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Orange Business Services Targets Cloud Leadership as Telco Rivals Flounder
News Analysis  | 
9/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Orange Business Services looks in much better shape than its European telco rivals, but can it now become an 'Internet of enterprises' market leader?
No 5G Deal: Huawei Misses Out at SKT
News Analysis  | 
9/17/2018  |  1 comment
Chinese vendor fails to make 5G inroads with SK Telecom, but a reliable source plays down security concerns and points out that Huawei has not previously worked with the South Korean telco.
Italy Wraps Up Sale of 700MHz Spectrum for 5G, Raises €2B
News Analysis  | 
9/14/2018  |  1 comment
Italy's auction of 700MHz spectrum has raised €2 billion, with Telecom Italia, Vodafone and Iliad picking up the valuable concessions.
T-Mobile, Tele2 Merger in Netherlands Hits EC Opposition
News Analysis  | 
9/13/2018  |  Post a comment
Deutsche Telekom lashes out at regulatory objections to the proposed deal and says the combined entity would bring 5G to the Netherlands much faster.
Apple: It's the End of the SIM as We Know It
Morris Lore  | 
9/13/2018  |  6 comments
The days of prying open the back of your phone and fiddling around with tweezers may be coming to an end. But what would the end of the physical SIM mean for the average telco?
Just Like Ericsson, Nokia Flogs Majority Stake in Its Video Biz
News Analysis  | 
9/13/2018  |  Post a comment
Finnish vendor will retain a minority stake in the video business as it follows in the wake of Ericsson and Cisco to become the third big network vendor this year to sell video assets.
DT's Terastream: A Bigger Splash?
Prime Reading  | 
9/13/2018  |  2 comments
Deutsche Telekom's once-ballyhooed Terastream initiative, which turned seven this year, has changed the IP and optical game for the German telco. It has yet to do the same for cloud services and automation.
Ericsson Lands $3.5B 5G Deal With T-Mobile Weeks After Nokia Did Same
News Analysis  | 
9/11/2018  |  Post a comment
US service provider will now spend $7 billion with Europe's two main network equipment vendors on the rollout of 5G services.
Italian Operators Bid €2.5B in 5G Spectrum Auction
News Analysis  | 
9/11/2018  |  Post a comment
The initial round of bidding hits the government target for auction proceeds, with operators able to increase their offers on September 13.
DT's T-Systems Agrees Plan to Cut 5,600 Jobs ⎼ Report
News Analysis  | 
9/10/2018  |  Post a comment
IT services division of Germany's telecom incumbent has agreed a plan with trade unions to cut up to 5,600 jobs over the next few years as it strives to boost profits.
Trump Offers Tax Break to Apple to Build in US
News Analysis  | 
9/10/2018  |  Post a comment
After Apple warns that tariffs on Chinese goods would drive up iPhone prices, Trump offers tax breaks to the company if it agrees to relocate production to the US.
Armstrong Quits Verizon as It Breaks Oath ⎼ Report
News Analysis  | 
9/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Boss of Verizon's Oath division is quitting after the operator decides to integrate it with the telecom business instead of running it as a standalone unit, according to reports.
Dope, Booze, Vitriol & Fraud: Tesla's Car Crash Week
Morris Lore  | 
9/7/2018  |  2 comments
Elon Musk finds himself at the center of a storm engulfing the high-tech carmaker, whose shares have taken a battering.
Tesla Shareholder Sues CEO Musk for Securities Fraud
News Analysis  | 
9/7/2018  |  Post a comment
Musk is accused of damaging Tesla's shareholders after tweeting plans to take the carmaker private in August.
Eutelsat Pitches New Content Platform to Customers
News Analysis  | 
9/6/2018  |  Post a comment
Cirrus will take the burden of heavy spending on platform technology off broadcasters and other customers, says European satellite operator at press conference in London.
Unicom, Telecom Merger: A 5G Bull in a China Shop
Morris Lore  | 
9/5/2018  |  1 comment
While still unconfirmed, Chinese government plans to merge the country's number two and three mobile operators would be regrettable.
