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Rakuten Sets Cloud-Native 5G Template, Disrupts Japan's Status Quo
News Analysis  | 
2/18/2019  |  Post a comment
With its next-gen network plans, the ecommerce company threatens to have the same impact on Japan's telecom market that Reliance Jio had in India.
Huawei Sets Sights on 6G Stardom Amid 5G Strife
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2/15/2019  |  Post a comment
Amid turmoil in international equipment markets, Huawei's rotating chairman is worrying about what happens after 5G.
Huawei Muscle Puts Ericsson, Nokia on 5G Back Foot in Europe – Sources
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2/14/2019  |  Post a comment
European vendors do not have the resources to replace Huawei if a ban should come into effect, according to service provider sources.
Open Conflict Over Open RAN
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2/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Accusations that big kit vendors tried to throttle developments show open RAN technologies will have to overcome a variety of competing interests to thrive.
DT's Dinner With Huawei Could Become Dog's Breakfast
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2/12/2019  |  Post a comment
A European backlash against Huawei could turn into the German incumbent's biggest network challenge of all time.
MWC 5G-Gasm Risks Missing the Big Telecom Issues
Morris Lore  | 
2/11/2019  |  1 comment
Nearly upon us once again, MWC in isolation provides a distorting view of the telecom industry and its challenges.
Comment: Re: Ingenu - iainmorris - 2/9/2019
Swiss 5G Auction Bags $380M Amid Radiation Law Gripes
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2/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Swiss operators cough up for new 5G spectrum amid concern that harsh laws on radiation limits could impede 5G network deployment.
Nokia Replacing Huawei in Vodafone's German Core
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2/7/2019  |  1 comment
Vodafone has turned to Nokia instead of Huawei for some components used in the core of its German network, but insists the decision dates back two years and is unrelated to security issues.
Swisscom Capex to Dip as Radiation Laws Delay 5G Rollout
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2/7/2019  |  Post a comment
Switzerland risks falling behind other countries in 5G because of restrictive laws about radiation limits, the Swiss incumbent's annual report shows.
And the 5G Winners Are… the Telcos – LR Poll
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2/6/2019  |  Post a comment
Network service providers come out on top of a Light Reading poll that asked respondents who stands to profit most from the rollout of 5G technology.
Huawei Pledges $2B to Address Security Concerns, Appease the Brits
News Analysis  | 
2/6/2019  |  1 comment
Addressing security concerns, including those of the UK establishment, will take up to five years and a few billion, says the president of Huawei's carrier business group, as the company fights against a Brit backlash.
Turkcell Leaps to Huawei's Defense
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2/6/2019  |  Post a comment
Turkish mobile operator describes claims against Huawei as 'uncorroborated' and says it will continue its relationship with the Chinese vendor.
Re-Ingenu: An IoT Startup Is Born Yet Again
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2/5/2019  |  2 comments
Can a new management team touting a bold new business plan persuade investors to give the IoT startup another chance?
Why Ericsson Is Joining the ORAN Alliance
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2/4/2019  |  Post a comment
The ORAN Alliance is supposed to be about ending the dominance of the big kit vendors in the radio access network. So why has the Swedish equipment giant just become a member?
Nokia Plots Job Cuts Outside Europe
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2/1/2019  |  Post a comment
Finnish equipment maker is trying to reduce annual costs to hit profitability targets for the 2020 fiscal year.
Elliott Ups Telecom Italia Stake as It Battles Vivendi for Control
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1/31/2019  |  Post a comment
Activist investor raises stake in Italian phone incumbent in a move slammed by rival shareholder Vivendi as 'opportunistic.'
Nokia CEO Warns of Sluggish 5G Growth in 2019
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1/31/2019  |  Post a comment
Nokia finishes the 2018 year on a high note but warns of a slow first quarter and a 'flattish' market this year among ongoing 5G challenges.
Apple Up as Markets Dwell on Bright Side
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1/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Shares in the iPhone maker rise as the company's investors applaud a strong services performance, but the devices business remains on shaky ground.
Telenor Won't Raise Capex as It Gets 5G-Ready
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1/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Norwegian incumbent plans to reduce capital expenditure as a percentage of sales during the first part of the 5G era as it remains focused on cost-cutting and digitalization.
