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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 & 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.

The iPhone Is Going the Way of the iPod
Morris Lore | 7/31/2019

For the first time in a long time, most of Apple's revenues did not come from the sale of smartphones.

T-Mobile's Jobs Pledge Smells Fishy
Morris Lore | 7/30/2019

Deutsche Telekom's promise that a T-Mobile and Sprint merger will create jobs has attracted plenty of scepticism, but not cutting jobs could raise difficult questions.

BoJo Leadership Threatens Huawei & UK's Fiber Future
Morris Lore | 7/24/2019

The mischievous Boris Johnson, who becomes the UK's prime minister today, is a dilemma for the country's telecom chiefs.

Huawei Dispute Has Put Global Supply Chain at Breaking Point
Morris Lore | 7/16/2019

With the Chinese vendor now developing alternatives to US suppliers, and Ericsson moving production closer to its customers, the telecom world order is under serious threat.

The Spectral Efficiency Twilight Zone
Morris Lore | 7/12/2019

Operators desperately need 5G's 'spectral efficiency' to cope with a data tsunami. Just don't expect it to boost profits.

No Quick Fix for New BT, Vodafone Bosses
Morris Lore | 7/12/2019

Philip Jansen and Nick Read are not off to a dream start at the UK operators, and turnarounds could be a long time coming.

Attack of the Smombies, Dawn of the Wombie
Morris Lore | 7/8/2019

Governments are trying to contain a global pandemic of the smartphone undead.

Why Deutsche Telekom Could Exit Romania
Morris Lore | 7/5/2019

The German operator is rumored to be in talks about selling assets in Romania. Difficult as it may be to pull off, that move could make business sense and suit its strategic objectives.

Huawei's IP Update Shows Why US Critics Are Scared
Morris Lore | 7/1/2019

A white paper from the Chinese vendor is supposed to show Huawei respects intellectual property. It seems likely to further unnerve Huawei's critics.

Huaweigate Latest: Trump's U-Turn & Weldon's Whoopsie
Morris Lore | 7/1/2019

Donald Trump's U-turn on Huawei proves this US president lacks any conviction and will not silence the Chinese vendor's critics.

Brexit-Bound Britain's Broadband Blues
Morris Lore | 6/18/2019

The UK will desperately need better connectivity once it is outside the European Union, say technology leaders. Getting there is another matter.

5G Rush Has Tripped Up the Industry
Morris Lore | 6/11/2019

After approving plans to fast-track 5G, the industry has faced interoperability problems, spectrum constraints and 5G apathy. What was it all for?

Can Huawei Survive Trump?
Morris Lore | 5/20/2019

The Chinese vendor's survival as an international force is now at stake following the latest moves by the US administration and tech companies.

5G Car Crash Looms for Telecom Industry
Morris Lore | 5/16/2019

Failure to transform their businesses, highlighted at this week's Digital Transformation World event in Nice, is fast catching up with the telcos.

Is Nokia Losing the 5G Race?
Morris Lore | 5/7/2019

The Finnish vendor's 5G-related difficulties and weak performance have unsettled investors, but Ericsson and Huawei also have questions to answer.

What Disney, Telcos & China's Social Credit System Have in Common
Morris Lore | 5/2/2019

Big data is guiding your everyday decisions and the decisions that affect your life. It's no wonder that governments and corporations want in.

Huawei 5G Bans Highlight Network Confusion
Morris Lore | 4/29/2019

Muddled thinking about the core and the edge is shaping government policy toward Huawei in some parts of the world.

Faulty Towers? Orange Rubbishes Germany's 5G DIY Scheme
Morris Lore | 4/18/2019

Some German companies want to build their own 5G networks instead of relying on telcos. Good luck with that, says France's Orange.

Ready Player Stadia: Google's Gaming Platform a Scary Prospect for Telcos
Morris Lore | 3/21/2019

Google's new gaming platform could usher in a new age of cloud gaming, with ramifications for parents and telcos worldwide.

