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After R&D slog, Nokia's software biz is targeting juicier profits
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

The standalone software business of the Finnish vendor was a high-flyer in the first quarter. Despite coronavirus, it is confident of earnings growth this year.

How Attabotics and Microsoft use private LTE to monitor robots
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

A Canadian startup that thinks it can someday do supply chain logistics better than Amazon has partnered with Microsoft for a private LTE network with edge compute for IoT applications.

O-RAN meets GSMA: The start of a beautiful friendship?
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

The disruptive wild child of the networks sector meets the established order represented by the GSMA as the two groups announce a partnership.

Eurobites: Virgin Media set to vanish from UK high street
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TalkTalk Business makes changes at the top; COVID-19 brings a new CEO to Beyond.pl; more data consumption doesn't spell environmental disaster, finds GSMA.

O2-Three UK merger probably should have been allowed
News Analysis | 5/29/2020

EU court ruling to annul EC decision to block O2-Three UK merger comes a little late for Hutchison, but could have implications for future mergers.

AT&T on track to cover 1.1M rural locations with fixed wireless LTE this year
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

AT&T is meeting its CAF-II obligations with LTE fixed wireless technology. Further, AT&T's Igal Elbaz said a broader fixed wireless buildout is 'on the roadmap.' But he wouldn't provide details.

DoD gives $2.7M to fund a 5G spectrum-sharing initiative in Salt Lake City
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

Zylinium Research will develop an AI-based spectrum sharing system alongside the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Project in Salt Lake City.

Emerging Verizon-Walmart 5G deal covers edge computing too
DanoVision | 5/28/2020

Growing evidence points to a major new agreement between Verizon and Walmart that involves the retailer using Verizon's 5G and edge computing services for a variety of retail offerings.

China could be leaning toward 5G in mmWave spectrum
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

There are growing indications that Chinese mobile network operators are looking to expand their 5G offerings into mmWave spectrum, a development that could supercharge the mmWave 5G industry.

The death of Huawei won't stop the rise of China
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

The latest US sanctions have brought China's biggest equipment maker to its knees. Even if it collapses, China will be hard to impede.

Singtel underlying profit down 13% as virus, competition bite
News Analysis | 5/28/2020

The group posted income of S$1.08 billion (US$760 million) on 5% lower revenue of S$16.54 billion ($11.66 billion).

Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente considering private wireless LTE network
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

Kaiser Permanente wants to trial a private wireless LTE network working in 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum for patient monitoring and critical communications.

T-Mobile reportedly close to hiring a new CFO
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

The employment contract for T-Mobile's longtime CFO Braxton Carter ends in July. According to a new report, CEO Mike Sievert is close to hiring a replacement.

America's big midband spectrum auction for 5G clears another obstacle
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

SES and Intelsat have agreed to the FCC's C-Band plans, a development that brings critical midband spectrum for 5G one step closer to US wireless network operators.

5G wacky races
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

Different spectrum vehicles partly explain why 5G operators are traveling at varying speeds (but there's more to 5G race-performance than a nifty acceleration pedal).

Russia's MTS looks to digital upside in pandemic
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

The Russian service provider has lowered guidance for the fiscal year but hopes the coronavirus pandemic could spur the transition to digital services.

South Korean telcos make a play for another pay-TV asset
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

All three South Korean telcos – SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus – are making a play for HCN, a unit of Hyundai Department Store.

Packet staffing up network edge as part of Equinix
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

Bare metal automation specialist Packet, now part of Equinix, says software talent will add value to the network edge.

Ericsson is not following Nokia into the unChinese Open RAN Policy Coalition
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

The Swedish equipment maker remains on the outside of a group promoting a technology that forms part of the US attack on China's Huawei.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 5G race, semiconductors and Joe Rogan
LRTV Documentaries | 5/27/2020

This week the newly Spotifyed podders ponder the politics of 5G and 6G, among other hot topics.

Eurobites: KKR plows $1B into European data center venture
News Analysis | 5/27/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ekinops lands 10G deal; ARM launches new chip to boost Android processing power; COVID-19 strikes Nokia plant in Tamil Nadu.

