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CityFibre's David Tomalin: Building a Fab Fiber Future
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/5/2019  |  Post a comment
CityFibre's Group CTO David Tomalin discusses how an infrastructure provider, making long-term bets, is planning to enable service providers to reshape the UK tech landscape.
Huawei Ban in UK Still on the Table
News Analysis  | 
12/5/2019  |  Post a comment
UK leader Boris Johnson links the use of Huawei to security concerns, raising the prospect of a partial or full ban on the Chinese vendor.
Vodafone UK Is Emptying Its NOCs
News Analysis  | 
12/4/2019  |  Post a comment
The UK service provider has cut hundreds of jobs in operations, with more to go as it rolls out more automated 5G networks.
Orange Targets €1B in Savings & Bigger Enterprise Role
News Analysis  | 
12/4/2019  |  Post a comment
The French operator has prioritized growth in enterprise, Africa and financial services under its latest five-year plan.
To MTS, Russia Remains Land of Opportunity
News Analysis  | 
12/3/2019  |  3 comments
The mainly Russian operator has quit Ukraine and is targeting a bigger share of revenues from outside the telecom sector in its home market.
Huawei CFO Paints Rosy Picture of Canadian House Arrest
News Analysis  | 
12/2/2019  |  1 comment
What does the financial chief of the world's biggest equipment maker do in Vancouver when international travel is no longer an option?
Huawei Ban in Australia Threatens 1,500 Jobs, Warns Chinese Vendor
News Analysis  | 
12/2/2019  |  Post a comment
Huawei's payments to Australian telecom contractors will dry up in the next couple of years unless the government reverses its 5G ban, says the Chinese equipment giant.
How Three Private Networks Landed a Deal at Heathrow Airport
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12/2/2019  |  Post a comment
At the 'Private Networks in a 5G World' event in London, Catherine Gull, head of Business Development at Three Private Networks, explains how the competitive UK operator landed deals with flagship customers such as Heathrow Airport and the Port of Felixstowe.
Ukkoverkot's CEO on Building Private Networks
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11/29/2019  |  Post a comment
At the 'Private Networks in a 5G World' event in London, Mikko Uusitalo, chairman and CEO at Ukkoverkot, talks about the operating and partnership model that has helped the company deploy 26 private networks in the past 24 months.
Telefónica's €2B Growth Plan Fails to Excite
Morris Lore  | 
11/28/2019  |  Post a comment
In its latest round of restructuring, the Spanish operator is setting up a Tech business with ambitious targets. Investors may feel they have been here before.
Eurobites: Germany's Merkel Calls for European 5G Watchdog
News Analysis  | 
11/28/2019  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus appoints new CEO; Salt takes earnings hit; Ericsson bags new deal with Orange.
Orange Pooh-Poohs Deutsche Telekom Merger Talk, Again
News Analysis  | 
11/28/2019  |  1 comment
French operator dismisses latest speculation about a merger with its German counterpart.
The Role of Mobile Operators in the Private Networks Sector
LRTV Interviews  | 
11/27/2019  |  1 comment
At the 'Private Networks in a 5G World' event in London, Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown discusses the role that mobile operators could play in the burgeoning private networks market.
Vodafone Warns Governments Off Reserving Spectrum for Industries
News Analysis  | 
11/27/2019  |  1 comment
The European service provider slams decisions to give spectrum to companies that have not traditionally operated networks as concern grows about the telco role in private 5G networks.
For Deutsche Telekom, Private Networks Offer Glimpse of 5G Growth
News Analysis  | 
11/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Germany's biggest operator is under pressure to show that private 5G remains a growth opportunity for the telco business.
Ericsson Hurls NB-IoT & Cat-M Into Spotlight & Lets Them Sweat
Morris Lore  | 
11/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Like any doting parent, the Swedish equipment giant is expecting a lot from the NB-IoT and Cat-M technologies it helped to spawn.
Russia's MTS Quits Ukraine With $734M Sale
News Analysis  | 
11/25/2019  |  Post a comment
The Russian operator is abandoning Ukraine to focus more keenly on digitalization efforts at home.
Ericsson the Unready Loses KPN to Huawei
News Analysis  | 
11/22/2019  |  Post a comment
The resurgent Swedish equipment vendor hits a speedbump in the Netherlands, whose largest operator preferred to go Chinese.
Japan's NTT Hires BearingPoint to Fix BSS Shortcomings
News Analysis  | 
11/21/2019  |  1 comment
The operator says the European platform provider comes with several attractive qualities that could provide a spur in the enterprise sector.
