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Evoca TV shut down looms if it can't raise more cash
News Analysis | 11/30/2022

Evoca TV, a pay-TV service delivered via over-the-air signals and Internet streaming in a handful of US markets, says it will cease operations this year if it can't raise more capital.

Demand strains SpaceX's Starlink network
News Analysis | 11/30/2022

Starlink's download speeds dropped 14% in Canada and 17% in the US from the second to third quarter of 2022, according to Ookla. 'Perhaps a victim of their own success,' says Ookla's Josh Fomon.

Disney nabs rest of BAMTech streaming company for $900M
News Analysis | 11/30/2022

Disney has snapped up Major League Baseball's remaining 15% stake in BAMTech, a company that delivers Disney+ and other Disney-owned streaming services.

Ericsson sees wider benefits of India's FWA ambitions
News Analysis | 11/30/2022

The latest Ericsson Mobility Report has upgraded growth forecasts for FWA based in part on deployment in populous markets such as India.

Time warp could cause millions of old 'PowerKEY' set-tops to go on the blink
News Analysis | 11/30/2022

Set-tops with security rooted to the days of Scientific-Atlanta will 'time out' and become inoperable in late 2024 due to an internal clock issue. But suppliers such as Vantiva and Adara are developing remedies.

Xcom's promise to Globalstar: To make '10 MHz of spectrum look like 50 MHz'
News Analysis | 11/30/2022

'Paul [Jacobs, CEO of Xcom] asserts his company can make 10 MHz of spectrum look like 50 MHz, enabling greater data throughput,' according to the financial analysts at B. Riley Securities.

Group urges FCC to label anchor institutions as broadband serviceable locations
News Analysis | 11/30/2022

The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition is urging the FCC to include community anchor institutions as broadband serviceable locations by default in the next version of its map.

Eurobites: Cost of Starlink devices rockets in Ukraine
News Analysis | 11/30/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus schedules 3G switch-off; Ericsson and Thales liberate eSIMs; Cellnex taps the power of aluminum.

Small can be beautiful in telco's B2B agenda
News Analysis | 11/30/2022

A new report from Beyond Now highlights how CSPs should change their way of thinking about SMEs.

Falling telco energy use at odds with the victim narrative
News Analysis | 11/30/2022

Some of Europe's biggest operators have counterintuitively managed to cut energy consumption in recent years despite all their complaints about rising costs.

Verizon could reverse customer losses in Q4
News Analysis | 11/29/2022

Frank Boulben, Verizon's chief revenue officer, recently presented at a Wells Fargo conference and said the operator is on track to report growth in its consumer postpaid net customer additions.

Boeing brings 5G and terrestrial tech to MEO satellites
LRTV Interviews | 11/29/2022

Boeing's Ryan Reid explains how terrestrial telecom technologies are being utilized in the new O3b mPower satellites, which Boeing is manufacturing in partnership with satellite operator SES.

Former Comcast engineering exec Shane Portfolio heads to Charter
News Analysis | 11/29/2022

As SVP, network engineering and technology, Portfolio will oversee the architecture and engineering of Charter's core access network. Charter also upped two in its product/tech org: Gary Koerper and Mike Baldino.

T-Mobile signs on for DigitalBridge's MGM gamble
News Analysis | 11/29/2022

ExteNet, a DigitalBridge company, is building a massive network across more than two dozen properties for casino giant MGM. And now T-Mobile plans to use that network.

Verizon’s response to T-Mobile trash-talking: Just you wait
News Analysis | 11/29/2022

At Qualcomm's Snapdragon Summit, Verizon VP Brian Mecum responded to T-mobile ads: 'That's their focus, good for them.' His focus seems to be on the big things in store for C-band.

The Divide: How Bluepeak is bringing broadband competition to overlooked cities
LRTV Interviews | 11/29/2022

This week: Bluepeak's CCO Jeff Seidenfaden and subscriber Mike Podoll join to discuss the company's deployment in Altus, Oklahoma, and how the ISP is offering more broadband choice to overlooked cities.

Eurobites: Strike-hit BT reaches deal with unions over pay
News Analysis | 11/29/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone gets edgy in Salford; Somalia issues first licensed spectrum; Norway bolsters subsea cable security.

Automated operations for 5G network slicing
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/29/2022

Heavy Reading operator survey identifies end-to-end orchestration as a key requirement for 5G network slicing. #sponsored

No 6G, please, we're British Telecom
News Analysis | 11/29/2022

The UK telecom incumbent questions the need for another mobile generation when 5G has yet to find its mojo.

China well ahead on 5G private networks? Depends
News Analysis | 11/29/2022

Loose definitions help explain why the adoption of private 5G appears to be rocketing in China.

Iger shoots down Disney-Apple deal rumor – reports
News Analysis | 11/28/2022

In his return as Disney's CEO, Iger reportedly told employees that rumors about Disney selling to Apple are 'pure speculation' but confirmed that the company's hiring freeze will remain in place.

FCC adopts annual data collection rules for ACP
News Analysis | 11/28/2022

The FCC set final rules on what ISPs participating in the Affordable Connectivity Program are required to report, including precise pricing data, service plan characteristics and more.

iPhone Pro shipments to fall 6M on China factory unrest – report
News Analysis | 11/28/2022

With turmoil at Foxconn plant continuing, Apple still unclear on full impact on iPhone Pro production.

SKT strikes metaverse deal with Singtel as it takes ifland global
News Analysis | 11/28/2022

SKT signs Singtel as southeast Asian partner for its new global metaverse platform.

