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Eurobites: MTN steps up network resiliency program

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone and friends set up 5G testbed in Portugal; Meta changes tack on EU data privacy; Branson's satellite firm sheds most of its workforce.

Lumen hacked

'A malicious intruder had inserted criminal ransomware into a limited number of the company's servers that support a segmented hosting service,' Lumen said in describing one of two separate hacks.

Satellite companies hunt for cash

Telesat, Ligado, Rivada Space Networks and Lynk Global face multiple challenges as they try to raise additional funding. But there is money out there: Just ask Globalstar and OneWeb.

Roku to lay off 6% more

Roku's layoff of about 200 employees follows a similar workforce reduction last year that slashed 5% of the company's headcount.

China Mobile buys $6.5B stake in retail bank

China Mobile pays 42% premium to take 6.8% stake in China Postal Savings Bank.

Intelsat and SES are on a $10B collision course

Two antiquities of the satellite industry hope to survive the launch of newer and more sophisticated technologies by teaming up.

Colorado muni fiber operator unlocks smart city options with private wireless

The city of Longmont, Colorado, now owns a private wireless network covering roughly half of the city. It runs on equipment from vendor Baicells in the unlicensed 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum band.

Eurobites: Shareholders still have beef with Ericsson's board

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre launches ad campaign; ETNO and UNI Europe combine to tackle workplace harassment; Romania gets a second Orange 5G lab.

Ziply Fiber CEO talks edge-outs, BEAD, FWA and the mobile bundle

Edge-out opportunities are broadening Ziply Fiber's scope. Meanwhile, the company will use FWA 'selectively' and for now will take a pass on creating a home broadband and mobile bundle, says CEO Harold Zeitz.

Lumen to explore wireless partnerships 'if it makes sense'

'If the need arises, we'll explore wireless partnerships if it makes sense. But right now we don't see the customer demand for it,' said Lumen Technologies' Maxine Moreau.

What's the Story? Frontier bundles in YouTube TV

Jeff Baumgartner joins the podcast to discuss Frontier's YouTube TV bundle and what the competitive implications are of that decision.

CommScope bulks up fiber optic cable production to aid rural rollouts

With demands for BEAD on the horizon, CommScope has expanded its US-based fiber optic cable manufacturing capacity and launched a lighter-weight fiber called 'HeliARC' that's optimized for rural deployments.

Rakuten's open RAN diversity claims ring hollow

Open interfaces will certainly aid specialists but it's hard to see how they will necessarily bring diversity, despite what proponents and government figures say.

Vodafone waves goodbye to RCS, shifts over to Google

Vodafone is shutting down its proprietary RCS platform and instead relying on Google to support business and consumer RCS based messaging services in future.

Wall Street is fed up with Dish Network

'We are downgrading Dish,' wrote the financial analysts at UBS in a report to investors this week. They aren't alone, and the list of reasons for the downgrades is long.

What you need to know about the national broadband map

The FCC's new National Broadband Map debuted in November and – as the basis for the BEAD program – will define the future of broadband access in the US. Here's the backstory on how we got here, challenges thus far and why an accurate map matters.

Eurobites: UK tries to nail AI jelly to the wall

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: AI axes jobs; VMO2 does pay-per-view deal with DAZN; more mid-contract price-rise mayhem.

EU presses on with plans to get more use out of data

The EU's planned Data Act legislation, intended to facilitate the sharing and transferring of data, has advanced to the next stage of negotiations between EU bodies.

RDK gets more powerful Wi-Fi tech thanks to Comcast and OpenSync contribution

Comcast and companies associated with OpenSync have contributed a new, more powerful Wi-Fi software manager for the RDK-B stack to help manage broadband gateways, Wi-Fi access points and Wi-Fi extenders.

Disney mucks metaverse unit as part of larger layoff – report

Disney's metaverse unit, which had about 50 employees, was among the casualties in a larger wave of layoffs at the media giant, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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