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Altice USA Signs AT&T to Nationwide Roaming Deal
News Analysis | 7/31/2019

Says complementary agreement will ensure aggregate 99% nationwide coverage as Altice USA nears debut of a full MVNO mobile service developed via its Sprint partnership.

This Is Dish's 6-Step Plan for 5G
DanoVision | 7/31/2019

Dish Network is hoping to enter the wireless industry as a disruptive MVNO while it builds a 5G network. But what exactly are the company's plans?

US broadcasters attack Locast
News Analysis | 7/31/2019

Lawsuit from major US broadcasters claims the AT&T-backed non-profit is retransmitting their local TV signals without authorization and violating copyright law.

Verizon Delays 3G Network Shutdown
News Analysis | 7/31/2019

Verizon previously planned to shut down its 3G CDMA network at the end of this year, but now says it will shutter that network at the end of 2020.

Casa Hit by Downgrade as Virtualization Threatens Its Core Cable Biz
News Analysis | 7/31/2019

But Raymond James analyst says Casa's recent acquisition of NetComm could help the vendor gain traction in wireless and diversify its business.

Is This the End for 5G Man?
LRTV Documentaries | 7/31/2019

'I thought the grocery store was this way...'

China Finally Gets Around to Mobile Number Portability
News Analysis | 7/31/2019

After a decade of trying, China gets ready to introduce number portability.

Apple: No Word on 5G Devices Yet
News Analysis | 7/31/2019

Apple CEO won't comment on a 5G iPhone yet, as sales of the smartphone decline in Q3 2019.

Eurobites: Vodafone Pockets $2.3B From New Zealand Sale
News Analysis | 7/31/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Openreach plays along with BoJo's broadband dream; Fastweb gets fifth Italian mobile license; Digital Realty to build new Frankfurt facility.

The iPhone Is Going the Way of the iPod
Morris Lore | 7/31/2019

For the first time in a long time, most of Apple's revenues did not come from the sale of smartphones.

Get Ready for the 5G Retail Robots!
News Analysis | 7/31/2019

AT&T has hooked up with Badger Technologies to test retail robots powered by millimeter wave 5G and edge computing.

Comcast's Xfinity Mobile to Tweak By-the-Gig Pricing
News Analysis | 7/30/2019

Two years after launching its Xfinity Mobile MVNO, Comcast is tweaking its By-the-Gig pricing by adding two new options: 3GB for $30/month and 10GB for $60/month.

Private 5G Mobile Networks for Industrial IoT
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/30/2019

Dedicated 5G campus networks, designed to meet the coverage, performance and security requirements of industrial users, are one of the most exciting - and tangible - advanced 5G use-cases under development.

AT&T Scuttling 'DirecTV Now' Brand, Confusion Ensues
News Analysis | 7/30/2019

OTT-TV service to be recast as 'AT&T TV Now' amid plans to launch a new, high-end streaming service called 'AT&T TV' that will serve as the 'workhorse' for the company's pay-TV biz.

T-Mobile's jobs pledge smells fishy
Morris Lore | 7/30/2019

Deutsche Telekom's promise that a T-Mobile and Sprint merger will create jobs has attracted plenty of scepticism, but not cutting jobs could raise difficult questions.

Dish Bucks Trend as Pay-TV Numbers Improve in Q2
News Analysis | 7/30/2019

The pay-TV situation still isn't pretty, but Dish shed just 31,000 video subs in Q2, compared to a loss of 259,000 in Q1 2019 and a loss of 151,000 video subs in the year-ago period.

Huawei Defies US Ban With 23% Lift in H1 Revenue
News Analysis | 7/30/2019

Smartphones power the Chinese vendor's first-half results, but doubts about its operating system cloud the future.

Podcast: The Fast-Moving World of SD-WAN
The Philter | 7/30/2019

Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser discusses the world of SD-WAN, why there are so many vendors and whether enterprise 'white glove' services are handled by butlers.

Harmonic sheds more light on big 'CableOS' deal with Comcast
News Analysis | 7/30/2019

Four-year $175 million enterprise licensing deal covers headend software, with potential to reduce those fees should Comcast opt to buy other products, including nodes and other network hardware, from Harmonic.

AT&T Runs More Low-Band Tests in the US
News Analysis | 7/30/2019

AT&T has been granted a three-month test license (covering June to September) by the FCC to use the 4400MHz-5000MHz band with 5G.

Eurobites: GSMA Blasts Space Industry for Hogging 5G Spectrum
News Analysis | 7/30/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus guides for 'nearly stable' results; Ooredoo sees revenues shrink; Giffgaff fined; MTS gets new board members; and more.

Is Light Communications a Solution in Search of a Problem?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/30/2019

LiFi is the latest effort to bring optical wireless communications into the commercial communications networking fold.

VMware Expands to Google Cloud
News Analysis | 7/30/2019

VMware scores a hybrid cloud trifecta, bringing its workloads to Google Cloud, following previous deals with Microsoft and Amazon Web Services.

AT&T's $984M Justice Department Deal Heats Up Rivalry
News Analysis | 7/30/2019

AT&T nabs multi-year expansive agreement to modernize Justice Department networks, giving CenturyLink and Verizon black eyes.

Ovum's Barton on 5G's Consumer Appeal
LRTV Interviews | 7/30/2019

Ovum Chief Analyst Ed Barton talks about some of key findings from his new report, '5G: Key Opportunities and Challenges in Consumer and Entertainment,' which looks at what 5G promises, and what it will deliver, during the next five years.

Dish/T-Mobile/Sprint: Winners, Losers & What's Next
News Analysis | 7/30/2019

The merger of Sprint and T-Mobile would have a major impact on virtually every player in the telecommunications market. But it first must overcome a major legal challenge.

Comcast Looks Skyward for Success
News Analysis | 7/29/2019

Comcast sees streaming video opportunities on both sides of the Atlantic, with both its Sky and NBCUniversal units now cooking up content for OTT video.

The Cord Cutters Are Right
The Philter | 7/29/2019

The pay-TV feature set has finally met its match and, even if you don't cut the cord for budget reasons, you should give some other options a try.

