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T-Mobile is dragging its feet with 5G buildout, tower cos warn
News Analysis | 7/31/2020

Two of the nation's three big tower companies have begun fretting over T-Mobile's slower-than-expected 5G buildouts. Analysts are divided over whether it's time to worry.

Casa's grasp extends beyond its cable core
News Analysis | 7/31/2020

Once a shop focused primarily on the cable access network, Casa's Q2 results indicate that the vendor is starting to find its groove in the wireless and fixed telecom markets.

Amazon's LEO ambitions include 5G and $10B price tag
News Analysis | 7/31/2020

Amazon joins SpaceX, OneWeb and others with plans to launch thousands of satellites to provide rural Internet connections, 5G backhaul and other services. The space remains full of unknowns.

Charter rakes in subs across the board in Q2
News Analysis | 7/31/2020

Cable op adds 842,000 broadband, 102,00 video and 325,000 mobile lines. However, the 'secular trends for video hasn't changed,' Charter's CEO warns.

Proximus in COVID 'containment' mode
News Analysis | 7/31/2020

Cost-cutting measures cushion Q2 pandemic impact.

KDDI feels crisis over low 5G adoption
News Analysis | 7/31/2020

Japan's KDDI enjoys profit, ARPU boost thanks to COVID-19 - but feels a sense of 'crisis' over 5G.

Facebook shows hypocritical boycotters cannot hold it to ransom
Morris Lore | 7/31/2020

The social media giant can be hard to like, but its stance on free speech is right, as the latest set of numbers shows.

Eurobites: Inwit hits the heights in H1
News Analysis | 7/31/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom and SAP join forces on COVID-19 app; T-Systems gets robotic; BT converges on micro-businesses; meet TIM Green.

Dish chooses VMware's cloud for 5G
News Analysis | 7/31/2020

Dish Network said it will run its network functions inside of the VMware Telco Cloud, and that the companies will work together to certify and install other vendors' software into the platform.

WiCipedia: Female leaders bring higher profit margins
WiCipedia | 7/31/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: Free online summit for trans people in tech; speaking up as the only Black person in the room; COVID-19's job insecurity woes; and more.

BT revenue and earnings dive 7% in fiscal Q1 as COVID-19 bites
News Analysis | 7/31/2020

Slump largely blamed on reduced revenue from BT Sport, the closure of retail stores and a reduction in business activity at its enterprise units.

Nokia stock soars as profits recover after China 5G exit
News Analysis | 7/31/2020

Finnish equipment vendor counts the sales cost of coronavirus and Chinese setbacks but makes unexpectedly good progress on profitability.

Toward cloud-native 5G core
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/31/2020

5G core must be part of a wider industry transition to 5G networks that incorporates massive investment in RAN, transport and cloud infrastructure.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Company of the Year (Public)
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

Five companies - Amdocs, Ciena, CommScope, Fortinet and Vonage - made the cut in the Company of the Year (Public) category.

1-Gig sell-ins gather steam at Altice USA
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

Using a mix of FTTP and DOCSIS 3.1, MSO has 1-Gig available to 75% of its footprint, with 24% of new broadband subs in those areas opting for gigabit service.

Akamai CEO: We dominate edge computing
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

Akamai said its edge computing platform now covers 300,000 servers in over 4,000 locations, with roughly 1,500 network partners - a $2B revenue business.

Podcast: AT&T Business EVP on using AI to keep customers happy
Kelsey's Grammar | 7/30/2020

Sorabh Saxena, AT&T Business's EVP of customer service and operations, discusses how AT&T has handled customer service during a pandemic, and how it can help other companies adapt to change.

Verizon fashionably late to the LTE fixed wireless party
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

Verizon joins T-Mobile, AT&T and other telecom operators in selling LTE fixed wireless services. Verizon's second go at such a product allows for customer self-installs.

Telefónica to build new fiber network in Germany
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

The Spanish telecom giant is looking for equity partners for a new fiber project in Germany as assets go up for sale in Latin America.

Comcast rides broadband wave as pay-TV takes on more water
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

Cable op's Xfinity Mobile business climbs to 2.39 million lines as rate of growth slows due to pandemic-fueled store closures.

As industry races to 5G, Telstra and Optus row over 4G coverage
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

Telstra takes Optus to court over allegedly misleading ads.

Samsung looks chipper in Q2 as the world works from home
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

Strong semiconductor performance makes up for drop in smartphone sales. South Korean behemoth expects Q3 uptick at its mobile communications business unit.

Telefónica turns frugal as COVID-19 bites
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

The Spanish operator is selling assets, cutting jobs and reducing investments as its main subsidiaries are laid low by the pandemic.

Eurobites: KKR offers €1.8B for stake in TIM's 'last mile' – report
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM teams up on tech VC fund; UKCloud unveils new services; Ericsson scores in Indonesia.

'Shaw Mobile' banks on network convergence
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

Canada's Shaw's mobile offering has unlimited and by-the-Gig options, initially focused on residential broadband subs in Alberta and British Columbia.

Orange sticks to guidance despite COVID-19 squeeze in Q2
News Analysis | 7/30/2020

French telecoms group reports lower Q2 revenue and earnings due to coronavirus lockdown and a reduction in roaming, but keeps guidance for the full year.

Qualcomm nabs Huawei deal, hints at 5G iPhone delay
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

Qualcomm said it inked a patent-licensing agreement with China's Huawei, removing a major cloud over the company. But it also warned of a 'flagship' 5G phone delay, likely referencing Apple.

Six big questions about the FCC's $9B 5G fund
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

The FCC's 5G fund is supposed to bring advanced wireless services to rural areas. But there are big questions that need to be addressed before carriers take their place at the government trough.

Juniper's Mist AI navigates fog in the WAN
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

The fourth generation of Juniper's Mist platform aims to utilize artificial intelligence to automate anomaly detection and take proactive actions in enterprises' WANs.

SpaceMobile deal could kill all of AT&T's dead zones
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

SpaceMobile, the go-to-market brand from Midland, Texas-based startup AST & Science, said it is 'finalizing' a deal with AT&T that could give the carrier unprecedented cellular coverage in the US.

Dickens, masks, meatballs and Cable Next-Gen
LRTV Interviews | 7/29/2020

As Light Reading prepares for the digital version of Cable Next-Gen next month, Tien Fu and Alan Breznick discuss how they are coping with COVID-19... and without each other.

Harmonic adds Vodafone to its 'CableOS' win list
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

Vodafone is using Harmonic's virtualization software, remote PHY devices and cloud-based management system for its DOCSIS 3.1 gigabit rollout in Germany.

Vecima deals for Nokia's cable access portfolio
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

Vecima is poised to raise its profile and accelerate its next-gen cable network roadmap by acquiring Nokia's DOCSIS distributed access product line and its EPON and DOCSIS provisioning over EPON portfolios.

