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Why 5G patent rankings are not to be trusted
Morris Lore | 2/23/2021

One study's winner is another's laggard, possibly because researchers cannot agree on what constitutes an essential patent.

Podcast: What's the story with the C-band auction?
LRTV Interviews | 2/23/2021

On this episode, Mike Dano gets into the significance of the FCC's $81 billion C-band spectrum auction and what the forthcoming results will mean for operators' 5G plans.

Google Cloud puts Intel inside Anthos in 5G push
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Intel is Google's latest partner for its Anthos for Telecom effort. The companies are targeting both network operators as well as enterprises building their own networks.

Orby TV website is back in action, touting a discount
The Bauminator | 2/23/2021

Days after the prepaid satellite TV service halted new service activations, Orby TV's website is active again, promoting a cut rate on one-room installs.

Malaysia highlights Huawei's role in 5G rollout
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Malaysia also plans to establish a 5G Cybersecurity Lab with the Chinese vendor.

Eurobites: Nokia to offer dollops of DelOps for the 5G core
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson explore solar power at mobile sites; Swisscom goes with Teoco for 5G network planning; RootMetrics offers UK 5G snapshot.

India's Airtel ties up with Qualcomm for open RAN 5G
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Bharti Airtel has partnered with global chip-maker Qualcomm to roll out virtualized and open RAN-based 5G networks, after Airtel's successful live 5G test.

T-Mobile puts premium price on 5G perks
DanoVision | 2/22/2021

T-Mobile is hoping to encourage customers to sign up for new, more expensive Magenta MAX service by removing monthly usage limits.

Dish to launch 5G in 'major' city by end of Q3
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

Meanwhile, a potentially costly wrinkle emerges in Dish's retail mobile biz as T-Mobile warns it plans to shut down its 3G CDMA network on or around January 1, 2022.

Sling TV can do better, Ergen says
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

'We should have more market share there,' Dish's chairman says, noting that Sling TV 'stumbled' on the quality of the user experience.

StarHub mobile biz suffers Q4 shocker
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

But the Singaporean operator's cost reduction program continues to make good progress.

In chip dip, Apple shoves to front of Foxconn queue
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

Foxconn says the silicon drought will have 'limited impact' on it and customers like Apple, as freak Arctic weather shuts down Texas chip plants.

India spectrum auction: Who's bidding for what (and why)?
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

The mega spectrum auction takes place in March, with top three telcos Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea bidding on a total of 2310MHz spectrum.

Comcast extends delay on debuting data caps in the Northeast
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

After initially agreeing to postpone new data policies in its Northeast division until July 2021, the cable operator said it will now hold off implementing them until 2022.

FCC working group proposes using AI for better broadband maps
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

One of the benefits of AI is that it can be used to look at coverage data in different ways, incorporating factors such as economics and population density into the maps.

RAN spending splurge in Q4 helps market top $35B in 2020 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

Revenue from RAN equipment reached record-breaking heights in 2020, driven by stronger than expected 5G NR investments in North America and China toward the end of the year.

Ericsson now boasts superior 5G radios to Huawei
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

Swedish vendor claims to have the smallest and lightest massive MIMO radios in the world.

Apple takes top smartphone spot in Q4 2020 – Gartner
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

iPhone maker regains number one position for first time since Q4 2016, says latest report, although Samsung retains the top spot for the year.

Eurobites: Telefónica and Huawei pilot 600G/800G over WDM
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: French village says 'non' to Starlink ground station; KPN buffs up green credentials; MVNO specialist returns to Three UK.

Verizon adds new flavors of managed SD-WAN services with Cisco
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Verizon Business is expanding its SD-WAN services by providing customers with the options of co-managed Cisco SD-WAN by Viptela, managed SD-WAN by Viptela for the Cisco ISR1100 Series platform, and new managed service tiers for Cisco Meraki.

Something's up at Orby TV
The Bauminator | 2/19/2021

Cryptic message that Orby TV is 'not activating customer accounts' has left customers in the dark about the fate of a prepaid satellite TV service that got off the ground in early 2019.

Intel, Cisco might be on the hunt for edge computing companies – analyst
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

JiNan Glasgow George said her crystal ball, powered by a mixture of experience, artificial intelligence and patent filings, indicates Cisco and Intel will pursue M&A opportunities in edge computing.

Wireless speeds into the lead at Casa Systems
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Some 42% of Q4 revenues came from Casa's wireless business, outpacing its legacy cable business and its budding telco wireline business.

Twilio Q4 revenue surges 65% on back of SMS revival
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Cloud business Twilio, with its SMS API platform, sees fourth-quarter revenue up 65% as it sells $1 billion of fresh shares.

MobiTV is in a financial pinch – sources
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

MobiTV, a company that helps to underpin T-Mobile's TVision service as well as pay-TV streaming services for several US cable operators, is in need of more capital or a buyer to keep operations afloat.

How a new crop of vendors is breaking into the 5G core
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Casa Systems, HPE, Mavenir, Microsoft, Athonet and Parallel Wireless are just some of the 5G core network vendors challenging established heavyweights like Huawei and Cisco.

Malaysia fast-tracks 5G with $3.7B goverment-funded network
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Authorities plan to build a state-owned mobile network that would be open to all operators.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom tests standalone 5G
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Eir launches VoLTE; TalkTalk dangles Amazon Prime; UK Supreme Court rules that Uber drivers aren't self-employed.

