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Biden recommits to 'Buy America' rules for broadband grants
News Analysis | 2/8/2023

President Biden in his State of the Union address recommitted to 'Buy America' rules on infrastructure projects that many in the broadband industry have been fighting against.

New tool arms states with data they need for BEAD
News Analysis | 2/8/2023

Broadband Lab, a cloud-based tool from McKinsey, aims to guide states through the BEAD planning and deployment process with real-time data, geospatial visualizations and advanced analytics.

Lumen snips fiber buildout target amid company 'reset'
News Analysis | 2/8/2023

Following a 'pause' last year amid recalibration of its buildout plans, Lumen cut its 'Quantum Fiber' buildout opportunity to 8 million to 10 million locations, down from a prior target of 12 million.

SK Telecom gives glimpse into its first commercial GPT product
News Analysis | 2/8/2023

Korean telco plans commercial launch of digital helper A. this year

Qualcomm starts connecting the dots on 5G NR-Light
News Analysis | 2/8/2023

Qualcomm is focusing on size and power consumption at the expense of speed in a new modem system announced for lighter-weight use cases. But many details about the company's upcoming X35 chipset remain blurry.

The small cell waiting game starts again
News Analysis | 2/8/2023

At one point analysts expected 800,000 small cells in the US by 2026. While the market is unlikely to hit that number, there's renewed interest in using small cells to extend 5G coverage and increase capacity.

Eurobites: Russia approves VEON's exit
News Analysis | 2/8/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: STC signs in-flight connectivity deal; Deutsche Telekom waives call charges to Turkey and Syria; Wibergh joins Cohere's board.

EU bigwigs gibber about M&A and fume about Huawei
Morris Lore | 2/8/2023

Officials come out with some meaningless comments about the single telecom market and realize national governments have been ignoring them about China.

Barcelona pulls in the tech crowd from ISE to MWC
News Analysis | 2/8/2023

The Fira Gran Via is now home to two huge tech events in February, with some increasingly interesting overlaps for AV, IT and comms specialists.

BEAD funds sufficient based on new FCC mapping data, ACA Connects says
News Analysis | 2/7/2023

There's enough BEAD funding to bring fiber to the 'vast majority' of unserved and underserved locations, ACA Connects concludes in an updated study based on the FCC's new broadband mapping data.

AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon diverge on 5G Super Bowl strategies
News Analysis | 2/7/2023

Signals Research Group argued that, based on their recent testing outside the Super Bowl's venue, Verizon offered the most total wireless network capacity.

Do cloud native 5G core networks need DPUs?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 2/7/2023

Heavy Reading operator survey identifies broad, but not unequivocal, support for hardware acceleration in 5G core networks.

The Divide: How BDT is increasing enrollments in the FCC's ACP
LRTV Interviews | 2/7/2023

Trooper Sanders, CEO of Benefits Data Trust (BDT), joins the podcast to discuss the importance of the FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), how BDT is helping people access the broadband subsidy and more.

A slew of service providers lower 2023 fiber targets
News Analysis | 2/7/2023

AT&T, Altice USA, Consolidated Communications, Frontier and Lumen are among the companies cutting back fiber network expansion plans for 2023, according to analysts.

Cohere's next moves could add some G-force to mobile
News Analysis | 2/7/2023

A new waveform backed by the software company could take 6G to a hypersonic level.

Eurobites: BT dips into remote water-quality monitoring
News Analysis | 2/7/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia Denmark wins network test, Nokia takes the credit; Mobily applies Ericsson's AI; TIM clarifies KKR bid terms.

India’s Vodafone Idea gets a government assist
News Analysis | 2/7/2023

Vodafone Idea gets a lifeline with the government finally taking a stake in the company - but the delay has deteriorated the telco's situation.

Vodafone UK starts 'risky' shift to 5G standalone
News Analysis | 2/7/2023

The UK operator cannot afford to sit back and wait, says its chief network officer, but the technical challenges are considerable.

Rising energy costs, inflation weigh on Japan telcos
News Analysis | 2/7/2023

KDDI and SoftBank gains in new business areas held back by tough economic conditions

IBM's Andrew Coward on managing MEC and multicloud mayhem
LRTV Interviews | 2/6/2023

IBM's Andrew Coward discusses challenges in multicloud management, edge computing and private 5G use cases. He also addresses whether telcos are well suited to support metaverse applications.

Cisco exec and self-professed 'cable guy' keeps his hand in the HFC game
CxO Spotlight | 2/6/2023

Cisco has all but exited the business of cable taps, amplifiers and nodes, but John Chapman, now CTO of broadband at Cisco, will stay linked to the HFC world as a member of Technetix's strategic advisory board.

