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The inside story on why UnaBiz bought Sigfox and what it did next
News Analysis | 6/8/2023

In the year since the takeover, UnaBiz CEO Henri Bong has been slashing costs, shredding the old business model and eyeing convergence with other IoT technologies.

Open RAN still needs to prove itself, says Fujitsu
News Analysis | 6/8/2023

Japanese vendor Fujitsu acknowledges open RAN equipment is still struggling for commercial credibility.

Lynk inks New Zealand deals seeking cash to grow satellite fleet
News Analysis | 6/8/2023

Lynk Global has secured two new MNO partners in New Zealand as it seeks investment to grow satellite fleet and improve coverage reliability.

Amazon exploring ad-supported version of Prime Video – report
News Analysis | 6/8/2023

The WSJ says Amazon is in early talks to develop an ad-supported tier for Prime Video, a streaming service already included in Amazon Prime subscriptions and sold standalone for $8.99 per month.

EE ramps up 4G small cell rollout to over 600 sites
News Analysis | 6/8/2023

UK mobile operator EE indicates that hundreds more small cells are to be rolled out in the coming months while 5G small cell trials are also in progress.

CableLabs kicks off DOCSIS 4.0 modem certification program
News Analysis | 6/8/2023

Cable modem vendors can submit DOCSIS 4.0-based products to CableLabs starting June 26. With fees starting at $209,000, CableLabs is prepared to test modems supporting the FDD and FDX options of the specs.

Eurobites: Gigaclear secures up to £420M in new investment – report
News Analysis | 6/8/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT boss stuck on GB pound 1.1 million a year; Deutsche Telekom hooks up with Ivanti; Sparkle lands in Libya.

ISPs beat only gas stations in ACSI consumer satisfaction survey
News Analysis | 6/7/2023

AT&T and T-Mobile topped the ACSI's latest customer satisfaction survey. Overall satisfaction of ISPs rose 6%, but still scored at the bottom of the barrel when compared to other industries.

Ciena lowers outlook as investors fret about $3.5B backlog
News Analysis | 6/7/2023

Analysts are unsure if the company's backlog, much bigger than usual, is shrinking because of economic problems or supply chain improvements.

NTT Docomo sees smart surfaces as key to 6G
News Analysis | 6/7/2023

Japan operator believes midband and sub-THz also will be essential to support dense 6G networks.

Sluggish housing move action poses more risk to US broadband growth
News Analysis | 6/7/2023

US housing move activity in May 2023 dipped 18% year-over-year, well below the drop-offs seen earlier in the year, Evercore ISI found in its latest analysis.

Vodafone and Three merger announcement imminent – Reuters
News Analysis | 6/7/2023

Sources cited by Reuters say a long-rumored merger between Vodafone and Three UK owner Hutchison is imminent, with an announcement to be made by early next week.

Eurobites: Telco CEOs plead their case in Brussels
News Analysis | 6/7/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Breton highlights investment gap; Liberty Global's Telenet bid makes progress; Du deploys Nokia's fixed wireless tech.

EU mulling 5G ban for Huawei and others – report
News Analysis | 6/7/2023

EU officials said to be concerned about sluggish implementation of recommendations to ensure 5G networks remain secure.

Apple's AR/VR shopping spree continues
News Analysis | 6/7/2023

Apple adds Mira to its growing roster of technologies that combine to enhance, produce and display AR/VR content.

Lumen's 'Quantum Fiber' push fits into grander growth plan
News Analysis | 6/6/2023

Lumen expects broadband revenues and subscribers to grow as it builds fiber to an additional 5-7 million locations. But some analysts are skeptical that Lumen can hit all of its long-term targets.

Former FCC Commissioner: ACP should be extended but modified
News Analysis | 6/6/2023

Michael O'Rielly, former FCC Commissioner, defended the need for Congress to fund the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) but suggested limiting eligibility.

Eurobites: UK government finds £7M for rural connectivity trials
News Analysis | 6/6/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OneWeb launches maritime service; Zain wants to get greener with Ericsson; Three UK and Jola strike business SIMs deal.

