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Telcos to nearly double fiber footprint by 2027 – report
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

Wall Street firm projects that telcos will pass nearly twice as many homes with fiber lines over the next five years, while the number of telco FTTH subs will more than double to 35 million.

US cable steers (mostly) clear of Black Friday mobile promos
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

Comcast put forth an Xfinity Mobile promotion, 'but the fine print reveals that it is far less aggressive than meets the eye,' says MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett.

UK on Meta-Giphy: Let's call the whole thing off
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

The UK's CMA looks poised to block Meta's $400 million purchase of Giphy. Does this signal the end of Zuckerberg's run buying social media companies?

US years ahead in LEO broadband, but 6G battle looms
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

China appears to be years behind in satellite technology as the US continues to launch new constellations.

Dangerous liaisons for HPE in China
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

The IT company's Chinese joint venture has become one of the latest additions to the notorious Entity List.

Eurobites: Telcos still not happy about being US tech giants' beasts of burden
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom tests hybrid 5G; Telefónica chosen by SMCP for SD-WAN and more; A1 Telekom Austria and the BBC snuggle up.

Ooredoo strikes five-year strategic deal with Nokia
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

Finnish vendor highlights 5G rollout as part of multi-country partnership; Qatari operator emphasizes enhanced customer experiences.

Wrong number! India's Jio denies bidding for the UK's BT
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

The owner of India's largest telco has been linked with a possible takeover of the UK phone incumbent.

Telecom Italia CEO quits as KKR circles
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

Luigi Gubitosi is the latest CEO to throw in the towel at the Italian incumbent. TIM sets up a committee to study the KKR offer.

India panel urges social media crackdown – reports
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

Pressure is mounting on Facebook and Twitter, with local authorities saying they should be held accountable for user content on their platforms.

The US-China tech war is only getting started
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

More Chinese companies have been added to the US trade blacklist as China pushes 'indigenous innovation.'

What's the story? The $22 billion Andromeda spectrum auction
News Analysis | 11/26/2021

On this episode, we talk with Light Reading's Mike Dano about all things spectrum auctions, including the 'Andromeda' auction, which just wrapped up with $22 billion in bids. We also get into broadband mapping and how spectrum could be used to tackle the digital divide.

Salt hails strong Q3 amid fiber network concerns
News Analysis | 11/26/2021

Switzerland-based operator reports strong Q3 revenue growth, but fiber ambitions face a setback after Swisscom ruling.

Ericsson's $6.2B Vonage deal has befuddled investors – no wonder
Morris Lore | 11/26/2021

Vonage's relevance to 5G is questionable and shareholders will be asking if the cash would have been better spent elsewhere.

Eurobites: Private equity rivals consider joint bid for TIM – sources
News Analysis | 11/26/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus helps out with electric vehicle charging; Tele2 connects the electric road; BT moves into new global HQ.

RAN momentum checked by supply chain squeezes – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 11/25/2021

Analyst firm expects 2022 RAN spend to grow only 3% year-on-year, after two years of double-digit increases.

Behind China's huge 5G numbers: Fast rollout and low prices
News Analysis | 11/25/2021

China's 5G rollout remains a story of government-mandated deployment and rock-bottom fees.

Eurobites: Nokia and Yadro combine on basestations in Russia
News Analysis | 11/25/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ETSI secures smartphones; CityFibre shows some 800Gbit/s backbone; Atos and OVHcloud extend partnership in France.

Vodafone sticks a wind turbine on a mobile mast
News Analysis | 11/25/2021

The UK operator is pioneering an innovative solution to the problem of running power to mobile sites in the countryside.

Orange CEO quits after fraud conviction
News Analysis | 11/25/2021

The 'affaire Tapie' has finally forced Orange's Président Directeur Général to step down after 11 years.

Reliance Jio lost 19M users in September
News Analysis | 11/25/2021

The Indian telco giant's customer base is shrinking as rural subscribers and customers treating it as a second SIM quit service.

