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Orange issues 2025 O-RAN ultimatum to big kit vendors
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1/20/2021  |  Post a comment
France's biggest operator has made a bold commitment to open RAN and predicted 'parity' with traditional kit in the next four years.
Europe's telco giants come together over open RAN
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1/20/2021  |  Post a comment
Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone have made a joint commitment they hope will accelerate ecosystem development.
Telefónica Deutschland wants Europe's COVID-19 funds for open RAN
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1/19/2021  |  Post a comment
The German operator says European recovery funds are needed to help foster the development of a local ecosystem for the in-vogue technology.
Banning Trump and Parler is not for big tech to decide
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1/19/2021  |  Post a comment
Facebook, Twitter and Amazon should not be the arbiters of free speech. And that means a repeal of telecom legislation should be a priority.
UK love affair with open RAN goes on despite telco reservations
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1/15/2021  |  Post a comment
British authorities are infatuated with a technology they barely understand from either a technology or market perspective.
Google, Nokia tie-up makes it likelier web firms will rule edge
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1/14/2021  |  Post a comment
The Internet company and the Finnish equipment vendor are teaming up to provide a range of 5G products to service providers.
Telefónica goes towerless with €7.7B sale to ATC
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1/13/2021  |  Post a comment
The Spanish operator becomes the first major European telecom operator to cede control of its mobile sites.
BT has yet another crack at digital transformation
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1/12/2021  |  Post a comment
The UK incumbent is setting up a discrete unit that will be charged with making it look more fit for purpose in a hi-tech world.
Europe's towercos are building on shaky ground
Morris Lore  | 
1/11/2021  |  Post a comment
Towers companies may struggle to justify their lofty valuations as competition grows and the telecom sector remains under pressure.
Gigabit subsidies are a waste of taxpayer dosh
Morris Lore  | 
1/8/2021  |  Post a comment
The UK spending watchdog slams the government's gigabit record, but does anything really need to be fixed?
Ericsson turns Huawei lobbyist with China biz at stake
Morris Lore  | 
1/7/2021  |  Post a comment
It is little wonder the Swedish equipment vendor has leapt to Huawei's defense in Sweden, whatever it really thinks about its Chinese rival.
Openreach turns to EXFO for a full-fiber boost
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1/7/2021  |  Post a comment
BT's networks business is under pressure to build its full-fiber network as efficiently as possible. Monitoring tools from EXFO could make a difference.
How Télécoms San Frontières helped reconnect blast-hit Beirut
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1/6/2021  |  Post a comment
With victims of last year's explosion needing urgent support, a software bot developed by the non-governmental organization proved critical.
6G could be the world's first teleportation tech
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1/5/2021  |  Post a comment
Fire up your 6G console and leap from the dreary surroundings of your London flat to the foodie heaven of Barcelona.
What won't happen in telecom in 2021
Morris Lore  | 
1/4/2021  |  Post a comment
Predictions stories are rampant around this time of year. Here's what not to expect in 2021.
Nokia names Motley crew member for fixed networks
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12/23/2020  |  Post a comment
Finnish vendor confirms Sandra Motley will remain on the payroll, but the roles of Gabriela Styf Sjöman and Bhaskar Gorti remain in doubt.
Open RAN has missed the 5G boat, says Three UK boss
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12/21/2020  |  Post a comment
The new-fangled network technology has arrived too late to be a part of 5G plans for many operators, says Robert Finnegan.
China's role in open RAN is a looming problem
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12/17/2020  |  Post a comment
The involvement of so many Chinese firms in the O-RAN Alliance raises some awkward questions for policymakers.
Nokia managers at risk as CEO warns 'it may be time for change'
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12/16/2020  |  Post a comment
Fixed networks boss Sandra Motley and software head Bhaskar Gorti may be next in line for the exit as Lundmark cuts the size of his management team.
Nokia is making a risky bet on open RAN
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12/16/2020  |  Post a comment
The Finnish equipment vendor is prioritizing a largely unproven technology as part of its latest turnaround strategy.
