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NTT's Mega-Merger, Brand-Cutting Plan for Another $4B in Sales
News Analysis  | 
10/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Japan's NTT is uniting 28 enterprise-focused brands in its bid to grow at twice the market rate and deliver a boost to profitability.
Comment: Updated chart - iainmorris - 10/10/2019
Europe Sounds Alarm About 'Single Supplier' 5G Deals
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10/10/2019  |  Post a comment
Recent deals signed by the likes of Telia, Three and Telecom Italia are under an uncomfortable spotlight after the publication of a new report about 5G security.
BT Gives Convergence Another Bash, but 'Halo' Looks Far From Heavenly
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10/9/2019  |  Post a comment
A push into bundles is not going to guarantee success for the ailing UK telco amid a blizzard of competitive and regulatory challenges.
Telia Norway Goes All Ericsson on 5G & Dumps Huawei
News Analysis  | 
10/8/2019  |  1 comment
The Norwegian operator will eventually have an all-Ericsson radio access network for all the different technologies, a senior executive tells Light Reading.
US May Fund Ericsson, Nokia in Huawei Fight – Report
News Analysis  | 
10/8/2019  |  2 comments
The Trump administration is also taking a close interest in open RAN technologies, and proponents such as Altiostar, as it looks to support alternatives to the Chinese equipment giant.
Vodafone CEO 'Fast Tracks' OpenRAN in Challenge to Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia
News Analysis  | 
10/7/2019  |  1 comment
One of the telecom's industry's top executives is backing trials of open RAN technology as a way of bringing more competition into the network market.
For Trump's Attack Dogs, There's No Stopping Huawei
News Analysis  | 
10/4/2019  |  1 comment
Most governments and operators have shown little inclination to heed US warnings about the consequences of using Chinese suppliers.
Mavenir Opens Radio R&D Unit in Ericsson's Backyard
News Analysis  | 
10/3/2019  |  1 comment
When the time came to open a new R&D facility focused on radio technology, the US software company could find no better place than Stockholm.
Facebook's TIP Is Desperate to Add Friends
News Analysis  | 
10/3/2019  |  2 comments
Three and a half years after its birth, the Telecom Infra Project is trying to be more collaborative than confrontational.
Másmóvil Investors Bullish on Orange 5G Deal
News Analysis  | 
10/1/2019  |  1 comment
Spain's fourth operator has upped its profit expectations after extending an agreement with Orange to cover the use of its 5G networks.
Joost-in-Time Replacement: KPN Names New Boss After Leroy Turmoil
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10/1/2019  |  Post a comment
Dutch incumbent says chief operating officer will become its permanent CEO a day after canceling the appointment of Proximus ex-boss Dominique Leroy.
Dutch Ditch Dominique: KPN Gives Leroy the Kiss-Off
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9/30/2019  |  Post a comment
'We wish her all the best,' says operator, as it puts the kibosh on Leroy appointment.
The Eye-Watering Cost of Multivendor Networks
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9/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Operators face tricky decisions as they try to get virtualized networks off the ground.
Save Us 40% or Don't Bother, Hrvatski Telekom Tells NFV Vendors
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9/26/2019  |  Post a comment
The Croatian telecom incumbent has some tough messages for vendors developing virtualized network functions.
Ericsson Expects $1B US Fine for Corruption, Warns Non-US Investigations May Follow
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9/26/2019  |  Post a comment
The Swedish vendor could suffer reputational damage in connection with a global corruption scandal.
Orange Spain Demands 5G Progress Ahead of 2020 Launch
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9/25/2019  |  Post a comment
The Spanish mobile operator says there are plenty of solid reasons for not joining Vodafone in this year's 5G market.
Telecom Italia Halves Software Costs in vRAN Trials
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2019  |  1 comment
The Italian incumbent has seen encouraging results from its initial trials of vRAN technology, but a commercial deployment seems unlikely to happen fast.
After Pan-Net Blunders, DT Embarks on Journey to 5G Core
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2019  |  1 comment
The German operator must be careful to avoid making a mess as it builds a 5G core network based heavily on microservices and open source technology.
How to Shrink the Bill for Your Chinese Takeout
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2019  |  1 comment
Service providers forced or keen to replace Huawei in their 5G networks might now have several options for reducing the cost.