AT&T, Verizon to temporarily turn down 5G power to address FAA worries
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

'We will ... adopt these precautionary measures to allow for additional time for continued analysis,' the two companies wrote of their plans to reduce the power of their 5G networks.

After missing 4G and 5G, HAPS supporters now target 6G
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

Japan's SoftBank hopes to raise money for 'capital expenditures, research and development, business operations and other areas' in its High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) business.

Fab news with new $17B Texas Samsung chip plant
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

With a new fab to open in late 2024, Samsung takes its total US investment to $47 billion, and pockets generous subsidies after a fierce bidding war.

Streamers bump Black Friday bargains to spur sagging sub growth
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

AMC+, Disney+, Paramount+, Discovery+ and many others push Black Friday discounts to get larger subscriber numbers in the plus column.

Nokia caught in telco schism over open RAN
Morris Lore | 11/24/2021

The Finnish equipment vendor rejects the charge its software works only with its own hardware and finds an ally in BT.

Fraud could drag down Biden's broadband ambitions – report
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

'There are many more EBB-enrolled households that claimed they have a dependent child at certain CEP schools than students who are actually enrolled in those schools,' warned the FCC's inspector general.

Spectrum-sharing task force chair: 'It really doesn't have to be a spectrum fight'
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

As the commercial 5G industry and the US military begin working to share spectrum in the lower 3GHz band, the head of the National Spectrum Coalition task force on the issue remains hopeful.

The future of fiber optic innovation: Part II
Guest Perspectives | 11/24/2021

The next 50 years of optical communications will most likely be dedicated to addressing key fundamental challenges to make the optical expansion more efficient and practical, and to make these predictions even riskier (and more fun).

Eurobites: Orange's Richard found guilty in Tapie case
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor divests Open Universe, FTTH assets; Vivendi has no plans to exit TIM; ADVA recommends Adtran bid to shareholders.

EU acts to tackle might of 'gatekeeper' platforms
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

The Digital Markets Act takes a further step towards the goal of ending 'unfair practices of big online platforms.'

Swiss carriers outpace UK, US on 5G speeds – RootMetrics
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

Swisscom in pole position on speed and availability, according to the latest report.

Comcast may move Hulu content to Peacock
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

Comcast's NBCUniversal unit is reportedly weighing whether to pull much of its content from Hulu and make it exclusive to Peacock to boost that streaming service.

Dish Network officially teams up with Rakuten
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

Dish Network said it will use Rakuten Symphony's observability framework to collect telemetry data from its network functions in order to support the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Doom for Zoom boom, as CEO looks to enterprises
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

Zoom beat expectations but still saw its slowest growth since 2018.

Xiaomi profits collapse as fortunes reverse
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

The Chinese smartphone maker faces a components crunch, domestic competition and souring technology investments.

IBC cancels December show in Amsterdam
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

IBC 2021, a big annual media tech event usually held in Amsterdam in September, becomes the latest trade show to succumb to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wireless industry report says 5G FWA could connect 43% of rural US
Broadband World News | 11/23/2021

A new industry report from Accenture, commissioned by CTIA, the wireless industry association, makes the case for serving the rural US with fixed wireless, noting that with billions available for broadband, it's 'key to acknowledge that 5G FWA is a future-proof technology.'

Charter's Spectrum Enterprise goes on the offensive
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

Enterprise services unit of Charter boots up new brand identity and a campaign focused on fulfilling 'unreasonable' requests of large businesses and stealing away share from incumbent service providers.

Telefónica turns to Wipro for 5GC automation in Germany, Brazil
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

If all goes to plan, Spanish group will then roll out Indian tech firm's CI/CD/CT solution to Spain and the UK.

Rare earths shortage roiling supply chain
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

Soaring rare earth prices are disrupting the global supply chain and another source of geopolitical tension between China and the US.

How and why T-Mobile sidestepped mmWave 5G
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

Only about half of the phones T-Mobile sells support mmWave 5G, according to Counterpoint Technology Market Research. As a result, T-Mobile counts 3.5 million non-mmWave 5G customers.

