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Edge and enterprise 5G the star turns at Omdia's Future Vision event
LRTV Interviews  | 
2/27/2020  |  Post a comment

Light Reading's Iain Morris and Ray Le Maistre discuss two of the key topics discussed at Omdia's Future Vision event in London – telco edge computing opportunities and 5G enterprise services.

Deutsche Telekom, Intel breakthrough piles open RAN pressure onto big vendors
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2/26/2020  |  Post a comment
The German operator and its partners may have found a way of compensating for the performance shortcomings of general-purpose processors.
AT&T and Verizon axed nearly 30K jobs last year
News Analysis  | 
2/25/2020  |  Post a comment
These are dark days for the American telecom worker, and the pending merger between T-Mobile and Sprint is unlikely to brighten the outlook.
Facebook-led TIP and O-RAN Alliance finally buddy up on 5G R&D
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2/25/2020  |  Post a comment
Two groups working on the development of open RAN technology have agreed to pool their efforts and differentiate roles.
Ericsson, Huawei & Nokia's 5G 'wins' are no big deal
Morris Lore  | 
2/24/2020  |  Post a comment
The world's mobile network equipment makers continue to make a fuss about information that is a red herring.
T-Mobile, Sprint renegotiate deal to give Deutsche Telekom bigger stake
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2/21/2020  |  Post a comment
US operators are poised to complete their merger in the next few weeks after renegotiating terms and clearing most regulatory hurdles.
Telefónica fails to stop rot after axing 4,500 jobs last year
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2/20/2020  |  1 comment
Shares in Spanish telecom giant fall in Madrid after it reports a disappointing set of results weighed down by restructuring costs.
Deutsche Telekom CEO warns coronavirus is hitting networks supply chain
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2/19/2020  |  Post a comment
The German operator's boss warns of possible disruption caused by the disease while pushing for tougher penalties in Germany if foreign vendors breach security rules.
Deutsche Telekom hails best year ever as hopes soar for US merger
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2/19/2020  |  Post a comment
As the German operator turns 25, its performance under current management is something peers will envy.
Vodafone thwarted in bid to influence 5G roadmap
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2/18/2020  |  Post a comment
The operator's latest attempt to influence the development of the 5G standard appears to have failed, and there remains little sign of enthusiasm for open RAN among traditional vendors.
Will MWC ever be the same again?
Morris Lore  | 
2/18/2020  |  Post a comment
Concerns about health, climate change and business value raise stark questions about the future of the giant trade show.
Apple is latest coronavirus casualty
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2/18/2020  |  Post a comment
The iPhone maker says Chinese production has been affected by the outbreak of the disease.
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Ericsson counts cost of coronavirus
News Analysis  | 
2/17/2020  |  1 comment
Swedish equipment vendor ramped up production in Europe to cope with Chinese factory closures but is still assessing impact of canceling MWC.
Huawei accused of 'racketeering' in latest US attack
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2/14/2020  |  1 comment
Chinese vendor stole intellectual property from six US technology companies and used this for commercial advantage, alleges the Department of Justice.
VEON names new bosses as CEO Burns steps aside
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2/14/2020  |  Post a comment
Emerging-markets operator also said the CEO of its business in Russia will quit after a disappointing performance in the past year.
DT wants to renegotiate T-Mobile, Sprint deal – report
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2/13/2020  |  1 comment
German parent of T-Mobile is reportedly pushing for a lower price because of the deterioration in Sprint's performance since the deal was first mooted.
SoftBank's Son is losing his shine
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2/12/2020  |  Post a comment
Losses at the Japanese billionaire's Vision Fund raise questions about his entire investment strategy.
Now Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone quit this year's MWC
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2/12/2020  |  1 comment
They think it's all over...
Nokia, VEON and BT quit MWC, odds shorten on event's cancellation
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2/12/2020  |  Post a comment
If it goes ahead, this year's MWC will now lack two of the world's three biggest mobile equipment vendors, while another major operator also decides not to attend.
Rakuten joins AT&T, DoCoMo and Sprint in quitting MWC
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2/12/2020  |  Post a comment
Japanese e-commerce giant and emerging mobile operator is only the fourth high-profile service provider to announce its withdrawal from MWC due to coronavirus concerns.
Coronavirus has left the GSMA reeling
Morris Lore  | 
2/11/2020  |  1 comment
The outbreak of the deadly disease has led to calls for the cancellation of this year's MWC as major exhibitors continue to withdraw.
