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Biden's big infrastructure plan targets broadband access, puts subsidy programs on notice
News Analysis | 3/31/2021

Piece of plan aimed to 'revitalize' US digital infrastructure also references the 1936 Rural Electrification Act, labeling broadband as 'the new electricity.'

After Brazil's about-face, Indonesia still hedges on Huawei
News Analysis | 3/31/2021

'We have to be smart in choosing,' says government minister.

Huawei short on answers to chips crunch as growth stalls
News Analysis | 3/31/2021

The Chinese equipment behemoth still lacks a convincing solution to the problem of US trade sanctions, and sales are dropping outside China.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia foments industrial revolution
News Analysis | 3/31/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ooredoo sells towers in Indonesia; CityFibre wants clearer broadband labelling; Nokia helps make Nicosia smarter.

NCTC CEO Rich Fickle sets his exit
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

The hunt for a successor is underway amid word that Fickle is departing the National Cable Television Cooperative, a group that handles programming and tech deals for hundreds of independent operators.

Cable One plows ahead with 'Sparklight TV'
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

Cable operator confirms it has launched new IP- and app-based pay-TV service in a handful of markets even as its tech partner, MobiTV, pursues a Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring.

Muni broadband projects win funding to tackle digital divide
Broadband World News | 3/30/2021

US Ignite and the NSF announced winning projects of Project Overcome, a $2.7 million effort to accelerate broadband delivery to underserved communities using novel solutions.

Analyst relieved T-Mobile is pulling the plug on TVision
The Bauminator | 3/30/2021

Winding down of T-Mobile's in-house pay-TV service and teaming with YouTube TV and Philo is 'an incremental positive' for T-Mobile, analyst says. Will other MobiTV partners follow suit?

Taiwan operators taking 5G to the tech sector
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

Taiwan operators are steadily rolling out 5G private networks to support the island's high-tech manufacturing sector.

OneWeb: Deals are near to plug funding gap
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

Britain's OneWeb has launched 146 satellites of 648, chasing SpaceX's Starlink on 1,300. But Neil Masterson's real race is for funding and customers.

Japan's messaging Battle Royale pits telco RCS against Line
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

The recent misfortunes of Japan's answer to WhatsApp could be an opportunity for Japan's telecom operators.

Cisco recounts recent tech advances, previews a post-pandemic pitch
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

As the Cisco Live event kicks off today, the networking giant looks beyond the lockdowns and urges service providers to build the network they're going to need when the world gets moving again.

Podcast: Six questions about 6G
LRTV Interviews | 3/30/2021

Light Reading's Mike Dano says there are at least two big improvements coming with 6G.

FTC drops four-year antitrust battle against Qualcomm
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

Chipmaker can finally pop the cork, although the US agency still believes the company violated antitrust laws.

Is the Chinese gear ban imminent in India?
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

The National Cyber Security Coordinator, a government body trusted to curate procurement sources for Indian telcos, recently conveyed its shortlisting criteria.

Eurobites: UK broadband subsidy scheme comes under fire
News Analysis | 3/30/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia pushes private networks in Norway; Nokia does IoT with Mobily in Saudi Arabia; Viasat brings cybersecurity jobs to UK.

T-Mobile to shut down own 'TVision' services, team with YouTube TV and Philo
News Analysis | 3/29/2021

Says it took a 'fresh look' at how it does video, but pivot to OTT-TV partnerships stems from bankruptcy restructuring underway at MobiTV, T-Mobile's key TV software provider.

Másmóvil swoops in for Euskaltel
News Analysis | 3/29/2021

Spain's private equity backed Masmovil makes 'friendly' takeover bid for Basque operator.

Meet Echo and Bifrost, Facebook's new subsea cables
News Analysis | 3/29/2021

The social networking giant continues its strategy of partnering with local telcos to build new infrastructure to boost connectivity.

After Brexit and Huawei, UK must weigh big bet on chips
News Analysis | 3/29/2021

As other regions consider investments in fabs and foundries, the UK remains undecided on its future strategy, says a government advisor.

NBN Co stretching limits of mmWave as it preps 5G
News Analysis | 3/29/2021

With a world record under its belt and an eye on the millimeter wave auction, Australian broadband wholesaler NBN Co is adding 5G to its technology mix.

Comcast starts to stream Disney+, ESPN+ to X1 and Flex subs
News Analysis | 3/29/2021

Integrations will boost exposure for Disney's streaming stable and add key premium OTT apps to Comcast's platforms for pay-TV and broadband-only customers.

Complementary security for Orange's Data and AI Ethics Council
Guest Perspectives | 3/29/2021

Patrick Donegan of HardenStance discusses Orange's activities around AI ethics and looks at how the operator could collaborate with a much broader set of telcos.

Minerva, Shift 2 Stream also pitch MobiTV backups
News Analysis | 3/29/2021

IPTV pioneer Minerva is trying to make waves with its new 'YourTV Now' platform, while Shift 2 Stream, a startup led by a former Cox exec, also claims to have a viable alternative as MobiTV wends through bankruptcy.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia trials XGS-PON
News Analysis | 3/29/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM seals soccer deal with DAZN; London's mayor promises 4G for the Tube; is this the next chairman of BT?

GeoLinks to test Tarana's fixed wireless tech
News Analysis | 3/26/2021

GeoLinks is looking to test 'new technologies for Gigabit wireless broadband access to the home in rural, suburban and urban areas' using technology from Tarana.

China 5G race taking its toll on operators
News Analysis | 3/26/2021

Chinese authorities have finally cleared up one of the mysteries of the 5G age: Exactly how many 5G subs does it have?

AT&T to Biden: Don't leave 5G out of infrastructure spending frenzy
News Analysis | 3/26/2021

AT&T and others argue that federal requirements for 1Gbit/s connections would prevent 5G and other fixed wireless technologies from cashing in on a spending plan that could top $3 trillion.

US government's Huawei ban pushes business to Qualcomm's rival
News Analysis | 3/26/2021

Taiwan's MediaTek is now the world's biggest smartphone chipset supplier, according to several analyst firms. The US government's actions against Huawei are partly to blame.

6G is getting messy and crowded
News Analysis | 3/26/2021

Conflicting technology interests and geopolitical tension could thwart efforts to develop a global standard.

Podcast: The NFL's TV deals gave streaming platforms legitimacy, longevity
LRTV Interviews | 3/26/2021

Light Reading's Alan Breznick ponders whether the NFL's $110 billion deal with streaming video services means the end is nigh for traditional pay-TV bundles.

5G slicing can be dicey, says security specialist
News Analysis | 3/26/2021

AdaptiveMobile reveals a 'major security flaw' in the architecture of 5G network slicing and virtualized network functions.

Eurobites: Safaricom launches 5G in Kenya, with Nokia assist
News Analysis | 3/26/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Suri rekindles French connection; Telenor rebrands its IoT offer; Ofcom to open tech hub in Manchester.

WiCipedia: Women leave workforce in droves due to pandemic and burnout
WiCipedia | 3/26/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Women of color are leaving work in droves; the UK is experiencing a 'digital skills shortage'; Black Girls Code creates a future workforce; and more.

