Evoca TV, a service that delivered pay TV using over-the-air signals and Internet-based streaming, is shuttering its service. Its receivers will continue to provide some basic functions.
More pluggable optics applications, faster data center connections, cutting edge components and some supply chain relief are likely on tap for 2023.
6G isn't expected to surface until roughly 2030, but the next generation of mobile technology is spurring spending, political jockeying and lofty predictions.
A years-long effort to stymie China's Huawei has begun to show signs of paying off, with the company facing closed markets, equipment replacement programs and prohibitions on its suppliers.
A recap of this year's 'broadband nutrition labels' debate and what the FCC's new rules will mean for ISPs and consumers next year.
From the battlefield to disaster areas, SpaceX's Starlink has played an active role in keeping people connected this year. But the company also faces capacity and financial challenges, and emerging competition.
You say SASE, I say SSE, just don't call the whole thing off. Among the speedbumps halting SASE growth are confusion and divergence over the definition, plus product shortages.
The metaverse hype cycle spun a bit out of control in 2022, but that didn't stop the telecom industry from putting some of its hopes and dreams into it.
A recap of the Affordable Connectivity Program's first year and what's to come of the FCC's broadband subsidy program in 2023.
SVP Anand Oswal explains why a zero trust approach to securing medical IoT devices can provide more visibility into the network and reduce the attack surface.
5G subs up but not profits, an underwater volcano cuts off Tonga and major embarrassments for KDDI and Optus.
Not only did Russia's invasion of Ukraine upend the global order, it also helped highlight a bifurcation in the global telecom industry.
The top podcasts of the year included interviews with execs from Dell, Tarana, Lumen, Starry and Juniper, as well as several discussions about service providers in the news.
Cable operators big and small will enter the mobile game to retain and gain bread-and-butter broadband subs.
This collection from the Web of Yore is a glance back at some video tech and service providers that have been sold or faded away. Take a look back at Aereo, Akimbo, ReplayTV, Joost, Boxee, tru2way and much more.
Meanwhile, expect major streaming services to emphasize profitability plus new bundles and packages that start to look a little like pay-TV.
Starry's year brimmed with ambition but ended on a sour note as funding gaps caused the fixed wireless access specialist to pull back on buildout plans, layoff staff and explore its options.
In some areas the big vendors are equally terrible, but Huawei needs to lift its disclosure game.
Starting with the 2023 season, all out-of-market Sunday afternoon NFL games will be available on YouTube TV and the YouTube Primetime Channels platform.
This year saw the initial implementation of the $42.5 billion BEAD program and $1 billion Middle Mile program. Here's a quick recap of the significant developments and what we're watching in 2023.
'Warehousing' spectrum is frowned upon in the US wireless industry. But spectrum is simply a tool to be used in a network or as an investment.
In 2022 Dish Network turned on an open RAN 5G network covering 20% of the US population across 10,000 cell towers.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia comes up trumps in Swedish network test; on board patrol with Swisscom and Telefonica; French fine Microsoft for half-baked cookies policy.
Long-time contributing editor Robert Clark joins the podcast to spill the tea about PLDT's missing funds and why a massive downturn in the service provider's stock has investors' heads spinning.
'The only tangible difference between fiber optic and millimeter wave technology is that while one uses glass cables to transmit Internet nearly at the speed of light, the other uses air,' according to Google Fiber.
The man running technical operations for AT&T Stadium, and a dozen other entities, talks private networks, Wi-Fi consumption and the culture that keeps pushing for a better fan experience.
YouTube is in 'advanced talks' to secure exclusive rights to NFL Sunday Ticket and distribute the premium out-of-market package via YouTube TV and the new YouTube Primetime Channels platform.
A massive new spending bill would fund the US government through part of 2023. However, the legislation doesn't address the FCC's 'rip and replace' program nor the auction of 3.1GHz and 3.45GHz spectrum.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: green light for Bluevia; EE goes underground in London; Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the new Thursdays.
DAA, virtualization, network convergence, initial deployments of DOCSIS 4.0 and the rise of the remote OLT will all play roles in shaping the cable access network in 2023.
When it purchased Sprint in 2020, T-Mobile promised the transaction would have a major impact on its future. In 2022, that strategy became crystal clear.
Regulator ruled rural mobile users would be worse off under network sharing arrangement.
