In this panel from Mobile World Congress 2023, Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and other participants discuss the economic and technological impacts of the supply chain on open RAN deployments.
Light Reading editors discuss big topics from last week's Big 5G Event in Austin, plus updates on the national broadband map, what to make of the latest Dish/Amazon rumor and more.
Dallas Fort Worth airport hosts 72.2 million passengers a year and employs 30,000 people across 26.9 miles. 'We really need a private wireless network,' said Mike Youngs, the airport's VP for IT.
This week in broadband builds: Spectrum RDOF construction, GoNetspeed launches in two New York towns, Comcast expands in Florida, TDS wins in Wisconsin and more.
Editors Phil Harvey and Kelsey Ziser discuss which Leading Lights Awards categories are new and their advice for submitting a solid entry.
Shares in both chipmakers are up as they predict untold riches thanks to a surge of interest in AI, but some are warning of a bubble.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Saudi-Europe subsea deal agreed; Tesla rear-ended by data issues; OpenAI boss loves Europe after all.
Consultancy warns that telcos aiming to diversify beyond connectivity are in danger of missing out on a massive opportunity.
Still alive and kicking, the special ops bit of UK telecom incumbent BT is launching a set of immersive experiences for schools and businesses.
AT&T is testing VoNR in its labs and plans to move to early field validation later this year. Meanwhile, T-Mobile and Dish Network are also moving forward with deployments.
Korean government asks US to ease Chips Act rules for Samsung and SK Hynix.
MetTel's Max Silber provided an update on MetTel's Single SIM service and shared his thoughts on what the convergence of wired and wireless networks means for the industry at large.
Mark Poletti, the lead wireless architect at CableLabs, explains how CableLabs is focused on supporting the transition from vRAN to open RAN. The industry organization is also working toward open RAN conformance, performance and interoperability testing.
'We ... don't offer wholesale access to our Wi-Fi network,' a Comcast representative confirmed after MobileX sought access to the Wi-Fi networks operated by Comcast and Charter.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iceland trials OneWeb connectivity; Microsoft appeals UK's Activision decision; AI and data privacy.
US server maker HPE is teaming up with one of the hottest chip startups on a product that could provide much needed competition to Intel.
Omdia's Roz Roseboro discussed how 5G and the rise of the distributed workforce have changed how enterprises utilize the cloud. She also provided a sneak peek into her research on AI and the customer experience.
Vodafone UK describes the creation of a division that targets the health 'vertical' as an 'exciting first.'
'We won't be able to reach our goal of affordable networks without it,' said Davidson of the ACP during a House hearing. The program is projected to run out of funds by next year.
Quantum security, energy efficiency and widespread AI use are all on the whiteboard at Juniper Beyond Labs. CTO Raj Yavatkar discusses his 'pathfinder' strategy to turn ideas into networking reality.
'We give them a true IT experience,' says Napatech's Charlie Ashton about the company's customers. Napatech sells hardware and software for networking chips.
Comcast is on track to 1 million passings in 2023 via fill-ins, edge-outs and 'hyberbuilds,' and is expected to pursue government subsidy dollars more aggressively in the coming years.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: DAZN fights the content pirates; CityFibre boss responds to Equinox 2 decision; BT to stop printing the Phone Book.
The UK telecom regulator has blessed BT's controversial Equinox 2 plans to lower the wholesale price of full-fiber lines.
Heavy Reading's Jennifer Clark discusses industry progress around AI and how service providers can use it to improve user experience.
NOW TV, a service featuring 60-plus channels, Peacock Premium and a 20-hour cloud DVR, is 'a great starter video service' that will be packaged with broadband, says Comcast Cable CEO Dave Watson.
Verizon's Hans Vestberg, T-Mobile's Mike Sievert and AT&T's John Stankey said they would grow their 5G business. But they're all facing competition from cable and a slowdown in new wireless customers.
BSNL has given a purchase order to a TCS-led consortium and plans to make a service available by the end of June.
Omdia analyst Pablo Tomasi discusses recent developments in private 5G networks.
Rural 4G network unusable after reaching less than a quarter of the target.
Industry reactions to Biden's new nominee for FCC Commissioner Anna Gomez were positive, but a swift confirmation process is still unlikely.
BT has more to gain from slashing up to 55,000 jobs than Vodafone has from cutting 11,000, and BT's plan looks more feasible.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN goes 5G standalone; OneWeb builds hyperscale ground station; old queens and new technologies.
Future use cases of communication technologies were discussed during the Big 5G event, with network slicing, healthcare technology and cybersecurity addressed by the panelists.
'I think there's a huge opportunity' to enhance Altice USA's mobile offload strategy, says new CEO Dennis Mathew.
