The outbreak of the deadly disease has led to calls for the cancellation of this year's MWC as major exhibitors continue to withdraw.
With the telecom industry facing balkanization, the development of a global 6G standard might never happen.
The Nordic equipment makers look poised to win additional business in the UK after the government imposed tough new restrictions on Chinese vendors.
US policymakers see open RAN as a way of defeating China in 5G. There's just one problem…
A decision about Huawei's involvement in the UK's market could be the most difficult its prime minister has ever had to make.
Meng Wanzhou's defense rests mainly on the fact that Canada is on relatively good terms with Iran.
Some of the world's biggest tech companies are jumping on the green bandwagon, but their efforts are unlikely to be enough.
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.
Interest in buying media and TV companies soured in 2019, according to a Light Reading survey, but it still looks better than banking.
2019 will be remembered in telecom as the year when 5G arrived and industry hype went into overdrive.
Given the relative loss of value in the telecom industry, the recent edge deals involving AWS are risky moves for the operators involved.
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.
Like any doting parent, the Swedish equipment giant is expecting a lot from the NB-IoT and Cat-M technologies it helped to spawn.
UK Labour Party comrades Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell seem to have forgotten that telecom staff need paying.
Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have cooked up a broadband scheme that could form a modern-day appendix to The Communist Manifesto.
The Chinese equipment vendor has lost 20% of staff and is smaller than it was four years ago, but it keeps on going.
Ericsson and Nokia remain extras on the set of China's mobile infrastructure drama, and Huawei's starring role supports its overseas ambitions.
The gadget company's latest device seems unlikely to reinvigorate iPhone sales amid consumer apathy and growing competition.
US efforts to have the controversial Chinese vendor banned from Europe's 5G networks are failing.
An advertising fracas over what counts as 5G draws attention to the industry's shortcomings.
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.
The question of what to do about Huawei will show UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson why a no-deal Brexit is fraught with peril.
For the first time in a long time, most of Apple's revenues did not come from the sale of smartphones.
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.
The mischievous Boris Johnson, who becomes the UK's prime minister today, is a dilemma for the country's telecom chiefs.
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.
Operators desperately need 5G's 'spectral efficiency' to cope with a data tsunami. Just don't expect it to boost profits.
Philip Jansen and Nick Read are not off to a dream start at the UK operators, and turnarounds could be a long time coming.
Governments are trying to contain a global pandemic of the smartphone undead.
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.
A white paper from the Chinese vendor is supposed to show Huawei respects intellectual property. It seems likely to further unnerve Huawei's critics.
Donald Trump's U-turn on Huawei proves this US president lacks any conviction and will not silence the Chinese vendor's critics.
The UK will desperately need better connectivity once it is outside the European Union, say technology leaders. Getting there is another matter.
After approving plans to fast-track 5G, the industry has faced interoperability problems, spectrum constraints and 5G apathy. What was it all for?
The Chinese vendor's survival as an international force is now at stake following the latest moves by the US administration and tech companies.
Failure to transform their businesses, highlighted at this week's Digital Transformation World event in Nice, is fast catching up with the telcos.
The Finnish vendor's 5G-related difficulties and weak performance have unsettled investors, but Ericsson and Huawei also have questions to answer.
Big data is guiding your everyday decisions and the decisions that affect your life. It's no wonder that governments and corporations want in.
Muddled thinking about the core and the edge is shaping government policy toward Huawei in some parts of the world.
Some German companies want to build their own 5G networks instead of relying on telcos. Good luck with that, says France's Orange.
Google's new gaming platform could usher in a new age of cloud gaming, with ramifications for parents and telcos worldwide.
The dispute over the controversial Chinese equipment maker has reached a dangerous new stage.
US claims to 5G leadership are nothing more than marketing flimflam, according to Vodafone UK's chief technology officer.
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.
The interventions by Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich in recent days show just how much will be at stake in Barcelona next week.
Why a no-deal Brexit that sees the UK crash out of the European Union could spell trouble for the Chinese equipment vendor.
