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Charter exploring converged core, based on 3GPP, that can manage wired networks
News Analysis | 9/23/2022

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.

Cable ops will use both options for DOCSIS 4.0 – CommScope exec
LRTV Interviews | 9/23/2022

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.

The Notebook Dump: Ericsson acquires Vonage, national spectrum strategy, eSIM startup and Elvis impersonators
LRTV Interviews | 9/23/2022

Light Reading editors get together for an informal recap of what's happened during the work week ended September 23, 2022.

Cloud and hosted UC services outpace growth on-premise
News Analysis | 9/23/2022

Spending for on-premise and cloud collaboration services grew 8% year-over-year (YoY) for Q2 2022, and hit nearly $15 billion per quarter.

Ganzi raises his personal DigitalBridge bet to almost $6M
News Analysis | 9/23/2022

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.

Why is 5G SA taking so long?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/23/2022

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.

10G, PON and pandemic PR: Light Reading's super-official SCTE Cable-Tec Expo wrap™
LRTV Interviews | 9/23/2022

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.

The Buildout: More 'GREAT' news for Spectrum, Yellowstone Fiber goes live
News Analysis | 9/23/2022

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.

Eurobites: Orange teams up with Netskope for security at the edge
News Analysis | 9/23/2022

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.

DTW 2022: Telecom fear and loathing in Copenhagen
Morris Lore | 9/23/2022

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.

Next-gen Broadband Service Orchestration with Incognito: Driving service agility, subscriber experience and monetization
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 9/23/2022

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

Cyberattack breaches data of millions of Optus customers
News Analysis | 9/23/2022

Customer IDs, phone numbers and passport details exposed in biggest hack of Australian telco.

Huawei is reportedly rebuilding its telecom supply chain
News Analysis | 9/22/2022

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.

New ACA Connects CEO on drawing a bead on BEAD
LRTV Interviews | 9/22/2022

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.

Hard times for hardware SIMs
Guest Perspectives | 9/22/2022

Mobilise CEO says the new iPhone will signal the end of SIM cards.

CableLabs CEO digs into who met the '10G Challenge'
LRTV Interviews | 9/22/2022

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.

BT emergency call handlers set to join strike action
News Analysis | 9/22/2022

Operator slams Communications Workers Union for 'reckless course of action' as pay dispute escalates.

Here's what's next for T-Mobile's FWA business
News Analysis | 9/22/2022

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.

The Divide: Ziply VP chats rural fiber builds, permit reforms and micro-trenching
LRTV Interviews | 9/22/2022

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.

Eurobites: Ofcom launches probe into UK cloud services
News Analysis | 9/22/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: more holograms ahoy; FiberCop partners with BrainBox; Ericsson touts AI apps for network troubleshooting.

O-RAN Alliance delists Russian firms, keeps Chinese
News Analysis | 9/22/2022

The names of Russian companies, including one on the US sanctions list, have been removed from the O-RAN Alliance membership page.

Vocus targets resources sector with $670M in cable builds
News Analysis | 9/22/2022

Backed by new owners, Australian fiber player brings capacity and diversity to remote northwest and northern regions.

European operators test-run holographic calls
News Analysis | 9/22/2022

Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica and Vodafone, working alongside tech company Matsuko, want to make holographic calls as easy as traditional ones.

Telenor says open RAN window is shrinking
News Analysis | 9/21/2022

The Norwegian incumbent says it has deployed so much traditional 5G equipment that open RAN is unlikely to figure prominently in its plans.

Charter advances on DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 9/21/2022

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 to succeed Tom Rutledge as Charter CEO
News Analysis | 9/21/2022

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 to use Samsung radios for 'selective' 5G network buildout
News Analysis | 9/21/2022

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.

RiPSIM promises to show carriers the bright side of eSIMs
News Analysis | 9/21/2022

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.

Cable connects with coherent optics
LRTV Interviews | 9/21/2022

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.

Dish's biggest cloud turns out to be Microsoft, not AWS
News Analysis | 9/21/2022

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.

Flexible, cloud native networking is here
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 9/21/2022

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

Eurobites: Iliad founder Niel buys slice of Vodafone
News Analysis | 9/21/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone monitors smart cities progress; Ericsson plugs IoT for buildings; Virgin Media O2 highlights vacation roaming savings.

Vedanta-Foxconn plant boosts India's chipmaking industry
News Analysis | 9/21/2022

Government's PLI scheme-driven new announcements, like Vedanta-Foxconn $20 billion plant, have given a much-needed fillip to the Indian chipmaking ecosystem.

Security and cloud app demands underpin SASE market growth
News Analysis | 9/21/2022

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.'

Productizing edge deployment
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/21/2022

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

Southern Linc plots exit from Florida
News Analysis | 9/20/2022

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 reaches 'second phase' of its DAA journey
News Analysis | 9/20/2022

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.

