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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 organization's 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 policy makers' 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 legislation 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.

COVID-19? Run to the clouds
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

Dell'Oro anticipates uptick in cloud demand as enterprises cut IT spend.

The mysterious case of the vanishing Chinese customers
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

… and three other things we've learnt from the telecom reporting season in China.

Farewell, Light Reading, and thanks!
Shades of Ray | 3/27/2020

After 18 years, it's time for a new adventure.

NetNumber highlights 5G core challenge
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

The rollout of 5G core systems will herald a distributed architecture, but that brings data management challenges, suggests NetNumber's COO.

WiCipedia: Working from home is bright spot of COVID-19 for many minority workers
WiCipedia | 3/27/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: Women in tech work from home and manage just about everything else; former and current employees of The Wing tell all; networking apps for professional women are flourishing; and more.

Eurobites: Hungary's 5G auction brings home the bacon
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre completes FibreNation acquisition; Ericsson provides reassurance; operators do their bit in a time of crisis.

Optiva CEO seeks a 'second life' for cloud BSS specialist
CxO Spotlight | 3/27/2020

CEO Danielle Royston has an aggressive new plan for the cloud-based BSS vendor and growing customer support, but it involves extra investment and ongoing losses that might not suit all of the company's investors.

Fujitsu launches private 5G network
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

Manufacturer claims a first in Japan as it gears up to launch its own private 5G network in Kawasaki City, with more to come.

Telia goes all Scandi noir about COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/27/2020

The Nordic operator's profit warning could be the first of many issued by telecom operators in the coming weeks.

JR Shaw, Shaw Communications founder, dies at 85
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

JR Shaw, a cable Hall of Famer and industry pioneer, stepped down as CEO of the Canadian service provider in 1998 but had remained active with the company, serving as executive chairman.

CableLabs preparing to take DOCSIS 4.0 to the test
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

As cable ops size up their next move, CableLabs is pulling together a group to focus on test plans for products based on new specs that will pump up the capacity of cable's widely deployed HFC networks.

$30B in new federal education funding could help US wireless industry
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

The $2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus package could funnel money to AT&T, Verizon and other mobile operators as schools work to connect students with Wi-Fi routers and mobile hotspots.

Even COVID-19 can't stop Huawei, says founder
Morris Lore | 3/26/2020

Ren Zhengfei pops up to inform the Western world that his company has recovered swiftly from the virus and is ready for European business.

Huawei 'rip and replace' price tag doubles to $2B amid coronavirus outbreak
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

The FCC's chairman has urged Congress to earmark $2 billion in the coronavirus relief package to pay US telecom operators to swap out Huawei and ZTE equipment with products from 'trusted' suppliers.

With Affirmed Networks purchase, Microsoft looks to plug 5G into Azure
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

The purchase of Affirmed Networks will allow Microsoft to sell software-powered, virtualized functions to mobile network operators, challenging the likes of Ericsson, Cisco and others.

How Altran plays a pivotal role in 5G, edge
CxO Spotlight | 3/26/2020

Altran's key relationships in 5G software and edge initiatives have helped make it a $4.1 billion takeover target for Capgemini.

OTT voice traffic reaches 1 trillion minutes in 2019 – report
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

TeleGeography's latest report on voice traffic estimates that OTT voice traffic was more than double international carrier voice traffic in 2019.

CableLabs unleashes DOCSIS 4.0 specs
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

The new specs will add capacity, tack on new advanced capabilities and, more generally, extend the life of the cable network for years, but the DOCSIS 4.0 era will likely take several years to fully unfold.

Eurobites: Ericsson lands new RAN deal with Russia's MTS
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Inwit deal completes; Elliott cuts stake in TIM; GSMA looking at virus-related data sharing?

Amid COVID-19 traffic spikes, online video game providers dial it back, too
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

Akamai, Sony and Microsoft are among the online video gaming companies that have pledged to reduce the amount of network traffic that their services generate.

HKBN doing barter deals for broadband
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

Swapping broadband for cheeseburgers? HKBN will barter.

Tele2 has slashed hundreds of jobs and more cuts are coming
News Analysis | 3/26/2020

New figures show that about 13% of jobs were cut last year as the Swedish operator worked on boosting profitability in the absence of sales growth.