Why AT&T's capex dipped during COVID-19, and what's next
News Analysis | 3/25/2021

AT&T's capital expenses dipped from $19.4 billion in 2019 to just $15.6 billion in 2020. However, thanks to a focus on 5G and fiber in the network, AT&T's spending will likely be different this year.

Verizon sells some 5G spectrum to GeoLinks
News Analysis | 3/25/2021

Verizon sold an estimated 10% of its mmWave spectrum holdings to fixed wireless provider GeoLinks. The licenses couldn't support mobile operations.

Huawei's loss is Xiaomi's Q4 gain
News Analysis | 3/25/2021

Xiaomi makes big smartphone market-share gains at Huawei's expense.

Europe's telcos won't spend €300B, whatever ETNO says
Morris Lore | 3/25/2021

The suggestion that operators would increase spending by nearly a fifth if regulators were kinder is hard to take seriously.

Rakuten Mobile clocks 'throughput' of 1.77 Gbit/s
News Analysis | 3/25/2021

Supplier partner Altiostar says performance of Japan's open RAN operator compares 'favorably' with other mobile networks in the country.

Tony Werner steps down as president of Comcast's 'TPX' team
News Analysis | 3/25/2021

Werner, who will stay as senior technology advisor to the CEO, is succeeded by Charlie Herrin, most recently Comcast's chief product officer.

Paramount+ deal for Serie A matches spells more trouble for the pay-TV bundle
News Analysis | 3/25/2021

Deal between CBS Sports, Paramount+ and the Italian pro soccer league represents another example of how the use of live sports in premium streaming services is chipping at the legacy pay-TV bundle.

Podcast: MetTel's Ed Fox on extending enterprise IT to home networks
CxO Spotlight | 3/25/2021

MetTel CTO Ed Fox discusses how the service providers' customers are balancing the use of collaboration applications, SD-WAN, VPNs and SASE to support their employees working on-premises and remotely.

AT&T, Ericsson execs to lead US efforts in 6G
News Analysis | 3/25/2021

AT&T's Andre Fuetsch and Ericsson's Jan Soderstrom will lead the Next G Alliance's executive governing body. The group is working on 'achieving North American 6G wireless leadership.'

The Divide: Blair Levin and Clint Odom on digital equity and inclusion
LRTV Interviews | 3/25/2021

This week, Blair Levin, former FCC official, and Clint Odom, SVP of policy and advocacy at the National Urban League, join the show to discuss the Lewis Latimer Plan for Digital Equity and Inclusion.

China tech caught in a DC, Beijing regulator pincer-movement
News Analysis | 3/25/2021

Once upon a time, it was just the US moving against Chinese tech; now it's China moving against Chinese tech, too.

China Mobile still looking for 5G boost after flat 2020
News Analysis | 3/25/2021

The world's biggest operator by customers is not yet profiting from the launch of 5G services.

Eurobites: OneWeb sends up another 36 satellites
News Analysis | 3/25/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia lands ultra-broadband deal with United Group; Deutsche Telekom and Slovak Telekom lose appeal against EU fine; Virgin Media taps Infinera for Dublin backbone.

Salt hails strong end to a less than sunny year
News Analysis | 3/25/2021

Swiss operator manages to keep figures stable despite the challenges brought by the pandemic.

Huawei chips crisis shortens odds on China-US conflict
News Analysis | 3/25/2021

The Chinese equipment vendor is due to run out of chips in the next few weeks, say experts, and the consequences could be far-reaching.

Stimulus projects poised to offset risk of new broadband regulations – analyst
News Analysis | 3/24/2021

With so much focus on a possible reinstatement of net neutrality rules under Biden, not enough attention has been given to the upside potential from stimulus spending, MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett says.

5G device trends: mmWave, standalone, IoT gain ground
News Analysis | 3/24/2021

The Global Certification Forum (GCF) says 21% of the different 5G device types it certified in 2020 could access mmWave 5G frequencies, with 34% supporting standalone 5G.

Telit steers steady course through turbulent 2020
News Analysis | 3/24/2021

IoT specialist is in talks again with shareholder DBAY on a possible bid.

More US utilities signal interest in private wireless networks
News Analysis | 3/24/2021

JEA, NRTC and Southern California Edison are some of the utilities that may join the likes of San Diego Gas & Electric and New York Power Authority in exploring private wireless networks.

Benu Networks bolts on SASE and 5G services to broadband gateway
News Analysis | 3/24/2021

Benu Networks has updated its Virtualized Broadband Network Gateway to operate in cloud-native environments, and has added SASE functionality and 5G wireless/wireline convergence capabilities.

5G operators turn to cloud giants to get to the edge
News Analysis | 3/24/2021

Building out the 5G edge was always going to be a collaborative effort - and for the telcos that have started service, the key collaborator is AWS.

Comcast pledges $1B to help narrow the US digital divide
Broadband World News | 3/24/2021

Comcast plans to reach 50 million low-income households through community Wi-Fi projects, equipment donations and grants.

Eurobites: BT proposes £1,500 bonus for frontline workers
News Analysis | 3/24/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange chosen by GEANT; the ethics of location data; Telefonica teams up on IoT, 5G and blockchain.

Singtel revs up with Hyundai tie-up
News Analysis | 3/24/2021

Singapore operator plans to pool expertise with the automotive group to create new enterprise applications.

The FCC wants to know how bad your broadband is
Broadband World News | 3/24/2021

The FCC announced it will start collecting 'first-hand accounts on broadband availability and service quality directly from consumers.'

Intel looks for reformation with $20B plan to build new factories
News Analysis | 3/24/2021

Intel plans to increase the number of its manufacturing facilities in Arizona from four to six, and to sell its chipmaking capabilities under a new business unit.

ATX starts to pick up where Cisco left off
Broadband World News | 3/23/2021

In wake of amplifier licensing deal with Cisco, vendor has notched deals with Midco and Portugal's NOS – two operators in pursuit of 1.2GHz network capacity upgrades.

Comcast adds MLB.TV to 'Flex' streaming lineup
News Analysis | 3/23/2021

Comcast also exploring a similar integration on X1, Comcast's Internet-connected pay-TV platform. X1 already offers access to the 'Extra Innings' Major League Baseball out-of-market package and MLB Network.

Hackers bring Sierra Wireless to a standstill
News Analysis | 3/23/2021

Sierra Wireless said the hack forced it to shut down production at its manufacturing sites. The company's stock tumbled as a result.

Did the NFL sack the pay-TV bundle?
Alantown | 3/23/2021

In their latest reports, several Wall Street analysts argue that the NFL's new 11-year, $110 billion TV rights deals with a slew of networks issue a crushing blow to the future of sports on linear, multichannel TV.

Lockheed Martin, Omnispace team for 5G from space
News Analysis | 3/23/2021

Lockheed Martin and Omnispace indicated their efforts could target a wide variety of sectors including 'defense, government and military use, including mobile joint all-domain interoperable communications.'

ViacomCBS courts 5G industry
News Analysis | 3/23/2021

Following the recent debut of Paramount+, the media giant said it intends to connect with 5G vendors and network operators, hailing 5G as a platform that's poised to 'revolutionize the media and entertainment industry.'

Nokia is pulling up its 5G SoCs
News Analysis | 3/23/2021

Firefighter, repairman and architect, Tommi Uitto is knocking the Finnish vendor's 5G business into shape.

