Verizon has a path to adding spectrum to fixed wireless services as the connectivity and capacity needs of residential and business customers expand and evolve, Verizon's Matt Ellis says.
Salt CEO Pascal Grieder said the operator made a good start to the year with organic growth in mobile, B2B and home broadband.
What may be the most automated network on the planet could eventually have a massive cost advantage over its rivals.
According to Dish's Sidd Chenumolu, the company hasn't yet booted any of its vendors. 'We definitely give equal priority for all the partners,' he said.
Sidd Chenumolu, vice president of technology development at Dish Network, spoke to Light Reading's Mike Dano at the Big 5G Event on May 17.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia targets industrial private networks; telco investment up in France; Telefonica boss tells Davos it needs telcos to go green.
UK operator steps up B2B strategy and announces further progress with 5G and edge computing.
Asian handset and component suppliers are cutting production, throwing a shadow over the mobile industry outlook as the global economy slows.
The Cable One-backed wireless ISP said it intends to launch gigabit-class services later this year following recent field trials that tapped into the 6GHz spectrum band.
'CIOs everywhere are interested in this topic right now,' T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert said Monday. 'And they're interested in it for a reason.'
India will need 22 million skilled workers by 2025 as it moves toward 5G.
FPGAs have gained a bad reputation as power hogs, but Napatech wants to set the record straight.
'There was data throttling with relatively minor data usage - we believe these commercial SIMs had a 5 GB daily cap and a 20 GB monthly cap,' said a report from Signals Research Group.
Neville Ray, President of Technology, T-Mobile, delivered his keynote address, 'Powering the North American 5G Revolution,' at the Big 5G Event on May 14.
That compares to about $10 per home for past DOCSIS 3.1 upgrades, but is still far less than a jump to fiber-to-the-premises, Cowen noted in a report based on insight from Broadband Success Partners.
The Lab is facilitating research and development of a number of 5G use cases around smart farming, AR for healthcare, mmWave and private networks and manufacturing.
Rumors have surfaced months after Dell completed its VMware spinoff and as the public cloud continues to advance.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Three UK updates on 5G progress; TIM/Open Fiber latest; Netflix settles tax dispute with Italy.
US Ignite's Mari Silbey discusses how public-private partnerships can help with some big 5G issues, like resolving the technical challenges in open RAN networks and feeding better network data sets to AI and machine learning engines.
Private wireless players need to start showing off actual wins, allowing sunlight to help generate momentum. Otherwise the industry risks falling into navel-gazing apathy.
Revised plan is to exceed its 2022 buildout target of 1 million fiber locations by an additional 100,000 to 200,000 locations. Frontier is still on track to deploy FTTP to 10 million locations by the end of 2025.
Artemis is looking to test its pCell technology in Dish's CBRS spectrum holdings at a San Bernardino events center. Upcoming events at the venue mostly include bingo games, as well as a music festival in July.
Operators need to clear the Chinese vendors out of their 5G networks by mid-2024 and stop buying any products from them later this year.
Market disruptor Iliad, no doubt to the consternation of incumbents in France and Italy, seems to be doing well thank you very much.
HKBN has Hong Kong's most extensive fiber network and the second largest broadband customer base.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange appoints new non-exec chairman; small-cell pilot in London's Square Mile; Telefonica virtualizes Rafa Nadal.
Charter Communications Chairman & CEO Tom Rutledge worries about finding enough workers to build all the wired and wireless network infrastructure the operator seeks to deploy over the next few years.
Unlike earlier 4G-based use cases, the 5G version of FWA is 'not a secondary backup' for the vast majority of Verizon's commercial services customers, says Verizon Business CEO Tami Erwin.
'Cisco implemented three rounds of price increases that we assert encouraged customers to place orders earlier than they would have otherwise,' said Raymond James analysts.
The Swedish equipment maker is seeking improvements at underperforming units and setting up its enterprise stall.
