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Podcast: Cable Gets the Urge to Converge
The Bauminator | 11/21/2019

Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner and Alan Breznick discuss the key themes from Cable Congress and Cable Next-Gen Europe in Berlin, finding there's a renewed focus on 1-Gig speeds and the fixed mobile network.

Tubi's New Focus: What's 'Not on Netflix'
News Analysis | 11/21/2019

Free, ad-supported streaming service boots up new awareness campaign amid a subscription VoD frenzy being dominated by Disney, Apple, WarnerMedia and NBCU.

AT&T, Verizon Begin Land Grabbing for Flashy 5G Partnerships
News Analysis | 11/21/2019

Verizon grabbed Snapchat this week, while AT&T grabbed Purdue University and The Washington Post. But does this make 5G innovation inevitable or is it a sign of a technology in search of an application?

TIP Takes Off in Amsterdam
News Analysis | 11/21/2019

A combination of factors have given mobile operators an alternative way to execute their network plans thanks to developments initiated by the likes of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), but alternative options always bring new challenges.

CSPs Living in a Multicloud World
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 11/21/2019

Shekar Ayyar, GM Telco Edge Cloud, VMware, in conversation with Phil Harvey, US Bureau Chief, Light Reading on how CSPs can participate in the Cloud Economy from Core to Edge.

China Unicom Gets Cracking on 6G Terahertz
News Analysis | 11/21/2019

Heard enough about 5G already? Fear not, because one of China's biggest operators is turning its attention to what comes next.

MEF 2019: Vertical Systems Group's Erin Dunne on Standards & Managed Approach to SD-WAN
LRTV Interviews | 11/21/2019

Dunne explains why enterprises are interested in utilizing managed SD-WAN services to simplify deployment and continued management of the service.

Japan's NTT Hires BearingPoint to Fix BSS Shortcomings
News Analysis | 11/21/2019

The operator says the European platform provider comes with several attractive qualities that could provide a spur in the enterprise sector.

Short on 5G options, Vodafone gets set for 150K-site shake-up
News Analysis | 11/21/2019

The European operator reveals the rationale behind its shock decision to put its entire European footprint up for tender.

How Is Telco Transformation Like Soylent Green?
News Analysis | 11/21/2019

It's all about the people.

MEF19 Day 2: Are Cloudy Times on the Horizon?
LRTV Documentaries | 11/21/2019

On Day 2 of MEF19, Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin highlights how MEF's carrier members are early adopters in SD-WAN. Meanwhile, Perrin, along with Heavy Reading's Jennifer Clarke discuss the implications of bringing cloud computing providers into the MEF ecosystem.

Carriers Fly the Flag for SD-WAN Service Specs
News Analysis | 11/21/2019

But if the industry at large supports MEF specifications and commits to certified SD-WAN services, how will service providers and vendors differentiate in an already crowded market?

Eurobites: Telia Norway Brings in New Broom
News Analysis | 11/21/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Openet expands; Orange launches own-brand 5G smartphone; BT turns Purple for business WiFi; HERE signs up to 5G industry group.

Microsoft's Ortega: Office 365 Drives SD-WAN Demand
News Analysis | 11/21/2019

Microsoft honcho says Office 365 transformed enterprise networks. Bold claim – but partly true.

MVNO Altice Mobile Could Rack Up 1.7M Customers by 2021
News Analysis | 11/20/2019

But according to one investment firm, the cable company is struggling with network quality on its mobile offering, despite having deployed 19,000 small cells to help boost coverage.

MEF19: Frost & Sullivan's Roopa Honnachari on Hybrid Cloud & Security Trends for SD-WAN
LRTV Documentaries | 11/20/2019

The managed SD-WAN market is also predicted to exceed $6.5 billion by 2023 - a massive leap for such a new technology, says Honnachari.

FCC Proposes C-V2X Mandate for Connected Cars
News Analysis | 11/20/2019

In a win for companies like Ford and Qualcomm, the FCC's chairman proposes C-V2X as the 'language' that cars should use to talk to each other.

Top 5G Takeaways From Verizon's Analyst Day
News Analysis | 11/20/2019

Verizon executives said they are pleased with the company's 5G progress, and promised Verizon would continue on the course it set earlier this year.

Comcast's Victor: SD-WAN Faces 'Baskin-Robbins Problem'
News Analysis | 11/20/2019

Enterprise customers struggle with too many SD-WAN choices, says Robert Victor, Comcast Business SVP of product management.

Senators Urge Trump to Name 5G Czar for US
News Analysis | 11/20/2019

A group of Senators is urging the Trump administration to take a cohesive approach to 5G, warning that not doing so will give China an edge in the global move to the new wireless technology.

Labour Expects Average British Broadband Worker to Live on $5K a Year
Morris Lore | 11/20/2019

UK Labour Party comrades Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell seem to have forgotten that telecom staff need paying.

