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Google Fiber debuts symmetrical 8-Gig speeds in Mesa, Arizona
News Analysis | 3/31/2023

Mesa, Arizona, is the first Google Fiber market to get access to a new symmetrical 8-Gig fiber service tier that sells for $150 per month. Cox and Lumen are among the incumbents in the market.

Huawei's profit squeezed as it seeks new growth
News Analysis | 3/31/2023

Earnings down two-thirds as higher costs weigh on flat revenue.

Cable One CEO: 'It's not our time' to enter the mobile game
News Analysis | 3/31/2023

CEO Julie Laulis says Cable One will stay focused on providing its core broadband service for now, but estimates that the company could execute a mobile launch in six to eight months.

The Notebook Dump: Fiber manufacturing in America
LRTV Interviews | 3/31/2023

The editors discuss challenges to the Universal Service Fund (USF) and Graphiant's new $62 million in funding. They also examine Roku's layoffs, new fiber manufacturing projects in the US and why wireless providers are pushing more device inventory online.

It's official: Rogers completes purchase of Shaw in Canada
News Analysis | 3/31/2023

Rogers Communications' buyout of Shaw Communications received final approvals, in part thanks to the sale of Shaw's wireless business, Freedom Mobile, to Quebecor's Videotron.

Germany's 1&1 must spend billions to match rivals
News Analysis | 3/31/2023

After badly missing its rollout targets last year, the United Internet mobile subsidiary is under pressure.

US government publishes federal 5G purchasing guidelines
News Analysis | 3/31/2023

The document touches on several hot-button issues, including 5G security and open RAN operations. It also offers a few pointers on how federal agencies could use advanced 5G services.

The Buildout: New York awarded $100M to connect 100,000
News Analysis | 3/31/2023

This week in broadband builds: New York gets $100 million to connect affordable housing, Alaska Communications expands, New Mexico awards four providers $17 million – and more.

Eurobites: MTN steps up network resiliency program
News Analysis | 3/31/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone and friends set up 5G testbed in Portugal; Meta changes tack on EU data privacy; Branson's satellite firm sheds most of its workforce.

Lumen hacked
News Analysis | 3/30/2023

'A malicious intruder had inserted criminal ransomware into a limited number of the company's servers that support a segmented hosting service,' Lumen said in describing one of two separate hacks.

Satellite companies hunt for cash
News Analysis | 3/30/2023

Telesat, Ligado, Rivada Space Networks and Lynk Global face multiple challenges as they try to raise additional funding. But there is money out there: Just ask Globalstar and OneWeb.

Roku to lay off 6% more
News Analysis | 3/30/2023

Roku's layoff of about 200 employees follows a similar workforce reduction last year that slashed 5% of the company's headcount.

China Mobile buys $6.5B stake in retail bank
News Analysis | 3/30/2023

China Mobile pays 42% premium to take 6.8% stake in China Postal Savings Bank.

Intelsat and SES are on a $10B collision course
News Analysis | 3/30/2023

Two antiquities of the satellite industry hope to survive the launch of newer and more sophisticated technologies by teaming up.

Colorado muni fiber operator unlocks smart city options with private wireless
News Analysis | 3/30/2023

The city of Longmont, Colorado, now owns a private wireless network covering roughly half of the city. It runs on equipment from vendor Baicells in the unlicensed 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum band.

Eurobites: Shareholders still have beef with Ericsson's board
News Analysis | 3/30/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre launches ad campaign; ETNO and UNI Europe combine to tackle workplace harassment; Romania gets a second Orange 5G lab.

Ziply Fiber CEO talks edge-outs, BEAD, FWA and the mobile bundle
CxO Spotlight | 3/29/2023

Edge-out opportunities are broadening Ziply Fiber's scope. Meanwhile, the company will use FWA 'selectively' and for now will take a pass on creating a home broadband and mobile bundle, says CEO Harold Zeitz.

Lumen to explore wireless partnerships 'if it makes sense'
News Analysis | 3/29/2023

'If the need arises, we'll explore wireless partnerships if it makes sense. But right now we don't see the customer demand for it,' said Lumen Technologies' Maxine Moreau.

What's the Story? Frontier bundles in YouTube TV
LRTV Interviews | 3/29/2023

Jeff Baumgartner joins the podcast to discuss Frontier's YouTube TV bundle and what the competitive implications are of that decision.

CommScope bulks up fiber optic cable production to aid rural rollouts
News Analysis | 3/29/2023

With demands for BEAD on the horizon, CommScope has expanded its US-based fiber optic cable manufacturing capacity and launched a lighter-weight fiber called 'HeliARC' that's optimized for rural deployments.

Rakuten's open RAN diversity claims ring hollow
News Analysis | 3/29/2023

Open interfaces will certainly aid specialists but it's hard to see how they will necessarily bring diversity, despite what proponents and government figures say.

Vodafone waves goodbye to RCS, shifts over to Google
News Analysis | 3/29/2023

Vodafone is shutting down its proprietary RCS platform and instead relying on Google to support business and consumer RCS based messaging services in future.

Wall Street is fed up with Dish Network
DanoVision | 3/29/2023

'We are downgrading Dish,' wrote the financial analysts at UBS in a report to investors this week. They aren't alone, and the list of reasons for the downgrades is long.

What you need to know about the national broadband map
LRTV Documentaries | 3/29/2023

The FCC's new National Broadband Map debuted in November and - as the basis for the BEAD program - will define the future of broadband access in the US. Here's the backstory on how we got here, challenges thus far and why an accurate map matters.

Eurobites: UK tries to nail AI jelly to the wall
News Analysis | 3/29/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: AI axes jobs; VMO2 does pay-per-view deal with DAZN; more mid-contract price-rise mayhem.

EU presses on with plans to get more use out of data
News Analysis | 3/29/2023

The EU's planned Data Act legislation, intended to facilitate the sharing and transferring of data, has advanced to the next stage of negotiations between EU bodies.

RDK gets more powerful Wi-Fi tech thanks to Comcast and OpenSync contribution
News Analysis | 3/29/2023

Comcast and companies associated with OpenSync have contributed a new, more powerful Wi-Fi software manager for the RDK-B stack to help manage broadband gateways, Wi-Fi access points and Wi-Fi extenders.

Disney mucks metaverse unit as part of larger layoff – report
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

Disney's metaverse unit, which had about 50 employees, was among the casualties in a larger wave of layoffs at the media giant, according to The Wall Street Journal.

NaaS startup Graphiant grabs $62M in funding
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

Founder and CEO Khalid Raza said industry interest in Graphiant's network edge service 'has been much faster than what we saw with MPLS at Cisco or SD-WAN with Viptela. Graphiant has hit a nerve.'

