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Biden's telecom platform hardens around net neutrality, universal broadband, 5G funding
News Analysis | 7/14/2020

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, supports universal broadband, funding for 5G research and net neutrality, based on his latest position statements.

Google Fiber expands in Utah
News Analysis | 7/14/2020

New agreement with city of Millcreek arrives as Google Fiber nears the completion of its network buildout in nearby Salt Lake City.

Huawei ban risks turning UK into Nordic duopoly
Morris Lore | 7/14/2020

A ban on buying Huawei's 5G products starting in 2021 may have come too soon for open RAN or other non-Nordic alternatives.

Verizon to halt 5G ads mentioning coverage
News Analysis | 7/14/2020

The National Advertising Division took issue with Verizon's statement that 'people from midtown Manhattan to downtown Denver can experience what your 5G can deliver.'

The Telecoms.com Podcast: swapping out equipment, Open RAN and Softbank
LRTV Documentaries | 7/14/2020

Aaand they're back! Four months and 15 pods since the last in-person recording, the team is finally reunited together in the studio.

Facebook's latest status update: A robot that can spin fiber across power lines
News Analysis | 7/14/2020

A new silkworm-like robot from Facebook Connectivity that can deploy fiber across medium-voltage power lines emerges at an opportune time as policymakers and utilities elevate their focus on rural broadband.

ADI makes $20B swoop on Maxim
News Analysis | 7/14/2020

Analog semiconductor consolidation doesn't get much bigger than this.

Samsung lays out 6G vision: THz, mobile holograms, AI
News Analysis | 7/14/2020

The South Korean electronics giant has released a new white paper on the '6G arms race' and its vision for likely applications.

Quibi wins round in quarrel targeting its 'Turnstyle' technology
News Analysis | 7/14/2020

A California court has denied Eko's motion for a preliminary injunction against Quibi, the premium, mobile-focused streaming service that launched on April 6.

Huawei banned from UK's 5G market
News Analysis | 7/14/2020

Operators will not be allowed to buy 5G products beyond the end of this year and will have to remove Huawei's products by 2027.

Eurobites: Is it a farewell to Arm for SoftBank?
News Analysis | 7/14/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia Carrier lands Norway interconnect gig; Vodafone Ireland uses Enea for mobile video; another fine mesh from Wyld Networks.

Ericsson rubbishes UK warnings of Huawei ban disruption
Morris Lore | 7/14/2020

Swedish vendor says it currently swaps about 100,000 mobile sites a year, more than twice the UK's installed base.

Nokia claims it can migrate 4G radio to 5G in the wink of an eye
News Analysis | 7/14/2020

Finnish vendor says that by 2021, it will be able to instantly migrate more than 5 million 4G radio units to 5G.

Podcast: Telcos could lead by example, says BT Global's Hriday Ravindranath
The Philter | 7/14/2020

Telcos can provide the networks and services that businesses need to re-invent themselves and adapt to life in a pandemic. But can they be socially responsible too?

T-Mobile's top video content exec is departing
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

Lindsay Gardner, a pay-TV industry vet who joined T-Mobile via the Layer3 TV deal, is exiting the company later this month as T-Mobile pushes ahead with a retooled version of its 'TVision Home' service.

Buttering up broadband: Farmers, ranchers lobby for rural networks
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

The new American Connection Project Broadband Coalition – fronted by butter maker Land O'Lakes and comprising almost 50 tech, Internet and food companies – is the latest to seek rural broadband money.

Shaw sees COVID-19 hit, but not as bad as expected
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

Big Canadian cable and wireless operator reports revenue and profit declines for its fiscal third quarter but fares better than analysts projected as it shows signs of recovery.

Can India's smartphone makers challenge the Chinese?
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

A backlash against China has given Indian producers an opportunity on home turf.

Charter will enter RDOF bonanza, put pressure on CenturyLink and Frontier
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

Charter's play for Rural Digital Opportunity Fund subsidies could target about 2.5 million homes and focus on states where it already has a 'material presence,' analysts believe.

Huawei books $1B growth in H1 profit despite US-led backlash
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

The Chinese vendor reports growth across all three business divisions as it fights a US-led campaign against it.