Cord-Cutting Rate Set to Reach Record High in Q2
News Analysis | 7/29/2019

Growing pay-TV losses at Comcast, AT&T and Charter indicate that traditional cord-cutting has gotten 'freaking ugly,' analyst says.

AT&T's Chokshi: Why Carriers Need Disaggregation at the Edge
Kelsey's Grammar | 7/29/2019

AT&T's Rupesh Chokshi says the case for disaggregated routers at the edge goes beyond the usual examples of increased business agility, network visibility and performance.

Altice USA Nearing Sale of Lightpath Stake – Report
News Analysis | 7/29/2019

Potential deal with Stonepeak would involve a minority piece of fiber-fueled business services unit and value the Lightpath division at about $3 billion, Bloomberg says.

The Long Road to 5G IoT Reality
News Analysis | 7/29/2019

5G 'massive IoT' will arrive in March 2020 with the 5G 'Phase 2,' specs but don't expect the hardware support to follow right behind.

How Mobile 5G Could Affect In-Home Broadband
DanoVision | 7/29/2019

Mobile 5G services are popping up around the country. However, there are plenty of reasons that such services won't replace customers' wired, in-home Internet connections.

Fiber, 5G or Cable? The Battle for the Enterprise Branch Office
Column | 7/29/2019

Fresh survey results show that the distributed enterprise market is up for grabs as cable operators, traditional telcos and wireless providers vie for advantage.

Singapore telcos demand rethink of 5G standalone plan
News Analysis | 7/29/2019

SingTel and StarHub have lashed out at government plans to mandate the rollout of 5G networks based on the standalone version of the technology.

Eurobites: Virgin Media ponders mobile bid – report
News Analysis | 7/29/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Management changes at Vodafone Romania and Euskaltel results.

Vodafone, TIM strike network-sharing deal
News Analysis | 7/29/2019

Italian tower assets, including active equipment, to be pooled in a joint venture as operators seek ways to reduce costs ahead of further 5G-related investments.

Q&A With Dish's Charlie Ergen About His New 5G Strategy
CxO Spotlight | 7/26/2019

Dish's chief executive spoke with Light Reading about the company's 5G future, just hours after Dish announced a $5 billion agreement to purchase customers, spectrum and wholesale access from the combined Sprint and T-Mobile.

VMware Snags Uhana for AI-Driven Mobile Network Optimization
News Analysis | 7/26/2019

Uhana uses deep learning and real-time AI to optimize carrier mobile networks and applications.

Dish Could Unseat T-Mobile as the Uncarrier
DanoVision | 7/26/2019

Yes, Dish Network faces an uphill climb in its plan to build a 5G network covering 70% of the US population by 2023. But don't count it out completely.

Charter Shifts Mobile Into Higher Gear
News Analysis | 7/26/2019

No. 2 US MSO signs up 208,000 wireless customers in the second quarter as it ramps up its Spectrum Mobile sales efforts to full throttle and extends its reach to nearly every type of wireless handset.

T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Gets DoJ Approval Thanks to Dish's $5B Deal
News Analysis | 7/26/2019

The DoJ signed off on a transaction that would merge Sprint and T-Mobile and position Dish Network to build a nationwide 5G network. It's a complex deal.

Son Strikes Back With $108B Vision Fund 2
News Analysis | 7/26/2019

Japanese billionaire sets up another multi-billion-dollar technology fund as he looks to be the driving force behind artificial intelligence.

Rakuten Mobile Preps for Shift From MVNO to 5G Network Operator
News Analysis | 7/26/2019

After winning the MVNO game in Japan, Rakuten is poised to disrupt the small club of network operators.

Vodafone shares soar as it values towers spin-off at $20B
News Analysis | 7/26/2019

The UK operator is setting up a European towers company that could attract third-party investment and help to speed up 5G deployment.

WiCipedia: Rad Projects, Femtech Entering Heyday & CES Confirms Diversity Changes
WiCipedia | 7/26/2019

This week in our WiC roundup: Bumble gets mixed up with the wrong crowd; a new coding book for young girls makes tech fun; femtech gets its day in the sun; and more.

Eurobites: Three Joins UK's 5G Price War
News Analysis | 7/26/2019

Also in today's regional roundup: France takes a step closer to passing the 'Huawei law'; Sky Mobile joins the UK's 5G club; Telefonica's second quarter financials; and ECI unveils its first 5G-tailored product.

Juniper's Still in a Hole, but Climbing Out
News Analysis | 7/26/2019

Juniper saw quarterly revenues down again year-over-year, but says it remains on track to return to annual growth by the December quarter, just like it's been saying it would all year.

Google's Cloud Business Hits $8B Annually
News Analysis | 7/26/2019

Google's still got a long way to go to catch up with Amazon Web Services, which brings in more than $8 billion quarterly.

Apple Buys Intel's 5G Modem Biz for $1B
News Analysis | 7/25/2019

As expected, Apple will pay $1 billion for Intel's 5G smartphone modem business. The real question is when Apple might replace Qualcomm's chips with its own.

Comcast Broadband, Mobile Growth Engines Keep Purring
News Analysis | 7/25/2019

No. 1 US cable and broadband provider racks up another strong quarter of steady broadband and mobile sub growth while seeing video sub losses shoot up.

South Korean Telcos Count Cost of 5G but Talk Up New Services
News Analysis | 7/25/2019

South Korea's pioneering 5G operators are looking at a fall in profit after racing 5G to market. But fear not – 'immersive' apps are on the way.

Nokia warns of possible China pullback as support for local vendors grows
News Analysis | 7/25/2019

Finnish vendor is assessing its China strategy as local operators turn increasingly to Huawei and ZTE.

Eurobites: Virgin Media Raises Gigabit Stakes in UK
News Analysis | 7/25/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre sucks up to BoJo; O2 confirms 5G launch; Telefonica's net income slips in Q2, though its revenues rise.

It's Groundhog Day! Explaining AT&T's Microsoft & IBM Deals
Wagner’s Ring | 7/25/2019

AT&T recently cut a big cloud deal with IBM. Then AT&T cut a big cloud deal with Microsoft the next day. That doesn't mean we're caught in a timeloop – the deals are different, and have plenty of unanswered questions.

