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Cable One targets AT&T's DSL pullback
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

Cable op also notes that CBRS spectrum won at auction is for Wisper Internet, a Cable One-backed fixed wireless ISP.

Comcast to test mobile, fixed operations in C-band ahead of auction
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

Comcast said it wants to 'evaluate coverage, throughput and mobility of equipment and facilities' in C-band spectrum ahead of the FCC's December auction of licenses in the band.

IBM assembles telco gang to go after 5G cloud biz
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

IBM assembled 35 companies, ranging from Nokia to Cisco, to underpin its new 'Cloud for Telecommunications' offering for 5G network operators.

Discovery CEO gives TVision some static
The Bauminator | 11/5/2020

David Zaslav questions whether T-Mobile's new service has the right to package Discovery's top channels in TVision's $10 per month 'Vibe' streaming service.

American Tower's $3.5B InSite purchase highlights sky-high tower values
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

American Tower's new deal comes with 'high sticker shock,' but it reflects the long-term value investors see in the ownership of towers amid a 5G rollout.

Three eyes €10B towers sale to Cellnex in risky move
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

The full divestment of its infrastructure assets would turn the service provider from landlord into tenant.

Blank-check company circles AT&T's struggling DirecTV – report
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

A special purpose acquisition company run by former Citigroup banker Michael Klein is reportedly interested in buying a stake in AT&T's satellite TV business.

NTT CMO: Rebranding a telco requires cultural sensitivity
Kelsey's Grammar | 11/5/2020

In this Women in Comms mentor spotlight, CMO Ruth Rowan shares the challenges and lessons learned as she led the charge in rebranding dozens of tech companies across multiple countries.

New CommScope CEO gets loads of time to formulate a 'reset'
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

Chuck Treadway, who took the reins last month, has until Q3 2021 to assess and present his long-term plan for the company, board chairman says.

SKT earnings soar 44% on back of media, security businesses
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

South Korea mobile leader SK Telecom has posted a 44% spike in third-quarter earnings, driven once again by non-core businesses.

Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown on open RAN and network slicing
LRTV Interviews | 11/5/2020

Light Reading's Mike Dano and Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown recap the first day of the 5G Transport & Networking Strategies symposium and discuss topics including network slicing and open RAN.

A closer look at Verizon's curious CBRS spectrum purchases
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

Verizon's CBRS spectrum purchases stretch across a variety of US markets. But the operator did not purchase spectrum in its most congested markets, according to Tutela.

India's Jio attracts $1B investment in its fiber assets
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

The attention may be shifting from mobile to fixed broadband in India's telecom sector.

Gunslinging Liberty Global counts on takeovers for revival
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

Saddled with debt, the cable company is still losing customers in two markets and faces mounting infrastructure rivalry in the UK.

Eurobites: TIM, Inwit combine on small cells for 5G boost
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre announces GB pound 1.5 billion investment; Telefonica spins out digital mental healthcare provider; Arcep's 5G observatory.

Apple wrestles with pre-Christmas iPhone chip shortage
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

With Christmas stockings to fill with iPhone 12s, Apple wrestles with coronavirus-disrupted supply chains, plus Huawei hoarding, in the scarce chip market.

Qualcomm surges on 5G hopes
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

Chipset manufacturer said its investments in 5G 'are coming to fruition.'

VEON extends decentralized strategy to CTO role
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

Emerging-markets operator has appointed CTOs at individual country level to drive market-specific digital strategies.

Stressing out about the network
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/4/2020

SPONSORED: How are the carriers adapting to address the network stressors brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic? They are simplifying, automating and aiming for the fully virtualized, cloud-native network.

Race update: For every ten US 5G customers, there's one Chinese 5G basestation
DanoVision | 11/4/2020

China's telecoms regulator counts fully 600,000 5G basestations in the country. Meantime, one analyst firm has recorded sales of just 6 million 5G phones in the US this year.

Rakuten Mobile tries to woo customers with more price cuts
News Analysis | 11/4/2020

Virtualized network operator scraps fees for contract sign-up and number portability in a bid to stimulate demand.

SoftBank chief warns of industry resistance over DoCoMo merger
News Analysis | 11/4/2020

The company is heavily reliant on NTT's optical fiber network and worried competition may be distorted.

Eurobites: O2 fortifies London's 4G network
News Analysis | 11/4/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Enea touts network data layer breakthrough; Inmarsat moves billing to the cloud with CSG; Cambridge Consultants takes to the skies.

Kuwait's telco Zain sees Iraq and Sudan fortunes improve
News Analysis | 11/4/2020

Middle Eastern telco giant Zain expands its Kuwait and Saudi Arabia 5G coverage and unveils a data park to build cloud business.

Cellnex towers over European telecom as net loss widens
News Analysis | 11/4/2020

The Spanish company's footprint has grown tenfold since 2014 and its buying spree goes on, but investors look happy.

Jio faces Airtel battle as Vodafone Idea struggles
News Analysis | 11/4/2020

Two of India's operators are scrapping over customers while its third private-sector player remains in the doldrums.

Is open RAN a protectionist scam?
News Analysis | 11/4/2020

A pick-the-winners approach seems to be taking shape in several big markets. That and some questionable operator interventions could work out badly.

