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ZTE ends Q3 with 55 5G commercial contracts
News Analysis | 10/28/2020

Chinese supplier boasts solid top-line performance, but operating costs rocket, thanks to wounds incurred in the battle with the US.

BT inks deal to ditch Huawei, use Ericsson RAN
News Analysis | 10/28/2020

Ditching Huawei, BT will use Ericsson's RAN equipment alongside Nokia's in its 5G rollout.

Facebook seeks more telecom co-investments
News Analysis | 10/28/2020

Moving away from the single lane, Facebook sees co-investment and partnership as a solution to the digital divide.

FCC confirms plan to divvy up 5.9GHz band
News Analysis | 10/28/2020

Regulator presses ahead with controversial plan to allocate 45MHz for unlicensed uses such as Wi-Fi as it tackles rural coverage.

Microsoft's lockdown cloud revenues soar
News Analysis | 10/28/2020

Microsoft sees its cloud services revenue rise 31% year-on-year, to $15.2 billion, as Verizon chooses Azure for private business 5G.

Consumer Cellular sold to private equity firm for around $2.3B
News Analysis | 10/27/2020

Chicago private equity company GTCR has agreed to purchase Consumer Cellular, one of the nation's largest MVNOs with around 4 million customers.

IBM amplifies sales pitch for operators' cloud biz
News Analysis | 10/27/2020

A top IBM executive used a major fall virtual trade show to make his pitch for the cloud business of major telecom operators. Whether IBM will find traction remains to be seen.

AMD muscles up with Xilinx in fight against Intel
News Analysis | 10/27/2020

Fast-growing semiconductor firm ups the data center ante with biggest-ever acquisition, a $35 billion all-stock deal, expected to close by end of 2021.

Telcos, ISPs, tech fight for India E and V band spectrum
News Analysis | 10/27/2020

India's service providers want an auction – tech giants like Google, Facebook and ISPs want 5G E-band (71-76 GHz) and V-band (57-64 GHz) spectrum delicensed.

T-Mobile overshadows Verizon, AT&T in LTE fixed wireless coverage
News Analysis | 10/26/2020

T-Mobile touts 20 million households covered, while AT&T said it will cover 1.1 million locations this year. And a new report on Verizon found the operator covers just 2 million homes.

Verizon, AT&T pounce on private networking opportunity
News Analysis | 10/26/2020

Operator deals with enterprises will likely resemble managed services contracts.

India's Airtel launches cloud comms platform Airtel IQ
News Analysis | 10/26/2020

Bharti Airtel hopes its cloud-based omnichannel communications platform IQ, aimed at enterprise and SMEs, will grab India's lucrative cloud comms market.

Top China telecom official defends 5G rollout
News Analysis | 10/26/2020

Just give it time, says the man from the ministry.

Italy vetoes Fastweb’s Huawei 5G deal – report
News Analysis | 10/26/2020

Report suggests the government is caving into US pressure to prevent operators from deploying 5G kit from Chinese vendors.

Intel's data-centric biz takes a Q3 hammering
News Analysis | 10/23/2020

After an April bounce driven by more homeworking thanks to COVID-19, the US chip giant has finally been hit by customers' cost-cutting, despite cloud growth.

Huawei growth slows as US sanctions bite
News Analysis | 10/23/2020

US sanctions are starting to slow Huawei down, with the Chinese vendor reporting a slide in growth and profit margin.

Iliad forms cunning plan to sell Polish towers to Cellnex
News Analysis | 10/23/2020

Europe's enfant terrible sets up a deal to sell off Play's mobile towers even before completing the purchase of the Polish operator.

Tesla's 5G stop sign: Self-driving needs 'no connectivity whatsoever'
DanoVision | 10/22/2020

Tesla, the world's most valuable auto maker, plans to charge $10,000 for its new self-driving service. Meanwhile, 5G remains free to users on most top-tier mobile plans.

Avanti and ST iDirect link satellite and land 5G
News Analysis | 10/22/2020

Avanti Communications and ST Engineering iDirect successfully link satellite with land 5G, which they call an SaT5G milestone.

After Jio, Airtel wants to develop its own gear
News Analysis | 10/22/2020

India's second-largest service provider, Bharti Airtel, will develop its own technology across 5G, home broadband and IoT working with local and international firms.

