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Orange, Másmovíl sign €19B Spanish merger deal
News Analysis | 7/25/2022

Proposed merger transaction now set to face regulatory scrutiny at EU level.

Google, Meta cables will be 'game-changers' for Africa
News Analysis | 7/25/2022

US Internet giants like Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Netflix dominate global cable systems traffic at 76% of trans-Pacific traffic and 92% on Atlantic routes.

NCTC CEO leads organization on 'The Great Pivot'
CxO Spotlight | 7/22/2022

Backed by more than 700 US operators, Lou Borrelli and the NCTC are pursuing a wave of new initiatives, including a 'Connectivity Exchange,' MVNO deals, a refreshed focus on video and tighter ties to tech suppliers.

Verizon lowers financial forecast, even after price hikes
News Analysis | 7/22/2022

Verizon raised its service prices, but warned in its second quarter earnings report that it now expects slower revenue growth and lower earnings during 2022 than it previously forecast.

FWA remains a bright spot at Verizon as Fios sub growth softens
News Analysis | 7/22/2022

'FWA is just humming for us,' CEO Hans Vestberg said. Verizon added a record 256,000 residential and business FWA subs in Q2 2022, extending its grand total to about 700,000.

Telmex workers lay down tools over pay
News Analysis | 7/22/2022

Industrial action at telcos continues to spread as rising inflation drives demand for higher wages.

AT&T headcount drops by 30,760 with WarnerMedia spinoff
News Analysis | 7/22/2022

From a staffing perspective, the US operator is now 38% smaller than it was just five years ago, and it's probably not done yet.

Rural US wireless carriers ask for more 5G subsidies
News Analysis | 7/22/2022

The FCC set aside $9 billion in 2020 to help fund the construction of 5G networks in rural areas of the US. But the operators serving that market are arguing for more, to the tune of $36 billion.

What's the Story? Cox undeterred by false starts into mobile biz
LRTV Interviews | 7/22/2022

Light Reading's Mike Dano explains why Cox Communications' mobile service was a long time coming, why T-Mobile tried to slow Cox's deployment with a lawsuit, which service provider Cox ultimately chose to partner with on the mobile service, and more.

Eurobites: BT/Warner Bros. TV sport deal wins antitrust approval
News Analysis | 7/22/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson swallows Vonage; Deutsche Telekom and Commerzbank combine for supply-chain slickness; the Internet of Sheds.

CSPs ready with 5G but can their BSS help take full advantage of it?
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 7/22/2022

Jens Voigt, Head of Product Management, BlueMarble at Comviva, joins Light Reading Editor Ken Wieland to discuss if BSS be able to empower CSPs to deliver faster RoI. 55% operators believe B2B to be the biggest revenue area in 5G, but 62% are not confident about their BSS readiness to support new business service models. #sponsored

Japan's Rakuten announces innovation lab in India
News Analysis | 7/22/2022

Rakuten Symphony is planning to further expand staffing in the domains of open RAN, cloud, automation, data and telecom standards.

Huawei issues more debt to take total past $3B
News Analysis | 7/22/2022

Huawei has issued nearly 3x more debt in 2022 than all of last year, with another $591 million in notes.

Altice USA exploring deal for Suddenlink assets – report
News Analysis | 7/21/2022

Deal could fetch up to $20 billion for Suddenlink's networks in rural segments of the nation, according to Bloomberg.

Airbus' HAPS eyes success where Google and Facebook only found failure
News Analysis | 7/21/2022

Airbus will enter the 'connectivity services business' by formalizing a division around its Zephyr High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS). In doing so, it's engaging a space fraught with failures.

AT&T fiber gains accelerate as problems at wireline biz unit mount
News Analysis | 7/21/2022

AT&T added 316,000 fiber subs, almost enough to offset losses of legacy DSL and other 'non-fiber' subs. Meanwhile, the company is preparing to 'reposition' its flagging wirelines business unit.

AT&T blasts past expectations on 5G buildout, customer growth
News Analysis | 7/21/2022

AT&T gained almost twice the postpaid phone customers that analysts had expected in the second quarter. And AT&T said it's around six months ahead of schedule in its midband 5G network buildout.

What's the story? How to enter the Leading Lights Awards
LRTV Interviews | 7/21/2022

Hear advice on how to craft a solid entry for the Leading Lights Awards, find out when the deadline to enter is, how much it costs and more.

The Divide: Measuring Internet equity, with Nick Feamster
News Analysis | 7/21/2022

Nick Feamster, director of research for the Data Science Institute at the University of Chicago, recently joined the Light Reading Podcast to discuss his team's research based on the Internet Equity Initiative data portal, which uses Ookla Speedtest data to map out Internet inequities.

