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More Verizon changes: price hikes, departure of biz CEO Erwin
News Analysis | 5/16/2022

Tami Erwin announced her plans to leave Verizon Business by the end of the year. The move comes just months after Verizon replaced the CEO of its consumer business and reported sluggish first-quarter results.

Red Hat is a bright spot in the dreary IBM picture
News Analysis | 5/16/2022

Big Blue stumped up $34 billion for the open-source pioneer back in 2019, but was the huge outlay worth it?

Ting Internet to take on Comcast and Verizon in Alexandria
News Analysis | 5/16/2022

After securing a franchise earlier this year, Ting says construction will start this summer on the fiber network, which will eventually connect more than 90,000 homes in the area.

Startup Eridan raises $46M in funding with 'Miracle' for 5G infrastructure
News Analysis | 5/16/2022

Venture capitalists including Capricorn's Technology Impact Fund, Monta Vista Capital, Social Capital, Diamond Edge Ventures and Pilot Grove Management are among the companies financing the startup.

WOW in exclusive M&A talks with Morgan Stanley infrastructure unit – report
News Analysis | 5/16/2022

Word of acquisition talks surface more than a month after Bloomberg reported that WideOpenWest was exploring strategic options, including a potential sale.

Unions continue pushing into Big Tech, telecom companies
News Analysis | 5/16/2022

'We're in the middle of some [labor] negotiations right now,' AT&T's John Stankey said recently. He added: 'We'd like to pay less in wages.'

E& snaps up 9.8% stake in Vodafone
News Analysis | 5/16/2022

The UAE-based operator says it has no intention of making an offer for Vodafone and indicates it is fully supportive of the current management.

Eurobites: TIM, Open Fiber share network in Italy's 'white areas'
News Analysis | 5/16/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom increases stake in OTE; Vodacom's full-year numbers; Swiss voters want Netflix et al to pay their way.

Opening a path to open RAN
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/16/2022

Carriers need partners that can negate the impact of their skills shortage and can assist them in deploying an open RAN solution that leverages a multivendor, best-of-breed platform. #sponsored

Rakuten is dumping Red Hat's OpenStack for its own cloud tech
News Analysis | 5/16/2022

Following the acquisition of Robin.io in February, the Japanese company is phasing out an older platform it used to support its mobile network.

5G proponents fret over Biden's fiber fancy
News Analysis | 5/13/2022

New federal guidelines put an emphasis on fiber networks: 'The program prioritizes projects designed to provide fiber connectivity directly to the end user.' And that's not sitting well with some 5G proponents.

Whither Twitter sale, after Elon Musk pauses offer
News Analysis | 5/13/2022

As Elon Musk 'pauses' his Twitter offer, that his offer was accepted in the first place shows how vast Twitter's profitability problems are.

The Cable Center CEO on how the industry must innovate from within to drive change
LRTV Interviews | 5/13/2022

In this podcast, Diane Christman, new CEO of The Cable Center, digs into the genesis, purpose and takeaways of the organization's first annual 'Intrapreneurship & Innovation Report,' and offers a look ahead to this year's Cable Hall of Fame event in New York.

Rakuten Mobile hits peak loss as it charts path to profit in 2023
News Analysis | 5/13/2022

The Japanese mobile operator ditches free usage for customers and says most of the heavy lifting on network rollout is done.

DT ups guidance as Sprint deal pays off
News Analysis | 5/13/2022

German group says integration of Sprint is progressing faster than planned.

What's the Story? Dish Network's unwavering optimism for 5G
LRTV Interviews | 5/13/2022

Mike Dano explains analysts' reactions to Dish's business projections, and what Dish has planned for the retail space and for private wireless for enterprise customers.

AT&T's Jason Inskeep on the evolving private wireless landscape
News Analysis | 5/13/2022

'My team's kind of been like a SWAT team, attacking everything from our DoD [Department of Defense] customers to a couple [oil] refinery engagements,' said Inskeep, who works in AT&T's 5G Center of Excellence.

Eurobites: MTN thrives in Q1, despite SIM issues
News Analysis | 5/13/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: M-Pesa boosts Safaricom; BICS extends reach of SmartCIC; telecom gripes in France.

DZS CEO predicts $1B market opportunity post acquisition
News Analysis | 5/12/2022

CEO Charlie Vogt said DZS will target more software and enterprise licensing deals as it finalizes its purchase of Assia's analytics assets.

Starry posts customer growth, but waffles on some 2022 targets
News Analysis | 5/12/2022

Starry gained 8,000 fixed wireless customers during the first quarter of 2022. But the company backtracked on its EBITDA hopes for full-year 2022, as well as its plans to launch multiple new markets during the rest of 2022.

