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Huawei CFO case ends with everyone looking bad
Morris Lore  | 
9/27/2021  |  Post a comment
The only positive thing about this case was the release of two innocent Canadians, and yet that also confirms China as the worst kind of state.
Orange alert to cloud 'lock-in' risks as it takes next edge steps
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9/27/2021  |  Post a comment
As it weighs a global plan for cloud, the edge and open RAN, the French operator does not want to become overly reliant on Google.
Next Huawei battle with the US will be fought over the cloud
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9/24/2021  |  Post a comment
The Chinese firm's fast-growing cloud services business is the next big concern for its American opponents.
Fiber judgement day approaches for Huawei in UK
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9/24/2021  |  Post a comment
The government has finished its consultation with operators on what to do about Huawei in fiber, and new restrictions could be a death sentence for its UK business.
5G World: Mavenir EVP dishes on open RAN's technology advantage
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9/24/2021  |  Post a comment
Stefano Cantarelli, EVP and chief marketing officer at Mavenir, says that open RAN's differences are its strengths and, over time, its architecture will become a technological advantage.
5G World: Vodafone's Andrea Donà takes on the telco legacy
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9/24/2021  |  Post a comment
Vodafone's chief network officer, Andrea Donà, said the way to the 5G future is to first make sure you radically simplify and take care of legacy networks and services.
5G World: Reasons to be upbeat about 5G and the telco cloud future
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/23/2021  |  Post a comment
5G is still in its beginning stages and that means telcos need to find business models that work and shore up their relationships with the hyperscale cloud providers, according to one of Omdia's lead service provider analysts.
5G World: The 5G icon is starting to mean something
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/23/2021  |  Post a comment
New, improved 5G radios and other products are starting to make a difference in service provider deployments, according to Heavy Reading's mobile network equipment analyst.
Ericsson's 12kg 5G box puts Nokia and Huawei on back foot
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9/22/2021  |  Post a comment
The Swedish firm says it is winning the weight war with a new massive MIMO unit weighing 5 kilograms less than Nokia's.
New silicon may speed up open RAN and spoil Intel party
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9/21/2021  |  Post a comment
Inline accelerators could inject some much-needed competition into the open RAN market, if their backers can build support.
Ericsson CEO signals new direct approach to enterprise
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9/21/2021  |  Post a comment
The Swedish vendor will cater directly to companies that own spectrum and have no wish to involve operators.
Nokia's FP5 chip taps into security and energy fears
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9/21/2021  |  Post a comment
The successor to the ballyhooed FP4 promises a lot more power efficiency and defense against cybercrime.
Vodafone Spain to axe hundreds more jobs
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9/16/2021  |  Post a comment
Staff to bear the consequences of Vodafone's latest 'digital transformation' as it targets huge cost savings.
O-RAN founders keep control as big kit vendors bear the risk
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9/15/2021  |  Post a comment
The O-RAN Alliance is ensuring that technical contributions will be 'non-confidential,' but little else has changed.
Telefónica puts NEC in its open RAN driving seat
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9/14/2021  |  Post a comment
The Japanese kit maker will take on the systems integrator role and provide radio units for Telefónica trials in important markets.
Eurobites: UK ahead of Euro rivals on 5G speeds – Ookla
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9/14/2021  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Amdocs talks up Orange project; Nokia lands new deal in Netherlands; MobiledgeX trials road safety systems; GlobalConnect fibers up.
Nokia return will not end doubts about O-RAN
Morris Lore  | 
9/14/2021  |  Post a comment
Changes made by the specifications group have satisfied the Finnish equipment vendor, but they remain unclear to the wider world.
Ericsson says China divestment is not linked to local 5G setbacks
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9/13/2021  |  Post a comment
The transfer of R&D assets in Nanjing is about cutting back on investment in legacy technologies so it can prioritize 5G, says the Swedish firm.
Eurobites: Facebook's smart glasses trigger privacy fears in Italy – report
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9/13/2021  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom lands new deal with Asahi; BT enters the quantum realm; MTN gets an upgrade from Nokia.
Three UK helps bring back the roaming empire
Morris Lore  | 
9/10/2021  |  Post a comment
Despite saying it would not reintroduce the fees customers pay to use their phones abroad, Three has now copied BT and Vodafone in doing just that.