Nokia's open RAN bet
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12/16/2020  |  Post a comment
The Finnish equipment vendor is prioritizing a largely unproven technology.
Vodafone UK loses CEO Jeffery to bankrupt Frontier
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12/15/2020  |  Post a comment
One of the UK telecom sector's most highly respected bosses has been lured to the US.
After Google outage, telcos should think twice about public cloud
Morris Lore  | 
12/15/2020  |  Post a comment
Public cloud systems promise cost savings and convenience, but the wider risks cannot be ignored.
Open RAN threatens new clashes over intellectual property
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12/14/2020  |  Post a comment
The new technology risks infringing patents owned by companies that are not a part of its club.
Mobile industry tells celebrities to tweet responsibly this Christmas
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12/11/2020  |  Post a comment
The likes of David Icke and Amanda Holden are urged not to spread false reports about 5G this yuletide season.
Eurobites: Virgin Media, O2 merger faces in-depth review
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12/11/2020  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Bucharest chosen for new EU cybersecurity center; Slovakia welcomes 5G; mast misery in Southampton.
Deutsche Telekom becomes Microsoft tenant in bid for IT savings
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12/10/2020  |  Post a comment
German operator is the latest to move its IT systems into the public cloud, but at what long-term risk?
Vodafone targets £1B UK market for 'military-grade' security
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12/10/2020  |  Post a comment
UK operator is going after critical national infrastructure providers and other businesses demanding much higher levels of security.
Opportunity knocks for Filtronic in UK telecom shake-up
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12/9/2020  |  Post a comment
A small UK developer of RF technology is attracting fresh interest as the UK seeks to cultivate local talent while it phases out the Chinese.
AWS in-house routing tech could blow a hole in Juniper's sales – analyst
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12/8/2020  |  Post a comment
The cloud computing giant plans to substitute routers developed in-house for equipment it currently buys from Juniper, according to MKM Partners.
Deutsche Telekom cozies up to Nokia for open RAN
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12/8/2020  |  Post a comment
The Finnish equipment vendor is likely to help build an 'open RAN town' for the German operator next year, which would bode well for a future relationship.
Juniper takeover makes Apstra look as agnostic as the Pope
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12/7/2020  |  Post a comment
On an acquisition spree in recent months, the maker of routers and switches has just bagged a company whose big selling point was vendor neutrality. Er...
Orange CTO: Don't expect 'densification' with 5G
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12/7/2020  |  Post a comment
Michael Trabbia says 5G efficiencies will allow his company to provide a nationwide service without the need for additional sites.
Open RAN will be a $3.2B market in 2024, says Omdia
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12/4/2020  |  Post a comment
Forecast is raised as service providers commit to both greenfield and brownfield deployments worldwide.
Eurobites: Tele2 sells small German unit
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12/4/2020  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: more on Vodafone's edge deal with AWS; better times lie ahead, says Analysys Mason; blockchain gets a telecom workout.
Huawei can expect more European hardship in the Biden era
Morris Lore  | 
12/3/2020  |  Post a comment
As opinion swings against China, Huawei's regional difficulties could mount when Joe Biden enters the White House.
Vodafone touts UK's first 5G 'edge' service with AWS
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12/2/2020  |  Post a comment
Forthcoming soft launch will deliver sub-10-millisecond connections from a center in London, say the companies.
Open RAN might not save you much after all
Morris Lore  | 
12/1/2020  |  Post a comment
The hyped technology is unlikely to make a huge difference in what telcos invest and even threatens to run up a bigger opex bill.
Telcos, vendors back new TMF test platform for interoperable IT
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12/1/2020  |  Post a comment
The TM Forum's much-publicized Open Digital Architecture could enjoy a boost from the latest move.
Three UK hits reset on IT and 5G overhaul
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11/30/2020  |  Post a comment
COVID-19, an IT overhaul and the swap-out of Huawei equipment are all consuming the attention of Susan Buttsworth, Three's chief operating officer.
