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Eurobites: Ericsson, O2 Telefónica demo 5G wireless backhaul in Germany
News Analysis | 9/30/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Teesdale gets the gigabit; Vodafone brings 4G to the Tube; Swisscom switches the lights off.

How Ericsson has been cleaning up its BSS mess
News Analysis | 9/30/2022

After the disaster that was Revenue Manager, the Swedish vendor has rethought its approach and its portfolio amid a broader restructuring.

China telco cloud is soaring on fresh govt, enterprise demand
News Analysis | 9/30/2022

With new state-backed investors China Telecom's Tianyi Cloud unit seeks a spinoff or IPO.

It's game over for Google's Stadia
News Analysis | 9/29/2022

Google will issue refunds on Stadia hardware and games but stressed it's 'deeply committed to gaming.' That promise connects with a new product called Immersive Stream for Games that counts AT&T as a customer.

At MWC, AWS trumpets momentum in pursuit of telecom business
LRTV Interviews | 9/29/2022

AWS wants telecom operators of all shapes and sizes to put their operations into its cloud, and Ishwar Parulkar, the company's chief technologist for telecom, said it is making progress.

At MWC, Verizon unwraps upgraded FWA receiver and 5G gaming gambit
News Analysis | 9/29/2022

Verizon's share of MWC Vegas' opening keynote focused on home broadband and entertainment experiences instead of mobile services.

Starry has solid potential, but financing needs fixing – analyst
News Analysis | 9/29/2022

Starry 'delivers a good product and generates good unit economics,' but investors will stay on sidelines until the FWA specialist resolves its long-term financing issues, MoffettNathanson says.

Dragons, tuna and Lego: the strange world of telco transformation
News Analysis | 9/29/2022

At DTW, executives from CSPs old and new provided insights into the challenges and opportunities of turning digital.

Telcos must pivot to app quality of experience focus as OTT traffic floods networks
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 9/29/2022

Service providers can move toward sustainable, profitable business models if they optimize and monetize the quality of experience they deliver to consumers and enterprises on behalf of OTT players. #sponsored

FWA is a success. Now the hunt is on for the next big 5G use case
DanoVision | 9/29/2022

At the MWC Vegas trade show, 5G executives cheered the success of fixed wireless access (FWA) services. But they're also looking for the next big use case for 5G technology.

The Divide: How FirstLight is connecting communities with middle-mile fiber
LRTV Interviews | 9/29/2022

This week: FirstLight Fiber's Maura Mahoney, chief marketing officer, and Patrick Coughlin, chief development officer, talk about tackling the digital divide through fiber 'onramps and off ramps,' their work with local nonprofits and institutions and more.

Ericsson and KORE enter US market with IoT platform
LRTV Interviews | 9/29/2022

This marks Ericsson's first entry into the US IoT market.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom launches own-brand 5G phones
News Analysis | 9/29/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Europe braces for mobile network blackouts; Scott Petty made CTO at Vodafone; Proximus trumpets fiber expansion.

Public cloud holds perils, and don't expect an 'open' RAN with it
Morris Lore | 9/29/2022

The deeper an operator goes into a public cloud, the harder it may be to get out of it.

T-Mobile's Mishka Dehghan: Simplifying 5G apps in four huge industries
LRTV Interviews | 9/29/2022

T-Mobile for Business SVP Mishka Dehghan intros the carrier's move to package 5G solutions for businesses.

Financial problems may delay 5G for India's Vodafone Idea
News Analysis | 9/29/2022

Vodafone Idea's massive debt may result in a delayed 5G launch as it struggles to clear dues and close vendor deals.

Pine Cellular to rip out Huawei gear and replace with Ericsson
News Analysis | 9/28/2022

The Oklahoma operator bought $32 million worth of Huawei's 4G equipment because it was far cheaper than similar gear from Nokia and Ericsson. Now, it's buying Ericsson's 5G-ready equipment.

