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Verizon, T-Mobile battle for US 5G mindshare
News Analysis | 1/25/2021

'Verizon continues to hold a solid lead over its peers' when it comes to 5G network perception, according to Cowen analysts. Whether T-Mobile can cut into that lead remains to be seen.

Peacock gets into a sporting mood
The Bauminator | 1/25/2021

More live sports could head to the NBCU's fledgling streaming service and help to fulfill its vision as a 'next-generation broadcast network' following the coming shutdown of the NBCSN sports net.

White House vows 'multilateral' approach to dealing with Huawei, China
News Analysis | 1/25/2021

The Biden White House is aiming to build a 'comprehensive strategy' that pushes back on China's global economic influence, a stance that will keep Huawei sidelined in US 5G buildouts.

Don't expect a 5G bump from Apple in Q4 – analysts
News Analysis | 1/25/2021

'We had thought that the launch of a 5G iPhone could be a catalyst,' wrote the analysts at Evercore. 'As it turned out, churn and upgrade activity has remained modest.'

New SD-WAN managed services survey: Key service differentiators and challenges have a lot in common
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/25/2021

SPONSORED: The findings from Heavy Reading's "The Carriers Speak" report show that both the key differentiators and challenges for SD-WAN managed services focus on how to meet enterprise business needs.

Huawei denies it's exiting the smartphone business
News Analysis | 1/25/2021

Facing US sanctions and chip shortages, Huawei reportedly enters talks to sell its upmarket smartphone brands, soon after exiting the budget market.

Taxpayers on hook for open RAN tab that must stink to investors
Morris Lore | 1/25/2021

The private sector seems unconvinced by the case for open RAN investment. Europe's service providers think taxpayers should fill the void.

Broadband gains more ground in Q4 as pay-TV takes another hit
News Analysis | 1/25/2021

Analysts at Evercore ISI expect US service providers to tack on another 1.1 million broadband subs and shed 748,000 more pay-TV subs in the quarter.

John Deere wants to help feed the world using 5G, cloud computing
News Analysis | 1/25/2021

GPS-enabled tractors outfitted with LTE currently help farmers plant more seeds. But 5G could offer even more tools, making it possible to increase food production around the world.

China 5G powers ZTE to strong result
News Analysis | 1/25/2021

China's accelerated 5G rollout has propelled ZTE to its best result in years – preliminary full-year profit of 4.37 billion yuan on 11.7% higher sales.

Orange brings in investors to boost rural FTTH
News Analysis | 1/25/2021

French operator to sell 50% of newly created Orange Concessions fiber unit to three investors.

OneWeb exec: Telco deals are imminent
News Analysis | 1/25/2021

'I have already spoken to at least a dozen CEOs of telecoms companies. I think they are all excited to work with us,' said Sunil Bharti Mittal, an executive involved with OneWeb.

Eurobites: Virgin Media launches 5G services with Vodafone
News Analysis | 1/25/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange teams up to create digital health ecosystem; Telecom Italia targets cloud through Noovle; Telia and Ericsson develop drones service.

A translation guide to marketing speak
Guest Perspectives | 1/25/2021

What we have here is a failure to communicate.

Verizon, AT&T want to reshape Lifeline
DanoVision | 1/22/2021

The US government's Lifeline program collects fees from telecom companies in order to help poor Americans pay for connectivity. AT&T and Verizon are proposing sweeping changes to that setup.

AT&T nears sale of DirecTV stake to TPG – report
News Analysis | 1/22/2021

TPG recently teamed with Patriot Media on the $8.1 billion sale of Astound Broadband.

Reimagining telecoms: Four ways businesses can be bolder in 2021
Guest Perspectives | 1/22/2021

In 2020, telcos rose to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic as a force for societal good.

Intel's incoming boss is already fighting fires
News Analysis | 1/22/2021

The chipmaker's stock fell sharply after its outgoing and incoming bosses failed to reassure analysts that manufacturing problems are entirely in the past.

Google pops the Loon balloon
News Analysis | 1/22/2021

Google owner Alphabet pulls the plug on its balloon Internet project Loon, citing high costs and a longer-than-expected road to commercial viability.

