BT has more to gain from slashing up to 55,000 jobs than Vodafone has from cutting 11,000, and BT's plan looks more feasible.
CEO Philip Jansen expects up to 42% of existing BT roles to have disappeared by the end of the decade, thanks partly to generative AI.
Vodafone's new boss Margherita Della Valle plans to cut 11,000 jobs in three years, raising questions about the European operator's direction.
Operators tracked by Light Reading cut nearly 58,000 jobs last year, and many roles in the telco sector could be in the crosshairs of AI.
Swathes of the industry remain unconvinced open RAN is a fix for the big problems it originally identified.
Tens of thousands of jobs have disappeared at AT&T since it first made its bid for Time Warner and the cuts go on.
Vodafone's claim about 'decoupling' traffic growth from energy use and evidence of falling consumption by other telcos will not help those arguing Big Tech should pay network fees.
A monster report from the newly formed DSIT says neither telco covers its cost of capital while ruminating on standalone 5G, 6G and the old favorite of open RAN.
The German telecom incumbent claims to have reduced its carbon emissions by 94% since 2017, but it depends how you measure it.
The UK telecom incumbent is reportedly searching for a new boss, but it will have trouble finding one who can do any better.
The European Union seems to be approaching the subject the way Boris Johnson approached Brexit.
Lift-off for generative AI would entail huge costs and have possible ramifications for climate change.
As Ofcom weighs intervention on BT's latest pricing plans, its own data shows that BT's rivals have made scant progress in the UK's full-fiber market.
Allowing the Vodafone and Three merger to happen will show authorities have abandoned the 'four networks good, three networks bad' credo.
Marketers have already run out of road on 5G and the next generation of mobile will not do anything radically different.
Rory Read would have to perform miracles at Ericsson to justify another $32.76 million this year.
Open RAN is not ready for widespread commercial deployment, Deutsche Telekom recently said, just as Germany weighs a Huawei ban.
The show goes on, attracting its highest number of visitors since before the pandemic, but the industry is in bad shape.
The talking points on Day One of this year's MWC included a logo makeover by Nokia, APIs and the growing presence of Big Tech.
The chatbot that has taken the world by storm is now being assessed for use in a range of telco operations.
The headcount reduction of 12% comes after T-Mobile's former CEO promised the deal would be 'jobs-positive' from the outset.
Energy efficiency and environmentalism are expected to be major themes at this year's show, but swaths of the industry look dirtier than ever.
The failure of 5G to lift telco revenues puts a company that depends on 5G network equipment sales in a very awkward position.
Officials come out with some meaningless comments about the single telecom market and realize national governments have been ignoring them about China.
The US operator sets a net-zero target for 2040 but the emissions over which it has most control rose sharply in 2021.
The Japanese company watched electricity consumption rocket with its buildout of the country's fourth network – and that was before it had many customers.
After several years of talk about the rise of the robots, the industry still seems to be a long way from having a self-driving network.
The arrival of a new and supremely articulate chatbot is a worry for anyone whose job involves the written word, including many in the telecom sector.
The e-commerce giant is reckoned to employ about 1.5 million people worldwide and would be loss-making without its cloud business.
With a legion of vendors now advertising themselves as 'end-to-end' providers, this year is likely to see more open RAN washing.
Smartphone addiction is now a global menace, but cooking your device alongside the roast veg is not recommended as a way out.
A standard hunting for a solution in search of a problem is beset by some awkward market realities and geopolitical strife.
Europe's biggest operators are selling tower services to the same companies they compete against in the consumer-facing market.
An analysis by Vodafone's most senior technology executive undermines the argument that a surge in data traffic is squeezing profits.
The British telecom incumbent has moved on from the virtue-signaling days of the lockdown as it tries to make ends meet.
With or without open RAN, several big Asian vendors led by South Korea's Samsung are providing an increasingly viable alternative to Huawei.
The argument that Big Tech is responsible for the deluge of traffic on telco networks is spurious.
It was a gastronomic and well-organized event in Madrid, but TIP's impact remains limited and there are some baffling telco obsessions.
The aging US telco continues to hack into its workforce, and this time it does not have the divestiture of media assets to blame.
Having several clouds in the mix is probably a sensible idea, but it doesn't necessarily mean there is a fallback if something goes wrong.
Europe's authorities should reject calls for Big Tech to pay network costs and consider more sensible leveling-up measures instead.
Mavenir is the latest to enter the systems integration game after previously expanding into hardware. But how many end-to-end players can the market support?
Hard to market, potentially hard to guarantee and in possible contravention of rules on net neutrality, network slicing is not looking like the best thing since, well, you know what.
The Tesla billionaire is back at Twitter's door with his bag of dosh, saying he needs the social media company to build the all-powerful super-app of the future.
The deeper an operator goes into a public cloud, the harder it may be to get out of it.
The telecom industry revealed its hopes and fears about change and the cloud at the TM Forum's first bash in Denmark, and there was even a naked Dane.
As Copenhagen gets ready to host the TM Forum's big bash, the telecom industry is in need of a reality check.
In the absence of plug-and-play capability, operators may either need to spend money on 'reaggregators' or even stick with single-vendor solutions.
