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Eurobites: Tele2 cutbacks fatten profit margins
News Analysis | 10/20/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ITV sets up streaming unit; VEON invests in ShopUp; Arm takes wraps of latest design.

Making working from home really work
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/19/2020

Now that COVID-19 has prompted a broad, probably long-term shift to more remote working, it's time to upgrade residential broadband networks with business-class management platforms.

Verizon, AT&T, Charter, Cox, Dish among C-band bidders
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

A number of big names are stepping up to bid in the FCC's upcoming C-band auction, an auction that some expect to raise an astounding $51 billion in bids.

The next version of 5G expected to be delayed to 2022
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

The 3GPP's Release 17 – expected to collect the next big batch of 5G technologies – might not hit the market until 2022, almost a year behind schedule.

India's Jio all set to launch $70 5G smartphone soon
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

India's only pure-play 4G service provider, Reliance Jio is planning to introduce a 5G smartphone below INR5,000 ($68) within a year, according to media reports.

Verizon to buy Bluegrass Cellular in ongoing rural push
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

Verizon will acquire 17 Bluegrass Cellular retail stores, the operator's network assets – including cell towers, cell site equipment, switch equipment and spectrum – and 210,000 customers.

Juniper splashes $450M on AI hotshot 128 Technology
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

Latest deal comes after moves for Mist Systems and Netrounds and is aimed largely at strengthening Juniper's presence in the SD-WAN market.

Nokia Bell Labs, Intuitive Machines to launch 4G on the moon
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

NASA has given Nokia Bell Labs and Houston-based Intuitive Machines $14.1B to prepare to set up a 4G network on the moon.

Comcast, Aruba connect on enterprise-focused VPN service
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

Comcast intros new offering in response to a pandemic that has forced big businesses to ensure their expanding group of teleworkers can securely connect to corporate networks.

Podcast: Telefonica targets fiber expansion
LRTV Interviews | 10/19/2020

Light Reading's Iain Morris and Kelsey Ziser discuss highlights from last week's BBWF event, including Telefonica's approach to fiber buildouts.

Deutsche Telekom bets on giant flying antenna
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

The German operator has put its considerable muscle behind what could be Europe's answer to Facebook's Aquila and Google's Loon projects.

EU countries call for plan to combat 5G 'fake news' – report
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

Europe's biggest economies are not among the signatories to a letter urging EU bigwigs to tackle 5G 'disinformation' on health risks.

Hutchison HK jump-starts market with 5G price cuts
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

The operator is taking advantage of the iPhone 12 launch to undercut its big rivals.

Eurobites: Telefónica targets 2M German homes with new fiber network – report
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Covage reaches 1 million homes with fiber in France; Vodafone tries open RAN in the Netherlands; Nokia lauded for managed services ability.

COVID-19 fails to put brakes on 5G rollout – report
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

A new report from Juniper Research sees 5G accounting for 44% of operator revenue by 2025.

Altice USA's sweetened bid for Cogeco is swiftly rejected
News Analysis | 10/18/2020

Gestion Audem, the family-owned company with majority voting rights in the Canada-based operator, said it has unanimously rejected Altice USA's revised, unsolicited bid for Cogeco.

Operators edge toward revenues from low-latency services
DanoVision | 10/16/2020

Edge computing promises to reduce users' latency speeds. And now, some operators are not only addressing the space but seeking revenues from the sale of low-latency services.

ECTA fights Huawei's corner
News Analysis | 10/16/2020

European trade association 'denounces' bans on Chinese suppliers based on geopolitical reasons.

US wireless snapshot: Subscribers, market share and Q3 estimates
News Analysis | 10/16/2020

How are AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile faring in terms of market share? And what should the market expect from them in the third quarter? Some analysts break it down.

Podcast: Boingo's Mike Zeto on private networks and enterprise opportunities
LRTV Interviews | 10/16/2020

The Light Reading podcast welcomes Mike Zeto, SVP of Boingo's global strategy and emerging businesses, to discuss private networks as an opportunity for both service providers and enterprises.