India's BSNL to soon start offering services in MTNL areas
News Analysis | 1/22/2021

The merger of two Indian state-owned service providers, BSNL and MTNL, has started with BSNL taking over the latter's network in Mumbai and Delhi.

Honor cashes in chips post-Huawei
News Analysis | 1/22/2021

Smartphone maker wastes little time in striking new chipset deals now that US-imposed cuffs on its supply chain have been removed. CEO Zhao reiterates strategy to expand into mid- and high-tier markets.

China sets new industrial Internet targets
News Analysis | 1/22/2021

China reports 30 5G factories as it eyes rapid growth in industrial Internet.

Cable tech chiefs aim to accelerate industry advances
News Analysis | 1/22/2021

CableLabs president and CEO Phil McKinney and SCTE/ISBE president and CEO Mark Dzuban say the recent merger of their organizations will spur cable's progress on 10G, DOCSIS 4.0, mobile, 4K/8K and more.

'Streaming wars' a battle of addition, not attrition – analyst
News Analysis | 1/22/2021

As streaming penetration soars to record levels, consumers are expanding the number of OTT services they pay for rather than fleeing Netflix and other top incumbent services, MoffettNathanson study finds.

Altice Europe set to delist next week
News Analysis | 1/22/2021

Drahi moves closer to his goal of buying out minority shareholders and taking Altice Europe private.

WiCipedia: How to create a diverse board
WiCipedia | 1/22/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Board diversification goal setters; Netflix releases first inclusion report; CES 2021 focuses on women in tech; and more.

Eurobites: Tele2 upgrades to 'real 5G'
News Analysis | 1/22/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Virgin/O2 merger under scrutiny; Beeline extends 4G coverage in Moscow; UK telcos' COVID-19 assistance measured.

Vodafone UK CTO Petty to lead group digital in new tech strategy
News Analysis | 1/22/2021

Scott Petty will direct digital and IT as Alberto Ripepi takes charge of all things network-related in the latest shake-up.

For Rakuten Mobile, a 'crunch point' is coming
News Analysis | 1/21/2021

Rakuten hoped to upend the market with cutting-edge technology and cheap services. But its customer numbers and expenses are driving speculation that the company might exit the mobile industry entirely.

CBS expands streaming options for Super Bowl LV
The Bauminator | 1/21/2021

Free stream of the big game to reach several online platforms, plus delivery via the paid CBS All Access service. There's no 4K stream this year, but also no dust-ups with Roku in sight ahead of Super Bowl LV.

Verizon to cover 2M households with 5G Home by end of 2021 – analysts
News Analysis | 1/21/2021

Based on new findings from Bernstein, 4% of Chicagoans can subscribe to Verizon's 5G Home. That, they said, indicates the service poses a 'significant competitive risk to cable's broadband hegemony.'

Don't hold your breath for a 5G Hail Mary from Apple
DanoVision | 1/21/2021

Apple is reportedly preparing to unveil a virtual reality headset as early as next year. But the gadget shouldn't excite 5G operators just yet.

Open or closed, RAN vendors face a 2020s squeeze
Morris Lore | 1/21/2021

Generating profits in a busier, shrinking market for radio access network products will be difficult.

Podcast – The Divide: Pew's Anna Read on state efforts to close the gap
LRTV Interviews | 1/21/2021

This week: Anna Read, research officer with the broadband research initiative at The Pew Charitable Trusts, discusses ongoing challenges to broadband access and how state programs and public-private partnerships are making a difference.

Professor calls for 5G moratorium over health fears; Omdia begs to differ
News Analysis | 1/21/2021

Professor John William Frank at University of Edinburgh says more investigation is needed into what he sees as 5G's "suspected adverse health effects." Omdia's James Crawshaw rides to 5G's defense.

Cellnex forms Dutch tower venture with DT
News Analysis | 1/21/2021

Creation of the new DIV fund also paves way for further investments in Europe's digital infrastructure.

C-band bidding ends, but quarrels continue
News Analysis | 1/21/2021

The record $81 billion raised by the FCC's C-band auction has eased tensions between SES and Intelsat. But the aviation industry has warned of potential troubles 'leading to multiple fatalities.'

Taiwan govt preps $555M war chest to speed 5G rollout
News Analysis | 1/21/2021

The Taiwan government is ready to tip up to NT$15.5 billion ($554.5 million) into 5G to accelerate network rollout.

