Montana's Mid-Rivers Communications is joining a small but growing group of operators that is dropping its own pay-TV services and ceding it all to streaming.
Light Reading's Tereza Krasova joins the podcast to discuss TXO System's role in the 'circular economy.' We discuss the economic and environmental reverberations an increased demand for repaired and refurbished equipment in the telecom industry could create.
Dish shares spiked Friday following a Bloomberg report that Dish is among the mobile operators negotiating with Amazon. Update: AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon deny they are in such discussions.
This week in broadband builds: Charter wins $14.4 million in Florida; Treasury Department approves $151.5 million for Mississippi broadband; Ziply announces service launches - and more.
Docomo is hoping to build a global open RAN business with pre-tested 5G gear under its new Orex brand.
Telcos fanatical about virtualization and the avoidance of lock-in are ultimately facing disappointment.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson and DT implement network slicing; Telefonica chairman takes over as Virgin Media O2 chair; Inmarsat Maritime launches satellite internet for coastal areas.
Wireless 20/20 Senior Analyst Berge Ayvazian urges carriers to look at the ROI of fiber deployments when determining how to best connect underserved customers.
Nokia's Peter Vetter joins the podcast to discuss challenges to deploying and reaping the benefits of 6G. He explains progress toward developing 6G standards and how 6G will fuse digital and physical environments.
Google Fiber is in expansion mode, but the unit apparently won't chase after funds set aside for BEAD and other rural-focused government subsidy programs. Or at least it won't pursue those dollars on its own.
The French Senate has just adopted a bill that aims to eliminate home fiber installation 'malfunctions' that 'poison the daily life of many French people.'
SoftBank's high-profile new partnership with Nvidia can be traced to its early enthusiasm over GPU role in vRAN.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia sings the praises of mmWave; Vodafone wishes to save electronic waste from landfill; IoT data trading predicted to rise.
In a letter, the Consolidated shareholder said it is the 'wrong time to sell,' calling the bid an 'effort to bottom fish for our company.'
New analysis of Charter's aggressive network upgrade and fiber-building plans envisions broadband sub growth, a jolt to broadband ARPU and a rise in the company's overall value.
American Tower and IBM executives join the podcast to discuss how the tower company's acquisition of CoreSite has impacted its data center business, how the edge computing market is evolving, and why sustainability and energy consumption is a growing concern for both American Tower and IBM.
CableLabs' Randy Levensalor explained how and why the cable industry is paving a path to wireline/wireless network service convergence, and some of the challenges that lie ahead.
With its Graviton processors, AWS is working with Nokia and other software companies to provide an architectural choice for telcos.
Indian telecom giant, Bharti Airtel, is all set to take its data center business, Nxtra to Africa with plans to build five big data centers in the continent.
Latest Arcep report points to slightly slower operator revenue and FTTH rollout and subscriber growth in 2022.
Tied into a broader expansion plan, Google Fiber has cut a deal to build a fiber network in Franklin, Tennessee. It'll be Google Fiber's second broadband market in the state.
'We have no radio manufacturing in China,' Mavenir wrote in response to questions from Light Reading. Other 5G equipment vendors made similar assurances, but the devil remains in the details.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Keysight and Nokia to test sub-Terahertz equipment for 6G; China Telecom to establish a quantum technology group; GSMA says progress on eliminating the gender mobile gap has stalled.
Banglalink has included a cyclone tracking feature in its MyBL app to help customers prepare for cyclone, with cyclone Mocha being the first to test it.
A set-top from ADTH powered by software from Tolka is the first certified 'NextGenTV' upgrade box. Additional set-tops supporting the new ATSC 3.0 standard are in the works.
Omdia's Fernando Montenegro joins the podcast to discuss recent security trends such as the increased use of AI for cybersecurity. He also shares how security teams are improving their response times to threats and growth of the use of SASE services.
The good news is there are many ways to deliver brilliant indoor 5G networks to industrial venues, campus networks and all manner of commercial and public buildings.
US cable's nearly 12 million mobile lines still represents 'little more than a rounding error' in the wireless market, but cable is 'crowding out the growth available to the Big Three,' said MoffettNathanson.
In a blog post following the FCC's map release, the NTIA said it is still 'on track' to make BEAD allocations by June 30.
This week: Jonathan Spalter, CEO of USTelecom, joins the show to discuss how the telecommunications industry is working toward closing the digital divide, and what it will take to make the BEAD program a success.
Smartphone app stores gave birth to a range of apps such as Angry Birds, Instagram and even Fart World. Now, open RAN technology may create a similar marketplace for xApps and rApps for 5G networks.
The hottest chipmaker in the world right now has a product for managing radio access network and AI workloads and one of Japan's biggest telcos has bitten.