Operators hope for a VR catalyst to 5G
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Verizon, China Mobile and Deutsche Telekom are among the 5G operators rallying around a new batch of virtual and augmented reality devices that could eventually boost their service revenues.

Nokia plays catch-up in 400G Ethernet gear
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Nokia is touting new 400G products following its acquisition of Elenion Technologies, but some argue competitors including Infinera, Ciena, Cisco and Juniper Networks beat it to the party.

SmarTone joins Hong Kong's 5G party, promising full coverage in a year
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

SmarTone has unveiled its 5G service in Hong Kong, eight weeks behind competitors, claiming to offer the 'widest' indoor and outdoor coverage.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia cozies up to Google via Noovle acquisition
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 5G fanfare in the Nordics; Orange Money adds channels; AWS gives its blessing to Telefónica's cybersecurity arm.

Telia, Tele2 and Three trumpet Swedish 5G launches
News Analysis | 5/26/2020

Three of Sweden's four mobile network operators vie for market leadership as they signal commercial 5G networks launches.

Huawei moves to guarantee chip supply
News Analysis | 5/25/2020

China's biggest maker of network equipment and smartphones is seeking new chip suppliers as the latest US sanctions loom.

Huawei befuddled by reports of total 5G ban in UK
News Analysis | 5/23/2020

The Chinese equipment vendor faces a complete exclusion from the UK's 5G market, according to mainstream press reports.

AT&T faces more pressure to jettison DirecTV – report
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

Bankers reportedly are set to put the heat on AT&T to spin out its struggling DirecTV unit as AT&T company grapples with a big debt load and critical 5G commitments.

Vodafone taps beer chief for chairman role
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

Heineken CEO Jean-Francois Van Boxmeer to replace Gerard Kleisterlee in November 2020.

Cable travels tech-agnostic road to smart cities
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

There's no silver bullet solution for smart cities projects, so cable ops are utilizing a variety of technologies, including LoRaWAN, cellular, Wi-Fi and narrowband-IoT, to support those efforts.

Eurobites: Vodacom South Africa 'decouples' from parent company
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Northern Ireland turns away from the UK's COVID-19 app; 5G fails to capture the imagination; Openreach tweaks product terms as office lock-out continues.

China's 5G subs may be overstated by 40%
News Analysis | 5/22/2020

The huge gap between subscriber totals and number of devices sold shows that, for all the hype, China's 5G is still a game of giveaways.

Top ten takeaways from the tower industry's terrific teleconference
DanoVision | 5/21/2020

Also, it happened on a Tuesday (which would reinforce the alliteration in the headline) but I decided that thing was totally tiring.

Podcast: 5G Americas President Chris Pearson on momentum for standalone 5G
Kelsey's Grammar | 5/21/2020

Pearson shares his forecast for when standalone 5G will emerge and the potential barriers to commercial deployment.

India postpones 5G spectrum sale to 2021
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

India will auction spectrum later this year, but it is not including 5G airwaves in the sale.

Masa Son (of God) and the valley of coronavirus
Morris Lore | 5/21/2020

He's misunderstood like Jesus was, and he needs all the help from heavenly forces he can get.

T-Mobile offers free service to first responders, but rivals shouldn't fret just yet
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

T-Mobile's 'Connecting Heroes' offers free service to all US public and nonprofit state and local fire, police and EMS departments. But there are plenty of caveats.

China Mobile, CBN strike long-awaited network-sharing deal
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

New partnership with China Broadcasting Network Corporation (CBN) for joint 5G build gives China Mobile access to valuable 700MHz band.

Samsung raves about fab six
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

South Korean behemoth starts work on sixth domestic foundry to bolster chip-manufacturing capacity using advanced sub-5nm process technology.

Eurobites: Euskatel goes nationwide under Virgin brand
News Analysis | 5/21/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: top BT execs do the decent thing; TIM, Google collaborate on cloud services; Colt appoints new CEO.

US prepares for a 6G fight
DanoVision | 5/21/2020

One of the premier US telecom standards organizations is now pushing for a new public-private partnership to ensure the US 'will be at the forefront of 6G development and deployment.'