NTT and Las Vegas launch largest private 5G network in US
LRTV Interviews | 9/28/2022

NTT says it's deploying the largest open, municipal network CBRS deployment in the US, in partnership with the City of Las Vegas.

Samsung's Johnston upbeat on opportunities at MWC Vegas
LRTV Interviews | 9/28/2022

From Verizon to Comcast to Dish Network, Samsung is involved in a variety of high-profile 5G network buildouts. And that's just part of Derek Johnston's story.

Pay-TV picture worsens as sub losses hit 1.9M in Q2
News Analysis | 9/28/2022

As traditional pay-TV declined another 9.7% in the second quarter, the linear video model 'is hanging by a thread,' warns MoffettNathanson in its latest 'Cord-Cutting Monitor' report.

Vodafone, Jio, Axiata get ball rolling on TMF's ODA program
News Analysis | 9/28/2022

The three telcos are the first in the world to gain 'Running on ODA' status, but more are needed to keep momentum going.

Orange's Mousnier-Lompre kicks off latest enterprise overhaul
News Analysis | 9/28/2022

Appointed to the top job at Orange Business Services this year, the former soccer professional aims to score big in cloud, data and cybersecurity.

Qualcomm touts its progress in open RAN
News Analysis | 9/28/2022

Qualcomm expects to see commercial open RAN products running its silicon in the market by the second half of next year. That's important, according to analysts, as it indicates the company remains on track.

Eurobites: BT tops the takeover target pile, says Bloomberg survey
News Analysis | 9/28/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT opens new lab, hires customer experience boffins; Vodafone sets up software apprenticeships; T-Systems wants a slice of the EV charging action.

Vantage as 1&1's problem supplier is bad news for Vodafone
News Analysis | 9/28/2022

Vodafone subsidiary Vantage Towers turns out to be responsible for site-installation delays at Germany's newest mobile network.

Cable broadband: More than a speed saga
News Analysis | 9/27/2022

Raw broadband speed is still important in the multi-gig era, but messaging from cable industry execs at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo zeroed in on network reliability and meeting elevated customer expectations.

Google Fiber is about to go big with the Gigs
News Analysis | 9/27/2022

Touting a 20-Gig test and 'journey' toward a symmetrical 100-Gig future, Google Fiber plans to 'dramatically expand our multi-gigabit tiers' in the coming months, says unit CEO Dinni Jain.

Ericsson gets closer to banning Apple's 5G iPhones in the US
News Analysis | 9/27/2022

According to a new report, Ericsson's recent legal wins at the United States International Trade Commission could strengthen its position against Apple in the company's patent battle.

What's the story? Helium Mobile's high hopes for MVNO
LRTV Interviews | 9/27/2022

Mike Dano explains how Helium Mobile's MVNO will work and which new and noteworthy elements Helium Mobile will bring into the US wireless industry.

Some cable ops will play the waiting game with DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 9/27/2022

Midco and GCI are among the operators that will push the limits with DOCSIS 3.1 before considering a bigger leap to DOCSIS 4.0.

Qualcomm sells a story of in-car inevitability
News Analysis | 9/27/2022

The smartphone chipset giant sets its sights on the automotive market, touting support by a wide range of car manufacturers for its Snapdragon Digital Chassis.

Using automation to enhance the broadband evolution
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 9/27/2022

Increased network complexity requires solutions that can help cable operators automatically manage tasks of planning, deploying, and monitoring their networks in the most optimal way, without compromising on cost-efficiency or performance. #sponsored

With a new HQ, Federated Wireless touts private wireless progress
News Analysis | 9/27/2022

Federated Wireless said it is now officially packaging its Private Wireless-as-a-Service offering. It will showcase the service in its new headquarters neighborhood, the massive National Landing redevelopment by real estate giant JBG Smith.

Eurobites: Sports streamer DAZN adds Eleven to the team
News Analysis | 9/27/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sky launches new streaming option; Proximus goes a-slicing in Belgium; Nokia, Du combine on carrier aggregation.

Telecom services severely restricted in Iran amid protests
News Analysis | 9/27/2022

The Iranian government is restricting Internet and mobile access in response to nationwide protests. Whether Starlink can help is unclear.

