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A network operator's view of 6G
DanoVision | 8/31/2021

Companies ranging from Verizon to Apple have been reluctant to talk at length about 6G. And that's what makes Mike Irizarry of UScellular so noteworthy: He's an outspoken proponent of 6G.

Mediacom taps Ericsson to connect rural areas with wireless broadband
News Analysis | 8/31/2021

Cable operator says it is using 4G and 5G fixed wireless access RAN tech from Ericsson to connect customers in rural and unserved areas using CBRS spectrum. Mediacom is selling the service under the 'Mediacom Bolt' brand.

Helium, FreedomFi prepare massive DIY 5G network
News Analysis | 8/31/2021

FreedomFi said it expects to ship up to 20,000 small cells for a 5G-ready network that will rely on a cryptocurrency-backed payment system pioneered by startup Helium.

India's Airtel launches rights issue to line 5G war chest
News Analysis | 8/31/2021

India's second-largest operator is fundraising – it's looking for investment from Google, while the board approves a $2.86 billion rights issue.

Supply chain constraints won't slow down Frontier's fiber push – analyst
Broadband World News | 8/31/2021

The markets for material and labor should catch up to demand, particularly by the time Frontier 'reaches its peak deployment cadence' for FTTP upgrades in the 2023-2025 timeframe, analyst predicts.

Bullish VEON ups guidance again for 2021
News Analysis | 8/31/2021

Group reports revenue and EBITDA growth on a reported basis in the April-June period of 2021.

Eurobites: Nokia deploys microwave network for Asiacell in Iraq
News Analysis | 8/31/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: smart grids in Greece; Deutsche Telekom updates on fiber and 5G; BT relaxed about remote working.

Ericsson warns of O-RAN holdups until China problem is fixed
News Analysis | 8/31/2021

The organization at the heart of open RAN has a compliance problem that may be difficult to resolve.

Untangling the iPhone 13 rumors around Globalstar's LEO satellites
News Analysis | 8/30/2021

A new report indicates a possible pairing between iPhone maker Apple and satellite company Globalstar. However, that doesn't necessarily mean Apple's next iPhone will connect to satellites.

BSNL picks C-DoT, TCS and Tejas as 4G vendors – report
News Analysis | 8/30/2021

With vendors still conducting trials, India's state-owned operator is unlikely to be able to launch its 4G service for some time.

Adtran, ADVA to pursue merger amid fiber upswing
News Analysis | 8/30/2021

Proposed merger of US-based Adtran and Germany-based ADVA surfaces amid a push among American and European lawmakers and service providers to build expansive fiber networks.

FuboTV set to press play on free gaming service
News Analysis | 8/30/2021

OTT-delivered pay-TV service says its free-to-play games and 'FanView' live stats feature will exit beta on September 2, in time for FuboTV's exclusive streaming coverage of the CONMEBOL World Cup 2022 qualifying matches.

Nokia halts O-RAN work on fear of US penalties for China links
News Analysis | 8/30/2021

The Finnish equipment maker says it is pausing work in the O-RAN Alliance because several Chinese members now feature on the US Entity List.

ZTE doubles 1H net on 5G and rebound in handsets
News Analysis | 8/30/2021

China's second-largest vendor is increasingly reliant on its domestic market for earnings growth.

'FAST' has become a fast mover in the streaming game – study
The Bauminator | 8/27/2021

Amid an influx of new, premium content, the free ad-supported streaming TV – or FAST – market is poised to generate 216 million monthly active users by 2023, a new study finds.

T-Mobile's CEO offers mea culpa
News Analysis | 8/27/2021

'Knowing that we failed to prevent this exposure is one of the hardest parts of this event. On behalf of everyone at Team Magenta, I want to say we are truly sorry,' wrote T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert.

Here's how we can return to trade shows
DanoVision | 8/27/2021

The Big 5G Event is happening in Denver next week. It will be one of the first in-person trade shows for the US telecom industry since the pandemic started. Here is what to expect.

Telefónica keen to join Germany's 3G shutdown club
News Analysis | 8/27/2021

German operation of Spanish giant announces plan to accelerate 3G closure; rivals Vodafone Germany and Telekom Deutschland have already packed their 3G bags.

Marvell loss widens as chip costs look set to rise
News Analysis | 8/27/2021

The US chips designer has reported a surge in sales for its second quarter, but a semiconductor crisis could upset its plans.

Eurobites: EU launches formal investigation into Nvidia-Arm deal
News Analysis | 8/27/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Partner bids to buy Xfone; Ericsson fuels 5G in Jakarta; kid's income mushrooms after non-fungible tokens triumph.

Swiss Salt readies for high-fiber diet after buoyant Q2
News Analysis | 8/27/2021

Third-largest Swiss player says revenue and core profits increased above pre-pandemic levels in Q2.

LTD blames its lawyer for its RDOF problems
News Analysis | 8/26/2021

'LTD is not itself culpable for Mr. [Kristopher] Twomey's unprofessional and dishonest actions because it innocently hired him,' the company wrote in a new, fiery filing to the FCC.

Volkswagen completes pivot from AT&T to T-Mobile and Verizon
News Analysis | 8/26/2021

'Volkswagen is the first automaker partnering with both Verizon and T-Mobile to offer customers the flexibility to choose from multiple wireless providers,' the company announced.

Rebranded 'DirecTV Stream' makes its debut
News Analysis | 8/26/2021

Streaming pay-TV service is kicking off a campaign starring tennis great Serena Williams to tout the new brand less than a month after DirecTV separated from AT&T.