Podcast: AT&T's U-verse U-Turn
The Philter | 7/24/2019

AT&T once pushed its U-verse products really hard, then backed away. It did the same with DirecTV. Will HBO or AT&T Fiber be any different?

AT&T Video Sub Losses Hit Record Highs
News Analysis | 7/24/2019

Company executives say their forthcoming 'thin-client' streaming video service and intensified focus on digital assets and 'long-term value' customers will save the day. But analysts have their doubts.

Ford to Test Private LTE/5G Wireless Network for Connected Cars
News Analysis | 7/24/2019

Ford plans to build a private wireless network on its Dearborn campus using LTE/5G technologies. The news bisects two key trends in the automotive and mobile industries: connected cars and private wireless networks.

China 5G Plans Put China Tower in the Spotlight
News Analysis | 7/24/2019

Excitement surrounds the world's biggest towers company as China gets to work on 5G rollout.

AT&T Says Nationwide Low-Band 5G Will Arrive in 2020
News Analysis | 7/24/2019

AT&T says 'nationwide' 5G will happen in first half of next year, while mmWave 5G will be 'business-driven' for now.

Standardizing NFV Infrastructure With Bogometry, Dickering & Do-Ocracy
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/24/2019

Operators gather in Paris for three days of meetings to simplify NFV infrastructure.

Eurobites: Vodafone Faces Legal Challenge Over 4G Emergency Calls Patent
News Analysis | 7/24/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica Deutschland's revenues rise but losses widen in Q2; Bango expands its OTT partnerships; dearth of sexy stuff in dragon movie.

Vodafone, O2 Eye Towers Sale to Aid 5G Rollout
News Analysis | 7/24/2019

UK mobile operators firm up their plans for the sharing of 5G equipment and begin exploring 'monetization' options for their Cornerstone business.

BoJo Leadership Threatens Huawei & UK's Fiber Future
Morris Lore | 7/24/2019

The mischievous Boris Johnson, who becomes the UK's prime minister today, is a dilemma for the country's telecom chiefs.

BT Taps Canonical OpenStack for Cloud-Native 5G Network
News Analysis | 7/24/2019

BT is using Canonical OpenStack on Ubuntu Linux to move its global network to a cloud-native, microservices architecture.

Ciena Hopes to Accelerate Growth Under New Leadership in India
News Analysis | 7/24/2019

The optical equipment maker has a new Indian boss with an eye on growth opportunities.

France's bike fest demands tour de force from Orange
Slide Shows | 7/24/2019

The annual Tour de France is not just the world's most challenging bike race; it's also a feat of endurance for the service provider at the heart of the technical action.

Rogers' Ignite TV Not Yet Taking Off
News Analysis | 7/23/2019

Despite its accelerating rollout of Ignite TV, a syndicated version of Comcast's cloud-based X1 video platform, Rogers is still seeing video subscriber losses mount.

Sprint/T-Mobile Could Reportedly Get Final Approval This Week
News Analysis | 7/23/2019

DT and T-Mobile are reportedly ready to go ahead with a Dish buyout of Boost, in order to get DOJ final approval of the Sprint/T-Mobile merger this week.

CONFIRMED: Altice Mobile MVNO Priced at $25/Line for Employees
News Analysis | 7/23/2019

Altice confirmed that its mobile offering is currently available to employees at $25 per line. That price is below what Comcast, Charter and Sprint charge for unlimited services.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: The Robots Are Coming!
LRTV Documentaries | 7/23/2019

This week's podcast is all about AI as Scott and Iain are joined by Aaron Boasman-Patel of the TM Forum.

Huawei Breached US Sanctions by Selling Gear to North Korea – Report
News Analysis | 7/23/2019

Latest charges against the Chinese equipment giant will be hard for the Trump administration to ignore.

Arrcus Scores $30M & Takes Network 'Democratization' to the Edge
News Analysis | 7/23/2019

Arrcus is extending its architecture from the data center to the edge, using high-density 100G/400G white box networking hardware based on Broadcom Jericho2 processors.

Huawei Culls US R&D Workforce, Blames Trade Restrictions
News Analysis | 7/23/2019

Around 70% of Futurewei's employees will lose their jobs, the Chinese equipment giant has confirmed, with US trade restrictions to blame.

CenturyLink Adds Fiber to Fuel Datacenter, Cloud Growth
News Analysis | 7/23/2019

Why more fiber? Cloud data center demand from webscale service providers, says CenturyLink's CTO.

Eurobites: UK Government Gets Jumpy Over Inmarsat Sale
News Analysis | 7/23/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Intracom Telecom lands Italian FWA job with Open Fiber; Openreach reduces wholesale FTTP prices; Ericsson and Swisscom join the 5G Dots.

Apple Could Pay $1B for Intel's Smartphone Assets – WSJ
News Analysis | 7/23/2019

iPhone maker in 'advanced' discussions to acquire modem chip assets from Intel as it looks to become more self-reliant.

An Inside Look at Cable's MVNO Business Model
News Analysis | 7/22/2019

Comcast and Charter have successfully pushed some of their mobile customers' traffic from Verizon's network and onto WiFi networks, according to new findings from Tutela.

OneWeb's LEO strategy shows more progress, but questions remain
News Analysis | 7/22/2019

OneWeb is building a constellation of low-Earth orbit satellites for global Internet services, but key elements of the offering remain cloudy.

Huawei Gets Brexit Treatment as UK Delays Decision
News Analysis | 7/22/2019

UK politicians do what they do best - and put off making a decision about the Chinese vendor's role in the country's 5G networks.

Virgin Media Places Amazon Prime Order
News Analysis | 7/22/2019

Seeking to spark growth in its pay-TV business, Liberty Global's UK unit launches Amazon Prime Video as an integrated app on its V6 set-tops.

Huawei's Fate Up for Debate in a Possible US-China Trade Deal
The Philter | 7/22/2019

The US has given mixed signals with regards to Huawei and the US-China trade war in general, policy experts say. Huawei, meanwhile, said it would favor any trade deal that gets the US talking again.