Verizon's Q3 shows 'phenomenal job with a difficult hand'
News Analysis | 10/21/2020

Verizon raised its earnings per share guidance and its fourth quarter wireless service revenue expectations, which some analysts cheered amid an ongoing pandemic.

The full list: Here are the actual bidders in the C-band auction
News Analysis | 10/21/2020

There are a total of 74 entities that have registered their interest to bid in the FCC's upcoming C-band auction. Here's the list.

Telia picks Nokia for standalone 5G core in six markets
News Analysis | 10/21/2020

Nokia to deploy standalone 5G core in Ericsson's backyard, while the Swedish vendor wins RAN deals in Sweden and Estonia.

5G users in US consume 1.9x more data than 4G users – report
News Analysis | 10/21/2020

A new report from Opensignal shows that 5G users in the US consumed an average of 16.5GB in September, far more than 4G users.

Carrier networks must integrate and automate to chase innovation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/20/2020

As COVID-19 speeds up operator need to support a shift in how and where customers access network services, automation and development are key for success.

AT&T, T-Mobile take different views on 6G
News Analysis | 10/20/2020

According to some, 6G will support a wide range of science fiction-type services. But others are warning against getting sidetracked by 'shiny objects syndrome.'

Private networks to play growing role in IoT – report
News Analysis | 10/20/2020

Transforma Insights forecasts that over 150 million cellular devices will be connected to on-premises private networks by the end of 2030.

No Huawei for bidders in Sweden's 5G auctions
News Analysis | 10/20/2020

Sweden has taken a firm line against Huawei and ZTE in its 5G spectrum auctions starting in November.

The next version of 5G expected to be delayed to 2022
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

The 3GPP's Release 17 – expected to collect the next big batch of 5G technologies – might not hit the market until 2022, almost a year behind schedule.

Nokia Bell Labs, Intuitive Machines to launch 4G on the moon
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

NASA has given Nokia Bell Labs and Houston-based Intuitive Machines $14.1B to prepare to set up a 4G network on the moon.

COVID-19 fails to put brakes on 5G rollout – report
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

A new report from Juniper Research sees 5G accounting for 44% of operator revenue by 2025.

Operators edge toward revenues from low-latency services
DanoVision | 10/16/2020

Edge computing promises to reduce users' latency speeds. And now, some operators are not only addressing the space but seeking revenues from the sale of low-latency services.

ECTA fights Huawei's corner
News Analysis | 10/16/2020

European trade association 'denounces' bans on Chinese suppliers based on geopolitical reasons.

US wireless snapshot: Subscribers, market share and Q3 estimates
News Analysis | 10/16/2020

How are AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile faring in terms of market share? And what should the market expect from them in the third quarter? Some analysts break it down.

In tit for tat, China to pass law restricting tech exports
News Analysis | 10/16/2020

China's top legislature is set to pass an Export Control Law expanding government controls over tech exports, copying a similar US measure in May.

T-Mobile's 5G lead begins to widen
DanoVision | 10/15/2020

T-Mobile is on its way toward covering 100 million people with speedy midband 5G this year. And its 5G services are up to 25% cheaper than those from AT&T and Verizon.

How AI could cut bandwidth in video conferences by 90%
News Analysis | 10/15/2020

A new artificial intelligence platform from chipmaker Nvidia promises to reduce bandwidth usage in video conferencing down to one tenth of the H.264 standard.

France and Netherlands take aim at US tech giants
News Analysis | 10/15/2020

State secretaries Cédric O and Mona Keijzer join forces to propose ways of reducing the power of 'gatekeeper' platforms.

Is 5G auction delay an advantage for Indian telcos?
News Analysis | 10/15/2020

COVID-19 delaying the 5G spectrum sale in India till 2021 may benefit Indian service providers looking for time to get their houses and networks in order.

AT&T's 'free iPhone 12' promotion smacks of desperation
DanoVision | 10/14/2020

AT&T's promotions around the new iPhone are far more aggressive than those from Verizon and T-Mobile. Indeed, one analyst warned that it's the most aggressive promotion ever.