CableLabs & Buckeye Bury the Hatchet
News Analysis | 11/20/2019

They quietly settle a lawsuit in which CableLabs alleged that the Ohio-based operator breached its contract after it stopped paying quarterly dues to CableLabs in early 2018.

Vodafone puts its faith in Google Cloud for big data analytics
News Analysis | 11/20/2019

The web giant's AI, analytics and cloud deal with Vodafone continues a trend of operators turning to the major cloud platform players for scale and flexibility.

Eurobites: France Flags 5G Auction Delay
News Analysis | 11/20/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT disconnects Prince Andrew; Orange gets more network visibility with ThousandEyes; EE brings 5G to 14 more towns and cities.

MEF19 Day 1: Standards, Innovation & Skim Milk
LRTV Documentaries | 11/20/2019

Our MEF19 coverage simmers with more food analogies as Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey recap the show activity around LSO APIs and how carriers are using blockchain to speed up settlements.

Indian Telecom Industry Still in a Tough Spot
News Analysis | 11/20/2019

India's government is working on a rescue package for its beleaguered service providers. That cannot come soon enough.

Verizon's 5G Maps Have Arrived
News Analysis | 11/19/2019

Verizon took the wraps off detailed, street-level 5G coverage maps, which helped to blunt criticisms from the likes of T-Mobile. However, the maps also highlight the scale of Verizon's massive 5G undertaking.

Changing the Game: Edge Computing Slashes Latency in 'Far Cry 5' Test
News Analysis | 11/19/2019

A new test from edge computing startup Edgegap helps highlight the potential of the technology to dramatically improve the multi-billion dollar video game space.

Inside the Hunt for New 5G Revenues (Hint: Forget Phones)
News Analysis | 11/19/2019

Companies, analysts and associations continue to try to suss out the revenue opportunities in 5G beyond phones. There are plenty of ideas but not much cohesion.

Disney+ Targeted by Hackers
The Bauminator | 11/19/2019

Disney says there's 'no indication of a security breach on Disney+,' as it appears that some accounts have been compromised when consumers use the same credentials and passwords across multiple online accounts.

What Is the Biggest Threat to Today's Major Telecom Equipment Vendors?
Shades of Ray | 11/19/2019

This is just one of the key questions the Light Reading team is pondering as we head into 2020.

AT&T Slapped With 'Sell' Downgrade
News Analysis | 11/19/2019

MoffettNathanson is skeptical that AT&T can hit financial guidance in 2020 and beyond and doubtful that AT&T's mobile business will be able to fully make up for struggles at its video and wireless business units.

MEF Heightens SD-WAN Frenzy
News Analysis | 11/19/2019

By defining and certifying services and service providers, MEF aims to build SD-WAN's market momentum.

Protecting the Mobile Network Core During Transition From 4G to 5G
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 11/19/2019

The core of the mobile network is fundamentally changing. The standard EPC framework is transforming into a virtualized EPC framework, with a move away from proprietary and standalone operating systems with single-vendor software stacks to open standards-based architectures that are dynamic and scalable.

SoftBank's new $30B Z Holdings lacks X Factor
News Analysis | 11/19/2019

Japan's most famous billionaire is at it again with talk of artificial intelligence and global power, but his latest joint venture is no FAANG, despite what he says.

China Mobile Goes Big on 5G Cloud
News Analysis | 11/19/2019

The Chinese telco has revealed further details of its 5G enterprise strategy, and there is heavy emphasis on the cloud.

Aryaka Expands Its SD-WAN Arsenal
News Analysis | 11/19/2019

SD-WAN specialist launches suite of 'SmartServices' and introduces a regional connectivity option to complement its global network.

Eurobites: Nokia's 5G Juggernaut Rolls On
News Analysis | 11/19/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange turns to Fortinet for secure SD-WAN; ADVA interconnects in Austria; UK gets new 5G working group; BT combines with NHS on blood donation.

For Huawei, US Purgatory Is the New Norm
Shades of Ray | 11/19/2019

Authorities once again extend the temporary trading license for US companies doing business with Huawei, leaving the Chinese vendor and its suppliers mired in business uncertainty.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: 'Free' Broadband, AfricaCom & OpenRAN
LRTV Documentaries | 11/19/2019

This week: Labour's (would-be) broadband revolution in the UK; AfricaCom takeaways; and Vodafone's OpenRAN announcement at the TIP Summit.

Nokia: We Run 120+ Private Wireless Networks Around the World
News Analysis | 11/19/2019

Nokia is putting some numbers on its private wireless networks business, reflecting the hopes the company has for this emerging market.

Google Cloud offers 'intelligence' for virtual networks
News Analysis | 11/19/2019

Google rolls out Network Intelligence Center to help operators optimize virtual networks.

MEF19 Preview: SD-WAN – Defined & Certified
LRTV Documentaries | 11/18/2019

Is it a pizza or a pie? Light Reading's Mitch Wagner and Phil Harvey muse on fun food analogies, MEF's new SD-WAN certifications and why service providers need standards.

