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Here's how AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile slice and dice 5G plans and pricing
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

All of the big US network operators are working to get customers to subscribe to their expensive service plans, but the details of their 5G pricing strategies highlight their divergent network positions.

Huawei promises to share driving in its new smart car business
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

If there's one thing we've learned from Huawei's annual analyst event this week it is that it's definitely not building its own car – right?

Plex raises $50M to fuel streaming expansion
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

With a mission to become a 'one-stop shop' for streaming media and plans to tie in a bigger mix of major streaming services, new chairman views Plex as 'the cable company of the future.'

Global biggies show interest in India's PLI scheme
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

The DoT says global vendors including Ericsson and Nokia have applied via the Production Linked Incentive Scheme to expand their manufacturing base in India.

Rights groups seek tougher EU rules for WhatsApp, Skype
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Letter calls for EU Parliament to stand up for user privacy rights in reform of ePrivacy directive, and not defend the interests of tech giants.

Virgin Media and O2 merger cleared for take-off
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Competition authorities have few worries about the UK tie-up, but customers and employees may feel differently.

Eurobites: Openreach turns to India's STL for cabling, connectors
News Analysis | 4/14/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vector Photonics bag equity funding; German data protection regulator clamps down on Facebook; Spotify suffers branding car-crash moment.

Huawei and the great 6G schism
Morris Lore | 4/14/2021

The Chinese equipment giant questions the need for 6G and even 5G technology as protectionism looms and US sanctions force a strategic shift.

Satellites poised to join 5G network topology
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

Satellites to date have been viewed as a last-resort option for 5G backhaul. But players ranging from OneWeb to AST SpaceMobile to Inmarsat are hoping to provide far more than that.

Harmonic gets lift from agreement with big shareholder
The Bauminator | 4/13/2021

Agreement with Scopia Capital Management leads to some wild speculation about what it all means, but it appears that the motivations behind it are much more straightforward.

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile kill RCS plans
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

The biggest wireless network operators in the US announced in 2019 that they would jointly launch RCS messaging services sometime in 2020. But it was not to be.

5.5G needs on-demand spectrum allocation: Huawei
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

The evolution to 5.5G will require on-demand frequency allocation and much greater network intelligence, Huawei says.

Vodafone trumpets launch of standalone 5G in Germany
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

German operator teams with Ericsson, Nokia, Oppo and Qualcomm to cast 5G adrift from LTE.

Comcast's enterprise IoT unit sets sail for scale
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

MachineQ says rollouts of LoRaWAN gateways and traffic loads are on the rise amid a deployment streamlining effort, investments in sales and marketing and a stronger link to Comcast Business.

BT, Ericsson get all Industry 4.0 with Hyperbat
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

UK battery manufacturer looks to 5G VR digital twin solution to boost productivity.

Tiny Montana operator voices support for open RAN
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

Triangle Telephone Cooperative (TTC) is based in Central Montana and counts around 17,000 subscribers. It's considering ripping out Huawei's core and replacing it with open RAN equipment.

Xilinx and Mavenir hail massive MIMO breakthrough for open RAN
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

The companies promise a 64T64R radio unit competitive with the best from traditional players by late 2021.

Roku freshens up device lineup, OS
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

Roku is rolling out a new entry-level, $39.99 4K player, a premium voice remote and new soundbar/streaming combo, along with a mix of new features in updated OS for streaming players and Roku TVs.

Eurobites: Use smaller vendors for 5G, UK government tells industry
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson drives private network for automotive testbed; Openreach invests £100 million in Northern Ireland; Three UK hires new CTO.

AXON emerges on fixed access scene with $27M in funding
News Analysis | 4/13/2021

AXON Networks says it delivers an AI-driven, analytics-based orchestration platform, the AXON AnyNet Orchestrator, in addition to high-speed routers utilizing the latest Wi-Fi technologies.

Verizon kicks off C-band spending splurge
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Verizon inked cell tower deals with Crown Castle and SBA Communications, but some analysts believe Verizon will need to add more towers to its network to meet its coverage goals.

T-Mobile blasts Dish 'misinformation campaign' about 3G CDMA shut off
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Dish Network has said T-Mobile's CDMA shutdown plans raise 'significant competition and public interest concerns.' But T-Mobile issued a blistering retort to Dish: 'Go do your job.'

Comcast makes waves in open source
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Two projects originally created by Comcast engineers – Kuberhealthy and Trickster – are the first from the operator to be accepted as 'Sandbox' projects by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

Microsoft gets Nuanced in $19.7B voice-rec buy
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Microsoft sees cloud services boost its net income by a yearly 33%, up to $15.5 billion, as the Redmond tech giant now cocks an eye at telcos.

Biden's broadband plan ends era of 'hands-off' regulation
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Big telecom has driven the industry, with light-touch regulation – not just in the US but across the OECD and much of the developing world. Until now.