Malik out as VEON CTO
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Yogesh Malik joins a growing list of senior executives who have left the emerging-markets operator since 2018.

Huawei, China Mobile pitch network smarts together
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Huawei unveils AI-powered connectivity to untangle network complexity for carriers and enterprise.

Operators call for more vendor support in open source projects
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Broadband World Forum panelists say it's important to get the types of network efficiencies that hyperscale companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon have.

Verizon: Nationwide 5G speeds will be 'similar' to 4G speeds
News Analysis | 10/13/2020

Apple's newest iPhones will support nationwide 5G connections on Verizon's network, but 'the experience [between 4G and nationwide 5G] is similar,' warned Verizon's Bill Stone.

Four big takeaways from Apple's 5G iPhone launch
DanoVision | 10/13/2020

From its pricing plans to its support of Verizon's millimeter wave 5G strategy, Apple had plenty to say during its iPhone 12 unveiling.

Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, others form North American 6G alliance
News Analysis | 10/13/2020

The new 'Next G Alliance' will focus on the 'full lifecycle' of 6G, including research and development, manufacturing, standardization and market readiness.

Rakuten's 4G network is still the slowest in Japan
News Analysis | 10/9/2020

According to new findings from Tutela, Rakuten's 4G network in Japan supports 16.16Mbit/s download speeds, which is around 9 Mbit/s slower than the company's competitors.

Cisco's layoffs won't affect 5G focus
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

Cisco's previously announced restructuring appears to be getting underway, and 5G isn't expected to be affected. Other areas may not be so lucky.

Orange CEO says something is rotten in the state of telecom
Morris Lore | 10/8/2020

Stephane Richard nips into his home office to warn the industry about growing technical debt and urge closer collaboration.

Comcast Business sizes up symmetrical speed options, home SD-WAN play
News Analysis | 10/7/2020

The pandemic may have slowed the overall rate of growth of cable business services, but it has also presented opportunities to ramp up new products and services, says Comcast Business exec Bob Victor.

Dito says it's on track to break Philippines duopoly in March
News Analysis | 10/7/2020

Dito CTO says the company built 859 basestations by mid-September and aims to complete at least 2,000 by year-end.

Ericsson's 6G story centers on 'Internet of senses'
News Analysis | 10/6/2020

Ericsson's top researcher painted a 6G picture that involves a 'full sense experience' complete with sights, sounds and haptics that would create multisensory experiences.

In the US, 4G continues to outshine 5G
DanoVision | 10/6/2020

The 'year of 5G' has come and gone a few times now, but it's clear that 4G continues to play the role of workhorse while 5G stands only as the showhorse.

If Dish is America's Rakuten, it might be in trouble – analysts
News Analysis | 10/5/2020

Rakuten's mobile losses are 'proving much higher than we anticipated,' according to some financial analysts. What that means for Dish Network's 5G ambitions is unclear.

Dish Network's Chairman Ergen seeks $1B for possible M&A
News Analysis | 10/5/2020

Dish's Ergen is forming a SPAC called CONX to raise $1 billion for deals in telecom, tech or media, 'including the wireless communications industry.'

India's Airtel puts $13M in Security Intelligence Center
News Analysis | 10/2/2020

Bharti Airtel launched the Security Intelligence Center with an investment of INR1000 million, and Airtel Secure, cybersecurity for enterprise customers.

Coronavirus speeds up IoT adoption, businesses say
News Analysis | 10/2/2020

Seventy-eight percent of businesses adopting IoT say it was key to their lockdown continuity, with 67% increasing the pace of IoT due to the pandemic, says a new study.

CableLabs reaches key milestone on path to '10G'
News Analysis | 10/2/2020

New Flexible MAC architecture specs will give cable operators options as they disaggregate elements of next-gen networks that will pump out multi-gig speeds and support low latencies and enhanced security.

5G patent storm brewing – report
News Analysis | 10/2/2020

If you thought smartphone patent wars were already messy then it could be a whole lot worse now that a pile of different industries are looking to harness 5G and other technologies.

Verizon, T-Mobile knock on smart home door
News Analysis | 10/1/2020

T-Mobile is offering Vivint smart home services in some markets, according to Wave7 Research, while Verizon is bundling Amazon smart home offerings into 5G Home.

