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Unicom preps for Winter Olympics with mmWave trials
News Analysis | 11/23/2020

5G lacks clear business models and its performance falls short in uplink, latency, security and energy efficiency, according to China Unicom's Chi Yongsheng.

India's state-owned telco BSNL 4G tender under a cloud
News Analysis | 11/23/2020

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has told India's Department of Telecommunications that domestic vendors' bids for its 4G tender are unviable as they come in at 90% more than those from global vendors.

Apple's key partners join India's PLI scheme
News Analysis | 11/20/2020

Apple's plans to move production of devices away from China received a boost with partners entering India through the government's Production-Linked Scheme.

Japan's operators accused of bait-and-switch with customers
News Analysis | 11/20/2020

Japan's communications minister attacked the three largest carriers' tariffs, saying despite recent moves 'they're promising mutton but selling dog.'

NEC jumps into UK's open RAN void
News Analysis | 11/20/2020

Buoyed by its experiences with Rakuten, the Japanese manufacturer is entering a market with few homegrown options.

NB-IoT is still traveling nowhere fast
News Analysis | 11/19/2020

With patchy coverage, high costs and a roaming headache, the ailing IoT standard desperately needs resuscitation.

Indonesia vows to speed up 5G spectrum release
News Analysis | 11/19/2020

Indonesia wants to speed up its journey to 5G, but lack of spectrum is again the biggest obstacle – so far 1310MHz of a promised 2047MHz for 5G is available.

Russia's long 5G wait goes on
News Analysis | 11/19/2020

Government agencies and the military still occupy the spectrum bands that are the most economical for a 5G rollout.

How telcos installed a RAN triumvirate they now want toppled
Morris Lore | 11/18/2020

In 2016, operators and governments waved through a merger between Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia. Now they complain there are too few suppliers.

Ericsson CEO takes Sweden to task over Huawei ban
News Analysis | 11/18/2020

Borje Ekholm says Swedish authorities went too far in barring Chinese suppliers from 5G, but it's also in Ericsson's interests to keep China sweet.

SpaceX asks India for regulatory changes for Starlink
News Analysis | 11/18/2020

Elon Musk's SpaceX wants satellite broadband approved as part of a consultation on broadband penetration, with a view to launching Starlink in India in 2021.

Eurobites: Huawei urges UK to rethink 5G ban now that Trump is toast
News Analysis | 11/17/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telecom Italia and Google launch AI Academy; Nokia deploys Internet gateway in Iraq; Wifinity acquires PCCW Global Networks.

Huawei offloads Honor handset unit
News Analysis | 11/17/2020

The Chinese equipment maker has confirmed the sale of its mid- to low-end device unit.

China Telecom gets cracking on 5G standalone
News Analysis | 11/16/2020

One of China's big three service providers hits the SA milestone on its path to a cloud-network revamp.

CK Hutchison to sell almost 25,000 towers to Cellnex
News Analysis | 11/13/2020

Six-country deal to push towerco's assets to over 100,000 sites, while Hong Kong group plans share buyback program.

Trump fires parting shot at China
News Analysis | 11/13/2020

US investors barred from Chinese firms deemed to have links with the country's military. China Mobile and China Telecom among the 31 blacklisted companies.

US-ByteDance dispute TikToks to an appeal
News Analysis | 11/13/2020

The Commerce Department appeals its dispute with ByteDance, day after the original deadline for the Chinese company to divest TikTok's US operations.

US telcos engage with Indian vendors for low-end devices
News Analysis | 11/13/2020

US operators like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are exploring replacing China's cheap handset manufacturers with Indian companies, as the trade war continues.

Huawei sets out its stall for 5.5G
News Analysis | 11/13/2020

AI, drones and fast uplinks are among the technologies that could feature in what comes next.

Rakuten prioritizes private over public cloud in RCP push
News Analysis | 11/13/2020

The Japanese company is pitching its tools and applications to other service providers and says it can satisfy demands for ownership and data privacy.

India launches PLI scheme to boost local manufacturing
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

The government has cleared the Production Linked Incentive scheme supporting 4G, 5G, next-generation RAN, IoT access, enterprise and wireless equipment.

US-TikTok clock ticks as Trump forgets deadline
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

The Trump administration appears to have forgotten about its November 12 deadline for ByteDance to divest US operations of the TikTok app.

Rakuten plots capex splurge with subs at just 1.6M
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

The e-commerce giant's telecom revolution has yet to attract many followers. That may be about to change.

Singtel underlying profit down 36% as COVID-19 still bites
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

Singapore-based operator continues to feel the effects of the pandemic in H1 FY21, but sees signs of 'modest recovery.'

