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Rakuten employee arrested over alleged theft of SoftBank 5G secrets
News Analysis | 1/12/2021

Former employee is accused of having accessed a SoftBank server and emailed technical data to himself on his last day at the company.

Orange gives more power to VC unit
News Analysis | 1/12/2021

France-based operator injects €350 million into new entity called Orange Ventures.

Eurobites: Elisa acquires CamLine for smart-manufacturing push
News Analysis | 1/12/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia helps Kalmar with cargo handling; Virgin Media touts whole-home Wi-Fi offering; Colt targets Microsoft Teams with cloud-based voice offering.

WhatsApp's new service terms annoy users in India
News Analysis | 1/12/2021

The social media firm has made changes that allow it to share more user data with parent company Facebook, provoking a backlash.

Verizon CEO Vestberg uses CES to push 5G into a new phase
DanoVision | 1/11/2021

Verizon's CEO dispensed with the speeds and feeds that often dominate 5G discussions. Instead, he showed off some real-world 5G services, alongside a tacit nod toward the wider American zeitgeist.

Acacia reports revenue, profit growth as it scraps with Cisco
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

The components vendor said its business is growing thanks to bandwidth demands and it stands by its desire to call off its pending acquisition by Cisco.

TV shipments to dip in 2021 despite 8K surge – CTA
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

Total US TV shipments will drop 8% this year, but 8K sets are expected to rise 300%, to 1.7 million units, according to the Consumer Technology Association.

AT&T, Verizon, Comcast halt donations to lawmakers who opposed Biden's election
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

Lawmakers like Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., who voted against the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's election victory, won't get money from the likes of AT&T, Verizon and Comcast.

Airtel, Vodafone Idea allege 'miscalculation' of AGR dues
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

The Indian operators say the government has overestimated the amount they owe in licensing fees and related penalties.

DoD eyes 'challenge' designed to promote open source 5G
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

The US military is looking for ways to 'accelerate the development of an open source 5G,' which comes as no surprise given the Pentagon's wide and growing interest in the technology.

CES 2021: DOCSIS 3.1 shipments soar, TV makers gravitate to Google TV
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

Also in this CES news snapshot: CommScope expands Wi-Fi 6 lineup; Netgear takes flight with Wi-Fi 6E; the CBRS Alliance rebrands.

As C-band bidding slows, telco debt expected to skyrocket
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

Activity in the C-band auction is slowing with $80.7 billion in gross proceeds. Already T-Mobile is looking to raise $2 billion, likely to help pay for its purchases.

Deutsche Telekom looks for Dutch exit door (again)
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

German incumbent reportedly in talks with private equity investors in a deal that could be worth in excess of $6 billion.

Europe's towercos are building on shaky ground
Morris Lore | 1/11/2021

Towers companies may struggle to justify their lofty valuations as competition grows and the telecom sector remains under pressure.

Ajit Pai kicks Section 230 can down the road
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

FCC chair won't pursue a rulemaking clarifying protections for social media outlets, but also declined to second-guess decisions by Twitter and Facebook to boot President Trump from their respective platforms.

Tight chip supply chain threatens smartphone recovery
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

The supply chain could struggle to keep pace with surging demand this year.

Eurobites: Vodafone, O2 look to monetize tower assets
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom, Nextcloud launch collaboration platform; Orange Ventures strikes out on its own; Airspan eyes Huawei-shaped hole in UK.

Making sense of the latency alphabet soup
Guest Perspectives | 1/11/2021

Latency is a key part of the user experience, which is why it is one of the pillars of the cable industry's 10G strategy.

Navisite COO on creating a successful M&A playbook
Kelsey's Grammar | 1/11/2021

In this mentor spotlight, Gina Murphy discusses the key to completing a successful acquisition, and the importance of building a company culture that supports new ideas, new technology and diverse teams.

Tele2 taps Nokia for 5G core in Sweden and Baltics
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

Finnish vendor to deploy 5G standalone core network in Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Starlink launches satellite Internet in rural UK
News Analysis | 1/11/2021

Elon Musk's Starlink has launched its satellite Internet network service in rural Britain, where it will compete with the recently bankrupt OneWeb.

'Black Sky' fears help drive interest in private wireless networks
News Analysis | 1/8/2021

A Black Sky hazard 'is a catastrophic event that severely disrupts the normal functioning of our critical infrastructures.' Worries over such events are helping to drive interest in private wireless networks.

Charter-NBCU deal adds lift to Peacock
News Analysis | 1/8/2021

New wide-ranging distribution deal with NBCUniversal will allow Charter to offer the ad-supported 'premium' Peacock service to video and broadband subs for no added cost... for a while.

US military eyes expanding deployment to 3GPP for 5G
News Analysis | 1/8/2021

The Pentagon is planning to increase its work within the world's leading 5G standards organization. Some analysts aren't surprised, but warn that the military may need to move carefully.

Roku deals for Quibi's content
News Analysis | 1/8/2021

Deal for global content distribution rights to Quibi's short-form premium fare paves way for Roku to serve it up on The Roku Channel, its ad-supported content aggregation platform.

Trump may add Tencent to Chinese telco delisting
News Analysis | 1/8/2021

China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom Hong Kong dropped $5.6B market cap after Trump made NYSE delist them, eyeing Alibaba and Tencent next.

