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5G absent from VW's big manufacturing plant upgrade

Volkswagen is embarking on a major manufacturing plant update that appears tailor-made for 5G. Except that the company said it's using Wi-Fi and wired networks.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative SD-WAN Service

Five companies – Colt Technology Services, Comcast Business, Masergy, Verizon and CenturyLink – made the cut in the Most Innovative SD-WAN Service category.

U.S. Cellular has high hopes for fixed wireless using mmWave 5G

U.S. Cellular hopes to gain more phone customers and use excess network capacity with fixed wireless in 5G mmWave spectrum. It will join Verizon in doing so.

Vodafone Idea risks entering India's graveyard of telcos

Years of consolidation have left India with just three private-sector telcos. An unfavorable court ruling could finish another one off.

With $2.7B in proceeds, CBRS auction showing 'unusual' activity

'With excess demand lingering, particularly in large urban areas, it seems likely aggregate bids will move higher,' wrote New Street Research of the auction.

Roku rails against Charter's push to end ban on data caps

Despite a surging OTT video market, Roku contends that data caps 'remain an avenue for anti-competitive conduct by broadband providers' while ISP competition remains insufficient.

Sweeping China bans could mean heavy costs for US firms

Apple and Qualcomm face soaring costs as Trump's war on China ratchets up bans on social platforms TikTok and WeChat, as part of the Clean Network strategy.

Windstream's new optical network runs on Ciena

A national network upgrade for Windstream will include photonics, coherent optical tech and software platforms from Ciena.

Undersea cable brings optical fiber to India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Indian PM Narendra Modi inaugurates 2,313km optical cable deployment by state-owned telco BSNL, bringing better connectivity to remote islands.

Twitter steps forward as TikTok suitor, reports say

Microsoft is still said to be the frontrunner to buy the short-form video social media platform, as TikTok threatens legal action over Trump's US ban.

LG Uplus defies gloom to hike earnings 53%

Subs growth and lower costs lift South Korean operator LG Uplus net 53%, while larger rival KT saw lower revenues and a mixed bag thanks to coronavirus.

Eurobites: BT may sell part of network to pensioners – report

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EE extends emergency services network; Austria moves ahead with 5G auction plans; Telecom Italia, Telefónica consortium nearer to Oi deal.

Dish pivots Boost biz to focus on profitability, not big sub counts

Meanwhile, chairman Charlie Ergen says the 5G buildout is making 'steady progress' and that Dish hasn't given up on wanting to launch a 5G network core in one market in 2020.

Verizon keeps snapping up spectrum and small carriers

Verizon is expected to spend big money in the FCC's spectrum auctions. But it is also acquiring spectrum from a variety of smaller license holders around the country.

Crisis? What Crisis? PLDT steers solid H1 course

Unlike many operators in other parts of the world, the Philippine telco has not been derailed by COVID-19.

Rural focus keeps Dish satellite TV losses in check

But Dish's advantage in some areas could be fleeting as rural broadband funding initiatives gain steam. Meanwhile, Sling TV, Dish's OTT-TV option, sheds another 56,000 subs in Q2.

StarHub reveals cost of COVID-19 lockdown in Q2 results

Singapore-based operator sees pandemic hit business operations with 15% slump in Q2 service revenue and expects dip to persist while continuing transformation.

Wind Tre: The merger that went rotten

The Italian phone operator eyed a leading role in the market on its creation but since then it has lost millions of customers and seen revenues plummet.

India's Airtel and AWS tie-up to take on Jio's cloud behemoth

Together, Airtel and AWS will sell a range of AWS products as part of Airtel Cloud, to enterprises large and small.

WiCipedia: Diversity is about more than checking boxes

This week in our WiC roundup: Snap announces hiring goals; diversity isn't just checking boxes; COVID-19 affects salary negotiations; and more.

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