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Warner Bros. Discovery may be taking streaming to the ‘Max’

A streamer that merges HBO Max and Discovery+ is set to debut next spring. But adding another brand to the mix could cause more confusion for consumers who are already juggling an array of streaming services.

US cable captures 31% of wireless industry net adds in Q3 – report

Cable's outsized share of industry net adds is creating a 'crowding out' problem for incumbent mobile service providers, according to MoffettNathanson.

Verizon's Hans Vestberg: I'll just do it myself

Manon Brouillette, appointed by Hans Vestberg to head up the Verizon Consumer Group, is out. Now, Vestberg himself said he will lead the business.

Broadband priorities for outgoing and incoming Congress

Here are some of the broadband policy matters facing the outgoing and incoming US Congress that will help determine the implementation of BEAD and more.

Demand for edge computing is taking longer than expected to develop

'On the MEC [multi-access edge compute], what we are finding is demand is taking a little longer to go,' explained Verizon Business CEO Sowmyanarayan Sampath during a recent event.

The problem of India's widening digital divide

Rising tariffs and device prices do not bode well for the Indians who live in economically disadvantaged parts of the country.

Eurobites: Sparkle targets multinationals with new voice offering

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: OneWeb set to launch more satellites with SpaceX; ThinkAnalytics lands Magyar Telekom deal; UK's Labour Party joins mid-contract price rise ruckus.

Vodafone boss quits after turnaround failures, share price gloom

Nick Read will step down at the end of the year, leaving his eventual successor with a huge list of challenges for 2023.

Smartphone industry to begin recovery late next year – IDC

IDC initially expected the global smartphone market to grow by 1.6% during the course of 2022. After several revisions, the firm now expects the industry to decline by 9.1%.

Notebook Dump: 6G and broadband and bears – oh my!

Light Reading editors discuss SES and Boeing's medium-Earth orbit (MEO) satellite launch planned for later this month, Dish Wireless' plans to rule 6G, the FCC's release of its national broadband map and more.

Netflix, Hulu don't owe local franchise fees, Ohio's high court rules

The Ohio Supreme Court has joined others in ruling that Netflix and Hulu aren't 'video service providers' under state law and therefore don't have to pay the same franchise fees that cable and telcos do.

Leading Lights 2022: The Winners

Light Reading is delighted to announce the winners emerging from hundreds of entries and dozens of finalists in the 24 categories that make up this year's Leading Lights Awards program.

Pay-TV's decline hits a new bottom in Q3

The overall rate of decline in the third quarter of 2022 reached a worst-ever -6.2%. It could be up to Disney and Bob Iger to save the legacy pay-TV biz from itself, says MoffettNathanson.

Open RAN take-up has barely left a scratch on big vendors

The market share of the top five RAN vendors has fallen by less than one percentage point since last year, according to Dell'Oro Group.

Verizon buys tiny wireless operator in Texas

West Central Wireless announced it 'has entered into a transaction with Verizon that will result in us discontinuing our mobile and fixed wireless operations.'

Eurobites: 5G leaves (some) Brits unimpressed

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom ups the fiber ante; BT gets digital with manufacturing; OneWeb spreads its wings in Bulgaria.

NBN Co’s losses expected to reach $17B in 2040

The Australian broadband wholesaler also repudiates the costly and unreliable copper technology it has been forced to work with for the past decade.

Evoca TV 'making good progress' on funding, CEO says

Facing a possible shutdown at year-end, Evoca TV is in funding talks with a mix of private equity investors, broadcasters, content companies and sports team owners, says CEO Todd Achilles.

5G location tracking company PoLTE closes doors

PoLTE raised an initial $6 million in funding in 2017 and another $12.5 million in 2019. The company reportedly discontinued services in September.

The Buildout: Frontier hits 5M with fiber, NTIA awards $73M for tribal broadband

This week in broadband builds: Frontier reaches 5 million with fiber network, NTIA awards tribal broadband grants, Spectrum's RDOF build live in parts of Wisconsin – and more.

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