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Turning off 2G in China harder than it looks
News Analysis | 6/29/2022

Despite years of effort and repeated government instructions, the three Chinese telcos struggle to migrate customers from aging 2G and 3G networks to 4G or 5G.

India scraps spectrum usage fees before 5G auction
News Analysis | 6/29/2022

India's government will not charge operators usage fees for spectrum, but its reserve prices in the upcoming auction remain high.

Samsung fills its 2G hole in new challenge to Ericsson and Nokia
News Analysis | 6/29/2022

The South Korean vendor had looked hamstrung by its lack of a 2G product but is now promoting a virtualized baseband offer.

China's newest operator launches into 5G market
News Analysis | 6/28/2022

China's fourth telco debuts amid fears of price war between mobile network operators.

China chips: Growing faster but still a laggard
News Analysis | 6/27/2022

China's chip sector is growing fast but it's still consuming far more than it produces - with growth driven by US sanctions.

Cisco exit will drive Russia further into China's embrace
News Analysis | 6/24/2022

The US equipment maker follows Nokia in deciding to wind down operations in Russia. Its move will make Russia even more heavily dependent on China.

India's digital startup ecosystem hits a slowdown
News Analysis | 6/24/2022

As life starts to return to normal can India's startup community sail through the move offline and the drop in available funding in the country?

Dr. FAANG and the metaverse of madness
Morris Lore | 6/23/2022

Various Big Tech companies – but no telecom operators – club together to promote an interoperable, open and standards-based metaverse.

Paramount+ starts European push
News Analysis | 6/22/2022

Paramount Global launched its premium streaming service in the UK and Ireland Wednesday as part of a larger global expansion drive.

Today's booming $8B fiber access market is under attack
News Analysis | 6/22/2022

Vendors are piling into the multi-billion-dollar market for PON equipment while component costs are soaring.

China 5G shows good subs growth as handset sales slump
News Analysis | 6/22/2022

The world is on target to pass 1 billion 5G subs by the end of the year in the view of several market forecasts.

China has more than 5K 5G private networks
News Analysis | 6/22/2022

With 5,325 private networks, China's industrial 5G has achieved serious scale.

China effect dampens interim 5G subs, says Ericsson
News Analysis | 6/21/2022

Ericsson's Mobility Report is a reminder making predictions about 5G is tricky, a task not made easier by the current economic and geopolitical environment.

China Mobile pays $620M for controlling stake in security firm
News Analysis | 6/21/2022

Operator's investment arm China Mobile Capital has acquired 23.08% of Venustech's voting stock through its purchase of 284 million shares at 14.57 yuan.

Singtel inks 5G/MEC campus deal with Hyundai
News Analysis | 6/20/2022

Singtel boldly claims Hyundai 'will have the leading facility for development of a metaverse for the manufacturing industry.'

NTT Docomo takes the metaverse plunge
News Analysis | 6/17/2022

The company is eyeing the industrial metaverse, but most telcos remain on sidelines. Docomo is aiming at non-telecom services accounting for half of revenue in three years.

Nobody has the foggiest about the edge
Morris Lore | 6/16/2022

Does edge computing decentralization make sense? What form should it take? What role is left for network operators? The telecom industry is still seeking answers.

5G boosts revenue growth in US, China and South Korea
News Analysis | 6/16/2022

'Mobile service revenue is currently increasing 3-4% per annum (levels not seen since 2012) and 5G is one, but not the only, factor,' wrote Strategy Analytics analyst Philip Kendall.

China carmaker Geely launches into mobiles, satellites
News Analysis | 6/15/2022

Subsidiary Hubei Xingji Shidai Technology this week acquired control of Alibaba-backed handset firm Meizu for an undisclosed amount.

Huawei's auto business rebounds
News Analysis | 6/14/2022

The Wenjie M5, the first model to be equipped with Huawei's Harmony OS, is reportedly the fastest to reach 10,000 units sold in China.

