In this podcast, Light Reading's Alan Breznick interviews US Ignite's Mari Silbey. Silbey, a former Light Reading editor, talks about bringing local governments and tech companies together to share smart city plans, infrastructure needs and new applications.
ACA has joined a growing list of industry companies and organizations that have dropped 'cable' from their names.
Cox, an X1 syndication partner, says it expects to debut its new streaming product for broadband-only customers in the next couple of months.
A field test shows that both Verizon and T-Mobile phones carrying the same technology are slightly faster than AT&T's '5G E' phones.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MEC and the connected car; Ericsson wants Poles to get their 5G act together; Deutsche Telekom teams up with EWE on €2 billion fiber rollout.
Annual report references 'compliance issues' at former Alcatel-Lucent business that could have criminal and financial implications.
Vodafone will likely offer concessions if European Union regulators trigger a warning about the possible anti-competitive effects of the proposed transaction.
This week in our WiC roundup: Google announces that it underpaid men, not women; female founders fall harder when dethroned; Saudi Arabia espouses equality and gender balance; and more.
Vermont's VTel said it's replacing some Huawei equipment in its wireless network with gear from Ericsson. But this raises the question: Should the US government pay for others to make the same switch?
Suppliers are making progress on new wireless applications in the TV White Spaces spectrum, but concerns remain about interference with hospital equipment.
In-footprint offering, at $5 per month, provides integrated access to a variety of free and subscription OTT services, offers an upgrade path to pay-TV, and runs on an X1-powered 4K/HDR-capable TV-connected device.
Chicago and Minneapolis are forthcoming mobile 5G cities for both AT&T and Verizon.
Google's new gaming platform could usher in a new age of cloud gaming, with ramifications for parents and telcos worldwide.
In addition to potentially increasing SD-WAN adoption, 5G could enable new use cases such as a network slice dedicated to SD-WAN.
T-Mobile said it will charge $50/month and reach 50,000 households this year with its LTE-powered fixed wireless service. The offering is virtually identical to the one launched by U.S. Cellular almost a year ago.
Spending expected to be sporadic as operators weigh when and how to migrate to distributed access architectures.
It revolutionized the music and mobile-phone industries, but Apple will struggle to pull off the same feat in the TV market.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Google makes it a hat-trick of EU mega-fines; data-mad customers drive Three UK's growth; Ericsson wins role in South Korean 5G bonanza.
One of the big mysteries in the CBRS 3.5GHz space is how much the SAS element of the system will cost. Google today provided a piece of this important financial puzzle.
You begged... we caved.
Reliance Jio's activities in India's TV market could spur the same consolidation that has already swept through the mobile sector.
Early on, 6% of residential addresses in parts of Sacramento are eligible for 5G Home, and just 3% of those eligible homes have signed up for service, MoffettNathanson finds in its analysis.
At Cable Next-Gen Technologies and Strategies in Denver, Alan Breznick sat down with Ciena's Fernando Villarruel to talk about Converged Interconnect Network, DAA and the path to a more adaptive network.
Light Reading Editor-In-Chief Ray Le Maistre speaks with Red Hat Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Chiras about how Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides a secure, consistent and resilient foundation that extends beyond the traditional operating environment.
A rerun of the Italian job in Germany could derail 5G plans and the country's long-term economic prospects.
Infovista refreshes its Ipanema SD-WAN. But can the underdog defeat giant incumbents like VMware and Cisco?
Verizon, T-Mobile and others want the FCC to auction a portion of the 6GHz band for 5G. But a wide range of players, from cable companies like Charter to tech companies like Apple, strongly oppose that proposal, arguing 6GHz should be held for unlicensed services like WiFi.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Merkel stays strong over Huawei; CityFibre reaches UK's south coast; Inmarsat confirms $3.3 billion takeover bid.
The acquisition beefs up F5's support for containers, multi-cloud application delivery and open source software.
Carriers continue bidding heavy on metropolitan areas in the US as part of the latest 24GHz 5G auction.
