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Left alone by US, state-backed ZTE is more profitable than ever
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

Free to buy American technology, the smaller of China's two equipment vendors is still on a roll.

Virgin Media O2 sparks into converged life with Volt
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

UK operator launches its first fixed-mobile convergence offering, but PP Foresight analyst warns of low consumer appetite for buying numerous services from one provider.

Telefónica freed from fiber regs in more areas
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

Spanish competition regulator CNMC approves changes that give telco greater freedom to compete on fiber throughout the nation.

Arm wrestling with Intel over open RAN as it sets up 5G lab
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

The UK-based firm is opening a new 5G lab focused on open RAN technology as it continues to battle America's biggest chipmaker.

TelcoDR sets up $1B fund for public cloud mission
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

Made famous by this year's MWC, public cloud evangelist Danielle Royston now has $1 billion at her disposal to buy and develop telecom software.

SD-WAN revenue to hit $5.5 billion in 2025, Omdia reports
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

SD-WAN product revenues reached $844 million in Q2, an increase of more than 30% year-over-year. This shows, overall, that the pandemic hasn't negatively impacted the SD-WAN market, says Omdia's Dominika Koncewicz.

CableLabs' Kyrio unit sets sights on network convergence
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

Kyrio's new software-powered Adaptive Route Control (ARC) system enables fixed and mobile operators to route customer traffic to the best available network on an application-by-application basis.

Supply-chain woes cost Adtran $9M, but supplier reports 'record demand' for Q3
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

'Although our revenue growth and profitability in the near-term are impacted by the supply chain issues, our long-term outlook continues to strengthen,' says Adtran CEO Tom Stanton.

Debt-slashing Telefónica flogs Salvadoran business
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

Telefónica finally manages to offload its El Salvadoran mobile business, after a scotched 2019 deal, but gets less than half last time's sale price.

Sweden's Sivers buys 5G mmWave startup MixComm for $135M
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

Sivers CEO Anders Storm proclaims that 'most of the world is going to start rolling out' mmWave 5G.

Europe at loggerheads over wholesale roaming charges
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

Parliamentary committee wants lower caps than ones proposed by the European Council and European Commission.

Vecima leaps into cable's 'GAP'
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

The supplier said the Entra EN9000, a node based on SCTE standards for the Generic Access Platform (GAP), will be available for lab tests in the first half of 2022. Expect Charter to be among the first in line.

FCC vacancies threaten to derail US broadband plans
Broadband World News | 10/15/2021

Without a permanent chair or adequate staff, and at risk of losing its Democratic majority, the FCC will fail to make meaningful progress on crucial broadband programs, a former agency official warns.

Comcast could spark FDX Amplifier trials in 2022, deployments in 2023
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

The rise of this new class of product will put Comcast in position to deploy upstream-boosting Full Duplex DOCSIS technology to a large portion of its HFC network.

Eurobites: Proximus sprouts more fiber around Brussels
News Analysis | 10/15/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange opens two more digital centers in Africa; Telia TV hosts HBO Max; smart-home wars.

WiCipedia: The 'broken rungs' of women's careers
WiCipedia | 10/15/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Women get short shrift when it comes to promotions; workplace harassment is as pervasive as ever; telecom steps into the 21st century; and more.

Net neutrality moaning shows telcos are stuck in the past
Morris Lore | 10/15/2021

Internet companies have done operators a massive favor by serving up the apps that consumers demand, but operators still think the app developers should pay.

Omdia's Julie Kunstler on what's going on with PON
LRTV Interviews | 10/15/2021

Julie Kunstler discusses developments in passive optical networks and why operators are turning to PON to reduce 5G small cell transport costs, and to support their own 'green' initiatives.

Microsoft starts selling transport, routing services to 5G operators
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

Microsoft said it has built a 'well-managed, reliable, and performant' transport and routing network for its Azure cloud computing service. Now it's selling that network to 5G operators.

Andromeda auction bidding slows while concerns grow
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

'Prices have increased slower than we projected,' wrote the financial analysts at Credit Suisse. Bidding so far is nowhere near the auction's reserve price.

Stratosphere emerging as the next big Internet battleground
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

SmartSky, Aeronet, Gogo and HAPSMobile are just some of the companies that are hoping to eke profits from stratospheric communications. But others, like Loon and Qualcomm, have moved on.

