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Industry, government and public-interest groups unite over 5G security
News Analysis | 9/22/2021

From open RAN to wireless emergency alerts, the FCC's new Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) plans to look at security and 5G networks.

Disney+ forecasts slip amid Q4 subscriber warning
News Analysis | 9/22/2021

Disney shares tumbled Tuesday after CEO Bob Chapek warned that Disney+ 'has hit some headwinds' as production slowdowns linked to the pandemic cause a new wave of content to come in lighter than expected.

Lynk and AST SpaceMobile battle for mobile operator customers
News Analysis | 9/22/2021

Lynk announced its first two operator customers: Aliv in the Bahamas and Telecel Centrafrique in the Central African Republic. AST SpaceMobile, meanwhile, counts deals covering a total of 1.5 billion subscribers.

StarHub nabs 40% of Singapore's broadband share
News Analysis | 9/22/2021

Singapore's StarHub, attempting to expand its profitable broadband business, buys MyRepublic's domestic offerings, boosting its market share to 40%.

India's Vodafone Idea wins battle, needs to win the war
News Analysis | 9/22/2021

For the first time in months, India's third-largest service provider is on somewhat positive footing.

Ericsson's 12kg 5G box puts Nokia and Huawei on back foot
News Analysis | 9/22/2021

The Swedish firm says it is winning the weight war with a new massive MIMO unit weighing 5 kilograms less than Nokia's.

Verizon's Shah on private networks, now and later
News Analysis | 9/22/2021

While AR, VR and robotics applications generate the most buzz, Anand Shah says many of those private network use cases are several years out. Currently, computer vision is one of the most widely used private network use cases.

Comcast unleashes global streaming box, the XiOne
News Analysis | 9/22/2021

New 4K- and Wi-Fi 6-capable streaming box is initially available to Sky Q customers in Italy and Germany, and is starting to be rolled out in the US to Comcast's Xfinity Flex subs.

Cisco backs Qwilt to fuel global CDN and edge cloud push
News Analysis | 9/22/2021

Cisco Investments participated in a $70 million round in Qwilt. Tied in, the companies are teaming on a global CDN service featuring Qwilt's open caching tech and Cisco's edge compute and networking infrastructure.

AT&T scores a win over Verizon in mmWave 5G
News Analysis | 9/22/2021

'AT&T mmWave 5G users on average spent a lower amount of time connected to mmWave 5G compared to our mmWave 5G users on Verizon, but when they did connect to mmWave 5G, they consumed a much larger amount of data,' according to Opensignal.

China Mobile faces $15B bill for second 5G network
News Analysis | 9/22/2021

China Mobile could be on the hook for as much as $15 billion for the construction of the new national 700MHz network.

Russia's Nornickel dials up rhetoric on private 5G
News Analysis | 9/22/2021

Russian mining company expresses desire to work directly with vendors on private 5G, although such a scenario is currently not permitted.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia leads the 5G pack, says Opensignal
News Analysis | 9/22/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: DAZN reportedly bidding for BT Sport; European Commission on collision course with Apple over phone chargers; don't buy Chinese phones, says Lithuanian government.

AT&T's phone-unlocking ringleader gets locked up
News Analysis | 9/22/2021

Muhammad Fahd sentenced to 12 years in prison for unlawfully unlocking nearly 2 million phones in scam costing AT&T more than $200 million.

Iliad bolsters Polish Play with UPC buy
News Analysis | 9/22/2021

The acquisitive French group pursues European convergence ambitions with agreement to buy Polish cableco from Liberty Global.

Biden's leadership vacuum may hamstring US spectrum strategy
News Analysis | 9/21/2021

'We need a national spectrum strategy,' concluded Gina Raimondo, President Biden's Secretary of Commerce. However, Biden still has not named leadership for the FCC and the NTIA.

New silicon may speed up open RAN and spoil Intel party
News Analysis | 9/21/2021

Inline accelerators could inject some much-needed competition into the open RAN market, if their backers can build support.

AT&T's fiber expansion could reach beyond 30 million locations
News Analysis | 9/21/2021

The only thing that stands in the way of expanding AT&T's fiber buildout target in the coming years is 'execution and performance,' says AT&T CEO John Stankey.

Verizon's CEO acknowledges supply chain, labor constraints
News Analysis | 9/21/2021

Verizon's Hans Vestberg said it's a 'tougher labor market there' in retail, due to the ongoing pandemic. He also acknowledged 'there are some challenges in the supply chain.'

US government of two minds over blacklisting Honor
News Analysis | 9/21/2021

Huawei's spin-off Honor is perplexing US security agencies, who are split over whether to include it in America's export blacklist.

