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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.

Altice USA cans plan to sell Suddenlink

Altice USA's board has decided to hold onto Suddenlink, the cable network and service assets primarily focused on rural parts of the US.

Could 5G ruin the night sky?

Scientists are warning that AST SpaceMobile's newest satellite "is now one of the brightest objects in the night sky," which could compromise astronomers' work.

Streaming subscription cancellations rose in Q3 – study

Antenna's latest report shines the light on rising churn levels among several of the top premium subscription streaming services.

How Orange is coping with a data tsunami and energy crisis

The French telco incumbent has turned off the heating, switched off the lights and invested in the most energy-efficient tech it can find.

Eurobites: UK eyes Starlink solution to problem of the unconnected

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Turkcell's lawsuit against MTN is dismissed; Nokia lands DCI deal with AtNorth; Ofcom probes mid-contract price rises.

Charting the path forward for 400G+ coherent optics

Heavy Reading’s Sterling Perrin highlights more key findings from the 2022 Coherent Optics Survey, focusing on operator preferences for coherent pluggable optics and integration challenges.

Telcos gain market share in China's big cloud shift

China's cloud market is shifting away from Internet players to legacy industry, with telcos picking up market share.

Deutsche Telekom hits open RAN delays – sources

The prospect of a big commercial deployment next year is receding amid industry concerns about systems integration.

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