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Who should pay for the bridge across the digital divide?
News Analysis | 9/17/2021

Two new studies conclude that the US government's Universal Service Fund (USF) is in need of change. But they differ on whether ISPs or Big Tech should fix the situation.

AT&T takes FCC to court over 5G backhaul
News Analysis | 9/17/2021

Wi-Fi users in the 6GHz band are 'very likely to result in harmful interference at unpredictable places and times,' AT&T argues. The company may be looking to protect its 5G backhaul operations.

Former cable exec to take on AT&T and Comcast in Jacksonville
CxO Spotlight | 9/17/2021

Ted Schremp, an exec late of Charter and TiVo, now heads up IQ Fiber, a service provider that has secured funding for a phase I buildout of an XGS-PON network that will serve 60,000 homes in the Florida city.

FCC clears way for another 466 winning RDOF bids
Broadband World News | 9/17/2021

Latest round of FCC authorizations cover winning bids from 13 companies and organizations, including BEK Communications, Cumberland Connect, Easton Utilities, Gibson Connect and Union Telephone.

EXA Infrastructure rises from ashes after GTT fiber sale
News Analysis | 9/17/2021

GTT Communications completes the sale of its infrastructure division to I Squared Capital, which has now set up a new business called EXA.

WiCipedia: Is 38 'over the hill' in tech?
WiCipedia | 9/17/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Iceland a new hotspot for women in tech; age discrimination is an overlooked diversity issue; upskilling online; and more.

Europe's bigwigs want homegrown chip ecosystem
News Analysis | 9/17/2021

President of European Commission trailers new 'European Chips Act' aimed at lessening reliance on Asian and US chipmakers.

Eurobites: TalkTalk turns to GPON/XGS-PON for new fiber network up north
News Analysis | 9/17/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Citymesh and TowerEye combine on private networks; Glasgow's 5G is miles better than London's; Telxius deploys 400 GigE.

ISPs suffer losses and make plans in face of climate crisis
Broadband World News | 9/17/2021

A worsening climate crisis that has exacted a toll on cables, fiber lines and wireless towers is making clear how vulnerable that critical infrastructure is.

T-Mobile will shut down its 3G UMTS network in 287 days
News Analysis | 9/16/2021

'As of July 1, 2022, T-Mobile's older 3G UMTS network will be retired,' the operator wrote. Just a few weeks ago, the operator did not provide a firm shut down date for that network.

Logix Fiber links up with Versa on SD-WAN
News Analysis | 9/16/2021

This is the first SD-WAN service Logix is deploying; executives say security, network visibility and application prioritization are among key features.

Is T-Mobile losing its edge?
DanoVision | 9/16/2021

T-Mobile's iPhone 13 promotions aren't impressing analysts. The company's new 5G icon follows Verizon's lead. And T-Mobile's growth prospects for Q4 appear stunted. 'Uncarrier' it isn't.

The Divide: How Uprise Fiber seeks to solve what you hate about your ISP
Broadband World News | 9/16/2021

This week: Sam Sanders, CEO of Uprise Fiber, on how the company sets itself apart from traditional ISPs and seeks to build digital equity into broadband deployments.

Locast slapped with permanent injunction
News Analysis | 9/16/2021

Court order still leaves the door open for Locast to appeal. Meanwhile, Locast and the broadcasters have asked for a 'brief bench trial' to address statutory damages.

Allen Broome rises to CEO at MediaKind
News Analysis | 9/16/2021

Broome, a former Comcast exec who was named CTO of MediaKind in the fall of 2019, succeeds Matt McConnell, another former Comcast exec.

Investors value Discord at $15B in funding round
News Analysis | 9/16/2021

Discord flies high, with potential buyers Amazon and Twitter reportedly offering up to $18B and causing longstanding Internet forums to flop.

Telstra targeting A$500M in cuts and 5G growth
News Analysis | 9/16/2021

Telstra aims to shed A$500 million ($365.8 million) in costs, sell off further assets and become a major consumer tech retailer under its latest transformation plan.

India announces major reforms, relief for Vodafone Idea
News Analysis | 9/16/2021

In a much-anticipated move, the Indian government has finally approved a relief package and several new reforms for the telecom industry.

WhatsApp pilots Business Directory in e-commerce drive
News Analysis | 9/16/2021

Messaging service launches pilot in Brazil and indicates that India and Indonesia could be next.

Windstream CMO: SD-WAN stalled, not squashed, by pandemic
CxO Spotlight | 9/16/2021

Concerns around cost and ease of use stalled SD-WAN deployments for remote workers, but the tide is turning as remote access tools improve and enterprises budget for a long-term distributed workforce.