World regulators look for consensus around 6G
News Analysis | 6/14/2022

Through two world wars, the creation of the Internet and the rise of the smartphone, the ITU has made communications work. Now the agency is focusing on 6G.

Open RAN specialists are a dying breed
Morris Lore | 6/13/2022

Several suppliers have now expanded their product offerings in a development that calls open RAN logic into question.

KT plows $9B into digital diversification
News Analysis | 6/13/2022

The South Korean operator is making a big bet on cloud, media and artificial intelligence as its telco unit struggles.

Telcos and tech companies slug it out for 5G spectrum in India
News Analysis | 6/13/2022

Indian service providers and technology companies are hardening battle lines over the distribution of 5G spectrum for private networks.

Globe mulls $1.5B tower sale in Philippines – report
News Analysis | 6/10/2022

Globe Telecom is encouraged by the success of rival PLDT in selling off its tower assets.

As 5G licensing gathers pace, Huawei talks up IP creds
News Analysis | 6/10/2022

Alan Fan, head of Huawei's IP department, says more than 2 billion smartphones have been licensed with Huawei IP in the past five years – around 27% of the total.

Huawei's big role in open source threatens new security backlash
News Analysis | 6/9/2022

Chinese companies are among the biggest contributors to Kubernetes, and not everyone buys the arguments about open-source security.

SKT launches second 5G edge zone in Seoul
News Analysis | 6/7/2022

SK Telecom is using AWS Wavelength to support its 5G edge computing strategy.

India's much-awaited 5G spectrum auction set to be delayed again
News Analysis | 6/7/2022

The Indian government was planning to hold the 5G spectrum auction in June, with commercial launch on August 15, but appears likely to delay.

NTT Docomo to start 6G trials with Nokia
News Analysis | 6/6/2022

The Japanese operator said it would begin indoor trials before March 2023 and outdoor trials over the following 12 months.

Korean telcos' air taxi rivalry takes flight
News Analysis | 6/3/2022

The Korean government has set 2025 as the target starting data for commercially available urban air services.

Huawei ranks #1 in new 5G patent survey
News Analysis | 6/3/2022

Tech+IP said its new rankings are derived from an assessment not only of raw patent filings but also their geographic location, relation to other patents and position within the 5G standard.

Optus calls on regulator to kill Telstra-TPG deal
News Analysis | 6/1/2022

Optus can't match Telstra's coverage footprint, especially in 5G, and the partnership threatens to erase Optus' coverage and price advantages over TPG.

India's tax authorities issue lookout circular for Huawei CEO
News Analysis | 5/31/2022

Li approached the Delhi High Court to challenge the LOC, which he claims has caused a 'huge blow' to his reputation, and that of Huawei India.

Dito issues warning as losses mount
News Analysis | 5/31/2022

Dito CME, the parent of the Philippines' newest operator, struggles to find a foothold against two powerful incumbents.

Nokia mobile boss says Russia backlash could bring 5G gains
News Analysis | 5/30/2022

Some countries are making up their minds about high-risk vendors and Nokia's mobile market share has stabilized after earlier setbacks, says Tommi Uitto.

China's PLA wants to be able to take out Starlink
News Analysis | 5/30/2022

PLA scientists say the LEO network's capabilities, including huge global footprint, ubiquitous broadband and low latency, pose a military threat to China.

All systems go for Starlink in Philippines
News Analysis | 5/27/2022

National telecoms regulator awards VAS license to Elon Musk's LEO satellite broadband company.

Restrictions on Chinese imports hurting equipment vendors
News Analysis | 5/27/2022

Vendors have requested a relaxation on imports from China so that domestic telecom operators can roll out upgraded networks faster.

Australian regulator rejects NBN price revamp
News Analysis | 5/26/2022

ACCC rejects new NBN pricing and calls for industry consultation.

