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Samsung's Shah talks open RAN, accelerators and the cloud

Samsung has business with Verizon, Dish Network and Comcast in the North American market, giving it a prime view into developing technologies including open RAN and cloud architecture.

Eurobites: EU wants less replacing, more repairing

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Google's cloud lands in Turin; Telefónica gets into bed with Qwilt; new brooms sweep in at Vodafone Portugal and Fastweb.

The virtual RAN benefits are as clear as mud, unless you're Intel

Facing so many options and trade-offs, and alert to the danger of supplier lock-in, many operators have yet to be convinced about RAN virtualization.

Harmonic bags Charter for virtual CMTS

Charter has tapped Harmonic as a 'strategic technology partner' for a virtual cable modem termination system rollout. Comcast, Vodafone and GCI are among other top ops to go with Harmonic's 'CableOS' platform.

Eurobites: Virgin Media O2 in takeover talks with CityFibre – report

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT hooks up with AWS for more cloud-assisted mobile-edge clout; MTN trials 5G SA core with Azure; Germany fears effects of Huawei ban.

Dell'Oro's Sameh Boujelbene: AI is changing data center hardware

Higher speed optical links between data centers, computing clusters and servers are being pushed to the limit by the demands of AI, according to Dell'Oro's Sameh Boujelbene.

Investors remain cool on open RAN, and it's no wonder

The telco championing of open RAN has not been matched by support for new entrants.

Eurobites: Proximus taps Google for 'sovereign cloud' in Belgium and Luxembourg

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Seacom goes live on Equiano subsea cable; go higher, says Telecom Italia; Open Fiber revenue up by a quarter in 2022.

Getting to know the how – and the why – of the telecom cloud

Google Cloud, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services have suddenly and loudly entered the telecom industry. But how should telecom network operators evaluate each of their cloud options?

Dell to jump into vRAN market this year

According to sources, Dell is developing vRAN software to control 5G radios, but it's unlikely that Dell will manufacture its own physical 5G radios.

New company seeks to help tribes with broadband mapping, BEAD prep

Native-owned Tribal Ready is working to provide tribes with resources to successfully participate in the $42.5 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program.

AT&T’s Mansfield touts midband 5G, but downplays standalone 5G

AT&T's Gordon Mansfield said the operator will make significant progress this year deploying 5G on its midband spectrum. But he expressed some reservations about standalone 5G technology.

Eurobites: Is it Germany's turn to ban Huawei and ZTE?

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: European Council approves space-based connectivity program; WhatsApp promises to be more transparent; might Facebook have to suspend its service in Europe?

Telcos risk paying a heavy price for the cloud

As public-cloud giants advance into the world of network functions, operators face some difficult choices about which hosts to use.

Eurobites: CDP-Macquarie comes in with bid for TIM's fixed infrastructure

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Liberty Global boss unimpressed with EU's 'single European telecom market' dream; FAST forward for ad-supported linear TV; EU's cloud security plan comes under fire.

Did AWS win MWC23?

AWS, Microsoft and Google Cloud at MWC23 represents a continued evolution in how the telco industry sees itself and the future of its networks.

MWC party goes on amid the rubble of telecom

The show goes on, attracting its highest number of visitors since before the pandemic, but the industry is in bad shape.

MWC recap: Google, Microsoft and Oracle diverge on network functions

The editors reflect on MWC's big takeaways including T-Mobile's 5G voice service plans, how hyperscalers are trying to differentiate themselves and investment plans for future 5G and 6G deployments.

Google Cloud takes a non-threatening stance in pursuit of telecom

Google Cloud does not plan to develop its own private wireless networking service to sell to enterprise customers, nor does the company plan to develop its own network functions.

At MWC, the herding of cats continues

The GSMA announced a new 'Open Gateway' effort, which is to release APIs that 'provide universal access to operator networks for developers.' However, we've been here before.

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