Open RAN's a winner, UK decides, as it closes door on Huawei
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11/30/2020  |  Post a comment
The UK government is intervening in its telecom sector to a dangerous degree as it backs specific firms and technologies.
NEC jumps into UK's open RAN void
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11/20/2020  |  Post a comment
Buoyed by its experiences with Rakuten, the Japanese manufacturer is entering a market with few homegrown options.
Eurobites: Cellnex eyes Telefónica's towers – report
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11/20/2020  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: More 5G delays in Belgium; little hope for mobile consolidation in Sweden; Virgin Media, O2 merger to be investigated by UK; Presidio buys Arkphire.
NB-IoT is still traveling nowhere fast
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11/19/2020  |  Post a comment
With patchy coverage, high costs and a roaming headache, the ailing IoT standard desperately needs resuscitation.
Russia's long 5G wait goes on
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11/19/2020  |  Post a comment
Government agencies and the military still occupy the spectrum bands that are the most economical for a 5G rollout.
Vodafone to launch open RAN in Ireland next month
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11/19/2020  |  Post a comment
The UK-based operator is to launch a 4G service in Ireland using open RAN products provided by Parallel Wireless and hardware partners.
How telcos installed a RAN triumvirate they now want toppled
Morris Lore  | 
11/18/2020  |  Post a comment
In 2016, operators and governments waved through a merger between Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia. Now they complain there are too few suppliers.
Big telcos speed up pace of job cuts in pandemic
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11/17/2020  |  Post a comment
Lockdowns are helping the world's biggest telcos to lighten the workforce load as they try to safeguard profits.
Vodafone cutbacks lift outlook as virus hurts
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11/16/2020  |  Post a comment
The European telco giant is restructuring amid the pandemic as it tries to protect profitability in a low-growth market.
Rakuten prioritizes private over public cloud in RCP push
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11/13/2020  |  Post a comment
The Japanese company is pitching its tools and applications to other service providers and says it can satisfy demands for ownership and data privacy.
Deutsche Telekom shrugs off virus and lifts outlook
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11/12/2020  |  Post a comment
The German operator seems to be outperforming its European rivals and can still count on the US market for growth.
Rakuten plots capex splurge with subs at just 1.6M
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11/12/2020  |  Post a comment
The e-commerce giant's telecom revolution has yet to attract many followers. That may be about to change.
Telecom Italia keeps shrinking
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11/11/2020  |  Post a comment
Europe's most dilapidated national incumbent has cut 20% of staff numbers in the last five years and is now divesting stakes in its prized assets.
6G sounds a lot like 5G, but it could spell upheaval
Morris Lore  | 
11/10/2020  |  Post a comment
What should customers and the telecom industry expect as the industry starts preparing for its next generation?
DT and SKT to open 5G tech shop in challenge to vendors
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11/9/2020  |  Post a comment
German and South Korean service providers spot an opportunity to pioneer the development of 5G repeaters.
Orange vamps up as DT's Romanian fixed assets change hands
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11/9/2020  |  Post a comment
French operator pays €268 million ($318 million) for a business that will support its regional 'convergence' strategy.
Nokia breaks the French connection as CMO quits
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11/6/2020  |  Post a comment
Barry French will leave his job as chief marketing officer at the end of the year, he reveals in a LinkedIn update.
If elected, Biden should keep net neutrality in its coffin
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11/6/2020  |  Post a comment
An attempt to resurrect the issue would be fantastic for lawyers and rule makers but an expensive distraction for everyone else.
Three eyes €10B towers sale to Cellnex in risky move
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11/5/2020  |  Post a comment
The full divestment of its infrastructure assets would turn the service provider from landlord into tenant.
Gunslinging Liberty Global counts on takeovers for revival
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11/5/2020  |  Post a comment
Saddled with debt, the cable company is still losing customers in two markets and faces mounting infrastructure rivalry in the UK.
