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Eurobites: Ericsson and friends try W-band for 5G backhaul

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia puts charging system on AWS cloud; fiber discussions in the UK; A1 cracks cloud gaming with Blacknut.

Nokia gains troops for 25G PON fight against 50G PON

AT&T becomes the most high-profile service provider member of the 25GS-PON MSA Group as skeptics question the need for the technology.

What's ahead in optical?

Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin gives a quick rundown of what's coming up in the optical networking space for 2021 as he previews Light Reading's Optical Networking Symposium on February 16 and 18.

News bites: Another UK chipmaker gets a multi-billion dollar buyout offer

Also included in our late afternoon summary of news and comment: Dish picks Aviat for backhaul, DZS closes its Optelian acquisition and Verizon takes on gamer complainers.

Hitron brings mobile backhaul over DOCSIS into focus

Designed to support 4G and 5G small cells, new device from Hitron billed as the first to bake in the DOCSIS Time Protocol.

DZS beefs up mobile transport play with Optelian deal

Deal for Optelian, the first acquisition under new DZS CEO Charlie Vogt, will add coherent optics technology to DZS's portfolio and provide it with a path to 200-Gig and 400-Gig transport capabilities.

5G fronthaul 2020: Focusing on practical scenarios

As discussed at Light Reading's 5G Transport & Networking Strategies event, operators are looking at practical approaches to converged fronthaul transport, but they need to act quickly.

Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin on network slicing, edge needs for 5G applications

Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin and Light Reading's Phil Harvey recap the recent 5G Transport & Networking Strategies symposium, and they discuss network slicing in transport networks, how Verizon is handling its 5G traffic and how the increasing importance of edge computing is shaping optical networking technologies and spending.

Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown on open RAN and network slicing

Light Reading's Mike Dano and Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown recap the first day of the 5G Transport & Networking Strategies symposium and discuss topics including network slicing and open RAN.

Podcast: Infinera's Tim Doiron on TIP, open networking and how vendors adapt

Infinera's Tim Doiron discusses open networking and Infinera's role in a recent Telecom Infra Project deployment.

Podcast: Pandemic's pull on network traffic patterns

Telia Carrier's Mattias Fridstrom discusses how the company's approach to fiber expansion varies in different regions, and how network traffic patterns are changing due to COVID-19.

DoD awards $600M to AT&T, Ericsson, Nokia, others, for 5G testing

The US Defense Dept. is awarding a huge sum to more than a dozen companies to help create 'the largest full-scale 5G tests for dual-use applications in the world.'

Eurobites: Cellnex, Everynet combine on IoT network rollouts

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Three ponders masts sale; TIM, Ardian finalize terms of Inwit deal; MTN Zambia bolsters backbone with ZTE.

Podcast: COVID-19 challenges online learning, network performance

Light Reading podcast veteran Prof. Nick Feamster from the University of Chicago shares an update on his research of network usage and performance during the pandemic.

Podcast: Closing the digital divide during COVID-19

CommScope's Morgan Kurk and Dave Wright join the podcast to discuss challenges service providers face in delivering rural broadband services, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alaska Comm brings broadband to the bush

Deploying a network to as many Alaskans as possible requires utilizing a variety of connectivity services, including copper, fiber, satellite and even Facebook Terragraph.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Outstanding Test & Measurement Vendor

EXFO, Infovista, Keysight Technologies, Netrounds, Sandvine, Spirent Communications, Tutela Technologies and Viavi Solutions stand out as the eight final contenders for outstanding test and measurement vendor this year.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative Telecom Product (Optical/IP/Carrier Ethernet/FTTH)

Seven companies, with six offerings – AT&T and Colt Technology Services; Cisco, Ericsson, Infinera, Microchip and RtBrick – made the cut in a highly competitive category.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Company of the Year (Private)

Six companies – Altiostar Networks, Arrcus, Cohere Technologies, DriveNets, World Wide Technology and ZenFi Networks – made the cut in the Company of the Year (Private) category.

Verizon outlines 800G fiber intentions

Verizon said it successfully tested an 800Gbit/s connection with vendor Infinera. However, economics will continue to govern whether operators deploy 800G or 400G.

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