Huawei CFO loses UK legal battle to open HSBC documents
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

In the latest setback for Meng Wanzhou, the UK's high court has rejected her application to peek into HSBC's files.

WiCipedia: The buzz on Bumble's billionaire boss
WiCipedia | 2/19/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: There's a new billionaire in town; Clubhouse excludes minorities; the gaming industry makes ghosts of female developers; and more.

Huawei to halve smartphone output in 2021 – report
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

China-based equipment provider is said to have warned suppliers it will need 60% fewer components this year as US sanctions bite.

Indian telcos demand same treatment as OTTs
News Analysis | 2/19/2021

Telecom operators are outraged that Internet companies are not subject to the same tough obligations.

Roku ARPU flies past $28
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

Roku ends 2020 with 51.2 million active accounts, maintaining a small edge over Amazon's Fire TV platform.

Cable networks are set for a much-needed upstream boost
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

A more efficient modulation scheme, OFDMA, is expected to play a bigger role as cable operators start to embark on upgrades that dedicate more spectrum to the upstream.

A second wave of CBRS players await FCC approval
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

New SAS providers are hoping to compete against CommScope, Google, Sony, Federated Wireless, Key Bridge and Amdocs to manage CBRS spectrum sharing.

Why performance management is at the heart of successful managed SD-WAN
Guest Perspectives | 2/18/2021

A new report reveals that comprehensive network performance management across legacy and SD-WAN deployments will be key to driving successful managed services.

T-Mobile's standalone 5G boosts latency by around 20% – study
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

Improved latency is one of the 'great goals of the designers of 5G,' OpenSignal noted, and it's only available to operators that switch on the 'standalone' version of 5G.

Apple starts hiring 6G engineers
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

Apple's 6G hires would 'research and design next generation (6G) wireless communication systems' and 'participate in industry/academic forums passionate about 6G.'

Huawei is proving as hard to stop as a movie supervillain
Morris Lore | 2/18/2021

Despite concern about the impact of US sanctions, the Chinese equipment giant's networks business is still going strong.

In China, AI and cloud boost Baidu revenues by 52%
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

Big investments in AI and cloud send Baidu's non-advertising revenues soaring 52%.

Podcast: Can live sports save pay-TV?
LRTV Interviews | 2/18/2021

Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner discusses new streaming services such as Paramount+, whether live sports can keep pay-TV alive, and what other features are keeping pay-TV subscribers from cutting the cord.

YouTube TV to launch premium add-ons as sub base flattens out
The Bauminator | 2/18/2021

The streaming video service is preparing a yet-to-be priced add-on that will provide access to shows in 4K, allow subs to download shows, and provide unlimited streams at home.

Podcast – The Divide: How US counties are confronting connectivity needs
LRTV Interviews | 2/18/2021

This week: Judge JD Clark of Wise County, Texas and Councilmember Craig Rice of Montgomery County, Maryland – co-chairs of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Broadband Task Force – on local connectivity challenges, problems with FCC mapping and more.

VEON sees green shoots after tough 2020
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

Group returns to local currency growth in Q4 2020 and outlines ongoing efforts to improve its results, portfolio and capital structure in 2021.

Orange joins towerco spinout crowd
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

News of a fully independent masts company fails to prevent share-price dip as markets react to steep profit downturn in Spain.

Facebook cuts off Australia news over new rules
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

In response to a plan to charge the platform for news content, Facebook announced it would eliminate all news links from its Australian site.

Eurobites: Nokia lands A1 Austria's 5G rollout
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Bouygues remains buoyant; CityFibre extends in Brighton; BT resells Illumio's micro-segmentation tech.

USITC parachutes into Ericsson, Samsung patent cross-fire
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

US trade body launches investigation following patent-infringement complaint made by the Swedish supplier against the South Korean behemoth.

CWA labels purported US telecom workforce shortages as 'misinformation'
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

US wireless industry representatives have long complained of networking technician shortages. But the head of the massive CWA union warned that lawmakers should be 'skeptical of these claims.'

FCC's acting chair voices support for spectrum sharing
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

Jessica Rosenworcel, the acting chairwoman of the FCC, says the agency will need to 'get creative about the policies we put in place' for spectrum management.

Open RAN is mutating faster than COVID-19
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

The many variants of open RAN and the apparent shortcomings of the standardization process will frustrate efforts to challenge Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia.

CommScope to evaluate its full portfolio of products and businesses
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

Evaluation ties into 'CommScope Next,' a broader initiative kicked off in January under new CEO Chuck Treadway.

Reliability: A keystone in the post-pandemic world
Guest Perspectives | 2/17/2021

The pandemic has accelerated progress in the broadband market and sharpened the focus on the critical role that connectivity plays in our everyday lives.

Starlink rockets Musk's SpaceX to $74B valuation
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

Elon Musk's SpaceX sees its valuation jump 60% in a funding round, with Starlink benefiting from the crash of Alphabet's Loon and Facebook's Aquila.

RingCentral rings in 'outstanding' Q4, but investors want more
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

UCaaS specialist adds Vodafone Business to partner roster and targets Zoom market with Glip and RingCentral Video.

Chunghwa jacks up capex to speed 5G rollout
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom is boosting capex this year to NT$43.1 billion ($1.5 billion) as its 5G rollout reaches its peak.