Eurobites: Telefónica names former O2 boss Mark Evans as strategy chief
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9/10/2021  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Dutch unhappy about 3.5GHz delays; Ofcom dives into murky net neutrality waters; Vodafone bulks up in Ukraine.
How 5G rollout became such a long, hard slog
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9/9/2021  |  Post a comment
Heavy equipment, overreliance on low-band spectrum and consumer apathy are all hindering the deployment of the latest mobile technology.
Intel pledges €80B for Europe in fight back against TSMC
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9/8/2021  |  Post a comment
The investment in eight new fabs, announced this week, is intended to restore Europe's status as well as Intel's.
Deutsche Telekom quits Netherlands and turns even more American
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9/7/2021  |  Post a comment
Far more interested in America than Europe, Europe's largest service provider is using Dutch sale proceeds to up its stake in T-Mobile US.
O-RAN Alliance: Open by name, closed by nature, reckons Europe
Morris Lore  | 
9/6/2021  |  Post a comment
The group that defines specifications for open RAN wants to be treated like a standards body, but it does not appear to meet the WTO's criteria.
Vodafone UK trumpets slow but 'future-proof' 5G rollout
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9/3/2021  |  Post a comment
The use of heavier, massive MIMO equipment means Vodafone's deployment will take time, but the decision will ultimately pay off, it believes.
Ciena order book fills up as components crunch starts to hurt
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9/2/2021  |  Post a comment
Demand for optical networking products is soaring, to judge by Ciena's outlook, but a shortage of stock will put a dent in sales.
Vodafone UK says 3G 'holding back' open RAN plan
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9/2/2021  |  Post a comment
A need to support the ageing technology is complicating the UK service provider's Samsung-led rollout of open RAN.
Nvidia crashes Intel's open RAN monopoly with x86 bypass
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9/1/2021  |  Post a comment
The Californian chips designer is planning an assault on Intel's open RAN fortress with BlueField-3.
Ericsson warns of O-RAN holdups until China problem is fixed
News Analysis  | 
8/31/2021  |  Post a comment
The organization at the heart of open RAN has a compliance problem that may be difficult to resolve.
Nokia halts O-RAN work on fear of US penalties for China links
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8/30/2021  |  Post a comment
The Finnish equipment maker says it is pausing work in the O-RAN Alliance because several Chinese members now feature on the US Entity List.
Marvell loss widens as chip costs look set to rise
News Analysis  | 
8/27/2021  |  Post a comment
The US chips designer has reported a surge in sales for its second quarter, but a semiconductor crisis could upset its plans.
Intelsat needs more than a debt restructuring to fly
News Analysis  | 
8/26/2021  |  Post a comment
The aging satellite operator's mainstream business has been shrinking for years and new competitors are emerging.
The greenwashing of telecom
Morris Lore  | 
8/25/2021  |  Post a comment
Telco claims about carbon neutrality and renewables adoption should be viewed with considerable skepticism.
Rakuten needs telcos to ignore bum notes in $100B Symphony pitch
News Analysis  | 
8/24/2021  |  Post a comment
A year since launching Japan's fourth mobile network, the Japanese Internet company is now setting itself up as a vendor.
Ericsson CEO warns China will be 'formidable' if 5G or 6G splits
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8/23/2021  |  Post a comment
The boss of the Swedish equipment maker is worried the West could lose a future battle between different mobile standards.
Letting Facebook buy WhatsApp and Instagram was dumb, FTC shows
Morris Lore  | 
8/20/2021  |  Post a comment
If the regulator's market assessment is right, it failed at its basic job of preventing the emergence of monopolies.
Cisco hardware revival is coming at a cost
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8/19/2021  |  Post a comment
Despite its lurch into software, the US firm still generates most of its income from sales of Internet boxes – and component costs are rising.
Telecom novice Crozier is in the deep end as BT's new chairman
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8/17/2021  |  Post a comment
The former boss of ITV will find himself in the middle of activist shareholders, a CEO with ambitious investment plans and a regulator keen to address competition concerns.
Desperation shows as BT and Vodafone resurrect roaming
Morris Lore  | 
8/9/2021  |  Post a comment
The reintroduction of roaming charges by BT and Vodafone is a sign of telco failure to boost revenues.