Airtel's latest results are a pleasant surprise
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

The Indian operator has been under pressure ever since archrival Jio entered the market, but its latest figures are cause for some optimism.

T-Mobile's 5G reaches 1 Gbit/s, and that's just the beginning
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

T-Mobile said it scored a 1Gbit/s speed test on its 5G network in New York City – and that transmission didn't even use two of the three 'layers' in T-Mobile's promised 5G 'layer cake.'

AT&T to halt '5G Evolution' advertising, but the icon will remain
DanoVision | 5/20/2020

AT&T said it will comply with the National Advertising Review Board and will discontinue its '5G Evolution' adverting. But its '5GE' icon will stay.

China's 6G grandstanding will ruffle US feathers
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

As ZTE parades its 6G colors, Huawei's defense of global standards may serve only to hasten their demise.

FCC vote positions ATSC 3.0 as a new broadband pipe
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

Commissioner Brendan Carr says proposal to remove the 'overhang of legacy media regulations' sets stage for 'Broadcast Internet' services that ride on ATSC 3.0 to deliver 25 Mbit/s data streams.

Eurobites: Liberty's electric vehicle plans get UK blessing
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia boasts 5G world record; Etisalat loses CEO; Altice pays off debts; Angola awards fourth license.

Ireland's eir maintains network investment momentum after 'solid' Q3
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

Irish operator reports 1% dip in Q3 revenue but EBITDA rises by 5% in the same period.

FCC on 1 Gbit/s in rural areas using 5G: Good luck with that
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

The FCC reversed course and now will allow fixed wireless providers, including those using 5G, to get government money for 1Gbit/s services. But the agency clearly has doubts that's possible.

Apple nabs NextVR as details about AR glasses leak out
The Bauminator | 5/19/2020

Apple's deal for NextVR, a company that produces live and on-demand VR content, emerges amid a report that the company is nearing the introduction of augmented reality specs under the Apple Glass brand.

Ligado promises to move forward on 5G despite Pentagon opposition
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

Ligado promises to 'create a new kind of network,' but the company still faces political and vocal opposition from the likes of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and 'Miracle on the Hudson' pilot 'Sully' Sullenberger.

UPS hints at drone ambitions
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

UPS has been testing drone operations, but the company's appearance at the Wireless Infrastructure Association's Connect (X) trade show could indicate the company's interest in 4G and 5G connections.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: BT, Rakuten and spectrum auctions
LRTV Documentaries | 5/19/2020

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Telecom Italia crumbles like a Roman ruin
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

Shares in Italy's biggest phone company have tumbled after another round of customer losses and more divestment activity.

Podcast: US moves to block chips, 5G tech from Huawei
The Philter | 5/19/2020

Light Reading's Iain Morris and Phil Harvey discuss this latest move in the US vs. Huawei, and Morris reports on Huawei's initial reaction, what we should expect next and how this could ricochet and affect Apple and others.

Huawei struggles with guidance after latest US ban
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

Huawei offered an incomplete Q1 picture and declined to give revenue guidance as it reels from the COVID-19 crisis and new US restrictions.

Here's why T-Mobile is avoiding the open RAN policy debate
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

Although both AT&T and Verizon are part of the Open RAN Policy Coalition, T-Mobile is not. That's noteworthy considering T-Mobile is embarking on a major new 5G network buildout effort.

Eurobites: Openreach sale talks baseless, says Jefferies
News Analysis | 5/19/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange gets into AI; Telia sells TV rights; Iliad seeks damages from Telecom Italia.

Verizon outlines 'phase 3' of its COVID-19 response
News Analysis | 5/18/2020

Fully 115,000 of Verizon's employees worked from home during nationwide quarantine orders. Now, the operator is charting a course for some – but not all – of those employees to return to the office.

US law enforcement warned of 5G/coronavirus conspiracy threats
News Analysis | 5/18/2020

A report from the US Department of Homeland Security warns that the myth tying 5G with the coronavirus has already prompted arson and physical attacks against cell towers in several US states.

Huawei is running short of friends, but it still has options
Morris Lore | 5/18/2020

The latest US attack follows efforts by several European operators to cut their dependence on Huawei and poses the biggest threat so far to the Chinese vendor.

