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Evoca TV to shut down as effort to secure more funding fails
News Analysis | 12/31/2022

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.

Looking ahead: Optical networking's big year
News Analysis | 12/30/2022

More pluggable optics applications, faster data center connections, cutting edge components and some supply chain relief are likely on tap for 2023.

2022 in review: 6G progress and politics
Column | 12/30/2022

6G isn't expected to surface until roughly 2030, but the next generation of mobile technology is spurring spending, political jockeying and lofty predictions.

2022 in review: Replacing Huawei
Column | 12/29/2022

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.

Looking ahead: Get ready for 'broadband nutrition labels'
News Analysis | 12/29/2022

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.

2022 in review: Starlink's big year
Column | 12/28/2022

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.

Looking ahead: SASE is too messy
Kelsey's Grammar | 12/28/2022

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.

2022 in review: Telcos marvel at the metaverse
Column | 12/27/2022

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.

Looking ahead: Affordable Connectivity Program enters second year
News Analysis | 12/27/2022

A recap of the Affordable Connectivity Program's first year and what's to come of the FCC's broadband subsidy program in 2023.

Palo Alto Networks SVP: Injecting zero trust into IoT device security
LRTV Interviews | 12/27/2022

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.

Asia 2022: Tech war, more tower sales and 5G
News Analysis | 12/27/2022

5G subs up but not profits, an underwater volcano cuts off Tonga and major embarrassments for KDDI and Optus.

2022 in review: Russia vs. the world
Column | 12/26/2022

Not only did Russia's invasion of Ukraine upend the global order, it also helped highlight a bifurcation in the global telecom industry.

2022 in review: The most-listened to Light Reading Podcast episodes
Column | 12/26/2022

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.

Looking ahead: Cable broadens its move into mobile
News Analysis | 12/26/2022

Cable operators big and small will enter the mobile game to retain and gain bread-and-butter broadband subs.

This Olde Website: 2022
The Bauminator | 12/24/2022

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.

Looking ahead: Pay-TV still seeking its rock bottom
News Analysis | 12/23/2022

Meanwhile, expect major streaming services to emphasize profitability plus new bundles and packages that start to look a little like pay-TV.

2022 in review: Starry's bumpy journey
Column | 12/23/2022

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.

ESG filings show us what vendors don't want us to know
News Analysis | 12/22/2022

In some areas the big vendors are equally terrible, but Huawei needs to lift its disclosure game.

Google, NFL strike exclusive deal for 'Sunday Ticket'
News Analysis | 12/22/2022

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.

Looking ahead: Biden's broadband bucks
News Analysis | 12/22/2022

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.

T-Mobile is warehousing spectrum... and other specious arguments
DanoVision | 12/22/2022

'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.

2022 in review: Dish serves up 5G
Column | 12/22/2022

In 2022 Dish Network turned on an open RAN 5G network covering 20% of the US population across 10,000 cell towers.

Eurobites: Nokia and Etisalat hit 100G in UAE
News Analysis | 12/22/2022

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.

PLDT grapples with fallout of missing millions
LRTV Interviews | 12/21/2022

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.

Webpass to play role in Google Fiber's new expansion efforts
News Analysis | 12/21/2022

'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.

Cowboys CIO: Connectivity is still the star
The Philter | 12/21/2022

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 close to clinching NFL Sunday Ticket rights – report
News Analysis | 12/21/2022

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.

Congress punts on some big 5G issues
News Analysis | 12/21/2022

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.

Eurobites: Cellnex lands plum EU 5G transport projects
News Analysis | 12/21/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: green light for Bluevia; EE goes underground in London; Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the new Thursdays.

Looking ahead: What's next in the cable access network
News Analysis | 12/21/2022

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.

2022 in review: T-Mobile's 5G dominance
Column | 12/21/2022

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.

Telstra to appeal ACCC decision blocking TPG sharing deal
News Analysis | 12/21/2022

Regulator ruled rural mobile users would be worse off under network sharing arrangement.

Netflix with ads off to a slow start, but with a silver lining – study
News Analysis | 12/20/2022

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 promises to double down on the metaverse in 2023
News Analysis | 12/20/2022

'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.

FCC has received 'thousands' of consumer challenges to broadband map
News Analysis | 12/20/2022

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.'