While densification seems to be the main focus for small cell deployments, use cases such as indoor 5G coverage and private networks are emerging.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Portuguese authorities round on Huawei; Nokia unveils new core software; Arm touts new chip designs.
In this panel from Mobile World Congress 2023, Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and other participants discuss the economic and technological impacts of the supply chain on open RAN deployments.
Light Reading editors discuss big topics from last week's Big 5G Event in Austin, plus updates on the national broadband map, what to make of the latest Dish/Amazon rumor and more.
Dallas Fort Worth airport hosts 72.2 million passengers a year and employs 30,000 people across 26.9 miles. 'We really need a private wireless network,' said Mike Youngs, the airport's VP for IT.
This week in broadband builds: Spectrum RDOF construction, GoNetspeed launches in two New York towns, Comcast expands in Florida, TDS wins in Wisconsin and more.
Editors Phil Harvey and Kelsey Ziser discuss which Leading Lights Awards categories are new and their advice for submitting a solid entry.
Shares in both chipmakers are up as they predict untold riches thanks to a surge of interest in AI, but some are warning of a bubble.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Saudi-Europe subsea deal agreed; Tesla rear-ended by data issues; OpenAI boss loves Europe after all.
Consultancy warns that telcos aiming to diversify beyond connectivity are in danger of missing out on a massive opportunity.
Still alive and kicking, the special ops bit of UK telecom incumbent BT is launching a set of immersive experiences for schools and businesses.
AT&T is testing VoNR in its labs and plans to move to early field validation later this year. Meanwhile, T-Mobile and Dish Network are also moving forward with deployments.
Korean government asks US to ease Chips Act rules for Samsung and SK Hynix.
MetTel's Max Silber provided an update on MetTel's Single SIM service and shared his thoughts on what the convergence of wired and wireless networks means for the industry at large.
Mark Poletti, the lead wireless architect at CableLabs, explains how CableLabs is focused on supporting the transition from vRAN to open RAN. The industry organization is also working toward open RAN conformance, performance and interoperability testing.
'We ... don't offer wholesale access to our Wi-Fi network,' a Comcast representative confirmed after MobileX sought access to the Wi-Fi networks operated by Comcast and Charter.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iceland trials OneWeb connectivity; Microsoft appeals UK's Activision decision; AI and data privacy.
US server maker HPE is teaming up with one of the hottest chip startups on a product that could provide much needed competition to Intel.
Omdia's Roz Roseboro discussed how 5G and the rise of the distributed workforce have changed how enterprises utilize the cloud. She also provided a sneak peek into her research on AI and the customer experience.
Vodafone UK describes the creation of a division that targets the health 'vertical' as an 'exciting first.'
'We won't be able to reach our goal of affordable networks without it,' said Davidson of the ACP during a House hearing. The program is projected to run out of funds by next year.
Quantum security, energy efficiency and widespread AI use are all on the whiteboard at Juniper Beyond Labs. CTO Raj Yavatkar discusses his 'pathfinder' strategy to turn ideas into networking reality.
'We give them a true IT experience,' says Napatech's Charlie Ashton about the company's customers. Napatech sells hardware and software for networking chips.
Comcast is on track to 1 million passings in 2023 via fill-ins, edge-outs and 'hyberbuilds,' and is expected to pursue government subsidy dollars more aggressively in the coming years.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: DAZN fights the content pirates; CityFibre boss responds to Equinox 2 decision; BT to stop printing the Phone Book.
The UK telecom regulator has blessed BT's controversial Equinox 2 plans to lower the wholesale price of full-fiber lines.
Heavy Reading's Jennifer Clark discusses industry progress around AI and how service providers can use it to improve user experience.
NOW TV, a service featuring 60-plus channels, Peacock Premium and a 20-hour cloud DVR, is 'a great starter video service' that will be packaged with broadband, says Comcast Cable CEO Dave Watson.
Verizon's Hans Vestberg, T-Mobile's Mike Sievert and AT&T's John Stankey said they would grow their 5G business. But they're all facing competition from cable and a slowdown in new wireless customers.
BSNL has given a purchase order to a TCS-led consortium and plans to make a service available by the end of June.
Omdia analyst Pablo Tomasi discusses recent developments in private 5G networks.
Rural 4G network unusable after reaching less than a quarter of the target.
Industry reactions to Biden's new nominee for FCC Commissioner Anna Gomez were positive, but a swift confirmation process is still unlikely.
BT has more to gain from slashing up to 55,000 jobs than Vodafone has from cutting 11,000, and BT's plan looks more feasible.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN goes 5G standalone; OneWeb builds hyperscale ground station; old queens and new technologies.
Future use cases of communication technologies were discussed during the Big 5G event, with network slicing, healthcare technology and cybersecurity addressed by the panelists.