Vodafone Spain to axe hundreds more jobs
News Analysis | 9/16/2021

Staff to bear the consequences of Vodafone's latest 'digital transformation' as it targets huge cost savings.

Better times for suppliers in H1 (Huawei, Nokia flag) – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 9/16/2021

Slowdown in China impacts Q2, but revenue from telecom equipment worldwide was still up for a fifth consecutive quarter.

Eurobites: CityFibre raises further £1.1B to take the fiber fight to BT
News Analysis | 9/16/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: A1 Austria takes Offensity across Europe; BT's fancy new digs in Brum; Nokia helps spread the digital gospel in Africa.

AT&T: 2.7% of customers will be affected by 3G shutdown
News Analysis | 9/15/2021

Groups ranging from the Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC) to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) have been arguing of the 'deadly' effects posed by AT&T's 3G shutdown plans.

13 an unlucky number for 5G
DanoVision | 9/15/2021

Apple took the wraps off its latest iPhone, the iPhone 13. But the company spent almost no time talking about 5G during its unveiling event.

NAB cancels 2021 event as Delta variant surges
News Analysis | 9/15/2021

Prior plan was to hold the event in Las Vegas in October and require attendees to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations. The new plan is to provide virtual options for 'select' 2021 NAB Show content.

Huawei wishlist: Global talent, 6G, set own standards
News Analysis | 9/15/2021

Huawei Founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei tells staff that Huawei is seeking to lure foreign tech talent to China to lead in 6G and to dominate global standards.

FTTH covers just 22% of EU rural households – report
News Analysis | 9/15/2021

New report from FTTH Council Europe shows that overall deployment is progressing rapidly, but rural coverage remains a challenge.

The Leading Lights finalists: Part I
News Analysis | 9/15/2021

Light Reading editors discuss trends they're seeing, what's happening in the awards categories that they're judging and what they've learned from the contest entries as they dig in and prepare to announce this year's winners.

Tenth launch boosts OneWeb halfway to its target
News Analysis | 9/15/2021

OneWeb's constellation grows to its halfway mark of 322 after its tenth launch, while Amazon picks a fight at the FCC with Elon Musk's Starlink.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia bangs open RAN gong
News Analysis | 9/15/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Google's Grace Hopper cable lands in Cornwall; GÉANT network trials 800G with Infinera; EU promises chip sovereignty.

O-RAN founders keep control as big kit vendors bear the risk
News Analysis | 9/15/2021

The O-RAN Alliance is ensuring that technical contributions will be 'non-confidential,' but little else has changed.

5G and IoT can reduce UK emissions by 78% by 2035 – report
News Analysis | 9/15/2021

As the world gets ready for COP26 in Glasgow, using 5G and IoT in manufacturing, transport and agriculture can cut UK carbon emissions by 4% a year, according to a new report commissioned by Vodafone.

Comcast nearing launch of 'XClass'-branded TVs – report
News Analysis | 9/14/2021

Once again it looks as though Comcast is ready to enter the smart TV market. A report in Protocol says Comcast will soon offer two TV models made by Hisense and outfitted with the cable operator's software platform.

T-Mobile CFO: Samsung 'has really fallen behind the eight ball'
News Analysis | 9/14/2021

'A lot of our customer base are very significant Samsung lovers, and so we probably saw a little bit more of the supply chain issue there,' said T-Mobile CFO Peter Osvaldik.

US mobile providers love coverage maps, but not coverage details
News Analysis | 9/14/2021

Verizon, T-Mobile and CTIA were among those voicing support for the FCC's ongoing broadband mapping initiative. However, they pushed against sharing cell site information, in-vehicle coverage data and more.

AT&T promises to steal mobile customers from rivals
News Analysis | 9/14/2021

AT&T's new CFO, Pascal Desroches, says the company has a number of growth strategies firmly in place. 'All those things collectively are allowing us to grow and to gain share,' he said.

Comcast in no rush to deploy CBRS spectrum
News Analysis | 9/14/2021

Referencing an 'excellent' MVNO deal with Verizon, pricing on wholesale mobile access is relatively in-line with the economics Comcast could achieve by offloading traffic using CBRS, Comcast CFO says.

Matrixx CTO: How modern charging, billing unlocks new mobile services
CxO Spotlight | 9/14/2021

Marc Price, CTO of Matrixx, talks about the possibilities that exist for network operators when they can more creatively charge for services and what new infrastructure unlocks those opportunities.

Telefónica puts NEC in its open RAN driving seat
News Analysis | 9/14/2021

The Japanese kit maker will take on the systems integrator role and provide radio units for Telefónica trials in important markets.

AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile try to fuel 5G by fostering startups
News Analysis | 9/14/2021

All three big US operators have invested in programs to encourage the development of new, fancy 5G applications and services. But so far those efforts haven't given rise to widespread deployments.

5G industry struggles with spectrum sharing
News Analysis | 9/14/2021

'Spectrum sharing must be the new normal,' argued Vernita Harris, a spectrum official with the Pentagon. But that position runs counter to the goals laid out by the US wireless industry.

Cable access market rises as broadband CPE biz struggles in Q2 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 9/14/2021

Node splits and an increase of DAA node purchases fueled a rise in cable access network revenues in Q2, but supply chain constraints contributed to another down quarter for broadband customer premises equipment.

Big 5G Recap: Going hybrid in the mile-high city
LRTV Documentaries | 9/14/2021

Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner and Mike Dano join Phil Harvey to recap the Big 5G Event and discuss what has happened lately with in-person events.

Building a solid foundation for open optical networking
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/14/2021

Disaggregation and open optical networking (including 400ZR), the hottest optical topics of 2021, began with the introduction of the open line system several years ago. Today, CSPs have a growing ecosystem of partners to work with as they move toward open optical networking.

Xavier Niel secures over 85% of Iliad
News Analysis | 9/14/2021

The Iliad founder has until close of business on September 24 to secure over 90% of shares in order to force a squeeze-out process.

Eurobites: UK ahead of Euro rivals on 5G speeds – Ookla
News Analysis | 9/14/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Amdocs talks up Orange project; Nokia lands new deal in Netherlands; MobiledgeX trials road safety systems; GlobalConnect fibers up.

Nokia return will not end doubts about O-RAN
Morris Lore | 9/14/2021

Changes made by the specifications group have satisfied the Finnish equipment vendor, but they remain unclear to the wider world.

Charter exploring targeted 'high-split' upstream upgrades
News Analysis | 9/13/2021

Charter will invest in upstream-enhancing moves on its DOCSIS 3.1 networks, and perhaps use it as a bridge to a transition to DOCSIS 4.0, Charter CFO Chris Winfrey says.

Verizon to 'broaden out' prepaid offerings
News Analysis | 9/13/2021

Verizon's Ronan Dunne didn't say exactly what Verizon might do in the prepaid market, but he said the company might slow the migration of customers from prepaid services to postpaid services.

US pay-TV sheds another 1.12M subs in Q2 – report
News Analysis | 9/13/2021

The 227,000 subs gained by virtual multichannel video programming distributors (vMVPDs) in Q2 were dwarfed by a loss of 1.57 million subs among the nation's cable, telco and satellite service providers.

How 'as a service' might supercharge private 5G
LRTV Interviews | 9/13/2021

'Private 5G is really taking off,' explained Todd Krautkremer, CMO of Cradlepoint. Part of the reason, he said, has to do with new, Netflix-style business models.

Ericsson says China divestment is not linked to local 5G setbacks
News Analysis | 9/13/2021

The transfer of R&D assets in Nanjing is about cutting back on investment in legacy technologies so it can prioritize 5G, says the Swedish firm.

'Inefficient' NBN Co ARPU is 50% too high, say Australian ISPs
News Analysis | 9/13/2021

In their latest salvo against NBN Co, Australia's biggest retail ISPs claim its ARPU is up to 50% higher than it should be.

Orange's Richard hopes to hang on as chairman after 2022
News Analysis | 9/13/2021

Separation of roles could see Stéphane Richard cede CEO function but remain as chairman once his mandate expires.

Light Reading Recap: Week ending Sept. 10
LRTV Documentaries | 9/13/2021

Last week's telecom news highlights included more trouble for Norwegian operator Telenor as it moves away from Myanmar. We also muse about the changing shape of Verizon's deal with the NFL and why 5G networks are still struggling to prove their worth to consumers.

Eurobites: Facebook's smart glasses trigger privacy fears in Italy – report
News Analysis | 9/13/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom lands new deal with Asahi; BT enters the quantum realm; MTN gets an upgrade from Nokia.

Dish hints at interest in carrier aggregation, more 600MHz spectrum
News Analysis | 9/10/2021

'Dish anticipates needing more lowband spectrum in some markets to meet customer demand in the future,' the company told the FCC, suggesting it was interested in getting more 600MHz licenses.

SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2021 shifts to virtual format as pandemic rages
News Analysis | 9/10/2021

Cable industry's annual technology and engineering conference was originally set up as a hybrid live/virtual event, with the in-person portion set to take place in Atlanta from October 11-13.