The Divide – Tackling the global broadband gap with aerial mapping
Broadband World News | 8/26/2021

This week: Jennifer Alvarez, co-founder and CEO, Aurora Insight, and David Hartshorn, CEO of Geeks Without Frontiers, on their partnership to address the lack of reliable wireless broadband in underserved parts of the US and abroad.

Big tech mucks in on US cybersecurity
News Analysis | 8/26/2021

Microsoft and Google pledge $30 billion to bolster homeland security; Amazon, Apple and IBM also offer support.

Comcast Technology Solutions puts smaller operators on IP video path
News Analysis | 8/26/2021

Complementing its legacy, satellite-based platform, Comcast unit says its new, managed terrestrial distribution system will help small and midsized operators cut costs and embark on a transition to IP video.

Comcast Business acquires Masergy at 'opportune time,' say industry analysts
News Analysis | 8/26/2021

As an MPLS, VPN, SD-WAN and managed services provider, Masergy is a great fit for Comcast Business, says Vertical Systems Group's Rosemary Cochran.

Intelsat needs more than a debt restructuring to fly
News Analysis | 8/26/2021

The aging satellite operator's mainstream business has been shrinking for years and new competitors are emerging.

Foxtel, Viu eye IPOs after streaming business soars
News Analysis | 8/26/2021

Initial public offerings are on the agenda for Foxtel and Viu as their streaming business soars.

Eurobites: Brexited Britain casts net far and wide for new data besties
News Analysis | 8/26/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MegaFon's Q2; Aryaka's new man; connectivity in Croydon.

States set dates for closing their digital divides
Broadband World News | 8/26/2021

While Congress works on getting an infrastructure package with $65B for broadband to Biden's desk, several states are making plans for significant investments with help from existing federal funds.

Bouygues Telecom boosted by EIT buy in H1
News Analysis | 8/26/2021

France-based operator reports a largely positive first half, although it lost some pace in mobile subscriber growth from Q1.

Dish puts some weight behind G.hn
News Analysis | 8/25/2021

Dish, a former card-carrying member of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA), is the first company from the satellite sector to join the HomeGrid Forum.

Australia mobile: competitive or not?
News Analysis | 8/25/2021

Telstra and Optus seem to be reaping the benefit of price hikes.

Xiaomi posts another blockbuster quarter
News Analysis | 8/25/2021

Chinese tech company rides high on smartphone sales in China and abroad; makes EV inroads with DeepMotion buy.

The greenwashing of telecom
Morris Lore | 8/25/2021

Telco claims about carbon neutrality and renewables adoption should be viewed with considerable skepticism.

Comcast Business deals for Masergy to help speed its way up-market
News Analysis | 8/25/2021

Play for Masergy, a key supplier of SD-WAN and cloud services with more than 1,400 customers worldwide, aims to accelerate Comcast Business' plans to serve midsized and enterprise-level customers.

Industry vet Jay Rolls drops in on telecom's surging M&A wave
News Analysis | 8/25/2021

Rolls, a former CTO at Cox and Charter, is now a senior advisor at Broadband Success Partners, a firm that provides technology-focused analysis and advice for broadband network transactions.

Mavenir aims to plug open RAN’s 2G hole
News Analysis | 8/25/2021

Open RAN provider is now integrating 2G technology from 2020 acquisition ip.access.

Eurobites: Orange turns to CommScope for Slovakian set-tops
News Analysis | 8/25/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange closes low-cost Amena brand; Jurassic Fibre expands in Dorset; fans cry foul over DAZN's Serie A soccer debut.

Lockheed Martin: 5G from space is 'ultimate high ground' for US military
News Analysis | 8/24/2021

Lockheed Martin is the US military's biggest contractor, and it recently unveiled a 5G-capable satellite dish that could help connect 'sensors with shooters across all domains, commands and services.'

Putting LG's 6G announcement (a test across 300 feet) into context
DanoVision | 8/24/2021

LG said its 6G connection traveled in the 155-175GHz band and used adaptive beamforming and high gain antenna switching technology. The test signals more momentum in the space beyond 5G.

Verizon on managing the mobile threat landscape
News Analysis | 8/24/2021

Verizon's Terrance Robinson shares insights about which mobile security threats are on the rise, and how enterprises and their employees can identify and address potential threats.

Chip shortage taking its toll on China 5G rollout
News Analysis | 8/24/2021

China's 5G investment plunged in the first half as the global chip shortage took its toll.

SpaceX has shipped 100,000 Starlink terminals
News Analysis | 8/24/2021

Starlink's satellite broadband entry is delivering service in 14 countries, with applications pending to expand to 'many more countries,' according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

Rakuten needs telcos to ignore bum notes in $100B Symphony pitch
News Analysis | 8/24/2021

A year since launching Japan's fourth mobile network, the Japanese Internet company is now setting itself up as a vendor.

5G smartphones making market-share strides – Omdia
News Analysis | 8/24/2021

Analyst firm predicts 5G models will grab 43% share of global smartphone market this year, up from 19% in 2020, although the bulk of them will only support sub-6GHz frequencies.

Eurobites: Beeline joins medical boffins for AI diagnostics project
News Analysis | 8/24/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ethiopia wants to grow its own Facebook; Welsh broadband provider taps Nokia; Deutsche Telekom in 5G foray.

CityFibre said to be closing in on new stakeholder deals
News Analysis | 8/24/2021

Deal discussions said to value fiber network provider at GB pound 2 billion, which has clearly come as a shock to some.

Airspan's earnings are up, but its stock is down
News Analysis | 8/23/2021

Airspan notched second-quarter revenues of $42 million, up 51% from the year-ago quarter. But the company's stock price is down from around $10 to just $6.80 per share after a week of trading.

