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T-Mobile's standalone 5G proves sporadic in initial tests
News Analysis | 8/5/2020

Mike Thelander of Signals Research Group bought a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra to test T-Mobile's new standalone 5G network. However, 'the phone is not staying in standalone mode.'

Roku revenues, active accounts climb in COVID-marked Q2
News Analysis | 8/5/2020

Streaming hours jumped to 14.6 billion amid pandemic-fueled stay-at-home orders, but Roku warns that the performance of its ad biz will be murky through the rest of 2020.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Private Wireless Networks Strategy
News Analysis | 8/5/2020

Five companies – Boingo Wireless, Celona, Federated Wireless, Mavenir and Nokia – made the cut in the Most Innovative Private Wireless Networks Strategy.

Discovery puts 'finishing touches' on new OTT service
News Analysis | 8/5/2020

New SVoD streaming service will help Discovery build on its base by reaching broadband-only customers and viewers who remain outside the traditional video ecosystem, CEO says.

Google's MVNO to test Wi-Fi offloading with Boingo
News Analysis | 8/5/2020

Google's Fi MVNO is testing Passpoint technology with Boingo that will allow its customers to automatically connect to Boingo's Wi-Fi hotspots. The impetus for the action is unclear.

Huawei's inventory buildup may have peaked
News Analysis | 8/5/2020

NeoPhotonics expects revenues from Huawei to decline from 50% of its total to much lower levels, a development the company said indicates that the Chinese vendor has met its inventory stockpile goal.

Ofcom: UK adults spent 40% of lockdown in front of a screen
News Analysis | 8/5/2020

During the COVID-19 lockdown, UK adults spent a staggering 40% of waking hours watching TV and streaming services, according to a report by Ofcom.

SoftBank Corp. gets to work on mixed bag in fiscal Q1
News Analysis | 8/5/2020

SoftBank's telco and e-commerce unit benefits from a surge in teleworking demand amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite a drop in mobile sales.

Philo tops 750,000 subs
News Analysis | 8/5/2020

The low-cost, entertainment-focused OTT-TV service provider says subscriber growth has rocketed 300% in the past year.

Telecom Italia desperate to control Italy's only fiber network
News Analysis | 8/5/2020

If the Italian phone incumbent cannot negotiate a majority stake, its outlook will suffer.

Podcast: What's the story with open RAN?
LRTV Interviews | 8/5/2020

On this episode of 'What's the Story?' – a new series from the Light Reading Podcast – Iain Morris talks with pod host Nicole Ferraro about open RAN: the latest news, why it matters and what's likely to happen next.

SK Telecom and Microsoft to launch Xbox 5G cloud gaming
News Analysis | 8/5/2020

SK Telecom and Microsoft will launch the Xbox cloud gaming streaming service in South Korea in September, the only Asian country joining the global launch.

Disney+ smashes subscriber targets in fiscal Q3
News Analysis | 8/5/2020

Disney's streaming service proves a hit amid an otherwise challenging period, thanks in part to the COVID-19 pandemic and standout shows like The Mandalorian.

Telstra speeds up 5G rollout and raises prices
News Analysis | 8/5/2020

Australian operator Telstra is speeding up 5G rollout – and raising prices – while in New Zealand, the platform has only just arrived via local telco Spark.

Eurobites: EU steps up probe into Google's Fitbit deal
News Analysis | 8/5/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone and Ericsson build private network for Centrica; uCPE testing calls on Arm technology; Salt tastes success in Swiss broadband comparison.

5G could make wireless time-sensitive networking a possibility
News Analysis | 8/4/2020

Companies including Intel, Keysight Technologies, General Electric and Extreme Networks have teamed in the Avnu Alliance to make time-sensitive networking (TSN) in 5G a reality.

SBA, American Tower double down on edge computing opportunity
News Analysis | 8/4/2020

SBA Communications and American Tower are investing millions of dollars into open datacenters around the country, both big and small. Their goal is to compete with the likes of Amazon and Akamai.

Broadband-only signups surge at WOW in Q2
News Analysis | 8/4/2020

Now a 'broadband first' company, WOW is migrating subs off its legacy pay-TV platform and encouraging them to explore OTT options or its new Android TV-based IPTV offering.