Casa Systems seeing 'no impact' from COVID-19 on Q1
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Cable and wireless tech supplier says manufacturing is fully operational and seeing increased customer demand. Meanwhile, CommScope says it's also seeing cable operator spending tick up.

Juniper's Mist will offer AI-powered analytics to enterprises
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Juniper Networks subsidiary Mist Systems is ramping up its ability to provide enterprises with analytics capabilities.

Verizon, AT&T and others mobilize to fight a virus hitting close to home
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Verizon, AT&T and Comcast are among the service providers with employees who reportedly have the coronavirus. Now, those operators and others are mobilizing in unprecedented ways to fight the spread of COVID-19.

FCC delays 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum auction by a month
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

The FCC said it will hold its 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum auction in July. That could affect a range of companies, including Verizon, AT&T and Charter Communications.

COVID-19 to inflict pain on US commercial wireline sector – analyst
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

The wireline commercial units of AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink will be impacted by COVID-19, but the effects also will be felt by US cable and its disproportionate exposure to the SMB market, industry analyst Craig Moffett warns.

Light Reading resets Cable Next-Gen event for late August
Breznick Unbound | 3/25/2020

We now plan to hold our Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event in Denver on August 25-27 after postponing it earlier this month because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

NTT, Toyota in $1.8B smart city tie-up
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

The telecom giant and the carmaker are teaming up in the expectation that smart cities will be a major business opportunity.

GSMA offers sting-in-the-tail MWC refunds
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Weeks after this year's show was canceled, the trade association has offered credits against the costs of future shows and, for those companies that didn't cancel, a partial cash refund.

Facebook likes Reliance Jio
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Social media giant willing to spend billions to get minority stake in India's aggressive newcomer.

Facebook sales warning shows world is still not very digital
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Facebook is one of the most highly automated and digital businesses on the planet, but its fortunes are partly built on brick-and-mortar foundations.

Eurobites: COVID-19 puts kibosh on broadband switching in UK
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia completes Elenion acquisition; Virgin Media sees changing data patterns; Disney+ launch is semi-frozen in the UK.

Top telcos take TIP specs to optical hopefuls
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Specifications developed by TIP's Phoenix project, which is focused on optical transponders for disaggregated systems, are to be included in an RFI from major operators.

3GPP delays 5G standards work by three months
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

Standards body pushes back Release 16 and Release 17 timelines amid the global spread of COVID-19.

Indian telcos gear up to ensure connectivity in the time of COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

India's operators are quickly responding to the outbreak of the virus as the country goes under lockdown.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: COVID-19, video and disruption
LRTV Documentaries | 3/25/2020

The usual crew adjusts seamlessly to the new reality by recording this week's pod remotely.

US wireless networks are holding up to COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/24/2020

Operators – including Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint – are reporting significant rises in their customers' calling and texting. But it appears that much of the bulk of Americans' Internet traffic is headed over wired networks.

Twitter's profit warning proves COVID-19 will infect big tech
News Analysis | 3/24/2020

The social networking site is abuzz with chatter about the deadly virus and less worrying issues, but advertising revenues have slumped.

YouTube cuts video quality worldwide
News Analysis | 3/24/2020

Video streaming giant will temporarily default to standard-def globally, but will still allow users to manually adjust YouTube streams to HD quality.

Getting ready for the Uncarrier's big second act
News Analysis | 3/24/2020

In the past few years, T-Mobile has reinvigorated its business under the 'Uncarrier' brand. Now, as it nears the completion of its merger with Sprint, it's preparing for its next act.

Telia Carrier's 'evangelist' to stress test open line system economics
CxO Spotlight | 3/24/2020

Global operator adopts 'suck it and see' approach to open line system efficiencies.

Comcast warns COVID-19 crisis could have material impact
News Analysis | 3/24/2020

Cites closure of theme parks, delays of movie releases, suspension of content production, postponement of Olympic Games and effects on the TV ad market and other parts of its cable business.

BT says au revoir to domestic operations in France
News Analysis | 3/24/2020

UK incumbent wants to focus on multinational businesses and security solutions.