In the 5G race to space, Lynk takes the lead against SpaceMobile
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

Startup Lynk plans to light up commercial services by 2022 – that's one year earlier than its rival, SpaceMobile. Both companies promise to connect standard cellphones to satellites.

Is the Indian telecom industry on a recovery path?
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

The recently declared quarterly results of the top three Indian service providers indicate that the industry seems to be on the road to recovery.

Eurobites: Nokia, Elisa go public on private 5G networks push
News Analysis | 2/17/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM crosses the digital divide; Swisscom joins the Azure gang; Deutsche Telekom shields the machines.

Roku sizing up plan to develop original content
News Analysis | 2/16/2021

Job listing indicates the streamer is exploring a plan to build its own slate of original TV shows and movies and building on its recent deal to acquire the rights to Quibi's content catalog.

Dish uncovers a few more 5G puzzle pieces
News Analysis | 2/16/2021

Dish Network has inked deals with more tower companies and hired more execs to manage its 5G buildout. Meanwhile, Qualcomm has released silicon supporting some of Dish's spectrum.

Why the Anterix-SDG&E private wireless deal is raising eyebrows
News Analysis | 2/16/2021

San Diego Gas & Electric bought Anterix's 900MHz spectrum for around $2.31 per MHz-POP, a price that reflects the growing value around the private wireless sector.

Big business doesn't trust telcos with 5G, says new research
News Analysis | 2/16/2021

Telcos are chasing the enterprise that doesn't really like them and ignoring the smaller businesses that do, say Omdia and BearingPoint//Beyond.

Comcast holds 9.3% stake in FuboTV
The Bauminator | 2/16/2021

The 'sports-first' virtual MVPD has about 545,000 subscribers and is preparing to enter the online sports betting market in a big way.

5G security market set to boom – report
News Analysis | 2/16/2021

Reportlinker.com projects 44.3% CAGR between 2020 and 2026, with DDoS the fastest-growing 5G protection solution through the forecast period.

Podcast: Vodafone Business taps IoT to reduce carbon emissions
LRTV Interviews | 2/16/2021

Erik Brenneis, head of IoT for Vodafone Business, joins the podcast to discuss growth in the IoT market, and explains how Vodafone Business' customers are using IoT in their sustainability strategies.

Car, phone makers square off over tightening chip supply
News Analysis | 2/16/2021

The world semiconductor market will stay tight through the first half of 2021 as carmakers fight smartphone makers for supplies.

India’s Vodafone Idea to shut down 3G network
News Analysis | 2/16/2021

India's third-largest service provider plans to shut down its 3G network later this year in a bid to enhance revenue, while keeping the 2G network running.

Liberty Global looks chained and parochial
Morris Lore | 2/16/2021

Eye-watering debts, catch-up mergers and network projects that are way off target – welcome to Liberty Global.

Cable One stays on M&A tear
News Analysis | 2/16/2021

Deal to acquire rest of Hargray comes roughly four months after Cable One grabbed a 15% stake. Also, Cable One recently snapped up a big piece of Mega Broadband Investments and invested in two wireless ISPs.

NBN Co has nowhere to go on pricing
News Analysis | 2/16/2021

Australian broadband wholesaler NBN Co is reviewing prices – but won't make structural changes for at least two years, disappointing retail service providers.

Norway’s Ice Group updates guidance after sizzling Q4
News Analysis | 2/16/2021

Operator expects to lower costs through a new national roaming agreement with Telia.

Eurobites: Vodafone tests precise-positioning tech
News Analysis | 2/16/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Salt claims fixed-line Internet record; T-Systems offers cloud migration program; MTN teams up with Mastercard for mobile money.

Deutsche Telekom shows Europe has lost the public cloud fight
News Analysis | 2/15/2021

The German operator has urged Europe to stand up to US tech, but its own business appears to have backed down.

Ooredoo posts Q4 sick note
News Analysis | 2/15/2021

Pandemic continues to take an unhealthy toll on revenue, while Iraqi dinar devaluation adds to net profit pain.

Now Nissan veers away from the Apple Car
News Analysis | 2/15/2021

Apple's self-driving car talks with Nissan ran into the sand over branding, but Cupertino's ambitions in the trillion-dollar industry won't be easily cowed.

ITI shortlists Mavenir for BSNL's 4G network in India
News Analysis | 2/15/2021

US-based Mavenir Technologies is a favorite to supply open RAN technology for BSNL's 4G tender, despite controversy over the vendor's Indian credentials.

Eurobites: Mike Rake steps down from Huawei role
News Analysis | 2/15/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange signs renewables agreement with ENGIE; ENET extends Dublin fiber network; STC wins 5G bragging rights.

Vantage Towers sends out positive signals ahead of IPO
News Analysis | 2/15/2021

Vodafone tower company said it is on track to achieve medium-term targets after a respectable first-nine-months performance.

China’s 5G private networks slow in the Year of the Ox
News Analysis | 2/15/2021

The year of the Ox – named for a zodiac animal noted for plodding hard work – suits China's slowly emerging 5G private network market.

News bites: Coherent's third suitor ups the ante
News Analysis | 2/12/2021

Also included in our late afternoon summary of news and comment: stats from the Super Bowl of Wi-Fi and Dell'Oro projects growth for the CBRS RAN market.

CableLabs CMO sets her exit
News Analysis | 2/12/2021

CableLabs, which recently merged with SCTE and is inching toward its '4Front' event in June, said it has begun a search for a new chief marketing officer amid the departure of Rachel Beisel.

