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Telecom Italia plans to do the splits
News Analysis | 3/4/2022

Italian operator to split off fixed network into separate unit and sell stake in towerco INWIT.

Starlink a mixed blessing for Ukraine
News Analysis | 3/4/2022

Elon Musk has switched on SpaceX's Starlink satellite broadband for Ukraine, but security researchers fear the dishes might help Russia target users.

Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison checks out Nokia for 4G/5G
News Analysis | 3/4/2022

Recently merged operator signs three-year deal with Finnish supplier to expand 4G and 5G coverage across Indonesia.

The Divide: What Starry has learned about connecting low-income communities
LRTV Interviews | 3/4/2022

This week: Virginia Lam Abrams, co-founder and SVP of government affairs and strategic advancement at Starry, returns to the podcast to discuss updates on the fixed wireless provider's Starry Connect program for affordable and public housing developments, and how federal subsidies are helping some Starry customers get broadband at no cost.

Verizon's 5G opportunities: First FWA, then edge, then the metaverse
News Analysis | 3/4/2022

Verizon said it expects 4-5 million FWA customers by 2025, slightly below T-Mobile's goal of gaining 7-8 million FWA customers during roughly the same time.

Samsung has no 2G, and that's a problem for Vodafone
Morris Lore | 3/4/2022

The South Korean vendor's lack of 2G or 3G network products brings open RAN difficulties for the UK operator.

Disney sizing up ad-supported version of Disney+ – report
News Analysis | 3/4/2022

Update: Disney confirmed that it will launch an ad-supported version of Disney+ for the US in late 2022, with plans to expand it internationally in 2023.

Eurobites: Activist investor puts the heat on Ericsson in wake of Iraq furore
News Analysis | 3/4/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Cellnex/Hutchison deal wins UK competition watchdog approval; crowds return to MWC; Sky Mobile heads to Ireland.

Scaling beyond connectivity: Essential move for CSPs to deliver added value
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 3/4/2022

5G is fundamentally transforming the future of business and opening a new realm of opportunities for communications service providers, enterprises and industries, as well as consumers. CSPs need to go beyond connectivity; they need to encompass digital and IT services to reignite growth by preparing for 5G, cloud and edge technology advancements.

Cable One makes its case for DOCSIS 4.0 upgrades
News Analysis | 3/3/2022

Cable One uses FTTP in all greenfield areas and market expansions, but the operator estimates that overbuilding existing HFC plant with FTTP is three to six times as expensive as going with a DOCSIS 4.0 upgrade.

New ruling reopens door for Cox's mobile launch
News Analysis | 3/3/2022

'We ... vacate the injunction against Cox,' the Delaware Supreme Court ruling stated. However, Cox said it still hasn't announced any specific wireless plans.

Verizon Go90s again; New '+play' service seems unnecessary
DanoVision | 3/3/2022

My expectation is that Verizon's '+play' is just more bloatware for its Android phones, and will eventually join the company's ill-fated Go90 streaming video service in the dustbin of tech history.

DT targets city rollout of open RAN after Intel progress
News Analysis | 3/3/2022

The German incumbent's new chief technology officer promises a 'significant' urban investment in open RAN, possibly starting next year.

Asia's operators talk going carbon neutral at MWC22
News Analysis | 3/3/2022

Asian operators came together at Mobile World Congress to talk about decarbonizing network equipment and other efforts to go carbon neutral.

Comcast says network traffic still rising, but shifting to pre-pandemic patterns
News Analysis | 3/3/2022

Cable op says 2021 peak downstream traffic rose 11% and upstream traffic increased 5% from 2020 levels, while peak traffic has returned to later parts in the day as students headed back to school and some workers returned to offices.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia records net loss of €8.7B for 2021
News Analysis | 3/3/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: A1 Telekom joins cloud infrastructure initiative; Orange Mali chooses Intelsat for hard-to-reach areas; Spotify closes Moscow office.

Verizon's Sowmyanarayan on how FWA supports edge computing, private wireless
News Analysis | 3/3/2022

'We are seeing good coverage exactly where we thought,' Verizon's Sampath Sowmyanarayan said of the company's C-band 5G network. And he said that's helping sales of edge computing and private wireless.

What's the Story? Dano dishes on 5G cell site tour
LRTV Interviews | 3/3/2022

Mike Dano tours a Dish 5G cell site in Las Vegas.

5G transport: Meeting capacity demand
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 3/3/2022

SPONSORED: New survey includes network operator views on transport deployment issues and timelines, fronthaul networks and RAN centralization, routing and synchronization and 5G edge connectivity.

Lynk CEO Charles Miller: The sky's the limit
CxO Spotlight | 3/3/2022

Charles Miller, co-founder and CEO of Lynk, discusses his company's technology and its ambition to help existing mobile network operators connect rural, remote and underserved communities all over the world.

War in Ukraine continues to rattle telecom industry
News Analysis | 3/2/2022

Among the latest developments: Russian space agency Roscosmos has refused to launch more than 30 satellites for OneWeb, while Apple has halted sales in Russia.

MEF's marketplace gives APIs a place to land
News Analysis | 3/2/2022

Prior to the LSO Marketplace, service providers would have to 'dig around in a developer site called GitHub,' to assess service interoperability, said MEF's Daniel Bar-Lev.

