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Made in China, by a Swedish Robot: Ericsson Gets Smart in Nanjing
News Analysis  | 
9/17/2019  |  Post a comment
The Swedish telecom equipment maker has been automating one of its Chinese factories as part of an ongoing efficiency drive and overhaul of its global supply chain.
Hungary Bars Digi From 5G Auction
News Analysis  | 
9/16/2019  |  Post a comment
Three operators will bid for spectrum in Hungary's upcoming 5G auction after broadband operator Digi had its application rejected without explanation.
Departing Proximus CEO Frogmarched Out to Chorus of Staff Boos
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9/16/2019  |  Post a comment
The head of Proximus is leaving earlier than planned amid staff protests.
Add Sub-Prime 5G to the UK's Broadband Woes
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9/13/2019  |  Post a comment
A new ranking of maximum 5G speeds puts the UK right at the bottom, a familiar position for the Brexit-bound nation.
Huawei Eyes Sale of 5G Assets to Western Rival – Economist
News Analysis  | 
9/12/2019  |  1 comment
Chinese vendor is prepared to sell its 5G knowhow, says the company's founder in his latest interview.
Australia's TPG Had No 5G Plan. Does Anyone?
News Analysis  | 
9/12/2019  |  Post a comment
The legal battle over a proposed merger between two operators shines a bad light on Australia's telecom market.
Telefónica to Spend €1.6B on Workforce Makeover
News Analysis  | 
9/11/2019  |  Post a comment
Spanish operator will retrain 6,000 employees and offload others in its latest effort to bolster financial performance.
More Towers for Sale: Telefónica's Turn to Offload Assets
News Analysis  | 
9/11/2019  |  Post a comment
Following Vodafone, Spain's biggest operator puts its mobile sites up for review as it tries to cut debts and lower costs.
From X to Zzzzz: Apple's iPhone 11 Faces an Uphill Struggle
Morris Lore  | 
9/10/2019  |  1 comment
The gadget company's latest device seems unlikely to reinvigorate iPhone sales amid consumer apathy and growing competition.
China Spices Things Up With 2-Become-1 5G Plan
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9/10/2019  |  Post a comment
Two of China's operators will come together to build a single 5G network that could be a game changer for the global industry.
Trump Is Losing the European War Against Huawei
Morris Lore  | 
9/9/2019  |  1 comment
US efforts to have the controversial Chinese vendor banned from Europe's 5G networks are failing.
Australia's Huawei Ban Is Hurting TPG & 5G
News Analysis  | 
9/6/2019  |  2 comments
A decision to exclude Chinese vendors from the 5G market on grounds of security has taken a heavy toll on TPG and could put Australian 5G at risk.
Deutsche Telekom Finally Gets to Launch 5G
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9/5/2019  |  Post a comment
The German operator has been given the spectrum it needs to provide 5G services three months after the country's 5G auction wrapped up.
Fastweb, Wind Tre Take 5G Network Sharing to the Limit
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9/4/2019  |  Post a comment
A 5G network-sharing agreement between the Italian operators could help to validate network slicing and provide a new paradigm for Europe's ailing service providers.
China's 5G Market Has Teething Trouble
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8/23/2019  |  Post a comment
China's operators are being driven toward network-sharing partnerships to pay for the rollout of 5G networks.
The Murky Status of Russian 5G
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2019  |  3 comments
Behind the shady goings-on in Putin's state may lie a plan for Russian control of 5G technology. That would be a scary development for the country's big mobile operators.
Storm Clouds Gather Over Sunrise's $6.4B Liberty Deal
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2019  |  Post a comment
A major bust-up between the Swiss telco and its biggest shareholder could sink the deal to acquire Liberty Global's Swiss cable business.
Russia's MTS Still in No Hurry on 5G
News Analysis  | 
8/21/2019  |  1 comment
Even if it had the spectrum, Russia's biggest operator says there is no demand for 5G and therefore no need for an aggressive expansion.
When Is 5G Not 5G? When It's Not 100MHz, Says Three
Morris Lore  | 
8/20/2019  |  1 comment
An advertising fracas over what counts as 5G draws attention to the industry's shortcomings.