TiVo scores broadband bundling deals for new Android TV streamer
News Analysis | 10/16/2020

Adding a streaming option for broadband-only customers, RCN, Grande and Wave are offering the TiVo Stream 4K to customers who take speeds of at least 100 Mbit/s paired with a price cut on Sling TV.

In tit for tat, China to pass law restricting tech exports
News Analysis | 10/16/2020

China's top legislature is set to pass an Export Control Law expanding government controls over tech exports, copying a similar US measure in May.

Eurobites: EU member states map out their cloud future
News Analysis | 10/16/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE offers immersive soccer coverage; France and the Netherlands want to tame tech titans; Telia goes climate neutral.

WiCipedia: Coming back stronger post-COVID
WiCipedia | 10/16/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: Ada Lovelace Day reminds us of the power of coming back stronger than before; tone-deaf ads can't stop won't stop; all the ways to learn how to code from home; and more.

SK Telecom to spin off mobility biz and form JV with Uber
News Analysis | 10/16/2020

Uber to invest a total of $150m in the new joint venture, which will incorporate SKT's existing mobility business.

Boris broadband plan is way off pace, says UK spending watchdog
News Analysis | 10/16/2020

Build rates need to increase four-fold to meet a 2025 gigabit target and there is still no detailed plan for covering hard-to-reach areas.

T-Mobile's 5G lead begins to widen
DanoVision | 10/15/2020

T-Mobile is on its way toward covering 100 million people with speedy midband 5G this year. And its 5G services are up to 25% cheaper than those from AT&T and Verizon.

How AI could cut bandwidth in video conferences by 90%
News Analysis | 10/15/2020

A new artificial intelligence platform from chipmaker Nvidia promises to reduce bandwidth usage in video conferencing down to one tenth of the H.264 standard.

Upgrade to 1.8GHz presents power challenge for cable ops
News Analysis | 10/15/2020

The idea of using small, distributed booster amplifiers to overcome the power issues presented by 1.8GHz upgrades is gaining traction, but remains a topic that's ripe for debate.

South Korea pushes back against US pressure on Huawei – report
News Analysis | 10/15/2020

Thumbing its nose at Washington's 'Clean Network' campaign, Seoul says it's up to private companies which suppliers they choose.

France and Netherlands take aim at US tech giants
News Analysis | 10/15/2020

State secretaries Cédric O and Mona Keijzer join forces to propose ways of reducing the power of 'gatekeeper' platforms.

Zoom rolls out end-to-end encryption and 'Zapps'
News Analysis | 10/15/2020

Zoom announced all its users can access end-to-end encryption from next week, and unveiled 'Zapp' apps in an attempt to grow into a platform.

Podcast: What's the story with SD-WAN security?
LRTV Interviews | 10/15/2020

This week: Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser on SD-WAN security updates in the age of remote work.

'Fake, dumb, and poor' – Huawei exec unloads on China 5G
News Analysis | 10/15/2020

Ryan Ding, head of Huawei's carrier business, has criticised China's 5G, saying the world's biggest rollout lags behind others – in particular South Korea.

Telcos cannot scratch the open source itch
Morris Lore | 10/15/2020

Open source has yet to have a noticeable impact on telecom, and it is increasingly mixed up with anything that claims to be open.

Eurobites: Also-RAN Ericsson bags KPN's core
News Analysis | 10/15/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange cozies up to OPPO, provides connectivity for seniors' devices; Nokia draws on analytics for COVID-19 temperature testing; come friendly fiber, fall on Slough.

Is 5G auction delay an advantage for Indian telcos?
News Analysis | 10/15/2020

COVID-19 delaying the 5G spectrum sale in India till 2021 may benefit Indian service providers looking for time to get their houses and networks in order.

Disney, Apple streaming services face promo pressure
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Overall streaming penetration has flattened out, but relatively new services such as Disney+ and Apple TV+ could see momentum slow as year-long, free promotions near the finish line.

AT&T's 'free iPhone 12' promotion smacks of desperation
DanoVision | 10/14/2020

AT&T's promotions around the new iPhone are far more aggressive than those from Verizon and T-Mobile. Indeed, one analyst warned that it's the most aggressive promotion ever.