Short on 5G Options, Vodafone Gets Set for 150K-Site Shake-Up
News Analysis  | 
11/21/2019  |  1 comment
The European operator reveals the rationale behind its shock decision to put its entire European footprint up for tender.
Labour Expects Average British Broadband Worker to Live on $5K a Year
Morris Lore  | 
11/20/2019  |  Post a comment
UK Labour Party comrades Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell seem to have forgotten that telecom staff need paying.
Vodafone Puts Its Faith in Google Cloud for Big Data Analytics
News Analysis  | 
11/20/2019  |  1 comment
The web giant's AI, analytics and cloud deal with Vodafone continues a trend of operators turning to the major cloud platform players for scale and flexibility.
SoftBank's New $30B Z Holdings Lacks X Factor
News Analysis  | 
11/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Japan's most famous billionaire is at it again with talk of artificial intelligence and global power, but his latest joint venture is no FAANG, despite what he says.
Labour's UK Broadband Plan Would Make Lenin Proud
Morris Lore  | 
11/15/2019  |  Post a comment
Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have cooked up a broadband scheme that could form a modern-day appendix to The Communist Manifesto.
Parallel Wireless Dishes the Dirt on Tech Mahindra
News Analysis  | 
11/15/2019  |  2 comments
Independence of systems integrators thrust into the spotlight as Indian SI is accused of favoring Altiostar, in which it owns a stake, despite its claims to be 'vendor-agnostic.'
Axiata Calls On TIP to Fix Telco Cost Problem
News Analysis  | 
11/14/2019  |  Post a comment
One of the developing world's biggest operators runs up data service losses in Malaysia and is looking to the Facebook-led initiative for help.
Comment: Correction - iainmorris - 11/14/2019
Vodafone Eyes Open RAN Overhaul at 100K Sites, May Swap Existing Suppliers for 5G
News Analysis  | 
11/13/2019  |  1 comment
The UK-based operator stunned onlookers in Amsterdam today with news it is issuing a tender for a possible redesign of its entire European network.
Facebook, Telefónica Take OpenRAN 'Live' in Peru, Boast 450K Subs
News Analysis  | 
11/13/2019  |  Post a comment
The new-look network already has 450,000 subscribers and costs far less than traditional infrastructure, says Telefónica.
Vodafone Registers Slight Sales Growth as Debts & Losses Pile Up
News Analysis  | 
11/12/2019  |  1 comment
Takeover activity, 5G investments and unfriendly Indians are weighing heavily on the UK-based operator's financial performance, but at least revenues inched up.
Big Overseas Bets Skewer Japanese Telcos
News Analysis  | 
11/12/2019  |  Post a comment
SoftBank and Rakuten report losses on investments in US firms, but one is a far more troubling prospect than the other.
Nokia in Line for 5G Contracts Worth up to $2.2B With Chinese Telcos
News Analysis  | 
11/11/2019  |  1 comment
Finnish equipment vendor signs frame agreements with Chinese operators that could lead to lucrative contracts next year.
Telecom Italia Targets €1B in Cloud Sales With Google Tie-Up
News Analysis  | 
11/11/2019  |  1 comment
Can the ageing Italian operator and young American Internet giant find success at the edge of the network?
Telecom Italia Strikes Edge Alliance With Google as Sales Slide
News Analysis  | 
11/8/2019  |  Post a comment
The Italian phone incumbent announced a strategic alliance with Google on the development of edge computing services as it reported a further dip in sales.
DT Cuts Dividend on Spectrum Splurge but Lifts Outlook
News Analysis  | 
11/7/2019  |  Post a comment
The German operator recorded sales growth at all its operating units bar the ailing T-Systems business but blamed Germany's spectrum auction for its decision to cut dividends.
'Real AI' & Racist Robots Preoccupy Telco Tech Heads
News Analysis  | 
11/6/2019  |  2 comments
Operators need to tread carefully amid widespread suspicion and warnings that more advanced AI systems will trigger upheaval.
Meet SARA, the AI That May Be a Big Deal for Austria's Main Telco
News Analysis  | 
11/6/2019  |  Post a comment
A1 has developed an AI tool that could reduce the bill for 5G network deployment, ease planning and even lead to commercial opportunities with other service providers.
