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Ho ho ho – telco Xmas list asks Europe to scrap net neutrality
Morris Lore | 11/30/2021

The region's big players have written a hopeful letter asking for mergers to be approved, spectrum to be cheaper and big tech to pay up.

Ericsson's $6.2B Vonage deal has befuddled investors – no wonder
Morris Lore | 11/26/2021

Vonage's relevance to 5G is questionable and shareholders will be asking if the cash would have been better spent elsewhere.

Nokia caught in telco schism over open RAN
Morris Lore | 11/24/2021

The Finnish equipment vendor rejects the charge its software works only with its own hardware and finds an ally in BT.

Europe's $200B telcos are still pleading for open RAN handouts
Morris Lore | 11/18/2021

Policymakers appear to have ignored the earlier call for open RAN support and they would be wise to reject the latest.

Prickly Deutsche Telekom boss wants hyperscaler deals curbed
Morris Lore | 11/16/2021

US tech giants are buying the companies that telcos use to 'digitize' their core infrastructure, and the CEO of Europe's largest telco is not happy.

Huawei's subscale cloud unit needs more than just chips
Morris Lore | 11/3/2021

The Chinese vendor's fledgling cloud business remains tiny alongside industry giants and may struggle even if it can fix its hardware problems.

The grubby truth about telecom and the climate
Morris Lore | 10/28/2021

The ICT industry is one of the worst climate offenders on the planet and its billions of customers will ensure it remains so.

AT&T job cuts hit record 12K in recent quarter
Morris Lore | 10/22/2021

The US operator is still slashing thousands of jobs as it tries to cut about $6 billion off its expenses.

Netflix shows why telcos should fear AWS
Morris Lore | 10/20/2021

The streaming service is more popular than ever and its share price has soared, but its public-cloud arrangements carry enormous risk.

Net neutrality moaning shows telcos are stuck in the past
Morris Lore | 10/15/2021

Internet companies have done operators a massive favor by serving up the apps that consumers demand, but operators still think the app developers should pay.

Intel chips snub is a blow for the UK
Morris Lore | 10/8/2021

After the US chipmaker rules out building a fab in the UK, the government may struggle to attract other investors.

Facebook outage should frighten everyone
Morris Lore | 10/5/2021

The social media giant suffers a blackout that lasts several hours and causes disruption for its customers worldwide.

Huawei CFO case ends with everyone looking bad
Morris Lore | 9/27/2021

The only positive thing about this case was the release of two innocent Canadians, and yet that also confirms China as the worst kind of state.

Nokia return will not end doubts about O-RAN
Morris Lore | 9/14/2021

Changes made by the specifications group have satisfied the Finnish equipment vendor, but they remain unclear to the wider world.

Three UK helps bring back the roaming empire
Morris Lore | 9/10/2021

Despite saying it would not reintroduce the fees customers pay to use their phones abroad, Three has now copied BT and Vodafone in doing just that.

O-RAN Alliance: Open by name, closed by nature, reckons Europe
Morris Lore | 9/6/2021

The group that defines specifications for open RAN wants to be treated like a standards body, but it does not appear to meet the WTO's criteria.

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

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

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.

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.

Standalone shaping up to be 5G's next big flop
Morris Lore | 7/27/2021

The industry is aflutter about the souped-up version of 5G, but everyone else should curb their enthusiasm.

Spain's telcos uphold ceasefire in the siesta
Morris Lore | 7/21/2021

Slumbering in the afternoon, Spaniards can rest assured they will not be called by their operators.

Hellish ride is not enough to put Telenor off Asia
Morris Lore | 7/20/2021

Despite multi-billion-dollar losses, military coups and spats with aggressive shareholders, the Norwegian operator is still enthused by markets to the east.

Open RAN and the dangers of the neutral host
Morris Lore | 7/15/2021

A bid to diversify the market for suppliers could leave Europe's 5G sector with fewer networks.

Joe Biden's net neutrality threat to 5G
Morris Lore | 7/12/2021

The president's resurrection of vague open Internet policies risks undermining 5G investment and defacing the industry's technology roadmap.

The verdict from afar on MWC 2021
Morris Lore | 7/2/2021

The GSMA deserves credit for putting on its show in such difficult circumstances, but this was an MWC the industry will want to forget.

Britain's got open RAN talent, hopes clueless govt.
Morris Lore | 7/2/2021

A government with protectionist instincts seems to think open RAN could restore a local supply chain for 5G equipment.

AT&T has locked itself into a risky affair with Microsoft
Morris Lore | 7/1/2021

Extricating itself from a single-supplier deal to run its core network in the public cloud could be a challenge if the relationship turns sour.