ATSC 3.0 shows potential for car connectivity
News Analysis | 2/12/2021

Sony-led trials indicate the next-gen broadcast signaling standard can support multiple automotive applications, and be particularly useful in canyons and mountainous areas prone to bad reception.

Unleash experience-first networking with Juniper Paragon Automation
Guest Perspectives | 2/12/2021

Juniper Paragon Automation is a modular portfolio of cloud-native software applications that deliver closed-loop automation in 5G and multi-cloud environments.

Ligado to use Rakuten's platform for private 5G
News Analysis | 2/12/2021

Ligado Networks inked a memorandum of understanding to use the Rakuten Communications Platform, but Rakuten officials wouldn't describe Ligado as an RCP customer.

5G in the US will get a lot clearer by March 31 – here's why
DanoVision | 2/12/2021

According to some analysts, the FCC should announce the results of the C-band auction for 5G spectrum by Friday, February 26. If that's the case, the US market for 5G ought to soon gain more clarity.

SingTel CEO puts positive spin on tough Q3
News Analysis | 2/12/2021

Resilience shown at the Group's enterprise segment was one of the few bright spots.

2G or not 2G: Brazil's TIM starts switching 2G off
News Analysis | 2/12/2021

TIM Brasil starts powering down its 2G network, as its ultra broadband revenue, using equipment from China's ZTE, soars 25% in the last quarter.

Millicom preaches caution after a tough 2020
News Analysis | 2/12/2021

The operator managed to maintain a steady course despite the pandemic, but says it is not out of the woods yet.

Vecima sees DAA sales perk up
News Analysis | 2/12/2021

A sizable chunk of the Vecima's Entra-brand distributed access architecture products came way of the company's recent acquisition of Nokia's cable access business.

Eurobites: O2 fined £10.5M for shocking final bills
News Analysis | 2/12/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Brits turn to mobile data to survive lockdown logjam; Ericsson deploys private network with Cosmote; Proximus signs up One Bill Global as MVNO.

WiCipedia: The new '5 to 9' work hustle
WiCipedia | 2/12/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Dolly Parton is the new face of entrepreneurship; the struggle isn't over for Google's defamed AI researcher; diverse VC funds are the future of funding; and more.

Rakuten's sumo-sized mobile challenge just got $2B costlier
News Analysis | 2/12/2021

The Japanese e-commerce giant has just figured out it needs 16,603 more basestations than it had originally planned.

Pandemic pushes enterprises to hybrid cloud adoption
News Analysis | 2/11/2021

Nearly 61% of organizations are currently using or piloting hybrid clouds, according to a new report by NTT.

News bites: The Coherent courting continues
News Analysis | 2/11/2021

Also included in our late afternoon summary of news and comment: An update on the men caught up in Huawei's crossfire, Sling TV adds a new TV bundle and Comcast launches vaccine info resources.

Disney+ nears 100M subs worldwide as ARPU dips
News Analysis | 2/11/2021

Meanwhile, Hulu's live TV service lost some ground, leveling out at 4 million subs, while ESPN+ grew to 12.1 million.

Biden planning order to increase US chip production
News Analysis | 2/11/2021

President Biden is planning to pen an executive order designed in part to improve the physical production of chipsets in the US. That may come as welcome news to 5G providers.

Amid 5G kerfuffle, China still has a tight grip on broadband
News Analysis | 2/11/2021

Huawei and ZTE control most of the global market for broadband access equipment and the only 'scale' alternative is Nokia.

Equinix full-year financials buoyed by new services
News Analysis | 2/11/2021

Q4 not bad either with channel bookings accounting for more than 35% of the full-year total.

What's ahead in optical?
LRTV Interviews | 2/11/2021

Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin gives a quick rundown of what's coming up in the optical networking space for 2021 as he previews Light Reading's Optical Networking Symposium on February 16 and 18.

Biden may retire Trump's 'Clean Networks' campaign against Huawei
News Analysis | 2/11/2021

Telefonica, Orange, Telus, SK Telecom, Rakuten, Taiwan Mobile, SoftBank and Optus were among the network operators that signed on to Trump's 'Clean Networks' program. Its fate is now unclear.

Podcast – The Divide: Dr. Nicol Turner Lee on the 'digitally invisible'
LRTV Interviews | 2/11/2021

This week: Brookings Senior Fellow Dr. Nicol Turner Lee on what she learned on her ten-city tour investigating the digital divide in the US.

Private equity firm bids for Synacor
News Analysis | 2/11/2021

Deal, which values Synacor at $92 million, comes roughly eight months after Synacor and Qumu called off their proposed merger.

Telstra stock rides higher despite lower earnings
News Analysis | 2/11/2021

The Australian operator kept investors happy with its turnaround story and plans for a towers sale.

Eurobites: EU gets moving on data privacy
News Analysis | 2/11/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Olaf Swantee turns up at Vodafone; Volkswagen strikes cloud deal with Microsoft; Orange turns Prpl.

Nokia flags Brazilian tie-up on 5G open RAN
News Analysis | 2/11/2021

Finnish vendor to collaborate with research body CPQD on development of services based on the O-RAN RIC.

Biden presses pause on TikTok ban
News Analysis | 2/11/2021

ByteDance's sale of US TikTok to Oracle and Walmart appears to be shelved following a rethink of US policy.

