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Eurobites: You don't need Huawei for 5G, US diplomat tells Europe

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ooredoo improves the customer experience with Nokia; BICS connects up exoskeletons; ADVA hints at coronavirus-linked trouble ahead.

Telefónica fails to stop rot after axing 4,500 jobs last year

Shares in Spanish telecom giant fall in Madrid after it reports a disappointing set of results weighed down by restructuring costs.

Bruce McClelland resurfaces as CEO of Ribbon Communications

Former Arris and CommScope exec comes aboard following recent departure of former Ribbon CEO Fritz Hobbs and Ribbon's merger with ECI.

Coronavirus cuts into 5G standards work

The 3GPP – the association charged with developing 5G technology standards – has canceled its face-to-face meetings in the first quarter due to coronavirus concerns.

Sprint lawsuit claims top Charter execs stole trade secrets

Sprint claims that two former employees — Paul Woelk and Craig Cowden — stole its VoIP technology and gave the tech to what is now Charter Communications.

Sling TV swings to first-ever subscriber loss in Q4

Internet streaming service sheds 94,000 subs as Dish's satellite TV business shows signs of stabilization and narrows its losses to 100,000.

Cable op Midco hints at interest in CBRS spectrum auction

Cable company Midco is testing fixed wireless LTE technology in the CBRS spectrum band in North Dakota and Minnesota, an effort that's partly to prepare for possible spectrum purchases, the company said.

Orange expands uCPE suite with Dell and Ekinops

Orange's Laurent Perrin says the uCPE is part of Orange's strategy to 'move in a new direction of merging the network and IT world.'

Dish to spend up to $500M on 5G network build in 2020

Most of that cash will be spent on RF planning and site permitting. 'There's not a lot to build this year,' Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen says.

Cambium deepens cost cutting amid promises of a recovery

Cambium Networks, which sells hardware for cellular and WiFi networks, said it will expand the restructuring it first began in November, in order to reduce costs.

Telcos add intelligence sharing to cybersecurity alliance

AT&T, Singtel and Telefónica trumpet new capabilities of the Telco Security Alliance to detect and eliminate threats.

US pay-TV losses widen to 864K in Q4

Pay-TV losses have reached a record rate of decline as major cable operators and other distributors begin to encourage or embrace cord-cutting, MoffettNathanson says.

Nokia buys Elenion to target new markets with optical tech

Nokia is buying Elenion Technologies in a move to leverage silicon photonics technology into new markets.

Deutsche Telekom CEO warns coronavirus is hitting networks supply chain

The German operator's boss warns of possible disruption caused by the disease while pushing for tougher penalties in Germany if foreign vendors breach security rules.

Deutsche Telekom hails best year ever as hopes soar for US merger

As the German operator turns 25, its performance under current management is something peers will envy.

Netflix's global sub base to expand to 325M by 2025 – analyst

OTT service expected to deliver strong subscriber growth in emerging, 'mobile first' markets, with the catch of much lower average revenues per user.

Eurobites: Italy's Inwit offers rivals access to towers to allay antitrust concerns

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia to buy silicon photonics firm; Vodafone gets into smart surveillance; Orange teams up with Ekinops and Dell for uCPE.

Intel in talks to sell home connectivity unit to MaxLinear

Qualcomm and MediaTek have also held talks about the Intel unit, which makes DOCSIS silicon and chips for WiFi and smart home products, industry sources said.

Amazon stokes cable operator opportunity with Fire TV discounts

Initiative with the National Cable Television Cooperative provides discounted rates on Fire TV sticks and streaming players to small and midsized service providers.

Nokia, Bharti Airtel expand partnership to offer private LTE, 5G

Nokia and India's Bharti Airtel are teaming up to sell LTE and 5G-based private wireless networks to enterprise customers in the country.

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