Huawei Stew Hits Boiling Point
Morris Lore | 3/13/2019

The dispute over the controversial Chinese equipment maker has reached a dangerous new stage.

US 'Miles Behind' China & UK on 5G, Says Vodafone UK's CTO
Morris Lore | 3/8/2019

US claims to 5G leadership are nothing more than marketing flimflam, according to Vodafone UK's chief technology officer.

5G Is Here… Or It Was, Briefly, in Barca
Morris Lore | 3/1/2019

After much grunting and heaving, the industry gives birth to 5G at this year's MWC. It may be some time before it grows up.

US-China Tech War Looms at MWC Barcelona
Morris Lore | 2/22/2019

The interventions by Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich in recent days show just how much will be at stake in Barcelona next week.

The No-Deal Brexit Threat to Huawei
Morris Lore | 2/19/2019

Why a no-deal Brexit that sees the UK crash out of the European Union could spell trouble for the Chinese equipment vendor.

MWC 5G-Gasm Risks Missing the Big Telecom Issues
Morris Lore | 2/11/2019

Nearly upon us once again, MWC in isolation provides a distorting view of the telecom industry and its challenges.

Huawei's Ills Don't Guarantee Good Times for Ericsson, Nokia
Morris Lore | 1/29/2019

A US-led campaign against the world's biggest equipment maker does not mean Ericsson and Nokia are destined for success.

Huawei Controversy Pits Spooks Against CSPs
Morris Lore | 1/28/2019

Vodafone's CEO wants a more high-level debate about the security implications of using Huawei's equipment. In the current climate, he may have his work cut out for him.

Huawei Founder Fails to Put Minds at Rest
Morris Lore | 1/16/2019

Ren Zhengfei's answers to questions during a rare meeting with reporters will not silence Huawei's critics.

5G Stuck in Slow Lane Beyond Consumer Biz
Morris Lore | 1/15/2019

The next-generation mobile technology was supposed to be about new enterprise services opportunities. But where are they?

BT Looks More Bloated Than Ever
Morris Lore | 1/8/2019

Despite announcing plans for 13,000 layoffs last May, the UK operator is now bigger than ever, and it generates far less in per-employee revenues than most of its regional peers.

iPhone Upset Leads to Apple Crumble
Morris Lore | 1/3/2019

Mix exorbitant prices with underwhelming gadgets and a dose of Chinese nationalism, and then sit back and watch a trillion-dollar company tank.

Have Devices Overtaken Networks as Huawei's Biggest Unit?
Morris Lore | 1/2/2019

Figures released by the Chinese equipment giant suggest it is becoming increasingly reliant on its gadget-making consumer division for sales growth.

DT, Orange Prove Europe Remains Hostage to US, Chinese Tech
Morris Lore | 12/17/2018

Two of Europe's biggest operators are desperate to wean Europeans off US and Chinese technology, but they are uncomfortably reliant on it themselves.

South Korea's 5G Lead May Bring Industrial Advantage
Morris Lore | 12/3/2018

All three mobile operators in South Korea have now launched 5G networks, and their focus is on the business rather than the consumer market.

Europe's Telcos Fret as Walls Close In On Huawei
Morris Lore | 11/30/2018

The tightening of restrictions on China's biggest network equipment maker could deal a major blow to its European customers.

IoT Boom Won't Pay Off for Mobile Operators
Morris Lore | 11/28/2018

Ericsson's latest mobility report is a wake-up call for anyone who thinks cellular IoT connectivity will fuel sales growth for telcos.

BT Needs a Kick in the Ducts
Morris Lore | 11/12/2018

The legal separation of BT and Openreach is a farce.

You Suck, Ofcom CTO Tells WiFi Industry
Morris Lore | 11/1/2018

Mansoor Hanif turns up to one of the WiFi industry's big events and tells attendees why cellular is so much better.