Cable's record wireless gains create more trouble for mobile's Big Three
News Analysis | 2/6/2023

Cable's momentum in mobile paired with slowing mobile industry growth will challenge T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon to hit and exceed their subscriber targets, says a top industry analyst.

What to expect from T-Mobile's FWA in 2023: Slowing growth, rural expansion
News Analysis | 2/6/2023

As its network reaches capacity, T-Mobile appears to be shifting its fixed wireless target from urban customers to rural customers. But its rate of growth is still expected to slow in 2023.

After delays and setbacks, MobileX launch is imminent
News Analysis | 2/6/2023

MobileX, an MVNO on the Verizon network, will commercially launch its services in the next week or two. 'It really is a game changer,' said the company's founder.

Eurobites: STC, Telefónica pair up for digital opportunities
News Analysis | 2/6/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica Tech adds blockchain to digital ad metrics; TIM suffers weekend outage; Nokia extends 5G with Wavence launches.

Mavenir hails open RAN progress as sales hit $100M
News Analysis | 2/6/2023

The US software company has seen revenues grow from just $7 million in 2020 and now boasts 30 customers worldwide, according to CEO Pardeep Kohli.

Following GI transaction, FWA provider Rise talks up fiber
News Analysis | 2/3/2023

Once a stalwart supporter of fixed wireless technologies, Rise and its new owners are charting a course that appears to focus heavily on fiber.

Six takeaways from the smartphone market's Q4
DanoVision | 2/3/2023

According to Omdia, the global smartphone market fell 15.4% in the fourth quarter compared to the previous year. However, some are expecting demand to pick back up by the end of this year.

Rogers drops hints about DOCSIS 4.0 plans
News Analysis | 2/3/2023

Rogers expects its adoption of DOCSIS 4.0 to 'come as a fast follow' with its US peers. But the Canadian operator also expects its HFC plant to stay ahead of market demand even as D4.0 tech becomes available.

POWDER: Open for 5G and whatever's next
News Analysis | 2/3/2023

Our editor finds a freshly updated POWDER testbed in Utah, where industry vendors and academic researchers are getting an early start investigating the tech challenges awaiting us beyond 5G.

The Notebook Dump: Juniper's software shift, Sohn saga, Oregon Trail treachery
LRTV Interviews | 2/3/2023

The editors discuss discuss Juniper's software-centric strategy, the continued pay-TV subscription decline, Netflix's crackdown on password sharing, Gigi Sohn's FCC nomination and more.

The Buildout: South Carolina awards millions to Comcast, AT&T and cooperatives
News Analysis | 2/3/2023

This week in broadband builds: Comcast, AT&T awarded grants in South Carolina, Charter wins in Florida, Fidium Fiber expands in Texas – and more.

China telcos see IoT growth on back of big connection numbers
News Analysis | 2/3/2023

China operators are recording good topline growth out of their IoT deployments, but underlying costs are still unknown.

T-Mobile gets ready for its next big 5G buildout
News Analysis | 2/3/2023

T-Mobile said it will prepare to deploy its C-band and 3.45GHz spectrum this year, with roll out happening in 2024. The operator denied any delay in its plans.

Eurobites: Altnets seethe as Ofcom OKs Equinox 2
News Analysis | 2/3/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange fires up 5G Steel network; Vodafone Ireland migrates with Amdocs; telco help for Ukrainian refugees extended.

EchoStar moves closer to global 5G satellite network
News Analysis | 2/2/2023

EchoStar inked a deal to launch more LEO satellites for global IoT services using the LoRa spec, but the company's goal is to offer 3GPP-based 5G services 'in the very near future.'

What's the Story? Telcos trudging slowly ahead with automation
LRTV Interviews | 2/2/2023

Iain Morris joins the podcast to discuss how automated telcos really are and what's been contributing to job cuts in the telecom industry over the past few years.

Teleste ready to go big in North American cable
News Analysis | 2/2/2023

After securing a foothold in the region with a 'major' US MSO last year, Teleste is investing more in North America as operators start to plow ahead with DAA, 1.8GHz and DOCSIS 4.0 upgrades.

Korean govt falls for 5G fallacy over 28GHz
News Analysis | 2/2/2023

After revoking two mmWave licences, Korean officials are hoping to re-issue the spectrum to anyone willing to start a 5G business in a saturated market

The shine begins to wear off 5G private wireless
News Analysis | 2/2/2023

'I don't want to sound bearish, just more realistic,' said AT&T's Chris Sambar, in discussing the opportunity for enterprise customers to purchase their own mobile network infrastructure.