Just 9% of sign-ups in the US in November were for Netflix's new 'Basic with Ads' plan, but data shows that the new offering is not cannibalizing Netflix's ad-free subscriber base, Antenna study finds.
'Meta remains as committed to our vision for the future as we were on the day we announced it,' wrote one top official at the company, amid ongoing questions about its metaverse plans.
In a note, Jessica Rosenworcel reiterated the January 13th deadline as the 'best opportunity for your availability challenge to be resolved ahead of NTIA's planned funding time frame.'
Dish Network has been assembling 5G assets for more than a decade. In the coming year the company should be able to make clear how it plans to assemble those assets into a strategy.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ukraine gets more Starlink antennas; TIM tests smart mobility on Google's cloud; small cells in the City of London.
This week: Wave 7's LaShawn Williamson and Connect Humanity's Brian Vo join to discuss their partnership on a wireless build in Enfield, North Carolina, and the importance of community broadband providers.
Unlike Rakuten, most operators are burdened with legacy and must pay suppliers for network software. If the Japanese firm is struggling with margins, what hopes do its prospective customers have?
'I can carry any cell phone, and it can be connected to the satellite network? What a terrific opportunity,' said AT&T's Chris Sambar in an AST SpaceMobile video, a signal of support for the startup.
Since 2014, Unit 42 has worked closely with clients and law enforcement agencies to identify, analyze and evaluate cybersecurity threats.
Developments for 400G and lessons learned from data center deployments have put the industry in a great position to deliver 800G solutions and help service providers build out network capacity. #sponsored
The NYSE has put Starry on notice, but the FWA specialist might appeal a stock delisting. UPDATE: An amended credit agreement with lenders provides Starry with an interim loan of about $11 million.
Cox is now taking aim at T-Mobile's fixed wireless access (FWA) services. Meanwhile, T-Mobile has responded by offering Comcast customers up to $750 to break their contract with the cable operator.
'Ligado has made clear that it will not pay substantial sums of money owing to Inmarsat,' according to the satellite operator. And one analyst believes Ligado's next step may be bankruptcy.
Having sold its portal/ad biz and gone private, Synacor could make a move to separate Cloud ID, a unit known for digital authorization and single sign-on systems, and its Zimbra email services division, CEO Marc Zionts says.
Stock in Philippines biggest telco dumped after disclosing undocumented capex spending over four years.
AST SpaceMobile and SpaceX's Starlink are among those making some progress toward their respective phone-to-satellite commercial launches. But obstacles remain.
With cable nabbing more wireless subscribers, FWA and DeWi are technologies to watch in the new year.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT trials C-RAN in Leeds; Nokia, A1 Austria test 3CC CA; KPN doubles down on wind power.
Thousands of telecom jobs were cut this year alone, and automation threatens to claim an even bigger number in future.
Vodafone Idea continues to lose its ability to compete even as the government delays the promised relief package.
China has few good options as the US again expands entity list.
Edgewater Wireless, a startup with ties to the cable industry, intends to find a home for its Wi-Fi-enhancing technology through its work with service providers and device makers.
The Light Reading editors cap off 2022 with a summary of broadband funding challenges, cable network upgrades, the search for "cool" at CES and some highlights from the Ignite '22 conference.
Complementing its work with home broadband, Altice USA has joined Comcast in supporting mobile options under the FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program.
This week in broadband builds: Charter wins grants in Montana and Minnesota; Kansas awards small providers; NTIA releases $40 million for tribes; Brightspeed and IQ Fiber announce network launches - and more.
Steve Saunders, the founder of Light Reading, is preparing to launch a new publication with Questex focused on cloud technologies in telecom.
Ericsson sees a path to higher margins, even in a challenging economy. 'With 5G, everything that can go wireless, will go wireless,' said Ericsson CEO Borje Ekholm.
Philippines telco weighs possible sale of in-building solutions after successful tower sell-off.
Morgan Stanley predicts the US wireless industry will collectively add 8.7 million new postpaid phone customers during 2023. That's down only slightly from 8.9 million during 2022.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone's network spawns a digital twin; Ericsson issues RAN market warning; Italian government eyes Sparkle.
Sports-focused TV service says it was targeted during the match between France and Morocco, and is working with a specialist to investigate and help formulate a response.
As the NTIA distributes funding for states to start drawing up their BEAD plans, many are turning to broadband consultants for help.