What's gone wrong with India's fab unit plans?
News Analysis | 6/6/2023

All applicants to the government's $10 billion plan to set up a fab unit in India are struggling to find a technology partner.

Amdocs tempts telcos with generative AI support
News Analysis | 6/6/2023

Amdocs says amAIz will enable telcos to 'benefit from the immense potential of generative AI.'

Apple places next big bet on a different kind of reality
News Analysis | 6/6/2023

The iPhone maker signals its next big move as it unveils the Vision Pro mixed reality headset, although the new device comes with a hefty price tag.

How would 'fair contribution' work? It wouldn't
Morris Lore | 6/6/2023

Big Telco in Europe thinks Big Tech from the US should pay for network usage, but it shows a cluelessness on the practicalities.

Quantifying network energy and sustainability
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 6/6/2023

At least six main industry organizations have different ways of measuring energy efficiency and sustainability in the telecom space. Which ones are you watching?

More doubt cast on reported Amazon mobile talks
News Analysis | 6/5/2023

AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have already denied they are in mobile discussions with Amazon, but analysts have weighed in to explain why such a deal doesn't add up for all sides.

Charter taps Nokia for targeted 5G network deployment
News Analysis | 6/5/2023

Charter will use Nokia's 'AirScale' gear, including strand-mounted CBRS radios, for the operator's targeted 5G network deployment. Nokia says it marks its first 'large-scale' wireless 5G deal in the cable sector.

eSIM adoption hits inflection point, says Counterpoint
News Analysis | 6/5/2023

Over 6 million eSIM and iSIM devices will be shipped in the next five years as Counterpoint says the market has reached a high-growth phase.

The Divide: IEEE's David Witkowski on LEO's scalability challenges
LRTV Interviews | 6/5/2023

This week: IEEE Senior Member David Witkowski on developments and challenges in the low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite space and what role LEO connectivity can play in closing broadband gaps.

As users leak to Starlink, NBN Co weighs future satellite options
News Analysis | 6/5/2023

One expert calls for strategic investment in OneWeb as lower-risk option for remote broadband.

Nvidia GPU pitch to telcos is far from perfect
News Analysis | 6/5/2023

The chipmaker's two-for-one AI and virtual RAN deal is unlikely to make sense to operators outside the most densely populated and fiber-rich cities.

Eurobites: German antitrust agency probes Vantage's 1&1 site delays
News Analysis | 6/5/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: WHO adopts EU's digital approach to health threats; Deutsche Telekom does more on blockchain; FAST forward for video streaming.

China bristles over proposed Huawei 5G ban in Portugal
News Analysis | 6/5/2023

Portugal's cybersecurity council puts forward a resolution that could exclude Huawei et al from 5G networks. China isn't happy.

Another cable operator switches off cable TV
News Analysis | 6/2/2023

Montana's Mid-Rivers Communications is joining a small but growing group of operators that is dropping its own pay-TV services and ceding it all to streaming.

What's the Story? TXO takes on tenuous supply chain and equipment incumbents
LRTV Interviews | 6/2/2023

Light Reading's Tereza Krasova joins the podcast to discuss TXO System's role in the 'circular economy.' We discuss the economic and environmental reverberations an increased demand for repaired and refurbished equipment in the telecom industry could create.

Amazon talking to carriers about cheap (or free) mobile service for Prime subs – report
News Analysis | 6/2/2023

Dish shares spiked Friday following a Bloomberg report that Dish is among the mobile operators negotiating with Amazon. Update: AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon deny they are in such discussions.

The Buildout: Charter, Conexon, Comcast win Florida broadband grants
News Analysis | 6/2/2023

This week in broadband builds: Charter wins $14.4 million in Florida; Treasury Department approves $151.5 million for Mississippi broadband; Ziply announces service launches - and more.