Huawei's Ills Don't Guarantee Good Times for Ericsson, Nokia
Morris Lore  | 
1/29/2019  |  Post a comment
A US-led campaign against the world's biggest equipment maker does not mean Ericsson and Nokia are destined for success.
Huawei Hits Out at DoJ Amid Global Backlash
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1/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Huawei again lashes out at the treatment of its CFO as Australia's TPG halts mobile rollout with the Chinese vendor and Germany's Deutsche Telekom frets about the cost of replacing it.
Juniper in Running for SD-WAN Deal With Orange
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1/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Orange is looking for new vendors as it puts an SD-WAN offering in front of smaller organizations with less stringent requirements.
Huawei Controversy Pits Spooks Against CSPs
Morris Lore  | 
1/28/2019  |  3 comments
Vodafone's CEO wants a more high-level debate about the security implications of using Huawei's equipment. In the current climate, he may have his work cut out for him.
Ericsson Sees Light at End of Digital Services Tunnel
News Analysis  | 
1/25/2019  |  1 comment
Despite a snafu at the BSS unit, Ericsson's digital services division has recorded its best sales performance since Ekholm took charge.
Ericsson Hails First Annual Sales Growth Since 2013 as 5G Comes Calling
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1/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Despite ongoing problems at its digital services business, the Swedish equipment vendor managed a small operating profit for 2018 as customers in several markets began investing in 5G.
Vodafone Meets IBM: 5G Dream Team or Culture Clash?
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1/24/2019  |  Post a comment
The telco and the IT giant could either give the 5G market a huge boost or demonstrate that partnerships between industry titans are not a good idea.
Nokia at Risk of China Ban – Analyst
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1/23/2019  |  4 comments
Finnish vendor could be locked out of Chinese market if Huawei continues to face restrictions in other parts of the world, says MKM Partners analyst.
Ingenu Has New Boss in Alvaro Gazzolo
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1/23/2019  |  Post a comment
US IoT player moves its chief operating officer into the role of president several months after embarking on a radical new strategy.
Comment: Re: Definitions - iainmorris - 1/23/2019
Vodafone, O2 Hint at UK Towers Sale in 5G Update
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1/23/2019  |  Post a comment
The UK mobile operators are exploring a 'monetization' of their towers joint venture and will further unwind their active network-sharing deal with the rollout of 5G services.
Can LoRa Withstand the Cellular Stampede?
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1/22/2019  |  2 comments
Defying predictions it would be trampled by cellular IoT, LoRa technology has continued to secure business. But can it become a multi-billion-device technology?
Sigfox US Boss Is Out as Offices Close in Boston, San Francisco
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1/21/2019  |  2 comments
The French IoT specialist parts company with its US boss after just a year and shuts offices in Boston and San Francisco.
Huawei Founder Warns of Job Cuts – Report
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1/21/2019  |  Post a comment
Ren Zhengfei says the Chinese vendor needs to prepare for a gloomier outlook because of the backlash it is facing outside China.
Block Huawei at Your Peril, China Threatens Canada – Report
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1/18/2019  |  Post a comment
China's ambassador is reported to have said Canada will face 'repercussions' if it bows to US pressure to exclude Huawei from its 5G networks.
VEON to Close London Office, Cut Jobs After Digital Disaster
News Analysis  | 
1/18/2019  |  Post a comment
The Russia-focused operator is jettisoning its high-profile digital platform in a move that will hit employees in Amsterdam and London.
IBM, Vodafone Strike $550M Cloud Deal
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1/17/2019  |  Post a comment
US tech giant and UK telco team up to provide cloud and networking services to European business customers.
Nokia Targets 1,330 Job Cuts in Europe
News Analysis  | 
1/17/2019  |  2 comments
Having previously revealed that 350 jobs would go in Finland, Nokia has indicated that another 980 are on the line in France and Germany.
Huawei Founder Fails to Put Minds at Rest
Morris Lore  | 
1/16/2019  |  Post a comment
Ren Zhengfei's answers to questions during a rare meeting with reporters will not silence Huawei's critics.
Sigfox Still Shedding Top Execs, Including CTO – Sources
News Analysis  | 
1/16/2019  |  5 comments
The French IoT company has lost another two senior executives in recent months, according to sources, following a wave of departures in the past two years.