Comcast is rolling out multi-gig downstream services today, setting the stage for symmetrical multi-gig in late 2023. Here's a glance at the virtualized/distributed platform it's using to make it go.
Verizon said it would cost 'millions of dollars and require thousands of person-hours of internal resources' to implement do-not-originate blocking technology for specific kinds of robocalls.
The annual CES confab has often been the scene of major keynotes or announcements around 5G. But this year's show doesn't seem to boast the same kind of momentum.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Microsoft marks out EU data boundary; Ericsson's Russian retreat latest; Nokia does DWDM in Portugal.
CityFibre and Virgin Media O2 flag concerns that Openreach is using its dominant position to prevent wholesale customers from switching to alternative networks.
KDDI, Siemens, SK Telecom and Telefonica are among the companies supporting Sisvel's new 5G patent pool. That means 5G device makers can license those patents for $0.50 per gadget.
A forthcoming study from Strand Consult shows that Germany and several other big European countries still buy most of their 5G products from China.
After a year marked by 'explosive' growth, Clearfield CEO Cheri Beranek is focused on scaling the company to prepare for federal funding opportunities and increased community broadband builds.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT chooses Nokia for network monitoring; Equinox 2 puts the cat among the pigeons; better identity verification for business.
In the opening segment of this four-part sponsored series, we look at some key highlights from a new Heavy Reading study about the broadband industry's plans for closing the Digital Divide.
It comes as little surprise that the GSA has found a strong correlation between the number of mobile private networks and countries with dedicated spectrum.
Charter expects its multi-gig network upgrades will cost just $100 per household passed.
Palo Alto's CEO not only wants the company to continue accelerating how quickly security threats are thwarted, he also wants the security industry to take a more proactive approach to breaches.
With its widespread use and potential for abuse, the COVID-19 travel tracking app won't be missed by Chinese citizens as the country pivots away from zero-COVID.
The US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation held a final broadband hearing for 2022, calling continued attention to mapping issues, the fragile future of ACP and USF, and BEAD barriers.
In addition to updates on Charter's network upgrade plan, analysts expect the operator to discuss how it can respark broadband sub growth and to further articulate its mobile strategy at today's investor meeting.
This week: Internet Society's Dan York joins the show to discuss a new report on using LEO satellites for Internet access, including what we know - and don't know - about the technology so far, and what's on the horizon for LEOs in 2023.
Wireless operators spent billions of dollars on 5G networks and spectrum. But so far there aren't any major services they can offer to recoup those investments.
Peak3 is working with US broadcasters to create a national IoT network underpinned by IP-based ATSC 3.0 over-the-air broadcast signals that they claim will prevent 5G bottlenecks.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU revises rules for broadband state aid; EXA adds a northern transport route in Spain; MTN lands 2Africa cable in Western Cape.
AT&T's Chris Boyer sat down with Light Reading to explain how the service provider is working with the government, academia and other organizations to support progress in open RAN deployments.
Trial of 'live' network pumping out symmetrical, multi-gigabit speeds arrives ahead of Comcast's plan to start launching DOCSIS 4.0 services in the second half of 2023.
Microsoft has been beefing up its communications offerings through acquisitions. It's latest: Lumenisity, a maker of hollow core fiber technology that has worked with BT and Comcast.
China Mobile's priorities are a national computing network and the East-West project.
What are the new requirements that are driving network automation to the next level? Ron Porter, Head of 5G Network & OSS Product Marketing discusses zero touch automation, how this relates to "service intent," and more. #sponosored
GeoLinks is looking at a narrowed RDOF buildout plan amid rising equipment costs. 'GeoLinks is prepared to meet these challenges and has adjusted accordingly,' the company said.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU scrutinizes Broadcom/VMware deal; Orange helps Medusa land subsea cables in France; Openreach announces more rollout locations.
The editors discuss Light Reading's recent 5G Transport & Networking Strategies event, held in conjunction with the Open RAN North America trade show in New York City.
ZTE, once one of the world's top handset brands, wants to return to the top end of the smartphone game.
The terms of the 5G patent-licensing agreement between iPhone maker Apple and infrastructure giant Ericsson were not disclosed. That has led to plenty of speculation.
For almost a decade, what became Meta Connectivity had sought innovative technologies that could connect people to the company's social network. But that's over now.
Open RAN remains a relatively new and untested approach to 5G and potentially 6G. As a result, today's partners could become tomorrow's competitors.