Telecom outsources big ideas to Elon Musk at MWC
Morris Lore | 6/30/2021

An appearance by the man behind Tesla, SpaceX and Starlink is the most exciting thing to happen at this year's show.

Cloud envy and virtue-signaling color desperate MWC
Morris Lore | 6/28/2021

Europe's telecom sector attempts to show it is a good corporate citizen while having its usual moan about the unfair regulation of big tech.

Don't expect Qualcomm to curb Intel's open RAN power
Morris Lore | 6/24/2021

The mobile chips whizz says it won't be challenging Intel in open RAN and there are few other signs of competition.

Bring me wine and let robots run the BT network
Morris Lore | 6/10/2021

Regarding people as a problem, BT's chief network architect is determined to automate as much as he possibly can over the next decade.

Boris Johnson is shafting the GSMA
Morris Lore | 6/8/2021

UK government rules may deter thousands from attending this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Fastly outage gives preview of Internet apocalypse
Morris Lore | 6/8/2021

An unprofitable minnow temporarily paralyzes a few major organizations and knocks out a whole government website.

Ofcom should keep its grubby mitts off open RAN
Morris Lore | 5/28/2021

The UK telecom regulator is intervening in technology development to a troubling degree.

Huawei's software pivot will probably fail – here's why
Morris Lore | 5/25/2021

The Chinese equipment vendor's sinister plan for world software domination is unlikely to save parts of its telecom business or win friends in the US.

GSMA struggles to justify MWC's physical existence
Morris Lore | 5/20/2021

The trade show faces a potential existential crisis if the new normal is here to stay.

AT&T and Verizon media bets were mad, bad and dangerous
Morris Lore | 5/19/2021

The US operators certainly lived up to their 'dumb and dumber' nicknames with forays into content and media that showed zero common sense.

Open RAN will struggle to fit in, despite Euro telco demands
Morris Lore | 5/14/2021

A wish-list of technical requirements arrives in vendor offices, but the chances of a mass-market deployment in the next few years are remote.

A Cellnex mutation could upend European telecom
Morris Lore | 5/7/2021

Cellnex has gone from renting out space on towers to buying 5G equipment in a move that has major ramifications for service providers, equipment makers and authorities.

Telecom Italia loses game of fiber monopoly to EU
Morris Lore | 5/6/2021

Italian operator's share price falls sharply after Italy's prime minister is reported to have shot down its plans to merge with Open Fiber.

Google moves a step closer to running Vodafone
Morris Lore | 5/4/2021

The operator is entrusting more of its systems to the public cloud and will use a technology developed with Google to realize cost savings and service improvements.

Dish fealty to AWS risks 'vendor lock-in' and open RAN fallout
Morris Lore | 4/23/2021

The company building America's fourth mobile network does not appear to share policymakers' concerns about the dominance of the public clouds.

UK risks own goal with open RAN diversity plan
Morris Lore | 4/20/2021

The British government is pushing through an 'open' agenda that will restrict operators' freedom of choice.

The 1970s comeback in UK telecom is a new virus
Morris Lore | 4/16/2021

A government-appointed taskforce wants to interfere in the decisions that operators make about their suppliers, according to a report.

Huawei and the great 6G schism
Morris Lore | 4/14/2021

The Chinese equipment giant questions the need for 6G and even 5G technology as protectionism looms and US sanctions force a strategic shift.

Europe's telcos won't spend €300B, whatever ETNO says
Morris Lore | 3/25/2021

The suggestion that operators would increase spending by nearly a fifth if regulators were kinder is hard to take seriously.

Project Gigabit, or how to waste £5B of UK taxpayers' money
Morris Lore | 3/19/2021

Wealthy homeowners in remote areas may soon be able to watch Netflix in ultra-high definition thanks to your generosity.

The UK's £1.4B 5G auction farce is still not over
Morris Lore | 3/17/2021

Operators are pleased to have paid so little after Ofcom rejected calls to scrap the familiar format, but their spectrum is all over the place.

MWC 2021 is a go, but can it attract 50K visitors?
Morris Lore | 3/8/2021

The mother of all telecom trade shows has just unveiled details of a health-and-safety plan that will either encourage or deter attendees.

Deutsche Telekom in no rush to join towers frenzy
Morris Lore | 3/1/2021

The German incumbent is weighing options for its infrastructure while the region's powerbrokers continue to advance.

The rise and fall of Telefónica
Morris Lore | 2/25/2021

Worth $370 billion in 2006, Spain's biggest telecom operator is valued at just $25 billion today.