Másmóvil to sell 51% of Euskaltel fixed biz
News Analysis | 7/21/2022

Deal expected to be signed in days. Meanwhile, Masmovil and Orange reportedly secured a euro 6.6 billion (US$ 6.7 billion) loan to finance their proposed merger.

Mediacom adds Samsung to the fixed wireless mix
News Analysis | 7/21/2022

After deals with Ericsson and Casa Systems, Mediacom selects Samsung to help power an expanding CBRS network used to provide broadband in rural locations.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom unit creates jobs in automotive
News Analysis | 7/21/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodacom revenue rises; Proximus bags spectrum in the 1400MHz band; Vodafone helps explore links between food and COVID-19.

Nokia sees mobile revival as chips crunch starts to ease
News Analysis | 7/21/2022

The Finnish equipment vendor delights shareholders with growth in sales and profit at its most important units.

Cox to enter US wireless industry this fall
News Analysis | 7/20/2022

The cable company plans to launch mobile services first in Hampton Roads, Virginia; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Omaha, Nebraska, with an advertising campaign planned for August.

London's cruel summer disables Google and Oracle data centers
News Analysis | 7/20/2022

Google's and Oracle's London-based data centers experienced outages on Tuesday as temperatures reached 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

LTD Broadband may lose RDOF funding in Minnesota
News Analysis | 7/20/2022

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission ordered an investigation into LTD's status as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC), putting more of its RDOF dollars at risk.

Netflix's ad-based tiers won't feature the full streaming library
News Analysis | 7/20/2022

Co-CEO Ted Sarandos says Netflix has enough content for a 'great' ad-supported experience, stressing gaps won't be a 'material holdback to the business'.

Parallel's Papa: US policy is throttling open RAN
News Analysis | 7/20/2022

Joe Biden says open RAN will 'outcompete' other platforms, but his government's anti-China policies have hampered US development, says Parallel Wireless CEO.

Ooredoo heading for Myanmar exit – report
News Analysis | 7/20/2022

Qatar-based Group said to be in preliminary talks with suitors for its Myanmar unit.

T-Mobile nips at Verizon's heels in 5G perception
News Analysis | 7/20/2022

According to a recent survey, the number of Americans who think Verizon has the best 5G network is declining. Meanwhile, the number who think T-Mobile has the best 5G network is increasing.

Verizon hints at small cell acceleration in 2023
News Analysis | 7/20/2022

'Verizon anticipates small cells activity will ramp in 2023,' wrote the financial analysts at Wells Fargo of their recent meeting with Verizon CTO Ed Chan.

Eurobites: Telefónica brings satellite into its IoT orbit
News Analysis | 7/20/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson says private networks are good for airlines; Altice's FTTH infrastructure gets Arcep approval; London's Google Cloud data center suffers heatwave meltdown.

US cable ops seek streaming edge with Qwilt
News Analysis | 7/20/2022

Linked to a National Cable Television Cooperative agreement, Qwilt says over 100 US cable and broadband operators are to use open caching platform to boost streaming quality.

Telia holds steady in testing times
News Analysis | 7/20/2022

The Sweden-based group maintains its outlook for 2022 despite worrying macro-economic trends.

Muted bidding indicated by India's 5G auction deposits
News Analysis | 7/20/2022

A good amount of spectrum availability, coupled with a limited number of players and a high reserve price means bidding will be subdued.

Europe's telcos flout net neutrality in push to make Big Tech pay
Morris Lore | 7/20/2022

ETNO wants Big Tech treated differently from other companies that rely on telecom infrastructure.

Are telcos up for the quantum networking challenge?
News Analysis | 7/20/2022

Commercially-ready quantum is about a decade away. Among telcos, China and South Korea operators have dabbled in quantum key distribution (QKD) initiatives.

DWDM equipment market to exceed $17 billion in five years – Dell'Oro reports
News Analysis | 7/19/2022

Dell'Oro Group forecasts that DWDM long-haul revenue will grow at a five-year compounded annual growth rate of 5% to hit $17 billion by 2026.

Netflix sheds 970K subs in Q2, eyes launch of ad-based tier in 'early' 2023
News Analysis | 7/19/2022

Netflix says it's likely to debut a less expensive, ad-supported product in a 'handful of markets where advertising spend is significant.'

FCC to consider pilot program to boost ACP enrollment
News Analysis | 7/19/2022

In a draft order, the FCC outlined an initiative called 'Your Home, Your Internet' aimed at increasing participation in the Affordable Connectivity Program among those receiving federal housing assistance.