This week in broadband builds: Comcast expands in Minnesota and West Virginia, Kinetic reaches into rural Pennsylvania, Clearwave goes to Kansas, AT&T wins in Indiana – and more.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Saudis hunker down with Huawei; OneWeb's latest satellites blast off; Vodacom offices sealed and accounts frozen in DRC.
At Light Reading's 5G Transport & Networking Strategies event, analyst Gabriel Brown discusses the reality of the 5G market - standalone 5G is still on the horizon, and making all those systems work together is the industry's next big challenge.
A standard hunting for a solution in search of a problem is beset by some awkward market realities and geopolitical strife.
Facing a possible shutdown, the pay-TV provider has launched a petition targeting Stan Kroenke, a billionaire exec tied to the Denver Nuggets, and Dick Monfort, head of the Colorado Rockies.
Years in the making, Comcast's unified optical architecture combines the access and metro networks under a standardized, vendor-agnostic approach for hardware, configurations, procurement and processes.
While invested in the development of security standards for open RAN, Rakuten Mobile isn't wasting any time in deploying the technology.
Stock soars despite year-on-year declines in revenues and profitability, but supply chain problems eased, said the optical equipment maker.
Dutch government ready to enforce restrictions on sales of advanced manufacturing equipment to China.
At Light Reading's one-day optical networking event, analyst Sterling Perrin recaps the highlights and discusses how transport networks are evolving to accommodate 5G latency demands.
Heavy Reading operator survey signals progress on the commercialization of 5G network slicing.
As the volume of Internet traffic skyrockets, some of the world's largest businesses and tech companies are investing in new subsea cable routes to meet the demand for more bandwidth and faster connectivity.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT tackles its legacy tech with Tata; Iliad's Free gets fined for personal-data carelessness; UK and Japan cozy up for a digital future.
The broadband access sector sales grew 17% in Q3 thanks to an acceleration of PON deployments. Overall cable access spending plateaued, but DAA spending surged, Dell'Oro said.
Senator John Thune (R-SD) is seeking industry input by January 6 on questions related to the federal government's funding of broadband.
Moving from a distributed RAN to centralized RAN can be costly and time consuming if not executed with a thoughtful strategy, said USCellular's Reggie Collette.
IoT Accelerator and Connected Vehicle Cloud are the latest units the Swedish vendor is offloading.
After a decade of talk about centralized RAN, mobile operators are finally beginning to deploy it. UScellular leads the way, with Verizon, AT&T and DISH following more slowly.
Despite the obvious economic attractions, the level of cloudification in the BSS market is currently pathetic, according to John Giere.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Israel wants more 5G for smarter cities; Vodafone appoints head for healthcare hub; Turkcell vs. MTN rumbles on.
'At only $25 a month, Boost Infinite from Dish Wireless has arrived to give Americans the value, coverage and simplicity they deserve for less than half what the others charge,' boasted a Dish executive.
French billionaire says no point in changing CEO if directors don't have 'clear roadmap' in place for Read's successor.
Single network plan not transparent, says new prime minister.
This week: Amy Huffman, policy director at the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), joins to discuss the federal government's $2.75 billion Digital Equity Act, and NDIA's new toolkit for helping states develop digital equity plans.
Following a slowdown that marked the earlier phases of the pandemic, cable business service revenues and customer growth have rebounded to pre-pandemic levels.
'There might be segments that make sense to increase prices,' Verizon's CEO warned this week. AT&T's Jeff McElfresh said the operator could make similar moves.
The wasp drill and dropbot are among the robotics innovations that could help countries to slash their multi-billion-dollar spending on fiber rollout.
To engineer and deploy a fiber network that supports long-term economic growth for an area, it's imperative to look beyond only serving FTTH to maximize the investment and ensure communities are well positioned for the future demands of technology.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK's telecom bills aren't shocking, says study; Ericsson does fronthaul Down Under; Apple's DIY device repair service arrives in Europe.
Airtel and Meta will work together on bringing 2Africa Pearl to India, improving open RAN efficiency and integrating WhatsApp with Airtel's IQ.
Reports signal there could be a 'substantial base' of 5G SA infrastructure in 2024. The expected potential of network slicing remains a key focus despite efforts to temper the hype.
National public-private broadband scheme has already brought fiber to 87% of premises.
A streamer that merges HBO Max and Discovery+ is set to debut next spring. But adding another brand to the mix could cause more confusion for consumers who are already juggling an array of streaming services.