Huawei preps for UK vanishing act with no-show at govt. hearing
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

The Chinese vendor seemingly didn't fancy another session in front of Trump-aligned UK politicians.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative Telco Cloud Product Strategy
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

Seven companies - Affirmed Networks, Altiostar, DriveNets, Enea Openwave, Netcracker, Optiva and Volta - made the cut in the Most Innovative Telco Cloud Product Strategy.

Podcast: What's the story with cablecos?
LRTV Interviews | 7/29/2020

On this episode of 'What's the Story?' - a new series from the Light Reading Podcast - Alan Breznick talks with pod host Nicole Ferraro about cable companies' moves into wireless: the latest news, why it matters and what's likely to happen next.

Eurobites: Openreach pushes fiber into 'final third' of UK
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTS bags 5G license; Ooredoo strengthens its core with Nokia; Arm UK wrestles Arm China.

Telefónica Deutschland takes COVID Q2 hit on core profits
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

The German arm's full-year outlook remains unchanged despite COVID. CEO insists 5G RAN contingency plans are in place should Huawei get the heave-ho.

Is edge computing the cure to videoconferencing's latency woes?
DanoVision | 7/29/2020

Executives at companies ranging from EdgeMicro to Deutsche Telekom have suggested that videoconferencing could be improved by edge computing. But others offer a decidedly less rosy view of the notion.

Ooredoo counts negative impact of COVID-19 in H1 results
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

Qatari operator says EBITDA dropped 5% in the first six months of 2020, in part because of actions introduced to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

5G transport: Upgrade motivations and the move to white box
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/29/2020

Heavy Reading's Operator Strategies for 5G Transport Market Leadership Study explores how transport networks will evolve to support 5G services.

BT closer to 5G deal with Ericsson and lukewarm on open RAN
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

The odds shorten on a 5G deal between BT and Ericsson after comments by the UK incumbent's chief technology officer this week.

Altice USA to sell a big piece of Lightpath
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners has agreed to acquire 49.99% of the fiber-fueled Lightpath business services unit in a deal carrying an implied enterprise value of $3.2 billion.

Hughes to plow $50M into OneWeb
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

Hughes, a unit of EchoStar, will keep its hand in the low-Earth orbit satellite game by joining a consortium that's acquiring OneWeb out of bankruptcy.

Demand outstrips supply in first US midband spectrum auction
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

Amid sustained demand for CBRS spectrum licenses, some industry watchers expect up to $10B in total bids. Others are predicting far lower proceeds.

Axiata and Telefónica form enterprise services tie up
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

The Telefonica/Axiata partnership will focus on sales of cybersecurity, cloud and IoT/Big Data services and cooperation in strategic projects.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative Business Cloud Service
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

Four companies - Comcast Business, Orange, Vonage and Unified Office - made the cut in the Most Innovative Business Cloud Service category.

Google adds Orange to its expanding European edge empire
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

Following agreements with Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Vodafone and now Orange, the search engine giant looks set for a major role in the region's future market for edge-based 5G services.

Másmóvil, más clientes
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

Spain's high-flying challenger keeps racking up double-digit net customer adds.

CES 2021 to go all-digital in January
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

The annual consumer electronics event, which drew more than 171,000 to this year's show, will pivot to an all-digital format in 2021 due to the pandemic.

Philippines' Duterte threatens PLDT, Globe with expropriation
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

Philippines' Duterte warns of 'expropriation' if telcos don't improve services.

Trio revises offer for Oi mobile biz after Highline bid
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

TIM Brasil, Telefonica Brasil and Claro revise binding offer for mobile assets after bankrupt operator Oi starts exclusive talks with Highline.

Eurobites: Italy considers independent 'broadband champion'
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Google hooks up to UK and Spain; Eir EXFOliates; Prysmian files cable patent lawsuit.

Verizon nabs AWS exec to oversee sales to feds
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

Jennifer Chronis will lead Verizon's 'Federal' business, having left Amazon Web Services' (AWS) after that company failed to win the US Department of Defense's massive JEDI contract.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Huawei in Europe, towers and India
LRTV Documentaries | 7/28/2020

All the latest news, plus babygrows and repressed British emotion. What's not to like?

Vodafone CEO Read targets 'urban' open RAN in 2022
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

The European service provider plans to launch a rural open RAN network in 2021 and to follow up with an urban deployment the following year.

Cable data 'tailwinds' set to carry MaxLinear to strong Q3
News Analysis | 7/27/2020

Maker of DOCSIS and MoCA silicon is also confident it will close the $150 million acquisition of Intel's home gateway business in the third quarter.

Anterix wants to be a private LTE network powerhouse
News Analysis | 7/27/2020

An FCC ruling paves the way for startup Anterix to begin leasing its spectrum for private wireless networks. A number of utilities are jumping at the prospect.

U.S. Cellular firms up mmWave, CBRS deployment plans
News Analysis | 7/27/2020

U.S. Cellular intends to deploy 5G in millimeter wave spectrum for both fixed and mobile applications, and will use CBRS spectrum to improve its 4G network.

T-Mobile sizes up streaming dongle for 'TVision' service
The Bauminator | 7/27/2020

More evidence about T-Mobile's plans for a new Android TV-powered device has surfaced at the FCC.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Outstanding Digital Enablement Vendor
News Analysis | 7/27/2020

Six companies - Amdocs, Matrixx Software, MDS Global, Netcracker Technology, Openet and Whale Cloud - made the cut in the Outstanding Digital Enablement Vendor category.

Jio winning great game of monopoly with India economy
News Analysis | 7/27/2020

Over $20 billion of investment by global tech giants like Google and Facebook fuel fears Jio's march to monopolize India's telecoms industry is unstoppable.

Huawei takes charm offensive online
News Analysis | 7/27/2020

Huawei will host an online summit on the potential to tackle coronavirus and the climate crisis through its 5G and mobile tech.

KPN sticks to 2020 guidance despite impact of COVID-19
News Analysis | 7/27/2020

Dutch operator sees full impact of the coronavirus pandemic in Q2, but says business has proved to be resilient despite a fall in revenue.

As EU dithers, Vodafone prepares for Huawei removal
News Analysis | 7/27/2020

With or without a Europe-wide ban, one of Europe's biggest service providers looks far too reliant on the Chinese vendor.

Eurobites: DT gung-ho on 5G – but is trouble in store?
News Analysis | 7/27/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: European Commission wants 5G-supplier diversification; Ooredoo tests 200MHz spectrum; Virgin Media extends fiber network.

Verizon navigates through stormy Q2 waters
News Analysis | 7/24/2020

Wireless and media businesses take hits to the top-line, but Group revenue and earnings still exceed analyst expectations.

