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Australia's TPG Had No 5G Plan. Does Anyone?
News Analysis | 9/12/2019

The legal battle over a proposed merger between two operators shines a bad light on Australia's telecom market.

Eurobites: Telia Appoints New CEO
News Analysis | 9/12/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Helios Towers reignites IPO; 5G lands at Gatwick Airport; OBS lands IP deployment gig; fiber-to-the-social-housing.

Apple's AR Headset Could Do for 5G What iPhone Did for 4G
DanoVision | 9/11/2019

Apple is rumored to be working on some kind of AR-capable headset. If the gadget is released, it could create the kind of cultural zeitgeist that the original iPhone did.

Verizon Promises Overhauled Fixed Wireless 5G Service Later This Year
News Analysis | 9/11/2019

The chief executive of Verizon's consumer business said more than 80% of the operator's 5G Home customers could install antenna receivers for the service themselves.

Why CenturyLink Bought Streamroot
News Analysis | 9/11/2019

Streamroot's peer-assisted CDN technology will help CenturyLink extend a video streaming bridge to hard-to-reach parts of the globe.

Trump's Trade War Has Cost the US 5G Industry $1.2B So Far, CTA Says
News Analysis | 9/11/2019

President Trump's tariffs on products from China have cost the US a total of $12 billion so far, according to new figures from the Consumer Technology Association.

Telefónica to Spend €1.6B on Workforce Makeover
News Analysis | 9/11/2019

Spanish operator will retrain 6,000 employees and offload others in its latest effort to bolster financial performance.

5G Business Models Still Elude Asian Telcos
News Analysis | 9/11/2019

Telcos have plenty of 5G use cases to show off but less idea when it comes to making money from the next-generation technology.

More Towers for Sale: Telefónica's Turn to Offload Assets
News Analysis | 9/11/2019

Following Vodafone, Spain's biggest operator puts its mobile sites up for review as it tries to cut debts and lower costs.

Eurobites: Orange & Ericsson Test 5G in Warsaw
News Analysis | 9/11/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone goes deeper in Kaltura's cloud; ADVA lands Russian data center contract; Deutsche Telekom revs up its blockchain scooters.

ECOC 2019 Preview: Beware of the Irish Goodbye
Column | 9/11/2019

The optical networking industry has seen its fair share of customers show up to the party and then leave without warning. One analyst ponders what's going to be different in the next 12 months.

Podcast: Apple's iPhone 11 & TV+ Debut – the Telco Angle
Wagner’s Ring | 9/11/2019

Will Apple's new iPhone 11 grow telco profits? Will Apple TV+ compete in a crowded OTT market? And why does everybody have fabulous hair in an Apple TV+ series where civilization has collapsed because everybody in the world is blind?

Anatomy of an OSS RFI Process
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/11/2019

Heavy Reading recently managed a request for information (RFI) process for a network operator – here's what happened...

What to Expect From Altice Mobile
News Analysis | 9/10/2019

Analysts expect Altice USA to collect 1.7 million mobile customers by 2023, and pay Sprint around $2.50 for each GB those customers consume.

Comcast, Programmers Sue Maine Over Cable à la Carte Law
News Analysis | 9/10/2019

They claim the new state law focused on cable operators is preempted by federal law, violates First Amendment.

Sprint, Peachtree Corners Et Al to Launch 5G IoT Lab in Georgia
News Analysis | 9/10/2019

Curiosity Labs relies on 5G for low-latency connectivity for automated vehicles, drones and more.

Another Tiny Wireless Operator Is Launching 5G
News Analysis | 9/10/2019

Nex-Tech Wireless, which serves parts of Kansas and Colorado, will use equipment from Ericsson to launch 5G. The announcement again shines light on rural US operators that use Huawei equipment.

Apple TV+ to debut November 1, fetch $4.99 per month
News Analysis | 9/10/2019

Apple to offer a free year of the new subscription VoD service with purchase of any new iPhone, Mac or Apple TV.