Hands off Arm, Nvidia
Morris Lore | 8/4/2020

The sale of the UK's only major technology player in the open RAN ecosystem would hardly support efforts to rekindle the domestic telecom supply chain.

Wrong and stupid: Trump's Twitter tiff ends O'Rielly's wireless run
DanoVision | 8/4/2020

FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly has worked to free up critical midband spectrum for 5G. Now he doesn't have a job, reportedly because he disagreed with Trump's campaign against Twitter.

Jio's dream of a 2G-free India is a nightmare for telcos
News Analysis | 8/4/2020

Reliance Jio Infocomm wants to move India's 2G subscribers to 4G – causing headaches for rival operators like Vodafone Idea and Airtel, and industrial IoT.

T-Mobile promises faster speeds, lower latency with standalone 5G launch
News Analysis | 8/4/2020

T-Mobile says benefits of standalone 5G include a 40% improvement to latency, a 20-30% boost in download speeds and a 30% increase in its nationwide 5G coverage area.

Podcast: Omdia on HPE's $925M acquisition of Silver Peak
Kelsey's Grammar | 8/4/2020

Omdia's Cliff Grossner explains how this acquisition may impact the industry at large and shares his predictions for the SD-WAN market in the coming months.

UK's 5G auction sequel is a £1.1B farce
Morris Lore | 8/4/2020

Ofcom says no to operators calling for an administrative award of spectrum instead of a competitive auction. Its logic makes little sense.

Liberty Global boasts biggest net customer adds in over two years
News Analysis | 8/4/2020

CEO Fries upbeat on Q2 results. Claims to be making 'great progress' on the proposed merger of Virgin Media and Telefónica UK.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative Mobile/Wireless Product or Service
News Analysis | 8/4/2020

Amdocs; Cohere Technologies; Rakuten, Intel and Altiostar Networks are in the running for the 'Most Innovative Mobile/Wireless Product or Service' award.

Harmonic set to cash in on process to reclaim C-band spectrum
News Analysis | 8/4/2020

Video vendor says work stemming from SES partnership focused on reclaiming C-band spectrum for 5G will drive material revenues as early as Q4.

Eurobites: Arm co-founder warns against Nvidia sale
News Analysis | 8/4/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ukrtelecom rolls out broadband to rural notspots; Seacom boosts capacity on African subsea cable; UK politicians sounds TikTok alarm.

Nokia bags 5G deal with Taiwan's Asia Pacific Telecom
News Analysis | 8/4/2020

Finnish telecoms vendor to provide Taiwan operator APT with non-standalone and standalone 5G RAN and core in latest Taiwanese network deal.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative Cable/Video Product or Service
News Analysis | 8/4/2020

Five companies – Amdocs, CommScope, Promptlink, Synamedia and ZTE – made the cut in the Most Innovative Cable/Video Product or Service category.

California school district builds its own LTE network for online learning
News Analysis | 8/3/2020

The Patterson (Calif.) Unified School District has built a small, private wireless LTE network in the unlicensed 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum band. The pandemic-inspired project could become a trend around the US.

Charlie Vogt heads back to the future
CxO Spotlight | 8/3/2020

As the new CEO of Dasan Zhone, Vogt returns to his telecom roots as the supplier seeks to expand in North America.

Dish buys Ting, scores mobile management deal with Tucows
News Analysis | 8/3/2020

Dish Network said it will purchase Ting's retail business. But hiding behind that transaction is the bigger move by Dish to offload the management of its MVNO business to Ting's owner, Tucows.

Has Nokia stopped the 5G rot?
News Analysis | 8/3/2020

The Finnish equipment vendor may have turned an important corner at a very opportune geopolitical moment.

Huawei, Apple buck Q2 smartphone trends – report
News Analysis | 8/3/2020

Both OEMs have reason to cheer, despite overall smartphone shipment volumes decreasing 16% year-on-year. Samsung? Look away now.

ATX fills a gap as it takes over Cisco's cable amp biz
News Analysis | 8/3/2020

Digicomm deal provides continuity as ATX prepares to sell GainMaker-compatible products along with a mix of its own next-gen cable access network products.

NTT DoCoMo's non-telecom services rescue Q2 result
News Analysis | 8/3/2020

NTT DoCoMo's Smart Life services save Q2 bottom line.