Verizon Fios, media units hit COVID-19 headwinds
News Analysis | 7/24/2020

Big US telco's fiber-based broadband and video platform and media operations see fewer new customers in second quarter because of the spread of the coronavirus.

China telcos show off smart grid, new private network services
News Analysis | 7/24/2020

China confirms 66 million real 5G subs as operators unveil private network schemes.

WiCipedia: AI needs a diversity intervention
WiCipedia | 7/24/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: Female CEOs are on the rise; the stats on LGBTQ entrepreneurs; AI needs to check itself; and more.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Outstanding Components Vendor
News Analysis | 7/24/2020

Four companies - Acacia Communications, LotusFlare, Precision OT and Xilinx - made the cut in the Outstanding Components Vendor category.

Eurobites: KPN unclogs its 4G network, launches 5G
News Analysis | 7/24/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telekom Slovenije fires up 5G; Orange takes its bank to Africa; Euskaltel shows growth.

Disadvantage Towers? Vodafone plays game of risk
News Analysis | 7/24/2020

Spinning off the infrastructure business seems like a good way to raise capital, but it threatens a loss of control.

Openet opts to dance with the 'dinosaur'
News Analysis | 7/23/2020

Openet, the policy and (hard) charging specialist, is being snapped up by Amdocs, its bigger rival in the BSS space.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Company of the Year (Private)
The Philter | 7/23/2020

Six companies - Altiostar Networks, Arrcus, Cohere Technologies, DriveNets, World Wide Technology and ZenFi Networks - made the cut in the Company of the Year (Private) category.

Podcast: Remote access rundown with Omdia's Rik Turner
Kelsey's Grammar | 7/23/2020

Omdia Principal Analyst Rik Turner discusses whether SASE is the next evolution of SD-WAN and security, why ZTA is front of mind during COVID-19 and more.

Ofcom warns UK operators to stop threatening vulnerable customers
News Analysis | 7/23/2020

The UK's communications regulator is pushing operators to improve support for at-risk consumers and victims of crime during the coronavirus pandemic.

Cellnex builds €11B war chest for towers landgrab
News Analysis | 7/23/2020

Backed by major investment firms, the infrastructure business could become one of the power brokers in Europe's future 5G market.

COVID-19 stings AT&T despite 5G, HBO Max rollouts
News Analysis | 7/23/2020

AT&T reports $2.8B impact on overall revenues from novel coronavirus as it loses wireless, broadband and pay-TV subscribers.

COVID-19 lends silver lining to Microsoft's cloud business in Q4
News Analysis | 7/23/2020

Software giant continues to benefit from increased cloud demand, as more customers sit out COVID‑19 at home.

Hong Kong consults on assigning more 4.9GHz spectrum
News Analysis | 7/23/2020

Following last year's spectrum auction, Hong Kong has begun an industry consultation on releasing a further slice of 4.9GHz for 5G.

Huawei Belle Époque in France to end in 2028
News Analysis | 7/23/2020

French authorities are reportedly about to follow the British example and start phasing the Chinese vendor out of the country.

Eurobites: Nvidia makes advances on Arm – report
News Analysis | 7/23/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange hooks up with Eutelsat, demos network slicing with HPE and Casa Systems; will UK government live to regret its OneWeb investment?

5G transport: Operators focus on fronthaul
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/23/2020

Heavy Reading's Operator Strategies for 5G Transport Market Leadership Study explores how transport networks will evolve to support 5G services.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative Security Strategy
News Analysis | 7/22/2020

Seven companies - A10 Networks, Axis Security, Keysight Technologies, NetNumber, Plume, Sprint and Synamedia - made the cut in the Most Innovative Security Strategy category.

Fifth-generation fixed network initiative hits the ground running
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/22/2020

The right investment in full fiber solutions using the latest technology will enable fixed line networks to continue supporting higher bandwidths and greater availability than mobile networks.

Deutsche Telekom is in a 5G mess if Huawei is banned
News Analysis | 7/22/2020

News of a 5G deal with Ericsson shows just how reliant on Huawei the German operator has been.

COVID-19 infects Rogers Q2 earnings
News Analysis | 7/22/2020

Big Canadian telecom provider suffers big drops in revenues and net income in second quarter as both its wireless and media units post markedly weaker results.

Podcast: What's the story with Huawei bans?
LRTV Interviews | 7/22/2020

On this episode of 'What's the Story?' - a new series from the Light Reading Podcast - Phil Harvey talks with pod host Nicole Ferraro about bans on Huawei: the latest news, why it matters and what's likely to happen next.

Cogeco tests one-box small cells for mobile over cable
News Analysis | 7/22/2020

Big Canadian cableco teams with Lindsay Broadband and Accelleran in Quebec field trials as it weighs entering wireless market.

Think, don't Tweet: A considered approach to cloud native
The Wizard of Roz | 7/22/2020

Will having the same team develop and manage cloud-native service provider applications result in smoother, more efficient operations in the long run?

'Speed up Britain' campaign swings into action
News Analysis | 7/22/2020

Heavyweight industry group, chaired by a former UK government minister, wants to cut red tape surrounding site acquisition and on-site upgrades.

Dutch €1.23B auction is latest 5G debacle
News Analysis | 7/22/2020

A costly spectrum auction has gone ahead in the Netherlands despite the coronavirus pandemic, and the licenses it brings are of questionable 5G value.

Eurobites: Ericsson bags Deutsche Telekom 5G RAN deal
News Analysis | 7/22/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Go Ignite fires up 5G startup program; Proximus strikes wholesale deal with Sewan; UKWISPA's gettin' louder.

China's feeble threat to Ericsson and Nokia
Morris Lore | 7/21/2020

Despite its threats, China is in no position to hurt the Nordic equipment vendors in the way that US and European authorities can damage Huawei.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative IoT/M2M Strategy
News Analysis | 7/21/2020

Aptilo Networks, F-Secure, incognito Software, Plume and ZTE all score for developing compelling IoT strategies for a challenging but promising market.

BT and Ericsson behind UK's first Industry 4.0 live 5G factory
News Analysis | 7/21/2020

BT says the UK's first live 5G factory is now live – a fully automated Industry 4.0 system on a private network built with Ericsson kit at the W5G testbed.

Towering H1 growth from Cellnex (shame about net losses)
News Analysis | 7/21/2020

EBITDA guidance up, but costs related to acquisitions hit bottom line.

China reportedly weighing export ban on Nokia, Ericsson
News Analysis | 7/21/2020

Beijing officials may prohibit the export of Ericsson and Nokia equipment out of China if European countries ban Chinese firms from 5G.

5G core spend 33% CAGR roll 2021-25 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 7/21/2020

China sets 5GC pace but mobile core network market as a whole is expected to have a much more modest 3% CAGR over the five-year forecast period.

