A year after its commercial launch in parts of Asia, the mobile technology still looks like an improvement over 4G rather than an economic game-changer.
Germany's Deutsche Telekom pledge not to cut US jobs is looking shaky, and the carnage continues outside the US.
The small Irish software company disappeared last month when it was acquired by Israel's Amdocs for just $180 million.
The Italian phone operator eyed a leading role in the market on its creation but since then it has lost millions of customers and seen revenues plummet.
The sale of the UK's only major technology player in the open RAN ecosystem would hardly support efforts to rekindle the domestic telecom supply chain.
Ofcom says no to operators calling for an administrative award of spectrum instead of a competitive auction. Its logic makes little sense.