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Masergy amps up AIOps service for enterprises

Providing a clear picture of network and application performance and the ability to make real-time changes is particularly useful to SMBs that often face budget constraints and have less in-house IT and cybersecurity staff than larger enterprises.

Analysts tamp down hopes for edge computing proliferation

5G players ranging from American Tower to T-Mobile are investing in edge computing sites. However, a new report 'informed by the speed of light' raises questions about the parameters of the opportunity.

Biden's broadband bill could torpedo a DirecTV-Dish combo – analyst

Proposed bill that earmarks $100 billion for rural broadband could help merger clear the DoJ, but it would also eliminate a 'critical backstop' for the satellite TV industry, MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett says.

Italy ups EU fund allocation on broadband, 5G – report

Italy's new government diverts an extra $3 billion from the EU COVID-19 recovery fund to ultrafast infrastructure.

Here's how AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile slice and dice 5G plans and pricing

All of the big US network operators are working to get customers to subscribe to their expensive service plans, but the details of their 5G pricing strategies highlight their divergent network positions.

Huawei promises to share driving in its new smart car business

If there's one thing we've learned from Huawei's annual analyst event this week it is that it's definitely not building its own car – right?

Plex raises $50M to fuel streaming expansion

With a mission to become a 'one-stop shop' for streaming media and plans to tie in a bigger mix of major streaming services, new chairman views Plex as 'the cable company of the future.'

Global biggies show interest in India's PLI scheme

The DoT says global vendors including Ericsson and Nokia have applied via the Production Linked Incentive Scheme to expand their manufacturing base in India.

Rights groups seek tougher EU rules for WhatsApp, Skype

Letter calls for EU Parliament to stand up for user privacy rights in reform of ePrivacy directive, and not defend the interests of tech giants.

Virgin Media and O2 merger cleared for take-off

Competition authorities have few worries about the UK tie-up, but customers and employees may feel differently.

Eurobites: Openreach turns to India's STL for cabling, connectors

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vector Photonics bag equity funding; German data protection regulator clamps down on Facebook; Spotify suffers branding car-crash moment.

Huawei and the great 6G schism

The Chinese equipment giant questions the need for 6G and even 5G technology as protectionism looms and US sanctions force a strategic shift.

Satellites poised to join 5G network topology

Satellites to date have been viewed as a last-resort option for 5G backhaul. But players ranging from OneWeb to AST SpaceMobile to Inmarsat are hoping to provide far more than that.

Harmonic gets lift from agreement with big shareholder

Agreement with Scopia Capital Management leads to some wild speculation about what it all means, but it appears that the motivations behind it are much more straightforward.

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile kill RCS plans

The biggest wireless network operators in the US announced in 2019 that they would jointly launch RCS messaging services sometime in 2020. But it was not to be.

5.5G needs on-demand spectrum allocation: Huawei

The evolution to 5.5G will require on-demand frequency allocation and much greater network intelligence, Huawei says.

Vodafone trumpets launch of standalone 5G in Germany

German operator teams with Ericsson, Nokia, Oppo and Qualcomm to cast 5G adrift from LTE.

Comcast's enterprise IoT unit sets sail for scale

MachineQ says rollouts of LoRaWAN gateways and traffic loads are on the rise amid a deployment streamlining effort, investments in sales and marketing and a stronger link to Comcast Business.

BT, Ericsson get all Industry 4.0 with Hyperbat

UK battery manufacturer looks to 5G VR digital twin solution to boost productivity.

Tiny Montana operator voices support for open RAN

Triangle Telephone Cooperative (TTC) is based in Central Montana and counts around 17,000 subscribers. It's considering ripping out Huawei's core and replacing it with open RAN equipment.

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