Masergy overhauls SD-WAN, boards SASE train
News Analysis | 7/21/2020

As part of its SASE overhaul, Masergy claims to now deliver 100% availability SLAs for its network and cloud platform, which includes 100% site-level uptime guarantees, cloud service availability and in-sequence packet delivery for customers on Masergy's network.

Nokia preps 5G assault on 14M-site private wireless market
News Analysis | 7/21/2020

The Finnish equipment maker takes the wraps off its first 5G standalone service for enterprise customers as data shows continued momentum at its private wireless business.

Eurobites: TalkTalk feeling chipper after June-July recovery
News Analysis | 7/21/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: France goes easy on Huawei; Ericsson and Nokia could bear brunt of Beijing backlash; A1 Austria goes a-slicing.

India's Jio wants to re-imagine global 5G market
News Analysis | 7/21/2020

In a dramatic move, the Indian service provider is building its own 5G technology that it plans to sell internationally.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative Blockchain Strategy
News Analysis | 7/20/2020

CSG, Jio Platforms, PCCW Global and Whale Cloud make the shortlist for this year's Leading Lights award on blockchain strategy.

With the chips down, Huawei risks losing its technical edge
News Analysis | 7/20/2020

US sanctions leave the company with few options for high-quality components. A loss of competitiveness will be hard to avoid.

Huawei set to dominate as 5G battle shifts to SE Asia
News Analysis | 7/20/2020

Despite setbacks, Huawei is positioned to dominate as 5G launches in Southeast Asian markets.

Comcast's AI action extends to the network core
News Analysis | 7/20/2020

Cable op says a relatively new AI- and machine learning-assisted platform that orchestrates data from across the core network has helped Comcast maintain performance and rapidly pinpoint problems during the pandemic.

Trio make binding offer for Oi mobile biz
News Analysis | 7/20/2020

America Movil, Telecom Italia and Telefonica get serious about the mobile assets of bankrupt Oi Group.

SpaceX's Starlink isn't a threat – at least not yet
DanoVision | 7/20/2020

Starlink has promised to offer 100Mbit/s downloads nationwide, with latency of roughly 30mn. But given the number of unknowns surrounding the LEO provider, ISPs probably don't need to worry just yet.

Eurobites: UK told Huawei the 5G ban is partly political – report
News Analysis | 7/20/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: South Africa's Rain taps Huawei for 5G SA; Ericsson lands more 5G SA work at SoftBank; is time up for the rush hour?

Is your BSS fit for 5G monetization?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/20/2020

The right BSS will help telecom operators ensure they have monetization systems that enable the flexibility, agility and innovation to create new 5G revenue opportunities.

Android TV also playing a part in T-Mobile's new pay-TV play
The Bauminator | 7/17/2020

Android TV also happens to be among the platforms supported by MobiTV, said to be one of the partners on board to get T-Mobile's revamped pay-TV product out the door.

Verizon outlines 800G fiber intentions
News Analysis | 7/17/2020

Verizon said it successfully tested an 800Gbit/s connection with vendor Infinera. However, economics will continue to govern whether operators deploy 800G or 400G.

Satellite broadband's future to be formed by multi-orbit constellations, SES CEO says
CxO Spotlight | 7/17/2020

That future will be complemented by orchestration and new cloud capabilities that bring cohesiveness to multi-orbit satellite constellations that can also coexist with terrestrial networks, Steve Collar says.

What do Brits think of the Huawei ban?
Morris Lore | 7/17/2020

Between swigs, Light Reading has been carrying out an in-depth investigation into the general public's reaction.

Dish begins staffing up in wireless
News Analysis | 7/17/2020

Dish Network's wireless business is headquartered in Littleton, Colorado, where it has said it will employ at least 2,000 people. The company is in the midst of staffing up to meet that goal.

Ericsson: Huawei swap in UK 'will not take five to seven years'
News Analysis | 7/17/2020

Swedish vendor says it can swap equipment 'a lot faster' than the timeframe operators have been given, despite their own warnings of disruption.

China extends the Great Firewall to Hong Kong
News Analysis | 7/17/2020

Tech firms are reconsidering their futures as the Great Firewall is imposed on Hong Kong.

Ericsson sets sights on 5G gains in Europe amid Huawei backlash
News Analysis | 7/17/2020

Swedish vendor says it has the capacity to handle swap-outs in Europe as shares are boosted by an encouraging set of results.

WiCipedia: New inclusivity report for LGBTQ workers
WiCipedia | 7/17/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: The stats on LGBTQ inclusivity at work; how to self-advocate; caste systems follow Indian workers to the US; and more.

Telia sees $110M impact on Q2 revenue from COVID-19
News Analysis | 7/17/2020

Swedish operator reports net loss for both the Q2 and six-month period due to impairment costs on Turkcell stake.

Eurobites: Orange in a huff over 'half done' fiber rollout jibe
News Analysis | 7/17/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: European Commission scrutinizes Alexa and friends; Telia makes some changes; MTS launches 5G phone with Motorola and Qualcomm.

Netflix's 1H 2020 sub gains nearly equal to gains for all of 2019
News Analysis | 7/16/2020

Fueled by a pandemic causing people to stay home, the SVoD giant tacked on another 10.1 million subs in Q2 2020, but expects the rate of sub growth to slow during the second half of the year.

Amazon Web Services answers the question: Friend or foe to telcos?
News Analysis | 7/16/2020

Glenn Gore, director of solutions architecture for Amazon Web Services, spoke with Light Reading about the company's efforts in the telecom industry, and what role AWS might play in the future.

Orange puts open RAN through its paces in Africa
News Analysis | 7/16/2020

Parallel Wireless and i engineering are in the supplier mix.

T-Mobile sparks new robocall efforts, promises 'aggressive' offers
News Analysis | 7/16/2020

T-Mobile said it will no longer charge extra for some robocall-blocking services, including caller ID. But the company's new 'Scam Shield Premium' app will cost $4 per month for some customers.

WOW widens Android TV-powered service
News Analysis | 7/16/2020

Even as it continues to deemphasize its own pay-TV offerings, the mid-sized US cable operator has unleashed its new WOW! tv+ IPTV service in Chicago, Evansville and Detroit.

Operator-led security group records 2,000% increase in threats amid pandemic
News Analysis | 7/16/2020

The Telco Security Alliance (TSA) was formed in 2018 by AT&T, Etisalat, Singtel, SoftBank and Telefonica. In March the group recorded a massive spike in global hacking.

Peacock launch intensifies the tensions brewing with Roku and Amazon
News Analysis | 7/16/2020

NBCU's new streaming service launched nationally on July 15, but, in a replay of the HBO Max situation, a stalemate is preventing Peacock from taking flight on the top two streaming video platforms.

Herding cats: The quest for 'standard' NFVi
The Wizard of Roz | 7/16/2020

Network operators require a single common infrastructure to simplify operations and cut costs. But is there a single right answer to that problem?

