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Orange unveils new CEOs for Belgium and Poland
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

More musical chairs at the France-based group as it implements a wide-ranging reshuffle of top management at its European operations.

Dish Network's Ergen has a big appetite for 5G spectrum
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

Tucked away in Dish Network's announcement last week that it would enter the wireless industry was a promise to follow through with the $3.6 billion purchase of 800MHz spectrum from T-Mobile in 2023.

BT plans BAME 'baseline' for senior management roles
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

Following a data-gathering exercise to gauge the ethnic makeup of its workforce, the UK operator will set targets.

Crown Castle's small cell strategy challenged by activist investor
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

Activist hedge-fund Elliot Management – the same company that pressured AT&T – is now urging Crown Castle to make changes that would pull the company away from small cells.

Tele2 banks on new CEO to cut costs
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

CEO Anders Nilsson sails away. Telco operations veteran Kjell Morten Johnsen takes his place.

Huawei now a surrogate for China threat as US gains some ground
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

The Chinese equipment vendor is being driven out of telco networks in the West as the US stays on the offensive.

Eurobites: Ericsson trumpets standalone 5G NR software
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Colt appoints new CCO; using drones to fix cell towers; smart home devices losing their luster in MEA.

Huawei alert system raised from amber to red in UK
Morris Lore | 7/6/2020

The Chinese equipment maker faces a UK ban, according to press reports, because new US sanctions make it an even bigger risk.

France unlikely to ban Huawei, but will encourage operators to steer clear
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

ANSII indicates that it will limit authorizations to use Huawei equipment to between three and eight years.

Bharti Global, British government consortium wins OneWeb bid
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

The Indian conglomerate will become a major shareholder in the UK-backed alternative to the EU's Galileo initiative.

Here are nine new things that 5G can do now
DanoVision | 7/3/2020

The 3GPP is expected to issue 'Release 16' of the 5G standard Friday. It will support fancy new technologies like network slicing, Integrated Access Backhaul and vehicle platooning.

Geoverse offers private LTE with its CBRS/licensed spectrum combo
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

Geoverse is looking to sell private wireless LTE offerings using a unique combination of its licensed 600MHz and 700MHz spectrum licenses and CBRS spectrum.

Vodafone's cloud-native journey: A mix of old school and new
The Wizard of Roz | 7/3/2020

The Cloud Native World program last week offered evidence of progressive telco thinking and the same old barriers to faster adoption of cloud-native architectures.

5G still too costly, inflexible for private network – Tencent
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

Tencent GM Wang Yachen warned an online conference audience this week that 5G needs to be more cost-effective in order to compete in B2B.

Pandemic spotlights need for simplified and automated self-service tools – study
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

More than half of consumers can't fix their own technical issues, a number that surges to 73% among those who don't consider themselves tech-savvy, Sweepr finds in survey of 600+ people in the US and UK.

Eurobites: Show some post-pandemic love for open RAN, pleads trade body ETNO
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK wants to pronounce on O2/Virgin Media merger; Ericsson takes TDC to the water; beaucoup de connectivity en vacances, promises Orange.

PPF Group up to its old restructuring tricks again
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

Private equity firm splits retail and infrastructure operations of former Telenor CEE assets, just like it did with O2 Czech Republic a few years ago.

Vodafone UK readies for standalone 5G future
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

UK operator lines up Ericsson, MediaTek, Oppo and Qualcomm to help with its standalone 5G network and installs trial network at Coventry University.

Carlyle Group acquires 25% stake in Airtel's Nxtra in India
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

The data center business of one of India's biggest telcos has attracted investment amid surging demand for cloud services.

Huawei ban in UK is surely just a matter of time
Morris Lore | 7/3/2020

If the Chinese vendor were not so technically gifted, it would probably have been sent packing already.

5G mmWave silence from AT&T, T-Mobile becomes deafening
DanoVision | 7/2/2020

Verizon has loudly touted its plans to expand its mmWave 5G network. But AT&T and T-Mobile have remained conspicuously silent on the topic.

TiVo weaves HBO Max into new Stream 4K platform
News Analysis | 7/2/2020

Integration builds on new SVoD's tie-ins with Android TV devices and gives TiVo's new streaming device a point of differentiation against two platforms that currently don't support HBO Max – Roku and Fire TV.

Virgin Media makes DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade splurge
News Analysis | 7/2/2020

Target of passing 15 million homes with 'gigabit-capable' networks by end of 2021 apparently on track.

Profits and power propel the open RAN security debate
DanoVision | 7/2/2020

While dozens of companies debate the US government's role in open RAN, the almighty dollar is driving the discussion.

KT chief warns of slow 5G adoption
News Analysis | 7/2/2020

KT CEO Hyeon-Mo Ku warns that slow 5G takeup means operators must switch to focusing on the enterprise.

O-RAN Alliance adds Telus and U.S. Cellular to its ranks
News Analysis | 7/2/2020

The open radio access network (RAN) specification group now has 26 operator members.

