Verizon is offering a free streaming TV device and a free Samsung Chromebook, as well as up to $500 in early termination fees, in order to sell its 5G Home service.
'We wouldn't call Frontier a diamond in the rough. Instead, it's more of a semi-precious stone in the rough,' analysts say in a report that sizes up Frontier's fiber-focused, post-bankruptcy future.
China's second-biggest network equipment maker is allowed to buy US technology and supply that to Chinese mobile operators, raising awkward questions for America's new president.
The operator could lose some share in Fios territories on the east coast, but its underpenetrated, less competitive (and underappreciated) rural markets have 'unusually high potential,' new study finds.
This week, David Gilford, co-founder of the Broadband Equity Partnership, on what local government and nonprofit broadband leaders need from a national broadband stimulus.
The acceleration program has so far helped nurture 800 startups of which 250 have worked directly with the Spanish telco.
Vendor Ubiquiti reportedly suffered a 'catastrophic' security breach. 'Their security aligns with the overall nature of their equipment, relatively cheap and flimsy,' said a former Ubiquiti customer.
5G players ranging from American Tower to T-Mobile are investing in edge computing sites. However, a new report 'informed by the speed of light' raises questions about the parameters of the opportunity.
Italy's new government diverts an extra $3 billion from the EU COVID-19 recovery fund to ultrafast infrastructure.
Competition authorities have few worries about the UK tie-up, but customers and employees may feel differently.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vector Photonics bag equity funding; German data protection regulator clamps down on Facebook; Spotify suffers branding car-crash moment.
Big telecom has driven the industry, with light-touch regulation – not just in the US but across the OECD and much of the developing world. Until now.
Orange Poland teams with Dutch pension fund APG to create 50:50 venture with aim of driving fiber network rollout.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Fastweb taps Amdocs for network inventory upgrade; MTN seeks $5 billion valuation of mobile money unit ahead of stake sale; A1 Telekom Austria brings your package inside.
Some of the companies that won money in the FCC's RDOF program are facing a growing, noisy chorus of critics that argue they won't be able to meet their obligations.
This week, Scott Willis, CEO of DartPoints; and Bruce Garrison, chief revenue officer of Bluebird Network, on their connectivity work in rural Iowa and the collaboration required to tackle the digital divide.
T-Mobile plans to sell 100Mbit/s connections to up to 30 million US households for $60 per month. However, there remain a number of questions surrounding the effort.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Lutz Schüler named as boss of post-merger Virgin Media/O2 entity; Ericsson does 5G in Malta; UK sets up new regulatory unit to tame tech titans.
WOW's new policy, which includes a $30 unlimited option for 1-Gig customers, arrives amid a 'broadband-first' posture and a steering of high-speed Internet customers to OTT-TV options such as YouTube TV and Philo.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia puts charging system on AWS cloud; fiber discussions in the UK; A1 cracks cloud gaming with Blacknut.
Who will benefit from Biden's broadband plan? Should broadband be considered a utility? And what even is broadband? The answers to these questions could have major implications.
But SpaceX's satellite broadband service is poised to be a 'game-changer' for rural US coverage and in position to pursue a much larger global market, according to MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett.
SPONSORED: The new routed optical network is not your father's IP over DWDM, writes Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin.
Upstream traffic surged 63% in 2020 during a pandemic-marked year that forced people to work and study from home and altered the period of the day that saw peak network usage.
Startup plans to pair the new ATSC 3.0 signaling standard with spectrum from hundreds of low-power TV station partners to underpin a national IP multicast network and edge caching system.
This week, Gary Bolton, CEO, Fiber Broadband Association, joins the show to discuss why the US needs to put fiber first, why satellite broadband could be a 'disaster' for communities and more.
Telecom Italia completes FiberCop agreements with two shareholders, but many obstacles remain on route to create the ultimate 'AccessCo.'
Piece of plan aimed to 'revitalize' US digital infrastructure also references the 1936 Rural Electrification Act, labeling broadband as 'the new electricity.'
The Chinese equipment behemoth still lacks a convincing solution to the problem of US trade sanctions, and sales are dropping outside China.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ooredoo sells towers in Indonesia; CityFibre wants clearer broadband labelling; Nokia helps make Nicosia smarter.
US Ignite and the NSF announced winning projects of Project Overcome, a $2.7 million effort to accelerate broadband delivery to underserved communities using novel solutions.
As the Cisco Live event kicks off today, the networking giant looks beyond the lockdowns and urges service providers to build the network they're going to need when the world gets moving again.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia pushes private networks in Norway; Nokia does IoT with Mobily in Saudi Arabia; Viasat brings cybersecurity jobs to UK.