Samsung Networks lands DoCoMo for 5G open RAN
News Analysis | 3/23/2021

Samsung Networks has landed yet another major 5G customer, signing with NTT DoCoMo to supply open RAN and related solutions.

Microsoft may dispense with $10B for Discord in Xbox ploy
News Analysis | 3/23/2021

Microsoft considers paying $10 billion for Discord as it hunts for an Xbox stablemate, while Abu Dhabi sinks $150 million into 'privacy-first' app Telegram.

Etisalat hops on board RCP bandwagon
News Analysis | 3/23/2021

Group looks to fast-track open RAN deployments by teaming up with Japan's Rakuten Mobile.

Eurobites: Arqiva to help power Musk's satellite broadband ambitions – report
News Analysis | 3/23/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN forms joint venture to accelerate fiber rollout; Qualcomm joins agri-robot trials; Orange shines in Tutela market report.

Singtel and Optus partner with AWS for 5G edge
News Analysis | 3/23/2021

Singtel and Optus to make use of AWS Outposts on MEC infrastructure to support enterprise development of low-latency 5G services.

Warren Buffett's 5G interest could signal sea change
News Analysis | 3/23/2021

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is the fifth wealthiest person in the world and he recently snapped up 147 million Verizon shares worth around $8 billion. What does he see in 5G?

In 5G, Chile leaves door open to buying Huawei
News Analysis | 3/23/2021

Chile says it will buy 5G equipment from either the US or China, in a bid to beat its neighbors' rollout and court Amazon Web Services.

Cox SVP on making the move beyond middle management
Kelsey's Grammar | 3/22/2021

In part two of this Mentor Spotlight series, Cox's Patricia Martin shares how organizations can better provide flexible working environments to support the remote workforce, and how women can tap mentors to accelerate their career trajectory.

Policy experts debate the role of wireless in universal broadband
Broadband World News | 3/22/2021

Should the government funnel billions of dollars into wireless technologies that could be affected by vagaries like foliage? A policy debate is unfolding.

Altice settles NY storm damage case
News Analysis | 3/22/2021

Big US cable operator agrees to spend nearly $72 million to upgrade its network and operations and issue customer credits because of damage caused by Tropical Storm Isaias last year.

India wants court to stop WhatsApp's new privacy policy
News Analysis | 3/22/2021

India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has said in an affidavit that WhatsApp's new policy violates the Information Technology Rules, 2011.

VEON cuts Dutch and Russian workforce in latest revival bid
News Analysis | 3/22/2021

Decentralization is the new watchword and that has meant bad news for staff at the operator's headquarters in Amsterdam.

Eurobites: Nokia claims 5G speed record with Turk Telekom
News Analysis | 3/22/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Eir pulls out of sports rights auction; Sparkle gets immersive on cybersecurity training; Asda Mobile moves over to Vodafone's network.

Shaw deal would make Rogers king of Canadian cable/broadband
News Analysis | 3/19/2021

Proposed $20.8 billion deal to buy fellow cableco Shaw Communications would cement Rogers' position as the Comcast of the Great White North, with far more cable and broadband subscribers than any other Canadian provider.

Some analysts sour on AT&T's 5G prospects
News Analysis | 3/19/2021

AT&T plans to 'continue to grow at least at our fair share, if not greater.' But some financial analysts worry the company is 'ceding the fight in wireless.'

Survey: Consumers went big on Internet, video, voice purchases in 2020
News Analysis | 3/19/2021

New research shows that the COVID-19 pandemic spurred higher spending on web, voice and video services and prompted more switching of service providers last year.

'No cheating,' Apple tells China's tech giants
News Analysis | 3/19/2021

Apple warns Chinese tech that it will kick apps off the App Store that try to circumvent its new privacy features. But is it brave enough to annoy China?

Disgruntled 5G users in South Korea to mount legal action
News Analysis | 3/19/2021

Hundreds of 5G subscribers are seeking compensation from operators for paying extra on a service they see as little better than 4G.

'Fiber curtain' divides trans-Pacific capacity market
News Analysis | 3/19/2021

US bans are straining the trans-Pacific bandwidth market, with FCC moves to shut down two more Chinese operators another sign of a fracturing sector.

Infinera expects commercial XR Optics in 2022
News Analysis | 3/19/2021

Industry consortium backing the nascent tech to be unveiled within a matter of months.

Project Gigabit, or how to waste £5B of UK taxpayers' money
Morris Lore | 3/19/2021

Wealthy homeowners in remote areas may soon be able to watch Netflix in ultra-high definition thanks to your generosity.

Rivada Networks is still pursuing a wholesale 5G business model
News Analysis | 3/19/2021

Company officials say they still believe there's a role for a carrier to sell cellular network capacity similar to how AWS or Azure sell cloud-based services.

WOM seeks to disrupt Colombia's mobile order
News Analysis | 3/19/2021

Latin America's enfant terrible goads rivals as it gears up for its service launch.

WiCipedia: The lack of women in tech is bigger than a 'pipeline problem'
WiCipedia | 3/19/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Telecom's gender pay gap; working from home does not work for all women; Equal Pay Day; and more.

Eurobites: Telefónica fires four cybersecurity execs over suspected fraud
News Analysis | 3/19/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: network worries hit TIM's share price; telco bigwigs join European Green Digital Coalition; Rain reveals wider 5G ambitions.

SmartNICs take center stage
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/19/2021

SPONSORED: Key findings from a Heavy Reading and Intel survey show that smartNICs are set to have a big impact on the transition to cloud-native architectures and digital service platforms.

T-Mobile counts more than 10M 5G customers
News Analysis | 3/18/2021

T-Mobile's 10 million 5G customer count is roughly on par with that of Verizon, which announced last week it has sold 10 million smartphones capable of connecting to its 5G "Ultra Wideband" network.

Nokia eyes return to China's 5G market as Ericsson fears backlash
News Analysis | 3/18/2021

The Finnish equipment vendor is preparing to take a second run at the world's biggest market for radio access networks.

Access, Enghouse team on new hosted video platform
News Analysis | 3/18/2021

Access Communications and Enghouse TV have teamed up to put together a big-picture solution for smaller operators' video strategies.

US telcos and cablecos could start getting stimulus checks, too
News Analysis | 3/18/2021

Already Congress has earmarked roughly $20 billion in broadband-related spending. But that might just be the beginning. 'There's never been anything like this,' wrote the MoffettNathanson analysts.

SK Holdings and Geely start ignition on EV investment fund
News Analysis | 3/18/2021

Two Asian powerhouses, South Korea's SK Holdings and China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, have clubbed together to create a new tech investment fund.

India amends gear procurement rules for ISPs
News Analysis | 3/18/2021

In a move that could impact Chinese telecom equipment vendors, the Indian government is forcing ISPs to purchase approved equipment due to security concerns.

Three UK has 'turned corner,' says CFO
News Analysis | 3/18/2021

The UK's smallest mobile network has ratcheted up spending as it eyes a more competitive role in a future 5G market.

Podcast – The Divide: Ribbon's Bruce McClelland on economics and politics of rural broadband
CxO Spotlight | 3/18/2021

Bruce McClelland, CEO of Ribbon Communications, joins the show to discuss the challenging economics around building out broadband in hard-to-reach areas, and takeaways from his recent conversations with lawmakers on rural broadband policy.