Fixed wireless rivals face 'a lot of trade-offs they're going to have to sort through' regarding elements such as network capacity and potential congestion, says Dave Watson, president and CEO of Comcast Cable.
Boingo's Michael Zeto discusses the company's strategy as a part of DigitalBridge, as well as its work to deploy converged networking solutions for some of its biggest customers.
BSNL will be launching 4G at a time when there is a growing interest in private wireless networks, and this segment is only now opening up in India.
The editors feel the light and heat from the industry's private wireless market optimism. They weigh in on how customers are using these networks and why consolidation among private wireless players is likely.
T-Mobile's Dan Thygesen has likely been busy recently. Dish Network, Google Fi and Altice have all reported obtaining new wholesale agreements with T-Mobile in the past few months.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT teams up with Qio on AI for sustainability; Three UK piggybacks on Currys; Eir sees EBITDA fall 7% in Q1.
Joe Kochan, a telecom veteran and former CEO of US Ignite, talks to Light Reading about his new role as the executive director at the National Spectrum Consortium (NSC), where he aims to promote stronger tech partnerships between government, academia and industry.
Total smartphone shipments sank 40.5% to 21.5 million in March, with 5G shipments down 41% to 16.2 million.
Nakazawa discusses how the operator manages private networks for customers both on-campus and while roaming, and shares future use cases for the private network market.
Under its new Optimum Fiber brand, the third-biggest cable operator in the US plans to launch symmetrical 5-Gig and 2-Gig services over fiber in the New York metro area, starting in early June.
The Russian mobile operator reported growth for 2021, but the future is unclear as Moscow's actions in Ukraine affect the domestic market.
The FCC is reviewing the transfer of a 2.5GHz spectrum license to WCO from the Owasso public school district. T-Mobile is leasing that midband spectrum license for use in its 5G network.
The editors discuss T-Mobile's geographic expansion of 5G coverage, Dish Network's ambitious growth plans, and provide a recap of the Women in Telecom workshop.
The company building America's newest mobile network wants a hybrid cloud deployment and not AWS lock-in, it says.
While we're covering the Big 5G event, here's a look back at a few broadband industry highlights from the last 12 months.
Maki, a former exec of both SCTE and Bright House Networks, is consulting with the organization as SCTE makes plans for Cable-Tec Expo to return as an in-person show this fall in Philadelphia.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT makes quantum leap; Richard says no to golden handshake; Telefonica leads investment in wearables-for-seniors startup.
Today the ITU is best-known for hosting the quadrennial World Radio Conference that decides on spectrum allocations for every industry that uses electromagnetic bands.
Carames says telcos experienced a bit of a missed opportunity to participate in the over-the-top economy with 4G, but 5G and edge computing open the door to deliver new services and business value to end users out of the gate.
AT&T's Andre Fuetsch expects to first deploy open RAN equipment in small cells and private wireless networking scenarios before moving it into its broader, macro network.
Neville Ray, the operator's chief technology officer, boasts a leadership position following the takeover of Sprint.
Sensing, deep learning and upgrades to massive MIMO and full duplex are emerging as some of the key technologies that will define 6G, experts say.
Steven Louden acknowledges that consumers are shifting to connected TVs with integrated operating systems, but says there's still an important role to play for standalone streaming players and dongles.
Spellmeyer most recently served as vice president of government affairs at UScellular.
Nick Read nonetheless insists many active and detailed M&A conversations are ongoing, and reiterates that Vodafone is on the lookout to monetize Vantage Towers through a co-controlled JV.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated a 5G testbed – the first time India has come up with one for any communications technology.
Another big investment round will net billions for governments and equipment vendors, while forcing operators to dig deep.
Export agency SACE said to have given go ahead on state guarantee for funding.
Rakuten Symphony CMO Geoff Hollingworth talks to Iain Morris about how the Japanese operator is making its presence felt.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Openreach fiber rolls on; Ziggo brings the gig to Hoogeveen; Sparkle teams up with Atos.