The SD-WAN specialist has a healthy bed of customers and partners but has yet to make a significant impact in Europe. It's looking to change that.
Government testing of the unique spectrum-sharing setup in the 3.5GHz CBRS band is lasting much longer than anyone expected. That's not a surprise considering CBRS problems could – in a worst case scenario – cause a US Navy shipwreck.
References to artificial intelligence, the edge and latency all make an appearance in the latest financial presentation from one of China's biggest telcos. That's a worry for the US.
Tensions continue to build between Apple and the OTT video giant.
The nation's four big wireless operators want to offer single sign-on services like Facebook and Google. But their collective track record in the privacy and security department pretty much makes this a non-starter.
The one-time enfant terrible of French mobile market has become a victim of hyper-competitive market conditions.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson brings home the Danish 5G bacon at TDC; Orange migrates long-distance network, with a Nokia assist; Salisbury fibers up.
Here's what we know about the early pricing of mobile 5G services in the US.
Omniverse operates like the prepaid mobile market, and partners such as SkyStream, VivaLiveTV and SiliconDust make money off of commissions, CEO says.
OneWeb scored another big round of funding to finance its big plan to launch hundreds of satellites into space and provide super-fast Internet services everywhere.
The ON2020 group is looking to address the optical transport challenges presented by the predicted surge in user traffic on carrier networks.
Aided by speed upgrades, the troubled company added 14,000 broadband subs in 2018, reversing the 45,000 losses it absorbed in the previous year.
The Indian operator is sliding further into the abyss amid ongoing financial problems.
The Spanish operator's big virtualization project is over the halfway point and facing up to a new set of technical challenges.
Facebook's new Middle Mile Infrastructure, providing fiber bandwidth to local and regional telcos, could threaten incumbents. But it's still early days yet.
It's increasingly plausible that more US telcos and cable ops will abandon or withdraw from pay-TV, unleashing a torrent of subscriber losses, according to Craig Moffett.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone invests in dodgy supplier-haircut fund; Openet CTO joins Matrixx; Vivendi wants probe into Elliott's governance at TIM.
Viasat has been an innovator in satellite communications for over 30 years. Now, the company is expanding to bring service to the most hard to connect places around the globe.
Operator's commercial services unit makes its cloud-powered video platform available to millions of SMBs across Comcast's footprint.
No, it's not because Trump tweeted about 6G. It's because the FCC voted to allow testing above 95GHz, and a bunch of people think that this is where the next generation of wireless will happen.
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Australian carrier Telstra appointed Nicholas Collins as its first US CEO in September 2018. His mission is laser-focused: help US companies succeed in the Asian market. With more than six years of experience in Hong Kong and Singapore, Collins is well-suited to bridge the gap between East and West.
A US judge orders the chipmaker to pay Apple $1 billion in fees as separate developments in Japan show how long proceedings can take in the world of the courtroom.
As a country known for innovation, Israel exhibited several exciting applications for a 5G future at MWC 2019, including a communications protocol that uses soundwaves, a new type of IoT sensor and augmented reality glasses for cyclists.
Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser, Alan Breznick and Jeff Baumgartner join Phil Harvey for a round of drinks and a chat after the opening day of CNG2019 in Denver. The "bomb cyclone" did its worst, but it couldn't stop us from debating 10G vs. 5G and the future of cable video services.
This week in our WiC roundup: 'Race-based ticket pricing' fuels outrage; UN calls for tech access for women; negative men are a barrier to women in tech; and more.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Everynet does LoRaWAN in Spain; RTL says no to joint streaming service with ProSiebenSat.1; Spotify's legal move makes waves.
After a turbulent 2018, the Irish BSS company is looking to challenge Amdocs, Ericsson and Huawei in their own backyard.
The focus on business readiness at Mobile World Congress served to reinforce the importance of fully addressing the business of security requirements.
In order to get a better return on video services, operators must make fundamental changes spanning programming packages, box costs and how services are managed on the network.