NTT Docomo promises 'competitive' open RAN 5G product by year-end
News Analysis | 6/2/2023

Docomo is hoping to build a global open RAN business with pre-tested 5G gear under its new Orex brand.

The limits of openness
Morris Lore | 6/2/2023

Telcos fanatical about virtualization and the avoidance of lock-in are ultimately facing disappointment.

Eurobites: Ericsson hopes to cash in on EU-US tech deal
News Analysis | 6/2/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson and DT implement network slicing; Telefonica chairman takes over as Virgin Media O2 chair; Inmarsat Maritime launches satellite internet for coastal areas.

Better maps, measurement will aid broadband funding, ROI
LRTV Interviews | 6/2/2023

Wireless 20/20 Senior Analyst Berge Ayvazian urges carriers to look at the ROI of fiber deployments when determining how to best connect underserved customers.

Nokia Bell Labs' Peter Vetter: 6G, the network with the sixth sense
LRTV Interviews | 6/1/2023

Nokia's Peter Vetter joins the podcast to discuss challenges to deploying and reaping the benefits of 6G. He explains progress toward developing 6G standards and how 6G will fuse digital and physical environments.

Google Fiber won't 'directly' participate in government funding programs
News Analysis | 6/1/2023

Google Fiber is in expansion mode, but the unit apparently won't chase after funds set aside for BEAD and other rural-focused government subsidy programs. Or at least it won't pursue those dollars on its own.

France tackles 'anarchic' home fiber installations with new bill
News Analysis | 6/1/2023

The French Senate has just adopted a bill that aims to eliminate home fiber installation 'malfunctions' that 'poison the daily life of many French people.'

SoftBank's 5G collaboration with Nvidia reaps reward
News Analysis | 6/1/2023

SoftBank's high-profile new partnership with Nvidia can be traced to its early enthusiasm over GPU role in vRAN.

Eurobites: DT dabbles in blockchain as it bolsters German mobile network
News Analysis | 6/1/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia sings the praises of mmWave; Vodafone wishes to save electronic waste from landfill; IoT data trading predicted to rise.

Minority shareholder wants Consolidated to reject Searchlight, BCI bid
News Analysis | 6/1/2023

In a letter, the Consolidated shareholder said it is the 'wrong time to sell,' calling the bid an 'effort to bottom fish for our company.'

Charter to profit from network upgrades and expansions
News Analysis | 6/1/2023

New analysis of Charter's aggressive network upgrade and fiber-building plans envisions broadband sub growth, a jolt to broadband ARPU and a rise in the company's overall value.

American Tower and IBM take sustainability from the cloud to the edge
LRTV Interviews | 6/1/2023

American Tower and IBM executives join the podcast to discuss how the tower company's acquisition of CoreSite has impacted its data center business, how the edge computing market is evolving, and why sustainability and energy consumption is a growing concern for both American Tower and IBM.

Exploring cable's urge to converge
LRTV Interviews | 5/31/2023

CableLabs' Randy Levensalor explained how and why the cable industry is paving a path to wireline/wireless network service convergence, and some of the challenges that lie ahead.

AWS is on a mission to port open RAN to Arm and end x86 monopoly
News Analysis | 5/31/2023

With its Graviton processors, AWS is working with Nokia and other software companies to provide an architectural choice for telcos.

Airtel to take data center arm Nxtra to Africa
News Analysis | 5/31/2023

Indian telecom giant, Bharti Airtel, is all set to take its data center business, Nxtra to Africa with plans to build five big data centers in the continent.

France steers steady ship as FTTH rollout slows
News Analysis | 5/31/2023

Latest Arcep report points to slightly slower operator revenue and FTTH rollout and subscriber growth in 2022.

Google Fiber expanding in Tennessee
News Analysis | 5/31/2023

Tied into a broader expansion plan, Google Fiber has cut a deal to build a fiber network in Franklin, Tennessee. It'll be Google Fiber's second broadband market in the state.