Apple fanboys who hoped for mobile broadband in the outback will be sorely disappointed, but it probably won't stop them buying the 14 Pro.
Heavily reliant on Russian gas and Chinese technology, Europe's biggest operator must pray the lights and the basestations stay on.
Energy-efficient technology is in vogue in the telecom sector, but the ICT sector is forecast to be an even bigger contributor to carbon emissions by 2040.
The UK operator is under no pressure to replace existing suppliers and would incur huge costs to deploy open RAN widely.
Contracts awarded so far have gone to the Nordic and South Korean giants with zero mention of open RAN.
ETNO wants Big Tech treated differently from other companies that rely on telecom infrastructure.
As private equity and specialist 'towercos' have advanced, Europe's operators have retreated from asset ownership.
The world's latest smartphone, branded 'Nothing 1,' uses a parrot in its marketing. That's appropriate - because it's basically just a mimic.
The world's richest man blames Twitter deceptiveness after pulling out of deal, but it would allow him to focus on his space and satellite ventures.
A white paper published by the Bank for International Settlements outlines the dangers of entrusting financial systems to a handful of Big Tech players.
The midsized cloud-computing platforms risk being squeezed in a pincer movement of public clouds and specialists.
Fierce competition from the Chinese looks like the main cause of massive layoffs, but the open RAN player had other problems, too.
Strike action over pay could plunge the UK into a broadband blackout and would follow a 32% pay increase for BT's boss.
Various Big Tech companies – but no telecom operators – club together to promote an interoperable, open and standards-based metaverse.
Europe's weirdest nation raises euro 1.2 billion from its long-delayed spectrum auction and throws yet more competitors into the mix.
Despite fears of a 'digital' imbalance between fiber haves and have-nots, a surge of private-sector investment has been welcome.
Does edge computing decentralization make sense? What form should it take? What role is left for network operators? The telecom industry is still seeking answers.
Several suppliers have now expanded their product offerings in a development that calls open RAN logic into question.
Despite shareholder unhappiness with the UK operator's recent performance, CEO compensation rose 17% last year, its annual report shows.
Another big investment round will net billions for governments and equipment vendors, while forcing operators to dig deep.
The US software vendor looks tarnished by its association with investor Charles Koch, whose business has been criticized for continuing to operate in Russia.
The publication of pay ratios shines the light on the disparity between Europe and the US when it comes to CEO compensation.
The loss-making social media platform risks turning into an echo chamber of similar voices after an Elon Musk takeover.
The European satellite company stands accused of distributing Putin's propaganda to millions of Russians. Meanwhile, Europe is adopting Russian tactics.
The board of the social media company has accepted a $44 billion offer by Elon Musk, whose move could have dramatic consequences.
The operator turned in a disappointing performance in Germany's fixed-line broadband market last year, with IT problems partly to blame.
As prices rise and TV loses some of its lockdown appeal, households are reassessing how many streaming platforms they can afford.
The Tesla founder's commitment to free speech is a worry for the investor community.
If today's tech billionaires look scary, just wait for tomorrow's crypto-enriched masters of the universe.
The Chinese vendor continues to advertise job vacancies in Russia, where its main rivals have suspended operations.
The Chinese kit vendor is morphing into an R&D specialist but may struggle to maintain spending at its current level.
The Chinese vendor is in worse shape than anyone thought before the publication of its latest annual results.
Carriers need to get out of the way if the technology is to thrive, says the operator, but it seems to be doing the opposite.
The Chinese equipment vendor's continued involvement in Russia is awkward for its biggest European customers.
The mobile industry's giant shindig was back with 61,000 visitors, even if the big news stories had nothing to do with it.
The South Korean vendor's lack of 2G or 3G network products brings open RAN difficulties for the UK operator.
John Legere, the operator's former CEO, said a merger with Sprint would be 'jobs-positive' from day one, but 5,500 roles have gone and the cuts by rivals are even bigger.
But there is cause for optimism with major exhibitors returning for the 2022 show after last year's cancellations.
The mobile industry has routinely overpromised and underdelivered on the Gs. A different model looks desirable.
Despite its bad rap in the mainstream media, the UK-based operator has outperformed other telco stocks, and its peers face most of the same challenges.
Shares in Big Tech are down since the beginning of the year as investors fret about a return to the old normal. They shouldn't.
The video-streaming firm often grouped with the Internet giants remains a one-trick pony while competition is rising.
Authorities in the UK should drop their obsession with ensuring luxury broadband services are brought to remote communities.
A $68.7 billion takeover of Activision Blizzard by the software giant promises a future deluge of network traffic.
An intended comeback by the Swedish equipment vendor bodes well for the Barcelona-based trade show.
Open interfaces will be baked into future generations of mobile technology, but that does not mean the market will be more competitive.
Amid speculation about its future ownership structure, the Italian phone incumbent has been forced to downgrade its forecasts.
The Vodafone business will lease space on towers to a company that competes directly against Vodafone Germany - go figure.
The UK incumbent's chief architect derides recent public cloud deals after the latest preview of the Internet apocalypse.
Boris Johnson's interventionist government backs away from issuing open RAN mandates after realizing the technology is far from ready.
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.
Vonage's relevance to 5G is questionable and shareholders will be asking if the cash would have been better spent elsewhere.