1-Gig sell-in at Altice USA rises to 41%
News Analysis | 2/10/2021

Operator seeing 25% gross broadband adds come from Fios zones as company sees an 'absolute explosion' of broadband subscriber activity in its more rural – and underpenetrated – Suddenlink footprint.

News bites: Unicorns are everywhere
News Analysis | 2/10/2021

Also included in our late afternoon summary of news and comment: Calix improves its cloud, Oracle recharges charging, Viasat offers in-flight Wi-Fi over Russia and Charter uses apps to make entertainment more accessible.

Industry debates 'the art of the possible' in 5G spectrum sharing
News Analysis | 2/10/2021

Responses to a Department of Defense request for information on 5G spectrum sharing raise questions about network slicing, spectrum auctions and the future of valuable midband spectrum.

India still not ready to launch 5G
News Analysis | 2/10/2021

A report from India's parliament blames regulatory authorities for the country's tardy rollout of 5G.

'Power users' consuming 1 TB+ per month have almost doubled – OpenVault
News Analysis | 2/10/2021

More than 14% of broadband customers consumed more than 1 terabyte per month in Q4 2020, while 2.2% chewed up at least 2 TB per month, study finds.

Twitter inks revenue record, but frets about iOS 14
News Analysis | 2/10/2021

Twitter sees user growth slow, but the big question is how iOS 14 will affect record-high revenue.

América Móvil sees postpaid subs surge, joins tower spinout crowd
News Analysis | 2/10/2021

Favorable Mexican peso exchange rates with the US dollar and euro helped boost net profits by 80%.

Starlink opens up $99 pre-orders for satellite broadband service
News Analysis | 2/10/2021

Move signals that Starlink is ready to broaden access to a more limited beta offering that launched last fall.

Adtran prepares to gobble 'big chunk' of BT broadband pie
News Analysis | 2/10/2021

Making its commercial debut in the Openreach network, the US broadband vendor has emerged as a big beneficiary of the UK's Huawei clampdown.

5G phones take off in China
News Analysis | 2/10/2021

And China's own handset brands are slugging it out to replace Huawei.

Eurobites: Telia goes 'beyond roaming' with global IoT offer
News Analysis | 2/10/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson, T-Systems take private-network collaboration worldwide; Swisscom buys Webtiser for SAP boost; A1 Austria holds it together in Q4.

Sigfox brings in Google Cloud for next stage of IoT journey
News Analysis | 2/10/2021

IoT specialist was seeking a 'scalable, long-term solution' to process 'billions of messages each month.'

News bites: II-VI sees quick gains from Finisar buy
News Analysis | 2/9/2021

Also included in our late afternoon summary of news and comment, Coherent is choosing between multi-billion dollar suitors, an Alaskan region gets some fiber-based broadband and Sling has a V-Day deal.

Cisco reports software, security sizzle as Q2 revenues remain flat
News Analysis | 2/9/2021

In a mixed quarter, Cisco reported flat revenues, but it beat earnings estimates and had a bright spot in software and security sales.

Huawei looks for openings in Biden's defense
News Analysis | 2/9/2021

On Monday, Huawei filed a lawsuit to reverse the FCC's designation of the company as a national threat. On Tuesday, Huawei's founder mused about a reset to US-China relations.

India's government threatens Twitter
News Analysis | 2/9/2021

The social media firm faces a possible ban in India after failing to shut down accounts at the request of authorities.

Vidgo finds its footing in crowded streaming TV market
CxO Spotlight | 2/9/2021

Vidgo, a virtual MVPD focused on the prepaid model, has seen a growth spurt following a recent investment and the elimination of free trials, president and co-founder Shane Cannon says.

Ciena loves the optics as Huawei grows 'less relevant'
News Analysis | 2/9/2021

The optical equipment maker is hoping to capitalize on the unpopularity of Huawei and the struggles of Nokia this year.

Electronic Arts buys Glu as gaming consolidates
News Analysis | 2/9/2021

Coming amid a wave of gaming industry consolidation, this will be one of the costliest video game acquisitions in history.

Verizon won't catch T-Mobile with C-band – analysts
News Analysis | 2/9/2021

When the dust settles around the C-band auction, the analysts at Evercore expect T-Mobile to still command twice as much valuable midband spectrum as Verizon.

Super Bowl LV hits streaming record as total TV viewership falls
News Analysis | 2/9/2021

CBS Sports says the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' blowout victory over the Kansas City Chiefs drew an average minute audience of 5.7 million across streaming platforms.

Podcast: Omdia's optimistic forecast for private LTE and 5G networks
LRTV Interviews | 2/9/2021

Omdia's Pablo Tomasi joins the podcast to share his market forecasts for private LTE and 5G networks.

KT taps growth from emerging AI, B2B services
News Analysis | 2/9/2021

The South Korean operator posted a drop in revenues after the pandemic hit equipment sales, but there was progress in new business areas.

Former Google chief warns 'massive sums' paid for C-Band will stall 5G
News Analysis | 2/9/2021

Eric Schmidt thinks Auction 107 was a digital setback that America and its allies can ill-afford.

Eurobites: How BT helps prop up the UK economy
News Analysis | 2/9/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: opportunity NOCs for Elisa; Orange's cloud to power Egypt's new smart city; Vodafone chooses Digitalk platform for MVNO growth.