Nearly upon us once again, MWC in isolation provides a distorting view of the telecom industry and its challenges.
A US-led campaign against the world's biggest equipment maker does not mean Ericsson and Nokia are destined for success.
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.
Ren Zhengfei's answers to questions during a rare meeting with reporters will not silence Huawei's critics.
The next-generation mobile technology was supposed to be about new enterprise services opportunities. But where are they?
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.
Mix exorbitant prices with underwhelming gadgets and a dose of Chinese nationalism, and then sit back and watch a trillion-dollar company tank.
Figures released by the Chinese equipment giant suggest it is becoming increasingly reliant on its gadget-making consumer division for sales growth.
Two of Europe's biggest operators are desperate to wean Europeans off US and Chinese technology, but they are uncomfortably reliant on it themselves.
All three mobile operators in South Korea have now launched 5G networks, and their focus is on the business rather than the consumer market.
The tightening of restrictions on China's biggest network equipment maker could deal a major blow to its European customers.
Ericsson's latest mobility report is a wake-up call for anyone who thinks cellular IoT connectivity will fuel sales growth for telcos.
The legal separation of BT and Openreach is a farce.
Mansoor Hanif turns up to one of the WiFi industry's big events and tells attendees why cellular is so much better.
Big Blue is paying a staggering premium for a company that trades in open source software.
Ericsson looks in better shape than it has been for years, but the good times might not last.
Facebook's Terragraph technology may have a hard time against 5G in the markets it hopes to address.
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.
A report from Bloomberg, alleging China infiltrated servers used by the US government, could spell further trouble for Huawei and ZTE.
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.
Telecom operators need leaders with the visionary flair of Elon Musk, but attracting them is easier said than done.
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?
Elon Musk finds himself at the center of a storm engulfing the high-tech carmaker, whose shares have taken a battering.
While still unconfirmed, Chinese government plans to merge the country's number two and three mobile operators would be regrettable.
Earnings reports and presentations have acquired a language of their own as companies try to put some gloss on their performance.
China Telecom says it is outperforming China Mobile in the mobile market, but it falls well behind on intelligibility.
Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a worthy opponent of US President Donald Trump.
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.
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.
The iPhone maker has become the world's first public company with a $1 trillion valuation, but is it really justified?
Italy beats the UK hands down on food and culture, but does it offer a better broadband experience as well?
A UK government plan aims for all-fiber nationwide coverage when many of today's citizens will either be dead or living on Mars.
The standard narrative that heavy-handed regulation is undermining Europe's telecom sector is a myth that needs busting.
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.
Fines against telecom and technology companies rarely seem effective.
Telco wades into successful content business and tells award-winning staff to get their act together.
Industry concern that Europe has already fallen behind the US in 5G seems massively overblown.
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 has been touted as the most transformative mobile 'G' ever. At the moment, it looks like more of the same.
Investors look panicky despite plans for a new line of credit and management changes. It is little wonder.
Who are the frontrunners to succeed Gavin Patterson as boss of the UK telecom incumbent?
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 CEO gets a $1.7 million bonus after lurching from one cock-up to another in the recent fiscal year.
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.
If a merger between T-Mobile and Sprint falls short of its targets, it could add to the pressure on Deutsche Telekom in Germany.
Consumers, industry employees and equipment vendors must all hope that regulators block a T-Mobile merger with Sprint.
US authorities were said this week to be investigating Huawei for violating sanctions against Iran. Treating it like ZTE would trigger turmoil.
UK authorities are not even considering the possibility that artificial intelligence could lead to mass unemployment. That is deeply worrying.
The Cambridge Analytica scandal caps a bad period for the social network. Bouncing back will not be straightforward.
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 an 'outdated' piece of government theorizing, say reports. But might he have stumbled onto something?
What do Brexit, Trump's hair and net neutrality have in common?
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 hopes a just-announced US spin-off will help it double down on its underperforming core European operations.