Eurobites: Telefónica does some blue-skies thinking on broadband
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Kcom uses ADVA's optical transport; Enea lands private network gig in Taiwan; Brits love drones, says BT research.

Germany reckons open RAN is risky business
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

One of Germany's government agencies has released a report arguing that open RAN is far less secure than traditional network infrastructure.

Orange Belgium starts talks on VOO, enfin
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

The Belgian operator has been interested in buying the Nethys-owned cableco since at least 2018.

Fixed wireless, LEO satellite broadband best suited for unserved and underserved areas – study
Broadband World News | 11/22/2021

Performance data from Comlinkdata/Tutela indicate that T-Mobile Home Broadband and Starlink are as good as VDSL, stomp on DSL, but generally fall short of terrestrial HFC and fiber services.

Ericsson shells out $6.2B for Vonage
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

CEO Börje Ekholm optimistic about creating a new and lucrative 5G API market in the enterprise space through its biggest ever acquisition.

AST SpaceMobile warns of possible launch delays
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

AST SpaceMobile had hoped to launch another satellite on a SpaceX rocket sometime early next year. But the company warned it might need 'additional time for ... testing and final launch preparation.'

Verizon to gain around 20M new mobile customers any day now
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

Reuters reported that the FCC's four commissioners will approve Verizon's purchase of América Móvil's TracFone shortly. The prepaid provider counts a total of around 20 million customers.

EU slaps anti-dumping tariffs on China optical cable firms
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

The European Commission has finally made a judgement against Chinese vendors for anti-competitive behavior.

India's Airtel hikes prepaid tariffs by 25%
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

In a widely anticipated move, India's second-largest service provider, Bharti Airtel, has announced it is raising prepaid tariffs for all plans by 20-25%.

Telecom Italia faces $12.2B privatization bid from KKR
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

Shareholder Vivendi is said to oppose the offer, rating it too low.

Eurobites: Telenor explores Thai merger
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Intracom tests PtMP with 5G service providers; Telia's 5G drives timber project; WhatsApp tweaks privacy policy.

Ericsson, Nokia line up new CTOs in North America
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

Michael Murphy in August moved over to Nokia's fierce rival, Ericsson, and is now that vendor's North American CTO. Murphy is being replaced by David Eckard, VP of strategy and technology for North America at Nokia.

John Malone sizes up the threat to cable posed by fiber overbuilders
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

'The biggest threat has always been the stupid guy with a lot of money coming into your business,' the cable industry legend tells CNBC's David Faber. The big question is what kind of return investors are willing to accept, Malone says.

Hulu to raise live TV pricing as it bundles in Disney+ and ESPN+
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

Move aims to soften the blow of a $5 price to the Hulu + Live TV service, but will likewise enable Disney to give its full slate of premium streaming services a jolt.

Driving Change With 400G Coherent Pluggable Optics
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/19/2021

Heavy Reading survey data suggests that coherent pluggable optics are relevant in a wide range of use cases and will create a healthy and competitive ecosystem for a new era in transport networking.

Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile stay the course with holiday promotions
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

Although there are a few new elements in play, including possible smartphone shortages and a competitive discount from Dish, Black Friday looks relatively calm this year on the wireless front.

Cable One plots path to DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

As part of a broader focus on '10G,' the cable operator said it is upgrading its return path to enable symmetrical multi-gigabit speeds and an overall plant upgrade to 1.8GHz.

Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone send each other tower partnership signals
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

Höttges and Read both talk this week about deconsolidation of tower assets and industrial partnerships.

Telenor eyes a tie-up to make biggest Thai carrier
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

On the heels of a similar deal in Malaysia, Telenor eyes knocking together Thailand's second and third place operators to make a new behemoth.

AT&T spent $9B on midband spectrum for 5G – analysts
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

If the predictions are accurate, AT&T's bill for 5G spectrum this year might total $36.7 billion. That's just under half of the $85 billion AT&T spent to acquire Time Warner in 2018.