Get ready for 'Phase 3' of 5G in the US
DanoVision | 3/18/2021

Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile have each already tried to make a 5G splash by deploying the technology first via 4G, then via highband spectrum and finally in lowband spectrum. What will the third phase of 5G look like?

BT to build fiber 'like fury' after Ofcom ruling
News Analysis | 3/18/2021

The former UK incumbent says Ofcom's new regulation plan will enable it to earn a fair return on its planned GB pound 12 billion FTTP investment.

Eurobites: Orange writes a realities check
News Analysis | 3/18/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Italy reconsiders single network plan; Nokia squints into the middle distance; Post Luxembourg taps Smartoptics.

A newly feisty FCC hangs up on Chinese telcos
News Analysis | 3/18/2021

Out of the blocks under its driven new captain Jessica Rosenworcel, the FCC moves to strip China Telecom, China Unicom, and ComNet of its US licenses.

Cisco drops out of MWC21 citing virus concerns
News Analysis | 3/17/2021

The US equipment maker will join Ericsson, Nokia and others in deciding to participate online and not attend the event in person.

Walmart may wade into TV dongle market
News Analysis | 3/17/2021

Walmart may be looking to add an Android-based streaming stick to its budget onn. device lineup, according to a recent Federal Communications Commission filing.

Chinese hackers use fake Huawei jobs site to get 5G tech – report
News Analysis | 3/17/2021

Operation Dianxun reportedly created a fake Huawei jobs site in order to infect the computers of applicants working at telecom providers, with the goal of accessing information about 5G.

AT&T kills sponsored data due to California net neutrality law
News Analysis | 3/17/2021

AT&T primarily used its sponsored data service to remove usage charges from its video services, including HBO Max, for customers who have otherwise had to pay per-GB fees to stream them.

It's a long way back for India's BSNL
News Analysis | 3/17/2021

India's Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is likely to turn profitable by the 2023-24 financial year, according to a recent parliamentary panel report.

Samsung may delay next Note as chip crunch bites
News Analysis | 3/17/2021

The South Korean vendor's co-CEO warns of 'serious imbalance' in semiconductor supply and demand.

TikTok, Tencent bite a hole in Apple's ad privacy plans
News Analysis | 3/17/2021

ByteDance and Tencent are among Chinese tech giants working up a way around Apple's coming new iOS14 privacy rules, posing big problems for the Cupertino company.

Why 10Gig is the right PON play today
Guest Perspectives | 3/17/2021

While more mature 1Gig and 2.5Gig gear might be financially alluring, 10Gig holds capacity and other performance advantages that can't be overlooked, and can also start to pave a path to future, even more capable PON standards.

The UK's £1.4B 5G auction farce is still not over
Morris Lore | 3/17/2021

Operators are pleased to have paid so little after Ofcom rejected calls to scrap the familiar format, but their spectrum is all over the place.

ZTE cruises to ¥4B profit on China growth
News Analysis | 3/17/2021

The Shenzhen-based vendor reports full-year earnings of 4.3 billion yuan ($646 million) on the back of 11.8% higher sales, with growth across the business.

Eurobites: Telefónica goes large on cybersecurity
News Analysis | 3/17/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia pledges to cut power consumption of 5G basestations; St Patrick's Day fun with machine-learning algorithms; Sky's Now no longer has a TV.

This tiny carrier is using 5G and pandemic funding to smash the digital divide
News Analysis | 3/16/2021

Data Stream Broadband hopes to use Ericsson's equipment, CBRS spectrum and CARES Act funding to build a 5G fixed wireless Internet offering in rural parts of Virginia.

A closer look at cable vs. 5G fixed wireless
DanoVision | 3/16/2021

T-Mobile lowered its customer expectations for fixed wireless. Verizon dramatically shifted its buildout plans. And AT&T is pretty sure that 'you don't have the capacity' to challenge cable.

Versa sews new SASE services into Titan platform
News Analysis | 3/16/2021

Versa says the update to Versa Titan will now provide businesses with small or 'Lean IT' teams with access to all of Versa's secure access service edge (SASE) capabilities, which includes a Secure Web Gateway (SWG) and local firewall access for home workers.

Huawei talks 5G royalties as smartphone crown slips
News Analysis | 3/16/2021

The Chinese equipment giant has very different licensing priorities than other holders of 5G patents.

Nokia ties with cloud's big three in private mobile network push
News Analysis | 3/16/2021

Finnish vendor announces partnerships with AWS, Azure and Google with an initial focus on private mobile networks for enterprises.

Sea Street looks to automate SD-WAN, SASE services for operators
News Analysis | 3/16/2021

'The requirement for a completely new architecture for developing service products and then delivering and managing them became apparent to me,' says CEO Harley Stowell.

Cujo AI's cybersecurity system set to roam (if you want to)
CxO Spotlight | 3/16/2021

Company's AI-aided cybersecurity system is now equipped to extend protection to devices when they are on the home network or connecting to LTE and Wi-Fi networks around the world, CTO Santeri Kangas says.

Nokia will cut up to 10,000 more jobs after Huawei gains 16,000
News Analysis | 3/16/2021

The Finnish vendor has already cut about 11,000 jobs in the last two years and today warns that another 10,000 may have to go.

Eurobites: Nokia signs four-year 5G RAN deal with Du
News Analysis | 3/16/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iliad has an epic 2020, all things considered; BICS introduces 5G roaming between Austria and Switzerland; O2 prepares for take-off.

Huawei issues 5G handset royalty rates
News Analysis | 3/16/2021

Huawei has published its 5G licensing rates, with a cap of $2.50 per unit for handsets – and 'a reasonable percentage royalty rate' of the selling price.

Verizon's C-band vs. T-Mobile's 2.5GHz: Which is better for 5G?
News Analysis | 3/15/2021

Verizon claims that its C-band spectrum can cover more territory than T-Mobile's 2.5GHz spectrum can. T-Mobile claims the exact opposite. The truth may be somewhere in the middle.

Open RAN and the mission to crack massive MIMO
News Analysis | 3/15/2021

The new-look technology needs to show it can produce highly capable 5G radios for the most demanding environments if it is to flourish.

Rogers, Shaw announce $20.8B merger aimed at 5G dominance in Canada
News Analysis | 3/15/2021

The transaction would combine Canada's No. 1 (Rogers) and No. 4 (Shaw, operating under the Freedom Mobile brand) mobile network operators. As a result, it could face regulatory headwinds.

MyBundle.TV helps 'broadband-first' players stay in video game
News Analysis | 3/15/2021

CenturyLink, C Spire and WideOpenWest are among a group of broadband service providers that are using the startup's tools and tech to underpin customized streaming marketplaces featuring a diverse mix of premium OTT services.

China handset firms feel the pinch of global chip shortage
News Analysis | 3/15/2021

China, the world's handset factory floor, is feeling the global chip shortage as manufacturers juggle supply lines, speed up launches and redesign phones.

Xiaomi shares up after court suspends Trump-era investment ban
News Analysis | 3/15/2021

Chinese smartphone vendor sees share price jump after judge rules in its favor over ban.