Explainability Is the Key to Trust in AI
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/22/2019

If AI is to play a role in communications network operations, a high degree of trust will be required. Explainable AI might be the route to gaining that trust.

Verizon Paves Fast Lane to Equinix Data Centers
News Analysis | 7/22/2019

Verizon is looking to build shortcuts between enterprises and their assets located in Equinix data centers.

QOS Networks Secures SD-WAN Contract With the Golden State
News Analysis | 7/22/2019

QOS Networks' contract with the State of California is its first foray into the government space for SD-WAN.

Deutsche Telekom Cuts Adtran Spending After 5G Spectrum Splurge
News Analysis | 7/22/2019

German spectrum auction blamed by analysts for a broadband spending slowdown at Deutsche Telekom.

Hong Kong Telcos Upset by 5G 'Exclusion Zone'
News Analysis | 7/22/2019

Regulatory efforts to protect satellite services have angered mobile operators investing in 5G technology.

Eurobites: Europe 'Risk Assesses' Its 5G
News Analysis | 7/22/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Liberty Global to form JV to expand Virgin Media fiber network; Telefonica lands cybersecurity deal with Havas; Ofcom looks to protect mobile users, kicks off search for new boss.

3 Big Themes to Watch for in Wireless Q2 Earnings
DanoVision | 7/22/2019

From cable's wireless growth to Sprint's expected losses, here's what to expect from the next few weeks.

Netflix thinking inside the box
News Analysis | 7/22/2019

Netflix is increasingly focused on getting its OTT app integrated into pay-TV set-tops and mobile devices as it seeks to maintain its rapid growth pace around the world.

Meeting Cable's 10G Challenge Without Lots More Fiber
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/22/2019

Cable operators may not not need to go all-fiber or adopt the new Full Duplex DOCSIS spec to deliver symmetrical 10Gbit/s speeds to broadband subscribers.

5G mmWave Phones Can't Stand the Heat
News Analysis | 7/19/2019

Tests show that hot days can cause the Samsung S10 5G phone to drop from a 5G connection to a 4G signal from overheating.

In #5G Social Media Advertising, AT&T Goes Old While Verizon Goes Male
News Analysis | 7/19/2019

In social media advertising for 5G, AT&T is targeting older Americans while Verizon is targeting mostly men.

Eurobites: Ireland's Cubic gets €23.5M funding boost
News Analysis | 7/19/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre takes fiber gig into 14 more cities; Millicom boosted by M&A; Hungary kicks off 5G auction process; Qualcomm fined.

5G in Laptops, Watches, Tablets & More? Analysts Are Divided
News Analysis | 7/19/2019

5G operators are keen to see consumer electronics companies install 5G capabilities into all kinds of devices. However, analysts are divided about whether that will actually happen.

Huawei Ban Would Hurt 5G Security, Say UK MPs
News Analysis | 7/19/2019

UK politicians say the country's next prime minister will have to make a quick decision about Huawei and that restrictions would have an impact on security.

The Right Strategy for Modernizing Cable
Column | 7/19/2019

Operators are challenged with finding a tech-agnostic approach and a data-driven upgrade strategy that will stand the test of time.

3.5GHz CBRS Band Deployments Face Yet Another Delay
News Analysis | 7/18/2019

The NTIA is still testing spectrum sharing in the 3.5GHz CBRS band. Such testing has delayed commercial operations in the band for almost a year.

T-Mobile Reportedly Worried That Dish Is Actually a Trojan Horse for Cable
News Analysis | 7/18/2019

T-Mobile and its parent company are worried that a cable company like Charter or Comcast might acquire Dish in order to gain MVNO access into T-Mobile's network.

Verizon Launches Fifth Mobile 5G City, First MiFi Device
News Analysis | 7/18/2019

Verizon launches fifth mobile 5G city.

DT Considers Legal Action Over Vodafone-Liberty Merger
News Analysis | 7/18/2019

German incumbent lashes out at European authorities after they approve Vodafone's takeover of Unitymedia, and says it may request a judicial review.

Podcast: Here Are 3 Big Trends in 5G
The Philter | 7/18/2019

This mini episode of the Light Reading podcast features Ray Le Maistre and Dario Talmesio discussing the big trends shaping the 5G market worldwide, now that so many major operators have launched 5G services.

Eurobites: Telia Starts to Turn the Tanker Around in Q2
News Analysis | 7/18/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT sells historic HQ; Virgin and Sky extend content deal; Telefonica taps smart-metering tech.

Vodafone Gets Blessing for €18.4B Liberty Takeover
News Analysis | 7/18/2019

The deal should take the pressure off Vodafone CEO Nick Read but comes as a big blow to German incumbent Deutsche Telekom.

AMG's NextLink: The FCC's Poster Child for Crossing the Digital Divide
News Analysis | 7/17/2019

Bill Baker, CEO of AMG Technology Investment Group's NextLink, is getting ready to put millions from the FCC's Connect America Fund to use covering rural America with fixed wireless. He may soon bid for billions more.

Stranger Things: Netflix Falls Short on Subs
News Analysis | 7/17/2019

Despite passing the 150-million subscriber mark globally, Netflix disappoints investors by falling well short of its second-quarter target of adding 5 million paid subscribers worldwide.

AT&T & Microsoft Ink 'Extensive' Deal for Cloud, 5G, AI & Edge
News Analysis | 7/17/2019

In an 'extensive, multiyear alliance,' AT&T is moving its non-network applications to Microsoft Azure and its employees to Microsoft 365, while Microsoft gets access to AT&T's network for emerging 5G, AI and edge applications.

Report: Netflix Doesn't Need Friends
News Analysis | 7/17/2019

In its latest take on the SVoD space, MoffettNathanson says Netflix will still dominate the OTT video market despite the impending loss of Friends and The Office to new streaming services from WarnerMedia & NBCUniversal.

NB-IoT Gains Early Commercial Traction in the US
News Analysis | 7/17/2019

Early NB-IoT services from T-Mobile, and more action from AT&T and Verizon as narrowband IoT starts its initial growth in the US.

D3.1 Finally (Really) Debuts Down Under
News Analysis | 7/17/2019

Australian government-backed wholesale broadband provider concludes successful D3.1 field trial on a retail operator's HFC network in Victoria, achieving download speeds of nearly 1 Gig.

