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UK risks own goal with open RAN diversity plan

The British government is pushing through an 'open' agenda that will restrict operators' freedom of choice.

Deutsche Telekom joins Celo blockchain network

German operator said to be the first telco to join the mobile-first Celo Alliance for Prosperity and buys native token CELO.

Eurobites: UK government tackles rural 'notspots' with taller masts

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup:; Virgin Media touts DOCSIS-based speeds; Telenor combines with Oracle and more on 5G SA offering; UK government probes Nvidia-Arm deal.

Fast-growing ZTE, free to buy US tech, is a nightmare for Biden

China's second-biggest network equipment maker is allowed to buy US technology and supply that to Chinese mobile operators, raising awkward questions for America's new president.

Eurobites: Millicom is out of Africa

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia combines with Edzcom on private 5G network; Lycamobile has a new boss; Ericsson bags design prize.

Eurobites: Vodafone UK trials drones for easier network upgrades

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Romania bans Huawei; VEON co-CEO steps down; Nokia claims mmWave breakthrough; hologram pizzas.

The 1970s comeback in UK telecom is a new virus

A government-appointed taskforce wants to interfere in the decisions that operators make about their suppliers, according to a report.

Telefónica incubator Wayra turns ten

The acceleration program has so far helped nurture 800 startups of which 250 have worked directly with the Spanish telco.

It's boom time for TSMC, but the chips are down for everyone else

The Taiwanese foundry is struggling to keep up with demand for chips, partly because there are so few alternatives for its customers.

Eurobites: Swisscom calls time on 2G

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Cosmote to shut down 3G services; MTS switches on 5G in Moscow with Huawei; Liberty Global trials Teleste's DAA in UK.

Italy ups EU fund allocation on broadband, 5G – report

Italy's new government diverts an extra $3 billion from the EU COVID-19 recovery fund to ultrafast infrastructure.

Rights groups seek tougher EU rules for WhatsApp, Skype

Letter calls for EU Parliament to stand up for user privacy rights in reform of ePrivacy directive, and not defend the interests of tech giants.

Virgin Media and O2 merger cleared for take-off

Competition authorities have few worries about the UK tie-up, but customers and employees may feel differently.

Eurobites: Openreach turns to India's STL for cabling, connectors

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vector Photonics bag equity funding; German data protection regulator clamps down on Facebook; Spotify suffers branding car-crash moment.

Huawei and the great 6G schism

The Chinese equipment giant questions the need for 6G and even 5G technology as protectionism looms and US sanctions force a strategic shift.

Vodafone trumpets launch of standalone 5G in Germany

German operator teams with Ericsson, Nokia, Oppo and Qualcomm to cast 5G adrift from LTE.

BT, Ericsson get all Industry 4.0 with Hyperbat

UK battery manufacturer looks to 5G VR digital twin solution to boost productivity.

Xilinx and Mavenir hail massive MIMO breakthrough for open RAN

The companies promise a 64T64R radio unit competitive with the best from traditional players by late 2021.

Eurobites: Use smaller vendors for 5G, UK government tells industry

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson drives private network for automotive testbed; Openreach invests £100 million in Northern Ireland; Three UK hires new CTO.

Neuralink plays mind games with a monkey

Elon Musk's brain-machine interface tech firm shows a macaque monkey playing 'mind-pong' with the aid of an implanted wireless chip.

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