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Disney+ counts more than 50M paid subscribers

Surge in Disney+ subscribers follows international market launches. The service debuted in the US late last year and had 28.6 million subs by early February.

Non-IP squares up to New IP in battle for Internet's future

Without a better system than IP, future 5G applications may simply not be feasible. But the industry is torn over the answer.

AT&T hawks free HBO to pump subs for DirecTV and its new streaming service

Offer for a free year of the premium service also arrives ahead of the debut of HBO Max and AT&T's plan to migrate legacy HBO customers to its new super-sized SVoD service.

China operators to offer RCS-based 5G messaging

In an online press conference, China's big three telcos jointly shared plans to climb aboard the RCS bandwagon with rich 5G messaging.

Ra-Ra Rakuten, lover of the open RAN

Rakuten Mobile explodes onto Japan's 4G scene and carriers around the world are watching.

Eurobites: Vodafone and friends take on COVID-19 – with your smartphone

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Synamedia lands Vodafone TV gig; the march of the altnets; Deutsche Telekom gets on board with Azure.

Desperate times as VMware hurls old-timer NFV into Vodafone's COVID-19 fight

Software company spots an opportunity for the underwhelming technology to redeem itself.

NXP downgrades Q1 estimate as COVID-19 hits demand

The semiconductor company admits that its first-quarter performance will be worse than expected due to the spread of the coronavirus.

Indian market woes trigger job cuts by Huawei, ZTE

The Chinese vendors have cut hundreds of jobs, Light Reading has learned, in the troubled Indian market.

COVID-19 could slow cable's advance into wireless

Although cable companies commanded close to a third of all postpaid wireless customer additions last year, the spread of the new coronavirus could stymie their mobile momentum in 2020.

Intel deal adds vital Wi-Fi piece to MaxLinear's broadband puzzle

Wi-Fi has long been a 'critical missing strategic element in our portfolio,' MaxLinear CEO says. On the cable end, the deal will ensure that cable operators still have a critical second source for DOCSIS silicon.

T-Mobile plotting summertime marketing push

T-Mobile has long employed a noisy, over-the-top approach to marketing its brand. And though the company has remained relatively quiet during the pandemic, that might change in July.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: China, 5G and network traffic

It's week three of the lockdown pod, and the regular crew looks at how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting China's relationship with the rest of the world.

AT&T: Supply chain, finances looking good amid pandemic

While the spreading coronavirus disrupts daily life around the world, AT&T told investors its financial situation, and its supply chain, remain stable.

Podcast: NTT Research President and CEO Kazu Gomi

Kazu Gomi discusses why NTT Research was formed, what it's working on and the ambitious goals of its IOWN initiative with Intel and Sony.

Cutting Huawei off from TSMC would be end-of-days move

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

Consumers already quibbling about Quibi's lack of TV support

Quibi's mobile-focused video service debuts amid a COVID-19 crisis, causing millions to stream from home and threatening to slow the production of new content during a critical time for the streaming startup.

Cato captures $77M in largest funding round

This latest investment brings total funding for Cato to over $200 million since its inception in 2016.

Australia's NBN under spotlight amid COVID-19 usage spikes

Australia's NBN claims it is meeting increased demand during the pandemic, but some are calling on the network to cut wholesale prices.

Eurobites: Nokia plugs into private network deal for Poland's power grid

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Arcep investigates environmental impact of telecom; European distribution deal for Versa Network's SD-WAN tech; hard times at Net Insight.

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