Here it is: The biggest 5G moments from the past year, as compiled by Light Reading's editorial staff.
Tami Erwin announced her plans to leave Verizon Business by the end of the year. The move comes just months after Verizon replaced the CEO of its consumer business and reported sluggish first-quarter results.
Big Blue stumped up $34 billion for the open-source pioneer back in 2019, but was the huge outlay worth it?
After securing a franchise earlier this year, Ting says construction will start this summer on the fiber network, which will eventually connect more than 90,000 homes in the area.
Venture capitalists including Capricorn's Technology Impact Fund, Monta Vista Capital, Social Capital, Diamond Edge Ventures and Pilot Grove Management are among the companies financing the startup.
Word of acquisition talks surface more than a month after Bloomberg reported that WideOpenWest was exploring strategic options, including a potential sale.
'We're in the middle of some [labor] negotiations right now,' AT&T's John Stankey said recently. He added: 'We'd like to pay less in wages.'
The UAE-based operator says it has no intention of making an offer for Vodafone and indicates it is fully supportive of the current management.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom increases stake in OTE; Vodacom's full-year numbers; Swiss voters want Netflix et al to pay their way.
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Following the acquisition of Robin.io in February, the Japanese company is phasing out an older platform it used to support its mobile network.
New federal guidelines put an emphasis on fiber networks: 'The program prioritizes projects designed to provide fiber connectivity directly to the end user.' And that's not sitting well with some 5G proponents.
As Elon Musk 'pauses' his Twitter offer, that his offer was accepted in the first place shows how vast Twitter's profitability problems are.
In this podcast, Diane Christman, new CEO of The Cable Center, digs into the genesis, purpose and takeaways of the organization's first annual 'Intrapreneurship & Innovation Report,' and offers a look ahead to this year's Cable Hall of Fame event in New York.
The Japanese mobile operator ditches free usage for customers and says most of the heavy lifting on network rollout is done.
German group says integration of Sprint is progressing faster than planned.
Mike Dano explains analysts' reactions to Dish's business projections, and what Dish has planned for the retail space and for private wireless for enterprise customers.
'My team's kind of been like a SWAT team, attacking everything from our DoD [Department of Defense] customers to a couple [oil] refinery engagements,' said Inskeep, who works in AT&T's 5G Center of Excellence.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: M-Pesa boosts Safaricom; BICS extends reach of SmartCIC; telecom gripes in France.
CEO Charlie Vogt said DZS will target more software and enterprise licensing deals as it finalizes its purchase of Assia's analytics assets.
Starry gained 8,000 fixed wireless customers during the first quarter of 2022. But the company backtracked on its EBITDA hopes for full-year 2022, as well as its plans to launch multiple new markets during the rest of 2022.
In this podcast, new IQ Fiber CTO Aamer Abbasi digs into the greenfield opportunities the startup is pursuing in northeast Florida, thoughts about future multi-gig services and how government stimulus funding might fit into IQ Fiber's future game plan.
Jenckes, currently president of advertising at Comcast Cable, previously headed up the operator's residential video and broadband businesses.
Increasing strength of cloud, cybersecurity also helps Group post better than expected Q1 net profit.
KT's media and enterprise, and a big drop in marketing cost, have powered a 40% earnings spike.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: former Ofcom boss joins Vodafone as non-exec; Three to close 3G network in 2024; why phones and beer don't mix.
All three private telcos - Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio - hiked prepaid tariffs by 20% to 25% in November and December last year.
GTT takes initial steps toward upgrading its global IP network to 400G, while Telstra and SCCN link Australia and the US with a direct subsea cable.
The UK incumbent is exiting a sports market in which it has invested heavily and faces no shortage of other business challenges.