Virtual MVPDs have lost their pricing and packaging edge – analyst
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

Escalating prices and the re-creation of big TV channel bundles will hinder consumer adoption of OTT-TV packages and not adequately stem traditional pay-TV cord-cutting, analyst says.

Samsung in battle to be seen as European 5G contender
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

The South Korean equipment giant is highly regarded on the technology front, but will legacy shortcomings and interoperability challenges block its progress?

HPE adds SD-WAN to edge strategy with $925M Silver Peak purchase
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

HPE said it will purchase Silver Peak, a leading SD-WAN vendor, with an eye toward supporting its edge-to-cloud strategy. Silver Peak will live inside HPE's Aruba unit.

Writing on UK wall for Huawei
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

Government expected to announce decision on Huawei this week; UK officials reportedly cozying up to 'Five Eyes' security alliance to explore alternatives to Chinese supplier.

China's 5G question: Why are so few using it?
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

Numbers aside, China has yet to prove that consumers see a value in upgrading to 5G.

Eurobites: Ericsson lands private network gig at Paris airports
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: STC postpones purchase of Vodafone Egypt stake; TIM and Enel told to get a move on; Virgin Media brings fiber to Warsop.

Rackspace plans IPO after going private in 2016
News Analysis | 7/13/2020

Cloud services provider signals return to public market with second IPO in 12 years.

Ericsson still seeks networking edge
News Analysis | 7/10/2020

Even without Edge Gravity, Ericsson is still pursuing an edge strategy focused on software and integration under a DIY model that extends a technical bridge between service provider networks and hyperscalers.

Get ready for a Q2 like no other
DanoVision | 7/10/2020

As companies like Ericsson, AT&T and Comcast prepare to report their second-quarter results, the industry will be listening intently for comments on the recession, network capex and what the future holds.

Frontier dinged $900K over hidden fees, Internet speed claims
News Analysis | 7/10/2020

Resolution with Washington Attorney General's office ends an investigation started in 2018 stemming from more than 600 complaints lodged by Frontier customers.

AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon prep for standalone 5G
News Analysis | 7/10/2020

Verizon and T-Mobile are racing to launch the standalone version of 5G in the coming months, but AT&T is avoiding putting any specifics to its own standalone 5G launch plans.

Bulked-up TPG set to take on Australian 5G market
News Analysis | 7/10/2020

Merged TPG is set to formally start operations on July 13 with a focus on 5G buildout as it takes on an Australian telco duopoly.

WiCipedia: Founders battle anti-racism, fight for equal-opportunity funding
WiCipedia | 7/10/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: Traditional funding enters the 21st century; unpaid labor at work; Pinterest is not the good guy of social media; and more.

UK bill for Huawei takeaway does not add up
Morris Lore | 7/10/2020

Service providers in the UK have this week raised lots of unanswered questions about the cost of a Huawei ban.

Trump steps up a gear against Huawei and ZTE
News Analysis | 7/10/2020

New regulations set to bar US government from buying products with Huawei and ZTE components.

Eurobites: Huawei frozen out of Italian 5G job – report
News Analysis | 7/10/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Swisscom lands banking contracts; Vodafone helps out with drone delivery of medical supplies; Google may escape EU probe over Fitbit buy.

TIA promises to end the Huawei security debate, once and for all
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

TIA is building a global standard and benchmarking tool that can measure the risks present in each vendor's supply chain in real time.

Five quintessential questions for Quibi
The Bauminator | 7/9/2020

Among them, will many customers who signed up for a lengthy, 90-day free trial stick around and actually pay for the premium, short-form video service? A new study says no.

Battle of the billionaires: Ergen and Dell face off against Musk over 12GHz
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

Companies backed by Charlie Ergen (No. 304 on Forbes' billionaire list) and Michael Dell (No. 33) are bickering with companies backed by Elon Musk (No. 31) over 5G in 12GHz.

Government rules are slowing down 5G phone launches, tech association warns
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

The Consumer Technology Association is pushing the FCC to relax rules around pre-orders and imports for 5G phones, arguing the move would improve the US marketplace for the next-gen network technology.