AT&T, Samsung, others to meet with Biden over chip shortages
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

A number of tech companies, including those in the telecom industry, are scheduled to meet with the Biden administration Monday to discuss the effects of the global chipset shortage.

Apple pursuing Apple TV-HomePod combo – report
The Bauminator | 4/12/2021

Product integrations alongside a broader refresh would be an obvious catch-up move against the likes of Amazon, Google and even Roku.

Neuralink plays mind games with a monkey
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Elon Musk's brain-machine interface tech firm shows a macaque monkey playing 'mind-pong' with the aid of an implanted wireless chip.

Starved of chips, Huawei pivots to cars and software
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

The Chinese equipment giant hopes investment in software will make it less reliant on state-of-the-art chips.

Orange adds Poland JV to European infrastructure plan
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Orange Poland teams with Dutch pension fund APG to create 50:50 venture with aim of driving fiber network rollout.

CommScope's set-top spin-out: How did we get here?
The Bauminator | 4/12/2021

The story is not done playing out, but the road leading to CommScope's decision to spin out its Home Networks division has taken many twists and turns, crossing the paths of Digeo, Motorola and Google along the way.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia brings broadband blend to Friuli Venezia Giulia
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Fastweb taps Amdocs for network inventory upgrade; MTN seeks $5 billion valuation of mobile money unit ahead of stake sale; A1 Telekom Austria brings your package inside.

Huawei gives another thumbs-down to open RAN – or so it says
News Analysis | 4/12/2021

The 5G equipment giant seems to be one of the only telecom companies in China that is not crazy about open RAN.

Omnispace's tests hint at discussions with Dish, Verizon, US Space Force
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

Fresh off its deal with Lockheed Martin, Omnispace appears to be busy. The company has hinted at potential discussions with players ranging from Dish Network to Verizon to the US Space Force.

Biden's budget highlights interest in spectrum sharing for 5G
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

The White House has requested $39 million in 2022 for the NTIA to research 'innovative approaches to spectrum sharing.' That could pave the way for IIC technology to go live for 5G.

Verizon: Global chip shortage shouldn't slow 5G
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

Following warnings from the likes of T-Mobile, Gogo and Infinera, Verizon said that it does not expect the global chip shortage to affect its C-band buildout plans.

NCTC pitches plan to keep MobiTV alive
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

NCTC, which represents dozens of operators that use MobiTV, has asked members to put up at least $1 million toward potential MobiTV buyers.

Biden targets supercomputers in first move against China tech
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

New president signals that he, too, plans to take a tough line over technologies regarded as a potential threat.

WiCipedia: What makes a good company for female employees?
WiCipedia | 4/9/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: How trans people in tech are faring; the best places for women to work; 'tech-bro gender-blindness'; and more.

Eurobites: Ericsson, TDC Net pump 5G into Grundfos plant
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica Tech opts for quantum randomness; STC teams up with Dizmo for smart homes; HMD Global unveils more Nokia phones.

Indian telcos want a share of the growing IoT business
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

The Internet of Things (IoT) seems to be the flavor of the month as far as Indian service providers' enterprise offerings are concerned.

China's five-year plan bigs up 5G
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

Beijing's 14th five-year plan calls for building on China's 5G advantage to maintain its status as the world's factory floor, but it's less ambitious than previous plans.

Nokia, Lenovo shake hands on patent deal
News Analysis | 4/9/2021

Companies put their patent‑infringement battles behind them, but only after Lenovo agrees to make a net balancing payment to Nokia.

The billion dollar fight to cross the digital divide gets dirty
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Some of the companies that won money in the FCC's RDOF program are facing a growing, noisy chorus of critics that argue they won't be able to meet their obligations.

Charter wants to start mapping out its mobile network
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

After spending around $500 million on CBRS spectrum licenses, Charter is now asking the FCC for permission to conduct drive tests of transmissions in the band in around a dozen cities.

Discovery+ adds to Comcast's streaming mix
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Discovery's new premium streaming service has launched on Flex, and will be rolled out to Comcast's X1 pay-TV platform in the coming weeks.

Dish's 5G sales pitch thickens around security
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Dish Network is now promising 'a cloud-native solution that integrates network security from the foundation up.' Nokia, Allot and Palo Alto Networks are providing the details.

Supporting cable technicians today and tomorrow
Guest Perspectives | 4/8/2021

The past year has taught us many lessons. Among them is the critical role of the cable network in our homes and our daily lives.

CommScope open to other alternatives for Home Networks unit
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

Board would consider other options if they created value that extends beyond the current plan to spin off a Home Business unit that will be led by cable and telecom industry veteran Joe Chow.

Fujitsu: Cyber cretins are casing out private 5G
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

When private 5G meets factories it brings cybercriminals to the yard. Fujitsu partners up with Trend Micro to eyeball if they can cook up a solution.

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