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AT&T quietly updates 5G coverage info amid mapping madness
DanoVision | 11/25/2022

AT&T updated its online coverage maps to show where it's offering midband 5G services. The operator hopes to cover around 100 million people with its midband network by the end of this year.

Downsized VEON looks beyond Russia for growth
News Analysis | 11/25/2022

Sale of Russian operations via an MBO will halve the group's annual revenues based on 2021 figures.

Eurobites: Openreach hits back at fiber go-slow claims
News Analysis | 11/25/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT's Allera wants to share the social tariff burden; 5G in emerging markets; Orange, 1&1 strike roaming deal.

Towerco consolidation would show up huge conflicts of interest
Morris Lore | 11/25/2022

Europe's biggest operators are selling tower services to the same companies they compete against in the consumer-facing market.

Tata in push to be India's first major telecom vendor
News Analysis | 11/25/2022

The Indian conglomerate thinks it can be an end-to-end vendor of telecom products, but so do many others.

In a first, China hands out 5G spectrum to aircraft-maker
News Analysis | 11/25/2022

Comac becomes first enterprise to acquire its own 5G spectrum - but it's unlikely to open the gate to more allocations.

What the rise of the robots means for BT
News Analysis | 11/24/2022

In a muddy corner of England, the UK's telecom incumbent is plotting its future in a world of drone-filled skies and farming robots.

Eurobites: BICS bigs up 5G SA roaming breakthrough
News Analysis | 11/24/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Du virtualizes with Nokia; JSC Ingenium opts for Enea's DPI software; Microsoft goes green for Irish data centers.

Netherlands plots ways to close stubborn fiber gap
News Analysis | 11/24/2022

The Netherlands is stepping up efforts to connect 19,000 addresses at a cost that recent EU estimates put at up to euro 100,000 per household.

The Buildout: Comcast Business invests $3M in Virginia, NTIA awards $225M for tribal broadband
News Analysis | 11/23/2022

This week in broadband builds: Comcast Business expands in Virginia, NTIA awards $225 million for tribal broadband, Wave 7 progress in North Carolina, TDS Telecom in Wisconsin – and more.

Connecticut AG takes aim at Altice USA
News Analysis | 11/23/2022

State Attorney General William Tong has opened an investigation into the cable provider after 'nearly 500 complaints' about slow broadband speeds, hidden fees and poor technical support.

DOCSIS 4.0 CPE costs won't break the bank – Liberty Global CTO
News Analysis | 11/23/2022

Liberty Global's Enrique Rodriguez says the costs for D4.0 gateways won't exceed the costs of today's D3.1 gear. He also outlined how FTTP and DOCSIS 4.0 will fit into the company's network evolution plan.

T-Mobile may continue the fight over its employees' T-Voice group
News Analysis | 11/23/2022

'We completely disagree with the NLRB's decision and are disappointed in the outcome of this latest ruling,' T-Mobile said in a statement. 'We're considering next steps, including appealing.'

T-Mobile execs open a door to mmWave FWA
News Analysis | 11/23/2022

At a recent Qualcomm media gathering, T-Mobile executives indicated the carrier's 5G ambitions now include a 'much more broader' rollout of voice over 5G next year.

Eurobites: BT hits the brakes on fiber buildout
News Analysis | 11/23/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telkom SA hit by power-cut costs; CMA launches mobile browser probe; Telecom Italia lets employees disconnect.

Sylva marks latest telco backlash against US public cloud
News Analysis | 11/23/2022

Europe's operators are not keen to run their telco workloads on expensive and suboptimal systems owned by US hyperscalers.

Another telco supply-chain shortage: cable ships
News Analysis | 11/23/2022

Supply of cable vessels near a breaking point as relentless cost-cutting drives out profit down the supply chain.

Ciena's buying two firms so it can bring more to the edge
News Analysis | 11/22/2022

The optical networking vendor adds pieces to complement its routing and switching portfolio in a market that's still heating up.

SES CTO on launching software-defined satellites
CxO Spotlight | 11/22/2022

CTO Ruy Pinto met up with Light Reading on site at Boeing Satellite in El Segundo, California, earlier this month with an update on the scheduled O3b mPower satellite launch.

Dish begins publishing APIs, courting developers for 5G
News Analysis | 11/22/2022

Dish Network launched a new website for developers that offers a variety of application programming interfaces (APIs) into its 5G network.

T-Mobile releases IoT developer kits into the wild
News Analysis | 11/22/2022

US operator T-Mobile is launching IoT developer kits which is described as "its next step to unleash developers to innovate for wireless."

