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Rakuten's Tareq Amin: Battling legacy thinking and network complexity

Light Reading | April 22, 2021, 2 p.m.

Tareq Amin, group chief technology officer at Rakuten Mobile, discusses his company's open RAN deployments and the evolution of a new kind of mobile network.

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Ericsson resurges as global 5G rollouts continue

TechHQ | April 22, 2021, 6:50 a.m.

Swedish telecommunications equipment maker Ericsson this week said that the global rollout of 5G mobile networks helped boost its first quarter profits, although an ongoing contract dispute with Samsung hit sales. Between January and March, Ericsson, a leader in supplying 5G network equipment, booked a net profit of 3.19 billion Swedish kronor ($377 million, 314... Read more »The post Ericsson resurges as global 5G rollouts continue appeared first on TechHQ.

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Google rolls out new AI-powered features for Meet

VentureBeat | April 21, 2021, 1 p.m.

Google's newest improvements to Meet include Autozoom, which automatically zooms in on participants to keep them in-camera.

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Google Meet gets a refreshed UI, multi-pinning, autozoom and more

TechCrunch | April 21, 2021, 1 p.m.

Google today announced a major update to Meet, its video-meeting service, which brings several user interface tweaks for desktop users, as well as quite a bit of new functionality, including multi-pinning so that you can highlight multiple feeds instead of just one, as well as new AI-driven video capabilities for light adjustments, autozoom, and a […]

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Google supercharges YouTube with a custom video chip - CNET

CNET | April 21, 2021, 11 a.m.

The processor is designed to deliver better video quality and to cut network use.

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Mavenir gets $500M from Koch

Light Reading | April 21, 2021, 10:41 a.m.

Mavenir announced a $500 million strategic minority equity investment with Koch Strategic Platforms.

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New $4.5B US-Japan alliance needs a big vendor

Light Reading | April 21, 2021, 7:30 a.m.

The leaders of the US and Japan have agreed on a $4.5 billion 5G and 6G collaboration, but details of the plan are vague.

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Vodafone building a UK OpenRAN lab

Total Telecom | April 20, 2021, 9 p.m.

Throughout last year, the concept of OpenRAN — modular, interoperable hardware and software from various vendors that can work in tandem — has been gaining momentum. In light of the geopolitical dimension surrounding 5G networks and their security, the idea of using multiple suppliers has become increasingly appealing for operators and governments alike, but the technology nonetheless remains in its infancy…read more on TotalTele.com »

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"We are at the cusp of building a new 5G ecosystem that is embracing all sectors of the economy"

Total Telecom | April 20, 2021, 9 p.m.

 We recently caught up with Orange's Arnaud Vamparys to discuss the opportunities the ongoing 5G rollout offers network operators, ahead of our upcoming virtual event 5GLIVE. 1.What has been the biggest success of 5G rollout so far? Despite the disruptions brought about by the covid pandemic across economies and societies, we have been able to continue to launch 5G in five of our European countries. This has proved particularly important at a time when connectivity is proving indispensable to so many people. Launching 5G has enabled us to bring additional capacity to urban areas where 4G is heavily used and it is helping to anticipate the demand and opportunity for developing new uses and innovation.  Our industry ecosystem has also played a significant part in helping to make 5G more accessible to consumers. For example, consumers now have easy access to a wide range of 5G compatible smartphones, at different prices, and this is helping to further democratize 5G and give people the benefits of speeds of up to 3 to 4 times faster than they had previously…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Eurobites: UK government tackles rural 'notspots' with taller masts

Light Reading | April 20, 2021, 9:20 a.m.

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup:; Virgin Media touts DOCSIS-based speeds; Telenor combines with Oracle and more on 5G SA offering; UK government probes Nvidia-Arm deal.

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Alchimie creates pan-Arabic SVOD channel

Broadband TV News | April 20, 2021, 5:42 a.m.

The OTT platform Alchimie has entered into a partnership with Rotana Media Group to launch an Arabic SVOD movie channel across Europe. Known as Aflamplus TV (‘Aflam’ mens movies or film, in Arabic), it will be distributed by Alchimie in its European SVOD network, excluding France, and be available on all main digital platforms including […]

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Nokia to deploy indoor small cells for South Korea’s LG Uplus

Fierce Wireless | April 19, 2021, 2:27 p.m.

Nokia to deploy indoor small cells for South Korea’s LG UplusbfletcherMon, 04/19/2021 - 13:27

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CableLabs takes on role of convergence catalyst

Light Reading | April 16, 2021, 4:25 p.m.

CableLabs is spearheading two initiatives - a group made of up execs from service providers and an advisory council comprised of vendors - focused on driving collaboration and scale around network and service convergence.

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New markets, old copper: IMMCO’s CEO talks modernising the network

Total Telecom | April 15, 2021, 9 p.m.