Altice France to gain 530,000 clients through Coriolis buy
News Analysis | 9/21/2021

Patrick Drahi-owned operator to buy the smaller telecoms player for a total of €415 million.

Ericsson CEO signals new direct approach to enterprise
News Analysis | 9/21/2021

The Swedish vendor will cater directly to companies that own spectrum and have no wish to involve operators.

SCTE clears way for standardized network nodes
News Analysis | 9/21/2021

The cable industry's standards-making body has blessed the enclosure specs for the Generic Access Platform (GAP), as well as the specs for interoperable service modules that will snap into the next-gen nodes.

Cisco siphons $20M into Rural Broadband Innovation Center
News Analysis | 9/21/2021

The $20 million Center was launched in mid-June under the umbrella of Cisco's Country Digital Acceleration program, and will focus on delivering high-speed Internet access to rural areas to lessen the digital divide.

Eurobites: 5G is good for you, insists ETNO
News Analysis | 9/21/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telkom pursues separate SA listing for towers subsidiary; Ericsson weighs in with lighter radio; Netflix launches free service in Kenya, but only on Android mobiles.

Open RAN is following the script
News Analysis | 9/21/2021

Despite early criticism, vendors may eventually be tripping over each other to sell open RAN products.

Nokia's FP5 chip taps into security and energy fears
News Analysis | 9/21/2021

The successor to the ballyhooed FP4 promises a lot more power efficiency and defense against cybercrime.

Nokia, Ericsson start winning Huawei replacement deals
News Analysis | 9/20/2021

Viaero said it would cost $300 million to replace Huawei's equipment in its network. Union Wireless put that figure at $110 million. Now, Nokia and Ericsson are sweeping up those deals.

Recalibrating valuations in the private wireless industry
DanoVision | 9/20/2021

A utility provider covering Kansas and Missouri just announced plans to deploy its own private wireless LTE network, and it's spending $30 million on the spectrum licenses alone.

Roku rolls new products and OS as streaming competition stays hot
News Analysis | 9/20/2021

Roku's refreshed product lineup includes a pair of more powerful streaming sticks and an update to an operating system that underpins the company's fast-growing Platforms business.

Light Reading Recap: Week ending Sept. 17
LRTV Documentaries | 9/20/2021

Last week's telecom news highlights included a look at the wild valuation ride of social media and messaging platform Discord as it recently rejected a $12 billion takeover bid and then a $500 million funding round. We also review the latest info on 3G network shutdown dates for the big US carriers.

Starlink to exit beta, as EU eyes OneWeb stake
News Analysis | 9/20/2021

The EU eyes a stake in UK-backed OneWeb, just as its satellite broadband rival Starlink says it will emerge from 'Better Than Nothing Beta' next month.

AT&T begins testing Ericsson, Nokia kit ahead of Andromeda auction
News Analysis | 9/20/2021

AT&T is widely expected to dominate the Andromeda auction, though it's unclear how much money AT&T might dole out during the event, which is scheduled to start in October.

Eurobites: Virgin picks Plume for 'smart home' services push in UK
News Analysis | 9/20/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange turns to Ericsson for mobile money boost; Vodafone, ITU combine on mobile Internet initiative in Africa and beyond; BT's emissions target moves closer.

Who should pay for the bridge across the digital divide?
News Analysis | 9/17/2021

Two new studies conclude that the US government's Universal Service Fund (USF) is in need of change. But they differ on whether ISPs or Big Tech should fix the situation.

AT&T takes FCC to court over 5G backhaul
News Analysis | 9/17/2021

Wi-Fi users in the 6GHz band are 'very likely to result in harmful interference at unpredictable places and times,' AT&T argues. The company may be looking to protect its 5G backhaul operations.

Former cable exec to take on AT&T and Comcast in Jacksonville
CxO Spotlight | 9/17/2021

Ted Schremp, an exec late of Charter and TiVo, now heads up IQ Fiber, a service provider that has secured funding for a phase I buildout of an XGS-PON network that will serve 60,000 homes in the Florida city.

FCC clears way for another 466 winning RDOF bids
Broadband World News | 9/17/2021

Latest round of FCC authorizations cover winning bids from 13 companies and organizations, including BEK Communications, Cumberland Connect, Easton Utilities, Gibson Connect and Union Telephone.

EXA Infrastructure rises from ashes after GTT fiber sale
News Analysis | 9/17/2021

GTT Communications completes the sale of its infrastructure division to I Squared Capital, which has now set up a new business called EXA.

WiCipedia: Is 38 'over the hill' in tech?
WiCipedia | 9/17/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Iceland a new hotspot for women in tech; age discrimination is an overlooked diversity issue; upskilling online; and more.