Telcos have no easy escape from public cloud lock-in
News Analysis | 9/27/2022

As the telecom industry's reliance on the public cloud continues to grow, so does the risk of being tied to one provider.

Charter launches Spectrum TV app on XClass TVs
News Analysis | 9/26/2022

Launch of Charter's pay-TV app on Comcast's initial family of smart TVs comes as both operators to rev up plans for a national streaming joint venture.

Trinity Broadcasting Network to merge 5G and ATSC 3.0 with Trilogy spinoff
News Analysis | 9/26/2022

Springing from a Christian-based broadcast television network, Trilogy 5G hopes to build a private wireless networking business at the intersection of 5G and ATSC 3.0 technology.

NextWave returns with private wireless networking gambit in 2.5GHz
News Analysis | 9/26/2022

NextWave first gained widespread notoriety in the 1990s by bidding heavily in the FCC's PCS spectrum auction. Now it's back with a 2.5GHz private wireless network covering New York City.

OpenVault CEO on why ACP customers are such big data users
LRTV Interviews | 9/26/2022

Mark Trudeau, the founder and CEO of OpenVault, said speed tier upgrades among customers on the FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program is what likely drove usage in that group higher than the average in Q2 2022.

Eurobites: Telefónica and Qualcomm hold hands, skip into the metaverse
News Analysis | 9/26/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: European telcos bang on about Big Tech, again; CityFibre likes UK government's Growth Plan; Ericsson clarifies Russia business.

India proposes far-reaching changes in telecom regulations
News Analysis | 9/26/2022

India proposes sweeping changes, including bringing OTTs under licensing and limiting the regulator's power, through the draft Telecom Bill 2022.

Charter exploring converged core, based on 3GPP, that can manage wired networks
News Analysis | 9/23/2022

Charter is developing a 'proof of concept' showing a converged core, based on 3GPP, that can work with wired networks. 'That doesn't exist today,' says Charter's Manish Jindal.

Cable ops will use both options for DOCSIS 4.0 – CommScope exec
LRTV Interviews | 9/23/2022

Guy Sucharczuk, CommScope's top access networks exec, believes cable ops could end up using both Extended Spectrum DOCSIS and Full Duplex DOCSIS in their DOCSIS 4.0 networks. 'You're going to use the best tool to get what you need,' he says.

The Notebook Dump: Ericsson acquires Vonage, national spectrum strategy, eSIM startup and Elvis impersonators
LRTV Interviews | 9/23/2022

Light Reading editors get together for an informal recap of what's happened during the work week ended September 23, 2022.

Cloud and hosted UC services outpace growth on-premise
News Analysis | 9/23/2022

Spending for on-premise and cloud collaboration services grew 8% year-over-year (YoY) for Q2 2022, and hit nearly $15 billion per quarter.

Ganzi raises his personal DigitalBridge bet to almost $6M
News Analysis | 9/23/2022

DigitalBridge CEO Marc Ganzi now owns $5.8 million of his company's shares, having raised that investment by almost $1 million during the month of September alone.

Why is 5G SA taking so long?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/23/2022

The deployment of 5G core and the transition to 5G standalone (SA) operation - i.e., 5G without a dependency on 4G - is proving harder and taking longer than many in the industry had anticipated.

10G, PON and pandemic PR: Light Reading's super-official SCTE Cable-Tec Expo wrap™
LRTV Interviews | 9/23/2022

Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner and Nicole Ferraro, and Omdia's Jaimie Lenderman discuss takeaways from the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Philadelphia, where vendors and operators shared network upgrade strategies, pondered PON and more.

The Buildout: More 'GREAT' news for Spectrum, Yellowstone Fiber goes live
News Analysis | 9/23/2022

This week in broadband builds: Spectrum gets millions more in 'GREAT' grants; ReConnect awards $502 million; Yellowstone Fiber live in Montana; NTIA awards $29 million for Alaskan tribes; Cajun Broadband breaks ground – and more.