Half of enterprises plan to boost SD-WAN and MPLS usage in 2021 – survey
Kelsey's Grammar | 2/9/2021

Over 60% of enterprises aim to increase or significantly increase their SD-WAN usage this year, and 59% plan to increase MPLS usage in 2021, Avant study finds.

Proximus mops up rest of BICS
News Analysis | 2/9/2021

Belgian operator to take full control of the mobile-roaming middleman as well as its TeleSign unit.

What I learned watching John Legere's Instagram call-in show
DanoVision | 2/8/2021

As CEO of T-Mobile, John Legere turned the company around and positioned it to directly challenge the market's leaders. Now, in his self-imposed retirement, he's hosting shows on Instagram.

Fiber, telco pressure groups say Starlink faces capacity shortfall
News Analysis | 2/8/2021

Study commissioned by the FBA and the NTCA estimate that, by 2028, 56% of Starlink's RDOF locations will experience service degradation during peak times and fail to meet RDOF requirements.

News bites: Another UK chipmaker gets a multi-billion dollar buyout offer
News Analysis | 2/8/2021

Also included in our late afternoon summary of news and comment: Dish picks Aviat for backhaul, DZS closes its Optelian acquisition and Verizon takes on gamer complainers.

FAST Studios banks on the rise of free streaming
News Analysis | 2/8/2021

Startup will invest in new and existing free, ad-supported streaming channels as market continues to pick up steam thanks to the likes of Pluto TV, Tubi and Comcast-owned Xumo.

Amazon targets 'America's heartland' with pitch for Project Kuiper
News Analysis | 2/8/2021

Amazon's Project Kuiper is pledging to deliver 'fiber-like' broadband services to remote corners of America. But the company is also eyeing partnerships with 5G operators.

Nokia bags optical network deal with Telekom Deutschland
News Analysis | 2/8/2021

German incumbent's push on network core automation is welcome news for the Finnish vendor, bruised by recent declines at its mobile access unit.

5G fuels Docomo/Sony far-flung test drive
News Analysis | 2/8/2021

Testing remote driving by 5G, Docomo Pacific piloted a Sony testbed car from 1,500 miles away in Japan, as cars, telcos and tech companies grow ever closer.

Say hello to the open RAN 'ecosystem,' or vendor lock-in 2.0
News Analysis | 2/8/2021

As ecosystems and vendor partnerships become more popular, there is a growing risk that open RAN merely replaces one form of dependence with another.

Apple talks with Hyundai and Kia break down
News Analysis | 2/8/2021

Talks on the Apple Car appear to have stalled, although they may only have been parked for now.

5G overshadows wireless operators' IoT businesses
News Analysis | 2/8/2021

From connected cars to fleet management, US operators have built IoT arsenals to address a variety of vertical markets. But today they aren't making much noise about their progress.

Minim adds data usage tracker to device management app
News Analysis | 2/8/2021

Minim, a maker of DOCSIS gateways and other CPE, has launched a data usage tool for ISPs and for its retail products to help educate consumers about their usage patterns and to 'demystify' data caps.

Huawei defies US sanctions with higher sales, profit – report
News Analysis | 2/8/2021

Huawei increased profit 10% in 2020, achieving another set of strong financial numbers in the teeth of US sanctions, Chinese media have reported.

Eurobites: Telefónica corrals Mavenir, AWS for managed IoT
News Analysis | 2/8/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange lands transatlantic cable near Bordeaux; Cambridge Wireless and Huawei launch 5G testbed; CityFibre, Virtual1 team up for business fiber services.

News bites: Adtran's big little customer mix
News Analysis | 2/5/2021

Also in this news roundup: Chunghwa is aiming to buy and build a lot of base stations to grow 5G in Taiwan, plus some other headlines.

Fortinet's OS facelift includes ZTNA, SD-WAN upgrades
News Analysis | 2/5/2021

Fortinet has added 300 new features to its operating system, including updates to ZTNA, SD-WAN, SASE and more.

Rakuten counts 15 international customers for communications platform
News Analysis | 2/5/2021

'These are not small customers. Some of them are very, very massive,' Rakuten's mobile networking chief Tareq Amin says of the buyers of the Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP).

Some big RDOF winners lean away from fixed wireless
News Analysis | 2/5/2021

LTD Broadband – the top winner in the FCC's RDOF auction with a total of $1.3 billion in funding – said it will use fixed wireless for 0.1% of its network buildout.

Viasat drops more hints about super-capacity satellite
News Analysis | 2/5/2021

Company chairman predicts that ViaSat-4, currently in the design phase, could deliver up to 7 terabits per second.

Open RAN no sure winner, but back it anyway, says UK report
Morris Lore | 2/5/2021

A parliamentary report on 5G diversification reveals a political cluelessness about 5G technology and the road ahead.

Starlink surpasses 10,000 users
News Analysis | 2/5/2021

Starlink user figure surfaces in FCC petition seeking to designate the satellite broadband service as an Eligible Telecommunications carrier following phase I of the RDOF auction.

India's Bharti Airtel touts 5G network readiness
News Analysis | 2/5/2021

India's second-largest service provider, Bharti Airtel, claimed the network is ready for a quick launch of 5G services during the recent earnings call.

Apple's data privacy changes continue to spark alarm
News Analysis | 2/5/2021

Plan by the iPhone maker to make it harder for apps to track user data prompts more companies to warn on potential business impact.

