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Debt-slashing Telefónica flogs Salvadoran business

Telefónica finally manages to offload its El Salvadoran mobile business, after a scotched 2019 deal, but gets less than half last time's sale price.

Net neutrality moaning shows telcos are stuck in the past

Internet companies have done operators a massive favor by serving up the apps that consumers demand, but operators still think the app developers should pay.

India's Vodafone Idea may get funds from backers – report

Vodafone Group and Aditya Birla Group may infuse $400 million in Vodafone Idea to support the company clearing off dues and growth, it's been reported.

Fiber 'love' bears some fruit for KPN

The Dutch incumbent has seen a fall in maintenance costs and improvement in customer spending in areas where fiber has been deployed.

Analyst warns IT professionals to do due diligence when purchasing AIOps

While 64% of companies say they are using AIOps, ZK Research's Zeus Kerravala says many AIOps services are missing a key component – artificial intelligence.

Huawei opens four more enterprise vertical units

Huawei is drilling down further into enterprise with the formation of four new business teams to target emerging segments.

Liberty Global reportedly eyeing Belgian tower sale

Reports suggest that the 3,000 towers used by Telenet could be flogged off for up to €600m.

Eurobites: Orange gets greener by using refurbished Nokia gear

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia ships application containers; Arcep vindicated in French 5G spectrum rumpus; Vodafone comes up short on advertising standards.

Fresh funding will fuel some M&A, Plume CEO says

Armed with a $300 million from an 'F' round led by Japan's SoftBank Vision Fund 2, Plume intends to target companies that can broaden the smart home software specialist's cloud, data and AI capabilities, Plume CEO Fahri Diner says.

Cable network set to become 'predictive and more proactive,' Cox CTO says

Going well beyond core speeds and feeds, the expanded use of artificial intelligence and machine learning will help cable operators stay a step ahead of anomalies and fix them before customers notice, says Cox's Kevin Hart.

India's BSNL records a 4G milestone

India's state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is finally moving closer to bring 4G services to its subscribers.

Eurobites: Vodacom puts M-Pesa on steroids with 'super app'

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Hiber hooks up with Inmarsat; Forsway develops satellite-assisted 5G; AT&T taps Ericsson for 5G network expansion.

NEC to build US-Europe subsea cable for Facebook

As Facebook and Alphabet up their cable-laying game, NEC bags a contract to build a half petabit per second cable between the US and Europe.

DZS pact with Plume to extend its cloud to the home network

DZS says the Plume deal paves a path to more recurring revenue and establishes a way for it to manage and orchestrate the core, access and in-home networks, and provide partners with a new option for premium whole-home services.

Eurobites: Telefónica chips in with 5G for Spanish golf coverage

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU looks into Teams complaint; more connectivity equals fewer trucks; Finland wants to watch Finnish telly.

FCC releases another wave of RDOF cash

FCC has authorized another $163M for RDOF covering 42 providers, and vows that a 'clean up' of the process is moving ahead as dozens of winning bidders opt not to pursue buildouts in 5,000-plus census blocks.

Deutsche Telekom goes RDK's way

DT is tapping the open source Reference Design Kit as its global software platform for broadband gateways.

Barber shop owner snips at Altice USA with $20M class action lawsuit

A small business owner in the Bronx who was forced to close shop for months during the early stages of the pandemic alleges that the operator did not honor its commitment to the FCC's 'Keep Americans Connected' pledge.

Cloud RAN still a hard sell despite Vodafone and Orange interest

Leading operators say they want cloudier RANs, but the economic case for it remains as hazy as ever.

Eurobites: Virgin's gigabit reaches 12.8M mark in UK

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: VodafoneZiggo tries on Red Hat; Google rivals search for answers from EU; Colt touts 400GE service.

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