Cable industry pursues upgrades in face of its 'life or death' moment
News Analysis | 9/20/2022

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.

How Hurricane Fiona is affecting telecom networks
News Analysis | 9/20/2022

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.

Subsea players plot quake-detecting sensors
News Analysis | 9/20/2022

Ambitious plan to provide earthquake warnings and track climate change must first tackle funding and collaboration issues.

With T-Mobile MVNO deal, Helium Mobile to be 'world's first crypto carrier'
News Analysis | 9/20/2022

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.

Altice, Charter will deliver free broadband to NYC housing residents
News Analysis | 9/20/2022

Through 'Big Apple Connect,' New York will subsidize Altice and Charter to deliver free service to NYCHA residents. Verizon is TBD, said the city.

Jio follows Rakuten into vendor role as telco sector grows older
News Analysis | 9/20/2022

Having disrupted India's telecom market, Reliance Jio is preparing to sell its platforms to other companies.

Blue Planet's R&D push bears 5G fruit
News Analysis | 9/20/2022

The automation unit of Ciena is touting its support for 5G network slicing and backing a new multicloud initiative.

Eurobites: TalkTalk urges more action on FTTP take-up
News Analysis | 9/20/2022

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.

Comcast says key ingredient for wide rollout of DOCSIS 4.0 and '10G' has passed the test
News Analysis | 9/20/2022

Comcast said it has successfully tested an FDX Amplifier that will enable the operator to deploy symmetrical multi-gigabit DOCSIS 4.0 technology across its widespread HFC network.

The manufacturing industry's rocky road to private 5G
LRTV Interviews | 9/19/2022

Omdia Analysts Pablo Tomasi and Anna Ahrens explain why the manufacturing industry, oft cited as fertile ground for 5G, hasn't been that excited about private 5G network adoption.

5G may expand into 12.7GHz-13.25GHz next
News Analysis | 9/19/2022

Biden administration officials are in the midst of developing a national spectrum strategy. And officials at the FCC are eying the 12.7GHz-13.25GHz spectrum band for a possible 5G push.

German open RAN pioneer 1&1 hits six-month 5G rollout delay
News Analysis | 9/19/2022

The company building a 'greenfield' open RAN network in Germany has blamed one of its suppliers for a delay to the rollout of 1,000 5G sites.

California bill would let wireless in on broadband grants
News Analysis | 9/19/2022

Wireless industry is pushing California Governor Gavin Newsom to sign a bill enabling the state to award broadband grants on a 'technology-neutral basis.'

SCTE Cable-Tec Expo roundup I: Comcast goes green, suppliers amped for DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 9/19/2022

Also in this news roundup: CommScope streamlines support for Android TV and RDK, vendors trot out 1.8GHz network gear and a potential path to DOCSIS 4.0.

Reminiscing with Bob Gold about cable milestones, Dan Aykroyd and media screwups
CxO Spotlight | 9/19/2022

Bob Gold, the PR guy who's been representing cable tech companies since the late 1990s, joins the podcast to play a game of 'Remember When' as his agency reaches its silver anniversary.

Harmonic goes network-agnostic with 'Pebble-2' module
News Analysis | 9/19/2022

Harmonic's new remote device for distributed access networks is designed to support remote PHY, remote MACPHY along with PON and DOCSIS 4.0 access networks.

A closer look at the 5G midband buildouts of T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon
DanoVision | 9/19/2022

From spectrum to branding to phones, here are some of the key public details that T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon have released about their ongoing upgrades to the midband version of 5G.

CableLabs' Kyrio unit tackles mobile hotspot automation
News Analysis | 9/16/2022

Kyrio's new 'ARC Hotspot' platform automatically shifts all of a home's Wi-Fi connected devices to a mobile hotspot when the primary broadband link goes down.

The Notebook Dump: Broadband proliferation, chicanery and hotel soap
LRTV Documentaries | 9/16/2022

Light Reading editors Kelsey Ziser, Nicole Ferraro and Mike Dano join sentient vanilla latte Phil Harvey for an informal recap of what's happened during the work week ended September 16, 2022.

Feds push for BGP security updates, but ISPs balk at mandates
News Analysis | 9/16/2022

Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is a basic routing protocol used to exchange information among various networks on the Internet. Many argue it's not secure, but there's disagreement on what to do about that.

Graphiant's new spin on network-as-a-service
News Analysis | 9/16/2022

The company says they're delivering a replacement for MPLS and SD-WAN via the Graphiant Network Edge.

Making the most of Wi-Fi 6E
Guest Perspectives | 9/16/2022

Federated Wireless CTO offers his views on how Wi-Fi 6E proliferation can lead to better performing Wi-Fi networks.