Don't count on a Telecom Italia renaissance
Morris Lore | 2/24/2021

The Italian operator's latest strategic plan is probably not going to be a major restorative for a company that seems in perpetual decline.

Why 5G patent rankings are not to be trusted
Morris Lore | 2/23/2021

One study's winner is another's laggard, possibly because researchers cannot agree on what constitutes an essential patent.

Huawei is proving as hard to stop as a movie supervillain
Morris Lore | 2/18/2021

Despite concern about the impact of US sanctions, the Chinese equipment giant's networks business is still going strong.

Liberty Global looks chained and parochial
Morris Lore | 2/16/2021

Eye-watering debts, catch-up mergers and network projects that are way off target – welcome to Liberty Global.

Open RAN no sure winner, but back it anyway, says UK report
Morris Lore | 2/5/2021

A parliamentary report on 5G diversification reveals a political cluelessness about 5G technology and the road ahead.

Ericsson calls for 'tech neutrality' after telco open RAN pleas
Morris Lore | 2/1/2021

Predictably enough, the Swedish equipment vendor thinks Europe should focus on mainstream 5G. It has a point.

Taxpayers on hook for open RAN tab that must stink to investors
Morris Lore | 1/25/2021

The private sector seems unconvinced by the case for open RAN investment. Europe's service providers think taxpayers should fill the void.

Open or closed, RAN vendors face a 2020s squeeze
Morris Lore | 1/21/2021

Generating profits in a busier, shrinking market for radio access network products will be difficult.

Banning Trump and Parler is not for big tech to decide
Morris Lore | 1/19/2021

Facebook, Twitter and Amazon should not be the arbiters of free speech. And that means a repeal of telecom legislation should be a priority.

UK love affair with open RAN goes on despite telco reservations
Morris Lore | 1/15/2021

British authorities are infatuated with a technology they barely understand from either a technology or market perspective.

Europe's towercos are building on shaky ground
Morris Lore | 1/11/2021

Towers companies may struggle to justify their lofty valuations as competition grows and the telecom sector remains under pressure.

Gigabit subsidies are a waste of taxpayer dosh
Morris Lore | 1/8/2021

The UK spending watchdog slams the government's gigabit record, but does anything really need to be fixed?

Ericsson turns Huawei lobbyist with China biz at stake
Morris Lore | 1/7/2021

It is little wonder the Swedish equipment vendor has leapt to Huawei's defense in Sweden, whatever it really thinks about its Chinese rival.

What won't happen in telecom in 2021
Morris Lore | 1/4/2021

Predictions stories are rampant around this time of year. Here's what not to expect in 2021.

After Google outage, telcos should think twice about public cloud
Morris Lore | 12/15/2020

Public cloud systems promise cost savings and convenience, but the wider risks cannot be ignored.

Juniper takeover makes Apstra look as agnostic as the Pope
Morris Lore | 12/7/2020

On an acquisition spree in recent months, the maker of routers and switches has just bagged a company whose big selling point was vendor neutrality. Er...

Huawei can expect more European hardship in the Biden era
Morris Lore | 12/3/2020

As opinion swings against China, Huawei's regional difficulties could mount when Joe Biden enters the White House.

Open RAN might not save you much after all
Morris Lore | 12/1/2020

The hyped technology is unlikely to make a huge difference in what telcos invest and even threatens to run up a bigger opex bill.

How telcos installed a RAN triumvirate they now want toppled
Morris Lore | 11/18/2020

In 2016, operators and governments waved through a merger between Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia. Now they complain there are too few suppliers.

6G sounds a lot like 5G, but it could spell upheaval
Morris Lore | 11/10/2020

What should customers and the telecom industry expect as the industry starts preparing for its next generation?

If elected, Biden should keep net neutrality in its coffin
Morris Lore | 11/6/2020

An attempt to resurrect the issue would be fantastic for lawyers and rule makers but an expensive distraction for everyone else.

Open RAN and the Everest of inflated expectations
Morris Lore | 10/22/2020

Some jaw-dropping forecasts have been made about open RAN's sales trajectory. Is the industry getting carried away?

Ericsson still beating 'non-Chinese rivals,' says CEO
Morris Lore | 10/21/2020

The Swedish vendor says its 5G R&D investments have made it a more cost-competitive player than its rivals.

Telcos cannot scratch the open source itch
Morris Lore | 10/15/2020

Open source has yet to have a noticeable impact on telecom, and it is increasingly mixed up with anything that claims to be open.