Telefónica's Blanco Blackballs Single-Vendor 5G Core
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9/24/2019  |  2 comments
The Spanish operator's top technology executive says the operator will definitely not be using a single vendor in its 5G core.
Comment: Update - iainmorris - 9/20/2019
Telefónica Highlights Edge Vendor Shortcomings, Picks Holes in ETSI's Specs
News Analysis  | 
9/20/2019  |  2 comments
The Spanish operator does not sound happy with the results of a request for information and says ETSI's edge group must improve its deliverables.
The Complexity of Edge Computing
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/20/2019  |  1 comment
There are many tough questions for telcos looking to build out edge computing resources, including what they should deploy in terms of IT hardware from day one, notes Heavy Reading Analyst Simon Stanley.
Eurobites: Proximus Boss Reportedly Investigated for Insider Trading
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9/20/2019  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Google to invest in Europe; Three pumps up the bandwidth; euNetworks adds fiber in Milan and Madrid.
Humans Will Kill You at the Edge
News Analysis  | 
9/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Make a mess of automation and telcos will destroy the business case for edge computing, says ETSI. But telcos desperately need standards to crystalize before they can move ahead.
Sprint Tears Up the Rulebook on the Edge
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9/18/2019  |  Post a comment
The US operator says it cannot approach the edge in the same way it has served the mainstream consumer market.
How Sprint's Edge Strategy Breaks With Tradition
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9/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Sprint's edge strategy includes a progressive take (for a telco, at least) on opening up its platform for use by third parties, explains Light Reading's Iain Morris.
Japan's NTT DoCoMo Goes for Gold With Multivendor 5G Plans
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9/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Japan's biggest operator will introduce 5G services based on O-RAN specifications in what it claims is a world first.
Made in China, by a Swedish Robot: Ericsson Gets Smart in Nanjing
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9/17/2019  |  Post a comment
The Swedish telecom equipment maker has been automating one of its Chinese factories as part of an ongoing efficiency drive and overhaul of its global supply chain.
Hungary Bars Digi From 5G Auction
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9/16/2019  |  Post a comment
Three operators will bid for spectrum in Hungary's upcoming 5G auction after broadband operator Digi had its application rejected without explanation.
Departing Proximus CEO Frogmarched Out to Chorus of Staff Boos
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9/16/2019  |  Post a comment
The head of Proximus is leaving earlier than planned amid staff protests.
Add Sub-Prime 5G to the UK's Broadband Woes
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9/13/2019  |  Post a comment
A new ranking of maximum 5G speeds puts the UK right at the bottom, a familiar position for the Brexit-bound nation.
Huawei Eyes Sale of 5G Assets to Western Rival – Economist
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9/12/2019  |  1 comment
Chinese vendor is prepared to sell its 5G knowhow, says the company's founder in his latest interview.
Australia's TPG Had No 5G Plan. Does Anyone?
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9/12/2019  |  Post a comment
The legal battle over a proposed merger between two operators shines a bad light on Australia's telecom market.
Telefónica to Spend €1.6B on Workforce Makeover
News Analysis  | 
9/11/2019  |  Post a comment
Spanish operator will retrain 6,000 employees and offload others in its latest effort to bolster financial performance.
More Towers for Sale: Telefónica's Turn to Offload Assets
News Analysis  | 
9/11/2019  |  Post a comment
Following Vodafone, Spain's biggest operator puts its mobile sites up for review as it tries to cut debts and lower costs.
From X to Zzzzz: Apple's iPhone 11 Faces an Uphill Struggle
Morris Lore  | 
9/10/2019  |  1 comment
The gadget company's latest device seems unlikely to reinvigorate iPhone sales amid consumer apathy and growing competition.
China Spices Things Up With 2-Become-1 5G Plan
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9/10/2019  |  Post a comment
Two of China's operators will come together to build a single 5G network that could be a game changer for the global industry.
Trump Is Losing the European War Against Huawei
Morris Lore  | 
9/9/2019  |  1 comment
US efforts to have the controversial Chinese vendor banned from Europe's 5G networks are failing.