Combining and analyzing key network data with machine learning techniques has helped the Swedish operator improve churn and lift ARPU, exec says.
24GHz 5G auction pulls in $284M in bids for licenses in NY, LA and other major metro areas in first round.
Fixed wireless access has emerged as one of the first major use cases in the 5G landscape. There's also a debate raging in the space about whether customers are tech savvy enough to install their own equipment for the service.
AT&T Business Chief Product Officer Roman Pacewicz describes how edge computing, 5G and network virtualization are required for next-generation applications that can deliver new business opportunities for the operator.
Reduction in data request delays could lead to new service opportunities for companies in South Korea.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange spreads its fiber offer; GSMA attacks EU's connected-car technology roadmap; German Interior Minister urges caution on Huawei freeze-out.
Exciting new applications such as IoT, virtual reality and cloud services all depend on world-class connectivity, and 5G's success will depend on a reliable, next-generation optical networking foundation.
Verizon says that its new mobile 5G service, coming in April, will be truly unlimited.
The industry's initiative to deliver symmetrical speeds of 10 Gbit/s isn't just about Full Duplex DOCSIS.
The dispute over the controversial Chinese equipment maker has reached a dangerous new stage.
Like Lucy always does to Charlie Brown, 5G is likely another new technology that teased optical networking vendors with massive, sustained spending, then quickly yanked back expectations.
Jason Hoffman explains how MobiledgeX is supporting the edge ecosystem where mobile operators, application developers, cloud providers and device makers can participate and leverage their existing assets and investments to generate new experiences and new revenue streams.
Verizon will launch mobile 5G on April 11 with the carrier charging a $10 5G premium, as an add-on for existing 4G unlimited contracts.
At Mobile World Congress, Luis Jorge Romero, director general of ETSI, talks about the industry body's focus on key areas of 5G R&D, including edge computing, virtualization and automated network management, and provides an update on blockchain and AI efforts.
AT&T's CFO didn't directly respond to a question about whether the operator would lower capex in 2020, but he did list all the reasons why the operator might do exactly that.
Exec expected to take a pause from the industry to complete his recovery from a ski accident that occurred last year and to spend more time with his family.
F5 scooped up NGINX to keep it out of competitor Citrix's hands, reckon Piper Jaffray analysts, but F5 says that just ain't so.
Some analysts aren't convinced that Apple's new video play can 'meaningfully reaccelerate' services growth for the company.
Its sales growth and stock market performance are an investor's dream, but new challenges are emerging in the fast-changing UCaaS market.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK sets out plan to curb online giants; Telia Carrier and Telxius combine on capacity; Deutsche Telekom tackles cybersecurity on connected cars.
With users holding on to their smartphones for longer, AT&T's device sales are dipping to the tune of about $50 million per month compared with a year ago.
Cloud and connectivity are becoming two sides of the same business – a trend the telco and enterprise IT provider are looking to capitalize on.
The European Parliament has waded into the dispute over Huawei's role in 5G markets, calling for a new certification scheme to address concern about China.
Comcast Business is making some progress in reaching larger, enterprise business customers, cable unit CEO Dave Watson says.
Yes 5G is everywhere and everything, but the message from Boingo's Derek Peterson is clear: Don't ignore WiFi.
Inseego, an early mover in the 5G device space, said it has completed its move out of China for manufacturing, setting up instead with Foxconn in Taiwan. At issue are Trump's Chinese tariffs, as well as ongoing security concerns.
After blowing €2.4 billion ($2.7 billion) on 5G spectrum, Vodafone plans to send about 17% of its Italian employees packing.
At MWC19, EY's Tom Loozen talks about how telcos can leverage key technologies and trends associated with 5G and AI to improve their service offerings and understand the needs of customers in different markets.
As 5G and foldable phones come to market, browsing online and then trying stuff out in a store might become an even more critical way to buy new technology. Deloitte Consulting's Julie Miller and Verizon's John Walker explain why.
