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New report highlights cloud-native migration challenges
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/17/2022

SPONSORED: The migration to cloud native brings largescale shifts for the communications service providers.

The great 5G trade-off: competition vs. viability
News Analysis | 1/17/2022

The latest is between New Zealand's 2degrees and Orcon, who aim to combine into a new company worth around $2.3B.

Italy wants to fling €3.7B of taxpayer funds at fiber
News Analysis | 1/17/2022

The government scheme may look wasteful to critics when Italy already looks on track for nationwide fiber coverage.

Telenor inches towards Myanmar exit with Wave Money deal
News Analysis | 1/17/2022

Norwegian telco agrees to sell 51% stake in mobile money venture to local player Yoma.

Eurobites: Telefónica Tech and Grupo Álava team up on 5G-fueled predictive maintenance
News Analysis | 1/17/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Portugal's IP Telecom upgrades with Nokia; Orange turns to solar power in Côte d'Ivoire; Intracom Telecom expands mmWave range for FWA.

Why does 5G only pose a problem for US airplanes?
News Analysis | 1/17/2022

US worries about 5G having negative effects on aircraft safety systems don't seem to spread internationally, as other countries take a relaxed view.

Zayo's acquisition of QOS could signal more M&A to come
News Analysis | 1/14/2022

Zayo's CTO says the team-up with QOS will provide customers with more options for managed and co-managed SD-WAN services.

AT&T, Dish win big in Andromeda auction, Verizon gets nothing
News Analysis | 1/14/2022

The results of the FCC's auction of midband spectrum between 3.45GHz and 3.55GHz are in: AT&T spent $9 billion, Dish spent $7.3 billion, T-Mobile spent $2.9 billion. And Verizon spent nothing.

Dish probably won't get AWS-3 cash, spectrum from FCC – analysts
News Analysis | 1/14/2022

During a debate in front of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Friday, New Street Research analysts believe Dish Network lawyers faced difficult questioning.

Comcast makes big changes to product and tech exec team
News Analysis | 1/14/2022

Fraser Stirling upped to global chief product officer; Elad Nafshi rises to EVP and chief network officer; Rick Rioboli named chief technology and information officer; and Noam Raffaelli named SVP, wireless engineering, emerging technologies and business.

CableLabs targets rural broadband with new 'FARMSIS' fixed wireless specs
News Analysis | 1/14/2022

The specs, which define a set of wireless adapters for network nodes and cable modems, aim to reduce deployment costs and tap into various spectrum bands, including CBRS, ISM and even TV white spaces.

Ericsson plans return in cheery news for MWC, but Sony may be out
Morris Lore | 1/14/2022

An intended comeback by the Swedish equipment vendor bodes well for the Barcelona-based trade show.

Telia gets 5G ball rolling in Lithuania with DSS
News Analysis | 1/14/2022

Telia activates commercial 5G services in Vilnius using its existing 2.1GHz frequencies and dynamic spectrum sharing technology.

Eurobites: Lebanon's telcos in 'crisis management mode'
News Analysis | 1/14/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM rides the rails; BT chairman in line for regulator role; Ukraine suffers massive cyberattack.

TSMC massively ups capex on advanced chips
News Analysis | 1/14/2022

Taiwanese semiconductor firm looks to capture future growth in 5G and high-performance computing with a planned capex splurge of between $40 billion and $44 billion during 2022.

Huawei builds out chip portfolio with dozens of investments
News Analysis | 1/14/2022

The Chinese equipment vendor is investing in dozens of companies across various parts of the semiconductor supply chain.

Looks like no respite for Huawei from Biden
DanoVision | 1/13/2022

Trump's State Department launched a 'Clean Networks' initiative that rallied US allies against Huawei. Biden's new 'Alliance for the Future of the Internet' likely will do the same.

'Succession' star records colorful commentary on Rogers drama
The Bauminator | 1/13/2022

Brian Cox, who plays the grumpy, foul-mouthed patriarch Logan Roy in the hit HBO series, sprinkles in some F-bombs to congratulate Rogers Chairman Edward Rogers for his role in ousting former CEO Joe Natale.

FAA begins issuing warnings over 5G interference
News Analysis | 1/13/2022

The FAA has so far issued a total of 1,462 Notice to Air Missions (NOTAMs) at 50 airports around the country. Each NOTAM is directed at a particular location or type of aircraft or pilot.

Growth tops the agenda for Segra's new CEO
CxO Spotlight | 1/13/2022

Kevin Hart, Cox's former CTO, said fiber-focused Segra will pursue growth by expanding into adjacent areas, broadening its product slate and seeking opportunities in unserved and underserved markets.