Eyeing $12B market, Nokia lands Apple deal for new data center switch
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

The Finnish vendor has today added a new switching line to its portfolio of optical and routing products, promising features that have not previously been available.

Small-cell newcomers means market growth – report
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

Small Cell Forum forecasts a growing number of new entrants as the business case surrounding private enterprise networks gathers strength.

'Long way to go' to commercial network slicing, says China expert
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

The industry is still far from turning slicing into a seamless and monetizable service.

Podcast: NTT Americas CEO Simon Walsh on providing services in a hybrid world
CxO Spotlight | 7/9/2020

NTT Americas CEO Simon Walsh tells Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey about his company's challenge to help enterprise customers 'painlessly' connect to multiple clouds, multiple network operators and data sets in a secure, distributed workplace.

Former Comcast exec takes reins at MediaKind
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

Matt McConnell, an exec late of Comcast Technology Solutions, takes over as MediaKind's CEO, succeeding Angel Ruiz, who has been named chairman.

Samsung: Huawei pricing not viable for profit-seeking company
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

Senior executive at South Korean vendor tells UK politicians that no company trying to satisfy shareholders would be able to price equipment at Huawei's levels.

Haivision snaps up P2P video tech startup Teltoo
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

Haivision says Teltoo, a Spain-based company with ties to the cable industry, will help continue its expansion into the video delivery product marketplace.

BT, Vodafone warn of blackouts if not given five years to be Huawei-free
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

UK mobile operators say a rapid swap-out of the Chinese vendor's equipment would lead to major disruption and cost billions in rip-and-replace costs.

Eurobites: KCOM calls on ADVA to help it reach 10 Gbit/s in Hull
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom helps digitalize air traffic control; Orange gets the IoT call from McConnell Dowell; Dundee in line for larger slice of BT cake.

Use of multiple public cloud providers adds to security headaches – report
News Analysis | 7/9/2020

A new report from Sophos found that 70% of organizations experienced a 'public cloud security incident' in the last year.

Verizon, Vodafone flesh out edge computing opportunity with AWS
News Analysis | 7/8/2020

Verizon and Vodafone announced their edge computing partnerships with Amazon AWS late last year. Now, they're offering further insights into what they hope to achieve from those partnerships.

AT&T, Accenture test private LTE network in Louisiana oil refinery
News Analysis | 7/8/2020

Phillips 66, one of the nation's biggest oil refiners, built a private wireless network across a third of its refinery in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, using AT&T's 700MHz and 1900MHz spectrum licenses.

fuboTV sees subs and revenues climb in Q1
News Analysis | 7/8/2020

The latest figures don't reflect the fuller, more recent impact of the pandemic, but the virtual MVPD is confident that consumers will turn to streaming services when live televised sports return.

Comcast launches Sling TV on 'Flex' streaming platform
News Analysis | 7/8/2020

New integration supports Sling TV's various pay-TV packages, including its Orange and Blue offerings, on Comcast's new platform targeted to broadband-only customers.

Podcast: What's the story with Dish Network?
LRTV Interviews | 7/8/2020

On this episode of 'What's the Story?' – a new series from the Light Reading Podcast – Mike Dano talks with pod host Nicole Ferraro about Dish Network entering the wireless space: the latest news, why it matters and what's likely to happen next.

AT&T adds Cisco to managed SD-WAN menu
News Analysis | 7/8/2020

In addition to Cisco Secure SD-WAN Technology, AT&T has an existing partnership with VMware for SD-WAN services.

Arm drops IoT; leg-up for IPO?
News Analysis | 7/8/2020

UK chip designer gets backs to its roots and possible relisting.

Meet Dish's 5G network team
News Analysis | 7/8/2020

Stephen Bye, Tom Cullen, Dave Mayo, Jeff McSchooler and Marc Rouanne are the five men charged with building a cloud-native, open RAN 5G network for Dish Network for $10 billion.

Huawei still has no fix to being cut off from TSMC
News Analysis | 7/8/2020

Chinese vendor says it can meet current demand in the UK but fails to reassure the market that a long-term solution to US trade restrictions is in view.