Eurobites: Orange teams up with Netskope for security at the edge
News Analysis | 9/23/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OneWeb brings connectivity to superyachts; the digital divide and what to do about it; Iran blocks the Internet.

DTW 2022: Telecom fear and loathing in Copenhagen
Morris Lore | 9/23/2022

The telecom industry revealed its hopes and fears about change and the cloud at the TM Forum's first bash in Denmark, and there was even a naked Dane.

Next-gen Broadband Service Orchestration with Incognito: Driving service agility, subscriber experience and monetization
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 9/23/2022

Incognito's Director of Product Management, Jeevithan Muttu, joined Omdia's Principal Analyst, Jaimie Lenderman, at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2022 in Philadelphia to discuss how they are helping service providers accelerate the transition to next-generation fiber and 5G networks by centralizing and automating network management processes. #sponsored

Cyberattack breaches data of millions of Optus customers
News Analysis | 9/23/2022

Customer IDs, phone numbers and passport details exposed in biggest hack of Australian telco.

Huawei is reportedly rebuilding its telecom supply chain
News Analysis | 9/22/2022

JHICC will supply Huawei with processors and NSI will provide radio frequency components, a move that will allow the Chinese vendor to continue selling telecom equipment globally.

New ACA Connects CEO on drawing a bead on BEAD
LRTV Interviews | 9/22/2022

Grant Spellmeyer, the new CEO of ACA Connects, explores the opportunities and challenges ahead for independent cable ops that intend to participate in the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program.

Hard times for hardware SIMs
Guest Perspectives | 9/22/2022

Mobilise CEO says the new iPhone will signal the end of SIM cards.

CableLabs CEO digs into who met the '10G Challenge'
LRTV Interviews | 9/22/2022

Light Reading connects with CableLabs President and CEO Phil McKinney to discuss the winners of the first '10G Challenge,' a contest to find innovative use cases for multi-gig speeds, low latency and enhanced security.

BT emergency call handlers set to join strike action
News Analysis | 9/22/2022

Operator slams Communications Workers Union for 'reckless course of action' as pay dispute escalates.

Here's what's next for T-Mobile's FWA business
News Analysis | 9/22/2022

T-Mobile has said it expects to have 7 million to 8 million fixed wireless access (FWA) customers by 2025. But that may be the start of a much larger plan.

The Divide: Ziply VP chats rural fiber builds, permit reforms and micro-trenching
LRTV Interviews | 9/22/2022

This week: Jessica Epley, vice president of regulatory and external affairs at Ziply Fiber, joins the podcast to discuss the company's rural buildouts, federal funding and why permit reform is one key to closing the digital divide.

Eurobites: Ofcom launches probe into UK cloud services
News Analysis | 9/22/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: more holograms ahoy; FiberCop partners with BrainBox; Ericsson touts AI apps for network troubleshooting.

O-RAN Alliance delists Russian firms, keeps Chinese
News Analysis | 9/22/2022

The names of Russian companies, including one on the US sanctions list, have been removed from the O-RAN Alliance membership page.

Vocus targets resources sector with $670M in cable builds
News Analysis | 9/22/2022

Backed by new owners, Australian fiber player brings capacity and diversity to remote northwest and northern regions.

European operators test-run holographic calls
News Analysis | 9/22/2022

Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica and Vodafone, working alongside tech company Matsuko, want to make holographic calls as easy as traditional ones.

Telenor says open RAN window is shrinking
News Analysis | 9/21/2022

The Norwegian incumbent says it has deployed so much traditional 5G equipment that open RAN is unlikely to figure prominently in its plans.

Charter advances on DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 9/21/2022

Charter's private DOCSIS 4.0 tech demo showed a six-amplifier cascade powered by production silicon delivering 8.3 Gbit/s downstream and between 5.3 Gbit/s to 5.5 Gbit/s in the upstream.