6G spectrum: A game of centimeters
DanoVision | 11/28/2022

Early buzz around 5G and 6G centered on highband spectrum in the mmWave and THz bands, but now vendors like Ericsson and Nokia have pegged 7GHz to 20GHz as the 'midband' for 6G.

December in New York: Time to talk 5G transport
Column | 11/28/2022

Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin cheers the return of a special 5G-focused optical networking event to New York City on December 6. #sponsored

Eurobites: Vodafone, Deutsche Glasfaser agree wholesale fiber deal
News Analysis | 11/28/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT looks to merge units to save costs; Nokia opens 5G/6G R&D center in Portugal; cyber-extortion on the rise in Europe.

Indian telcos explore price rises
News Analysis | 11/28/2022

India's Airtel is raising mobile prices in two circles and its move could trigger increases by rivals across the country.

US aims star-spangled boot at Huawei's bruised body
News Analysis | 11/28/2022

The latest American rules against Chinese firms are another sign of globalization's demise in the technology sector.

AT&T quietly updates 5G coverage info amid mapping madness
DanoVision | 11/25/2022

AT&T updated its online coverage maps to show where it's offering midband 5G services. The operator hopes to cover around 130 million people with its midband network by the end of this year.

Downsized VEON looks beyond Russia for growth
News Analysis | 11/25/2022

Sale of Russian operations via an MBO will halve the group's annual revenues based on 2021 figures.

Eurobites: Openreach hits back at fiber go-slow claims
News Analysis | 11/25/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT's Allera wants to share the social tariff burden; 5G in emerging markets; Orange, 1&1 strike roaming deal.

Towerco consolidation would show up huge conflicts of interest
Morris Lore | 11/25/2022

Europe's biggest operators are selling tower services to the same companies they compete against in the consumer-facing market.

Tata in push to be India's first major telecom vendor
News Analysis | 11/25/2022

The Indian conglomerate thinks it can be an end-to-end vendor of telecom products, but so do many others.

In a first, China hands out 5G spectrum to aircraft-maker
News Analysis | 11/25/2022

Comac becomes first enterprise to acquire its own 5G spectrum - but it's unlikely to open the gate to more allocations.

What the rise of the robots means for BT
News Analysis | 11/24/2022

In a muddy corner of England, the UK's telecom incumbent is plotting its future in a world of drone-filled skies and farming robots.

Eurobites: BICS bigs up 5G SA roaming breakthrough
News Analysis | 11/24/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Du virtualizes with Nokia; JSC Ingenium opts for Enea's DPI software; Microsoft goes green for Irish data centers.

Netherlands plots ways to close stubborn fiber gap
News Analysis | 11/24/2022

The Netherlands is stepping up efforts to connect 19,000 addresses at a cost that recent EU estimates put at up to euro 100,000 per household.

The Buildout: Comcast Business invests $3M in Virginia, NTIA awards $225M for tribal broadband
News Analysis | 11/23/2022

This week in broadband builds: Comcast Business expands in Virginia, NTIA awards $225 million for tribal broadband, Wave 7 progress in North Carolina, TDS Telecom in Wisconsin – and more.

Connecticut AG takes aim at Altice USA
News Analysis | 11/23/2022

State Attorney General William Tong has opened an investigation into the cable provider after 'nearly 500 complaints' about slow broadband speeds, hidden fees and poor technical support.

DOCSIS 4.0 CPE costs won't break the bank – Liberty Global CTO
News Analysis | 11/23/2022

Liberty Global's Enrique Rodriguez says the costs for D4.0 gateways won't exceed the costs of today's D3.1 gear. He also outlined how FTTP and DOCSIS 4.0 will fit into the company's network evolution plan.

T-Mobile may continue the fight over its employees' T-Voice group
News Analysis | 11/23/2022

'We completely disagree with the NLRB's decision and are disappointed in the outcome of this latest ruling,' T-Mobile said in a statement. 'We're considering next steps, including appealing.'

T-Mobile execs open a door to mmWave FWA
News Analysis | 11/23/2022

At a recent Qualcomm media gathering, T-Mobile executives indicated the carrier's 5G ambitions now include a 'much more broader' rollout of voice over 5G next year.

Eurobites: BT hits the brakes on fiber buildout
News Analysis | 11/23/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telkom SA hit by power-cut costs; CMA launches mobile browser probe; Telecom Italia lets employees disconnect.

Sylva marks latest telco backlash against US public cloud
News Analysis | 11/23/2022

Europe's operators are not keen to run their telco workloads on expensive and suboptimal systems owned by US hyperscalers.

Another telco supply-chain shortage: cable ships
News Analysis | 11/23/2022

Supply of cable vessels near a breaking point as relentless cost-cutting drives out profit down the supply chain.

Ciena's buying two firms so it can bring more to the edge
News Analysis | 11/22/2022

The optical networking vendor adds pieces to complement its routing and switching portfolio in a market that's still heating up.

SES CTO on launching software-defined satellites
CxO Spotlight | 11/22/2022

CTO Ruy Pinto met up with Light Reading on site at Boeing Satellite in El Segundo, California, earlier this month with an update on the scheduled O3b mPower satellite launch.

Dish begins publishing APIs, courting developers for 5G
News Analysis | 11/22/2022

Dish Network launched a new website for developers that offers a variety of application programming interfaces (APIs) into its 5G network.

