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Confident KPN plans share buyback after a pleasing Q2
News Analysis | 7/27/2021

The Dutch incumbent manages to beat earnings estimates yet again and maintains its 2021 forecast amid rising fiber costs.

Standalone shaping up to be 5G's next big flop
Morris Lore | 7/27/2021

The industry is aflutter about the souped-up version of 5G, but everyone else should curb their enthusiasm.

BT makes Safe bet on security – Omdia
News Analysis | 7/27/2021

BT's 'multi million pound' investment in cyber risk specialist will allow it a much more proactive role within organizations, says Omdia analyst Adam Etherington.

Podcast: Lumen security VP on how to catch a RAT
LRTV Interviews | 7/27/2021

Lumen's Mike Benjamin joins the podcast to provide insight into a new remote access trojan, and explain who and what the bad actors were targeting.

FCC OKs $311M in RDOF payments, pledges to 'clean up' program
News Analysis | 7/26/2021

That clean up includes letters to almost 200 RDOF auction winners, including Elon Musk's Starlink, that could result in withdrawals of funding for areas already served with broadband.

AT&T deal grants Dish 'a new lease on life' – analyst
News Analysis | 7/26/2021

Dish upgrade from MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett holds that a new long-term network service agreement with AT&T reduces the risk of a Dish bankruptcy while also giving Dish critical time to build its 5G network.

Did wireless win the battle over broadband symmetry?
News Analysis | 7/26/2021

Some lobbyists have urged policymakers to define broadband as at least 100 Mbit/s upstream and downstream. But there are indications those requirements might be loosened – paving the way for wireless.

Spain's post office set to enter crowded telecoms market
News Analysis | 7/26/2021

Reports say Correos is on the verge of launching an MVNO and also plans to offer fiber and local cloud storage services.

Lumen finds the right price for its Latin American business
News Analysis | 7/26/2021

Private equity company Stonepeak agreed to buy Lumen's Latin American business for $2.7 billion. Whether that deal will pave the way for Lumen to sell its US-based DSL business to Apollo remains to be seen.

Q2 earnings: Snap and Twitter not just Corona kids
News Analysis | 7/26/2021

Snapchat and Twitter both smash Q2 expectations, as Twitter's ad shakeup finds its sweet spot and both platforms concoct new plans for e-commerce.

Light Reading Recap: Week ending July 23
LRTV Documentaries | 7/26/2021

Last week's telecom news highlights included some spectrum auction and siesta news from Spain, an update on how Verizon moved forward with a fabulous, free 5G phone promotion, and you'll find out what US city took a gamble on building a network that covered 65 square miles with broadband in just 45 days.

Ericsson 5G deal with O2 cements its core dominance in UK
News Analysis | 7/26/2021

While the government worries about RAN diversity, UK operators have become heavily reliant on Ericsson for their 5G cores.

ATX plots path to DOCSIS 4.0
CxO Spotlight | 7/23/2021

Components makers are in the design phase, but ATX plans to reveal its 1.8GHz product roadmap this fall with a mix of line extenders, multi-port amplifiers and, possibly, a booster-type amp, CTO Jay Lee says.

Vodafone CEO teases M-Pesa IPO
News Analysis | 7/23/2021

Nick Read underlines shareholder value message on presentation of Q1 results, exploring options to make African money transfer platform a separate legal entity and allowing 'inorganic opportunities' going forward.

Intel warns of shortages, but trumpets open RAN
News Analysis | 7/23/2021

'I think I've only been on three major service provider calls this week,' said Intel's Pat Gelsinger. 'They are really starting to look at those deployments at scale.'

Five things we learned about the Dish/AT&T deal
News Analysis | 7/23/2021

As the dust settles on the new Dish Network deal with AT&T, it's clear that some Dish customers will still need new phones, and that Dish's erstwhile partner T-Mobile stands to lose billions of dollars.

Another AGR blow to India telcos – especially Vodafone Idea
News Analysis | 7/23/2021

India's Supreme Court rejected the appeal by telcos, including Vodafone Idea, to rectify the 'errors' in the Adjusted Gross Revenue calculations.

Consolidated caps sales of MobiTV-powered 'CCiTV' service
News Analysis | 7/23/2021

With an increased focus on broadband, Consolidated now touts AT&T TV, FuboTV and Philo among its featured streaming TV partners, and hinted at more streaming partnerships to come.

Vocus goes private for $2.6B in frothy Australian market
News Analysis | 7/23/2021

Low interest rates have fueled a flurry of telco deals and listings in Australia and New Zealand.