Verizon CPO Debika Bhattacharya explains how the company is using generative AI, its approach to edge computing and why FWA and cloud elasticity are on the rise.
Open RAN 'does not fundamentally alter the security risk landscape for telecommunications, compared to more traditional RAN,' according to a report backed by the US, Japan, Australia and India.
Recent deals with RingCentral and Cisco Meraki fit into a grand plan to further stabilize Frontier's business services unit while driving up ARPU, says new commercial services chief Ettienne Brandt.
Last week the FCC said it might fine the operator of a home security system – identified as Luis Martinez – up to $23,727 per day for interfering with T-Mobile's 5G network in 2.5GHz spectrum.
New Opensignal methodology that tracks user coverage experience offers fresh insights on who's leading in 5G.
Marc Rouanne defends his technology choices and eyes an operationally efficient network future once Dish Network's buildout is complete.
This week: Gigi Sohn joins the show to discuss her FCC nomination process, plus top priorities for the FCC when it comes to broadband, the future of the ACP, broadband mapping, her new role as executive director at AAPB and much more.
Verizon Business CEO Kyle Malady touted upcoming advances in private 5G, mobile edge computing, network slicing and standalone 5G in a new interview.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: German minister sticks up for Big Tech in 'fair share' furore; Dutch lead European 5G pack, says Opensignal; A1 Bulgaria dips a toe into Nokia's Cloud RAN.
ESPN's reported plan to offer its channel directly to consumers could forever change the traditional pay-TV bundle.
AT&T argued that neither T-Mobile nor SpaceX has done its homework. The operator said they haven't provided the details necessary to support connections between T-Mobile phones and SpaceX satellites.
Light Reading editors discuss takeaways from this week's Big 5G Event in Austin, Texas, including monetization models for 5G, the state of open RAN, MVNOs and more.
Jason Wallin, principal architect for John Deere's Global Information Technology group, discusses the technology choices and scale implications facing John Deere as it seeks to make its manufacturing facilities more nimble and efficient.
This week in broadband builds: Washington awards $121 million; Spectrum expands in Hamden, Maine; Cox to get $1 million in Oklahoma - and more.
Bill Hogg, the CEO of Gigapower, a fiber network company formed by the AT&T-BlackRock joint venture, says multiple ISPs are interested in Gigapower's multi-market open access model.
Most telcos have sidelined consumer 5G as they pursue a swathe of new digital opportunities.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK has a chips plan; OneWeb sends up 16 more satellites; EU tells off TikTok.
Charter's MVNO deal and partnership with Verizon is so good 'they've actually reduced some of the incentive to go hard and fast' with CBRS, says CEO Chris Winfrey.
'If you ask what's driving the growth, it's that, it's end-user demand,' said Cisco CFO Scott Herren, in reporting undimmed demand for the company's networking products.
CEO Philip Jansen expects up to 42% of existing BT roles to have disappeared by the end of the decade, thanks partly to generative AI.
Usage-based billing for home broadband services 'is gradually becoming a less effective tool for moderating usage,' OpenVault said in its Q1 'Broadband Insights' report.
Paradise Mobile CEO Sam Tabbara said the company will kick off the next step in its broad strategy: opening operations to developers.
Ed Fox, CTO of New York-based MetTel, discusses two network services that could be bright spots for service providers: in-building connectivity and fixed-wireless access (FWA).
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: WindTre upgrades with Amdocs; Vodafone Portugal boosts UC offer with RingCentral; Ofcom rates telcos' customer service.
A new report sees APAC taking over in terms of subscriber numbers and Europe in terms of revenue by 2030.
Lumen Technologies' Chris Smith and IBM's Craig Wilson join the podcast to discuss security for AI and the multicloud. Smith shares updates on Lumen's Rapid Threat Defense security service and its security intel team, Black Lotus Labs.
At the Big 5G event in Austin, many speakers addressed the issue of sustainability, speaking of improving energy efficiency and ensuring 6G has environmental KPIs built into it.
Chad Wilkerson, the director of sustainability and infrastructure sourcing at T-Mobile, said there are plenty of benefits awaiting the mobile network operators that focus on the environment.
Ashish Yadav, head of strategic alliances and technical product marketing at Capgemini, discusses Capgemini's work with 5G carriers, the company's success in the NTIA's 5G Challenge promoting interoperable wireless network equipment and more.
Swedish vendor Ericsson's proposal for a new lower layer split is a delaying tactic or attempt to seize control of specifications, according to sources.
Boingo Wireless' Rachel Rea provided an update on Boingo's 5G and Wi-Fi deployments across transportation hubs in New York and New Jersey such as the New York Port Authority.
With Tencent and China Mobile joining market leader Alibaba in slashing prices, the China cloud market looks set to enter a brutal price war.