Eurobites: Rakuten brings open RAN experience to the UK
News Analysis | 11/22/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre and Toob strike network-sharing deal; Nokia upgrades Balitower network; Prysmian settles patents dispute with FiberHome.

Now is the time to take 5G indoors
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/22/2022

Indoor 5G is the next logical step to deliver a great indoor experience and enable advanced use cases. #sponsored

6G poses existential threat to Ericsson
News Analysis | 11/22/2022

Big changes in mobile technology would bring peril for a company that owes the entirety of its profits to its networks unit.

Sylva joins Camara et al to solve edge puzzle
News Analysis | 11/22/2022

The latest Light Reading Symposium puts the spotlight on the growing pool of initiatives designed to improve 5G edge services.

Bob Iger's return to Disney may shake up streaming biz
News Analysis | 11/21/2022

Analysts expect Bob Iger, in his return as Disney's CEO, to speed up corporate decision-making and take a fresh look at the company's streaming business. UPDATE: Iger is already pursuing a big reorg.

Here's where BEAD planning funds are rolling out first
News Analysis | 11/21/2022

NTIA has distributed over $55 million so far in planning grants for states to build out broadband offices, identify unserved/underserved areas, perform impact assessments and more.

AT&T's new complaint: T-Mobile has too much 5G spectrum
News Analysis | 11/21/2022

'T-Mobile controls a grossly outsized portion of the midband spectrum needed to fuel the 5G revolution,' AT&T told the FCC in a petition urging it to withhold T-Mobile's 2.5GHz auction winnings.

Warning signs flash that 'fiber bubble' could pop, analyst says
News Analysis | 11/21/2022

Fiber overbuilds continue at relatively high rates, but rising labor and equipment costs paired with higher cost of capital point to diminished returns on investment, MoffettNathanson warns.

How one AI startup aims to improve cable ARPU
News Analysis | 11/21/2022

Actifai says its tools for service reps have generated sustained ARPU improvements for network operators.

Korea cancels 28GHz allocations over missed rollout targets
News Analysis | 11/21/2022

KT, LG Uplus lose their mmWave spectrum after failing to comply with license conditions on network buildouts.

Looming recession may hurt 5G in India
News Analysis | 11/21/2022

The recession will impact adoption of the recently launched 5G services in the consumer as well as enterprise segments.

Meet Uncle Sam, your new personal telecom shopping assistant
DanoVision | 11/21/2022

Thanks to congressional mandates, the FCC is working to supply information regarding telecom coverage, speeds, latency and a vast array of other data that could affect Americans' shopping habits.

ATX CEO on bridging the labor gap and what's next in cable tech
CxO Spotlight | 11/21/2022

Dan Whalen discusses the origins and goals of a new field tech training and deployment program and how cable network upgrade activity is heating up.

Eurobites: Virgin Media trials TIP-tech Wi-Fi in Dublin
News Analysis | 11/21/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Cellnex says M&A is off the table for now; Arm IPO delayed; Germany backs French rockets.

Dish's 'killer' firmware update bricks some Slingbox models, users claim
The Bauminator | 11/18/2022

A firmware update from Dish sent to certain Slingbox models prevents users from resurrecting the devices using a technical workaround to remedy Dish's decision to shut down Slingbox servers on November 9.

The Notebook Dump: CTIA unimpressed with CBRS, Comcast unleashes HFC, shrinking MEO satellites
LRTV Interviews | 11/18/2022

The Light Reading editors discuss whether anything interesting is going on in the CBRS spectrum band, updates on Comcast's hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) network, and Kelsey's tour of Boeing's satellite facility in the Notebook Dump for the week ending November 18.

Nokia opens up about its software subscription business
News Analysis | 11/18/2022

By the end of this year, Nokia hopes to count up to 20 different customers for its various software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings. The company launched the effort one year ago.

Small EdgeQ embarks on Intel-slaying mission in 5G
News Analysis | 11/18/2022

A 200-person startup heavily staffed by former Qualcomm employees says it has a mobile infrastructure chip that would put telcos in charge.

FCC releases broadband map, opens public challenge process
News Analysis | 11/18/2022

The public can review the first version of the FCC's National Broadband Map and submit challenges to location and availability data.

The age of eSIM is officially here
DanoVision | 11/18/2022

Just a few years after the US Department of Justice investigated Verizon, AT&T and others for blocking eSIM, the technology is being widely embraced by smartphone vendors, operators and others.