Three CEO: We'd Rather Take Huawei Risk Than Miss 5G Rewards
CxO Spotlight  | 
8/20/2019  |  2 comments
The smallest of the UK's four mobile operators is forging ahead with its rollout of a home broadband service powered by Huawei's 5G equipment, despite government concern about the Chinese vendor.
Vodafone Idea Swaps CEO Amid Reports of 'Turf War'
News Analysis  | 
8/20/2019  |  1 comment
Indian operator speedily finds a replacement for Balesh Sharma, who has presided over a massive fall in the company's share price and the loss of millions of subscribers.
Huawei Slams US Blacklisting of Affiliates
News Analysis  | 
8/20/2019  |  Post a comment
Chinese vendor lashes out at latest US measures while insisting that its business has not been affected.
US Component Makers Should Plan for Life Without Huawei
Morris Lore  | 
8/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Harsh weekend words from Trump and prolonged uncertainty will spur the Chinese equipment maker as it tries to become more self-reliant. Its US suppliers should plan accordingly.
Mobileum Parachutes Into 'New Ballgame' With $70M WeDo Takeover
News Analysis  | 
8/16/2019  |  1 comment
Private equity-backed roaming and security specialist has a new line-up of senior executives to manage a business that has just doubled in size.
Automating Telstra Still Performs Like a Knackered Robot
News Analysis  | 
8/15/2019  |  2 comments
Australian operator is hacking away at its workforce like a murderous machine, but its 'turnaround' is questionable at this stage.
Italy's Mobile Melee Calls for Extreme Measures
News Analysis  | 
8/15/2019  |  Post a comment
With Fastweb poised to launch a fifth mobile network, Italian operators faced with shrinking sales are taking network sharing to a new level.
China Unicom Seeks 5G Ally to Cope With Buildout
News Analysis  | 
8/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Revenues are down, spending is up, and 5G is on the horizon: A partner could ease the pressure for one of China's big players.
Huawei Decision to Show if BoJo Is Presidential Poodle or British Bulldog
Morris Lore  | 
8/13/2019  |  Post a comment
The question of what to do about Huawei will show UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson why a no-deal Brexit is fraught with peril.
Vodafone's German Gigabit Plan Piles Broadband Misery Onto DT
News Analysis  | 
8/12/2019  |  Post a comment
Germany's telecom incumbent has already witnessed ten years of broadband decline at the hands of cable operators. Are things about to get worse?
Japan's Rakuten Mobile to Avoid Grand Entrance in October
News Analysis  | 
8/9/2019  |  1 comment
It has made a noise about its revolutionary network approach, but the Japanese company will make a low-key entry into the mobile market in October.
Eurobites: DT Has No Plans to Sell BT Shares
News Analysis  | 
8/9/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MegaFon sales grow; Austrians fret about 5G health effects; Freenet sticks to guidance.
DT Still Waiting for Spectrum to Launch 5G
News Analysis  | 
8/8/2019  |  1 comment
The soft launch of 5G in early July was even softer than it appeared, but financial results look strong for the second quarter despite the absence of any German 5G activity.
Eurobites: Liberty Global Shrivels in Q2
News Analysis  | 
8/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Europe's regulators slam network-sharing in 'Czechia'; Nokia heads to New Zealand in latest 5G deal; MTN defies market conditions with strong Q2.
South Korean 5G: Desperately Seeking Profits
News Analysis  | 
8/7/2019  |  Post a comment
While the industry raves about 5G take-up in South Korea, investors are still wondering why they should give a damn.
Eurobites: Brits Head Online for TV Fix
News Analysis  | 
8/7/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Magyar Telekom names new CTIO; Turkcell hits more than 2 Gbit/s in 5G speed test; Ericsson reaches 24 live 5G networks; mobile money in South Sudan.
Ericsson, Nokia at Front of Queue for Orange 5G Contracts
News Analysis  | 
8/6/2019  |  Post a comment
The Nordic vendors built the French incumbent's domestic mobile network and that means they are likely to become its 5G suppliers too.
Eurobites: Vivendi May Sell 10% Stake in Universal Music to Tencent
News Analysis  | 
8/6/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Arqiva plotting break-up and sale; Ericsson, Elisa test private cellular; Italy's 5-star 5G hotel; Detecon gets new boss; Accenture snaps up Northstream.
BoJo's UK Broadband Plan Looks Barmy, but Don't Write It Off
News Analysis  | 
8/5/2019  |  Post a comment
The UK's new prime minister may be chasing perfection in the hope of catching excellence, but the country's operators are demanding action on numerous fronts.
