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MediaTek to challenge Qualcomm on its home turf

Following a big bet on 5G, MediaTek is now positioned to challenge smartphone chipset heavyweight Qualcomm in the US market. MediaTek is predicting 40% growth in 2021.

BT ups FTTP target to 25M premises by 2026

UK operator to consider external funding for FTTP rollout for the first time as it looks to brighter times ahead.

Telefónica Q1 shows signs of improvement

Spanish giant claims full-year 'stabilization' target on track as COVID-19 impact diminishes; continues to chip away at huge debt pile.

Eurobites: Italy slaps Google with €102M fine for Android antics

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK soccer rights rolled over; Safaricom pinched by pandemic; BT makes progress in carbon-cutting.

Altice USA preps for multi-gig speeds

Fourth-largest US cable operator aims to be '10-gig-ready' in the next 18 months, thanks to its aggressive FTTP upgrade strategy.

TiVo wins MobiTV auction with bid of $18.5M

In an auction process that took a day-and-a-half to complete, TiVo beat out a rival bid of $18 million from a group that included UK-based Amino Technologies and a joint venture of Roku and RPX.

Charter to start first CBRS market buildout in 2021

'We know where to put the CBRS radios to get the maximum offload capacity,' says Charter President and CEO Tom Rutledge.

US scraps Xiaomi blacklisting

Threat of litigation by Chinese smartphone maker appears to have forced a rethink.

T-Mobile to leave 2G intact amid 3G CDMA shutdown

T-Mobile disclosed in a recent letter that 'active 2G/3G devices accounted for less than 1% of traffic on the T-Mobile network as of the week of April 11, 2021.'

Facebook to test 5G small cells at Menlo Park HQ

Facebook's newest midband spectrum tests hint at its desire for 'self-organizing network (SON) features in a 5G over-the-air setup operating in a small cell configuration.'

Sedona disappears into Cisco M&A factory

The US Internet equipment maker snaps up an Israeli startup highly regarded for its automation expertise and agnosticism.

Pre Olympics, SoftBank's profit a new Japan record

Bouncing back from a 2019 loss and splash as the Nasdaq Whale, SoftBank Group rides IPOs to profits that are a Japanese record. But can it continue?

Comcast's Flex platform driving ARPU of $2/month as deployments reach 3.5M devices

Comcast Cable CEO Dave Watson says 'it's absolutely doable' to deploy the company's software stack for Flex and X1 in smart TVs.

India's DoT tries to debunk coronavirus 5G link

India's DoT tries to nip 5G COVID-19 conspiracy theories in the bud by reasonably pointing out there's currently no 5G in India.

Deutsche Telekom's Americanism might not pay off for Europe

Europe's biggest operator today generates most of its profits and invests most of its cash in the US. What does that mean for Europe?

Ericsson to pay €80M to Nokia to settle damages claim

The settlement relates to events that were subject to a $1 billion settlement with the DoJ and SEC in 2019.

Podcast: What's the story with telecom in India?

On this episode, Gagandeep Kaur discusses the state of telecom in India and the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the industry at large.

Eurobites: Proximus gives its VDSL some va-va-voom

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: how 5G is changing the way folk use their phones; Orange brings 5G to Slovakia; the Queen promises to sort out UK broadband.

Mo Katibeh now in charge of building AT&T's 5G, fiber network

Mo Katibeh is now in charge of AT&T's capital budget 'including AT&T's aggressive fiber build expansion and nationwide 5G deployment,' the company confirmed to Light Reading.

Small cells cool off while midband 5G buildouts begin

Verizon, T-Mobile and others are building 5G in midband spectrum. That work is initially focused on macro cell towers. Small cells, on the other hand, might come into play later.

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