Biden tightens up Huawei restrictions as Quad summit rolls on
News Analysis | 3/15/2021

Biden tightens restrictions on US suppliers selling 5G components to Huawei, but Myanmar's generals are busy buying Huawei's surveillance equipment.

Eurobites: Go on my SON, Orange tells Nokia
News Analysis | 3/15/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Belgium's Telenet opts for Ericsson's 5G RAN; union warns that BT is heading for a strike ballot; Vodafone fires up the virtual cooking experience.

Verizon to buy tiny Montana operator, but will ditch Huawei's equipment first
News Analysis | 3/12/2021

Verizon is planning to purchase Montana's Triangle Mobile and assimilate the company's 3,000 customers. There's just one hiccup: China's Huawei built Triangle's CDMA network.

AT&T to plant fiber in 3M+ locations this year, sizes up 4M more in 2022
News Analysis | 3/12/2021

Tied into a broader fixed/mobile network plan, AT&T will stay aggressive with its fiber buildout, and hinted that it could take a closer look at opportunities in rural areas.

AT&T serves up 5G plans with healthy dose of pragmatism
News Analysis | 3/12/2021

AT&T's C-band buildout plans trail those from rivals Verizon and T-Mobile. Perhaps as a result, AT&T executives offered a relatively sober assessment of the 5G opportunity.

AT&T ups sub target for HBO biz unit, expects HBO Max to break even in 2025
News Analysis | 3/12/2021

Ahead of a big international expansion drive and the debut of an ad-supported version of HBO Max in June, AT&T now expects the global sub base for HBO Max/HBO to reach 120 million to 150 million by the end of 2025.

Cable upstream channel purchases almost doubled in Q4 2020 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 3/12/2021

The surge reflects rising activity around 'mid-split' and 'high-split' upgrades, but it does not necessarily mean that such upgrades are going gangbusters yet, says analyst Jeff Heynen.

Fortunes seem to be turning for Huawei in India
News Analysis | 3/12/2021

Bharti Airtel, has awarded an INR3 billion ($41.12 million) national long distance (NLD) network expansion contract to Huawei, according to media reports.

Podcast: Which DOCSIS are we on anyway?
LRTV Interviews | 3/12/2021

Alan Breznick joins the podcast to discuss which topics will be covered during the Cable Next-Gen event and provide insight into challenges and business opportunities facing the cable industry.

BT becomes first big telco to pull out of MWC21
News Analysis | 3/12/2021

UK operator's decision to withdraw in person follows cancellations by major equipment vendors earlier in the week.

Eurobites: Vodafone, Fastweb seek €1.1B in antitrust damages from TIM
News Analysis | 3/12/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MWC's public cloud cuckoo land; T-Systems helps fight COVID-19 infection; Berners-Lee senses change in the air.

WiCipedia: The trials and tribulations of salary negotiation
WiCipedia | 3/12/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Melinda Gates takes DC universities by storm; what the Bumble IPO means for women in tech; International Women's Day celebrates all women; and more.

Qualcomm struggles to meet growing chip demand – report
News Analysis | 3/12/2021

Smartphone manufacturers are finding that demand is currently far outstripping supply.

Rakuten sells $2.2B of shares to fund loss-making mobile rollout
News Analysis | 3/12/2021

Japan's answer to Amazon needs dosh for its unprofitable and increasingly expensive telecom project.

Either Huawei or HSBC is lying as Meng case moves to Hong Kong
News Analysis | 3/12/2021

After being rebuffed by a UK court, Huawei is seeking access to HSBC files in Hong Kong it says will prove its CFO's innocence.

T-Mobile lowers capex guidance, raises profit outlook
News Analysis | 3/11/2021

T-Mobile said its free cash flow should reach up to $14 billion by 2023, a $3 billion increase from prior expectations. Meantime, the operator lowered its capex to between $9 billion and $10 billion for 2023.

5G is here, now what?
LRTV Documentaries | 3/11/2021

After making videos about 5G all over the world, video producer Tien Fu found out he has a 5G phone and has great coverage everywhere he goes - there's just one problem: He doesn't know what to do with it.

Gogo delays 5G launch due to chipset shortages
News Analysis | 3/11/2021

Gogo had planned to launch a 5G network for in-flight Wi-Fi sometime this year, but chipset shortages will delay that launch until 2022.

Verizon to start deploying open RAN gear this year
News Analysis | 3/11/2021

Most of the 5G hardware supplied by Verizon's vendors - Ericsson, Samsung and Nokia - will comply with open RAN specifications starting next year.

Verizon exec denies interest in purchasing Ligado's spectrum
News Analysis | 3/11/2021

'We don't necessarily see any need to do that,' explained Verizon SVP Adam Koeppe. He said the operator has all it needs in the C-band spectrum it purchased at auction.

Colt crafts white glove SD-WAN service for wholesalers
News Analysis | 3/11/2021

While enterprise customers are quickly adopting SD-WAN, Colt's Peter Coppens says the wholesale market has faced unique challenges in delivering SD-WAN services versus MPLS.

Toyota tries putting the Apple Car back in its box
News Analysis | 3/11/2021

Toyota's president told Apple the car business is harder than Cupertino thinks, but this masks a worry about disruption.

Nokia boosts open RAN cred with new SEP
News Analysis | 3/11/2021

Finnish supplier launches O-RAN compliant service enablement platform replete with AI/ML bells and whistles.

Boardroom bust-up brewing over Jansen's BT plans
News Analysis | 3/11/2021

After the surprise exit of chairman Jan du Plessis, BT's CEO Philip Jansen now faces a restive boardroom over his plans for a swift overhaul.

China Unicom discloses 5G numbers with 10% earnings hike
News Analysis | 3/11/2021

China Unicom has posted a healthy 10% hike in earnings, driven by fast 5G take-up and a further strong performance in cloud and enterprise.

Open RAN gains global momentum
News Analysis | 3/11/2021

As 5G rollouts ramp up, common themes are emerging at an international level on opening up the technology and vendor ecosystem.

Podcast – The Divide: Upstream's Kostas Kastanis on offering 'free' Internet in Africa
CxO Spotlight | 3/11/2021

This week, Kostas Kastanis, deputy CEO of Upstream, joins the show to discuss the digital divide in Africa and Upstream's ad-supported service Zero-D which enables free Internet access for millions of mobile users in emerging markets.

Eurobites: Nokia strikes patents deal with Samsung
News Analysis | 3/11/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT boardroom latest; Orange signs renewables deal; Tele2's 5G powers home-delivery droid.

Disaggregating routed and optical networks
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/11/2021

SPONSORED: Findings from Heavy Reading's Open and Disaggregated Packet and Optical Networks Market Leadership Study suggest 2021 is a milestone year for disaggregation in packet and optical transport networks.

Amid 5G push, Verizon supercharges 4G network
News Analysis | 3/11/2021

New tests show that the addition of CBRS spectrum into Verizon's network is dramatically increasing speeds. However, those increases are only available on 4G.

Verizon lays out its three-year, $10B plan for 5G
News Analysis | 3/10/2021

Verizon hopes to cover 250 million Americans with speedy 5G, and 50 million households with fixed wireless Internet services, by 2024.