Axis of O-RAN: Japan's Rakuten to build 1&1's German 5G network
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8/4/2021  |  Post a comment
Germany's newest mobile operator has gone all-in with Rakuten rather than a traditional provider.
Whatever Huawei did, the case against Meng looks spiteful
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8/3/2021  |  Post a comment
Huawei's chief financial officer is back in a Canadian courtroom this week and her extradition case could run for years.
Virgin dooms DOCSIS in UK with fiber-for-all plan
News Analysis  | 
7/29/2021  |  Post a comment
The UK operator is likely to have jettisoned its cable network by the late 2020s as it embarks on a big full-fiber rollout.
Nokia, firing on most cylinders, expects an extra €1B in sales
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7/29/2021  |  Post a comment
The Finnish equipment maker's share price soars in Helsinki after it lifts guidance on a strong set of results.
Apple takes pole position in the 5G race
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7/28/2021  |  Post a comment
Demand for the high-speed technology is fueling take-up of its latest iPhone, according to CEO Tim Cook.
TIM struggles as countrymen refuse to lend it their ears
News Analysis  | 
7/28/2021  |  Post a comment
The Italian phone incumbent is still losing mobile customers despite its launch of 5G services, and it is running low on assets to sell.
Intel turns chipmaker for Qualcomm in odd couple tie-up
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7/27/2021  |  Post a comment
The US chips giant has named Qualcomm as the first customer of its new foundry business, raising questions about a conflict of interest.
Standalone shaping up to be 5G's next big flop
Morris Lore  | 
7/27/2021  |  Post a comment
The industry is aflutter about the souped-up version of 5G, but everyone else should curb their enthusiasm.
Ericsson 5G deal with O2 cements its core dominance in UK
News Analysis  | 
7/26/2021  |  Post a comment
While the government worries about RAN diversity, UK operators have become heavily reliant on Ericsson for their 5G cores.
Akamai outage is latest warning about Internet dependency
News Analysis  | 
7/23/2021  |  Post a comment
A small number of companies, most of them based in America, now play host to critical systems used globally.
Open RAN adds to 6G dilemma
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7/22/2021  |  Post a comment
Ericsson reckons the in-vogue technology concept will be a 'fundamental' part of 6G, opening another Pandora's box for the mobile industry.
Spain's telcos uphold ceasefire in the siesta
Morris Lore  | 
7/21/2021  |  Post a comment
Slumbering in the afternoon, Spaniards can rest assured they will not be called by their operators.
Telia is culling IT suppliers in latest hunt for savings
News Analysis  | 
7/21/2021  |  Post a comment
The Scandi operator plans to reduce the number of IT suppliers from 29 to just four as part of its latest transformation program.
Huawei fails latest (pointless) UK security check-up
News Analysis  | 
7/20/2021  |  Post a comment
Regardless of the assessment by UK cyber experts, the Chinese vendor's nationality is sufficient to condemn it.
Hellish ride is not enough to put Telenor off Asia
Morris Lore  | 
7/20/2021  |  Post a comment
Despite multi-billion-dollar losses, military coups and spats with aggressive shareholders, the Norwegian operator is still enthused by markets to the east.
Ericsson pain is Nokia gain in China 5G latest
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7/19/2021  |  Post a comment
The Swedish vendor loses out in the 5G contract just awarded by China Mobile, but there is good news for its Finnish rival.
VEON CEO to boldly go where few telcos have won before
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7/19/2021  |  Post a comment
Highly regarded for the success of his digital strategy at Turkcell, Kaan Terzioglu is trying to repeat the same feat across one of the world's largest telco groups.
Ericsson is on the ropes in China but thriving elsewhere
News Analysis  | 
7/16/2021  |  Post a comment
The Swedish equipment vendor has told investors to plan for a significant reduction in its Chinese market share.
Open RAN and the dangers of the neutral host
Morris Lore  | 
7/15/2021  |  Post a comment
A bid to diversify the market for suppliers could leave Europe's 5G sector with fewer networks.
BT's 5G rollout is slow-going, but it seems ahead of its rivals
News Analysis  | 
7/14/2021  |  Post a comment
The UK telecom incumbent does not expect to provide a near-nationwide 5G service until 2028, and yet it seems to be moving faster than the competition.
