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Dish Network's Ergen has a big appetite for 5G spectrum

Tucked away in Dish Network's announcement last week that it would enter the wireless industry was a promise to follow through with the $3.6 billion purchase of 800MHz spectrum from T-Mobile in 2023.

BT plans BAME 'baseline' for senior management roles

Following a data-gathering exercise to gauge the ethnic makeup of its workforce, the UK operator will set targets.

Crown Castle's small cell strategy challenged by activist investor

Activist hedge-fund Elliot Management – the same company that pressured AT&T – is now urging Crown Castle to make changes that would pull the company away from small cells.

Tele2 banks on new CEO to cut costs

CEO Anders Nilsson sails away. Telco operations veteran Kjell Morten Johnsen takes his place.

Huawei now a surrogate for China threat as US gains some ground

The Chinese equipment vendor is being driven out of telco networks in the West as the US stays on the offensive.

Eurobites: Ericsson trumpets standalone 5G NR software

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Colt appoints new CCO; using drones to fix cell towers; smart home devices losing their luster in MEA.

Huawei alert system raised from amber to red in UK

The Chinese equipment maker faces a UK ban, according to press reports, because new US sanctions make it an even bigger risk.

France unlikely to ban Huawei, but will encourage operators to steer clear

ANSII indicates that it will limit authorizations to use Huawei equipment to between three and eight years.

Bharti Global, British government consortium wins OneWeb bid

The Indian conglomerate will become a major shareholder in the UK-backed alternative to the EU's Galileo initiative.

Here are nine new things that 5G can do now

The 3GPP is expected to issue 'Release 16' of the 5G standard Friday. It will support fancy new technologies like network slicing, Integrated Access Backhaul and vehicle platooning.

Geoverse offers private LTE with its CBRS/licensed spectrum combo

Geoverse is looking to sell private wireless LTE offerings using a unique combination of its licensed 600MHz and 700MHz spectrum licenses and CBRS spectrum.

Vodafone’s cloud-native journey: A mix of old school and new

The Cloud Native World program last week offered evidence of progressive telco thinking and the same old barriers to faster adoption of cloud-native architectures.

5G still too costly, inflexible for private network – Tencent

Tencent GM Wang Yachen warned an online conference audience this week that 5G needs to be more cost-effective in order to compete in B2B.

Pandemic spotlights need for simplified and automated self-service tools – study

More than half of consumers can't fix their own technical issues, a number that surges to 73% among those who don't consider themselves tech-savvy, Sweepr finds in survey of 600+ people in the US and UK.

Eurobites: Show some post-pandemic love for open RAN, pleads trade body ETNO

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK wants to pronounce on O2/Virgin Media merger; Ericsson takes TDC to the water; beaucoup de connectivity en vacances, promises Orange.

PPF Group up to its old restructuring tricks again

Private equity firm splits retail and infrastructure operations of former Telenor CEE assets, just like it did with O2 Czech Republic a few years ago.

Vodafone UK readies for standalone 5G future

UK operator lines up Ericsson, MediaTek, Oppo and Qualcomm to help with its standalone 5G network and installs trial network at Coventry University.

Carlyle Group acquires 25% stake in Airtel's Nxtra in India

The data center business of one of India's biggest telcos has attracted investment amid surging demand for cloud services.

Huawei ban in UK is surely just a matter of time

If the Chinese vendor were not so technically gifted, it would probably have been sent packing already.

5G mmWave silence from AT&T, T-Mobile becomes deafening

Verizon has loudly touted its plans to expand its mmWave 5G network. But AT&T and T-Mobile have remained conspicuously silent on the topic.

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