Why 5G services are crucial for India's Jio
News Analysis | 5/25/2022

5G services are likely to be crucial for Jio to boost average revenue per user (ARPU) by enhancing its appeal to high-value subscribers.

Malaysia govt, telcos on collision course over 5G wholesale plan
News Analysis | 5/25/2022

Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz has rejected an appeal by the telcos to allow them to take a controlling stake in the new network.

Rakuten Mobile's hiring freeze is ominous
News Analysis | 5/24/2022

What may be the most automated network on the planet could eventually have a massive cost advantage over its rivals.

Industry outlook darkens as Asian suppliers slash production
News Analysis | 5/24/2022

Asian handset and component suppliers are cutting production, throwing a shadow over the mobile industry outlook as the global economy slows.

India faces skills shortage as it moves closer to 5G
News Analysis | 5/23/2022

India will need 22 million skilled workers by 2025 as it moves toward 5G.

Report: Rakuten capping high-speed data at 5GB/day
News Analysis | 5/23/2022

'There was data throttling with relatively minor data usage - we believe these commercial SIMs had a 5 GB daily cap and a 20 GB monthly cap,' said a report from Signals Research Group.

Broadcom eyes $50B takeover of VMware – reports
News Analysis | 5/23/2022

Rumors have surfaced months after Dell completed its VMware spinoff and as the public cloud continues to advance.

Canada officially gives Huawei and ZTE the boot
News Analysis | 5/20/2022

Operators need to clear the Chinese vendors out of their 5G networks by mid-2024 and stop buying any products from them later this year.

Private equity firms weigh bid for HKBN
News Analysis | 5/20/2022

HKBN has Hong Kong's most extensive fiber network and the second largest broadband customer base.

What Ericsson's restructure is all about
News Analysis | 5/19/2022

The Swedish equipment maker is seeking improvements at underperforming units and setting up its enterprise stall.

Does BSNL's 4G stand a chance?
News Analysis | 5/19/2022

BSNL will be launching 4G at a time when there is a growing interest in private wireless networks, and this segment is only now opening up in India.

China handset sales fall off a cliff
News Analysis | 5/19/2022

Total smartphone shipments sank 40.5% to 21.5 million in March, with 5G shipments down 41% to 16.2 million.

T-Mobile US throws down 5G gauntlet to slow-moving rivals
News Analysis | 5/17/2022

Neville Ray, the operator's chief technology officer, boasts a leadership position following the takeover of Sprint.

Sensing, deep learning, massive MIMO: 6G begins to take shape
News Analysis | 5/17/2022

Sensing, deep learning and upgrades to massive MIMO and full duplex are emerging as some of the key technologies that will define 6G, experts say.

India finally gets its 5G testbed
News Analysis | 5/17/2022

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated a 5G testbed – the first time India has come up with one for any communications technology.

6G has every chance of screwing the carriers
Morris Lore | 5/17/2022

Another big investment round will net billions for governments and equipment vendors, while forcing operators to dig deep.

Wham, bam, Rakuten
LRTV Interviews | 5/17/2022

Rakuten Symphony CMO Geoff Hollingworth talks to Iain Morris about how the Japanese operator is making its presence felt.

Rakuten is dumping Red Hat's OpenStack for its own cloud tech
News Analysis | 5/16/2022

Following the acquisition of Robin.io in February, the Japanese company is phasing out an older platform it used to support its mobile network.

Rakuten Mobile hits peak loss as it charts path to profit in 2023
News Analysis | 5/13/2022

The Japanese mobile operator ditches free usage for customers and says most of the heavy lifting on network rollout is done.

KT content business in sweet spot as 5G makes little impact
News Analysis | 5/12/2022

KT's media and enterprise, and a big drop in marketing cost, have powered a 40% earnings spike.

Xilinx silicon implants brighten TIP's Evenstar
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

Bought by AMD in February, the US chip developer has backed away from FPGAs for its latest radio unit chip.

