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Disney mucks metaverse unit as part of larger layoff – report

Disney's metaverse unit, which had about 50 employees, was among the casualties in a larger wave of layoffs at the media giant, according to The Wall Street Journal.

NaaS startup Graphiant grabs $62M in funding

Founder and CEO Khalid Raza said industry interest in Graphiant's network edge service 'has been much faster than what we saw with MPLS at Cisco or SD-WAN with Viptela. Graphiant has hit a nerve.'

The Divide: How ACA Connects sees BEAD funds rolling out nationwide

ACA Connects' Brian Hurley joins the podcast to discuss the group's BEAD funding framework – a national analysis of how far funding from the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program will go, and a state-by-state breakdown of how those funds can be used for fiber.

T-Mobile starts spending political capital to get its 2.5GHz spectrum

According to the financial analysts at New Street Research, T-Mobile isn't afraid to 'spend some political and financial capital to demonstrate that it has a strong argument' for its 5G spectrum.

Alibaba to break up into six 'agile' businesses

Alibaba restructure follows Jack Ma's return to China after lengthy absence.

Google Fiber to take on Cox and Lumen in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Building on a recent string of network expansion plans, Google Fiber's latest market target will pit it against area incumbents Cox Communications and Lumen/CenturyLink.

Amazon opens Sidewalk mesh network to outside developers

Amazon is making a renewed effort to put Sidewalk on the map, announcing Tuesday that it's opening this mesh network to outside developers and offering them free test kits to check its coverage.

Comcast expands service and tech ecosystem for new 'Smart Solutions' unit

The new Comcast Smart Solutions unit is expanding tech and service ecosystem to support its goal of being a one-stop-shop for IoT services tailored for municipalities, retailers, campuses and other businesses.

Here's why Paradise Mobile chose AWS for its 5G cloud

Paradise Mobile, which is planning to build a 5G network in Bermuda, said it will run its network operations almost completely within the AWS cloud.

Eurobites: BT explores '$500M opportunity' with AWS

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson does 5G fast in the Faroe Islands; Telia explores 5G for healthcare; French government kills the phone fun.

Charter makes rare acquisition amid focus on rural network expansions

M&A opportunities have been few and far between, but Charter has reportedly struck a deal to acquire Bee Line Cable, a family-owned operator serving parts of central Maine.

Court upholds USF for now but future of broadband subsidies still murky

The Universal Service Fund, or USF, survived the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, but its future is still uncertain.

IoT consolidation continues via KORE's new Twilio deal

Longtime Internet of Things (IoT) player KORE announced that it will acquire Twilio's IoT business. The transaction shines more light on the tumult enveloping the IoT space.

BT would be nuts to replace Jansen now

The UK telecom incumbent is reportedly searching for a new boss, but it will have trouble finding one who can do any better.

Frontier tightens ties to YouTube TV, targets cable's bundle

Signaling a new attack on cable's broadband/pay-TV bundle, Frontier is now offering its own broadband service and YouTube TV on the same bill. YouTube TV is now Frontier's primary video offering for new customers.

First open RAN/vRAN installations expected to ramp up

Key findings from Heavy Reading's Open RAN Platforms and Architectures Operator Survey Report indicate that the ecosystem is continuing to develop and that a very significant number of service providers expect to complete first installations within two years.

US hardball drove Chinese vendor from huge cable project: reports

US government pressure forced Chinese vendor HMN Technologies out of the 19,000-km Sea-Me-We 6 (SMW6) subsea cable in favor of New Jersey-based SubCom, it's been reported.

Fair share or net neutrality? Cakeist EC thinks it can have both

The European Union seems to be approaching the subject the way Boris Johnson approached Brexit.

Glance still planning US launch, at some point

Glance has not yet launched its services in the US. That's noteworthy considering reports last year indicated the startup's US launch was imminent.

India’s Airtel Nxtra to double capacity by 2025 to increase market share

Airtel's data center arm, Nxtra, will come up with seven new data centers to double capacity as competition heats up and the stage is set for consolidation.

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