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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.

Huawei alert system raised from amber to red in UK
Morris Lore | 7/6/2020

The Chinese equipment maker faces a UK ban, according to press reports, because new US sanctions make it an even bigger risk.

Huawei ban in UK is surely just a matter of time
Morris Lore | 7/3/2020

If the Chinese vendor were not so technically gifted, it would probably have been sent packing already.

Facebook's boycotters risk mainly hurting themselves
Morris Lore | 7/2/2020

The Internet platform's audience has been growing just as major advertisers decide to practice social distancing.

The US won't get its Independence Day from Chinese tech
Morris Lore | 7/1/2020

US officials are promoting open RAN as an answer to China, but the technology specifications are based partly on Chinese IP.

Vodafone silent on Huawei as it values 5G at £158B to UK economy
Morris Lore | 6/29/2020

Greater support from government authorities will be needed if the UK is to realize the full benefits of 5G, says a new report from the UK operator.

5G protest movement keeps marching on
Morris Lore | 6/26/2020

The campaign against the new mobile technology flared up in Ireland this week, and it's not just about the coronavirus.

How NB-IoT bombed: An IoT tale of hubris and no-show
Morris Lore | 6/25/2020

Last year, there were hardly any NB-IoT connections outside China. Just what happened to the technology that was hailed as such a revolutionary thing?

The labors of Lundmark: Herculean turnaround faces new Nokia boss
Morris Lore | 6/24/2020

Pekka Lundmark will join Nokia as CEO in August, returning to a company he previously worked for 20 years ago. The task ahead of him looks immense.

With its shiftiness on jobs, T-Mobile's 'Uncarrier' image is wearing thin
Morris Lore | 6/19/2020

T-Mobile should have fessed up this week and said how many jobs were at risk after its merger with Sprint.

The People's Front of Open RAN vs. the Open RAN People's Front
Morris Lore | 6/18/2020

One industry faction thinks radio is the main problem for the open RAN protest movement. Another says it's all about the baseband.

Deutsche Telekom overplays Huawei ban as 'Armageddon' in leaked paper
Morris Lore | 6/17/2020

Deutsche Telekom's €3 billion Armageddon remake stars Huawei on a collision course with German authorities.

Huawei is in even bigger trouble after US standards move
Morris Lore | 6/16/2020

Far from easing tension with the Chinese equipment giant, a government decision to let US firms participate in standards bodies will add to Huawei's problems.

A £1.5B bill should not stop a UK ban on Huawei
Morris Lore | 6/15/2020

The cost of a swap-out is a far smaller concern than the impact of a ban on 5G rollout and competition in the equipment sector.

Huawei's patents won't save it, says leading analyst
Morris Lore | 6/9/2020

The Chinese company's importance to the 5G standard has probably been overstated, says Richard Windsor of Radio Free Mobile.

Finland's high-speed, low-cost 5G auctions send message to Europe
Morris Lore | 6/9/2020

When it comes to awarding spectrum for telecom services, countries should try to be more like Finland and less like Italy.

Huawei's UK marketing campaign is doomed
Morris Lore | 6/8/2020

Huawei's role in the UK's 4G and fixed broadband history does not justify its involvement in the country's rollout of 5G networks.

The only 5G health risk is the mast-burning vandal
Morris Lore | 6/5/2020

'Experts' who depict 5G as the ultimate evil could provide the vindication that others seek for their criminal behavior.

Goodbye Huawei, hello Ericsson: Swap-out gathers pace
Morris Lore | 6/3/2020

The Swedish equipment vendor is in pole position as the US-led campaign against Huawei gathers momentum.

Vodafone bosses boost their pay as jobs are culled
Morris Lore | 6/2/2020

Times are good for the top brass at the UK operator, but less rosy for the service provider's European workforce.

BT 5G turns one year old with not much to celebrate
Morris Lore | 6/1/2020

The UK's 5G service does not look like it is off to the flying start that 4G had several years ago.

Masa Son (of God) and the valley of coronavirus
Morris Lore | 5/21/2020

He's misunderstood like Jesus was, and he needs all the help from heavenly forces he can get.

Huawei is running short of friends, but it still has options
Morris Lore | 5/18/2020

The latest US attack follows efforts by several European operators to cut their dependence on Huawei and poses the biggest threat so far to the Chinese vendor.

BT still stands for bloated telecom
Morris Lore | 5/11/2020

Two years after announcing plans for 13,000 job cuts, the UK telecom operator looks as flabby and legacy-burdened as ever.

The political hijacking of open RAN
Morris Lore | 5/6/2020

Open RAN was supposed to be about cost savings and innovation, but it is increasingly – and misguidedly – about shutting out the Chinese.

Openreach still has a Huawei problem
Morris Lore | 5/6/2020

Too much Chinese equipment in the UK's biggest full-fiber network will force Openreach to make changes at a difficult time.

As Nokia bolsters 5G spend, other R&D is suffering
Morris Lore | 5/4/2020

The Finnish vendor's efforts to restore the all-important 5G business have put a squeeze on other investment activity.

Brits lead the world on 5G mast burning
Morris Lore | 4/30/2020

Telecom vandalism spurred by coronavirus fears just hasn't taken off in other parts of the world.

As Ericsson advances, Nokia's 5G business may be finished in China
Morris Lore | 4/27/2020

Where does China's recent award of major 5G contracts leave the Nordic equipment makers?

Those pestiferous men and their 5G machines
Morris Lore | 4/24/2020

Stay away from 5G masts, inject yourself with Dettol and douse your cornflakes in pure alcohol. The COVID-19 madness spreads.

AT&T's Stankey creates another stink as 3K more jobs vanish
Morris Lore | 4/23/2020

Employees at one of the world's biggest operators are in for an especially hard time during COVID-19, but at least the bosses will be fine.

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