Vodafone Idea hires IBM for big data push
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Indian operator hopes partnership will slash costs and open up new revenue opportunities.

Malik out as VEON CTO
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Yogesh Malik joins a growing list of senior executives who have left the emerging-markets operator since 2018.

Huawei, China Mobile pitch network smarts together
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Huawei unveils AI-powered connectivity to untangle network complexity for carriers and enterprise.

Operators call for more vendor support in open source projects
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Broadband World Forum panelists say it's important to get the types of network efficiencies that hyperscale companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon have.

COVID-19 sparks fixed wireless rollouts
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Fixed wireless providers in locations ranging from LA to Arkansas are rolling out new services in order to connect students and others to the Internet amid a pandemic.

Call for Comcast to halt or tweak Wi-Fi claim in limbo
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

The National Advertising Division retracts original decision stemming from a challenge by AT&T. Comcast was set to appeal decision focused on claim that it provides the 'best in-home Wi-Fi experience.'

Huawei to sell its budget Honor unit, focus on flagships – report
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Battling US sanctions, Huawei is selling its low-budget Honor unit in a $3 billion deal, giving up on being the world's biggest smartphone maker.

Orange takes Iraq to arbitration over its Korek stake
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Orange launches international arbitration proceedings against Iraq after a regulator seized its $400 million stake in Kurdish mobile operator Korek Telecom.

Cable's evolutionary path leads to mobile, convergence
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

'Today's cable operators are becoming tomorrow's mobile operators,' Cisco's John Chapman says.

Loss-making Nokia turns to Google Cloud in latest savings move
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Finnish equipment giant will run its IT systems from the public cloud as it looks for ways back to profitability.

Apple succumbs to 5G fever
Morris Lore | 10/14/2020

The iPhone maker dangles another overpriced trinket in front of the worshipful, and this one may genuinely disappoint.

Eurobites: Orange, KDDI connect Toyotas and Mazdas in Europe
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica reshapes roaming unit; Swiss detects endpoints; Brits turn to video-streaming services to ease pandemic pain.

Menlo Micro's 'Ideal Switch' touted as major upgrade to 5G
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

According to iPod and iPhone luminary Tony Fadell, Menlo Micro's new product 'is already triggering massive cross-industry upheaval.' It's initially targeted at the 5G sector.

Verizon: Nationwide 5G speeds will be 'similar' to 4G speeds
News Analysis | 10/13/2020

Apple's newest iPhones will support nationwide 5G connections on Verizon's network, but 'the experience [between 4G and nationwide 5G] is similar,' warned Verizon's Bill Stone.

Masergy, VMware spruce up SD-WAN with secure remote access
News Analysis | 10/13/2020

Masergy and VMware have launched new secure remote access services under the umbrella of their SASE platforms.

Four big takeaways from Apple's 5G iPhone launch
DanoVision | 10/13/2020

From its pricing plans to its support of Verizon's millimeter wave 5G strategy, Apple had plenty to say during its iPhone 12 unveiling.

Are India telcos finally about to raise prices?
News Analysis | 10/13/2020

Metrics suggest Airtel and Vodafone Idea are not going to respond to Jio's latest tariff move.

Cable DAA activity perks up
News Analysis | 10/13/2020

Commscope cuts off a piece of Comcast's next-gen network biz while Vecima and Technetix connect on a product/sales deal focused on distributed access architectures.

Podcast: Lumen Technologies battles bad actors in cybersecurity
LRTV Interviews | 10/13/2020

Lumen Technologies' Mike Benjamin joins the Light Reading Podcast to discuss the state of cybersecurity, threats such as ransomware, and attacks on IoT devices.

Nokia bags 5G small-cell deal with Chunghwa Telecom
News Analysis | 10/13/2020

Taiwan proving something of a 5G stamping ground for the Finnish vendor.

Telefónica CTO hints at less capital-intensive future
News Analysis | 10/13/2020

Enrique Blanco says a fiber investment program will set his business up for the next 30 to 50 years.