Disney's direct-to-consumer unit lost $877M while revenues climbed 23%
'pCell is the most innovative technology I've seen in wireless in a very long time, upending everything we've been taught about wireless,' said financial analyst Craig Moffett, of MoffettNathanson.
Bought by AMD in February, the US chip developer has backed away from FPGAs for its latest radio unit chip.
Dish's network is cheap and potentially transformative. And the company has ambitious targets in the retail and enterprise sectors. But now it must execute.
And, for now, the operator will keep at arm's length a lobbying effort led by some major European operators to recoup rising network and capacity costs driven by streaming services.
DigitalBridge, Switch, Radius Global Infrastructure, American Tower, CoreSite Realty and CyrusOne are among the companies involved in massive consolidation in the space.
Revenue and OIBDA up, helped by a surge in new mobile post-paid adds.
The Chinese vendor is still cited as a customer by various US component makers. Selling their technology on to Russian operators would be living dangerously.
Bulls and bears are sizing up cable's future. Analysts say the 'cable broadband growth era is over' – others see opportunities with wireless the 'next leg of growth.'
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia tackles energy management with SaaS; Telia workers get trained up in the cloud; Tesco Mobile takes the pistachio.
The company is trumpeting the offering as a way to get free wireless service, based on similar models in the video game industry. But previous ad-supported models have not gained traction.
The US telco software company is cutting back at its messaging and digital units after years of underperformance.
The national portal will streamline the clearance of infrastructure approvals related to RoW, benefitting operators, infrastructure providers and ISPs.
Dish plans to launch postpaid services under its new Boost Infinite brand sometime in the fall but pricing details weren't revealed.
Tomasi shares where service providers and enterprises are finding success in the private network market, and why private network players should be careful about the partners they choose.
Meanwhile, the supplier is seeing 'high-split' trials and deployments perk up as cable operators seek ways to expand upstream capacity on DOCSIS 3.1 networks.
Telesat reduced the size of its planned low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation to 188 satellites from 298. And that's just one of many recent developments in the industry.
Total sales rose 4% to 4.28 trillion won (US$3.35 billion), with media and enterprise units posting the biggest growth.
Alfons Oliver thinks analyst criticism directed at Axon for its recent ETNO-commissioned report is off target.
Australia's TPG was the last of the country's operators to offload its towers, but has finally sold them to Canada's Omers Infrastructure Management.
'Infinera's highly disruptive XR is expected to ramp in 2023,' wrote the financial analysts at B. Riley Securities. They noted the opportunity could be worth up to $2 billion.
But consumer advocacy group Free Press argues that some of the broadband providers on that list are the same ones 'sabotaging President Biden's FCC.'
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ethio Telecom launches 5G services; Ofcom seeks mmWave feedback; Nokia opens 5G security lab in US.
It says current spectrum won't be enough to meet all 6G capacity requirements, meaning spectrum ranges must open up in the sub-THz range, from 24-300GHz.
The cable operator estimates its FTTP overlap to be about 20%, up from an estimate of 14% about a year ago, as more telcos add to fiber routes.
In recent days AT&T announced a new discount for teachers, T-Mobile announced a $1,000 Mother's Day discount for new customers, and Verizon announced a $800 phone discount for new and existing customers.
Mike Dano explains why some service providers are increasing the price of mobile and fixed wireless services while others are announcing new deals for consumers, and what this means for the broader industry.
Service developed with Reach Mobile will launch in one of WOW's southern markets in May. Meanwhile, WOW's greenfield fiber network plan has been expanded to 400,000 homes passed.
Some have speculated that Charter will eventually purchase T-Mobile. Others think AT&T could acquire Dish Network or Altice. Here are three trends currently affecting this battle.
Also in today's EMEA's regional roundup: Orange France chooses Ericsson's 5G charging software; BT class action rumbles on; the African edge.
Regulator apparently unhappy about Rogers' choice of buyer for Shaw's mobile assets, fearing this would hurt competition.