Broadcom Tunes Up Video Play for RDK
News Analysis | 9/10/2019

Aiming to speed up service provider deployment cycles, Broadcom's new RDK-infused chips for video set-tops and gateways weave in new app framework and Metrological's App Store.

Taiwan Finalizes 5G Network Sharing Arrangements
News Analysis | 9/10/2019

Taiwanese authorities are mandating network sharing arrangements as they prepare for an upcoming spectrum auction.

From X to Zzzzz: Apple's iPhone 11 faces an uphill struggle
Morris Lore | 9/10/2019

The gadget company's latest device seems unlikely to reinvigorate iPhone sales amid consumer apathy and growing competition.

Everactive Offers Battery-Less Power for IIoT
News Analysis | 9/10/2019

Everactive is looking to solve what it claims is a major problem for industrial IoT – the need to replace batteries.

SES & Microsoft Ink Unearthly Cloud Partnership
News Analysis | 9/10/2019

Satellite networking provider SES will bring Microsoft Azure cloud connectivity to remote locations, as well as Azure media services to broadcasters.

Podcast: Ciena's CEO Sets Sail for Growth
CxO Spotlight | 9/10/2019

Ciena CEO Gary Smith said that M&A is always a possibility as the company looks to build its software business while managing the growth of its optical platform sales to web-scale companies.

Masergy Puts a 'Virtual Engineer' in Enterprise Networks
News Analysis | 9/10/2019

Masergy provides an AI boost for enterprise network management.

ONF Debuts Open Source 'Stratum' Switch OS
News Analysis | 9/10/2019

Stratum is the foundation for the ONF's next-generation SDN initiative.

Eurobites: Telefónica to Wield Jobs Ax Again – Report
News Analysis | 9/10/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Soros considers sale of Hyperoptic stake; BT unleashes its drone killer; Nevion 5G virtualization project bags EU grant.

China Spices Things Up With 2-Become-1 5G Plan
News Analysis | 9/10/2019

Two of China's operators will come together to build a single 5G network that could be a game changer for the global industry.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Digital Services, Brexit... & Guinness
LRTV Documentaries | 9/10/2019

Shot on location in a Dublin pub, this week's podcast sees the regular crew joined by Openet's Niall Norton to talk digitalization, Brexit and more. Oh, and they drink some Guinness.

'Upswitching' From LTE Trips Up 5G Latency In South Korea
News Analysis | 9/10/2019

Yes, 5G provides blazing-fast speeds. But new research from IHS Markit's RootMetrics in South Korea found that some users are seeing latency hiccups due to the fact they need to first move from LTE to 5G in order to access those blazing-fast speeds.

AT&T, Verizon Inch Toward Open RAN
News Analysis | 9/9/2019

AT&T said it tested an eCPRI connection with equipment from Nokia and Samsung, while Verizon appears to have deployed Nokia's cloud RAN. The moves reflect growing operator interest in open RAN technologies.

ViacomCBS won't claw back content
The Bauminator | 9/9/2019

Unlike Disney, the newly formed ViacomCBS isn't expected to forgo lucrative licensing dollars just to pump fuel into its OTT, direct-to-consumer plans.

Trump is losing the European war against Huawei
Morris Lore | 9/9/2019

US efforts to have the controversial Chinese vendor banned from Europe's 5G networks are failing.

AT&T Could Win in 5G, but Needs an Overhaul First, Activist Investor Says
News Analysis | 9/9/2019

Elliott Management, which now owns around 1.2% of AT&T's total market value value, argued the company must refocus on its core businesses. AT&T believes it has already set the right course for the company.

Altitude TV Exploring Streaming Pact With Amazon – Report
News Analysis | 9/9/2019

As its impasse with AT&T, Dish and Comcast drags on, the regional sports net is sizing up Amazon as a potential distribution partner.

China Mobile Eyes Network Slicing Market in 2020
News Analysis | 9/9/2019

China's biggest service provider is investing in edge computing and network slicing capabilities as it extends its 5G network reach.