Comcast seeks to one-up Charter in 5G
News Analysis | 5/18/2020

Comcast said its 5G will be available for no extra charge on its $45 unlimited and 'by the gig' plans. Charter, meantime, only offers 5G on its unlimited plan.

Vodafone teams up with a China-based smartphone vendor not called Huawei
News Analysis | 5/18/2020

Operator provides route for Oppo to sell 4G and 5G smartphones in seven Vodafone markets in the initial phase.

Huawei seeking survival after US escalates offensive
News Analysis | 5/18/2020

We're a plane riddled with bullet holes, says senior executive, after US authorities prepared to slap new restrictions on the company.

Say hello to India's first digital service provider
News Analysis | 5/18/2020

Facebook's investment in Jio could trigger a new wave of digital disruption in one of the world's biggest markets.

5G gives RAN market a Q1 boost – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 5/15/2020

Research firm maintains overall RAN growth outlook for 2020, despite COVID-19 uncertainty.

Could 2020 be cable's break-out year in mobile?
DanoVision | 5/15/2020

Cable providers like Comcast and Charter have already outstripped AT&T and Verizon in terms of quarterly postpaid mobile customer additions. What they do next could cement their mobile ambitions.

Virus-linked cell tower attacks threaten NZ services
News Analysis | 5/15/2020

Arsonists in New Zealand have carried out 14 attacks on cell towers in the past six weeks alone, causing damage and disruption at a time when people are relying on connectivity the most.

Eurobites: French regulator reconnoitres multi-network mobile market
News Analysis | 5/15/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia does remote healthcare monitoring with Capio; media network home run for Net Insight; 5G not imminent in Africa.

Rakuten delays 5G launch by three months on COVID-19 disruption
News Analysis | 5/15/2020

Japanese disruptor's plans are dealt a blow by the virus, but a spokesperson insists there will be minimal impact on business performance.

Intelsat's bankruptcy could throw wrench into Verizon's 5G plans
News Analysis | 5/14/2020

Intelsat is one of the primary users of C-Band spectrum, which the FCC wants to auction for 5G. Now the company's future is in the hands of a bankruptcy judge.

Microsoft gets serious about telecom with Metaswitch purchase
News Analysis | 5/14/2020

Although Metaswitch reported revenues of just $180 million in 2019, the company is viewed as a knowledgeable vendor of deep networking services, which signals Microsoft's ambitions in the space.

Deutsche Telekom job cuts hit 20K since 2015 as pace ratchets up
News Analysis | 5/14/2020

The German telecom incumbent has cut about 4,000 jobs from its payroll this year so far as it continues to pursue greater efficiency.

Cisco takes a coronavirus beating as profits fall
News Analysis | 5/14/2020

The Internet equipment giant is suffering as supply chains are disrupted and business customers cancel projects.

Gogo guards 5G plan despite downturn
News Analysis | 5/14/2020

COVID-19 sent Gogo's business into a tailspin, but the company still plans to build its planned 5G network – for the moment at least.

China's 5G fever triggers 6G delirium as experts channel Dr. Dolittle
News Analysis | 5/14/2020

China's 5G dominance is causing some experts to blather about the possibilities for 6G, but the country's leadership in this space is brittle.

South Korea, Japan top 5G speed chart – report
News Analysis | 5/14/2020

But speed is not king when it comes to video experience.

Eurobites: BT's Openreach adds Adtran to its fiber force
News Analysis | 5/14/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange announces new subsea project; Bouygues' first quarter dinged by COVID-19; Germany's approach to coronavirus contact tracing.

Charter CFO: The 5G threat to wired home broadband has 'subsided'
News Analysis | 5/14/2020

But cable operator remains bullish on how 5G can be applied to other applications and portions of the market.

Deutsche Telekom shrugs off virus, flexes pecs as sales, profits rise
News Analysis | 5/14/2020

Teutonic giant maintains outlook for €800 million in earnings growth this year, describing itself as an 'anchor of stability.'

Sunrise lowers 2020 revenue guidance over COVID-19
News Analysis | 5/14/2020

Swiss operator reports revenue growth for the first quarter of 2020 and said business remains robust, but coronavirus effects were evident in March and the outlook is less certain than before.