The Divide: How ACA Connects sees BEAD funds rolling out nationwide
LRTV Interviews | 3/28/2023

ACA Connects' Brian Hurley joins the podcast to discuss the group's BEAD funding framework – a national analysis of how far funding from the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program will go, and a state-by-state breakdown of how those funds can be used for fiber.

T-Mobile starts spending political capital to get its 2.5GHz spectrum
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

According to the financial analysts at New Street Research, T-Mobile isn't afraid to 'spend some political and financial capital to demonstrate that it has a strong argument' for its 5G spectrum.

Alibaba to break up into six 'agile' businesses
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

Alibaba restructure follows Jack Ma's return to China after lengthy absence.

Google Fiber to take on Cox and Lumen in Council Bluffs, Iowa
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

Building on a recent string of network expansion plans, Google Fiber's latest market target will pit it against area incumbents Cox Communications and Lumen/CenturyLink.

Amazon opens Sidewalk network to outside developers
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

Amazon is making a renewed effort to put Sidewalk on the map, announcing Tuesday that it's opening this network to outside developers and offering them free test kits to check its coverage.

Comcast expands service and tech ecosystem for new 'Smart Solutions' unit
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

The new Comcast Smart Solutions unit is expanding tech and service ecosystem to support its goal of being a one-stop-shop for IoT services tailored for municipalities, retailers, campuses and other businesses.

Here's why Paradise Mobile chose AWS for its 5G cloud
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

Paradise Mobile, which is planning to build a 5G network in Bermuda, said it will run its network operations almost completely within the AWS cloud.

Eurobites: BT explores '$500M opportunity' with AWS
News Analysis | 3/28/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson does 5G fast in the Faroe Islands; Telia explores 5G for healthcare; French government kills the phone fun.

Charter makes rare acquisition amid focus on rural network expansions
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

M&A opportunities have been few and far between, but Charter has reportedly struck a deal to acquire Bee Line Cable, a family-owned operator serving parts of central Maine.

Court upholds USF for now but future of broadband subsidies still murky
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

The Universal Service Fund, or USF, survived the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, but its future is still uncertain.

IoT consolidation continues via KORE's new Twilio deal
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

Longtime Internet of Things (IoT) player KORE announced that it will acquire Twilio's IoT business. The transaction shines more light on the tumult enveloping the IoT space.

BT would be nuts to replace Jansen now
Morris Lore | 3/27/2023

The UK telecom incumbent is reportedly searching for a new boss, but it will have trouble finding one who can do any better.

Frontier tightens ties to YouTube TV, targets cable's bundle
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

Signaling a new attack on cable's broadband/pay-TV bundle, Frontier is now offering its own broadband service and YouTube TV on the same bill. YouTube TV is now Frontier's primary video offering for new customers.

First open RAN/vRAN installations expected to ramp up
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/27/2023

Key findings from Heavy Reading's Open RAN Platforms and Architectures Operator Survey Report indicate that the ecosystem is continuing to develop and that a very significant number of service providers expect to complete first installations within two years.

US hardball drove Chinese vendor from huge cable project: reports
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

US government pressure forced Chinese vendor HMN Technologies out of the 19,000-km Sea-Me-We 6 (SMW6) subsea cable in favor of New Jersey-based SubCom, it's been reported.

Fair share or net neutrality? Cakeist EC thinks it can have both
Morris Lore | 3/27/2023

The European Union seems to be approaching the subject the way Boris Johnson approached Brexit.

Glance still planning US launch, at some point
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

Glance has not yet launched its services in the US. That's noteworthy considering reports last year indicated the startup's US launch was imminent.

India’s Airtel Nxtra to double capacity by 2025 to increase market share
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

Airtel's data center arm, Nxtra, will come up with seven new data centers to double capacity as competition heats up and the stage is set for consolidation.

Eurobites: BT boss Jansen's days are numbered – report
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OneWeb completes its constellation; KPN has a management re-jig; Nokia helps CSPs save more network energy.

Meta says it's the telcos' job to build and monetize network infrastructure
News Analysis | 3/27/2023

Familiar disagreements between Big Tech, telcos, regulators and the European Commission regarding the fairness of fair-share arguments got an airing during a Politico debate in Brussels.

Cable broadband: A look forward... and a look (way, way) back
The Bauminator | 3/24/2023

The recent Cable Next-Gen event looked ahead. But it was also an opportunity to look back, when there was no DOCSIS and data was delivered over a 6MHz channel – enough to be 'wicked fast.'

Why Intel ditched 5G laptops, and what to expect next
News Analysis | 3/24/2023

Intel is exiting the market for 5G-capable laptops, a clear blow to 5G network operators. But there may still be hope in Qualcomm's 5G laptops – unless a lawsuit from ARM upsets the situation.

The Notebook Dump: T-Mobile to scrap 5G reliability ads
LRTV Interviews | 3/24/2023

The editors discuss cable versus fiber, consumer broadband labels and potential roadblocks to BEAD program rollouts. They also examine why T-Mobile will need to re-think its 5G advertising strategy and whether TikTok is now cooler than ever.

The Buildout: NTIA awards $25.7M for tribal broadband, altafiber expands in Ohio
News Analysis | 3/24/2023

This week in broadband builds: NTIA awards tribal broadband funding; altafiber to build in Warren County, Ohio; TDS grows in Wisconsin; NYC expands Big Apple Connect – and more.

Apparently, the metaverse will run just fine on 5G
DanoVision | 3/24/2023

'The development of the metaverse will not require telecom operators to grow capital expenditures for greater network investment,' according to Meta executives. Last year, the company offered a different story.

US chip exposure to China grew even more last year
News Analysis | 3/24/2023

After a two-year surge in sales to China, US semiconductor companies stand to lose billions in revenues as export controls are tightened.

Ciena's Steve Alexander: A terabit in the hand
LRTV Interviews | 3/24/2023

Ciena CTO Steve Alexander discusses the WaveLogic 6 announcement, the OFCnet, and reminds us of how dramatically optical networking technology has speed up and shrunk down over the years.

Comcast's Elad Nafshi on network scale, DAA, 10G, PON and what's next for FDX
LRTV Interviews | 3/24/2023

Elad Nafshi, Comcast's EVP and chief network officer, joined Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner at Cable Next-Gen 2023 to expand on multiple facets of the operator's network evolution.

Eurobites: Salt shakes up Swiss mobile market in 2022
News Analysis | 3/24/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Truespeed turns to Adtran's XGS-PON; Cell C boss steps down; 1&1 Versatel fibers up another business park.

Kyrio's 'ARC Mobile' platform breaks into the enterprise market
News Analysis | 3/23/2023

Kyrio, a unit of CableLabs, has notched its first reseller deal, with Sparro, for ARC Mobile, a platform that manages and optimizes multiple types of wireless connections, including Wi-Fi, cellular and satellite.