For BT Bosses, AI Brings Good News & Bad
News Analysis  | 
11/5/2019  |  Post a comment
Artificial intelligence has helped BT to speed up its fiber deployment and spot cyber attacks. Just don't expect too much.
After Past Blunders, VEON Bets Big on Network and Digital Reset
News Analysis  | 
11/5/2019  |  Post a comment
The Frankenstein's monster of the telco world hopes fresh investments and an overhaul of its digitalization strategy will make it more attractive to investors.
VEON Comes Unstuck in Russia
News Analysis  | 
11/4/2019  |  Post a comment
The long-suffering emerging-markets giant has warned investors that a turnaround at its ailing Russian business will take some time.
NeoPhotonics Performs to Rave Reviews as Huawei Maintains Rhythm
News Analysis  | 
11/1/2019  |  Post a comment
The US maker of optical components has had a remarkable turnaround in the last few months.
The Mysterious Case of the Improving iPhone
News Analysis  | 
10/31/2019  |  Post a comment
Apple's iPhone 11 is virtually indistinguishable from the iPhone XS, but CEO Tim Cook has been 'thrilled' by the response to it in the run-up to Halloween.
BT Takes Cash Flow Hit With 5G Launch
News Analysis  | 
10/31/2019  |  Post a comment
The UK telecom incumbent is on track to meet full-year targets but faces growing investment challenges and pricing concerns.
A Kodak Moment May Await Ericsson, Huawei & Nokia
Prime Reading  | 
10/31/2019  |  2 comments
There is a sudden urgency in service provider calls for more open and virtualized networks, and it could spell trouble for the big kit vendors.
Nokia Hires 350 R&D Experts to Fix 5G Problems
News Analysis  | 
10/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Finnish vendor is under pressure to reduce 5G product costs after choosing expensive components and being let down by a supplier.
Eurobites: Orange Bruised in Spain as Africa Delivers
News Analysis  | 
10/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK poised to let Huawei remain; Telecom Italia plans digital renaissance; EE beats Vodafone in Birmingham.
China's ZTE Regenerating, but Still Smaller Than It Was
News Analysis  | 
10/28/2019  |  Post a comment
The Chinese vendor's profits have recovered after it was struck by fines and trade sanctions last year, but its sales remain smaller than in 2016.
Nokia's 5G Chip Choice Leaves It Exposed
News Analysis  | 
10/28/2019  |  1 comment
Weak profitability at the Finnish vendor's fledgling 5G business leaves it vulnerable to a market share grab by its main European rival.
Eurobites: VEON Lands Digital Dynamic Duo
News Analysis  | 
10/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ARM extends helping hand to Huawei; Kellner's empire grows; Ofcom plots next 5G auction.
Comment: Some Linear Thinking - iainmorris - 10/25/2019
Squashed Juniper Could Use Some Tonic
News Analysis  | 
10/25/2019  |  Post a comment
The ailing equipment vendor suffers its tenth consecutive quarter of decline in the service provider market and is losing market share, according to one analyst.
Huawei Has Everything to Lose With Telenor Norway
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2019  |  1 comment
Squeezed out of business with rival Telia, the Chinese vendor could suffer another setback unless Telenor opts for a single-vendor 5G strategy.
Nokia Aims for Better 5G Days as Investors Panic
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2019  |  Post a comment
The Finnish vendor appears to have lost its way against Huawei and Ericsson in the 5G market and is under serious pressure to prove its doubters wrong.
Nokia Shares Nosedive 23% on 5G Woes
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2019  |  2 comments
Finnish vendor was trading at its lowest point in at least five years this morning after a gloomy update and signs it is struggling against 5G rivals.
Orange CEO: Telecom Supply Chain at Risk
News Analysis  | 
10/23/2019  |  Post a comment
The boss of France's biggest operator warns the industry that fragmentation of the market could be a costly disaster for the global 5G standard.
AT&T, Vodafone Team Up to Make NB-IoT Less Dull
News Analysis  | 
10/23/2019  |  Post a comment
European and US operators announce a new roaming agreement that could spark the interest of customers with transatlantic operations.
Like Deadpool, ZTE Is Hideously Disfigured but Alive
Morris Lore  | 
10/22/2019  |  1 comment
The Chinese equipment vendor has lost 20% of staff and is smaller than it was four years ago, but it keeps on going.
China's Rigged Telecom Market Keeps Nordic Firms in Huawei's Shadow
Morris Lore  | 
10/22/2019  |  1 comment
Ericsson and Nokia remain extras on the set of China's mobile infrastructure drama, and Huawei's starring role supports its overseas ambitions.
