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Rakuten's 4G core will not survive NEC shift
News Analysis  | 
6/5/2020  |  Post a comment
Japanese e-commerce giant says the move will address some of the shortcomings of the non-standalone system it has built.
The only 5G health risk is the mast-burning vandal
Morris Lore  | 
6/5/2020  |  Post a comment
'Experts' who depict 5G as the ultimate evil could provide the vindication that others seek for their criminal behavior.
New Netcracker suite lures 15 customers to the show
News Analysis  | 
6/3/2020  |  Post a comment
The 2020 update from the NEC subsidiary looks well timed, with 5G, the cloud and a microservices architecture all in mind.
Huawei tried to cover up its control of Iran's Skycom – Reuters
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6/3/2020  |  Post a comment
The Chinese equipment vendor tried to bury details of its relationship with Skycom, a company that sold equipment to Iran in breach of US sanctions, according to new documents unearthed by Reuters.
Goodbye Huawei, hello Ericsson: Swap-out gathers pace
Morris Lore  | 
6/3/2020  |  Post a comment
The Swedish equipment vendor is in pole position as the US-led campaign against Huawei gathers momentum.
Vodafone bosses boost their pay as jobs are culled
Morris Lore  | 
6/2/2020  |  Post a comment
Times are good for the top brass at the UK operator, but less rosy for the service provider's European workforce.
German 5G industrial plan will punish smaller firms, says Orange exec
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6/2/2020  |  Post a comment
The industry is still riven over plans to reserve spectrum for companies outside the telecom sector.
BT 5G turns one year old with not much to celebrate
Morris Lore  | 
6/1/2020  |  Post a comment
The UK's 5G service does not look like it is off to the flying start that 4G had several years ago.
After R&D slog, Nokia's software biz is targeting juicier profits
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5/29/2020  |  Post a comment
The standalone software business of the Finnish vendor was a high-flyer in the first quarter. Despite coronavirus, it is confident of earnings growth this year.
O-RAN meets GSMA: The start of a beautiful friendship?
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5/29/2020  |  Post a comment
The disruptive wild child of the networks sector meets the established order represented by the GSMA as the two groups announce a partnership.
The death of Huawei won't stop the rise of China
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5/28/2020  |  Post a comment
The latest US sanctions have brought China's biggest equipment maker to its knees. Even if it collapses, China will be hard to impede.
Russia's MTS looks to digital upside in pandemic
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5/27/2020  |  Post a comment
The Russian service provider has lowered guidance for the fiscal year but hopes the coronavirus pandemic could spur the transition to digital services.
Ericsson is not following Nokia into the unChinese Open RAN Policy Coalition
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5/27/2020  |  Post a comment
The Swedish equipment maker remains on the outside of a group promoting a technology that forms part of the US attack on China's Huawei.
Huawei befuddled by reports of total 5G ban in UK
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5/23/2020  |  Post a comment
The Chinese equipment vendor faces a complete exclusion from the UK's 5G market, according to mainstream press reports.
HPE to make bigger 'aaS' of itself with $800M cost-cutting plan
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5/22/2020  |  Post a comment
The IT giant looks set to announce thousands of layoffs and speed up its services transition after a disappointing set of results.
Masa Son (of God) and the valley of coronavirus
Morris Lore  | 
5/21/2020  |  Post a comment
He's misunderstood like Jesus was, and he needs all the help from heavenly forces he can get.
Openreach's fiber splurge is a boon for non-Chinese vendors
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5/21/2020  |  Post a comment
Nokia and Adtran look set to profit as the UK incumbent ups rollout targets and works to limit its reliance on Huawei.
China's 6G grandstanding will ruffle US feathers
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5/20/2020  |  Post a comment
As ZTE parades its 6G colors, Huawei's defense of global standards may serve only to hasten their demise.
Digicel is on life support in its Caribbean hideout
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5/20/2020  |  Post a comment
Owned by Irish billionaire Denis O'Brien, the Caribbean operator is asking bondholders to write off money they are owed.
Eurobites: Liberty's electric vehicle plans get UK blessing
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5/20/2020  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia boasts 5G world record; Etisalat loses CEO; Altice pays off debts; Angola awards fourth license.