Omdia's Jaimie Lenderman on the changing broadband landscape
LRTV Interviews | 10/14/2021

Jaimie Lenderman discusses the growth of altnets, the entrance of new vendors, the evolution of PON and why the industry is poised for 'exponential' growth.

Is Korean profit bump sign of 5G turning the corner?
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

South Korean telcos are about to enjoy a Q3 earnings spike thanks to 5G, analysts have forecast.

Australia close to acquiring Digicel Pacific – report
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

Australian government and Telstra reportedly on brink of deal with debt-laden Digicel Group; widely seen as political manoeuvre to stymie China's influence in the region.

BT takes Eagle-i approach to cybersecurity
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

UK telco launches new cybersecurity platform based on recent investment in Safe Security.

Apple pares iPhone 13 target by 10M, amid chip dip
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

Tim Cook's company slashes iPhone 13 targets due to chip shortages, showing not even Cupertino is immune from the chip dip.

Comcast forges 'network to modem' DOCSIS 4.0 connection
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

Cable op claims another '10G' milestone with Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX) live lab trial that linked its virtual cable modem termination system to DOCSIS cable modems configured to operate in the FDX spectrum band.

India's Vodafone Idea may get funds from backers – report
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

Vodafone Group and Aditya Birla Group may infuse $400 million in Vodafone Idea to support the company clearing off dues and growth, it's been reported.

Eurobites: Orange opens 5G lab in Antwerp
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Rootmetrics finds EE is still ahead of the 5G pack; how 5G can help anticipate landslides; blockchain for tower management.

Omdia's Dario Talmesio: Funding the fiber frenzy
LRTV Interviews | 10/14/2021

Omdia's Dario Talmesio talks about how fiber infrastructure is attracting more investors these days, and why they see value in something other than retail telecoms services.

Fiber 'love' bears some fruit for KPN
News Analysis | 10/14/2021

The Dutch incumbent has seen a fall in maintenance costs and improvement in customer spending in areas where fiber has been deployed.

Adtran's Ronan Kelly: PON's potential paves way for progress
LRTV Interviews | 10/14/2021

Ronan Kelly, Adtran's CTO for its EMEA & APAC regions, discusses the future of GPON as so many other PON variants are battling for the hearts, minds and wallets of network operators around the world.

Analyst warns IT professionals to do due diligence when purchasing AIOps
News Analysis | 10/13/2021

While 64% of companies say they are using AIOps, ZK Research's Zeus Kerravala says many AIOps services are missing a key component – artificial intelligence.

Omdia's Michael Philpott on why 5G flops without fiber
LRTV Interviews | 10/13/2021

Research Director Michael Philpott explains why fiber is a critical component to the success of 5G networks, and why every region needs access to gigabit speeds.

Huawei opens four more enterprise vertical units
News Analysis | 10/13/2021

Huawei is drilling down further into enterprise with the formation of four new business teams to target emerging segments.

Verizon's Visible confirms hack
News Analysis | 10/13/2021

'Our investigation indicates that threat actors were able to access username/passwords from outside sources, and exploit that information to login to Visible accounts,' the company reported.

Ericsson suggests '6G Basic' standards could be released in 2027
News Analysis | 10/13/2021

On its website, Ericsson published a graphic that it said was 'the 3GPP's 5G evolution time plan.' It shows the global standards group potentially releasing '6G Basic' in 2027.

BT aims to keep Huawei for fiber until early 2030s
News Analysis | 10/13/2021

The UK telecom incumbent says it has been talking with the government about earning the full return on its investment in Huawei products.

BT's Howard Watson: Eyeing the 'prize' of a 5G converged core
CxO Spotlight | 10/13/2021

Howard Watson explains how BT plans to phase out Huawei equipment, and why it's banking on the benefits of a 5G converged core.

BT's Rob Shuter: Enterprises want solutions, not just connectivity
CxO Spotlight | 10/13/2021

Customers are looking to combine telco and tech elements into solutions, coupled AI, edge computing and IoT, Shuter said.

Labor shortages spread into wireless industry's retail biz
News Analysis | 10/13/2021

Some companies are offering generous sign-up bonuses. Others are cutting store hours. Whatever the result, it's clear that workforce shortages are beginning to affect the retail sector of the wireless industry.