Cellnex towers over European telecom as net loss widens
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11/4/2020  |  Post a comment
The Spanish company's footprint has grown tenfold since 2014 and its buying spree goes on, but investors look happy.
Is open RAN a protectionist scam?
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11/4/2020  |  Post a comment
A pick-the-winners approach seems to be taking shape in several big markets. That and some questionable operator interventions could work out badly.
Mavenir gets reality check as IPO is delayed
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11/2/2020  |  Post a comment
One of the open RAN frontrunners has blamed 'market volatility' for the postponement of its IPO plans.
Vodafone UK to swap big part of Huawei for open RAN
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11/2/2020  |  Post a comment
A pledge to use open RAN at 2,600 UK sites will present various technical challenges but marks the biggest commitment yet by a brownfield player in a developed market.
Apple shows it is a COVID-19 winner despite iPhone dip
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10/30/2020  |  Post a comment
The services and Mac divisions are flying high in the pandemic, and the iPhone looks set for a 5G rebound.
BT cuts 3,600 jobs as virus pain worsens
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10/29/2020  |  Post a comment
The UK service provider is now slashing jobs as it tries to reduce annual costs by £2 billion in the next few years.
Nokia CEO lays out 5G turnaround plan as shares tank
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10/29/2020  |  Post a comment
Pekka Lundmark makes a clean break with the Suri regime and promises to do 'whatever it takes' to lead in 5G.
Ericsson bows to customer demand for cloud RAN
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10/27/2020  |  Post a comment
The Swedish vendor takes a big disaggregation step and dangles the prospect of an open RAN product set in future.
AT&T ratchets up pace of cuts as 9K jobs vanish
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10/23/2020  |  Post a comment
The US operator slashed thousands of positions in its last fiscal quarter, its results show, and it is still wielding the axe.
Eurobites: Portugal's Vodafone and NOS seal network-sharing pact
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10/23/2020  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Shell wants Post Office's broadband biz; Nokia sells G.fast in Germany; new 5G apps, courtesy of Orange; Telecom Italia picks vendors.
Open RAN and the Everest of inflated expectations
Morris Lore  | 
10/22/2020  |  Post a comment
Some jaw-dropping forecasts have been made about open RAN's sales trajectory. Is the industry getting carried away?
Eurobites: Huawei-less O2 closes 5G gap on BT
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10/22/2020  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional round-up: Three finishes VoLTE rollout; Telefónica turns cybersecurity investor; earnings joy for ADVA; Nokia does more private wireless.
Ericsson still beating 'non-Chinese rivals,' says CEO
Morris Lore  | 
10/21/2020  |  Post a comment
The Swedish vendor says its 5G R&D investments have made it a more cost-competitive player than its rivals.
Eurobites: China threatens Sweden after Huawei ban – report
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10/21/2020  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor wields axe; Sky comes to UK high street's rescue; NGMN gets excitable about 6G.
Ericsson rides high on China 5G boom
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10/21/2020  |  Post a comment
Performance and profitability metrics seem to vindicate a decision to compete aggressively for Chinese 5G business.
Verizon and Nokia snuggle up in private 5G
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10/20/2020  |  Post a comment
US operator and Finnish vendor will make joint pitches to Asian and European firms developing their own local networks.
Eurobites: Tele2 cutbacks fatten profit margins
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10/20/2020  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ITV sets up streaming unit; VEON invests in ShopUp; Arm takes wraps of latest design.
Juniper splashes $450M on AI hotshot 128 Technology
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10/19/2020  |  Post a comment
Latest deal comes after moves for Mist Systems and Netrounds and is aimed largely at strengthening Juniper's presence in the SD-WAN market.
Deutsche Telekom bets on giant flying antenna
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10/19/2020  |  Post a comment
The German operator has put its considerable muscle behind what could be Europe's answer to Facebook's Aquila and Google's Loon projects.