Trump call reboots Microsoft's TikTok buyout talks
News Analysis | 8/3/2020

US software giant continues talks with parent company ByteDance over TikTok in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand after White House intervention.

Huawei customer working on AT&T's FirstNet buildout
News Analysis | 8/3/2020

AT&T confirmed it will partner with Union Wireless to construct a FirstNet network across rural Wyoming. Union is one of the many small wireless network operators that uses Huawei equipment.

Eurobites: Does Drahi have his eye on Openreach?
News Analysis | 8/3/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Stirling work from CityFibre; Telia sells Afghan stake; new boss at Olivetti; 5G – The Movie.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative Telco Cloud Strategy
News Analysis | 8/3/2020

Three companies – Colt Technology Services, HGC and PCCW Global – made the cut in the Most Innovative Telco Cloud Strategy.

T-Mobile is dragging its feet with 5G buildout, tower cos warn
News Analysis | 7/31/2020

Two of the nation's three big tower companies have begun fretting over T-Mobile's slower-than-expected 5G buildouts. Analysts are divided over whether it's time to worry.

Casa's grasp extends beyond its cable core
News Analysis | 7/31/2020

Once a shop focused primarily on the cable access network, Casa's Q2 results indicate that the vendor is starting to find its groove in the wireless and fixed telecom markets.

Amazon's LEO ambitions include 5G and $10B price tag
News Analysis | 7/31/2020

Amazon joins SpaceX, OneWeb and others with plans to launch thousands of satellites to provide rural Internet connections, 5G backhaul and other services. The space remains full of unknowns.

Charter rakes in subs across the board in Q2
News Analysis | 7/31/2020

Cable op adds 842,000 broadband, 102,00 video and 325,000 mobile lines. However, the 'secular trends for video hasn't changed,' Charter's CEO warns.

Proximus in COVID 'containment' mode
News Analysis | 7/31/2020

Cost-cutting measures cushion Q2 pandemic impact.

KDDI feels crisis over low 5G adoption
News Analysis | 7/31/2020

Japan's KDDI enjoys profit, ARPU boost thanks to COVID-19 – but feels a sense of 'crisis' over 5G.

Facebook shows hypocritical boycotters cannot hold it to ransom
Morris Lore | 7/31/2020

The social media giant can be hard to like, but its stance on free speech is right, as the latest set of numbers shows.

Eurobites: Inwit hits the heights in H1
News Analysis | 7/31/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom and SAP join forces on COVID-19 app; T-Systems gets robotic; BT converges on micro-businesses; meet TIM Green.

Dish chooses VMware's cloud for 5G
News Analysis | 7/31/2020

Dish Network said it will run its network functions inside of the VMware Telco Cloud, and that the companies will work together to certify and install other vendors' software into the platform.

WiCipedia: Female leaders bring higher profit margins
WiCipedia | 7/31/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: Free online summit for trans people in tech; speaking up as the only Black person in the room; COVID-19's job insecurity woes; and more.

BT revenue and earnings dive 7% in fiscal Q1 as COVID-19 bites
News Analysis | 7/31/2020

Slump largely blamed on reduced revenue from BT Sport, the closure of retail stores and a reduction in business activity at its enterprise units.

Nokia stock soars as profits recover after China 5G exit
News Analysis | 7/31/2020

Finnish equipment vendor counts the sales cost of coronavirus and Chinese setbacks but makes unexpectedly good progress on profitability.

Toward cloud-native 5G core
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/31/2020

5G core must be part of a wider industry transition to 5G networks that incorporates massive investment in RAN, transport and cloud infrastructure.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Company of the Year (Public)
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

Five companies – Amdocs, Ciena, CommScope, Fortinet and Vonage – made the cut in the Company of the Year (Public) category.

1-Gig sell-ins gather steam at Altice USA
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

Using a mix of FTTP and DOCSIS 3.1, MSO has 1-Gig available to 75% of its footprint, with 24% of new broadband subs in those areas opting for gigabit service.

Akamai CEO: We dominate edge computing
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

Akamai said its edge computing platform now covers 300,000 servers in over 4,000 locations, with roughly 1,500 network partners – a $2B revenue business.