Comcast downstream upgrade shifts 1-Gig to 1.2 Gbit/s
News Analysis | 3/10/2021

Speed boosts for select tiers were activated March 9 in MSO's Central Division, with East and West on deck. Comcast has also goosed the downstream speeds of its Prepaid Internet and Internet Essentials products nationwide.

One consultant's plan to fill Ericsson's stand and save MWC21
News Analysis | 3/10/2021

Following Ericsson's withdrawal, Danielle Royston, the former CEO of Optiva, is plotting a public cloud takeover of the world's largest telecom tradeshow.

Europe's 'digital compass' points to more homemade chips
News Analysis | 3/10/2021

European Commission reiterates ambitious plan for the region to account for one fifth in value of the world's semiconductor fab capacity by 2030.

HBO Max lands on Cox boxes
News Analysis | 3/10/2021

WarnerMedia's premium subscription streaming service has been integrated with Cox's Contour 2 boxes and the Contour Stream Player, devices that tie into Cox's X1 syndication deal with Comcast.

O2 hires new radio boss after splitting CTO role
News Analysis | 3/10/2021

Omar Calvo will take charge of radio engineering after the departure of CTO Brendan O'Reilly at the start of the year.

Starry gears up for 24GHz deployment, after T-Mobile allows tests
News Analysis | 3/10/2021

Starry spent $48 million on 24GHz licenses in 2019. Now, the company is working with T-Mobile to test its own equipment for transmissions in that band on the way toward 'final certification and deployment.'

Comcast's wireless biz to reach profitability in 2021 'without any offload,' CFO says
News Analysis | 3/10/2021

Mike Cavanagh says deployment of CBRS spectrum is not a 'must-do' for Comcast, though rollouts are likely to be targeted to high-traffic areas and based on a thorough cost/benefit analysis.

Nokia joins Ericsson in bailing on MWC, with Oracle, Sony also reportedly out
News Analysis | 3/10/2021

Just like last year, Ericsson is leading a growing number of vendors in withdrawing from this year's MWC trade show in Barcelona, Spain, in June.

Asian satellite operators prep for the LEO invasion
News Analysis | 3/10/2021

Asia's incumbent satellite operators are confident they can survive the onslaught of low-Earth orbit players, although their approaches vary.

Eurobites: BT's Allera demands net neutrality rethink
News Analysis | 3/10/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom combines on EVs, again; Apple plans European chip center; how to regulate online services; and more.

How Swisscom overcame the 5G deployment odds
News Analysis | 3/10/2021

The Swiss incumbent faced down unhelpful topography and local anxiety about health risks when it came to build a 5G network.

China-backed incomer Dito starts service in Philippines
News Analysis | 3/10/2021

China-backed Dito becomes the Philippines' third network provider, disrupting the reign of Globe and Smart, one of the world's most durable duopolies.

Crown Castle hints at the future of indoor 5G
News Analysis | 3/9/2021

Crown Castle built a 5G-capable private wireless network inside a New York City skyscraper. The development could signal a new opportunity for companies in the networking space.

T-Mobile to join AT&T, Verizon in selling customers' data
News Analysis | 3/9/2021

T-Mobile quietly changed its customer privacy policy so that it can begin selling customer data to advertisers without having to obtain the customer's explicit consent.

Starlink seeks link to planes, trucks and other moving vehicles
News Analysis | 3/9/2021

Meanwhile, Starlink parent SpaceX claims Viasat is attempting to 'gaslight' the FCC about collisions and space debris concerns, and is tangling with Dish over the 12GHz band.

TIM wants another headcount shave – report
News Analysis | 3/9/2021

Italian incumbent looks to trim workforce by up to 1,300 through voluntary scheme.

Vodafone's towers aren't worth as much as it thought
News Analysis | 3/9/2021

Assets are worth between $3.9 billion and $7.9 billion less than Vodafone originally envisaged, and towerco share prices have been dropping.

Globalstar's parent company slowly stirs 5G assets
News Analysis | 3/9/2021

Although Thermo's leadership says the company just wants to be a spectrum provider, its strategic alliances and investments suggest there could be a bigger strategy.

China Telecom unveils plan for Shanghai listing
News Analysis | 3/9/2021

After a US ban, the huge Chinese operator says a float on Shanghai would give it flexibility.

Roku must 'ladder up' to original content to stay competitive – analyst
News Analysis | 3/9/2021

Roku's ad business has put the company in position to evolve from an early AOL-like 'gateway business' to a multimedia, aggregation machine that's more akin to Netflix, MoffettNathanson's Michael Nathanson says.

Eurobites: CityFibre considers another stake sale to further fiber ambitions
News Analysis | 3/9/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone talks up open RAN; Deutsche Telekom teams up on electric vehicle charging tech; what's Welsh for 'your call is important to us'?

Huawei cements pole position in 2020 supplier rankings
News Analysis | 3/9/2021

Chinese supplier remains comfortably ahead of chasing pack in latest listing of equipment market shares compiled by Dell'Oro Group.

Vodafone seeks to bolster cybersecurity defenses at SMEs
News Analysis | 3/9/2021

Report suggests that over 1.3 million UK SMEs could not survive the average cost of a cyberattack.

AT&T's CFO talks C-band, capex, debt and dividends
News Analysis | 3/8/2021

AT&T's heavy spend on the C-Band auction may have some analysts and stock-raters concerned, but AT&T's outgoing CFO believes the company will handle it 'pretty easily.'

Mentor Spotlight: Cox SVP says cybersecurity is everyone's job
Kelsey's Grammar | 3/8/2021

Cox's Patricia Martin shares some potential growth areas for the industry this year, why every employee needs to take responsibility for cybersecurity, how the cable industry is addressing the digital divide and what progress is being made in closing the gender gap in cable.

Ericsson pulls the plug on MWC Barcelona again
News Analysis | 3/8/2021

In a repeat of what happened last year, one of the show's biggest exhibitors has said it will not be attending.

Charter's rural network buildout 'like cable M&A'
News Analysis | 3/8/2021

With few buying opportunities on the market, extending Charter's network with regular edge-outs and the RDOF auction is the next best thing, CFO Chris Winfrey says.

Airspan to go public with $166M in pursuit of open RAN, 5G
News Analysis | 3/8/2021

Airspan Networks said it will gain roughly $166 million in net proceeds via its new transaction, money the company will use in its pursuit of the open RAN and 5G space.

Dish's new 5G strategy: MVNO aggregator
News Analysis | 3/8/2021

Dish announced it will purchase T-Mobile MVNO Republic Wireless and its 200,000 customers. The move signals Dish's apparent interest in building an MVNO empire on the road to 5G.

Comcast gets down to business with mobile
News Analysis | 3/8/2021

Move will add a revenue stream for operator's commercial services unit, but pricing model shows that Comcast Business will heavily encourage customers to bundle mobile with its TV, voice and broadband services.

MWC 2021 is a go, but can it attract 50K visitors?
Morris Lore | 3/8/2021

The mother of all telecom trade shows has just unveiled details of a health-and-safety plan that will either encourage or deter attendees.

China's fast-tracked 5G drives China Tower net up 23%
News Analysis | 3/8/2021

China's fast-tracked 5G rollout has lifted China Tower's full-year earnings 6.4 billion yuan (US$984.6 million), up 23.1%.