T-Mobile releases IoT developer kits into the wild
News Analysis | 11/22/2022

US operator T-Mobile is launching IoT developer kits which is described as "its next step to unleash developers to innovate for wireless."

Eurobites: Rakuten brings open RAN experience to the UK
News Analysis | 11/22/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre and Toob strike network-sharing deal; Nokia upgrades Balitower network; Prysmian settles patents dispute with FiberHome.

Now is the time to take 5G indoors
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/22/2022

Indoor 5G is the next logical step to deliver a great indoor experience and enable advanced use cases. #sponsored

6G poses existential threat to Ericsson
News Analysis | 11/22/2022

Big changes in mobile technology would bring peril for a company that owes the entirety of its profits to its networks unit.

Sylva joins Camara et al to solve edge puzzle
News Analysis | 11/22/2022

The latest Light Reading Symposium puts the spotlight on the growing pool of initiatives designed to improve 5G edge services.

Bob Iger's return to Disney may shake up streaming biz
News Analysis | 11/21/2022

Analysts expect Bob Iger, in his return as Disney's CEO, to speed up corporate decision-making and take a fresh look at the company's streaming business. UPDATE: Iger is already pursuing a big reorg.

Here's where BEAD planning funds are rolling out first
News Analysis | 11/21/2022

NTIA has distributed over $55 million so far in planning grants for states to build out broadband offices, identify unserved/underserved areas, perform impact assessments and more.

AT&T's new complaint: T-Mobile has too much 5G spectrum
News Analysis | 11/21/2022

'T-Mobile controls a grossly outsized portion of the midband spectrum needed to fuel the 5G revolution,' AT&T told the FCC in a petition urging it to withhold T-Mobile's 2.5GHz auction winnings.

Warning signs flash that 'fiber bubble' could pop, analyst says
News Analysis | 11/21/2022

Fiber overbuilds continue at relatively high rates, but rising labor and equipment costs paired with higher cost of capital point to diminished returns on investment, MoffettNathanson warns.

How one AI startup aims to improve cable ARPU
News Analysis | 11/21/2022

Actifai says its tools for service reps have generated sustained ARPU improvements for network operators.

Korea cancels 28GHz allocations over missed rollout targets
News Analysis | 11/21/2022

KT, LG Uplus lose their mmWave spectrum after failing to comply with license conditions on network buildouts.

Looming recession may hurt 5G in India
News Analysis | 11/21/2022

The recession will impact adoption of the recently launched 5G services in the consumer as well as enterprise segments.

Meet Uncle Sam, your new personal telecom shopping assistant
DanoVision | 11/21/2022

Thanks to congressional mandates, the FCC is working to supply information regarding telecom coverage, speeds, latency and a vast array of other data that could affect Americans' shopping habits.

ATX CEO on bridging the labor gap and what's next in cable tech
CxO Spotlight | 11/21/2022

Dan Whalen discusses the origins and goals of a new field tech training and deployment program and how cable network upgrade activity is heating up.

Eurobites: Virgin Media trials TIP-tech Wi-Fi in Dublin
News Analysis | 11/21/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Cellnex says M&A is off the table for now; Arm IPO delayed; Germany backs French rockets.

Dish's 'killer' firmware update bricks some Slingbox models, users claim
The Bauminator | 11/18/2022

A firmware update from Dish sent to certain Slingbox models prevents users from resurrecting the devices using a technical workaround to remedy Dish's decision to shut down Slingbox servers on November 9.

The Notebook Dump: CTIA unimpressed with CBRS, Comcast unleashes HFC, shrinking MEO satellites
LRTV Interviews | 11/18/2022

The Light Reading editors discuss whether anything interesting is going on in the CBRS spectrum band, updates on Comcast's hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) network, and Kelsey's tour of Boeing's satellite facility in the Notebook Dump for the week ending November 18.

Nokia opens up about its software subscription business
News Analysis | 11/18/2022

By the end of this year, Nokia hopes to count up to 20 different customers for its various software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings. The company launched the effort one year ago.

Small EdgeQ embarks on Intel-slaying mission in 5G
News Analysis | 11/18/2022

A 200-person startup heavily staffed by former Qualcomm employees says it has a mobile infrastructure chip that would put telcos in charge.

FCC releases broadband map, opens public challenge process
News Analysis | 11/18/2022

The public can review the first version of the FCC's National Broadband Map and submit challenges to location and availability data.

The age of eSIM is officially here
DanoVision | 11/18/2022

Just a few years after the US Department of Justice investigated Verizon, AT&T and others for blocking eSIM, the technology is being widely embraced by smartphone vendors, operators and others.

Eurobites: EU paves way for IRIS satellite constellation
News Analysis | 11/18/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OneWeb strikes another deal in Africa; Nokia and KPN trial 25G PON; why Deutsche Telekom is a telco lovebrand.

Roku to lay off 200 US employees as consumer and ad spending wanes
News Analysis | 11/17/2022

Citing tough economic conditions that have contributed to a turbulent ad spending market and slowing consumer spending, Roku said it will cut 200 jobs in the US.

The Divide: Flume's CEO on what happened with NYC's Internet Master Plan
LRTV Interviews | 11/17/2022

This week: Prashanth Vijay, CEO of Flume, returns to the podcast to share thoughts on NYC's decision to shift strategies on closing the digital divide. Plus, we discuss Flume's growth over the past year, new buildout plans and its participation in the city's Civilian Climate Corps for workforce development.