Australia's Huawei Ban Is Hurting TPG & 5G
News Analysis  | 
9/6/2019  |  2 comments
A decision to exclude Chinese vendors from the 5G market on grounds of security has taken a heavy toll on TPG and could put Australian 5G at risk.
Deutsche Telekom Finally Gets to Launch 5G
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9/5/2019  |  Post a comment
The German operator has been given the spectrum it needs to provide 5G services three months after the country's 5G auction wrapped up.
Fastweb, Wind Tre Take 5G Network Sharing to the Limit
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9/4/2019  |  Post a comment
A 5G network-sharing agreement between the Italian operators could help to validate network slicing and provide a new paradigm for Europe's ailing service providers.
China's 5G Market Has Teething Trouble
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8/23/2019  |  Post a comment
China's operators are being driven toward network-sharing partnerships to pay for the rollout of 5G networks.
The Murky Status of Russian 5G
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2019  |  3 comments
Behind the shady goings-on in Putin's state may lie a plan for Russian control of 5G technology. That would be a scary development for the country's big mobile operators.
Storm Clouds Gather Over Sunrise's $6.4B Liberty Deal
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8/22/2019  |  Post a comment
A major bust-up between the Swiss telco and its biggest shareholder could sink the deal to acquire Liberty Global's Swiss cable business.
Russia's MTS Still in No Hurry on 5G
News Analysis  | 
8/21/2019  |  1 comment
Even if it had the spectrum, Russia's biggest operator says there is no demand for 5G and therefore no need for an aggressive expansion.
When Is 5G Not 5G? When It's Not 100MHz, Says Three
Morris Lore  | 
8/20/2019  |  1 comment
An advertising fracas over what counts as 5G draws attention to the industry's shortcomings.
Three CEO: We'd Rather Take Huawei Risk Than Miss 5G Rewards
CxO Spotlight  | 
8/20/2019  |  2 comments
The smallest of the UK's four mobile operators is forging ahead with its rollout of a home broadband service powered by Huawei's 5G equipment, despite government concern about the Chinese vendor.
Vodafone Idea Swaps CEO Amid Reports of 'Turf War'
News Analysis  | 
8/20/2019  |  1 comment
Indian operator speedily finds a replacement for Balesh Sharma, who has presided over a massive fall in the company's share price and the loss of millions of subscribers.
Huawei Slams US Blacklisting of Affiliates
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8/20/2019  |  Post a comment
Chinese vendor lashes out at latest US measures while insisting that its business has not been affected.
US Component Makers Should Plan for Life Without Huawei
Morris Lore  | 
8/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Harsh weekend words from Trump and prolonged uncertainty will spur the Chinese equipment maker as it tries to become more self-reliant. Its US suppliers should plan accordingly.
Mobileum Parachutes Into 'New Ballgame' With $70M WeDo Takeover
News Analysis  | 
8/16/2019  |  1 comment
Private equity-backed roaming and security specialist has a new line-up of senior executives to manage a business that has just doubled in size.
Automating Telstra Still Performs Like a Knackered Robot
News Analysis  | 
8/15/2019  |  2 comments
Australian operator is hacking away at its workforce like a murderous machine, but its 'turnaround' is questionable at this stage.
Italy's Mobile Melee Calls for Extreme Measures
News Analysis  | 
8/15/2019  |  Post a comment
With Fastweb poised to launch a fifth mobile network, Italian operators faced with shrinking sales are taking network sharing to a new level.
China Unicom Seeks 5G Ally to Cope With Buildout
News Analysis  | 
8/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Revenues are down, spending is up, and 5G is on the horizon: A partner could ease the pressure for one of China's big players.
Huawei Decision to Show if BoJo Is Presidential Poodle or British Bulldog
Morris Lore  | 
8/13/2019  |  Post a comment
The question of what to do about Huawei will show UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson why a no-deal Brexit is fraught with peril.
Vodafone's German Gigabit Plan Piles Broadband Misery Onto DT
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8/12/2019  |  Post a comment
Germany's telecom incumbent has already witnessed ten years of broadband decline at the hands of cable operators. Are things about to get worse?
Japan's Rakuten Mobile to Avoid Grand Entrance in October
News Analysis  | 
8/9/2019  |  1 comment
It has made a noise about its revolutionary network approach, but the Japanese company will make a low-key entry into the mobile market in October.