Eurobites: Telefónica targets 2M German homes with new fiber network – report
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10/19/2020  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Covage reaches 1 million homes with fiber in France; Vodafone tries open RAN in the Netherlands; Nokia lauded for managed services ability.
Boris broadband plan is way off pace, says UK spending watchdog
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10/16/2020  |  Post a comment
Build rates need to increase four-fold to meet a 2025 gigabit target and there is still no detailed plan for covering hard-to-reach areas.
Telcos cannot scratch the open source itch
Morris Lore  | 
10/15/2020  |  Post a comment
Open source has yet to have a noticeable impact on telecom, and it is increasingly mixed up with anything that claims to be open.
Malik out as VEON CTO
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10/14/2020  |  Post a comment
Yogesh Malik joins a growing list of senior executives who have left the emerging-markets operator since 2018.
Loss-making Nokia turns to Google Cloud in latest savings move
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10/14/2020  |  Post a comment
Finnish equipment giant will run its IT systems from the public cloud as it looks for ways back to profitability.
Apple succumbs to 5G fever
Morris Lore  | 
10/14/2020  |  Post a comment
The iPhone maker dangles another overpriced trinket in front of the worshipful, and this one may genuinely disappoint.
Telefónica CTO hints at less capital-intensive future
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10/13/2020  |  Post a comment
Enrique Blanco says a fiber investment program will set his business up for the next 30 to 50 years.
Nokia adds to 5G hype with $8T forecast
Morris Lore  | 
10/12/2020  |  Post a comment
It's no surprise that the Finnish vendor of network equipment thinks 5G will be a very big deal.
Belgian telcos drop Huawei for Nokia
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10/9/2020  |  Post a comment
Orange and Proximus will replace Huawei by 2023 in a further setback for the embattled Chinese vendor.
Orange CEO says something is rotten in the state of telecom
Morris Lore  | 
10/8/2020  |  Post a comment
Stephane Richard nips into his home office to warn the industry about growing technical debt and urge closer collaboration.
Huawei should face earlier UK ban if China threats grow, say officials
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10/8/2020  |  Post a comment
Defence Committee report says Chinese government threats would justify tougher action against the vendor.
TMF and MEF tie-up avoids nasty API fork
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10/7/2020  |  Post a comment
Two prominent standards bodies have come together to prevent a technical divergence that might have been costly.
Vodafone calls out open RAN 'frontrunners'
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10/6/2020  |  Post a comment
Operator's networks strategy boss names a batch of radio vendors with products that are ready to be used.
Altiostar eyes big future under Rakuten wing
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10/6/2020  |  Post a comment
The open RAN software developer can justify the hype and the Rakuten investment, says its head of strategy.
Pret a open RAN
Morris Lore  | 
10/6/2020  |  Post a comment
The radio access network is nothing like lasagne or spaghetti but exactly like the sandwich business. Obviously.
Is Altiostar really worth $250M?
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10/2/2020  |  Post a comment
As a part of Rakuten, the US software company has been thrust into the open RAN limelight.
French Closed: France's €2.8B 5G auction farce
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10/2/2020  |  Post a comment
At least the French sale of 5G spectrum avoids the excesses seen in Italy and Germany.
The UK gets another scaremongering report on 5G delays
Morris Lore  | 
10/1/2020  |  Post a comment
The Centre for Policy Studies has weighed into the 5G debate with some highly questionable findings.
France emerges as Europe's 5G laggard
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9/30/2020  |  Post a comment
Prices are high just two days into the country's 5G auction, and France already falls way behind other major European economies on 5G readiness.
Rakuten is off to a slow 5G start
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9/30/2020  |  Post a comment
The service announced today looks slower than many had hoped, will not be widely available and brings little in the way of device choice or new features.
Microsoft raises the stakes in telecom fight against AWS and Google
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9/29/2020  |  Post a comment
The software giant must persuade operators to entrust some of their most valuable systems to its public cloud.


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