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South Korean telcos make a play for another pay-TV asset

All three South Korean telcos – SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus – are making a play for HCN, a unit of Hyundai Department Store.

Packet staffing up network edge as part of Equinix

Bare metal automation specialist Packet, now part of Equinix, says software talent will add value to the network edge.

UK's EE sees 45% rise in chat app traffic amid COVID-19 lockdown

BT-owned mobile operator tracks changing usage habits of communications services during the UK lockdown.

Big advertisers want to defer payments, tweak deals with Quibi – report

Quibi's initial numbers are not hitting the mark for some major advertisers that reportedly are seeking to change their terms with the mobile-focused, short-form premium video service.

Broadcasters place 'NextGenTV' bet in Las Vegas

Sinclair, Nexstar and Scripps have lit up ATSC 3.0 signals for four stations, creating the foundation for a wave of new apps and services that could include 4K video, targeted ads, VoD and immersive audio.

Operators hope for a VR catalyst to 5G

Verizon, China Mobile and Deutsche Telekom are among the 5G operators rallying around a new batch of virtual and augmented reality devices that could eventually boost their service revenues.

Nokia plays catch-up in 400G Ethernet gear

Nokia is touting new 400G products following its acquisition of Elenion Technologies, but some argue competitors including Infinera, Ciena, Cisco and Juniper Networks beat it to the party.

Cable broadband access equipment market will rebound, eventually

But, thanks partly to the current COVID-19 hit, the market won't approach its previous heights until at least the middle of the decade when next-gen access technologies finally kick in.

AT&T faces more pressure to jettison DirecTV – report

Bankers reportedly are set to put the heat on AT&T to spin out its struggling DirecTV unit as AT&T company grapples with a big debt load and critical 5G commitments.

SeaChange's video biz takes hit as COVID-19-caused delays mount

Says the video delivery sector has been 'meaningfully impacted' by the pandemic, slowing deployment decisions on the vendor's new Framework platform for cloud and on-prem services.

Netflix gives its subscriber list a good scrub

In a display of goodwill and confidence in its underlying business, Netflix has begun to auto-cancel subscriptions that have been inactive for a year, estimating that it pertains to a small sliver of its base.

Cable travels tech-agnostic road to smart cities

There's no silver bullet solution for smart cities projects, so cable ops are utilizing a variety of technologies, including LoRaWAN, cellular, Wi-Fi and narrowband-IoT, to support those efforts.

WiCipedia: Women in tech roles hit hard by pandemic

This week in our WiC roundup: The N95 mask's origin story; women in tech concerned about job loss; Intel announces new diversity goals; and more.

Comcast: We're 'fully committed' to Full Duplex DOCSIS

Comcast's affirmation of that commitment comes amid chatter that the cable op has reassessed its near-term engineering priorities during the pandemic. Still, that decision could impact suppliers involved in the project.

China Mobile, CBN strike long-awaited network-sharing deal

New partnership with China Broadcasting Network Corporation (CBN) for joint 5G build gives China Mobile access to valuable 700MHz band.

Altice Europe maintains 2020 outlook despite 'challenging backdrop'

Telecoms group reports 3.6% revenue growth in the first quarter of 2020, with a slight rise in EBITDA.

Eurobites: Euskatel goes nationwide under Virgin brand

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: top BT execs do the decent thing; TIM, Google collaborate on cloud services; Colt appoints new CEO.

HBO Max adds distribution partners as launch nears

Altice USA, Cox, NCTC and Verizon are among the latest to agree to offer the new supersized SVoD service, but Comcast and Dish are still absent from that list.

FCC vote positions ATSC 3.0 as a new broadband pipe

Commissioner Brendan Carr says proposal to remove the 'overhang of legacy media regulations' sets stage for 'Broadcast Internet' services that ride on ATSC 3.0 to deliver 25 Mbit/s data streams.

Tele Columbus navigates through COVID-19

German cable operator boasts 'solid' Q1. Confirms full-year guidance.

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