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Biden recommits to 'Buy America' rules for broadband grants

President Biden in his State of the Union address recommitted to 'Buy America' rules on infrastructure projects that many in the broadband industry have been fighting against.

New tool arms states with data they need for BEAD

Broadband Lab, a cloud-based tool from McKinsey, aims to guide states through the BEAD planning and deployment process with real-time data, geospatial visualizations and advanced analytics.

Lumen snips fiber buildout target amid company 'reset'

Following a 'pause' last year amid recalibration of its buildout plans, Lumen cut its 'Quantum Fiber' buildout opportunity to 8 million to 10 million locations, down from a prior target of 12 million.

SK Telecom gives glimpse into its first commercial GPT product

Korean telco plans commercial launch of digital helper A. this year

Qualcomm starts connecting the dots on 5G NR-Light

Qualcomm is focusing on size and power consumption at the expense of speed in a new modem system announced for lighter-weight use cases. But many details about the company's upcoming X35 chipset remain blurry.

The small cell waiting game starts again

At one point analysts expected 800,000 small cells in the US by 2026. While the market is unlikely to hit that number, there's renewed interest in using small cells to extend 5G coverage and increase capacity.

Eurobites: Russia approves VEON's exit

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: STC signs in-flight connectivity deal; Deutsche Telekom waives call charges to Turkey and Syria; Wibergh joins Cohere's board.

EU bigwigs gibber about M&A and fume about Huawei

Officials come out with some meaningless comments about the single telecom market and realize national governments have been ignoring them about China.

Barcelona pulls in the tech crowd from ISE to MWC

The Fira Gran Via is now home to two huge tech events in February, with some increasingly interesting overlaps for AV, IT and comms specialists.

BEAD funds sufficient based on new FCC mapping data, ACA Connects says

There's enough BEAD funding to bring fiber to the 'vast majority' of unserved and underserved locations, ACA Connects concludes in an updated study based on the FCC's new broadband mapping data.

AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon diverge on 5G Super Bowl strategies

Signals Research Group argued that, based on their recent testing outside the Super Bowl's venue, Verizon offered the most total wireless network capacity.

Do cloud native 5G core networks need DPUs?

Heavy Reading operator survey identifies broad, but not unequivocal, support for hardware acceleration in 5G core networks.

A slew of service providers lower 2023 fiber targets

AT&T, Altice USA, Consolidated Communications, Frontier and Lumen are among the companies cutting back fiber network expansion plans for 2023, according to analysts.

The Divide: How BDT is increasing enrollments in the FCC's ACP

Trooper Sanders, CEO of Benefits Data Trust (BDT), joins the podcast to discuss the importance of the FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), how BDT is helping people access the broadband subsidy and more.

Cohere's next moves could add some G-force to mobile

A new waveform backed by the software company could take 6G to a hypersonic level.

Eurobites: BT dips into remote water-quality monitoring

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia Denmark wins network test, Nokia takes the credit; Mobily applies Ericsson's AI; TIM clarifies KKR bid terms.

India’s Vodafone Idea gets a government assist

Vodafone Idea gets a lifeline with the government finally taking a stake in the company – but the delay has deteriorated the telco's situation.

Vodafone UK starts 'risky' shift to 5G standalone

The UK operator cannot afford to sit back and wait, says its chief network officer, but the technical challenges are considerable.

Rising energy costs, inflation weigh on Japan telcos

KDDI and SoftBank gains in new business areas held back by tough economic conditions

IBM's Andrew Coward on managing MEC and multicloud mayhem

IBM's Andrew Coward discusses challenges in multicloud management, edge computing and private 5G use cases. He also addresses whether telcos are well suited to support metaverse applications.

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