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Podcast: What's the story with Starlink?

This week: Light Reading's Mike Dano on what's going on with SpaceX's Starlink.

NTT Docomo cracks open 5G fronthaul for carrier aggregation

Japanese operator demos 'multi-vendor' trial, using O-RAN fronthaul specs, with Fujitsu and NEC.

Video strategies vary widely among indie operators

Some still see video as an important piece, while others are extracting themselves from the business to leave the mess of rocketing programming rates to OTT-TV providers.

Germany stops short of Huawei ban, but raises bar to entry

Germany looks set to strangle the China-based supplier in red tape as scrutiny is extended to the 5G RAN.

In race to V2X, wireless industry resurrects Chinese boogeyman

The US wireless industry is rallying around the C-V2X standard for car-to-car communications, and is warning that China could dominate the market if action isn't taken.

Trilogy plants 4G seeds in North Dakota farm

A new precision agriculture program in North Dakota promises to use edge computing, AI and a private LTE network in CBRS spectrum to automatically eliminate weeds.

Eurobites: French 5G auction hits €2.4B

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson uses 5G for remote coronavirus testing; EU could make tech titans share customer data with smaller rivals; Switzerland, UK lead European 5G charge.

Rakuten is off to a slow 5G start

The service announced today looks slower than many had hoped, will not be widely available and brings little in the way of device choice or new features.

Microsoft raises the stakes in telecom fight against AWS and Google

The software giant must persuade operators to entrust some of their most valuable systems to its public cloud.

Cable One swings deal for big piece of Mega Broadband

Cable One also has the option to acquire all of MBI, formed by the purchases of Vyve Broadband, Northland Communications and part of Eagle Communications, starting in 2023.

Musk makes Starlink IPO guarantee to small investors

But they'll have to wait. If a listing does happen it won't be for at least 'several years.'

NTT to reacquire DoCoMo for hefty $38B

NTT will pay 4.3 trillion yen ($38B), a 41% premium, to bring DoCoMo back in-house, the largest such deal in Japan.

Huawei mopping up stakes in domestic chip suppliers – report

Chinese vendor's Habo Investment arm is said to have acquired stakes in 17 local chip companies in the past year.

Eurobites: Finland's Elisa extends 5G partnership with Ericsson

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange trials private network with Schneider Electric, launches $30 smartphone in Africa; Proximus reaches Ostend with its fiber rollout; Google still dominates the price-comparison market in Europe.

Nokia lands 5G deal with BT to start replacing Huawei

The Finnish vendor scores one of its most important European deals yet with the UK's biggest operator.

Microsoft's pitch to telcos for 5G and beyond

The name Azure of Operators doesn't sound exciting, but it represents a way for carriers to partner with a cloud provider that has been quite serious about putting communications and the cloud together.

Public cloud providers seek closer collaboration with telcos

Google's membership in the Linux Foundation Network and Microsoft's launch of Azure for Operators both underscore the importance cloud providers see in working with telcos.

DriveNets confirmed by AT&T for cloud-native core routing project

AT&T confirms it deployed its disaggregated core routing platform with technology from Broadcom, DriveNets and UfiSpace.

Juniper buys Netrounds to hammer networks into shape

Acquisition of Swedish network testing and monitoring company will strengthen its line-up of automated WAN products, it says.

Broadcom looks set to avoid monster fine in Europe – report

US firm's plan to ditch customer 'incentives' to buy its chips appears to find favor with the European Commission.

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