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Choi Succeeds Jacobfeuerborn as DT Tech Boss
News Analysis  | 
1/16/2018  |  Post a comment
Management shake-up leaves former SK Telecom executive in charge of technology strategy and Jacobfeuerborn leading the towers subsidiary.
Huawei, ZTE Face US Federal Ban
News Analysis  | 
1/15/2018  |  2 comments
Proposed legislation could deal a huge blow to Chinese vendors still trying to build a bigger presence in the US market.
SoftBank to Raise $18B in Telecom Unit IPO – Report
News Analysis  | 
1/15/2018  |  Post a comment
Japanese giant would reportedly use proceeds from a listing to make further investments in technology companies.
Automation: Hot Topics & Groups to Watch
News Analysis  | 
1/12/2018  |  1 comment
Automation is nothing new. So why is it such a big issue for telcos at the start of this year?
MWC 2018 Threatens to Be 5G New Radio Bore
Morris Lore  | 
1/10/2018  |  15 comments
Let's hope that cloudification, network slicing and core network transformation top the agenda at MWC 2018, and not the dreary issue of 5G new radio.
Sweden's Tele2 to Swallow Com Hem in $3.3B Deal
News Analysis  | 
1/10/2018  |  1 comment
Tie-up will increase Tele2's focus on Sweden and add to the pressure on Telia, creating a strong number two player in fixed and mobile markets.
Why MWC'18 Might Be a Snore
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1/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Let's hope that cloudification, network slicing and core network transformation top the agenda at MWC 2018.
Altice Shifts From M&A to European Recovery
Morris Lore  | 
1/9/2018  |  Post a comment
Altice hopes a just-announced US spin-off will help it double down on its underperforming core European operations.
Altice Spins Off US Biz, Rejigs in Europe
News Analysis  | 
1/9/2018  |  1 comment
Restructuring marks a new chapter in Altice's story as the network operator turns its attention from M&A activity to operational improvements.
Sigfox Sheds More Senior Staff, Including North America CEO
News Analysis  | 
1/8/2018  |  2 comments
The exodus of senior managers from Sigfox continues, with the CEO of its North American business among the latest to leave.
Automation's Advocates in Downsizing Denial
Morris Lore  | 
1/5/2018  |  Post a comment
It is time the industry faced up to the upheaval that automation will create.
Automation & Denial
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1/5/2018  |  Post a comment
It is time the industry faced up to the automation upheaval.
AT&T Joins 5G Marketing War, Promising 'Mobile' Launch in 2018
News Analysis  | 
1/4/2018  |  6 comments
US operator says it will launch 'mobile' 5G services in 12 cities in late 2018. But how, exactly?
Comment: Update - iainmorris - 1/3/2018
Blueface & Star2Star Seal $500M Unified Comms Merger
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1/3/2018  |  Post a comment
Tie-up between Irish and US players will create a top five company in the unified communications market, the companies say.
Sigfox CIO Said to Be Latest Senior Exec to Depart
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1/2/2018  |  3 comments
Sigfox is believed to have parted ways with CIO Jerome Burriez in the latest sign of senior management upheaval at the French company.
Why Video Is at the Heart of Operator Strategies
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12/28/2017  |  Post a comment
PRAGUE, 12/7/2017 – At Light Reading's 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Prague, 'Three Wise Men' – Heavy Reading's Adi Kishore, Light Reading's Iain Morris and Scott Bicheno from Telecoms.com – discuss the ins and outs of service provider video strategies.
Why All SPs Are Video Providers
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12/28/2017  |  Post a comment
Three wise men discuss the ins and outs of service provider video strategies.
Kazakhtelecom Fires Starting Gun on Automation
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2017  |  Post a comment
Robotic process automation could be the next step on the digital transformation journey for Kazakhstan's telecom incumbent.
T-Mobile Netherlands to Merge With Tele2
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12/15/2017  |  Post a comment
Merger will 'attack' the duopoly of KPN and VodafoneZiggo, says Deutsche Telekom.
Ribbon Cuts Ties With Ray Dolan, Names New CEO
News Analysis  | 
12/14/2017  |  1 comment
Ribbon, the newly named mash-up of Sonus and Genband, cuts ties with ex-Sonus boss Dolan and names Fritz Hobbs its new president and CEO.
Ericsson Replaces Major Rival as DT Supplier in 5G Deal
News Analysis  | 
12/14/2017  |  2 comments
Ericsson has dislodged either Huawei or Nokia as one of Deutsche Telekom's two main RAN vendors in Germany.
China Mobile Launches UK Mobile Business
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12/13/2017  |  Post a comment
China's biggest operator teams up with BT to launch a mobile service for Chinese consumers living in or traveling to the UK.