AT&T, Verizon Hope 5G & Edge Computing Save VR
News Analysis | 11/18/2019

5G and edge computing could untether today's VR goggles and make them less bulky. Already AT&T and Verizon are making serious investments in this space.

America's Big Midband Auction for 5G to Start in 2020, But Big Questions Remain
News Analysis | 11/18/2019

The FCC said that the Commission – not the C-Band Alliance – will conduct an auction of C-Band spectrum for 5G. But how that's all going to happen is not clear.

Altitude TV sues Comcast on antitrust grounds
News Analysis | 11/18/2019

Denver-based regional sports network claims Comcast is trying to drive Altitude out of business and seize control of the area's TV sports market, possibly with its own network.

Vivint Gets Ready to Give Fixed Wireless Another Go
News Analysis | 11/18/2019

Vivint Internet had some grand fixed wireless ambitions in 2015 that didn't pan out. Now, with a new strategy and management team, Vivint is preparing to take another run at it.

Podcast: Nuage CEO on the Market Impact of MEF's SD-WAN Standards
Kelsey's Grammar | 11/18/2019

Light Reading's podcast features guest Sunil Khandekar, who examines where the SD-WAN market might be headed in 2020, as well as the potential impact of standards on the market.

HBO Max Set to Exceed US Sub Forecast, Struggle for Big Profits – Analyst
News Analysis | 11/18/2019

As AT&T pours billions into the HBO Max, the new streaming service is poised to net 51 million US-based subs by 2025, slightly ahead of the company's own forecast.

The Un-CEO: Legere to Leave T-Mobile
News Analysis | 11/18/2019

Mike Sievert to become new CEO on May 1, 2020.

Where Cable Stands With Fiber
Alantown | 11/18/2019

In our latest survey conducted in partnership with SCTE-ISBE, Light Reading examines how cablecos are using fiber now and how they aim to use it in the future.

Eurobites: Nokia Puts Its Network Functions on Amazon's Cloud
News Analysis | 11/18/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ETSI releases security specs; Virgin Media reacts to Labour's broadband plan; BT introduces the 5G ambulance.

Verizon Tackles Industrial Asset Tracking With 4G & IoT
News Analysis | 11/18/2019

Verizon puts together a Cat M1-based system that can track assets, send that information to the cloud, and view the status info on a map.

Cambodia Set to Win 5G Bragging Rights in SE Asia
News Analysis | 11/18/2019

Cambodia and Vietnam are pursuing very different strategies in their 5G launches.

A DEEP dive on Sunrise's digital transformation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/15/2019

Sunrise Communications, the second-largest telecom operator in Switzerland, reported third-quarter service revenue growth of 2.0%.

Ribbon Reels in ECI, Offloads CEO
News Analysis | 11/15/2019

No wonder investors have panicked - Ribbon waves goodbye to its CEO as it announces an unexpected merger with transport network equipment specialist ECI Telecom. But why?

Labour's UK Broadband Plan Would Make Lenin Proud
Morris Lore | 11/15/2019

Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have cooked up a broadband scheme that could form a modern-day appendix to The Communist Manifesto.

Surging Asian Demand Driving Capacity 'Explosion'
News Analysis | 11/15/2019

Asian demand and OTT firms are driving a surge in cable investments.

Parallel Wireless Dishes the Dirt on Tech Mahindra
News Analysis | 11/15/2019

Independence of systems integrators thrust into the spotlight as Indian SI is accused of favoring Altiostar, in which it owns a stake, despite its claims to be 'vendor-agnostic.'

WiCipedia: AI's Data Mining Bias & Small Conferences Take More Risks
WiCipedia | 11/15/2019

This week in our WiC roundup: Smaller conferences have edge; Hidden Figures ladies formally celebrated; AI is sexist; and more.

Eurobites: Orange Eyes Towers Spin-Off – Report
News Analysis | 11/15/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia expands with VMware; TalkTalk boost profits; BT lands sports rights.

Verizon Pitches Free Android TV Box to New 5G Home Subs
News Analysis | 11/15/2019

Synchronized with its new Disney+ promo, Verizon is also selling the 'Stream TV' device as a standalone to other customers for $69.99.

Labour Lobs Broadband Bomb Into UK Telecoms Market
News Analysis | 11/15/2019

They probably won't see the light of day in the real world, but the Labour Party's 'free fiber for all' plans have certainly raised a few eyebrows in the UK.

Following the Money in the C-Band for 5G
News Analysis | 11/15/2019

Intelsat - one of the European satellite companies hoping to profit from the sale of C-Band spectrum for 5G - lost half its market value this week. But what will happen next is anyone's guess.