Eurobites: Telia CEO Dennelind to Quit in 2020
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8/5/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ooredoo Algeria gets new boss; Safaricom embarks on fiber expansion; Telecom Italia hiring and firing.
Comment: Poor old BT - iainmorris - 8/2/2019
BT Decline Continues Despite 5G, Fiber Push
News Analysis  | 
8/2/2019  |  1 comment
UK operator's latest trading update came as a further disappointment to investors, sending its share price down on the London Stock Exchange Friday morning.
Eurobites: Telecom Italia Shrinks Again
News Analysis  | 
8/2/2019  |  2 comments
Also in today's regional roundup: German broadband operators on the block; Android to get extra search tool options in EU; Brits lag on IoT; and more.
Comment: Correction - iainmorris - 8/2/2019
Gloom Persists for Europe's Long-Suffering Telco Investors
News Analysis  | 
8/1/2019  |  1 comment
Shares in Europe's 'big six' telcos have fallen sharply in the last few years and 5G holds out little hope for sales growth.
Eurobites: Altice Full of Joie de Vivre After French 'Turnaround'
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8/1/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Three UK takes earnings hit; Veon battered by currency headwinds; Vodafone bags Liberty assets.
Eurobites: Vodafone Pockets $2.3B From New Zealand Sale
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7/31/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Openreach plays along with BoJo's broadband dream; Fastweb gets fifth Italian mobile license; Digital Realty to build new Frankfurt facility.
Ericsson, Huawei & Nokia Are Facing an 'Oil Crisis' Upheaval
Prime Reading  | 
7/31/2019  |  19 comments
Years of consolidation have left the global mobile network market largely in the hands of three giant equipment makers that may have the power to make or break 5G-based economies. The backlash has started.
The iPhone Is Going the Way of the iPod
Morris Lore  | 
7/31/2019  |  Post a comment
For the first time in a long time, most of Apple's revenues did not come from the sale of smartphones.
T-Mobile's Jobs Pledge Smells Fishy
Morris Lore  | 
7/30/2019  |  1 comment
Deutsche Telekom's promise that a T-Mobile and Sprint merger will create jobs has attracted plenty of scepticism, but not cutting jobs could raise difficult questions.
Eurobites: GSMA Blasts Space Industry for Hogging 5G Spectrum
News Analysis  | 
7/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Proximus guides for 'nearly stable' results; Ooredoo sees revenues shrink; Giffgaff fined; MTS gets new board members; and more.
Eurobites: Virgin Media Ponders Mobile Bid – Report
News Analysis  | 
7/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Management changes at Vodafone Romania and Euskaltel results.
Vodafone, TIM Strike Network-Sharing Deal
News Analysis  | 
7/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Italian tower assets, including active equipment, to be pooled in a joint venture as operators seek ways to reduce costs ahead of further 5G-related investments.
Son Strikes Back With $108B Vision Fund 2
News Analysis  | 
7/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Japanese billionaire sets up another multi-billion-dollar technology fund as he looks to be the driving force behind artificial intelligence.
Vodafone Shares Soar as It Values Towers Spin-Off at $20B
News Analysis  | 
7/26/2019  |  1 comment
The UK operator is setting up a European towers company that could attract third-party investment and help to speed up 5G deployment.
Nokia Warns of Possible China Pullback as Support for Local Vendors Grows
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2019  |  2 comments
Finnish vendor is assessing its China strategy as local operators turn increasingly to Huawei and ZTE.
Vodafone, O2 Eye Towers Sale to Aid 5G Rollout
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2019  |  Post a comment
UK mobile operators firm up their plans for the sharing of 5G equipment and begin exploring 'monetization' options for their Cornerstone business.
BoJo Leadership Threatens Huawei & UK's Fiber Future
Morris Lore  | 
7/24/2019  |  Post a comment
The mischievous Boris Johnson, who becomes the UK's prime minister today, is a dilemma for the country's telecom chiefs.
France's Bike Fest Demands Tour de Force From Orange
Slide Shows  | 
7/24/2019  |  5 comments
The annual Tour de France is not just the world's most challenging bike race; it's also a feat of endurance for the service provider at the heart of the technical action.