Asian operators plunge into chip market
News Analysis | 1/13/2022

Led by Korea's SKT and KT, this is seen as a strategic move that will lift growth and innovation.

MobiledgeX ponders new biz model as it bets on multicloud role
News Analysis | 1/13/2022

Telco resistance to all-in deals with public cloud vendors could suit the edge middleware startup, but it might need a different approach.

Comcast tests 4-Gig speeds on DOCSIS 4.0 modem prototype
News Analysis | 1/13/2022

Stepping beyond recent network-side trials, Comcast's latest DOCSIS 4.0 trial featured a prototype modem powered by Broadcom silicon.

Eurobites: Nokia gives Italy's Wind Tre added backbone
News Analysis | 1/13/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange Slovakia has a new boss; BT's new X-man; Vodafone thwarts the SMS scammers.

BT nears deal to flog sport unit to DAZN for $800M – report
News Analysis | 1/13/2022

DAZN is now said to have edged ahead of Discovery as favorite to buy BT Sport.

Keysight to start 6G tests in California, Washington
News Analysis | 1/12/2022

Keysight told the FCC it will design, develop, test and demonstrate 6G electronic test and measurement technologies at its indoor facilities. Keysight's tests will focus on spectrum bands between 275GHz and 330GHz.

Astound Broadband brand takes top billing at RCN, Grande and Wave
News Analysis | 1/12/2022

Rebrand, which will reach all parts of Astound's portfolio, including EnTouch, Harris Broadband and some recently acquired WOW systems, has been more than a year in the making, says CEO Jim Holanda.

Dish and DirecTV are talking turkey, again – report
News Analysis | 1/12/2022

But Dish's Charlie Ergen, who has repeatedly called a merger of the companies 'inevitable,' appears to be dragging his feet and 'demanding significant voting shares,' according to the New York Post.

A decade on, RCS remains a topic of discussion in the US
News Analysis | 1/12/2022

A top Google executive this week publicly begged Apple to support the RCS standard in its iMessage service. Meanwhile, Verizon appears poised to launch RCS services this year with vendors Google and Synchronoss.

Vodafone Germany hits 50% 5G milestone
News Analysis | 1/12/2022

German MNOs are making rapid progress on the deployment of 5G, with Vodafone saying its network now covers 45 million people.

Eurobites: Nokia joins renewables supergroup
News Analysis | 1/12/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Zain Jordan picks Infovista; BT upgrades ABB's communications infrastructure; OVHcloud revenues rise in Q1.

India probes finances of Chinese device makers
News Analysis | 1/12/2022

Authorities are reportedly investigating whether companies such as Xiaomi and Oppo evaded duties and abused their market position.

T-Mobile and Verizon's fixed wireless aggression doesn't add up – analyst
The Bauminator | 1/11/2022

MoffettNathanson questions whether mobile operators will have the network capacity and the right business metrics to back their aggressive stance and forecasts for fixed wireless home broadband.

Aptiv acquires Wind River for $4.3B
News Analysis | 1/11/2022

Aptiv says it will finance the transaction through a combination of cash and debt, and the acquisition is expected to close by mid-year.

Omdia's Pablo Tomasi: Why 2022 won't be the year of 5G private networks
LRTV Interviews | 1/11/2022

The industry will have to resolve itself to the idea that 2022 isn't the year of 5G for private networks, says Omdia Analyst Pablo Tomasi.

Diane Christman takes helm of The Cable Center
CxO Spotlight | 1/11/2022

Christman, who joined The Cable Center in 2006, said her top priority in the new role is spearheading the next phase of the organization's five-year strategic transformation plan.

Katibeh, in charge of AT&T's 5G and fiber buildout, leaves company
News Analysis | 1/11/2022

Last year, Mo Katibeh was put in charge of AT&T's massive fiber and 5G network expansion efforts. This week, he announced he would leave the company to become RingCentral's new chief operating officer.

Fastweb wants to move faster; unveils $3.4B infrastructure plan
News Analysis | 1/11/2022

Swisscom subsidiary embarks on 'accelerated' expansion of 5G, FTTH and FWA networks in Italy over next four years.

Spectrum-starved Rakuten will be loss-making until 2026 – analysts
News Analysis | 1/11/2022

The Japanese operator is hobbled by its lack of 4G airwaves, costly roaming deal with KDDI and 5G lag, but its cost arguments stack up, according to the latest research.

France 5G generated €2B in 2020 – report
News Analysis | 1/11/2022

The sale of 5G terminals alone accounted for €1B in 2020, according to a new report by Arthur D. Little.

