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China Mobile Hands 5G Work to Ericsson, Nokia Amid Trade War Fears
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6/17/2019  |  Post a comment
Nordic vendors scoop up a decent share of core network expansion in the first set of 5G-related core contracts awarded by China Mobile, with Huawei predictably emerging as the big winner from this round.
Huawei Exploiting Loophole to Buy Gear From US Suppliers – Analyst
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6/14/2019  |  Post a comment
The Chinese equipment vendor is redesigning optical systems to use 'second-best' components, says analyst at MKM Partners.
Telstra Already in Edge Battle With Web Giants
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6/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Comments by the Australian operator show the edge is now shaping up to be the next battleground between telcos and Internet companies.
UK May Get 'Thousands' of 5G New Entrants Under Proposed Shake-Up by Ofcom
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6/13/2019  |  Post a comment
Telecom regulator risks angering mobile industry with bold plans to reserve mid-band spectrum for companies that want to build local 5G networks.
KT Claims 400K of South Korea's 1M 5G Subs
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6/13/2019  |  Post a comment
South Korean telco claims a 40% share of the country's nascent 5G market, giving it 400,000 customers just a few months after launch.
Germany Raids Telcos for €6.5B in Epic 5G Auction
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6/13/2019  |  3 comments
High licensing fees will eat into the budget for building 5G networks in Europe's largest economy.
Verizon: 5G Easier to Justify in US Than Europe
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6/12/2019  |  Post a comment
The 5G investment case stacks up a lot better in the US market than it does in Europe, says a man who has worked in both parts of the world, and not just because of spectrum availability.
Huawei Ban Decision in UK 'More Difficult' After US Moves, Says Minister
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6/12/2019  |  Post a comment
UK government minister Jeremy Wright warns telcos that a decision over the use of Huawei might not come soon.
5G Rush Has Tripped Up the Industry
Morris Lore  | 
6/11/2019  |  Post a comment
After approving plans to fast-track 5G, the industry has faced interoperability problems, spectrum constraints and 5G apathy. What was it all for?
Ericsson Ups 5G Forecast by 400M Subs
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6/11/2019  |  Post a comment
5G is on a roll, says Ericsson, forecasting nearly 2 billion subscriptions in the next five years.
Ericsson, Nokia Boast 5G Wins Against Each Other, but Fail to Stop Huawei
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6/11/2019  |  Post a comment
Europe's biggest telecom equipment vendors have turned up the heat in the 5G marketing battle as they struggle to capitalize on Huawei's misfortunes.
Ericsson Blames Pricey Mobile Auctions for Crippling Europe's Tech Sector
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6/10/2019  |  Post a comment
The boss of Ericsson's European business says greedy regulators are partly responsible for the region's lack of digital champions to rival US and Chinese tech giants.
Huawei Router Prez Gets HiSilicon Job
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6/6/2019  |  Post a comment
Jeffrey Gao takes up new role as general manager of Huawei's in-house semiconductor business during a turbulent time for the company.
Telco Staff Face Crisis as Cuts Claim 127K Jobs at Big CSPs Since 2015
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6/6/2019  |  Post a comment
Communications service providers tracked by Light Reading have cut 7% of jobs since 2015, and reductions look set to continue.
Telecom Italia Chips Away at Debt With Persidera Sale
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6/5/2019  |  Post a comment
The Italian phone company may need deal-making on a much grander scale, and an end to shareholder squabbles, if it is to seriously improve its fortunes.
Telstra's Chief Executioner Hones His Axe
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6/4/2019  |  Post a comment
The Australian operator is reportedly slashing 15,000 contractor jobs and 8,000 internal positions as part of its T22 plan to become a more streamlined, 'digital' business.
Vodafone Puts Ex-Ericsson Exec in Charge of UK Networks
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6/3/2019  |  Post a comment
Ericsson's Andrea Donà has replaced Kye Prigg as head of Vodafone UK's networks division, with Prigg moving to Canada's Rogers.