Chris Winfrey to succeed Tom Rutledge as Charter CEO
News Analysis | 9/21/2022

Chris Winfrey, currently Charter's COO, will succeed Tom Rutledge as president and CEO effective December 1. Rutledge will continue as executive chairman and stick with the board through 2023.

Comcast to use Samsung radios for 'selective' 5G network buildout
News Analysis | 9/21/2022

Comcast plans to use Samsung's 5G radios for a wireless network, but the cable company did not say how many it might use and when its customers might be able to access its 5G network.

RiPSIM promises to show carriers the bright side of eSIMs
News Analysis | 9/21/2022

A new startup promises to give wireless network operators complete control over their eSIM ecosystem, a strategy that stands as an alternative to existing SIM providers like Giesecke & Devrient.

Cable connects with coherent optics
LRTV Interviews | 9/21/2022

Curtis Knittle, VP of wired technologies at CableLabs, offers an update on the cable industry's pursuit of coherent optics, including potential deployment scenarios and when the technology might be put to use.

Dish's biggest cloud turns out to be Microsoft, not AWS
News Analysis | 9/21/2022

The company building a fourth mobile network in the US has a high-profile deal with AWS, but most of its customers seem to rely on Azure.

Flexible, cloud native networking is here
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 9/21/2022

Enterprises have fully moved their IT stack into the cloud, and network infrastructure is next. Dave Ward, PacketFabric's CEO, joins Light Reading to discuss the need for serious positive disruption in telecom, the flexibility of a cloud-native network and how PacketFabric delivers real-time connectivity anywhere you want to go. #sponsored

Eurobites: Iliad founder Niel buys slice of Vodafone
News Analysis | 9/21/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone monitors smart cities progress; Ericsson plugs IoT for buildings; Virgin Media O2 highlights vacation roaming savings.

Vedanta-Foxconn plant boosts India's chipmaking industry
News Analysis | 9/21/2022

Government's PLI scheme-driven new announcements, like Vedanta-Foxconn $20 billion plant, have given a much-needed fillip to the Indian chipmaking ecosystem.

Security and cloud app demands underpin SASE market growth
News Analysis | 9/21/2022

During Q2, Dell'Oro's Mauricio Sanchez said that 'both SASE's components, SSE and SD-WAN, saw more than 30% growth, showing enterprises value SASE's network and security transformation benefits.'

Productizing edge deployment
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/21/2022

To successfully deploy edge computing solutions, CSPs must find partners that can help them fill in the gap between what enterprises need and what the CSPs are offering. #sponsored

Southern Linc plots exit from Florida
News Analysis | 9/20/2022

Network operator Southern Linc is a subsidiary of utility provider Southern Company. It offers service in territories where Southern Company owns electric utilities – and that's no longer Florida.

Comcast reaches 'second phase' of its DAA journey
News Analysis | 9/20/2022

Comcast has accelerated its deployment of a distributed access architecture as it starts to set the stage to offer symmetrical, multi-gig services to tens of millions of homes by 2025, exec says.

Cable industry pursues upgrades in face of its 'life or death' moment
News Analysis | 9/20/2022

Comcast's David Watson and Liberty Global's Michael Fries discussed the industry 'talent gap,' network upgrade strategies and cable's 'existential' moment in a fireside chat at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo this morning.

How Hurricane Fiona is affecting telecom networks
News Analysis | 9/20/2022

Hurricane Fiona knocked out wireline Internet services to hundreds of thousands of subscribers in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. And the storm shut down roughly 23.5% of the cell sites in those areas, too.

Subsea players plot quake-detecting sensors
News Analysis | 9/20/2022

Ambitious plan to provide earthquake warnings and track climate change must first tackle funding and collaboration issues.

With T-Mobile MVNO deal, Helium Mobile to be 'world's first crypto carrier'
News Analysis | 9/20/2022

Nova Labs plans to offer mobile smartphone services under the Helium Mobile brand starting in the first quarter of next year. Customers will be able to access the T-Mobile network and the Helium network.

