A deadly disease in China is having an impact on the telecom sector.
Will the growth of 5G networks coupled with ever-cheaper 5G phones conspire to produce a 'super cycle' in the industry? Carrier executives aren't sure, but billions of dollars hang in the balance.
The Johnson government has imposed tough restrictions on the Chinese vendor that could force BT and Three into expensive and drawn-out swaps.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK government puts its cyberneck on the line; Czech telecom watchdog boss checks out; Airtel Africa sees growth; ants, antennas and 5G fear.
A managed service provider offers thoughts on workplace collaboration and SD-WAN, two hot markets where enterprise spending is up, and the number and type of competitors is proliferating.
Giant French operator has environmental action at the heart of its new strategy as it aims to become carbon neutral by 2040.
'Extremely important' security specifications group gets some top-notch leaders, says analyst.
4G will become 5G, at least for NB-IoT.
The service provider business is 'challenged,' but declines 'began to moderate,' says CEO Rami Rahim. So, um, yay?
A new study from RootMetrics found that Verizon's 4G network clocked faster speeds than T-Mobile's lowband 5G network. But that situation could change in the months and years to come.
Sprint's quarterly results weren't as bad as some feared - and it expanded its 5G network - but ultimately the company's still-pending merger with T-Mobile overshadows everything.
Disney's subscription VoD service is set to debut in the UK and several other western European countries on March 24.
A Monday mystery emerges from the Comcast media kit.
The Linux Foundation is looking to close the gap between conversation and action to make it easier for carriers and vendors to deploy network functions in the cloud.
Formerly glam SDN startup does the walk of shame.
A decision about Huawei's involvement in the UK's market could be the most difficult its prime minister has ever had to make.
5G costs are driving telco consolidation in Malaysia and Singapore.
Touted as an alternative to the big kit vendors, open RAN technologies are too immature to replace them in the short term, says senior Orange executive.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Wind Tre job cuts on the horizon, says union official; Proximus CEO's resume under the spotlight; will UK put cap on Huawei's 5G market share?
Shares are up 25% Friday after the cable and wireless tech vendor raises 2019 revenue guidance, but doesn't explain why.
The telecom firm's board said it is in talks, but still supports its original offer from Brookfield Infrastructure Partners.
AT&T/DirecTV pushing a plan to rapidly de-orbit Spaceway-1 after a 'major anomaly' crippled batteries on board a satellite that had provided backup service in Alaska.
Cato says simple SD-WAN doesn't cut it anymore for enterprise customers, who need SD-WAN combined with security, mobile and cloud connectivity, delivered over the cloud. It's all about a new industry buzzword: Secure Access Service Edge (SASE).
The WSJ details how a recently withdrawn regulation highlights the interagency disagreements on what the US should do about Huawei's 5G dominance.
Recent takeover activity could shake up a market forecast to be worth $5.1 billion next year.
A draft of the new specs are expected to be done by the end of January, ahead of a public release that could occur by the end of March, industry sources say.
This week in our WiC roundup: Men and women have the same brains; startups are less popular than you might think; flexibility for moms at work is not improving; and more.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Facebook faces euro 5 million fine in Italy; Telia selling location data; French hopeful of tech tax progress; Apple battles EU on phone ports.
Swedish kit vendor says business fundamentals remain strong but warns costs will rise this year.
Dish says it is looking at a multitude of choices as it starts to prepare to build its greenfield 5G transport network in the US.
As coherent optics development moves away from a one-size-fits-all approach, the market will favor vertically integrated suppliers and companies that were once suppliers will be competitors, writes industry veteran Serge Melle.
Meanwhile, Xfinity Mobile adds 261,000 lines in Q4, ending 2019 with more than 2 million.
Activity around 5G is set to occupy the attention of China's telecom executives this year. And research into 6G is already underway.
InterDigital's 'transparency' move highlights battle for 5G bragging rights as China's IPR claims get louder.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sunrise teams up with Vodafone for enterprise market; Swisscom joins FreeMove Alliance; UK holds firm on digital services tax.
Ahead of MWC2020 in Barcelona, Heavy Reading Principal Analyst Gabriel Brown examines the state of the 5G market and talks about what to expect next from the mobile broadband market.
UPS said it plans to conduct a substantial test of private wireless networking technology in Billings, Montana. Company officials acknowledged their interest in private LTE and 5G networks.
Shifting some of its business from Openreach to CityFibre would be a 'super smart' move by BT's directors, says Greg Mesch, as he eyes a much bigger role in the UK's national broadband market.