Huawei: China's complaints about fairness ring hollow
News Analysis | 7/16/2020

Fairness is a handy China talking point, but in reality it has made little effort to keep its promises on market access.

Verizon, IBM team up on 5G and edge computing
News Analysis | 7/16/2020

Although the companies remain vague on exactly what they plan to offer, Verizon and IBM said they will team up to create offerings that leverage both edge computing and 5G.

Coronavirus sharpens Telenor's focus on cuts
News Analysis | 7/16/2020

Having already hacked into headcount in the last few years, Telenor looks set to emerge from the pandemic with even fewer employees.

Eurobites: BT says au revoir to French operations
News Analysis | 7/16/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone calls for 5G auction be scrapped after UK's U-turn on Huawei; Privacy Shield trashed by EU's top court; O2 injects 5G into the fight against COVID-19 in care homes.

Zain sees sharp drop in Q2 profit but highlights resiliency amid COVID-19
News Analysis | 7/16/2020

The Middle Eastern operator reports mixed results for the first six months but hails measures undertaken to counter the effects of the health crisis.

Comcast, Charter expected to get better MVNO deals
News Analysis | 7/15/2020

New financial results from America Movil's TracFone indicate the company managed to get a new, cheaper MVNO deal. Some analysts expect Comcast and Charter to score similar, sweeter agreements.

Jio gets $4.4B Google investment and touts in-house 5G products
News Analysis | 7/15/2020

The Indian service provider has received another injection of funding and made a bold claim on 5G.

SES makes a grab for some of Intelsat's C-band money
News Analysis | 7/15/2020

SES and Intelsat were once partners under the auspices of the C-band Alliance. Now they're locked in a $1.8 billion legal battle over revenues from the upcoming C-band spectrum auction.

Podcast: What's the story with SD-WAN?
LRTV Interviews | 7/15/2020

On this episode of 'What's the Story?' - a new series from the Light Reading Podcast - Kelsey Ziser talks with pod host Nicole Ferraro about SD-WAN: the latest news, why it matters and what's likely to happen next.

Apple TV+ usage still in the doldrums – study
News Analysis | 7/15/2020

At just 7%, usage of Apple's SVoD service still lags far behind its rivals, and could force the company to reconsider its strategy before facing a possible mass exodus as subs start to roll off free trials.

Tele2 cost-cutting cushions Q2
News Analysis | 7/15/2020

Underlying earnings up, extraordinary dividend back on the table.

Eurobites: Apple gives EU the €13B finger
News Analysis | 7/15/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Belgium fines Google for failing to forget; Ericsson helps out at Omantel; China's ambassador slams UK's U-turn on Huawei.

HPE fashionably late to SD-WAN party with Silver Peak acquisition
News Analysis | 7/15/2020

The addition of Silver Peak to HPE's Aruba will assist enterprises in their edge-to-cloud transformations - the ease of which they can access cloud applications, support remote workers, and put data closer to the user.

Google to invest $10B in India's digital future
News Analysis | 7/15/2020

The Internet giant sees an opportunity to play in India's technology sector as coronavirus quickens the pace of digital transformation.

América Móvil reports 40% rise in Q2 net profit despite customer losses
News Analysis | 7/15/2020

Latin American giant loses 5 million wireless customers in Q2 2020 as COVID-19 lockdown measures bite.

BT says Huawei ban is not so bad after all
News Analysis | 7/15/2020

Warnings of a swap-out bill in the 'billions' are looking wide of the mark now authorities have allowed seven years for Huawei's removal.

Biden's telecom platform hardens around net neutrality, universal broadband, 5G funding
News Analysis | 7/14/2020

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, supports universal broadband, funding for 5G research and net neutrality, based on his latest position statements.

Google Fiber expands in Utah
News Analysis | 7/14/2020

New agreement with city of Millcreek arrives as Google Fiber nears the completion of its network buildout in nearby Salt Lake City.

Huawei ban risks turning UK into Nordic duopoly
Morris Lore | 7/14/2020

A ban on buying Huawei's 5G products starting in 2021 may have come too soon for open RAN or other non-Nordic alternatives.

Verizon to halt 5G ads mentioning coverage
News Analysis | 7/14/2020

The National Advertising Division took issue with Verizon's statement that 'people from midtown Manhattan to downtown Denver can experience what your 5G can deliver.'

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Swapping out equipment, open RAN and SoftBank
LRTV Documentaries | 7/14/2020

Aaand they're back! Four months and 15 pods since the last in-person recording, the team is finally reunited in the studio.

Facebook's latest status update: A robot that can spin fiber across power lines
News Analysis | 7/14/2020

A new silkworm-like robot from Facebook Connectivity that can deploy fiber across medium-voltage power lines emerges at an opportune time as policymakers and utilities elevate their focus on rural broadband.

ADI makes $20B swoop on Maxim
News Analysis | 7/14/2020

Analog semiconductor consolidation doesn't get much bigger than this.

Samsung lays out 6G vision: THz, mobile holograms, AI
News Analysis | 7/14/2020

The South Korean electronics giant has released a new white paper on the '6G arms race' and its vision for likely applications.

Quibi wins round in quarrel targeting its 'Turnstyle' technology
News Analysis | 7/14/2020

A California court has denied Eko's motion for a preliminary injunction against Quibi, the premium, mobile-focused streaming service that launched on April 6.

Huawei banned from UK's 5G market
News Analysis | 7/14/2020

Operators will not be allowed to buy 5G products beyond the end of this year and will have to remove Huawei's products by 2027.

Eurobites: Is it a farewell to Arm for SoftBank?
News Analysis | 7/14/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia Carrier lands Norway interconnect gig; Vodafone Ireland uses Enea for mobile video; another fine mesh from Wyld Networks.

Ericsson rubbishes UK warnings of Huawei ban disruption
Morris Lore | 7/14/2020

Swedish vendor says it currently swaps about 100,000 mobile sites a year, more than twice the UK's installed base.

Nokia claims it can migrate 4G radio to 5G in the wink of an eye
News Analysis | 7/14/2020

Finnish vendor says that by 2021, it will be able to instantly migrate more than 5 million 4G radio units to 5G.

Podcast: Telcos could lead by example, says BT Global's Hriday Ravindranath
The Philter | 7/14/2020

Telcos can provide the networks and services that businesses need to re-invent themselves and adapt to life in a pandemic. But can they be socially responsible too?

T-Mobile's top video content exec is departing
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

Lindsay Gardner, a pay-TV industry vet who joined T-Mobile via the Layer3 TV deal, is exiting the company later this month as T-Mobile pushes ahead with a retooled version of its 'TVision Home' service.

Buttering up broadband: Farmers, ranchers lobby for rural networks
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

The new American Connection Project Broadband Coalition - fronted by butter maker Land O'Lakes and comprising almost 50 tech, Internet and food companies - is the latest to seek rural broadband money.

