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DT, Orange Prove Europe Remains Hostage to US, Chinese Tech
Morris Lore  | 
12/17/2018  |  1 comment
Two of Europe's biggest operators are desperate to wean Europeans off US and Chinese technology, but they are uncomfortably reliant on it themselves.
Orange Exec Talks Digital Innovation
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/17/2018  |  Post a comment
Orange's VP of Digital Innovation, Patrice Slupowski, talks to Light Reading's Iain Morris on the sidelines of our recent 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Lisbon about the potential for digital services, the use of open source code and the future of telco services.
Comment: 3GPP update - iainmorris - 12/14/2018
5G Standard Hits Unexpected 3-Month Delay
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12/14/2018  |  5 comments
3GPP drops 'mini bombshell' at meeting in Italy this week, says an observer, with its announcement of unexpected delays to the 5G standardization process.
Orange Rules Out Huawei for 5G in France
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12/13/2018  |  Post a comment
French telecom incumbent deals the latest blow to China's biggest equipment vendor amid an international backlash.
Where Huawei Fears to Tread
News Analysis  | 
12/13/2018  |  1 comment
Growing restrictions on Huawei by governments and operators outside China could swiftly diminish its role in the global equipment market.
Djingo Unchained: Orange, DT Take AI Fight to US Tech Giants
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12/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Unveiling a new smart speaker in Paris today, the CEOs of Deutsche Telekom and Orange hope growing concern about data privacy will provide a spur to Europe's homegrown technology expertise.
Comment: Lumentum and Oclaro - iainmorris - 12/11/2018
Australia's 5G Auction Nets More Than $600M for Govt.
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12/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Spending values mid-band airwaves at a higher level than in any country bar Italy, with the three existing operators and a new entrant picking up 5G licenses.
How the West Can Hurt Huawei
News Analysis  | 
12/10/2018  |  2 comments
The arrest of Huawei's CFO on charges of fraud dominates headlines, but US hawks could seek to cripple Huawei in several ways.
Nokia Sitting Pretty After Week of Turmoil for Huawei, Ericsson
News Analysis  | 
12/7/2018  |  Post a comment
A backlash against China's biggest vendor and problems with Ericsson's software could translate into a glorious opportunity for the Finnish firm.
How AI Is Being Put to Work at Vodafone
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/6/2018  |  Post a comment
Jayshree Kottapalli, group head of Analytics CoE (AI, Automation and Analytics) at Vodafone, talks about how Vodafone is using AI tools to mine the enormous volumes of data the operator collects.
Ericsson Problem Leaves Millions Without Smartphone Services
News Analysis  | 
12/6/2018  |  1 comment
Swedish vendor says it is working with customers to identify root causes and solve the problem.
China Slams Huawei CFO's Arrest, Huawei 'Not Aware of Any Wrongdoing'
News Analysis  | 
12/6/2018  |  3 comments
China and Huawei respond with anger and denials after one of the Chinese company's most senior executives, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, is arrested on North American soil.
Huawei Cut Out of BT's Mobile Core, Optical & Edge Plans
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12/5/2018  |  Post a comment
Following a Financial Times report this morning, the UK telecom incumbent has confirmed it will not use Huawei in multiple parts of its network.
BT Is Stripping Huawei From its Mobile Core Network – FT Report
News Analysis  | 
12/5/2018  |  1 comment
The UK telecom incumbent is tearing out Huawei equipment in apparent response to growing security concerns about the Chinese vendor.
South Korea's 5G Lead May Bring Industrial Advantage
Morris Lore  | 
12/3/2018  |  Post a comment
All three mobile operators in South Korea have now launched 5G networks, and their focus is on the business rather than the consumer market.
Nokia Gets €250M 5G R&D Boost From Nordic Lender
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12/3/2018  |  Post a comment
Finnish equipment vendor says loan will help to make the Nordic region more competitive in the forthcoming 5G era.
Orange Bank Job Is Going Europe-Wide
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12/3/2018  |  Post a comment
The French telecom incumbent is taking its AI-powered, digital banking service outside France, with launches planned in Romania and Spain next year.
Europe's Telcos Fret as Walls Close In On Huawei
Morris Lore  | 
11/30/2018  |  Post a comment
The tightening of restrictions on China's biggest network equipment maker could deal a major blow to its European customers.
