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Paul Rainford Eurobites: Telefónica Tiptoes Toward 5G With 4.5G Moves
Paul Rainford  
2/23/2018  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange and KPN claim LoRa breakthrough; digital education in Africa; Nokia's "Conscious Factory in a Box"; 5G fanfare from DT, Huawei and Intel.
Eryn Leavens WiCipedia: Moms as Breadwinners & Black Panther a Win for WiT
Eryn Leavens  
2/23/2018  
This week in our WiCipedia roundup: Motherhood is on the rise; Damore gets shut down; Hollywood gets something right; and more.
Iain Morris BT Gets Boost After Ofcom Raises Broadband Price Cap
Iain Morris  
2/23/2018  
Shares in BT received a boost during Friday morning trading in London after UK regulatory authority Ofcom agreed to raise the proposed cap on its wholesale broadband charges.
Iain Morris How Long Before We Hit Peak MWC?
Iain Morris  
2/23/2018   1 Comment
Sometimes it feels as if Barcelona's Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the only part of the telecom industry that is growing.
Carol Wilson CenturyLink: Millennials Driving SMB Bus
Carol Wilson  
2/23/2018  
The millennial generation is having a big impact on how telecom needs to create and deliver services to small businesses, says the man leading CenturyLink's SMB efforts.
Alan Breznick FCC Sets April Funeral for Net Neutrality
Alan Breznick  
2/22/2018  
Touching off a fresh battle between net neutrality supporters and opponents, the FCC has set April 23 as the end date for the Obama-era Open Internet Order. Now the big question is whether the funeral will take place as scheduled, if at all.
Carol Wilson Clearfield Gets Passive Aggressive
Carol Wilson  
2/22/2018   1 Comment
Fiber management and distribution provider Clearfield this week signaled the next phase of its corporate development by acquiring the powered cabinet portfolio from Calix and launching a new aerial fiber installation product. (See Clearfield Acquires Cabinet Product Portfolio From Calix.)
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Italian Antitrust Watchdog Gets Its Teeth Into TIM
Paul Rainford  
2/22/2018  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica profit up by a third, extends wholesale FTTH deal with Orange; more 5G action; Nokia memo confirms healthcare U-turn.
Iain Morris DT to Splurge €12.5B in 2018 Capex as It Preps for 5G
Iain Morris  
2/22/2018  
Deutsche Telekom will loosen the purse strings and invest euro 12.5 billion (US$15.4 billion) in capital expenditure this year, up from euro 12.1 billion ($14.9 billion) in 2017, as it continues to invest in its fiber and mobile networks in advance of launching next-generation 5G services in 2020.
Mark Donnigan Why Video Providers Should Adopt HEVC Now
Mark Donnigan  
2/22/2018  
As consumers come to expect as much from their mobile viewing experiences as from their TV viewing experiences, cable and mobile operators must seek more efficient ways to encode video. For this reason, choosing a broadly supported video codec makes all the difference when delivering content to new device platforms, reaching users in less developed areas and meeting distribution cost targets.
Alan Breznick Sling TV Soars at Dish's Expense
Alan Breznick  
2/21/2018   1 Comment
Maybe Dish Network should just get it over with and shift all of its satellite TV subscribers over to Sling TV already.
Dan Jones Broadcom Drops Offer for Qualcomm to $117B
Dan Jones  
2/21/2018  
Broadcom has decreased the amount it is offering to pay for Qualcomm, in reaction to the chipmaker raising its bid for NXP.
Carol Wilson Who Puts Mobile Biz At Risk? It's You & Me
Carol Wilson  
2/21/2018  
Security concerns may be changing attitudes toward so-called BYOD -- bring your own device -- strategies, according to Verizon's new global survey of business professionals who procure and manage mobile devices, released Wednesday.
RADCOM Making Cloud-Native Service Assurance the 'IZE' of the Virtualized Network
RADCOM  
2/21/2018  
As operators start the migration to NFV through a hybrid transition to a fully virtualized network, operators must make sure they are keeping their eyes firmly on the service they deliver end-to-end. This is not just essential in the final virtualized state, but operators should be equally concerned about their service quality during the complexed transition process. A full cloud-native service assurance solution is the only way to ensure end-to-end service visibility. As such it is critical service assurance is deployed as the first step in the transition to NFV.
Iain Morris Orange Rules Out M&A Moves in France, Returns to Growth
Iain Morris  
2/21/2018  
Orange CEO Stephane Richard has told analysts that he will not initiate any takeover activity in France after failing to acquire rival Bouygues Telecom in 2016, as the French telecom incumbent registered annual sales growth in its domestic market for the first time since 2009.
Mari Silbey Ruckus Revels in IoT & CBRS at MWC
Mari Silbey  
2/21/2018  
This is a big year for Ruckus at Mobile World Congress. Not only is it the first time the subsidiary company is appearing at the show since being acquired by Arris, but Ruckus is also making major product announcements in two important emerging areas of wireless technology: industrial IoT and Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS).
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Cobham Adds DAS to German Capital
Paul Rainford  
2/21/2018  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre connects the Granite City; wireless wonders lined up for MWC; Telefonica Deutschland sees losses widen in Q4.
Dan Jones AT&T Reveals Initial 5G Cities
Dan Jones  
2/21/2018   1 Comment
AT&T has revealed a few of the US cities in which it expects to launch mobile 5G services, towards the end of 2018.
Dan Jones Qualcomm Ups NXP Bid, Angers Broadcom
Dan Jones  
2/21/2018  
Qualcomm has increased its bid for NXP, the wireless chip company's latest move to stave off the unsolicited US$121 billion takeover bid from Broadcom.
Alan Breznick Liberty Global: Not So Fast on D3.1
Alan Breznick  
2/20/2018   1 Comment
Although Liberty Global is largely prepared to support DOCSIS 3.1, it's not quite ready to roll out the cable industry's next-gen broadband spec to customers.
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