Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT scans its own digital brain; United Internet shrinks capex guidance following antennas debacle; Italy keeps a closer eye on its cables.
NTIA proposed a limited waiver on 'Build America, Buy America' rules for middle mile broadband grants. Comments on the proposal are due October 3.
CSPs must move to transform their operations and attract the right talent while navigating the complexity of the ongoing technology revolution. #sponsored
In its push for self-reliance, the Indian government is asking device makers to produce NavIC, a home-grown Indian navigation system, compatible devices.
Overwhelming vote rejects Russian plan to remake ITU.
Google Fiber is pursuing a license agreement to build a fiber network in Omaha that, if successful, will set up a fight with incumbents Cox and Lumen.
Airtel's edge computing platform is supported by IBM Cloud Satellite and Red Hat's OpenShift platform to bring secure, open cloud services to enterprise customers.
Tareq Amin, CEO of Rakuten Mobile and Rakuten Symphony, discusses how he got Symware from being a reference architecture to a shipping product, with plans to deploy 30,000 units in Rakuten Mobile's network in Japan.
Light Reading editors Kelsey Ziser, Mike Dano and Phil Harvey sign off from MWC with a ten-minute informal recap of the work week ended September 30.
More than a quarter of German households can now access fiber, but work lies ahead to meet the target of full gigabit coverage by 2030.
Mike Murphy is North American CTO for Ericsson, a top 5G vendor. He has a team figuring out the intersection of telecom and hyperscale cloud providers.
Matanuska Telecom Association recently launched a new leg of its terrestrial fiber network connecting Alaska and Chicago. Execs said it was necessary to 'avoid the Pacific Northwest.'
SpaceX and Globalstar are among the companies playing in the market for phone-to-satellite communications. But Brian Pemberton argues that Omnispace is the one to watch.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Teesdale gets the gigabit; Vodafone brings 4G to the Tube; Swisscom switches the lights off.
After the disaster that was Revenue Manager, the Swedish vendor has rethought its approach and its portfolio amid a broader restructuring.
With new state-backed investors China Telecom's Tianyi Cloud unit seeks a spinoff or IPO.
Google will issue refunds on Stadia hardware and games but stressed it's 'deeply committed to gaming.' That promise connects with a new product called Immersive Stream for Games that counts AT&T as a customer.
AWS wants telecom operators of all shapes and sizes to put their operations into its cloud, and Ishwar Parulkar, the company's chief technologist for telecom, said it is making progress.
Verizon's share of MWC Vegas' opening keynote focused on home broadband and entertainment experiences instead of mobile services.
Starry 'delivers a good product and generates good unit economics,' but investors will stay on sidelines until the FWA specialist resolves its long-term financing issues, MoffettNathanson says.
At DTW, executives from CSPs old and new provided insights into the challenges and opportunities of turning digital.
Service providers can move toward sustainable, profitable business models if they optimize and monetize the quality of experience they deliver to consumers and enterprises on behalf of OTT players. #sponsored
At the MWC Vegas trade show, 5G executives cheered the success of fixed wireless access (FWA) services. But they're also looking for the next big use case for 5G technology.
This week: FirstLight Fiber's Maura Mahoney, chief marketing officer, and Patrick Coughlin, chief development officer, talk about tackling the digital divide through fiber 'onramps and off ramps,' their work with local nonprofits and institutions and more.
This marks Ericsson's first entry into the US IoT market.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Europe braces for mobile network blackouts; Scott Petty made CTO at Vodafone; Proximus trumpets fiber expansion.
The deeper an operator goes into a public cloud, the harder it may be to get out of it.
T-Mobile for Business SVP Mishka Dehghan intros the carrier's move to package 5G solutions for businesses.
Vodafone Idea's massive debt may result in a delayed 5G launch as it struggles to clear dues and close vendor deals.
The Oklahoma operator bought $32 million worth of Huawei's 4G equipment because it was far cheaper than similar gear from Nokia and Ericsson. Now, it's buying Ericsson's 5G-ready equipment.
NTT says it's deploying the largest open, municipal network CBRS deployment in the US, in partnership with the City of Las Vegas.
From Verizon to Comcast to Dish Network, Samsung is involved in a variety of high-profile 5G network buildouts. And that's just part of Derek Johnston's story.
As traditional pay-TV declined another 9.7% in the second quarter, the linear video model 'is hanging by a thread,' warns MoffettNathanson in its latest 'Cord-Cutting Monitor' report.
The three telcos are the first in the world to gain 'Running on ODA' status, but more are needed to keep momentum going.
Appointed to the top job at Orange Business Services this year, the former soccer professional aims to score big in cloud, data and cybersecurity.