US operator blames pandemic quarantine for missed FCC payments
News Analysis | 7/19/2022

Hilliary Communications was supposed to make a down payment on September 17, 2020, but it didn't until October 8, 2020. The reason? Executives were 'operating on a limited capacity while quarantined.'

Democrats teeing up net neutrality bill – report
News Analysis | 7/19/2022

With the makeup of the FCC still in a 2-2 deadlock, two Democratic senators reportedly are preparing to introduce a bill that aims to reclassify the Internet as a highly regulated Title II service.

Tele2 sticks to "realistic" mid-term guidance
News Analysis | 7/19/2022

Another strong showing in the Baltics, an uplift in Sweden's B2B market, and continued cost savings translate into unchanged guidance.

Dell'Oro cuts forecast on private wireless networks by a fifth
News Analysis | 7/19/2022

Slow progress over past six months contributes to sharp adjustment downwards of hardware revenue from private LTE/5G small-cell networks over 2022-26 period.

Telenor swings to Q2 loss after impairment, currency woes
News Analysis | 7/19/2022

The Norwegian operator paid an impairment of NOK2.5 billion (US$251 million) for Telenor Pakistan, in part due to spectrum license renewal costs.

Dish begins refining a multi-brand approach to 5G
News Analysis | 7/19/2022

Dish Network's mobile brands range from Boost Mobile to Project Genesis, Ting Mobile, Republic Wireless and Gen Mobile. Here's how Dish is using them.

CommScope gets a piece of Liberty Global's DOCSIS 4.0 action
News Analysis | 7/19/2022

CommScope says its deal to develop and supply a remote MACPHY for Liberty Global's future DOCSIS 4.0 and 10G-capable networks is exclusive. But the operator has been sharing the wealth among access network vendors.

Eurobites: Belgian duo plan transition to fiber
News Analysis | 7/19/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Polish pair join forces on cloud infrastructure; Ericsson's Possible Perspectives; Openreach opts for ADVA, expands on the Isle of Wight.

Vodafone NZ to sell mobile towers for $1B
News Analysis | 7/19/2022

The two Kiwi transactions are the latest in a flood of tower deals in Asia-Pacific over the past year.

How Europe's biggest telcos lost control of their towers
Morris Lore | 7/19/2022

As private equity and specialist 'towercos' have advanced, Europe's operators have retreated from asset ownership.

Germany's DT poised to gain majority control over T-Mobile in US
News Analysis | 7/18/2022

Deutsche Telekom has been steadily increasing its stake in T-Mobile US and currently owns around 48% of the company. DT's recent tower sale should net the company the cash to raise that above 50%.

Record number of streamers cut the pay-TV cord – study
News Analysis | 7/18/2022

The percentage of US streamers without a pay-TV package hit 40% in Q2 2022, up from 28% a year earlier, according to MoffettNathanson's latest 'SVOD Tracker.' Meanwhile, total streaming penetration in the US hit 81%.

The Buildout: Mercury Broadband gets $62M through RDOF for Midwest build
News Analysis | 7/18/2022

This week in broadband builds: Mercury Broadband's RDOF plans; Spectrum live in Dona Ana; SiFi, Google Fiber to build Mesa open access network; Fidium live in Concord; Brightspeed's Missouri build.

US carriers to get 39% of what they want for FCC's 'rip and replace'
News Analysis | 7/18/2022

The FCC has approved roughly $2 billion in Congressional funding to finance the removal of Huawei and ZTE equipment from US networks. But the FCC is now asking for another $3 billion to fully fund the program.

What's the story? Ericsson's market momentum haunted by mismanagement
LRTV Interviews | 7/18/2022

Iain Morris joins the podcast to explain that while current management's efforts have righted the ship in some ways, the sins of Ericsson's past continue to make investors skeptical.

BT gears up for summer strikes
News Analysis | 7/18/2022

Unions keep doors open for talks, but BT indicates it has nothing more to offer. As a result, BT customers face a summer of disruption to their broadband and phone services.

Plume CTO on why Amazon has the inside track on IoT brand loyalty
CxO Spotlight | 7/18/2022

Plume's Bill McFarland on how home network data shows how IoT brands perform and why IoT support and management is a critical to broadband service strategies.

Eurobites: UK proposes new 'AI rulebook'
News Analysis | 7/18/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ETNO bangs on about Big Tech again; CityFibre loses competition appeal; Zain earnings up.

VMO2 plus TalkTalk equals broadband giant with bad reputation
News Analysis | 7/18/2022

The cable and mobile operator has reportedly offered GB pound 3 billion to buy a big rival that lost customers during the pandemic.

Microsoft tries to fill big gaps in broadband maps
News Analysis | 7/15/2022

FCC critic Microsoft says its 'Digital Equity Data Dashboard,' a tool that aggregates data from multiple sources, is an accurate, neighborhood-by-neighborhood view of broadband availability and 'digital equity.'