India asks WhatsApp to withdraw the new service terms
News Analysis | 1/21/2021

The Indian Government has asked the Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp to withdraw its yet-to-be-implemented privacy policy.

Eurobites: Youfone enters Belgium, on Proximus' network
News Analysis | 1/21/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BICS expands NB-IoT with France's SFR; Telefónica seeks 5G/edge innovation; BT connects Dutch embassies.

DZS beefs up mobile transport play with Optelian deal
News Analysis | 1/20/2021

Deal for Optelian, the first acquisition under new DZS CEO Charlie Vogt, will add coherent optics technology to DZS's portfolio and provide it with a path to 200-Gig and 400-Gig transport capabilities.

Incoming FCC chief could inherit RDOF boondoggle
News Analysis | 1/20/2021

The FCC's recent Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction came in below expectations and will provide money to fresh faces. President Biden will need to decide whether that's good or bad.

Huawei swap-out starts after Sweden's 5G auction
News Analysis | 1/20/2021

Telia spends $91 million on a 120MHz chunk of highly prized mid-band spectrum, while Net4Mobility says it has already got Huawei replacements lined up.

Orange issues 2025 O-RAN appeal to big kit vendors
News Analysis | 1/20/2021

France's biggest operator has made a bold commitment to open RAN and predicted 'parity' with traditional kit in the next four years.

LG mulls options for troubled smartphone unit
News Analysis | 1/20/2021

South Korean vendor could close down its smartphone unit, reports suggest.

Eurobites: EU looks forward to post-Trump tech era
News Analysis | 1/20/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone and MTS stay friendly; Nokia slices FWA for Saudi Arabia's Mobily; mobile sales slump at Dixons Carphone.

Europe's telco giants come together over open RAN
News Analysis | 1/20/2021

Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone have made a joint commitment they hope will accelerate ecosystem development.

Charter pulls request seeking early end of ban on data caps, paid peering
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

Decision to drop petition at the FCC comes on eve of inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden and recent pressure from lawmakers centered on usage-based broadband policies.

2021 is the fifth 'year of 5G,' and possibly the most interesting
DanoVision | 1/19/2021

This year promises to include everything from C-band deployments to a possible reset in US-China relations by President Biden. The future of the 5G industry is at stake.

Netflix blows by 200 million subs worldwide
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

OTT giant added 8.5 million subs in Q4 2020, handily beating the 6 million adds expected in the period.

Locast's user base streams past 2.3M
The Bauminator | 1/19/2021

Nonprofit streamer of local TV channels continues to expand markets amid ongoing legal brawl with major broadcasters.

GSMA spectrum chief heads to SpaceX
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

Brett Tarnutzer was in charge of all of the GSMA's spectrum-related regulatory activities, but is now leaving London for Washington, DC, to join SpaceX.

Telstra weaponizes 5G against NBN
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

Telstra has thrown down the gauntlet on 5G – and NBN Co has picked it up. The operator unveiled its first 5G home service three months ago, promising to expand availability.

Telefónica Deutschland wants Europe's COVID-19 funds for open RAN
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

The German operator says European recovery funds are needed to help foster the development of a local ecosystem for the in-vogue technology.

Paramount+ to launch in US and Latin America on March 4
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

New streaming service from ViacomCBS is also coming to the Nordics and Australia later in the year. CBS All Access in Canada to be rebranded as Paramount+ on March 4.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom, O2 to tackle 'gray spots' through network sharing
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson helps manage Voi e-scooters; Orange's new subsea routes; Salt offers FWA in Switzerland; Telenor Norway turns to Hiya for scam-call protection.

Cisco gets China nod for Acacia deal
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

Drawn-out $4.5 billion merger overcomes the final hurdle as China's antitrust regulator, the SAMR, approves merger on condition fair competition is protected.

Don't expect a less disruptive T-Mobile in 2021
News Analysis | 1/19/2021

CEO Mike Sievert may be less abrasive than his predecessor John Legere, but there's no sign that T-Mobile's 'Un-carrier' strategy will run out of steam this year.

Banning Trump and Parler is not for big tech to decide
Morris Lore | 1/19/2021

Facebook, Twitter and Amazon should not be the arbiters of free speech. And that means a repeal of telecom legislation should be a priority.

