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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.

Ericsson: Reasons to be cheerful
Morris Lore | 4/22/2020

The Swedish equipment maker is coping with the pandemic better than some had feared.

Big Tech's 'hiring spree' will leave many behind
Morris Lore | 4/21/2020

As a few major technology firms continue to recruit thousands of employees, more will be considering layoffs.

Ofcom proves you can't reason with 5G conspiracy nuts
Morris Lore | 4/17/2020

The UK telecom regulator fails at a well-intentioned effort to engage with lunatics. It should not have bothered.

BlueJeans is an awkward fit for Verizon
Morris Lore | 4/17/2020

Together, the videoconferencing company and the telecom operator look as incongruous as Mark Zuckerberg and a suit.

A major TV sports upset is on the cards
Morris Lore | 4/15/2020

Sport is something you do, but no longer something you watch. That has nasty implications for service providers.

5G causes COVID-19 like 4G causes flu
Morris Lore | 4/14/2020

A dim-witted British TV presenter has hindered recent efforts to quash the barmy notion that 5G is responsible for the current pandemic.

Amid COVID-19, China dependence no longer seems such a good idea
Morris Lore | 4/14/2020

Suspicion about Chinese motives during the pandemic will drive European governments and companies to reconsider their affairs with the Asian superpower.

5G is looking like a casualty of COVID-19
Morris Lore | 4/9/2020

The pandemic has come two or three years too early for the hyped mobile technology, and companies depending on 5G for growth may suffer badly.

Cutting Huawei off from TSMC would be end-of-days move
Morris Lore | 4/7/2020

Moves to cut Huawei off from one of its largest suppliers could result in 'catastrophic destruction' on a global scale.

Telecom chiefs should heed BT's Jansen and take pay cuts amid COVID-19 carnage
Morris Lore | 4/6/2020

In giving up his pay, the boss of the UK's biggest operator has set an example that other CEOs should follow.

5G malaise mounts as COVID-19 morons mangle masts
Morris Lore | 4/6/2020

The pitchfork-wielding lynch mobs of the Middle Ages have their equivalent in the technophobic arsonists burning 5G equipment.

COVID-19 will destroy jobs, and many won't return
Morris Lore | 4/1/2020

The pandemic will spur layoffs within the telecom sector, driving companies to automate activities where employees pose a risk.

Even COVID-19 can't stop Huawei, says founder
Morris Lore | 3/26/2020

Ren Zhengfei pops up to inform the Western world that his company has recovered swiftly from the virus and is ready for European business.

With COVID-19 comes the real dawn of the digital age
Morris Lore | 3/18/2020

The pandemic will have a permanent impact on the way we live and work, forcing every part of society to evolve fast.

Brits show love for fiber in a time of COVID-19
Morris Lore | 3/12/2020

The UK government will pump £5 billion into gigabit connectivity. What could possibly go wrong?

India needs U-turn to prevent Jio monopoly
Morris Lore | 3/11/2020

The Indian telecom market is heading toward a monopoly controlled by the country's richest man unless there is an abrupt change in the regulatory environment.

Huawei's '18-month lead' in 5G is telecom's most spurious claim
Morris Lore | 3/9/2020

Suggestions the Chinese equipment vendor's 5G challengers are years behind do not hold up to scrutiny.

Ailing Nokia courted by Deutsche Telekom for open RAN boost
Morris Lore | 2/27/2020

A merger isn't a viable option for the Finnish vendor, and asset sales would be hard to justify. What about an open RAN push?

Ericsson, Huawei & Nokia's 5G 'wins' are no big deal
Morris Lore | 2/24/2020

The world's mobile network equipment makers continue to make a fuss about information that is a red herring.

Will MWC ever be the same again?
Morris Lore | 2/18/2020

Concerns about health, climate change and business value raise stark questions about the future of the giant trade show.

Coronavirus has left the GSMA reeling
Morris Lore | 2/11/2020

The outbreak of the deadly disease has led to calls for the cancellation of this year's MWC as major exhibitors continue to withdraw.

A 6G Arms Race May Define the 2020s
Morris Lore | 2/4/2020

With the telecom industry facing balkanization, the development of a global 6G standard might never happen.