Eurobites: Macron changes phone in bid to thwart Pegasus
News Analysis | 7/23/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: how phone signals help sell houses; Proximus joins 25GS-PON MSA massive; Sky adds HDRUHD to sports coverage.

5G core spend is on a roll, says Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 7/23/2021

China sets 5GC pace, but overall mobile core network is expected to grow at a much slower rate over the next five years.

Akamai outage is latest warning about Internet dependency
News Analysis | 7/23/2021

A small number of companies, most of them based in America, now play host to critical systems used globally.

Crown Castle delays small cell buildout
News Analysis | 7/22/2021

Crown Castle said it plans to construct just 5,000 small cells during 2021 and another 5,000 during 2022. That's half what it had previously planned to do.

Spain doles out 700MHz spectrum for $1.1B
News Analysis | 7/22/2021

Low-key low-band auction over in a day. Sum raised barely up above reserve price.

Podcast: The Divide – Hughes' Paul Gaske on upping speeds with a 'massive new satellite'
LRTV Interviews | 7/22/2021

This week: Paul Gaske, EVP and GM of North America at Hughes, on how the company is meeting demand for faster broadband with a new $600 million satellite, why he disagrees that fiber is "future proofed" and more.

Comcast taps long-haul tech to monitor expanding fiber access network
News Analysis | 7/22/2021

Venk Mutalik, a Comcast engineer, developed 'XMF,' a monitoring system powered by spectrum analyzer chips used in ROADMs. XFM reduces the time to pinpoint fiber cuts from two hours to about 90 seconds, Comcast says.

EXFO rejects Viavi's latest offer
News Analysis | 7/22/2021

According to EXFO, Viavi has been chasing a merger between the two since November, when Viavi offered to acquire EXFO at $4.75 per share. EXFO just rejected Viavi's latest offer of $8 per share.

Open RAN adds to 6G dilemma
News Analysis | 7/22/2021

Ericsson reckons the in-vogue technology concept will be a 'fundamental' part of 6G, opening another Pandora's box for the mobile industry.

AT&T clarifies Dish, Microsoft deals – and that free phone promotion
News Analysis | 7/22/2021

AT&T added a massive number of new mobile customers to its network in the second quarter, just as the ink dried on its new MVNO agreement with Dish Network and its core network agreement with Microsoft.

Hulu's live TV service streams to Comcast's Flex platform
News Analysis | 7/22/2021

New subscribers to Hulu's SVOD/pay-TV combo will soon be able to sign up directly from Flex, a streaming platform that Comcast tailors to its base of broadband-only customers.

AT&T adds 246K fiber subs in Q2, expects to 'step up' pace later in year
News Analysis | 7/22/2021

Company claims nearly 80% of new fiber broadband adds are new AT&T broadband customers. Meanwhile, AT&T's pay-TV losses have slowed as company nears the spin-out of DirecTV.

Vantage point: Vodafone spinoff nets 200 tenancies
News Analysis | 7/22/2021

Vodafone's former tower owner Vantage Towers, which spun off in March, met Q1 revenue targets as more European telcos look to do the same with theirs.

Eurobites: Too many in UK still struggling to afford connectivity – Ofcom
News Analysis | 7/22/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Private 5G? Ericsson and Three are milking it; Sterlite buys Clearcomm; EE gets an A* from RootMetrics.

How Vegas built an LTE network in 45 days, and what it might do next
News Analysis | 7/21/2021

Baicells, CommScope, Ubicquia and Terranet Communications built an LTE network covering 65 square miles of the city of Las Vegas, offering speeds up to 35 Mbit/s.

CommScope says its Low Latency DOCSIS platform is tech-ready
News Analysis | 7/21/2021

CommScope has developed a multi-component, low-latency platform based on the CableLabs specs designed to work with its own modems, gateways and network gear, as well as with DOCSIS products from other suppliers.

Rogers continues COVID recovery
News Analysis | 7/21/2021

Big Toronto-based cable, wireless and media company saw overall revenues and net income rise in Q2 for the second straight quarter as COVID-19 restrictions gradually ease across Canada.

Spain's telcos uphold ceasefire in the siesta
Morris Lore | 7/21/2021

Slumbering in the afternoon, Spaniards can rest assured they will not be called by their operators.

Verizon's 5G promotion does the job in Q2
News Analysis | 7/21/2021

'Verizon had waited as long as they could, but when it was clear that AT&T was hell-bent on continuing the promotion regardless of the cost, Verizon had no choice but to match them,' wrote MoffettNathanson.

