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Comcast builds 'unified optical architecture' for business services

Years in the making, Comcast's unified optical architecture combines the access and metro networks under a standardized, vendor-agnostic approach for hardware, configurations, procurement and processes.

Rakuten Mobile: Don't be 'roadkill' – secure open RAN now

While invested in the development of security standards for open RAN, Rakuten Mobile isn't wasting any time in deploying the technology.

Ciena smashes sales target after setting expectations low

Stock soars despite year-on-year declines in revenues and profitability, but supply chain problems eased, said the optical equipment maker.

Tough US export controls could soon extend to ASML gear – report

Dutch government ready to enforce restrictions on sales of advanced manufacturing equipment to China.

Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin: Lowering latency in 5G networks

At Light Reading's one-day optical networking event, analyst Sterling Perrin recaps the highlights and discusses how transport networks are evolving to accommodate 5G latency demands.

When to launch 5G network slicing

Heavy Reading operator survey signals progress on the commercialization of 5G network slicing.

Eurobites: BT could face pension fund cash call following gilts market mayhem

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT tackles its legacy tech with Tata; Iliad's Free gets fined for personal-data carelessness; UK and Japan cozy up for a digital future.

Broadband network sales soared but cable spending fell flat in Q3 – Dell'Oro

The broadband access sector sales grew 17% in Q3 thanks to an acceleration of PON deployments. Overall cable access spending plateaued, but DAA spending surged, Dell'Oro said.

Senator seeks stakeholder input on Biden's broadband rules

Senator John Thune (R-SD) is seeking industry input by January 6 on questions related to the federal government's funding of broadband.

USCellular targets ramp up of commercial C-RAN for 2024

Moving from a distributed RAN to centralized RAN can be costly and time consuming if not executed with a thoughtful strategy, said USCellular's Reggie Collette.

Ericsson untethers from IoT software with asset sale to Aeris

IoT Accelerator and Connected Vehicle Cloud are the latest units the Swedish vendor is offloading.

The fits and starts of C-RAN lead to some deployments

After a decade of talk about centralized RAN, mobile operators are finally beginning to deploy it. UScellular leads the way, with Verizon, AT&T and DISH following more slowly.

Hyperscalers could run networks at half the cost, says Optiva CEO

Despite the obvious economic attractions, the level of cloudification in the BSS market is currently pathetic, according to John Giere.

Eurobites: BT/Openreach will strangle competition if left unchecked, warns CityFibre

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Israel wants more 5G for smarter cities; Vodafone appoints head for healthcare hub; Turkcell vs. MTN rumbles on.

Dish unveils Boost Infinite pricing: $25/month for 30GB of speedy data

'At only $25 a month, Boost Infinite from Dish Wireless has arrived to give Americans the value, coverage and simplicity they deserve for less than half what the others charge,' boasted a Dish executive.

Iliad founder Niel tells Vodafone board to get its act together

French billionaire says no point in changing CEO if directors don't have ‘clear roadmap' in place for Read's successor.

Malaysia 5G plan once again in disarray as new govt begins review

Single network plan not transparent, says new prime minister.

The Divide: NDIA's Amy Huffman on how to build a state digital equity plan

This week: Amy Huffman, policy director at the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), joins to discuss the federal government's $2.75 billion Digital Equity Act, and NDIA's new toolkit for helping states develop digital equity plans.

Cable business services bounce back

Following a slowdown that marked the earlier phases of the pandemic, cable business service revenues and customer growth have rebounded to pre-pandemic levels.

AT&T, Verizon warn that additional price hikes are still on the table

'There might be segments that make sense to increase prices,' Verizon's CEO warned this week. AT&T's Jeff McElfresh said the operator could make similar moves.

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