Ericsson Links 5G Hands With Juniper & ECI, Snubs Cisco & Ciena
News Analysis  | 
9/5/2018  |  1 comment
Swedish equipment vendor prefers the alternatives to a couple of long-standing partners in a 5G setting, and adds new features to its '5G-ready' baseband platform.
Orange Plans '5G Plus Automation' RFP This Year
News Analysis  | 
9/4/2018  |  Post a comment
French telco will issue a request for proposal for 5G equipment before the year is through, and says ONAP support and automation will be key requirements.
Iliad 'Disappointed' by H1 Customer Losses
News Analysis  | 
9/4/2018  |  Post a comment
French operator turns its attention to more lucrative segments of the market as rivals fight back on low-cost deals.
Australia's Optus to Cut 440 Jobs, Blames Automation – Reports
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2018  |  Post a comment
Australia's second-biggest telco has now announced 1,040 job cuts this year, a figure that equals about 12% of its entire workforce.
Eurobites: UK's Vodafone Eyes TPG Merger in Australia – Reports
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Russia's MTS enjoys second-quarter growth; Welsh authorities take flak for broadband delays; Wind Tre makes progress on network overhaul; Cell C reports revenue growth in first half.
Telecom Jargonosaurus Part 2: Financial Confusion
Morris Lore  | 
8/21/2018  |  1 comment
Earnings reports and presentations have acquired a language of their own as companies try to put some gloss on their performance.
Eurobites: DT Shutters Virtual Number Startup
News Analysis  | 
8/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sigfox teams up with Africa's Liquid; Nokia reveals 5G device licensing rates; United Internet buys Austrian web-hosting company; India's Ola motors into Wales.
China Telecom Beats Rivals but Gets Lost in Translation
Morris Lore  | 
8/20/2018  |  Post a comment
China Telecom says it is outperforming China Mobile in the mobile market, but it falls well behind on intelligibility.
Eurobites: BT Shareholders Warm to Openreach Spin-Off – Report
News Analysis  | 
8/20/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT looks for TIP startups; UK rural broadband; Deutsche Telekom eyes cloud takeovers; Deutsche Bahn's fiber plan; MBNL extends Ericsson deal.
A Whirling Dervish of Telecom Gibberish
Morris Lore  | 
8/17/2018  |  2 comments
Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a worthy opponent of US President Donald Trump.
Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom Pulls Out of Iran
News Analysis  | 
8/17/2018  |  2 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Turk Telekom and Vestel answer Erdogan's call; Swisscom bolsters broadband; MTN linked with Jumia sale; Rovio's revenues fall.
Telstra Profits Pummeled by NBN
News Analysis  | 
8/16/2018  |  Post a comment
Australia's largest retail service provider has blamed the government's NBN pricing for a sharp fall in profits.
Comment: OECD update - iainmorris - 8/16/2018
DT Seeks Fiber Allies to Tackle Germany's Gigabit Lag
News Analysis  | 
8/15/2018  |  1 comment
Partnerships with local authorities and private sector investors could help Deutsche Telekom drag Germany into the gigabit age.
Should Orange Buy Vivendi?
Morris Lore  | 
8/14/2018  |  1 comment
As aggregators pile into the market, old-fashioned convergence runs out of steam and US firms eye European assets, a French move reminiscent of AT&T's Time Warner deal could be in the cards.
Germany's United Internet May Bid in 5G Auction – Report
News Analysis  | 
8/13/2018  |  Post a comment
German service provider says it may bid to become a fourth mobile network operator despite opposition from Deutsche Telekom.
Telenor's Svendsen Has Gut Feeling About AI
News Analysis  | 
8/13/2018  |  Post a comment
The Norwegian telco wants to base more of its decisions on hard data and not intuition. Investment in AI-based systems could hold the key.
China Mobile Sees NB-IoT Boom as Profits Rise
News Analysis  | 
8/9/2018  |  Post a comment
China's NB-IoT push has led to a dramatic increase in IoT connections on the network of the country's biggest mobile operator.
