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Cisco adds Fluidmesh to provide wireless backhaul for industrial IoT

Cisco said it will acquire Fluidmesh Networks in a move the company said will boost its ability to keep industrial objects reliably connected, whether that's a high-speed train or a shipping container.

MaxLinear snaps up Intel's Home Gateway Platform unit for $150M

MaxLinear aims to beef up its cable product portfolio and be ready for the Wi-Fi 6 era as it deals for a unit of Intel that makes chips for Wi-Fi access points and broadband gateways.

How Trump and the coronavirus could impact 5G standards

Although many expect the 3GPP to issue 'Release 16' of the 5G specification shortly, it's unclear how COVID-19 and new legislation in the US might affect Release 17 and beyond.

Portion of Evoca's pay-TV revenues will go to the US government

Thanks to an ancient FCC rule on the use of digital TV spectrum for subscription services, a new pay-TV offering to be delivered via ATSC 3.0 signals will be subject to a fee totaling 5% of gross revenues.

France's operators see slight revenue gain in Q4 2019, says Arcep

French telecom regulator reports that Q4 2019 revenue grew after almost two years of contraction, supported by mobile services growth.

Telecom chiefs should heed BT's Jansen and take pay cuts amid COVID-19 carnage

In giving up his pay, the boss of the UK's biggest operator has set an example that other CEOs should follow.

Samsung not invited to T-Mobile's 5G bonanza

Samsung was a 5G supplier to Sprint, and also supplies 5G equipment to AT&T and Verizon. But the company has not been mentioned among the vendors for T-Mobile following the Sprint merger.

Huawei buys into local 5G testing firm

The move marks Huawei's latest attempt to strengthen domestic sourcing in the face of US sanctions.

How home connectivity has been a lifeline during COVID-19

As the world moves to contain the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, home containment has been our biggest weapon to 'flatten the curve.'

Rakuten to deploy drone inspectors at cell sites

Reduced costs high on agenda, but drone tech might also mitigate COVID-19 risks for field engineers.

Eurobites: BT CEO Jansen waives pay for six months to help fund COVID-19 fight

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Open Fiber resumes work on FTTH network in Italian coronavirus hotspot; Orange/Free Mobile roaming agreement extended; Deutsche Telekom's security unit teams up with Palo Alto Networks.

5G malaise mounts as COVID-19 morons mangle masts

The pitchfork-wielding lynch mobs of the Middle Ages have their equivalent in the technophobic arsonists burning 5G equipment.

AT&T halts sale of U-verse TV

Company is instead pushing the sale of AT&T TV, a new contract-based, big-bundle streaming service that runs on an operator-supplied Android TV box.

Frontier inches toward bankruptcy

Says 'significant under-investment' in fiber has played role in putting Frontier in this tenuous position as company outlines plan to reorg, invest in fiber and manage the decline of 'non-core' products and customers.

Nokia cuts nearly 5K jobs as Huawei bulks up

The Nordic firm has been cutting its workforce as it tries to protect margins, while its Chinese rival just keeps getting bigger.

StackPath CTO: Service providers possess 'beachfront property' for the edge

But startup's broader play is to stitch together a global content delivery network footprint and a growing edge cloud that can run a wide range of bandwidth- and latency-sensitive services.

The 5G value question crops up again in South Korea

Subdued interest in Samsung's latest (and expensive) 5G smartphone is bad news for South Korea's big three operators.

Podcast: Carrier voice traffic stays over-the-top

TeleGeography's Paul Brodsky joins Light Reading's Phil Harvey to talk about international voice traffic and how the mix of traffic on carrier networks has changed over the years.

China releases 700MHz for 5G

China Broadcast gets 700MHz, but not a partner.

Eurobites: Orange tops up COVID-19 fighting fund

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia helps Finnish government fight COVID-19; new voice and messaging service for African diaspora; Vodafone positions itself for public sector procurement in Scotland.

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