Qualcomm expects to see commercial open RAN products running its silicon in the market by the second half of next year. That's important, according to analysts, as it indicates the company remains on track.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT opens new lab, hires customer experience boffins; Vodafone sets up software apprenticeships; T-Systems wants a slice of the EV charging action.
Vodafone subsidiary Vantage Towers turns out to be responsible for site-installation delays at Germany's newest mobile network.
Raw broadband speed is still important in the multi-gig era, but messaging from cable industry execs at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo zeroed in on network reliability and meeting elevated customer expectations.
Touting a 20-Gig test and 'journey' toward a symmetrical 100-Gig future, Google Fiber plans to 'dramatically expand our multi-gigabit tiers' in the coming months, says unit CEO Dinni Jain.
According to a new report, Ericsson's recent legal wins at the United States International Trade Commission could strengthen its position against Apple in the company's patent battle.
Mike Dano explains how Helium Mobile's MVNO will work and which new and noteworthy elements Helium Mobile will bring into the US wireless industry.
Midco and GCI are among the operators that will push the limits with DOCSIS 3.1 before considering a bigger leap to DOCSIS 4.0.
The smartphone chipset giant sets its sights on the automotive market, touting support by a wide range of car manufacturers for its Snapdragon Digital Chassis.
Increased network complexity requires solutions that can help cable operators automatically manage tasks of planning, deploying, and monitoring their networks in the most optimal way, without compromising on cost-efficiency or performance. #sponsored
Federated Wireless said it is now officially packaging its Private Wireless-as-a-Service offering. It will showcase the service in its new headquarters neighborhood, the massive National Landing redevelopment by real estate giant JBG Smith.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sky launches new streaming option; Proximus goes a-slicing in Belgium; Nokia, Du combine on carrier aggregation.
The Iranian government is restricting Internet and mobile access in response to nationwide protests. Whether Starlink can help is unclear.
As the telecom industry's reliance on the public cloud continues to grow, so does the risk of being tied to one provider.
Launch of Charter's pay-TV app on Comcast's initial family of smart TVs comes as both operators to rev up plans for a national streaming joint venture.
Springing from a Christian-based broadcast television network, Trilogy 5G hopes to build a private wireless networking business at the intersection of 5G and ATSC 3.0 technology.
NextWave first gained widespread notoriety in the 1990s by bidding heavily in the FCC's PCS spectrum auction. Now it's back with a 2.5GHz private wireless network covering New York City.
Mark Trudeau, the founder and CEO of OpenVault, said speed tier upgrades among customers on the FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program is what likely drove usage in that group higher than the average in Q2 2022.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: European telcos bang on about Big Tech, again; CityFibre likes UK government's Growth Plan; Ericsson clarifies Russia business.
India proposes sweeping changes, including bringing OTTs under licensing and limiting the regulator's power, through the draft Telecom Bill 2022.
Charter is developing a 'proof of concept' showing a converged core, based on 3GPP, that can work with wired networks. 'That doesn't exist today,' says Charter's Manish Jindal.
Guy Sucharczuk, CommScope's top access networks exec, believes cable ops could end up using both Extended Spectrum DOCSIS and Full Duplex DOCSIS in their DOCSIS 4.0 networks. 'You're going to use the best tool to get what you need,' he says.
Light Reading editors get together for an informal recap of what's happened during the work week ended September 23, 2022.
Spending for on-premise and cloud collaboration services grew 8% year-over-year (YoY) for Q2 2022, and hit nearly $15 billion per quarter.
DigitalBridge CEO Marc Ganzi now owns $5.8 million of his company's shares, having raised that investment by almost $1 million during the month of September alone.
The deployment of 5G core and the transition to 5G standalone (SA) operation - i.e., 5G without a dependency on 4G - is proving harder and taking longer than many in the industry had anticipated.
Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner and Nicole Ferraro, and Omdia's Jaimie Lenderman discuss takeaways from the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Philadelphia, where vendors and operators shared network upgrade strategies, pondered PON and more.
This week in broadband builds: Spectrum gets millions more in 'GREAT' grants; ReConnect awards $502 million; Yellowstone Fiber live in Montana; NTIA awards $29 million for Alaskan tribes; Cajun Broadband breaks ground – and more.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OneWeb brings connectivity to superyachts; the digital divide and what to do about it; Iran blocks the Internet.
The telecom industry revealed its hopes and fears about change and the cloud at the TM Forum's first bash in Denmark, and there was even a naked Dane.
Incognito's Director of Product Management, Jeevithan Muttu, joined Omdia's Principal Analyst, Jaimie Lenderman, at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2022 in Philadelphia to discuss how they are helping service providers accelerate the transition to next-generation fiber and 5G networks by centralizing and automating network management processes. #sponsored
Customer IDs, phone numbers and passport details exposed in biggest hack of Australian telco.