Shaw sees COVID-19 hit, but not as bad as expected
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

Big Canadian cable and wireless operator reports revenue and profit declines for its fiscal third quarter but fares better than analysts projected as it shows signs of recovery.

Can India's smartphone makers challenge the Chinese?
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

A backlash against China has given Indian producers an opportunity on home turf.

Charter will enter RDOF bonanza, put pressure on CenturyLink and Frontier
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

Charter's play for Rural Digital Opportunity Fund subsidies could target about 2.5 million homes and focus on states where it already has a 'material presence,' analysts believe.

Huawei books $1B growth in H1 profit despite US-led backlash
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

The Chinese vendor reports growth across all three business divisions as it fights a US-led campaign against it.

Virtual MVPDs have lost their pricing and packaging edge – analyst
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

Escalating prices and the re-creation of big TV channel bundles will hinder consumer adoption of OTT-TV packages and not adequately stem traditional pay-TV cord-cutting, analyst says.

Samsung in battle to be seen as European 5G contender
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

The South Korean equipment giant is highly regarded on the technology front, but will legacy shortcomings and interoperability challenges block its progress?

HPE adds SD-WAN to edge strategy with $925M Silver Peak purchase
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

HPE said it will purchase Silver Peak, a leading SD-WAN vendor, with an eye toward supporting its edge-to-cloud strategy. Silver Peak will live inside HPE's Aruba unit.

Writing on UK wall for Huawei
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

Government expected to announce decision on Huawei this week; UK officials reportedly cozying up to 'Five Eyes' security alliance to explore alternatives to Chinese supplier.

China's 5G question: Why are so few using it?
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

Numbers aside, China has yet to prove that consumers see a value in upgrading to 5G.

Eurobites: Ericsson lands private network gig at Paris airports
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: STC postpones purchase of Vodafone Egypt stake; TIM and Enel told to get a move on; Virgin Media brings fiber to Warsop.

Rackspace plans IPO after going private in 2016
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

Cloud services provider signals return to public market with second IPO in 12 years.

Ericsson still seeks networking edge
News Analysis | 7/10/2020

Even without Edge Gravity, Ericsson is still pursuing an edge strategy focused on software and integration under a DIY model that extends a technical bridge between service provider networks and hyperscalers.

Get ready for a Q2 like no other
DanoVision | 7/10/2020

As companies like Ericsson, AT&T and Comcast prepare to report their second-quarter results, the industry will be listening intently for comments on the recession, network capex and what the future holds.

Frontier dinged $900K over hidden fees, Internet speed claims
News Analysis | 7/10/2020

Resolution with Washington Attorney General's office ends an investigation started in 2018 stemming from more than 600 complaints lodged by Frontier customers.

AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon prep for standalone 5G
News Analysis | 7/10/2020

Verizon and T-Mobile are racing to launch the standalone version of 5G in the coming months, but AT&T is avoiding putting any specifics to its own standalone 5G launch plans.

Bulked-up TPG set to take on Australian 5G market
News Analysis | 7/10/2020

Merged TPG is set to formally start operations on July 13 with a focus on 5G buildout as it takes on an Australian telco duopoly.

WiCipedia: Founders battle anti-racism, fight for equal-opportunity funding
WiCipedia | 7/10/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: Traditional funding enters the 21st century; unpaid labor at work; Pinterest is not the good guy of social media; and more.

UK bill for Huawei takeaway does not add up
Morris Lore | 7/10/2020

Service providers in the UK have this week raised lots of unanswered questions about the cost of a Huawei ban.

Trump steps up a gear against Huawei and ZTE
News Analysis | 7/10/2020

New regulations set to bar US government from buying products with Huawei and ZTE components.

Eurobites: Huawei frozen out of Italian 5G job – report
News Analysis | 7/10/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swisscom lands banking contracts; Vodafone helps out with drone delivery of medical supplies; Google may escape EU probe over Fitbit buy.

TIA promises to end the Huawei security debate, once and for all
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

TIA is building a global standard and benchmarking tool that can measure the risks present in each vendor's supply chain in real time.

Five quintessential questions for Quibi
The Bauminator | 7/9/2020

Among them, will many customers who signed up for a lengthy, 90-day free trial stick around and actually pay for the premium, short-form video service? A new study says no.

Battle of the billionaires: Ergen and Dell face off against Musk over 12GHz
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

Companies backed by Charlie Ergen (No. 304 on Forbes' billionaire list) and Michael Dell (No. 33) are bickering with companies backed by Elon Musk (No. 31) over 5G in 12GHz.

Government rules are slowing down 5G phone launches, tech association warns
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

The Consumer Technology Association is pushing the FCC to relax rules around pre-orders and imports for 5G phones, arguing the move would improve the US marketplace for the next-gen network technology.

Eyeing $12B market, Nokia lands Apple deal for new data center switch
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

The Finnish vendor has today added a new switching line to its portfolio of optical and routing products, promising features that have not previously been available.

Small-cell newcomers means market growth – report
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

Small Cell Forum forecasts a growing number of new entrants as the business case surrounding private enterprise networks gathers strength.

'Long way to go' to commercial network slicing, says China expert
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

The industry is still far from turning slicing into a seamless and monetizable service.

Podcast: NTT Americas CEO Simon Walsh on providing services in a hybrid world
CxO Spotlight | 7/9/2020

NTT Americas CEO Simon Walsh tells Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey about his company's challenge to help enterprise customers 'painlessly' connect to multiple clouds, multiple network operators and data sets in a secure, distributed workplace.

Former Comcast exec takes reins at MediaKind
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

Matt McConnell, an exec late of Comcast Technology Solutions, takes over as MediaKind's CEO, succeeding Angel Ruiz, who has been named chairman.

Samsung: Huawei pricing not viable for profit-seeking company
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

Senior executive at South Korean vendor tells UK politicians that no company trying to satisfy shareholders would be able to price equipment at Huawei's levels.

Haivision snaps up P2P video tech startup Teltoo
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

Haivision says Teltoo, a Spain-based company with ties to the cable industry, will help continue its expansion into the video delivery product marketplace.

BT, Vodafone warn of blackouts if not given five years to be Huawei-free
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

UK mobile operators say a rapid swap-out of the Chinese vendor's equipment would lead to major disruption and cost billions in rip-and-replace costs.

Eurobites: KCOM calls on ADVA to help it reach 10 Gbit/s in Hull
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom helps digitalize air traffic control; Orange gets the IoT call from McConnell Dowell; Dundee in line for larger slice of BT cake.

Use of multiple public cloud providers adds to security headaches – report
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

A new report from Sophos found that 70% of organizations experienced a 'public cloud security incident' in the last year.