IQ Fiber's CTO talks about the startup's fiber foray in Florida
CxO Spotlight | 5/12/2022

In this podcast, new IQ Fiber CTO Aamer Abbasi digs into the greenfield opportunities the startup is pursuing in northeast Florida, thoughts about future multi-gig services and how government stimulus funding might fit into IQ Fiber's future game plan.

Marcien Jenckes to helm the Comcast-Charter streaming JV
News Analysis | 5/12/2022

Jenckes, currently president of advertising at Comcast Cable, previously headed up the operator's residential video and broadband businesses.

Telefónica surfs on favorable exchange rates, rides inflation wave
News Analysis | 5/12/2022

Increasing strength of cloud, cybersecurity also helps Group post better than expected Q1 net profit.

KT content business in sweet spot as 5G makes little impact
News Analysis | 5/12/2022

KT's media and enterprise, and a big drop in marketing cost, have powered a 40% earnings spike.

Eurobites: Vodafone, Three UK 'in talks' over possible merger – report
News Analysis | 5/12/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: former Ofcom boss joins Vodafone as non-exec; Three to close 3G network in 2024; why phones and beer don't mix.

Why more tariff hikes make sense for Indian telcos
News Analysis | 5/12/2022

All three private telcos - Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio - hiked prepaid tariffs by 20% to 25% in November and December last year.

400G roundup: GTT upgrades; Telstra's new subsea cable
News Analysis | 5/12/2022

GTT takes initial steps toward upgrading its global IP network to 400G, while Telstra and SCCN link Australia and the US with a direct subsea cable.

BT limps off pitch with Warner sports deal as business withers
News Analysis | 5/12/2022

The UK incumbent is exiting a sports market in which it has invested heavily and faces no shortage of other business challenges.

Disney+ hits 137M subs
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

Disney's direct-to-consumer unit lost $877M while revenues climbed 23%

Artemis returns with private pCell strategy
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

'pCell is the most innovative technology I've seen in wireless in a very long time, upending everything we've been taught about wireless,' said financial analyst Craig Moffett, of MoffettNathanson.

Xilinx silicon implants brighten TIP's Evenstar
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

Bought by AMD in February, the US chip developer has backed away from FPGAs for its latest radio unit chip.

Four 5G takeaways from Dish's big analyst day
DanoVision | 5/11/2022

Dish's network is cheap and potentially transformative. And the company has ambitious targets in the retail and enterprise sectors. But now it must execute.

VMO2 fiber JV in 'concrete discussions' with financial partners, says Liberty Global CEO
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

And, for now, the operator will keep at arm's length a lobbying effort led by some major European operators to recoup rising network and capacity costs driven by streaming services.

Digital infra megadeals: DigitalBridge to buy Switch for $11B, Radius for sale
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

DigitalBridge, Switch, Radius Global Infrastructure, American Tower, CoreSite Realty and CyrusOne are among the companies involved in massive consolidation in the space.

O2 Germany CEO hails 'sustainable momentum' despite global headwinds
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

Revenue and OIBDA up, helped by a surge in new mobile post-paid adds.

ZTE risks penalties with 'business as usual' in Russia
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

The Chinese vendor is still cited as a customer by various US component makers. Selling their technology on to Russian operators would be living dangerously.

Where does cable go from here?
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

Bulls and bears are sizing up cable's future. Analysts say the 'cable broadband growth era is over' – others see opportunities with wireless the 'next leg of growth.'

Eurobites: Vodafone moves closer to the edge
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia tackles energy management with SaaS; Telia workers get trained up in the cloud; Tesco Mobile takes the pistachio.

Dish's Boost resurrects ad-supported mobile service – again
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

The company is trumpeting the offering as a way to get free wireless service, based on similar models in the video game industry. But previous ad-supported models have not gained traction.

Synchronoss swimming in losses but sees hope in cloud
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

The US telco software company is cutting back at its messaging and digital units after years of underperformance.

India's DoT launches centralized right of way portal
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

The national portal will streamline the clearance of infrastructure approvals related to RoW, benefitting operators, infrastructure providers and ISPs.

Dish's 5G targets: 40M smartphone customers and 20% of the enterprise market
News Analysis | 5/10/2022

Dish plans to launch postpaid services under its new Boost Infinite brand sometime in the fall but pricing details weren't revealed.