NTT DoCoMo becomes first major telco to quit MWC exhibition
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2/10/2020  |  Post a comment
Japanese operator is the first Tier 1 operator to officially cancel its exhibition at this year's show because of concern about coronavirus.
MWC still happening but with more restrictions and fewer participants
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2/10/2020  |  Post a comment
World's biggest telecom trade show is in peril as more exhibitors pull out and organizers impose restrictions on visitors from China.
Ericsson shareholder urges firm to explore sale to US – report
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2/7/2020  |  Post a comment
Nordic equipment makers receive a boost during Friday-afternoon trading after a US official proposes buying one of the companies.
South Korean Telcos Still Waiting for 5G Benefits
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2/7/2020  |  1 comment
KT and SKT have witnessed declines in profitability after pumping money into their new 5G businesses this year.
MWC at Risk as Ericsson Pulls Out on Coronavirus Concern
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2/7/2020  |  Post a comment
Swedish equipment maker said it would not be able to ensure the health and safety of its employees and customers.
Nokia Sees Light at End of 5G Tunnel
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2/6/2020  |  2 comments
The Finnish equipment maker hailed good progress on cost cutting and is slowly building up its stock of more profitable 5G products.
Vodafone, DT Hold New 5G Network-Sharing Talks in Germany
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2/5/2020  |  Post a comment
The German operators are in discussions about a new scheme that could help them to meet some tough coverage obligations.
How Badly Will Coronavirus Hurt MWC?
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2/5/2020  |  1 comment
With exhibitors pulling out and cities under lockdown, this year's MWC could see a fall in attendee numbers, despite what its organizer says.
Vodafone Ditches Huawei's Core Products in Europe at €200M Cost
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2/5/2020  |  Post a comment
Service provider took the decision to replace the Chinese vendor after regulators warned operators off using 'high-risk vendors' in sensitive parts of the network.
A 6G Arms Race May Define the 2020s
Morris Lore  | 
2/4/2020  |  2 comments
With the telecom industry facing balkanization, the development of a global 6G standard might never happen.
Ex-WorldCom Boss Bernie Ebbers Dies
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2/3/2020  |  Post a comment
The man behind the telecom sector's biggest-ever accounting fraud died at the weekend just weeks after he was released from prison.
Tele2 Targets Further Cuts as Sales Remain Flat
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2/3/2020  |  1 comment
Swedish operator plans another $100 million in cost reductions and says it will remove legacy IT systems and 'double functions' after its Com Hem takeover.
Roaming Fees Could Return, Warns UK Government on Brexit Day
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1/31/2020  |  Post a comment
As the UK officially quits the European Union, its government says there is no guarantee roaming charges will not make an unwelcome return.
UK Opportunity Knocks for Ericsson & Nokia
Morris Lore  | 
1/31/2020  |  Post a comment
The Nordic equipment makers look poised to win additional business in the UK after the government imposed tough new restrictions on Chinese vendors.
Open RAN Won't Stop China, Dotards
Morris Lore  | 
1/30/2020  |  2 comments
US policymakers see open RAN as a way of defeating China in 5G. There's just one problem…
Vodafone Flogs Egypt Biz to Saudi Telecom for $2.4B
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1/29/2020  |  Post a comment
The divestment will raise cash for debt relief and allow Vodafone to concentrate on more important markets, says its chief executive.
Ericsson's New Look: Plenty of Robots, Not Many Jobs
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2020  |  1 comment
The Swedish equipment maker is making automation investments across the entirety of its operations. In some areas, it may be time for remaining employees to worry.
Tough UK Limits on Huawei's Role in 5G Threaten Telco Plans
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1/28/2020  |  Post a comment
The Johnson government has imposed tough restrictions on the Chinese vendor that could force BT and Three into expensive and drawn-out swaps.
Pompeo Goads UK on Eve of Big Huawei Decision
Morris Lore  | 
1/27/2020  |  2 comments
A decision about Huawei's involvement in the UK's market could be the most difficult its prime minister has ever had to make.
Orange Belgium CEO: Open RAN No Substitute for Huawei
News Analysis  | 
1/27/2020  |  1 comment
Touted as an alternative to the big kit vendors, open RAN technologies are too immature to replace them in the short term, says senior Orange executive.