Huawei Culls US R&D Workforce, Blames Trade Restrictions
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7/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Around 70% of Futurewei's employees will lose their jobs, the Chinese equipment giant has confirmed, with US trade restrictions to blame.
Apple Could Pay $1B for Intel's Smartphone Assets – WSJ
News Analysis  | 
7/23/2019  |  1 comment
iPhone maker in 'advanced' discussions to acquire modem chip assets from Intel as it looks to become more self-reliant.
Comment: Update - iainmorris - 7/23/2019
Huawei Gets Brexit Treatment as UK Delays Decision
News Analysis  | 
7/22/2019  |  1 comment
UK politicians do what they do best – and put off making a decision about the Chinese vendor's role in the country's 5G networks.
Deutsche Telekom Cuts Adtran Spending After 5G Spectrum Splurge
News Analysis  | 
7/22/2019  |  Post a comment
German spectrum auction blamed by analysts for a broadband spending slowdown at Deutsche Telekom.
Eurobites: Ireland's Cubic Gets €23.5M Funding Boost
News Analysis  | 
7/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre takes fiber gig into 14 more cities; Millicom boosted by M&A; Hungary kicks off 5G auction process; Qualcomm fined.
Huawei Ban Would Hurt 5G Security, Say UK MPs
News Analysis  | 
7/19/2019  |  Post a comment
UK politicians say the country's next prime minister will have to make a quick decision about Huawei and that restrictions would have an impact on security.
DT Considers Legal Action Over Vodafone-Liberty Merger
News Analysis  | 
7/18/2019  |  Post a comment
German incumbent lashes out at European authorities after they approve Vodafone's takeover of Unitymedia, and says it may request a judicial review.
Vodafone Gets Blessing for €18.4B Liberty Takeover
News Analysis  | 
7/18/2019  |  Post a comment
The deal should take the pressure off Vodafone CEO Nick Read but comes as a big blow to German incumbent Deutsche Telekom.
Telenor Serves Up a Dodgy Herring in Q2
News Analysis  | 
7/16/2019  |  1 comment
The Norwegian incumbent has revised down this year's outlook and lacks a decent growth story to excite investors.
Huawei Dispute Has Put Global Supply Chain at Breaking Point
Morris Lore  | 
7/16/2019  |  3 comments
With the Chinese vendor now developing alternatives to US suppliers, and Ericsson moving production closer to its customers, the telecom world order is under serious threat.
Huawei Prepares for Possible Life Without US Suppliers
News Analysis  | 
7/15/2019  |  1 comment
Chinese equipment giant confirms it is developing alternatives to US suppliers and limiting the amount of US technology in its products.
The Spectral Efficiency Twilight Zone
Morris Lore  | 
7/12/2019  |  1 comment
Operators desperately need 5G's 'spectral efficiency' to cope with a data tsunami. Just don't expect it to boost profits.
No Quick Fix for New BT, Vodafone Bosses
Morris Lore  | 
7/12/2019  |  Post a comment
Philip Jansen and Nick Read are not off to a dream start at the UK operators, and turnarounds could be a long time coming.
Europe's Long Walk to 5G
Prime Reading  | 
7/11/2019  |  4 comments
Europe's path to 5G is littered with regulatory and financial obstacles. But falling far behind China and the US in the 5G race could have dire consequences.
Ericsson Warns of No-Deal Brexit Threat to UK and European Telecom
News Analysis  | 
7/9/2019  |  Post a comment
Swedish kit giant says a Brexit on no terms would leave the telecom industries in both the UK and Europe worse off.
Attack of the Smombies, Dawn of the Wombie
Morris Lore  | 
7/8/2019  |  3 comments
Governments are trying to contain a global pandemic of the smartphone undead.
Telecom Italia Cranks Up 5G With 3-City Launch
News Analysis  | 
7/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Italian operator gets its 5G motor running and heads out on the highway. Just don't expect it to arrive in Calabria anytime soon.
Why Deutsche Telekom Could Exit Romania
Morris Lore  | 
7/5/2019  |  Post a comment
The German operator is rumored to be in talks about selling assets in Romania. Difficult as it may be to pull off, that move could make business sense and suit its strategic objectives.
5G Back in Europe's Connected Cars Race After Latest Twist
News Analysis  | 
7/4/2019  |  1 comment
Representatives of EU member states vote to scrap a scheme that would favor a WiFi-based standard over cellular technology in future connected cars.