Verizon, Vodafone flesh out edge computing opportunity with AWS
News Analysis | 7/8/2020

Verizon and Vodafone announced their edge computing partnerships with Amazon AWS late last year. Now, they're offering further insights into what they hope to achieve from those partnerships.

AT&T, Accenture test private LTE network in Louisiana oil refinery
News Analysis | 7/8/2020

Phillips 66, one of the nation's biggest oil refiners, built a private wireless network across a third of its refinery in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, using AT&T's 700MHz and 1900MHz spectrum licenses.

fuboTV sees subs and revenues climb in Q1
News Analysis | 7/8/2020

The latest figures don't reflect the fuller, more recent impact of the pandemic, but the virtual MVPD is confident that consumers will turn to streaming services when live televised sports return.

Comcast launches Sling TV on 'Flex' streaming platform
News Analysis | 7/8/2020

New integration supports Sling TV's various pay-TV packages, including its Orange and Blue offerings, on Comcast's new platform targeted to broadband-only customers.

Podcast: What's the story with Dish Network?
LRTV Interviews | 7/8/2020

On this episode of 'What's the Story?' - a new series from the Light Reading Podcast - Mike Dano talks with pod host Nicole Ferraro about Dish Network entering the wireless space: the latest news, why it matters and what's likely to happen next.

AT&T adds Cisco to managed SD-WAN menu
News Analysis | 7/8/2020

In addition to Cisco Secure SD-WAN Technology, AT&T has an existing partnership with VMware for SD-WAN services.

Arm drops IoT; leg-up for IPO?
News Analysis | 7/8/2020

UK chip designer gets backs to its roots and possible relisting.

Meet Dish's 5G network team
News Analysis | 7/8/2020

Stephen Bye, Tom Cullen, Dave Mayo, Jeff McSchooler and Marc Rouanne are the five men charged with building a cloud-native, open RAN 5G network for Dish Network for $10 billion.

Huawei still has no fix to being cut off from TSMC
News Analysis | 7/8/2020

Chinese vendor says it can meet current demand in the UK but fails to reassure the market that a long-term solution to US trade restrictions is in view.

Asian telcos grapple with 2G closures
News Analysis | 7/8/2020

With 5G on board, Asian telcos are now moving to shut down their 2G networks.

Eurobites: Loon's balloons go up over Kenya
News Analysis | 7/8/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iliad founder worried over 5G scare stories; Sunrise chooses Comarch for IoT expansion; Proximus parts merge.

Synaptics snaps up Broadcom wireless IoT business
News Analysis | 7/8/2020

'Human interface' technology specialist to pay $250 million for wireless IoT rights and assets in an all-cash transaction.

Verizon reiterates support for Nokia amid rumors of a Samsung swapout
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

Rosenblatt analyst Ryan Koontz said Verizon is close to replacing Nokia with Samsung as its major 5G supplier. But the company said Nokia 'continues to be an important partner.'

5G iPhone could get a big boost from US wireless carriers
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

A Wall Street analyst firm is expecting the big American wireless network operators to heavily promote the 5G iPhone this fall. But they're warning against inflated sales expectations for the gadget.

Huawei's possible demise is grounds for a UK U-turn
Morris Lore | 7/7/2020

Threatening language by China's UK ambassador is inappropriate and overlooks the perilous nature of Huawei's current predicament.

Google Fiber returns to expansion mode through city pact
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

After a four-year pause on market expansion, Google Fiber is gearing up to start network deployments in West Des Moines, Iowa, via a new public/private partnership with the city.

With a record number of bidders, CBRS auction estimates rise to $10B
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

The FCC's upcoming 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum auction is generating plenty of bidding interest, causing industry analysts to boost their financial forecasts for the event.

Implementing automated security services: We are somewhat confident virtually here
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/7/2020

Automation is vital for raising confidence levels that 5G services and networks can be fully secured in the post-pandemic world, writes Heavy Reading's Jim Hodges.

US wireless carriers hide behind masks (and that's a good thing)
DanoVision | 7/7/2020

Masks are becoming de rigueur among retail stores operated by the nation's biggest wireless network operators. But that doesn't mean every store that sells cell phones requires a mask.

Indian ban on Huawei in BSNL network opens 4G door for Tech Mahindra
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

A deal with BSNL would mark the arrival of Tech Mahindra as a 4G supplier to the Indian market.

Promptlink tries to rise above the cable network noise
CxO Spotlight | 7/7/2020

New AI-assisted tool is helping cable operators identify and pinpoint the source of upstream network noise during a pandemic that has caused peak usage to surge, CEO says.

Nokia and Samsung O-RAN moves put pressure on Ericsson
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

The Swedish equipment vendor is conspicuous by its absence from the recent O-RAN marketing activity.

Samsung: Our 5G RAN is now open and virtualized
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

Samsung is joining Nokia in the move to sell fully open and virtualized 5G radio access network products. Those initiatives could put pressure on Ericsson to do the same.

Iliad ups fixed-line ante in Italy; TIM suffers
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

Open Fiber deal gives French telecoms Group an Italian route into broadband. Telecom Italia investors take fright.

Australia spots a Chinese Panda in Ericsson
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

Reports in the Australian press have drawn attention to a joint venture between the Swedish vendor and a Chinese company blacklisted by the Pentagon.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Huawei, broadband and ad boycotts
LRTV Documentaries | 7/7/2020

This could be the last time you get to see Scott's pile of overdue filing, so make the most of it.

Eurobites: Telefónica beefs up cybersecurity offer with Nozomi investment
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: eSIM company claims 5G first; Swisscom tops eco-rankings; Openreach spreads fiber across Edinburgh.

Orange unveils new CEOs for Belgium and Poland
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

More musical chairs at the France-based group as it implements a wide-ranging reshuffle of top management at its European operations.

Dish Network's Ergen has a big appetite for 5G spectrum
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

Tucked away in Dish Network's announcement last week that it would enter the wireless industry was a promise to follow through with the $3.6 billion purchase of 800MHz spectrum from T-Mobile in 2023.

BT plans BAME 'baseline' for senior management roles
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

Following a data-gathering exercise to gauge the ethnic makeup of its workforce, the UK operator will set targets.

Crown Castle's small cell strategy challenged by activist investor
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

Activist hedge-fund Elliot Management - the same company that pressured AT&T - is now urging Crown Castle to make changes that would pull the company away from small cells.

Tele2 banks on new CEO to cut costs
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

CEO Anders Nilsson sails away. Telco operations veteran Kjell Morten Johnsen takes his place.

Huawei now a surrogate for China threat as US gains some ground
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

The Chinese equipment vendor is being driven out of telco networks in the West as the US stays on the offensive.

Eurobites: Ericsson trumpets standalone 5G NR software
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Colt appoints new CCO; using drones to fix cell towers; smart home devices losing their luster in MEA.