Ransomware attacks doubled last year; Verizon reports
News Analysis | 7/15/2022

In Verizon's 15th DBIR, the service provider revealed that ransomware attacks doubled from 12% of security breaches in 2020 to 25% in 2021.

Huawei expands consumer business into payments, ridesharing
News Analysis | 7/15/2022

Huawei's handset business might be getting crushed by sanctions, but the big vendor is not giving up on consumers.

US mobile network quality declines, but helped by 5G – study
News Analysis | 7/15/2022

Overall quality issues climbed in the latest J.D. Power 'US Wireless Network Quality Performance Study,' which found that Verizon Wireless ranked the highest in five of the six regions evaluated.

Ericsson gets US clearance for Vonage take-off
News Analysis | 7/15/2022

Swedes say last hurdle cleared for $6.2 billion cash acquisition of US cloud-based comms provider.

Gary Winnick takes aim at spectrum licenses
News Analysis | 7/15/2022

The telecom veteran says his investment company is currently in discussions with several international wireless network operators to purchase their spectrum licenses and then lease them back.

Eurobites: MTN in talks with Telkom over possible takeover
News Analysis | 7/15/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus rolls out EV charging stations; Amazon tries to placate European Commission over data practices; Hyperoptic hits 100k new-builds.

Finland's Elisa bucks trend of telco decline
News Analysis | 7/15/2022

The Finnish operator reports healthy growth in sales and profits for its second quarter but its outlook for the full year is downbeat.

Virtual and traditional pay-TV players take a hit on subs
LRTV Interviews | 7/14/2022

Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner provides insight into a recent report on the pay-TV market and how both traditional players and OTT-TV service providers are struggling to retain their subscribers.

Netflix calls in Microsoft for ad support
News Analysis | 7/14/2022

Just a month after closing its acquisition of Xandr from AT&T, Microsoft has been named Netflix's 'global advertising technology sales partner.'

Telstra nabs Digicel as Pacific Cold War rolls on
News Analysis | 7/14/2022

Digicel is just one of a series of skirmishes in a new Cold War unfolding around Pacific infrastructure.

The Divide: Ji Soo Song on the Department of Education's role in achieving digital equity
LRTV Interviews | 7/14/2022

This episode features Ji Soo Song, broadband advisor at the US Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET). We discuss the department's Digital Equity Education Roundtables initiative and how educational institutions can use infrastructure funding to help close the digital divide for students.

A photo tour through Dish's 5G headquarters
DanoVision | 7/14/2022

I took a tour of the company's Riverfront campus in Colorado, which houses around 1,000 employees who are all working to build and sell the company's new 5G network. Here's what I saw.

Ericsson's market share has rocketed, yet investors are unhappy
News Analysis | 7/14/2022

The Swedish equipment maker says it is the biggest vendor outside China by far and has coped better with supply chain problems than close rivals.

DT agrees towers unit sale to Brookfield, DigitalBridge
News Analysis | 7/14/2022

Deutsche Telekom to relinquish 51% stake in GD Towers, implying $17.5 billion enterprise value for its wireless infrastructure assets in Germany, Austria.

Germany sets out fiber, 5G ambitions
News Analysis | 7/14/2022

Germany's new Gigabitstrategie targets a bonfire of regulations to help speed fiber and 5G deployments.

Eurobites: Proximus targets SMEs with Odoo's help
News Analysis | 7/14/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: A1 bags 5G spectrum in North Macedonia; Google versus the regulators, part 94; UK online safety legislation hits the buffers while government implodes.

The fuss about Nothing smartphone is baffling
Morris Lore | 7/14/2022

The world's latest smartphone, branded 'Nothing 1,' uses a parrot in its marketing. That's appropriate - because it's basically just a mimic.

Juniper's EX4100 switches autocorrect access point placement
News Analysis | 7/13/2022

Juniper's EX4100 switch series integrate with the Mist Wi-Fi Assurance service to automatically determine where there are gaps in coverage in enterprises' WLAN deployments and verify the correct placement of access points.

US pay-TV losses stayed ugly in Q1
News Analysis | 7/13/2022

Led by a record decline in cable, traditional pay-TV providers lost 1.86 million in Q1, and virtual MVPDs shed about 201,000 subs, according to MoffettNathanson's latest 'Cord-Cutting Monitor.'

Avanci plots huge price hike for 4G patents
News Analysis | 7/13/2022

Avanci said it will increase its patent licensing prices from $15 to $20 per vehicle starting in September. The move essentially represents a call to action to much of the global automotive industry.