DT's Access 4.0 Team Loses Its Cherry & Hits the Eggnog
News Analysis  | 
10/21/2019  |  1 comment
The German operator has a long list of vendors identified for its software-enabled broadband access project. What could possibly go wrong?
Ericsson Plots China Invasion as Viking Raids Bring Booty
News Analysis  | 
10/18/2019  |  Post a comment
The resurgent Swedish vendor is growing its market share and envisaging 5G success in China despite geopolitical concerns.
Altiostar Gets Telefónica Investment in Latest Open RAN Boost
News Analysis  | 
10/17/2019  |  1 comment
The US software company adds the Spanish telco to its impressive list of investors as operators scout for alternatives to the big kit vendors.
Ericsson Lifts Outlook as It Targets a Bigger Role in China
News Analysis  | 
10/17/2019  |  Post a comment
Swedish equipment vendor expects 2020 sales to be at least 9% higher than last year's figure and has also raised guidance for profitability.
Beware Systems Integrator Lock-In, Open Source Dependency
News Analysis  | 
10/16/2019  |  3 comments
Telcos are worried that systems integrators and open source will replace giant equipment vendors as a form of lock-in.
Telefónica's OnLife Is Growing Long in the Tooth
News Analysis  | 
10/15/2019  |  Post a comment
The Spanish operator's ambitious OnLife project is now in field trials with residential and enterprise customers – and several use cases already look compelling.
How NTT Started a Cycling Revolution
News Analysis  | 
10/15/2019  |  1 comment
The technology giant teamed up with one of the world's fittest men to push cycling to new limits.
NTT's Mega-Merger, Brand-Cutting Plan for Another $4B in Sales
News Analysis  | 
10/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Japan's NTT is uniting 28 enterprise-focused brands in its bid to grow at twice the market rate and deliver a boost to profitability.
Comment: Updated chart - iainmorris - 10/10/2019
Europe Sounds Alarm About 'Single Supplier' 5G Deals
News Analysis  | 
10/10/2019  |  1 comment
Recent deals signed by the likes of Telia, Three and Telecom Italia are under an uncomfortable spotlight after the publication of a new report about 5G security.
BT Gives Convergence Another Bash, but 'Halo' Looks Far From Heavenly
News Analysis  | 
10/9/2019  |  1 comment
A push into bundles is not going to guarantee success for the ailing UK telco amid a blizzard of competitive and regulatory challenges.
Telia Norway Goes All Ericsson on 5G & Dumps Huawei
News Analysis  | 
10/8/2019  |  1 comment
The Norwegian operator will eventually have an all-Ericsson radio access network for all the different technologies, a senior executive tells Light Reading.
US May Fund Ericsson, Nokia in Huawei Fight – Report
News Analysis  | 
10/8/2019  |  2 comments
The Trump administration is also taking a close interest in open RAN technologies, and proponents such as Altiostar, as it looks to support alternatives to the Chinese equipment giant.
Vodafone CEO 'Fast Tracks' OpenRAN in Challenge to Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia
News Analysis  | 
10/7/2019  |  1 comment
One of the telecom's industry's top executives is backing trials of open RAN technology as a way of bringing more competition into the network market.
For Trump's Attack Dogs, There's No Stopping Huawei
News Analysis  | 
10/4/2019  |  3 comments
Most governments and operators have shown little inclination to heed US warnings about the consequences of using Chinese suppliers.
Mavenir Opens Radio R&D Unit in Ericsson's Backyard
News Analysis  | 
10/3/2019  |  1 comment
When the time came to open a new R&D facility focused on radio technology, the US software company could find no better place than Stockholm.
Facebook's TIP Is Desperate to Add Friends
News Analysis  | 
10/3/2019  |  2 comments
Three and a half years after its birth, the Telecom Infra Project is trying to be more collaborative than confrontational.
Másmóvil Investors Bullish on Orange 5G Deal
News Analysis  | 
10/1/2019  |  1 comment
Spain's fourth operator has upped its profit expectations after extending an agreement with Orange to cover the use of its 5G networks.
Joost-in-Time Replacement: KPN Names New Boss After Leroy Turmoil
News Analysis  | 
10/1/2019  |  Post a comment
Dutch incumbent says chief operating officer will become its permanent CEO a day after canceling the appointment of Proximus ex-boss Dominique Leroy.