ZTE's Future at Stake as Venezuela Deal Attracts US Scrutiny
News Analysis  | 
11/29/2018  |  Post a comment
Embattled Chinese equipment vendor is staring at trouble after US senators called for an investigation into possible sanctions breaches in Venezuela.
Qualcomm's $100M Plan to Seed AI in Devices
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11/29/2018  |  Post a comment
Chip giant's plans to support AI startups could help it to flog more expensive processors, but it faces a big challenge from China's Huawei.
IoT Boom Won't Pay Off for Mobile Operators
Morris Lore  | 
11/28/2018  |  3 comments
Ericsson's latest mobility report is a wake-up call for anyone who thinks cellular IoT connectivity will fuel sales growth for telcos.
New Zealand Blocks Huawei From 5G Deal With Spark
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11/28/2018  |  Post a comment
New Zealand appears to join the US and Australia in excluding Huawei from parts of its telecom sector.
Comment: Update - iainmorris - 11/28/2018
Exclusive: Early 5G Network Gear Won't 'Talk' to Device Chipsets
News Analysis  | 
11/28/2018  |  1 comment
Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia are under pressure to show their standards-based 5G basestations are on speaking terms with forthcoming devices... because currently they aren't.
EC Signs Off Tele2, T-Mobile Merger in Netherlands
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11/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Tie-up secures 'unconditional' approval in a possible sign that regulators are giving up their opposition to merger activity.
Bill Shock: Orange, China Telecom Fret About 5G Energy Costs
News Analysis  | 
11/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Leading telcos are worried about the power inefficiency of forthcoming 5G networks and the impact this could have on profit margins.
Nokia Mobile Boss Rouanne Is Out in Latest Shake-Up
News Analysis  | 
11/22/2018  |  Post a comment
Finnish vendor is merging its mobile and fixed access divisions but has yet to say who will take charge of the new unit.
BT Hopes to Score With 5G Broadcasting Push
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11/22/2018  |  Post a comment
The UK's biggest telco is prioritizing 5G technology as way to film sports content in remote locations.
Swiss Sunrise to Sunset Copper Broadband in Huawei-Led 5G Plan
News Analysis  | 
11/20/2018  |  Post a comment
Swiss telco led by Olaf Swantee plans to substitute 5G for copper-based broadband services in suburban and rural areas.
Huawei Has Shipped 10K 5G Basestations Outside China
News Analysis  | 
11/20/2018  |  1 comment
Chinese equipment vendor is now selling 5G network equipment in Europe, the Middle East and South Korea, says its rotating chairman.
Is 5G Really 'Now' in Europe?
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11/20/2018  |  Post a comment
If 'now' means it's almost with us, then yes.
ZTE, Samsung Battle for Wireless Market Share
News Analysis  | 
11/19/2018  |  Post a comment
As operators start to invest in 5G networks, the Chinese and South Korean equipment vendors are eyeing a much bigger market presence.
Telecom Italia Caught in Clash of Clans While Rome Burns
News Analysis  | 
11/19/2018  |  Post a comment
The Italian incumbent's fifth boss in the past six years will have one of the hardest jobs in the global telecom industry.
Italy's Struggling Wind Tre Eyes 5G Rollout in Late 2019
News Analysis  | 
11/16/2018  |  Post a comment
The Italian operator says it is halfway through its network modernization and hopes to bring 5G into parts of the country by late 2019.
Amid the Rubble of L'Aquila, ZTE Tries to Rebuild
Prime Reading  | 
11/16/2018  |  Post a comment
China's ZTE is working hard to patch up its customer relationships after US sanctions nearly drove it out of business. But its future still hangs in the balance.
BT to Put 5G at 1,500 Sites in 2019, Beating Vodafone
News Analysis  | 
11/13/2018  |  Post a comment
Mobile subsidiary EE plans to launch 5G services across 16 major UK cities next year, promising devices from 'multiple smartphone partners' as well as a home broadband service.
Vodafone Weighs Towers Sale, Swings to Net Loss for H1
News Analysis  | 
11/13/2018  |  2 comments
UK-based operator has created a separate towers company in Europe and says it is now reviewing options for that business.