Standalone security: MEC and DDoS implications
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/3/2020

SPONSORED: Successful investment and execution strategies in this distributed world will hinge on the ability to integrate a flexible mix of fixed, virtualized and containerized multi-interface solutions at the edge.

SpaceMobile's 5G from space touted as 'a game changer'
News Analysis | 11/3/2020

NASA, T-Mobile and Verizon are among the companies fretting over SpaceMobile's plans to beam 5G from satellites. But AT&T thinks the whole thing could be 'a game changer.'

Comcast, Walmart in smart TV talks – report
The Bauminator | 11/3/2020

Per the terms being discussed, Walmart would promote smart TVs running Comcast software and get a cut of recurring revenue, the WSJ says.

Charter to hike fees for broadband-only and broadband/streaming subs
News Analysis | 11/3/2020

Increase of $5 per month won't apply to Charter customers who bundle broadband with the operator's traditional pay-TV service.

AT&T mulls selling big stake of its entire pay-TV biz – report
News Analysis | 11/3/2020

Following recent reports of low-ball bids for its satellite TV unit, AT&T is looking to sell off a sizable minority stake of its DirecTV, U-verse and streaming pay-TV operations.

Hopes fade for a cell tower boom
News Analysis | 11/3/2020

Companies like Crown Castle and SBA Communications still expect to derive growth from catalysts like Dish Network's 5G plans and the C-band auction. But the timing remains somewhat unclear.

Podcast: Vonage on unified communications in a 'contactless world'
LRTV Interviews | 11/3/2020

Vonage's Jay Patel shares UC customer use cases where Domino's Pizza and Siemens are utilizing capabilities such as Vonage's Voice and Video APIs.

Huawei says Romania and Poland bans violate EU law
News Analysis | 11/3/2020

Huawei argues moves by Romania and Poland to exclude it from their 5G infrastructures breach EU guidelines, hinting at a possible legal challenge.

Casa Systems charges into uncharted territory
News Analysis | 11/3/2020

Network vendor reached a 'major turning point' in Q3 2020 as revenues from Casa's fixed telco and wireless business overtook its core cable business for the first time, CEO Jerry Guo says.

China aims to drive down 5G power cost
News Analysis | 11/3/2020

Tighter price controls, energy reforms and supplying basestations directly from the grid could help to lower expenses.

KKR wades into Filipino telecoms tower market
News Analysis | 11/3/2020

Global investment group plans to exploit the newly liberalized telecoms tower market in the Philippines.

Eurobites: Ericsson gets Telia RAN gig in Lithuania
News Analysis | 11/3/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson completes Cradlepoint acquisition; BT takes 5G to university; Nokia faces knock-back in patents battle with Lenovo.

TVision is a slick platform, but content mix will need to evolve
The Bauminator | 11/2/2020

T-Mobile's new OTT-TV service is a good start, but will likely need to morph and change if it's to generate mass appeal.

Dish Networks turns on first 5G test site, taps Intel for silicon
News Analysis | 11/2/2020

Dish Network said it will use Intel's Xeon Scalable Processor, Ethernet 800 Series network adapter, vRAN Dedicated Accelerator ACC100 and FlexRAN software reference architecture.

Optus devours MVNO partner Amaysim for $176M
News Analysis | 11/2/2020

The MVNO acquisition, plus the launch of digital brand Gomo, marks a concerted Optus push into 'budget-friendly' markets.

Mavenir gets reality check as IPO is delayed
News Analysis | 11/2/2020

One of the open RAN frontrunners has blamed 'market volatility' for the postponement of its IPO plans.

Dan Whalen snares top spot at ATX Networks
News Analysis | 11/2/2020

Whalen, an exec late of Adtran and CommScope, succeeds Charlie Vogt as CEO. Whalen takes over as ATX looks to elevate its role in HFC network upgrades.

Dish Network signs up for US military's 5G plans
News Analysis | 11/2/2020

Dish Network is offering the US Department of Defense a dedicated slice of its planned 5G network, as well as ways for the DoD to deploy services in its own spectrum holdings.

Open RAN will be mostly rural until 2023 – Comba
News Analysis | 11/2/2020

The emerging technology lacks the feature set of traditional gear, says one of its developers.

Britain invented the web but lags adopting tech
News Analysis | 11/2/2020

UK businesses are lagging badly in adopting new tech ranging from 5G to IoT, viewing it as a cost and not an investment, a YouGov and BT survey says.

Ooredoo recovers slightly in Q3; CEO to retire
News Analysis | 11/2/2020

Operator sees improved performance in most markets during Q3, and announces the appointment of a new group MD.

Vodafone UK to swap big part of Huawei for open RAN
News Analysis | 11/2/2020

A pledge to use open RAN at 2,600 UK sites will present various technical challenges but marks the biggest commitment yet by a brownfield player in a developed market.

Private equity firm snaps up Astound Broadband for $8.1B
News Analysis | 11/2/2020

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners is teaming with Patriot Media to nab Astound, a service provider conglomerate includes RCN, Grande Communications, Wave Broadband and enTouch.

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