'I think there's a huge opportunity' to enhance Altice USA's mobile offload strategy, says new CEO Dennis Mathew.
Verizon CPO Debika Bhattacharya explains how the company is using generative AI, its approach to edge computing and why FWA and cloud elasticity are on the rise.
Open RAN 'does not fundamentally alter the security risk landscape for telecommunications, compared to more traditional RAN,' according to a report backed by the US, Japan, Australia and India.
Recent deals with RingCentral and Cisco Meraki fit into a grand plan to further stabilize Frontier's business services unit while driving up ARPU, says new commercial services chief Ettienne Brandt.
Last week the FCC said it might fine the operator of a home security system – identified as Luis Martinez – up to $23,727 per day for interfering with T-Mobile's 5G network in 2.5GHz spectrum.
New Opensignal methodology that tracks user coverage experience offers fresh insights on who's leading in 5G.
Marc Rouanne defends his technology choices and eyes an operationally efficient network future once Dish Network's buildout is complete.
This week: Gigi Sohn joins the show to discuss her FCC nomination process, plus top priorities for the FCC when it comes to broadband, the future of the ACP, broadband mapping, her new role as executive director at AAPB and much more.
Verizon Business CEO Kyle Malady touted upcoming advances in private 5G, mobile edge computing, network slicing and standalone 5G in a new interview.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: German minister sticks up for Big Tech in 'fair share' furore; Dutch lead European 5G pack, says Opensignal; A1 Bulgaria dips a toe into Nokia's Cloud RAN.
ESPN's reported plan to offer its channel directly to consumers could forever change the traditional pay-TV bundle.
AT&T argued that neither T-Mobile nor SpaceX has done its homework. The operator said they haven't provided the details necessary to support connections between T-Mobile phones and SpaceX satellites.
Light Reading editors discuss takeaways from this week's Big 5G Event in Austin, Texas, including monetization models for 5G, the state of open RAN, MVNOs and more.
Jason Wallin, principal architect for John Deere's Global Information Technology group, discusses the technology choices and scale implications facing John Deere as it seeks to make its manufacturing facilities more nimble and efficient.
This week in broadband builds: Washington awards $121 million; Spectrum expands in Hamden, Maine; Cox to get $1 million in Oklahoma - and more.
Bill Hogg, the CEO of Gigapower, a fiber network company formed by the AT&T-BlackRock joint venture, says multiple ISPs are interested in Gigapower's multi-market open access model.
Most telcos have sidelined consumer 5G as they pursue a swathe of new digital opportunities.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK has a chips plan; OneWeb sends up 16 more satellites; EU tells off TikTok.
Charter's MVNO deal and partnership with Verizon is so good 'they've actually reduced some of the incentive to go hard and fast' with CBRS, says CEO Chris Winfrey.
'If you ask what's driving the growth, it's that, it's end-user demand,' said Cisco CFO Scott Herren, in reporting undimmed demand for the company's networking products.
CEO Philip Jansen expects up to 42% of existing BT roles to have disappeared by the end of the decade, thanks partly to generative AI.
Usage-based billing for home broadband services 'is gradually becoming a less effective tool for moderating usage,' OpenVault said in its Q1 'Broadband Insights' report.
Paradise Mobile CEO Sam Tabbara said the company will kick off the next step in its broad strategy: opening operations to developers.
Ed Fox, CTO of New York-based MetTel, discusses two network services that could be bright spots for service providers: in-building connectivity and fixed-wireless access (FWA).
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: WindTre upgrades with Amdocs; Vodafone Portugal boosts UC offer with RingCentral; Ofcom rates telcos' customer service.
A new report sees APAC taking over in terms of subscriber numbers and Europe in terms of revenue by 2030.
Lumen Technologies' Chris Smith and IBM's Craig Wilson join the podcast to discuss security for AI and the multicloud. Smith shares updates on Lumen's Rapid Threat Defense security service and its security intel team, Black Lotus Labs.
At the Big 5G event in Austin, many speakers addressed the issue of sustainability, speaking of improving energy efficiency and ensuring 6G has environmental KPIs built into it.
Chad Wilkerson, the director of sustainability and infrastructure sourcing at T-Mobile, said there are plenty of benefits awaiting the mobile network operators that focus on the environment.
Ashish Yadav, head of strategic alliances and technical product marketing at Capgemini, discusses Capgemini's work with 5G carriers, the company's success in the NTIA's 5G Challenge promoting interoperable wireless network equipment and more.
Swedish vendor Ericsson's proposal for a new lower layer split is a delaying tactic or attempt to seize control of specifications, according to sources.
Boingo Wireless' Rachel Rea provided an update on Boingo's 5G and Wi-Fi deployments across transportation hubs in New York and New Jersey such as the New York Port Authority.