In today’s world, data usage is increasing at a staggering pace, with operators hurrying to deploy fibre networks to meet the surging demand. But fibre is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Each market brings with it a unique set of requirements, from difficult geographies to nuanced legislation, with the correct choice of equipment paramount to a successful and profitable network. In the past two years, the US-based tech, engineering and design specialist IMMCO has been experiencing great success in their expansion into the European market, designing fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks in Ireland and the UK for a Tier 1 operator…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Cable ops to be 'surgical' with latest Wi-Fi tech

Light Reading | April 15, 2021, 4:45 p.m.

Wi-Fi 6E will eventually reach the masses, but cable operators will likely use the technology early on targeted, app-driven situations for wireless set-tops, cloud gaming services and in Wi-Fi-constrained MDU environments.

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LEO Broadband Services Will Propel Satellite Broadband Market Revenues to US$4.1 Billion in 2026

ABI Research | April 15, 2021, 9:30 a.m.

The demand for broadband connectivity over both fixed and mobile broadband networks is increasing dramatically. Yet, despite network expansions and upgrades, only half of households worldwide currently have access to fixed broadband services. With the rollout of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellations, satellite broadband services will improve broadband penetration significantly. Global tech market advisory firm ABI Research forecasts that the satellite broadband market will reach 3.5 million subscribers in 2021, grow at a CAGR 8% to reach 5.2 million users in 2026, and generate US$4.1 billion service revenue.“LEO satellites will play an important role in satellite broadband services in the years to come. High Throughput Satellite (HTS) LEO systems can support multi-Gbps speed per satellite. Orbiting around 800-1600 km from the Earth’s surface, LEO systems offer a major advantage of low latency between 30-50 milliseconds, enabling LEO broadband services to support low latency services such as online gaming and live video streaming,” explains Khin Sandi Lynn, Industry Analyst at ABI Research.Traditionally, Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites are mainly used to provide broadband services to homes and businesses in remote or rural areas where the deployment of mobile or fixed broadband connectivity is challenging. Although GEO satellites support viable speed over 100 Mbps speed broadband access, their distance from the Earth surface, about 36,000 km, creates a drawback of longer latency as high as 600ms, limiting the use of low latency applications.LEO satellite operator SpaceX first launched its Starlink broadband services to residential users in 2020, supporting 100 Mbps broadband speed with unlimited data caps per month. SpaceX has launched over 1000 LEO satellites and aims to serve more than 600,000 homes and businesses in the United States. The company is now working toward the expansion of its broadband service to some markets in Latin America. Other companies such as OneWeb and Telesat have launched LEO satellites providing connectivity to the business segment. Amazon, which plans to launch LEO constellations named project Kupier, received FCC approval for its project in mid-2020, although the first satellite launch date is yet to be confirmed.As broadband connectivity is becoming an essential service in today’s homes, satellite broadband services will remain an important part of the broadband market. There is inevitable competition from terrestrial broadband networks due to the expansion of fixed broadband networks and mobile networks. The expansion of LTE and 5G networks will challenge the satellite broadband industry by supplying fixed wireless access (FWA) services to residential users. However, the cost and time associated with terrestrial network deployments can limit distribution in remote areas. “Satellite systems will continue to provide broadband services to underserved and unserved areas,” Lynn says.LEO systems’ arrival will benefit users in remote areas by supporting high-speed, low latency broadband service. “The challenge of LEO-based broadband service currently is the cost of terminals, which are relatively high compared to existing satellite or terrestrial platforms. LEO satellite operators need to find ways to lower the terminal cost. Flexible packages and pricing could make the services affordable for users in both developed and emerging markets. Even though heavy subsidizing of hardware costs may be required initially, the ability to boost adoption rates will help ecosystem development and eventually lower the hardware cost,” Lynn concludes.These findings are from ABI Research’s LEO Satellite Constellations and Broadband Access Implications application analysis report. This report is part of the company’s 5G & Mobile Network Infrastructure research service, which includes research, data, and ABI Insights. Based on extensive primary interviews, Application Analysis reports present in-depth analysis on key market trends and factors for a specific application, which could focus on an individual market or geography.

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Virgin Media–O2 merger gets provisional green light from CMA

Total Telecom | April 13, 2021, 9 p.m.

Back in May 2020, Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media announced that it was seeking to merge with Telefonica’s O2 in the UK. The mega-merger would be worth £31 billion, bringing together the 34 million customers of O2’s mobile network with the 5.3 million Virgin Media subscribers, most of whom were for fixed broadband.Since then, both Virgin and O2 said that the move will be good for customers…read more on TotalTele.com »

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The FCC gets in on the mobile speed-test game

Fierce Wireless | April 12, 2021, 4:30 p.m.

The FCC gets in on the mobile speed-test gamelhardestyMon, 04/12/2021 - 15:30

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TVPlayer launches in the US

Broadband TV News | March 29, 2021, 3:25 p.m.

Over 30 linear and on demand channels will be available as TVPlayer makes its debut in the United States. The launch by owner Alchimie follows launches in France and Spain, and in the UK, where TVPlayer made its debut in 2013. TVPlayer US makes a nod towards the likes of Pluto TV with a themed […]

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