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Disney+ subscriber train slows down

Disney's premium streaming service ended fiscal Q2 with 103.6 million subs, short of an expected 110 million. Meanwhile, operating losses at Disney's direct-to-consumer business have narrowed significantly.

Things are looking somewhat grim at Sonim

Sonim, a maker of rugged mobile phones, warned that 'substantial doubt exists regarding Sonim's ability to continue as a going concern.' As a result, the company is considering strategic alternatives.

T-Mobile eyes government money for fixed wireless service

As the Biden administration pushes $100 billion toward the broadband industry, T-Mobile positions its 5G Home Internet service as a potential recipient of that spending.

Iceland takes the FTTH as half EU homes get fiber

More than half of houses across Europe have fiber-optic connections, 10 million more than in 2019.

NTT DoCoMo making gains, anticipating pain in price war

Profits are increasingly being held up by the Japanese service provider's digital businesses.

Rakuten and the curious case of the missing 5G plan

The Japanese e-commerce firm is already a long way behind its bigger rivals in the country's 5G market.

MediaTek to challenge Qualcomm on its home turf

Following a big bet on 5G, MediaTek is now positioned to challenge smartphone chipset heavyweight Qualcomm in the US market. MediaTek is predicting 40% growth in 2021.

BT ups FTTP target to 25M premises by 2026

UK operator to consider external funding for FTTP rollout for the first time as it looks to brighter times ahead.

Telefónica Q1 shows signs of improvement

Spanish giant claims full-year 'stabilization' target on track as COVID-19 impact diminishes; continues to chip away at huge debt pile.

Eurobites: Italy slaps Google with €102M fine for Android antics

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK soccer rights rolled over; Safaricom pinched by pandemic; BT makes progress in carbon-cutting.

Altice USA preps for multi-gig speeds

Fourth-largest US cable operator aims to be '10-gig-ready' in the next 18 months, thanks to its aggressive FTTP upgrade strategy.

TiVo wins MobiTV auction with bid of $18.5M

In an auction process that took a day-and-a-half to complete, TiVo beat out a rival bid of $18 million from a group that included UK-based Amino Technologies and a joint venture of Roku and RPX.

Charter to start first CBRS market buildout in 2021

'We know where to put the CBRS radios to get the maximum offload capacity,' says Charter President and CEO Tom Rutledge.

US scraps Xiaomi blacklisting

Threat of litigation by Chinese smartphone maker appears to have forced a rethink.

T-Mobile to leave 2G intact amid 3G CDMA shutdown

T-Mobile disclosed in a recent letter that 'active 2G/3G devices accounted for less than 1% of traffic on the T-Mobile network as of the week of April 11, 2021.'

Facebook to test 5G small cells at Menlo Park HQ

Facebook's newest midband spectrum tests hint at its desire for 'self-organizing network (SON) features in a 5G over-the-air setup operating in a small cell configuration.'

Sedona disappears into Cisco M&A factory

The US Internet equipment maker snaps up an Israeli startup highly regarded for its automation expertise and agnosticism.

Pre Olympics, SoftBank's profit a new Japan record

Bouncing back from a 2019 loss and splash as the Nasdaq Whale, SoftBank Group rides IPOs to profits that are a Japanese record. But can it continue?

Comcast's Flex platform driving ARPU of $2/month as deployments reach 3.5M devices

Comcast Cable CEO Dave Watson says 'it's absolutely doable' to deploy the company's software stack for Flex and X1 in smart TVs.

India's DoT tries to debunk coronavirus 5G link

India's DoT tries to nip 5G COVID-19 conspiracy theories in the bud by reasonably pointing out there's currently no 5G in India.

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