The social networking giant continues its strategy of partnering with local telcos to build new infrastructure to boost connectivity.
With a world record under its belt and an eye on the millimeter wave auction, Australian broadband wholesaler NBN Co is adding 5G to its technology mix.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM seals soccer deal with DAZN; London's mayor promises 4G for the Tube; is this the next chairman of BT?
GeoLinks is looking to test 'new technologies for Gigabit wireless broadband access to the home in rural, suburban and urban areas' using technology from Tarana.
AT&T and others argue that federal requirements for 1Gbit/s connections would prevent 5G and other fixed wireless technologies from cashing in on a spending plan that could top $3 trillion.
AT&T's capital expenses dipped from $19.4 billion in 2019 to just $15.6 billion in 2020. However, thanks to a focus on 5G and fiber in the network, AT&T's spending will likely be different this year.
Verizon sold an estimated 10% of its mmWave spectrum holdings to fixed wireless provider GeoLinks. The licenses couldn't support mobile operations.
The suggestion that operators would increase spending by nearly a fifth if regulators were kinder is hard to take seriously.
This week, Blair Levin, former FCC official, and Clint Odom, SVP of policy and advocacy at the National Urban League, join the show to discuss the Lewis Latimer Plan for Digital Equity and Inclusion.
Swiss operator manages to keep figures stable despite the challenges brought by the pandemic.
With so much focus on a possible reinstatement of net neutrality rules under Biden, not enough attention has been given to the upside potential from stimulus spending, MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett says.
Benu Networks has updated its Virtualized Broadband Network Gateway to operate in cloud-native environments, and has added SASE functionality and 5G wireless/wireline convergence capabilities.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN forms joint venture to accelerate fiber rollout; Qualcomm joins agri-robot trials; Orange shines in Tutela market report.
Proposed $20.8 billion deal to buy fellow cableco Shaw Communications would cement Rogers' position as the Comcast of the Great White North, with far more cable and broadband subscribers than any other Canadian provider.
US bans are straining the trans-Pacific bandwidth market, with FCC moves to shut down two more Chinese operators another sign of a fracturing sector.
Industry consortium backing the nascent tech to be unveiled within a matter of months.
Wealthy homeowners in remote areas may soon be able to watch Netflix in ultra-high definition thanks to your generosity.
Already Congress has earmarked roughly $20 billion in broadband-related spending. But that might just be the beginning. 'There's never been anything like this,' wrote the MoffettNathanson analysts.
Bruce McClelland, CEO of Ribbon Communications, joins the show to discuss the challenging economics around building out broadband in hard-to-reach areas, and takeaways from his recent conversations with lawmakers on rural broadband policy.
The former UK incumbent says Ofcom's new regulation plan will enable it to earn a fair return on its planned £12 billion FTTP investment.
While more mature 1Gig and 2.5Gig gear might be financially alluring, 10Gig holds capacity and other performance advantages that can't be overlooked, and can also start to pave a path to future, even more capable PON standards.
The Finnish vendor has already cut about 11,000 jobs in the last two years and today warns that another 10,000 may have to go.
Tied into a broader fixed/mobile network plan, AT&T will stay aggressive with its fiber buildout, and hinted that it could take a closer look at opportunities in rural areas.
AT&T's C-band buildout plans trail those from rivals Verizon and T-Mobile. Perhaps as a result, AT&T executives offered a relatively sober assessment of the 5G opportunity.
The surge reflects rising activity around 'mid-split' and 'high-split' upgrades, but it does not necessarily mean that such upgrades are going gangbusters yet, says analyst Jeff Heynen.
Gogo had planned to launch a 5G network for in-flight Wi-Fi sometime this year, but chipset shortages will delay that launch until 2022.
After the surprise exit of chairman Jan du Plessis, BT's CEO Philip Jansen now faces a restive boardroom over his plans for a swift overhaul.
Speed boosts for select tiers were activated March 9 in MSO's Central Division, with East and West on deck. Comcast has also goosed the downstream speeds of its Prepaid Internet and Internet Essentials products nationwide.
Omar Calvo will take charge of radio engineering after the departure of CTO Brendan O'Reilly at the start of the year.
Meanwhile, Starlink parent SpaceX claims Viasat is attempting to 'gaslight' the FCC about collisions and space debris concerns, and is tangling with Dish over the 12GHz band.
Italian incumbent looks to trim workforce by up to 1,300 through voluntary scheme.
Although Thermo's leadership says the company just wants to be a spectrum provider, its strategic alliances and investments suggest there could be a bigger strategy.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone talks up open RAN; Deutsche Telekom teams up on electric vehicle charging tech; what's Welsh for 'your call is important to us'?