Donald Darkens UK Outlook for Huawei as Brexit Nears
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6/3/2019  |  Post a comment
Candidates for the UK's top job are said to air doubts about Huawei as Trump arrives in town on an official state visit.
Vodafone UK Cut 7% of Jobs Last Year
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6/3/2019  |  Post a comment
Operator's current focus on efficiency may have ramifications for staff across the entire business.
Vodafone Pooh-Poohs Ofcom's Dark Fiber Deal as 5G Looms
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5/24/2019  |  Post a comment
With 5G around the corner, the UK mobile operator has complained about the latest regulatory effort to improve access to the Openreach network.
Germany's €6B 5G Auction Should Be a Break Point for Telecom
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5/24/2019  |  2 comments
Germany's interminable 5G auction should make Europe's regulators think about the way they award spectrum to network operators.
BT & the Unbearable Lightness of 5G-ing
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5/23/2019  |  4 comments
A press conference to announce the UK's first 5G service failed to pack much punch.
Comment: Update from Huawei - iainmorris - 5/22/2019
ARM Suspends Dealings With Huawei – Report
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5/22/2019  |  1 comment
The chip designer joins US technology giants in freezing out China's biggest maker of network equipment.
BT Lines Up Western Vendors to Replace Huawei as 5G Goes Live
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5/22/2019  |  Post a comment
BT is now in core network trials with Cisco, Ericsson and Nokia, its CTO tells Light Reading, and may need to introduce a new RAN vendor.
Big Data Is Slowly Paying Off for Axiata
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5/21/2019  |  Post a comment
The Malaysian operator uses analytics to axe capital expenditure and is eyeing further benefits from the combination of network and external data.
Ailing Telecom Italia Gets Serious About Cuts
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5/21/2019  |  Post a comment
The Italian phone incumbent is now so ruthlessly focused on efficiency it has started referring to employees as units.
Can Huawei Survive Trump?
Morris Lore  | 
5/20/2019  |  Post a comment
The Chinese vendor's survival as an international force is now at stake following the latest moves by the US administration and tech companies.
Google & Tech Giants Cut Huawei Adrift
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5/20/2019  |  Post a comment
The Chinese equipment giant is sent packing by a host of the world's biggest technology companies and faces a huge threat to its consumer business after Google holds back some Android goodies.
Huawei vs. Trump & the Casualties of War
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5/17/2019  |  4 comments
Putting Huawei on the trade blacklist would have dire consequences for the global supply chain and the operators that use its equipment.
5G Car Crash Looms for Telecom Industry
Morris Lore  | 
5/16/2019  |  3 comments
Failure to transform their businesses, highlighted at this week's Digital Transformation World event in Nice, is fast catching up with the telcos.
Rakuten Mobile CTO: We're Stronger, Faster & Cheaper Than You
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5/15/2019  |  Post a comment
Japan's Rakuten is building what it says will be the first truly cloud-native mobile network, and its existing operators should be worried.
Nice Turns Nasty as Vendors Face Fire Over Cloud-Native Claims
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5/14/2019  |  2 comments
The messages emerging from this week's Digital Transformation World sound depressingly familiar.
Telenor Chopped 10K Jobs Last Year, & It's Not Done Yet
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5/13/2019  |  Post a comment
The Norwegian telco, whose operations span Europe and Asia, has taken a hefty axe to its workforce.
BT's Workforce: It's Not Shrinking as Fast as You Might Think
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5/10/2019  |  Post a comment
The UK incumbent remains one of Europe's most bloated telecom operators, and that is unlikely to change under current cost-cutting plans.
Huawei Urges US to Adopt German Approach to Security
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5/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Under-fire Chinese vendor wants the US to introduce a regime for the testing of 5G products from all vendors as it fights efforts to have it banned from international markets.
Telus CTO: 5G Is Letting Us Down
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5/8/2019  |  1 comment
Ibrahim Gedeon of Canada's Telus says there needs to be less focus on speed and more attention paid to real transformation.
