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Eurobites: Telecom Italia cozies up to Google via Noovle acquisition

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 5G fanfare in the Nordics; Orange Money adds channels; AWS gives its blessing to Telefónica's cybersecurity arm.

Cable travels tech-agnostic road to smart cities

There's no silver bullet solution for smart cities projects, so cable ops are utilizing a variety of technologies, including LoRaWAN, cellular, Wi-Fi and narrowband-IoT, to support those efforts.

ISPs ask Congress for a COVID-19 bailout

In what some analysts describe as a 'fatal flaw,' an FCC extension of a program designed to prevent network operators from canceling customers' service during the pandemic is driving certain ISPs to seek money from Congress.

Eurobites: Orange reopens phone stores in France

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia Norway switches on 5G in Oslo; Nokia teams up with Microsoft on data center OS; UK broadband networks standing up to COVID-19, says Ofcom.

Synchronoss cuts 10% of workforce

CEO Glenn Lurie explained that the COVID-19 pandemic was the catalyst for the cost-cutting effort, but not necessarily the driving reason for it.

Royston resigns as Optiva CEO

Optiva said the board couldn't meet Ms. Royston's compensation requests.

Wall Street traders fight over milliseconds in mmWave transmission battle

A new cell tower transmitting in millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum has sparked a disagreement among Wall Street traders looking to shave a few extra milliseconds off their transactions.

Canada's TeraGo embraces 5G in mmWave spectrum for fixed wireless

TeraGo in Canada has long offered fixed wireless services in millimeter wave spectrum. Now, though, it's planning to upgrade its network to 5G with Nokia.

What did the world do during quarantine? Watch more YouTube

A new report from Sandvine offers a cohesive look at how global lockdowns affected Internet traffic, essentially funneling it through fixed consumer broadband networks.

Loon nabs partnership with AT&T, but not necessarily revenues

Loon – the balloon-based Internet services company that spun out of Google's R&D division roughly two years ago – now has an agreement with AT&T. That might pave the way to revenues later.

Conversational AI means better bots, not just call center job cuts – CSG

Conversational AI has been a goal of carriers for several years but chatbots, dumb-bots and IVR systems have provided only artificial experiences without the intelligence.

Synamedia syncs up with Google Cloud

Partnership plays into Synamedia's move to an 'as-a-service' model for OTT video services as it looks to draw in new customers and help existing ones migrate part or all of their operations to the cloud.

Harmonic's CableOS momentum slowed by COVID-19

Harmonic ends Q1 with 27 commercial deployments covering 1.3 million modems for its software-powered, virtualized cable access platform, but rollout pace has decelerated during the pandemic.

IBM is becoming more cloud-centric

With Red Hat, IBM has the software, expertise and corporate philosophy it can adopt and sell to telcos to make every part of the company a cloud business.

Nokia shares surge on rumors of hostile takeover

Nokia declined to comment on a report that it is working to defend itself against a hostile takeover.

MediaKind connects to Google Cloud

MediaKind says hooking its Aquila Streaming platform to Google Cloud expands its SaaS model for OTT video encoding, packaging and delivery and will accelerate service deployments for its media and service provider partners.

Verizon buying videoconferencing company BlueJeans for reported $400M

Verizon is looking to tap into the work-from-home (WFH) trend with its BlueJeans purchase and hinted the move could also aid its 5G strategy.

What's behind Truphone's $38M eSIMs funding haul

The network and software provider sees demand and market conditions calling for a big eSIM business expansion.

China Mobile tips $179M into AsiaInfo

In an unusual move for an operator, China Mobile has laid out $179 million for a stake in Beijing-based telecom software firm AsiaInfo.

AT&T: SDN, NFV helped meet COVID-19 traffic demands

AT&T said traffic to its VPN has risen 700% during the past few weeks - demand it was able to match thanks to its virtualized network services and white box gateway.

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