Omdia's Pablo Tomasi: A cautionary tale about private 5G networks
LRTV Interviews | 5/10/2022

Tomasi shares where service providers and enterprises are finding success in the private network market, and why private network players should be careful about the partners they choose.

DOCSIS 4.0 revenues a couple years out, Casa CEO says
CxO Spotlight | 5/10/2022

Meanwhile, the supplier is seeing 'high-split' trials and deployments perk up as cable operators seek ways to expand upstream capacity on DOCSIS 3.1 networks.

Telesat, Globalstar, Intelsat headline upheavals in satellite industry
News Analysis | 5/10/2022

Telesat reduced the size of its planned low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation to 188 satellites from 298. And that's just one of many recent developments in the industry.

SKT soars into metaverse as AI businesses gather steam
News Analysis | 5/10/2022

Total sales rose 4% to 4.28 trillion won (US$3.35 billion), with media and enterprise units posting the biggest growth.

Don't blame messenger on making Big Tech pay, says Axon exec
News Analysis | 5/10/2022

Alfons Oliver thinks analyst criticism directed at Axon for its recent ETNO-commissioned report is off target.

TPG, fresh from Telstra tie-up, sells its towers
News Analysis | 5/10/2022

Australia's TPG was the last of the country's operators to offload its towers, but has finally sold them to Canada's Omers Infrastructure Management.

Infinera boasts XR traction, but obstacles remain
News Analysis | 5/10/2022

'Infinera's highly disruptive XR is expected to ramp in 2023,' wrote the financial analysts at B. Riley Securities. They noted the opportunity could be worth up to $2 billion.

White House touts ISP commitments to increase affordable access
Broadband World News | 5/10/2022

But consumer advocacy group Free Press argues that some of the broadband providers on that list are the same ones 'sabotaging President Biden's FCC.'

Eurobites: Swisscom draws on Amazon's cloud clout
News Analysis | 5/10/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ethio Telecom launches 5G services; Ofcom seeks mmWave feedback; Nokia opens 5G security lab in US.

Samsung: We need to expand mmWave to meet 6G needs
News Analysis | 5/10/2022

It says current spectrum won't be enough to meet all 6G capacity requirements, meaning spectrum ranges must open up in the sub-THz range, from 24-300GHz.

Cable One isn't feeling T-Mobile's FWA heat yet
News Analysis | 5/9/2022

The cable operator estimates its FTTP overlap to be about 20%, up from an estimate of 14% about a year ago, as more telcos add to fiber routes.

5G providers getting wiggly on pricing and promotions
News Analysis | 5/9/2022

In recent days AT&T announced a new discount for teachers, T-Mobile announced a $1,000 Mother's Day discount for new customers, and Verizon announced a $800 phone discount for new and existing customers.

What's the Story? Dano's deep dive on mobile service pricing
LRTV Interviews | 5/9/2022

Mike Dano explains why some service providers are increasing the price of mobile and fixed wireless services while others are announcing new deals for consumers, and what this means for the broader industry.

WOW nears mobile launch, doubles greenfield fiber buildout commitment
News Analysis | 5/9/2022

Service developed with Reach Mobile will launch in one of WOW's southern markets in May. Meanwhile, WOW's greenfield fiber network plan has been expanded to 400,000 homes passed.

Thoughts on the evolving battle among US fiber, cable and 5G providers
DanoVision | 5/9/2022

Some have speculated that Charter will eventually purchase T-Mobile. Others think AT&T could acquire Dish Network or Altice. Here are three trends currently affecting this battle.

Eurobites: Telefónica Tech boosts IT services credentials with B-terna buy
News Analysis | 5/9/2022

Also in today's EMEA's regional roundup: Orange France chooses Ericsson's 5G charging software; BT class action rumbles on; the African edge.

Canada objects to Rogers' $20.1B marriage to Shaw
News Analysis | 5/9/2022

Regulator apparently unhappy about Rogers' choice of buyer for Shaw's mobile assets, fearing this would hurt competition.

Reimagining digital BSS for accelerating growth
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 5/9/2022

Sachin Saraf, Senior Vice President, Global Head Digital BSS, Comviva joins Light Reading Editor Ken Wieland to discuss the guiding principles of adopting a Future-Ready BSS strategy. As the digital transformation in the telecom industry picks up pace, there are concerns about how telcos need to reimagine their current infrastructure and devise a strategy for a flexible, agile future-state that allows for transformation today, and continuous improvement going forward. #sponsored

The digital storm – How next-gen tech is reshaping CSP business for the future
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 5/9/2022

Manoranjan 'Mao' Mohapatra, CEO at Comviva, joins Light Reading Editor Ken Wieland to discuss how the Next-Gen Tech is reshaping the CSP business. The CSP landscape is changing dramatically due to steep customer demand fluctuations and heightened competition. Advances in device technology, how customers consume content, and pervasive digital services make it imperative for CSPs to transform BSS via the cloud. #sponsored

SKT cybersecurity spin-off pulls plug on $2.8B IPO
News Analysis | 5/9/2022

Korea's SK Telecom called off the IPO after encountering what it said was lackluster response from institutional investors early this week.