Biden spots yet another Chinese stinker in open RAN
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7/13/2021  |  Post a comment
Kindroid, a signed-up member of the O-RAN Alliance, is trying to pilfer US technology for the Chinese military, says the US government.
Joe Biden's net neutrality threat to 5G
Morris Lore  | 
7/12/2021  |  Post a comment
The president's resurrection of vague open Internet policies risks undermining 5G investment and defacing the industry's technology roadmap.
Canada deals major blow to Huawei CFO in US extradition battle
News Analysis  | 
7/12/2021  |  Post a comment
Judge rules that documents previously held by HSBC and sought by Huawei will be not be allowed as evidence in the courtroom.
MWC 2021 had only 5K visitors from outside Spain
News Analysis  | 
7/9/2021  |  Post a comment
The GSMA reveals that 75% of visitors to its big trade show this year came from within Spain.
US case against Huawei CFO may be wobbling
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7/8/2021  |  Post a comment
Canada's courts are to rule on the admissibility of documents that in Huawei's view prove HSBC was not misled by Meng.
Force no longer with Microsoft as DoD scraps $10B JEDI contract
News Analysis  | 
7/7/2021  |  Post a comment
A statement issued by the Pentagon points to concern about reliance on a single supplier as well as the shortage of cloud options.
GSMA misses MWC target with 20K visitors
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7/7/2021  |  Post a comment
The big tradeshow in Barcelona normally plays host to more than 100,000 visitors. This year, more than 80,000 did not make the trip.
Elon Musk's Starlink risks being another satellite flop
News Analysis  | 
7/6/2021  |  Post a comment
A project that may cost as much as $30 billion and appeal to a tiny percentage of the world's population seems unlikely to make anyone rich.
Nokia networks boss defends bet on 25G PON
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7/5/2021  |  Post a comment
Federico Guillén says the 50G PON rival, backed mainly by China's Huawei, will be too expensive for years to come.
The verdict from afar on MWC 2021
Morris Lore  | 
7/2/2021  |  Post a comment
The GSMA deserves credit for putting on its show in such difficult circumstances, but this was an MWC the industry will want to forget.
Britain's got open RAN talent, hopes clueless govt.
Morris Lore  | 
7/2/2021  |  Post a comment
A government with protectionist instincts seems to think open RAN could restore a local supply chain for 5G equipment.
AT&T has locked itself into a risky affair with Microsoft
Morris Lore  | 
7/1/2021  |  Post a comment
Extricating itself from a single-supplier deal to run its core network in the public cloud could be a challenge if the relationship turns sour.
After quitting Asia, Nordic debt junkie Telia is selling towers
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6/30/2021  |  Post a comment
Swedish operator will retain a majority stake in its Finnish and Norwegian towers after the latest infrastructure deal.
Telecom outsources big ideas to Elon Musk at MWC
Morris Lore  | 
6/30/2021  |  Post a comment
An appearance by the man behind Tesla, SpaceX and Starlink is the most exciting thing to happen at this year's show.
Orange is building a network that will run itself
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6/30/2021  |  Post a comment
In Lannion in northwest France, Orange has begun trying out 'zero-touch' systems that could serve as a blueprint for its future networks.
Nokia goes missing in Deutsche Telekom's open RAN town
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6/28/2021  |  Post a comment
The German telecom incumbent picks Asian and US vendors to build its first open RAN network – just like everyone else is doing.
Cloud envy and virtue-signaling color desperate MWC
Morris Lore  | 
6/28/2021  |  Post a comment
Europe's telecom sector attempts to show it is a good corporate citizen while having its usual moan about the unfair regulation of big tech.
Rakuten's 4G rollout is holding up a 5G push
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6/25/2021  |  Post a comment
A much bigger rollout of 5G services will not break the bank, says Rakuten, but it is unlikely to start before September.
Don't expect Qualcomm to curb Intel's open RAN power
Morris Lore  | 
6/24/2021  |  Post a comment
The mobile chips whizz says it won't be challenging Intel in open RAN and there are few other signs of competition.
Nokia finds its 5G mojo, piling pressure onto Huawei and Ericsson
News Analysis  | 
6/24/2021  |  Post a comment
After a product reboot, the Finnish vendor seems to measure up to its rivals on some of the most important criteria.
MWC's big story is still the cloud cheerleader replacing Ericsson
News Analysis  | 
6/22/2021  |  Post a comment
Bidding to be the Elon Musk of telecom, Danielle Royston has hijacked this year's shindig and made it all about the cloud.