Broadband piece of big infrastructure bill could use more speed, DZS CEO says
Broadband World News | 8/23/2021

But the bill, paired with RDOF and other stimulus efforts, are poised to establish a 'monumental and transformative' phase for the network tech supplier, DZS CEO Charlie Vogt says.

T-Mobile adds Apple TV+ to promotional arsenal
News Analysis | 8/23/2021

T-Mobile, which has long bundled in Netflix, is now adding a year of Apple TV+ service to its sales pitch. It's an attempt to help the carrier gain a leg up on rivals.

Chorus FY21 mixes GPON crescendo with copper diminuendo
News Analysis | 8/23/2021

New Zealand wholesale infrastructure company makes UFB gains, but these are offset by decline in copper broadband products.

China's RCS service still a series of pilot apps
News Analysis | 8/23/2021

Sixteen months since it was announced, the much-touted 5G messaging system is not yet even a commercial service.

Light Reading Recap: Week ending August 20
LRTV Documentaries | 8/23/2021

Last week's telecom news highlights included all the damage, and damage control, surrounding T-Mobile's recent hack and data breach.

Ericsson CEO warns China will be 'formidable' if 5G or 6G splits
News Analysis | 8/23/2021

The boss of the Swedish equipment maker is worried the West could lose a future battle between different mobile standards.

UK watchdog flexes muscles over Nvidia's Arm deal
News Analysis | 8/23/2021

The CMA says an in-depth investigation into the deal is warranted on competition grounds.

Eurobites: A1 Telekom Austria blends Nokia, Ericsson for 5G in central Europe
News Analysis | 8/23/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OneWeb sends up more satellites; Ericsson heads for the Faroe Islands; Telia takes part in 5G-fueled farming robotics program.

SpaceX preps more powerful 'Gen2' satellite system for Starlink
News Analysis | 8/20/2021

SpaceX has urged the FCC to approve a plan for a densified system of nearly 30,000 satellites that could be delivered into orbit aboard SpaceX's new heavy-lift Starship rocket.

Mavenir registers open RAN hardware win against Huawei
News Analysis | 8/20/2021

Montana's Triangle Communications is purchasing open RAN hardware and software from Mavenir as it works to eliminate Huawei equipment from its operations.

T-Mobile's hack keeps getting worse
News Analysis | 8/20/2021

T-Mobile disclosed that hackers have accessed some of its customers' IMEI and IMSI data - identifier numbers associated with specific phones - potentially paving the way for SIM swap problems.

Average number of video services per consumer climbs to 8.75 – TiVo study
News Analysis | 8/20/2021

Content discovery remains a major pain point, but consumers continue to clamor for video services, with average survey respondents using five paid services.

Letting Facebook buy WhatsApp and Instagram was dumb, FTC shows
Morris Lore | 8/20/2021

If the regulator's market assessment is right, it failed at its basic job of preventing the emergence of monopolies.

Vodafone Idea-BSNL merger in India: Can it work?
News Analysis | 8/20/2021

The Vodafone Idea crisis shows no sign of resolution. One option could be a merger with state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).

T-Mobile's spectrum swap with Verizon hints at merger progress
News Analysis | 8/20/2021

'Aligning the spectrum blocks held in adjacent market areas allows the carriers to operate more efficiently by facilitating handoffs when users transition to the adjacent markets,' says FCC filing.

Chinese carriers forge ahead with monster IPOs
News Analysis | 8/20/2021

China Telecom makes Shanghai debut, China Mobile preps listing and China Unicom mulls spin-off and listing for a technology unit.

WiCipedia: Gender equity and climate tech are 'inextricably linked'
WiCipedia | 8/20/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: A new children's book series is set to be written by Chelsea Clinton; the annual Grace Hopper Celebration is back and bigger than ever; climate change and gender equity are interlinked; and more.

Eurobites: Virgin Media O2 heads indoors with Vilicom
News Analysis | 8/20/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM does hotels deal with DAZN; Cadoo plans UK expansion; Vodafone raises awareness of digital divide.

Cable taking 10% of all post-paid wireless gross adds in US – analyst
News Analysis | 8/19/2021

All mobile service providers are riding a wave of subscriber growth, but US cable ops have been able to chip away and become a force in the post-paid game without resorting to aggressive offers and promotions.

What to expect from the upcoming 3.45GHz auction for 5G
News Analysis | 8/19/2021

'AT&T will be keen to get the maximum 40MHz allowable on a quasi-nationwide basis, while T-Mobile has said they will be opportunistic,' wrote the Morgan Stanley analysts. 'Dish is another wild card.'

Verizon and IBM team up on 5G, MEC testbed
News Analysis | 8/19/2021

Verizon has installed 5G Ultra Wideband and its Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) platform at the testbed, based in Coppell, TX, so enterprise customers can try out hybrid cloud, edge, AI, IoT and other applications on Verizon's 5G network.

GM commits to installing AT&T's 5G into millions of cars
News Analysis | 8/19/2021

GM said the move would allow it to implement a number of improvements, including faster music and video downloads for motorists and faster, more reliable over-the-air software updates for its vehicles.

Nvidia revenue up 68%, but its Arm buy is delayed
News Analysis | 8/19/2021

The UK government will intervene in Nvidia's $40B purchase of UK chipmaker Arm. SoftBank may find itself considering an IPO instead.

Podcast: The Divide – Virginia's Dr. Tamarah Holmes on running the country's 'OG' broadband office
LRTV Interviews | 8/19/2021

This week: Dr. Tamarah Holmes, director of the Office of Broadband, Virginia, on how they've closed 50% of the state's digital divide, and plans to allocate $700 million over three years to finish the job.