MixComm CEO talks advancements in beamforming and mmWave for 5G
LRTV Interviews | 10/13/2021

MixComm's CEO explains the company's approach to beamforming and mmWave, and how partnerships are key to furthering updates to those 5G technologies.

DOCSIS 4.0 puzzle starting to come together
News Analysis | 10/13/2021

Suppliers are making rapid process with network and CPE elements that will support the Extended Spectrum DOCSIS flavor of DOCSIS 4.0, Cox's Jeff Finkelstein says.

Federated hopes spectrum leasing catches hold
News Analysis | 10/13/2021

With its new Spectrum Exchange, Federated hopes to provide spectrum licenses on-demand, just as Google scales its cloud computing services up and down based on customer demand.

Liberty Global reportedly eyeing Belgian tower sale
News Analysis | 10/13/2021

Reports suggest that the 3,000 towers used by Telenet could be flogged off for up to €600m.

Eurobites: Orange gets greener by using refurbished Nokia gear
News Analysis | 10/13/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia ships application containers; Arcep vindicated in French 5G spectrum rumpus; Vodafone comes up short on advertising standards.

Fresh funding will fuel some M&A, Plume CEO says
CxO Spotlight | 10/12/2021

Armed with a $300 million from an 'F' round led by Japan's SoftBank Vision Fund 2, Plume intends to target companies that can broaden the smart home software specialist's cloud, data and AI capabilities, Plume CEO Fahri Diner says.

China leading the pack in quantum communications
News Analysis | 10/12/2021

After 5G, AI and space exploration, China has elbowed its way to the front of the pack in another key technology – quantum communications.

Canadians more hostile to Huawei – survey
News Analysis | 10/12/2021

Nanos Research finds 76% of Canadians want the Chinese supplier banned from 5G networks; prime minister Trudeau due to make a decision within the 'coming weeks.'

Rakuten to legacy operators: Time to take the cloud plunge
News Analysis | 10/12/2021

Japanese cloud networking pioneer Rakuten says it's time traditional telcos took the plunge into virtualization.

100% green subsea cable set to link Norway and Canada
News Analysis | 10/12/2021

As subsea cable-laying hits a frenzied pitch, a renewables-fueled link from Norway to Canada pitches the naturally cool Nordic data centers instead.

Cable network set to become 'predictive and more proactive,' Cox CTO says
News Analysis | 10/12/2021

Going well beyond core speeds and feeds, the expanded use of artificial intelligence and machine learning will help cable operators stay a step ahead of anomalies and fix them before customers notice, says Cox's Kevin Hart.

India's BSNL records a 4G milestone
News Analysis | 10/12/2021

India's state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is finally moving closer to bring 4G services to its subscribers.

Nokia boasts of mmWave breakthrough for 5G FWA
News Analysis | 10/12/2021

Finnish vendor unveils 360 High Gain technology that it says overcomes the propagation challenges of mmWave to enable FWA.

Remote MACPHY gaining steam with cable ops, CommScope says
News Analysis | 10/12/2021

Recent deployment deal with Alaska's GCI is indicative of a trend that is seeing cable operators shift more attention to remote MACPHY in their distributed access architecture (DAA) rollouts, CommScope's Tom Cloonan says.

Google wants to take your mobile network off your hands, telcos
News Analysis | 10/12/2021

The number-three hyperscaler is ramping up its range of telecom offerings in its public cloud slugfest with AWS and Microsoft Azure.

Eurobites: Vodacom puts M-Pesa on steroids with 'super app'
News Analysis | 10/12/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Hiber hooks up with Inmarsat; Forsway develops satellite-assisted 5G; AT&T taps Ericsson for 5G network expansion.

Purdue University group signs up for Celona's private 5G network
News Analysis | 10/12/2021

Although it currently spans just six access points, the network in Purdue Research Foundation's Convergence Center could spark a much wider deployment of 5G private wireless networking.

Charter's mobile chief credits convergence for price cuts
News Analysis | 10/11/2021

Network convergence 'is a significant part of our strategy,' Charter's chief mobile officer, Danny Bowman, explained. 'That's what it's all about.'

Comcast 'making a lot of good progress' with DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 10/11/2021

Integration is a big near-term focus, but Comcast's virtual CMTS now 'speaks' DOCSIS 4.0, and the MSO is also pushing ahead with deployments of a distributed access architecture, says Comcast's Rob Howald.