SES' JP Hemingway on satellites' role in the digital divide, D2D and disasters
LRTV Interviews | 3/23/2023

SES' chief strategy officer spoke with Light Reading at Satellite 2023 about D2D, how SES is helping bridge the digital divide using MEO and GEO, how modern satellite capabilities compare to fiber and more.

Samsung's Shah talks open RAN, accelerators and the cloud
News Analysis | 3/23/2023

Samsung has business with Verizon, Dish Network and Comcast in the North American market, giving it a prime view into developing technologies including open RAN and cloud architecture.

Omdia's Jaimie Lenderman on how cable is speeding ahead on network upgrades
LRTV Interviews | 3/23/2023

At the Cable Next-Gen event, Omdia analyst Jaimie Lenderman presented fresh data on cable operators' plans for DAA, the virtual CMTS, DOCSIS 4.0 and PON, and her multi-year forecast for the cable equipment market.

Telcos coo as Nvidia pumps up the dirty Gen AI bubble
Morris Lore | 3/23/2023

Lift-off for generative AI would entail huge costs and have possible ramifications for climate change.

Capex scandal slashes PLDT earnings by 60%
News Analysis | 3/23/2023

External review at Philippines telco found no fraud but capex accounting scandal takes its toll on bottom line.

Equinix and OQC bring quantum computing to the masses
News Analysis | 3/23/2023

Oxford Quantum Circuits is installing its hardware in Equinix's IBX data center in Japan. Customers will be able to access the quantum computer via Equinix Fabric beginning in the fall of 2023.

Eurobites: EU wants less replacing, more repairing
News Analysis | 3/23/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Google's cloud lands in Turin; Telefonica gets into bed with Qwilt; new brooms sweep in at Vodafone Portugal and Fastweb.

Qualcomm vs. Arm: What are the best and worst-case scenarios?
Guest Perspectives | 3/22/2023

Tantra Analyst's Prakash Sangam weighs in with the best- and worst-case scenarios for Qualcomm and Arm as the companies continue to battle in court.

'Buy America' restrictions could bog down BEAD
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

Fear is growing that strict 'Buy America' conditions threaten to delay BEAD rollouts. Several industry associations believe speedy and flexible waivers on those restrictions will be needed to reach deployment goals.

Verizon's new network chief promises customer feedback tool
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

Joe Russo recently took over control of Verizon's networking operations. Now he's planning to release a feedback tool for customers that will allow them to point out networking troubles.

Corning's new twist on hyperscaler cabling
LRTV Interviews | 3/22/2023

Mike Bell, Corning's SVP and GM for optical communications, talks about Corning's newest data center solution that shortens installation times for cables and connectors. As capacity is needed, vendors are tackling physical plant construction bottlenecks to speed up network expansion.

Comcast-Altitude TV court clash ends with a whimper
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

Comcast and regional sports network Altitude TV have ended their years-long court battle, but a settlement did not result in a new carriage deal for the TV home of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche.

Telecom Innovator - Spirent CEO Eric Updyke talks to Light Reading
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 3/22/2023

Heavy Reading analyst Ruth Brown caught up with Spirent Communications at MWC Barcelona recently and spoke to CEO Eric Updyke about his thoughts on the latest trends in 5G. #sponsored

1&1, Dish and Rakuten add up to 'greenfield' misery
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

State-of-the-art technologies have not lowered the considerable barriers to entry in the telecom sector.

Digital boom powers China Telecom revenue, earnings
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

Cloud revenue more than doubles as China business embraces digital.

Verizon, NTT among service providers narrowing private 5G focus
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

NTT and Verizon are among service providers starting to narrow their focus for private 5G deployments as some enterprise verticals are easier to enter than others.

Viasat's John Janka on the future of satellite and need for LEO-GEO harmony
LRTV Interviews | 3/22/2023

John Janka, chief officer of global government affairs and regulatory at Viasat, spoke with Light Reading at Satellite 2023 about the changing communications landscape and how satellite players and policies must evolve.

Telecom suits up for predicted edge-computing boom
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

'Edge computing has started to go more mainstream,' according to Omdia analysts. As a result, many types of players are working to stamp out a competitive position.

5G war heats up between Airtel and Jio in India
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

The rivalry between Airtel and Jio is set to intensify as India's top two telcos slug it out in the 5G market.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia plans to cut 2,000 more jobs – report
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus buys EDPnet; Ooredoo's MWC deals; Nokia gets greener; ChatGPT messes with EU lawmakers' minds.

Orange gets its VOO moment in convergence journey
News Analysis | 3/22/2023

Orange Belgium is forging ahead with long-held fixed-mobile convergence ambitions, but the nation is still a laggard in 5G and fiber rollouts.

Six benefits of virtualized RAN
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/22/2023

Key findings from Heavy Reading's Open RAN Platforms and Architectures Operator Survey Report indicate that improved economies of scale for generic hardware and the independent upgradability of HW/SW components are the most critical benefits of vRAN for service providers. #sponsored

Utah judge voids $469M patent verdict against Dish
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

Judgment comes after a jury ordered Dish to pay $469.07 million stemming from allegations by ClearPlay that Dish's 'AutoHop' feature infringed on patents tied to content filtering technology.

Liberty Global's latest Telenet play should stick the landing
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

Arriving 11 years after a similar play, Liberty Global's 'voluntary and conditional' takeover bid for Telenet has a chance for success but could face shareholders seeking a higher price, an analyst reckons.

EchoStar's Paul Gaske on how HughesNet is adding capacity and lowering latency
LRTV Interviews | 3/21/2023

Paul Gaske, COO at EchoStar, spoke with Light Reading at Satellite 2023 to discuss the company's forthcoming launch of its Jupiter-3 satellite, the future of direct-to-device communications and more.

Alarm bells at NBN as LEOsat, 5G competition begins to bite
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

The alarm bells are starting to ring at Australia's broadband wholesaler NBN Co as it feels the heat from Starlink and 5G.

The virtual RAN benefits are as clear as mud, unless you're Intel
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

Facing so many options and trade-offs, and alert to the danger of supplier lock-in, many operators have yet to be convinced about RAN virtualization.

Can MOCN save private wireless?
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

Several private network installations are testing MOCN, which stands for Multiple Operator Core Network, as a way to connect to a commercial mobile network.

The Divide: How Cisco and El Paso, Texas, are bringing digital services to at-risk communities
LRTV Interviews | 3/21/2023

This week: We hear from Cisco's Gary DePreta and the city of El Paso's Nicole Ferrini on the launch of El Paso Helps, a digital portal for connecting at-risk individuals to essential services.

Cable access purchasing stays steady as PON goes gangbusters – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

Led by growth in passive optical networks, broadband equipment spending climbed 17% in 2022, notching a record of $19 billion, according to Dell'Oro Group.