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Korea's SK Telecom called off the IPO after encountering what it said was lackluster response from institutional investors early this week.
Dish shares drop 19% as worse-than-expected pay-TV subscriber losses - 228,000 for satellite TV and 234,000 for Sling TV - roughly doubled the company's video losses from a year ago.
The WSJ reported that Russian telecom operator Beeline, owned by Dutch company Veon, said it received a delivery in March of telecommunications equipment from Huawei.
Meanwhile, the company is confident that it can meet its commitment to cover 20% of the US population with 5G by June 14. Dish expects to add a smartphone that supports Band 70 to its device lineup sometime this fall.
Frontier added a record 54,000 fiber broadband subs in Q1 2022, more than enough to more than offset copper losses. Frontier posted a net gain of 20,000 total broadband subs for the period.
Boris Johnson is on a charm offensive to try to win the chip designer's IPO for London, but SoftBank is worried about a chip stock slump and its China subsidiary.
The government outlines its plans for the Digital Markets Units, but legislation is needed to empower the new watchdog.
'Skyward, a Verizon company, announced that it was exiting its drone business. The company remains focused on its investment in ground robotic management, connectivity services, and solution development.'
Cable vet Zenita Henderson appointed CMO at Segra, the fiber specialist Cox acquired in 2021, nearly five months before SCTE hosts Cable-Tec Expo in Philadelphia.
The US software vendor looks tarnished by its association with investor Charles Koch, whose business has been criticized for continuing to operate in Russia.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: tech heavyweights invest in Swedish startup; Three UK offers cashback incentive to potential switchers; Russia's Google runs on diesel in Finland.
It looks like India's two state-run telcos long awaited 4G services will launch after the country's private service providers launch 5G.
After all of talk and not that much action, the UN and the ITU have set out a road map toward achieving universal affordable connectivity by 2030.
Gray explains why paying it forward as a mentor is critical because 'the next generation of wireless is not going to build itself.'
Nothing beyond DOCSIS 4.0's horizon is officially underway at CableLabs, but the organization is looking at potential spectrum to 3GHz and beyond, CableLabs President and CEO Phil McKinney says.
Charter's 'not that big of a client for us at this point,' says CommScope CEO Chuck Treadway. Yet CommScope remains a key supplier of X1 and Flex boxes powered by Comcast's software platform.
Recent moves in China could pave the way to Arm's initial public offering in the next year, with possible consequences for China's biggest equipment maker.
'Today is a historic win for Californians and the open Internet,' wrote Professor Barbara van Schewick, a supporter of the state's net neutrality guidelines.
Dish is charging $30 per month for unlimited 5G services on its new network. 'Meh,' summarized analyst John Byrne, of research and consulting firm GlobalData.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia trumpets 600G success; Three's feeling flat in Q1; the problem with app stores.
Fresh off a big 5G core deal with Verizon, the cable and wireless supplier is forced to suspend 2022 guidance as visibility is being obstructed by persistent component shortages and general supply chain issues.
The Italian operator plans to unveil its long-awaited transformation program on July 7.
The move comes at a time when India is moving closer to the commercial launch of 5G services and will accelerate the introduction of new 5G devices.
Gray explains how she has applied learnings from her military and athletic background to leadership roles in the telecom industry.
The operator said it will cut the price of its FWA service from $50 per month to $30 per month for customers who also subscribe to its Magenta Max smartphone plan.
Tougher trading environment stops coherent optical transport supplier from taking full advantage of burgeoning orders book.
Spanish operator adopts the MiMovistar brand to better reflect its burgeoning portfolio of adjacent services.
Cable industry vet Mitchko-Beale will remain with Charter for an unspecified transition period. Meanwhile, Charter has promoted Justin Colwell, one of its first mobile-focused execs, to drive its converged network strategy.
'We've held very firmly to the [open RAN] architecture and the importance of having an open ecosystem,' said Dish's Stephen Bye. 'And any partner that we bring into our ecosystem understands that.'