The latest pause to the review could mean the process will start again on April 4.
Telefonica Brazil becomes latest Mediaroom partner to integrate Netflix at the set-top box and extend a technology bridge to MediaKind's newer, cloud-powered MediaFirst platform.
Following deals with AT&T and Vodafone and hardware partnerships, VMware is emerging as a leading telco cloud vendor.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Virgin touts "Intelligent WiFi"; the 5G possibilities of sports events; O2 says reggae is good for you.
UbiquitiLink is looking to completely eliminate outdoor dead zones, and is testing its service with Vodafone, Telefonica and, in the US, Cellular One operator Smith Bagley.
Without question, the additional requirements that the 5G control plane supports will inject additional complexity into security enforcement.
Yogen Patel, head of Amdocs open network marketing, describes how 5G will be different from the previous wireless technology advancements, and how operators should prepare for and execute the 5G-driven network transformation.
New offering is expected to debut this fall in Austin, Tom Rutledge says.
Mrinalini 'Lani' Ingram, VP of Verizon's Smart Communities, has helped form public-private partnerships between the telco and cities like Boston, San Jose, and Sacramento. She said the opportunity for Verizon comes when cities want to "move a metric." That's when projects go from small-time testing to building technology and operations at scale.
Samsung's Galaxy S10 is among a growing number of devices that supports the 3.5GHz CBRS band. That, coupled with new tests from the likes of AT&T and Charter, is pushing the CBRS space forward. All that's missing now is sign off from the feds.
Alan Carlton, managing director and VP at InterDigital Europe, believes "Telecoms is back!" as 5G graduates from vision to real products and experiences and enterprises probe into what 5G and IoT will mean to them.
US warns Germany of consequences if it does not exclude Huawei from its 5G market.
VMware Smart Assurance provides CSPs the operations intelligence and automation they need to manage both physical and virtual network environments as a single entity while supporting their journey to the modern telco cloud. Enabling CSPs in their quest for digital transformation, Phil Harvey talks with Gabriele Di Piazza about VMware's vision for end-to-end automated service assurance spanning NFV, SDN and legacy infrastructures.
The competitive cable operator is not at a disadvantage without mobile in its service bundle, CEO says.
Samsung's Dan Warren joins the usual gang of deadbeats for some MWC reminiscences and more.
Intel and Xilinx had also been linked with bids for the Ethernet and InfiniBand switching components giant.
The CEO of Juniper Networks said that getting companies to market quickly means sharpening the vendor's edge in open source software, cloud computing orchestration, and professional services.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Börse Group invests in Swisscom fintech startup; Russians protest against the unplugging of their Internet; Uzbek telecom turmoil takes another turn.
Microsoft sees pervasive connectivity as the killer app for 5G – and Microsoft's golden ticket to becoming a major telco vendor.
On the show floor at Mobile World Congress 2019, Emmanuel Routier from Orange Business Services talks about the key verticals for IoT application developments.
The public safety market – totaling up to 20 million potential customers – is the setting for an increasingly heated battle between AT&T and Verizon. And 5G looks to be the latest weapon that Verizon plans to wield.
Discussions involving fiber-powered business services division could lead to a sale or bringing on an investor, Reuters says.
UK mobile operator is phasing the Finnish vendor out of its radio access network as it embarks on the rollout of 5G technology.
This week in our WiC roundup: A new podcast addresses women in product tech; attendance at a conference for black women in STEM skyrockets; women leave work behind after having kids; and more.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone UK extends 5G rollout; Czech Republic spectrum auction on track; Sky Mobile skirts data quotas.
The leader of Ericsson's business in North America explains that the opportunity for the industrial Internet of Things has been a long time in the making – and service providers are ready.
US claims to 5G leadership are nothing more than marketing flimflam, according to Vodafone UK's chief technology officer.
Heavy Reading's optical expert Sterling Perrin discusses some of the major trends in transport network technology at this year's OFC event in San Diego.