Eurobites: Proximus Boss Protests Innocence Over Shares Sale
News Analysis | 9/9/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Roku targets UK market with Hisense; SES launches cloud service on Microsoft's Azure; Telekom Slovenije offers data gifting.

AT&T & Verizon: All Quiet on Narrowband IoT
News Analysis | 9/6/2019

AT&T is 'readying things' on NB-IoT, while Verizon remains silent on customer traction on the narrowband technology.

U.S. Cellular's New 'Fairness' Campaign to Include Rural 5G Component
News Analysis | 9/6/2019

U.S. Cellular is embarking on a new advertising campaign that will include how it plans to expand 5G into rural areas.

Samsung to Make 80% of 5G Smartphones in 2019
News Analysis | 9/6/2019

Samsung said it expects to ship fully 4 million 5G smartphones in 2019, which according to figures from Strategy Analytics would make it responsible for fully 80% of all 5G phones sold this year.

RJio Set to Disrupt India's Wired Broadband Market
News Analysis | 9/6/2019

The operator that wreaked havoc in India's mobile market has now launched its fixed-line broadband service.

Even AT&T Can't Fly Solo to the Cloud
News Analysis | 9/6/2019

This week's Tech Mahindra partnership shows that even a Tier 1 behemoth like AT&T needs help moving to the cloud.

Australia's Huawei Ban Is Hurting TPG & 5G
News Analysis | 9/6/2019

A decision to exclude Chinese vendors from the 5G market on grounds of security has taken a heavy toll on TPG and could put Australian 5G at risk.

Rakuten Delays Launch of Cloud-Native Network
News Analysis | 9/6/2019

The Japanese ecommerce giant is delaying the launch of services on its mobile network over performance concerns.

Smokey & the NFV Bandit
Column | 9/6/2019

NFV has many naysayers, but it's alive, kicking and thriving, with SD-WAN as a significant catalyst.

WiCipedia: The Whitest Black Candidates & Conferences Take a Political Stand
WiCipedia | 9/6/2019

This week in our WiCipedia roundup: Google is accused of whitewashing its diversity hires; tech conferences for women get political; the sponsor search continues; and more.

Eurobites: Ericsson's Ekholm Tells Employees He's Going Nowhere
News Analysis | 9/6/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Dominique Leroy leaves Proximus for KPN and massive pay rise; TIM and Ericsson test cloud-native 5G network; Telenor's merger with Axiata is off.

AT&T Hires Tech Mahindra for Cloud Move
News Analysis | 9/6/2019

Tech Mahindra will help AT&T migrate its back office applications to the cloud, building a business foundation for 5G.

Telenor, Axiata Scrap $13B Merger Over 'Complexities'
News Analysis | 9/6/2019

The failure of the merger deal could weigh heavily on the two operators.

LoRa, NB-IoT Tussle in the LPWAN IoT Arena
News Analysis | 9/5/2019

LoRa expected to be a de facto standard, according to Semtech, even as NB-IoT deployments grow.

Meet AT&T's New Communications Division Leadership
News Analysis | 9/5/2019

AT&T's biggest business unit now has a new leadership team. Here's a look at who is likely running the company's wired and wireless networks, and its overall mobile and wired Internet offerings.

Comcast sparks streaming app for LG TVs
News Analysis | 9/5/2019

Beta of Xfinity Stream app for LG supports Comcast's live TV, VoD and cloud DVR services and works on 4K and HD models from 2017 to 2019.

5G Is Not Among Trump's R&D Priorities
News Analysis | 9/5/2019

5G is no longer named as one of the nation's R&D priorities for federal spending. The White House last year specifically pointed to 5G as a technological priority.

Ciena CEO: Carriers No Longer Hooked on Huawei
News Analysis | 9/5/2019

International operators are set to ween themselves off Huawei, claims Ciena CEO Gary Smith.