'Fractured' US 5G Market Thirsts for Mid-Band Spectrum
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5/8/2019  |  Post a comment
The country's 5G leadership position could be at risk unless mid-band spectrum is made available to its operators.
Verizon Eyes 80%+ Latency Reduction on Edge Platform
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5/7/2019  |  Post a comment
The US telco expects to support a sub-10-millisecond service on its edge platform by the end of this year.
Is Nokia Losing the 5G Race?
Morris Lore  | 
5/7/2019  |  3 comments
The Finnish vendor's 5G-related difficulties and weak performance have unsettled investors, but Ericsson and Huawei also have questions to answer.
Telenor, Axiata in Merger Talks to Create $13B Asian Giant
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5/6/2019  |  Post a comment
Norwegian and Malaysian operators kick off discussions about merging their Asian assets to produce a company with around 300 million customers.
Three's Broadband 'Toy' Gets Set for 5G Push
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5/3/2019  |  Post a comment
A tiny broadband business that Three bought in 2017 is set to play a big part in the UK operator's 5G plans.
Ericsson Pain Is VEON Gain in Q1
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5/2/2019  |  Post a comment
Russia-focused operator pockets a profit-boosting compensation payment from Ericsson and hails a strong operational performance in major markets.
What Disney, Telcos & China's Social Credit System Have in Common
Morris Lore  | 
5/2/2019  |  2 comments
Big data is guiding your everyday decisions and the decisions that affect your life. It's no wonder that governments and corporations want in.
Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Most Innovative AI/Analytics Strategy
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5/2/2019  |  Post a comment
Accedian, Amdocs, ASSIA, Boingo, Cisco and Huawei make the shortlist for our Most Innovative AI/Analytics Strategy award.
iPhone Apathy Bites Apple
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5/1/2019  |  Post a comment
Smartphone giant suffers a double-digit percentage fall in profit amid weak demand for the latest devices.
Three UK to Cut Two Thirds of Tech Jobs in Digital Makeover
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4/30/2019  |  1 comment
The smallest of the UK's mobile operators is set to get even smaller on the staffing side as it automates processes and moves IT systems into the public cloud.
Orange Q1 Sales Dip in France Amid Tough Competition
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4/30/2019  |  Post a comment
The French telecom incumbent sees revenues fall at home for the first time in two years but still manages to grow earnings.
Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Most Innovative Automation Strategy
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4/30/2019  |  Post a comment
India's Reliance Jio and Japan's Rakuten make this year's shortlist for Most Innovative Automation Strategy.
ZTE Returns to Profit Despite Sales Slump
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4/29/2019  |  Post a comment
A fourth consecutive decline in quarterly sales at ZTE is a troubling sign for the Chinese vendor's supporters.
Huawei 5G Bans Highlight Network Confusion
Morris Lore  | 
4/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Muddled thinking about the core and the edge is shaping government policy toward Huawei in some parts of the world.
Comment: Correction - iainmorris - 4/22/2019
Faulty Towers? Orange Rubbishes Germany's 5G DIY Scheme
Morris Lore  | 
4/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Some German companies want to build their own 5G networks instead of relying on telcos. Good luck with that, says France's Orange.
5G? C'est Formidable, Say French Industrial Groups
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4/18/2019  |  Post a comment
French industrial groups say 5G will boost productivity and urge Orange to get moving on network rollout during a conference hosted by the French operator in Paris today.
Ericsson Not a Fan of German Spectrum Plan
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4/17/2019  |  Post a comment
Germany's approach to the award of 5G spectrum could turn out badly for the Swedish equipment maker.
Ericsson Gets Off to Flying 2019 Start but Must Cough Up for Corruption
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4/17/2019  |  Post a comment
Swedish equipment maker reports its strongest set of quarterly results under the current management but warns investors that a US investigation into corrupt practices will land it with 'material' penalties.