US cell towers and small cells: By the numbers
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

At the end of 2022, there were 142,100 cell towers and 452,200 outdoor small cell nodes across the US, according to one new tally.

Harmonic bags Charter for virtual CMTS
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

Charter has tapped Harmonic as a 'strategic technology partner' for a virtual cable modem termination system rollout. Comcast, Vodafone and GCI are among other top ops to go with Harmonic's 'CableOS' platform.

Eurobites: EU gives green light to Orange's VOO takeover
News Analysis | 3/21/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Hungarian government gets its claws into telecom; UK government tests out emergency alerts service; FibreConnect chooses EXA for Italian backbone job.

Dish hack expected to cut into Q1 subscriber tally
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

In the wake of a 'cyber-security incident' that impacted Dish service installs, bill payments and customer care capabilities for weeks, analysts expect Dish's Boost business to take the biggest hit in Q1.

'60 Minutes' spotlights Rocco Commisso's 'hustle'
The Bauminator | 3/20/2023

The '60 Minutes' profile of Mediacom's Rocco Commisso doesn't delve into company strategy, but it does spotlight the hustle that led him to the top of US cable and, later, ownership of Italian club ACF Fiorentina.

T-Mobile's latest 5G spectrum purchases stuck in limbo
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

The FCC's congressional authority to auction spectrum lapsed for the first time ever earlier this month, which is preventing the agency from authorizing T-Mobile's latest 2.5GHz purchases.

Consumer advocates, industry groups still quibbling over broadband label rules
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

A new batch of FCC filings shows a few remaining sticking points between consumer groups and industry organizations representing ISPs on final rules for broadband labels.

Chinese firms are finding ways to beat US tech sanctions
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

Chinese AI firms are training their data sets on server clusters using high-end chips.

Energy crisis raises enterprise network costs, sharpens sustainability focus
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

An Arelion report found most companies saw energy costs rise above contract terms, causing them to become a prime concern, which has pushed many to seek greater energy efficiency.

Eurobites: Virgin Media O2 in takeover talks with CityFibre – report
News Analysis | 3/20/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT hooks up with AWS for more cloud-assisted mobile-edge clout; MTN trials 5G SA core with Azure; Germany fears effects of Huawei ban.

Whatever BT boss thinks, his fiber rivals are going nowhere fast
Morris Lore | 3/20/2023

As Ofcom weighs intervention on BT's latest pricing plans, its own data shows that BT's rivals have made scant progress in the UK's full-fiber market.

Open RAN platforms to support far edge AI inference
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/20/2023

Key findings from Heavy Reading's 'Open RAN Platforms and Architectures Operator Survey Report' show that service providers are planning to support AI inference and other applications in their open RAN/far edge installations. #sponsored

The Notebook Dump: Amazon's $10B satellite project, Casa Systems' CEO exit
LRTV Interviews | 3/17/2023

The editors discuss Amazon's plan to spend $10 billion on a satellite constellation, an update on Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen event, why Casa Systems' CEO is stepping down today and more.

Charter the likely target of Vecima's new 10G deal
News Analysis | 3/17/2023

Vecima announced it will supply a tier 1 US operator with remote PHY nodes for an HFC network upgrade. Vecima didn't name the operator, but all clues lead to Charter Communications.

The Buildout: Surf Internet rides fiber wave into Indiana; Ziply starts 100th new build
News Analysis | 3/17/2023

This week in broadband builds: Surf Internet starts construction in Indiana; Ziply expands in Washington; Kinetic network live in North Carolina; Glo Fiber's plans for Pennsylvania – and more.

Vodafone and Three merger needs officials to ditch the dogma
Morris Lore | 3/17/2023

Allowing the Vodafone and Three merger to happen will show authorities have abandoned the 'four networks good, three networks bad' credo.

Cable Next-Gen 2023 recap: Operators choose their own adventure
LRTV Interviews | 3/17/2023

Omdia's Jaimie Lenderman joins Light Reading's Mike Dano and Jeff Baumgartner to discuss the big themes at the Cable Next-Gen event, including network optionality and the rising role of PON and wireless.

More DeWi players get money and make promises
News Analysis | 3/17/2023

The decentralized wireless space heats up as Really raises $18 million to pursue a model like Helium Mobile, and Xnet uses $1 million in seed funding to chase DeWi offload.

Eurobites: Ofcom delays decision on Openreach pricing plan
News Analysis | 3/17/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Inwit heads up the mountains; Telenor and Cisco extend collaboration; fraudsters impersonate MTN bigwig.

Dell'Oro's Sameh Boujelbene: AI is changing data center hardware
LRTV Interviews | 3/17/2023

Higher speed optical links between data centers, computing clusters and servers are being pushed to the limit by the demands of AI, according to Dell'Oro's Sameh Boujelbene.

GSMA to back climate resilience and adaptation projects
News Analysis | 3/17/2023

GSMA opens applications for grants backing projects that use mobile and digital technology to improve climate resilience and help with adaptation in selected regions.

Comcast fights mobile ad complaint lodged by AT&T
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

Comcast is appealing recommendations from an ad watchdog urging the operator to modify or discontinue marketing claims about speed and reliability for the Xfinity Mobile service.

Element8 gets $200M for WISP rollup
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

Startup Element8 this week scored $200 million in funding. Its first move: the purchase of Oklahoma City-based WISP AtLink Services for an undisclosed sum.

The Cable Center CEO on the launch of the 'Syndeo Institute'
CxO Spotlight | 3/16/2023

The Cable Center President and CEO Diane Christman discusses the 'Syndeo Institute,' a new operational brand that also serves as a hub for the Center's Intrapreneurship Academy and related programs and events.

Investors remain cool on open RAN, and it's no wonder
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

The telco championing of open RAN has not been matched by support for new entrants.

Three UK hints at Vodafone merger progress
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

CFO Darren Purkis was unable to provide details on the proposed merger with Vodafone but noted that discussions "are positive from both sides."

Equipped with $15M, Andrena aims to scale its wireless model
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

Andrena is working to bring affordable wireless broadband to buildings through a revenue-share model with property owners.

GCI starts doing the high splits while preparing for convergence
LRTV Interviews | 3/16/2023

GCI has begun upgrading its DOCSIS 3.1 cable network to a high-split architecture with equipment from vendors including ATX and CommScope.

Telcos need to build businesses as well as networks
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

New figures show telco revenue is declining just as capex reaches a record high.

Eurobites: Branson's satellite firm suspends operations
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iliad makes hay in Italy; UK government ministers face TikTok ban; O2 saves devices from landfill.

Ciena's hop over 1.2 Tbit/s trend could get pricey
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

Ciena is the only optical vendor offering 1.6 Tbit/s optical services, although the WaveLogic 6 service won't be available until the first half of 2024.