Amazon Timestream turbocharges IoT database performance
News Analysis | 10/1/2020

AWS claims new serverless system is 1,000 times faster than relational databases and one tenth the cost.

Eurobites: O2 road-tests satellite 5G for connected cars
News Analysis | 10/1/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Elisa goes with Nokia for 5G RAN; Colt chooses SSE for 100G action; Proximus fires up eSIMs; Enea acquires Aptilo.

NTT Docomo cracks open 5G fronthaul for carrier aggregation
News Analysis | 9/30/2020

Japanese operator demos 'multi-vendor' trial, using O-RAN fronthaul specs, with Fujitsu and NEC.

Germany stops short of Huawei ban, but raises bar to entry
News Analysis | 9/30/2020

Germany looks set to strangle the China-based supplier in red tape as scrutiny is extended to the 5G RAN.

Microsoft raises the stakes in telecom fight against AWS and Google
News Analysis | 9/29/2020

The software giant must persuade operators to entrust some of their most valuable systems to its public cloud.

Roku speaks Apple's language, rolls new products
News Analysis | 9/28/2020

Roku unveils two new streaming devices, an operating system update and support for the AV1 codec as the OTT retail platform market heats up for the holidays.

COVID-19 accelerates race to the cloud – report
News Analysis | 9/28/2020

Zoom, Cisco Webex, Microsoft Teams and more are all benefiting from the enforced need to stay at home.

India considers appealing Hague order in Vodafone tax row
News Analysis | 9/28/2020

Despite the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling retrospective tax laws unfairly penalized the telecoms giant, the Indian government may still appeal.

Rakuten adds Tech Mahindra to 'unvendor' dream team
News Analysis | 9/23/2020

Indian systems integrator becomes the latest partner for the Rakuten Communications Platform. But is it just another closed ecosystem?

EC pins recovery hopes on 5G and supercomputing
News Analysis | 9/21/2020

The European Commission recommends the adoption of a common approach to the deployment of 5G networks.

Omdia's James Crawshaw: 5G will drive OSS market recovery
LRTV Interviews | 9/21/2020

The most advanced 5G features anticipated by network operators, like network slicing, will require OSS systems to be modernized and expanded, says Omdia Principal Analyst James Crawshaw.

Orange faces staff dissent about 5G on eve of France's auction
News Analysis | 9/18/2020

Ahead of France's September 29 5G spectrum auction, Orange SA faces internal staff dissent about 5G's profitability and environmental impact.

Fujitsu flags efforts to tackle facial recognition fraud
News Analysis | 9/18/2020

Japan-based technology firm aims to improve trust in facial recognition software by making it easier to block fraud.

Rakuten the 'unvendor' has a lot to prove
News Analysis | 9/17/2020

Big operators investing in open RAN may be wary of buying products from another telco.

Podcast: What's the story with OSS?
LRTV Interviews | 9/16/2020

This week: James Crawshaw, Omdia principal analyst, on what's going on with OSS and growth projections for 2021.

Google to give Wi-Fi roaming another try
News Analysis | 9/8/2020

Wi-Fi roaming has been a topic of discussion for almost two decades. Now, Google is hoping to move the space forward with its new Orion Wifi platform.

Is the COVID-19 pandemic a catalyst for the fourth industrial revolution?
Guest Perspectives | 9/4/2020

The pandemic has forced businesses to change. For telcos, some of those changes will leave them better able to handle the disruption brought on by the fourth industrial revolution, according to industry veterans Javier Ger and Claudio Saes.

Open RAN might actually be working
DanoVision | 8/31/2020

Dish Network's work with smaller vendors and Rakuten's turn away from Cisco and Nokia are early indicators that Open RAN may well be having an effect on the market.

Google Cloud staffs up for telecom push
News Analysis | 8/27/2020

George Nazi, Shailesh Shukla and Kyle Forster (founder of Big Switch Networks) are just a few of the new faces in Google Cloud's push into the telecom space.

Oracle's telco strategy: 5G wins, RAN partnerships
News Analysis | 8/27/2020

Oracle says carrier customers are licensing its 5G network functions. In the near term, the company looks similar to other vendors but its longer-term story is unique.