Telia taps ServiceNow for on-prem service assurance
News Analysis | 8/19/2021

US software supplier can lay claim to a starring role in the Swedish telecom group's ambitious IT transformation program.

Cisco hardware revival is coming at a cost
News Analysis | 8/19/2021

Despite its lurch into software, the US firm still generates most of its income from sales of Internet boxes - and component costs are rising.

The incredible durability of 2G
News Analysis | 8/19/2021

3G networks are getting shut down around the world. But in some corners of the globe, 2G networks are staying lit for potentially the next decade.

NEC and Fujitsu team up to ensure O-RAN compliance
News Analysis | 8/19/2021

The two Japanese vendors plan to set up testing environments in the US and the UK.

Eurobites: ETNO, GSMA fear telco taxation creep
News Analysis | 8/19/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: malware plays havoc in Africa; Google stunned by miniscule Russian fine; new names in Cuckoo's nest.

Cable may miss America's next big 5G spectrum auction
News Analysis | 8/18/2021

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Dish Network appear to have signaled their intention to bid in the FCC's upcoming 3.45-3.55GHz auction. However, Comcast and Charter are nowhere to be found.

Gridmetrics, a startup incubated at CableLabs, takes aim at power outages
News Analysis | 8/18/2021

Gridmetrics' first product - the Power Event Notification System - uses data from 300,000-plus network-based sensors to monitor the state of the US power grid, pinpoint outages and discern root causes of power events.

Hack could cost T-Mobile millions, analysts predict
News Analysis | 8/18/2021

'We don't know what liability, if any, T-Mobile will face for the leak. We are reminded of the Equifax leak,' wrote the financial analysts at New Street Research of T-Mobile's latest breach.

Qualcomm unleashes first 5G AI drone on the world
News Analysis | 8/18/2021

Building on its Mars helicopter technology, Qualcomm has announced its world-first 5G AI drone platform, with an early Verizon tie-up.

Comcast, ViacomCBS team on 'SkyShowtime' streaming service for parts of Europe
News Analysis | 8/18/2021

New offering, set to roll out to more than 20 European markets in 2022, will feature premium and original fare from Sky, NBCU, Universal Pictures, Peacock, Paramount+, Showtime, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon.

Eurobites: Vodafone taps IoT to help fix UK water companies' leaks
News Analysis | 8/18/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Etisalat sets course for larger stake in Maroc Telecom; UK tech startups prosper; Olympic divers make mobile-data splash.

Telstra offers A$200 carrot to boost employee vaccinations
News Analysis | 8/18/2021

Australian telco said to be offering equivalent of A$200 to fully jabbed staff members.

SES shows off its new baby
News Analysis | 8/18/2021

SES is nearing the launch of an initial set of high-capacity, medium Earth-satellites made by Boeing that will work in tandem with its existing satellite fleet, hook into Microsoft Azure, and provide global coverage.

Here's why your carrier is so scared of your phone's mobile hotspot
DanoVision | 8/17/2021

A laptop tethered to a phone via a Wi-Fi hotspot is consuming data in the exact same set-up that a smart watch tethered to a phone via Bluetooth is consuming data. But the cost is much, much different.

Dish Network's Ergen hints at interest in network sharing
News Analysis | 8/17/2021

'I think you're going to start to see more of that sharing, because the capital costs are so great and if you can do that and build a better product I think the consumer wins,' said Dish's Charlie Ergen.

Roku and Charter make peace
News Analysis | 8/17/2021

Following about nine months of negotiations, a new distribution deal reopens access to Spectrum TV, Charter's pay-TV streaming app, to Roku users.

New group forms to provide managed video services to cable ops and telcos
News Analysis | 8/17/2021

Taking on TiVo, new turnkey offering from Jackson Energy Authority is powered by Harmonic's VOD 360 cloud platform and features pre-integrations with Nagra, Minerva, Viamedia, FreeWheel, Enghouse and SeaChange.

ICE hails record core profit in Q2 but lockdown still bites
News Analysis | 8/17/2021

Norwegian operator launches value-added services to support future growth and improve loyalty and churn.

T-Mobile admits breach after epic hacking claims
News Analysis | 8/17/2021

T-Mobile has admitted 'unauthorized access' took place, after hackers claimed over 100 million users' data is being sold for Bitcoin.

Is it time for smaller cable ops to enter the mobile fray?
The Bauminator | 8/17/2021

Striking MVNO deals could help Tier 2/3 cable ops push their broadband agendas, but the costs and operational challenges are immense. CoBank believes there are options, including partnerships, that ops could explore.

Telecom novice Crozier is in the deep end as BT's new chairman
News Analysis | 8/17/2021

The former boss of ITV will find himself in the middle of activist shareholders, a CEO with ambitious investment plans and a regulator keen to address competition concerns.

Airlines warn of 'major disruptions' from 5G in C-band
News Analysis | 8/17/2021

'Major disruptions to passenger air travel, commercial transport and critical helicopter operations can be expected from the rollout of 5G,' argued American Airlines, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and others.

Eurobites: UK's silver streamers log on in lockdown
News Analysis | 8/17/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia and Safaricom combine to connect schools in Kenya; Elisa Estonia launches hybrid Android TV service; TymeBank heads for the Philippines.

China Mobile up 6% on smart home, new business
News Analysis | 8/17/2021

Rising smart home services and new business growth have powered China Mobile to a 6% lift in interim profit - its best first-half result since 2011.

Verizon takes cautious cloud approach
News Analysis | 8/16/2021

Ed Chan, Verizon's chief network engineering officer, believes it will be 'difficult to migrate to a cloud platform,' according to comments he made to the Cowen financial analysts.

