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Nokia hires advisers for possible asset sales or a merger – reports

Nokia is reportedly in the process of evaluating options including asset sales and mergers, following profit warnings from the vendor earlier this month.

Telefónica takes indirect stake in SD-WAN startup flexiWAN

Late last year, Telefónica said it would be testing flexiWAN's SD-WAN technology on white-box CPEs.

Why WOW is cozying up to streaming services

It's all about providing choice, though the service provider will continue to support and sell its legacy pay-TV offering, WOW exec Scott Barton says.

Powering 5G cell sites may rack up big costs for operators

It takes nearly double the amount of energy to power a 5G cell site using a massive MIMO antenna than it does a 4G cell site.

T-Mobile conducts layoffs in prepaid business

According to people familiar with the company, T-Mobile has cut a number of jobs in its prepaid Metro by T-Mobile business.

AT&T's FirstNet buildout nears completion, albeit with some hiccups

AT&T said it's roughly 75% finished with its FirstNet network buildout, ahead of schedule. But some of the company's vendors and partners aren't exactly lined up with that progress.

Cable operators and edge computing: Where and why?

Cable providers need to ask themselves some basic questions about edge computing so they can start developing strategies for leveraging this critical technology.

Altice USA hooks up with Apple

Cable op has launched a streaming video app for the Apple TV along with a promo that lets customers finance the purchase of an Apple TV 4K box and get a free year of the Apple TV+ subscription VoD service.

Huawei unveils alternative to Google's apps suite

Chinese vendor unveils Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), its own suite of apps and services.

Deutsche Telekom, Intel breakthrough piles open RAN pressure onto big vendors

The German operator and its partners may have found a way of compensating for the performance shortcomings of general-purpose processors.

Cellnex and Bouygues Telecom seal fiber deal to support 5G

Agreement on creation of French joint venture comes as mobile tower provider reports 15% increase in 2019 revenue to surpass the €1 billion threshold.

Eurobites: Nokia goes a-slicing

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Arm notches up record chip shipments in Q4; French operators bid for 5G spectrum; no tin hats required, UK 5G basestation tests find.

A year later, Rakuten's mobile optimism remains undimmed

Rakuten missed its 4G mobile network launch date last year, but company officials this week reiterated the Japanese company will soon turn on 'the world's first end-to-end fully virtualized cloud-native network.'

South Korean telcos adopt new working practices in face of coronavirus

SK Telecom has instructed staff to work from home and reportedly closed its HQ, while others have adopted other telecommute strategies, according to local reports.

Plume banks another $85M

Charter, Qualcomm Ventures, Belkin and Service Electric Cablevision come on board as equity investors in a whole-home WiFi and smart home software company that has now raised about $127 million.

Startups and smaller companies chart paths around MWC cancellation

Companies like Parallel Wireless, Allot and Lynk are working to fill in the hole left by the cancellation of the MWC trade show in Barcelona, Spain.

Comcast snaps up free streaming service Xumo

Xumo, which will remain an independent business inside the cable op, has already integrated its free, ad-supported streaming service on Comcast's X1 and Xfinity Flex boxes.

AT&T and Verizon axed nearly 30K jobs last year

These are dark days for the American telecom worker, and the pending merger between T-Mobile and Sprint is unlikely to brighten the outlook.

WOW embraces pay-TV cord-cutting

Via trial in Charleston, SC, WideOpenWest is fixing on broadband while ceding some ground to OTT-TV providers in the form of partnerships with fuboTV, Philo, Sling TV and YouTube TV.

Mirantis co-founder targets 5G 'oligopoly' with private networks startup FreedomFi

Mirantis Co-Founder and CMO Boris Renski announced he will leave his job to push his new startup FreedomFi, which is targeting private wireless LTE networks in the 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum band.

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