hong Kong debut
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

Hutchison is all set for its 5G debut but is still resisting rules on exclusion zones.

SKT: 5G chews up twice as much data as 4G
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

South Korean operator reports back on 5G usage patterns one year on from launch. Talks again about 'hyper collaboration' to squeeze more from the next-gen tech.

Backhaul or anyhaul: Why IP transport is critical to 5G
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

In 5G, transport must be in sync with the radio access network or it will be a bottleneck.

Eurobites: UK telcos remove fixed data caps, go easy on the hard-up to ease COVID-19 pain
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK operators warn of delayed line repairs; BEREC reports no signs of network congestion; the ethics of data tracking at a time of crisis.

Euskaltel keeps calm and carries on with network expansion
News Analysis | 3/30/2020

Amid the spread of COVID-19, the operator in Spain's Basque region intends to pursue its national network expansion strategy, including the launch of Virgin-branded services.

WOW CEO Teresa Elder hospitalized with COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/29/2020

Bill Case, WOW's chief information officer, serving as acting CEO as Elder recovers.

OneWeb heads into bankruptcy and SpaceX might be next
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

OneWeb filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, an action that casts a cloud over rival Starlink, the satellite broadband initiative backed by Elon Musk's SpaceX.

Microsoft's telco ambitions still unclear after Affirmed purchase
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

Microsoft could use the technology it is acquiring from Affirmed Networks for a number of different offerings. But the company isn't providing much insight into its strategy.

ZTE is on the up, but challenges remain
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

The Chinese equipment vendor is back in profit for a full year after recovering from US fines and sanctions, and its business is mainly growing.

Metaswitch's Giuhat talks 5G opps for women in comms
Kelsey's Grammar | 3/27/2020

Women in Comms caught up with Giuhat to discuss how 5G may impact career opportunities for women in the industry, new developments in Metaswitch's UC platforms and the impact of mentors on her own career path.

Video streaming – and (gasp!) even traditional TV – gain lift during pandemic
The Bauminator | 3/27/2020

Usage of Disney+, Hulu and Netflix is unsurprisingly up, but so is cable and broadcast TV viewing and the desire among some consumers to add a pay-TV subscription, Hub Entertainment Research finds.

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