Dish pay-TV losses accelerate to 462,000 in Q1
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

Dish shares drop 19% as worse-than-expected pay-TV subscriber losses - 228,000 for satellite TV and 234,000 for Sling TV - roughly doubled the company's video losses from a year ago.

While some Chinese companies exit Russia, Huawei remains a question mark
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

The WSJ reported that Russian telecom operator Beeline, owned by Dutch company Veon, said it received a delivery in March of telecommunications equipment from Huawei.

Dish's Charlie Ergen sees 'opportunity for fixed wireless in rural America'
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

Meanwhile, the company is confident that it can meet its commitment to cover 20% of the US population with 5G by June 14. Dish expects to add a smartphone that supports Band 70 to its device lineup sometime this fall.

Net broadband subscriber adds the 'new normal' at Frontier, CEO says
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

Frontier added a record 54,000 fiber broadband subs in Q1 2022, more than enough to more than offset copper losses. Frontier posted a net gain of 20,000 total broadband subs for the period.

As SoftBank preps IPO, Boris tries to Arm the FTSE
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

Boris Johnson is on a charm offensive to try to win the chip designer's IPO for London, but SoftBank is worried about a chip stock slump and its China subsidiary.

Is the UK shying away from Big Tech regulation?
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

The government outlines its plans for the Digital Markets Units, but legislation is needed to empower the new watchdog.

Verizon buries Skyward, its drone company
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

'Skyward, a Verizon company, announced that it was exiting its drone business. The company remains focused on its investment in ground robotic management, connectivity services, and solution development.'

Former SCTE exec Zenita Henderson heads to Segra
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

Cable vet Zenita Henderson appointed CMO at Segra, the fiber specialist Cox acquired in 2021, nearly five months before SCTE hosts Cable-Tec Expo in Philadelphia.

Mavenir under fire over role in Russia
Morris Lore | 5/6/2022

The US software vendor looks tarnished by its association with investor Charles Koch, whose business has been criticized for continuing to operate in Russia.

Eurobites: Inwit earnings jump 8.7% in Q1
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: tech heavyweights invest in Swedish startup; Three UK offers cashback incentive to potential switchers; Russia's Google runs on diesel in Finland.

India's BSNL and MTNL to launch 4G by end 2022
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

It looks like India's two state-run telcos long awaited 4G services will launch after the country's private service providers launch 5G.

The Internet saved us in the pandemic; let's make it a human right
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

After all of talk and not that much action, the UN and the ITU have set out a road map toward achieving universal affordable connectivity by 2030.

Boingo's Rebecca Gray on bolstering a diverse talent pool
Kelsey's Grammar | 5/5/2022

Gray explains why paying it forward as a mentor is critical because 'the next generation of wireless is not going to build itself.'

DOCSIS 4.0 may not be the end of the road for HFC, CableLabs CEO says
News Analysis | 5/5/2022

Nothing beyond DOCSIS 4.0's horizon is officially underway at CableLabs, but the organization is looking at potential spectrum to 3GHz and beyond, CableLabs President and CEO Phil McKinney says.

CommScope CEO expects little uplift from Comcast-Charter streaming JV
News Analysis | 5/5/2022

Charter's 'not that big of a client for us at this point,' says CommScope CEO Chuck Treadway. Yet CommScope remains a key supplier of X1 and Flex boxes powered by Comcast's software platform.

Arm embargo remains biggest threat to Huawei
News Analysis | 5/5/2022

Recent moves in China could pave the way to Arm's initial public offering in the next year, with possible consequences for China's biggest equipment maker.

ISPs drop fight against California's net neutrality law, will shift focus to DC
News Analysis | 5/5/2022

'Today is a historic win for Californians and the open Internet,' wrote Professor Barbara van Schewick, a supporter of the state's net neutrality guidelines.

Dish's first 5G service plan underwhelms
News Analysis | 5/5/2022

Dish is charging $30 per month for unlimited 5G services on its new network. 'Meh,' summarized analyst John Byrne, of research and consulting firm GlobalData.

