5G lacks clear business models and its performance falls short in uplink, latency, security and energy efficiency, according to China Unicom's Chi Yongsheng.
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 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 communications minister attacked the three largest carriers' tariffs, saying despite recent moves 'they're promising mutton but selling dog.'
Buoyed by its experiences with Rakuten, the Japanese manufacturer is entering a market with few homegrown options.
With patchy coverage, high costs and a roaming headache, the ailing IoT standard desperately needs resuscitation.
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.
Government agencies and the military still occupy the spectrum bands that are the most economical for a 5G rollout.
In 2016, operators and governments waved through a merger between Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia. Now they complain there are too few suppliers.
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.
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.
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The Chinese equipment maker has confirmed the sale of its mid- to low-end device unit.
One of China's big three service providers hits the SA milestone on its path to a cloud-network revamp.
Six-country deal to push towerco's assets to over 100,000 sites, while Hong Kong group plans share buyback program.
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.
The Commerce Department appeals its dispute with ByteDance, day after the original deadline for the Chinese company to divest TikTok's US operations.
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.
AI, drones and fast uplinks are among the technologies that could feature in what comes next.
The Japanese company is pitching its tools and applications to other service providers and says it can satisfy demands for ownership and data privacy.
The government has cleared the Production Linked Incentive scheme supporting 4G, 5G, next-generation RAN, IoT access, enterprise and wireless equipment.
The Trump administration appears to have forgotten about its November 12 deadline for ByteDance to divest US operations of the TikTok app.
The e-commerce giant's telecom revolution has yet to attract many followers. That may be about to change.
Singapore-based operator continues to feel the effects of the pandemic in H1 FY21, but sees signs of 'modest recovery.'
The Internet giant is in hot water over allegations it abused its position in the huge Asian market.
There are still no consumer applications that need the higher-speed technology, and the enterprise sector could take years to develop.
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.
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The Internet 'bent but did not break,' research firm concludes.
Asia's ride-hailing unicorn continues move into payments and banking, becoming minority investor in the Indonesia-based e-wallet and mobile money provider.
German and South Korean service providers spot an opportunity to pioneer the development of 5G repeaters.
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.
Petragon on probation until it has corrected violations of Apple's supplier code of conduct.
South Korean telco KT Corp has recorded a sharp fall in operating profit in a quarterly result salvaged only by an accounting change.
The full divestment of its infrastructure assets would turn the service provider from landlord into tenant.
South Korea mobile leader SK Telecom has posted a 44% spike in third-quarter earnings, driven once again by non-core businesses.
The attention may be shifting from mobile to fixed broadband in India's telecom sector.
With Christmas stockings to fill with iPhone 12s, Apple wrestles with coronavirus-disrupted supply chains, plus Huawei hoarding, in the scarce chip market.
Emerging-markets operator has appointed CTOs at individual country level to drive market-specific digital strategies.
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.
Virtualized network operator scraps fees for contract sign-up and number portability in a bid to stimulate demand.
The company is heavily reliant on NTT's optical fiber network and worried competition may be distorted.
Two of India's operators are scrapping over customers while its third private-sector player remains in the doldrums.
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 argues moves by Romania and Poland to exclude it from their 5G infrastructures breach EU guidelines, hinting at a possible legal challenge.
Tighter price controls, energy reforms and supplying basestations directly from the grid could help to lower expenses.
The MVNO acquisition, plus the launch of digital brand Gomo, marks a concerted Optus push into 'budget-friendly' markets.
The emerging technology lacks the feature set of traditional gear, says one of its developers.
Three Chinese operators steer a steady course in the first three quarters of the year with moderate revenue growth.
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.
The services and Mac divisions are flying high in the pandemic, and the iPhone looks set for a 5G rebound.
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Emerging-markets operator regains some confidence in the third quarter, and unveils plan to flog Armenian operations for $51 million.
But few customers are likely to feel the benefit of forthcoming reductions, according to analysts.
Pekka Lundmark makes a clean break with the Suri regime and promises to do 'whatever it takes' to lead in 5G.
Chinese supplier boasts solid top-line performance, but operating costs rocket, thanks to wounds incurred in the battle with the US.
Moving away from the single lane, Facebook sees co-investment and partnership as a solution to the digital divide.
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.
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.
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.
The Japanese government has begun a push to drive down mobile prices, estimated to cost up to three times more than other leading markets.
The Swedish vendor takes a big disaggregation step and dangles the prospect of an open RAN product set in future.
Taiwanese firm on maneuvers to try and protect iPhone business from China's 'little Foxconn.'
Bharti Airtel hopes its cloud-based omnichannel communications platform IQ, aimed at enterprise and SMEs, will grab India's lucrative cloud comms market.
Just give it time, says the man from the ministry.
US sanctions are starting to slow Huawei down, with the Chinese vendor reporting a slide in growth and profit margin.
Some jaw-dropping forecasts have been made about open RAN's sales trajectory. Is the industry getting carried away?
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.
The Swedish vendor says its 5G R&D investments have made it a more cost-competitive player than its rivals.
China's largest mobile operator adds 44 million '5G package customers' during Q3, but not enough to prevent ARPU slippage.
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Performance and profitability metrics seem to vindicate a decision to compete aggressively for Chinese 5G business.
But the subscription streaming giant expects to add 6 million subscribers in Q4 and finish 2020 by eclipsing 201 million subs worldwide.
US operator and Finnish vendor will make joint pitches to Asian and European firms developing their own local networks.
US chip giant will use transaction proceeds to invest in AI, 5G and edge networks.
Today's hardline approach has been a long time coming.
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 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.
The operator is taking advantage of the iPhone 12 launch to undercut its big rivals.
European trade association 'denounces' bans on Chinese suppliers based on geopolitical reasons.
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.
Uber to invest a total of $150m in the new joint venture, which will incorporate SKT's existing mobility business.
Thumbing its nose at Washington's 'Clean Network' campaign, Seoul says it's up to private companies which suppliers they choose.
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.
Open source has yet to have a noticeable impact on telecom, and it is increasingly mixed up with anything that claims to be open.
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.
Indian operator hopes partnership will slash costs and open up new revenue opportunities.
Yogesh Malik joins a growing list of senior executives who have left the emerging-markets operator since 2018.
Huawei unveils AI-powered connectivity to untangle network complexity for carriers and enterprise.
Broadband World Forum panelists say it's important to get the types of network efficiencies that hyperscale companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon have.
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.
The iPhone maker dangles another overpriced trinket in front of the worshipful, and this one may genuinely disappoint.
Metrics suggest Airtel and Vodafone Idea are not going to respond to Jio's latest tariff move.
Taiwan proving something of a 5G stamping ground for the Finnish vendor.
China's CBN joins the game, but will the new mobile entrant survive?
China will have 170 million 5G smartphones by year's end, pushing the world's total to a higher-than-expected 260 million.
Japan's disruptive mobile network operator takes the Rakuten Communications Platform on the road to Saudi Arabia.
It's no surprise that the Finnish vendor of network equipment thinks 5G will be a very big deal.
Operators and consumers are waiting on Apple to release its first 5G-compatible device.
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.