Deutsche Telekom Raises Outlook on US Growth
News Analysis  | 
8/9/2018  |  Post a comment
German operator's second-quarter results tell a familiar story of rampant growth in the US and an underwhelming performance in Germany and Europe.
Samsung to Pump $22.3B Into AI, 5G, New Tech
News Analysis  | 
8/8/2018  |  Post a comment
South Korean equipment maker aims to address shareholder concerns about its future competitiveness with an ambitious new investment plan.
Magyar Telekom's AI Trial Success Baffles Engineers
News Analysis  | 
8/8/2018  |  1 comment
The Hungarian operator is trialing AI tech from startups including Uhana and Anodot, and the results have so far been compelling.
Seven Bidders Register for Italy 5G Auction
News Analysis  | 
8/7/2018  |  1 comment
Italy's 5G auction could exceed a government target of raising €2.5 billion ($2.9 billion) after attracting interest from companies outside the mobile market.
Comment: Puck? - iainmorris - 8/7/2018
America Is Losing the 5G Race, Says Deloitte
Morris Lore  | 
8/7/2018  |  10 comments
While US operators are good at talking about 5G, the Chinese are doing are much better job of preparing their country for the potentially game-changing technology, according to compelling new research.
SoftBank Eyes $30B IPO – Report
News Analysis  | 
8/7/2018  |  1 comment
Japanese telecom and technology giant is planning an IPO of its mobile business that would be the world's biggest-ever listing, according to a report.
The Great 5G Spectrum Devaluation
News Analysis  | 
8/6/2018  |  2 comments
Operators are rattled about the payments they make for spectrum, but telco spending on frequency licenses has continued to fall.
Apple's $1 Trillion Luxury Prison
Morris Lore  | 
8/3/2018  |  5 comments
The iPhone maker has become the world's first public company with a $1 trillion valuation, but is it really justified?
Nokia, Samsung Miss Out as Three UK Gives 5G Job to Huawei
News Analysis  | 
8/2/2018  |  3 comments
Three UK has picked Huawei over existing radio access network suppliers Nokia and Samsung to build its 5G network.
Rudderless VEON Keeps Digital on Down-Low
News Analysis  | 
8/2/2018  |  1 comment
The emerging-markets operator is focusing on the humdrum business of connectivity and keeping quiet about some of its ill-fated 'digitalization' efforts.
ZTE Ban & Iliad Entry Blow Wind Tre Off Course
News Analysis  | 
8/1/2018  |  Post a comment
Italy's second-largest operator blames competition and US measures against its Chinese supplier for earnings setbacks in the first six months.
Comment: Luxury goods - iainmorris - 8/1/2018
BT's Next CEO: Odds Lengthen on Garfield, Swantee New Favorite
News Analysis  | 
8/1/2018  |  1 comment
Former EE boss our favorite to succeed Patterson as BT boss as odds lengthen on Garfield and internal candidates.
Ericsson vs. Nokia: Who's Ahead in 5G Right Now?
News Analysis  | 
8/1/2018  |  2 comments
Market reaction suggests Ericsson is now racing ahead of Nokia, but the contest between them is finely balanced.
Huawei Shrugs Off Challenges With Surge in H1 Profit
News Analysis  | 
7/31/2018  |  Post a comment
Chinese equipment vendor maintains rate of sales growth and boosts profitability despite an array of competitive and regulatory challenges.
Nokia Reels In $3.5B 5G Deal With T-Mobile US
News Analysis  | 
7/30/2018  |  12 comments
Nokia's $3.5 billion 5G deal with T-Mobile US is the Finnish vendor's biggest 5G deal so far and proves the importance of its 'end-to-end' portfolio, says the company.
Sigfox Loses CFO Martineau – Sources
News Analysis  | 
7/30/2018  |  1 comment
Olivier Martineau becomes the latest senior executive to leave the loss-making IoT company following an exodus of top-level managers in the last 18 months.
ZTE Racks Up $790M Q1 Loss on US Ban
News Analysis  | 
7/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Chinese equipment vendor issues revised earnings report to calculate full impact of US ban that nearly destroyed its business.