Shares in Intelsat and SES have tumbled in recent days following what looks like growing opposition to the satellite companies' hopes to sell off spectrum ideal for 5G transmissions.
Does Huawei know what it's getting itself into by taking the US government to court? This could be a risky move.
T-Mobile released more details about plans to challenge Comcast and Charter with a fixed wireless Internet service. But the broader message was aimed at regulators reviewing its proposed merger with Sprint.
Phone delays and pricing concerns are likely to put off the South Korean mobile 5G launch until April.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Zain and Nokia WING it for IoT; MTN raises revenue, plans assets sale; Austria's 5G auction results.
Banning Huawei would cost 'hundreds of millions' and hold up the UK's 5G deployment, says the UK mobile operator, while backing the Chinese vendor's calls for industry-wide testing.
The scope of 5G security changes is so broad that it is a tall order to address all the resulting challenges in lockstep.
AT&T recently asked the FCC for approval to snap up a range of spectrum licenses from C Spire. But that deal is just one of several that reveal AT&T's appetite for 700MHz spectrum – potentially for a 5G service.
The Chinese vendor is taking the US government to court over its National Defense Authorization Act, which the company describes as 'unconstitutional.'
5G basestations are pushing up power requirements by three times, as MIMO and more digital circuitry require more power.
Light Reading's Mitch Wagner and Kelsey Ziser discuss how the telco cloud will be impacted by 5G deployments and vice versa.
NCTA, FCC among those that view 'Save the Internet Act' as partisan, heavy-handed legislation that would needlessly regulate the Internet as a Title II service.
Shentel, a longtime Sprint affiliate, plans to begin testing 5G this year, though details on the move remain sparse. Nonetheless, Shentel becomes the latest regional wireless network operator headed toward the industry's next-gen technology.
Edge computing remains a hot topic in the wireless industry, but what does it actually look like? Startup EdgeMicro showed off its new mobile edge computing testing facility and explained how it is using the site.
The embattled Chinese equipment maker is gearing up for a major offensive against its US enemies and recruiting Europeans to its cause.
Although 5G basestations are transmitting and some consumers can already access 5G service, the promises of industrial applications seemed more conceptual at this year’s MWC.
Automation plays a critical role in the ongoing digital transformation of the telecom industry.
Light Reading editors Kelsey Ziser, Ray Le Maistre and Mike Dano discussed all the important 5G topics from the InterDigital booth on the show floor at MWC19 in Barcelona. They covered millimeter wave spectrum, the thrills and danger of flying taxis and what the hell we're going to do with all the data that IoT devices will be throwing off as they get connected to faster and faster networks.
More acquisition activity in the optical space is inevitable, but it might not happen for a while until some newly coupled companies get to know each other just a little bit more.
US cable ops again took the lion's share of broadband gains in Q4 2018 as new household formation remains the most critical contributor to penetration growth, Craig Moffett says.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Romania's opposition opposes Huawei; Sky launches streaming service in Austria; Openreach invests in Scottish fiber academy.
Jason DeMeo says Omniverse's approach, the subject of a lawsuit, stems from a JV with a private cable operator called Hovsat that purportedly has a 100-year contract with DirecTV.
Vonage focuses its salespeople on activities that matter, with assist from tools from Google, Salesforce, Prodoscore and Vonage's own cloud platform.
The big noise in Barcelona was, of course, anything and everything to do with 5G, but in the background there were signs that some companies are embracing the potential of the public cloud as they determine their next-generation technology and services strategies.
Light Reading takes a tour of MWC’s Innovation City, where you’ll see an IoT-connected beehive, take flight in a 5G skyship or order a café au lait from an AI robot barista.
Pivotal Commware gears up for adventures in 5G beamforming.
Despite analyst skepticism, Dish executives continue to argue that the company will be able to make a splash with a new, nationwide 5G network. And Japan's Rakuten appears to offer some evidence to support those claims.
The Chinese vendor's European and cybersecurity chiefs have had a public disagreement over reports that the UK will restrict Huawei's access to its service providers.