UK looks to join the mmWave party
News Analysis | 3/16/2023

Ofcom launches consultation on its plan to assign 26GHz and 40GHz spectrum for 5G services.

Amazon will put $10B in Project Kuiper 'before seeing much cash flow,' says exec
News Analysis | 3/15/2023

Amazon will launch its first satellites for Project Kuiper in 2024, entering the low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite space as the US goes all-in on fiber.

Replacing Huawei's 80,000 5G antennas would cost Germany billions
News Analysis | 3/15/2023

Europe's biggest economy has installed a huge amount of Chinese network equipment and dismantling it to address security concerns will not be easy.

T-Mobile pays a premium for Ryan Reynolds' mobile customers
News Analysis | 3/15/2023

According to the financial analysts at Wells Fargo, T-Mobile's $1.35 billion purchase price for Mint Mobile would value each of those customers at around $450.

The eSIM spells trouble for operators
News Analysis | 3/15/2023

With Apple starting to remove the physical SIM slot in some iPhone 14s, operators in many markets need to prepare for an emergence of the eSIM.

Casa Systems founder Jerry Guo stepping down as CEO
News Analysis | 3/15/2023

Casa, a supplier of cable and wireless technology, also disclosed that it will not be receiving orders from a major customer, presumed to be Charter, for its initial rollout of a cable infrastructure upgrade.

In cable, the FDX vs. ESD debate continues
News Analysis | 3/15/2023

Comcast appears squarely in the FDX camp, while Charter Communications has voiced support for ESD. Cox thinks there is room for both iterations of DOCSIS technology.

Eurobites: Proximus taps Google for 'sovereign cloud' in Belgium and Luxembourg
News Analysis | 3/15/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Seacom goes live on Equiano subsea cable; go higher, says Telecom Italia; Open Fiber revenue up by a quarter in 2022.

Indian government develops BharOS as part of 'self-reliance' program
News Analysis | 3/15/2023

Indian government hopes BharOS, developed at IIT Madras, will help build a vibrant ecosystem of indigenous technology.

6G is shaping up to disappoint, and the industry can blame itself
Morris Lore | 3/15/2023

Marketers have already run out of road on 5G and the next generation of mobile will not do anything radically different.

Infinera's exploring a sale, with chips as the main course – report
News Analysis | 3/14/2023

Reuters, citing an unnamed source, is reporting that Infinera is working with investment bank Centerview Partners to start the process of shopping itself to possible buyers.

With 83,000 DAA nodes deployed, Comcast's 10G network upgrade remains on track
News Analysis | 3/14/2023

According to a top company executive, Comcast has so far deployed 83,000 new nodes into its network - that represents an improvement from the 50,000 the company counted last fall.

What's the Story? African tech startups score $3.3B in funding
LRTV Interviews | 3/14/2023

Connecting Africa's Paula Gilbert joins the podcast to explain why the fintech sector is bringing in the most funding, which countries are leading the way for most funding and what these trends mean for the continent as a whole.

Omdia's Julie Kunstler: PON growth isn't slowing down anytime soon
LRTV Interviews | 3/14/2023

Omdia's chief analyst for broadband access discusses where passive optical network (PON) technology is going next and how service providers are succeeding with new offers like multi-gig fiber-to-the-home broadband.

Tensions rise as China seeks to control Asian cables: reports
News Analysis | 3/14/2023

Chinese demands have forced new Google and Facebook cables to re-route around the South China Sea.

Get ready for the summer of spectrum squabbling
DanoVision | 3/14/2023

The FCC is deadlocked between Republicans and Democrats and recently lost its authority to auction spectrum. In the absence of decisiveness, expect bickering.

Eurobites: Vodafone to cut around 1,000 jobs in Italy
News Analysis | 3/14/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ofcom opens up mmWave; EU fights Qualcomm in the courts, again; how mini data centers could save Britain's pools from closure.

5G RAN automation: RIC apps appear
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/14/2023

Several SMO and RIC solutions were on show at MWC23, demonstrating that RIC apps and the developer community are evolving to support more intelligent RAN operations.

Good luck building a virtual, open RAN – there's no such thing
News Analysis | 3/14/2023

Whether using Intel or rival silicon, operators face lock-in and awkward compromises everywhere they turn.

Nokia and NASA to launch lunar 4G LTE network
News Analysis | 3/13/2023

Nokia said the IM-2 mission will be the first cellular 4G LTE network on the moon with a goal of proving that terrestrial cellular technologies can be used to provide connectivity on future lunar missions.

Charter pitches free mobile line to SMBs
News Analysis | 3/13/2023

Led by a free unlimited line of mobile service for a year, Charter has launched a new convergence bundle for small and midsized biz customers that's similar to its 'Spectrum One' promo for residential subs.

The COVID hangover: US fiber providers slow down
News Analysis | 3/13/2023

According to the financial analysts at Evercore, there's a chance that US fiber providers will build fewer locations this year than in 2022. That's a major change from original estimates.

Dish notches a win and a loss in separate patent spats
News Analysis | 3/13/2023

Dish might appeal a $470 million jury judgement in a suit filed by ClearPlay. Meanwhile, the ITC banned connected fitness products from Peloton and iFit found to infringe on Dish's adaptive streaming tech.

ZTE hikes full-year earnings by 19%
News Analysis | 3/13/2023

While its earnings have increased, ZTE is increasingly reliant on the domestic market.

The Divide: Doug Maglothin on Diamond State Networks' plans for Arkansas and beyond
LRTV Interviews | 3/13/2023

Doug Maglothin is the CEO of Diamond State Networks (DSN), a group of 13 electric co-ops in Arkansas working to unite fiber networks and provide wholesale broadband statewide. We discuss DSN's unique model and progress so far, how it envisions partnering with other states and more.

Getting to know the how – and the why – of the telecom cloud
DanoVision | 3/13/2023

Google Cloud, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services have suddenly and loudly entered the telecom industry. But how should telecom network operators evaluate each of their cloud options?

Eurobites: MTN earnings up in 2022, despite 'load shedding' mayhem
News Analysis | 3/13/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Virgin Media O2 expands gigabit network in Scotland; Silicon Valley Bank UK bought by HSBC; Telia points to sustainability halo.

Roku: 26% of cash stuck at failed Silicon Valley Bank
News Analysis | 3/10/2023

Roku said $487 million of its cash is held at SVB, with deposits at the failed bank 'largely uninsured.' UPDATE: Depositors will have access to all of their money starting Monday, March 13, US regulators announced Sunday.

The Buildout: TDS makes moves in Maine; South Carolina gets $185M for broadband grants
News Analysis | 3/10/2023

This week in broadband builds: TDS is live for 5,000 Maine locations; South Carolina gets $185.8 million for broadband; Ziply Fiber to upgrade four more markets; GoNetspeed launches in New York - and more.