Verizon's Indoor 5G Goes the Distance in NFL Stadium Test
News Analysis | 11/15/2019

A new test of Verizon's 5G network in U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis showed plenty of horsepower, but more importantly it also showed impressive coverage.

Russian Carrier Megafon Tests Second-Gen NB-IoT Devices
News Analysis | 11/15/2019

A new version of the NB-IoT standard supports faster speeds and 'push-to-talk' services, among other things.

Axiata Calls On TIP to Fix Telco Cost Problem
News Analysis | 11/14/2019

One of the developing world's biggest operators runs up data service losses in Malaysia and is looking to the Facebook-led initiative for help.

Sprint Opens Up About 5G's Secret 4G Love
News Analysis | 11/14/2019

'EN-DC' is the technology that allows 5G connections to run simultaneously with 4G connections. The results help highlight why the industry is moving to a new generation of wireless.

1-Gig a Hot Seller for Vodafone Germany
News Analysis | 11/14/2019

40% of new broadband customers opt for the company's DOCSIS 3.1-powered gigabit broadband service, according to company CTO Gerhard Mack.

Eurobites: MTN Gets 5G-Ready With Ericsson
News Analysis | 11/14/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica COO supports consolidation; Nokia and AT&T collaborate on IoT in Germany; smart speakers in smart homes.

TIP Gives Innovative Vendors a Shop Window
News Analysis | 11/14/2019

The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) has launched an online exchange that highlights which vendors have products that meet TIP requirements, a move that is looking increasingly relevant to operator network strategies.

5G Industrial Automation Isn't Right Around the Corner
News Analysis | 11/14/2019

With manufacturers like Audi and Bosch testing 5G in an industrial setting, the 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) is hoping to supercharge the space. But some are cautioning patience.

Despite Early Glitch, Disney+ Streams Past 10M Subs
News Analysis | 11/14/2019

Initial demand for new direct-to-consumer streaming service has already surpassed some analyst expectations.

China Mobile Exec Calls for 5G Power Subsidies
News Analysis | 11/14/2019

The industry is not making progress on reducing the cost of 5G power supply, says a top executive at the Chinese operator.

Cisco CEO Robbins: Global Jitters Drive Down Tech Spending
News Analysis | 11/13/2019

Service providers' declines were matched by a global spending pause as Cisco reported disappointing results for its most recent quarter.

5G Security Warnings Pile Up
News Analysis | 11/13/2019

5G could eventually connect everyone and everything. But a growing number of researchers are highlighting potential security holes in the standard.

AT&T Reiterates Plans to Challenge T-Mobile in Lowband 5G This Year
News Analysis | 11/13/2019

AT&T and T-Mobile are both going to launch lowband 5G sometime this year. But the similarities between their strategies mostly stop there.

US Pay-TV Loses Another 1.2M Subs in Q3
News Analysis | 11/13/2019

Losses were even worse, at about 1.8 million, when OTT-TV service providers were removed from the subscriber equation.

Cable Europe Charts Course to Become 'GIGAEurope' in 2020
News Analysis | 11/13/2019

Name and structure change coming to industry organization reflects the move to gigabit-class speeds over converged fixed mobile networks and the need to provide a unified voice to Europe's policymakers.

Vodafone eyes open RAN overhaul at 100K sites, may swap existing suppliers for 5G
News Analysis | 11/13/2019

The UK-based operator stunned onlookers in Amsterdam today with news it is issuing a tender for a possible redesign of its entire European network.

Eurobites: Orange Plans New West African Backbone
News Analysis | 11/13/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone Germany tones up with Amdocs; all change at Telecom Italia; Telia/Bonnier deal gets EU approval.

Hollywood Studios Score $50M Judgement Against Omniverse
News Analysis | 11/13/2019

In addition to financial damages, consent judgement also hits Omniverse with a permanent injunction.

DOCSIS 3.1 Takes Hold in Europe
News Analysis | 11/13/2019

Cable's competitive and complementary relationship with 5G, the industry's progress with distributed access networks and its flirtation with a 10-Gig future will also be hot topics at this week's Cable Next-Gen Europe event in Berlin.

TIP advances give router vendors another wake-up call
News Analysis | 11/13/2019

As Telefonica moves towards the deployment of TIP mobile transport network routers in Europe and Latin America, widescale white box efforts signal a significant step towards greater carrier-class options for network operators.

Facebook, Telefónica take OpenRAN 'Live' in Peru, boast 450K subs
News Analysis | 11/13/2019

The new-look network already has 450,000 subscribers and costs far less than traditional infrastructure, says Telefonica.

Union Wireless: We'll Need a Whole New Network to Get Rid of Huawei
News Analysis | 11/12/2019

Union Wireless said it will cost up to $110 million to get Huawei equipment out of its network. And that's not the only problem.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: LIVE, Latin Fiber & Telco AI
LRTV Documentaries | 11/12/2019

This week on the pod: events, dear boy, events. Oh, and fiber innovation in Latin America.