5G Man Meets His Nemesis
LRTV Documentaries | 7/17/2019

5G Man finds an unwelcome guest in his apartment...

Eurobites: S&P Puts Vodafone on Creditwatch
News Analysis | 7/17/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Tele2's earnings up 3% in Q2; Openet goes cloud-native for 5G; Inmarsat takeover comes under scrutiny.

5G Momentum Props Up Ericsson's Q2
News Analysis | 7/17/2019

The Networks division is helping the Swedish operator improve its top line numbers but 'strategic contracts' hit margins and other divisions are still in turnaround mode, dragging the vendor's share price down.

You.i TV Cashing in on Multiscreen Migration
The Bauminator | 7/17/2019

As the traditional pay-TV biz suffers and the direct-to-consumer OTT video market rises, You.i TV has found its niche as companies on all sides seek ways to simplify the path to a wide array of screens.

Pirates Poised to Pluck More From Pay-TV, OTT
News Analysis | 7/17/2019

Piracy and account-sharing are taking a sizable bite from operators' content revenue, with incumbents and OTT startups feeling the financial hurt.

5G May Drive Carriers to Share Networks – Like It or Not
News Analysis | 7/17/2019

Operators around the world are eyeing network-sharing deals to deploy 5G. US operators remain decidedly against such a proposition, but they may back into more sharing scenarios in the coming years nonetheless.

Cord-Cutting Could Clip Other Video Players
Alantown | 7/16/2019

Back-to-back studies by InMyArea Research indicate major TV programmers and streaming services like HBO and Netflix could also face a mass exodus by subscribers soon.

Podcast: ClearSky Data CEO Ellen Rubin Knows Where Your Data Is
CxO Spotlight | 7/16/2019

Ellen Rubin joins the Light Reading podcast to discuss edge computing and the new need for data management in more places as the world goes from static storage to mobile, multicloud madness.

AT&T & IBM Strike Major Cloud, Networking Alliance
News Analysis | 7/16/2019

AT&T Business Solutions will migrate its internal applications to the IBM Cloud. IBM, meanwhile, will use AT&T Business as its primary provider of software-defined networking.

Cato Debuts 'Hands-Free' SD-WAN
News Analysis | 7/16/2019

Cato offers self-service, co-managed and now fully managed options for its cloud SD-WAN service.

Telenor Serves Up a Dodgy Herring in Q2
News Analysis | 7/16/2019

The Norwegian incumbent has revised down this year's outlook and lacks a decent growth story to excite investors.

Eurobites: Swisscom Brokers 5G Roaming Deals With SKT, Elisa
News Analysis | 7/16/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Arcep sets out its ground rules for 5G spectrum allocation; Facebook exec moves to VEON; Eurofins lands smart-home testing deal.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: What Is Digital Transformation?
LRTV Documentaries | 7/16/2019

Jennifer Kyriakakis from Matrixx joins the guys this week, as they attempt to work out what 'digital' really means in the telecoms environment.

Smartphone Life Expectancy Could Delay 5G Transition
News Analysis | 7/16/2019

US mobile users don't show much interest in buying new phones these days, a situation that could create challenges for operators looking to replace the 4G phones among customers with more efficient 5G gadgets.

Huawei Dispute Has Put Global Supply Chain at Breaking Point
Morris Lore | 7/16/2019

With the Chinese vendor now developing alternatives to US suppliers, and Ericsson moving production closer to its customers, the telecom world order is under serious threat.

NB-IoT: Where Trash Can Become Treasure
News Analysis | 7/15/2019

Sensoneo is deploying its trash management system in parts of the US with T-Mobile's NB-IoT.

Dalet Buys Ooyala Media Platform & People
News Analysis | 7/15/2019

To support its ongoing transition to a SaaS-based business model, Dalet signs agreement to acquire Ooyala Flex Media Platform and staff.

Huawei Prepares for Possible Life Without US Suppliers
News Analysis | 7/15/2019

Chinese equipment giant confirms it is developing alternatives to US suppliers and limiting the amount of US technology in its products.

Shaw bets on BlueCurve for broadband
News Analysis | 7/15/2019

As part of its broad product syndication deal with Comcast, big Canadian MSO is counting on new home WiFi app, DOCSIS 3.1 rollout and IPTV launch to trigger fresh subscriber and revenue growth.

AT&T Keeps Pushing on the Manufacturing Use Case for 5G
News Analysis | 7/15/2019

The 5G industry is hoping that the technology will play a role in the 'factory of the future.' AT&T specifically has embarked on a few efforts to make this happen.

Microsoft teams with MSPs to hook enterprises into Azure
News Analysis | 7/15/2019

Microsoft is partnering with eight managed service providers, including SD-WAN startup Aryaka, to connect enterprises with applications in the Azure cloud.

Qualcomm Gets Busy With Its 9205 Cellular IoT Modem
News Analysis | 7/15/2019

Qualcomm talks up 16 design wins for its cellular IoT modem.

Eurobites: Israel Sets 5G Spectrum Auction in Motion
News Analysis | 7/15/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei requests level laying field in Italy; ADVA adds a dash of AI to satellite signaling analytics; Galileo crashes and burns; Telenor's Q2 dented by Bangladeshi 'errors.'

C-Band Proposal Fixates on Fiber
News Analysis | 7/15/2019

A proposal with cable industry backing to free up at least 370MHz of C-Band spectrum for 5G should make fiber providers and data center operators salivate.

Untapping the Opportunity in Sports OTT
Column | 7/15/2019

While sports content piracy is growing at an alarming rate, hurting the industry and dampening down the value of sports TV rights, solutions are available.

Sprint, Verizon to Sell 5G Phones Nationwide
News Analysis | 7/12/2019

Sprint and Verizon have launched 5G services in parts of just a handful of cities. But the operators confirmed that they will sell their 5G phones in all of their retail stores nationwide.

Charter & NY Formally Kiss & Make Up
News Analysis | 7/12/2019

After New York's Public Service Commission rescinded approval of Charter's merger with TWC and Charter threatened to leave the state, negotiations succeeded and both orgs come out winners.