Jio resurrects 4G feature phone, hopes to take 5G lead in 2021
News Analysis | 1/18/2021

India's Reliance Jio Infocomm is planning to relaunch its low-cost 4G feature phone, JioPhone, in the first half of 2021, according to media reports.

Brazil backtracks on banning Huawei from 5G – report
News Analysis | 1/18/2021

Trump's exit may force Bolsonaro to bow to local industry demand to allow Huawei to participate in 5G.

China Unicom appoints new president after ten-month gap
News Analysis | 1/18/2021

Chen Zhongyue was previously executive vice president and deputy party secretary at China Telecom.

Exiting Trump nixes Intel license to supply Huawei
News Analysis | 1/18/2021

With hours left in the White House, Donald Trump waves one last fist at China's Huawei, revoking licenses for Intel and other suppliers to sell to it.

Eurobites: Three UK turns to Tata for 5G core configuration
News Analysis | 1/18/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone gets in on the drones act; BT faces class action over landline charges; Deutsche Telekom eggheads investigate quantum-assisted artificial intelligence.

Is COVID-19 a catalyst for enterprise cloud growth?
Kelsey's Grammar | 1/15/2021

In part two of this series, Navisite COO Gina Murphy shares how the company is working with customers to assist their move to the cloud and help automate their operations.

C-band bidding wraps at $80.91B
News Analysis | 1/15/2021

Record-setting result for coveted mid-band spectrum comes as operators around the US prepare to shore up capacity for their 5G network deployments.

Struum brings 'ClassPass' model to the world of streaming
CxO Spotlight | 1/15/2021

Developed by former Disney and Discovery execs, Struum is set to launch a credit-based offering that will aggregate and promote dozens of smaller, more niche-focused streaming services.

UK love affair with open RAN goes on despite telco reservations
Morris Lore | 1/15/2021

British authorities are infatuated with a technology they barely understand from either a technology or market perspective.

Huawei booted out of Sweden's last chance 5G saloon
News Analysis | 1/15/2021

Supreme Administrative Court calls time on Chinese supplier's 5G hopes. Spectrum auction to start next Tuesday.

The last days of Vivint Internet
News Analysis | 1/15/2021

Vivint Internet announced plans to shut down service to 8,500 customers just two weeks before COVID-19 rampaged across the US. This is the story of the company's collapse.

A Trump who can't tweet blacklists Xiaomi
News Analysis | 1/15/2021

In an eleventh-hour move, the Trump administration bans US investors from owning shares in Xiaomi and other Chinese tech companies.

5G is still a race to sell data
News Analysis | 1/15/2021

Operators still leaning on price to drive 5G, waiting for new apps and use cases to drive usage even in northeast Asia, with 216 million subscribers.

Vodafone fails to pause €508M 3G patent lawsuit in UK
News Analysis | 1/15/2021

Lawsuit brought by Spanish firm Top Optimized Technologies (TOT) against Vodafone and Huawei began in 2016.

WiCipedia: Should tech jobs require college degrees?
WiCipedia | 1/15/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: The argument for why jobs in tech shouldn't require a diploma; a new online community for women in UX; how language in job descriptions affects applicants; and more.

Breaking down the 2021 cloud, automation and virtualization predictions
The Wizard of Roz | 1/15/2021

Some offer predictions and prognostications. Our former cloud analyst steps in with her reactions and reminds us that moving critical telco systems to the public cloud for telcos is a considerable challenge.

Eurobites: OneWeb bags more funding from SoftBank, Hughes Network Systems
News Analysis | 1/15/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom's Access 4.0 platform goes live; everyone loves Tim Höttges; CityFibre rolls into Sunderland; EE extends unlimited mobile data offer for NHS workers.

Dish Network's new device chief sees opportunities, not challenges
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

Paul Chapple is in charge of procuring phones and other devices for Dish Network's planned 5G network. 'It's really familiar territory for me,' said the former Vodafone executive.

Five 5G takeaways from Samsung's new phones
DanoVision | 1/14/2021

Samsung, the world's largest smartphone vendor, released new flagship Galaxy S21 phones. The gadgets have significant implications for the 5G industry.