Cable's outsized share of industry net adds is creating a 'crowding out' problem for incumbent mobile service providers, according to MoffettNathanson.
Manon Brouillette, appointed by Hans Vestberg to head up the Verizon Consumer Group, is out. Now, Vestberg himself said he will lead the business.
Here are some of the broadband policy matters facing the outgoing and incoming US Congress that will help determine the implementation of BEAD and more.
'On the MEC [multi-access edge compute], what we are finding is demand is taking a little longer to go,' explained Verizon Business CEO Sowmyanarayan Sampath during a recent event.
AWS VP Adolfo Hernandez spotlights data, sustainability, partnerships and telco transformation as major themes to watch in the year ahead.
Rising tariffs and device prices do not bode well for the Indians who live in economically disadvantaged parts of the country.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OneWeb set to launch more satellites with SpaceX; ThinkAnalytics lands Magyar Telekom deal; UK's Labour Party joins mid-contract price rise ruckus.
Nick Read will step down at the end of the year, leaving his eventual successor with a huge list of challenges for 2023.
IDC initially expected the global smartphone market to grow by 1.6% during the course of 2022. After several revisions, the firm now expects the industry to decline by 9.1%.
Light Reading editors discuss SES and Boeing's medium-Earth orbit (MEO) satellite launch planned for later this month, Dish Wireless' plans to rule 6G, the FCC's release of its national broadband map and more.
The Ohio Supreme Court has joined others in ruling that Netflix and Hulu aren't 'video service providers' under state law and therefore don't have to pay the same franchise fees that cable and telcos do.
Light Reading is delighted to announce the winners emerging from hundreds of entries and dozens of finalists in the 24 categories that make up this year's Leading Lights Awards program.
The overall rate of decline in the third quarter of 2022 reached a worst-ever -6.2%. It could be up to Disney and Bob Iger to save the legacy pay-TV biz from itself, says MoffettNathanson.
Razvan Todor, VP of Product Management at Bitdefender, a global leader in cybersecurity, discusses how the consumer cyberthreat landscape has rapidly changed over the last two years and how telcos should respond to their subscribers' needs by adding a comprehensive security solution to their service portfolio. #sponsored
The market share of the top five RAN vendors has fallen by less than one percentage point since last year, according to Dell'Oro Group.
West Central Wireless announced it 'has entered into a transaction with Verizon that will result in us discontinuing our mobile and fixed wireless operations.'
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom ups the fiber ante; BT gets digital with manufacturing; OneWeb spreads its wings in Bulgaria.
The Australian broadband wholesaler also repudiates the costly and unreliable copper technology it has been forced to work with for the past decade.
Facing a possible shutdown at year-end, Evoca TV is in funding talks with a mix of private equity investors, broadcasters, content companies and sports team owners, says CEO Todd Achilles.
PoLTE raised an initial $6 million in funding in 2017 and another $12.5 million in 2019. The company reportedly discontinued services in September.
This week in broadband builds: Frontier reaches 5 million with fiber network, NTIA awards tribal broadband grants, Spectrum's RDOF build live in parts of Wisconsin – and more.
Altice USA's board has decided to hold onto Suddenlink, the cable network and service assets primarily focused on rural parts of the US.
Scientists are warning that AST SpaceMobile's newest satellite "is now one of the brightest objects in the night sky," which could compromise astronomers' work.
Antenna's latest report shines the light on rising churn levels among several of the top premium subscription streaming services.
The quick buildout of new broadband capabilities may leave vulnerable communities unprotected from scammers and cyberattacks.
Rather than build out expensive infrastructure across the board, service providers can focus on specific use cases and provide purpose-built networks that meet the business needs for a specific customer.
The French telco incumbent has turned off the heating, switched off the lights and invested in the most energy-efficient tech it can find.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Turkcell's lawsuit against MTN is dismissed; Nokia lands DCI deal with AtNorth; Ofcom probes mid-contract price rises.
Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin highlights more key findings from the 2022 Coherent Optics Survey, focusing on operator preferences for coherent pluggable optics and integration challenges.
China's cloud market is shifting away from Internet players to legacy industry, with telcos picking up market share.
It seemed like a good idea at the time, but three new Asian operators are fighting for survival after entering heavily-served markets.
The prospect of a big commercial deployment next year is receding amid industry concerns about systems integration.