Ericsson Shares Hit by US Merger Uncertainty, Cost Challenges
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1/24/2020  |  Post a comment
Swedish kit vendor says business fundamentals remain strong but warns costs will rise this year.
CityFibre CEO: I'd Welcome BT as a Customer
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1/23/2020  |  Post a comment
Shifting some of its business from Openreach to CityFibre would be a 'super smart' move by BT's directors, says Greg Mesch, as he eyes a much bigger role in the UK's national broadband market.
Big Questions Ducked in Huawei CFO Extradition Case
Morris Lore  | 
1/22/2020  |  1 comment
Meng Wanzhou's defense rests mainly on the fact that Canada is on relatively good terms with Iran.
Germany Keeps World Guessing on Huawei
News Analysis  | 
1/20/2020  |  1 comment
Policymakers in Europe's biggest economy are struggling to arrive at a decision about the controversial Chinese vendor.
Vietnam Makes Big Bet on Homegrown 5G
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1/20/2020  |  3 comments
The country's biggest telecom operator is set to launch a 5G network based on technology it developed internally.
Data Tsunami Is Environmental Disaster in the Making
Morris Lore  | 
1/17/2020  |  1 comment
Some of the world's biggest tech companies are jumping on the green bandwagon, but their efforts are unlikely to be enough.
US Senators Propose More Than $1B for Open RAN to Fight Huawei
News Analysis  | 
1/15/2020  |  1 comment
US politicians from across the political divide want to spend hundreds of millions to shore up US alternatives to the controversial Chinese vendor.
UK PM Is Right: Where Is Huawei Alternative?
Morris Lore  | 
1/15/2020  |  4 comments
Boris Johnson raises an important question about the structure of the telecom industry as the UK comes under Chinese and US pressure over its imminent decision on whether to ban Huawei from Britain's 5G market.
Nokia to Cut 180 Finnish Jobs in 2020
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1/14/2020  |  Post a comment
The giant equipment vendor is cutting 3% of jobs in Finland this year as it tries to restore profitability.
Letting Huawei Into 5G Is 'Madness,' US Warns UK – Reports
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1/14/2020  |  Post a comment
A delegation of US officials is said to have presented the UK government with new evidence about the risks the Chinese vendor poses.
Vodafone Deploys 5G Multi-Operator RAN Gear
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1/13/2020  |  Post a comment
UK operator becomes the first to roll out 5G radio access network equipment that can be used by more than one service provider as it continues to work on slashing costs.
Telecom Turns Lukewarm on Media Ownership
Morris Lore  | 
1/10/2020  |  2 comments
Interest in buying media and TV companies soured in 2019, according to a Light Reading survey, but it still looks better than banking.
Samsung Forecasts Fall in Q4 Profit
News Analysis  | 
1/8/2020  |  Post a comment
The South Korean electronics giant expects operating profits to fall, but not as much as some analysts had feared.
Broadcom Flogs Symantec Unit to Accenture
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1/7/2020  |  Post a comment
The semiconductor maker offloads some of the security assets it acquired last year to Accenture, which gains valuable new capabilities.
T-Mobile Ends 2019 on a High With 7M Net Adds for the Year
News Analysis  | 
1/7/2020  |  1 comment
The Un-carrier gains nearly 2 million customers in the final quarter of 2019, but can it maintain its performance under new management and as the battlefield shifts to 5G?
China's UK Ambassador Sounds Warning on Huawei
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1/6/2020  |  Post a comment
Liu Xiaoming says a 5G ban on the controversial Chinese vendor could damage relations between China and the UK.
Etisalat to Build Open RAN 'Across UAE'
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1/6/2020  |  Post a comment
Middle Eastern operator names Altiostar, Cisco and NEC as open RAN suppliers, but details of deployment remain thin.
Eurobites: Huawei Loses Telenor to Ericsson
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12/13/2019  |  4 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Labour defeat brings relief for BT; MTS goes all holographic; Orange Belgium launches 5G hub.
Telecom Industry Rift Widens Over Key 5G Security Issue
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12/12/2019  |  Post a comment
Some of Europe's biggest operators are distinguishing between the core and the RAN as they build their 5G networks, but the region's biggest 5G vendor says the boundary is disappearing.
Nokia to Test 5G for Driverless Trains With Germany's Deutsche Bahn
News Analysis  | 
12/12/2019  |  1 comment
Finnish vendor lands a role with Germany's railway operator to begin testing a 5G standard designed specifically for trains.