Is IBM Overpaying for Red Hat?
Morris Lore | 10/29/2018

Big Blue is paying a staggering premium for a company that trades in open source software.

Have We Reached Peak Ericsson?
Morris Lore | 10/24/2018

Ericsson looks in better shape than it has been for years, but the good times might not last.

Terragraph: A WiMax in Facebook Clothing?
Morris Lore | 10/18/2018

Facebook's Terragraph technology may have a hard time against 5G in the markets it hopes to address.

NFV Struggles With Its Six-Year Itch
Morris Lore | 10/10/2018

Anyone attending this year's SDN NFV World Congress in The Hague could be forgiven for thinking it was a re-run of last year's show.

Huawei, ZTE Charm Offensive Just Got Harder
Morris Lore | 10/8/2018

A report from Bloomberg, alleging China infiltrated servers used by the US government, could spell further trouble for Huawei and ZTE.

Wind Tre: The New Weakling of Italian Mobile
Morris Lore | 10/4/2018

The merger between 3 and Wind was supposed to create an Italian mobile heavyweight. But after Italy's 5G auction this week, that company is on the ropes.

Where Is the Elon Musk of Telecom?
Morris Lore | 10/3/2018

Telecom operators need leaders with the visionary flair of Elon Musk, but attracting them is easier said than done.

Apple: It's the End of the SIM as We Know It
Morris Lore | 9/13/2018

The days of prying open the back of your phone and fiddling around with tweezers may be coming to an end. But what would the end of the physical SIM mean for the average telco?

Dope, Booze, Vitriol & Fraud: Tesla's Car Crash Week
Morris Lore | 9/7/2018

Elon Musk finds himself at the center of a storm engulfing the high-tech carmaker, whose shares have taken a battering.

Unicom, Telecom Merger: A 5G Bull in a China Shop
Morris Lore | 9/5/2018

While still unconfirmed, Chinese government plans to merge the country's number two and three mobile operators would be regrettable.

Telecom Jargonosaurus Part 2: Financial Confusion
Morris Lore | 8/21/2018

Earnings reports and presentations have acquired a language of their own as companies try to put some gloss on their performance.

China Telecom Beats Rivals but Gets Lost in Translation
Morris Lore | 8/20/2018

China Telecom says it is outperforming China Mobile in the mobile market, but it falls well behind on intelligibility.

A Whirling Dervish of Telecom Gibberish
Morris Lore | 8/17/2018

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a worthy opponent of US President Donald Trump.

Should Orange Buy Vivendi?
Morris Lore | 8/14/2018

As aggregators pile into the market, old-fashioned convergence runs out of steam and US firms eye European assets, a French move reminiscent of AT&T's Time Warner deal could be in the cards.

America Is Losing the 5G Race, Says Deloitte
Morris Lore | 8/7/2018

While US operators are good at talking about 5G, the Chinese are doing are much better job of preparing their country for the potentially game-changing technology, according to compelling new research.

Apple's $1 Trillion Luxury Prison
Morris Lore | 8/3/2018

The iPhone maker has become the world's first public company with a $1 trillion valuation, but is it really justified?

Your Broadband Sucks, Telecom Italia CEO Tells UK
Morris Lore | 7/25/2018

Italy beats the UK hands down on food and culture, but does it offer a better broadband experience as well?

UK Bumpkins Told Not to Expect Fiber in Their Lifetimes
Morris Lore | 7/23/2018

A UK government plan aims for all-fiber nationwide coverage when many of today's citizens will either be dead or living on Mars.

Europe's Telecom Sector Is Not Perfect, but It's Less Rotten Than America's
Morris Lore | 7/17/2018

The standard narrative that heavy-handed regulation is undermining Europe's telecom sector is a myth that needs busting.

Telecom Jargonosaurus Part 1: Repeat Offenders
Morris Lore | 7/13/2018

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Light Reading's jargonosaurus, in which we take aim at some of the worst language abuses in the telecom sector.