With few buying opportunities on the market, extending Charter's network with regular edge-outs and the RDOF auction is the next best thing, CFO Chris Winfrey says.
US chipmaker said 90% of its 2021 supply has already been ordered by customers, but its CEO says there is no reason to panic.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Spotify complaint could spell EU trouble for Apple; Equinix opens data center in Bordeaux; Ericsson's Ekholm sounds off on 5G.
The Finnish equipment vendor's just-published annual report reveals the full human cost of its most recent cost-saving initiative.
Acquisition, which forms the basis of a new 'DZS Cloud' unit, represents a 'big missing ingredient' for DZS as mobile and fixed networks become more disaggregated and distributed, CEO Charlie Vogt says.
Google said its Chrome browser will stop using cookies or alternative tools to track individual users' browsing, though it's not quite that simple.
The UK telecom incumbent benefits from a tax 'super-deduction' that should make it look more attractive to investors.
Independent open-access wholesale operator, dubbed FiBrasil, set up in collaboration with Canada-based investment group.
In this Women in Comms Mentor Spotlight, GPONDoctor's Maria Alejandro shares her approach to the dilemma of vendor interoperability, how she's improved automating test procedures for her customers, and her professional advice for other women in technical positions.
SPONSORED: Findings from Heavy Reading's 'Open and Disaggregated Packet and Optical Networks Market Leadership Study' suggest 2021 is a milestone year for disaggregation in packet and optical transport networks.
AT&T becomes the most high-profile service provider member of the 25GS-PON MSA Group as skeptics question the need for the technology.
Comcast's work tied to network virtualization and its use of AI and machine learning kept pace in a pandemic-fueled year that saw peak Internet traffic surge more than 50% in some markets.
Asia-Pacific operators are leading the world in the transition to next-generation PON, experts told the Light Reading Next-Gen Broadband APAC event.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Tesco Mobile boss slams sneaky price increases during a time of pandemic; EU antitrust boss issues recovery reminder; a data center for DRC.
Zoom's run of good luck isn't over, with $882 million of Q4 revenues beating expectations, amid new bets on call centers and Zoom Phone.
Broadband operators can expect higher upstream traffic post-COVID, even as downstream returns to previous levels.
Reliance on Ericsson in the core and Nokia as a fixed broadband vendor gives the Dutch incumbent a multivendor network, says its chief technology officer.
Digital Colony will take Boingo private in a transaction valued at around $854 million. It's Marc Ganzi's latest step toward 'digital infrastructure' convergence.
MSO needs to buy more smaller operators and apply a model that de-emphasizes video and pushes broadband penetration if Cable One is to 'sustain its stratospheric value,' MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett says.
Europe's biggest operator had its most successful year ever in 2020, but investors do not seem to have noticed.
CFO hails 2020 as one of the most successful financial years in the company's history.
Aim is to accelerate the development of the Generic Access Platform, an emerging node standard for HFC networks that can slot in service modules for DOCSIS, PON, mobile/wireless and, potentially, edge compute.
Vendor Infinera expects up to $340 million in revenue in its upcoming quarter, but that figure includes a $10 million risk due to 'semiconductor shortages that are not unique to our industry.'
Telecoms optical computing firm Infinera cut its Q4 losses to $9.9M, down from $66.6M a year before, even as its North American market slowed down.
Judge's ruling in California could clear way for other states to follow suit ahead of expectations that the FCC will pursue new rules that were rolled back during the Trump administration.
The city's network spans 44 square miles and provides speeds up to 50Mbit/s. Existing telecom providers Lumen Technologies and Cox have 'spent a significant amount of time pushing back on this project.'
One of the benefits of AI is that it can be used to look at coverage data in different ways, incorporating factors such as economics and population density into the maps.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: French village says 'non' to Starlink ground station; KPN buffs up green credentials; MVNO specialist returns to Three UK.
Some 42% of Q4 revenues came from Casa's wireless business, outpacing its legacy cable business and its budding telco wireline business.
In the latest setback for Meng Wanzhou, the UK's high court has rejected her application to peek into HSBC's files.
A more efficient modulation scheme, OFDMA, is expected to play a bigger role as cable operators start to embark on upgrades that dedicate more spectrum to the upstream.
Despite concern about the impact of US sanctions, the Chinese equipment giant's networks business is still going strong.
This week: Judge JD Clark of Wise County, Texas and Councilmember Craig Rice of Montgomery County, Maryland – co-chairs of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Broadband Task Force – on local connectivity challenges, problems with FCC mapping and more.
US wireless industry representatives have long complained of networking technician shortages. But the head of the massive CWA union warned that lawmakers should be 'skeptical of these claims.'