Three UK to Go Big on 5G for Home Broadband
News Analysis  | 
11/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Three UK CEO Dave Dyson aims to hoover up a big chunk of the UK broadband market with his forthcoming 5G service.
SoftBank Gets Go-Ahead for $21B Telecom IPO
News Analysis  | 
11/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Japanese company takes a big step toward separating its telecom business from its investment activities.
BT Needs a Kick in the Ducts
Morris Lore  | 
11/12/2018  |  1 comment
The legal separation of BT and Openreach is a farce.
Loss-Making Telecom Italia Casts Doubt Over Debt Target
News Analysis  | 
11/9/2018  |  Post a comment
Italian telecom incumbent swings to a net loss after conditions worsen in Italy and indicates that its debt-reduction targets look doubtful.
Faster Mobile Will Not Justify €2.4B 5G Spectrum Fee, Says Telecom Italia Exec
News Analysis  | 
11/8/2018  |  1 comment
Despite his high-speed name, Telecom Italia's Giuseppe Ferraris is concerned about any 5G business case based entirely on providing faster mobile connectivity to consumers.
Telefónica's 'Pre-Crime' Unit Is Fighting Hurricanes & Sloppy Workmen
News Analysis  | 
11/8/2018  |  Post a comment
The Spanish operator is using data and sophisticated algorithms to predict when hurricanes and careless roadworkers could strike.
Emboldened Ericsson Lifts Sales Target
News Analysis  | 
11/8/2018  |  Post a comment
Swedish equipment vendor raises sales targets in expectation of market share gains, improved conditions in the networks industry and a push into non-telecom sectors.
Banning Huawei From UK Could Drive Up Consumer Prices, Warns Three CEO
News Analysis  | 
11/7/2018  |  Post a comment
Having chosen Huawei to supply its 5G radio access network, Three would be hard hit by a UK government ban on the Chinese vendor.
Nokia Pockets €2B From China 5G Deals
News Analysis  | 
11/7/2018  |  Post a comment
Deals with China's big three operators should buoy investor spirits as the Finnish equipment vendor looks to end 2018 on a high.
CityFibre Model Heading to US, Says CEO
News Analysis  | 
11/6/2018  |  1 comment
Investors in the US are queuing up to fund wholesale fiber specialists with nationwide plans, according to CityFibre boss Greg Mesch.
UK Govt Warns Telcos on Choice of 5G Vendors
News Analysis  | 
11/6/2018  |  Post a comment
UK government review and letter stoke concern about reliance on China's Huawei in the country's telecom networks, according to a Financial Times report.
Verizon Restructures in Bid for 5G Growth
News Analysis  | 
11/5/2018  |  3 comments
US telco giant has gone in for some organizational slicing as it tries to position itself for growth opportunities in the 5G market.
BT's Jansen: We Need to Talk About Openreach
News Analysis  | 
11/5/2018  |  Post a comment
Figuring out what to do about the access infrastructure part of BT may be the biggest challenge that faces its next CEO.
Comment: Re: WBA ≠ WiFi - iainmorris - 11/2/2018
Apple's Planned Cover-Up Meets Backlash
News Analysis  | 
11/2/2018  |  5 comments
The Cupertino King has been increasing prices to offset a slowdown in unit sales. But it doesn't want you to know about it.
You Suck, Ofcom CTO Tells WiFi Industry
Morris Lore  | 
11/1/2018  |  10 comments
Mansoor Hanif turns up to one of the WiFi industry's big events and tells attendees why cellular is so much better.
BT Cuts 2K Jobs to Boost Profits as Sales Dip
News Analysis  | 
11/1/2018  |  Post a comment
UK telecom incumbent says job cuts are starting to support growth in earnings, but its sales performance remains dire outside the consumer business.
Comment: Re: Well, yeah - iainmorris - 11/1/2018
Comment: Corrections - iainmorris - 11/1/2018
NTT DoCoMo to Spend $8.8B on 5G, Forecasts Flat Profit
News Analysis  | 
10/31/2018  |  Post a comment
Japanese operator provides a financial update for the next few years that may underwhelm those expecting more from 5G.