The Notebook Dump: Gigi Sohn exits FCC race, Verizon's leadership shakedown
LRTV Interviews | 3/10/2023

The editors discuss OFC, Gigi Sohn withdrawing her FCC nomination and Nokia's lunar 4G/LTE network. We also examine Charter and Comcast's stance on fixed wireless access, whether there are upgrades beyond DOCSIS 4.0, and 5G strategies in 2023 for AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Dish have all been targets of hacks this year
News Analysis | 3/10/2023

Although hacks and other cybersecurity troubles have become de rigueur among corporate America in recent years, all of the nation's 5G providers have been involved in security incidents in 2023.

DZS CEO Charlie Vogt: Backlogs and 'Buy American'
CxO Spotlight | 3/10/2023

DZS CEO Charlie Vogt, fresh off announcing new optical transport gear and a transport module for its network management platform, said there a lot of issues to be worked out as service providers look to take advantage of access network funding programs.

Foxxum's smart TV OS bid takes a step toward scale
News Analysis | 3/10/2023

Integration of Foxxum's RDK-based operating system for smart TVs with printed circuit boards made by China's CVTE 'is a key element to scaling fast,' says Foxxum CEO Ronny Lutzi.

Dell to jump into vRAN market this year
News Analysis | 3/10/2023

According to sources, Dell is developing vRAN software to control 5G radios, but it's unlikely that Dell will manufacture its own physical 5G radios.

How telcos can build the future they want with open source
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 3/10/2023

In this interview, Chris Wright, Red Hat CTO and SVP of Global Engineering, and Jennifer Pigg Clark, Principal Analyst at Light Reading, discuss the need to change the way we think about openness at every order of magnitude when building modern networks. #sponsored

Cable's dance with DAA, PON, wireless, DOCSIS 4.0… and more
LRTV Interviews | 3/10/2023

Heavy Reading's Alan Breznick and Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner preview the hot topics for next week's Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event in the Mile High City.

Eurobites: Cellnex powers up Huawei backhaul tech in Poland
News Analysis | 3/10/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: French fiber update; Proximus makes progress in Liege; OneWeb sends up 40 more satellites.

Operators hold the course with open RAN
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/10/2023

At MWC23, operators maintained that open RAN is a long-term, strategic play.

Vonage boss is paid 550 times as much as average Ericsson worker
Morris Lore | 3/10/2023

Rory Read would have to perform miracles at Ericsson to justify another $32.76 million this year.

Biden's budget includes $400M for rural broadband – and a shoutout for ACP
News Analysis | 3/9/2023

The White House called for $400 million in additional funding for the USDA ReConnect program. It did not call for funding the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).

Spotlight turns to ARPU in US broadband battle
News Analysis | 3/9/2023

As the pace of fiber overbuilding and overall broadband subscriber growth slow, the revenue story for the sector 'will be much more ARPU-dependent going forward,' according to MoffettNathanson.

Bundling and convergence in the US: By the numbers
News Analysis | 3/9/2023

Which companies will have the upper hand as wireless operators increasingly run up against cable providers? And how might any possible consolidation play out among US telecom operators broadly?

Virgin Media O2 looks to make 5G and broadband child's play
News Analysis | 3/9/2023

Virgin Media O2 is using 5G and gigabit broadband to transform a London playground into a connected one.

How AI is taking center stage at SK Telecom
News Analysis | 3/9/2023

SK Telecom says it is trying to build an AI ecosystem in the global market, working with startups such as Phantom AI.

China Unicom boosts earnings 17% on strong enterprise demand
News Analysis | 3/9/2023

China Unicom expands its enterprise segment by 29% as it transforms into a digital technology provider.

Verizon SVP on safer, more sustainable connected vehicles
LRTV Interviews | 3/9/2023

In addition to discussing how IoT can support a smarter utility grid, TJ Fox discusses Verizon's strategy for connected vehicles and how connected cars are becoming safer and more user-friendly.

BAI becomes Boldyn Networks, but its focus remains the same
News Analysis | 3/9/2023

Over the past few years, BAI Communications has acquired ZenFi, Mobilitie and Vilicom. Now, the company is rebranding into Boldyn Networks to unify its approach to the market.

ATX adds US manufacturing for HFC network upgrade wave
CxO Spotlight | 3/9/2023

ATX Networks is ramping up production of 1.2GHz and 1.8GHz amps via a new US facility that will be used to help power enhancements to cable's existing DOCSIS 3.1 networks and future upgrades to DOCSIS 4.0.

Eurobites: Dutch government imposes new chip-tech export ban
News Analysis | 3/9/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Eutelsat expands coverage with Intelsat and OneWeb; Airtel Africa taps Nokia for state-of-the-art SIM tech; Ericsson boss earns a pittance (relatively speaking).

FWA is 'wireless substitution' and DOCSIS 'not done at 4.0' – Charter CEO
News Analysis | 3/8/2023

Fixed wireless is 'chipping away at the lower end of the market' but will never stack up to cable's wireline capabilities, Charter CEO Chris Winfrey said. He also hinted at life after DOCSIS 4.0.

AT&T reiterates interest in BEAD money
News Analysis | 3/8/2023

'BEAD gives you the opportunity to probably fill in areas that economically you might not have had high on the priority list,' AT&T's Jeff McElfresh said.

Cignal AI's Scott Wilkinson: 100ZR pluggable at the network's edge
LRTV Interviews | 3/8/2023

Cignal AI's Scott Wilkinson explains why the market demand and availability of 100ZR components will pick up in 2024.

Comcast gearing up for BEAD, other government broadband subsidy programs
News Analysis | 3/8/2023

After sitting on the sideline for RDOF, Comcast 'will be a participant' in BEAD and other rural broadband programs, but the bar for participation will be high, says Comcast President Mike Cavanagh.

Ofcom wants to tackle empty promises of 'full fiber'
News Analysis | 3/8/2023

Ofcom has unveiled a set of proposals that would make fiber broadband offers more comprehensible to customers.

T-Mobile's Ray updates his 5G 'layer cake' analogy one last time
News Analysis | 3/8/2023

T-Mobile's Neville Ray said carrier aggregation technology essentially glues together transmissions in disparate spectrum bands in the same way a slice of a cake combines multiple layers.

SES CPO: Deploying private 5G networks via MEO satellites
CxO Spotlight | 3/8/2023

SES' JP Hemingway explained why SES has partnered with Boeing and SpaceX on the launch of O3b mPower satellites, how the company is utilizing software-defined capabilities in its satellites and why it's focused on the MEO versus LEO space.

Asian telcos struggle to find room for women leaders
News Analysis | 3/8/2023

Operators have lifted their reporting on diversity but progress in promoting women has been glacial.