China rails at foreign 6G partnerships
News Analysis | 1/11/2022

Authorities in China have denounced a US 'clique' as battle lines form over the next generation of mobile technology.

Is 2022 the year FWA actually starts to threaten cable?
DanoVision | 1/11/2022

'Verizon and T-Mobile will add 1.8 million wireless home broadband customers in 2022,' predicted LightShed Partners. They said that's close to the total wired broadband customers Comcast, Charter and Altice might gain in 2022.

India becomes biggest shareholder in Vodafone Idea
News Analysis | 1/11/2022

The government is now the largest single shareholder in the ailing telco after it chose to convert outstanding regulatory charges into equity.

Eurobites: Canal+ turns to Ateme for low-latency streaming
News Analysis | 1/11/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: watch out, adware's about; Telefónica boss on digital slavery; pay-TV predictions for Africa.

Nokia takes confident stance with updated guidance
News Analysis | 1/11/2022

Finnish vendor is now expecting a comparable operating margin of 12.4% to 12.6% for 2021.

Windstream's Mike Frane forecasts enterprise networking and security trends for 2022
News Analysis | 1/10/2022

Returning guest Mike Frane discusses the top-of-mind trends for enterprises this year around securely connecting the distributed workforce.

MWC, WISPA, NAB, IWCE still plan in-person events, but others cancel
News Analysis | 1/10/2022

'Although this decision ... will cost the organization a great deal of money, that was secondary to our primary concern, which is to put the welfare of our members first,' wrote NATPE CEO JP Bommel.

T-Mobile buys ad network for ride sharing
News Analysis | 1/10/2022

T-Mobile's journey into advertising technology began in 2019 when the company quietly acquired mobile marketing startup PushSpring. It expanded Monday with T-Mobile's purchase of Octopus Interactive.

Goodbye, Atlantic Broadband. Hello, Breezeline
News Analysis | 1/10/2022

Newly branded Breezeline emerges after the company expanded its footprint by acquiring WOW's Cleveland and Columbus systems. The new name will soon be paired with a soon-to-be-launched streaming service.

FuboTV crosses 1.1M paid subs, just ahead of guidance
News Analysis | 1/10/2022

Prelim results show the sports-oriented OTT-TV service added 155,395 subs in Q4 2021, outpacing the 92,800 subs it added in the year-ago quarter, but well below the 262,884 it signed on in Q3 2021.

Utopia Fiber adds two more cities to its open access network
Broadband World News | 1/10/2022

Cedar Hills and Santa Clara are the latest cities in Utah to join Utopia's municipal open access fiber network, despite pushback from incumbents.

Huawei takes the wheel in auto partnership after first car flops
News Analysis | 1/10/2022

The Chinese vendor's excursion into the car business is not going as planned, according to industry reports.

Open RAN vendors cautious on Alium patent pool
News Analysis | 1/10/2022

'For this patent pool to work, Alium would have to persuade large RAN equipment vendors that own most of the 3GPP SEPs [standard essential patents] to participate,' argued one open RAN executive.

BAI, Mavenir club together on 5G open RAN neutral host network
News Analysis | 1/10/2022

Collaboration to support smart city initiative from Sunderland city council.

DT moves open RAN head into CTO role as Choi steps aside
News Analysis | 1/10/2022

German incumbent names Abdu Mudesir as its chief technology officer, with Alex Choi taking charge of research.

Eurobites: TIM under pressure to name new CEO – report
News Analysis | 1/10/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson's Cloud RAN passes the audition; AccelerComm joins Small Cell Forum; TalkTalk rejigs wholesale team.

Virgin Media O2 'blows UK roaming door wide open'
News Analysis | 1/10/2022

The MNO is the only one of the four mobile network operators in the UK to refrain from imposing post-Brexit roaming fees – so far.

Amazon edges further into operator territory with latest Sidewalk product
News Analysis | 1/7/2022

Amazon's new Sidewalk Bridge Pro by Ring is a targeted at businesses, municipalities, universities and public services and can connect sunlight sensors, air quality indicators and moisture sensors.

Robust apps could help carriers find a path to 5G profits
News Analysis | 1/7/2022

After running several 5G smartphone promotions over the holidays, telcos are looking to cash-in on their 5G networks by offering advanced apps such as AR and cloud gaming.

Why Samsung's 8Gbit/s 5G tests are noteworthy
News Analysis | 1/7/2022

In order to achieve its new speed record, Samsung said it used its own virtualized radio access network (RAN) and core products, its Massive MIMO radio and Qualcomm's Snapdragon X65 5G chips.

