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New Ericsson report hikes forecasts for 5G subscribers

Even Ericsson has been surprised by the rapid growth in 5G despite the pandemic and component supply problems.

Charter warns that pole access disputes could slow RDOF deployments

Charter tells FCC that 'timely and non-discriminatory access' to utility poles is critical for RDOF buildouts. Meanwhile, Charter and an electrical coop don't see eye-to-eye on a pole-related issue that has surfaced in Kentucky.

Why Alan Davidson is a new power player in 5G

'Spectrum use has never been more critical for both federal and commercial users,' argued Alan Davidson, President Biden's new pick to head the NTIA.

NAB voices 'serious concerns' about Gigi Sohn's involvement with Locast

NAB is troubled by Sohn's involvement as one of three directors of Locast, a streamer of local TV broadcast signals that shut down earlier this year in the wake of a legal battle with ABC, CBS, Fox and NBCU.

Telcos to nearly double fiber footprint by 2027 – report

Wall Street firm projects that telcos will pass nearly twice as many homes with fiber lines over the next five years, while the number of telco FTTH subs will more than double to 35 million.

US cable steers (mostly) clear of Black Friday mobile promos

Comcast put forth an Xfinity Mobile promotion, 'but the fine print reveals that it is far less aggressive than meets the eye,' says MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett.

UK on Meta-Giphy: Let's call the whole thing off

The UK's CMA looks poised to block Meta's $400 million purchase of Giphy. Does this signal the end of Zuckerberg's run buying social media companies?

US years ahead in LEO broadband, but 6G battle looms

China appears to be years behind in satellite technology as the US continues to launch new constellations.

Dangerous liaisons for HPE in China

The IT company's Chinese joint venture has become one of the latest additions to the notorious Entity List.

Eurobites: Telcos still not happy about being US tech giants' beasts of burden

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom tests hybrid 5G; Telefónica chosen by SMCP for SD-WAN and more; A1 Telekom Austria and the BBC snuggle up.

Ooredoo strikes five-year strategic deal with Nokia

Finnish vendor highlights 5G rollout as part of multi-country partnership; Qatari operator emphasizes enhanced customer experiences.

Wrong number! India's Jio denies bidding for the UK's BT

The owner of India's largest telco has been linked with a possible takeover of the UK phone incumbent.

Telecom Italia CEO quits as KKR circles

Luigi Gubitosi is the latest CEO to throw in the towel at the Italian incumbent. TIM sets up a committee to study the KKR offer.

India panel urges social media crackdown – reports

Pressure is mounting on Facebook and Twitter, with local authorities saying they should be held accountable for user content on their platforms.

The US-China tech war is only getting started

More Chinese companies have been added to the US trade blacklist as China pushes 'indigenous innovation.'

What's the story? The $22 billion Andromeda spectrum auction

On this episode, we talk with Light Reading's Mike Dano about all things spectrum auctions, including the 'Andromeda' auction, which just wrapped up with $22 billion in bids. We also get into broadband mapping and how spectrum could be used to tackle the digital divide.

Salt hails strong Q3 amid fiber network concerns

Switzerland-based operator reports strong Q3 revenue growth, but fiber ambitions face a setback after Swisscom ruling.

Ericsson's $6.2B Vonage deal has befuddled investors – no wonder

Vonage's relevance to 5G is questionable and shareholders will be asking if the cash would have been better spent elsewhere.

Eurobites: Private equity rivals consider joint bid for TIM – sources

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus helps out with electric vehicle charging; Tele2 connects the electric road; BT moves into new global HQ.

RAN momentum checked by supply chain squeezes – Dell'Oro

Analyst firm expects 2022 RAN spend to grow only 3% year-on-year, after two years of double-digit increases.

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