Cloudy With a Chance of Automation: Telecom in 2018
News Analysis  | 
12/12/2017  |  3 comments
What does 2018 hold in store for the telecom sector? We asked our own editors and analysts, and gathered up a few third-party forecasts as well.
Corning Splashes $900M on 3M's Comms Biz
News Analysis  | 
12/12/2017  |  Post a comment
Optical equipment maker bolsters its international presence and product portfolio with major deal.
Atos Bids €4.3B for Gemalto to Create Security, IoT Giant
News Analysis  | 
12/12/2017  |  Post a comment
Combination of two companies would be able to generate €3.5 billion in cybersecurity, IoT and payments markets, says Atos.
Apple to Buy Music App Shazam for $400M – Report
News Analysis  | 
12/11/2017  |  2 comments
iPhone maker will snap up music-recognition service in a $400 million takeover this week, say reports.
C-V2X: A Turbo Boost for Connected Cars?
News Analysis  | 
12/8/2017  |  3 comments
An emerging cellular technology could speed the autonomous vehicle toward reality.
Orange Capex to Peak at €7.4B in 2018
News Analysis  | 
12/7/2017  |  1 comment
French telecom incumbent says capital expenditure will reach a peak next year before starting to decline in 2019.
Telcos Face Limited TV Options – HR Analyst
News Analysis  | 
12/6/2017  |  2 comments
Despite the hefty investment requirements, operators may be reluctant to move away from offering TV services.
Telecom Industry Falling Short on 5G Architecture Challenges – HR Analyst
News Analysis  | 
12/6/2017  |  2 comments
Operators may have to look beyond traditional standards bodies and vendors for answers to questions about 5G system architecture.
BT's Bogeyman: A Soccer-Mad Amazon
Morris Lore  | 
12/4/2017  |  2 comments
A shimmy into the UK's soccer market by Amazon could hasten the need for a strategy rethink at BT.
Net Neutrality Is Not a Rational Debate
Morris Lore  | 
12/4/2017  |  16 comments
Irrational scaremongering about net neutrality is rife, and the real problems are being ignored.
Facebook Shrugs Off Brexit With UK Jobs Move
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12/4/2017  |  Post a comment
Social networking giant says it will recruit 800 London-based employees next year as it opens a new facility in central London.
Apple Will Ditch Dialog, Design Own Power Chips – Report
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12/1/2017  |  Post a comment
iPhone maker will stop using Dialog Semiconductor and start designing its own power management chips, says report.
DT 'Cost Lag' Could Overshadow Transformation Agenda
News Analysis  | 
11/30/2017  |  1 comment
Deutsche Telekom says that spending on 'transformation' is impeding its efforts to reduce costs outside the US.
Russia's MegaFon, Rostelecom Plot 5G Networks JV
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11/29/2017  |  Post a comment
Two of Russia's biggest operators say they could form a joint infrastructure venture to reduce the cost of building a 5G network.
Ericsson Hypes 5G After Telcos Slam 5G Hype
News Analysis  | 
11/28/2017  |  11 comments
The latest mobility report from the Swedish equipment supplier predicts there will be 1 billion 5G connections by 2023 but does little to answer the burning telco questions.
Sigfox in Peril as Senior Execs Exit – Sources
News Analysis  | 
11/28/2017  |  9 comments
The French IoT player has lost a number of senior managers this year following a bust-up with the CEO about company strategy.
Eurobites: Altice to Flog Dominican Business – Report
News Analysis  | 
11/23/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom gets busy with fiber; Elisa and Nokia demo 5G in Espoo; Telecom Italia CEO emphasizes need for 'gigabit' networks.
UK Govt Finds More Pocket Change for 5G
Morris Lore  | 
11/22/2017  |  Post a comment
The UK government shows once again how clueless it is when it comes to the 21st century.
When Will 6G Arrive? Hopefully Never, Says BT's McRae
News Analysis  | 
11/21/2017  |  19 comments
If 5G lives up to its promise, there may be no need for a 6G technology, according to a senior technology executive from the UK's BT.
Let's Talk About 5G Efficiency, Not Wacky Services
Morris Lore  | 
11/21/2017  |  17 comments
While vendors continue touting 5G as an opportunity to provide new revenue-generating services, operators are increasingly focused on it as an efficiency tool.
5G: Forget the Wacky Services
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11/21/2017  |  Post a comment
Operators are increasingly focused on 5G as an efficiency tool.
Marvell Confirms $6B Deal to Buy Cavium
News Analysis  | 
11/20/2017  |  Post a comment
Deal could help Marvell to offset a slowdown in its core market of developing storage chips for hard disk drives.