CEOs at Ericsson and Verizon talk 5G realities amidst a mass of marketing talk and techno-babble about the next-gen communications standard at The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Rogers' video sub losses moderated in Q4, but the big Canadian MSO continues to shed TV customers at a steady clip after completing its rollout of Ignite TV, a syndicated version of Comcast's X1 video platform.
Partnership bundles 1-Gig Fios with the Stadia Premiere Edition package, with a focus on 4K resolution and plans for Verizon to pitch similar perks to new Verizon 5G Home customers.
Meng Wanzhou's defense rests mainly on the fact that Canada is on relatively good terms with Iran.
Funding from Berkshire Partners and Crown Castle will go to build mini data centers for edge computing around the US.
VMware will acquire networking startup to extend SD-WAN optimization to the LAN, helping service providers build enterprise business.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Portugal's MEO opts for Allot security; Vodafone pulls out of Libra digital currency project; robots in Davos.
Momentum around C-V2X is growing as automakers such as Ford promise to equip all new cars with the technology by 2022.
Heavy Reading senior analyst James Crawshaw is heading to MWC and expects to be chatting about smart business models, Industry X.0, edge and more in Barcelona.
India's government seems prepared to listen to the country's ailing service providers, but the future remains bleak for one of them.
Streaming giant sees subs slow in the US and Canada but remains confident of its 'big headstart' on new streaming rivals such as Disney+ and Apple TV+.
South Korean startup intros digestible NB-IoT capsule for cows, links up with TDC, as carriers and startups look to agribusiness for more IoT revenue.
Verizon snatched some Audi business away from AT&T, partly thanks to its support of eSIM technology in connected cars. But it might be more of a moral victory for Verizon than a major shift.
Startup Skylo says it is ready to bring NB-IoT to the world, using satellites and inexpensive hubs.
The Hong Kong operator is mainly excited about the enterprise opportunity as it rolls out its 5G network.
Disney's subscription VoD service sets March 24 debut in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland, a week earlier than expected.
Unfortunately, that new chapter looks likely to be Chapter 11.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: A1 flips 5G switch in Austria; ADVA connects trains over 5G in Spain; handset sales slump at Dixons Carphone.
The US government's push to invest in open radio access networks is part of a broader effort – and multiple $1B proposals – to beat the Chinese telecom industrial complex.
Open RAN, Europe and Verizon feel the pod-love this week.
Snaps up TalkTalk's FibreNation unit, a move that puts even greater pressure on national fixed access operator Openreach.
Policymakers in Europe's biggest economy are struggling to arrive at a decision about the controversial Chinese vendor.
Despite Australian ambitions to build a world-leading broadband network, the state-funded project has left the country trailing in broadband rankings.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU bigwig plays down the Huawei-shaped hole in 5G rollout; Ericsson researches 5G in France; Telefonica's flexibility impresses rubber giant.
The country's biggest telecom operator is set to launch a 5G network based on technology it developed internally.
SD-WAN, multicloud connectivity and security services are among the technologies CenturyLink will bring to bear for the agency's more than 65,000 employees, 280,000 volunteers and 2,400 operating locations.
Infrastructure Networks covers 130,000 square miles of US territory with a high-speed 4G LTE network. But its services aren't designed for mobile phones.
NTT shows off a new window that millimeter wave 5G signals can be transmitted through.
Charter is looking to test big mobile networks in New York City and Los Angeles, a further indication of the company's interest in 'owner's economics' in the mobile industry.
Some of the world's biggest tech companies are jumping on the green bandwagon, but their efforts are unlikely to be enough.
Recent debuts by Disney+ and Apple TV+ have attracted subs, but they have not inflicted many wounds upon top incumbent OTTs, serving more as a complement than a direct competitor, new research finds.
This week in our WiC roundup: Ivanka's CES keynote goes off 'without a hitch'; sharing salary info is the new talking about sex; advertisers keep tripping over their own shoelaces; and more.
Taiwan's regulator has put its 5G spectrum auction on hold following the withdrawal of one bidder.
As the fires rage, Australia's telcos consider the nature of their future networks.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: South Africa's broadband slowed by subsea cable faults; BT boss says PM's fiber plan won't happen unless rollout rules change; mental health experts demand social media data from tech giants.
Service set to launch on April 15 to Comcast X1 and Flex customers, roll out nationally on July 15. Peacock expects to have 30-35 million domestic accounts and $2.5 billion in annual revenues by end of 2024.