Bouygues Telecom signs tower deal with Phoenix
News Analysis | 3/24/2020

French operator to form JV to develop 4,000 towers to meet mobile network coverage requirements and prepare for 5G.

COVID-19 stokes fear of the surveillance society
News Analysis | 3/24/2020

Telecom operators and technology firms are handing over location data to governments fighting the outbreak of COVID-19, but at what long-term cost?

Eurobites: Nokia attempts to land a 5G patents punch
News Analysis | 3/24/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ETSI unveils augmented reality spec; Cosmote goes with Ericsson for 5G RAN; Belgian operators granted temporary 5G licenses.

China Telecom plans 5X boost in 5G capex
News Analysis | 3/24/2020

The sum the Chinese mobile operator is tipping into its 5G rollout represents a fivefold increase on what it spent last year.

NEC's 5G fortunes hinge on Rakuten's success
News Analysis | 3/24/2020

The Japanese equipment maker has a central role in the world's most keenly anticipated launch of mobile network services.

Comcast-Altitude TV lawsuit screeches to a halt
News Analysis | 3/24/2020

Court grants Comcast's motion to stay discovery citing impacts of COVID-19 crisis and an expectation that Comcast's move to dismiss the suit will be resolved in a 'very timely fashion.'

Operators experiment with 5G pricing
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

US operators aren't charging extra for 5G, but other operators around the world are taking a much different approach to 5G service plans.

5G, edge computing, small cells to get more attention after pandemic
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

Executives ranging from outgoing IBM chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty to incoming Colony Capital CEO Marc Ganzi are speculating on the future of networking technologies amid the coronavirus crisis.

AT&T network 'performing quite well' despite 'signs of stress,' CEO says
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

Mobile traffic volumes have increased 40% and Wi-Fi calling has surged 100%, Randall Stephenson, AT&T's top exec, says.

Ericsson: COVID-19 isn't affecting equipment production, but 'a few' employees have virus
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

Ericsson's CEO says 'the short-term impact of the coronavirus on our supply chain has been limited to none,' but acknowledges that an unspecified number of company employees have contracted the new virus.

China's mobile subs base shrinks by 20M
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

Each of the country's big three operators take a hit on subscriber numbers in the wake of COVID-19.

KDDI preps 5G service sandwich, puts AWS Wavelength to work
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

Japanese operator is set to launch its 5G service one day after NTT DoCoMo and one day before SoftBank, and will put AWS Wavelength to work to support edge-enabled services.

FuboTV gets the urge to merge with FaceBank Group
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

Combined company to be named FuboTV Inc. and be led by current fuboTV CEO David Gandler.

China Unicom boosts earnings but sales remain flat
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

Network sharing has led to savings for the Chinese operator as it ramps up its deployment of 5G services.

Eurobites: Virus-led voice-call revival puts strain on UK networks
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: the COVID-19 fight goes on; OneWeb sends up more satellites; connected tractors; throttling Walt.

AVoD players not feeling pressure to sell amid M&A frenzy
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

The CEOs of Wurl and Zone TV believe the free streaming market is in its early days and has plenty of room to accommodate independents even as media giants go on a rampage to acquire Tubi, Xumo and Pluto TV.

Verizon still charges extra for 5G
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

No other mobile provider in the US has joined Verizon in charging extra for 5G. Verizon, for its part, argues it can levy that fee because its 5G is 'differentiated.'

Networks bearing up to demand in COVID-19 era, finds Nokia research
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

Nokia Deepfield research shows that networks are coping so far, although growth in traffic is reaching unprecedented levels.

SoftBank preps $41B asset sale amid COVID-19 panic
News Analysis | 3/23/2020

Exposure to underperforming companies and a mountain of debt makes SoftBank look more vulnerable to the deadly virus than many other firms.

Podcast: A few good films
The Philter | 3/20/2020

OK, enough about COVID-19. We can't handle the truth. Let's talk about what kind of movies we like to watch while practicing social distancing. Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre weighs in.

Broadband is not immune to COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/20/2020

Networks are performing well, but some operators could also become a victim of the deadly virus sweeping the planet.

NAB 2020 will be replaced by online event called 'NAB Show Express'
News Analysis | 3/20/2020

National Association of Broadcasters also developing an enhanced and expanded version of its fall New York event.