Eurobites: EU paves way for IRIS satellite constellation
News Analysis | 11/18/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OneWeb strikes another deal in Africa; Nokia and KPN trial 25G PON; why Deutsche Telekom is a telco lovebrand.

Roku to lay off 200 US employees as consumer and ad spending wanes
News Analysis | 11/17/2022

Citing tough economic conditions that have contributed to a turbulent ad spending market and slowing consumer spending, Roku said it will cut 200 jobs in the US.

New frontiers for coherent optics
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/17/2022

As coherent optical technology evolves, it introduces new opportunities for operators but also new requirements for addressing those opportunities. Operators are eyeing 400G transport services for both internal and external applications, and pushing coherent optics at 100G data rates down to the metro edge. #sponsored

The Divide: Flume's CEO on what happened with NYC's Internet Master Plan
LRTV Interviews | 11/17/2022

This week: Prashanth Vijay, CEO of Flume, returns to the podcast to share thoughts on NYC's decision to shift strategies on closing the digital divide. Plus, we discuss Flume's growth over the past year, new buildout plans and its participation in the city's Civilian Climate Corps for workforce development.

FWA performance 'middle of the pack' in many US markets – Opensignal
News Analysis | 11/17/2022

Performance varied by market, but Opensignal's first fixed broadband study found some common threads - cable performed well on downloads, fiber led on uploads and FWA players were in the middle on many metrics.

What's the Story? All SES wants for Christmas are MEO satellites
LRTV Interviews | 11/17/2022

Connecting Africa's Paula Gilbert interviews Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser about her recent tour of Boeing's satellite facility and meeting with SES.

Eurobites: EU's Digital Services Act is go
News Analysis | 11/17/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Bouygues looks buoyant; UK government reverses chip plant takeover deal; Greek fiber network goes with Adtran.

Cox firms up mobile prices, expands coverage and preps 5G network
News Analysis | 11/17/2022

Cox Mobile expanded services across Louisiana, the Gulf Coast, Central Florida, Middle Georgia and Northern Virginia. The company also disclosed pricing and hinted at its 5G ambitions.

Cisco warns of layoffs and a $600M restructuring bill
News Analysis | 11/17/2022

The maker of Internet routers and switches reported sales growth for its first quarter but saw profits come under pressure.

India still pushing ahead with controversial data rules
News Analysis | 11/17/2022

A bill was withdrawn by the government earlier this year but seems likely to surface in the upcoming budget session.

Cable ops worldwide in hot pursuit of virtual CMTS – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 11/16/2022

An astonishing 100% of cable operators responding to a Dell'Oro Group survey say they have deployed or are planning to deploy a virtual cable modem termination system within the next 24 months.

Average monthly data usage nears half a terabyte as 1-Gig adoption climbs – study
News Analysis | 11/16/2022

Average data usage for Q3 2022 hit 495.5 gigabytes, up 13.9% versus the year-ago quarter, and the number of broadband subs taking speeds of 1 Gbit/s or more rose 35% year-over-year, according to OpenVault.

T-Mobile, UScellular may get roped into the 5G vs. airline battle
News Analysis | 11/16/2022

The airline industry is asking the Biden administration to further extend prohibitions on C-band 5G around some US airports. That could affect a variety of providers, including T-Mobile and UScellular.

Dito CME sinks further into the red on heavy forex losses
News Analysis | 11/16/2022

Liabilities of Dito Telecom parent outweigh assets by $500m as company battles to raise fresh funds.

Romania fails to sell all 5G spectrum as DT stays away
News Analysis | 11/16/2022

The absence of Deutsche Telekom at Europe's latest 5G auction suggests it is preparing to exit the Romanian mobile market.

Lawsuits over 3G shutdowns start piling up
News Analysis | 11/16/2022

Ford and Volkswagen are the latest companies to face legal action over the decision by AT&T and others to shut down their 3G networks.

'Fiber+' branding seeps into cable marketing
The Bauminator | 11/16/2022

A few network operators, including GCI and Shaw, are using 'Fiber+' branding to sound less like cable companies.

Eurobites: Heavy hitters combine on telco cloud stack initiative
News Analysis | 11/16/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia senses a 6G opportunity; Hyperoptic boss gets angry about mid-contract price rises; Saudis increase stake in Meta and Google.

Altice USA hiring freeze covers most job areas
News Analysis | 11/15/2022

Hiring pause exempts 'customer-facing openings and very select other roles,' new Altice CEO Dennis Mathew told company leaders this week.