Rural Carrier MobileNation Apparently Shutting Down in January
News Analysis | 11/12/2019

MobileNation offers wireless service in parts of Tennessee and Kentucky, and may be close to shutting down. The company isn't answering questions.

Frequent telco buyer GTT: It's all about networking, not infrastructure
News Analysis | 11/12/2019

After buying several telcos, GTT looks to offload 'non-strategic' assets as it aims to provide networking services to large and multinational clients.

Eurobites: Germany's Big 3 Enter Network-Sharing Agreement to Tackle 'Dead Spots'
News Analysis | 11/12/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson, Swisscom and Qualcomm team up on spectrum sharing; Telkom SA announcement prompts takeover talk; Telecom Italia's edge cloud takes flight.

Charter syncs up with Plume for smart home management
News Analysis | 11/12/2019

MSO is powering a new Advanced In-Home WiFi with OpenSync as it pushes ahead with a plan to develop a broader smart home product and ecosystem.

Vodafone Registers Slight Sales Growth as Debts & Losses Pile Up
News Analysis | 11/12/2019

Takeover activity, 5G investments and unfriendly Indians are weighing heavily on the UK-based operator's financial performance, but at least revenues inched up.

Podcast: Juniper CEO Rami Rahim on 400G, AI & Being a Market Challenger
The Philter | 11/12/2019

Phil Harvey and Kelsey Ziser interview Juniper CEO Rami Rahim about his thoughts on 400G, where AI will matter in the enterprise and what it will mean for service providers.

Ovum's Ed Barton on the Disney+ Launch
LRTV Documentaries | 11/12/2019

Disney is going all out on its new direct-to-consumer streaming channel, which has just launched in the US. Will all the company's dreams come true?

Here Are the 25 Cities Where Dish Will Probably Build 5G First
News Analysis | 11/12/2019

Dish promises to build a 5G network covering at least 70% of the US population by 2023. Based on new data from Tutela, here are the cities where Dish will probably start.

Could T-Mobile's Legere Clean Up the WeWork Mess?
News Analysis | 11/12/2019

WeWork may be looking at Legere as a clean-up CEO candidate for the troubled startup.

Big overseas bets skewer Japanese telcos
News Analysis | 11/12/2019

SoftBank and Rakuten report losses on investments in US firms, but one is a far more troubling prospect than the other.

Democrats Press FCC on Carriers' Sale of User Location Data
News Analysis | 11/11/2019

A group of representatives in the House Energy and Commerce Committee reiterate request for a report from the FCC on wireless network operators' sale of customers' location information.

Helium Already Has Over 1,000 Hotspots in Its User-Made US IoT Network
News Analysis | 11/11/2019

Helium users spend $495 on a hotspot to create a low-power, wide-area IoT network in the US that now is in 425 cities in the country.

Telcos Need 5G Innovation, but Who will Pay?
News Analysis | 11/11/2019

The telecom ecosystem is failing just as 5G swings into view.

Eurobites: Vodafone strikes deal with Openreach to widen fiber offer in UK
News Analysis | 11/11/2019

Also in today's EMEA roundup: Zain chooses Ericsson for 5G buildout in Bahrain; Sky and the BBC get cozy; Vodacom profits up; Africa's broadband future.

Nokia in Line for 5G Contracts Worth up to $2.2B With Chinese Telcos
News Analysis | 11/11/2019

Finnish equipment vendor signs frame agreements with Chinese operators that could lead to lucrative contracts next year.

Meet the Execs Tapped to Build & Sell Dish's 5G Network
CxO Spotlight | 11/11/2019

Dish Network hired Marc Rouanne (of Nokia) and Stephen Bye (of Sprint) to build and sell its planned 5G network. Here's what they have to say about that.

Discovery Sizing Up Its Own OTT Play
The Bauminator | 11/11/2019

Programmer looking at direct-to-consumer streaming service that would aggregate Discovery's programming and target US consumers who don't subscribe to pay-TV.

Telecom Italia targets €1B in cloud sales with Google tie-up
News Analysis | 11/11/2019

Can the ageing Italian operator and young American Internet giant find success at the edge of the network?

Analysts: T-Mobile's 'Uncarrier' News Didn't Sway Sprint Merger Critics
News Analysis | 11/8/2019

T-Mobile's 'Uncarrier' announcements didn't sway Sprint merger opponents, according to Wall Street analysts.

Cable One Racks Up Record Margins Again
News Analysis | 11/8/2019

US cableco reports industry-best profit margins again after wrapping up its $526 million acquisition of Fidelity Communications last month.

Disney+ Gets Ready for Its Close-Up
News Analysis | 11/8/2019

The new OTT service, set to debut on November 12, represents a key piece of the puzzle as Disney plows ahead with a plan to transform itself into a direct-to-consumer streaming giant.