Telecom Italia crumbles like a Roman ruin
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5/19/2020  |  Post a comment
Shares in Italy's biggest phone company have tumbled after another round of customer losses and more divestment activity.
Eurobites: Openreach sale talks baseless, says Jefferies
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5/19/2020  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange gets into AI; Telia sells TV rights; Iliad seeks damages from Telecom Italia.
Huawei is running short of friends, but it still has options
Morris Lore  | 
5/18/2020  |  Post a comment
The latest US attack follows efforts by several European operators to cut their dependence on Huawei and poses the biggest threat so far to the Chinese vendor.
Huawei seeking survival after US escalates offensive
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5/18/2020  |  Post a comment
We're a plane riddled with bullet holes, says senior executive, after US authorities prepared to slap new restrictions on the company.
Openreach may soon practice social distancing from BT
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5/15/2020  |  Post a comment
UK telecom giant BT is in talks about a partial divestment of Openreach that would value the network's business at £20 billion (US$24.4 billion), according to a Financial Times report.
Rakuten delays 5G launch by three months on COVID-19 disruption
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5/15/2020  |  Post a comment
Japanese disruptor's plans are dealt a blow by the virus, but a spokesperson insists there will be minimal impact on business performance.
Deutsche Telekom job cuts hit 20K since 2015 as pace ratchets up
News Analysis  | 
5/14/2020  |  Post a comment
The German telecom incumbent has cut about 4,000 jobs from its payroll this year so far as it continues to pursue greater efficiency.
Cisco takes a coronavirus beating as profits fall
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5/14/2020  |  Post a comment
The Internet equipment giant is suffering as supply chains are disrupted and business customers cancel projects.
Deutsche Telekom shrugs off virus, flexes pecs as sales, profits rise
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5/14/2020  |  Post a comment
Teutonic giant maintains outlook for €800 million in earnings growth this year, describing itself as an 'anchor of stability.'
Rakuten Mobile launches assault on global telecom market
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5/13/2020  |  Post a comment
The world's most exciting network operator wants service providers in other markets to buy its cloud.
Vodafone CEO sees no need for UK M&A after O2, Virgin unite
News Analysis  | 
5/12/2020  |  Post a comment
Nick Read says his company has the 'right formula' for success in a market where broadband wholesale partners are available and TV is heading online.
Vodafone seeks another €1B in cuts as it maintains dividend
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5/12/2020  |  Post a comment
UK-based operator is looking to protect margins and profitability with sales under pressure in the new normal of COVID-19.
BT still stands for bloated telecom
Morris Lore  | 
5/11/2020  |  Post a comment
Two years after announcing plans for 13,000 job cuts, the UK telecom operator looks as flabby and legacy-burdened as ever.
BT stock plumbs new depths on dividend cut, lack of visibility
News Analysis  | 
5/7/2020  |  Post a comment
The UK incumbent is now trading at its lowest level in more than a decade and its job is not about to get easier.
O2 and Virgin Media to merge in £31.4B deal
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5/7/2020  |  Post a comment
Mobile and cable giants come together to present a stronger challenge to BT, promising £10 billion of investment in the UK over the next five years.
The political hijacking of open RAN
Morris Lore  | 
5/6/2020  |  Post a comment
Open RAN was supposed to be about cost savings and innovation, but it is increasingly – and misguidedly – about shutting out the Chinese.
Openreach still has a Huawei problem
Morris Lore  | 
5/6/2020  |  Post a comment
Too much Chinese equipment in the UK's biggest full-fiber network will force Openreach to make changes at a difficult time.
US sets up new open RAN group amid telecom slugfest with China
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5/5/2020  |  Post a comment
Led by a former official at the US Department of Commerce, the Open RAN Policy Coalition looks about as political as telecom gets.
Telcos are making a mess of enterprise 5G, says new research
News Analysis  | 
5/5/2020  |  Post a comment
A new report from Omdia and BearingPoint/Beyond says operators have taken the lead on just a fifth of 5G projects so far.
As Nokia bolsters 5G spend, other R&D is suffering
Morris Lore  | 
5/4/2020  |  Post a comment
The Finnish vendor's efforts to restore the all-important 5G business have put a squeeze on other investment activity.
O2 realizes the future isn't mobile
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5/4/2020  |  Post a comment
Telefónica confirms it is in talks about a merger between its O2 business and Virgin Media that would bring an end to the mobile-only strategy.