JHICC will supply Huawei with processors and NSI will provide radio frequency components, a move that will allow the Chinese vendor to continue selling telecom equipment globally.
Grant Spellmeyer, the new CEO of ACA Connects, explores the opportunities and challenges ahead for independent cable ops that intend to participate in the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program.
Mobilise CEO says the new iPhone will signal the end of SIM cards.
Light Reading connects with CableLabs President and CEO Phil McKinney to discuss the winners of the first '10G Challenge,' a contest to find innovative use cases for multi-gig speeds, low latency and enhanced security.
Operator slams Communications Workers Union for 'reckless course of action' as pay dispute escalates.
T-Mobile has said it expects to have 7 million to 8 million fixed wireless access (FWA) customers by 2025. But that may be the start of a much larger plan.
This week: Jessica Epley, vice president of regulatory and external affairs at Ziply Fiber, joins the podcast to discuss the company's rural buildouts, federal funding and why permit reform is one key to closing the digital divide.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: more holograms ahoy; FiberCop partners with BrainBox; Ericsson touts AI apps for network troubleshooting.
The names of Russian companies, including one on the US sanctions list, have been removed from the O-RAN Alliance membership page.
Backed by new owners, Australian fiber player brings capacity and diversity to remote northwest and northern regions.
Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica and Vodafone, working alongside tech company Matsuko, want to make holographic calls as easy as traditional ones.
The Norwegian incumbent says it has deployed so much traditional 5G equipment that open RAN is unlikely to figure prominently in its plans.
Charter's private DOCSIS 4.0 tech demo showed a six-amplifier cascade powered by production silicon delivering 8.3 Gbit/s downstream and between 5.3 Gbit/s to 5.5 Gbit/s in the upstream.
Chris Winfrey, currently Charter's COO, will succeed Tom Rutledge as president and CEO effective December 1. Rutledge will continue as executive chairman and stick with the board through 2023.
Comcast plans to use Samsung's 5G radios for a wireless network, but the cable company did not say how many it might use and when its customers might be able to access its 5G network.
A new startup promises to give wireless network operators complete control over their eSIM ecosystem, a strategy that stands as an alternative to existing SIM providers like Giesecke & Devrient.
Curtis Knittle, VP of wired technologies at CableLabs, offers an update on the cable industry's pursuit of coherent optics, including potential deployment scenarios and when the technology might be put to use.
The company building a fourth mobile network in the US has a high-profile deal with AWS, but most of its customers seem to rely on Azure.
Enterprises have fully moved their IT stack into the cloud, and network infrastructure is next. Dave Ward, PacketFabric's CEO, joins Light Reading to discuss the need for serious positive disruption in telecom, the flexibility of a cloud-native network and how PacketFabric delivers real-time connectivity anywhere you want to go. #sponsored
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone monitors smart cities progress; Ericsson plugs IoT for buildings; Virgin Media O2 highlights vacation roaming savings.
Government's PLI scheme-driven new announcements, like Vedanta-Foxconn $20 billion plant, have given a much-needed fillip to the Indian chipmaking ecosystem.
During Q2, Dell'Oro's Mauricio Sanchez said that 'both SASE's components, SSE and SD-WAN, saw more than 30% growth, showing enterprises value SASE's network and security transformation benefits.'
To successfully deploy edge computing solutions, CSPs must find partners that can help them fill in the gap between what enterprises need and what the CSPs are offering. #sponsored
Network operator Southern Linc is a subsidiary of utility provider Southern Company. It offers service in territories where Southern Company owns electric utilities – and that's no longer Florida.
Comcast has accelerated its deployment of a distributed access architecture as it starts to set the stage to offer symmetrical, multi-gig services to tens of millions of homes by 2025, exec says.
Comcast's David Watson and Liberty Global's Michael Fries discussed the industry 'talent gap,' network upgrade strategies and cable's 'existential' moment in a fireside chat at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo this morning.
Hurricane Fiona knocked out wireline Internet services to hundreds of thousands of subscribers in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. And the storm shut down roughly 23.5% of the cell sites in those areas, too.
Ambitious plan to provide earthquake warnings and track climate change must first tackle funding and collaboration issues.
Nova Labs plans to offer mobile smartphone services under the Helium Mobile brand starting in the first quarter of next year. Customers will be able to access the T-Mobile network and the Helium network.
Through 'Big Apple Connect,' New York will subsidize Altice and Charter to deliver free service to NYCHA residents. Verizon is TBD, said the city.
Having disrupted India's telecom market, Reliance Jio is preparing to sell its platforms to other companies.
The automation unit of Ciena is touting its support for 5G network slicing and backing a new multicloud initiative.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTN Nigeria launches 5G services with Ericsson; France's FANG challenge proves toothless; Orange opens 5G test lab in Cote d'Ivoire.