AT&T ditches Synacor as portal provider
News Analysis | 7/12/2019

Synacor reveals that it's winding down three-year deal with AT&T to run the telco's web portal, which will sap nearly half of its overall revenue.

The Spectral Efficiency Twilight Zone
Morris Lore | 7/12/2019

Operators desperately need 5G's 'spectral efficiency' to cope with a data tsunami. Just don't expect it to boost profits.

Boingo's New CEO Sees Growth Everywhere, Including in Private CBRS Networks
CxO Spotlight | 7/12/2019

From 5G to WiFi 6, Boingo's new CEO sees opportunities everywhere. Moreover, those opportunities now stretch into the 3.5GHz CBRS band.

New Route to New Revenue: Detect & Respond to Credentials Sharing
Column | 7/12/2019

Rather than ignoring password sharing or solely seeking ways to prevent it, service providers are now in position to monetize it thanks to advances in behavioral analytics and machine learning.

Eurobites: Orange, Proximus Agree to Network Sharing in Belgium
News Analysis | 7/12/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: SWAN, ZTE claim 5G first in Slovakia; Sparkle moves African hub; France Telecom suicides trial reaches conclusion.

For Cell Phone Tower Owners, the Wall Street Party May Be Ending
News Analysis | 7/12/2019

Cell tower owners including SBA, American Tower and Crown Castle have been enjoying lots of love on Wall Street. But the good times might be over, according to some analysts.

No Quick Fix for New BT, Vodafone Bosses
Morris Lore | 7/12/2019

Philip Jansen and Nick Read are not off to a dream start at the UK operators, and turnarounds could be a long time coming.

Will Standards Lessen SD-WAN's Growing Pains?
Kelsey's Grammar | 7/11/2019

Ovum and Heavy Reading explain how MEF has stepped in to create SD-WAN specifications to provide clarity in the market, and how this service definition could impact the industry.

Cogeco Scores in US, Slips in Canada
News Analysis | 7/11/2019

Large cross-border cable operator exceeds analyst expectations with Q3 Atlantic Broadband results in US but disappoints with Cogeco Connexion results in Canada.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom, Software AG Team Up for IoT Expansion
News Analysis | 7/11/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone boss takes a GB pound 1.2 million pay cut; BT may cut its dividend to fund fiber rollout; ADVA connects in Kuwait.

Too Little, Too Late for BSNL, MTNL Revival?
News Analysis | 7/11/2019

India's government has proposed a rescue deal for its state-backed operators, but their survival remains in doubt.

Rural America Might See More 5G With FCC's New 2.5GHz Order
DanoVision | 7/11/2019

The FCC said it's moving to release valuable midband spectrum for 5G with its new 2.5GHz action, but opponents argue American students will suffer as a result. The truth is that Sprint already owns most of the nation's 2.5GHz holdings.

Verizon Folding Smart City Unit Into Business Group, Ingram to Depart
News Analysis | 7/10/2019

Verizon is moving its smart city operations into its new consumer/business corporate structure. As a result, Verizon's VP of Smart Communities, Mrinalini (Lani) Ingram, is leaving the company.

What Does Dish's Charlie Ergen Want?
News Analysis | 7/10/2019

Charlie Ergen has accumulated a treasure trove of spectrum licenses, and has now emerged as the linchpin in the government's review of the T-Mobile and Sprint merger. But what does he really want?

IBM: We Won't 'Bluewash' Red Hat
News Analysis | 7/10/2019

IBM executives say they'd be fools to compromise Red Hat's independence, following the $34 billion acquisition that closed this week.

Family Friction for 5G Man
LRTV Documentaries | 7/10/2019

5G Man doesn't always get along with his father... the irascible 4G Man.

Cisco Looks to Acacia for Optics & Flexibility
News Analysis | 7/10/2019

Acacia's pluggable optics help Cisco's routing business stay competitive and make its customer networks easier to operate, according to the head of Cisco's optical business.

Epsilon Revamps Its Back Office to Support Pivot to Enterprise Services
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/10/2019

International wholesale operator wants to play a bigger role with enterprise customers but adding services such as data center interconnect and SD-WAN requires additional operational and business support tools.

Talk – but No Greater Clarity – on Huawei Ban
Shades of Ray | 7/10/2019

Various reports suggest there has been a relaxation on the trade position being taken by the US authorities with regards to Huawei, but the situation for US vendors is no clearer.

Eurobites: Bulgaria's Vivacom Goes on Sale, Despite Ownership Row
News Analysis | 7/10/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Transatel expands mobile data offer for Jaguar Land Rover; ZTE opens cybersecurity lab in Brussels; Amazon's Alexa heals the UK.

MVNO Ting Dumps T-Mobile for Verizon, Blames Sprint/T-Mobile Merger
News Analysis | 7/9/2019

Ting, an MVNO of both Sprint and T-Mobile, in part blamed the ongoing uncertainty around the proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile for its decision to move from T-Mobile to Verizon.

ONAP 'Dublin' Lightens Network Orchestration
News Analysis | 7/9/2019

The latest release of the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) sports enhancements designed to get the software up and running faster, so carriers can get on with sexy innovation.

Comcast Commits Millions to Harmonic's 'CableOS' Platform
News Analysis | 7/9/2019

Under the new enterprise license, Comcast will pay $175 million in software license fees over four years in a move that could help to fuel the cable op's access network virtualization efforts.

IBM Builds Telco Muscle With $34B Red Hat Acquisition
News Analysis | 7/9/2019

IBM sees its combination with Red Hat as enabling a full virtualization stack to service providers, from infrastructure to OSS and everything in between.

AT&T Names & Delays New SVoD Service, HBO Max, Till 2020
News Analysis | 7/9/2019

WarnerMedia's new direct-to-consumer OTT service to feature 10K hours of content, reportedly cost more than $14.99 per month.

Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk to compete for 5G backhaul business
News Analysis | 7/9/2019

Some of the world's most visible and wealthy entrepreneurs are preparing to compete against each other in offering satellite-based backhaul services to wireless network operators.