Atlas Digital Group hones digital marketing tools for indie operators
News Analysis | 8/16/2021

With roots stemming back to Suddenlink and Altice USA, the startup recently landed a $3 million seed round from a group that includes Cequel III, an investment firm led by cable industry vet Jerry Kent.

Facebook, Google plan Nigeria-US subsea cables
News Analysis | 8/16/2021

Facebook, Alphabet and a motley group of telcos are behind a 37,000km new subsea cable network which will reach from Nigeria to California by 2024.

The tide is turning against T-Mobile's 3G shutdown plans
News Analysis | 8/16/2021

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) argued that T-Mobile appeared to provide 'false statements, omissions and/or misleading assurances' related to its 3G CDMA shutdown plans.

T-Mobile under attack – report
News Analysis | 8/16/2021

Motherboard report says personal data of 100 million people gleaned from T-Mobile servers is up for sale.

Expansive United Group snaps up Wind Hellas
News Analysis | 8/16/2021

United Group continues its European shopping spree with a further acquisition in Greece.

Light Reading Recap: Week ending August 13
LRTV Documentaries | 8/16/2021

Last week's telecom news highlights included some M&A speculation involving Reliance Jio and T-Mobile Netherlands. We also covered the new roaming fees that are now summering in the UK. Finally, don't look up now but we have another satellite story - this one discusses SpaceX's decision to buy Swarm, a company that operates around 100 microsatellites providing IoT connectivity.

Eurobites: Openreach isn't playing fair on pricing, complains Virgin Media O2
News Analysis | 8/16/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: DAZN's plan for world domination; Etisalat's new man in UAE; mobile gaming in the UK.

Airspan's CEO on going public, open RAN and the 5G future
CxO Spotlight | 8/16/2021

Eric Stonestrom has been the CEO of Airspan since 1998 and in just a few days he hopes to take the company public on the back of opportunities around open RAN and 5G.

Viavi CEO sees 'tectonic shift' in operator spending
News Analysis | 8/13/2021

Oleg Khaykin is seeing a 'really tectonic shift in North America among operators, with a lot of the media focus and content going right out of the window.' Instead, they're now spending on fiber and 5G, he said.

AT&T to require vaccinations, but Verizon and T-Mobile keep them optional
News Analysis | 8/13/2021

'We are highly encouraging all of our employees to get vaccinated, but we are not requiring vaccinations at this time,' a T-Mobile representative wrote in response to questions.

Sierra Wireless's new CEO faces COVID trial by fire
News Analysis | 8/13/2021

'The impact of COVID-19 disruptions in Vietnam will be significant for us in Q3,' said Phil Brace, who was appointed Sierra Wireless's new CEO just three weeks ago.

5G defends against IMSI catchers – but implementation is critical
News Analysis | 8/13/2021

A new report presented at the Black Hat security conference indicates that the standalone and non-standalone versions of 5G can potentially support more secure connections.

Oh, the irony! Charter, T-Mobile share top J.D. Power MVNO ranking
News Analysis | 8/13/2021

Fresh mobile study from J.D. Power is the first to see a cable company secure a top score among MVNOs. Comcast's Xfinity Mobile service beat the MVNO industry average and Dish-owned Boost Mobile.

WiCipedia: STEM Barbies glamorize tech careers for kids
WiCipedia | 8/13/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Pay and hiring gaps persist; how can Black women catch up to white men?; diversity makes for a happier workplace; and more.

South Korea's Hanwha Systems sinks $300M into OneWeb
News Analysis | 8/13/2021

A big investment by a leading South Korean conglomerate takes OneWeb's market capitalization to $3.4 billion, as satellite Internet tempts more investors.

Verizon expanding both reach and breadth of 5G Home
News Analysis | 8/12/2021

Verizon has expanded its 5G Home service in Chicago since initially launching it in 2019, according to a new report by the financial analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.

Disney direct-to-consumer revenues rise as losses shrink
News Analysis | 8/12/2021

The Mouse adds a better-than-expected 12.4 million Disney+ subs in fiscal Q3, expanding the service's global streaming base to 116 million.

T-Mobile pilots fiber-fueled broadband service in Manhattan
News Analysis | 8/12/2021

T-Mobile Fiber is billed as a 'very limited pilot' that runs on a local fiber provider's network that appears to be linked to a company called Pilot Fiber. T-Mobile says fixed wireless remains its 'flagship home Internet offering.'

FCC acknowledges open RAN is cheaper, albeit with reservations
News Analysis | 8/12/2021

'We agree with Mavenir that we should modify the catalog to reduce the low end of the range of estimated costs,' the FCC wrote in its new pricing catalogue for mobile network equipment.

Podcast: The Divide – How Flume is tapping NYC's dark fiber to deliver affordable broadband
CxO Spotlight | 8/12/2021

This week: Prashanth Vijay, CEO of Flume, discusses leveraging dark fiber in partnership with cities, and Flume's commitment to deliver broadband to New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings.

Verizon sweetens TracFone deal in search of regulatory approval
News Analysis | 8/12/2021

Verizon promised to offer Lifeline services via TracFone for at least three years, one of several promises the company made in hopes of speeding regulatory approval of the transaction.

NTT offers private 5G NaaS platform to multinationals
News Analysis | 8/12/2021

Japanese telecoms group makes ambitious move to drum up business at NTT Ltd, its international division.

Virgin Media O2 keeps DOCSIS 3.1 train moving
News Analysis | 8/12/2021

Latest HFC network upgrade means more than half of the UK broadband provider's footprint is passed with 'gigabit speeds.'

India's Jio may bid for T-Mobile Netherlands – report
News Analysis | 8/12/2021

If the Jio-Deutsche Telekom deal comes through, it will be the first telco acquisition by an Indian telco in Europe.