Pinpricks & Big Sticks: An Anatomy of Telco & Tech Fines
Morris Lore | 7/12/2018

Fines against telecom and technology companies rarely seem effective.

AT&T's Stankey Serves Up a Stinker at HBO
Morris Lore | 7/10/2018

Telco wades into successful content business and tells award-winning staff to get their act together.

The US 5G 'Lead' Over Europe Is Bluster
Morris Lore | 7/6/2018

Industry concern that Europe has already fallen behind the US in 5G seems massively overblown.

Fat Cats Get Fatter as Jobs Go to the Dogs
Morris Lore | 6/28/2018

In pampering their leaders, while ordinary workers face unemployment or pay stagnation, telcos are fueling concern about the growing wealth gap and emergence of an economic elite.

5G Still More Like Rocket Fuel Than a Mission to Mars
Morris Lore | 6/21/2018

5G has been touted as the most transformative mobile 'G' ever. At the moment, it looks like more of the same.

ZTE Is Still in the Danger Zone
Morris Lore | 6/15/2018

Investors look panicky despite plans for a new line of credit and management changes. It is little wonder.

BT's Next CEO: The Candidates
Morris Lore | 6/11/2018

Who are the frontrunners to succeed Gavin Patterson as boss of the UK telecom incumbent?

BT Waves Goodbye to Gorgeous Gavin
Morris Lore | 6/8/2018

The UK's biggest operator realizes its CEO is not the right man for the job days after it was revealed it have given him a £1.3 billion bonus last year.

BT's Patterson Gets Tasty CEO Bonus as Troops Suffer
Morris Lore | 5/25/2018

BT's CEO gets a $1.7 million bonus after lurching from one cock-up to another in the recent fiscal year.

BT's Patterson May Be Running Out of Time
Morris Lore | 5/10/2018

Talk of digital transformation and investment in higher-speed networks fails to impress shareholders after the UK operator unveils plans for 13,000 job cuts.

T-Mobile, Sprint Combo Could Threaten German Digitization
Morris Lore | 5/2/2018

If a merger between T-Mobile and Sprint falls short of its targets, it could add to the pressure on Deutsche Telekom in Germany.

T-Mobile & Sprint: Marriage Made in Hell
Morris Lore | 4/30/2018

Consumers, industry employees and equipment vendors must all hope that regulators block a T-Mobile merger with Sprint.

US Ban on Huawei Would Trigger Turmoil in Telecom Industry
Morris Lore | 4/27/2018

US authorities were said this week to be investigating Huawei for violating sanctions against Iran. Treating it like ZTE would trigger turmoil.

UK Dinosaurs Decide AI Does Not Threaten Extinction
Morris Lore | 4/17/2018

UK authorities are not even considering the possibility that artificial intelligence could lead to mass unemployment. That is deeply worrying.

Facebook: The Sick Man of Silicon Valley
Morris Lore | 3/27/2018

The Cambridge Analytica scandal caps a bad period for the social network. Bouncing back will not be straightforward.

How Long Before We Hit Peak MWC?
Morris Lore | 2/23/2018

Mobile World Congress remains the must-attend event in the telecom industry, even as concern grows about its sprawl and spin.

Trump's 5G Plan Is Not as Bonkers as They Say
Morris Lore | 1/30/2018

Trump's 5G plan is an 'outdated' piece of government theorizing, say reports. But might he have stumbled onto something?

Net Neutrality Moves Are as Futile as Trump's Comb-Over
Morris Lore | 1/18/2018

What do Brexit, Trump's hair and net neutrality have in common?

MWC 2018 Threatens to Be 5G New Radio Bore
Morris Lore | 1/10/2018

Let's hope that cloudification, network slicing and core network transformation top the agenda at MWC 2018, and not the dreary issue of 5G new radio.

Altice Shifts From M&A to European Recovery
Morris Lore | 1/9/2018

Altice hopes a just-announced US spin-off will help it double down on its underperforming core European operations.

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