China Mobile to Deploy 10,000 5G Basestations by 2020
News Analysis  | 
11/17/2017  |  1 comment
Chinese service provider expects to have a commercial 5G network comprising 10,000 basestations in the market in 2020.
DT Is Not Going Radio Gaga About 5G
News Analysis  | 
11/16/2017  |  Post a comment
Deutsche Telekom executive says 5G progress so far is largely about radio – and it shouldn't be.
Cisco Boosted by Rosier Outlook
News Analysis  | 
11/16/2017  |  4 comments
Shares in vendor giant get a boost as the company forecasts sales growth next quarter.
Bell Canada Is Binning Black Boxes Before 5G Buildout
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11/15/2017  |  Post a comment
Canadian operator is replacing traditional gear and turning central offices into data centers as it prepares for the introduction of 5G technology.
Vodafone CTO: 5G Is Overhyped & It's Mainly About Cost
News Analysis  | 
11/15/2017  |  1 comment
Vodafone CTO says the industry has not done enough to publicize the cost benefits of 5G and warns against overhyping the technology.
Efficiency Drive by Major Telcos Has Claimed 74K Jobs Since 2015
News Analysis  | 
11/14/2017  |  7 comments
Research carried out by Light Reading shows the scale of job cuts in the telecom sector during the last two years, as major telcos look to maintain sales with a smaller workforce.
Vodafone Ups Guidance on European Growth
News Analysis  | 
11/14/2017  |  1 comment
Vodafone provides some cheery news for investors, raising its full-year earnings forecast after seeing good progress in Europe and on efficiency measures.
American Tower Becomes an Indian Power Through $1.2B Deal With Vodafone, Idea
News Analysis  | 
11/13/2017  |  Post a comment
Deal will make American Tower an infrastructure force in the Indian market and should help Vodafone and Idea to improve their balance sheet positions.
What Next for DT After T-Mobile, Sprint Bust-Up?
Morris Lore  | 
11/6/2017  |  Post a comment
Deutsche Telekom's US strategy will be under scrutiny now that plans to merge T-Mobile with Sprint have again fallen through.
ONAP Takes Flak as Telcos Prep for Release 1
News Analysis  | 
11/6/2017  |  1 comment
While some telcos appear eager to get started with ONAP, others are worried about the unwieldiness of the platform.
SoftBank to Increase Sprint Stake as Vision Fund Boosts Earnings
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11/6/2017  |  Post a comment
Japanese company says it will increase stake in Sprint following collapse of merger talks with T-Mobile, as operating profits are boosted by investment activity.
Nokia Slams Ericsson 5G Claims as 'Misinformation'
News Analysis  | 
11/3/2017  |  Post a comment
Finnish vendor says it is providing 5G-ready baseband products, despite Ericsson's claims.
Nokia Slams Ericsson 5G Claims
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11/3/2017  |  Post a comment
Finnish vendor says it is providing 5G-ready baseband products, despite Ericsson's claims.
Colt: Automation's 'Silent Killer' Is Poor Quality Data
News Analysis  | 
11/2/2017  |  20 comments
Colt executive draws attention to the pitfalls of automating operations and provides an update on the UK operator's progress so far.
BT Berates Virtualization Vendors for Lack of Conformity
News Analysis  | 
11/1/2017  |  3 comments
The UK operator is training staff to use data modeling languages so that it can address the lack of conformity it sees from virtualization system vendors.
Comment: Huawei responds - iainmorris - 11/1/2017
Comment: Huawei responds - iainmorris - 11/1/2017
Huawei, Nokia Not 5G Ready, Says Ericsson
News Analysis  | 
11/1/2017  |  4 comments
Swedish vendor trumpets its baseband smarts and says it is trying to build 4G market share in Europe in preparation for the arrival of 5G.
Ericsson in China: Dangerous Liaisons?
News Analysis  | 
10/30/2017  |  2 comments
Ericsson has embarked on a 5G land grab in China that could damage its short-term margins. The question is whether it will pay off in the long run.
Open Source Upheaval Could Finish Off 'Traditional' Vendors
News Analysis  | 
10/26/2017  |  1 comment
The adoption of open source technologies by the industry's telcos could spell the demise of its equipment suppliers in their current role.
Nokia Share Price Tanks on Networks Gloom
News Analysis  | 
10/26/2017  |  1 comment
Finnish vendor records sharp growth in net income thanks to a licensing deal but forecasts another decline in the networks market in 2018.
Vendors Face Open Source Upheaval
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10/26/2017  |  Post a comment
The adoption of open source technologies by telcos could spell the demise of its equipment suppliers.
Orange Polska: Fiber Plan Supports 5G Strategy
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Polish operator and other service providers highlight the need for more advanced fixed-line infrastructure as they start to plan for the launch of 5G services.