Altice, Charter will deliver free broadband to NYC housing residents
News Analysis | 9/20/2022

Through 'Big Apple Connect,' New York will subsidize Altice and Charter to deliver free service to NYCHA residents. Verizon is TBD, said the city.

Jio follows Rakuten into vendor role as telco sector grows older
News Analysis | 9/20/2022

Having disrupted India's telecom market, Reliance Jio is preparing to sell its platforms to other companies.

Blue Planet's R&D push bears 5G fruit
News Analysis | 9/20/2022

The automation unit of Ciena is touting its support for 5G network slicing and backing a new multicloud initiative.

Eurobites: TalkTalk urges more action on FTTP take-up
News Analysis | 9/20/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTN Nigeria launches 5G services with Ericsson; France's FANG challenge proves toothless; Orange opens 5G test lab in Cote d'Ivoire.

Comcast says key ingredient for wide rollout of DOCSIS 4.0 and '10G' has passed the test
News Analysis | 9/20/2022

Comcast said it has successfully tested an FDX Amplifier that will enable the operator to deploy symmetrical multi-gigabit DOCSIS 4.0 technology across its widespread HFC network.

The manufacturing industry's rocky road to private 5G
LRTV Interviews | 9/19/2022

Omdia Analysts Pablo Tomasi and Anna Ahrens explain why the manufacturing industry, oft cited as fertile ground for 5G, hasn't been that excited about private 5G network adoption.

5G may expand into 12.7GHz-13.25GHz next
News Analysis | 9/19/2022

Biden administration officials are in the midst of developing a national spectrum strategy. And officials at the FCC are eying the 12.7GHz-13.25GHz spectrum band for a possible 5G push.

German open RAN pioneer 1&1 hits six-month 5G rollout delay
News Analysis | 9/19/2022

The company building a 'greenfield' open RAN network in Germany has blamed one of its suppliers for a delay to the rollout of 1,000 5G sites.

California bill would let wireless in on broadband grants
News Analysis | 9/19/2022

Wireless industry is pushing California Governor Gavin Newsom to sign a bill enabling the state to award broadband grants on a 'technology-neutral basis.'

SCTE Cable-Tec Expo roundup I: Comcast goes green, suppliers amped for DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 9/19/2022

Also in this news roundup: CommScope streamlines support for Android TV and RDK, vendors trot out 1.8GHz network gear and a potential path to DOCSIS 4.0.

Reminiscing with Bob Gold about cable milestones, Dan Aykroyd and media screwups
CxO Spotlight | 9/19/2022

Bob Gold, the PR guy who's been representing cable tech companies since the late 1990s, joins the podcast to play a game of 'Remember When' as his agency reaches its silver anniversary.

Harmonic goes network-agnostic with 'Pebble-2' module
News Analysis | 9/19/2022

Harmonic's new remote device for distributed access networks is designed to support remote PHY, remote MACPHY along with PON and DOCSIS 4.0 access networks.

A closer look at the 5G midband buildouts of T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon
DanoVision | 9/19/2022

From spectrum to branding to phones, here are some of the key public details that T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon have released about their ongoing upgrades to the midband version of 5G.

CableLabs' Kyrio unit tackles mobile hotspot automation
News Analysis | 9/16/2022

Kyrio's new 'ARC Hotspot' platform automatically shifts all of a home's Wi-Fi connected devices to a mobile hotspot when the primary broadband link goes down.

The Notebook Dump: Broadband proliferation, chicanery and hotel soap
LRTV Documentaries | 9/16/2022

Light Reading editors Kelsey Ziser, Nicole Ferraro and Mike Dano join sentient vanilla latte Phil Harvey for an informal recap of what's happened during the work week ended September 16, 2022.

Feds push for BGP security updates, but ISPs balk at mandates
News Analysis | 9/16/2022

Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is a basic routing protocol used to exchange information among various networks on the Internet. Many argue it's not secure, but there's disagreement on what to do about that.

Graphiant's new spin on network-as-a-service
News Analysis | 9/16/2022

The company says they're delivering a replacement for MPLS and SD-WAN via the Graphiant Network Edge.

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