ZTE risks penalties with 'business as usual' in Russia
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

The Chinese vendor is still cited as a customer by various US component makers. Selling their technology on to Russian operators would be living dangerously.

Synchronoss swimming in losses but sees hope in cloud
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

The US telco software company is cutting back at its messaging and digital units after years of underperformance.

India's DoT launches centralized right of way portal
News Analysis | 5/11/2022

The national portal will streamline the clearance of infrastructure approvals related to RoW, benefitting operators, infrastructure providers and ISPs.

SKT soars into metaverse as AI businesses gather steam
News Analysis | 5/10/2022

Total sales rose 4% to 4.28 trillion won (US$3.35 billion), with media and enterprise units posting the biggest growth.

TPG, fresh from Telstra tie-up, sells its towers
News Analysis | 5/10/2022

Australia's TPG was the last of the country's operators to offload its towers, but has finally sold them to Canada's Omers Infrastructure Management.

Samsung: We need to expand mmWave to meet 6G needs
News Analysis | 5/10/2022

It says current spectrum won't be enough to meet all 6G capacity requirements, meaning spectrum ranges must open up in the sub-THz range, from 24-300GHz.

SKT cybersecurity spin-off pulls plug on $2.8B IPO
News Analysis | 5/9/2022

Korea's SK Telecom called off the IPO after encountering what it said was lackluster response from institutional investors early this week.

While some Chinese companies exit Russia, Huawei remains a question mark
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

The WSJ reported that Russian telecom operator Beeline, owned by Dutch company Veon, said it received a delivery in March of telecommunications equipment from Huawei.

As SoftBank preps IPO, Boris tries to Arm the FTSE
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

Boris Johnson is on a charm offensive to try to win the chip designer's IPO for London, but SoftBank is worried about a chip stock slump and its China subsidiary.

Mavenir under fire over role in Russia
Morris Lore | 5/6/2022

The US software vendor looks tarnished by its association with investor Charles Koch, whose business has been criticized for continuing to operate in Russia.

India's BSNL and MTNL to launch 4G by end 2022
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

It looks like India's two state-run telcos long awaited 4G services will launch after the country's private service providers launch 5G.

The Internet saved us in the pandemic; let's make it a human right
News Analysis | 5/6/2022

After all of talk and not that much action, the UN and the ITU have set out a road map toward achieving universal affordable connectivity by 2030.

Arm embargo remains biggest threat to Huawei
News Analysis | 5/5/2022

Recent moves in China could pave the way to Arm's initial public offering in the next year, with possible consequences for China's biggest equipment maker.

India's DoT caves and exempts 5G devices from testing
News Analysis | 5/5/2022

The move comes at a time when India is moving closer to the commercial launch of 5G services and will accelerate the introduction of new 5G devices.

MobiledgeX is dead. Long live Google Cloud
News Analysis | 5/4/2022

The platform once touted as a future telco standard has succumbed like so many industry initiatives to Big Tech's advance.

Consumers still seeking a reason to buy 5G
News Analysis | 5/4/2022

5G might account for just over half of all new handset shipments, but with a dearth of new services consumers have limited reason to embrace it.

India seizes over $700M in Xiaomi assets over forex violations
News Analysis | 5/4/2022

India's authorities are hinting that Xiaomi has illegally transferred funds to its Chinese parent company's subsidiaries. The move is part of the country's broad investigation into all kinds of business dealings involving Chinese companies and executives.

Telenor stays confident in year of change
News Analysis | 5/3/2022

The Norway-based operator is juggling a number of big changes, not least the two planned mergers in Malaysia and Thailand.

China offers tech truce as recession looms
News Analysis | 5/3/2022

With COVID-19 lockdowns and weaker global demand stalling its economy, China has pulled two levers to reboot growth – including a U-turn on the war on tech.

Network operators plot their paths to next-gen broadband
News Analysis | 5/2/2022

Right now many telcos are still grappling with the early stages of 10G PON, also known as XGS PON, which can deliver multi-gigabit services.