As it ramps its first quarter revenues by more than 20%, Ciena shows off its WaveLogic 5 programmable coherent modem, capable of up to 800 Gbit/s transmission, at OFC 2019.
This year's MWC was chock full of developments, from 5G phones to edge computing to private LTE networks. So what were the key takeaways from the big Barcelona wireless event?
Chinese equipment giant wants European authorities to set up a GDPR-like security regime and has this week opened a transparency center in Brussels, where customers can access its source code.
Verizon and AT&T aren't giving out mmWave deployment details like site density and layout. But a careful analysis of their plans highlights both the opportunities and challenges each company faces in the mmWave game.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Austrian mobile advertising firm wins big with MTN; Huawei's Hu pleas for cybersecurity consistency; ADVA touts optical transport advance.
A new Heavy Reading white paper explores various approaches to Continuous Delivery/Deployment in the telecom domain.
The vendor is said to be getting ready to sue the US and challenge the government's ban of Huawei's gear in its federal networks.
BARCELONA – MWC19 – Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre and Kelsey Ziser discuss AT&T and Microsoft Azure's partnership on network edge compute (NEC) services and Telefonica's collaboration with Azure on cloud partnerships to the edge.
New evidence and observations shed light on where Omniverse, which is under legal attack by programmers, appears to be obtaining TV signals that are 'powering' several cheap OTT-TV options.
AT&T plans to test 24GHz mmWave – and sub6 – frequencies ahead of the 24GHz 5G auction on March 14.
The German operator's networks strategy boss says the attractions of an open RAN outweigh the cons.
BluVector, a 2017 spin-off of Northrop Grumman, provides network security products and platforms to midsized and large organizations, including government agencies.
With a few snapshots and snappy captions, we've breezed through some of the big themes at MWC19, and tried to call attention to some of the more impressive displays of technology and showmanship in Barcelona.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica and CK Hutchison hook up for the enterprise; Ericsson and Nokia stabilize their market share, report shows; BT lands "smart water" deal.
The Trump reelection campaign floats – and backs off from – an idea of leasing off 5G airwaves to US service providers.
Huawei's chief financial officer says Canada breached her civil rights just days after it agrees to start extradition proceedings for her transfer to the US, where she faces fraud charges.
Cablecos must go beyond platform upgrades like DOCSIS 3.1 to stay truly competitive with the growing number of FTTH offerings from rival providers.
Light Reading's Dan Jones talks to Small Cell Forum chairman David Orloff about how the shift towards 5G is impacting the development of small cell technology.
Patent troll has already gone after several US cable operators that use DVR devices powered by TiVo software.
The Light Reading podcast, in video form, from the InterDigital booth at MWC19 in Barcelona. Phil 'Captain Jetlag' Harvey and Ray Le Maistre discuss telco business models and how the industry is changing, even without ubiquitous 5G.
U.S. Cellular – which counts 5 million US mobile customers – is planning to join the 5G game with vendor Ericsson. However, some of the details of U.S. Cellular's 5G launch plans remain unclear at best.
In another CableLabs-related personnel move, Ike Elliott has succeeded Mitch Ashley as president of organization's for-profit Kyrio subsidiary.
Cox – America's third-largest cable TV company – isn't going to bid on mmWave spectrum, but it does apparently have interest in looking at the 3.5GHz CBRS band for wireless operations.
After much grunting and heaving, the industry gives birth to 5G at this year's MWC. It may be some time before it grows up.
At MWC19, Orange Business Services CEO Helmut Reisinger discusses trends in cloud services, SD-WAN, security and more.
Shutting Huawei out of Europe's 5G sector would add to the margin pressure on the region's mobile operators, warns company executive.
This week in our WiC roundup: Gamifying sexism; MWC19 leaves much to be desired for female attendees; a new Google policy for harassment; and more.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson, MTN extend mobile-money partnership; CityFibre appoints new chief operating officer; extra protection for UK broadband buyers.