New frontiers for coherent optics
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/17/2022

As coherent optical technology evolves, it introduces new opportunities for operators but also new requirements for addressing those opportunities. Operators are eyeing 400G transport services for both internal and external applications, and pushing coherent optics at 100G data rates down to the metro edge. #sponsored

FWA performance 'middle of the pack' in many US markets – Opensignal
News Analysis | 11/17/2022

Performance varied by market, but Opensignal's first fixed broadband study found some common threads - cable performed well on downloads, fiber led on uploads and FWA players were in the middle on many metrics.

What's the Story? All SES wants for Christmas are MEO satellites
LRTV Interviews | 11/17/2022

Connecting Africa's Paula Gilbert interviews Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser about her recent tour of Boeing's satellite facility and meeting with SES.

Eurobites: EU's Digital Services Act is go
News Analysis | 11/17/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Bouygues looks buoyant; UK government reverses chip plant takeover deal; Greek fiber network goes with Adtran.

Cox firms up mobile prices, expands coverage and preps 5G network
News Analysis | 11/17/2022

Cox Mobile expanded services across Louisiana, the Gulf Coast, Central Florida, Middle Georgia and Northern Virginia. The company also disclosed pricing and hinted at its 5G ambitions.

Cisco warns of layoffs and a $600M restructuring bill
News Analysis | 11/17/2022

The maker of Internet routers and switches reported sales growth for its first quarter but saw profits come under pressure.

India still pushing ahead with controversial data rules
News Analysis | 11/17/2022

A bill was withdrawn by the government earlier this year but seems likely to surface in the upcoming budget session.

Cable ops worldwide in hot pursuit of virtual CMTS – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 11/16/2022

An astonishing 100% of cable operators responding to a Dell'Oro Group survey say they have deployed or are planning to deploy a virtual cable modem termination system within the next 24 months.

Average monthly data usage nears half a terabyte as 1-Gig adoption climbs – study
News Analysis | 11/16/2022

Average data usage for Q3 2022 hit 495.5 gigabytes, up 13.9% versus the year-ago quarter, and the number of broadband subs taking speeds of 1 Gbit/s or more rose 35% year-over-year, according to OpenVault.

T-Mobile, UScellular may get roped into the 5G vs. airline battle
News Analysis | 11/16/2022

The airline industry is asking the Biden administration to further extend prohibitions on C-band 5G around some US airports. That could affect a variety of providers, including T-Mobile and UScellular.

Dito CME sinks further into the red on heavy forex losses
News Analysis | 11/16/2022

Liabilities of Dito Telecom parent outweigh assets by $500m as company battles to raise fresh funds.

Romania fails to sell all 5G spectrum as DT stays away
News Analysis | 11/16/2022

The absence of Deutsche Telekom at Europe's latest 5G auction suggests it is preparing to exit the Romanian mobile market.

Lawsuits over 3G shutdowns start piling up
News Analysis | 11/16/2022

Ford and Volkswagen are the latest companies to face legal action over the decision by AT&T and others to shut down their 3G networks.

'Fiber+' branding seeps into cable marketing
The Bauminator | 11/16/2022

A few network operators, including GCI and Shaw, are using 'Fiber+' branding to sound less like cable companies.

Eurobites: Heavy hitters combine on telco cloud stack initiative
News Analysis | 11/16/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia senses a 6G opportunity; Hyperoptic boss gets angry about mid-contract price rises; Saudis increase stake in Meta and Google.

Altice USA hiring freeze covers most job areas
News Analysis | 11/15/2022

Hiring pause exempts 'customer-facing openings and very select other roles,' new Altice CEO Dennis Mathew told company leaders this week.

What's the Story? Edge computing ain't easy
LRTV Interviews | 11/15/2022

Light Reading's Mike Dano and Phil Harvey review the Leading Lights Awards categories they judged, ranging from 5G to optical transport.

FCC grant programs aim to boost ACP enrollment
News Analysis | 11/15/2022

'Affordability is the number one most cited barrier to broadband adoption,' said the FCC's Alejandro Roark on a webinar kicking off the ACP Outreach Grant Program.

CTIA report on CBRS ignites firestorm of criticism
News Analysis | 11/15/2022

The CTIA argues that there is 'low utilization, low market demand, and a dearth of innovative use cases' in the 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum band. But that claim has sparked furious disagreements.

Comcast's multi-gig network upgrade to cost less than $200 per home passed
News Analysis | 11/15/2022

Update: Comcast confirmed that the cost figure cited by Chief Network Officer Elad Nafshi covers 'mid-split' upgrades, network virtualization and the eventual move to DOCSIS 4.0.

DFW Airport ponders a decade-long private wireless contract
News Analysis | 11/15/2022

Bids to build a wireless platform for the sprawling 27-square-mile North Texas airport are due this week. The airport wants a private network that routes people, bags and vehicles more efficiently than ever before.

China Unicom expands 5G network with new 900MHz spectrum
News Analysis | 11/15/2022

Unicom expects 170,000 basestations to be deployed on refarmed spectrum by year-end.

US fiber frenzy hits some speed bumps
News Analysis | 11/15/2022

Wells Fargo now expects the US fiber industry to collectively construct connections to just over 8 million new locations in 2022 - down from the roughly 9 million they had expected.

Vodafone takes axe to €1B in costs as recession looms
News Analysis | 11/15/2022

Amid rampant inflation and concern about energy costs, the UK-headquartered operator is making an even bigger deal about automation.