Disney reorg shifts focus to streaming
News Analysis | 10/13/2020

Citing the 'rapid success' of Disney+, company says the reset of media and entertainment unit is designed to accelerate The Mouse's direct-to-consumer strategy.

Spectrum auctions slowing Europe's 5G progress
News Analysis | 10/13/2020

National approaches to spectrum distribution regarded as a key obstacle to 5G development at European level.

China's newest telco starts up
News Analysis | 10/13/2020

China's CBN joins the game, but will the new mobile entrant survive?

China and COVID-19 speed up worldwide 5G adoption
News Analysis | 10/13/2020

China will have 170 million 5G smartphones by year's end, pushing the world's total to a higher-than-expected 260 million.

Eurobites: Nokia adds vim to Bulgaria's Vivacom
News Analysis | 10/13/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE rolls out more 5G in; UK buyers of new iPhone may live to regret their purchase; Ericsson demos spectrum-sharing innovation with China Telecom.

Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, others form North American 6G alliance
News Analysis | 10/13/2020

The new 'Next G Alliance' will focus on the 'full lifecycle' of 6G, including research and development, manufacturing, standardization and market readiness.

Rivada hires former Sprint, BellSouth exec for wholesale ambitions
News Analysis | 10/12/2020

Keith Cowan, formerly of Sprint and BellSouth, joins Rivada as its new chief development officer amid Congressional investigations into the company's focus area.

Cable-Tec Expo: 10G-compatible network delivers holographic stream
The Bauminator | 10/12/2020

Show demo provides a glimpse of how emerging bandwidth-eating apps will take advantage of the multi-gig network.

An inside look at Verizon's first 5G MEC customers
News Analysis | 10/12/2020

Verizon and its partner Amazon Web Services currently have 5G edge compute centers in five cities with plans to expand that to ten locations by year-end.

DOCSIS 3.1's runway is shorter in Europe, Liberty Global's CEO says
News Analysis | 10/12/2020

Mid-split and high-split upgrades will beef up HFC's upstream, but fiber competition is pushing the MSO to give a closer look at DOCSIS 4.0 and the industry's broader '10G' initiative.

Qualcomm, Intel, Huawei seen leading in Wi-Fi 6 patents
News Analysis | 10/12/2020

Reports from Japan's NGB Corporation and Germany's IPlytics indicate China's Huawei and Qualcomm and Intel in the US contribute the most technologies to Wi-Fi 6.

STC hops on board the Rakuten Mobile bandwagon
News Analysis | 10/12/2020

Japan's disruptive mobile network operator takes the Rakuten Communications Platform on the road to Saudi Arabia.

No rest stops on the road to DOCSIS 4.0
LRTV Interviews | 10/12/2020

Light Reading's Alan Breznick and Jeff Baumgartner recap the highlights from last week's Cable Next-Gen Digital Symposium.

Technetix jumps in to bridge Cisco's 'GainMaker' gap
News Analysis | 10/12/2020

Supplier joins ATX Networks in pursuing a cable amplifier business that Cisco is leaving up for grabs as cable operators mull 1.2GHz and 1.8GHz spectrum upgrades.

Nokia adds to 5G hype with $8T forecast
Morris Lore | 10/12/2020

It's no surprise that the Finnish vendor of network equipment thinks 5G will be a very big deal.

Will the iPhone be the spark that 5G needs?
News Analysis | 10/12/2020

Operators and consumers are waiting on Apple to release its first 5G-compatible device.

Twilio pays $3.2B for data platform Segment
News Analysis | 10/12/2020

Cloud platform Twilio, hot on the heels of acquiring SendGrid, now is buying the customer data platform Segment too.

Eurobites: UK personal data at risk post-Brexit, warns privacy activist
News Analysis | 10/12/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: new CEO for MTN's Liberian unit; telecom engineers honored for pandemic efforts; Vodafone brings Wix on board for SMEs.

KPN faces new takeover rumors
News Analysis | 10/12/2020

Swedish investor EQT is said to be in early talks on a possible deal, but obstacles to a takeover may prove tough to overcome.

Facebook goes to space
News Analysis | 10/9/2020

Facebook confirmed that it launched an 'experimental satellite designed to test ways to improve broadband connectivity,' but said it has no desire to provide services.