Inside the race to put 'Made in the USA' on 5G
News Analysis | 5/31/2023

'We have no radio manufacturing in China,' Mavenir wrote in response to questions from Light Reading. Other 5G equipment vendors made similar assurances, but the devil remains in the details.

Eurobites: VEON in final stages of Russia operations sale
News Analysis | 5/31/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Keysight and Nokia to test sub-Terahertz equipment for 6G; China Telecom to establish a quantum technology group; GSMA says progress on eliminating the gender mobile gap has stalled.

Banglalink uses 4G to help customers prepare for extreme weather
News Analysis | 5/31/2023

Banglalink has included a cyclone tracking feature in its MyBL app to help customers prepare for cyclone, with cyclone Mocha being the first to test it.

More upgrade options surface for 'NextGenTV'
News Analysis | 5/30/2023

A set-top from ADTH powered by software from Tolka is the first certified 'NextGenTV' upgrade box. Additional set-tops supporting the new ATSC 3.0 standard are in the works.

Omdia's Fernando Montenegro on the democratization of generative AI in cybersecurity
LRTV Interviews | 5/30/2023

Omdia's Fernando Montenegro joins the podcast to discuss recent security trends such as the increased use of AI for cybersecurity. He also shares how security teams are improving their response times to threats and growth of the use of SASE services.

Indoor 5G and how to solve it
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 5/30/2023

The good news is there are many ways to deliver brilliant indoor 5G networks to industrial venues, campus networks and all manner of commercial and public buildings.

US cable captured 75% of mobile net adds in Q1 – study
News Analysis | 5/30/2023

US cable's nearly 12 million mobile lines still represents 'little more than a rounding error' in the wireless market, but cable is 'crowding out the growth available to the Big Three,' said MoffettNathanson.

Version two of FCC broadband map increases unserved locations by 0.2%
News Analysis | 5/30/2023

In a blog post following the FCC's map release, the NTIA said it is still 'on track' to make BEAD allocations by June 30.

The Divide: USTelecom's Jonathan Spalter on striving for universal connectivity
CxO Spotlight | 5/30/2023

This week: Jonathan Spalter, CEO of USTelecom, joins the show to discuss how the telecommunications industry is working toward closing the digital divide, and what it will take to make the BEAD program a success.

An app store for 5G network operators could open – eventually
DanoVision | 5/30/2023

Smartphone app stores gave birth to a range of apps such as Angry Birds, Instagram and even Fart World. Now, open RAN technology may create a similar marketplace for xApps and rApps for 5G networks.

Nvidia 'superchip' for SoftBank strikes at Intel, boosts Arm in open RAN
News Analysis | 5/30/2023

The hottest chipmaker in the world right now has a product for managing radio access network and AI workloads and one of Japan's biggest telcos has bitten.

Small cell focus still largely on densification
News Analysis | 5/30/2023

While densification seems to be the main focus for small cell deployments, use cases such as indoor 5G coverage and private networks are emerging.

Eurobites: Sky to cut hundreds of jobs – report
News Analysis | 5/30/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Portuguese authorities round on Huawei; Nokia unveils new core software; Arm touts new chip designs.

Driving supply chain resiliency for open RAN development
LRTV Interviews | 5/26/2023

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.

The Notebook Dump: Banks, broadband, Big 5G
LRTV Interviews | 5/26/2023

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.

How AT&T won DFW's $10M private 5G business
News Analysis | 5/26/2023

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.

The Buildout: New construction from Spectrum, TDS, GoNetspeed
News Analysis | 5/26/2023

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.

What's the Story? The Leading Lights Awards
LRTV Interviews | 5/26/2023

Editors Phil Harvey and Kelsey Ziser discuss which Leading Lights Awards categories are new and their advice for submitting a solid entry.

Marvell and Nvidia ride the AI and custom-silicon waves
News Analysis | 5/26/2023

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.

Eurobites: EU approves Viasat/Inmarsat deal
News Analysis | 5/26/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Saudi-Europe subsea deal agreed; Tesla rear-ended by data issues; OpenAI boss loves Europe after all.