VEON is stepping into the Big Tech vacuum in emerging markets
News Analysis | 3/8/2023

As it quits Russia, VEON is focused on hiring software talent and addressing 'digital' opportunities in emerging markets.

Eurobites: Orange seals deal with OneWeb to expand global connectivity
News Analysis | 3/8/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU ready to stick its full-length probe into Orange/Masmovil deal; Proximus issues worker-wellbeing charter; BT extends Digital Voice trials.

Galicia seeks 'carbon-neutral' data center amid sector's rising energy use
News Analysis | 3/8/2023

Plans for a carbon-neutral data center in Spain serve as a reminder of how far the industry still has to go.

Omdia's Ian Redpath: Optical networking momentum at OFC23
LRTV Interviews | 3/7/2023

Omdia's Ian Redpath says high-performing, lower powered opticals are fitting into smaller form factors, blurring the lines between what used to be distinct technology markets.

Gigi Sohn withdraws FCC nomination, blaming 'blatant lies' from 'legions' of lobbyists
News Analysis | 3/7/2023

'Unfortunately, the American people are the real losers here. The FCC deadlock, now over two years long, will remain so for a long time,' said Gigi Sohn in a statement withdrawing her nomination.

New company seeks to help tribes with broadband mapping, BEAD prep
News Analysis | 3/7/2023

Native-owned Tribal Ready is working to provide tribes with resources to successfully participate in the $42.5 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program.

For Verizon's consumer business, it's 'back to basics'
News Analysis | 3/7/2023

'I think there have been times when we've got distracted by trying to do too many things at once,' said Verizon's CFO. He suggested Verizon's new leadership structure ought to change that.

Most satellite D2D services will fail, predicts Iridium CTO
News Analysis | 3/7/2023

New players with untested business models will run out of cash, warns legacy satellite player.

Slower housing moves a bad omen for cable broadband sub growth
The Bauminator | 3/7/2023

Fresh data from ISI Evercore shows that change-of-address requests dropped 8% in February, reducing the number of 'jump balls' cable can use to stoke broadband subscriber growth.

AT&T VP: Gearing up software-defined, edge-connected vehicles
LRTV Interviews | 3/7/2023

AT&T's Cameron Coursey discusses how the service provider is adding more software-defined capabilities to connected cars, and where 4G and 5G come into play for specific IoT use cases.

A Huawei ban in Germany could be nasty for open RAN
Morris Lore | 3/7/2023

Open RAN is not ready for widespread commercial deployment, Deutsche Telekom recently said, just as Germany weighs a Huawei ban.

Nokia’s head of Europe says operators are nervous about open RAN
News Analysis | 3/7/2023

Rolf Werner thinks fears about network quality deterioration are holding back adoption of the nascent tech.

Ericsson's Vonage outlines plan to share revenues with telcos
News Analysis | 3/7/2023

Executives from US platform provider Vonage have been defending the APIs logic of Swedish vendor Ericsson's $6 billion takeover.

AT&T’s Mansfield touts midband 5G, but downplays standalone 5G
News Analysis | 3/7/2023

AT&T's Gordon Mansfield said the operator will make significant progress this year deploying 5G on its midband spectrum. But he expressed some reservations about standalone 5G technology.

The Divide: Connected Nation's Brent Legg on the need to build more carrier-neutral IXPs
LRTV Interviews | 3/7/2023

This week: Brent Legg, EVP of government affairs at Connected Nation, joins the podcast to discuss the organization's application for an NTIA Middle Mile grant to build out carrier-neutral Internet exchange points.

Eurobites: Is it Germany's turn to ban Huawei and ZTE?
News Analysis | 3/7/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: European Council approves space-based connectivity program; WhatsApp promises to be more transparent; might Facebook have to suspend its service in Europe?

Charter's rural fiber buildouts poised to make dollars and sense – analysts
News Analysis | 3/6/2023

For Charter, there's "no better use of resources than rural expansion," beating out stock repurchases and the acquisition of cable assets, New Street Research's analysts surmised.

Boingo CEO: Monetizing private 5G networks in stadiums
CxO Spotlight | 3/6/2023

Boingo Wireless CEO Mike Finley provides an update on the company's private wireless deployments, such as its partnership with the San Diego Padres last fall.

MWC: Humanity Blinked
Guest Perspectives | 3/6/2023

AI automation and integration were popular topics at MWC23, leading to a classic stare-down between humans and applications, with attendees caught in the middle.

Verizon shuts down venture capital office in Israel
News Analysis | 3/6/2023

'Verizon Ventures announced that it is modifying its investment strategy to further support Verizon's overall growth strategy, with a primary focus and emphasis in the US,' the company confirmed.

Ciena starts chipping away at $4B backlog as sales surge
News Analysis | 3/6/2023

Optical equipment maker Ciena's order backlog is nearly four times what it was pre-pandemic, and that is neither sustainable nor desirable, says its CEO.

FWA captures 90% of all new US customers, pleasing around 90% of them
News Analysis | 3/6/2023

According to new findings, fixed wireless services accounted for 90% of net broadband additions in 2022, compared to 20% of net adds in 2021.

John Malone, Charter directors settle suit linked to Time Warner Cable deal – reports
News Analysis | 3/6/2023

Malone and the former directors aren't admitting to wrongdoing via the settlement. The suit stems from a complaint that Malone received special benefits that other Time Warner Cable shareholders didn't get.

Open RAN hits its awkward teenage years
News Analysis | 3/6/2023

Some operators have been stepping forward in open RAN. And some companies, like Fujitsu and Samsung, appear to be reaping the benefits. Others, like NEC, are not.

Telcos risk paying a heavy price for the cloud
News Analysis | 3/6/2023

As public-cloud giants advance into the world of network functions, operators face some difficult choices about which hosts to use.

Eurobites: CDP-Macquarie comes in with bid for TIM's fixed infrastructure
News Analysis | 3/6/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Liberty Global boss unimpressed with EU's 'single European telecom market' dream; FAST forward for ad-supported linear TV; EU's cloud security plan comes under fire.

Adios, MWC23: Photos from telecom's big bash in Barcelona
News Analysis | 3/3/2023

Light Reading heads home from MWC23 in Barcelona, leaving behind a show that, as networks converge, has seen its audience reach industries well outside mobile and telco tech.

Fortinet converges SASE security policies for mobile workforce
LRTV Interviews | 3/3/2023

Fortinet's Anne-Gaelle Santos explained that the cybersecurity company works closely with service provider customers to develop managed SASE and SD-WAN services to secure the mobile workforce.

Fixing ACP's funding gap 'biggest issue' on 2023 horizon – ACA Connects CEO
News Analysis | 3/3/2023

Meanwhile, Boycom Vision, a small operator in southern Missouri, is 'making preparations' in case the Affordable Connectivity Program runs out of gas, CEO Patricia Jo Boyers says.