Rakuten's 4G network is still the slowest in Japan
News Analysis | 10/9/2020

According to new findings from Tutela, Rakuten's 4G network in Japan supports 16.16Mbit/s download speeds, which is around 9 Mbit/s slower than the company's competitors.

SCTE CEO: Secretive show demo to tout the promise of '10G'
CxO Spotlight | 10/9/2020

Futuristic demonstration at virtual Cable-Tec Expo will represent 'a next generation of science' and provide a 'real statement for the industry,' says Mark Dzuban.

Telefónica nears $5.9B FTTH deal in Germany – report
News Analysis | 10/9/2020

The Spanish giant's new openness to infrastructure-investment partnerships, announced as part of a Group reorganization late last year, seems close to bearing fruit in Germany.

AMD poised to acquire Xilinx for $30B – report
News Analysis | 10/9/2020

A combination of AMD and Xilinx would position AMD to more directly challenge Intel in the telecommunications market, including 5G.

Eurobites: BT makes room for Zoom
News Analysis | 10/9/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swisscom claims world first with 50Gbit/s demo; Vodacom Lesotho appeals against fine and license withdrawal; MTN in TIP run.

WiCipedia: Black Tech Fest 20 is the place to be
WiCipedia | 10/9/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: Black Tech Fest 20 is right around the corner; ADP is named the top large company for women in tech; women lack confidence, not skill; and more.

India loses 3M mobile customers in June
News Analysis | 10/9/2020

The latest numbers are also a concern for Jio, even though it was the only operator to report subscriber growth.

Orange to lure 5G customers with data bonanza
News Analysis | 10/9/2020

French operator is putting a firm 'premium' stamp on its 5G offer with large inclusive mobile data bundles, one of which is an unlimited plan.

Belgian telcos drop Huawei for Nokia
News Analysis | 10/9/2020

Orange and Proximus will replace Huawei by 2023 in a further setback for the embattled Chinese vendor.

Big layoffs coming soon at WarnerMedia – report
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

'Thousands' of jobs at risk as AT&T looks to cut costs by up 20% as the pandemic continues to ravage the entertainment biz, according to The Wall Street Journal.

DoD awards $600M to AT&T, Ericsson, Nokia, others, for 5G testing
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

The US Defense Dept. is awarding a huge sum to more than a dozen companies to help create 'the largest full-scale 5G tests for dual-use applications in the world.'

Cisco's layoffs won't affect 5G focus
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

Cisco's previously announced restructuring appears to be getting underway, and 5G isn't expected to be affected. Other areas may not be so lucky.

Trump's big 5G plan still MIA
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

President Trump was required to submit 'an implementation plan to the 5G national strategy' by Sept. 23. However, NTIA officials now say it won't be ready until the end of October 2020.

Cable ops urged to stoke investment in the network
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

DOCSIS 3.1 and upstream spectrum upgrades will provide plenty of capacity runway to cable ops, but 'we cannot take our foot off the gas,' Cox's Jeff Finkelstein says.

Samsung on the upswing thanks to 5G, Huawei
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

Samsung said it recorded significant jumps in its overall operating profit and sales, which many attributed to gains in 5G and share from Huawei.

Comcast tests symmetrical 1.25-Gig on HFC
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

Crossing milestones on the path to '10G,' Comcast says the trial is running on a live production, 'all digital' HFC network in Jacksonville using remote PHY digital nodes and a virtualized CMTS.

5G: The end of the beginning
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

The new mobile technology is at last starting to have a positive impact on results for some operators.

TalkTalk on the block, as Toscafund makes a bid
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

As European telcos' share prices tank, London hedge fund Toscafund makes a £1.1 billion ($1.42 billion) buyout offer for TalkTalk.

Confident Mavenir preps for the public market
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

One of the shining lights in the nascent open RAN space opts to file for an IPO.

CommScope takes aim at HFC's flexible future
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

CommScope's new 'migratable' distributed access device can operate in both remote PHY and remote MACPHY configurations as cable operators continue to explore what path their future HFC networks will take.

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