Looking ahead: Why 2023 should be a big year for Dish
News Analysis | 12/20/2022

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.

Eurobites: Orange and Huawei reach 157 Tbit/s in France
News Analysis | 12/20/2022

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.

The Divide: How Wave 7 is connecting Enfield, North Carolina, with community broadband
LRTV Interviews | 12/20/2022

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.

2022 in review: Rakuten's vision expands
Column | 12/20/2022

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?

AT&T gives AST SpaceMobile a big, public shoutout
News Analysis | 12/20/2022

'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.

Unit 42 tackles threat intelligence on a global scale
LRTV Interviews | 12/20/2022

Since 2014, Unit 42 has worked closely with clients and law enforcement agencies to identify, analyze and evaluate cybersecurity threats.

Lessons from 400G ease 800G data center deployments
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/20/2022

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

Starry still fighting as it faces stock delisting
News Analysis | 12/19/2022

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 joins Comcast and Charter in attacking T-Mobile's FWA
News Analysis | 12/19/2022

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.

Bankruptcy looms amid Ligado's new fight against Inmarsat
News Analysis | 12/19/2022

'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.

Synacor might split out its Cloud ID and Zimbra businesses, CEO says
CxO Spotlight | 12/19/2022

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.

PLDT faces securities probe after $866M 'budget overrun'
News Analysis | 12/19/2022

Stock in Philippines biggest telco dumped after disclosing undocumented capex spending over four years.

Phone-to-satellite market inches forward, but obstacles remain
News Analysis | 12/19/2022

AST SpaceMobile and SpaceX's Starlink are among those making some progress toward their respective phone-to-satellite commercial launches. But obstacles remain.

Looking ahead: What to expect from FWA and DeWi in 2023
News Analysis | 12/19/2022

With cable nabbing more wireless subscribers, FWA and DeWi are technologies to watch in the new year.

Eurobites: Ofcom fines Sepura £1.5M for competition law breach
News Analysis | 12/19/2022

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.

2022 in review: Job changes and layoffs
Column | 12/19/2022

Thousands of telecom jobs were cut this year alone, and automation threatens to claim an even bigger number in future.

India's Vodafone Idea may be headed toward bankruptcy
News Analysis | 12/19/2022

Vodafone Idea continues to lose its ability to compete even as the government delays the promised relief package.

US further tightens China export bans as it seeks global blockade
News Analysis | 12/19/2022

China has few good options as the US again expands entity list.

Edgewater Wireless CEO on how 'spectrum slicing' can boost Wi-Fi
CxO Spotlight | 12/16/2022

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 Notebook Dump: We're freezing up in here
LRTV Documentaries | 12/16/2022

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.

Altice USA pitches free or discounted mobile lines through ACP
News Analysis | 12/16/2022

Complementing its work with home broadband, Altice USA has joined Comcast in supporting mobile options under the FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program.

The Buildout: Charter gets $110M grant from Montana
News Analysis | 12/16/2022

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.

Saunders preps new cloud publication with Questex
News Analysis | 12/16/2022

Steve Saunders, the founder of Light Reading, is preparing to launch a new publication with Questex focused on cloud technologies in telecom.

Ericsson: The RAN world is flat
News Analysis | 12/16/2022

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.

Globe Telecom hints at further asset sales
News Analysis | 12/16/2022

Philippines telco weighs possible sale of in-building solutions after successful tower sell-off.

The big wireless slowdown will continue into 2023 – analysts
News Analysis | 12/16/2022

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.

Eurobites: BT combines business units, hopes for £100M-a-year savings
News Analysis | 12/16/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone's network spawns a digital twin; Ericsson issues RAN market warning; Italian government eyes Sparkle.

FuboTV suffers cyberattack during World Cup semifinal
News Analysis | 12/15/2022

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.

With planning funds in hand, states turn to broadband consultants
News Analysis | 12/15/2022

As the NTIA distributes funding for states to start drawing up their BEAD plans, many are turning to broadband consultants for help.

A peek inside Comcast's new network
News Analysis | 12/15/2022

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 asks for 'narrowly targeted' waiver to FCC robocall rules
News Analysis | 12/15/2022

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.

5G likely to be a low-key affair at CES 2023
News Analysis | 12/15/2022

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.