UK opportunity knocks for Ericsson and Nokia
Morris Lore | 1/31/2020

The Nordic equipment makers look poised to win additional business in the UK after the government imposed tough new restrictions on Chinese vendors.

Open RAN Won't Stop China, Dotards
Morris Lore | 1/30/2020

US policymakers see open RAN as a way of defeating China in 5G. There's just one problem…

Pompeo Goads UK on Eve of Big Huawei Decision
Morris Lore | 1/27/2020

A decision about Huawei's involvement in the UK's market could be the most difficult its prime minister has ever had to make.

Big questions ducked in Huawei CFO extradition case
Morris Lore | 1/22/2020

Meng Wanzhou's defense rests mainly on the fact that Canada is on relatively good terms with Iran.

Data tsunami is environmental disaster in the making
Morris Lore | 1/17/2020

Some of the world's biggest tech companies are jumping on the green bandwagon, but their efforts are unlikely to be enough.

UK PM is right: Where is Huawei alternative?
Morris Lore | 1/15/2020

Boris Johnson raises an important question about the structure of the telecom industry as the UK comes under Chinese and US pressure over its imminent decision on whether to ban Huawei from Britain's 5G market.

Telecom Turns Lukewarm on Media Ownership
Morris Lore | 1/10/2020

Interest in buying media and TV companies soured in 2019, according to a Light Reading survey, but it still looks better than banking.

2019: The year telecom went doolally about 5G
Morris Lore | 12/10/2019

2019 will be remembered in telecom as the year when 5G arrived and industry hype went into overdrive.

Telcos Let FAANGs Into the Edge at Their Peril
Morris Lore | 12/9/2019

Given the relative loss of value in the telecom industry, the recent edge deals involving AWS are risky moves for the operators involved.

Telefónica's €2B growth plan fails to excite
Morris Lore | 11/28/2019

In its latest round of restructuring, the Spanish operator is setting up a Tech business with ambitious targets. Investors may feel they have been here before.

Ericsson Hurls NB-IoT & Cat-M Into Spotlight & Lets Them Sweat
Morris Lore | 11/26/2019

Like any doting parent, the Swedish equipment giant is expecting a lot from the NB-IoT and Cat-M technologies it helped to spawn.

Labour Expects Average British Broadband Worker to Live on $5K a Year
Morris Lore | 11/20/2019

UK Labour Party comrades Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell seem to have forgotten that telecom staff need paying.

Labour's UK Broadband Plan Would Make Lenin Proud
Morris Lore | 11/15/2019

Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have cooked up a broadband scheme that could form a modern-day appendix to The Communist Manifesto.

Like Deadpool, ZTE is hideously disfigured but alive
Morris Lore | 10/22/2019

The Chinese equipment vendor has lost 20% of staff and is smaller than it was four years ago, but it keeps on going.

China's Rigged Telecom Market Keeps Nordic Firms in Huawei's Shadow
Morris Lore | 10/22/2019

Ericsson and Nokia remain extras on the set of China's mobile infrastructure drama, and Huawei's starring role supports its overseas ambitions.

From X to Zzzzz: Apple's iPhone 11 faces an uphill struggle
Morris Lore | 9/10/2019

The gadget company's latest device seems unlikely to reinvigorate iPhone sales amid consumer apathy and growing competition.

Trump is losing the European war against Huawei
Morris Lore | 9/9/2019

US efforts to have the controversial Chinese vendor banned from Europe's 5G networks are failing.

When Is 5G Not 5G? When It's Not 100MHz, Says Three
Morris Lore | 8/20/2019

An advertising fracas over what counts as 5G draws attention to the industry's shortcomings.

US Component Makers Should Plan for Life Without Huawei
Morris Lore | 8/19/2019

Harsh weekend words from Trump and prolonged uncertainty will spur the Chinese equipment maker as it tries to become more self-reliant. Its US suppliers should plan accordingly.

Huawei Decision to Show if BoJo Is Presidential Poodle or British Bulldog
Morris Lore | 8/13/2019

The question of what to do about Huawei will show UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson why a no-deal Brexit is fraught with peril.

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