Dutch Ditch Dominique: KPN Gives Leroy the Kiss-Off
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2019  |  Post a comment
'We wish her all the best,' says operator, as it puts the kibosh on Leroy appointment.
The Eye-Watering Cost of Multivendor Networks
News Analysis  | 
9/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Operators face tricky decisions as they try to get virtualized networks off the ground.
Save Us 40% or Don't Bother, Hrvatski Telekom Tells NFV Vendors
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2019  |  Post a comment
The Croatian telecom incumbent has some tough messages for vendors developing virtualized network functions.
Ericsson Expects $1B US Fine for Corruption, Warns Non-US Investigations May Follow
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2019  |  Post a comment
The Swedish vendor could suffer reputational damage in connection with a global corruption scandal.
Orange Spain Demands 5G Progress Ahead of 2020 Launch
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2019  |  Post a comment
The Spanish mobile operator says there are plenty of solid reasons for not joining Vodafone in this year's 5G market.
Telecom Italia Halves Software Costs in vRAN Trials
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2019  |  1 comment
The Italian incumbent has seen encouraging results from its initial trials of vRAN technology, but a commercial deployment seems unlikely to happen fast.
After Pan-Net Blunders, DT Embarks on Journey to 5G Core
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2019  |  1 comment
The German operator must be careful to avoid making a mess as it builds a 5G core network based heavily on microservices and open source technology.
How to Shrink the Bill for Your Chinese Takeout
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2019  |  1 comment
Service providers forced or keen to replace Huawei in their 5G networks might now have several options for reducing the cost.
Telefónica's Blanco Blackballs Single-Vendor 5G Core
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2019  |  2 comments
The Spanish operator's top technology executive says the operator will definitely not be using a single vendor in its 5G core.
Comment: Update - iainmorris - 9/20/2019
Telefónica Highlights Edge Vendor Shortcomings, Picks Holes in ETSI's Specs
News Analysis  | 
9/20/2019  |  2 comments
The Spanish operator does not sound happy with the results of a request for information and says ETSI's edge group must improve its deliverables.
The Complexity of Edge Computing
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/20/2019  |  1 comment
There are many tough questions for telcos looking to build out edge computing resources, including what they should deploy in terms of IT hardware from day one, notes Heavy Reading Analyst Simon Stanley.
Eurobites: Proximus Boss Reportedly Investigated for Insider Trading
News Analysis  | 
9/20/2019  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Google to invest in Europe; Three pumps up the bandwidth; euNetworks adds fiber in Milan and Madrid.
Humans Will Kill You at the Edge
News Analysis  | 
9/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Make a mess of automation and telcos will destroy the business case for edge computing, says ETSI. But telcos desperately need standards to crystalize before they can move ahead.
Sprint Tears Up the Rulebook on the Edge
News Analysis  | 
9/18/2019  |  Post a comment
The US operator says it cannot approach the edge in the same way it has served the mainstream consumer market.
How Sprint's Edge Strategy Breaks With Tradition
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Sprint's edge strategy includes a progressive take (for a telco, at least) on opening up its platform for use by third parties, explains Light Reading's Iain Morris.
Japan's NTT DoCoMo Goes for Gold With Multivendor 5G Plans
News Analysis  | 
9/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Japan's biggest operator will introduce 5G services based on O-RAN specifications in what it claims is a world first.
Made in China, by a Swedish Robot: Ericsson Gets Smart in Nanjing
News Analysis  | 
9/17/2019  |  Post a comment
The Swedish telecom equipment maker has been automating one of its Chinese factories as part of an ongoing efficiency drive and overhaul of its global supply chain.
Hungary Bars Digi From 5G Auction
News Analysis  | 
9/16/2019  |  Post a comment
Three operators will bid for spectrum in Hungary's upcoming 5G auction after broadband operator Digi had its application rejected without explanation.
Departing Proximus CEO Frogmarched Out to Chorus of Staff Boos
News Analysis  | 
9/16/2019  |  Post a comment
The head of Proximus is leaving earlier than planned amid staff protests.
Add Sub-Prime 5G to the UK's Broadband Woes
News Analysis  | 
9/13/2019  |  Post a comment
A new ranking of maximum 5G speeds puts the UK right at the bottom, a familiar position for the Brexit-bound nation.
Huawei Eyes Sale of 5G Assets to Western Rival – Economist
News Analysis  | 
9/12/2019  |  1 comment
Chinese vendor is prepared to sell its 5G knowhow, says the company's founder in his latest interview.


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