Facebook's boycotters risk mainly hurting themselves
Morris Lore | 7/2/2020

The Internet platform's audience has been growing just as major advertisers decide to practice social distancing.

Eurobites: Vodafone wheels 5G into West Midlands transport initiative
News Analysis | 7/2/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: T-Systems focuses on its Brot und Butter; Israel to track COVID-19 victims; Huawei provides Massive MIMO in Johannesburg.

Indian backlash against China spells opportunity for homegrown vendors
News Analysis | 7/2/2020

The Chinese are increasingly out of favor in the huge Indian market, creating opportunities for domestic and other foreign vendors.

AT&T, fuboTV join the pay-TV price hike party
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

fuboTV is raising prices in the wake of its Disney deal while AT&T is boosting first-year pricing on its contract-based DirecTV and new AT&T TV services.

CBRS auction creates challenges, opportunities for utility companies
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

Some utility companies may need to update their existing WiMax networks due to the CBRS auction. But they might also bid for CBRS spectrum licenses for private wireless LTE networks.

5G's future includes a cloud-native architecture complete with containers
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

Many mobile operators want 5G to be built on a cloud-native stack from the RAN to the network core.

The US won't get its Independence Day from Chinese tech
Morris Lore | 7/1/2020

US officials are promoting open RAN as an answer to China, but the technology specifications are based partly on Chinese IP.

Dish Network's Boost pricing plans show it's in a marathon, not a Sprint
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

Dish Network officially entered the wireless industry with the purchase of Sprint's Boost brand from T-Mobile. However, Dish's new Boost service plans aren't very exciting.

NBCU's Peacock forges streaming pact with ViacomCBS
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

Licensing deal will deepen Peacock's streaming library as the service nears its national launch on July 15.

Podcast: What's the story with mobile data in Africa?
LRTV Interviews | 7/1/2020

On this episode of 'What's the Story?' – a new series from the Light Reading Podcast – Paula Gilbert, editor of LR's sister site Connecting Africa, talks with pod host Nicole Ferraro about mobile data growth in Africa: the latest news, why it matters and what's likely to happen next.

Dish's Marc Rouanne: Building an open RAN, greenfield 5G network
CxO Spotlight | 7/1/2020

Light Reading spoke with Marc Rouanne, who was hired late last year to construct Dish's 5G network, about the company's vendor choices so far, and how Dish is designing its planned network.

Comcast raises monthly Internet data ceiling to 1.2 terabytes
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

Comcast's usage-based plan offers only one courtesy month with no data cap, but its unlimited data plans are now less expensive than they were before the pandemic.

BT reports on 100 days of lockdown solitude
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

People more tech-savvy and data usage on the up, as UK lockdown reaches 100-day milestone.

Eurobites: UK hints at Huawei volte-face
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom throws more cash at gaming; Three UK targets enterprise with Amdocs; EU adopts small cell rules.

Openet expands BT mobile BSS deal to include EE
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

Ireland-based BSS provider to implement real-time charging services for EE's mobile operations.

Modernizing China Unicom network operations with TianShu
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/1/2020

TianShu enables stronger collaboration between marketing, sales, planning, network planning, procurement, network construction and ongoing operations.

Aryaka and Alibaba Cloud amp up SD-WAN in APAC
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

Alibaba's customers approached Aryaka about the need for a partnership between the companies to expand SD-WAN availability and access to public clouds in the APAC region.

Rural carriers 'stunned' by the FCC's ban on Huawei, ZTE
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

Rural wireless network operators represented by the Rural Wireless Association are taking issue with an FCC move against purchases of Huawei and ZTE equipment.

Podcast: US Ignite's Mari Silbey on hybrid networks and new broadband business models
The Philter | 6/30/2020

US Ignite's Mari Silbey joins Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey for a discussion about what changes are ahead in how cities and companies can provide broadband to residents in underserved areas.

YouTube TV hikes price by $15 per month
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

Illustrating again that OTT-TV service providers aren't immune to rising content prices, YouTube TV has jacked the rate of its baseline package by 30% – from $49.99 to $64.99 per month – as it adds fare from ViacomCBS.

Rakuten plots global 5G landgrab as Japanese tech strikes back
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

The Japanese e-commerce company's real goal is not to become another mobile operator in Japan but to lead a global revolution.

Dish's 5G radios to come from Japan's Fujitsu
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

Dish said it will use 5G radios from Japan's Fujitsu. That's noteworthy considering radios account for a large percentage of the cost of a 5G network, and Dish had indicated its preference for US suppliers.

Light Reading virtualizing Cable Next-Gen event
Breznick Unbound | 6/30/2020

Instead of staging our usual in-person conference in Denver, we will now conduct a free, digital event over two full days in late August.

Synacor and Qumu call off the marriage
News Analysis | 6/30/2020

Before scuttling the merger, the companies foresaw an opportunity to take a bigger run at the enterprise services market.

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