Samsung tackles sins of emission with $50B R&D package
News Analysis | 9/16/2022

South Korean behemoth targets Scope 1 and Scope 2 net zero carbon emissions across all its global operations by 2050.

Is your device the weakest link? EU plans crackdown
News Analysis | 9/16/2022

Companies that violate the new Cyber Resilience Act could face fines of up to euro 15 million or 2.5% of annual revenue.

Flush with more funding, here's where Kaloom is going next
News Analysis | 9/16/2022

Kaloom earlier this month announced another $21 million in funding. The six-year-old startup plans to use the cash to expand its sales and flesh out its product portfolio.

Hughes debuts low-latency broadband that mixes satellite and cellular
News Analysis | 9/16/2022

Supporting both geostationary satellite and cellular links, the satellite broadband company's new 'HughesNet Fusion' option is first being introduced in parts of the southeast US.

Light Reading's super-official SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2022 PreviewTM
LRTV Interviews | 9/16/2022

Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner and Nicole Ferraro and Heavy Reading's Alan Breznick chew the fat on what they think will go down in Philly at Cable-Tec Expo. Tangible updates on cable's readiness for DOCSIS 4.0 seems a given...

The slow march to standalone 5G
News Analysis | 9/16/2022

Operators are wrestling with multiple technical challenges as they deploy the variant of the technology dubbed 'real 5G.'

Eurobites: Orange signs up for LTE-M energy-saving program
News Analysis | 9/16/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica fined for takeover transgressions; Cellnex goes tech talent-spotting; Nokia wins one in Brazil.

Airtel, IBM partner to offer edge cloud services in India
News Analysis | 9/16/2022

Airtel and IBM are offering an alternative for businesses to cloud services that may take data out of India, and may not meet data sovereignty requirements.

Sparklight 'persisting' with grant challenge to Conexon in Louisiana
News Analysis | 9/15/2022

Despite outcry from the East Carroll community, Cable One says Sparklight will persist with challenging Conexon's $4 million grant to build broadband.

What's the story? '2022 is the year of T-Mobile'
LRTV Interviews | 9/15/2022

Light Reading's Mike Dano explains why T-Mobile now claims to be the biggest wireless network operator in the world, and weighs in on the new iPhone 14 and its satellite connectivity feature.

Comcast would explore Hulu buy, 'if it was up for sale,' CEO says
News Analysis | 9/15/2022

Comcast's Brian Roberts said he'd be open to buying 100% of Hulu if the opportunity arose. On the broadband front, there 'are a lot of flaws with fixed wireless,' he said.

Why AT&T's fiber gambit in Phoenix is worth watching
News Analysis | 9/15/2022

AT&T said it plans to offer 5 Gbit/s fiber services across 100,000 homes in a Phoenix suburb. The effort represents a new gambit by AT&T, which previously only built fiber in its existing copper markets.

Telecom fairy tales and the fall of ONAP
Morris Lore | 9/15/2022

As Copenhagen gets ready to host the TM Forum's big bash, the telecom industry is in need of a reality check.

Optiva steps up 5G charge with Google Cloud
News Analysis | 9/15/2022

Telco software company Optiva aims to speed time to market for new 4G and 5G services.

A concerning ARPU trend shows up in South Korea's 5G
News Analysis | 9/15/2022

After two years of growth, mobile average revenue per user (ARPU) is back in decline for 5G operators in South Korea, with subscription and revenue stalled.

Brightcove CEO braces for the next big shift in streaming
CxO Spotlight | 9/15/2022

Marc DeBevoise, Brightcove's new CEO, joins the podcast to discuss his plans and vision for the company, what's surprised him about the evolution of the streaming market and why 4K is still a drop in the overall streaming bucket.

Eurobites: Ireland's Enet in €50M fiber foray
News Analysis | 9/15/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Wi-Fi 6E trial in Portugal; Arm serves up new chip design; Liquid rents space on Eutelsat Konnect satellite.

CEO says HFC upgrades are smarter for Charter
News Analysis | 9/14/2022

"It's a lot cheaper to do DOCSIS 4.0 than it is to do a fiber overbuild," said Charter Chairman and CEO Tom Rutledge.

QOS Networks CEO brings AIOps to Zayo Group
LRTV Interviews | 9/14/2022

Former CEO of QOS Networks Frank Cittadino discusses why Zayo acquired managed service provider QOS Networks, Zayo's edge and AI strategies, and plans for future acquisitions.

Verizon CEO: Phone customer losses will continue in Q3
News Analysis | 9/14/2022

Verizon doesn't expect to reverse its customer losses until Q1 of next year. Meanwhile, AT&T and T-Mobile continue racking up historic customer gains.