Vodafone, Three Expect No Huawei Ban in UK
News Analysis  | 
7/4/2019  |  Post a comment
The chances of a complete 5G ban on the Chinese equipment giant look remote, as far as two of the UK's mobile network operators are concerned.
DT Rushes High-Priced 5G to Market for Samsung-Loving Urbanites
News Analysis  | 
7/4/2019  |  Post a comment
German incumbent becomes the first operator in the country to launch 5G services, but customers outside a few urban hotspots will have to wait.
Vodafone UK Takes Wrecking Ball to 5G Market
News Analysis  | 
7/3/2019  |  5 comments
The UK mobile operator has started a race to the bottom with its launch of cut-price 5G services.
Ericsson's Lindgren on Vodafone's 5G Launch
LRTV Interviews  | 
7/3/2019  |  Post a comment
Marielle Lindgren, CEO for the UK and Ireland at Ericsson, talks to Light Reading's Iain Morris about Vodafone's launch of 5G services in the UK, what kind of applications 5G enables and Ericsson's role in the operator's 5G rollout.
Three UK Eyes Standalone 5G for Coverage Boost
News Analysis  | 
7/2/2019  |  1 comment
The UK's smallest mobile network operator is preparing for a shift from the non-standalone to the standalone version of 5G technology.
Three UK Ditching Samsung for Huawei as It Rolls Out 5G
News Analysis  | 
7/2/2019  |  2 comments
The UK mobile operator's decision to rely solely on Huawei as a 5G RAN vendor means Samsung's 4G kit must go.
Huawei's IP Update Shows Why US Critics Are Scared
Morris Lore  | 
7/1/2019  |  2 comments
A white paper from the Chinese vendor is supposed to show Huawei respects intellectual property. It seems likely to further unnerve Huawei's critics.
Huaweigate Latest: Trump's U-Turn & Weldon's Whoopsie
Morris Lore  | 
7/1/2019  |  1 comment
Donald Trump's U-turn on Huawei proves this US president lacks any conviction and will not silence the Chinese vendor's critics.
Vodafone CEO Read Desperately Needs Liberty Deal
News Analysis  | 
6/27/2019  |  Post a comment
In need of a break, Vodafone has promised concessions that have won over European regulators, say reports. But the deal's opponents may not be so easily silenced.
US to Get New Ericsson Factory – but Not Many Jobs
News Analysis  | 
6/26/2019  |  Post a comment
As the trade war between the US and China continues to rage, the Swedish vendor is ramping up US production. But automation is the priority.
Telcos & Enterprises: 5G Friends or Foes?
News Analysis  | 
6/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Organizations outside the telecom sector are starting to invest in their own 5G networks, with ramifications for operators and vendors alike.
Nokia Set for Recovery With 5G Update – Sources
News Analysis  | 
6/25/2019  |  3 comments
Finnish equipment vendor may be heading for a strong second half and a big improvement in its market share as 5G software issues are resolved.
Ericsson, Nokia Prepared for Any US Ban on China-Made Gear
News Analysis  | 
6/24/2019  |  Post a comment
Europe's big equipment makers say they have diversified their supply chains to cope with possible risks such as US restrictions on China-made gear.
For UK 5G Users, the Only Way Is Huawei
News Analysis  | 
6/24/2019  |  1 comment
The UK's 5G lead owes everything to a Chinese equipment vendor that might eventually be banned from the market.
Telecom Italia in Talks With Open Fiber to Create Broadband Giant
News Analysis  | 
6/21/2019  |  1 comment
Italy's biggest phone company is in talks with a government-backed broadband venture about tie-up options including a possible merger.
Comment: Correction - iainmorris - 6/20/2019
Nokia Boasts 5 'Live' 5G Networks as Huawei Hits 120K Shipments
News Analysis  | 
6/20/2019  |  1 comment
Finnish vendor hits back at criticism about the commercial readiness of its 5G technology, while China's Huawei flags three-fold growth in basestation shipments since February.
Nokia CEO Finds Positive Spin in Long 5G Game
CxO Spotlight  | 
6/20/2019  |  3 comments
Being more like Shane Warne than Ian Botham could serve Rajeev Suri well in the nascent 5G market.

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