BT: It's Good to Talk About Profits, but Not Customers
News Analysis  | 
7/27/2018  |  1 comment
Shares in BT rise after it reports an improvement in profitability, but the UK operator has yet to convince everyone that its business is on the mend.
Spanish 5G Auction Nets €438M for Govt
News Analysis  | 
7/26/2018  |  1 comment
Telefónica, Orange and Vodafone divide mid-band airwaves that will support the launch of next-generation 5G services when equipment becomes available.
Qualcomm's $44B Bid for NXP Collapses
News Analysis  | 
7/26/2018  |  Post a comment
After Chinese authorities fail to approve the deal, the US chips giant abandons a takeover that would have fueled its IoT expansion.
Orange Bullish in Spain as Convergence Bid Pays Off
News Analysis  | 
7/26/2018  |  Post a comment
French incumbent reports growth in sales and profits thanks to a strong showing in Spain and across markets in Africa and the Middle East.
Profits Crash at Nokia's Networks Biz
News Analysis  | 
7/26/2018  |  1 comment
Margins at Finnish vendor's networks business are nearly wiped out as it continues to guide for an improvement in conditions in the second half.
Your Broadband Sucks, Telecom Italia CEO Tells UK
Morris Lore  | 
7/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Italy beats the UK hands down on food and culture, but does it offer a better broadband experience as well?
Sales Squeeze to Drive Heavier Cutbacks at Vodafone
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Incoming CEO Nick Read is aiming for heftier cost cuts this year than last as Vodafone looks to hit profitability targets in slow-growing markets.
Telecom Italia Says 5G Auction May Force It to Sell Assets
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Italian telecom incumbent is evaluating strategic options for subsidiaries after weighing the impact of a forthcoming 5G spectrum auction.
Comment: Vodafone comment - iainmorris - 7/24/2018
Openreach Cuts Prices to Fend Off Infrastructure Challenge
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2018  |  1 comment
Sharp cuts to wholesale rates could sap enthusiasm for investment in fiber networks that provide an alternative to Openreach.
UK Bumpkins Told Not to Expect Fiber in Their Lifetimes
Morris Lore  | 
7/23/2018  |  Post a comment
A UK government plan aims for all-fiber nationwide coverage when many of today's citizens will either be dead or living on Mars.
China Tower Plans $8.7B IPO in Hong Kong
News Analysis  | 
7/23/2018  |  Post a comment
Chinese infrastructure business is looking to raise funds that could help with investment in next-generation 5G technology.
VEON: When Transformation Goes Bad
News Analysis  | 
7/20/2018  |  Post a comment
Turmoil continues at one of the world's biggest emerging market operators with the announcement of further executive departures.
Huawei Poses Security Threat, Says UK Watchdog
News Analysis  | 
7/20/2018  |  3 comments
Chinese vendor falls short of industry good practice and its lack of progress on addressing security concerns has been 'disappointing,' says a new report.
Comment: Re: Second opinion - iainmorris - 7/19/2018
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Adtran Will Be a 5G Winner, Says Analyst
News Analysis  | 
7/19/2018  |  10 comments
Broadband vendor's NG-PON2 technology could have a major role to play in the 5G networks that service providers are building.
Iliad Grabs 1M Customers by Day 50 of Italian Odyssey
News Analysis  | 
7/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Iliad has taken the Italian market by storm and an analyst is warning of service revenue declines for the country's existing operators.
Ericsson's R&D Workout Piles 5G Pressure Onto Rivals
News Analysis  | 
7/18/2018  |  2 comments
A turnaround at the Swedish equipment vendor owes as much to a renewed focus on R&D as any cost-cutting activities.
Ericsson Back in Profit After Fierce Cuts & 5G Action
News Analysis  | 
7/18/2018  |  1 comment
Swedish equipment vendor returns to operating profitability after slashing jobs and witnessing more favorable conditions in its main networks market.
Vodafone Gets Set for Gigafast Assault on BT
News Analysis  | 
7/18/2018  |  1 comment
Using networks built by CityFibre, the UK service provider is due to launch its first gigabit-speed broadband service in the next few weeks.