Telefónica Deutschland Makes Risky 5G Bet on Huawei
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12/11/2019  |  Post a comment
German operator will also use Finland's Nokia to build its 5G network and has cut dividends to help fund the project.
2019: The Year Telecom Went Doolally About 5G
Morris Lore  | 
12/10/2019  |  4 comments
2019 will be remembered in telecom as the year when 5G arrived and industry hype went into overdrive.
Energy Giant Shell Is Not Sold on Private Networks
News Analysis  | 
12/9/2019  |  Post a comment
One of the world's biggest energy companies is prioritizing 4G and public networks over 5G and private ones.
Telcos Let FAANGs Into the Edge at Their Peril
Morris Lore  | 
12/9/2019  |  1 comment
Given the relative loss of value in the telecom industry, the recent edge deals involving AWS are risky moves for the operators involved.
Ericsson Paid Out Millions in Bribes While CEO Ekholm Sat on Board
News Analysis  | 
12/9/2019  |  3 comments
The details of Ericsson's corruption scandal, as documented by US authorities, raise awkward questions for the Swedish vendor.
CityFibre's David Tomalin: Building a Fab Fiber Future
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12/5/2019  |  Post a comment
CityFibre's Group CTO David Tomalin discusses how an infrastructure provider, making long-term bets, is planning to enable service providers to reshape the UK tech landscape.
Huawei Ban in UK Still on the Table
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12/5/2019  |  Post a comment
UK leader Boris Johnson links the use of Huawei to security concerns, raising the prospect of a partial or full ban on the Chinese vendor.
Vodafone UK Is Emptying Its NOCs
News Analysis  | 
12/4/2019  |  1 comment
The UK service provider has cut hundreds of jobs in operations, with more to go as it rolls out more automated 5G networks.
Orange Targets €1B in Savings & Bigger Enterprise Role
News Analysis  | 
12/4/2019  |  2 comments
The French operator has prioritized growth in enterprise, Africa and financial services under its latest five-year plan.
To MTS, Russia Remains Land of Opportunity
News Analysis  | 
12/3/2019  |  2 comments
The mainly Russian operator has quit Ukraine and is targeting a bigger share of revenues from outside the telecom sector in its home market.
Huawei CFO Paints Rosy Picture of Canadian House Arrest
News Analysis  | 
12/2/2019  |  1 comment
What does the financial chief of the world's biggest equipment maker do in Vancouver when international travel is no longer an option?
Huawei Ban in Australia Threatens 1,500 Jobs, Warns Chinese Vendor
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12/2/2019  |  Post a comment
Huawei's payments to Australian telecom contractors will dry up in the next couple of years unless the government reverses its 5G ban, says the Chinese equipment giant.
How Three Private Networks Landed a Deal at Heathrow Airport
LRTV Interviews  | 
12/2/2019  |  Post a comment
At the 'Private Networks in a 5G World' event in London, Catherine Gull, head of Business Development at Three Private Networks, explains how the competitive UK operator landed deals with flagship customers such as Heathrow Airport and the Port of Felixstowe.
Ukkoverkot's CEO on Building Private Networks
LRTV Interviews  | 
11/29/2019  |  Post a comment
At the 'Private Networks in a 5G World' event in London, Mikko Uusitalo, chairman and CEO at Ukkoverkot, talks about the operating and partnership model that has helped the company deploy 26 private networks in the past 24 months.
Telefónica's €2B Growth Plan Fails to Excite
Morris Lore  | 
11/28/2019  |  Post a comment
In its latest round of restructuring, the Spanish operator is setting up a Tech business with ambitious targets. Investors may feel they have been here before.
Eurobites: Germany's Merkel Calls for European 5G Watchdog
News Analysis  | 
11/28/2019  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus appoints new CEO; Salt takes earnings hit; Ericsson bags new deal with Orange.
Orange Pooh-Poohs Deutsche Telekom Merger Talk, Again
News Analysis  | 
11/28/2019  |  1 comment
French operator dismisses latest speculation about a merger with its German counterpart.
The Role of Mobile Operators in the Private Networks Sector
LRTV Interviews  | 
11/27/2019  |  5 comments
At the 'Private Networks in a 5G World' event in London, Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown discusses the role that mobile operators could play in the burgeoning private networks market.