Apple can count on services as COVID-19 bites into iPhone sales
News Analysis  | 
5/1/2020  |  Post a comment
Famous for iPhones and other expensive gadgets, Apple could become increasingly dependent on its fast-growing services business while the pandemic lasts.
Brits lead the world on 5G mast burning
Morris Lore  | 
4/30/2020  |  Post a comment
Telecom vandalism spurred by coronavirus fears just hasn't taken off in other parts of the world.
Nokia gives up on 5G radio business in China
News Analysis  | 
4/30/2020  |  Post a comment
The Finnish vendor has thrown in the towel after losing out in a recent round of 5G contract awards.
Nokia takes €200M hit from COVID-19 but manages wafer-thin profit
News Analysis  | 
4/30/2020  |  Post a comment
Finnish equipment maker reckons sales would have grown in the absence of the virus and makes good progress on cost-cutting activities.
Juniper is heading for another sales dip this year
News Analysis  | 
4/29/2020  |  Post a comment
Supply chain constraints and weaker demand from enterprise customers will make the equipment maker increasingly reliant on its cloud business in 2020.
Google warns of hiring slowdown as search takes a hit
News Analysis  | 
4/29/2020  |  Post a comment
Internet searches for information about the virus are not easy to sell, said Google executives.
Huawei and InterDigital bury the hatchet
News Analysis  | 
4/28/2020  |  Post a comment
The Chinese equipment giant and the US patents owner have reached a compromise after a long-running legal battle.
Automation champ Telenor slashes spending on COVID-19 impact
News Analysis  | 
4/28/2020  |  Post a comment
It's bad news for equipment vendors and employees but good for automated networks and their investors.
As Ericsson advances, Nokia's 5G business may be finished in China
Morris Lore  | 
4/27/2020  |  Post a comment
Where does China's recent award of major 5G contracts leave the Nordic equipment makers?
FCC: China covered up COVID-19, so we'll ban Chinese telcos
News Analysis  | 
4/27/2020  |  Post a comment
Blaming China for the spread of the deadly virus, US authorities are moving to ban Chinese service providers from the US market.
ZTE hits buffers as sales and profits slide
News Analysis  | 
4/24/2020  |  Post a comment
Chinese equipment vendor's recovery stalls in the first quarter, but the company's involvement in domestic 5G projects could provide a boost later this year.
Those pestiferous men and their 5G machines
Morris Lore  | 
4/24/2020  |  Post a comment
Stay away from 5G masts, inject yourself with Dettol and douse your cornflakes in pure alcohol. The COVID-19 madness spreads.
The UK's fiber gap is not closing fast enough
News Analysis  | 
4/23/2020  |  Post a comment
The UK's superfast broadband lag could leave it in a nasty situation on the other side of the COVID-19 crisis.
AT&T's Stankey creates another stink as 3K more jobs vanish
Morris Lore  | 
4/23/2020  |  Post a comment
Employees at one of the world's biggest operators are in for an especially hard time during COVID-19, but at least the bosses will be fine.
Ericsson: Reasons to be cheerful
Morris Lore  | 
4/22/2020  |  Post a comment
The Swedish equipment maker is coping with the pandemic better than some had feared.
Ericsson warns of trouble ahead but stays upbeat as results impress market
News Analysis  | 
4/22/2020  |  Post a comment
Swedish equipment vendor looks resilient in the face of COVID-19 and sticks to guidance for margin improvements.
Big Tech's 'hiring spree' will leave many behind
Morris Lore  | 
4/21/2020  |  Post a comment
As a few major technology firms continue to recruit thousands of employees, more will be considering layoffs.
Huawei's hardest year starts with profit down $160M but sales up
News Analysis  | 
4/21/2020  |  Post a comment
COVID-19 and US sanctions have led to a slowdown at the Chinese vendor, but its engine is still running.
China Mobile misplaces 4M customers but finds another 30M for 5G
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4/20/2020  |  Post a comment
The world's biggest operator proves fairly resilient to COVID-19 and manages to rack up a few million 5G customers while the pandemic rages.
MWC Shanghai falls victim to COVID-19
News Analysis  | 
4/20/2020  |  Post a comment
The GSMA is forced to cancel its big Asian event after Chinese authorities warn against mass gatherings.