Apple succumbs to 5G fever
Morris Lore | 10/14/2020

The iPhone maker dangles another overpriced trinket in front of the worshipful, and this one may genuinely disappoint.

Nokia adds to 5G hype with $8T forecast
Morris Lore | 10/12/2020

It's no surprise that the Finnish vendor of network equipment thinks 5G will be a very big deal.

Orange CEO says something is rotten in the state of telecom
Morris Lore | 10/8/2020

Stephane Richard nips into his home office to warn the industry about growing technical debt and urge closer collaboration.

Pret a open RAN
Morris Lore | 10/6/2020

The radio access network is nothing like lasagne or spaghetti but exactly like the sandwich business. Obviously.

The UK gets another scaremongering report on 5G delays
Morris Lore | 10/1/2020

The Centre for Policy Studies has weighed into the 5G debate with some highly questionable findings.

Intel still on the Huawei inside?
Morris Lore | 9/22/2020

A report suggests Intel has secured a license to continue serving the controversial Chinese equipment maker.

SoftBank's telecom retreat is nearly complete
Morris Lore | 9/18/2020

After the sale of Brightstar, announced today, the Japanese firm has control of no telecom assets.

People are getting the wrong idea about open RAN
Morris Lore | 9/15/2020

The political hijacking of open RAN looks partly to blame for some of the misconceptions about the immature technology.

Austria's budget '5G' auction shows Dutch telcos were fleeced
Morris Lore | 9/14/2020

Beer costs the same in the Netherlands as it does in Austria. So why is Dutch spectrum about four times as expensive?

The case of the missing British open RAN plan
Morris Lore | 9/11/2020

As other countries look to national technology providers, the UK's lack of homegrown alternatives to Huawei is a concern.

Vodafone hits bum note with 5G piano demo
Morris Lore | 9/9/2020

The latest 5G offering from the UK operator is a connected grand piano played by someone normally seen behind the wheel of a car.

Telco obsession with speed is growing in 5G era
Morris Lore | 9/8/2020

5G was supposed to bring a paradigm shift, but it has made telecom operators even more fixated on the usual metrics.

Losing the 5G 'race' might not matter
Morris Lore | 8/20/2020

A year after its commercial launch in parts of Asia, the mobile technology still looks like an improvement over 4G rather than an economic game-changer.

T-Mobile jobs cull may have begun as it aims to beat Verizon
Morris Lore | 8/13/2020

Germany's Deutsche Telekom pledge not to cut US jobs is looking shaky, and the carnage continues outside the US.

How Amdocs swallowed Openet and paid so little
Morris Lore | 8/12/2020

The small Irish software company disappeared last month when it was acquired by Israel's Amdocs for just $180 million.

Wind Tre: The merger that went rotten
Morris Lore | 8/7/2020

The Italian phone operator eyed a leading role in the market on its creation but since then it has lost millions of customers and seen revenues plummet.

Hands off Arm, Nvidia
Morris Lore | 8/4/2020

The sale of the UK's only major technology player in the open RAN ecosystem would hardly support efforts to rekindle the domestic telecom supply chain.

UK's 5G auction sequel is a £1.1B farce
Morris Lore | 8/4/2020

Ofcom says no to operators calling for an administrative award of spectrum instead of a competitive auction. Its logic makes little sense.

Facebook shows hypocritical boycotters cannot hold it to ransom
Morris Lore | 7/31/2020

The social media giant can be hard to like, but its stance on free speech is right, as the latest set of numbers shows.

China's feeble threat to Ericsson and Nokia
Morris Lore | 7/21/2020

Despite its threats, China is in no position to hurt the Nordic equipment vendors in the way that US and European authorities can damage Huawei.

What do Brits think of the Huawei ban?
Morris Lore | 7/17/2020

Between swigs, Light Reading has been carrying out an in-depth investigation into the general public's reaction.

Huawei ban risks turning UK into Nordic duopoly
Morris Lore | 7/14/2020

A ban on buying Huawei's 5G products starting in 2021 may have come too soon for open RAN or other non-Nordic alternatives.

Ericsson rubbishes UK warnings of Huawei ban disruption
Morris Lore | 7/14/2020

Swedish vendor says it currently swaps about 100,000 mobile sites a year, more than twice the UK's installed base.

UK bill for Huawei takeaway does not add up
Morris Lore | 7/10/2020

Service providers in the UK have this week raised lots of unanswered questions about the cost of a Huawei ban.

Huawei's possible demise is grounds for a UK U-turn
Morris Lore | 7/7/2020

Threatening language by China's UK ambassador is inappropriate and overlooks the perilous nature of Huawei's current predicament.

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