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Altice USA, AirTies connect on 'Smart WiFi' service

Vendor is supplying extenders and software for the operator's premium Wi-Fi platform as the whole-home connectivity market continues to heat up at broadband service providers.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative SD-WAN Product Strategy

Six companies – Amdocs, Fortinet, Sprient Communications, Ekinops, VMware and Versa Networks (in partnership with Netcracker) – made the cut in the Most Innovative SD-WAN Product Strategy category.

Verizon takes commanding lead in 5G phone sales: report

According to figures from M Science, Verizon has sold a total of roughly 2.2 million 5G phones since first introducing the service in the middle of last year.

CuriosityStream to go public, push global growth

Factual-focused SVoD service started by Discovery founder John Hendricks sees a path to 'hundreds of millions of subscribers' worldwide, CEO Clint Stinchcomb says.

Consumer Cellular fielding interest from buyers – sources

With almost 4 million customers, Consumer Cellular is one of the largest MVNOs in the US. And according to sources, the company is now fielding interest from buyers.

Synchronoss syncs Q2 with new Verizon deal

The SaaS and PaaS specialist reports a solid set of figures for its fiscal second quarter.

Gogo to sell commercial business amid 'devastating' pandemic

Gogo is planning to refocus exclusively around its business division, but said its 5G upgrade plans remain on track despite its withdrawal from the commercial space.

Eurobites: HMD raises $230M for Nokia-branded phones push

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: United Internet lifts guidance; Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica dodge German fines; BEREC warns about government interference.

China Tower net up 17%, NBN halves EBITDA loss

Two state-owned infrastructure specialists results – China Tower and Australia’s NBN Co are – reaping the benefit of 5G rollout.

Rakuten is still defying the open RAN critics

The latest update, including details of a plan to speed up network rollout, may silence some of the Japanese firm's naysayers.

India to approve 5G trials without Chinese vendors – report

India's department of telecommunications will reportedly approve 5G trial applications by service providers soon - but only with non-Chinese vendors.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative AI/Analytics Strategy

Nine companies – A1 Telekom Austria, Altran, B-Yond, Cujo AI, EXFO, Huawei, Jio/Guavus, Netcracker and TNS – made the cut in the Most Innovative AI/Analytics Strategy category.

US opens up 100MHz of mid-band spectrum for 5G

US government said a total 530MHz of contiguous mid-band spectrum from 3450MHz-3980MHz previously owned by the Pentagon is now being made available for 5G.

5G absent from VW's big manufacturing plant upgrade

Volkswagen is embarking on a major manufacturing plant update that appears tailor-made for 5G. Except that the company said it's using Wi-Fi and wired networks.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative SD-WAN Service

Five companies – Colt Technology Services, Comcast Business, Masergy, Verizon and CenturyLink – made the cut in the Most Innovative SD-WAN Service category.

U.S. Cellular has high hopes for fixed wireless using mmWave 5G

U.S. Cellular hopes to gain more phone customers and use excess network capacity with fixed wireless in 5G mmWave spectrum. It will join Verizon in doing so.

Vodafone Idea risks entering India's graveyard of telcos

Years of consolidation have left India with just three private-sector telcos. An unfavorable court ruling could finish another one off.

With $2.7B in proceeds, CBRS auction showing 'unusual' activity

'With excess demand lingering, particularly in large urban areas, it seems likely aggregate bids will move higher,' wrote New Street Research of the auction.

Roku rails against Charter's push to end ban on data caps

Despite a surging OTT video market, Roku contends that data caps 'remain an avenue for anti-competitive conduct by broadband providers' while ISP competition remains insufficient.

Sweeping China bans could mean heavy costs for US firms

Apple and Qualcomm face soaring costs as Trump's war on China ratchets up bans on social platforms TikTok and WeChat, as part of the Clean Network strategy.

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