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Jeff Baumgartner Ericsson still seeks networking edge
Jeff Baumgartner  
7/10/2020  
Ericsson has pulled the plug on Edge Gravity, but the company insists that its overall edge computing strategy is alive and well. It's just taking a different path.
Mike Dano Get ready for a Q2 like no other
Mike Dano  
7/10/2020  
As the second quarter of 2020 draws to a close, network operators, vendors and others are putting the final touches on their quarterly financial reports. As those reports hit the market in the coming weeks, it's safe to assume that the second-quarter reporting season will play out unlike any other in recent memory.
Jeff Baumgartner Frontier dinged $900K over hidden fees, Internet speed claims
Jeff Baumgartner  
7/10/2020  
Already dealing with a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Frontier Communications got another dose of grief this week with word that the telco will pay $900,000 to resolve an investigation by the Washington Attorney General's office into hidden fees and the "misrepresentation" of Internet speeds.
Mike Dano AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon prep for standalone 5G
Mike Dano  
7/10/2020  
All of the top 5G network operators in the US are moving toward the standalone version of 5G, and plan to launch 5G core networks to handle the upgrade.
Robert Clark Bulked-up TPG set to take on Australian 5G market
Robert Clark  
7/10/2020  
The Australian mobile market, for so long a two-horse race, suddenly looks different in the wake of the TPG-Vodafone merger.
Eryn Leavens WiCipedia: Founders battle anti-racism, fight for equal-opportunity funding
Eryn Leavens  
7/10/2020  
This week in our WiCipedia roundup: Traditional funding enters the 21st century; unpaid labor at work; Pinterest is not the good guy of social media; and more.
Iain Morris UK bill for Huawei takeaway does not add up
Iain Morris  
7/10/2020  
The cost to rid the UK of Huawei's presence seems to be growing like the national debt. "Hundreds of millions" was the figure Vodafone faced about a year ago. Enders Analysis, a market-research firm, previously estimated a fee of GB pound 1.5 billion (US$1.9 billion). On July 9, British politicians were presented with numbers in the "billions" and warned a swap-out would take five to seven years if the UK were to avoid a return to the Dark Ages. It sounds like the ultimate form of vendor lock-in: a bill so monstrous you can never leave.
Anne Morris Trump steps up a gear against Huawei and ZTE
Anne Morris  
7/10/2020  
The Trump administration is reportedly set to turn up the heat even further on China-based companies including Huawei Technologies and ZTE, if such a feat were possible.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Huawei frozen out of Italian 5G job – report
Paul Rainford  
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.
Mike Dano TIA promises to end the Huawei security debate, once and for all
Mike Dano  
7/9/2020  
Is Huawei's equipment secure or not? Right now, the answer to that question depends largely on who you ask.
Jeff Baumgartner Five quintessential questions for Quibi
Jeff Baumgartner  
7/9/2020  
Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg's short-form, mobile-focused video streaming service, has encountered tough sledding since its launch on April 6.
Mike Dano Battle of the billionaires: Ergen and Dell face off against Musk over 12GHz
Mike Dano  
7/9/2020  
Dish Network's billionaire Chairman Charlie Ergen met with Republican FCC commissioners this week, urging them to allow 5G operations in the 12GHz band where his companies own a significant number of licenses.
Mike Dano Government rules are slowing down 5G phone launches, tech association warns
Mike Dano  
7/9/2020  
Federal rules designed to prevent excessive radio-frequency emissions and interference are slowing down the 5G marketplace in the US, according to a new complaint by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). This trade group represents tech companies and holds the annual CES trade show.
Iain Morris Eyeing $12B market, Nokia lands Apple deal for new data center switch
Iain Morris  
7/9/2020  
Nokia has landed Apple as a flagship customer for a new line of switching products as it takes a bigger step into a data center (DC) market worth about $12 billion annually.
Ken Wieland Small-cell newcomers means market growth report
Ken Wieland  
7/9/2020  
Traditional mobile network operators (MNOs) will account for a much lower proportion of small cell rollouts by 2026. Why? Because other companies will exploit new business opportunities in the likes of private enterprise networks and neutral hosting. This was one of the key findings in the latest annual "Market Status Report" from the Small Cell Forum (SCF), an industry body that's just as keen on validating uses cases as it is on providing technical guidance so long as it accelerates small-cell deployment. The good news for small-cell suppliers is that SCF thinks newcomer activity will deliver pretty much incremental growth. The forum estimates over three-quarters of small cells deployed by non-traditional operators between 2020 and 2026 would not have been implemented at all had MNOs been the only small-cell players in town. SCF forecasts that as many as 30% of the installed base of outdoor small cell networks are likely to be operated by new entrants to the cellular segment by 2026. That proportion shoots up to 71% at the end of the six-year forecast period when it comes to indoor enterprise systems. The forum reckons the profile of small-cell newcomers will be varied, comprising "incomers" from the cloud, Wi-Fi, tower and enterprise/private network spaces, as well as innovative new players (such as neutral hosts, private network operators and enterprise or city specialists). Want to know more about 5G? Check out our dedicated 5G content channel here on Light Reading.
Robert Clark 'Long way to go' to commercial network slicing, says China expert
Robert Clark  
7/9/2020  
While China operators are running advanced network slicing trials, a senior researcher has warned the technology is a long way short of being commercially ready.
Phil Harvey Podcast: NTT Americas CEO Simon Walsh on providing services in a hybrid world
Phil Harvey  
7/9/2020  
As he settles into his new job, Simon Walsh, the new CEO of NTT Ltd.'s Americas business, joined the podcast to talk about his new role and what NTT is focused on outside of its Asia footprint and where it aims to make a difference for businesses adjusting to life in a pandemic.
Jeff Baumgartner Former Comcast exec takes reins at MediaKind
Jeff Baumgartner  
7/9/2020  
MediaKind has a new leader at the helm.
Iain Morris Samsung: Huawei pricing not viable for profit-seeking company
Iain Morris  
7/9/2020  
Samsung has cast aspersions on Huawei's pricing strategy in the mobile network equipment market when asked by a UK parliamentary committee if years of unfair competition had driven some firms out of business.
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