Australian government asks streaming companies to throttle NBN traffic
News Analysis | 3/20/2020

Faced with surge in NBN loads, Australian govt asks content companies to impose limits.

Verizon: Ten employees have COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/20/2020

Verizon said ten of its employees have the new coronavirus, that so far it has shuttered 500 corporate-owned retail stores and that around 100,000 of its employees are now working from home.

ITU draws up emergency plans to tackle COVID-19
News Analysis | 3/20/2020

UN Agency urges national telecommunications authorities to test effectiveness of disaster response plans.

Eurobites: UK mobile operators offer tracking tech to government in COVID-19 fight
News Analysis | 3/20/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT updates further on network resilience; YouTube follows Netflix lead to save EU bandwidth; UK telecom staff are 'key workers' – official.

WiCipedia: Mansplaining makes for a sticky situation
WiCipedia | 3/20/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: While the world around us is consumed by COVID-19 news, women in tech are still pushing forward without delay. There's no time to pause when there's so much change to make.

India's top court deals yet another blow to its telcos
News Analysis | 3/20/2020

Legal authorities in India say operators must pay what the government demands and not what the companies believe they owe – and they must do it soon.

BT sheds LatAm ops as part of Global overhaul
News Analysis | 3/20/2020

UK incumbent operator plans to sell assets in 16 countries to CIH Telecommunications Americas for an undisclosed sum.

Charter tweaks policy, allows some employees to work from home
News Analysis | 3/19/2020

Charter has been reviewing the situation daily amid the COVID-19 crisis, but the change follows an uproar over an employee who quit over an earlier policy that discouraged employees from working from home.

5G phones haven't exactly been flying off US store shelves
News Analysis | 3/19/2020

Although just 1% of phones in the US sported 5G last year, that figure could rise to 25% this year.

Netflix to cut streaming bit rates across Europe for 30 days
News Analysis | 3/19/2020

Streaming giant says the temporary move will reduce Netflix traffic on European networks by about 25% and lessen the strain amid a COVID-19 outbreak that's forcing millions to stay at home.

Rakuten turns 5G revolutionary as it nears world's first open RAN launch
News Analysis | 3/19/2020

The world's most ambitious operator and its daring technology chief are determined to show the industry that 5G networks do not have to be developed in the same old way.

Could COVID-19 supercharge operators' telecom and 5G investments?
DanoVision | 3/19/2020

Some Wall Street analysts see the spread of the new coronavirus as hastening society's embrace of online life. And that could motivate network operators to invest in their networks.

Podcast: Five ways COVID-19 is affecting the telecom industry right now
The Philter | 3/19/2020

Light Reading's Mike Dano, Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey discuss COVID-19, how it is affecting the telecom industry now and what might happen next as stores close, stocks drop and everyone works from home.

Comcast brings Hulu to Flex, with X1 on deck
News Analysis | 3/19/2020

Device integration paves way for Hulu's subscription VoD service (but not its live TV offering) to become available on Flex streaming devices as well as Comcast's full-fledged X1 platform.

Eurobites: EU urges streaming giants to rein in bandwidth use
News Analysis | 3/19/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Three revenue up but users down; Virgin Media brings the gig to UK's West Midlands; Telefónica gets Aldi connected.

Podcast: Smart cities strategies and O-RAN testing intrigue
The Philter | 3/19/2020

US Ignite's Mari Silbey returns to discuss smart cities, O-RAN testing and what some recent carrier moves might really mean.

RDK-powered devices surpass 60M, up 20%
News Analysis | 3/19/2020

Open source platform for set-tops and gateways and other connected devices is seeing competition in the service provider field from Android TV and, increasingly, Amazon's Fire TV.

China Mobile reports 15.4M 5G customers
News Analysis | 3/19/2020

China's biggest operator has racked up an impressive number of subscribers to the new technology in just a few months.

Verizon to use spectrum connected to Dish for COVID-19 traffic surge
News Analysis | 3/19/2020

The new agreement among Northstar Wireless LLC and SNR Wireless LicenseCo and Verizon could lay the groundwork for a deeper relationship between Verizon and Dish.

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