Google faces antitrust investigation in India over Google Pay
News Analysis | 11/11/2020

The Internet giant is in hot water over allegations it abused its position in the huge Asian market.

5G still a technology looking for a purpose
News Analysis | 11/11/2020

There are still no consumer applications that need the higher-speed technology, and the enterprise sector could take years to develop.

Huawei sells Honor for $15.1B – report
News Analysis | 11/10/2020

Consortium of buyers, including tech investment firms backed by the government of Shenzhen, agree on a deal for the Chinese supplier's budget smartphone business.

6G sounds a lot like 5G, but it could spell upheaval
Morris Lore | 11/10/2020

What should customers and the telecom industry expect as the industry starts preparing for its next generation?

COVID-19 has driven international traffic 47% higher – TeleGeography
News Analysis | 11/10/2020

The Internet 'bent but did not break,' research firm concludes.

Asia's Uber Grab leads $100M funding round in LinkAja
News Analysis | 11/10/2020

Asia's ride-hailing unicorn continues move into payments and banking, becoming minority investor in the Indonesia-based e-wallet and mobile money provider.

DT and SKT to open 5G tech shop in challenge to vendors
News Analysis | 11/9/2020

German and South Korean service providers spot an opportunity to pioneer the development of 5G repeaters.

SoftBank, the Nasdaq whale, swims back to profits
News Analysis | 11/9/2020

Despite losing $1.3 billion in a tech stock buying spree, Masayoshi Son's conglomerate profits after big tech stakes and a Chinese startup's IPO.

Apple puts Taiwanese supplier on the naughty step
News Analysis | 11/9/2020

Petragon on probation until it has corrected violations of Apple's supplier code of conduct.

KT sees operating profit fall on flat revenue, higher costs
News Analysis | 11/6/2020

South Korean telco KT Corp has recorded a sharp fall in operating profit in a quarterly result salvaged only by an accounting change.

Three eyes €10B towers sale to Cellnex in risky move
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

The full divestment of its infrastructure assets would turn the service provider from landlord into tenant.

SKT earnings soar 44% on back of media, security businesses
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

South Korea mobile leader SK Telecom has posted a 44% spike in third-quarter earnings, driven once again by non-core businesses.

India's Jio attracts $1B investment in its fiber assets
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

The attention may be shifting from mobile to fixed broadband in India's telecom sector.

Apple wrestles with pre-Christmas iPhone chip shortage
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

With Christmas stockings to fill with iPhone 12s, Apple wrestles with coronavirus-disrupted supply chains, plus Huawei hoarding, in the scarce chip market.

VEON extends decentralized strategy to CTO role
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

Emerging-markets operator has appointed CTOs at individual country level to drive market-specific digital strategies.

Race update: For every ten US 5G customers, there's one Chinese 5G basestation
DanoVision | 11/4/2020

China's telecoms regulator counts fully 600,000 5G basestations in the country. Meantime, one analyst firm has recorded sales of just 6 million 5G phones in the US this year.

Rakuten Mobile tries to woo customers with more price cuts
News Analysis | 11/4/2020

Virtualized network operator scraps fees for contract sign-up and number portability in a bid to stimulate demand.

SoftBank chief warns of industry resistance over DoCoMo merger
News Analysis | 11/4/2020

The company is heavily reliant on NTT's optical fiber network and worried competition may be distorted.

Jio faces Airtel battle as Vodafone Idea struggles
News Analysis | 11/4/2020

Two of India's operators are scrapping over customers while its third private-sector player remains in the doldrums.

Is open RAN a protectionist scam?
News Analysis | 11/4/2020

A pick-the-winners approach seems to be taking shape in several big markets. That and some questionable operator interventions could work out badly.

Huawei says Romania and Poland bans violate EU law
News Analysis | 11/3/2020

Huawei argues moves by Romania and Poland to exclude it from their 5G infrastructures breach EU guidelines, hinting at a possible legal challenge.

China aims to drive down 5G power cost
News Analysis | 11/3/2020

Tighter price controls, energy reforms and supplying basestations directly from the grid could help to lower expenses.

Optus devours MVNO partner Amaysim for $176M
News Analysis | 11/2/2020

The MVNO acquisition, plus the launch of digital brand Gomo, marks a concerted Optus push into 'budget-friendly' markets.

Open RAN will be mostly rural until 2023 – Comba
News Analysis | 11/2/2020

The emerging technology lacks the feature set of traditional gear, says one of its developers.

China's operators see slight growth, 5G users up
News Analysis | 10/30/2020

Three Chinese operators steer a steady course in the first three quarters of the year with moderate revenue growth.

Toyota increases KDDI stake in $500M connected car alliance
News Analysis | 10/30/2020

Toyota is to invest another 52.2 billion yen (US$500 million) in KDDI as part of a deal to collaborate on connected car technologies.