Apple's new-found love for India
News Analysis | 2/2/2023

Apple is growing both its manufacturing presence and market share in the country.

Amid altnet woes, BT eyes dominance of full-fiber future
News Analysis | 2/2/2023

The UK telecom incumbent says it is now building and connecting full-fiber customers 'like fury' and the signs are not promising for many infrastructure rivals.

Eurobites: EU on course to miss gigabit target, says ETNO
News Analysis | 2/2/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KKR puts in a bid for TIM's fixed-line network; Deutsche Telekom completes GD Towers sale; Nokia adds backbone to Africa.

Verizon eyes IAB for mmWave expansion
News Analysis | 2/2/2023

Verizon plans to test integrated access and backhaul technology from startup Verana Networks, a move that could pave the way for expansion of Verizon's millimeter wave network.

CUJO AI says over 67% of home networks face cybersecurity threats each month
News Analysis | 2/2/2023

The software vendor has sniffed out the main culprits when it comes to cyber threats.

Juniper bullish on cloud, enterprise despite cracks in supply chain
News Analysis | 2/1/2023

Juniper's enterprise business grew 32% year-over-year in Q4, and the cloud business increased more than 14%. But the oft-struggling service provider segment declined 8%.

NBCU's Peacock cans free tier for new sign-ups
News Analysis | 2/1/2023

Analysts are surprised that Peacock is shifting solely to 'premium' tiers, dropping an option that represented a clear differentiator in the competitive streaming sector.

Amid price increases, Corning hints at a fiber dip
News Analysis | 2/1/2023

Corning's optical revenues in the fourth quarter were slightly below most analysts' expectations. But the company's outlook remains bright, according to some estimates.

How T-Mobile plans to navigate convergence
News Analysis | 2/1/2023

'We're interested in convergence because we have a lot to offer,' said T-Mobile's Mike Sievert. However, Sievert said T-Mobile doesn't feel the need to purchase a wired network.

Vodafone boss bashes Big Tech after 'not good enough' sales
News Analysis | 2/1/2023

Margherita della Valle joins European telco bosses demanding a 'fair contribution' from Internet giants after saying her company can do better.

Casa ramps revenues as cable, FWA demand rises
News Analysis | 2/1/2023

Thanks in part to improving supply chain constraints, Casa Systems expects to post a 25% boost in Q4 revenues as it sees sales increase across the board.

Eurobites: EE takes 5G underground
News Analysis | 2/1/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT goes down the sewers; SPL attracts Indonesian investment; Three UK migrates data with Amdocs.

Starry will depart Columbus, Ohio, by June
News Analysis | 1/31/2023

Starry said it is exiting Columbus, where it covers over 350,000 homes, to focus on its core markets of Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, Denver and Washington, DC.

Broadband network spending set to climb as cable gets its groove back
News Analysis | 1/31/2023

PON rollouts for newbuilds and copper network upgrades will play a big role, but cable's shift to virtualized and distributed networks and DOCSIS 4.0 is expected to fuel a spending wave, Dell'Oro predicts.

Comcast drove 48% of Harmonic's revenue in Q4
News Analysis | 1/31/2023

The acceleration of revenues from Comcast comes as the operator preps its HFC network for DOCSIS 4.0. But analysts view Charter as the 'real prize' Harmonic has yet to capture.

T-Mobile's MVNOs could be roped into latest hack
News Analysis | 1/31/2023

Google Fi recently began alerting some customers of 'suspicious activity' related to the 'primary network provider for Google Fi,' which is likely a reference to T-Mobile's latest hack.

T-Mobile takes greenwashing to a new high
Morris Lore | 1/31/2023

The US operator sets a net-zero target for 2040 but the emissions over which it has most control rose sharply in 2021.

How MU-MIMO could change the FWA game for T-Mobile and Verizon
News Analysis | 1/31/2023

Testing by Signals Research Group at T-Mobile cell sites finds SRS beamforming and MU-MIMO active and yielding a dramatic increase in capacity - especially for receivers that don't move.

The Divide: Study examines service providers' plans and priorities for bridging broadband gaps
LRTV Interviews | 1/31/2023

This week: Heavy Reading's Alan Breznick joins the show to discuss the results of a recent survey of global broadband operators on their plans for closing the digital divide.

US govt plans to block all tech exports to Huawei – reports
News Analysis | 1/31/2023

Agencies have already stopped approving exports to the Chinese firm.

ServiceNow invests $25M in security startup Snyk
News Analysis | 1/31/2023

The startup also received $196.5 million in Series G funding in December.