WiCipedia: Tech Falls High in Happiness Index & the Blue Collar-AI Struggle
WiCipedia | 11/8/2019

This week in our WiC roundup: Techies are pretty dang happy at work; AI's effect on female blue-collar workers; college students are majority female though tech workforce lags; and more.

ZTE Says Its China Experience Makes It a 5G Leader
News Analysis | 11/8/2019

Slamming Nokia's 5G lag, the Chinese vendor is in a bullish mood about its own 5G opportunity.

Telecom Italia strikes edge alliance with Google as sales slide
News Analysis | 11/8/2019

The Italian phone incumbent announced a strategic alliance with Google on the development of edge computing services as it reported a further dip in sales.

Eurobites: United Group Agrees to Buy Bulgaria's Vivacom for €1.2B
News Analysis | 11/8/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Netnod pushes 400GE ports; EU Google-taming isn't working; C-V2X Plugtest revs up in Malaga.

Edge Computing Mini Data Centers Are Rolling Out for Real. What's Next?
News Analysis | 11/8/2019

Companies including EdgeMicro and Vapor IO have are building real, live, commercial mini data centers for edge computing. But what happens next is anyone's guess.

TiVo Predicts Spring 2020 Split
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

Ahead of plan to separate its products and intellectual property/licensing business by April 2020, TiVo expects to announce some leadership slots post-split in the coming weeks.

T-Mobile Makes Moves to Help Get Sprint Merger Done
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

A $15 phone plan and free 5G access for first responders are among T-Mobile's latest sweeteners to help get its Sprint merger closed.

Dish's Charlie Ergen: We Have No 'Plan B'
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

Dish makes key hires and proposes a $1 billion capital raise as company looks to push ahead on a wireless and mobile future that hinges on the T-Mobile/Sprint merger.

Dish's Pay-TV Biz Returns From the Dead
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

Led by gains at Sling TV, Dish added 148,000 net video subs in Q3, the first time the company has posted a positive pay-TV number in almost two years.

Liberty Global Revenue Slump Deepens
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

Europe's largest cable operator suffers continued revenue declines, largely due to steep video subscriber losses in its UK home market and Belgium.

T-Mobile Sets 5G Launch Date for Dec. 6
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

The 600MHz 5G launch will cover 200 million people in the US.

Survey: Security Tops Benefits of SD-WAN Managed Services
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

Over 60% of 121 survey respondents listed 'better security' as a primary driver for managed SD-WAN services.

CommScope's Virtual CCAP Creeps Toward Reality
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

As it continues to play catch-up with Harmonic, CommScope says its virtual CCAP is in trials with cable ops and is slated for a commercial launch by the end of the year.

Eurobites: Virgin Media Gets Picky, Loses 53,000 RGUs in Q3
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BritBox launches in the UK; Intracom lands last-mile connectivity deal in South Africa; ARM still plans growth, despite quarterly loss.

Digital Realty Defies Data Gravity
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

Digital Realty is launching a global data center architecture to help enterprises move data anywhere in the world.

How AI Will Impact Employment
LRTV Interviews | 11/7/2019

Should people be worried about the impact that artificial intelligence deployments will have on the jobs market? Tractica Principal Analyst Mark Beccue shares his views.

DT Cuts Dividend on Spectrum Splurge but Lifts Outlook
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

The German operator recorded sales growth at all its operating units bar the ailing T-Systems business but blamed Germany's spectrum auction for its decision to cut dividends.

AT&T's FirstNet Buildout Includes Viaero, a Rural Huawei Customer
News Analysis | 11/6/2019

Viaero has stepped forward as another rural provider that will build AT&T's FirstNet network in rural parts of the US. The only problem is that Viaero currently uses a lot of equipment from China's Huawei.

Roku Q3 Revenues Top Expectations but Losses Widen
News Analysis | 11/6/2019

Stock drops as losses accelerate, streaming player revenues dip versus Q2 and Roku sees a $5 million 'headwind' coming from expenses linked to its acquisition of ad-tech company dataxu.

Comcast Extends 'Flex' to Customer-Purchased Modems & Gateways
News Analysis | 11/6/2019

Move allows Xfinity Flex customers to connect to the operator's new streaming service with retail-bought devices and sidestep additional fees for Comcast-supplied gateways.

Sprint's Roaming Fight With Shentel Heads to Arbitration
News Analysis | 11/6/2019

Shentel, a Sprint affiliate, said it can't agree to new roaming terms with the operator, so they're heading into arbitration instead. According to analysts, $5 million hangs in the balance.

'Real AI' & Racist Robots Preoccupy Telco Tech Heads
News Analysis | 11/6/2019

Operators need to tread carefully amid widespread suspicion and warnings that more advanced AI systems will trigger upheaval.

What Europe's Top Telcos Are Doing with AI
LRTV Interviews | 11/6/2019

At the Telco AI Summit Europe event in London, Tractica Principal Analyst Mark Beccue talks about how some of Europe's largest telecom operators, including BT, Orange and Telecom Italia, are using AI tools to optimize network processes – and how it isn't all tied to 5G.