Europe's bigwigs want homegrown chip ecosystem
News Analysis | 9/17/2021

President of European Commission trailers new 'European Chips Act' aimed at lessening reliance on Asian and US chipmakers.

Eurobites: TalkTalk turns to GPON/XGS-PON for new fiber network up north
News Analysis | 9/17/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Citymesh and TowerEye combine on private networks; Glasgow's 5G is miles better than London's; Telxius deploys 400 GigE.

ISPs suffer losses and make plans in face of climate crisis
Broadband World News | 9/17/2021

A worsening climate crisis that has exacted a toll on cables, fiber lines and wireless towers is making clear how vulnerable that critical infrastructure is.

T-Mobile will shut down its 3G UMTS network in 287 days
News Analysis | 9/16/2021

'As of July 1, 2022, T-Mobile's older 3G UMTS network will be retired,' the operator wrote. Just a few weeks ago, the operator did not provide a firm shut down date for that network.

Logix Fiber links up with Versa on SD-WAN
News Analysis | 9/16/2021

This is the first SD-WAN service Logix is deploying; executives say security, network visibility and application prioritization are among key features.

Is T-Mobile losing its edge?
DanoVision | 9/16/2021

T-Mobile's iPhone 13 promotions aren't impressing analysts. The company's new 5G icon follows Verizon's lead. And T-Mobile's growth prospects for Q4 appear stunted. 'Uncarrier' it isn't.

The Divide: How Uprise Fiber seeks to solve what you hate about your ISP
Broadband World News | 9/16/2021

This week: Sam Sanders, CEO of Uprise Fiber, on how the company sets itself apart from traditional ISPs and seeks to build digital equity into broadband deployments.

Locast slapped with permanent injunction
News Analysis | 9/16/2021

Court order still leaves the door open for Locast to appeal. Meanwhile, Locast and the broadcasters have asked for a 'brief bench trial' to address statutory damages.

Allen Broome rises to CEO at MediaKind
News Analysis | 9/16/2021

Broome, a former Comcast exec who was named CTO of MediaKind in the fall of 2019, succeeds Matt McConnell, another former Comcast exec.

Investors value Discord at $15B in funding round
News Analysis | 9/16/2021

Discord flies high, with potential buyers Amazon and Twitter reportedly offering up to $18B and causing longstanding Internet forums to flop.

Telstra targeting A$500M in cuts and 5G growth
News Analysis | 9/16/2021

Telstra aims to shed A$500 million ($365.8 million) in costs, sell off further assets and become a major consumer tech retailer under its latest transformation plan.

India announces major reforms, relief for Vodafone Idea
News Analysis | 9/16/2021

In a much-anticipated move, the Indian government has finally approved a relief package and several new reforms for the telecom industry.

WhatsApp pilots Business Directory in e-commerce drive
News Analysis | 9/16/2021

Messaging service launches pilot in Brazil and indicates that India and Indonesia could be next.

Windstream CMO: SD-WAN stalled, not squashed, by pandemic
CxO Spotlight | 9/16/2021

Concerns around cost and ease of use stalled SD-WAN deployments for remote workers, but the tide is turning as remote access tools improve and enterprises budget for a long-term distributed workforce.

Vodafone Spain to axe hundreds more jobs
News Analysis | 9/16/2021

Staff to bear the consequences of Vodafone's latest 'digital transformation' as it targets huge cost savings.

Better times for suppliers in H1 (Huawei, Nokia flag) – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 9/16/2021

Slowdown in China impacts Q2, but revenue from telecom equipment worldwide was still up for a fifth consecutive quarter.

Eurobites: CityFibre raises further £1.1B to take the fiber fight to BT
News Analysis | 9/16/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: A1 Austria takes Offensity across Europe; BT's fancy new digs in Brum; Nokia helps spread the digital gospel in Africa.

AT&T: 2.7% of customers will be affected by 3G shutdown
News Analysis | 9/15/2021

Groups ranging from the Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC) to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) have been arguing of the 'deadly' effects posed by AT&T's 3G shutdown plans.

13 an unlucky number for 5G
DanoVision | 9/15/2021

Apple took the wraps off its latest iPhone, the iPhone 13. But the company spent almost no time talking about 5G during its unveiling event.

NAB cancels 2021 event as Delta variant surges
News Analysis | 9/15/2021

Prior plan was to hold the event in Las Vegas in October and require attendees to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations. The new plan is to provide virtual options for 'select' 2021 NAB Show content.