Apple shows it is a COVID-19 winner despite iPhone dip
News Analysis | 10/30/2020

The services and Mac divisions are flying high in the pandemic, and the iPhone looks set for a 5G rebound.

WiCipedia: Breaking through barriers and smashing inequality
WiCipedia | 10/30/2020

This week in our WiC roundup: Female founders raise initial capital faster; wage gap politics; new campaign urges women to dismiss boundaries; and more.

VEON recovers slightly from terrible Q2, sells Armenia biz
News Analysis | 10/29/2020

Emerging-markets operator regains some confidence in the third quarter, and unveils plan to flog Armenian operations for $51 million.

NTT DoCoMo prepares mobile price cuts to follow SoftBank, KDDI
News Analysis | 10/29/2020

But few customers are likely to feel the benefit of forthcoming reductions, according to analysts.

Nokia CEO lays out 5G turnaround plan as shares tank
News Analysis | 10/29/2020

Pekka Lundmark makes a clean break with the Suri regime and promises to do 'whatever it takes' to lead in 5G.

ZTE ends Q3 with 55 5G commercial contracts
News Analysis | 10/28/2020

Chinese supplier boasts solid top-line performance, but operating costs rocket, thanks to wounds incurred in the battle with the US.

Facebook seeks more telecom co-investments
News Analysis | 10/28/2020

Moving away from the single lane, Facebook sees co-investment and partnership as a solution to the digital divide.

Singtel and Grab closer to starting a digital bank
News Analysis | 10/27/2020

Singapore's mobile operator Singtel and ridesharing app Grab look to combine their users and set up a digital bank, if they can snag a license.

AMD muscles up with Xilinx in fight against Intel
News Analysis | 10/27/2020

Fast-growing semiconductor firm ups the data center ante with biggest-ever acquisition, a $35 billion all-stock deal, expected to close by end of 2021.

Telcos, ISPs, tech fight for India E and V band spectrum
News Analysis | 10/27/2020

India's service providers want an auction – tech giants like Google, Facebook and ISPs want 5G E-band (71-76 GHz) and V-band (57-64 GHz) spectrum delicensed.

Japan government launches crusade to cut mobile charges
News Analysis | 10/27/2020

The Japanese government has begun a push to drive down mobile prices, estimated to cost up to three times more than other leading markets.

Ericsson bows to customer demand for cloud RAN
News Analysis | 10/27/2020

The Swedish vendor takes a big disaggregation step and dangles the prospect of an open RAN product set in future.

Foxconn a-shovin' against Luxshare in Apple supply chain – report
News Analysis | 10/26/2020

Taiwanese firm on maneuvers to try and protect iPhone business from China's 'little Foxconn.'

India's Airtel launches cloud comms platform Airtel IQ
News Analysis | 10/26/2020

Bharti Airtel hopes its cloud-based omnichannel communications platform IQ, aimed at enterprise and SMEs, will grab India's lucrative cloud comms market.

Top China telecom official defends 5G rollout
News Analysis | 10/26/2020

Just give it time, says the man from the ministry.

Huawei growth slows as US sanctions bite
News Analysis | 10/23/2020

US sanctions are starting to slow Huawei down, with the Chinese vendor reporting a slide in growth and profit margin.

Open RAN and the Everest of inflated expectations
Morris Lore | 10/22/2020

Some jaw-dropping forecasts have been made about open RAN's sales trajectory. Is the industry getting carried away?

After Jio, Airtel wants to develop its own gear
News Analysis | 10/22/2020

India's second-largest service provider, Bharti Airtel, will develop its own technology across 5G, home broadband and IoT working with local and international firms.

Ericsson still beating 'non-Chinese rivals,' says CEO
Morris Lore | 10/21/2020

The Swedish vendor says its 5G R&D investments have made it a more cost-competitive player than its rivals.

China Mobile 5G subs top 114M in Q3
News Analysis | 10/21/2020

China's largest mobile operator adds 44 million '5G package customers' during Q3, but not enough to prevent ARPU slippage.

Eurobites: China threatens Sweden after Huawei ban – report
News Analysis | 10/21/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor wields axe; Sky comes to UK high street's rescue; NGMN gets excitable about 6G.

Ericsson rides high on China 5G boom
News Analysis | 10/21/2020

Performance and profitability metrics seem to vindicate a decision to compete aggressively for Chinese 5G business.

Netflix growth slows in Q3 as global paid subs pass 195 million
News Analysis | 10/20/2020

But the subscription streaming giant expects to add 6 million subscribers in Q4 and finish 2020 by eclipsing 201 million subs worldwide.

