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Mavenir begins dabbling in open RAN hardware

Mavenir is pinning its hopes on an open RAN trend separating hardware from software. At the same time, the company is working to tightly integrate its own hardware and software.

What to expect from the C-band auction for 5G spectrum

Who's bidding? When will the auction end? And what will the winners get? Some expect the C-band auction to be America's biggest-ever spectrum sale.

WarnerMedia's bold movie move will help HBO Max… at a price

Decision to distribute Warner Bros movies simultaneously in theaters and HBO Max is risky even if it accelerates growth for WarnerMedia's new premium SVoD service, analyst says.

North Dakota telco lights up 5-Gig residential broadband service

Delivered on XGS-PON gear from Calix, MLGC's speedy new offering sells for $199 per month.

Facebook tests tech to provide data to rural world

Facebook releases first results for its prototype SuperCell, a tech to provide mobile network coverage from existing towers to rural communities.

Comcast inches toward HBO Max integration

A tile for HBO Max and other HBO Max branding have surfaced on X1. However, when the tile is launched, it directs viewers to the regular HBO network page rather than the fuller, OTT-delivered HBO Max app.

Open RAN will be a $3.2B market in 2024, says Omdia

Forecast is raised as service providers commit to both greenfield and brownfield deployments worldwide.

FTTH/B in Europe? Massive growth surge on its way – report

IDATE forecasts a near tripling of FTTH/B subscribers in EU member states (plus UK) between 2020 and 2026. UK and Germany no longer full-fiber laggards.

China's 5G newcomer pins its hopes on untried mobile broadcast

CBN has a mountain to climb as it tries to establish broadcast technology as a 5G challenger.

Eurobites: Tele2 sells small German unit

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: more on Vodafone's edge deal with AWS; better times lie ahead, says Analysys Mason; blockchain gets a telecom workout.

Ofcom plans no fiber pricing controls for 11 years

Move by regulator signals support for BT's FTTP rollout, but TalkTalk challenges 'multibillion-pound giveaway' to the former incumbent.

WiCipedia: Is there an alternative to imposter syndrome?

This week in our WiC roundup: How to avoid imposter syndrome; fundraising for good; what it takes to build a diverse team; and more.

Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown: An outlook for the open RAN ecosystem

Ciena, Cisco could acquire NeoPhotonics – analysts

'We see a very high likelihood of NeoPhotonics being acquired by a larger optical component supplier or even by Ciena or Cisco,' wrote the financial analysts at MKM Partners.

Brewing Japanese price war could spell trouble for AT&T, Verizon

Docomo in Japan is now selling 5G for around half of what its fellow incumbents charge. If Dish enters the 5G market in the US, AT&T and Verizon might be forced into a similar position.

EXFO checks OTT's heartbeat

New video monitoring tool is designed to help service providers auto-detect and diagnose the root cause of video streaming issues and impairments.

Discovery+ could add 15M subs in 2021 – analyst

But industry watchers expect the new, premium streaming service to face challenges as it will likely face a harder sell in the US compared to Europe and other international markets.

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile are neck and neck in 5G speeds – report

New findings from OpenSignal show a surprising parity in 5G download speeds among AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. But, as always, the devil is in the details.

Huawei can expect more European hardship in the Biden era

As opinion swings against China, Huawei's regional difficulties could mount when Joe Biden enters the White House.

Huawei, ZTE cushioned by China

Dell'Oro Group finds the two Chinese suppliers making revenue-share inroads in the worldwide telecoms equipment market, thanks to heavy domestic spending.

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