Eurobites: Italy shines in Iliad's Q3
News Analysis | 11/15/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Eir's flat Q3; new Italian government considers renationalization option for Telecom Italia; Telefonica examines its environmental impact.

Vantage Towers CEO: Consolidation game is still on
News Analysis | 11/15/2022

Vivek Badrinath indicates recent deals with infrastructure investors do not preclude further combinations.

What's the Story? Leading Lights entries double down on cloud native
LRTV Interviews | 11/14/2022

Light Reading's Iain Morris and Kelsey Ziser review the Leading Lights Awards categories they judged and examine surprising trends that appeared in the submissions.

With Democrats' Senate wins, Sohn is likely headed to the FCC
News Analysis | 11/14/2022

President Biden nominated Gigi Sohn to the FCC eight months into his presidency, but her nomination was never approved. That might change following midterm elections that favored Democrats.

WOW's mobile foray in 'initial stages' as broadband pressures surface
News Analysis | 11/14/2022

WOW did not break out any mobile subscriber numbers in its Q3 results – the first full quarter in which the company sold the new offering. 'I think this is a pairing that makes sense,' CEO Teresa Elder said.

John Legere as CEO of Twitter? Musk says 'no'
News Analysis | 11/14/2022

John Legere, T-Mobile's former CEO and perhaps the most well known and successful telecom executive of the modern era, applied for the CEO job at Elon Musk's Twitter. Musk said 'no.'

Telco cost complaints about network traffic don't stack up
Morris Lore | 11/14/2022

An analysis by Vodafone's most senior technology executive undermines the argument that a surge in data traffic is squeezing profits.

The Buildout: New Mexico taps Comcast, electric co-ops for broadband grants
News Analysis | 11/14/2022

This week in broadband builds: New Mexico awards $39 million for broadband pilot, Ritter partners with Jonesboro, Arkansas, Virginia's Pipers Gap Fiber Project gets funds – and more.

Orange launches 5G in Botswana
News Analysis | 11/14/2022

Orange has launched a commercial 5G network in Botswana, the operator's first in Africa.

Bundles emerge as a critical weapon in the US cable-wireless war
News Analysis | 11/14/2022

Charter recently introduced its SpectrumOne promotion that offers home broadband and mobile services for around $50 for the first year. Verizon and T-Mobile have similar offers on the mobile side.

Eurobites: Arqiva, MainStreaming team up for broadcast-grade video streaming
News Analysis | 11/14/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange launches 5G in Botswana; cybersecurity dealmaking; A1 Austria gets rid of in-store paperwork.

Coherent 400G and beyond: Architectures and applications
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/14/2022

Results from Heavy Reading's 2022 Coherent Optics Survey indicate that the future of optics is not one-size-fits-all, but rather, a mix of pluggable and embedded optics across different architectures. #sponsored

The Notebook Dump: Broadband prevails, satellites are cool and Twitter's a mess
LRTV Documentaries | 11/11/2022

Light Reading editors Nicole Ferraro, Mike Dano and Phil Harvey talk about broadband mapping, satellites, space commercialization and more in their recap of the work week ended November 11, 2022.

Netflix to join Disney, Apple, others in live streaming battleground
News Analysis | 11/11/2022

Netflix said its foray into live streaming will start next year with an event from comedian Chris Rock. The development signals another major expansion in the market for live content.

SKT's bold plan to transform into AI company
News Analysis | 11/11/2022

SK Telecom aims to put artificial intelligence at the center of its business.

Edge computing refuses to mature
News Analysis | 11/11/2022

For edge computing, 'it is still unknown where it will be deployed or what it will effectively be, and without an application to drive it, it is very hard to describe what the target vertical will be,' BofA wrote.

Eurobites: Tele2 Russia takes Ericsson to court over 'undelivered equipment'
News Analysis | 11/11/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Cellnex closes Hutchison deal in UK; progress (and lack of it) on renewable energy use; EU lawmakers approve new cyber directive.

'Hidden champion' 1&1 Versatel eyes fiber opportunities
News Analysis | 11/11/2022

Versatel sees chance to approach new customer groups through the fiber network it is building to underpin 1&1's 5G network.

Rakuten Mobile turnaround cannot happen fast enough
News Analysis | 11/11/2022

Losses at the Japanese company have mounted and it is now in talks with local banks about the continued funding of its mobile rollout.

DT has axed 4,000 US jobs this year despite T-Mobile pledge
News Analysis | 11/10/2022

The latest report published by T-Mobile's German parent shows a major reduction in US staff numbers this year.

5G network slicing and high volume OTT traffic
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/10/2022

Network slicing is a new capability in 5G architecture that offers a mechanism to create and operate end-to-end logical networks tailored to the requirements of different use cases. The new Heavy Reading 5G Network Slicing Operator Survey is intended to help industry participants better understand the status of this technology.

Mercury scores $230M investment in pursuit of RDOF buildout
News Analysis | 11/10/2022

Northleaf Capital Partners said it will invest $230 million into Mercury Broadband, money that will sit alongside the $68.3 million the company obtained from the FCC's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF).

DT stays firm on German fiber targets
News Analysis | 11/10/2022

Timotheus Hottges is confident that the German operator will achieve its goal of passing 10 million premises with fiber in 2024.

The Divide: Sharayah Lane on the need for Indigenous-led broadband solutions
LRTV Interviews | 11/10/2022

The Internet Society's Sharayah Lane joins the podcast to discuss the digital divide in Indigenous communities across North America, where progress has and hasn't been made, and broadband policy ideas from the recent Indigenous Connectivity Summit.