NTT DoCoMo weighing NTT Communications
News Analysis | 2/5/2021

Tight cost control drove NTT DoCoMo's profit in the first three quarters – and it's looking to further slash costs by acquiring affiliate NTT Communications.

Kuaishou debut shows Hong Kong IPOs are still on fire
News Analysis | 2/5/2021

Short video platform Kuaishou's $5.4 billion Hong Kong listing shows TikTok owner ByteDance there is still fizz in the IPO bottle.

WiCipedia: The workplace culture that creates 'hackathon queens'
WiCipedia | 2/5/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: How the pandemic has affected various demographics at work; FirstBoard ensures board diversification; the importance of skill-based mentorship; and more.

Eurobites: TIM signs up to operators' open RAN fan club
News Analysis | 2/5/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TDC's earnings down, despite cost-cutting; Iliad bond raises €1.3 billion to help bankroll Play acquisition; Telenor, Intelsat add 4K channels.

T-Mobile's 5G customers consume 15% more data than 4G subs
News Analysis | 2/4/2021

T-Mobile said its lowband 5G service, covering around 280 million people, is roughly twice as fast as its 4G network. The operator's midband 5G offering provides peak speeds up to 1 Gbit/s.

Clearfield CEO on wading out of the mire of middle management
Kelsey's Grammar | 2/4/2021

In part two of this Mentor Spotlight series, Light Reading's Women in Comms caught up with Clearfield President and CEO Cheri Beranek to discuss how far the needle is moving for women in telecom who are interested in historically male-dominated roles.

Operators debate whether to stick with DOCSIS or upgrade to FTTP
News Analysis | 2/4/2021

Schurz Broadband Group is among those weighing what to do with their HFC networks amid competition that's already delivering symmetrical gigabit services.

Can fixed wireless leverage rural successes into urban expansions?
News Analysis | 2/4/2021

Already around 7 million Americans use fixed wireless Internet services. But they're mainly in rural areas. Can providers expand into suburban and urban areas to capture a $20 billion opportunity?

BT hits Q3 turbulence, but Captain Jansen says all under control
News Analysis | 2/4/2021

Despite severe COVID-19 headwinds, BT CEO says it was all expected and reiterates full-year outlook.

Cellnex market power grows with new €5.2B deal
News Analysis | 2/4/2021

The Spanish infrastructure firm will own about one half of the mobile sites in France. That should prompt concern about competition.

Having bagged bandwidth, Orange launches nine 5G labs
News Analysis | 2/4/2021

As anti-5G sentiment keeps Europe's rollout behind the US and Asia, Orange announces nine 5G use-case labs to build on last year's big bandwidth wins.

SoftBank lifts forecasts after strong COVID-19 performance
News Analysis | 2/4/2021

SoftBank Corp has raised its full-year forecasts after an unexpectedly strong performance during the pandemic.

Swisscom maintains a steady course in 2020
News Analysis | 2/4/2021

Swiss operator remains in cautious mode for 2021, predicting flat revenue and core earnings for the year.

Bharti Airtel's focus on quality finally turns a profit
News Analysis | 2/4/2021

India's second-largest service provider, Bharti Airtel, continues to gain momentum, with a return to profitability after reporting six quarters of loss.

Podcast – The Divide: How Starry connects cord cutters and the underserved
LRTV Interviews | 2/4/2021

This week: Virginia Lam Abrams, senior vice president of Government Affairs and Strategic Advancement at alternative broadband provider Starry.

Eurobites: Lawmakers fret over UK's tech strategy
News Analysis | 2/4/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Jordan's Umniah taps Ericsson; Swisscom slips up in Switzerland, makes hay in Italy with Fastweb; 5G on the waterfront, again.

Nokia faces a long road to mobile recovery
News Analysis | 2/4/2021

The Finnish equipment vendor expects a 'significant' fall in mobile sales this year but sees the green shoots of recovery.

The great 5G land grab gets complicated
DanoVision | 2/3/2021

SBA is leasing space on thousands of structures owned by utility PG&E for a period of 100 years. It's an example of the increasingly complicated market for vertical real estate.

Comcast delays charging data overage fees in the Northeast
News Analysis | 2/3/2021

Agreement with the Pennsylvania Attorney General postpones data-related overage charges until July, and enters the frame after Comcast faced mounting pressure from lawmakers in the region.

Podcast: Orange injects AI and automation into supply chain management
LRTV Interviews | 2/3/2021

Orange Business Services joins the podcast to discuss how AI, automation and RPA can improve supply chain management for the operator's customers.

Omniverse awarded $50M in suit against HovSat
News Analysis | 2/3/2021

But chances that Omniverse will be able to collect any of that money seems remote given that the purported owner of HovSat remains an elusive figure.

Charter, Comcast beef up biz services play with Cisco's Meraki
News Analysis | 2/3/2021

Charter taps Cisco's platform for modular, national service offering for SMB and enterprise customers, while Comcast uses it to expand on its new teleworker product.

Verizon escalates interoperability battle with AT&T, FirstNet, others
News Analysis | 2/3/2021

Verizon is preparing to mount a public relations campaign against AT&T, FirstNet and others over the topic of interoperability. Caught in the middle are millions of public safety customers.

5G and new businesses drive SK Telecom profit
News Analysis | 2/3/2021

Growth in 5G and its non-mobile businesses have helped SK Telecom to a 21.8% spike in full-year operating profit.