Ericsson lets Intel inside as midband 5G gets cloudy
News Analysis  | 
6/22/2021  |  Post a comment
The Swedish equipment maker will run baseband software on x86 processors supplied by Intel in a sign of RAN upheaval.
Accelleran adds a Belgian flavor to open RAN
News Analysis  | 
6/21/2021  |  Post a comment
The Antwerp-based startup emerges from stealth mode with a new 5G product just as operators call for local alternatives to Asian and US providers.
Rakuten to expose what open RAN kit makers charge
News Analysis  | 
6/17/2021  |  Post a comment
The Japanese firm plans to reveal exactly what it pays for components in a move that the big vendors may not welcome.
Ericsson bags 5G 'core' deal with Vodafone UK
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6/17/2021  |  Post a comment
The UK's mobile core market looks increasingly Nordic as Ericsson extends its role within Vodafone's network.
Vodafone and AWS kickstart war on latency with UK 'edge' launch
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6/16/2021  |  Post a comment
The UK gets its first taste of a low-latency 5G service this week as it launches the Wavelength service that was first promised last year.
Ericsson says fears about Europe's 5G lag have come true
News Analysis  | 
6/16/2021  |  Post a comment
New data shared exclusively with Light Reading shows just how badly Europe has now fallen behind other parts of the world in 5G, says the Swedish equipment vendor.
Rakuten says chips crunch is 'much worse' than expected
News Analysis  | 
6/15/2021  |  Post a comment
Telecom industry faces an uphill battle over the next two years, warns Rakuten Mobile's Tareq Amin.
Samsung beats Euro, US rivals to land Vodafone UK open RAN deal
News Analysis  | 
6/14/2021  |  Post a comment
The South Korean vendor emerges as the key player in the deployment as Vodafone works on replacing China's Huawei in its 5G network.
Rakuten network wins plaudits but could need a 'Hail Mary' deal
News Analysis  | 
6/11/2021  |  Post a comment
It performs well in a comparison with other international 4G networks, but one analyst says the loss-making Japanese firm desperately needs a deep-pocketed investor.
Bring me wine and let robots run the BT network
Morris Lore  | 
6/10/2021  |  Post a comment
Regarding people as a problem, BT's chief network architect is determined to automate as much as he possibly can over the next decade.
Intel is building an open RAN fortress, but it's also under attack
News Analysis  | 
6/10/2021  |  Post a comment
Operators believe open RAN can spur competition and supplier diversity in the radio access network. So how come today's ecosystem is built around one giant chipmaker?
Boris Johnson is shafting the GSMA
Morris Lore  | 
6/8/2021  |  Post a comment
UK government rules may deter thousands from attending this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Fastly outage gives preview of Internet apocalypse
Morris Lore  | 
6/8/2021  |  Post a comment
An unprofitable minnow temporarily paralyzes a few major organizations and knocks out a whole government website.
Fiber push in UK might bode ill for BT
News Analysis  | 
6/7/2021  |  Post a comment
The UK is bustling with companies eager to build the next generation of broadband networks in what looks like a potentially nasty development for BT.
Good times return for Ciena amid Huawei backlash
News Analysis  | 
6/4/2021  |  Post a comment
The optical equipment maker stands to benefit from Huawei's unpopularity, Biden's stimulus spending and customer interest in its latest technology.
Bell Canada is latest telco to succumb to AWS at the edge
News Analysis  | 
6/3/2021  |  Post a comment
The Canadian telecom operator follows Verizon, Vodafone and others into the public cloud for its edge services despite an array of concerns.
Huawei should not expect harmony, whatever it calls its OS
News Analysis  | 
6/3/2021  |  Post a comment
The launch of the new operating system on smartphones and connected gadgets threatens further clashes with the West.
'Big 20' telcos have cut 230K jobs, 12% of total, in five years
News Analysis  | 
6/2/2021  |  Post a comment
Year one of the pandemic saw 55,000 net job cuts at the world's largest operators headquartered in the Americas and Western Europe.
Ofcom should keep its grubby mitts off open RAN
Morris Lore  | 
5/28/2021  |  Post a comment
The UK telecom regulator is intervening in technology development to a troubling degree.


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