India's Airtel acquires stake in Cnergee cloud startup
News Analysis | 4/29/2022

The acquisition will allow Airtel to boost its NaaS portfolio for small and medium businesses who want to use cloud-based applications.

Huawei revenue and profit take another tumble
News Analysis | 4/28/2022

The company said the fall in profit was mainly due to the drop in revenue as well as higher investment in new business segments and business continuity.

Nokia runs into mobile supply crunch and warns of price rises
News Analysis | 4/28/2022

The Finnish equipment maker is leaner and more profitable after restructuring but has yet to see a sales turnaround at its largest unit.

2022 could be even worse, warns Huawei co-chair
News Analysis | 4/27/2022

Chairman Ken Hu noted threats from escalating economic risks - Ukraine, inflation, the pandemic, rising commodity prices and volatile foreign exchange rates.

Asian streaming still a growth market for Netflix and telcos
News Analysis | 4/26/2022

Asia is the one region where Netflix grew its subscriber base in the first quarter.

Sigfox takeover saddles UnaBiz with heavy baggage
News Analysis | 4/25/2022

The loss-making French IoT startup comes with eyewatering debts and costly network operations besides its intellectual property.

Chinese telcos ride strong enterprise demand
News Analysis | 4/22/2022

Soaring demand for enterprise services, including 5G, has propelled China's three big telcos to some strong Q1 results.

Eurobites: Sparkle, AzerTelecom plot digital silk route
News Analysis | 4/21/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia and Bouygues join French connected-car program; Orange opens 5G Lab in Warsaw; at last - the ultimate selfie mirror.

India addresses service provider right of way issues
News Analysis | 4/21/2022

The Department of Telecommunications has released draft policy guidelines to bring consistency to right of way (RoW) rules and regulations across India.

Netflix is in crisis as streaming hits the buffers
Morris Lore | 4/20/2022

As prices rise and TV loses some of its lockdown appeal, households are reassessing how many streaming platforms they can afford.

China exempts key factories to avert supply chain crisis
News Analysis | 4/20/2022

Chinese authorities select 666 local companies including TSMC and SMIC for exemptions as proliferating pandemic lockdowns take their toll on the economy.

Optical transport demand to soar 2022-23 – Ciena India head
News Analysis | 4/20/2022

Growing data center ecosystem and activities in the submarine space will result in exponential growth in India's optical transport segment says Ryan Perera.

China Mobile preps world's first 5G VoNR service
News Analysis | 4/15/2022

But with free messaging apps already providing high quality voice and video calls, will consumers really care?

Ericsson expects US fines as digital loss hits $5.6B since 2017
News Analysis | 4/14/2022

The Swedish company's share price took another hit after profits were also hurt by its decision to suspend business in Russia indefinitely.

Asian telcos, investors can't get enough mobile tower deals
News Analysis | 4/14/2022

In the largest deal, Singtel-backed Australia Tower Network (ATN) joined with pension fund AustralianSuper to buy Axicom, one of the biggest tower companies.

Yes, China's tech sector really is slowing while telcos surge
News Analysis | 4/13/2022

All evidence points to a new era for China tech of flatter growth, harsher regulatory oversight and more stringent social and political demands.

Regulator wants low price, easy terms for India 5G auction
News Analysis | 4/12/2022

Telcos can heave a sigh of relief as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommends a major price cut in the base price of the spectrum.

Nokia to 'exit' Russia as Huawei reportedly stops work
News Analysis | 4/12/2022

The move by the Finnish vendor comes a day after Ericsson suspended operations 'indefinitely' and could leave Russian networks in peril.

Indian government to come up with new spectrum law – reports
News Analysis | 4/12/2022

Media reports suggest that the law will give flexibility to the policymakers to decide whether or not to auction the spectrum on a case-by-case basis.

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