Hyundai's Kia latest focus of Apple self-driving car rumors
News Analysis | 2/3/2021

Local report suggests that Apple and Kia are set to sign a $3.4 billion deal on February 17.

Vodafone plans one-for-all European strategy to boost profits
News Analysis | 2/3/2021

The UK operator will stop developing products and platforms for individual markets as it tries to slash costs, speed up service launches and attract partners.

Eurobites: Telia teams with Nokia, Digita for private networks push
News Analysis | 2/3/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT launches 'unbreakable' Wi-Fi; Sparkle supplies voice services to EU satnav agency; Mobily extends billing deal with CSG.

Ads spell strongest quarter in years for Alphabet
News Analysis | 2/3/2021

Christmas shopping boosted Google's ad revenues by 23%, its best quarter in years, but it still has a way to go to turn a profit out of the cloud.

AWS chief Jassy to succeed Bezos as Amazon CEO
News Analysis | 2/2/2021

Bezos says move will let him pour more energy into projects such as the Day 1 Fund, The Washington Post and the space-faring Blue Origin program.

Dwayne Benefield exits T-Mobile, heads to Telus
News Analysis | 2/2/2021

Benefield, an exec who helped pull together T-Mobile's new TVision streaming product, has joined the Canada-based service provider as SVP of Connected Home and Entertainment.

Omnispace raises $60M to beam 5G from space
News Analysis | 2/2/2021

With backing from the likes of Fortress Investment Group and Columbia Capital, Omnispace wants to build a global 5G network with its 2GHz spectrum using both satellites and terrestrial cell towers.

Cohere CEO: New product, customer names coming this year
News Analysis | 2/2/2021

Startup Cohere Technologies was founded in 2011. Today, the company's CEO said it is 'very well funded into the future' and should begin naming operator customers this year.

T-Mobile buys 1.1M Shentel customers for $1.95B
News Analysis | 2/2/2021

After an evaluation of Shentel's wireless business, T-Mobile agreed to acquire the company's 1.1 million customers for $1.95 billion.

Facing down the China 5G challenge: Don't panic
News Analysis | 2/2/2021

China's 5G market has some big numbers, but the country may struggle to execute its strategy.

Telenor Q4 hit by COVID-19 disruption in Asia
News Analysis | 2/2/2021

Heavy exposure in Asia takes its toll on the top line, but Oslo-based operator predicts 'gradual recovery' in the region during H2 2021.

Singtel partners Azure as public clouds continue edge advance
News Analysis | 2/2/2021

The latest edge tie-up between an operator and a US technology giant should worry the telecom sector.

Eurobites: Telefónica boss tells regulators to get with the 5G program
News Analysis | 2/2/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia and Vodafone tout 100G technology; Orange explains the point of 5G; Aryaka notches wins; who's using 5G in the UK?

Tele2 CEO sees no return to business as usual for now
News Analysis | 2/2/2021

Sweden-based operator expresses cautious confidence as the pandemic continues to hamper business growth.

Harmonic 'CableOS' rollouts rise to 44 customers, 2.6M cable modems
News Analysis | 2/1/2021

Vendor says pace of rollouts is picking up, but current deployments represent just 5% of the cable modems served by its initial customers.

Verizon's new 3G shutdown target: January 1, 2023
News Analysis | 2/1/2021

In 2016, Verizon said it planned to shutter its 3G network on December 31, 2019. Now the carrier believes it will be finished with that effort no later than January 1, 2023.

Why Verizon keeps promoting 5G at the Super Bowl
DanoVision | 2/1/2021

Although Verizon's overall 5G strategy has been mostly corona'ed, there are plenty of reasons for the company to continue pushing its '5G Built Right' advertising campaign.

Ericsson calls for 'tech neutrality' after telco open RAN pleas
Morris Lore | 2/1/2021

Predictably enough, the Swedish equipment vendor thinks Europe should focus on mainstream 5G. It has a point.

Italy's TIM seeks co-investors to share cost of FTTH
News Analysis | 2/1/2021

Telecom Italia unveils co-investment plan ahead of FiberCop launch, as the last-mile network grid waits for a verdict by Italy's competition authority.

Telefónica tightens open RAN connections with NEC
News Analysis | 2/1/2021

Spanish giant's open RAN trial in the UK leans heavily on NEC's system integration capabilities and ecosystem partners (just like it does in Germany).

Xiaomi sues US to reverse Trump blacklisting
News Analysis | 2/1/2021

Facing a late Trump-era blacklisting, Xiaomi sues the US Defense and Treasury to reverse its designation as a Chinese Communist military company.

Charter plans $5B broadband expansion to 1M+ locations
News Analysis | 2/1/2021

Charter said it would hire 2,000 contractors and employees to facilitate the buildout, but says speed of the deployment will hinge on how rapidly it can clear pole permitting and other 'external factors.'

5G action gathers pace in India
News Analysis | 2/1/2021

The Indian government has tweaked policy to expedite the launch of 5G, reducing notice from one year to six months to offer new spectrum technology.

Myanmar military shuts down Internet
News Analysis | 2/1/2021

Myanmar's military cut off much of the nation's connectivity after they rounded up civilian leaders in the early hours of Monday morning.

Eurobites: Telia, DNA extend shared Finnish network
News Analysis | 2/1/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: O2 nears mobile agreement with Sky; CBNG appoints new CTO; the sound of ancient phones.

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