Qualcomm has launched a family of 'Pro' series Wi-Fi 7 chips for high-end access points, mesh devices, gateways and premium home routers. Chips are sampling now, with commercial availability expected in about a year.
The platform once touted as a future telco standard has succumbed like so many industry initiatives to Big Tech's advance.
5G might account for just over half of all new handset shipments, but with a dearth of new services consumers have limited reason to embrace it.
Europe's digital chief mulls handing part of network investment bill to US tech giants.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: school's in for TIP; Paramount+ reaches UK, Ireland in June; UK tech regulator de-fanged.
India's authorities are hinting that Xiaomi has illegally transferred funds to its Chinese parent company's subsidiaries. The move is part of the country's broad investigation into all kinds of business dealings involving Chinese companies and executives.
'Just when Verizon is struggling, this is a helping hand from Dallas,' said Recon Analytics' Roger Entner. Verizon recently reported sluggish customer figures, and AT&T is based in Dallas.
CTO Pascal Menezes says the new advisory board will give technology supplier members more of a voice in MEF's strategic vision around cybersecurity, business automation, SD-WAN, underlay connectivity and edge computing.
'Customers with AT&T's private 5G networks will be able to teleoperate Spot immediately,' according to Boston Dynamics. 'And public 5G teleoperation will be made available in the near future.'
AST SpaceMobile's testing will use AT&T's 846.5-849MHz license in Midland, Texas; its 845-846.5MHz license in Honolulu; and its 788-798MHz license in Pine Springs, Texas.
The publication of pay ratios shines the light on the disparity between Europe and the US when it comes to CEO compensation.
The Norway-based operator is juggling a number of big changes, not least the two planned mergers in Malaysia and Thailand.
Charter, a champion of the 'Generic Access Platform' initiative, showed off a standards-based node capable of supporting DOCSIS, PON and even wireless service modules. Deployments could get underway in 2023.
The NAB show buzzed with discussions about the ATSC 3.0 standard for broadcast TV, latency concerns for live TV and streaming services, and 8K.
With COVID-19 lockdowns and weaker global demand stalling its economy, China has pulled two levers to reboot growth – including a U-turn on the war on tech.
'Samsung Networks' 5G solutions will be deployed in Dish markets across the US, as part of a collaboration beginning this year,' a Samsung representative wrote in response to questions from Light Reading.
Harmonic's cable access revenues almost doubled in Q1 as CableOS deployments grew to 6.1 million, with 77 operators signed up to their virtualized access network platform.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ofcom investigates Shell Energy; Nokia sells edge routers in Denmark; Spotify loses podcast tech supremo.
Ayar Labs sees a multi-industry, multi-billion dollar market for its optical I/O products. Now with its new funding round, some big industry names seem to be lining up to make their bets.
CEO Charlie Vogt says the deal, which includes Assia's CloudCheck Wi-Fi and Expresse data analytics products, will be 'accretive from day one.' The Wi-Fi piece will put DZS in closer competition with Plume, AirTies and Minim.
Via Licensing is exiting the cellular industry, leaving Sisvel as the last big remaining patent pool in the industry. Sisvel plans to release the details of its own 5G patent pool plans by September.
Comcast expects to have an FDX Amplifier prototype in its labs by July. If the product works as advertised, it will vastly broaden Comcast's ability to roll out Full Duplex DOCSIS on its HFC networks.
'We had an incredible March quarter, some of that due to a price increase,' said Extreme Networks CEO Edward Meyercord during his company's quarterly conference call.
Dexter Goei expects Altice USA to grow broadband subs in the second half of 2022 amid an aggressive FTTP rollout and plans to launch multi-gig services. But some analysts see FWA as an emerging rural threat.
Right now many telcos are still grappling with the early stages of 10G PON, also known as XGS PON, which can deliver multi-gigabit services.