Starry adds record subs in Q2 as total nears 81,000
News Analysis | 7/13/2022

CEO Chet Kanojia says the fixed wireless broadband specialist is close to announcing a new expansion market that will come online later this year.

Cellnex pulls out of running for DT's towers
News Analysis | 7/13/2022

KKR-led private consortium is reportedly the last bidder standing for the German incumbent's mobile assets.

Why 5G vRAN matters
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/13/2022

Cloud native RAN offers opportunities for network architecture evolution, automated operations, and advanced end-user services.

Amazon, HBO Max on path to a new streaming deal – report
News Analysis | 7/13/2022

Terms are still sketchy, but analyst believes they could center on data sharing, help Amazon's FreeVee streaming service and perhaps put pay-TV in position to deliver HBO Max fare outside the service's central app.

Eurobites: Inflation piles pressure on European operators
News Analysis | 7/13/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nothing thinks it's onto something with new phone; UK sports broadcasters come under scrutiny; Sparkle enlists Italian navy to protect subsea comms.

Twitter turns the legal guns on Musk
News Analysis | 7/13/2022

The social media website is suing the Tesla billionaire with the explicit aim of forcing him to buy at the original price.

India tightens restrictions on Huawei, ZTE
News Analysis | 7/13/2022

Chinese vendors will not be allowed to work with Indian operators on the expansion of existing networks under rule changes.

BT prefers India to UK in hunt for 2,800 'digital' pros
News Analysis | 7/13/2022

Now seems like a good time to be a software engineer, with both BT and Vodafone chasing global talent.

Canada seeks answers after Rogers outage
News Analysis | 7/13/2022

The CRTC has given the Canadian operator until July 22 to respond to questions about the network outage.

YouTube TV claims it has 5M subs and 'trialers'
News Analysis | 7/12/2022

Milestone seemingly puts Google's service atop the heap of virtual multichannel video programming distributors, but one analyst calls the combination metric 'pretty useless.'

Lumen lights up edge computing services in Europe
News Analysis | 7/12/2022

Lumen expanded its edge services into Europe by turning on 100G MPLS and IP network connectivity, plus increasing power and cooling at several edge data center locations.

Enter now: The 2022 Light Reading Leading Lights awards
The Philter | 7/12/2022

Light Reading is now accepting nominations for outstanding achievements in 5G, broadband, optical networking, edge computing and more as part of its annual awards program, the Leading Lights.

Verizon looking desperate amid latest pricing gambit
News Analysis | 7/12/2022

Verizon's new 'Welcome Unlimited' pricing plan offers one line of service for $65 per month, a $5 per month reduction from the operator's existing 'Start' unlimited plan.

Camilla Formica brings her 'passion for education' to The Cable Center
CxO Spotlight | 7/12/2022

Formica, a 33-year cable industry vet who will retain some ties to cable tech training specialist NCTI, has been appointed chief program officer of The Cable Center.

Deutsche Telekom edges closer to Google Cloud
News Analysis | 7/12/2022

The German operator has extended its existing partnership with the public cloud provider.

China's top 5G enterprise use cases
News Analysis | 7/12/2022

Chinese operators have deployed 6,518 private 5G networks, between them supporting some 20,000 applications.

Nokia calls RIC to put 5G under US radar
News Analysis | 7/12/2022

Finnish supplier extends partnership with Hill Air Force Base, National Spectrum Consortium to test co-existence of 5G and military radar using O-RAN/RIC tech.

Should telecom operators pursue the 'super app' opportunity?
DanoVision | 7/12/2022

Indian conglomerate Tata Group, which operates a substantial fiber network in the country, has rolled out its own 'super app' called Tata Neu. Other operators around the world could follow suit.

CableLabs unit and OpenVault connect on tech that squeezes more out of DOCSIS 3.1
News Analysis | 7/12/2022

OpenVault is the first to join a Kyrio-led partnership program focused on Profile Management Application (PMA) technology, which aims to boost DOCSIS network capacity by as much as 40%.

Putin's threat to tech firms exposed in new 'moral ratings'
News Analysis | 7/12/2022

Research by a new group called the Moral Rating Agency shows that nine of the world's biggest technology companies are at some risk of Russian expropriation.

Eurobites: Swisscom tests 50G PON on live network
News Analysis | 7/12/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia goes with Infovista for network testing; Synamedia buys Quortex; Zayo cuts ribbon on new subsea route.

Adani Group to participate in India's 5G auction
News Analysis | 7/12/2022

The Indian conglomerate wants spectrum to set up private networks for its businesses, but a future consumer move is not out of the question.