DigitalBridge's Tom Barrack resigns board seat
News Analysis | 7/21/2021

The US government has charged a DigitalBridge board member for allegedly obstructing justice, making multiple false statements and acting as an unregistered foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates.

Podcast: Is the hyperscaler and telco relationship parasitic or symbiotic?
LRTV Interviews | 7/21/2021

Orange Silicon Valley COO Gabriel Sidhom examines how the dynamic between hyperscalers and traditional service providers is changing.

Verizon Fios revenues hit new high even as pay-TV subs shrink
News Analysis | 7/21/2021

Verizon shed another 62,000 Fios TV subs in Q1, but those losses were offset by a gain of 92,000 Fios Internet customers and a boost in adoption of 1-Gig speed tiers.

Telia is culling IT suppliers in latest hunt for savings
News Analysis | 7/21/2021

The Scandi operator plans to reduce the number of IT suppliers from 29 to just four as part of its latest transformation program.

Netflix gears up for gaming, with initial focus on mobile
News Analysis | 7/21/2021

Streaming giant views gaming as a new content category and an area similar to its expansion into original films, animation and unscripted TV.

Eurobites: Vodafone turns to Nokia's machine learning for network mending
News Analysis | 7/21/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson and MediaTek upgrade the uplink; Three UK overstates its 5G case; Prysmian is back to court.

Masergy unveils broadband performance feature for last-mile access
News Analysis | 7/20/2021

The patent-pending Performance Edge service is aimed at assisting home workers, SD-WAN, SASE and MPLS customers in improving their broadband performance by reducing packet loss.

Huawei fails latest (pointless) UK security check-up
News Analysis | 7/20/2021

Regardless of the assessment by UK cyber experts, the Chinese vendor's nationality is sufficient to condemn it.

CTO shift at CommScope foreshadows bigger changes ahead
News Analysis | 7/20/2021

Surprise departure of CTO and company broadband segment leader Morgan Kurk arrives as CommScope pushes ahead with a review of the company's full business.

Hellish ride is not enough to put Telenor off Asia
Morris Lore | 7/20/2021

Despite multi-billion-dollar losses, military coups and spats with aggressive shareholders, the Norwegian operator is still enthused by markets to the east.

Debt-laden China chip champion Unigroup faces fire sale
News Analysis | 7/20/2021

China's march to semiconductor independence hits another hurdle: bankruptcy of one of the biggest state-backed chip companies, Tsinghua Unigroup.

Comcast revs up mobile play for SMBs
News Analysis | 7/20/2021

Comcast Business Mobile currently allows small and midsized businesses to add up to ten lines to their account, but plans are in motion to expand that to 20 lines in Q1 2022.

Altice USA pitches free 'Stream' device to 1-Gig broadband-only subs
News Analysis | 7/20/2021

Operator also offering its 4K-capable Android TV 'Stream' player to broadband-only subs on other speed tiers for an additional $5 per month.

Eurobites: Nokia in UK fiber push with Xantaro
News Analysis | 7/20/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone expands NB-IoT network in the UK; post-flood recovery in Germany; latest on Max Schrems versus Facebook.

Ericsson pain is Nokia gain in China 5G latest
News Analysis | 7/19/2021

The Swedish vendor loses out in the 5G contract just awarded by China Mobile, but there is good news for its Finnish rival.

Dish, AT&T deal pushes T-Mobile toward the sidelines
News Analysis | 7/19/2021

New network services agreement, worth at least $5 billion to AT&T over a span of ten years, also sparks chatter that the deal could be a precursor to a possible Dish-DirecTV combo.

How network-as-a-service is turning the WAN into cloud
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 7/19/2021

Fiona Graham and PacketFabric CEO Dave Ward discuss the innovation that network-as-a-service (NaaS) is bringing to the telecom landscape, why telco providers are embracing it and how NaaS will play a key role in 5G.

ECSite on being a 'born in the cloud' SaaS company
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 7/19/2021

Launched out of stealth in 2019, ECSite is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) business disrupting the telecom infrastructure industry through automation.

The impact of the ever-shifting edge
Guest Perspectives | 7/19/2021

As consumers drive the demand for more high-quality content without delay, service providers must keep moving 'the edge' of their content delivery networks closer to consumers.

VEON CEO to boldly go where few telcos have won before
News Analysis | 7/19/2021

Highly regarded for the success of his digital strategy at Turkcell, Kaan Terzioglu is trying to repeat the same feat across one of the world's largest telco groups.

TIM scores with DAZN in revised guidance, but sees EBITDA wall breached
News Analysis | 7/19/2021

Group revises 2022-23 revenue and EBITDA guidance upwards on back of Serie A distribution deal with streaming provider. Downgrades 2021 EBITDA forecast due to 'overall market impact' of delayed public funding measures to support digitalization.