Huawei Denies Holding 5G Licensing Talks
News Analysis | 11/6/2019

The Chinese equipment giant has not held direct talks with any US company about the licensing of its 5G technology, says the company's founder.

Eurobites: Virgin Gives BT the Heave-Ho, Goes With Vodafone for Mobile
News Analysis | 11/6/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Germany wavers on Huawei; Ofcom appoints interim boss; Jurassic Fibre lumbers into action; Zen gets GB pound 20 million to take on the big boys.

Meet SARA, the AI That May Be a Big Deal for Austria's Main Telco
News Analysis | 11/6/2019

A1 has developed an AI tool that could reduce the bill for 5G network deployment, ease planning and even lead to commercial opportunities with other service providers.

BT's Domingos on the Evolution of Network Monitoring
LRTV Interviews | 11/6/2019

At the Software-Driven Operations event in London, BT's OSS Senior Solution Architect Manager Jose Domingos talks to Heavy Reading's James Crawshaw about the use of open source code to develop the UK operator's latest network monitoring tools.

Altice USA Adds a Mere 14K Mobile Lines in Q3
News Analysis | 11/6/2019

Company expects mobile sales volumes to ramp up as it extends sales of its new mobile product beyond brick-and-mortar stores to online and digital distribution channels.

Sprint/T-Mobile Merger a Step Closer to Early 2020 Completion
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

The deal, now approved by the FCC, commits the duo to covering 97% of US citizens with 5G within three years.

AT&T Slapped With $60M Fine Over 'Unlimited' Practices
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

AT&T agreed to pay $60 million for throttling its unlimited data customers in 2014 without telling them about it.

Private LTE Networks Headed to the Slammer? GTL to Test CBRS
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

One of the biggest providers of telecommunications services to inmates in prisons is preparing to test a private LTE network in 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum. But for what?

Vodafone Idea Readies NB-IoT Services in India
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

Vodafone Idea is the third major carrier in India to plan an NB-IoT network.

For BT bosses, AI brings good news and bad
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

Artificial intelligence has helped BT to speed up its fiber deployment and spot cyber attacks. Just don't expect too much.

China Tariffs Take Toll on Zoom in Q3
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

But cable modem and router supplier sees brighter days ahead as manufacturing shifts to Vietnam and as Zoom prepares to refresh its product lineup in 2020 and open up direct sales channels with MSOs.

Verizon's Cantor on Multi-Tenant uCPE
LRTV Interviews | 11/5/2019

Verizon's Oliver Cantor says enterprise customers are looking to run their own applications on the universal CPE servers that house the operator's virtual network functions.

After past blunders, VEON bets big on network and digital reset
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

The Frankenstein's monster of the telco world hopes fresh investments and an overhaul of its digitalization strategy will make it more attractive to investors.

VMware Unveils 'Project Maestro' to Speed Network Virtualization
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

VMware wants to help telcos launch services faster in multi-cloud environments.

Amdocs: Redefining & Accelerating 5G Rollouts
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 11/5/2019

Amdocs' 5G Fast portfolio accelerates efficient and scalable 5G deployments with software-driven automation, innovative analytics tools, and cross-equipment-vendor solutions for planning, design, integration, acceptance and optimization. We provide solutions that redefine how service providers approach 5G rollouts.

China Mobile Hits Pause on Silicon Valley Data Center
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

The Chinese operator has encountered new roadblocks in the US market.

Eurobites: Telefónica's Transformation Costs Tarnish Its Q3
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange launches commercial 5G in Romania; Colt extends relationship with Microsoft; Hungary has no beef with Huawei.

CenturyLink, West Safety Agree to Pay Up for 911 Outage
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

The $575,000 in total fees levied for a single August 2018 outage that lasted more than an hour and affected six states is aimed at CenturyLink and a contractor, West Safety Services

Arista Tackles Cloud Networking
News Analysis | 11/5/2019

Arista takes its turn trying to make deploying networks as fast and easy as rolling out cloud applications.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Smartphone Numbers, India & Fitbit
LRTV Documentaries | 11/5/2019

Under the pod spotlight this week: smartphone numbers; the Indian telecom soap opera; and Google's decision to buy Fitbit.

Verizon Projected to Lose a Brewing 5G Pricing Battle
News Analysis | 11/4/2019

A price war in the wireless industry could be brewing, and some analysts think that Verizon could suffer the most.

CEO McCollum: SVoD Surge Could Be Boon for Philo
CxO Spotlight | 11/4/2019

Philo's low-cost, entertainment-focused OTT-TV offering should fit well with consumers who are creating their own video streaming bundles that don't rely on traditional pay-TV, Andrew McCollum says.

