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Incoming FCC chief could inherit RDOF boondoggle

The FCC's recent Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction came in below expectations and will provide money to fresh faces. President Biden will need to decide whether that's good or bad.

Huawei swap-out starts after Sweden's 5G auction

Telia spends $91 million on a 120MHz chunk of highly prized mid-band spectrum, while Net4Mobility says it has already got Huawei replacements lined up.

Orange issues 2025 O-RAN ultimatum to big kit vendors

France's biggest operator has made a bold commitment to open RAN and predicted 'parity' with traditional kit in the next four years.

LG mulls options for troubled smartphone unit

South Korean vendor could close down its smartphone unit, reports suggest.

Eurobites: EU looks forward to post-Trump tech era

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone and MTS stay friendly; Nokia slices FWA for Saudi Arabia's Mobily; mobile sales slump at Dixons Carphone.

Europe's telco giants come together over open RAN

Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone have made a joint commitment they hope will accelerate ecosystem development.

Charter pulls request seeking early end of ban on data caps, paid peering

Decision to drop petition at the FCC comes on eve of inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden and recent pressure from lawmakers centered on usage-based broadband policies.

2021 is the fifth 'year of 5G,' and possibly the most interesting

This year promises to include everything from C-band deployments to a possible reset in US-China relations by President Biden. The future of the 5G industry is at stake.

Netflix blows by 200 million subs worldwide

OTT giant added 8.5 million subs in Q4 2020, handily beating the 6 million adds expected in the period.

Locast's user base streams past 2.3M

Nonprofit streamer of local TV channels continues to expand markets amid ongoing legal brawl with major broadcasters.

GSMA spectrum chief heads to SpaceX

Brett Tarnutzer was in charge of all of the GSMA's spectrum-related regulatory activities, but is now leaving London for Washington, DC, to join SpaceX.

Telstra weaponizes 5G against NBN

Telstra has thrown down the gauntlet on 5G – and NBN Co has picked it up. The operator unveiled its first 5G home service three months ago, promising to expand availability.

Telefónica Deutschland wants Europe's COVID-19 funds for open RAN

The German operator says European recovery funds are needed to help foster the development of a local ecosystem for the in-vogue technology.

Paramount+ to launch in US and Latin America on March 4

New streaming service from ViacomCBS is also coming to the Nordics and Australia later in the year. CBS All Access in Canada to be rebranded as Paramount+ on March 4.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom, O2 to tackle 'gray spots' through network sharing

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson helps manage Voi e-scooters; Orange's new subsea routes; Salt offers FWA in Switzerland; Telenor Norway turns to Hiya for scam-call protection.

Cisco gets China nod for Acacia deal

Drawn-out $4.5 billion merger overcomes the final hurdle as China's antitrust regulator, the SAMR, approves merger on condition fair competition is protected.

Don't expect a less disruptive T-Mobile in 2021

CEO Mike Sievert may be less abrasive than his predecessor John Legere, but there's no sign that T-Mobile's 'Un-carrier' strategy will run out of steam this year.

Banning Trump and Parler is not for big tech to decide

Facebook, Twitter and Amazon should not be the arbiters of free speech. And that means a repeal of telecom legislation should be a priority.

Jio resurrects 4G feature phone, hopes to take 5G lead in 2021

India's Reliance Jio Infocomm is planning to relaunch its low-cost 4G feature phone, JioPhone, in the first half of 2021, according to media reports.

Brazil backtracks on banning Huawei from 5G – report

Trump's exit may force Bolsonaro to bow to local industry demand to allow Huawei to participate in 5G.

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