Broadcom powerhouse Krause sets his exit
News Analysis | 7/11/2022

Broadcom President Thomas Krause is leaving the chipmaker just a few weeks after it announced it would buy VMware for $61 billion, a deal he helped put together.

With patents, Nokia and Ericsson batter phone makers with sales bans
News Analysis | 7/11/2022

Nokia got a German court to ban the sale of Oppo smartphones, while Ericsson convinced a Colombian court to ban the sale of Apple phones. At issue are billions of dollars in patent licensing fees.

No relief in sight for sluggish cable broadband subscriber growth
News Analysis | 7/11/2022

Housing move activity, a key ingredient for cable broadband subscriber growth, remains in a weakened state, with few signs that it will reverse course any time soon.

KT pushes ahead with K Bank IPO
News Analysis | 7/11/2022

KT says financial services revenue accounted for 14.5% of operating revenue in 2021. This is all part of KT's ambitious plan to transition from telco to digital platform operator, developing fresh revenue streams from content, ecommerce, financial services and cloud.

Musk reneges on $44B Twitter bid with 'bots' baloney
Morris Lore | 7/11/2022

The world's richest man blames Twitter deceptiveness after pulling out of deal, but it would allow him to focus on his space and satellite ventures.

Banking has woken up to the public cloud risk. Has telecom?
Morris Lore | 7/11/2022

A white paper published by the Bank for International Settlements outlines the dangers of entrusting financial systems to a handful of Big Tech players.

Eurobites: Ericsson takes 5G into space with Thales, Qualcomm
News Analysis | 7/11/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia leads German 6G project; security block to Truphone deal challenged; chip firms collaborate on French plant.

Rogers outage adds to concerns over Shaw merger
News Analysis | 7/11/2022

Worries over dominance of major telcos heightened after network outage affects banking, travel emergency services and more.

What's the story? Mike Dano on WCO, wireless wins and woes
LRTV Interviews | 7/8/2022

Light Reading's Mike Dano discusses growth predictions for the wireless industry in 2022 and explains the battle between WCO Spectrum and T-Mobile over the purchase of 2.5GHz spectrum licenses from academic institutions.

Telstra's rivals push back against TPG sharing deal
News Analysis | 7/8/2022

Unlike many network sharing deals that are based on joint access, this partnership gives Telstra full control over the infrastructure and network coverage.

Ohio man pretended to be WISP as part of scam – FCC report
News Analysis | 7/8/2022

Kyle Traxler created wireless Internet provider Cleo Communications in order to participate in the FCC's Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. However, according to the agency, Cleo didn't provide any telecom services.

Russia still hung up on spectrum for 5G
News Analysis | 7/8/2022

Beeline Russia points to ongoing technical limitations that prevent the 3.4-3.8GHz band being used for 5G in Russia.

ISPs, consumer advocates disagree on 'digital discrimination'
News Analysis | 7/8/2022

In public comments filed to the FCC, ISPs and consumer advocates disagreed over how to address 'digital discrimination' and whether or not it exists.

Why India's FireFly is of interest to Cisco
News Analysis | 7/8/2022

Cisco is reportedly in talks about acquiring a Wi-Fi player currently owned by two of India's biggest operators.

T-Mobile Home Internet app downloads set monthly record – study
News Analysis | 7/8/2022

But the download surge in June won't necessarily translate to an increase in fixed wireless access subs 'due to product sampling and churn,' say the analysts at ISI Evercore.

COVID amplifies challenges for women in tech
Alantown | 7/8/2022

European cable executives Dr. Andrea Huber and Diane Christman discuss gender equity challenges the pandemic has exacerbated for women in tech fields.

Rival US streamers gain ground on Netflix
News Analysis | 7/7/2022

In the latest US streaming rankings by JustWatch, Apple TV+, Disney+ and HBO Max all gained market share in Q2, while Netflix shed some of its lead.

After mass layoffs, Parallel Wireless works to soothe customers
News Analysis | 7/7/2022

Parallel reportedly laid off up to 80% of its staff last week. Now it's working to rally its remaining customers with the promise of continued investment and support.

China's private data center players turn their eyes abroad
News Analysis | 7/7/2022

China's private data center operators are starting to eye opportunities abroad. While the domestic market is still growing at a healthy clip, it's getting tougher to make money as new private players pile in.

Here are all the operators charging extra for 5G
News Analysis | 7/7/2022

BofA Global Research surveyed global operators' pricing strategies in order to find the trends. The results are mixed.

The Divide: Vistabeam's Matt Larsen on the reliability of wireless and pitfalls of federal funding
CxO Spotlight | 7/7/2022

Matt Larsen, CEO of Vistabeam, joins the podcast to discuss the role of fixed wireless in reaching unserved populations and how more federal funding to close the digital divide could have the opposite impact.