Frontier CEO doesn't fear DOCSIS 4.0, FWA threats
News Analysis | 9/14/2022

Fiber is 'a better product than cable,' says Frontier CEO Nick Jeffery. FWA is 'nibbling' at Frontier's copper base, but can't keep up, he adds.

Nile, Extreme attack Cisco's enterprise networking biz
News Analysis | 9/14/2022

Extreme Networks and startups like Nile join Juniper Networks and HPE in challenging the enterprise networking market's 800-pound gorilla.

LG demos 320-meter wireless reach over tricky THz terrain
News Analysis | 9/14/2022

LG claims the industry is 'one step closer' to realizing 6G speeds of 1 Tbit/s in both indoor and outdoor urban areas.

Google loses bid to cancel monster EU fine
News Analysis | 9/14/2022

US search giant Google has failed to overturn a euro 4.3B fine imposed by the European Commission, although the sum is trimmed to euro 4.1B.

Why we need broadband-enabled power grids now
Guest Perspectives | 9/14/2022

The cable broadband industry has a shrinking window of opportunity to educate policymakers about two new synergistic American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards to fix the electric power grid

US cell site count nears half a million
News Analysis | 9/14/2022

According to the latest statistics from the CTIA trade group, there were a total of 418,887 operational cell sites across the US at the end of 2021.

Twitter shareholders drag Musk kicking and screaming to the altar
News Analysis | 9/14/2022

The social media company's dwindling prospects explain why shareholders are desperate to consummate a $44 billion deal, and why Musk wants out.

Eurobites: BICS, Thales combine on eSIMs for IoT devices
News Analysis | 9/14/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom integrates mobile network with Teams; Telecom Italia digitizes truckers; OneWeb delivers connectivity to Kazakhstan.

Rebounding BICS plans for decline of roaming empire
News Analysis | 9/14/2022

The international carrier part of Belgium's Proximus is pushing into cloud communications even as it enjoys a post-COVID-19 revival.

Industry body urges India to control Internet shutdowns
News Analysis | 9/14/2022

Outages are a recurring problem in a country where the administration orders shutdowns of wireless networks to control developing law and order situations.

Fiber upgrades 'the right thing to do' – Altice USA CEO
News Analysis | 9/13/2022

Altice USA's plan to upgrade millions of homes to fiber in both urban and rural settings set up the company to drive down opex costs and escalate subscriber gains and broadband ARPU, Altice USA CEO Dexter Goei said.

Charter halts ads claiming its download speeds are 20x faster than AT&T's
News Analysis | 9/13/2022

Ad watchdog determines that Charter's download speed claims imply that AT&T doesn't offer speeds comparable to Charter's 1-Gig service and that the telco doesn't offer Internet speeds faster than 50 Gbit/s.

Ligado cancels 5G network launch amid ongoing interference concerns
News Analysis | 9/13/2022

'Ligado Networks ... is not intending to move forward with its trial deployment in northern Virginia,' the company wrote to the FCC, following a US government report warning of possible GPS interference.

With 145,000 shipments, AT&T quietly updates femtocell biz
News Analysis | 9/13/2022

AT&T first introduced its 3G Metrocell femtocell in 2010. Earlier this year the operator began selling a new Cell Booster femtocell from Nokia in an effort to shift customers off its 3G network.

ECTA defends net neutrality in OTT 'fair contribution' debate
News Analysis | 9/13/2022

ECTA wants to ensure Open Internet principles and the EU regulatory framework are retained.

The Buildout: Tennessee awards $447M for broadband
News Analysis | 9/13/2022

This week in broadband builds: FCC authorizes more RDOF bids; Tennessee awards $447 million; AT&T to build in Martinsville, Indiana; Brightspeed, Charter win in North Carolina; Colorado awards $23 million; Redzone runs on ngFWA in Maine.

VMware problems mount as SEC says it misled investors
News Analysis | 9/13/2022

Virtualization company pays an $8 million settlement after authorities charge it with fiddling the numbers.

Eurobites: TalkTalk creates new wholesale units
News Analysis | 9/13/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT and Amos share a Digital Vision; Google facing adtech lawsuits in UK and Netherlands; Orange Business Services rebrands.

Mavenir is replacing Huawei in Deutsche Telekom's core
News Analysis | 9/13/2022

The US software company has been confirmed this week as the provider of a new "standalone" 5G core for the German network.

MaxLinear 'AnyWAN' chips target FTTP, DOCSIS and FWA
News Analysis | 9/12/2022

MaxLinear's new family of gateway chips are designed to support multiple access networks and software platforms, and help its device and operator partners get a better grip on supply chain constraints.

What's the story? German telcos face geopolitical troubles
LRTV Interviews | 9/12/2022

Iain Morris explains why Germany's reliance on Russian energy sources, plus the use of networking technology from Huawei, could present some serious problems now and in the long term for German service providers.

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