Cisco targets net zero GHG emissions by 2040
News Analysis | 9/10/2021

US tech giant says it can outpace Paris Agreement net-zero timeframe by ten years.

Verizon's Peselli on enterprises' evolving network consumption model
LRTV Interviews | 9/10/2021

Massimo Peselli explains how customers can utilize Verizon's cloud to reduce the hardware needed to support their network operations, and how 5G is advancing the network-as-a-service approach.

Three UK helps bring back the roaming empire
Morris Lore | 9/10/2021

Despite saying it would not reintroduce the fees customers pay to use their phones abroad, Three has now copied BT and Vodafone in doing just that.

Eurobites: Telefónica names former O2 boss Mark Evans as strategy chief
News Analysis | 9/10/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Dutch unhappy about 3.5GHz delays; Ofcom dives into murky net neutrality waters; Vodafone bulks up in Ukraine.

The Internet casts shade on Zuck's new Ray-Bans
News Analysis | 9/10/2021

Facebook announces new smart glasses with Ray-Ban. But is it a smart move for a company that already has trouble with guarding data privacy?

ATN's Geoverse looks to capitalize on the private networking boom
News Analysis | 9/10/2021

ATN International, a publicly traded telecom company, is actively seeking partners and/or investors to help it grow its Geoverse private networking business.

Asian telcos race to sell off towers, data centers
News Analysis | 9/10/2021

Asian telcos have joined the asset sale party and are putting their towers and data centers on the block.

DT plans German sovereign cloud – with Google
News Analysis | 9/10/2021

New joint offering from T-Systems and Google Cloud to start in mid-2022.

Wisper, a WISP, finds something better than 5G
News Analysis | 9/9/2021

'I don't believe 5G is necessarily the right tool for WISPs,' said Nathan Stooke, the CEO of Wisper. His solution? Equipment from Tarana Wireless.

Amazon to FCC: Don't let SpaceX shirk the rules
News Analysis | 9/9/2021

Kuiper Systems, Amazon's satellite broadband unit, claims its concerns about SpaceX's 'Gen2' system plans for Starlink stem from regulatory rules and not, as SpaceX contends, from desires to slow competition.

BT Demonstrates Architectural Benefits of Disaggregated Network
Guest Perspectives | 9/9/2021

Details about BT's test of Acacia's 400ZR and OpenZR+ optics over their currently deployed colorless third-party, multi-span, amplified, ROADM line system.

Verizon reworks NFL deal to focus on 5G
News Analysis | 9/9/2021

Verizon's new ten-year agreement with the NFL cost the operator a reported $1 billion. It won't include game streaming but it will make Verizon 'the Official 5G Network of the League.'

Amazon sparks line of Amazon-built TVs
News Analysis | 9/9/2021

Launch of Amazon's Fire TV Omni and 4-Series smart TV lineup will deepen the reach of Amazon's streaming and advertising ecosystem and put more competitive pressure on the likes of Roku and Google.

The Divide: New map shows 60M Americans lack Internet
Broadband World News | 9/9/2021

This week: Eric Frank, CEO of LightBox, discusses the company's new nationwide Internet connectivity map which reveals that nearly one in six Americans is not connected.

CSPs not fully satisfied with incumbent IP vendors – survey
News Analysis | 9/9/2021

Heavy Reading survey finds only 7% of communications service providers are fully satisfied with their incumbent IP network suppliers. High costs are their biggest grievance.

How 5G rollout became such a long, hard slog
News Analysis | 9/9/2021

Heavy equipment, overreliance on low-band spectrum and consumer apathy are all hindering the deployment of the latest mobile technology.

Eurobites: Nvidia seeks EU approval for Arm deal
News Analysis | 9/9/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTN strikes new mobile money partnership; Slovak Telekom opts for Ekinops; Three UK will resurrect EU roaming charges.

Privatization could be path forward for undervalued Altice USA – analyst
News Analysis | 9/9/2021

'Altice's valuation is simply too cheap, and by a huge margin,' writes industry analyst Craig Moffett, suggesting a scenario in which the company goes private at a palatable premium and sells off the Suddenlink and Lightpath pieces.

GenXComm raises $20M for private 5G
News Analysis | 9/9/2021

'GenXComm's unique technology optimizes communication by allowing wireless channels to transmit and receive simultaneously,' the company claims.

AT&T's Katibeh on bridging the digital divide
LRTV Interviews | 9/9/2021

Mo Katibeh speaks to AT&T's efforts to close the digital divide and what's next for the operator's future fiber and 5G network buildouts.

