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Jeff Baumgartner Can NBCU Crack the Economics of OTT?
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/15/2019  
Comcast has long held that the economics of an OTT-TV service don't add up. But its big programming and studio unit, NBCUniversal, is going to tackle the challenge in 2020 using a mix of free- and fee-based options that, it hopes, will appease cord-cutters as well as people who still get regular pay-TV services. (See NBCU Sets Plan for Standalone Streaming Service .)
Mike Dano With New Advisors, Loon Tries to Get Serious
Mike Dano  
1/15/2019  
Loon, the Alphabet subsidiary that rose from Google's X moonshot division with a plan to use balloons to provide LTE-based Internet services, is working to appear a little less, er, loony. At least, that may be the message behind the appointment of three high-profile telecommunications executives to Loon's new advisory board.
Mitch Wagner Microsoft & Walgreens Fend Off Amazon With 7-Year Healthcare Partnership
Mitch Wagner  
1/15/2019  
Microsoft and Walgreens Boots Alliance on Tuesday launched a seven-year strategic partnership "to develop new healthcare delivery models, technology and retail innovations," using Microsoft cloud technology.
Phil Harvey Huawei's CEO Denies Back Door Theory Reports
Phil Harvey  
1/15/2019   1 Comment
Huawei's founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei told reporters today that Huawei is still employee-owned and would resist requests by the Chinese government to spy on its customers, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Speaking at the company's campus in Shenzen, Zhengfei said that Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd wasn't required to "install mandatory back doors" on its gear -- a charge often leveled at the vendor by competitors and Western politicians worried about the level of control that the Chinese government has on Huawei -- and the company's potential for using its gear to spy on telecom service providers and their customers.
Jeff Baumgartner TiVo-Comcast Legal Fight Has No End in Sight
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/15/2019  
In another sign that TiVo/Rovi is prepared to go to the mat in its legal fight with Comcast, the company has fired off another lawsuit against the MSO, alleging that Comcast is infringing on eight patents.
Iain Morris 5G Stuck in Slow Lane Beyond Consumer Biz
Iain Morris  
1/15/2019   1 Comment
During a round of pre-Christmas drinks with a belligerent motoring-and-technology journalist and a marketing executive from a major telecom association, the topic of 5G for self-driving cars came up. 5G will never help cars drive themselves, said the journalist, because (among other things) the cost of providing wide-area coverage with low-latency guarantees will remain prohibitive. Nonsense, said the marketing executive. 5G will certainly figure in the urban self-driving experience, even if that takes another few years. Just in time for 6G, then?
Iain Morris Nokia to Slash 350 Finnish Jobs in Savings Drive
Iain Morris  
1/15/2019  
Equipment giant Nokia is cutting 350 jobs in Finland under plans to reduce about euro 700 million ($800 million) in annual costs in the next two years, the company revealed in a statement today.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: UKCloud Seeks to Make Hay From Post-Brexit Mayhem
Paul Rainford  
1/15/2019  
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia's Nuage Networks powers sports data analysis; BT Global Services turns to SevOne; Helios enters South African market.
Iain Morris T-Systems Offloads Mainframes to IBM in 860M Deal Report
Iain Morris  
1/15/2019  
Deutsche Telekom is to sell the mainframes part of T-Systems to IBM in a deal valued at about euro 860 million ($983 million) as it continues to work on a turnaround at the underperforming IT business, according to press reports originating with Germany's Handelsblatt newspaper.
Iain Morris Liberty Latin America in Talks to Buy Millicom
Iain Morris  
1/15/2019  
Liberty Latin America is in talks to acquire Millicom in a deal that would create a major telecom force in the Latin American market, the two companies have confirmed in separate statements.
Dan Jones 5G in the USA: A Post-CES Update
Dan Jones  
1/14/2019  
5G has finally arrived in the US, with several AT&T and Verizon markets up and running. And more markets and devices are coming in the first half of this year.
Mike Dano T-Mobile Quietly Confirms 5G Network in 30 Cities
Mike Dano  
1/14/2019   3 comments
T-Mobile confirmed to Light Reading that it had rolled out 5G network equipment in 30 cities, as it promised to do last year. However, the company is not yet offering commercial services on the new network because it is waiting for 5G smartphones to become available.
Jeff Baumgartner What Is Synamedia's Exit Plan?
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/14/2019   5 comments
Synamedia, the startup formed in late 2018 via the acquisition of Cisco Systems's video software unit, is focused on reestablishing and stabilizing relationships with its largest customers in the near-term. But it's already thinking about what the company might look like three to five years down the road.
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser ICT's Jen Cistola: 'Swagger Matters' for Women in Comms
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser  
1/14/2019  
As a veteran of the cable and telecom industries, Jen Cistola has experience working with industry organizations such as CableLabs and has also led global cable and telecom product teams in bringing software-based products to market.
Jeff Baumgartner New Household Formation Vital to Cable's Broadband Growth Story in US
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/14/2019  
Penetration rates and stealing market share from the telcos remain important avenues for the US cable broadband growth path, but the rate of new housing formation is a more critical -- and perhaps less appreciated -- metric in determining how much runway is left for what's become the industry's most important business, a top analyst says.
Iain Morris Telecom Italia Chairman Blasts Vivendi as Shareholder Dispute Continues
Iain Morris  
1/14/2019  
Telecom Italia chairman Fulvio Conti has lashed out at Vivendi after the French shareholder reportedly accused him of failing to represent the interests of all investors.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Huawei Washes Its Hands of Arrested Exec in Poland
Paul Rainford  
1/14/2019   1 Comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica chooses Wind River for UNICA NFV program; TIM shows interest in BT's tainted Italian unit; Germany tightens the screw on Facebook.
Zeus Kerravala Huawei Debuts AI-Powered Data Center Switch for AI Applications
Zeus Kerravala  
1/14/2019  
Huawei took the covers off a new data center switch this week that's powered by artificial intelligence and designed to power artificial intelligence applications.
Mitch Wagner IBM Makes a Long Bet on Quantum Computing
Mitch Wagner  
1/14/2019  
Don't expect your business to run on quantum computing this year. Or next year either.
Dan Jones FCC 28GHz 5G Auction Bids Now at $695.04M
Dan Jones  
1/11/2019  
The FCC has closed out the week with total bids of $695,042,800 for 28GHz millimeter wave licenses, intended for 5G services, this week.
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