Boeing satellite broadband nears FCC approval
News Analysis | 10/11/2021

Boeing's long-stalled proposal with the FCC to get into satellite broadband appears set to move ahead – but is it too late?

Is Verizon trying to kill the Andromeda auction?
News Analysis | 10/11/2021

Bidding in the FCC's ongoing auction of midband spectrum between 3.45GHz and 3.55GHz dropped unexpectedly during round ten. Some believe it might be a major bidder attempting to spark a mass exit from the event.

Harmonic: Let's put the MAC here, there... anywhere
News Analysis | 10/11/2021

Vendor says its 'MAC Anywhere' play fits with CableLabs' new Flexible MAC Architecture (FMA), and also opens the door to potential integrations with third-party cable network hardware suppliers.

NEC to build US-Europe subsea cable for Facebook
News Analysis | 10/11/2021

As Facebook and Alphabet up their cable-laying game, NEC bags a contract to build a half petabit per second cable between the US and Europe.

TIM launches satellite service for the underserved
News Analysis | 10/11/2021

New service is based on the Eutelsat Konnect satellite, but solving the digital divide remains a challenge.

CSG deals for DGIT Systems
News Analysis | 10/11/2021

CSG says the deal will enable it to tie in third-party services that can take advantage of emerging 5G network slicing capabilities and help CSG's partners extend to markets such as connected healthcare and manufacturing.

DZS pact with Plume to extend its cloud to the home network
News Analysis | 10/11/2021

DZS says the Plume deal paves a path to more recurring revenue and establishes a way for it to manage and orchestrate the core, access and in-home networks, and provide partners with a new option for premium whole-home services.

Eurobites: Telefónica chips in with 5G for Spanish golf coverage
News Analysis | 10/11/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU looks into Teams complaint; more connectivity equals fewer trucks; Finland wants to watch Finnish telly.

Cox MVNO with Verizon tripped up by T-Mobile
News Analysis | 10/10/2021

Cable company Cox had hoped to launch mobile services via an MVNO with Verizon sometime this month. But a lawsuit filed by T-Mobile appears to have thrown that plan into chaos.

Smartphone vendors love 5G, but supply chain problems loom
News Analysis | 10/8/2021

5G smartphones will account for over 50% of all handset sales in 2023. 'In comparison, it took 4G handsets five years to reach a similar level,' Strategy Analytics reported.

FCC releases another wave of RDOF cash
Broadband World News | 10/8/2021

FCC has authorized another $163M for RDOF covering 42 providers, and vows that a 'clean up' of the process is moving ahead as dozens of winning bidders opt not to pursue buildouts in 5,000-plus census blocks.

Leading Lights 2021: The Winners Video
LRTV Documentaries | 10/8/2021

The 2021 Leading Lights Awards winners have been announced during our online video ceremony where we linked together Light Reading's editors from all over the globe to announce the results.

Andromeda auction: As bids rise above $1B, it's too early to call
News Analysis | 10/8/2021

'It will all come down to whether bidders will hold on as prices rise, with activity likely to begin heating up next week,' analysts at New Street Research wrote.

XL Axiata, Smartfren in talks as Indonesia consolidates
News Analysis | 10/8/2021

Indonesia's crowded cellular market looks to finally be getting the consolidation it needs.

TIM brings Oracle into Noovle fold
News Analysis | 10/8/2021

Noovle expands its partner roster with a cloud provider that might appeal more to the public sector.

Intel chips snub is a blow for the UK
Morris Lore | 10/8/2021

After the US chipmaker rules out building a fab in the UK, the government may struggle to attract other investors.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom, Eutelsat join forces to connect Germany's underserved
News Analysis | 10/8/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Belgium gets Orange Money service; Dutch antitrust watchdog jumps on Apple; TDC reigns supreme for mobile experience, says study.

Deutsche Telekom goes RDK's way
News Analysis | 10/8/2021

DT is tapping the open source Reference Design Kit as its global software platform for broadband gateways.

How the FCC's 'rip and replace' program may help kill some small carriers
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

Chris Townson, CEO of DTC Communications, is applying for FCC money to tear ZTE equipment from his network. But he's worried costs will accelerate. 'I can't do this and operate in the red long term,' he said.

Barber shop owner snips at Altice USA with $20M class action lawsuit
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

A small business owner in the Bronx who was forced to close shop for months during the early stages of the pandemic alleges that the operator did not honor its commitment to the FCC's 'Keep Americans Connected' pledge.