Gigabit subsidies are a waste of taxpayer dosh
Morris Lore | 1/8/2021

The UK spending watchdog slams the government's gigabit record, but does anything really need to be fixed?

Europe not getting grip on 5G security – report
News Analysis | 1/8/2021

A year-long investigation by the European Court of Auditors reveals different EU nations moving at different speeds on tightening up 5G security.

China uncertainty imperils Cisco's $2.6B Acacia acquisition
News Analysis | 1/8/2021

Acacia says China's State Administration for Market Regulation didn't approve the deal, but Cisco claims the agency has provided signoff for its purchase of Acacia.

China tried to punish EU nations for Huawei bans – report
News Analysis | 1/8/2021

In another sign that 2021 may not be so different from 2020, Huawei is already dominating the news cycle.

Hyundai upsets Apple-cart over self-driving car talks
News Analysis | 1/8/2021

Korean car maker said to back down from an earlier statement that it was in talks with the iPhone maker over Apple car.

Meet Nokia's new North American boss
News Analysis | 1/8/2021

Ed Cholerton has been tasked with overseeing Nokia's business across the US and Canada. Here's how he's looking at topics ranging from the C-band auction to open RAN to small cells.

Eurobites: KPN adds three fiber networks
News Analysis | 1/8/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK's Public Accounts Committee fears the worst for rural broadband notspots; BT 'snubbed' over pandemic broadband offer; Nokia steers private network at Port of Seattle.

WiCipedia: Google employees protest and unionize
WiCipedia | 1/8/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: Google workers start to unionize; female keynoters take over a virtual CES; 2021 tech events for women; and more.

India's $53.5B spectrum auction to start in March
News Analysis | 1/8/2021

India is moving ahead with plans for a massive auction of airwaves even though two of its three big operators are in financial difficulty.

New report highlights SD-WAN management challenges and key role of automation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/7/2021

SPONSORED: Findings from Heavy Reading's 'The Carriers Speak: The Future of Managed SD-WAN Services' report suggest that SD-WAN SPs are focused on automating processes to accelerate growth of the service and monetize it more effectively.

ATSC 3.0 receivers near commercial debut
News Analysis | 1/7/2021

BitRouter's $249 ZapperBox M1 is scheduled to start shipping in Q2, supporting a next-gen standard that will pave the way for over-the-air 4K/HDR video, interactive apps and other advanced features.

Ericsson turns Huawei lobbyist with China biz at stake
Morris Lore | 1/7/2021

It is little wonder the Swedish equipment vendor has leapt to Huawei's defense in Sweden, whatever it really thinks about its Chinese rival.

Amid C-band demand, 5G proponents could turn to 6GHz next
News Analysis | 1/7/2021

Bidding in the C-band has topped $80 billion. Operators priced out of the C-band auction could turn their attention to the 6GHz band, a possibility that has Wi-Fi advocates concerned.

CSG's new CEO sizes up growth in mobile, business diversification
CxO Spotlight | 1/7/2021

CSG is the top 'challenger brand' in wireless revenue management and will back that up with big deals and potential M&A opportunities aimed at bulking up the company's product portfolio, CEO Brian Shepherd says.

Openreach turns to EXFO for a full-fiber boost
News Analysis | 1/7/2021

BT's networks business is under pressure to build its full-fiber network as efficiently as possible. Monitoring tools from EXFO could make a difference.

WeLink nabs $185M investment for fixed wireless expansion
News Analysis | 1/7/2021

WeLink described its financial agreement with Digital Alpha Advisors, which is tied to Cisco, as a 'template for the network operator of tomorrow.'

UK watchdog growls at Nvidia's Arm deal
News Analysis | 1/7/2021

Opponents of the takeover say Nvidia would have little incentive to sell Arm's designs to its competitors.

China 5G still immature, says think tank
News Analysis | 1/7/2021

A new white paper warns that 5G is far from complete in China and that a cross-industry ecosystem has yet to be established.

NYSE once again delists Chinese telecom titans
News Analysis | 1/7/2021

After Trump administration pressure, the New York Stock Exchange again delists telecom giants China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom Hong Kong.

Eurobites: Ericsson hires BT's Ainely to beef up UK/Ireland unit
News Analysis | 1/7/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia gets ready to Ramboll; Netflix increases its prices in UK; CityFibre breaks ground in Nottingham.

Vodafone UK offers free broadband to small businesses
News Analysis | 1/7/2021

Latest offer to support businesses comes with the requirement to sign up to a 36-month contract.

T-Mobile manages to tame Sprint's churn
News Analysis | 1/7/2021

T-Mobile reported that its postpaid phone churn was 1.03% in the fourth quarter of 2020, which the financial analysts at New Street Research said was 'down dramatically year-over-year.'

India's BSNL blocks foreign vendors from 4G core
News Analysis | 1/7/2021

Only Indian suppliers have been invited to provide a core network for India's state-owned telco.

Viasat presses FCC to review environmental impact of Starlink's satellites
News Analysis | 1/6/2021

Viasat, a Starlink competitor, argues that Starlink's mega-constellation will harm the Earth's atmosphere, increase orbital debris and worsen light pollution.

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