Is open RAN technology a good fit for private mobile networks? And what do network operators think? A new Heavy Reading open RAN survey delivers insight.
Verizon released new pricing plans that put 5G at the center of the operator's strategy. However, some analysts aren't convinced that Verizon will be able to rekindle customer growth.
Broadband map anxiety is on the rise ahead of BEAD fund allocations in June, both in terms of the FCC's readiness and regarding how the NTIA is letting states use their own data.
The enterprise services unit has snapped up executives from AWS, BT and T-Systems to bring diverse talents to the leadership team.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK altnets reach 8 million premises; Poland's Hawe Telekom turns to Infinera; Musk's Starlink gear discounted in UK.
Data center provider is expanding global capacity by half to meet spiraling demand for digital services.
Comcast is 'more than likely than not' to sell its one-third stake in Hulu to Disney, says company Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts.
'There's a lot of interest in the US government now for adopting 5G,' said Mike Murphy, Ericsson's top technology executive in North America, during a keynote at the Big 5G Event.
Cox has struck a deal to acquire the remaining interest in Unite Private Networks, combine it with Segra and create a new, stand-alone company focused on commercial business services.
Chief Network Officer Marc Rouanne said the company will initially focus on energy and spectrum efficiency starting in the second half.
IBM's Ray Harishankar joins the podcast to discuss the company's efforts to improve quantum computing security, progress on standards development for quantum cryptography and IBM's role in GSMA's Post-Quantum Telco Network Taskforce.
Use cases for 6G are being explored, but much of the targeted spectrum is full of incumbents. Experts insist this scenario requires the industry to figure out how to revolutionize spectrum sharing.
Vodafone's new boss Margherita Della Valle plans to cut 11,000 jobs in three years, raising questions about the European operator's direction.
Equipped with over $35 million in grants, and aided with geospatial technology from Render, Tennessee's STEMC expects to complete its network buildout a year early.
Fixed wireless access is winning the broadband share battle in the US, but 'cable adds will recover' as FWA subscriber adds slow, according to a New Street Research report that sizes up the US broadband sector.
Cambium Networks said it will release a fiber product later this year. The company provides fixed wireless equipment to network operators, but appears keen to chase government subsidies for fiber.
The US supplier has been selected to provide technology for up to 10,000 rural sites for one of India's biggest operators.
Google Fiber has set the stage to launch services in Logan, Utah, where it will tangle with Comcast and Lumen. It's also looking for businesses and educational institutions to test 20-Gig speeds in four markets.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Bouygues buoyant in Q1; TIM sell-off saga latest; smart-city developments in Italy and the UK.
Dennis Hoffman, SVP and GM of Dell's telecom systems business, discusses Dell's approach to private networks and its partner ecosystem that aims to give carriers more technology choices when building and extending 5G networks.
TXO data shows supply chain issues have pushed many operators to look to the circular economy for solutions and its CEO says these customers are not going away.
The Next G Alliance is working to set up public-private partnerships to promote 6G testing and innovation. It's the next phase of the group's efforts to promote American wireless technology development.
New deal makes YouTube TV WideOpenWest's 'dedicated live television offering.' WOW will stop selling and marketing its own pay-TV services as it looks to migrate customers to YouTube TV.
'We believe the most likely path forward for Dish near term is to negotiate an extension on its 2025 FCC coverage requirement,' wrote the financial analysts at Wells Fargo.
This week: Geoff Burke, SVP of government affairs at DZS, joins the show to discuss what the BEAD and Middle Mile programs get right versus prior efforts to close the US digital divide.
Xperi had originally planned for partner Vestel to start selling TiVo-powered connected TVs this spring. Meanwhile, Xperi has signed on a second TV partner for its initial focus on Europe.
Airtel and Jio are fighting for Vodafone Idea's high-spending customers as they deploy 5G services at blistering speed.
Rakuten and Mavenir aim to provide feature parity with traditional RAN suppliers in the coming months.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OneWeb partners with ISat in Africa; Nokia saves energy; Ericsson goes underground in Japan.
Omdia's Jaimie Lenderman joins the podcast to discuss the physical convergence of fixed and 5G networks and how fiber deployments are backing 5G networks.
Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown joins the podcast to discuss trends around 5G Advanced, the radio access network, standalone 5G and more.
A 104% surge in sales for distributed access architecture gear led Vecima Networks to post record fiscal Q3 revenues. But the company warned of some near-term lumpiness in the broadband access sector.
This week in broadband builds: Virginia awards nearly $60 million; New York's Light Up Livingston breaks ground; Wahzhazhe Connect completes initial construction; TDS to connect new Oklahoma customers - and more.