What's the Story? Edge computing ain't easy
LRTV Interviews | 11/15/2022

Light Reading's Mike Dano and Phil Harvey review the Leading Lights Awards categories they judged, ranging from 5G to optical transport.

FCC grant programs aim to boost ACP enrollment
News Analysis | 11/15/2022

'Affordability is the number one most cited barrier to broadband adoption,' said the FCC's Alejandro Roark on a webinar kicking off the ACP Outreach Grant Program.

CTIA report on CBRS ignites firestorm of criticism
News Analysis | 11/15/2022

The CTIA argues that there is 'low utilization, low market demand, and a dearth of innovative use cases' in the 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum band. But that claim has sparked furious disagreements.

Comcast's multi-gig network upgrade to cost less than $200 per home passed
News Analysis | 11/15/2022

Update: Comcast confirmed that the cost figure cited by Chief Network Officer Elad Nafshi covers 'mid-split' upgrades, network virtualization and the eventual move to DOCSIS 4.0.

DFW Airport ponders a decade-long private wireless contract
News Analysis | 11/15/2022

Bids to build a wireless platform for the sprawling 27-square-mile North Texas airport are due this week. The airport wants a private network that routes people, bags and vehicles more efficiently than ever before.

China Unicom expands 5G network with new 900MHz spectrum
News Analysis | 11/15/2022

Unicom expects 170,000 basestations to be deployed on refarmed spectrum by year-end.

US fiber frenzy hits some speed bumps
News Analysis | 11/15/2022

Wells Fargo now expects the US fiber industry to collectively construct connections to just over 8 million new locations in 2022 - down from the roughly 9 million they had expected.

Vodafone takes axe to €1B in costs as recession looms
News Analysis | 11/15/2022

Amid rampant inflation and concern about energy costs, the UK-headquartered operator is making an even bigger deal about automation.

Eurobites: Italy shines in Iliad's Q3
News Analysis | 11/15/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Eir's flat Q3; new Italian government considers renationalization option for Telecom Italia; Telefonica examines its environmental impact.

Vantage Towers CEO: Consolidation game is still on
News Analysis | 11/15/2022

Vivek Badrinath indicates recent deals with infrastructure investors do not preclude further combinations.

What's the Story? Leading Lights entries double down on cloud native
LRTV Interviews | 11/14/2022

Light Reading's Iain Morris and Kelsey Ziser review the Leading Lights Awards categories they judged and examine surprising trends that appeared in the submissions.

With Democrats' Senate wins, Sohn is likely headed to the FCC
News Analysis | 11/14/2022

President Biden nominated Gigi Sohn to the FCC eight months into his presidency, but her nomination was never approved. That might change following midterm elections that favored Democrats.

WOW's mobile foray in 'initial stages' as broadband pressures surface
News Analysis | 11/14/2022

WOW did not break out any mobile subscriber numbers in its Q3 results – the first full quarter in which the company sold the new offering. 'I think this is a pairing that makes sense,' CEO Teresa Elder said.

John Legere as CEO of Twitter? Musk says 'no'
News Analysis | 11/14/2022

John Legere, T-Mobile's former CEO and perhaps the most well known and successful telecom executive of the modern era, applied for the CEO job at Elon Musk's Twitter. Musk said 'no.'

Telco cost complaints about network traffic don't stack up
Morris Lore | 11/14/2022

An analysis by Vodafone's most senior technology executive undermines the argument that a surge in data traffic is squeezing profits.

The Buildout: New Mexico taps Comcast, electric co-ops for broadband grants
News Analysis | 11/14/2022

This week in broadband builds: New Mexico awards $39 million for broadband pilot, Ritter partners with Jonesboro, Arkansas, Virginia's Pipers Gap Fiber Project gets funds – and more.

Orange launches 5G in Botswana
News Analysis | 11/14/2022

Orange has launched a commercial 5G network in Botswana, the operator's first in Africa.

Bundles emerge as a critical weapon in the US cable-wireless war
News Analysis | 11/14/2022

Charter recently introduced its SpectrumOne promotion that offers home broadband and mobile services for around $50 for the first year. Verizon and T-Mobile have similar offers on the mobile side.

Eurobites: Arqiva, MainStreaming team up for broadcast-grade video streaming
News Analysis | 11/14/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange launches 5G in Botswana; cybersecurity dealmaking; A1 Austria gets rid of in-store paperwork.