What's the Story?: Altice USA flip flops on fiber
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

Light Reading's Alan Breznick explains why Altice USA did a 180 on its broadband growth strategy.

How cable views the edge
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/19/2021

In this second segment of a four-part series, we look at more key results from a new Heavy Reading study about the cable industry's edge computing views and approach.

Alibaba Cloud returns to black as group profit sinks
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

Another torrid quarter for China's Alibaba as earnings plummet amid a slowdown in consumer demand – although its cloud division is on the up and up.

Eurobites: UK telcos face new security rules
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia and Orange get super coherent; Sky leaves its routers exposed; Liberty Global boss sounds off about UK broadband.

Telefónica in line for massive tax rebate
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

The Spanish giant took on the law, and it seems to have won – so far.

BlastWave shoots out of stealth mode with VPN alternative
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

BlastWave launched its flagship product, a zero-trust network access tool that has a passwordless multi-factor authentication component.

Pandemic's effects on economy 'are still real,' Charter CEO says
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

Charter is still growing, albeit more slowly, as company comes to grips with 'anomalies' that have slowed down market activity, Tom Rutledge tells CNBC's David Faber.

Ericsson: Actually, open RAN is more expensive
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

'Ericsson's own estimates have indicated that open RAN is more expensive than integrated RAN given the need for more equipment to accomplish what purpose-built solutions can deliver,' the vendor told the FCC.

Multiple forces fueling broadband's 'Great Deceleration' – analyst
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

Competition, depressed household formation, government stimulus dollars and the saturation of broadband penetration are all affecting the rate of broadband subscriber growth, says MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett.

How COVID-19 derailed edge computing
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

Prior to the pandemic, EdgeMicro, Vapor IO, MobiledgeX, Alef and others had grand plans to support edge computing across the country and world. But COVID-19 Internet traffic spikes changed those plans.

Ice turns on 5G in Norway
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

Norwegian operator steps up pace of 5G rollout and introduces new business plan and commercial strategy with the NiceMobil sub-brand.

Nvidia revenue +50%, but FTC throws shade at its Arm buy
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

Nvidia adeptly navigates a chip shortage Jensen Huang thinks will last to 2023, but the FTC is the latest regulator to cast doubt on its Arm buy.

Casa Systems flexes its MAC
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

Billed as a pathway to the future '10G' network, supplier says its new Flexible MAC Architecture (FMA) platform is in trials with tier 1 operators in multiple regions.

Cisco dancing on stronger order book, but Q1 revs miss a beat
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

Component shortages and supply chain constraints, along with lowered Q2 guidance, cast shadow over US tech giant.

India to use USOF to provide 4G coverage in 7k+ villages
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

The Indian government approved the use of the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) to provide 4G connectivity in 7,287 villages at the cost of around INR64.66 billion ($872 million).

Eurobites: Connectivia signs up to FiberCop's Italian job
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange CFO sees mergers ahead; MTN bails out of Yemen; Telefónica hits the smart road.

Europe's $200B telcos are still pleading for open RAN handouts
Morris Lore | 11/18/2021

Policymakers appear to have ignored the earlier call for open RAN support and they would be wise to reject the latest.

Nokia nabs deal to build Iraqi broadband backbone
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

Iraq, with 25,000 Internet users in 2002, but now there's more than 30 million of them. Orange got burned along the way, but Nokia's bedding itself in nicely.

Lumen, Radware combat DDoS attackers flying under the radar
News Analysis | 11/17/2021

Lumen's Q3 DDoS Report revealed that bad actors are launching DDoS attacks with more frequency, at larger volumes and with increased complexity.

Rosenworcel mostly avoids specifics during FCC nomination hearing
News Analysis | 11/17/2021

In her FCC confirmation hearing, Jessica Rosenworcel discussed a number of hot-button issues like net neutrality, USF reform and 5G in the 12GHz band. But she didn't offer much in the way of specifics.

