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Eurobites: Use smaller vendors for 5G, UK government tells industry

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson drives private network for automotive testbed; Openreach invests £100 million in Northern Ireland; Three UK hires new CTO.

AXON emerges on fixed access scene with $27M in funding

AXON Networks says it delivers an AI-driven, analytics-based orchestration platform, the AXON AnyNet Orchestrator, in addition to high-speed routers utilizing the latest Wi-Fi technologies.

Verizon kicks off C-band spending splurge

Verizon inked cell tower deals with Crown Castle and SBA Communications, but some analysts believe Verizon will need to add more towers to its network to meet its coverage goals.

T-Mobile blasts Dish 'misinformation campaign' about 3G CDMA shut off

Dish Network has said T-Mobile's CDMA shutdown plans raise 'significant competition and public interest concerns.' But T-Mobile issued a blistering retort to Dish: 'Go do your job.'

Comcast makes waves in open source

Two projects originally created by Comcast engineers – Kuberhealthy and Trickster – are the first from the operator to be accepted as 'Sandbox' projects by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

Microsoft gets Nuanced in $19.7B voice-rec buy

Microsoft sees cloud services boost its net income by a yearly 33%, up to $15.5 billion, as the Redmond tech giant now cocks an eye at telcos.

Biden's broadband plan ends era of 'hands-off' regulation

Big telecom has driven the industry, with light-touch regulation – not just in the US but across the OECD and much of the developing world. Until now.

AT&T, Samsung, others to meet with Biden over chip shortages

A number of tech companies, including those in the telecom industry, are scheduled to meet with the Biden administration Monday to discuss the effects of the global chipset shortage.

Apple pursuing Apple TV-HomePod combo – report

Product integrations alongside a broader refresh would be an obvious catch-up move against the likes of Amazon, Google and even Roku.

Neuralink plays mind games with a monkey

Elon Musk's brain-machine interface tech firm shows a macaque monkey playing 'mind-pong' with the aid of an implanted wireless chip.

Starved of chips, Huawei pivots to cars and software

The Chinese equipment giant hopes investment in software will make it less reliant on state-of-the-art chips.

Orange adds Poland JV to European infrastructure plan

Orange Poland teams with Dutch pension fund APG to create 50:50 venture with aim of driving fiber network rollout.

CommScope's set-top spin-out: How did we get here?

The story is not done playing out, but the road leading to CommScope's decision to spin out its Home Networks division has taken many twists and turns, crossing the paths of Digeo, Motorola and Google along the way.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia brings broadband blend to Friuli Venezia Giulia

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Fastweb taps Amdocs for network inventory upgrade; MTN seeks $5 billion valuation of mobile money unit ahead of stake sale; A1 Telekom Austria brings your package inside.

Huawei gives another thumbs-down to open RAN – or so it says

The 5G equipment giant seems to be one of the only telecom companies in China that is not crazy about open RAN.

Omnispace's tests hint at discussions with Dish, Verizon, US Space Force

Fresh off its deal with Lockheed Martin, Omnispace appears to be busy. The company has hinted at potential discussions with players ranging from Dish Network to Verizon to the US Space Force.

Biden's budget highlights interest in spectrum sharing for 5G

The White House has requested $39 million in 2022 for the NTIA to research 'innovative approaches to spectrum sharing.' That could pave the way for IIC technology to go live for 5G.

Verizon: Global chip shortage shouldn't slow 5G

Following warnings from the likes of T-Mobile, Gogo and Infinera, Verizon said that it does not expect the global chip shortage to affect its C-band buildout plans.

NCTC pitches plan to keep MobiTV alive

NCTC, which represents dozens of operators that use MobiTV, has asked members to put up at least $1 million toward potential MobiTV buyers.

Biden targets supercomputers in first move against China tech

New president signals that he, too, plans to take a tough line over technologies regarded as a potential threat.

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