CableLabs starts to connect on network convergence
News Analysis | 8/26/2020

The process will be evolutionary, but CableLabs and its members are working to define a cohesive framework for converged, wireless/wireline networks underpinned by virtualization, CableLabs' Mariam Sorond says.

Huawei loses groundbreaking global patents case in London
News Analysis | 8/26/2020

English courts can set licensing rates for global standard essential patents, says Unwired Planet v Huawei, a decision that positions London as a patent hub.

How Comcast overhauled its ops during the pandemic
News Analysis | 8/21/2020

Comcast made swift changes in how it handled service installs, customer interactions and network maintenance as business-as-usual was turned on its head during the pandemic.

Leading Lights 2020: The Winners
News Analysis | 8/21/2020

Find out which companies our editors have selected as winners in the 2020 Leading Lights awards.

Leading Lights 2020: The Awards
LRTV Documentaries | 8/21/2020

Light Reading's editors congratulate the finalists and announce the winners of the 2020 Leading Lights awards.

Why do telco software companies have such lame valuation multiples?
Column | 8/20/2020

Many cloud software companies in the telecom sector look more like services companies than developers of products.

COVID-19 hasn't infected operators' capex plans
News Analysis | 8/19/2020

Operators typically buy around 20% to 30% additional capacity per year to keep pace with traffic growth. Due to the pandemic, that rose to between 30% and 50%.

IoT, cloud ride to rescue as Telit doubles profit in H1
News Analysis | 8/18/2020

M2M company Telit saw revenues hit by the COVID-19 pandemic – however adjusted EBITDA and profit in cash figures rose in H1.

Oracle latest TikTok suitor, as video app defends virtue
News Analysis | 8/18/2020

Oracle joins the race for ByteDance's TikTok social video app – as the company launches a site dedicated to rebutting President Trump's security allegations.

Dish Network promises dynamic 5G pricing with Matrixx
News Analysis | 8/18/2020

Dish joins the likes of Verizon and Vodafone in partnering with Matrixx for billing, and will use the company to start 'dynamically changing prices throughout the day.'

How Amdocs swallowed Openet and paid so little
Morris Lore | 8/12/2020

The small Irish software company disappeared last month when it was acquired by Israel's Amdocs for just $180 million.

Qualcomm wins appeal in long-running FTC antitrust case
News Analysis | 8/12/2020

US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns 2019 ruling wireless technology company Qualcomm broke antitrust law with "unreasonably high" royalties for IP.

Synchronoss syncs Q2 with new Verizon deal
News Analysis | 8/11/2020

The SaaS and PaaS specialist reports a solid set of figures for its fiscal second quarter.

Amdocs boasts record managed services revenue in fiscal Q3
News Analysis | 8/6/2020

BSS specialist also shows off strong order book and ups fiscal-year revenue guidance.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative Mobile/Wireless Product or Service
News Analysis | 8/4/2020

Amdocs; Cohere Technologies; Rakuten, Intel and Altiostar Networks are in the running for the 'Most Innovative Mobile/Wireless Product or Service' award.

Has Nokia stopped the 5G rot?
News Analysis | 8/3/2020

The Finnish equipment vendor may have turned an important corner at a very opportune geopolitical moment.

Nokia stock soars as profits recover after China 5G exit
News Analysis | 7/31/2020

Finnish equipment vendor counts the sales cost of coronavirus and Chinese setbacks but makes unexpectedly good progress on profitability.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative Telco Cloud Product Strategy
News Analysis | 7/29/2020

Seven companies – Affirmed Networks, Altiostar, DriveNets, Enea Openwave, Netcracker, Optiva and Volta – made the cut in the Most Innovative Telco Cloud Product Strategy.

Axiata and Telefónica form enterprise services tie up
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

The Telefónica/Axiata partnership will focus on sales of cybersecurity, cloud and IoT/Big Data services and cooperation in strategic projects.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Outstanding Digital Enablement Vendor
News Analysis | 7/27/2020

Six companies – Amdocs, Matrixx Software, MDS Global, Netcracker Technology, Openet and Whale Cloud – made the cut in the Outstanding Digital Enablement Vendor category.

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