Eurobites: Brits still reluctant to take the fiber plunge, Ofcom reports
News Analysis | 12/15/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Microsoft marks out EU data boundary; Ericsson's Russian retreat latest; Nokia does DWDM in Portugal.

BT Openreach sets the cat among altnets with Equinox 2
News Analysis | 12/15/2022

CityFibre and Virgin Media O2 flag concerns that Openreach is using its dominant position to prevent wholesale customers from switching to alternative networks.

Sisvel prices new 5G patent pool at 50 cents per device
News Analysis | 12/14/2022

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.

German reliance on Huawei has grown in 5G era – report
News Analysis | 12/14/2022

A forthcoming study from Strand Consult shows that Germany and several other big European countries still buy most of their 5G products from China.

Clearfield CEO on community broadband and the 'build of a lifetime'
CxO Spotlight | 12/14/2022

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.

Eurobites: EU common-charger deadline pushed back (a bit)
News Analysis | 12/14/2022

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.

Bridging the Digital Divide Part 1
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/14/2022

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.

Dedicated spectrum beefs up private 5G
News Analysis | 12/14/2022

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 plots big multi-gig network, wireless upgrades
News Analysis | 12/13/2022

Charter expects its multi-gig network upgrades will cost just $100 per household passed.

Palo Alto execs: AI, automation solve reactionary security problem
News Analysis | 12/13/2022

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.

After three years, China's telcos turn off COVID-19 travel tracking app
News Analysis | 12/13/2022

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.

Five takeaways from final Senate broadband hearing of 2022
News Analysis | 12/13/2022

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.

Pre-gaming Charter's big investor event
The Bauminator | 12/13/2022

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.

The Divide: Internet Society's Dan York on the state of LEO satellite broadband
LRTV Interviews | 12/13/2022

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.

Operators' 5G investments show no clear signs of paying off
DanoVision | 12/13/2022

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.

Startup taps into ATSC 3.0 to build national IoT network
News Analysis | 12/13/2022

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.

Eurobites: Nokia teams up with Rohde & Schwarz for drone-based network monitoring
News Analysis | 12/13/2022

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 banks on public policy to propel open RAN deployments
LRTV Interviews | 12/12/2022

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.

Comcast completes multi-gig DOCSIS 4.0 trial in Philly
News Analysis | 12/12/2022

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 buys Lumenisity to speed up fiber
News Analysis | 12/12/2022

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 biggest task now is building new digital infrastructure
News Analysis | 12/12/2022

China Mobile's priorities are a national computing network and the East-West project.

Intent and the journey to zero touch networks
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 12/12/2022

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 begins to plot a fiber/wireless path through RDOF
News Analysis | 12/12/2022

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.

Eurobites: Nokia, O2 Germany trumpet 5G carrier aggregation breakthrough
News Analysis | 12/12/2022

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 Notebook Dump: 5G transport, open RAN and NYC subways
LRTV Interviews | 12/9/2022

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 wants to return to handset A-list
News Analysis | 12/9/2022

ZTE, once one of the world's top handset brands, wants to return to the top end of the smartphone game.

Winner unclear in Apple, Ericsson 5G patent settlement
News Analysis | 12/9/2022

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.

Meta kills Facebook Connectivity
News Analysis | 12/9/2022

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.

The growing pains of open RAN
DanoVision | 12/9/2022

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.

The Buildout: Comcast expands in Minnesota and West Virginia
News Analysis | 12/9/2022

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.

Eurobites: UK and friends swear allegiance to telecom supply-chain diversity
News Analysis | 12/9/2022

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.

Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown: 5G's long road ahead
LRTV Interviews | 12/9/2022

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.

The 6G mess is getting out of hand
Morris Lore | 12/9/2022

A standard hunting for a solution in search of a problem is beset by some awkward market realities and geopolitical strife.

Evoca TV sparks petition to help save troubled video service
News Analysis | 12/8/2022

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.

Comcast builds 'unified optical architecture' for business services
News Analysis | 12/8/2022

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.

Rakuten Mobile: Don't be 'roadkill' – secure open RAN now
News Analysis | 12/8/2022

While invested in the development of security standards for open RAN, Rakuten Mobile isn't wasting any time in deploying the technology.