Nintendo Investigating 5G, but 'We Don't Chase Trends'
News Analysis | 7/9/2019

Wireless industry executives tout 5G as ideal for gaming and other high-speed services, but executives at video game company Nintendo are taking a wait-and-see approach.

Ericsson Warns of No-Deal Brexit Threat to UK and European Telecom
News Analysis | 7/9/2019

Swedish kit giant says a Brexit on no terms would leave the telecom industries in both the UK and Europe worse off.

Cisco to Buy Acacia for Pluggable Optical Goodness
News Analysis | 7/9/2019

Cisco said it would buy Acacia and the components vendor's current optical transport customers need not worry. The move is seen as positive overall, but one analyst explained why Arista should probably be more concerned than ADVA.

Video Sub Losses Now Part of US Cable's 'Bull Case' – Analyst
News Analysis | 7/9/2019

Investors are now more willing to ignore pay-TV declines as cable margins surge, thanks in part to ARPU-boosting broadband services, Craig Moffett says.

Yvette Kanouff Joins John Chambers-Led VC
News Analysis | 7/9/2019

Former Cisco exec and cable industry vet named partner and CTO of JC2 Ventures, a venture capital firm devoted to startups in areas such as AI, IoT and cybersecurity.

AT&T's '5G E' Strategy Is Paying Off – Misleading or Not
News Analysis | 7/9/2019

AT&T's decision to replace the 'LTE' icon on some of its phones with '5G E' earned the carrier widespread condemnation, but new findings show that AT&T's network is nonetheless seeing dramatic improvements.

Eurobites: The Future Looks Brighter for Orange's Richard
News Analysis | 7/9/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ADVA lands Luxembourg deal; Orange completes SecureLink acquisition; Telefonica extends its Internet-access-for-resale service; a Spotify for Africa.

The Story Behind Verizon's 5G Secret Weapon
News Analysis | 7/9/2019

Verizon is spending billions on fiber to support its wireless 5G push.

Podcast: Parsing Data & Sharing Poles in Smart Cities
The Philter | 7/9/2019

US Ignite's Mari Silbey provides commentary on a few topics related to smart cities, including how research universities are helping cities slice up IoT and sensor data into bite-sized morsels.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Vodafone 5G, Xi vs Trump & Apple Innovation
LRTV Documentaries | 7/9/2019

This week: Vodafone goes for the controlled throttle on 5G tariffs; the US goes for the jugular with Huawei; and will an Ive-less Apple go down the pan?

Roku Retains the High Ground in US Streaming Battle
The Bauminator | 7/8/2019

Meanwhile, Android TV trails the pack at retail, but continues to make strides with cable ops and other service providers worldwide.

India's Tejas Targets Big Gains in US
News Analysis | 7/8/2019

The optical equipment maker spies international opportunity in Huawei's problems.

Attack of the smombies, dawn of the wombie
Morris Lore | 7/8/2019

Governments are trying to contain a global pandemic of the smartphone undead.

Eurobites: Vodafone Poaches Tata's Kumar to Head Up Business Unit
News Analysis | 7/8/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN sells international assets; Telenet shares dented by wholesale access proposals; Huawei's position on Poland.

Telecom Italia cranks up 5G with three-city launch
News Analysis | 7/8/2019

Italian operator gets its 5G motor running and heads out on the highway. Just don't expect it to arrive in Calabria anytime soon.

5G Will Be 100x Faster Than LTE? More Like 2.7x Faster
News Analysis | 7/8/2019

T-Mobile boasts that 5G will support 10x faster speeds than 4G. CTIA crows that it will be be up to 100x faster. Well, the initial results are in, and the reality doesn't quite match up to the hype.

Colt CEO: US Customers Growing in the Cloud
CxO Spotlight | 7/8/2019

Colt CEO Carl Grivner said its business in the US - providing enterprise connectivity - is still growing thanks to continued enterprise cloud adoption.

Here Are All the 5G Devices Announced & Released So Far
News Analysis | 7/8/2019

5G is catching steam around the globe. As a result, device makers ranging from Oppo to Samsung are rushing to get 5G devices out into the market.

Churn Could Singe Comcast's Broadband & Video Q2 Results – Analyst
News Analysis | 7/5/2019

Meanwhile, Comcast's Xfinity Mobile business is expected to add 200K lines in the period, and reach a 'steady state,' Nomura analysts predict.

5G4REAL: These 3D-Printed 5G Antennas Are Cheap & Ready to Install
LRTV Documentaries | 7/5/2019

The expansion of 5G networks will require an unprecedented increase in the number of radio units, especially in urban environments.

Why Deutsche Telekom could exit Romania
Morris Lore | 7/5/2019

The German operator is rumored to be in talks about selling assets in Romania. Difficult as it may be to pull off, that move could make business sense and suit its strategic objectives.

Equinix Courts Cloud Titans With $1B+ European Partnership
News Analysis | 7/5/2019

Equinix and GIC, Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, launch a joint venture for more than $1 billion to develop and operate data centers in Europe for the likes of Amazon, Microsoft and other hypercloud providers.

WiCipedia: AI's Dark Side, Diversity's Baby Steps & the Power/Privilege Dynamic
WiCipedia | 7/5/2019

This week in our WiC roundup: Allies in privilege and power; automation gone awry; no pats on the back; and more.

Eurobites: Orange's Richard Braced for Fraud Case Verdict
News Analysis | 7/5/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ofcom looks to help out public service broadcasters; Ericsson demos wireless factory; Net Insight lands Swiss deal.

Samsung Looks to Multivendor, 5G RAN Future
News Analysis | 7/4/2019

Samsung is expecting O-RAN gear to arrive by 2020.

5G Back in Europe's Connected Cars Race After Latest Twist
News Analysis | 7/4/2019

Representatives of EU member states vote to scrap a scheme that would favor a WiFi-based standard over cellular technology in future connected cars.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom to Cut Jobs With Stores Cull
News Analysis | 7/4/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor toots 5G trumpet; InterDigital joins 5Growth project; Telefonica fights fraud; Orange saddles up for Tour de France.

Vodafone, Three Expect No Huawei Ban in UK
News Analysis | 7/4/2019

The chances of a complete 5G ban on the Chinese equipment giant look remote, as far as two of the UK's mobile network operators are concerned.