EY: Telcos need to show more digital ambition in 5G enterprise space
News Analysis | 5/26/2023

Consultancy warns that telcos aiming to diversify beyond connectivity are in danger of missing out on a massive opportunity.

BT's Division X bets on giant touchscreen in a container
News Analysis | 5/25/2023

Still alive and kicking, the special ops bit of UK telecom incumbent BT is launching a set of immersive experiences for schools and businesses.

Voice calling is finally making its way onto 5G
News Analysis | 5/25/2023

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.

South Korean memory firms squeezed in US chip clampdown
News Analysis | 5/25/2023

Korean government asks US to ease Chips Act rules for Samsung and SK Hynix.

MetTel's Max Silber on keeping IoT simple with managed services
LRTV Interviews | 5/25/2023

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.

How CableLabs is zeroing in on vRAN and open RAN
LRTV Interviews | 5/25/2023

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.

Cable's Wi-Fi hotspots aren't for wholesale
News Analysis | 5/25/2023

'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.

Eurobites: Ericsson hopes to move on from Iraq following legal victory
News Analysis | 5/25/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iceland trials OneWeb connectivity; Microsoft appeals UK's Activision decision; AI and data privacy.

HPE and Ampere take aim at Intel with vision of Arm-based open RAN server
News Analysis | 5/25/2023

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: The cloud is as transformational as it is buzzy
LRTV Interviews | 5/24/2023

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 gets serious over health
News Analysis | 5/24/2023

Vodafone UK describes the creation of a division that targets the health 'vertical' as an 'exciting first.'

Davidson: Lapse in ACP funding will have negative effect on BEAD
News Analysis | 5/24/2023

'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.

Juniper CTO Raj Yavatkar seeks new networking breakthroughs
CxO Spotlight | 5/24/2023

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.

Napatech: It's the software
LRTV Interviews | 5/24/2023

'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.

Footprint expansion key to Comcast's road to broadband subs growth, CEO says
News Analysis | 5/24/2023

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.

Eurobites: Airbus gets on board with Cellnex for mission-critical comms
News Analysis | 5/24/2023

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.

Ofcom backs BT over altnets in broadband pricing dispute
News Analysis | 5/24/2023

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 on AI for UX
LRTV Interviews | 5/23/2023

Heavy Reading's Jennifer Clark discusses industry progress around AI and how service providers can use it to improve user experience.

Comcast unleashes $20 'NOW TV' streaming service for broadband subs
News Analysis | 5/23/2023

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.

Vestberg, Sievert and Stankey all promise 5G growth
News Analysis | 5/23/2023

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 prepares to launch India's first homegrown 4G network
News Analysis | 5/23/2023

BSNL has given a purchase order to a TCS-led consortium and plans to make a service available by the end of June.

Big evolutions in the private 5G race
LRTV Interviews | 5/23/2023

Omdia analyst Pablo Tomasi discusses recent developments in private 5G networks.

Indonesia comms minister arrested in $560M corruption probe
News Analysis | 5/23/2023

Rural 4G network unusable after reaching less than a quarter of the target.

Biden FCC nominee Anna Gomez gets initial industry support
News Analysis | 5/23/2023

Industry reactions to Biden's new nominee for FCC Commissioner Anna Gomez were positive, but a swift confirmation process is still unlikely.

BT's downsizing plan looks more realistic than Vodafone's
Morris Lore | 5/23/2023

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.

Eurobites: Drahi increases BT stake to 24.5%
News Analysis | 5/23/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN goes 5G standalone; OneWeb builds hyperscale ground station; old queens and new technologies.

5G products struggle to meet enterprise demands
News Analysis | 5/23/2023

Future use cases of communication technologies were discussed during the Big 5G event, with network slicing, healthcare technology and cybersecurity addressed by the panelists.

Altice USA exploring more mobile offload options
News Analysis | 5/22/2023

'I think there's a huge opportunity' to enhance Altice USA's mobile offload strategy, says new CEO Dennis Mathew.

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