Podcast: AT&T Business EVP on using AI to keep customers happy
Kelsey's Grammar | 7/30/2020

Sorabh Saxena, AT&T Business's EVP of customer service and operations, discusses how AT&T has handled customer service during a pandemic, and how it can help other companies adapt to change.

Verizon fashionably late to the LTE fixed wireless party
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

Verizon joins T-Mobile, AT&T and other telecom operators in selling LTE fixed wireless services. Verizon's second go at such a product allows for customer self-installs.

Telefónica to build new fiber network in Germany
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

The Spanish telecom giant is looking for equity partners for a new fiber project in Germany as assets go up for sale in Latin America.

Comcast rides broadband wave as pay-TV takes on more water
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

Cable op's Xfinity Mobile business climbs to 2.39 million lines as rate of growth slows due to pandemic-fueled store closures.

As industry races to 5G, Telstra and Optus row over 4G coverage
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

Telstra takes Optus to court over allegedly misleading ads.

Samsung looks chipper in Q2 as the world works from home
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

Strong semiconductor performance makes up for drop in smartphone sales. South Korean behemoth expects Q3 uptick at its mobile communications business unit.

Telefónica turns frugal as COVID-19 bites
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

The Spanish operator is selling assets, cutting jobs and reducing investments as its main subsidiaries are laid low by the pandemic.

Eurobites: KKR offers €1.8B for stake in TIM's 'last mile' – report
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM teams up on tech VC fund; UKCloud unveils new services; Ericsson scores in Indonesia.

'Shaw Mobile' banks on network convergence
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

Canada's Shaw's mobile offering has unlimited and by-the-Gig options, initially focused on residential broadband subs in Alberta and British Columbia.

Orange sticks to guidance despite COVID-19 squeeze in Q2
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

French telecoms group reports lower Q2 revenue and earnings due to coronavirus lockdown and a reduction in roaming, but keeps guidance for the full year.

Qualcomm nabs Huawei deal, hints at 5G iPhone delay
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

Qualcomm said it inked a patent-licensing agreement with China's Huawei, removing a major cloud over the company. But it also warned of a 'flagship' 5G phone delay, likely referencing Apple.

Six big questions about the FCC's $9B 5G fund
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

The FCC's 5G fund is supposed to bring advanced wireless services to rural areas. But there are big questions that need to be addressed before carriers take their place at the government trough.

Juniper's Mist AI navigates fog in the WAN
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

The fourth generation of Juniper's Mist platform aims to utilize artificial intelligence to automate anomaly detection and take proactive actions in enterprises' WANs.

SpaceMobile deal could kill all of AT&T's dead zones
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

SpaceMobile, the go-to-market brand from Midland, Texas-based startup AST & Science, said it is 'finalizing' a deal with AT&T that could give the carrier unprecedented cellular coverage in the US.

Dickens, masks, meatballs and Cable Next-Gen
LRTV Interviews | 7/29/2020

As Light Reading prepares for the digital version of Cable Next-Gen next month, Tien Fu and Alan Breznick discuss how they are coping with COVID-19... and without each other.

Harmonic adds Vodafone to its 'CableOS' win list
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

Vodafone is using Harmonic's virtualization software, remote PHY devices and cloud-based management system for its DOCSIS 3.1 gigabit rollout in Germany.

Vecima deals for Nokia's cable access portfolio
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

Vecima is poised to raise its profile and accelerate its next-gen cable network roadmap by acquiring Nokia's DOCSIS distributed access product line and its EPON and DOCSIS provisioning over EPON portfolios.

Huawei preps for UK vanishing act with no-show at govt. hearing
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

The Chinese vendor seemingly didn't fancy another session in front of Trump-aligned UK politicians.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative Telco Cloud Product Strategy
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

Seven companies – Affirmed Networks, Altiostar, DriveNets, Enea Openwave, Netcracker, Optiva and Volta – made the cut in the Most Innovative Telco Cloud Product Strategy.

Podcast: What's the story with cablecos?
LRTV Interviews | 7/29/2020

On this episode of 'What's the Story?' – a new series from the Light Reading Podcast – Alan Breznick talks with pod host Nicole Ferraro about cable companies' moves into wireless: the latest news, why it matters and what's likely to happen next.

Eurobites: Openreach pushes fiber into 'final third' of UK
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTS bags 5G license; Ooredoo strengthens its core with Nokia; Arm UK wrestles Arm China.

