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Verizon's 4G network one of the most congested in the world – analyst

A Rewheel study based on factors including macro cell site counts and customers' average data usage indicates Verizon, Jio and MTS operate networks that could be constrained.

Microsoft dials up operators for Teams calls

Operator Connect function to allow calls to be placed over the PSTN, part of a raft of Teams updates announced for Microsoft Ignite.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom bids for vaccination passport contract

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom teams up on urban data; Openreach goes with Viavi for network management; Proximus in Bruges.

How Dish Network's Boost plans to navigate T-Mobile's 3G shutdown

Late last year, T-Mobile told Dish it would shut down its 3G CDMA network for Boost customers by January 1, 2022. That's a full year earlier than Dish had expected.

T-Mobile puts premium price on 5G perks

T-Mobile is hoping to encourage customers to sign up for new, more expensive Magenta MAX service by removing monthly usage limits.

T-Mobile's standalone 5G boosts latency by around 20% – study

Improved latency is one of the 'great goals of the designers of 5G,' OpenSignal noted, and it's only available to operators that switch on the 'standalone' version of 5G.

In the 5G race to space, Lynk takes the lead against SpaceMobile

Startup Lynk plans to light up commercial services by 2022 – that's one year earlier than its rival, SpaceMobile. Both companies promise to connect standard cellphones to satellites.

Eurobites: O2 fined £10.5M for shocking final bills

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Brits turn to mobile data to survive lockdown logjam; Ericsson deploys private network with Cosmote; Proximus signs up One Bill Global as MVNO.

Private equity firm bids for Synacor

Deal, which values Synacor at $92 million, comes roughly eight months after Synacor and Qumu called off their proposed merger.

Amazon targets 'America's heartland' with pitch for Project Kuiper

Amazon's Project Kuiper is pledging to deliver 'fiber-like' broadband services to remote corners of America. But the company is also eyeing partnerships with 5G operators.

Minim adds data usage tracker to device management app

Minim, a maker of DOCSIS gateways and other CPE, has launched a data usage tool for ISPs and for its retail products to help educate consumers about their usage patterns and to 'demystify' data caps.

T-Mobile's 5G customers consume 15% more data than 4G subs

T-Mobile said its lowband 5G service, covering around 280 million people, is roughly twice as fast as its 4G network. The operator's midband 5G offering provides peak speeds up to 1 Gbit/s.

Verizon escalates interoperability battle with AT&T, FirstNet, others

Verizon is preparing to mount a public relations campaign against AT&T, FirstNet and others over the topic of interoperability. Caught in the middle are millions of public safety customers.

Omnispace raises $60M to beam 5G from space

With backing from the likes of Fortress Investment Group and Columbia Capital, Omnispace wants to build a global 5G network with its 2GHz spectrum using both satellites and terrestrial cell towers.

T-Mobile buys 1.1M Shentel customers for $1.95B

After an evaluation of Shentel's wireless business, T-Mobile agreed to acquire the company's 1.1 million customers for $1.95 billion.

Verizon's new 3G shutdown target: January 1, 2023

In 2016, Verizon said it planned to shutter its 3G network on December 31, 2019. Now the carrier believes it will be finished with that effort no later than January 1, 2023.

AT&T's new wireless strategy: Growth at all costs

Analysts thought AT&T would report 400,000 new mobile customers in the fourth quarter. Instead, the operator netted 800,000. The figure reflects AT&T's new 'growth' mantra.

Verizon lays out mmWave 5G expansion plans for 2021

Verizon said it will double the number of its mmWave transmission sites this year. But the operator reported fewer new customers in 2020 than expected, and its 2021 capex is also below projections.

Verizon, T-Mobile battle for US 5G mindshare

'Verizon continues to hold a solid lead over its peers' when it comes to 5G network perception, according to Cowen analysts. Whether T-Mobile can cut into that lead remains to be seen.

Don't expect a 5G bump from Apple in Q4 – analysts

'We had thought that the launch of a 5G iPhone could be a catalyst,' wrote the analysts at Evercore. 'As it turned out, churn and upgrade activity has remained modest.'

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