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Senator seeks stakeholder input on Biden's broadband rules

Senator John Thune (R-SD) is seeking industry input by January 6 on questions related to the federal government's funding of broadband.

USCellular targets open RAN for 2025 or 2026

Moving from a distributed RAN to centralized RAN can be costly and time consuming if not executed with a thoughtful strategy, said USCellular's Reggie Collette.

Ericsson untethers from IoT software with asset sale to Aeris

IoT Accelerator and Connected Vehicle Cloud are the latest units the Swedish vendor is offloading.

The fits and starts of C-RAN lead to some deployments

After a decade of talk about centralized RAN, mobile operators are finally beginning to deploy it. UScellular leads the way, with Verizon, AT&T and DISH following more slowly.

Hyperscalers could run networks at half the cost, says Optiva CEO

Despite the obvious economic attractions, the level of cloudification in the BSS market is currently pathetic, according to John Giere.

Eurobites: BT/Openreach will strangle competition if left unchecked, warns CityFibre

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Israel wants more 5G for smarter cities; Vodafone appoints head for healthcare hub; Turkcell vs. MTN rumbles on.

Dish unveils Boost Infinite pricing: $25/month for 30GB of speedy data

'At only $25 a month, Boost Infinite from Dish Wireless has arrived to give Americans the value, coverage and simplicity they deserve for less than half what the others charge,' boasted a Dish executive.

Iliad founder Niel tells Vodafone board to get its act together

French billionaire says no point in changing CEO if directors don't have ‘clear roadmap' in place for Read's successor.

Malaysia 5G plan once again in disarray as new govt begins review

Single network plan not transparent, says new prime minister.

The Divide: NDIA's Amy Huffman on how to build a state digital equity plan

This week: Amy Huffman, policy director at the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), joins to discuss the federal government's $2.75 billion Digital Equity Act, and NDIA's new toolkit for helping states develop digital equity plans.

Cable business services bounce back

Following a slowdown that marked the earlier phases of the pandemic, cable business service revenues and customer growth have rebounded to pre-pandemic levels.

AT&T, Verizon warn that additional price hikes are still on the table

'There might be segments that make sense to increase prices,' Verizon's CEO warned this week. AT&T's Jeff McElfresh said the operator could make similar moves.

BT eyes overseas markets for its fiber-laying robots

The wasp drill and dropbot are among the robotics innovations that could help countries to slash their multi-billion-dollar spending on fiber rollout.

Eurobites: Vodafone's open RAN 'golden cluster' is go – but is it running late?

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK's telecom bills aren't shocking, says study; Ericsson does fronthaul Down Under; Apple's DIY device repair service arrives in Europe.

Airtel and Meta team up on cable, CPaaS and open RAN in India

Airtel and Meta will work together on bringing 2Africa Pearl to India, improving open RAN efficiency and integrating WhatsApp with Airtel's IQ.

Tipping point for 5G SA could come in 2023

Reports signal there could be a 'substantial base' of 5G SA infrastructure in 2024. The expected potential of network slicing remains a key focus despite efforts to temper the hype.

New Zealand targets 100% fiber take-up by 2032

National public-private broadband scheme has already brought fiber to 87% of premises.

Warner Bros. Discovery may be taking streaming to the ‘Max’

A streamer that merges HBO Max and Discovery+ is set to debut next spring. But adding another brand to the mix could cause more confusion for consumers who are already juggling an array of streaming services.

US cable captures 31% of wireless industry net adds in Q3 – report

Cable's outsized share of industry net adds is creating a 'crowding out' problem for incumbent mobile service providers, according to MoffettNathanson.

Verizon's Hans Vestberg: I'll just do it myself

Manon Brouillette, appointed by Hans Vestberg to head up the Verizon Consumer Group, is out. Now, Vestberg himself said he will lead the business.

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