Head of Roku's fast-growing Platform business sets his exit
News Analysis | 1/7/2022

In a surprise move, Scott Rosenberg, an exec who handles a critical piece of Roku's advertising and content business, will be departing this spring.

Meta leads VR race, but 2022 is AR's year to shine
News Analysis | 1/7/2022

Meta's loss-leader approach is rewarding it with a huge lead in headsets; in 2022, non-gaming apps will surpass gaming apps' revenue for the first time.

Orange puts three on shortlist for future CEO – report
News Analysis | 1/7/2022

Reports suggest Stéphane Richard could remain at the helm of Orange beyond the end of January.

Samsung chip shop is cooking on gas, but it probably won't last
News Analysis | 1/7/2022

The South Korean firm is guiding for a surge in fourth-quarter profits as chip demand outweighs supply.

Eurobites: Vodafone, EE delay reintroduction of EU roaming charges
News Analysis | 1/7/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Openreach counts the petabytes; Kenyans get T-kash in pocket; The Posh find a fiber upgrade.

T-Mobile increases 2022 capex to maintain 5G position against rivals
News Analysis | 1/6/2022

'I believe capex will likely be higher, year over year [in 2022], as we race to implement this network even faster than we planned,' T-Mobile CFO Peter Osvaldik told an investor event Thursday.

Hisense joins the ATSC 3.0 TV party
News Analysis | 1/6/2022

Additionally, Tablo has launched an over-the-air DVR that receives both ATSC 1.0 and ATSC 3.0 signals. Those product developments emerge as US broadcasters push ahead with the next-gen, IP-based signaling standard.

Microsoft opens up about AT&T's 5G core
News Analysis | 1/6/2022

Microsoft is taking AT&T's core and cloud technology, 'building it into Microsoft's standard hybrid cloud product, and then delivering a carrier-grade hybrid cloud solution,' wrote the company's Shawn Hakl.

Frontier adds record 45K fiber subs in Q4
News Analysis | 1/6/2022

In the midst of an aggressive FTTP buildout plan, Frontier's fiber subscriber customer additions in the period were a 50% improvement over the prior record of 29,000 net adds in Q3 2021.

What's the story? 5G networks on C-band spectrum stalled
News Analysis | 1/6/2022

Mike Dano discusses the latest developments in Verizon and AT&T's efforts to deploy 5G networks on the C-band spectrum, and why those efforts have been mired in delays.

European telco VC arms have shown minimal interest in open RAN
News Analysis | 1/6/2022

The region's telecom giants have been calling for investment in open RAN startups, but their own funding arms have done little to aid development.

China Mobile hits its target in tepid Shanghai IPO
News Analysis | 1/6/2022

China Mobile can claim its return to the Shanghai main board a success, achieving its initial 48.7 billion yuan ($7.6 billion) target.

Verizon's Visible uses eSIM for free network test drive
News Analysis | 1/6/2022

Visible's offering, which provides two weeks of free service, represents an important step forward in the eSIM market because Verizon is Visible's parent company.

In 2022, will telcos get the RCS message at last?
News Analysis | 1/6/2022

Between holding off business messaging apps and 5G, 2022 could finally be the year telcos embrace RCS, says Omdia's Charlotte Palfrey.

What's ahead for Asia in 2022
News Analysis | 1/6/2022

Chips, human rights, 6G: What's ahead for Asia this year?

5G networks will help make the metaverse real
The Philter | 1/6/2022

The Consumer Technology Association's Sayon Deb said that 5G networks are a critical component of a set of new technologies that help blend our reality with virtual worlds.

Verana gears up for mmWave tests
News Analysis | 1/5/2022

Verana's Amit Jain confirmed the company has applied for an experimental license for a test network in 27GHz spectrum. According to AllNet Insights & Analytics, Verizon is the primary owner of that spectrum.

Cox's Kevin Hart takes helm of fiber-focused Segra
News Analysis | 1/5/2022

Kevin Hart, the former chief product and technology officer of Cox, is named CEO of Segra two months after Cox acquired the enterprise-focused fiber services company. Len Barlik succeeds Hart as CTO of Cox.

AT&T CEO touts 'unified connectivity approach' with wired and wireless
News Analysis | 1/5/2022

John Stankey reiterates that AT&T will take a targeted approach with fixed wireless broadband, identifying potential use cases for both residential and rural situations and certain business services scenarios.

Charter tests DOCSIS 4.0 at 1.8GHz, hits multi-gigabit symmetrical speeds
News Analysis | 1/5/2022

Lab trials with Vecima and an undisclosed silicon provider generated north of 8.5Gbit/s downstream and 6Gbit/s upstream on HFC plant upgraded to 1.8GHz.

