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Jeff Baumgartner TiVo Rolling Out Skippable Pre-Roll Ads for Retail DVRs
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/20/2019  
Opening up a new source of revenue and perhaps a can of customer ire, TiVo confirmed that it is rolling out a new product that inserts pre-roll ads in DVR recordings.
Iain Morris Telefónica Highlights Edge Vendor Shortcomings, Picks Holes in ETSI's Specs
Iain Morris  
9/20/2019   1 Comment
LONDON -- Edge Computing Congress 2019 -- Anyone trying to figure out why telco progress with edge computing has been so hesitant would do well to speak with Telefonica's Cristina Santana Casillas. While uncertainty over the business case is at least partly responsible, technology shortcomings are also to blame, she made clear during a presentation at this week's event in London.
Jeff Baumgartner Comcast's Trojan Horse for Pay-TV
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/20/2019  
There ain't no such thing as a free lunch, as the saying goes. The adage also applies to streaming video.
Eryn Leavens WiCipedia: WiC Hits the Road in Dallas & Apple Event Makes (Some) Diversity Headway
Eryn Leavens  
9/20/2019  
This week in our WiCipedia roundup: Board diversification demands go worldwide; Apple event makes some headway on diversity efforts; AnitaB.org moves the gender equality needle, and more.
James Crawshaw RJio Takes Baby Steps With Open Source for OSS/BSS
James Crawshaw  
9/20/2019  
As reported recently by Telecoms.com, Indian operator Reliance Jio (RJio) has overtaken Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel to become India's largest mobile network operator by subscriber numbers, less than three years after it launched commercial services. Such has been the impact of RJio's entry into the Indian market that is has forced Reliance Communications, one-time giant of the Indian telco market, to file for insolvency, and has been the catalyst for the merger of Vodafone India and Idea.
Robert Clark GSMA Warns Against Fragmentation of Digital Economy Rules
Robert Clark  
9/20/2019  
It's not just telecom operators that are being disrupted by new technologies.
Iain Morris Eurobites: Proximus Boss Reportedly Investigated for Insider Trading
Iain Morris  
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. - Unpopular with staff, departing Proximus CEO Dominique Leroy appears to have incurred the displeasure of Belgian authorities over her sale of company shares only weeks before she quit her job to become CEO of Dutch incumbent KPN. Leroy is now under formal investigation for insider trading, according to a report from Belgian journal Knack, which cites "well-informed sources" close to the matter. According to the story, she has also directly confirmed that a search of her home and office has taken place. Authorities will be trying to figure out if Leroy sold shares for euro 285,342.40 ($315,357.57) having already decided to leave the company and knowing this move would trigger a fall in the share price. In a statement on the Proximus website, she had previously denied any wrongdoing and expressed "regret" about the affair. Today marks her final day as Proximus CEO. Originally set to leave in December, she is being ejected sooner than planned after employees reportedly went on strike. Their apparent complaint is that Leroy will have little commitment to negotiations about restructuring while she prepares to join KPN. Asked to comment on the reports, a spokesperson for Proximus said by email: "At this point we can only confirm that a search has taken place yesterday in Miss Leroy's office inside the Proximus building in Brussels. Miss Leroy has confirmed to press agency Belga that a search has also taken place at her home address and that these actions fit in the context of the investigation you refer to." (See Departing Proximus CEO Frogmarched Out to Chorus of Staff Boos and Eurobites: Proximus Boss Protests Innocence Over Shares Sale.)
Mike Dano DoD Begins Testing 5G With $52M Budget
Mike Dano  
9/19/2019   1 Comment
The US military is just now beginning a project to assess how it might use 5G technologies, including mission planning and training, smart port management and depot operations.
Dan Jones O Canada: AT&T Touts 'Largest LTE-M Footprint in the World'
Dan Jones  
9/19/2019  
AT&T has partnered with Bell Canada, Rogers Communications and Telus to roam across the combined operators' Cat M 4G cellular IoT networks in North America.
Rajesh Gadiyar, Vice President & CTO, Network & Custom Logic Group, Intel Corp Edge Computing, the Next Great IT Revolution
Rajesh Gadiyar, Vice President & CTO, Network & Custom Logic Group, Intel Corp  
9/19/2019  
Commercial 5G services are no longer a pipe dream. We at Intel have worked with communication service providers (CommSPs) around the world to lay the foundation for a new era of data-centric services, but we have only scratched the surface of what's possible.
Iain Morris Humans Will Kill You at the Edge
Iain Morris  
9/19/2019  
LONDON -- Edge Computing Congress 2019 -- Damn those infernal employees, gobbling up cash and demanding benefits. Telcos making investments in new "edge" facilities will have to "minimize the need for a human presence" if they are to have any chance of making a profit, according to Alex Reznik, who leads the edge group for the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, one of the main standards bodies in edge computing.
Mike Dano 5G Report Card for September: 1.4M Subscriptions, 129 Announced Devices
Mike Dano  
9/19/2019  
As we move into the second half of 2019, it's time to assess the progress of 5G globally. And according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), things are looking pretty good.
Oriana Schwindt Evaluating Democrats' Vow of 'Internet for All'
Oriana Schwindt  
9/19/2019   2 comments
Nearly all major Democrat presidential contenders have issued "Internet for All" promises, but only three candidates have put forth plans with any details on how they would achieve this kind of universal penetration: Senator Elizabeth Warren, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Dan Jones Verizon's Vestberg Sticks With mmWave for 5G
Dan Jones  
9/19/2019  
Verizon will stick with millimeter wave (mmWave) for its 5G plans for the foreseeable future, CEO Hans Vestberg declared Thursday when discussing the company's 5G plans at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference in New York. "We can launch nationwide with millimeter wave," the CEO insisted. Verizon is the only US carrier solely dedicated to the highband (28GHz) approach to 5G for now. AT&T and T-Mobile plan to launch lowband 5G networks next year, along with limited mmWave deployments. Sprint has midband 5G launched so far.
Jeff Baumgartner AT&T Exploring Sale or Spin-Off of DirecTV – Report
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/19/2019   3 comments
AT&T's honeymoon with DirecTV is long over. Its marriage could be next.
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Robert Clark 5G: Game-Changer for Philippines Broadband?
Robert Clark  
9/19/2019  
For Philippines telco Globe Telecom, 5G is a fixed-wireless game-changer.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Is the UK Heading for a Big Copper Switch-Off?
Paul Rainford  
9/19/2019  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom takes back control of enterprise telecom from T-Systems; ADVA lands Kuwaiti gig; TalkTalk cleans up its act; coffee gets connected.
Dan Jones Apple Gives Ultra Wideband a Spin
Dan Jones  
9/19/2019   1 Comment
Apple has introduced its U1 ultra wideband (UWB) chip with the iPhone 11 for, the company says, "spatial awareness".
Mike Dano Tower Owner SBA Buys Data Center for Edge Computing Know-How
Mike Dano  
9/18/2019  
Cell tower owner SBA Communications said it purchased a data center in Chicago last month in order to learn about the edge computing opportunity.
Mitch Wagner AT&T Puts Intelligence in the Middle of the Edge
Mitch Wagner  
9/18/2019   1 Comment
DALLAS -- Network Virtualization & SDN Americas -- AT&T is concentrating on the middle of the edge to build the network intelligence needed for emerging 5G apps, Josh Goodell, AT&T VP of Edge Solutions, said Wednesday.
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