Huawei alert system raised from amber to red in UK
Morris Lore | 7/6/2020

The Chinese equipment maker faces a UK ban, according to press reports, because new US sanctions make it an even bigger risk.

France unlikely to ban Huawei, but will encourage operators to steer clear
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

ANSII indicates that it will limit authorizations to use Huawei equipment to between three and eight years.

Bharti Global, British government consortium wins OneWeb bid
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

The Indian conglomerate will become a major shareholder in the UK-backed alternative to the EU's Galileo initiative.

Here are nine new things that 5G can do now
DanoVision | 7/3/2020

The 3GPP is expected to issue 'Release 16' of the 5G standard Friday. It will support fancy new technologies like network slicing, Integrated Access Backhaul and vehicle platooning.

Geoverse offers private LTE with its CBRS/licensed spectrum combo
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

Geoverse is looking to sell private wireless LTE offerings using a unique combination of its licensed 600MHz and 700MHz spectrum licenses and CBRS spectrum.

Vodafone's cloud-native journey: A mix of old school and new
The Wizard of Roz | 7/3/2020

The Cloud Native World program last week offered evidence of progressive telco thinking and the same old barriers to faster adoption of cloud-native architectures.

5G still too costly, inflexible for private network – Tencent
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

Tencent GM Wang Yachen warned an online conference audience this week that 5G needs to be more cost-effective in order to compete in B2B.

Pandemic spotlights need for simplified and automated self-service tools – study
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

More than half of consumers can't fix their own technical issues, a number that surges to 73% among those who don't consider themselves tech-savvy, Sweepr finds in survey of 600+ people in the US and UK.

Eurobites: Show some post-pandemic love for open RAN, pleads trade body ETNO
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK wants to pronounce on O2/Virgin Media merger; Ericsson takes TDC to the water; beaucoup de connectivity en vacances, promises Orange.

PPF Group up to its old restructuring tricks again
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

Private equity firm splits retail and infrastructure operations of former Telenor CEE assets, just like it did with O2 Czech Republic a few years ago.

Vodafone UK readies for standalone 5G future
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

UK operator lines up Ericsson, MediaTek, Oppo and Qualcomm to help with its standalone 5G network and installs trial network at Coventry University.

Carlyle Group acquires 25% stake in Airtel's Nxtra in India
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

The data center business of one of India's biggest telcos has attracted investment amid surging demand for cloud services.

Huawei ban in UK is surely just a matter of time
Morris Lore | 7/3/2020

If the Chinese vendor were not so technically gifted, it would probably have been sent packing already.

5G mmWave silence from AT&T, T-Mobile becomes deafening
DanoVision | 7/2/2020

Verizon has loudly touted its plans to expand its mmWave 5G network. But AT&T and T-Mobile have remained conspicuously silent on the topic.

TiVo weaves HBO Max into new Stream 4K platform
News Analysis | 7/2/2020

Integration builds on new SVoD's tie-ins with Android TV devices and gives TiVo's new streaming device a point of differentiation against two platforms that currently don't support HBO Max – Roku and Fire TV.

Virgin Media makes DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade splurge
News Analysis | 7/2/2020

Target of passing 15 million homes with 'gigabit-capable' networks by end of 2021 apparently on track.

Profits and power propel the open RAN security debate
DanoVision | 7/2/2020

While dozens of companies debate the US government's role in open RAN, the almighty dollar is driving the discussion.

KT chief warns of slow 5G adoption
News Analysis | 7/2/2020

KT CEO Hyeon-Mo Ku warns that slow 5G takeup means operators must switch to focusing on the enterprise.

O-RAN Alliance adds Telus and U.S. Cellular to its ranks
News Analysis | 7/2/2020

The open radio access network (RAN) specification group now has 26 operator members.

Facebook's boycotters risk mainly hurting themselves
Morris Lore | 7/2/2020

The Internet platform's audience has been growing just as major advertisers decide to practice social distancing.

Eurobites: Vodafone wheels 5G into West Midlands transport initiative
News Analysis | 7/2/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: T-Systems focuses on its Brot und Butter; Israel to track COVID-19 victims; Huawei provides Massive MIMO in Johannesburg.

Indian backlash against China spells opportunity for homegrown vendors
News Analysis | 7/2/2020

The Chinese are increasingly out of favor in the huge Indian market, creating opportunities for domestic and other foreign vendors.

AT&T, fuboTV join the pay-TV price hike party
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

fuboTV is raising prices in the wake of its Disney deal while AT&T is boosting first-year pricing on its contract-based DirecTV and new AT&T TV services.

CBRS auction creates challenges, opportunities for utility companies
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

Some utility companies may need to update their existing WiMax networks due to the CBRS auction. But they might also bid for CBRS spectrum licenses for private wireless LTE networks.

5G's future includes a cloud-native architecture complete with containers
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

Many mobile operators want 5G to be built on a cloud-native stack from the RAN to the network core.

The US won't get its Independence Day from Chinese tech
Morris Lore | 7/1/2020

US officials are promoting open RAN as an answer to China, but the technology specifications are based partly on Chinese IP.

Dish Network's Boost pricing plans show it's in a marathon, not a Sprint
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

Dish Network officially entered the wireless industry with the purchase of Sprint's Boost brand from T-Mobile. However, Dish's new Boost service plans aren't very exciting.

NBCU's Peacock forges streaming pact with ViacomCBS
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

Licensing deal will deepen Peacock's streaming library as the service nears its national launch on July 15.

Podcast: What's the story with mobile data in Africa?
LRTV Interviews | 7/1/2020

On this episode of 'What's the Story?' - a new series from the Light Reading Podcast - Paula Gilbert, editor of LR's sister site Connecting Africa, talks with pod host Nicole Ferraro about mobile data growth in Africa: the latest news, why it matters and what's likely to happen next.

Dish's Marc Rouanne: Building an open RAN, greenfield 5G network
CxO Spotlight | 7/1/2020

Light Reading spoke with Marc Rouanne, who was hired late last year to construct Dish's 5G network, about the company's vendor choices so far, and how Dish is designing its planned network.

Comcast raises monthly Internet data ceiling to 1.2 terabytes
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

Comcast's usage-based plan offers only one courtesy month with no data cap, but its unlimited data plans are now less expensive than they were before the pandemic.

BT reports on 100 days of lockdown solitude
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

People more tech-savvy and data usage on the up, as UK lockdown reaches 100-day milestone.

Eurobites: UK hints at Huawei volte-face
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom throws more cash at gaming; Three UK targets enterprise with Amdocs; EU adopts small cell rules.

Openet expands BT mobile BSS deal to include EE
News Analysis | 7/1/2020

Ireland-based BSS provider to implement real-time charging services for EE's mobile operations.

Modernizing China Unicom network operations with TianShu
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/1/2020

TianShu enables stronger collaboration between marketing, sales, planning, network planning, procurement, network construction and ongoing operations.

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