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DoD awards $600M to AT&T, Ericsson, Nokia, others, for 5G testing

The US Defense Dept. is awarding a huge sum to more than a dozen companies to help create 'the largest full-scale 5G tests for dual-use applications in the world.'

Eurobites: Cellnex, Everynet combine on IoT network rollouts

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Three ponders masts sale; TIM, Ardian finalize terms of Inwit deal; MTN Zambia bolsters backbone with ZTE.

Podcast: COVID-19 challenges online learning, network performance

Light Reading podcast veteran Prof. Nick Feamster from the University of Chicago shares an update on his research of network usage and performance during the pandemic.

Podcast: Closing the digital divide during COVID-19

CommScope's Morgan Kurk and Dave Wright join the podcast to discuss challenges service providers face in delivering rural broadband services, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alaska Comm brings broadband to the bush

Deploying a network to as many Alaskans as possible requires utilizing a variety of connectivity services, including copper, fiber, satellite and even Facebook Terragraph.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Outstanding Test & Measurement Vendor

EXFO, Infovista, Keysight Technologies, Netrounds, Sandvine, Spirent Communications, Tutela Technologies and Viavi Solutions stand out as the eight final contenders for outstanding test and measurement vendor this year.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative Telecom Product (Optical/IP/Carrier Ethernet/FTTH)

Seven companies, with six offerings – AT&T and Colt Technology Services; Cisco, Ericsson, Infinera, Microchip and RtBrick – made the cut in a highly competitive category.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Company of the Year (Private)

Six companies – Altiostar Networks, Arrcus, Cohere Technologies, DriveNets, World Wide Technology and ZenFi Networks – made the cut in the Company of the Year (Private) category.

Verizon outlines 800G fiber intentions

Verizon said it successfully tested an 800Gbit/s connection with vendor Infinera. However, economics will continue to govern whether operators deploy 800G or 400G.

Infinera's latest 800G test gets carrier buy-in

Windstream cosigns on Infinera's latest ICE6 technology test, which sustained an 800G transmission from Phoenix to San Diego.

As Nokia bolsters 5G spend, other R&D is suffering

The Finnish vendor's efforts to restore the all-important 5G business have put a squeeze on other investment activity.

Backhaul or anyhaul: Why IP transport is critical to 5G

In 5G, transport must be in sync with the radio access network or it will be a bottleneck.

Networks bearing up to demand in COVID-19 era, finds Nokia research

Nokia Deepfield research shows that networks are coping so far, although growth in traffic is reaching unprecedented levels.

Telefónica takes open RAN into 5G territory

Spanish giant to collaborate with Altiostar, Gigatera Communications, Intel, Supermicro and Xilinx on trials of 4G and 5G open RAN technology across three European countries and Brazil.

UK mobile networks hit problems as COVID-19 spreads

EE, O2 and Three all suffer issues along with popular gaming and collaboration apps, but fixed-line broadband holds its own.

Scenes from the Satellite Show

The Satellite Show 2020 was a hardware-centric haven that reveled in the more grounded side of the new space race.

Network operators brace for COVID-19 traffic spikes

Fortnite, Netflix, Call of Duty, videoconferencing and other online services are growing in popularity amid the new coronavirus outbreak. Are network operators ready for a digital deluge?

Rakuten Mobile to use an optical mesh network for backhaul

Rakuten's deployment is unique because it's the first time a reconfigurable optical network will be used for mobile backhaul, according to Nokia.

Musk's Starlink is 'not some huge threat to telcos'

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said his company's satellite broadband project will serve hard-to-reach customers and 'be helpful' to telcos.

OFC management: 500 sponsors and exhibitors are planning to attend

The annual optical networking confab said that cancellation lists don't tell the full story of what's set to happen in San Diego next week.

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