Asian telcos grapple with 2G closures
News Analysis | 7/8/2020

With 5G on board, Asian telcos are now moving to shut down their 2G networks.

Eurobites: Loon's balloons go up over Kenya
News Analysis | 7/8/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Iliad founder worried over 5G scare stories; Sunrise chooses Comarch for IoT expansion; Proximus parts merge.

Synaptics snaps up Broadcom wireless IoT business
News Analysis | 7/8/2020

'Human interface' technology specialist to pay $250 million for wireless IoT rights and assets in an all-cash transaction.

Verizon reiterates support for Nokia amid rumors of a Samsung swapout
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

Rosenblatt analyst Ryan Koontz said Verizon is close to replacing Nokia with Samsung as its major 5G supplier. But the company said Nokia 'continues to be an important partner.'

5G iPhone could get a big boost from US wireless carriers
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

A Wall Street analyst firm is expecting the big American wireless network operators to heavily promote the 5G iPhone this fall. But they're warning against inflated sales expectations for the gadget.

Huawei's possible demise is grounds for a UK U-turn
Morris Lore | 7/7/2020

Threatening language by China's UK ambassador is inappropriate and overlooks the perilous nature of Huawei's current predicament.

Google Fiber returns to expansion mode through city pact
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

After a four-year pause on market expansion, Google Fiber is gearing up to start network deployments in West Des Moines, Iowa, via a new public/private partnership with the city.

With a record number of bidders, CBRS auction estimates rise to $10B
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

The FCC's upcoming 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum auction is generating plenty of bidding interest, causing industry analysts to boost their financial forecasts for the event.

Implementing automated security services: We are somewhat confident virtually here
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 7/7/2020

Automation is vital for raising confidence levels that 5G services and networks can be fully secured in the post-pandemic world, writes Heavy Reading's Jim Hodges.

US wireless carriers hide behind masks (and that's a good thing)
DanoVision | 7/7/2020

Masks are becoming de rigueur among retail stores operated by the nation's biggest wireless network operators. But that doesn't mean every store that sells cell phones requires a mask.

Indian ban on Huawei in BSNL network opens 4G door for Tech Mahindra
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

A deal with BSNL would mark the arrival of Tech Mahindra as a 4G supplier to the Indian market.

Promptlink tries to rise above the cable network noise
CxO Spotlight | 7/7/2020

New AI-assisted tool is helping cable operators identify and pinpoint the source of upstream network noise during a pandemic that has caused peak usage to surge, CEO says.

Nokia and Samsung O-RAN moves put pressure on Ericsson
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

The Swedish equipment vendor is conspicuous by its absence from the recent O-RAN marketing activity.

Samsung: Our 5G RAN is now open and virtualized
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

Samsung is joining Nokia in the move to sell fully open and virtualized 5G radio access network products. Those initiatives could put pressure on Ericsson to do the same.

Iliad ups fixed-line ante in Italy; TIM suffers
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

Open Fiber deal gives French telecoms Group an Italian route into broadband. Telecom Italia investors take fright.

Australia spots a Chinese Panda in Ericsson
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

Reports in the Australian press have drawn attention to a joint venture between the Swedish vendor and a Chinese company blacklisted by the Pentagon.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Huawei, broadband and ad boycotts
LRTV Documentaries | 7/7/2020

This could be the last time you get to see Scott's pile of overdue filing, so make the most of it.

Eurobites: Telefónica beefs up cybersecurity offer with Nozomi investment
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: eSIM company claims 5G first; Swisscom tops eco-rankings; Openreach spreads fiber across Edinburgh.

Orange unveils new CEOs for Belgium and Poland
News Analysis | 7/7/2020

More musical chairs at the France-based group as it implements a wide-ranging reshuffle of top management at its European operations.

Dish Network's Ergen has a big appetite for 5G spectrum
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

Tucked away in Dish Network's announcement last week that it would enter the wireless industry was a promise to follow through with the $3.6 billion purchase of 800MHz spectrum from T-Mobile in 2023.