Ofcom proves you can't reason with 5G conspiracy nuts
Morris Lore  | 
4/17/2020  |  Post a comment
The UK telecom regulator fails at a well-intentioned effort to engage with lunatics. It should not have bothered.
BlueJeans is an awkward fit for Verizon
Morris Lore  | 
4/17/2020  |  Post a comment
Together, the videoconferencing company and the telecom operator look as incongruous as Mark Zuckerberg and a suit.
Ericsson shows unease as corona crisis continues
News Analysis  | 
4/16/2020  |  Post a comment
The Swedish equipment maker will have to contend with the postponement of spectrum auctions and delays to 5G projects during its second quarter.
Used-parts broker TXO is on a roll as telcos adapt to COVID-19 crisis
News Analysis  | 
4/16/2020  |  Post a comment
As operators face dwindling sales, a surge in network traffic and supply chain disruption, circumstances look auspicious for dealers in used parts.
A major TV sports upset is on the cards
Morris Lore  | 
4/15/2020  |  Post a comment
Sport is something you do, but no longer something you watch. That has nasty implications for service providers.
Ericsson beats Cisco and Nokia to replace Huawei in BT core
News Analysis  | 
4/15/2020  |  1 comment
Move will ensure BT's compliance with tough new government restrictions on Chinese vendors and could set Ericsson up for a more lucrative role in the radio access network.
5G causes COVID-19 like 4G causes flu
Morris Lore  | 
4/14/2020  |  Post a comment
A dim-witted British TV presenter has hindered recent efforts to quash the barmy notion that 5G is responsible for the current pandemic.
Amid COVID-19, China dependence no longer seems such a good idea
Morris Lore  | 
4/14/2020  |  Post a comment
Suspicion about Chinese motives during the pandemic will drive European governments and companies to reconsider their affairs with the Asian superpower.
5G is looking like a casualty of COVID-19
Morris Lore  | 
4/9/2020  |  Post a comment
The pandemic has come two or three years too early for the hyped mobile technology, and companies depending on 5G for growth may suffer badly.
After job cuts, Telus CEO trims pay in COVID-19 response
News Analysis  | 
4/9/2020  |  Post a comment
Canada's 'big three' service providers cut thousands of jobs last year while boosting executive pay. At least one company boss has realized that's a problem.
Non-IP squares up to New IP in battle for Internet's future
News Analysis  | 
4/8/2020  |  7 comments
Without a better system than IP, future 5G applications may simply not be feasible. But the industry is torn over the answer.
Desperate times as VMware hurls old-timer NFV into Vodafone's COVID-19 fight
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4/8/2020  |  Post a comment
Software company spots an opportunity for the underwhelming technology to redeem itself.
Cutting Huawei off from TSMC would be end-of-days move
Morris Lore  | 
4/7/2020  |  1 comment
Moves to cut Huawei off from one of its largest suppliers could result in 'catastrophic destruction' on a global scale.
Telecom chiefs should heed BT's Jansen and take pay cuts amid COVID-19 carnage
Morris Lore  | 
4/6/2020  |  Post a comment
In giving up his pay, the boss of the UK's biggest operator has set an example that other CEOs should follow.
5G malaise mounts as COVID-19 morons mangle masts
Morris Lore  | 
4/6/2020  |  1 comment
The pitchfork-wielding lynch mobs of the Middle Ages have their equivalent in the technophobic arsonists burning 5G equipment.
Nokia cuts nearly 5K jobs as Huawei bulks up
News Analysis  | 
4/3/2020  |  1 comment
The Nordic firm has been cutting its workforce as it tries to protect margins, while its Chinese rival just keeps getting bigger.
US firms confident they can bring radio manufacturing home
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4/2/2020  |  Post a comment
Mavenir and Parallel Wireless are optimistic that radios can be made in the US at a competitive cost.
Eurobites: Bouygues Telecom scraps guidance amid COVID-19 uncertainty
News Analysis  | 
4/2/2020  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Slovakia presses on with 5G auction plans; O2 cuts ties with Dixons Carphone; Telecom Italia sets up new supervisory body; optical equipment makers to feel Europe's 5G pain.