NBN: We're Beating Europe & Not Overcharging Anyone
News Analysis  | 
10/31/2018  |  2 comments
Executives from Australia's controversial wholesaler reject the accusation they are overcharging customers and insist the project is now on track to meet targets.
Is IBM Overpaying for Red Hat?
Morris Lore  | 
10/29/2018  |  1 comment
Big Blue is paying a staggering premium for a company that trades in open source software.
Nokia's Enterprise Push Is Adding €180M in Annual Sales
News Analysis  | 
10/29/2018  |  Post a comment
Kristian Pullola, Nokia's chief financial officer, says enterprise activities are offsetting a decline at the mainstream telecom business as he prepares for a new round of cost cutting.
Orchestrator Startup Inmanta Raises Funding, Bolsters Team
News Analysis  | 
10/29/2018  |  Post a comment
Startup boasts some impressive results from a proof of concept with a Belgian operator and remains confident about landing commercial deals.
Eurobites: Ericsson Partners With Fujitsu on 5G
News Analysis  | 
10/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT down after Jansen appointment; Orange's data center plans; Proximus raises guidance.
China's ZTE Expects $1B Loss This Year After US Sanctions
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Chinese equipment vendor blames a downbeat full-year forecast on the impact of US sanctions, which have this year included a $1 billion fine and temporary ban on its purchase of US components.
Eurobites: Worldpay's Jansen Lands BT Top Job
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone second to claim UK 5G first; cost savings boost Orange earnings; Airtel Africa attracts $1.25 billion investment; and ADVA swings to third-quarter profit.
Nokia Warns of Job Cuts in €700M Shake-Up
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Latest restructuring plan comes as the Finnish equipment vendor reports an improvement in margins at its networks business for the recent third quarter.
Ofcom Hypes Beamforming for 5G Fixed Wireless
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2018  |  5 comments
UK telecom regulator says beamforming could transform the fixed wireless business case as governments are accused of treating spectrum like a 'cash cow.'
New Zealand's Chorus Proposes Shared 5G Network
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Government-backed wholesale operator says there would be more 'effective outcomes' if operators shared 5G infrastructure.
Have We Reached Peak Ericsson?
Morris Lore  | 
10/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Ericsson looks in better shape than it has been for years, but the good times might not last.
Telcos Hand 5G 'Converged Core' Homework to 3GPP
News Analysis  | 
10/23/2018  |  Post a comment
The Broadband Forum is handing over recommendations for a converged 5G core network that would address fixed as well as mobile network needs.
Telefónica Deutschland Plots 5G Challenge to Broadband Incumbents
News Analysis  | 
10/23/2018  |  1 comment
Mobile operator thinks 5G technology could be used to provide high-speed connectivity for a quarter of German properties.
Facebook Picks Nick Clegg to Clean Up Its Image – Sad Face
News Analysis  | 
10/19/2018  |  Post a comment
The UK's former deputy prime minister is ditching his Westminster suit and heading for the chinos-and-sneakers culture of Silicon Valley.
Telia Steps Up Savings Effort on Swedish Gloom
News Analysis  | 
10/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Scandinavian telco is on track to realize cost-saving targets this year despite disappointment at its main Swedish operation.
Ericsson Corruption Scandal Sullies Strong Q3
News Analysis  | 
10/18/2018  |  3 comments
Revelations about a corruption scandal that could land Ericsson with a hefty fine overshadowed the Swedish vendor's return to quarterly net profits for the first time since 2016.
Terragraph: A WiMax in Facebook Clothing?
Morris Lore  | 
10/18/2018  |  1 comment
Facebook's Terragraph technology may have a hard time against 5G in the markets it hopes to address.
Telecom Italia Building vRAN Tech, but Not With Ericsson
News Analysis  | 
10/17/2018  |  2 comments
Italian incumbent looks outside the traditional vendor community to solve its latest mobile network challenge.
Ericsson Weighs ORAN Alliance Membership
News Analysis  | 
10/17/2018  |  Post a comment
Swedish vendor confirms involvement with group that wants to end the dominance of the incumbent equipment suppliers in the radio access network.
Comment: Cisco in - iainmorris - 10/16/2018
Has TIP Made Networks Sexy to VCs?
News Analysis  | 
10/16/2018  |  2 comments
Two and a half years into its mission, the Facebook-led TIP claims to have made networks exciting for the first time in 20 years. But as it enters the procurement phase, its task may get even harder.