Ciena smashes sales target after setting expectations low
News Analysis | 12/8/2022

Stock soars despite year-on-year declines in revenues and profitability, but supply chain problems eased, said the optical equipment maker.

Tough US export controls could soon extend to ASML gear – report
News Analysis | 12/8/2022

Dutch government ready to enforce restrictions on sales of advanced manufacturing equipment to China.

Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin: Lowering latency in 5G networks
LRTV Interviews | 12/8/2022

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.

When to launch 5G network slicing
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/8/2022

Heavy Reading operator survey signals progress on the commercialization of 5G network slicing.

The future of the Internet is underwater
Guest Perspectives | 12/8/2022

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.

Eurobites: BT could face pension fund cash call following gilts market mayhem
News Analysis | 12/8/2022

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.

Broadband network sales soared but cable spending fell flat in Q3 – Dell'Oro
News Analysis | 12/7/2022

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 seeks stakeholder input on Biden's broadband rules
News Analysis | 12/7/2022

Senator John Thune (R-SD) is seeking industry input by January 6 on questions related to the federal government's funding of broadband.

USCellular targets ramp up of commercial C-RAN for 2024
News Analysis | 12/7/2022

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.

Ericsson untethers from IoT software with asset sale to Aeris
News Analysis | 12/7/2022

IoT Accelerator and Connected Vehicle Cloud are the latest units the Swedish vendor is offloading.

The fits and starts of C-RAN lead to some deployments
News Analysis | 12/7/2022

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.

Hyperscalers could run networks at half the cost, says Optiva CEO
News Analysis | 12/7/2022

Despite the obvious economic attractions, the level of cloudification in the BSS market is currently pathetic, according to John Giere.

Eurobites: BT/Openreach will strangle competition if left unchecked, warns CityFibre
News Analysis | 12/7/2022

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.

Dish unveils Boost Infinite pricing: $25/month for 30GB of speedy data
News Analysis | 12/7/2022

'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.

Iliad founder Niel tells Vodafone board to get its act together
News Analysis | 12/7/2022

French billionaire says no point in changing CEO if directors don't have 'clear roadmap' in place for Read's successor.

Malaysia 5G plan once again in disarray as new govt begins review
News Analysis | 12/7/2022

Single network plan not transparent, says new prime minister.

The Divide: NDIA's Amy Huffman on how to build a state digital equity plan
LRTV Interviews | 12/6/2022

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.

Cable business services bounce back
News Analysis | 12/6/2022

Following a slowdown that marked the earlier phases of the pandemic, cable business service revenues and customer growth have rebounded to pre-pandemic levels.

AT&T, Verizon warn that additional price hikes are still on the table
News Analysis | 12/6/2022

'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.

BT eyes overseas markets for its fiber-laying robots
News Analysis | 12/6/2022

The wasp drill and dropbot are among the robotics innovations that could help countries to slash their multi-billion-dollar spending on fiber rollout.

Why fiber-to-the-home needs a larger telescope
Guest Perspectives | 12/6/2022

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.

Eurobites: Vodafone's open RAN 'golden cluster' is go – but is it running late?
News Analysis | 12/6/2022

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 team up on cable, CPaaS and open RAN in India
News Analysis | 12/6/2022

Airtel and Meta will work together on bringing 2Africa Pearl to India, improving open RAN efficiency and integrating WhatsApp with Airtel's IQ.

Tipping point for 5G SA could come in 2023
News Analysis | 12/6/2022

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.

New Zealand targets 100% fiber take-up by 2032
News Analysis | 12/6/2022

National public-private broadband scheme has already brought fiber to 87% of premises.

Warner Bros. Discovery may be taking streaming to the ‘Max’
News Analysis | 12/5/2022

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.

US cable captures 31% of wireless industry net adds in Q3 – report
News Analysis | 12/5/2022

Cable's outsized share of industry net adds is creating a 'crowding out' problem for incumbent mobile service providers, according to MoffettNathanson.

Verizon's Hans Vestberg: I'll just do it myself
News Analysis | 12/5/2022

Manon Brouillette, appointed by Hans Vestberg to head up the Verizon Consumer Group, is out. Now, Vestberg himself said he will lead the business.

