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US agencies take aim at China Telecom

Several government agencies ask the FCC to 'revoke and terminate' China Telecom's licenses in the US, citing foreign ownership and imminent security threats.

Huawei's medical mask donations spark criticism

Huawei has donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to healthcare workers in New York City and Washington, DC, on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Critics of the company claim it's a political tactic.

5G is looking like a casualty of COVID-19

The pandemic has come two or three years too early for the hyped mobile technology, and companies depending on 5G for growth may suffer badly.

Charter built to withstand the COVID-19 storm – analyst

But even as a 'pure play' cable operator, Charter won't come out of this crisis completely unscathed as broadband subscriber growth slows and cord-cutting likely goes from bad to worse.

T-Mobile expected to buy Shentel's 1.1M wireless customers

Now that T-Mobile has finally closed its merger with Sprint, the company is expected to purchase Shentel's wireless business across parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

US decision a 'blow' to HK's status as telecom hub, says legislator

Excluding Hong Kong from a trans-Pacific cable is bad news for the city, according to a key industry figure.

Foxtel cuts 200 staff as virus wipes out sports content

Australian cable TV provider Foxtel cuts staff and warns of an uncertain future as it struggles from the impact of COVID-19.

Nokia disses DSS naysayers

Finnish vendor is late to DSS party, but better later than never for the tech's enthusiasts.

After job cuts, Telus CEO trims pay in COVID-19 response

Canada's 'big three' service providers cut thousands of jobs last year while boosting executive pay. At least one company boss has realized that's a problem.

Telecom Italia warns of steeper revenue decline amid COVID-19

Italian operator's CEO said revenue will suffer even as demand for communication and entertainment services booms.

Eurobites: Liberty Global diverts $4M into COVID-19 hardship fund

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Turkey tracks the virus carriers; BT reveals pressure on emergency lines; KPN feels confident, despite everything.

Disney+ counts more than 50M paid subscribers

Surge in Disney+ subscribers follows international market launches. The service debuted in the US late last year and had 28.6 million subs by early February.

Non-IP squares up to New IP in battle for Internet's future

Without a better system than IP, future 5G applications may simply not be feasible. But the industry is torn over the answer.

AT&T hawks free HBO to pump subs for DirecTV and its new streaming service

Offer for a free year of the premium service also arrives ahead of the debut of HBO Max and AT&T's plan to migrate legacy HBO customers to its new super-sized SVoD service.

China operators to offer RCS-based 5G messaging

In an online press conference, China's big three telcos jointly shared plans to climb aboard the RCS bandwagon with rich 5G messaging.

Ra-Ra Rakuten, lover of the open RAN

Rakuten Mobile explodes onto Japan's 4G scene and carriers around the world are watching.

Eurobites: Vodafone and friends take on COVID-19 – with your smartphone

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Synamedia lands Vodafone TV gig; the march of the altnets; Deutsche Telekom gets on board with Azure.

Desperate times as VMware hurls old-timer NFV into Vodafone's COVID-19 fight

Software company spots an opportunity for the underwhelming technology to redeem itself.

NXP downgrades Q1 estimate as COVID-19 hits demand

The semiconductor company admits that its first-quarter performance will be worse than expected due to the spread of the coronavirus.

Indian market woes trigger job cuts by Huawei, ZTE

The Chinese vendors have cut hundreds of jobs, Light Reading has learned, in the troubled Indian market.

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