5G Stuck in Slow Lane Beyond Consumer Biz
Morris Lore  | 
1/15/2019  |  4 comments
The next-generation mobile technology was supposed to be about new enterprise services opportunities. But where are they?
Nokia to Slash 350 Finnish Jobs in Savings Drive
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1/15/2019  |  Post a comment
Latest cuts form part of the Finnish vendor's plan to reduce annual operating costs by €700 million in the next two years.
T-Systems Offloads Mainframes to IBM in €860M Deal – Report
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1/15/2019  |  Post a comment
The IT part of Germany's Deutsche Telekom is selling its mainframes business to IBM, with 400 of its employees set to join the US tech giant as part of the deal, according to press reports.
Liberty Latin America in Talks to Buy Millicom
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1/15/2019  |  Post a comment
A merger between the two companies would create one of the region's biggest telcos, giving it the muscle it needs to compete against other big players.
Telecom Italia Chairman Blasts Vivendi as Shareholder Dispute Continues
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1/14/2019  |  Post a comment
The clash between Vivendi and Elliott over the management of Italy's biggest operator shows no sign of ending and remains a huge distraction from the company's operational challenges.
Vodafone Spain to Cut up to 1,200 Jobs
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1/10/2019  |  Post a comment
Spanish part of the Vodafone empire launches a consultation with employee representatives, warning that up to a quarter of jobs could disappear as it struggles to boost profitability.
Ericsson Will Take $860M Hit to Prop Up Digital Services
News Analysis  | 
1/10/2019  |  1 comment
Shares in the Swedish equipment vendor fall sharply after it warns of write downs and further job losses at its troublesome digital services business.
T-Mobile Breaks Records Again With 2.4M New Connections
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1/9/2019  |  Post a comment
The fastest-growing operator in the US is still putting its smartphone rivals to shame. But with 5G and a potential Sprint merger on the horizon, how long can such growth last?
Huawei Controlled Firm That Sold to Iran – Reuters
News Analysis  | 
1/9/2019  |  4 comments
A Reuters report uncovers documents that establish close links between Huawei and companies that breached US sanctions through deals in the Middle East.
Apstra Bags Bloomberg in Its First Campus Deal
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1/9/2019  |  Post a comment
The pioneer of intent-based networking is trumpeting a new deal that shows its technology has a role to play outside the data center.
BT Looks More Bloated Than Ever
Morris Lore  | 
1/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Despite announcing plans for 13,000 layoffs last May, the UK operator is now bigger than ever, and it generates far less in per-employee revenues than most of its regional peers.
Apple's Walls Come Tumbling Down With Samsung TV Tie-Up
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1/7/2019  |  Post a comment
A TV alliance between the iPhone maker and the South Korean tech giant points to a weakening of Apple's position as a hardware and software giant.
T-Mobile US Lags Rivals in 5G, Finds T-Mobile Survey
News Analysis  | 
1/4/2019  |  4 comments
A survey sponsored by T-Mobile puts it behind 'Dumb and Dumber' in the 5G leadership stakes and points to some enthusiasm for the next-generation technology in the US market.
iPhone Upset Leads to Apple Crumble
Morris Lore  | 
1/3/2019  |  Post a comment
Mix exorbitant prices with underwhelming gadgets and a dose of Chinese nationalism, and then sit back and watch a trillion-dollar company tank.
AT&T, Time Warner Shed 11K Workers in First 9 Months of 2018
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1/3/2019  |  2 comments
The US operator cut about 4% of roles across its main telecom business and Time Warner combined, while other telcos in the US and Europe have continued to shed jobs.
Comment: Update - iainmorris - 1/3/2019
Have Devices Overtaken Networks as Huawei's Biggest Unit?
Morris Lore  | 
1/2/2019  |  1 comment
Figures released by the Chinese equipment giant suggest it is becoming increasingly reliant on its gadget-making consumer division for sales growth.
SKT Eyes Broadcasting Role for 5G
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1/2/2019  |  Post a comment
South Korea's biggest mobile operator continues to work on bringing 5G technology into markets outside the traditional consumer business.
Deutsche Telekom Sues Regulator Over 5G Rules – Report
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1/2/2019  |  Post a comment
Germany's biggest operator is unhappy about coverage obligations and rules that would force it to open its 5G network to asset-light rivals, according to local press reports.