T-Mobile's 2.5GHz headache
DanoVision | 7/7/2022

Gary Winnick's WCO has already put $1 billion toward purchasing 2.5GHz spectrum licenses out from under T-Mobile. That, coupled with the FCC's upcoming 2.5GHz spectrum auction, could create troubles for T-Mobile.

Eurobites: Nokia helps Orange kick out the copper
News Analysis | 7/7/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Brian Protiva steps down at ADVA; Enea starts its 5G engine; Isle of Wight is half-done.

MTS joins Russian operators' 5G party
News Analysis | 7/7/2022

Mobile operator takes a 25% stake in New Digital Solutions, joining Vimpelcom, Rostelecom and MegaFon.

Telecom Italia to cut 9,000 jobs in latest 'rescue' plan
News Analysis | 7/7/2022

The Italian telecom incumbent wants to sell its capital-intensive, low-growth and debt-ridden networks business for a reported euro 25 billion.

Rogers, Shaw fail to convince regulator on merger
News Analysis | 7/7/2022

Fresh talks with competition watchdog, as part of a mediation process involving a tribunal judge, hit the buffers.

AT&T network services CTO Fuetsch to retire
News Analysis | 7/6/2022

Andre Fuetsch, who oversees the mobile and fixed network technology direction for AT&T, is set to retire in September. The move is one of many recent departures and promotions in Ma Bell's exec suites.

Supply chain shortages and pandemic spur IT investment – Equinix report
News Analysis | 7/6/2022

The ongoing supply chain challenges are underpinning a need for more reliance on virtualization, and enterprises are planning for significant investment in their digital infrastructure, according to Equinix.

US telecom policy collapsing into state-level politics
News Analysis | 7/6/2022

A new federal program and a new Supreme Court ruling both put more power into state regulators' hands. How the US telecom industry handles that development remains to be seen.

FCC invites input on interagency broadband agreement
News Analysis | 7/6/2022

The Wireline Competition Bureau issued a public notice seeking comment on the interagency agreement between the FCC, USDA and NTIA on broadband coordination.

Elisa Polystar succumbs to Cardinality thoughts
News Analysis | 7/6/2022

Omdia analyst James Crawshaw thinks the Cardinality acquisition can help Polystar become a more significant player in the service assurance and analytics market.

ASML risks being sucked into US chips war on China
News Analysis | 7/6/2022

US authorities are reportedly urging the Dutch government to prevent a national tech champion from shipping critical equipment to Chinese customers.

Xperi/TiVo to explore Vewd's 'Operator TV' concept
News Analysis | 7/6/2022

Vewd's initial focus for smart TVs tailored for service providers is Europe, but the idea could be extended to multiple regions, including the US and Latin America, says Xperi's Geir Skaaden.

Eurobites: EU lawmakers give green light to digital oversight legislation
News Analysis | 7/6/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia wins Portuguese optical transport deal; Dutch workers don't need to put their trousers on; Ofcom tells tech firms to get ready for online safety.

EU sets out agenda to get ahead on 'deep tech'
News Analysis | 7/6/2022

European Innovation Agenda sets out 25 actions with a focus on scaling up startups, attracting new talent and simplifying listing rules.

US wireless bubble to deflate a little, but it hasn't popped yet
News Analysis | 7/6/2022

Cowen analysts predict that the US wireless industry will grow by 8.9 million postpaid phone customers during 2022. That figure is down just slightly from 2021 numbers but still way up from 2020 numbers.

Vodafone, Google predict good things for AI Booster
News Analysis | 7/6/2022

Duo flag AI/ML platform designed to give Vodafone predictive capabilities that can enhance customer experiences and improve network performance.

Juniper CTO on a more efficient 5G future
CxO Spotlight | 7/5/2022

Juniper CTO Raj Yavatkar joins the Light Reading podcast to discuss new business opportunities for 5G and how service providers can more efficiently and cost-effectively run 5G networks.

FCC clears SpaceX to connect Starlink to boats, planes, other moving vehicles
News Analysis | 7/5/2022

The caveat is that SpaceX must accept any and all interference from future 5G operations, including those in the 12GHz band.

'Completely backwards.' Skeptics fret over federal broadband map
News Analysis | 7/5/2022

The FCC opened its broadband data collection system to service providers. But some are worried the lengthy mapping process will leave behind those who need service the most.

Smartphone startup Glance plots US launch – report
News Analysis | 7/5/2022

Glance, a smartphone startup, aims to start offering lock-screen-based smartphone content in the US, according to reports. This is a road many, many companies have been down before.