The Divide: What Viasat's Evan Dixon wants DC to know about satellite broadband
Broadband World News | 10/7/2021

This week: Evan Dixon, president of global fixed broadband at Viasat, discusses the company's role in tackling the digital divide in the US and abroad, and he pushes back on arguments from the fiber industry that satellite isn't 'future proof.'

Cloud RAN still a hard sell despite Vodafone and Orange interest
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

Leading operators say they want cloudier RANs, but the economic case for it remains as hazy as ever.

Sky applies smartphone-like buy-and-swap model to new 'Sky Glass' TVs
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

The UK-based, Comcast-owned company unveiled a set of streaming TVs powered by a 'global' platform that will be sold at retail at a fixed price, and be made available to Sky pay-TV subs under a monthly payment program.

With 48K customers, Starry hopes IPO will fund buildout
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

Fixed wireless Internet provider Starry inked a deal with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) called FirstMark to raise around $452 million in a public offering.

IX Acquisition prices IPO at $200M
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

Blank check company targeting TMT/ICT firms in Europe and emerging markets starts life on Nasdaq.

Taiwan tech firms chase 5G private network sales
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

Pegatron and other Taiwan electronics firms have seized on what they see as openings offered by private networking and O-RAN.

Nokia Deepfield CTO: How DDoS attacks are changing
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

Just as connectivity is becoming more critical during the pandemic, the nature and types of DDoS attacks are more dangerous than ever, according to Nokia Deepfield's Craig Labovitz.

Eurobites: Virgin's gigabit reaches 12.8M mark in UK
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: VodafoneZiggo tries on Red Hat; Google rivals search for answers from EU; Colt touts 400GE service.

Facebook sheds more light on its broadband connectivity projects
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

Facebook expanded on several initiatives focused on broadband connectivity, including updates on its deployment of subsea cables, fiber-deploying robots, and its Terragraph fixed wireless platform.

Dish's Dave Mayo pulls back the curtain on 5G buildout
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

The executive in charge of Dish's 5G network buildout described the operation as an adventurous startup with more than 1,000 employees. 'There's a lot of things that are different,' he said.

Twitch gets hacked in biggest data breach ever
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

Hugely popular games streaming platform Twitch, owned by Amazon, sees 125GB leaked by a hacker, including the site's source code and payouts.

Samsung aims to wow with aggressive chips plan
News Analysis | 10/7/2021

Samsung aims to be 5G market leader with new 8nm RF tech and unveils plan for compact 2nm and 3nm chips.

Orange tops VSG's Global SD-WAN Leaderboard
News Analysis | 10/6/2021

Orange Business Services ranks first in Vertical Systems Group's SD-WAN Global Leaderboard, followed by AT&T, Verizon and NTT.

Comcast files for 'X Class TV' trademark in Canada
News Analysis | 10/6/2021

Filing is another clear signal that Comcast's aspirations to expand the reach and influence of its video software and streaming platform for connected TVs extends well beyond the US.

Syniverse quietly admits it was hacked for five years
News Analysis | 10/6/2021

The company that routes hundreds of billions of texts a year for 95 of the world's 100 biggest carriers now whispers it was hacked for five years.

Kore Wireless, now public, aims to be a 'one-stop-shop' for IoT
CxO Spotlight | 10/6/2021

Last week's IPO paired with recent combination with Cerberus Telecom Acquisition Corp. puts Kore Wireless in position to accelerate organic and inorganic growth, says Romil Bahl, Kore's president and CEO.

Open RAN faces a 2G struggle in India
News Analysis | 10/6/2021

The new concept is unlikely to be a panacea for the problems that service providers face in emerging markets.

Swisscom fiber plans are in jeopardy after govt. puts up roadblock
News Analysis | 10/6/2021

The Swiss incumbent is being forced to consider its next steps after authorities raised objections to its fiber expansion project.

Telefónica contemplates selling minority stake in Spanish fiber biz – report
News Analysis | 10/6/2021

Bloomberg sources say there's plenty of market interest; Spanish giant prefers to keep schtum.

Chinese auto giant Geely plunges into smartphones
News Analysis | 10/6/2021

After smartphone maker Huawei said it would diversify into cars, Geely is driving in the opposite direction.

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