T-Mobile overhauls senior leadership team
News Analysis | 3/2/2022

Among the changes: Jon Freier will take over customer care; Callie Field will take over T-Mobile Business; and Mike Katz will be T-Mobile's new CMO. Dow Draper will leave.

Russian telcos left with Huawei as Ericsson and Nokia down tools
News Analysis | 3/2/2022

The Nordic vendors have paused work as they assess the impact of US sanctions, raising the prospect of a China-powered Russian telecom sector.

CommScope alters course on DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 3/2/2022

Sources say CommScope has halted a plan to develop a DOCSIS 4.0 chipset and architecture for network gear in partnership with MaxLinear and Xilinx. The decision could cede the network side of the D4.0 market to Broadcom.

Orange cleans up with Samsung smartphones
News Analysis | 3/2/2022

Duo commit to making Galaxy models 'greener' and join forces on testing 5G SA devices.

MWC22 Day 3: Mars copters, K-pop and cobots
LRTV Documentaries | 3/2/2022

Day three brings the flight spare for the Mars helicopter, industrial cobots and other automation, virtual auction houses and middle-aged men getting down to K-pop in the metaverse.

Ericsson Iraq crisis worsens as risk of US penalties grows
News Analysis | 3/2/2022

The Swedish kit maker is facing fines, the potential collapse of its Vonage deal and a loss of business.

SKT taking its metaverse platform to the world
News Analysis | 3/2/2022

The company aims to launch the Ifland metaverse service in 80 countries this year as part of an effort to become a global leader in key next-gen technologies.

BT's Rob Shuter on 5G for enterprise
LRTV Interviews | 3/2/2022

Rob Shuter, CEO of BT Enterprise, joins Fiona Graham at Mobile World Congress to discuss BT's 5G use cases in the enterprise market, how private networks, cybersecurity and edge/cloud intersect for their customers, and his predictions for the role of the metaverse in the future of work.

Optical transport market takes a hit from declining sales in APAC
News Analysis | 3/1/2022

Optical transport revenue in APAC fell 11% due to lower sales in the region in 2021, according to Dell'Oro.

Globalstar, EchoStar take starring roles in 5G mysteries
News Analysis | 3/1/2022

Globalstar's mystery customer is spending $310 million to purchase 17 new satellites. Meanwhile, EchoStar's chairman, Charlie Ergen, hinted the company might partner with Dish Network.

How InterDigital is prepping for 6G
LRTV Interviews | 3/1/2022

Liren Chen, president and CEO of InterDigital, shares his perspective on advancements in 5G, and how his company is planning ahead for 6G and the metaverse.

Average data consumption eclipses half a terabyte per month – OpenVault
News Analysis | 3/1/2022

Latest data usage milestone enters the frame as broadband service operators continue to unleash and expand the reach of multi-gigabit speed tiers.

Rosenworcel's MWC appearance hints at shifting spectrum policy
News Analysis | 3/1/2022

The chair of the FCC discussed the importance of midband spectrum over mmWave spectrum in Barcelona, and said that the agency would auction 2.5GHz spectrum in July.

The next telco worry is paying for the metaverse
News Analysis | 3/1/2022

As Facebook demands network improvements, operators gathered at MWC weigh the impact of the metaverse and call for new business models.

Why 5G is uniquely ill-equipped to support the metaverse
DanoVision | 3/1/2022

According to Meta, the 5G industry needs to support reductions in network latency, symmetrical bandwidth and a 'common framework' for data sharing. Good luck with that.

Why Verizon sees a future in robotics
LRTV Interviews | 3/1/2022

Rima Qureshi, executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Verizon, joins Iain Morris on the show floor to discuss a demo of the company's work in advanced 5G and robotics.

Rogers may need to sell Shaw's mobile business to complete merger – report
News Analysis | 3/1/2022

A committee is advising Ottawa to reject the proposed merger if Rogers declines to unload Shaw's mobile business, which includes Freedom Mobile.

BT's Howard Watson on why the 'standalone evolution' matters
LRTV Interviews | 3/1/2022

Howard Watson, CTIO of BT Group, discusses the operator's shift from non-standalone to standalone 5G, why it matters for customers and the technological hurdles to standing up a 5G core.

MWC22 Day 2: To the metaverse and beyond
LRTV Documentaries | 3/1/2022

It's day two at Mobile World Congress Barcelona, and Light Reading's Fiona Graham is back with another update. Ukraine, cyberdogs, the metaverse, rollable phones and more - find out what's been going on from the show floor.

Building the open cloud native highway
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 3/1/2022

Cloud native mainstream for 5G core is now extending to RAN at the edge.

Industries harnessing the power of 5G
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 3/1/2022

Service Provider 5G fabric, the ecosystem and open source communities stimulate industry use case innovation and new revenues.

How real is China's 5G gap?
News Analysis | 3/1/2022

China has deployed 1.4 million 5G basestations, which it says accounts for more than 60% of the world's total. The US has around 50,000.

Orange to put 2G, 3G out of old-age misery by 2030
News Analysis | 3/1/2022

The French incumbent says it plans telecom euthanasia for the aging standards as it tries to simplify network management.

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