CenturyLink Shed 6K Workers During Crash Course Diet Last Year
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4/16/2019  |  2 comments
The fifth-biggest US operator by sales is beating AT&T and Verizon in terms of how many jobs it cut last year, according to a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
China Probes Ericsson Over Licensing Complaints
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4/16/2019  |  Post a comment
The Swedish vendor's Beijing offices were raided on Friday after complaints were made about its licensing activities.
Is Huawei's Cloud Goal a Case of Castles in the Air?
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4/15/2019  |  Post a comment
Two years after announcing the launch of its public cloud business, the Chinese equipment giant has yet to prove it can challenge the web giants on the global stage.
Germany's 5G Auction Riches May Equal a Big Win for China
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4/12/2019  |  Post a comment
Spending in Germany's 5G auction has now reached a point where it could hinder the rollout of next-generation mobile services.
Comment: Paragraph 9 update - iainmorris - 4/11/2019
Help Data Scientists & Get Behind Acumos, Says Orange Exec
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4/11/2019  |  Post a comment
The Linux Foundation's AI initiative could do with more telecom operator members if it is to make a real impact.
Samsung Pumps Up the Basestations in Korean 5G Market
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4/11/2019  |  Post a comment
Data provided by South Korea's Samsung does not look good for its mobile infrastructure rivals.
Snakes on a Control Plane Scare Telefónica
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4/11/2019  |  Post a comment
A firm rules-based system could help to address concern that AI may confuse humans and even go off the rails.
New Radios Could Slash Cost of Huawei 5G Ban
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4/10/2019  |  1 comment
Features in the latest radios could end a nasty form of vendor 'lock-in' that may prevent an operator from using different 4G and 5G suppliers.
Colt's AI Trials Provide Good News for Humans
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4/10/2019  |  Post a comment
Colt reports mixed fortunes with four trials of AI technology and predicts that humans will be needed for a long time yet.
Putting a Sigfox in Canada's IoT Henhouse
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4/9/2019  |  2 comments
Sigfox technology is due to arrive in the Canadian market, and the boss of the local business is confident that low prices and small share of the market will translate into big profits.
Volkswagen Plan Is Latest 5G Car Wreck for German Telcos
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4/8/2019  |  1 comment
Plans by German carmakers to build their own 5G networks would deal a blow to operators that believe 5G will speed them into the enterprise sector.
Huawei 5G Ban May Cost UK £7B, Say Telcos in Panicky Report
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4/5/2019  |  Post a comment
A panicky report from the UK's mobile network operators seems to overstate the impact of banning Huawei on the UK economy.
German 5G Auction Bids Near €3B
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4/4/2019  |  Post a comment
Germany's spectrum auction looks set to exceed the €3 billion ($3.4 billion) threshold because of keen interest in the 2GHz band.
SKT Boasts 34K 5G Basestations, Undercuts 4G Pricing
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4/3/2019  |  Post a comment
Ahead of a mass-market 5G launch on Friday, the South Korean operator said it had deployed 34,000 basestations and that its 5G service will cost less than 4G.
German 5G Bids Top €2B, But It's Too Soon to Panic
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4/2/2019  |  Post a comment
Germany's biggest operator has already rung the alarm bell over the country's ongoing 5G auction, but spending is still way off Italian levels.
Huawei Has Billions Riding on Claim to Be 5G Patents Powerhouse
Prime Reading  | 
4/2/2019  |  3 comments
As both a licensor and licensee of cellular technology, Huawei has more at stake in the patents business than its main rivals.
So Much for the Diet: Huawei Gained 8K Workers Last Year, Report Shows
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4/1/2019  |  Post a comment
Despite announcing diet plans in 2017, Huawei appears to have gained weight in the last couple of years.
With a Little Help From US, Huawei Is Morphing Into a Devices Business
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3/29/2019  |  Post a comment
The US backlash against Huawei has been good news for the company's smartphone business in the vast Chinese market.