Is There a Payoff for Free Wireless?
News Analysis | 9/5/2019

Several wireless providers, including Sprint, T-Mobile and FreedomPop, have toyed with 'free' service offerings. However, the freemium business model appears tricky to implement.

Altice Mobile Expects to Be in the Black Within 12 Months
News Analysis | 9/5/2019

'We wouldn't be in this business if we didn't think it would become a profitable standalone business,' Altice USA CEO Dexter Goei says.

AT&T, Verizon Perfect 5G Showboating With NFL Stadium Deployments
DanoVision | 9/5/2019

Both AT&T and Verizon said they will show off 5G services in NFL football stadiums. But the details of their announcements highlight the fact that it's still early days in the 5G space.

Web-Scale Business Fuels Ciena's Growth but Stock Takes a Hit
News Analysis | 9/5/2019

Transport gear and software vendor reports year-on-year revenue growth of more than 17% to $960.6 million, with a hefty chunk of revenues coming from web-scale customers, but investors reacted negatively to outlook.

Altice Mobile debuts $20 per month 'price for life' to Optimum and Suddenlink subs
News Analysis | 9/5/2019

Altice USA's new 'Unlimited Everything' offering, underpinned by its MVNO deal with Sprint, will be sold for $30 per line per month to non-Optimum and Suddenlink customers in or near its 21-state footprint.

Eurobites: MTS Gets 2.1 Gbit/s From Samsung Device in Trials With Nokia & Qualcomm
News Analysis | 9/5/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MegaFon microwaves with Ericsson; Vodafone enters Oman with OFT; Gorgeous Gavin turns up at Salesforce.

Deutsche Telekom finally gets to launch 5G
News Analysis | 9/5/2019

The German operator has been given the spectrum it needs to provide 5G services three months after the country's 5G auction wrapped up.

Eluvio Aims to Elude Video Transcoding & the CDN
News Analysis | 9/5/2019

Startup led by former Aspera CEO Michelle Munson enters the global OTT scene with a low-latency 'Content Fabric' designed to disrupt the streaming video market.

Amazon Stokes Up Fire TV Platform as Active Users Surpass 37M
News Analysis | 9/4/2019

Amazon introduces 15 smart TVs that run Fire TV, alongside a new 'Cube' device with 4K and Dolby Vision support.

Samsung Intros First Chipset With 5G Built-In
News Analysis | 9/4/2019

Samsung intros an integrated 5G processor as manufacturers prepare a new wave of 5G silicon.

America's First Big 5G Midband Spectrum Auction Will Be in June 2020
News Analysis | 9/4/2019

The FCC said it will auction 70MHz of 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum starting on June 25 of 2020. That's likely a relief to companies like AT&T and Verizon that have said they need more midband spectrum for 5G.

TiVo Hones 'Edge' DVR Ahead of Company Split
News Analysis | 9/4/2019

New family of connected devices for cable TV customers and cord-cutters will reportedly pack six tuners, 2 terabytes of storage and support 4K and Dolby Atmos.

Deconstructing the Telco Cloud
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/4/2019

The term 'telco cloud' is used often, but it can mean different things to different people.

Getting Ready for the Visual Cloud
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/4/2019

In a half-day conference at IBC in Amsterdam next week, Intel and partners will show off the visual cloud and demonstrate how it can deliver rich, immersive, interactive video experiences and graphics-based workloads.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: SVoD, Content Investment & Ericsson
LRTV Documentaries | 9/4/2019

Ovum's Ed Barton is the special guest this week, bringing SVoD insights and more. Also: What's going on at Ericsson?

New 5G Chips Put Huawei at the Forefront
News Analysis | 9/4/2019

China's biggest network equipment vendor is now emerging as a 5G chip powerhouse.

Altitude TV says OTT doesn't make enough dollars or sense
News Analysis | 9/4/2019

The embattled regional sports network claims that the economics of a direct-to-consumer subscription streaming model don't add up.

Fastweb, Wind Tre take 5G network sharing to the limit
News Analysis | 9/4/2019

A 5G network-sharing agreement between the Italian operators could help to validate network slicing and provide a new paradigm for Europe's ailing service providers.