Turning point: Telstra declares victory in transformation program
News Analysis | 8/12/2021

Telstra has declared victory in its four-year transformation program one year ahead of schedule.

Bullish Deutsche Telekom raises 2021 guidance again
News Analysis | 8/12/2021

Germany-based group bolstered by a strong performance in the US while trend also improves on the other side of the pond.

CableLabs prepares to take DOCSIS 4.0 to the test
News Analysis | 8/11/2021

CableLabs plans to hold its first two DOCSIS 4.0 interoperability events this October and December, and has set dates for ten more in 2022.

Supply chain constraints cut into AT&T's fiber buildout plan
News Analysis | 8/11/2021

AT&T has a 'preferred place in the supply chain,' but fiber supply challenges have caused the company to reduce its 2021 buildout goal to 2.5 million, down from an original forecast of 3 million.

Ziply Fiber starts next fiber upgrade wave, puts XGS-PON on roadmap
CxO Spotlight | 8/11/2021

Ziply Fiber has identified the 14 markets next in line for 1-Gig upgrades, the latest step in a broader plan to upgrade up to 85% of its footprint to FTTP over the next three years, CEO Harold Zeitz says.

Podcast: Verizon on data theft and donuts
LRTV Interviews | 8/11/2021

Verizon's Suzanne Widup has her finger on the pulse of hackers' evolving efforts to undermine network security via phishing attacks, ransomware and social engineering.

Rakuten losses soar 85% as it builds base stations
News Analysis | 8/11/2021

Rakuten Mobile's revenues grew 17% though building base stations dragged it into the red, after deals buying Altiostar and partnering Germany's 1&1.

SKT reports 7.7M 5G subscribers
News Analysis | 8/11/2021

Total net income increased 84% in the quarter on the back of 5G growth and gains from chipmaker SK Hynix.

Cox boots up IoT service for hospitals
News Analysis | 8/10/2021

New offering, called Cox Prosight, provides real-time location services for medical equipment, environment monitoring and a rapid communications path for hospital personnel.

US Senate greenlights $1T infrastructure bill
News Analysis | 8/10/2021

The bipartisan bill, which includes $65 billion earmarked for broadband, now moves to the House.

Emergency Broadband Benefit program participants feeling the need for speed
Broadband World News | 8/10/2021

Cable One says the vast majority of households that participate in the EBB program use the funds for upgrades to faster tiers, and less than 10% are new to the cable op.

Extreme Networks to acquire Infovista's SD-WAN division for $73M
News Analysis | 8/10/2021

The acquisition is expected to close in October 2021.

KT Q2 net income rises over 77% on 5G growth
News Analysis | 8/10/2021

South Korean operator reaches over 5 million 5G subscribers.

Philippines growth spikes after government cuts red tape
News Analysis | 8/10/2021

PLDT calls for end of 'arbitrary' regulation to speed rural rollout.

Dish/T-Mobile feud raising 'grave concerns'
News Analysis | 8/9/2021

'This is a manufactured crisis, orchestrated by Dish, and it is about money, not customers,' according to T-Mobile's CEO. But Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen said that T-Mobile is just being a 'sore winner.'

Globalstar's mystery deepens
News Analysis | 8/9/2021

Globalstar 'recorded $14.1 million as long-term deferred revenue' in a new agreement that has financial analysts speculating that the satellite company's time has come.

Dish slates 90-day beta as Las Vegas 5G launch gets pushed to Q4
News Analysis | 8/9/2021

Company expects to have construction activities in Las Vegas 'substantially complete' within the next 60 days, according to Dave Mayo, Dish's EVP of network development.

SpaceX buys IoT company Swarm amid heightened space competition
News Analysis | 8/9/2021

'SpaceX will ... benefit from access to the intellectual property and expertise developed by the Swarm team, as well as from adding this resourceful and effective team to SpaceX,' according to FCC filings.

Desperation shows as BT and Vodafone resurrect roaming
Morris Lore | 8/9/2021

The reintroduction of roaming charges by BT and Vodafone is a sign of telco failure to boost revenues.

Can domestic vendors dominate India's 5G market?
News Analysis | 8/9/2021

Indian vendors are upping the game where 5G products are concerned thanks to the departure of Chinese vendors and the Aatmanirbhar (self-reliance) push.

Dish pay-TV sub losses narrow to 67,000 in Q2, thanks to Sling TV gain
News Analysis | 8/9/2021

Dish's overall pay-TV sub base shrunk to 10.99 million (8.55 million satellite TV and 2.44 million Sling TV subs). Analyst notes that Dish's aging satellite fleet portends 'the long, slow goodbye of satellite tv.'

Light Reading Recap: Week ending August 6
LRTV Documentaries | 8/9/2021

Last week's telecom news highlights included an overview of Rakuten's impressively aggressive plans, a look at Telegram's rapid growth and the looming threat it presents to telcos, and a summary of the supply chain issues that broadband equipment providers are having as the pandemic has forced higher prices and longer wait times for many components and logistics services.

ACCC sues Australian ISPs over 'false' broadband claims
News Analysis | 8/9/2021

The Australian competition regulator hauls the three biggest telcos to court for allegedly making misleading claims on broadband speeds - but they blame NBN.

Viasat posts record revenues as global broadband plan progresses
News Analysis | 8/9/2021

Viasat's current satellite bandwidth is largely spoken for as subs take faster tiers and the company hits new markets. But work continues on a set of new high-capacity ViaSat-3 satellites that will provide global coverage.

NTT posts record high profit in Q1 (thanks to DoCoMo)
News Analysis | 8/9/2021

Operating income contracts but NTT expects growth here from Q2 onwards, fueled by NTT Docomo; announces $2.3 billion share buyback programme.