Did AWS win MWC23?
The Philter | 3/3/2023

AWS, Microsoft and Google Cloud at MWC23 represents a continued evolution in how the telco industry sees itself and the future of its networks.

ACA Connects Summit recap: Cablecos fret about funding for BEAD and ACP
LRTV Interviews | 3/3/2023

This week's ACA Connects Summit highlighted some big concerns among small and midsized cable ops about BEAD funding and the Affordable Connectivity Program's funding gap.

Verizon's CEO tries another management shakeup
News Analysis | 3/3/2023

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg is putting Sowmyanarayan Sampath in charge of Verizon's struggling consumer business just a year after promoting him to lead the company's business unit.

Ericsson scores a dual-band victory for 5G
News Analysis | 3/3/2023

The FCC issued a waiver to Ericsson that will allow the vendor to sell a single 5G radio that can broadcast higher-power signals in both C-band and 3.45 GHz spectrum.

Frontier locking in more funds for fiber frenzy
News Analysis | 3/3/2023

As Frontier pushes toward a goal to build fiber to 10 million locations by the end of 2025, its $750 million debt raise will help fund the company's fiber build beyond 2023, analysts said.

Orange deputy CEO says 'fair share' not about boosting telco profits
News Analysis | 3/3/2023

Mari-Noelle Jego-Laveissiere insists Big Tech investment contribution will help meet EU Digital Decade targets and rebalance network capacity and coverage.

China dominates research in 6G and optical – report
News Analysis | 3/3/2023

China has opened up a wide lead over the rest of the world in research into 6G, advanced optical and dozens of other fields.

Eurobites: Ericsson fined $207M by DoJ
News Analysis | 3/3/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Arm opts for US listing; STC and Huawei cozy up; knackered old phone boxes preserved for posterity.

MWC party goes on amid the rubble of telecom
Morris Lore | 3/3/2023

The show goes on, attracting its highest number of visitors since before the pandemic, but the industry is in bad shape.

Huawei suspected of tracking MWC23 visitors
News Analysis | 3/2/2023

The mysterious case of the chips inside Huawei's lanyards could be an embarrassment for MWC organizers.

The Divide: US Treasury's Joey Wender on awarding the first $5B in capital funds for broadband
LRTV Interviews | 3/2/2023

Joey Wender, director of the Treasury Department's capital projects fund, joined the podcast at the ACA Connects Summit to talk about his team's progress in awarding half of $10 billion in available state broadband funding.

NTIA solicits Digital Equity Act feedback, promises further guidance on BEAD
News Analysis | 3/2/2023

As the NTIA continues fielding stakeholder questions on BEAD, the agency is now opening a request for comment on companion programs in the Digital Equity Act.

The Divide: Blair Levin on why the US is at risk of increasing the digital divide
LRTV Interviews | 3/2/2023

This episode features Blair Levin, who joined us at the ACA Connects Summit to discuss the state of broadband in the US and why uncertainty around the future of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is putting the US at risk of widening the digital divide.

Comcast tests new way to deploy targeted FTTP
News Analysis | 3/2/2023

Tapping into its distributed and virtualized access architecture, Comcast is plugging remote OLTs into optical nodes to support a targeted fiber-to-the-premises trial in Denver.

HKBN is again a PE firm takeover target
News Analysis | 3/2/2023

Small listed Hong Kong operator HKBN is once again a private equity (PE) takeover target. This time the suitor is I Squared Capital, owner of rival HGC Global Communications

MWC recap: Google, Microsoft and Oracle diverge on network functions
LRTV Interviews | 3/2/2023

The editors reflect on MWC's big takeaways including T-Mobile's 5G voice service plans, how hyperscalers are trying to differentiate themselves and investment plans for future 5G and 6G deployments.

Eurobites: Switzerland's Salt hooks up with SpaceX
News Analysis | 3/2/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MultiChoice partners with NBCUniversal and Sky to revamp streaming offer across Africa; Nokia gets the nod from Ooredoo in Algeria and Tunisia; Ericsson goes underground.

Satellite players rocket across MWC
News Analysis | 3/2/2023

Apple, Skylo, Deutsche Telekom and others were among those making noise this week about satellites. And executives in the space expect more progress in the months and weeks ahead.

Indie cable ops 'not afraid of competition' but wary of BEAD's funding flow
News Analysis | 3/1/2023

ACA Connects CEO Grant Spellmeyer said members are keen to pursue BEAD opportunities, but it could also become an 'existential threat' to some cable operators if funds aren't allocated properly.

NGMN Alliance confident open RAN is greener than closed RAN
News Analysis | 3/1/2023

Orange Group CTO reckons the industry body will be able to prove, using hard data, that open RAN is greener than traditional RAN.

Google Cloud takes a non-threatening stance in pursuit of telecom
News Analysis | 3/1/2023

Google Cloud does not plan to develop its own private wireless networking service to sell to enterprise customers, nor does the company plan to develop its own network functions.

MaxLinear pours chip foundation for PON, FWA and DOCSIS
News Analysis | 3/1/2023

Now in mass production, MaxLinear's 'AnyWAN' platform provides a unified base designed to accelerate product development for a range of service interfaces for telcos, cable and wireless operators.

NGMN sets out KPIs to track operators' green credentials
News Analysis | 3/1/2023

The alliance has put together a set of KPIs aimed at measuring operators' progress in greening the network.

Orange confident about open RAN's role in network transformation
LRTV Interviews | 3/1/2023

Orange's Michael Trabbia says the company remains confident about open RAN, which it sees as part of an overall cloud transformation of the network.

Net Insight's overlay fix for 5G transport
LRTV Interviews | 3/1/2023

Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin explains that Net Insight is using VPN tunnels to address 5G transport's timing and synchronization issue - a solution the broadcast industry is bringing to telecom.

BT's Howard Watson addresses net neutrality and 5G during MWC
LRTV Interviews | 3/1/2023

BT's chief security and networks officer, Howard Watson, spoke to Light Reading about ongoing conversations around net neutrality and fair contribution, saying he welcomes Ofcom's consultation on the subject. He also addressed 5G rollout, saying it is on track.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom claims eSIM 'world first'
News Analysis | 3/1/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OneWeb and VEON extend connectivity in emerging markets; Vodafone teams up with Lenovo for IoT; Telecom Italia boss battens down the hatches.

Questions over FWA capacity, competition dominate MWC
News Analysis | 3/1/2023

During a recent 'FWA: The Real 5G Success Story' panel at the MWC Barcelona trade show, carrier execs stressed the importance of midband spectrum.

BT's chief tech exec is growing tired of the Gs
News Analysis | 3/1/2023

Howard Watson dismisses talk of a 6G network overhaul and chips in on the 'fair share' debate here in Barcelona.

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