Singtel sets aside $101M for Optus cyberattack costs
News Analysis | 11/10/2022

Optus parent starts to count the cost of customer data breach, warning it could go higher.

AWS may be pulling ahead of Microsoft and Google in telecom
News Analysis | 11/10/2022

According to a number of analysts and industry executives, AWS is pulling ahead of rivals Microsoft and Google Cloud in the pursuit of telecom network operators' cloud business.

How RDK is branching out to cover smart TVs and FWA
LRTV Interviews | 11/10/2022

RDK Management President Jason Briggs talks priorities for the Reference Design Kit, how smart TVs are entering the RDK picture and why it makes sense to extend support to fixed wireless access devices.

Eurobites: Is the EU about to make things even worse for Facebook?
News Analysis | 11/10/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ofcom heads into space; Nokia plugs on-demand core network software; Twitter's Ghanaian employees left high and dry.

Telecom Italia is how other telcos fear they may one day look
News Analysis | 11/10/2022

The Italian phone incumbent is carving off more bits to sell as the domestic sales decline continues.

Viasat, EchoStar and Iridium hint at cellular-to-satellite interest
News Analysis | 11/9/2022

The satellite operators join SpaceX, AST SpaceMobile, Globalstar and others with plans to connect smartphones to satellites. But analysts caution it won't happen soon.

Zuckerberg admits to mistakes as he cuts 11,000 Facebook jobs
News Analysis | 11/9/2022

In a blog and memo to staff, Facebook's founder says the old normal is back and that he misjudged the market.

Vodafone maintains control advantage in new tower deal
News Analysis | 11/9/2022

Vodafone forms 'co-control' partnership with GIP and KKR for Vantage Towers.

Dish gets some more cash for 5G
News Analysis | 11/9/2022

Dish Network has raised another $2 billion for its 5G network. The money will likely help the company reach its FCC-mandated goal of covering 70% of the US population with 5G.

US Cable has strong hand in mobile, says Recon Analytics' Roger Entner
LRTV Interviews | 11/9/2022

Cable operators are 'coming in with a very attractive price position,' Entner says, adding that their ability to offload traffic will not only reduce MVNO costs, but also drive product innovation.

Deutsche Telekom's shrinking IT unit gets another rejig
News Analysis | 11/9/2022

Having reportedly failed to land a buyer for T-Systems, the German operator goes in for another bout of restructuring.

Eurobites: Swisscom brings 5G to BMW iX via eSIM
News Analysis | 11/9/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telecom Italia sticks to Plan A; Three's Q3 revenues rise, but so does capex; Orange teams up with towerco Vanu for Cote d'Ivoire coverage.

Intel risks losing Arm wrestle as open RAN splits into rival camps
News Analysis | 11/9/2022

The US chipmaker is battling a US cohort of Arm licensees over the silicon products used in future mobile networks.

Disney beats streaming expectations, again
News Analysis | 11/8/2022

The Disney+ streaming video service reached 164.2 million subscribers globally, up from 118.1 million in the year-ago quarter.

T-Mobile joins AT&T in fiber fever
News Analysis | 11/8/2022

T-Mobile is reportedly working with Citigroup to find partners to invest up to $4 billion to build a fiber network, an effort that could reach up to 4 million homes.

NTT Docomo joins with Accenture in $4B Web3 tilt
News Analysis | 11/8/2022

NTT Docomo has set its sights on the emerging world of Web3, announcing a JV with Accenture to become a Web3 enabler.

UScellular warns cable: FWA is coming for you, but not until 2024
News Analysis | 11/8/2022

UScellular said it plans to upgrade its 5G network with midband spectrum, partly to offer speedy fixed wireless access services. However, that upgrade won't be underway until the end of 2023.

Broadband industry pushes Congress for tax exemption on grants
News Analysis | 11/8/2022

Industry warns Congress that a 2017 tax law risks forcing broadband grant recipients to return 'as much as 21 percent' to the federal government if a new bill isn't passed.

Equinix insulated from slowing of cloud growth, analysts report
News Analysis | 11/8/2022

Equinix could see some shaky ground in enterprise demand for cloud services on the horizon, but MoffettNathanson analysts believe it is well positioned to weather the storm.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom invests $25M in SD-WAN provider Teridion
News Analysis | 11/8/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Renault throws in its lot with Google Cloud; OneWeb boosts broadband coverage in Oman; UK users unhappy about mid-contract price rises.

Apple hit by iPhone delays as global handset sales sink to eight-year low
News Analysis | 11/7/2022

Apple warns of delays after Covid lockdown hits production at biggest iPhone assembly plant.

It looks like T-Mobile bought even more 5G spectrum
News Analysis | 11/7/2022

T-Mobile appears to have purchased $21.1 million worth of midband 2.5GHz spectrum from Shentel. The transaction is the latest effort by T-Mobile to reinforce its 5G network with more spectrum.

Farewell, Slingbox
The Bauminator | 11/7/2022

Slingbox servers will be permanently taken offline November 9, leaving all Slingboxes 'inoperable.' However, a retired telecom engineer has built a workaround called 'Slinger' that extends the life of the Slingbox.

Casa CEO expects a brighter 2023 as cable upgrade activity heats up
News Analysis | 11/7/2022

Casa's 2022 was wrought with supply chain issues that hit the bottom line, but CEO Jerry Guo says business will pick up across telco, mobile and cable, as the latter gets more aggressive with DAA upgrades.