Iliad Italia's fixed ambitions take shape with FiberCop deal
News Analysis | 8/9/2021

Italian upstart signs its second fiber deal after last year's agreement with Open Fiber.

Mentor Spotlight: NTT VP on transitioning to the cloud during COVID-19
Kelsey's Grammar | 8/6/2021

In this mentor spotlight, Kurshid shares her insight into how COVID-19 has impacted customers' priorities around cloud networking, how corporate culture can better support a distributed workforce and advice she's received in her career that has helped her blend technical skills with business development acumen.

Frontier's fiber frenzy: 10M FTTP locations by end of 2025
News Analysis | 8/6/2021

Under new, accelerated buildout, Frontier will end 2021 with 4 million fiber locations, then kick off a 'Wave 2' upgrade that will tack on another 6 million locations passed from 2022 through 2025.

Huawei H1 down 29% as handset business plunges
News Analysis | 8/6/2021

Huawei's business continues to reel under the pressure of US sanctions, its first-half numbers show.

StarHub profits do a double-digit drop
News Analysis | 8/6/2021

Singapore's StarHub sees mobile revenues drop, but cybersecurity and business services are new winners after buying a Malaysian data star.

Adtran faces supply and demand challenge
Broadband World News | 8/6/2021

Orders remain solid and a wave of deployments with tier 1 operators looms on the horizon, but supply chain constraints inflicting the entire industry are putting pressure on the speed at which product can be delivered.

Three UK hails H1 momentum as WindTre fights on
News Analysis | 8/6/2021

The UK and Italy are the two largest markets for the Three Group, and they displayed different results for the first six months of 2021.

Podcast: The Divide – Amdocs' Anthony Goonetilleke on the industry's shifting priorities
LRTV Interviews | 8/6/2021

This week: Anthony Goonetilleke, group president of media, network and technology at Amdocs, on the changing conversation around the future of connectivity, and Amdocs' digital divide work with the 5G Innovation Lab.

WiCipedia: Study finds job application process rife with racial discrimination
WiCipedia | 8/6/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Prejudice in hiring practices; for women in tech, harassment is the norm; heavy hitters get together for real change; and more.

Starlink speeds accelerate in Q2, Ookla says
Broadband World News | 8/5/2021

Median download speeds for the satellite broadband service hit 97.2 Mbit/s in the US, up from 65.7 Mbit/s in Q1 2021, putting it within shouting distance of fixed-line averages, Ookla's latest Speedtest data finds.

High-intensity cybersecurity attacks on the rise, Telia Carrier reports
News Analysis | 8/5/2021

Telia Carrier says that DNS and NTP amplification attacks were the most common attack vectors last year, that threat activity peaks mirrored COVID lockdowns in the spring and fall in US and Europe, and carpet-bombing attacks are on the rise.

Why a next-gen metro and edge network is critical
Guest Perspectives | 8/5/2021

Networks must evolve for the sake of how we work and for the sake of network providers, which are facing an inflection point with the services they provide and how they're delivered to end users.

CommScope extends finish line for Home Networks spin-off
News Analysis | 8/5/2021

CommScope now expects to complete the spin-off of Home Networks, the unit that makes set-tops and gateways, into a separate, publicly traded company in Q2 2022 - roughly a quarter later than originally expected.

Fastweb sparkles in Swisscom Q2
News Analysis | 8/5/2021

Largely thanks to a strong showing from its Italian subsidiary, Swiss telecoms group raises full-year EBITDA outlook.

5G Broadcast could offer new mode of digital media delivery
News Analysis | 8/5/2021

The technology may be ready but the business model needs more work.

Firstlight Media aims to change the streaming game with Canada's Sportsnet
News Analysis | 8/5/2021

Working in tandem with Deltatre, Firstlight is developing a revamped, cloud-native version of Sportsnet's SN Now app that, it claims, will represent a quantum leap in customization and personalization for streaming.

Roku streaming hours shrink in Q2
News Analysis | 8/5/2021

Streaming hours dropped and account sign-ups flattened out as consumers started to get out of the house amid loosened pandemic restrictions, but Roku's total revenues and ARPU numbers continued to climb.

Bells and whistles: Rakuten CEO sees massive upside for Symphony, software and services
News Analysis | 8/5/2021

Rakuten is betting that its elaborate composition of software and services will be music to the ears of telecom operators, enterprises and more.

Axis of O-RAN: Japan's Rakuten to build 1&1's German 5G network
News Analysis | 8/4/2021

Germany's newest mobile operator has gone all-in with Rakuten rather than a traditional provider.

SoftBank reports flat quarter as mobile discounts bite
News Analysis | 8/4/2021

SoftBank Corp. has reported flat first-quarter earnings as the company grapples with heated mobile price competition.

Podcast: Verizon uses computer vision to help customers help themselves
LRTV Interviews | 8/4/2021

Verizon's Erik Sheehan explains how the service provider is using computer vision to improve network operations and customer experience.

TiVo-owned Xperi sees pay-TV revenues dip 5% in Q2
News Analysis | 8/4/2021

But company remains bullish about its overall pay-TV prospects as it expands further into the IPTV market following the recent acquisition of MobiTV's assets.

NeoPhotonics posts another bumpy quarter, but outlook brighter
News Analysis | 8/4/2021

US sanctions on Huawei unsurprisingly impact Q2, but optical components specialist predicts return to GAAP profitability in Q4 as demand for 400G and above capable products increases.

HBO Max tempts new viewers with some TV shows
News Analysis | 8/4/2021

HBO Max is now offering free access to a small batch of TV episodes via its app.