Verizon & Vodafone Challenge NG-PON2 Vendors on Price
News Analysis  | 
10/24/2017  |  2 comments
Some of the world's largest service providers have complained that equipment costs for the emerging NG-PON2 standard remain far too high.
Cisco Announces $1.9B Deal for BroadSoft
News Analysis  | 
10/23/2017  |  Post a comment
Takeover would solidify Cisco's position as a leader in the market for unified communications services.
Eurobites: Russia's MTS to Spend €400M on Ericsson 5G-Ready Gear
News Analysis  | 
10/23/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson lands media deal with Fox; Telecom Italia approves Canal+ deal; Arqiva plots flotation.
Cisco's $1.9B Deal for BroadSoft
Featured Content Special  | 
10/23/2017  |  Post a comment
Takeover would solidify Cisco as a leader in the market for unified communications services.
Ericsson CFO: Automation Is Helping Us Cut Jobs
News Analysis  | 
10/20/2017  |  Post a comment
Swedish vendor is rolling out artificial intelligence and predictive maintenance technologies in its service delivery business, which suffered hefty cuts in the recent third quarter.
Ericsson Sees Networks Progress Despite Mounting Losses
News Analysis  | 
10/20/2017  |  Post a comment
Swedish equipment maker draws attention to gains at its networks division but continues to face a huge turnaround challenge.
Comment: Re: Knit necessarily - iainmorris - 10/19/2017
ZTE, Telenet Hail Massive MIMO First in Europe
News Analysis  | 
10/19/2017  |  Post a comment
Chinese vendor and Belgian operator say they have carried out Europe's first pre-5G trials of massive MIMO based on FDD technology.
ZTE Surge Continues With 9-Month Profit up 37%
News Analysis  | 
10/18/2017  |  Post a comment
In contrast to Ericsson and Nokia, ZTE sees profits growing thanks to carrier networks and consumer products.
SoftBank Enters Tower-Leasing Business in US
News Analysis  | 
10/18/2017  |  Post a comment
Japanese operator partners with Lendlease on a joint towers venture that says it is targeting $5 billion in infrastructure assets in the medium term.
Comment: Re: Knit necessarily - iainmorris - 10/18/2017
Comment: Re: Knit necessarily - iainmorris - 10/18/2017
'Brutal' Automation & the Looming Workforce Cull
Morris Lore  | 
10/18/2017  |  10 comments
As telcos try to emulate their Internet rivals, the industry looks set to set lose many of its current employees.
UK Govt Finds Another £25M for 5G
News Analysis  | 
10/16/2017  |  Post a comment
Authorities in the UK will make awards of up to £5 million to parties that win an upcoming 'testbeds and trials' competition.
DT Preps CORD Effort to Slash FTTB/H Costs
News Analysis  | 
10/16/2017  |  Post a comment
German operator's Access 4.0 project, if approved, could help it to reduce the expense of building higher-speed fiber networks.
Verizon Lays Out Virtualization Demands
News Analysis  | 
10/13/2017  |  1 comment
US operator emphasizes the need for progress in key virtualization areas to meet emerging customer demands.
Tribalism Is Rife in Telecom, Too
Morris Lore  | 
10/13/2017  |  6 comments
The last thing the shrinking communications networking industry would seem to need is more working groups or associations, yet new ones are sprouting.
Telecom Italia Covers 73% of Italy With NB-IoT
News Analysis  | 
10/13/2017  |  5 comments
Italian operator launches commercial NB-IoT services across most of the country, giving a further boost to the cellular standard.
Orange Moves to 'Industrial' NFV Phase, Will Start in Spain
News Analysis  | 
10/11/2017  |  1 comment
French telecom incumbent is ready to embark on a more widespread rollout of NFV using technology from a handful of suppliers.
Facebook's TIP to Launch AI Working Group
News Analysis  | 
10/11/2017  |  1 comment
A new TIP working group will look at using machine learning and AI to improve network management.
China Unicom to Build 'Thousands' of Edge DCs
News Analysis  | 
10/11/2017  |  1 comment
Chinese operator is poised to migrate to 'thousands' of edge data centers as it makes preparations for the launch of 5G.
Martiny Cocktail? DT Exec Eyes ONAP & Zero-Touch Merger
News Analysis  | 
10/11/2017  |  1 comment
DT exec Klaus Martiny thinks ONAP and ETSI could be quite a mix.
Complexity Could Derail Automation, Say Telcos
News Analysis  | 
10/10/2017  |  5 comments
Telcos are increasingly focused on automating their networks, but complexity represents a major challenge, said industry executives in The Hague this week.


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