Huawei wishlist: Global talent, 6G, set own standards
News Analysis | 9/15/2021

Huawei Founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei tells staff that Huawei is seeking to lure foreign tech talent to China to lead in 6G and to dominate global standards.

FTTH covers just 22% of EU rural households – report
News Analysis | 9/15/2021

New report from FTTH Council Europe shows that overall deployment is progressing rapidly, but rural coverage remains a challenge.

The Leading Lights finalists: Part I
News Analysis | 9/15/2021

Light Reading editors discuss trends they're seeing, what's happening in the awards categories that they're judging and what they've learned from the contest entries as they dig in and prepare to announce this year's winners.

Tenth launch boosts OneWeb halfway to its target
News Analysis | 9/15/2021

OneWeb's constellation grows to its halfway mark of 322 after its tenth launch, while Amazon picks a fight at the FCC with Elon Musk's Starlink.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia bangs open RAN gong
News Analysis | 9/15/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Google's Grace Hopper cable lands in Cornwall; GÉANT network trials 800G with Infinera; EU promises chip sovereignty.

O-RAN founders keep control as big kit vendors bear the risk
News Analysis | 9/15/2021

The O-RAN Alliance is ensuring that technical contributions will be 'non-confidential,' but little else has changed.

5G and IoT can reduce UK emissions by 78% by 2035 – report
News Analysis | 9/15/2021

As the world gets ready for COP26 in Glasgow, using 5G and IoT in manufacturing, transport and agriculture can cut UK carbon emissions by 4% a year, according to a new report commissioned by Vodafone.

Comcast nearing launch of 'XClass'-branded TVs – report
News Analysis | 9/14/2021

Once again it looks as though Comcast is ready to enter the smart TV market. A report in Protocol says Comcast will soon offer two TV models made by Hisense and outfitted with the cable operator's software platform.

T-Mobile CFO: Samsung 'has really fallen behind the eight ball'
News Analysis | 9/14/2021

'A lot of our customer base are very significant Samsung lovers, and so we probably saw a little bit more of the supply chain issue there,' said T-Mobile CFO Peter Osvaldik.

US mobile providers love coverage maps, but not coverage details
News Analysis | 9/14/2021

Verizon, T-Mobile and CTIA were among those voicing support for the FCC's ongoing broadband mapping initiative. However, they pushed against sharing cell site information, in-vehicle coverage data and more.

AT&T promises to steal mobile customers from rivals
News Analysis | 9/14/2021

AT&T's new CFO, Pascal Desroches, says the company has a number of growth strategies firmly in place. 'All those things collectively are allowing us to grow and to gain share,' he said.

Comcast in no rush to deploy CBRS spectrum
News Analysis | 9/14/2021

Referencing an 'excellent' MVNO deal with Verizon, pricing on wholesale mobile access is relatively in-line with the economics Comcast could achieve by offloading traffic using CBRS, Comcast CFO says.

Matrixx CTO: How modern charging, billing unlocks new mobile services
CxO Spotlight | 9/14/2021

Marc Price, CTO of Matrixx, talks about the possibilities that exist for network operators when they can more creatively charge for services and what new infrastructure unlocks those opportunities.

Telefónica puts NEC in its open RAN driving seat
News Analysis | 9/14/2021

The Japanese kit maker will take on the systems integrator role and provide radio units for Telefónica trials in important markets.

AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile try to fuel 5G by fostering startups
News Analysis | 9/14/2021

All three big US operators have invested in programs to encourage the development of new, fancy 5G applications and services. But so far those efforts haven't given rise to widespread deployments.

5G industry struggles with spectrum sharing
News Analysis | 9/14/2021

'Spectrum sharing must be the new normal,' argued Vernita Harris, a spectrum official with the Pentagon. But that position runs counter to the goals laid out by the US wireless industry.

Cable access market rises as broadband CPE biz struggles in Q2 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 9/14/2021

Node splits and an increase of DAA node purchases fueled a rise in cable access network revenues in Q2, but supply chain constraints contributed to another down quarter for broadband customer premises equipment.

Big 5G Recap: Going hybrid in the mile-high city
LRTV Documentaries | 9/14/2021

Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner and Mike Dano join Phil Harvey to recap the Big 5G Event and discuss what has happened lately with in-person events.

Building a solid foundation for open optical networking
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/14/2021

Disaggregation and open optical networking (including 400ZR), the hottest optical topics of 2021, began with the introduction of the open line system several years ago. Today, CSPs have a growing ecosystem of partners to work with as they move toward open optical networking.

Xavier Niel secures over 85% of Iliad
News Analysis | 9/14/2021

The Iliad founder has until close of business on September 24 to secure over 90% of shares in order to force a squeeze-out process.