COVID-19 will destroy jobs, and many won't return
Morris Lore  | 
4/1/2020  |  Post a comment
The pandemic will spur layoffs within the telecom sector, driving companies to automate activities where employees pose a risk.
COVID-19 will help China to extend its 5G lead
News Analysis  | 
3/31/2020  |  Post a comment
Operators in virus-stricken countries are starting to tighten their belts, and 5G rollout may no longer seem like a spending priority.
Huawei gloomy about 2020 as US sanctions take toll and COVID-19 threatens
News Analysis  | 
3/31/2020  |  Post a comment
Sales and profits rose for the Chinese equipment giant, but it has undoubtedly been harmed by US measures.
Reinvention may steel BICS for COVID-19
News Analysis  | 
3/30/2020  |  Post a comment
Can a company known as a roaming middleman survive a pandemic that has all but ended international travel?
ZTE is on the up, but challenges remain
News Analysis  | 
3/27/2020  |  Post a comment
The Chinese equipment vendor is back in profit for a full year after recovering from US fines and sanctions, and its business is mainly growing.
Telia goes all Scandi noir about COVID-19
News Analysis  | 
3/27/2020  |  Post a comment
The Nordic operator's profit warning could be the first of many issued by telecom operators in the coming weeks.
Even COVID-19 can't stop Huawei, says founder
Morris Lore  | 
3/26/2020  |  Post a comment
Ren Zhengfei pops up to inform the Western world that his company has recovered swiftly from the virus and is ready for European business.
Tele2 has slashed hundreds of jobs and more cuts are coming
News Analysis  | 
3/26/2020  |  Post a comment
New figures show that about 13% of jobs were cut last year as the Swedish operator worked on boosting profitability in the absence of sales growth.
GSMA offers sting-in-the-tail MWC refunds
News Analysis  | 
3/25/2020  |  2 comments
Weeks after this year's show was canceled, the trade association has offered credits against the costs of future shows and, for those companies that didn't cancel, a partial cash refund.
Facebook sales warning shows world is still not very digital
News Analysis  | 
3/25/2020  |  1 comment
Facebook is one of the most highly automated and digital businesses on the planet, but its fortunes are partly built on brick-and-mortar foundations.
Twitter's profit warning proves COVID-19 will infect big tech
News Analysis  | 
3/24/2020  |  Post a comment
The social networking site is abuzz with chatter about the deadly virus and less worrying issues, but advertising revenues have slumped.
COVID-19 stokes fear of the surveillance society
News Analysis  | 
3/24/2020  |  Post a comment
Telecom operators and technology firms are handing over location data to governments fighting the outbreak of COVID-19, but at what long-term cost?
NEC's 5G fortunes hinge on Rakuten's success
News Analysis  | 
3/24/2020  |  Post a comment
The Japanese equipment maker has a central role in the world's most keenly anticipated launch of mobile network services.
SoftBank preps $41B asset sale amid COVID-19 panic
News Analysis  | 
3/23/2020  |  Post a comment
Exposure to underperforming companies and a mountain of debt makes SoftBank look more vulnerable to the deadly virus than many other firms.
Broadband is not immune to COVID-19
News Analysis  | 
3/20/2020  |  Post a comment
Networks are performing well, but some operators could also become a victim of the deadly virus sweeping the planet.
Rakuten turns 5G revolutionary as it nears world's first open RAN launch
News Analysis  | 
3/19/2020  |  2 comments
The world's most ambitious operator and its daring technology chief are determined to show the industry that 5G networks do not have to be developed in the same old way.
With COVID-19 comes the real dawn of the digital age
Morris Lore  | 
3/18/2020  |  Post a comment
The pandemic will have a permanent impact on the way we live and work, forcing every part of society to evolve fast.
Ahead of 5G rollout, China Tower nearly doubles profit
News Analysis  | 
3/18/2020  |  Post a comment
The infrastructure firm reported growth in sales and earnings last year as demand for tower infrastructure in China continues to rise.
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UK mobile networks hit problems as COVID-19 spreads
News Analysis  | 
3/17/2020  |  Post a comment
EE, O2 and Three all suffer issues along with popular gaming and collaboration apps, but fixed-line broadband holds its own.
Iliad has boosted profits but lost control
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3/17/2020  |  Post a comment
The French operator may have invited trouble in future by ceding infrastructure control to other players.


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