Eurobites: Vodafone goes large on analytics to boost network performance
News Analysis | 5/5/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia trumpets 600G success; Three's feeling flat in Q1; the problem with app stores.

Supply chain constraints cloud Casa's vision
News Analysis | 5/5/2022

Fresh off a big 5G core deal with Verizon, the cable and wireless supplier is forced to suspend 2022 guidance as visibility is being obstructed by persistent component shortages and general supply chain issues.

Domestic woes weigh heavily on Telecom Italia
News Analysis | 5/5/2022

The Italian operator plans to unveil its long-awaited transformation program on July 7.

India's DoT caves and exempts 5G devices from testing
News Analysis | 5/5/2022

The move comes at a time when India is moving closer to the commercial launch of 5G services and will accelerate the introduction of new 5G devices.

Boingo's Rebecca Gray brings a military mindset to women in wireless
Kelsey's Grammar | 5/4/2022

Gray explains how she has applied learnings from her military and athletic background to leadership roles in the telecom industry.

T-Mobile ports 'uncarrier' playbook to FWA
News Analysis | 5/4/2022

The operator said it will cut the price of its FWA service from $50 per month to $30 per month for customers who also subscribe to its Magenta Max smartphone plan.

Infinera hit by Russia exit, supply chain glitches
News Analysis | 5/4/2022

Tougher trading environment stops coherent optical transport supplier from taking full advantage of burgeoning orders book.

Telefónica adjusts Spanish convergence strategy
News Analysis | 5/4/2022

Spanish operator adopts the MiMovistar brand to better reflect its burgeoning portfolio of adjacent services.

Charter CTO Stephanie Mitchko-Beale sets her exit
News Analysis | 5/4/2022

Cable industry vet Mitchko-Beale will remain with Charter for an unspecified transition period. Meanwhile, Charter has promoted Justin Colwell, one of its first mobile-focused execs, to drive its converged network strategy.

With Samsung, is Dish doubling down on open RAN – or giving up?
News Analysis | 5/4/2022

'We've held very firmly to the [open RAN] architecture and the importance of having an open ecosystem,' said Dish's Stephen Bye. 'And any partner that we bring into our ecosystem understands that.'

Qualcomm goes big on Wi-Fi 7
News Analysis | 5/4/2022

Qualcomm has launched a family of 'Pro' series Wi-Fi 7 chips for high-end access points, mesh devices, gateways and premium home routers. Chips are sampling now, with commercial availability expected in about a year.

MobiledgeX is dead. Long live Google Cloud
News Analysis | 5/4/2022

The platform once touted as a future telco standard has succumbed like so many industry initiatives to Big Tech's advance.

Consumers still seeking a reason to buy 5G
News Analysis | 5/4/2022

5G might account for just over half of all new handset shipments, but with a dearth of new services consumers have limited reason to embrace it.

EU's Vestager goes Big Tech bashing (again)
News Analysis | 5/4/2022

Europe's digital chief mulls handing part of network investment bill to US tech giants.

Eurobites: BT takes a chance on Amazon's cloud
News Analysis | 5/4/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: school's in for TIP; Paramount+ reaches UK, Ireland in June; UK tech regulator de-fanged.

India seizes over $700M in Xiaomi assets over forex violations
News Analysis | 5/4/2022

India's authorities are hinting that Xiaomi has illegally transferred funds to its Chinese parent company's subsidiaries. The move is part of the country's broad investigation into all kinds of business dealings involving Chinese companies and executives.

AT&T's price increase could send customers to Verizon
News Analysis | 5/3/2022

'Just when Verizon is struggling, this is a helping hand from Dallas,' said Recon Analytics' Roger Entner. Verizon recently reported sluggish customer figures, and AT&T is based in Dallas.

MEF's TAB to buoy vendor voices in strategic work
News Analysis | 5/3/2022

CTO Pascal Menezes says the new advisory board will give technology supplier members more of a voice in MEF's strategic vision around cybersecurity, business automation, SD-WAN, underlay connectivity and edge computing.

The 5G robots are officially coming
News Analysis | 5/3/2022

'Customers with AT&T's private 5G networks will be able to teleoperate Spot immediately,' according to Boston Dynamics. 'And public 5G teleoperation will be made available in the near future.'

AST SpaceMobile to test satellite-based services on AT&T's spectrum
News Analysis | 5/3/2022

AST SpaceMobile's testing will use AT&T's 846.5-849MHz license in Midland, Texas; its 845-846.5MHz license in Honolulu; and its 788-798MHz license in Pine Springs, Texas.

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