DT Rushes High-Priced 5G to Market for Samsung-Loving Urbanites
News Analysis | 7/4/2019

German incumbent becomes the first operator in the country to launch 5G services, but customers outside a few urban hotspots will have to wait.

Broadcom Set to Acquire Symantec – Reports
News Analysis | 7/4/2019

A $15 billion deal is in the works, according to market speculation.

Vodafone UK takes wrecking ball to 5G market
News Analysis | 7/3/2019

The UK mobile operator has started a race to the bottom with its launch of cut-price 5G services.

SVoD App Downloads Hot, Virtual MVPD Downloads Not
News Analysis | 7/3/2019

Downloads of apps such as DirecTV Now and other OTT-TV services declined in Q2 as prices for OTT-TV services ticked up, study finds.

5G Today Is Just a Glorified Add-On
DanoVision | 7/3/2019

Now that all of the major US wireless network operators have launched some type of commercial mobile 5G service, it's worth seeing exactly how they're pricing the offering. The results are anticlimactic, to say the least.

Ericsson's Lindgren on Vodafone's 5G Launch
LRTV Interviews | 7/3/2019

Marielle Lindgren, CEO for the UK and Ireland at Ericsson, talks to Light Reading's Iain Morris about Vodafone's launch of 5G services in the UK, what kind of applications 5G enables and Ericsson's role in the operator's 5G rollout.

Eurobites: Broadpeak Raises €10M From Eutelsat
News Analysis | 7/3/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone UK fires up 5G; Nokia's 5G factory lights the way ahead; BT to launch 5G in the fall; Google invests in Lisbon-Cape Town cable.

Why Telcos Are Going (Cloud) Native
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/2/2019

While there is a fair degree of hype around the term 'cloud native' and plenty of misuse by software marketeers, it is clearly an important topic among CSP CTOs and CIOs.

Satellite Giants Battered by New C-Band Proposals for 5G
News Analysis | 7/2/2019

Charter, Google and others are rallying around new proposals that would release midband spectrum for 5G. However, the government agency in charge of such matters - the FCC - might be a bit hesitant to engage in bold action.

Why Huawei's Addition to the Entity List Is the Pandora's Box of Telecoms
Shades of Ray | 7/2/2019

No matter what the US and China agree from now on, the dynamics of the global telecoms technology supply chain have changed forever.

The Top 4 US Carriers Have Mobile 5G
Jonestown | 7/2/2019

It's the summer of 5G in the US!

SD-WAN Update: 5G Impact Still to Come, as the Market Consolidates
Kelsey's Grammar | 7/2/2019

In addition to kicking around the idea of 5G's impact on SD-WAN, Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin shares insights on how the SD-WAN market might evolve this year.

Three UK Eyes Standalone 5G for Coverage Boost
News Analysis | 7/2/2019

The UK's smallest mobile network operator is preparing for a shift from the non-standalone to the standalone version of 5G technology.

OTT-TV Succumbs to Pricing Pressures
The Bauminator | 7/2/2019

Price hike by PlayStation Vue and new packaging options from Sling TV are more indicators that virtual MVPDs need to adjust to become sustainable businesses.

Dish Divestiture Deal Might Save the T-Mobile, Sprint Merger
News Analysis | 7/2/2019

Dish Network has reportedly inked a tentative deal with T-Mobile that could save the operator's proposed merger with Sprint. That would likely be welcome news considering the transaction is now officially overdue.

Three UK Ditching Samsung for Huawei as It Rolls Out 5G
News Analysis | 7/2/2019

The UK mobile operator's decision to rely solely on Huawei as a 5G RAN vendor means Samsung's 4G kit must go.

Eurobites: Nokia's Suri Warns Against 5G Security Overload
News Analysis | 7/2/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia acquires Fello AB; Tele2 audits its network following sequence of outages; Michael Joseph returns to Safaricom following death of Bob Collymore.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Trade Wars, 5G Wins & Phone Bills
LRTV Documentaries | 7/2/2019

It's a new studio but the same old faces this week tackling trade wars, 5G hyperbole and more.

BT Leverages Open Source for Fifth Generation of Network Monitoring
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/2/2019

Telcos need new ways to monitor their services and networks and some are turning to the open source community for inspiration.

5G iPhone Faces Chinese Question
News Analysis | 7/1/2019

Thanks to a new 5G push in China, analysts are raising their forecasts for the 5G phone market. However, it's unclear how that market will shake out given the ongoing geopolitical dance between China and the US.

CableLabs Seizes On Smarter WiFi
News Analysis | 7/1/2019

Teams with the Wi-Fi Alliance on new open source, standard way to collect and analyze WiFi network data and troubleshoot in-home WiFi issues that have been a drag on cable opex.

Ovum's Talmesio on 5G's Key Trends
LRTV Interviews | 7/1/2019

What are the three key trends in 5G right now? Dario Talmesio, principal analyst and practice leader for 5G Accelerator and European TMT Research at research house Ovum, tells all.

Huawei's IP Update Shows Why US Critics Are Scared
Morris Lore | 7/1/2019

A white paper from the Chinese vendor is supposed to show Huawei respects intellectual property. It seems likely to further unnerve Huawei's critics.

NTT Revamps to Form Single Giant Global Service Provider
News Analysis | 7/1/2019

Japanese operator pulls together multiple units to form a single international ICT service provider with annual revenues of $11 billion.

MobiTV Banks $50M More
News Analysis | 7/1/2019

App-focused video streaming tech and distribution company says fresh round of funds will fuel global growth, further tech development.

Huaweigate Latest: Trump's U-Turn & Weldon's Whoopsie
Morris Lore | 7/1/2019

Donald Trump's U-turn on Huawei proves this US president lacks any conviction and will not silence the Chinese vendor's critics.

Decision Time in 5G Transport
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/1/2019

What's the best way forward for operators when it comes 5G transport networks?

Eurobites: UK Mobile Operators to Get Dumped by Text
News Analysis | 7/1/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Safaricom boss Collymore dies; ETSI tweaks NFV for 5G; BT hires some job-cutting muscle.

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