Dish Network making tower crews 'very busy' nationwide
News Analysis | 8/4/2021

'We do believe that Dish's intent is to build the network substantially in the US,' says American Tower CFO Rod Smith. However, the company doesn't expect significant revenues from Dish until next year.

Infinera in bullish mood despite ongoing supply challenges
News Analysis | 8/4/2021

Company even sees upsides of supply constraints, saying they have opened the door to greater collaboration with customers.

DZS posts record sales as it grapples with supply chain constraints
Broadband World News | 8/3/2021

Recent influx of RFP activity is presently 'dominated' by 10-Gig XGS-PON and network orchestration needs, DZS president and CEO says.

Lumen to sell network assets serving 6M customers for $7.5B
News Analysis | 8/3/2021

In a move aimed at focusing its business on fiber-fed customers and big businesses, Lumen has struck a deal with Apollo to offload a large part of its US network, The WSJ reports.

T-Mobile to shutter Sprint's LTE network on June 30, 2022
News Analysis | 8/3/2021

'Moving customers who are on old networks onto modern, advanced high-speed networks means they will need to have phones and devices that can tap into the latest technologies,' T-Mobile said.

Telegram sends 2.0 messages to social media rivals
News Analysis | 8/3/2021

UAE-based instant messaging platform says it can now support 1,000 people on a video call.

China sidelines foreign vendors in giant 5G tenders
News Analysis | 8/3/2021

Foreign vendors have again been sidelined in China's latest blockbuster 5G tender.

Is Shentel offering a blueprint for the future of broadband?
DanoVision | 8/3/2021

Shentel has historically been a cable and mobile provider, but is now transitioning into a fiber and fixed wireless network operator. It plans to more than double its coverage footprint in the process.

Crackdown slows Alibaba's e-commerce, cloud growth
News Analysis | 8/3/2021

Alibaba tries to spend its way to rejuvenate its flagging growth, as the likes of JD and Meituan nip at its heels and regulators stare hard at it.

Cybersecurity firm blames China for attacks on Asian telcos
News Analysis | 8/3/2021

Cybereason says 'multiple threat actors' from China have infiltrated carriers in Southeast Asia. Some attacks, say the cybersecurity firm, go back to 2017.

Whatever Huawei did, the case against Meng looks spiteful
News Analysis | 8/3/2021

Huawei's chief financial officer is back in a Canadian courtroom this week and her extradition case could run for years.

Orange sets sail with SES
News Analysis | 8/3/2021

The two partners expand their existing collaboration to provide satellite services to the maritime industry.

Harmonic poised to pass Cisco in CMTS market share, CEO says
News Analysis | 8/3/2021

Fueled by expanding deployments of its cloud native 'CableOS' platform, Harmonic believes it will soon only trail CommScope in the CMTS market.

What lies ahead for India's Vodafone Idea?
News Analysis | 8/3/2021

Recent judgment rejecting telcos' appeal to rework the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) dues again puts a question mark over Vodafone Idea's survival in India.

Maximizing the 5G opportunity: Trailblazing for the next decade of services
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 8/3/2021

This video covers Juniper's view on the implications of 5G on the network infrastructure and how technology and business models need to evolve to address the new use cases.

DirecTV separates from AT&T, unveils 'DirecTV Stream' brand
News Analysis | 8/2/2021

The new DirecTV represents the former AT&T US and Puerto Rico video unit covering satellite, streaming and IPTV services, but not HBO Max, which is staying with AT&T's WarnerMedia unit.

Broadband bill gets closer – here are the takeaways
DanoVision | 8/2/2021

The Senate is now scheduled to debate legislation that would set aside $65 billion for broadband in the US. Here are six takeaways from the newest version of this proposal.

Dish Network to launch new wireless postpaid brand next year
News Analysis | 8/2/2021

AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are all encouraging their prepaid customers to sign up for more profitable postpaid services. Dish's forthcoming postpaid brand is 'a huge opportunity for us to do the same.'

Hong Kong aims for $160M in Asia's 5G spectrum wave
News Analysis | 8/2/2021

Hong Kong is aiming to raise at least HK$1.24 billion ($159.5 million) from a 5G spectrum auction across five different bands.

Zoom to stump up $85M for zoombombing and user privacy
News Analysis | 8/2/2021

Video conferencing specialist agrees to a settlement, but denies wrongdoing.

Podcast: Clearfield CEO Cheri Beranek on the growth of 'community' broadband
CxO Spotlight | 8/2/2021

Clearfield CEO Cheri Beranek joins the podcast to talk about how she's helped build a company that keeps growing as more and more community broadband providers deploy fiber.

Arianespace orbits big sats for Embratel, Eutelsat
News Analysis | 8/2/2021

Arianespace launches big telco sats for Embratel and Eutselsat, including a reconfigurable telco satellite. But can it keep competing with SpaceX?

Consolidated expands fiber and gigabit rollout
News Analysis | 8/2/2021

Competitive broadband provider extended fiber-fueled 1-Gig service to 122,000 more homes and small businesses in the first half of 2021 and plans to more than double its reach to 300,000 locations by year-end.

DOCSIS isn't dead in the UK, Liberty Global CEO says
News Analysis | 8/2/2021

DOCSIS will be part of the UK network 'for a long time to come,' says Mike Fries. Meanwhile, Liberty Global will take multiple paths to 10-Gig in Europe that include FTTP, DOCSIS 4.0 and wholesale partnerships, he says.

Cloud Metro – One converged Metro for the 5G era
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase | 8/2/2021

Learn about how 5G is transforming the Metro, which is creating both opportunities and challenges for network operators, and how Juniper's Cloud Metro portfolio can help with this transformation.

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