TIP, ORAN Alliance Poised to Join Forces on Open RAN
News Analysis  | 
10/16/2018  |  Post a comment
Two of the leading industry groups trying to break the stranglehold of big vendors on the radio access network look set to combine their efforts.
US Senators Urge Canada to Ban Huawei – Report
News Analysis  | 
10/15/2018  |  1 comment
Marco Rubio and Mark Warner have written to Canada's prime minister and urged him to stop Huawei from selling 5G products in Canada.
VNFs: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
News Analysis  | 
10/15/2018  |  Post a comment
Just like banks, some virtual network functions have become 'too big to fail,' says an executive at Deutsche Telekom's pan-net subsidiary, casting a shadow over efforts to cloudify the telco network.
Deutsche Telekom Targets 99% 5G Coverage in Germany by 2025
News Analysis  | 
10/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Deutsche Telekom becomes the first European operator to make a firm 5G coverage commitment.
DT CEO: 80% of Our Network Is '5G Ready'
News Analysis  | 
10/11/2018  |  Post a comment
Deutsche Telekom claims 80% of its mobile network is 5G ready as it prepares for a 2020 commercial launch, but the transition to full-blown 5G will require a lot more effort.
DoCoMo Capex Down 10% Thanks to NFV, Says Exec
News Analysis  | 
10/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Japanese telco says investments in NFV have already led to cost reductions and better service reliability as it plots the next phase of investment.
Radcom Plummets 9% After Slashing 2018 Outlook on NFV Gloom
News Analysis  | 
10/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Radcom slashes sales guidance for the current fiscal year, blaming delays to the rollout of NFV by service provider customers.
NFV Struggles With Its Six-Year Itch
Morris Lore  | 
10/10/2018  |  4 comments
Anyone attending this year's SDN NFV World Congress in The Hague could be forgiven for thinking it was a re-run of last year's show.
Orange Faced With 'Reskilling' Task for 50K Workers
News Analysis  | 
10/9/2018  |  Post a comment
Scale of the 'reskilling' challenge for one of Europe's biggest operators is made apparent by senior virtualization executive.
DT's Clauberg Sounds Warning on Profusion of Industry Groups
News Analysis  | 
10/9/2018  |  1 comment
Deciding which groups to back is a difficult job for operators that face resource constraints.
Huawei, ZTE Charm Offensive Just Got Harder
Morris Lore  | 
10/8/2018  |  Post a comment
A report from Bloomberg, alleging China infiltrated servers used by the US government, could spell further trouble for Huawei and ZTE.
Samsung's Chip Shop Fuels Q3 Profit Growth
News Analysis  | 
10/5/2018  |  Post a comment
Strong sales of memory chips appear responsible for the big increase in operating profits at Samsung in the recent third quarter.
Wind Tre: The New Weakling of Italian Mobile
Morris Lore  | 
10/4/2018  |  2 comments
The merger between 3 and Wind was supposed to create an Italian mobile heavyweight. But after Italy's 5G auction this week, that company is on the ropes.
Altice Europe in Talks About Fiber Assets
News Analysis  | 
10/3/2018  |  Post a comment
European service provider says it is in talks about fiber partnerships that could speed up network rollout.
Italy's $7.6B 5G Bonanza Puts Telcos on the Rack
News Analysis  | 
10/3/2018  |  Post a comment
An Italian auction of 5G spectrum raises $4.6 billion more than its government had budgeted. That's great news for the government, but not so good for Italy's operators.
Where Is the Elon Musk of Telecom?
Morris Lore  | 
10/3/2018  |  7 comments
Telecom operators need leaders with the visionary flair of Elon Musk, but attracting them is easier said than done.
Finland's 5G Sale Is No Italian Job
News Analysis  | 
10/2/2018  |  Post a comment
Finland's 5G auction has left each mobile operator with a sizable chunk of spectrum and not come at a crippling cost.
Italy's €6B+ 5G Auction Risks Roman Ruins
News Analysis  | 
10/1/2018  |  Post a comment
An Italian spectrum auction risks crippling telcos on the brink of 5G rollout and should serve as a warning to other European authorities.


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