Private 5G represents 'turning point' for John Deere
LRTV Interviews | 9/9/2021

John Deere's Kiel Ronning provides some fresh insight into how private networks are weaving their way into smart manufacturing and why they are emerging as optimal platforms for connected factories.

Trouble for Telenor in selling up Myanmar business
News Analysis | 9/9/2021

Norway's Telenor finds exiting Myanmar trickier than expected, with the ruling junta disposed to reject the $105 million sale to Lebanon's Mikati brothers.

India's telecom policy has been a shambles
News Analysis | 9/9/2021

Excessive greed by regulators and inside government may have killed India's telecom golden goose.

US charges former Ericsson employee over bribery scheme
News Analysis | 9/9/2021

Federal indictment charges former employee for alleged role in a scheme to pay about $2.1 million in bribes.

Six things to watch for in Apple's iPhone 13 announcement
DanoVision | 9/8/2021

Apple is widely expected to announce its iPhone 13 during an event next week. Here are six themes to track as Apple shows off its latest smartphone wares.

Verizon's Artley on anchoring a private 5G network at Port of Southampton
LRTV Interviews | 9/8/2021

Port of Southampton teamed up with Verizon and Nokia to deploy a private 5G network.

UK should focus on chip design, says top chipmaker
News Analysis | 9/8/2021

Chipmakers need access to skilled migrant labor and public funding shouldn't squeeze out private investment, says a semiconductor industry manifesto.

China's 5G is a domestic affair
News Analysis | 9/8/2021

China is running its own 5G race and the rest of the world can look on.

AT&T will tap into OneWeb's satellite network to reach remote areas
Broadband World News | 9/8/2021

OneWeb has locked in AT&T as a big-name customer as it pushes ahead with a plan provide global coverage via a constellation of hundreds of low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites.

Deutsche Telekom CEO keeps BT options open
News Analysis | 9/8/2021

Tim Höttges reckons 'something is going to happen' to BT ownership within 12 months but says it's too early to talk about what role Deutsche Telekom might play.

Intel pledges €80B for Europe in fight back against TSMC
News Analysis | 9/8/2021

The investment in eight new fabs, announced this week, is intended to restore Europe's status as well as Intel's.

Dell unfazed by open RAN warnings from Nokia, Ericsson
News Analysis | 9/8/2021

'It's not surprising that some of today's networking equipment vendors are not fans of O-RAN, the way it is described, because it really pressures their business model,' Dell's Dennis Hoffman said.

Eurobites: MTN 'in talks' over retreat from Afghanistan
News Analysis | 9/8/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Africell exits Uganda; Ericsson steers factory parking; Nigeria's smartphone market grows.

NEC expands AWS tie-up to gain 5G edge
News Analysis | 9/8/2021

Japanese vendor builds on existing collaboration with plans for comprehensive 5G offering and hybrid cloud services.

Amazon to launch its own smart TV line this fall – report
News Analysis | 9/8/2021

Amazon is reportedly working with third parties, including TCL, on TV designs and manufacturing. An industry source says Amazon has also explored what it would take to go a step further and develop and build its own TV hardware.

Mike O'Rielly, formerly of the FCC, cautions on infrastructure timing
LRTV Interviews | 9/7/2021

One of the FCC's former commissioners believes that Congress is poised to quickly approve around $65 billion in broadband-related infrastructure spending. But a waiting game on funding payouts could ensue.

Andromeda auction estimates range from $15B to $37B
News Analysis | 9/7/2021

'We think the auction will be fiercely contested with prices not far off the C-band,' wrote the financial analysts at New Street Research. But others aren't so sure.

Lumen's Mike Benjamin: An old RAT with new tricks
News Analysis | 9/7/2021

The new iteration of ReverseRAT includes web camera access and the ability to steal files via USB drives, explains Lumen's Mike Benjamin.

AT&T's Gordon Mansfield expands on plans for standalone 5G and open RAN
LRTV Interviews | 9/7/2021

BIG 5G EVENT, DENVER – Gordon Mansfield, AT&T's VP of converged access and device technology, offers an update on AT&T's deployment of a 5G standalone core and C-band spectrum and more insights about how open RAN will fit into the company's mobile network strategy.

Japan telco stocks on Suga high after PM announces exit
News Analysis | 9/7/2021

Telecom investors seem happy to see the back of the politician obsessed with cutting prices.

EXFO's founder on what's next for the newly private company
News Analysis | 9/7/2021

Germain Lamonde fended off a hostile takeover attempt by rival Viavi and made EXFO a private company again. Now he's opening up on what the company plans to do next.

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