Rakuten takes aim at VMware, and it's not the only threat
Morris Lore | 7/5/2022

The midsized cloud-computing platforms risk being squeezed in a pincer movement of public clouds and specialists.

TiVo parent Xperi forks over $109M for Vewd
News Analysis | 7/5/2022

Xperi's bid to buy Vewd, a streaming media platform specialist, aims to accelerate its activities in the smart TV market dominated by Samsung, Roku, Amazon and Google.

Samsung set for jump in profit as chip outlook sours
News Analysis | 7/5/2022

Analysts are expecting Samsung Electronics to report its best Q2 performance in four years on the back of strong semiconductor sales.

Online video subs will keep surging globally – Omdia
News Analysis | 7/5/2022

An Omdia study projects that online video subscribers will hit the 2 billion mark worldwide by 2027. Traditional pay TV is stagnating, but will account for a majority of video subscriptions revenues for at least another six years.

More work ahead on closing digital divide – but it should be done right
Guest Perspectives | 7/5/2022

The Fiber Broadband Association is assisting state officials and broadband offices to put grant programs together for the best and most effective use of this once-in-a-generation opportunity to provide quality high-speed broadband to all communities, with $45 billion in BEAD funding and another $25 billion in ARPA funds to close the digital divide.

Eurobites: Ice picks Nokia for 5G overhaul
News Analysis | 7/5/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 5G goes agricultural in Dorset; Italy's railways get 4G; Deezer flotation falls flat.

Deutsche Telekom closing in on towers deal – reports
News Analysis | 7/5/2022

KKR's bid with two other groups is said to be favorite, although the German telco could still decide to hang on to its towers portfolio.

Ericsson to replace Huawei at T-Mobile Netherlands
News Analysis | 7/4/2022

The Dutch operator says the Swedish equipment vendor will build a 5G network and take over the current 3G and 4G systems.

KDDI network goes down for two days after maintenance failure
News Analysis | 7/4/2022

The Japanese operator's network failure knocks out 39 million services across banking transport and payment.

Vodafone aims for massive MIMO in open RAN by March 2023
News Analysis | 7/4/2022

The UK operator is building a 'golden cluster' of open RAN sites in Torquay and is kicking off a hardware acceleration project in Malaga.

Eurobites: BICS tackles Ooredoo's voice services
News Analysis | 7/4/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sigfox reborn as UnaBiz; new boss for Open Access Data Centres; EU makes life easier for Amazon Prime refuseniks.

T-Mobile UMTS, LTE network shut-downs likely affect more than 1M devices
News Analysis | 7/1/2022

T-Mobile said it dismantled Sprint's 4G LTE network yesterday and will shutter its own 3G UMTS today. In April, officials suggested 300,000 postpaid phones and 700,000-900,000 IoT-style devices would be affected.

Google Fiber to tangle with Cox and Lumen in Arizona
News Analysis | 7/1/2022

Once a deal is approved by the city council, Mesa will become the first city in Arizona to welcome Google Fiber. Network construction could start by early 2023.

The Buildout: WeLink debuts in DC
News Analysis | 7/1/2022

This week in broadband builds: WeLink's DC rollout, Ziply goes live in Sumas, Brightspeed's initial Ohio build, Clearwave's debut in Kansas.

Get ready to pay more for your telecom service
News Analysis | 7/1/2022

AT&T, Verizon and other operators have already engaged in a round of pricing and service fee increases. But analysts suggest we haven't seen the last of the price hikes.

NEC expands open RAN SI skillset with Aspire
News Analysis | 7/1/2022

NEC snags Dublin-based Aspire Technology for 5G open RAN systems integration expertise.

BT dusts off pandemic playbook to counter strike action
News Analysis | 7/1/2022

BT claims to have 'robust plans' in place to counter possible strike action.

Altice USA unleashes 50GB 'Unlimited Max' mobile plan
News Analysis | 7/1/2022

Altice USA's new high-end tier allows users to stream in HD and chew up 50 gigabytes of data before speeds are throttled down.

'NextGenTV' goes for a ride
LRTV Interviews | 7/1/2022

In this podcast, Pearl TV's Anne Schelle discusses recent tests of the new ATSC 3.0 broadcast signaling standard at the Motown 3.0 Open Test Track in Detroit and explores other potential use cases for the standard, also known as 'NextGen TV.'

Hurt badly by Huawei, Parallel Wireless lacked scale and scope
Morris Lore | 7/1/2022

Fierce competition from the Chinese looks like the main cause of massive layoffs, but the open RAN player had other problems, too.

Eurobites: UK government funnels fiber to rural schools
News Analysis | 7/1/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom goes roaming; Telesign/NAAC deal is off; MTN reshuffles top team.

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