Telefónica Deutschland takes COVID Q2 hit on core profits
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

The German arm's full-year outlook remains unchanged despite COVID. CEO insists 5G RAN contingency plans are in place should Huawei get the heave-ho.

Is edge computing the cure to videoconferencing's latency woes?
DanoVision | 7/29/2020

Executives at companies ranging from EdgeMicro to Deutsche Telekom have suggested that videoconferencing could be improved by edge computing. But others offer a decidedly less rosy view of the notion.

Ooredoo counts negative impact of COVID-19 in H1 results
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

Qatari operator says EBITDA dropped 5% in the first six months of 2020, in part because of actions introduced to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

5G transport: Upgrade motivations and the move to white box
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/29/2020

Heavy Reading's Operator Strategies for 5G Transport Market Leadership Study explores how transport networks will evolve to support 5G services.

BT closer to 5G deal with Ericsson and lukewarm on open RAN
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

The odds shorten on a 5G deal between BT and Ericsson after comments by the UK incumbent's chief technology officer this week.

Altice USA to sell a big piece of Lightpath
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners has agreed to acquire 49.99% of the fiber-fueled Lightpath business services unit in a deal carrying an implied enterprise value of $3.2 billion.

Hughes to plow $50M into OneWeb
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

Hughes, a unit of EchoStar, will keep its hand in the low-Earth orbit satellite game by joining a consortium that's acquiring OneWeb out of bankruptcy.

Demand outstrips supply in first US midband spectrum auction
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

Amid sustained demand for CBRS spectrum licenses, some industry watchers expect up to $10B in total bids. Others are predicting far lower proceeds.

Axiata and Telefónica form enterprise services tie up
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

The Telefónica/Axiata partnership will focus on sales of cybersecurity, cloud and IoT/Big Data services and cooperation in strategic projects.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative Business Cloud Service
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

Four companies – Comcast Business, Orange, Vonage and Unified Office – made the cut in the Most Innovative Business Cloud Service category.

Google adds Orange to its expanding European edge empire
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

Following agreements with Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Vodafone and now Orange, the search engine giant looks set for a major role in the region's future market for edge-based 5G services.

Másmóvil, más clientes
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

Spain's high-flying challenger keeps racking up double-digit net customer adds.

CES 2021 to go all-digital in January
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

The annual consumer electronics event, which drew more than 171,000 to this year's show, will pivot to an all-digital format in 2021 due to the pandemic.

Philippines' Duterte threatens PLDT, Globe with expropriation
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

Philippines' Duterte warns of 'expropriation' if telcos don't improve services.

Trio revises offer for Oi mobile biz after Highline bid
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

TIM Brasil, Telefônica Brasil and Claro revise binding offer for mobile assets after bankrupt operator Oi starts exclusive talks with Highline.

Eurobites: Italy considers independent 'broadband champion'
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Google hooks up to UK and Spain; Eir EXFOliates; Prysmian files cable patent lawsuit.

Verizon nabs AWS exec to oversee sales to feds
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

Jennifer Chronis will lead Verizon's 'Federal' business, having left Amazon Web Services' (AWS) after that company failed to win the US Department of Defense's massive JEDI contract.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Huawei in Europe, towers and India
LRTV Documentaries | 7/28/2020

All the latest news, plus babygrows and repressed British emotion. What's not to like?

Vodafone CEO Read targets 'urban' open RAN in 2022
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

The European service provider plans to launch a rural open RAN network in 2021 and to follow up with an urban deployment the following year.

Cable data 'tailwinds' set to carry MaxLinear to strong Q3
News Analysis | 7/27/2020

Maker of DOCSIS and MoCA silicon is also confident it will close the $150 million acquisition of Intel's home gateway business in the third quarter.

Anterix wants to be a private LTE network powerhouse
News Analysis | 7/27/2020

An FCC ruling paves the way for startup Anterix to begin leasing its spectrum for private wireless networks. A number of utilities are jumping at the prospect.

U.S. Cellular firms up mmWave, CBRS deployment plans
News Analysis | 7/27/2020

U.S. Cellular intends to deploy 5G in millimeter wave spectrum for both fixed and mobile applications, and will use CBRS spectrum to improve its 4G network.

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