India's Reliance acquires majority stake in SkyTran
News Analysis | 3/8/2021

Reliance Strategic Business Ventures has doubled its holding in SkyTran, the US-based futuristic transport company, for $26.76 million.

Eurobites: BT rejects reports of boardroom rift
News Analysis | 3/8/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia lands LTE deal with Denmark's Cibicom; MLL Telecom fires up SD-WAN; Hyperoptic on the post-pandemic home.

AT&T in trouble with SEC over analyst relations
News Analysis | 3/8/2021

US telco giant stands accused of supplying information to analysts illegally to protect its share price.

Deutsche Telekom hails 5G standalone test success
News Analysis | 3/8/2021

German operator takes a cautious step towards the next version of 5G that will be fully uncoupled from the 4G network.

Why Remote MACPHY makes sense in APAC
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/8/2021

SPONSORED: As service providers in the Asia-Pacific region seek to ramp up capacity to meet traffic surges during the COVID-19 pandemic, they should consider upgrading their networks to a remote MACPHY architecture.

Virgin Media puts Infinera's XR Optics through its paces
News Analysis | 3/8/2021

Signs of growing momentum for the nascent tech, but still work to do on standardization and ecosystem-building.

After C-band loss, Dish refreshes midband strategy for 5G
News Analysis | 3/5/2021

Dish is urging the FCC to make substantial changes to its rules governing the 3.5GHz CBRS band. The effort likely portends Dish's interest in the upcoming 3.45GHz midband spectrum auction.

Video vendors poised to pounce on MobiTV opportunity
News Analysis | 3/5/2021

'There's blood in the water,' says an exec with a video tech supplier that's considering opportunities with operators should MobiTV fail to emerge from a bankruptcy restructuring unscathed.

Intelsat and SES: C-band calm hides a brutal legal storm
News Analysis | 3/5/2021

Executives from SES and Intelsat jointly met with FCC officials last week to boast of their C-band progress. At the same time, lawyers from the companies are engaged in a bruising legal battle.

UK and EU take an antitrust bite out of Apple
News Analysis | 3/5/2021

It's pile-on Apple Friday, as Brussels and London make new antitrust moves against the App Store while Biden appoints a prominent Big Tech critic.

Broadcom sees strong demand as customers order early
News Analysis | 3/5/2021

US chipmaker said 90% of its 2021 supply has already been ordered by customers, but its CEO says there is no reason to panic.

Perception wars: AT&T slowly slides into third place
News Analysis | 3/5/2021

After T-Mobile boasted of surpassing AT&T in terms of customer numbers, new survey results show that T-Mobile is also poised to pass AT&T in terms of brand perception.

China eyes the 700MHz band to speed 5G to the countryside
News Analysis | 3/5/2021

China weighs expanding network sharing to speed rural 5G rollout in a paper issued jointly by the State Council and the Communist party central committee.

WiCipedia: Women find opportunities for entrepreneurship in pandemic
WiCipedia | 3/5/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Amazon fails minority employees; BT works with Code First Girls to provide upskill courses; pandemic creates founder boom; and more.

Eurobites: Fiber flourishes in France
News Analysis | 3/5/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Spotify complaint could spell EU trouble for Apple; Equinix opens data center in Bordeaux; Ericsson's Ekholm sounds off on 5G.

Nokia has cut 11,000 jobs in effort to boost profit
News Analysis | 3/5/2021

The Finnish equipment vendor's just-published annual report reveals the full human cost of its most recent cost-saving initiative.

Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown on 5G's next wave
LRTV Interviews | 3/5/2021

The symposium will be moderated by Brown, along with Jim Hodges, chief analyst, Heavy Reading, and it will feature speakers from Swisscom, Anritsu, Red Hat, 5G Americas, Telus and more.

Adara pitches MobiTV alternative
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

Claims its new 'myCatapulTVe' platform can deliver IP- and app-based video services to a wide range of streaming devices using a business model tailored for smaller, independent cable operators.

DZS adds cloud clout with RIFT buy
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

Acquisition, which forms the basis of a new 'DZS Cloud' unit, represents a 'big missing ingredient' for DZS as mobile and fixed networks become more disaggregated and distributed, CEO Charlie Vogt says.

T-Mobile to use 5G capacity to pry enterprise customers from AT&T, Verizon
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

T-Mobile's newest 5G services and pricing 'message that T-Mobile has ample network capacity, and is the place to go to actually use 5G,' wrote the financial analysts at Evercore.

Podcast: MNJ's COO on SD-WAN and MPLS market trends
LRTV Interviews | 3/4/2021

Tune in to the podcast to hear from MNJ's COO Ben Niernberg on how the SD-WAN market is evolving, and how COVID-19 is impacting customer demand for unified communications services.

Cookies crumble: Google renounces ad tracking
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

Google said its Chrome browser will stop using cookies or alternative tools to track individual users' browsing, though it's not quite that simple.

5G will account for a third of Asia connections in 2025 – Omdia
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

And the new mobile service is already showing it can boost operator bottom line, says the analyst firm.

BT sale of Openreach stake likelier after Sunak's budget – bank
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

The UK telecom incumbent benefits from a tax 'super-deduction' that should make it look more attractive to investors.

FiberLight to use open RAN and 5G for RDOF deployment
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

FiberLight, a fiber provider across parts of Texas and elsewhere, plans to use its $1.7 million in RDOF cash to deploy a wireless network leveraging 5G and open RAN.

Going direct-to-consumer with a global reach critical to HBO Max's future
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

'By any measure, we have to start with that,' WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar says.

Verizon's 4G network one of the most congested in the world – analyst
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

A Rewheel study based on factors including macro cell site counts and customers' average data usage indicates Verizon, Jio and MTS operate networks that could be constrained.

Podcast – The Divide: WISPA's Claude Aiken on tech-neutral solutions
LRTV Interviews | 3/4/2021

This week, Claude Aiken, president and CEO of WISPA, on the role of small providers in closing the digital divide and why solutions and policies need to be tech neutral.

Telefónica's Brazil biz scores fiber deal with CDPQ
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

Independent open-access wholesale operator, dubbed FiBrasil, set up in collaboration with Canada-based investment group.

Mentor Spotlight: This 'doctor' researches a cure for GPON vendor interoperability
Kelsey's Grammar | 3/4/2021

In this Women in Comms Mentor Spotlight, GPONDoctor's Maria Alejandro shares her approach to the dilemma of vendor interoperability, how she's improved automating test procedures for her customers, and her professional advice for other women in technical positions.

Orange banks on new banking partner for Orange Bank
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

Stephane Richard said Orange is seeking a new partner for its banking unit, but insists that the group is not ready to give up control.

Eurobites: Telia, Ericsson combine on 5G carrier aggregation in Norway
News Analysis | 3/4/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: SFR plans job cuts; device maker OPPO sees Europe as land of opportunity; Slovenia's BeeIN eyes M2M.

Open and disaggregated transport comes of age
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/3/2021

SPONSORED: Findings from Heavy Reading's 'Open and Disaggregated Packet and Optical Networks Market Leadership Study' suggest 2021 is a milestone year for disaggregation in packet and optical transport networks.

