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US Ignite's Silbey: Wireless testbed research can help smash tech silos

US Ignite's Mari Silbey discusses how public-private partnerships can help with some big 5G issues, like resolving the technical challenges in open RAN networks and feeding better network data sets to AI and machine learning engines.

The private wireless networking opportunity shouldn't stay too private

Private wireless players need to start showing off actual wins, allowing sunlight to help generate momentum. Otherwise the industry risks falling into navel-gazing apathy.

Frontier accelerates 2022 fiber buildout by up to 20%

Revised plan is to exceed its 2022 buildout target of 1 million fiber locations by an additional 100,000 to 200,000 locations. Frontier is still on track to deploy FTTP to 10 million locations by the end of 2025.

Artemis to test pCell on Dish's spectrum in San Bernardino event center

Artemis is looking to test its pCell technology in Dish's CBRS spectrum holdings at a San Bernardino events center. Upcoming events at the venue mostly include bingo games, as well as a music festival in July.

Canada officially gives Huawei and ZTE the boot

Operators need to clear the Chinese vendors out of their 5G networks by mid-2024 and stop buying any products from them later this year.

Iliad odyssey continues in Italy, France

Market disruptor Iliad, no doubt to the consternation of incumbents in France and Italy, seems to be doing well thank you very much.

Private equity firms weigh bid for HKBN

HKBN has Hong Kong's most extensive fiber network and the second largest broadband customer base.

Eurobites: UK's project gigabit two-thirds done – Ofcom

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange appoints new non-exec chairman; small-cell pilot in London's Square Mile; Telefónica virtualizes Rafa Nadal.

Charter CEO frets over labor shortages

Charter Communications Chairman & CEO Tom Rutledge worries about finding enough workers to build all the wired and wireless network infrastructure the operator seeks to deploy over the next few years.

80% of Verizon's FWA business customers use it as their primary connection

Unlike earlier 4G-based use cases, the 5G version of FWA is 'not a secondary backup' for the vast majority of Verizon's commercial services customers, says Verizon Business CEO Tami Erwin.

Cisco: Demand strong amid component shortages, price hikes

'Cisco implemented three rounds of price increases that we assert encouraged customers to place orders earlier than they would have otherwise,' said Raymond James analysts.

What Ericsson's restructure is all about

The Swedish equipment maker is seeking improvements at underperforming units and setting up its enterprise stall.

Comcast not seeing 'material' churn from fixed wireless, but not taking it lightly

Fixed wireless rivals face 'a lot of trade-offs they're going to have to sort through' regarding elements such as network capacity and potential congestion, says Dave Watson, president and CEO of Comcast Cable.

Boingo's Zeto teases networking convergence and private wireless ambitions

Boingo's Michael Zeto discusses the company's strategy as a part of DigitalBridge, as well as its work to deploy converged networking solutions for some of its biggest customers.

Does BSNL's 4G stand a chance?

BSNL will be launching 4G at a time when there is a growing interest in private wireless networks, and this segment is only now opening up in India.

Big 5G Event: 'Major hopes' for private wireless networks

The editors feel the light and heat from the industry's private wireless market optimism. They weigh in on how customers are using these networks and why consolidation among private wireless players is likely.

T-Mobile: Our 5G network is open for wholesale business

T-Mobile's Dan Thygesen has likely been busy recently. Dish Network, Google Fi and Altice have all reported obtaining new wholesale agreements with T-Mobile in the past few months.

Eurobites: Nokia extends private networks range

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT teams up with Qio on AI for sustainability; Three UK piggybacks on Currys; Eir sees EBITDA fall 7% in Q1.

NSC's Joe Kochan: Unlocking new tech possibilities with spectrum

Joe Kochan, a telecom veteran and former CEO of US Ignite, talks to Light Reading about his new role as the executive director at the National Spectrum Consortium (NSC), where he aims to promote stronger tech partnerships between government, academia and industry.

China handset sales fall off a cliff

Total smartphone shipments sank 40.5% to 21.5 million in March, with 5G shipments down 41% to 16.2 million.

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