Australian govt. ready to tip $1B into Digicel Pacific to head off China
News Analysis | 7/19/2021

Another front has opened up in the Pacific telecom cold war, with the Australian government to fund Telstra's acquisition of debt-laden Digicel Pacific.

DirecTV subscriber losses slowing down
News Analysis | 7/19/2021

Ahead of Q2 earnings report this week, AT&T released numbers Friday showing DirecTV's subscriber losses abating as AT&T seeks to line up financing for its spinoff deal with TPG Capital.

India is in the midst of a data center boom
News Analysis | 7/19/2021

The market is booming on the back of ever-growing data consumption and legal data localization requirements – as Google announces a cluster of data centers.

With $15B purchase, Yuan Zooms into call centers
News Analysis | 7/19/2021

Zoom buys cloud call center business Five9 for $15 billion, eyeing a new market for its Zoom Phones and Rooms.

Eurobites: A1 Telekom Austria finds short cut to Turkey
News Analysis | 7/19/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: GSMA, UN call on central African governments to help with e-commerce; Telefónica does short-form video deal; ADVA advances in Q2.

The telco-cloud trend continues as Bell Canada, Google wed
News Analysis | 7/19/2021

Bell Canada says it's 'shifting critical workloads' to Google Cloud, which has also nabbed the UK's Vodafone and Spain's Telefónica.

Minim opens new chapter, gears up for expansion
CxO Spotlight | 7/18/2021

Following its merger with Zoom Telephonics, a rebranding and an uplisting to the Nasdaq, Minim has set its sights on adding customers worldwide and pursuing new markets, President and CMO Nicole Zheng says.

AT&T's edge computing strategy takes shape with Google, Microsoft
News Analysis | 7/16/2021

AT&T offers two lines of business in the edge computing space: AT&T Network Edge (ANE) and AT&T Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC). Google and Microsoft play prominent roles in the offerings.

Biden administration offers practical, collaborative outlook on open RAN
News Analysis | 7/16/2021

'The Executive Branch fully supports industry's development of open RAN while recognizing the importance of maintaining a full suite of solutions offered by incumbent vendors,' the NTIA explained.

Sky Brasil deploys Technicolor's voice-control set-tops
News Analysis | 7/16/2021

Next-gen boxes integrate Google Assistant far-field voice technology, enabling Sky Brasil subscribers to navigate entertainment content on their TVs hands-free.

LG U+ and KDDI club together on 5G, 6G
News Analysis | 7/16/2021

South Korean and Japanese operators sign MoU to explore new business applications for 5G and strengthen collaboration on 6G tech.

WiCipedia: Working more to earn less
WiCipedia | 7/16/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Women work harder to get fewer promotions; female AI leaders gather and GSD; Instacart gets a Facebook alum; and more.

Eurobites: Nokia and Openreach test 25G PON broadband tech
News Analysis | 7/16/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: how to break through the '5G noise' in Europe; Revolut now worth £24 billion; Alexa to the rescue?

The global chip industry is realigning
News Analysis | 7/16/2021

Intel's reported move for GlobalFoundries is the latest sign of realignment in the global semiconductor business.

Intel makes a $30B play for GlobalFoundries – report
News Analysis | 7/16/2021

What could be Intel's largest ever acquisition would put the company higher up the food chain among chip producers, but it would still lack the tech edge held by Taiwan's TSMC.

Ericsson is on the ropes in China but thriving elsewhere
News Analysis | 7/16/2021

The Swedish equipment vendor has told investors to plan for a significant reduction in its Chinese market share.

Elisa steers steady course in 2021
News Analysis | 7/16/2021

The Finnish operator says the pandemic has had a limited impact on its business.

Ericsson grabs $8.3B 5G deal from Verizon
News Analysis | 7/16/2021

Verizon said it would buy Ericsson's 5G MIMO C-band, lowband and millimeter wave (mmWave) solutions as it works to expand its speedy 5G network across the US.

JMA gets ready to offer 'Made in the USA' 5G equipment
News Analysis | 7/15/2021

JMA Wireless has so far pumped $52 million into its new 5G manufacturing facility that's scheduled to open in December. It represents 'a perfect storm of competitive opportunity,' says JMA's Bill Plummer.

Charter, ViacomCBS teaming on streaming
News Analysis | 7/15/2021

In yet another nod to the video streaming era, Charter and ViacomCBS signed a multi-year deal covering carriage of the conglomerate's broadcast TV stations, cable networks and streaming services.