The C-band delay in 5G is impressively stupid
DanoVision | 11/17/2021

The FAA is having 'very productive discussions' with AT&T and Verizon over possible 5G interference with aircraft altimeters. But aren't those discussions a little late?

Roku downgraded to 'Sell' over revenue growth worries
News Analysis | 11/17/2021

Revenue and earnings estimates for Roku 'are just too damn high,' says MoffettNathanson analyst Michael Nathanson.

The future of fiber optic innovation: Part I
Guest Perspectives | 11/17/2021

Optical fiber has taken us on a 50-year journey, enabling communication capabilities that we never imagined possible. Now looking forward ten, 20, and even a full 50 years, we examine what the future holds for optical fiber communications.

China telecom operators join the metaverse race
News Analysis | 11/17/2021

China is in the grip of metaverse fever, with hundreds of new businesses being formed and regulators stepping in to combat soaring stock prices.

Bouygues Telecom nears 50% FTTH customer milestone
News Analysis | 11/17/2021

French operator says it is on track to meet targets set out under Ambition 2026 strategy.

Open RAN cranked up the hype with RIC, a renamed, real-time SON
News Analysis | 11/17/2021

A feature of open RAN is the ability to manage networks through real-time automation, but its value is questionable.

Eurobites: Openreach fiber frenzy reaches 6M premises
News Analysis | 11/17/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM may renegotiate DAZN contract; Ooredoo and Snap combine on augmented reality; Orange IoT tech helps Safran finds its tools.

Joe Natale out, Tony Staffieri in as Rogers CEO
News Analysis | 11/16/2021

Staffieri's appointment as as interim president and CEO – with a possible path to permanence – arrives amid a family feud at the Canadian operator and soon after Edward Rogers was reinstated as board chairman.

Andromeda auction for midband 5G ends with $21.9B in bids
News Analysis | 11/16/2021

The auction, dubbed the 'Andromeda auction' by Light Reading because it sounds cool, clocked in at around $0.70 per MHz-POP. That's less than the $0.945 per MHz-POP for the C-band auction.

Will the metaverse lead cable's '10G Challenge'?
The Bauminator | 11/16/2021

The cable industry will award more than $300,000 for ideas supporting apps and services that need speeds of at least 1-Gig. Holographs and light field displays aside, will something related to the so-called metaverse be among them?

Here's how AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are fighting SIM swaps
News Analysis | 11/16/2021

After Princeton University research showed glaring holes in mobile operators' SIM swapping systems, the FCC opened a proceeding into the issue. Here's how the nation's big carriers are responding.

Qualcomm hopes to lead 5G pivot into metaverse
News Analysis | 11/16/2021

Qualcomm, one of the primary companies driving the development of 5G technologies, believes the metaverse 'has the potential to be the next computing platform.'

Vodafone CEO likes H1, but moans about low returns
News Analysis | 11/16/2021

Nick Read laments what he sees as over competitive European markets; indicates (again) that time is right for consolidation.

Iliad boasts of Q3 growth prowess
News Analysis | 11/16/2021

The now delisted France-based group claims it has an organic growth profile 'unlike any other telco in Europe.'

Vecima's DAA biz expands as supply chain challenges loom
News Analysis | 11/16/2021

Sales of 'Entra' DAA products reached a record in Vecima's fiscal Q1, and would've been even higher if not for delays in schedules and delivery times.

Prickly Deutsche Telekom boss wants hyperscaler deals curbed
Morris Lore | 11/16/2021

US tech giants are buying the companies that telcos use to 'digitize' their core infrastructure, and the CEO of Europe's largest telco is not happy.

STC pumps $400M into data center expansion
News Analysis | 11/16/2021

Phase 3 of DC construction program gets underway; framed as part of kingdom's Vision 2030 to be 'premier' digital hub in MENA region.

Huawei looks at licensing to get around US bans
News Analysis | 11/16/2021

As DC cracks down further, Huawei looks at licensing smartphone designs to Xnova and TD Tech, which may have better luck getting access to silicon.

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