Anterix is asking the FCC to issue new rules that would allow 4G in its spectrum holdings. In that respect Anterix is like Ligado -- except Ligado is reportedly nearing bankruptcy.
NTT's CTO Ettienne Reinecke joins the podcast to shine a light on the most disruptive tech trends he sees for enterprises in the coming year. Many of them are closely linked to a surge in computing capacity and tech development at the network's edge.
Berg Insight says 1.5 million smart waste sensors will be installed worldwide by 2023, as NB-IoT and LoRa start to come to the fore in the smart waste sensor market.
Chinese vendor looks to issue new shares to ten institutional investors to raise funds for 5G research and development and general 'working capital.'
Settlement includes refunds and debt relief for more than 30,000 Comcast customers stemming from complaint focused on overcharging, hidden fees and early termination fees.
As the wireless industry gears up to deploy hundreds of thousands of small cells in the US over the coming years, a cottage industry is developing around the need to hide all this equipment.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sky Mobile sets out its 5G stall; Ericsson pushes eSIM offering; SFR's mission-critical push-to-talk service rides the rails.
Deal will allow providers to install more 5G equipment on street lamps and traffic lights.
Calls regional sport net's suit a 'transparent maneuver to gain negotiating leverage,' and says complaint falls well short of a valid antitrust claim.
US politicians from across the political divide want to spend hundreds of millions to shore up US alternatives to the controversial Chinese vendor.
America Movil, KT, Rogers, Telstra, Verizon and Vodafone announced the formation of the new 5G Future Forum to 'collaborate to develop interoperable 5G specifications.' Details, though, are scarce.
Decline of traditional pay-TV will continue this year as virtual MVPDs raise prices and as viewing continues to shift away from live TV amid the rise of OTT-delivered on-demand services.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom forms fiber joint venture; Belgian fraud detection startup raises euro 1.5 million; Liberty Global reshuffles in Europe.
Quibi's stated purpose – filling in short gaps in the day – means the new phone-focused short video service won't necessarily compete with the likes of Netflix, Hulu and other OTTs, analyst says.
The Chinese equipment giant has set up a new business unit that it says marks a big shift in its ICT strategy.
Boris Johnson raises an important question about the structure of the telecom industry as the UK comes under Chinese and US pressure over its imminent decision on whether to ban Huawei from Britain's 5G market.
Packet will enable Equinix to go beyond its traditional data center footprint to put compute in central offices, tower basestations and other edge locations.
Samsung's purchase of TeleWorld Solutions this week likely reflects the company's desire to both sell to additional North American operators while re-igniting its growth in the region.
Pivotal claims it can shoot 5G signals into a living room with its Echo unit.
But embedding TiVo's software, interface and recommendations engines inside smart TVs will play a critical role in TiVo's post-merger future with Xperi, CEO David Shull says.
The 'race to 5G' between the US and China is now at the heart of a renewed effort by a group of European and Canadian satellite companies to get money from the sale of C-Band spectrum for 5G in the US.
We asked the industry about the biggest threats to the major vendors and the answer was loud and clear - open source.
Packet provides Equinix with beefed up multicloud and edge services for enterprise customers.
The core podding crew returns from festive sloth to talk CES, Huawei and, erm, Northern Irish farmers.
Former Vodafone exec aims to broaden Kaltura's technology and influence around the globe as new and legacy video and TV services head into the cloud.
The giant equipment vendor is cutting 3% of jobs in Finland this year as it tries to restore profitability.
Startup flexiWAN debuts customizable, open source SD-WAN software, to give service providers an alternative to reselling the same SD-WAN services as everybody else.
There are patents and then there are standards-essential patents...
Masergy's Shadow IT Discovery service tracks 4,300 SaaS applications and provides insight into the risk level these applications present to customers' network security.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodacom in talks with Cell C over prepaid customers; Openreach lowers free FTTP threshold for housebuilders; Boris Johnson talks Huawei.
ROI with 5G capex is poor for at least two years until business models develop, says Jefferies.
A delegation of US officials is said to have presented the UK government with new evidence about the risks the Chinese vendor poses.
Spectrum Total Connect focused on large, national business customers that require connectivity inside and out of Charter's 41-state footprint.
A new study highlights just how easy it is for hackers to gain access into consumers' wireless accounts. It's called 'SIM swapping,' and it's a potentially dire security issue for the wireless industry.