Verizon doubles down on fixed wireless bet
News Analysis | 1/5/2022

Verizon will soon begin selling fixed wireless access (FWA) services across 20 million US households at dramatically reduced prices. 'The product quality is there now,' explained Verizon's Manon Brouillette.

Telecom in 2030: Openness with no guarantee of diversity
Morris Lore | 1/5/2022

Open interfaces will be baked into future generations of mobile technology, but that does not mean the market will be more competitive.

Swisscom buys majority stake in Innovative Web Group
News Analysis | 1/5/2022

Takeover of web specialist aimed at strengthening Swiss incumbent's 'communities and associations' business area.

Consumer tech revenues to exceed $500B in 2022 – CTA study
News Analysis | 1/5/2022

Led by strong demand for smartphones, automotive tech, connected health devices and streaming services, that expected new high-water mark for 2022 would be a 2.8% rise from 2021's total, says the Consumer Technology Association.

Eurobites: Airtel Africa sells Tanzanian towers
News Analysis | 1/5/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Agcom gives green light to FiberCop co-investment program; Telkom SA's spectrum auction gripes; UK security law kicks in.

India’s Airtel withdraws corporate restructuring plan
News Analysis | 1/5/2022

The board of India's second-largest service provider believes its existing structure will best leverage telecom reforms announced by the government in September 2021.

Telia to sell Latvian B2B business to Tet
News Analysis | 1/5/2022

Telia Company will retain an interest in Telia Latvia through its minority stake in buyer Tet and also retains 60.3% of mobile operator LMT.

SaaS-based network security scores $1.2B in revenue for Q3 2021 – report
News Analysis | 1/4/2022

Citing an 'uncommon alignment between enterprise IT teams asking for more security investment and business leadership willing to do so,' SaaS-based network security revenues rose 26% in the quarter, Dell'Oro says.

Verizon releases C-band launch timeline, speeds and prices
News Analysis | 1/4/2022

Verizon said it will launch 5G services on its midband C-band spectrum licenses sometime this month, and that customers can expect 'typical download speeds' of 90 Mbit/s to 170 Mbit/s.

It's time for the Biden administration to get it together in 5G
DanoVision | 1/4/2022

A year into the Biden administration, 'there is no spectrum plan, there are no big auctions planned, at a time when everyone was all about 'we've got to beat China on the race to 5G,' said a former FCC chief.

US pay-TV drops another 637,000 subs in Q3 2021
News Analysis | 1/4/2022

Despite gains among virtual MVPDs in Q3 2021, the 5.2% rate of decline in the period for the full pay-TV industry was among the worst on record, according to a fresh analysis from MoffettNathanson.

BlackBerry says thumbs down on its iconic handsets
News Analysis | 1/4/2022

Canadian firm calls time on OS support for old-style keyboard devices; long running class-action lawsuit proving harder to shut down, however.

Dish's 5G remains MIA, but company debuts new tagline
News Analysis | 1/4/2022

Dish Network's new 5G tagline, 'America's First Smart Network,' was trademarked in October and is now being used in a number of social media posts. But the company has not yet launched commercial 5G services.

Cable One and partners team up to form fiber-fueled JV
News Analysis | 1/4/2022

A new firm involving Cable One, GTCR, Stephens Capital Partners and The Pritzker Organization aims to accelerate the growth of a unit comprising Cable One's Clearwave and Hargray fiber businesses.

Tele2 picks Nokia for 5G RAN in Baltics
News Analysis | 1/4/2022

Nokia takes a leading role in building 5G networks for Tele2 in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Taiwan Mobile chief calls for speedy approval of merger
News Analysis | 1/4/2022

Taiwan Mobile boss Jamie Lin has called on regulators to expedite approval of its merger with smaller operator Taiwan Star.

Huawei 2021 sales decimated by US sanctions
News Analysis | 1/4/2022

Chinese vendor reports a 30% drop in revenues as the US campaign finally catches up with it.

Eurobites: Orange invests in Europe's 'technological sovereignty'
News Analysis | 1/4/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Springo joins the FiberCop fold; Telefónica, Microsoft hawk hybrid cloud; Telia sells Latvian unit.

North American service providers take on the cloud, fast fiber and edge investments
News Analysis | 1/4/2022

Service providers in 2022 expect to deploy more midband 5G spectrum deployments, add more fiber to their networks and ramp up the battle for broadband subscribers.

5G private networks: Seven years beyond Reykjavik
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/4/2022

Heavy Reading's survey data indicates that the notion of 5G private networks driving commercial service innovation is rapidly becoming a reality.

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