Qualcomm Looks to a Multimode – & More Competitive – Future
News Analysis | 9/4/2019

Qualcomm is planning for a multimode 5G future as it faces up to more competition and reduced sales to Huawei.

Eurobites: EE Trumps Rivals in UK Network Test
News Analysis | 9/4/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: A1 replaces Vip brand in North Macedonia; MobileLinks increases capacity with Net Insight; Sky offers WiFi guarantee.

The Edge Is Coming but Are Networks Ready?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 9/4/2019

Edge computing brings high-performance storage, compute and network resources closer to users and devices than ever before.

Eutelsat Surprise Splits 5G Spectrum Alliance
News Analysis | 9/4/2019

European satellite operator Eutelsat said it is leaving the C-Band Alliance, but will still participate in the sale of C-Band spectrum for 5G – adding another layer of complexity atop an already complex situation.

AT&T's American Tower Deal Hints at Progress in Tower Play
News Analysis | 9/3/2019

AT&T inked a new, long-term deal with US tower giant American Tower. While the details of the deal remain unclear, it appears to signal some movement in AT&T's broader tower strategy.

Huawei: 'I Know What You Are, but What Am I?'
Wagner’s Ring | 9/3/2019

After years of defending itself against US spying accusations, Huawei claims the US government is spying on it.

OSTV Now Stalls on the Launchpad
The Bauminator | 9/3/2019

Countdown to the debut of a new video streaming service connected to Omniverse CEO Jason DeMeo featuring 50 'top' US TV channels starting at $50 leads to nothing... so far.

McElfresh Takes Over for Donovan at AT&T, Stankey Named COO
News Analysis | 9/3/2019

John Stankey and Jeff McElfresh are stepping up to take over leadership at AT&T in the wake of John Donovan's departure. McElfresh specifically will be in charge of AT&T's move into 5G.

US Broadband Subscriber Slowdown Could Spark ARPU Gains
News Analysis | 9/3/2019

A deceleration in broadband subscriber growth could amplify cable's focus on broadband with higher prices and even less emphasis on retaining less profitable pay-TV customers.

China's 5G Rollout to Reach 300 Cities in 2020
News Analysis | 9/3/2019

The ramp-up is set to accelerate next year as all three Chinese operators seek to sign up 5G customers.

Poland Gives Huawei, ZTE the 5G Cold Shoulder
News Analysis | 9/3/2019

Poland's prime minister and the US vice president have signed an agreement that effectively bars Chinese vendors from the European country's 5G market.

Eurobites: Iliad in Talks Over Fiber Joint Venture
News Analysis | 9/3/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia seeks to smooth path to Bonnier acquisition; VEON sets out its long-term strategy; Deutsche Telekom connects the car to the smart home.

South Korea Closed July With Nearly 2M 5G Subs
News Analysis | 9/3/2019

Government data shows SK Telecom with more than 41% of 5G users at the end of July; country's 4G subscriber numbers start to decline.

Pressure on Huawei Shifts Closer to Home
News Analysis | 9/2/2019

The US campaign to pressure others into snubbing Huawei has had an impact in Vietnam and has now also moved underwater.

For VMware, It's All About the Edge
News Analysis | 9/2/2019

VMware is looking to the edge to seize its 5G opportunity.

Eurobites: Nokia Lands 5G Deal With Iliad
News Analysis | 9/2/2019

Also in today's EMEA round-up: Sky linked to Liberty Global hook-up on fiber; Pence talks 5G security in Poland; 4G in Ethiopia; TalkTalk lands schools' MPLS deal.

Podcast: Orange Silicon Valley CEO Helou on Tech as a Social, Economic Game-Changer
CxO Spotlight | 9/2/2019

Mireille Hellou recently took charge of an Orange business unit bringing together Californian innovation and the European telco. She talked with Light Reading editor Mitch Wagner about how that focus can be about more than profits.

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