Shaw Mobile drives wireless gains, but broadband subs slide again
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

Canadian operator's new bundle leads to wireless net adds of 101,000 in fiscal Q1, but Shaw still lost 15,100 residential broadband subs as it continues to wrestle with the pandemic and competition from Telus.

Podcast – The Divide: EFF's Ernesto Falcon on 'building back better' broadband
LRTV Interviews | 1/14/2021

On the first episode of 'The Divide' – a new series from the Light Reading Podcast – Ernesto Falcon, senior legislative counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) talks with pod host Nicole Ferraro about the need for a commitment to fiber in the US and what's holding that up.

Juniper bulks up on RIC, open RAN with Türk Telekom affiliate
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

US supplier signs exclusive IP global licensing agreement with Netsia, giving it access to RIC technology and open RAN expertise.

Cisco-Acacia deal is back on
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

Under amended deal, Cisco is set to acquire Acacia for $115 per share, or roughly $4.5 billion, a sweetened deal that handily beats an original offer of $2.6 billion.

India's BSNL and MTNL turn profitable
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

The Indian operators are no longer loss-making, but that has come at a heavy cost for employees.

In a first, Hong Kong telcos cut off website under new security law
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

The blocking of websites by the country's service providers represents an unfortunate milestone.

AI becomes a critical network tool for cable ops
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

The use of AI tools and techniques have helped cable ops improve and enhance their ability to monitor and optimize networks during a pandemic that's still driving usage upward.

Google, Nokia tie-up makes it likelier web firms will rule edge
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

The Internet company and the Finnish equipment vendor are teaming up to provide a range of 5G products to service providers.

Intel outside: CEO sacked as Gelsinger takes over
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

Intel sacks Bob Swan as CEO after investor discontent over failed acquisitions and lost customers, tapping Pat Gelsinger for the top job.

Eurobites: EE spreads the 5G love, wins at gaming
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: O2 toots 5G trumpet; BNP Paribas goes with Orange for SD-WAN; small cells help big ships.

T-Mobile US signs 5G deals with Ericsson and Nokia
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

The 'uncarrier' agrees new five-year deals to further the rollout of 5G across its spectrum assets.

SeaChange CEO quits
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

Yossi Aloni has left the video software specialist to 'pursue other interests.' Robert Pons has been named executive chairman and will assume Aloni's duties as SeaChange seeks a new CEO.

Utilities shift from tests to deployments with private LTE
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

Xcel Energy and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) both announced plans to deploy private wireless networks running on the 4G LTE standard.

Looking ahead in India: 5G, open RAN and fiberization
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

This year is likely to bring the launch of 5G, more tie-ups between operators and startups and growing interest in satellite technology, among other developments.

Qualcomm buys Nuvia for $1.4B amid silicon industry upheaval
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

Qualcomm could be eying the data center market, or leverage against Nvidia's Arm, via its Nuvia purchase. One thing is clear: There's turmoil in the silicon industry.

Microsoft president urges industries, governments to address cyber threats
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

Brad Smith says lessons from the fictions of 'Wargames' and the realities of the recent SolarWinds cyberattack serve as an important wakeup call that must be heeded.

Europe plots mega sat comms project
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

European Commission urgently presses for new satellite constellation to fill broadband gaps and support advanced services, such as self-driving cars.

Telefónica goes towerless with €7.7B sale to ATC
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

The Spanish operator becomes the first major European telecom operator to cede control of its mobile sites.

For Zoom, $1.5B second IPO looms
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

With markets seemingly craving tech IPOs, Zoom announces a $1.5 billion secondary share sale, to take advantage of shares now 10x the platform's IPO level.

5G networks and the public cloud
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/13/2021

How can 5G network operators and public cloud providers work better together to improve the service experience for customers?

Eurobites: Zain KSA taps Infovista for 5G radio planning
News Analysis | 1/13/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia connects trains in Austria; Three UK installs private network at Port of Felixstowe; Amdocs helps enforce London's clean-air zone.

Podcast: eero CEO Nick Weaver takes Wi-Fi management for the win
CxO Spotlight | 1/13/2021

eero's CEO discusses Wi-Fi 6, pandemic connectivity and how the company is courting service provider broadband partners.

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