Eurobites: UK ahead of Euro rivals on 5G speeds – Ookla
News Analysis | 9/14/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Amdocs talks up Orange project; Nokia lands new deal in Netherlands; MobiledgeX trials road safety systems; GlobalConnect fibers up.

Nokia return will not end doubts about O-RAN
Morris Lore | 9/14/2021

Changes made by the specifications group have satisfied the Finnish equipment vendor, but they remain unclear to the wider world.

Charter exploring targeted 'high-split' upstream upgrades
News Analysis | 9/13/2021

Charter will invest in upstream-enhancing moves on its DOCSIS 3.1 networks, and perhaps use it as a bridge to a transition to DOCSIS 4.0, Charter CFO Chris Winfrey says.

Verizon to 'broaden out' prepaid offerings
News Analysis | 9/13/2021

Verizon's Ronan Dunne didn't say exactly what Verizon might do in the prepaid market, but he said the company might slow the migration of customers from prepaid services to postpaid services.

US pay-TV sheds another 1.12M subs in Q2 – report
News Analysis | 9/13/2021

The 227,000 subs gained by virtual multichannel video programming distributors (vMVPDs) in Q2 were dwarfed by a loss of 1.57 million subs among the nation's cable, telco and satellite service providers.

How 'as a service' might supercharge private 5G
LRTV Interviews | 9/13/2021

'Private 5G is really taking off,' explained Todd Krautkremer, CMO of Cradlepoint. Part of the reason, he said, has to do with new, Netflix-style business models.

Ericsson says China divestment is not linked to local 5G setbacks
News Analysis | 9/13/2021

The transfer of R&D assets in Nanjing is about cutting back on investment in legacy technologies so it can prioritize 5G, says the Swedish firm.

'Inefficient' NBN Co ARPU is 50% too high, say Australian ISPs
News Analysis | 9/13/2021

In their latest salvo against NBN Co, Australia's biggest retail ISPs claim its ARPU is up to 50% higher than it should be.

Orange's Richard hopes to hang on as chairman after 2022
News Analysis | 9/13/2021

Separation of roles could see Stéphane Richard cede CEO function but remain as chairman once his mandate expires.

Light Reading Recap: Week ending Sept. 10
LRTV Documentaries | 9/13/2021

Last week's telecom news highlights included more trouble for Norwegian operator Telenor as it moves away from Myanmar. We also muse about the changing shape of Verizon's deal with the NFL and why 5G networks are still struggling to prove their worth to consumers.

Eurobites: Facebook's smart glasses trigger privacy fears in Italy – report
News Analysis | 9/13/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom lands new deal with Asahi; BT enters the quantum realm; MTN gets an upgrade from Nokia.

Dish hints at interest in carrier aggregation, more 600MHz spectrum
News Analysis | 9/10/2021

'Dish anticipates needing more lowband spectrum in some markets to meet customer demand in the future,' the company told the FCC, suggesting it was interested in getting more 600MHz licenses.

SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2021 shifts to virtual format as pandemic rages
News Analysis | 9/10/2021

Cable industry's annual technology and engineering conference was originally set up as a hybrid live/virtual event, with the in-person portion set to take place in Atlanta from October 11-13.

Cisco targets net zero GHG emissions by 2040
News Analysis | 9/10/2021

US tech giant says it can outpace Paris Agreement net-zero timeframe by ten years.

Verizon's Peselli on enterprises' evolving network consumption model
LRTV Interviews | 9/10/2021

Massimo Peselli explains how customers can utilize Verizon's cloud to reduce the hardware needed to support their network operations, and how 5G is advancing the network-as-a-service approach.

Three UK helps bring back the roaming empire
Morris Lore | 9/10/2021

Despite saying it would not reintroduce the fees customers pay to use their phones abroad, Three has now copied BT and Vodafone in doing just that.

Eurobites: Telefónica names former O2 boss Mark Evans as strategy chief
News Analysis | 9/10/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Dutch unhappy about 3.5GHz delays; Ofcom dives into murky net neutrality waters; Vodafone bulks up in Ukraine.

The Internet casts shade on Zuck's new Ray-Bans
News Analysis | 9/10/2021

Facebook announces new smart glasses with Ray-Ban. But is it a smart move for a company that already has trouble with guarding data privacy?

ATN's Geoverse looks to capitalize on the private networking boom
News Analysis | 9/10/2021

ATN International, a publicly traded telecom company, is actively seeking partners and/or investors to help it grow its Geoverse private networking business.

Asian telcos race to sell off towers, data centers
News Analysis | 9/10/2021

Asian telcos have joined the asset sale party and are putting their towers and data centers on the block.

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