BT plans BAME 'baseline' for senior management roles
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

Following a data-gathering exercise to gauge the ethnic makeup of its workforce, the UK operator will set targets.

Crown Castle's small cell strategy challenged by activist investor
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

Activist hedge-fund Elliot Management – the same company that pressured AT&T – is now urging Crown Castle to make changes that would pull the company away from small cells.

Tele2 banks on new CEO to cut costs
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

CEO Anders Nilsson sails away. Telco operations veteran Kjell Morten Johnsen takes his place.

Huawei now a surrogate for China threat as US gains some ground
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

The Chinese equipment vendor is being driven out of telco networks in the West as the US stays on the offensive.

Eurobites: Ericsson trumpets standalone 5G NR software
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Colt appoints new CCO; using drones to fix cell towers; smart home devices losing their luster in MEA.

Huawei alert system raised from amber to red in UK
Morris Lore | 7/6/2020

The Chinese equipment maker faces a UK ban, according to press reports, because new US sanctions make it an even bigger risk.

France unlikely to ban Huawei, but will encourage operators to steer clear
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

ANSII indicates that it will limit authorizations to use Huawei equipment to between three and eight years.

Bharti Global, British government consortium wins OneWeb bid
News Analysis | 7/6/2020

The Indian conglomerate will become a major shareholder in the UK-backed alternative to the EU's Galileo initiative.

Here are nine new things that 5G can do now
DanoVision | 7/3/2020

The 3GPP is expected to issue 'Release 16' of the 5G standard Friday. It will support fancy new technologies like network slicing, Integrated Access Backhaul and vehicle platooning.

Geoverse offers private LTE with its CBRS/licensed spectrum combo
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

Geoverse is looking to sell private wireless LTE offerings using a unique combination of its licensed 600MHz and 700MHz spectrum licenses and CBRS spectrum.

Vodafone's cloud-native journey: A mix of old school and new
The Wizard of Roz | 7/3/2020

The Cloud Native World program last week offered evidence of progressive telco thinking and the same old barriers to faster adoption of cloud-native architectures.

5G still too costly, inflexible for private network – Tencent
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

Tencent GM Wang Yachen warned an online conference audience this week that 5G needs to be more cost-effective in order to compete in B2B.

Pandemic spotlights need for simplified and automated self-service tools – study
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

More than half of consumers can't fix their own technical issues, a number that surges to 73% among those who don't consider themselves tech-savvy, Sweepr finds in survey of 600+ people in the US and UK.

Eurobites: Show some post-pandemic love for open RAN, pleads trade body ETNO
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK wants to pronounce on O2/Virgin Media merger; Ericsson takes TDC to the water; beaucoup de connectivity en vacances, promises Orange.

PPF Group up to its old restructuring tricks again
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

Private equity firm splits retail and infrastructure operations of former Telenor CEE assets, just like it did with O2 Czech Republic a few years ago.

Vodafone UK readies for standalone 5G future
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

UK operator lines up Ericsson, MediaTek, Oppo and Qualcomm to help with its standalone 5G network and installs trial network at Coventry University.

Carlyle Group acquires 25% stake in Airtel's Nxtra in India
News Analysis | 7/3/2020

The data center business of one of India's biggest telcos has attracted investment amid surging demand for cloud services.

Huawei ban in UK is surely just a matter of time
Morris Lore | 7/3/2020

If the Chinese vendor were not so technically gifted, it would probably have been sent packing already.

5G mmWave silence from AT&T, T-Mobile becomes deafening
DanoVision | 7/2/2020

Verizon has loudly touted its plans to expand its mmWave 5G network. But AT&T and T-Mobile have remained conspicuously silent on the topic.

TiVo weaves HBO Max into new Stream 4K platform
News Analysis | 7/2/2020

Integration builds on new SVoD's tie-ins with Android TV devices and gives TiVo's new streaming device a point of differentiation against two platforms that currently don't support HBO Max – Roku and Fire TV.

Virgin Media makes DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade splurge
News Analysis | 7/2/2020

Target of passing 15 million homes with 'gigabit-capable' networks by end of 2021 apparently on track.

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