Broadband priorities for outgoing and incoming Congress
News Analysis | 12/5/2022

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.

Demand for edge computing is taking longer than expected to develop
News Analysis | 12/5/2022

'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.

Four ways the telco industry will change in 2023
Guest Perspectives | 12/5/2022

AWS VP Adolfo Hernandez spotlights data, sustainability, partnerships and telco transformation as major themes to watch in the year ahead.

The problem of India's widening digital divide
News Analysis | 12/5/2022

Rising tariffs and device prices do not bode well for the Indians who live in economically disadvantaged parts of the country.

Eurobites: Sparkle targets multinationals with new voice offering
News Analysis | 12/5/2022

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.

Vodafone boss quits after turnaround failures, share price gloom
News Analysis | 12/5/2022

Nick Read will step down at the end of the year, leaving his eventual successor with a huge list of challenges for 2023.

Smartphone industry to begin recovery late next year – IDC
News Analysis | 12/2/2022

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%.

The Notebook Dump: 6G and broadband and bears – oh my!
LRTV Interviews | 12/2/2022

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.

Netflix, Hulu don't owe local franchise fees, Ohio's high court rules
News Analysis | 12/2/2022

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.

Leading Lights 2022: The Winners
News Analysis | 12/2/2022

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.

Pay-TV's decline hits a new bottom in Q3
News Analysis | 12/2/2022

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.

How cybersecurity has changed and why telcos should offer it as a top value-added service
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 12/2/2022

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

Open RAN take-up has barely left a scratch on big vendors
News Analysis | 12/2/2022

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.

Verizon buys tiny wireless operator in Texas
News Analysis | 12/2/2022

West Central Wireless announced it 'has entered into a transaction with Verizon that will result in us discontinuing our mobile and fixed wireless operations.'

Eurobites: 5G leaves (some) Brits unimpressed
News Analysis | 12/2/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom ups the fiber ante; BT gets digital with manufacturing; OneWeb spreads its wings in Bulgaria.

NBN Co’s losses expected to reach $17B in 2040
News Analysis | 12/2/2022

The Australian broadband wholesaler also repudiates the costly and unreliable copper technology it has been forced to work with for the past decade.

Evoca TV 'making good progress' on funding, CEO says
News Analysis | 12/1/2022

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.

5G location tracking company PoLTE closes doors
News Analysis | 12/1/2022

PoLTE raised an initial $6 million in funding in 2017 and another $12.5 million in 2019. The company reportedly discontinued services in September.

The Buildout: Frontier hits 5M with fiber, NTIA awards $73M for tribal broadband
News Analysis | 12/1/2022

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 cans plan to sell Suddenlink
News Analysis | 12/1/2022

Altice USA's board has decided to hold onto Suddenlink, the cable network and service assets primarily focused on rural parts of the US.

Could 5G ruin the night sky?
DanoVision | 12/1/2022

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.

Streaming subscription cancellations rose in Q3 – study
News Analysis | 12/1/2022

Antenna's latest report shines the light on rising churn levels among several of the top premium subscription streaming services.

Why cybersecurity in rural broadband buildout strategies is critical
Guest Perspectives | 12/1/2022

The quick buildout of new broadband capabilities may leave vulnerable communities unprotected from scammers and cyberattacks.

Private 5G: A game-changer for service providers
Guest Perspectives | 12/1/2022

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.

How Orange is coping with a data tsunami and energy crisis
News Analysis | 12/1/2022

The French telco incumbent has turned off the heating, switched off the lights and invested in the most energy-efficient tech it can find.

Eurobites: UK eyes Starlink solution to problem of the unconnected
News Analysis | 12/1/2022

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.

Charting the path forward for 400G+ coherent optics
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/1/2022

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.

Telcos gain market share in China's big cloud shift
News Analysis | 12/1/2022

China's cloud market is shifting away from Internet players to legacy industry, with telcos picking up market share.

How Asian telcos took on saturated markets with 5G – and lost
News Analysis | 12/1/2022

It seemed like a good idea at the time, but three new Asian operators are fighting for survival after entering heavily-served markets.

Deutsche Telekom hits open RAN delays – sources
News Analysis | 12/1/2022

The prospect of a big commercial deployment next year is receding amid industry concerns about systems integration.

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