Eurobites: BT floats 'legacy' applications up to the cloud
News Analysis | 1/31/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange France has new CEO; KPN, Tele2 earnings; Vodafone and Ericsson trial VoNR over 5G SA in Oman.

BT and SPL to work on 5G transmissions from HAPS aircraft
News Analysis | 1/31/2023

BT and SPL agree to jointly test new antenna technology aboard a HAPS aircraft that could take 5G to the stratosphere.

Convergence: Bringing networks together while the world tries to keep them apart
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/31/2023

Carriers understand that adopting strong service assurance in the complex partner ecosystem of today's networks requires service assurance solutions that are well-integrated with other systems and can deal with proprietary and open source standards and open APIs. #sponsored

ATSC 3.0 transition 'in peril' without more FCC action, NAB claims
News Analysis | 1/30/2023

The National Association of Broadcasters argues that 'a stalled transition is threatening the future' of broadcast TV and wants the FCC to create an 'ATSC 3.0 task force.'

Here are 4 big themes for 5G in 2023
DanoVision | 1/30/2023

Growth in the US wireless industry is expected to slow during 2023, and Verizon's lackluster outlook isn't sparking optimism. But cable's mobile efforts are looking good.

Gigi Sohn headed for third Senate hearing
News Analysis | 1/30/2023

Sohn is expected to sit through an unprecedented third Senate hearing for FCC Commissioner sometime in the coming weeks.

NEC posts networks loss amid 5G slowdown and open RAN 'caution'
News Analysis | 1/30/2023

Months after complaining about open RAN wariness among brownfield operators, the Japanese company reports losses at its networks division.

Upstream demand driven by 'marketing,' not true usage, Charter CEO says
News Analysis | 1/30/2023

Chris Winfrey's comments arrive as Charter prepares to upgrade its HFC networks, but shifts the broader narrative toward wireline/wireless service convergence.

Walmart's drones take a multi-carrier approach to 5G
News Analysis | 1/30/2023

A Walmart representative confirmed that the company's drone fleet can be upgraded to 5G, and that the company's drone vendor, DroneUp, uses technology from Elsight to connect to multiple cellular networks.

Bell joins Telstra as second 'big telco' investor in Cohere
News Analysis | 1/30/2023

The Canadian operator is stumping up funds for trials of Cohere's capacity-boosting network software and 6G candidate.

Eurobites: Orange Belgium and Telenet strike wholesale fixed-networks deal
News Analysis | 1/30/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Hrvatski Telekom gets digging in Dubrovnik; London's mayor takes FTTH credit; MTN's Mupita wants new regulatory framework.

Cellnex merger rumors add to ongoing tower chess game
News Analysis | 1/30/2023

M&A remains an ongoing source of speculation as MNOs continue to set their towers free.

Charter near avoiding big financial hit in murder case involving former field tech
News Analysis | 1/27/2023

In a case that originally awarded more than $7 billion in punitive charges, a tentative settlement is for 'substantially less' than a reduced judgment of $262 million, according to a Charter SEC filing.

AT&T boasts of core 'white box' success in 5G, fiber push
News Analysis | 1/27/2023

Broadcom, DriveNets, Cisco, Nokia and others are among the vendors supporting AT&T's move toward a new switching and routing platform that's now carrying a majority of the operator's production traffic.

The Notebook Dump: BEAD battles, 5G wins and woes, robot dog uprising
LRTV Interviews | 1/27/2023

The editors cover cable earnings updates, 5G wins and woes, battles over BEAD funding and the rise of the robot dogs in the Notebook Dump for the week ending January 27.

Verizon, Dish drive open RAN in the US, Dell'Oro finds
News Analysis | 1/27/2023

'The operator is ordering 7.2x compatible radios from one of its vendors, but the carrier is waiting to fully deploy open RAN,' Dell'Oro Group wrote in its recent report.

The Buildout: Four states get $794M for broadband; Wahzhazhe Connect to break ground
News Analysis | 1/27/2023

This week in broadband builds: States get $794 million for broadband plans; electric co-ops, Comcast win in Missouri; Conexon connects Florida's EREC; Wahzhazhe Connect to construct Osage Nation network – and more.

Charter rakes in record 615K mobile lines, base balloons to 5.29M
News Analysis | 1/27/2023

'Spectrum One' convergence bundle is contributing to mobile line growth, but execs say the bulk of those lines are coming from existing broadband subs upgrading to mobile.

Bridging the Digital Divide: Part 4
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/27/2023

In the final installment of this four-part sponsored series, we look at still more key highlights from a new Heavy Reading study about the broadband industry's plans for closing the Digital Divide. #sponsored

Midband 5G reaches the halfway point in US, Crown Castle CEO says
News Analysis | 1/27/2023

'To date, only about half of our sites across our top three customers [Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile] have been upgraded with midband spectrum,' said Crown Castle CEO Jay Brown.