Here's how the US government plans to destroy Huawei's equipment
News Analysis | 7/15/2021

Congress allocated roughly $2 billion for US operators to rip out equipment from Huawei and ZTE from their networks. Once the gear is removed, it's hammer time.

Open RAN and the dangers of the neutral host
Morris Lore | 7/15/2021

A bid to diversify the market for suppliers could leave Europe's 5G sector with fewer networks.

5G offers little value for the traditional telco
News Analysis | 7/15/2021

The telecom industry may need to change the way it thinks and talks about 5G.

Podcast: The Divide – How Kajeet keeps kids and communities connected
LRTV Interviews | 7/15/2021

This week: Dominic Marcellino, director of strategy and business development at Kajeet, on the company's new connectivity pilot program in Williamsburg, Virginia, and the ins and outs of providing wireless services to students and communities.

TSMC still looks fab after Q2 update
News Analysis | 7/15/2021

Taiwanese chip manufacturer eyes production expansion in US, Japan to meet growing demand. Signals automotive chip shortages will ease.

Podcast: Digital twinning the Tour de France
LRTV Interviews | 7/15/2021

NTT's Tim Wade explains the process of creating a digital twin of the Tour de France, and how NTT's approach to data capture and analytics has changed since the service provider started digitizing the race in 2015.

Don't crown Big Tech the global comms kings just yet
The Wizard of Roz | 7/15/2021

What if we looked at the recent telco cloud deals through Roseboro-tinted glasses?

Zain net profit zooms up 17% in Q2 2021
News Analysis | 7/15/2021

Kuwait-based group sees signs of improvement with growth in most of its operations during Q2.

Cable ops are zeroing in on upstream upgrades, CommScope exec says
News Analysis | 7/15/2021

Exec John Caezza expects many initial upstream upgrades to center on 'mid-splits' as the industry grapples with some of the technical and operational challenges associated with more significant 'high-split' moves.

Eurobites: Irish data privacy unit asked to find what's up with WhatsApp
News Analysis | 7/15/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ETNO uses climate-change hook for regulatory plea; music-streaming economics still suck for musicians; Allot lands central European deal.

Most mobile operators looking for help with open RAN adoption
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/14/2021

SPONSORED: A recent Heavy Reading survey indicates that the majority of carriers with mobile network businesses are looking for external guidance to help them accelerate their open RAN adoption.

AT&T expands lowband, mmWave 5G network
News Analysis | 7/14/2021

AT&T said its lowband 5G network now covers 250 million people. Meantime, the operator said it plans to expand its mmWave 5G network to new indoor locations.

What the iPhone's super cycle means for 5G operators
News Analysis | 7/14/2021

The number of US mobile customers planning to switch to a new provider is reaching record levels. And the purchase of a new iPhone might just be the catalyst for them to make a change.

Open RAN vendors get another helping hand from US regulators
News Analysis | 7/14/2021

Amid an open RAN 'showcase' designed to highlight US companies in the space, the FCC's acting chairwoman proposed naming new testing facilities in Boston and Raleigh.

América Móvil profits soar as Mexico's peso flexes
News Analysis | 7/14/2021

Mexico's América Móvil sees Q2 profits double, as it addresses lumbering debts by spinning off its towers and selling its US operations to Verizon.

Adtran confirms Combo PON progress
News Analysis | 7/14/2021

Broadband access vendor says more than 100 service providers globally have now adopted its Combo PON technology for fiber networks since the product's June 2020 launch.

BT's 5G rollout is slow-going, but it seems ahead of its rivals
News Analysis | 7/14/2021

The UK telecom incumbent does not expect to provide a near-nationwide 5G service until 2028, and yet it seems to be moving faster than the competition.

A1 Telekom Austria ups full-year outlook on back of strong Q2
News Analysis | 7/14/2021

High demand for mobile Wi-Fi routers, a near 7% jump in mobile contract subscribers, and much stronger handset sales give cause for optimism. Roaming, too, is creeping back.

CSG deals for Kitewheel
News Analysis | 7/14/2021

Says latest acquisition will shore up customer orchestration and analytic capabilities and enable CSG to strengthen its presence in areas such as retail, financial services and healthcare.

Eurobites: UK's competition watchdog gets its teeth into Cellnex-Three deal
News Analysis | 7/14/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia et al tout battery-saving 5G advance; Swisscom faces outage flak, loses appeal; Nokia boosts cybersecurity in Estonia.

Tele2 looks to a post-pandemic world after solid Q2
News Analysis | 7/14/2021

Sweden-based operator feels confident enough to raise its guidance for 2021.

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