Eurobites: DT Has No Plans to Sell BT Shares
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8/9/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MegaFon sales grow; Austrians fret about 5G health effects; Freenet sticks to guidance.
DT Still Waiting for Spectrum to Launch 5G
News Analysis  | 
8/8/2019  |  1 comment
The soft launch of 5G in early July was even softer than it appeared, but financial results look strong for the second quarter despite the absence of any German 5G activity.
Eurobites: Liberty Global Shrivels in Q2
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8/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Europe's regulators slam network-sharing in 'Czechia'; Nokia heads to New Zealand in latest 5G deal; MTN defies market conditions with strong Q2.
South Korean 5G: Desperately Seeking Profits
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8/7/2019  |  Post a comment
While the industry raves about 5G take-up in South Korea, investors are still wondering why they should give a damn.
Eurobites: Brits Head Online for TV Fix
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8/7/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Magyar Telekom names new CTIO; Turkcell hits more than 2 Gbit/s in 5G speed test; Ericsson reaches 24 live 5G networks; mobile money in South Sudan.
Ericsson, Nokia at Front of Queue for Orange 5G Contracts
News Analysis  | 
8/6/2019  |  Post a comment
The Nordic vendors built the French incumbent's domestic mobile network and that means they are likely to become its 5G suppliers too.
Eurobites: Vivendi May Sell 10% Stake in Universal Music to Tencent
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8/6/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Arqiva plotting break-up and sale; Ericsson, Elisa test private cellular; Italy's 5-star 5G hotel; Detecon gets new boss; Accenture snaps up Northstream.
BoJo's UK Broadband Plan Looks Barmy, but Don't Write It Off
News Analysis  | 
8/5/2019  |  Post a comment
The UK's new prime minister may be chasing perfection in the hope of catching excellence, but the country's operators are demanding action on numerous fronts.
Eurobites: Telia CEO Dennelind to Quit in 2020
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8/5/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ooredoo Algeria gets new boss; Safaricom embarks on fiber expansion; Telecom Italia hiring and firing.
Comment: Poor old BT - iainmorris - 8/2/2019
BT Decline Continues Despite 5G, Fiber Push
News Analysis  | 
8/2/2019  |  1 comment
UK operator's latest trading update came as a further disappointment to investors, sending its share price down on the London Stock Exchange Friday morning.
Eurobites: Telecom Italia Shrinks Again
News Analysis  | 
8/2/2019  |  2 comments
Also in today's regional roundup: German broadband operators on the block; Android to get extra search tool options in EU; Brits lag on IoT; and more.
Comment: Correction - iainmorris - 8/2/2019
Gloom Persists for Europe's Long-Suffering Telco Investors
News Analysis  | 
8/1/2019  |  1 comment
Shares in Europe's 'big six' telcos have fallen sharply in the last few years and 5G holds out little hope for sales growth.
Eurobites: Altice Full of Joie de Vivre After French 'Turnaround'
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8/1/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Three UK takes earnings hit; Veon battered by currency headwinds; Vodafone bags Liberty assets.
Eurobites: Vodafone Pockets $2.3B From New Zealand Sale
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7/31/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Openreach plays along with BoJo's broadband dream; Fastweb gets fifth Italian mobile license; Digital Realty to build new Frankfurt facility.
Ericsson, Huawei & Nokia Are Facing an 'Oil Crisis' Upheaval
Prime Reading  | 
7/31/2019  |  15 comments
Years of consolidation have left the global mobile network market largely in the hands of three giant equipment makers that may have the power to make or break 5G-based economies. The backlash has started.
The iPhone Is Going the Way of the iPod
Morris Lore  | 
7/31/2019  |  Post a comment
For the first time in a long time, most of Apple's revenues did not come from the sale of smartphones.
T-Mobile's Jobs Pledge Smells Fishy
Morris Lore  | 
7/30/2019  |  1 comment
Deutsche Telekom's promise that a T-Mobile and Sprint merger will create jobs has attracted plenty of scepticism, but not cutting jobs could raise difficult questions.