Did FWA already peak in the US?
News Analysis | 11/7/2022

According to one official, FWA accounted for 95% of broadband net customer additions among top US operators in the third quarter. But one analyst firm believes that won't continue.

A wave of job cuts is crashing into the tech sector
News Analysis | 11/7/2022

The tech sector has been on a hiring spree for years, but that all looks set to change amid the deepening economic gloom.

Eurobites: Tele2 wins $33.5M tax appeal
News Analysis | 11/7/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica boss to chair GSMA; Telia optimizes household heating systems; HERE tech finds BMW berth.

New York says FCC map missing over 31,000 locations
News Analysis | 11/4/2022

The state said the initial iteration of the FCC's broadband map undercounts New York's digital divide by 31,000 locations. The FCC will debut a first draft of the new map this month.

The Notebook Dump: Broadband and magic mushrooms on the ballot
LRTV Interviews | 11/4/2022

Light Reading editors discuss which companies had a banner Q3 and others that hit some speed bumps in this Notebook Dump for the week ending November 4.

Comcast keeps Philly streets lit up and carefully tracked
LRTV Documentaries | 11/4/2022

Light Reading content partner Kurrant Insights presents an in-depth look at Comcast's smart cities business, focusing on the technology trail in its home city of Philadelphia.

BT's post-COVID message to UK: pay us more as we pay you less
Morris Lore | 11/4/2022

The British telecom incumbent has moved on from the virtue-signaling days of the lockdown as it tries to make ends meet.

Cable One invests $50M in Ziply Fiber
News Analysis | 11/4/2022

Cable One said the investment gives it a less than 10% equity interest in Ziply Fiber, a company that's building FTTP networks in parts of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

Gogo's planned 5G network is now two years late
News Analysis | 11/4/2022

Citing trouble with vendors including Airspan and Samsung, Gogo said its 5G network will now be commercially available at the end of 2023. The company had initially hoped to launch the network in 2021.

Keep an open mind on sector consolidation, counsels Telefónica
News Analysis | 11/4/2022

Telefonica Group COO Vila says Europe needs a flexible approach to telecoms consolidation because it remains a highly fragmented market.

It was too hard to quit Vonage
News Analysis | 11/4/2022

Ericsson unit gets dinged by regulators for making it too tough to cancel VoIP services.

SoftBank net drops 22%, warns of soaring energy bill
News Analysis | 11/4/2022

Telco takes 50 billion yen (US$339.6 billion) hit from Japan mobile price wars but forecasts improvement next year.

The Buildout: Flume goes west, Kinetic connects Cooks County
News Analysis | 11/4/2022

This week in broadband builds: Flume expands to California (and Connecticut), Kinetic connects Cooks County, Georgia, Spectrum's GREAT grants, WOW! starts greenfield builds in Central Florida – and more.

Eurobites: OneWeb strikes gateway deal with Paratus in Angola
News Analysis | 11/4/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Brazil bolsters Telefonica's Q3; Huawei's Hertz antenna platform pops up in Portugal; Virgin Media O2 on the recruitment trail.

CommScope can't rid itself of struggling Home Networks unit
News Analysis | 11/3/2022

With a spin-off of Home Networks still on the backburner, CommScope is pursuing a 'transformation plan' for the unit that makes and sells set-tops, broadband gateways and streaming devices.

Lumen expected to miss its 1M fiber buildout target
News Analysis | 11/3/2022

Lumen 'seems likely to miss its full-year enablement target of 1 million,' according to the MoffettNathanson analysts. 'And its goal of exiting the year at a 1.5-2 million run-rate appears out of reach.'

The FCC takes its bureaucracy beyond the stars
News Analysis | 11/3/2022

The regulatory agency said it is bulking up to handle the surge of interest and investment in satellite broadband, space tourism and new services we can't yet imagine.

Even the iPhone can't save Qualcomm from a slide
News Analysis | 11/3/2022

Qualcomm said it expects to supply most of the core chipsets for Apple's iPhone in 2023, up from its prior expectations of just 20%. But the company's outlook spooked investors.

The Divide: How SiFi Networks tackles digital inequity with open access 'FiberCities'
LRTV Interviews | 11/3/2022

This episode features ​​Shawn Parker, vice president of government affairs at SiFi Networks. He joins the podcast to discuss the company's open access 'FiberCities' model – currently in development in 32 cities across the US – and how it helps address the digital divide.

White spots may fade to grey in Germany's bid for full 4G coverage
News Analysis | 11/3/2022

Telefonica Deutschland CEO reveals that operators are in talks over moving from passive to active network sharing in white spots.

How one longtime telco exec learned to love DeWi
News Analysis | 11/3/2022

Samer Bishay founded Iristel in Canada and also owns a stake in Ice Wireless. Now he's pursuing the decentralized wireless market with his new startup, Karrier One.

BT accused of 'choking off' altnets as fiber splurge sparks worry
News Analysis | 11/3/2022

The British telecom incumbent risks losing market share to new fiber rivals and its financial performance is not pretty.

Eurobites: Colt buys Lumen's EMEA business for $1.8B
News Analysis | 11/3/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Belgian cable maneuvers; Capgemini joins open RAN project; TikTok dips into European data.

New Altice CEO, a former cable guy, backs Altice USA's big fiber bet
News Analysis | 11/3/2022

Fiber 'is the best broadband technology that exists today,' said Altice USA's CEO, Dennis Mathew.