Charter will soon halt support for a home security service inherited from the Time Warner Cable acquisition, and is directing existing customers to DIY options offered in partnership with Ring and Abode.
The FCC's auction of 3.5GHz licenses represents the agency's first big midband spectrum offering. However, no one expects that auction to generate the kind of interest that a C-Band auction will produce.
Never mind the Oscars! The awards season is now properly underway with the launch of the Leading Lights 2020 program, so get cracking on your submission for Light Reading's annual awards before you get swallowed up by MWC madness.
The world's biggest operator has an ambitious goal for its 5G business and plans to have a fully standalone 5G network in place before year end.
UK operator becomes the first to roll out 5G radio access network equipment that can be used by more than one service provider as it continues to work on slashing costs.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTN Nigeria breathes a sigh of tax relief; BT bets on e-esports; Proximus-Orange tie-up put on hold.
Analyst a 'little bit cautious' about 8K given applicability to larger screens and anticipated smaller addressable market than predecessor technologies such as 4K/Ultra HD and HD.
Following a successful inaugural year, Light Reading and SCTE- ISBE will team up again in 2020 to produce monthly 'LiveLearnings for Professionals' webinars on cable tech topics, starting with a Jan. 16 session on cable's fiber progress.
While critics threw shade on NFV last year, support grows for the virtualization technology.
A report last year from the Chicago Tribune raised concerns that common smartphones were blasting RF radiation over the legal limit. But FCC tests found that they were not.
This week in our WiC roundup: CES picked a controversial keynoter; female founders snagged under 3% of VC funding last year - an all-time high; is learning to code enough?; and more.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sterlite buys stake in Israeli virtual RAN vendor; Ofcom doubles down on provider performance ratings; Telekom Slovenije does deal with Discovery.
Interest in buying media and TV companies soured in 2019, according to a Light Reading survey, but it still looks better than banking.
After investing $500 million in better high-speed broadband Internet access for the state, New York now needs to prioritize quality cellular service statewide, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in his annual State of the State address.
According to cybersecurity firm Malwarebytes, one of Sprint's prepaid brands sold a phone that contained pre-installed malware from China. Sprint disputes those allegations.
Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner has another #CES2020 update. In this episode, we get a Quibi keynote recap, more info on next-gen TV and where we might see 8K in action.
Three top TV makers introduced 20 ATSC 3.0-capable sets here as broadcasters get ready to rev up their launch plans for the new feature-rich, broadcast-signaling standard.
New survey results indicate Verizon enjoys a commanding lead when it comes to which 5G network Americans think is best.
Jeff Baumgartner checks in with Danielle Cassagnol of the Consumer Technology Association to discuss common threads at #CES2020, what new technologies and products are moving the sales needle and what to expect from the massive annual tech-fest next year.
A new year is upon us, but neither Verizon nor AT&T has shared concrete, quantifiable plans for 5G in millimeter-wave spectrum in 2020. Is this cause for concern?
Verizon is stepping away from 'triple play' bundles as well as promotional pricing schemes in an attempt to counter the gains of cable in the broadband Internet space and the rise of streaming alternatives in TV.
Why is no one mentioning Beijing's $75 billion of assistance to Huawei?
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM beats 2 Gbit/s on live 5G commercial network; UK altnet ITS bags GB pound 45 million in funding; T-Mobile Poland heads out into the open source.
At #CES2020, Jeff Baumgartner reports on streaming video deals that include broadband service providers as key distribution partners. Maybe this is the silver lining as traditional pay-TV keeps losing subscribers.
Quibi to debut ad-supported and ad-free service tiers for its mobile-optimized video service on April 6, with plans to pump out 175 shows and 8,500 episodes of premium, short-form fare in year one.
Verizon won't embark on a wider deployment of its 5G Home service until the second half of this year, when high-powered equipment will be available.
Cable operator is the first pay-TV provider to strike a deal to integrate CBS's subscription streaming service on its set-top boxes.
5G is on track but we won't answer the key questions in 2020.
Verizon is ready for 4G and 5G drone flights, as the FAA looks to change the rules for the unmanned aircraft again.
Strategies centered on common platforms and creating smart home 'experiences' alongside a curated blend smart home equipment and services has superseded the market for siloed, one-off IoT products, execs say.
The South Korean electronics giant expects operating profits to fall, but not as much as some analysts had feared.
It's time for the industry to walk the 5G walk.
Also in today's EMEA regional rollout: US applies the Huawei thumbscrews on the UK again; French CEO questions Trump's motives over Huawei freeze-out; Orange tests 5G drones in Poland.