Verizon and Nokia snuggle up in private 5G
News Analysis | 10/20/2020

US operator and Finnish vendor will make joint pitches to Asian and European firms developing their own local networks.

Intel agrees to $9B sale of NAND biz to SK Hynix
News Analysis | 10/20/2020

US chip giant will use transaction proceeds to invest in AI, 5G and edge networks.

US-China telecom war is here to stay
News Analysis | 10/20/2020

Today's hardline approach has been a long time coming.

The next version of 5G expected to be delayed to 2022
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

The 3GPP's Release 17 – expected to collect the next big batch of 5G technologies – might not hit the market until 2022, almost a year behind schedule.

India's Jio all set to launch $70 5G smartphone soon
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

India's only pure-play 4G service provider, Reliance Jio is planning to introduce a 5G smartphone below INR5,000 ($68) within a year, according to media reports.

Hutchison HK jump-starts market with 5G price cuts
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

The operator is taking advantage of the iPhone 12 launch to undercut its big rivals.

ECTA fights Huawei's corner
News Analysis | 10/16/2020

European trade association 'denounces' bans on Chinese suppliers based on geopolitical reasons.

In tit for tat, China to pass law restricting tech exports
News Analysis | 10/16/2020

China's top legislature is set to pass an Export Control Law expanding government controls over tech exports, copying a similar US measure in May.

SK Telecom to spin off mobility biz and form JV with Uber
News Analysis | 10/16/2020

Uber to invest a total of $150m in the new joint venture, which will incorporate SKT's existing mobility business.

South Korea pushes back against US pressure on Huawei – report
News Analysis | 10/15/2020

Thumbing its nose at Washington's 'Clean Network' campaign, Seoul says it's up to private companies which suppliers they choose.

'Fake, dumb, and poor' – Huawei exec unloads on China 5G
News Analysis | 10/15/2020

Ryan Ding, head of Huawei's carrier business, has criticised China's 5G, saying the world's biggest rollout lags behind others – in particular South Korea.

Telcos cannot scratch the open source itch
Morris Lore | 10/15/2020

Open source has yet to have a noticeable impact on telecom, and it is increasingly mixed up with anything that claims to be open.

Is 5G auction delay an advantage for Indian telcos?
News Analysis | 10/15/2020

COVID-19 delaying the 5G spectrum sale in India till 2021 may benefit Indian service providers looking for time to get their houses and networks in order.

Vodafone Idea hires IBM for big data push
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Indian operator hopes partnership will slash costs and open up new revenue opportunities.

Malik out as VEON CTO
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Yogesh Malik joins a growing list of senior executives who have left the emerging-markets operator since 2018.

Huawei, China Mobile pitch network smarts together
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Huawei unveils AI-powered connectivity to untangle network complexity for carriers and enterprise.

Operators call for more vendor support in open source projects
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Broadband World Forum panelists say it's important to get the types of network efficiencies that hyperscale companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon have.

Huawei to sell its budget Honor unit, focus on flagships – report
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Battling US sanctions, Huawei is selling its low-budget Honor unit in a $3 billion deal, giving up on being the world's biggest smartphone maker.

Apple succumbs to 5G fever
Morris Lore | 10/14/2020

The iPhone maker dangles another overpriced trinket in front of the worshipful, and this one may genuinely disappoint.

Are India telcos finally about to raise prices?
News Analysis | 10/13/2020

Metrics suggest Airtel and Vodafone Idea are not going to respond to Jio's latest tariff move.

Nokia bags 5G small-cell deal with Chunghwa Telecom
News Analysis | 10/13/2020

Taiwan proving something of a 5G stamping ground for the Finnish vendor.

China's newest telco starts up
News Analysis | 10/13/2020

China's CBN joins the game, but will the new mobile entrant survive?

China and COVID-19 speed up worldwide 5G adoption
News Analysis | 10/13/2020

China will have 170 million 5G smartphones by year's end, pushing the world's total to a higher-than-expected 260 million.

STC hops on board the Rakuten Mobile bandwagon
News Analysis | 10/12/2020

Japan's disruptive mobile network operator takes the Rakuten Communications Platform on the road to Saudi Arabia.

Nokia adds to 5G hype with $8T forecast
Morris Lore | 10/12/2020

It's no surprise that the Finnish vendor of network equipment thinks 5G will be a very big deal.

Will the iPhone be the spark that 5G needs?
News Analysis | 10/12/2020

Operators and consumers are waiting on Apple to release its first 5G-compatible device.

Rakuten's 4G network is still the slowest in Japan
News Analysis | 10/9/2020

According to new findings from Tutela, Rakuten's 4G network in Japan supports 16.16Mbit/s download speeds, which is around 9 Mbit/s slower than the company's competitors.

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