Europe's Telecom Sector Is Not Perfect, but It's Less Rotten Than America's
Morris Lore  | 
7/17/2018  |  3 comments
The standard narrative that heavy-handed regulation is undermining Europe's telecom sector is a myth that needs busting.
ZTE Stock Rises After US Lifts Ban
News Analysis  | 
7/16/2018  |  1 comment
Chinese vendor's share price rises in Hong Kong after the US finally lifts a ban that has stopped it from acquiring US components for the past three months.
Telecom Jargonosaurus Part 1: Repeat Offenders
Morris Lore  | 
7/13/2018  |  11 comments
Welcome to the inaugural edition of Light Reading's jargonosaurus, in which we take aim at some of the worst language abuses in the telecom sector.
FCC's Rosenworcel: US 'Falling Behind' on 5G
News Analysis  | 
7/13/2018  |  5 comments
US regulator says the US now lags a host of European and Asian countries on the award of all-important mid-band spectrum for use with 5G services.
Pinpricks & Big Sticks: An Anatomy of Telco & Tech Fines
Morris Lore  | 
7/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Fines against telecom and technology companies rarely seem effective.
ZTE Nearly Back in Business After Inking US 'Escrow' Deal
News Analysis  | 
7/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Chinese equipment vendor's stock gets a boost after it signs important escrow deal with US authorities, but doubts remain over the company's future.
Smart Cities: Orange Sticks Its Neck Out on Transylvanian Testbed
News Analysis  | 
7/11/2018  |  Post a comment
Successful trials in the Romanian city of Alba Iulia could have big implications for Orange's European smart city strategy.
Ericsson Offloads 700-Strong Field Service Biz
News Analysis  | 
7/11/2018  |  Post a comment
Swedish equipment vendor says divestment of its field services unit supports its focus on restoring profitability.
Nokia Lands Big Deals in China, UK
News Analysis  | 
7/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Finnish equipment vendor lands a $1 billion deal with China Mobile and is named as one of Openreach's two fiber vendors in the UK.
AT&T's Stankey Serves Up a Stinker at HBO
Morris Lore  | 
7/10/2018  |  8 comments
Telco wades into successful content business and tells award-winning staff to get their act together.
Telcos Still in R&D Shadows as Spending Falls
News Analysis  | 
7/10/2018  |  4 comments
Telcos say they want to seize the technology initiative from their suppliers, but R&D spending by some of the world's biggest operators has fallen in the last few years.
Switzerland Sets $222M Base Fee in 5G Auction
News Analysis  | 
7/6/2018  |  Post a comment
Switzerland kicks off its 5G auction process and will announce the final winners by June next year.
The US 5G 'Lead' Over Europe Is Bluster
Morris Lore  | 
7/6/2018  |  6 comments
Industry concern that Europe has already fallen behind the US in 5G seems massively overblown.
Orange Ups 5G Broadband Stakes in Romania
News Analysis  | 
7/5/2018  |  Post a comment
The use of 5G technology could help Orange to overcome its broadband challenges in Romania – but only if the economics stack up.
US Lifts Some Restrictions on ZTE
News Analysis  | 
7/4/2018  |  Post a comment
US authorities will allow the Chinese vendor to maintain existing networks and other equipment while it tries to meet the conditions for a full reprieve.
Orange Romania Weighs Fixed 5G for Broadband Expansion
News Analysis  | 
7/3/2018  |  Post a comment
Following successful trials with Cisco and Samsung, Orange is considering whether 5G could be used as a fixed-line broadband alternative in Romania.
BT, Vodafone Still Fretting Over Brexit Costs, Uncertainty
News Analysis  | 
6/29/2018  |  1 comment
Amid rising concern among business leaders about the impact of Brexit, BT and Vodafone are still facing considerable uncertainty.
Elisa Beats US, Asia to 5G Finnish Line
News Analysis  | 
6/28/2018  |  3 comments
Finland's Elisa fends off tough competition from US and Asian operators to launch the world's first 'commercial' 5G service. And it really is commercial. Honest.


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