Telecom Italia Stands by Huawei as Peers Waver
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2018  |  1 comment
Italy's biggest operator says it will continue to work with Huawei unless it is told not to by government authorities.
DT, Orange Prove Europe Remains Hostage to US, Chinese Tech
Morris Lore  | 
12/17/2018  |  3 comments
Two of Europe's biggest operators are desperate to wean Europeans off US and Chinese technology, but they are uncomfortably reliant on it themselves.
Orange Exec Talks Digital Innovation
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/17/2018  |  Post a comment
Orange's VP of Digital Innovation, Patrice Slupowski, talks to Light Reading's Iain Morris on the sidelines of our recent 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Lisbon about the potential for digital services, the use of open source code and the future of telco services.
Comment: 3GPP update - iainmorris - 12/14/2018
5G Standard Hits Unexpected 3-Month Delay
News Analysis  | 
12/14/2018  |  5 comments
3GPP drops 'mini bombshell' at meeting in Italy this week, says an observer, with its announcement of unexpected delays to the 5G standardization process.
Orange Rules Out Huawei for 5G in France
News Analysis  | 
12/13/2018  |  Post a comment
French telecom incumbent deals the latest blow to China's biggest equipment vendor amid an international backlash.
Where Huawei Fears to Tread
News Analysis  | 
12/13/2018  |  1 comment
Growing restrictions on Huawei by governments and operators outside China could swiftly diminish its role in the global equipment market.
Djingo Unchained: Orange, DT Take AI Fight to US Tech Giants
News Analysis  | 
12/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Unveiling a new smart speaker in Paris today, the CEOs of Deutsche Telekom and Orange hope growing concern about data privacy will provide a spur to Europe's homegrown technology expertise.
Comment: Lumentum and Oclaro - iainmorris - 12/11/2018
Australia's 5G Auction Nets More Than $600M for Govt.
News Analysis  | 
12/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Spending values mid-band airwaves at a higher level than in any country bar Italy, with the three existing operators and a new entrant picking up 5G licenses.
How the West Can Hurt Huawei
News Analysis  | 
12/10/2018  |  2 comments
The arrest of Huawei's CFO on charges of fraud dominates headlines, but US hawks could seek to cripple Huawei in several ways.
Nokia Sitting Pretty After Week of Turmoil for Huawei, Ericsson
News Analysis  | 
12/7/2018  |  Post a comment
A backlash against China's biggest vendor and problems with Ericsson's software could translate into a glorious opportunity for the Finnish firm.
How AI Is Being Put to Work at Vodafone
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/6/2018  |  Post a comment
Jayshree Kottapalli, group head of Analytics CoE (AI, Automation and Analytics) at Vodafone, talks about how Vodafone is using AI tools to mine the enormous volumes of data the operator collects.
Ericsson Problem Leaves Millions Without Smartphone Services
News Analysis  | 
12/6/2018  |  1 comment
Swedish vendor says it is working with customers to identify root causes and solve the problem.
China Slams Huawei CFO's Arrest, Huawei 'Not Aware of Any Wrongdoing'
News Analysis  | 
12/6/2018  |  3 comments
China and Huawei respond with anger and denials after one of the Chinese company's most senior executives, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, is arrested on North American soil.
Huawei Cut Out of BT's Mobile Core, Optical & Edge Plans
News Analysis  | 
12/5/2018  |  Post a comment
Following a Financial Times report this morning, the UK telecom incumbent has confirmed it will not use Huawei in multiple parts of its network.
BT Is Stripping Huawei From its Mobile Core Network – FT Report
News Analysis  | 
12/5/2018  |  1 comment
The UK telecom incumbent is tearing out Huawei equipment in apparent response to growing security concerns about the Chinese vendor.
South Korea's 5G Lead May Bring Industrial Advantage
Morris Lore  | 
12/3/2018  |  Post a comment
All three mobile operators in South Korea have now launched 5G networks, and their focus is on the business rather than the consumer market.
Nokia Gets €250M 5G R&D Boost From Nordic Lender
News Analysis  | 
12/3/2018  |  Post a comment
Finnish equipment vendor says loan will help to make the Nordic region more competitive in the forthcoming 5G era.
Orange Bank Job Is Going Europe-Wide
News Analysis  | 
12/3/2018  |  Post a comment
The French telecom incumbent is taking its AI-powered, digital banking service outside France, with launches planned in Romania and Spain next year.