Eurobites: GSMA Blasts Space Industry for Hogging 5G Spectrum
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7/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus guides for 'nearly stable' results; Ooredoo sees revenues shrink; Giffgaff fined; MTS gets new board members; and more.
Eurobites: Virgin Media Ponders Mobile Bid – Report
News Analysis  | 
7/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Management changes at Vodafone Romania and Euskaltel results.
Vodafone, TIM Strike Network-Sharing Deal
News Analysis  | 
7/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Italian tower assets, including active equipment, to be pooled in a joint venture as operators seek ways to reduce costs ahead of further 5G-related investments.
Son Strikes Back With $108B Vision Fund 2
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7/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Japanese billionaire sets up another multi-billion-dollar technology fund as he looks to be the driving force behind artificial intelligence.
Vodafone Shares Soar as It Values Towers Spin-Off at $20B
News Analysis  | 
7/26/2019  |  1 comment
The UK operator is setting up a European towers company that could attract third-party investment and help to speed up 5G deployment.
Nokia Warns of Possible China Pullback as Support for Local Vendors Grows
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2019  |  2 comments
Finnish vendor is assessing its China strategy as local operators turn increasingly to Huawei and ZTE.
Vodafone, O2 Eye Towers Sale to Aid 5G Rollout
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2019  |  Post a comment
UK mobile operators firm up their plans for the sharing of 5G equipment and begin exploring 'monetization' options for their Cornerstone business.
BoJo Leadership Threatens Huawei & UK's Fiber Future
Morris Lore  | 
7/24/2019  |  Post a comment
The mischievous Boris Johnson, who becomes the UK's prime minister today, is a dilemma for the country's telecom chiefs.
France's Bike Fest Demands Tour de Force From Orange
Slide Shows  | 
7/24/2019  |  7 comments
The annual Tour de France is not just the world's most challenging bike race; it's also a feat of endurance for the service provider at the heart of the technical action.
Huawei Culls US R&D Workforce, Blames Trade Restrictions
News Analysis  | 
7/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Around 70% of Futurewei's employees will lose their jobs, the Chinese equipment giant has confirmed, with US trade restrictions to blame.
Apple Could Pay $1B for Intel's Smartphone Assets – WSJ
News Analysis  | 
7/23/2019  |  1 comment
iPhone maker in 'advanced' discussions to acquire modem chip assets from Intel as it looks to become more self-reliant.
Comment: Update - iainmorris - 7/23/2019
Huawei Gets Brexit Treatment as UK Delays Decision
News Analysis  | 
7/22/2019  |  1 comment
UK politicians do what they do best – and put off making a decision about the Chinese vendor's role in the country's 5G networks.
Deutsche Telekom Cuts Adtran Spending After 5G Spectrum Splurge
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7/22/2019  |  Post a comment
German spectrum auction blamed by analysts for a broadband spending slowdown at Deutsche Telekom.
Eurobites: Ireland's Cubic Gets €23.5M Funding Boost
News Analysis  | 
7/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre takes fiber gig into 14 more cities; Millicom boosted by M&A; Hungary kicks off 5G auction process; Qualcomm fined.
Huawei Ban Would Hurt 5G Security, Say UK MPs
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7/19/2019  |  Post a comment
UK politicians say the country's next prime minister will have to make a quick decision about Huawei and that restrictions would have an impact on security.
DT Considers Legal Action Over Vodafone-Liberty Merger
News Analysis  | 
7/18/2019  |  Post a comment
German incumbent lashes out at European authorities after they approve Vodafone's takeover of Unitymedia, and says it may request a judicial review.
Vodafone Gets Blessing for €18.4B Liberty Takeover
News Analysis  | 
7/18/2019  |  Post a comment
The deal should take the pressure off Vodafone CEO Nick Read but comes as a big blow to German incumbent Deutsche Telekom.
Telenor Serves Up a Dodgy Herring in Q2
News Analysis  | 
7/16/2019  |  1 comment
The Norwegian incumbent has revised down this year's outlook and lacks a decent growth story to excite investors.
Huawei Dispute Has Put Global Supply Chain at Breaking Point
Morris Lore  | 
7/16/2019  |  3 comments
With the Chinese vendor now developing alternatives to US suppliers, and Ericsson moving production closer to its customers, the telecom world order is under serious threat.


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