Huawei's smart car business finds a higher gear
News Analysis | 1/27/2023

Following a much stronger 2022, Huawei's smart car unit says it is on track to turn a profit in 2025.

Intel is 'losing market share left, right and center'
News Analysis | 1/27/2023

A leading analyst says the US chipmaker faces an existential threat from Arm after it reports another shocking set of results.

Eurobites: Openreach to stop outbound calls for digital refuseniks
News Analysis | 1/27/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE adds more scam call protection; Elisa powers on; Google commits to greater transparency for EU searchers.

BT to hire 400 graduates and apprentices
News Analysis | 1/27/2023

The company has announced plans for a new intake and says it is planning investment to support young people and jobseekers.

Comcast to unleash global UI for TVs, streaming media players
News Analysis | 1/26/2023

Common interface will be woven into multiple products, including those supporting X1, Flex, Sky Glass, the Xumo streaming JV, and TVs and streamers distributed to Comcast's syndication partners.

Calix transformation to a platform company complete, say execs
News Analysis | 1/26/2023

Calix execs said over 90% of Q4 bookings comprised platform and managed services as it pursues a 'land and expand' strategy.

AT&T, other network operators navigate IoT turmoil
News Analysis | 1/26/2023

AT&T is reviving its 'Connected Solutions' unit to navigate the intersection between 5G and IoT. Cameron Coursey, a longtime AT&T IoT exec, will lead it.

What's the Story? Mediacom mum on mobile service details
LRTV Interviews | 1/26/2023

Jeff Baumgartner joins the podcast with updates on Mediacom's mobile service plans and discusses how the cable industry at large is doing in the mobile space.

Comcast sets mobile record, but Hurricane Ian spins broadband subs into the red
News Analysis | 1/26/2023

Alongside a gain of 365,000 mobile lines, Comcast lost a better than expected 26,000 broadband subs – which would've been a gain of 4,000 absent the impact of Hurricane Ian.

BICS' data shows an uptick in human and machine roaming in 2022
News Analysis | 1/26/2023

BICS also noted a marked increase in the number of 5G-enabled devices, which it believes will have implications for SA 5G and roaming demand.

Pollen Mobile distances itself from crypto, sparking DeWi outrage
News Analysis | 1/26/2023

Critics are concerned that Pollen Mobile's new rewards structure does not have a mechanism that allows early Pollen supporters to accrue more cryptocurrency. And that's caused an uproar.

AT&T's fiber buildout pace could signal broader slowdown
News Analysis | 1/26/2023

AT&T's lower annual fiber overbuild cadence 'will certainly feed the controversy around whether fiber is pulling back,' a New Street Research analyst notes.

Fixed wireless companies keep pushing NTIA on BEAD rules
News Analysis | 1/26/2023

FWA providers want NTIA to amend BEAD's restriction on unlicensed spectrum projects. Some advocates agree the change is necessary to close the digital divide.

Optical roundup: Transport gear market to hit $17B by 2027 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 1/26/2023

In this roundup: Dell'Oro Group forecasts that the optical transport equipment market will grow at a 3% CAGR over the next five years; Ciena's Blue Planet appoints a new general manager; and Lumen Technologies expands its 400G Wavelength Services network.

Eurobites: Ericsson appoints new head of Europe & Latin America region
News Analysis | 1/26/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: SFR eyes 5G private networks market, with Nokia's help; Telia blown off course by headwinds; Shell Energy comes under Ofcom's cosh.

Nokia targets 5G market share gains after ending 2022 on a high
News Analysis | 1/26/2023

The Finnish equipment maker reports sales growth and profitability at all its major business units and now aims to build on a 5G turnaround.

AT&T preps new FWA product for 'copper catch'
News Analysis | 1/25/2023

Amid massive fixed wireless gains by Verizon and T-Mobile, AT&T said it too is preparing a new fixed wireless product. But AT&T's overall FWA strategy is different from that of its rivals.

AT&T and Verizon cut 9,400 jobs last quarter
News Analysis | 1/25/2023

AT&T and Verizon have now cut nearly 170,000 jobs in the last seven years and they are apparently not done yet.

After Verizon lowers expectations, AT&T raises them
News Analysis | 1/25/2023

AT&T raised its wireless service revenue growth expectations for 2023 a day after Verizon lowered its own forecasts. AT&T CEO John Stankey said the company's overall strategy for 2023 is to maintain course.

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