Vodafone Warns Governments Off Reserving Spectrum for Industries
News Analysis  | 
11/27/2019  |  1 comment
The European service provider slams decisions to give spectrum to companies that have not traditionally operated networks as concern grows about the telco role in private 5G networks.
For Deutsche Telekom, Private Networks Offer Glimpse of 5G Growth
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11/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Germany's biggest operator is under pressure to show that private 5G remains a growth opportunity for the telco business.
Ericsson Hurls NB-IoT & Cat-M Into Spotlight & Lets Them Sweat
Morris Lore  | 
11/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Like any doting parent, the Swedish equipment giant is expecting a lot from the NB-IoT and Cat-M technologies it helped to spawn.
Russia's MTS Quits Ukraine With $734M Sale
News Analysis  | 
11/25/2019  |  Post a comment
The Russian operator is abandoning Ukraine to focus more keenly on digitalization efforts at home.
Ericsson the Unready Loses KPN to Huawei
News Analysis  | 
11/22/2019  |  Post a comment
The resurgent Swedish equipment vendor hits a speedbump in the Netherlands, whose largest operator preferred to go Chinese.
Japan's NTT Hires BearingPoint to Fix BSS Shortcomings
News Analysis  | 
11/21/2019  |  Post a comment
The operator says the European platform provider comes with several attractive qualities that could provide a spur in the enterprise sector.
Short on 5G Options, Vodafone Gets Set for 150K-Site Shake-Up
News Analysis  | 
11/21/2019  |  2 comments
The European operator reveals the rationale behind its shock decision to put its entire European footprint up for tender.
Labour Expects Average British Broadband Worker to Live on $5K a Year
Morris Lore  | 
11/20/2019  |  Post a comment
UK Labour Party comrades Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell seem to have forgotten that telecom staff need paying.
Vodafone Puts Its Faith in Google Cloud for Big Data Analytics
News Analysis  | 
11/20/2019  |  1 comment
The web giant's AI, analytics and cloud deal with Vodafone continues a trend of operators turning to the major cloud platform players for scale and flexibility.
SoftBank's New $30B Z Holdings Lacks X Factor
News Analysis  | 
11/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Japan's most famous billionaire is at it again with talk of artificial intelligence and global power, but his latest joint venture is no FAANG, despite what he says.
Labour's UK Broadband Plan Would Make Lenin Proud
Morris Lore  | 
11/15/2019  |  Post a comment
Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have cooked up a broadband scheme that could form a modern-day appendix to The Communist Manifesto.
Parallel Wireless Dishes the Dirt on Tech Mahindra
News Analysis  | 
11/15/2019  |  2 comments
Independence of systems integrators thrust into the spotlight as Indian SI is accused of favoring Altiostar, in which it owns a stake, despite its claims to be 'vendor-agnostic.'
Axiata Calls On TIP to Fix Telco Cost Problem
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11/14/2019  |  Post a comment
One of the developing world's biggest operators runs up data service losses in Malaysia and is looking to the Facebook-led initiative for help.
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Vodafone Eyes Open RAN Overhaul at 100K Sites, May Swap Existing Suppliers for 5G
News Analysis  | 
11/13/2019  |  1 comment
The UK-based operator stunned onlookers in Amsterdam today with news it is issuing a tender for a possible redesign of its entire European network.
Facebook, Telefónica Take OpenRAN 'Live' in Peru, Boast 450K Subs
News Analysis  | 
11/13/2019  |  Post a comment
The new-look network already has 450,000 subscribers and costs far less than traditional infrastructure, says Telefónica.
Vodafone Registers Slight Sales Growth as Debts & Losses Pile Up
News Analysis  | 
11/12/2019  |  1 comment
Takeover activity, 5G investments and unfriendly Indians are weighing heavily on the UK-based operator's financial performance, but at least revenues inched up.
Big Overseas Bets Skewer Japanese Telcos
News Analysis  | 
11/12/2019  |  Post a comment
SoftBank and Rakuten report losses on investments in US firms, but one is a far more troubling prospect than the other.
Nokia in Line for 5G Contracts Worth up to $2.2B With Chinese Telcos
News Analysis  | 
11/11/2019  |  1 comment
Finnish equipment vendor signs frame agreements with Chinese operators that could lead to lucrative contracts next year.
Telecom Italia Targets €1B in Cloud Sales With Google Tie-Up
News Analysis  | 
11/11/2019  |  1 comment
Can the ageing Italian operator and young American Internet giant find success at the edge of the network?


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