BT Taking Cloud to 100 Locations in Edge Shake-Up
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3/28/2019  |  1 comment
BT takes a big step toward a more distributed cloud as it prepares for the arrival of new edge services.
Telstra Preps Service Catalog in Bid to Be Telco AWS
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3/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Telstra wants to reinvent itself as an AWS of the telco world, and is calling on vendors to be more supportive.
Automation Focus Shifts From Cost to Customer
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3/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Faced with new Internet and cost challenges, operators are increasingly presenting automation as a means of improving the customer experience.
Telefónica on Mission to Kill SDN as We Know It
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3/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Spanish operator wants to get rid of its domain-specific controllers and thinks standardization efforts will make that possible.
Apple Showtime Feels Like a Re-Run
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3/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Analysts are stumbling out of the auditorium after Apple's big TV reveal, and they are not overly impressed at what they have seen.
Nokia 'Compliance' Issue Immaterial, Still Top 5G Pick – Analyst
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3/26/2019  |  Post a comment
An MKM partners analyst thinks the compliance issue Nokia flagged in its annual report will cost less than €125 million ($141 million) and still prefers Nokia to Ericsson in the 5G market.
Vodafone UK Threatens Legal Challenge Over Next 5G Auction
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3/25/2019  |  Post a comment
A dispute over the UK's next auction of 5G spectrum could delay the rollout of 5G networks and turn ecosystem players off the UK market, according to Vodafone UK's technology boss.
Ready Player Stadia: Google's Gaming Platform a Scary Prospect for Telcos
Morris Lore  | 
3/21/2019  |  9 comments
Google's new gaming platform could usher in a new age of cloud gaming, with ramifications for parents and telcos worldwide.
Apple Bid for TV Stardom Is Biggest Gamble Yet
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3/21/2019  |  Post a comment
It revolutionized the music and mobile-phone industries, but Apple will struggle to pull off the same feat in the TV market.
Europe Must Pray for Sobriety in German 5G Auction
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3/20/2019  |  Post a comment
A rerun of the Italian job in Germany could derail 5G plans and the country's long-term economic prospects.
China Telecom's Bid for 'Leading' 5G Latency Should Unsettle US
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3/19/2019  |  10 comments
References to artificial intelligence, the edge and latency all make an appearance in the latest financial presentation from one of China's biggest telcos. That's a worry for the US.
Italian Stallion, French Flop: Iliad's Talk of Asset Sales Should Worry Europe
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3/19/2019  |  Post a comment
The one-time enfant terrible of French mobile market has become a victim of hyper-competitive market conditions.
Telefónica Wrestles With OSM, SDN as Unica Passes Halfway Point
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3/18/2019  |  Post a comment
The Spanish operator's big virtualization project is over the halfway point and facing up to a new set of technical challenges.
Qualcomm Told to Pay Apple $1B but Wins Case in Japan
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3/15/2019  |  Post a comment
A US judge orders the chipmaker to pay Apple $1 billion in fees as separate developments in Japan show how long proceedings can take in the world of the courtroom.
Fantastic BSS Beasts & How Openet Can Tame Them
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3/15/2019  |  1 comment
After a turbulent 2018, the Irish BSS company is looking to challenge Amdocs, Ericsson and Huawei in their own backyard.
SKT Boasts 60% Cut in Latency With Edge Platform Move
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3/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Reduction in data request delays could lead to new service opportunities for companies in South Korea.
Huawei Stew Hits Boiling Point
Morris Lore  | 
3/13/2019  |  1 comment
The dispute over the controversial Chinese equipment maker has reached a dangerous new stage.
Can RingCentral Stay Ahead of the UCaaS Chasing Pack?
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3/13/2019  |  Post a comment
Its sales growth and stock market performance are an investor's dream, but new challenges are emerging in the fast-changing UCaaS market.
European Parliament Calls for 5G Checks on Chinese Suppliers
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3/13/2019  |  Post a comment
The European Parliament has waded into the dispute over Huawei's role in 5G markets, calling for a new certification scheme to address concern about China.


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