Telcos didn't need open RAN to avoid a Nordic duopoly
Morris Lore | 11/3/2022

With or without open RAN, several big Asian vendors led by South Korea's Samsung are providing an increasingly viable alternative to Huawei.

Wide launch of Dish's Boost Infinite service slips to Q1 2023
News Analysis | 11/2/2022

Boost Infinite, a postpaid mobile service that will initially run on AT&T's network, is ironing out a set of 'operational issues' and is now set to launch in the first quarter of 2023, says Dish's Charlie Ergen.

Verizon MVNO MobileX launches beta with 'fake' unlimited plans
News Analysis | 11/2/2022

MobileX, a Verizon MVNO founded by Peter Adderton, released its pricing plans as part of a beta test of its service. The company said the response to its beta offering exceeded expectations.

What's the Story? Fixed wireless swamps Leading Lights Awards
LRTV Interviews | 11/2/2022

Alan Breznick reviews the Leading Lights Awards categories he judged and examines surprising trends that appeared in the submissions, such as the marked increase in fixed wireless entries.

Frontier's big fiber build nears the halfway point
News Analysis | 11/2/2022

Coming off a Q3 of record fiber subscriber adds, Frontier expects to reach 5 million locations passed with FTTP this month, putting it on track to hit a goal of least 10 million locations by the end of 2025.

KDDI earmarks $339M for network upgrades in response to July outage
News Analysis | 11/2/2022

Japan's no.2 telco to invest in virtualized 5G core and automation following network failure that took out 31 million services.

Comcast, Charter brand national streaming joint venture as 'Xumo'
News Analysis | 11/2/2022

Comcast, Charter and Walmart will distribute the first Xumo-branded streaming boxes and smart TVs in late 2023.

In the race to space, Bullitt eschews proprietary approaches
News Analysis | 11/2/2022

The specialty smartphone maker plans to offer a service in February that will allow customers to send and receive text messages using geostationary satellites.

Eurobites: VEON retreats from Russia
News Analysis | 11/2/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Virgin Media's third-quarter ups and downs; GSMA embraces the circle of device life; Ooredoo hooks up with Google Cloud's API platform.

Making Big Tech pay for networks is like taxing BMW for roads
Morris Lore | 11/2/2022

The argument that Big Tech is responsible for the deluge of traffic on telco networks is spurious.

Tiny Napatech starts FPGA assault on Nvidia in 5G core
News Analysis | 11/2/2022

The Danish developer thinks the field programmable gate array technology it specializes in has had a bad rap and is out to set the record straight.

Consolidated CEO cheers limited competition in fiber markets
News Analysis | 11/1/2022

Consolidated Communications execs reported a successful quarter for fiber growth and touted its 'favorable competitive footprint,' with 90% of its markets served by 'one or less' wireline provider.

Charter raises broadband prices. Will others follow?
News Analysis | 11/1/2022

Faced with rising operating costs, some broadband service providers are 'concluding that higher prices are unavoidable,' but that doesn't indicate a bona fide price war is brewing, says a top industry analyst.

Telstra Americas' Noah Drake dives into subsea cable network planning
LRTV Interviews | 11/1/2022

Telstra Americas' President Noah Drake joins the podcast with an update on the service provider's market focus in the Americas, where Telstra operates subsea cable networks and which regions it has pegged for growth.

Google Fiber expands competition with Comcast, Lumen in Colorado
News Analysis | 11/1/2022

Linked to a broader expansion initiative, Google Fiber said it will build fiber networks in Lakewood, Colorado. The company already serves parts of Denver with its fixed wireless 'Webpass' offering.

TPG weighs sale of wholesale broadband unit
News Analysis | 11/1/2022

Vision Network could fetch up to $596 million, followed by monster sale of Telstra Infraco next year.

SBA pulls ahead in the edge computing race
News Analysis | 11/1/2022

SBA CEO Jeff Stoops said the company is operating or constructing 30-40 edge computing data sites. That figure is slightly above what the company's customers and rivals have touted.

EE jumps onto the diversification trail
News Analysis | 11/1/2022

Telcos are looking to bundle a widening range of services with traditional connectivity offerings, but it's not yet certain how these strategies will play out.

Cable harmonizing around Comcast's DAA path, Harmonic CEO says
News Analysis | 11/1/2022

Harmonic's CEO says there's 'growing consensus' from cable ops to pursue a distributed architecture that pairs a virtual CMTS with remote PHY nodes – an option used by Comcast and reportedly selected by Charter.

Eurobites: EU targets the online 'gatekeepers' with new law
News Analysis | 11/1/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: farewell to the fax machine (possibly); lone-worker protection market grows; tech a mixed blessing for UK's midsized companies.

The next frontier for coherent pluggable optics: 100G
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/1/2022

Results from Heavy Reading's 2022 Coherent Optics Survey indicate that interest in 100G coherent pluggable optics for edge/access applications is clear, but the learning curve for operators and suppliers may be steep.

T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T find a surprise growth area in Q3
News Analysis | 11/1/2022

Growth in mobile customers in the US isn't slowing down, and that's surprising some analysts. One factor at play is the number of new business customers signing up for mobile in a post-COVID world.

Network operators focus on energy savings as costs soar
News Analysis | 11/1/2022

Rising fuel costs and network traffic growth have captured the attention of telcos for now but eventually they must deal with the massive carbon footprint of devices.

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