Europe's Telcos Fret as Walls Close In On Huawei
Morris Lore  | 
11/30/2018  |  Post a comment
The tightening of restrictions on China's biggest network equipment maker could deal a major blow to its European customers.
ZTE's Future at Stake as Venezuela Deal Attracts US Scrutiny
News Analysis  | 
11/29/2018  |  Post a comment
Embattled Chinese equipment vendor is staring at trouble after US senators called for an investigation into possible sanctions breaches in Venezuela.
Qualcomm's $100M Plan to Seed AI in Devices
News Analysis  | 
11/29/2018  |  Post a comment
Chip giant's plans to support AI startups could help it to flog more expensive processors, but it faces a big challenge from China's Huawei.
IoT Boom Won't Pay Off for Mobile Operators
Morris Lore  | 
11/28/2018  |  3 comments
Ericsson's latest mobility report is a wake-up call for anyone who thinks cellular IoT connectivity will fuel sales growth for telcos.
New Zealand Blocks Huawei From 5G Deal With Spark
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11/28/2018  |  Post a comment
New Zealand appears to join the US and Australia in excluding Huawei from parts of its telecom sector.
Comment: Update - iainmorris - 11/28/2018
Exclusive: Early 5G Network Gear Won't 'Talk' to Device Chipsets
News Analysis  | 
11/28/2018  |  1 comment
Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia are under pressure to show their standards-based 5G basestations are on speaking terms with forthcoming devices... because currently they aren't.
EC Signs Off Tele2, T-Mobile Merger in Netherlands
News Analysis  | 
11/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Tie-up secures 'unconditional' approval in a possible sign that regulators are giving up their opposition to merger activity.
Bill Shock: Orange, China Telecom Fret About 5G Energy Costs
News Analysis  | 
11/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Leading telcos are worried about the power inefficiency of forthcoming 5G networks and the impact this could have on profit margins.
Nokia Mobile Boss Rouanne Is Out in Latest Shake-Up
News Analysis  | 
11/22/2018  |  Post a comment
Finnish vendor is merging its mobile and fixed access divisions but has yet to say who will take charge of the new unit.
BT Hopes to Score With 5G Broadcasting Push
News Analysis  | 
11/22/2018  |  Post a comment
The UK's biggest telco is prioritizing 5G technology as way to film sports content in remote locations.
Swiss Sunrise to Sunset Copper Broadband in Huawei-Led 5G Plan
News Analysis  | 
11/20/2018  |  Post a comment
Swiss telco led by Olaf Swantee plans to substitute 5G for copper-based broadband services in suburban and rural areas.
Huawei Has Shipped 10K 5G Basestations Outside China
News Analysis  | 
11/20/2018  |  1 comment
Chinese equipment vendor is now selling 5G network equipment in Europe, the Middle East and South Korea, says its rotating chairman.
Is 5G Really 'Now' in Europe?
LRTV Interviews  | 
11/20/2018  |  Post a comment
If 'now' means it's almost with us, then yes.
ZTE, Samsung Battle for Wireless Market Share
News Analysis  | 
11/19/2018  |  Post a comment
As operators start to invest in 5G networks, the Chinese and South Korean equipment vendors are eyeing a much bigger market presence.
Telecom Italia Caught in Clash of Clans While Rome Burns
News Analysis  | 
11/19/2018  |  Post a comment
The Italian incumbent's fifth boss in the past six years will have one of the hardest jobs in the global telecom industry.
Italy's Struggling Wind Tre Eyes 5G Rollout in Late 2019
News Analysis  | 
11/16/2018  |  Post a comment
The Italian operator says it is halfway through its network modernization and hopes to bring 5G into parts of the country by late 2019.
Amid the Rubble of L'Aquila, ZTE Tries to Rebuild
Prime Reading  | 
11/16/2018  |  Post a comment
China's ZTE is working hard to patch up its customer relationships after US sanctions nearly drove it out of business. But its future still hangs in the balance.
BT to Put 5G at 1,500 Sites in 2019, Beating Vodafone
News Analysis  | 
11/13/2018  |  Post a comment
Mobile subsidiary EE plans to launch 5G services across 16 major UK cities next year, promising devices from 'multiple smartphone partners' as well as a home broadband service.


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