Trump extends Huawei ban to May 2021
News Analysis | 5/13/2020

Invoking the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, President Trump is moving to extend a block on US business with China's Huawei until next year.

ISPs ask Congress for a COVID-19 bailout
News Analysis | 5/13/2020

In what some analysts describe as a 'fatal flaw,' an FCC extension of a program designed to prevent network operators from canceling customers' service during the pandemic is driving certain ISPs to seek money from Congress.

FCC activity has sped up during the pandemic, Chairman says
News Analysis | 5/13/2020

In addition to 'bread-and-butter' activity, the pandemic has likewise 'generated a huge amount of effort' at the Commission, Ajit Pai says during NAB Digital Express keynote.

Light Reading sets digital Cable Next-Gen Europe event
Breznick Unbound | 5/13/2020

Instead of staging a live conference in London next month as previously planned, Light Reading will now run a free, digital event over two afternoons in mid-June because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rakuten Mobile launches assault on global telecom market
News Analysis | 5/13/2020

The world's most exciting network operator wants service providers in other markets to buy its cloud.

COVID-19 traffic spikes haven't scared T-Mobile, Verizon away from fixed wireless
News Analysis | 5/13/2020

Verizon plans to eventually expand its 5G Home service to 30 million US households, while T-Mobile is targeting 10 million households by 2024. And neither company is changing those plans due to the pandemic.

KT profit slides 13% as it looks to B2B for growth
News Analysis | 5/13/2020

KT reports weak Q1 2020 results, with a 12.8% fall in net profit, a 4.7% decline in operating income and flat revenue.

United Internet sees 5G costs begin to mount despite COVID-19 delay
News Analysis | 5/13/2020

The parent company of 1&1 Drillisch reports only moderate growth in operating profits, although it hails the first quarter of 2020 as a good start to the year.

Eurobites: Orange reopens phone stores in France
News Analysis | 5/13/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia Norway switches on 5G in Oslo; Nokia teams up with Microsoft on data center OS; UK broadband networks standing up to COVID-19, says Ofcom.

T-Mobile lays out $60B, five-year buildout plan for 5G
News Analysis | 5/12/2020

T-Mobile is working to build a 5G network spanning roughly 85,000 macro cell sites, and is already upgrading some sites at the rate of 1,000 towers a month.

Here's why Verizon's CEO lowered the bar for nationwide 5G
DanoVision | 5/12/2020

Verizon's Hans Vestberg wants to take 5G nationwide, just in time for a 5G iPhone in the fall. But he's working to lower expectations for nationwide 5G working in lowband spectrum.

Altice USA CEO defends FTTP game plan
News Analysis | 5/12/2020

Cutting opex and goosing performance are driving forces for FTTP upgrades, but Altice USA believes the move will also enable it to lean more heavily on its HFC network to backhaul wireless traffic.

COVID-19 crashes into Canada's 5G launch plans
News Analysis | 5/12/2020

Although Rogers launched 5G in a few select locations earlier this year, BCE said that its planned 5G launch has been postponed while Canadians deal with the pandemic.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: O2-Virgin, Huawei UK and contact tracing
LRTV Documentaries | 5/12/2020

This week the beer-soaked Brits have a rummage around in their own backyard.

Vodafone CEO sees no need for UK M&A after O2, Virgin unite
News Analysis | 5/12/2020

Nick Read says his company has the 'right formula' for success in a market where broadband wholesale partners are available and TV is heading online.

Eurobites: Telekom Austria helps shoppers keep their distance
News Analysis | 5/12/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KCOM owner looks to break up the business; Ekinops secures first customer for OTN switch; ADVA braces for quantum attacks.

COVID-19 crisis is winning consumers over to 5G, says Ericsson
News Analysis | 5/12/2020

Despite a retail slowdown, Ericsson says that COVID-19 has accelerated the growth of 5G and that the company will eclipse its previous target of 100 million 5G subs this year.

Vodafone seeks another €1B in cuts as it maintains dividend
News Analysis | 5/12/2020

UK-based operator is looking to protect margins and profitability with sales under pressure in the new normal of COVID-19.

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