The German operator and its partners may have found a way of compensating for the performance shortcomings of general-purpose processors.
Agreement on creation of French joint venture comes as mobile tower provider reports 15% increase in 2019 revenue to surpass the €1 billion threshold.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Arm notches up record chip shipments in Q4; French operators bid for 5G spectrum; no tin hats required, UK 5G basestation tests find.
Rakuten missed its 4G mobile network launch date last year, but company officials this week reiterated the Japanese company will soon turn on 'the world's first end-to-end fully virtualized cloud-native network.'
SK Telecom has instructed staff to work from home and reportedly closed its HQ, while others have adopted other telecommute strategies, according to local reports.
Charter, Qualcomm, Belkin and Service Electric Cablevision come on board as equity investors in a whole-home WiFi and smart home software company that has now raised about $123 million.
Companies like Parallel Wireless, Allot and Lynk are working to fill in the hole left by the cancellation of the MWC trade show in Barcelona, Spain.
Xumo, which will remain an independent business inside the cable op, has already integrated its free, ad-supported streaming service on Comcast's X1 and Xfinity Flex boxes.
These are dark days for the American telecom worker, and the pending merger between T-Mobile and Sprint is unlikely to brighten the outlook.
Via trial in Charleston, SC, WideOpenWest is fixing on broadband while ceding some ground to OTT-TV providers in the form of partnerships with fuboTV, Philo, Sling TV and YouTube TV.
Mirantis Co-Founder and CMO Boris Renski announced he will leave his job to push his new startup FreedomFi, which is targeting private wireless LTE networks in the 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum band.
Ciena is backing out of a month's worth of industry events due to coronavirus concerns. OFC said it is looking forward to a show floor that's 'busier than ever,' even without Ciena.
Finnish vendor boosts its telco cloud credentials with a managed services contract to operate Rakuten Mobile's virtualized core network and enable 'zero touch' 4G/5G operations.
China's service providers are losing customers, and not just because of coronavirus.
New 'Incognito' service enables broadband customers to control their private data by automatically blocking tracking software that builds profiles based on their use of the Internet.
Cisco rolls out new software stacks and automation tools to help network operators get ready for all the sweet hell that's going to be unleashed with billions of devices running on 5G.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM makes quantum leap in RAN planning; MDS Global's new foodie CEO; Swisscom staff settle for 1% increase; and more.
Tier 1 operators and a host of specialist vendors, including Mavenir and Parallel Wireless, lead effort to develop remote radio units for open RAN deployments.
Two groups working on the development of open RAN technology have agreed to pool their efforts and differentiate roles.
The coronavirus looms large in this week's pod, which isn't coming live from Barcelona.