This Year's 5G Phones Will Be Next Year's 5G Orphans
DanoVision | 11/4/2019

Today's 5G customers can boast of having the latest and greatest, but next year their phones are going to be rendered obsolete by the launch of 5G in lowband spectrum.

Huawei Bosses Slap Down 'Immature' Staff Whining About Café Food
News Analysis | 11/4/2019

Under attack by US authorities and facing supply chain constraints, the Chinese equipment giant is worried about kitchen affairs.

Here's Why Seattle's Fire Department Is Using AT&T's FirstNet
News Analysis | 11/4/2019

Seattle Fire is one of 9,000 public safety agencies that have signed up to use FirstNet, the First Responder Network platform that AT&T is building.

Sprint Posts Net Loss of $274M, Expects Merger to Close in Early 2020
News Analysis | 11/4/2019

Sprint touts 16 million people covered by its 5G network, as it hopes T-Mobile merger will close early in fiscal 2020.

CenturyLink's McBride on Developing Edge Computing Service Alongside Customers
LRTV Interviews | 11/4/2019

Kevin McBride explains advancements the service provider has made in its automation, back office and orchestration systems.

WOW's Network 'Edge-Outs' Spur Sub Growth in Q3
News Analysis | 11/4/2019

Led by broadband adds, WideOpenWest sees best sub growth in six quarters. Competitive cabler also getting some operational benefits from its whole-home WiFi offering with eero.

Startup Volterra Takes On VMware, Red Hat With Its Multi-Cloud Pitch
News Analysis | 11/4/2019

Volterra has $50 million funding in its pocket and a platform designed to enable operators and enterprises to deploy applications and network services across multi-cloud environments.

Keeping the Fiber Lines Running Smoothly
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/4/2019

With service providers installing so much fiber in their plant right now and seemingly no end in sight, the need for automated test solutions will only keep growing.

Eurobites: Vodafone Names Its Towers Boss
News Analysis | 11/4/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sky creates 1,000 new jobs in UK; Europe lags North America in smart-home race; UK delays decision on Huawei until after general election.

VEON comes unstuck in Russia
News Analysis | 11/4/2019

The long-suffering emerging-markets giant has warned investors that a turnaround at its ailing Russian business will take some time.

Google Buys Fitbit for $2.1B to Increase Wearables Presence
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

The acquisition is expected to close in May 2020, according to MKM Partners.

US Operator Viaero Apparently Using More Huawei Equipment
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

Amid a global firestorm around Chinese vendor Huawei, a small US wireless network operator called Viaero is asking the FCC for permission to test more equipment from the Chinese supplier.

NeoPhotonics Performs to Rave Reviews as Huawei Maintains Rhythm
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

The US maker of optical components has had a remarkable turnaround in the last few months.

When It Comes to Licensing Huawei, US Vendors Uniformly Say 'Not It'
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

US equipment vendors ranging from Samsung to Airspan to Ericsson offered a firm 'no' or 'no comment' when it comes to whether they would license Huawei's 5G equipment.

Arista Falls & Suggests Facebook Dropped the Banana Peel
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

Arista's stock was down 25% Friday as it warned of a spending hiatus by a 'cloud titan' - apparently Facebook.

Particle Scores $40M to Scale IoT Production Plans
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

The startup will build up its enterprise IoT suite and add to its enterprise and product teams with the money.

FCC Could Move Soon on Ligado's Spectrum for 5G
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

A new report indicates that the FCC is preparing to take action on Ligado's spectrum, a move that could ultimately free up more spectrum for the likes of Verizon or Charter.

For Casa Systems, the hits keep coming
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

Stock plunges 34% after lackluster Q3 lowlighted by Casa's struggling cable business as MSOs slash or delay spending. Plus, an analyst covering Casa is agitated by management's 'reduced communication.'

HBO Max Might Rankle Pay-TV Distributors
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

AT&T's plan to convert legacy HBO subs to its new SVoD service could accelerate cord-cutting and create friction with pay-TV providers that remain key distributors for HBO and other WarnerMedia-owned channels.

The MWC Los Angeles Recap 2019 Podcast
The Philter | 11/1/2019

What did our analyst colleagues and fellow editors think of all the big booths, meetings and crowded corridors?

WiCipedia: Waffles for Brains, MWC Female Keynoters & Tech Decision Makers
WiCipedia | 11/1/2019

This week in our WiC roundup: Mobile World Congress LA releases stats on female speakers; Ernst & Young reveals blast-from-the-past training program; women are feeling less uncomfortable at work; and more.

Vodafone denies plan to exit India
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

One of India's biggest operators has played down speculation it wants to quit the Indian market after service providers were hit with huge penalty payments by government authorities.

Eurobites: Liberty Global Soups Up Electric Vehicles Via Virgin Media's UK Network
News Analysis | 11/1/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Blue Label Telecoms unimpressed with Cell C; Vodafone plans to sell 'ethical' phones in Europe; Safaricom has a good half-year.

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