Coherent 400G and beyond: Architectures and applications
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/14/2022

Results from Heavy Reading's 2022 Coherent Optics Survey indicate that the future of optics is not one-size-fits-all, but rather, a mix of pluggable and embedded optics across different architectures. #sponsored

The Notebook Dump: Broadband prevails, satellites are cool and Twitter's a mess
LRTV Documentaries | 11/11/2022

Light Reading editors Nicole Ferraro, Mike Dano and Phil Harvey talk about broadband mapping, satellites, space commercialization and more in their recap of the work week ended November 11, 2022.

Netflix to join Disney, Apple, others in live streaming battleground
News Analysis | 11/11/2022

Netflix said its foray into live streaming will start next year with an event from comedian Chris Rock. The development signals another major expansion in the market for live content.

SKT's bold plan to transform into AI company
News Analysis | 11/11/2022

SK Telecom aims to put artificial intelligence at the center of its business.

Edge computing refuses to mature
News Analysis | 11/11/2022

For edge computing, 'it is still unknown where it will be deployed or what it will effectively be, and without an application to drive it, it is very hard to describe what the target vertical will be,' BofA wrote.

Eurobites: Tele2 Russia takes Ericsson to court over 'undelivered equipment'
News Analysis | 11/11/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Cellnex closes Hutchison deal in UK; progress (and lack of it) on renewable energy use; EU lawmakers approve new cyber directive.

'Hidden champion' 1&1 Versatel eyes fiber opportunities
News Analysis | 11/11/2022

Versatel sees chance to approach new customer groups through the fiber network it is building to underpin 1&1's 5G network.

Rakuten Mobile turnaround cannot happen fast enough
News Analysis | 11/11/2022

Losses at the Japanese company have mounted and it is now in talks with local banks about the continued funding of its mobile rollout.

DT has axed 4,000 US jobs this year despite T-Mobile pledge
News Analysis | 11/10/2022

The latest report published by T-Mobile's German parent shows a major reduction in US staff numbers this year.

5G network slicing and high volume OTT traffic
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/10/2022

Network slicing is a new capability in 5G architecture that offers a mechanism to create and operate end-to-end logical networks tailored to the requirements of different use cases. The new Heavy Reading 5G Network Slicing Operator Survey is intended to help industry participants better understand the status of this technology.

Mercury scores $230M investment in pursuit of RDOF buildout
News Analysis | 11/10/2022

Northleaf Capital Partners said it will invest $230 million into Mercury Broadband, money that will sit alongside the $68.3 million the company obtained from the FCC's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF).

DT stays firm on German fiber targets
News Analysis | 11/10/2022

Timotheus Hottges is confident that the German operator will achieve its goal of passing 10 million premises with fiber in 2024.

The Divide: Sharayah Lane on the need for Indigenous-led broadband solutions
LRTV Interviews | 11/10/2022

The Internet Society's Sharayah Lane joins the podcast to discuss the digital divide in Indigenous communities across North America, where progress has and hasn't been made, and broadband policy ideas from the recent Indigenous Connectivity Summit.

Singtel sets aside $101M for Optus cyberattack costs
News Analysis | 11/10/2022

Optus parent starts to count the cost of customer data breach, warning it could go higher.

How RDK is branching out to cover smart TVs and FWA
LRTV Interviews | 11/10/2022

RDK Management President Jason Briggs talks priorities for the Reference Design Kit, how smart TVs are entering the RDK picture and why it makes sense to extend support to fixed wireless access devices.

AWS may be pulling ahead of Microsoft and Google in telecom
News Analysis | 11/10/2022

According to a number of analysts and industry executives, AWS is pulling ahead of rivals Microsoft and Google Cloud in the pursuit of telecom network operators' cloud business.

Eurobites: Is the EU about to make things even worse for Facebook?
News Analysis | 11/10/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ofcom heads into space; Nokia plugs on-demand core network software; Twitter's Ghanaian employees left high and dry.

Telecom Italia is how other telcos fear they may one day look
News Analysis | 11/10/2022

The Italian phone incumbent is carving off more bits to sell as the domestic sales decline continues.

Viasat, EchoStar and Iridium hint at cellular-to-satellite interest
News Analysis | 11/9/2022

The satellite operators join SpaceX, AST SpaceMobile, Globalstar and others with plans to connect smartphones to satellites. But analysts caution it won't happen soon.

Zuckerberg admits to mistakes as he cuts 11,000 Facebook jobs
News Analysis | 11/9/2022

In a blog and memo to staff, Facebook's founder says the old normal is back and that he misjudged the market.

Vodafone maintains control advantage in new tower deal
News Analysis | 11/9/2022

Vodafone forms 'co-control' partnership with GIP and KKR for Vantage Towers.

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