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Gigabit for all should be last of the UK's concerns
Morris Lore | 1/20/2022

Authorities in the UK should drop their obsession with ensuring luxury broadband services are brought to remote communities.

How the launch of 'real' 5G turned into an unmitigated PR disaster
DanoVision | 1/20/2022

'There's a term for what the FAA and the aviation industry is doing: blackmail. It is a criminal offense,' wrote research firm Strand Consult of the troubled launch of 5G in C-band spectrum.

Eurobites: Telenor and AWS get serious on cloud services
News Analysis | 1/20/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT signs with Rackspace; UK government doubles down on cybersecurity; Red Cross hacked.

Comcast unit pitches 'VideoAI' service
News Analysis | 1/20/2022

New service from Comcast Technology Solutions enables programmers and streaming services to analyze video, audio and captioning data to deliver targeted ads, support TV binge-viewing and auto-generate sports highlight reels.

Ziply Fiber goes wide with 2-Gig and 5-Gig broadband tiers
News Analysis | 1/20/2022

Ziply Fiber, an operator that tangles with Comcast and Charter, has launched two multi-gigabit tiers in 60 urban areas, aiming for all markets by Q2 2022.

Open RAN for private 5G and venue networks
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/19/2022

SPONSORED: Heavy Reading's Open RAN Operator Survey gauges industry interest in open RAN for smaller-scale private and venue networks.

5G spectrum auction maps, winners and big spenders: Auction 110 of 3.45-3.55GHz
News Analysis | 1/19/2022

AT&T, Dish Network and T-Mobile were among the big winners of the FCC's Andromeda midband spectrum auction for 5G. Here are the details of what they paid for and what they're getting.

Verizon Frontline and THOR tap 5G for disaster response
LRTV Interviews | 1/19/2022

Verizon Frontline tackles first responder challenges with a prototype response vehicle that operates on a 5G network.

Comcast closer to facing broadband competition in Alexandria
News Analysis | 1/19/2022

Lumos Networks, North American Tower, Shentel and Ting Internet have reportedly been shortlisted to provide broadband service in the politically charged market.

Eurobites: Nokia readies Go Malta for 5G rollout
News Analysis | 1/19/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Türk Telekom trials Wi-Fi 6E; World Mobile connectivity boost for Zanzibar; Orange hits the 6 million mark on fiber.

5G devices exceed 1,200 threshold – report
News Analysis | 1/19/2022

5G SA devices are also increasing, but reports indicate that slow take-up of 5G SA networks is hampering mobile core network growth.

A metaverse-loving Microsoft brings a dystopia for telcos
Morris Lore | 1/19/2022

A $68.7 billion takeover of Activision Blizzard by the software giant promises a future deluge of network traffic.

Tonga faces a month without Internet in wake of eruption
News Analysis | 1/19/2022

Pacific island state Tonga will be without Internet services for at least a month after a massive volcanic eruption cut the sole international cable link.

China's telcos join race for computing supremacy
News Analysis | 1/19/2022

China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom are stepping up to support the national crusade to boost China's computing power.

Vodafone's first 5G open RAN site goes live – minus antennas
News Analysis | 1/19/2022

The UK operator's launch of open RAN technology is a brave step as doubts linger about the path ahead.

Juniper adds security features, hardware to SD-WAN portfolio
News Analysis | 1/18/2022

Juniper has updated its Session Smart Router (SSR) SD-WAN platform with intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS/IPS), URL filtering capabilities and Juniper-branded hardware.

Starlink's daunting deployment plan 'leaves no margin for error' – analyst
News Analysis | 1/18/2022

Elon Musk's nascent broadband will need to radically accelerate the rate of satellite launches – and navigate tricky supply chain logistics – if it's going to come close to fulfilling its global ambition.

Ericsson's newest lawsuit increases pressure on Apple's lawyers
News Analysis | 1/18/2022

Apple is facing new patent-infringement allegations from Ericsson, which ultimately wants Apple to license Ericsson's 5G patents. Specifically, Ericsson wants $5 for every iPhone that Apple sells.

After airlines again warn of 'chaos,' AT&T, Verizon tweak 5G launch plans
News Analysis | 1/18/2022

AT&T agreed to temporarily defer turning on a limited number of towers' due to concerns from the US airlines industry. Verizon said it would do the same.

China embraces 5G as smartphone shipments soar
News Analysis | 1/18/2022

New data shows that 5G phone shipments in China reached over 266 million units in 2021.

What's the story? Astound and Atlantic Broadband rebrand
News Analysis | 1/18/2022

Jeff Baumgartner explains what the rebranding of two cable companies means for the customers and markets they serve.

Telefónica sees the smaller open RAN picture in Germany
News Analysis | 1/18/2022

O2 Germany activates 4G open RAN small cells in Munich; 5G SA minicells to follow later this year.

Pay-TV's problems aren't cable's alone
The Bauminator | 1/18/2022

If misery loves company, there's plenty to go around in pay-TV. Cable operators, satellite players and the telcos have all pivoted their businesses to adapt to a pay-TV market that's crumbling beneath their feet.

Warehouse automation company Symbotic starts deploying 5G
News Analysis | 1/18/2022

Symbotic's interest in 5G is noteworthy considering a wide range of companies in the global wireless industry are hoping that 5G becomes a necessity in the warehouse of the future.

Eurobites: Vodafone, Qualcomm combine on iSIM
News Analysis | 1/18/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: counting the cost of GDPR transgressions; shareholders back Vodacom's Egyptian deal; Proximus in poles position.

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

SPONSORED: The migration to cloud native brings large-scale 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?

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