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Here are nine new things that 5G can do now

The 3GPP is expected to issue 'Release 16' of the 5G standard Friday. It will support fancy new technologies like network slicing, Integrated Access Backhaul and vehicle platooning.

Geoverse offers private LTE with its CBRS/licensed spectrum combo

Geoverse is looking to sell private wireless LTE offerings using a unique combination of its licensed 600MHz and 700MHz spectrum licenses and CBRS spectrum.

Vodafone’s cloud-native journey: A mix of old school and new

The Cloud Native World program last week offered evidence of progressive telco thinking and the same old barriers to faster adoption of cloud-native architectures.

5G still too costly, inflexible for private network – Tencent

Tencent GM Wang Yachen warned an online conference audience this week that 5G needs to be more cost-effective in order to compete in B2B.

Pandemic spotlights need for simplified and automated self-service tools – study

More than half of consumers can't fix their own technical issues, a number that surges to 73% among those who don't consider themselves tech-savvy, Sweepr finds in survey of 600+ people in the US and UK.

Eurobites: Show some post-pandemic love for open RAN, pleads trade body ETNO

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK wants to pronounce on O2/Virgin Media merger; Ericsson takes TDC to the water; beaucoup de connectivity en vacances, promises Orange.

PPF Group up to its old restructuring tricks again

Private equity firm splits retail and infrastructure operations of former Telenor CEE assets, just like it did with O2 Czech Republic a few years ago.

Vodafone UK readies for standalone 5G future

UK operator lines up Ericsson, MediaTek, Oppo and Qualcomm to help with its standalone 5G network and installs trial network at Coventry University.

Carlyle Group acquires 25% stake in Airtel's Nxtra in India

The data center business of one of India's biggest telcos has attracted investment amid surging demand for cloud services.

Huawei ban in UK is surely just a matter of time

If the Chinese vendor were not so technically gifted, it would probably have been sent packing already.

5G mmWave silence from AT&T, T-Mobile becomes deafening

Verizon has loudly touted its plans to expand its mmWave 5G network. But AT&T and T-Mobile have remained conspicuously silent on the topic.

TiVo weaves HBO Max into new Stream 4K platform

Integration builds on new SVoD's tie-ins with Android TV devices and gives TiVo's new streaming device a point of differentiation against two platforms that currently don't support HBO Max – Roku and Fire TV.

Virgin Media makes DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade splurge

Target of passing 15 million homes with 'gigabit-capable' networks by end of 2021 apparently on track.

Profits and power propel the open RAN security debate

While dozens of companies debate the US government's role in open RAN, the almighty dollar is driving the discussion.

KT chief warns of slow 5G adoption

KT CEO Hyeon-Mo Ku warns that slow 5G takeup means operators must switch to focusing on the enterprise.

O-RAN Alliance adds Telus and U.S. Cellular to its ranks

The open radio access network (RAN) specification group now has 26 operator members.

Facebook's boycotters risk mainly hurting themselves

The Internet platform's audience has been growing just as major advertisers decide to practice social distancing.

Eurobites: Vodafone wheels 5G into West Midlands transport initiative

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: T-Systems focuses on its Brot und Butter; Israel to track COVID-19 victims; Huawei provides Massive MIMO in Johannesburg.

Indian backlash against China spells opportunity for homegrown vendors

The Chinese are increasingly out of favor in the huge Indian market, creating opportunities for domestic and other foreign vendors.

AT&T, fuboTV join the pay-TV price hike party

fuboTV is raising prices in the wake of its Disney deal while AT&T is boosting first-year pricing on its contract-based DirecTV and new AT&T TV services.

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