VMware R&D VP Craig McLuckie says Pivotal will help provide SPs with the tools needed to build dynamic, modern, API-driven services that enterprise customers demand.
T-Mobile executives continue to remain hopeful that the company will ultimately consummate its proposed merger with Sprint. But they also have some ideas for a Plan B.
Also, Technicolor's streaming box goes software-agnostic, Locast seeks defense funds, Amazon fund backs Sweepr and Synamedia lands cloud DVR deal.
Despite its ongoing efforts to merge with T-Mobile, Sprint said it will move its Virgin Mobile USA prepaid customers onto its Boost Mobile service starting in just a few short weeks.
The semiconductor maker offloads some of the security assets it acquired last year to Accenture, which gains valuable new capabilities.
Company debuts 4K-capable, Android TV-powered streaming dongle that will be sold at retail and via cable operators that want to offer an OTT option to broadband-only customers.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Synamedia scores at Etisalat; Vodafone's Sanches joins Kaltura; African pay-TV market set for subscriber boom.
The Un-carrier gains nearly 2 million customers in the final quarter of 2019, but can it maintain its performance under new management and as the battlefield shifts to 5G?
New 5G spectrum allocation sparks partnership speculation in the world's biggest mobile market.
We discuss HBO Max, Peacock and more as the week of #CES2020 gets under way and service providers continue to stake their claims in the consumer subscription video business.
Communications service providers are accelerating the adoption of NFV and virtual networking in 2020-21, according to the results of an Ovum survey.
New operator-tailored version of Fire TV will bring competition to Google's Android TV Operator Tier as well as the cable industry-backed RDK platform.
Nesten is the latest company to try and create a user-made IoT network with its $3,600 G1 node.
Cable op also details a new multi-Gig-capable 'XB7' gateway that is equipped with WiFi 6 and low-latency features tailored for online gamers.
Apple is reportedly working on ways to connect its devices directly to satellites, a move that would bypass terrestrial 5G networks. But Apple is still expected to move forward with 5G iPhones this year too.
Dialogic's software business expands Enghouse's already sprawling product portfolio, beefing up its position in the enterprise video and unified communications market.
A battle is brewing between wireless carriers and utilities over whether 5G small cells can be installed on top of street lights. One problem? The street lights might fall over.
Liu Xiaoming says a 5G ban on the controversial Chinese vendor could damage relations between China and the UK.
Spanish firm's euro 6.4 billion M&A spree gives it tens of thousands of mobile tower assets in eight European countries.
Middle Eastern operator names Altiostar, Cisco and NEC as open RAN suppliers, but details of deployment remain thin.
Roku aims to wrest more control of the home entertainment ecosystem with certification program that tightly ties its software for smart TVs with third-party connected audio products.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Saudi Arabia's Mobily opts for Ericsson; Ireland's data center dilemma; Sunrise appoints post-Swantee CFO.
And DOCSIS 4.0 specifications are expected to be completed in early 2020, CableLabs exec says.
The MTA has issued an RFP for companies that want to install cell service in the L train tunnel under the East River, building on existing service in underground subway stations.
Many telcos want to be major players in the IoT services market, but do they have what it takes? We asked the industry and our survey results show increasing faith in the telcos' ability to deliver.
TikiLive, a former Omniverse streaming partner, also claims it had a $40 million deal on the table before the Omniverse situation went south.
The acquisition is a big step in VMware's march from virtual machines to containers.
Devices still needed to connect major industrial equipment, buses and more, to 4G cellular networks.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Net Insight sells consumer streaming unit to Amazon; Cellnex continues shopping spree; Europe ahead in smart street lighting.
Dell said its new Latitude 9510 laptop will support 5G. But 5G providers shouldn't expect a boost to their revenues just yet.
A Wall Street analyst firm sat through the antitrust 'trial of the century' last month, and reached a firm conclusion: The judge in the case will probably block the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile.
Taiwan's operators are seeking government assurances as 5G spectrum auction bids near $3 billion.
Orange has leaped into banking – should other telcos follow? Industry leaders respond in a Light Reading survey.
Xumo's free, ad-supported video streaming service has already been integrated with Comcast's X1 video platform.
Prominent next-generation networking executive leaves Deutsche Telekom to join Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iliad completes towers sale; Portuguese spectrum auction coming soon; O2 spreads the 5G love in the UK.
The Indian government has given the Chinese vendors a new year's gift.