Cable ops, Google seek CBRS-like framework for 3.45GHz auction
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Comcast, Charter, Cox and Mediacom are part of a group concerned that modeling the 3.45GHz auction on rules similar to the C-band will greatly limit participation and innovative uses of the spectrum.

Nokia gains troops for 25G PON fight against 50G PON
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

AT&T becomes the most high-profile service provider member of the 25GS-PON MSA Group as skeptics question the need for the technology.

Comcast's next-gen network activity didn't slow down in 2020, exec says
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Comcast's work tied to network virtualization and its use of AI and machine learning kept pace in a pandemic-fueled year that saw peak Internet traffic surge more than 50% in some markets.

Dish adds DraftKings to 'Hopper' boxes, tie-ins with Sling TV, Boost Mobile on deck
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Meanwhile, FuboTV announced this week it will launch free-to-play predictive games in Q3 and follow in Q4 with the launch of an integrated sportsbook.

FCC hints at cure to mobile interference woes with Mexico
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have all worried about interference from Mexico's Altan Redes. The FCC's new chief appears determined to address the situation.

SpaceX rocket factory's new home: Starbase, Texas
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Elon Musk moves SpaceX's Starlink and deep-space rocket factories to Texas, and wants to rename Boca Chica (pop. 26) as Starbase.

HPE still has a big aaS hole to fill
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

The IT company needs to slash costs and fatten its aaS offerings if it is to keep investors as happy as they are right now.

Rakuten, Dish Network and Akamai chart the future of edge computing
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Rakuten counts around 3,000 edge computing sites in Japan. Akamai counts around 4,000 sites worldwide. Dish, meantime, is mapping out its own sites. This is how edge computing is maturing.

Asian telcos leading charge to 10G
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Asia-Pacific operators are leading the world in the transition to next-generation PON, experts told the Light Reading Next-Gen Broadband APAC event.

Comcast 'Flex' box deployments pass 3 million
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Flex, a streaming product for Comcast's broadband-only customers, represents the 'new television,' company chairman and CEO Brian Roberts says.

India sells spectrum worth $10.6B in two-day auction
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

India's mega spectrum auction ended in two days, raising INR778 billion (US$10.6 billion). As anticipated, service providers went for spectrum up for renewal.

Microsoft dials up operators for Teams calls
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Operator Connect function to allow calls to be placed over the PSTN, part of a raft of Teams updates announced for Microsoft Ignite.

Eurobites: Telecom Egypt plans subsea ring around Africa
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Tesco Mobile boss slams sneaky price increases during a time of pandemic; EU antitrust boss issues recovery reminder; a data center for DRC.

US pay-TV universe shrank by 857K subs in Q4
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

'Traditional' pay-TV providers lost 1.35 million subs in the period, offset by a gain of almost 500,000 among virtual multichannel video programming distributors, according to Craig Moffett's latest 'Cord-Cutting Monitor.'

More room for Zoom boom, as Q4 revenue rises 369%
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

Zoom's run of good luck isn't over, with $882 million of Q4 revenues beating expectations, amid new bets on call centers and Zoom Phone.

Broadband's new normal as Aus, NZ navigate the pandemic
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

Broadband operators can expect higher upstream traffic post-COVID, even as downstream returns to previous levels.

Charter 'not giving up' on video, CEO says
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

Consumers are being priced out of the pay-TV market, but Charter has a role to play in selling streaming packages as a 'storefront and an aggregator,' CEO Tom Rutledge says.

KPN stands by Huawei as it overhauls networks
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

Reliance on Ericsson in the core and Nokia as a fixed broadband vendor gives the Dutch incumbent a multivendor network, says its chief technology officer.

Ericsson, Huawei, AT&T attending MWC, others not so sure
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

The GSMA expects up to 50,000 attendees at its MWC show in Barcelona. Ericsson, Huawei, Telefonica, Parallel Wireless and AT&T confirmed they will be there. Others are still deciding.

Ligado's CEO talks spectrum values, partnerships and sales
CxO Spotlight | 3/2/2021

Ligado's Doug Smith addresses questions on how the company's L-band spectrum might aid C-band auction winners, and whether he has fielded any purchase inquiries.

T-Mobile tosses MobiTV a life raft
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

TVN Ventures, a unit of T-Mobile, has agreed to provide MobiTV with $15.5 million in DIP financing to avoid an asset 'fire sale.' T-Mobile, which launched its new TVision service in late 2020, is MobiTV's top customer.

India's Jio introduces device offers to attract rivals' 2G users
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

In a bid for rivals' 2G subscribers, India's pure-play 4G telco Reliance Jio has come up with two bundled offers for its 4G low-price handset, JioPhone.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom bids for vaccination passport contract
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom teams up on urban data; Openreach goes with Viavi for network management; Proximus in Bruges.

France's Bouygues and SFR start Huawei purge – report
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

So-called 'loi anti-Huawei' poses a challenge for two of France's four mobile operators that have relied on the China-based vendor in the past.

Altice USA CEO envisions end of traditional cable pay-TV
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

Fewer eyeballs are fixed on pay-TV and the economics of a linear cable TV service are getting 'worse and worse every year,' CEO Dexter Goei tells CNBC.

Verizon's 5G tech support says the quiet part out loud
DanoVision | 3/1/2021

Verizon's customer support implied that 5G will drain customers' phone batteries. What they really meant is that 5G is not yet worth using.

The era of converged network infrastructure has officially begun
DanoVision | 3/1/2021

Digital Colony will take Boingo private in a transaction valued at around $854 million. It's Marc Ganzi's latest step toward 'digital infrastructure' convergence.

Zoom Phone available through Lumen: Will you answer the call?
Guest Perspectives | 3/1/2021

Lumen is partnering with Zoom to launch the Zoom Phone, a cloud phone system that provides customers with the ability to migrate on-premises calling systems to a cloud platform which also includes Zoom Meetings, Chat, Rooms and Webinar capabilities.

Deutsche Telekom in no rush to join towers frenzy
Morris Lore | 3/1/2021

The German incumbent is weighing options for its infrastructure while the region's powerbrokers continue to advance.

Orby TV unplugs prepaid satellite TV service
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

Orby TV has shut down and now steers affected customers to a promo with Dish Network that includes one 'Wally' HD receiver and an option to switch over for as low as $100 when activation fees are factored in.

MobiTV enters Chapter 11, secures $15.5M to stay afloat
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

MobiTV, a pay-TV tech partner to T-Mobile and several MSOs, could end up selling most of its assets. Its list of creditors include Rackspace, Silicon Valley Bank, MPEG LA, Comcast and several programmers.

Despite pledge, T-Mobile has cut 5K jobs since Sprint merger
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

German owner Deutsche Telekom promised a combo would employ more staff, but 6% of jobs have disappeared.

Biden to follow through on Trump-era China tech ban
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

The Biden administration will put into force sweeping Trump-era measures against importing Chinese technology into the US, to IBM and Amazon's horror.

China aims to tackle misbehaving apps – report
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

Government seeks to better regulate its sprawling mobile apps market.

Eurobites: Jan du Plessis to step down as BT chairman
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone's European integration plan trundles into action; MTN Syria fights judicial guardianship ruling; Hyperoptic does its bit for the digital divide.

Industry honchos highlight key 5G issues in India
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

Spectrum woes, high taxes and more combine to make life difficult.

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