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Cloud-Native Router Startup DriveNets Banks $110M, Takes On Cisco et al.
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2/15/2019  |  1 comment
Vendor already has Tier 1 traction, a founder with track record of disruption, the backing of Bessemer and has Cisco, Juniper, Huawei and Nokia in its sights.
Ray Dolan Dons a 5G Cap at Cohere
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2/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Former CEO of Sonus Networks has taken the CEO role at a company with an alternative take on next-generation wireless broadband.
MWC 2019: 5G's AI Power Struggle
LRTV Interviews  | 
2/14/2019  |  1 comment
5G will usher in an AI power struggle between the mobile operators and the web services giants, predicts Aditya Kaul, research director focused on artificial intelligence and robotics at Tractica.
MWC 2019: 5G & the Capex Question
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2/11/2019  |  Post a comment
With 2019 set to be the year when 5G really starts to shift from slideware to the network, the head of Ovum's European telecoms team, Dario Talmesio, talks about the impact on carrier capex.
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Will Trump Fan the Flames as Huawei Is Burned at the Stake?
Shades of Ray  | 
2/8/2019  |  14 comments
An 'executive order' banning Chinese networking technology from US communications networks is imminent, according to Politico – such a posturing move would be bad for everyone.
MWC 2019: Ovum's Key IoT Trends
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2/7/2019  |  Post a comment
As the IoT market shifts further from proofs of concept to real deployments, Ovum's IoT expert Alexandra Rehak talks about the key IoT trends, such as new business models and data management, that she'll be discussing in Barcelona.
Analyst on Why CES Left a 'Bad Taste'
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2/6/2019  |  Post a comment
Aditya Kaul, research director focused on artificial intelligence and robotics at Tractica, returned from CES with a 'bad taste' left by an overload of gimmicks and lack of substance.
MWC 2019: Ovum on the 5G Device Buzz
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2/5/2019  |  Post a comment
Smartphone expert and Ovum senior analyst Daniel Gleeson says 5G devices, and foldable displays, will take center stage on device stands in Barcelona, but it will likely be 2020 at the earliest before Apple joins the 5G device fray.
Telefónica Slims Down (a Bit) With M&A Move
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1/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Spanish giant sells its operations in Guatemala and El Salvador to Carlos Slim's América Móvil for $648 million, but the move won't put much of a dent in its debt pile.
Nokia Poaches Fran Heeran From Vodafone
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1/24/2019  |  Post a comment
Vodafone's head of cloud and automation has jumped ship to rejoin Nokia's telco cloud team.
Telefónica UK Gets a Tighter Grip on Automation
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1/23/2019  |  Post a comment
In line with the strategy of its parent, Telefónica's UK operation is looking for ways to introduce more automated processes and boost customer satisfaction, a combination that lead it to deploy Nokia's Service Operation Center (SOC) system.
The Leading Lights Awards Are Back!
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1/11/2019  |  1 comment
Yes, it's that time of the year again already, folks! Get cracking on your submission for Light Reading's annual awards before you catch MWC fever – there's a category (or three) for everyone!
Canonical Girds Its Cloud-Native Loins as Containers Gain Traction
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1/9/2019  |  Post a comment
Canonical's head of NFV is bullish about the shift towards cloud-native functions and the appetite for containers among network operators, but others are waiting to gain from that development too.
Samsung Issues Profit Warning
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1/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Apple's not the only one suffering a slowdown.
Huawei Expects 2018 Revenues of $108.5B
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12/27/2018  |  Post a comment
In its annual message to the industry, a defiant Huawei boasts of an annual sales increase of 21%.
Huawei Preps 'Security Transparency Center,' Gets Vote of Confidence From 5G Customer
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12/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Huawei is continuing its push-back against its international critics with details of security testing facilities, while one of its customers in Korea talks of its confidence in the embattled vendor.
Liberty Global's European Shrinkage
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12/21/2018  |  Post a comment
The cable giant is selling more European assets – how far might it go? And what might it do with its prime asset, the UK's Virgin Media?
Eurobites: Analyst Upgrades Ericsson as Huawei Backlash Intensifies
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12/20/2018  |  1 comment
In today's regional roundup: Huawei's troubles could be good news for Ericsson; Enea lines up another acquisition; Orange Business Services lands smart meter IoT deal; Ciena heads to the UK countryside; and more Ericsson.
Eurobites: €1.75B Plan for IoT, Connected Car R&D Gets EC Green Light
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12/19/2018  |  Post a comment
In today's EMEA regional roundup: Euro giants to collaborate on multi-billion euro IoT and connected car chip/sensor developments; TIM and Sony Mobile forge 5G pact; Telefónica Germany and Nokia build their joint 'Early 5G Innovation Cluster' in Berlin; Open Fiber lands another broadband rollout tender; G+D Mobile Security boasts of Orange eSIM engagements; Altice and KKR have a Hivory; and more.
SoftBank's Stock Slides After $23.6B IPO
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12/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Japanese mobile operator's shares dipped by more than 14% during the first day of trading on the Tokyo exchange.
Eurobites: CityFibre Secures £1.12B for Fiber Rollout
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12/18/2018  |  4 comments
In today's regional EMEA roundup: CityFibre celebrates fiber funds; BT revamps its CEO bonus assessment scheme; ETSI launches a blockchain group; and more.
Huawei's Hu Hits Back
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12/18/2018  |  Post a comment
Vendor is on the counter-offensive, claiming strong 5G momentum, a clean security record and expected milestone revenues.
Eurobites: Telenor Uses Nokia for Cloud-Native Core
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12/17/2018  |  Post a comment
In today's regional round-up: Nokia secures core role at Telenor; Elliott Management eyes Telefónica; mobile subscribers in the EU have made the most of the abolition of roaming charges; Tele2 banks a NIM loan; and Synamedia tackles 'credentials sharing.'
Vodafone Ireland's Kiss Kallo on Edge Computing's Potential
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12/13/2018  |  Post a comment
Can mobile operators take advantage of edge computing's potential? At Light Reading's 2020 Vision executive summit in Lisbon, Csaba Kiss Kalló, Vodafone Ireland's Head of Connectivity, Mobility and Security Portfolio, says they can.
Telia Carrier's Evangelist on Internet Traffic Trends
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12/13/2018  |  Post a comment
On the sidelines of Light Reading's 2020 Vision Executive Summit, Mattias Fridström, chief evangelist at Telia Carrier, discusses the latest shifts in public Internet traffic trends and whether the likes of 4K/8K video, SD-WAN and 5G will impact international traffic patterns.
Eurobites: Orange Preps 5G Launch in 17 European Cities
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12/12/2018  |  Post a comment
In today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange unveils initial 5G plans; the latest boardroom shenanigans at TIM; Turkcell builds TV App Store with Metrological; ADVA unveils its Ensemble Controller.
GSMA Loses Two Top Execs
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12/12/2018  |  1 comment
Long-time marketing chief Michael O'Hara and the head of LatAm Sebastian Caballo are out the door — GSMA head calls for calm as MWC approaches.
Roller Coaster Ride for Lumentum
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12/11/2018  |  Post a comment
Optical components vendor will never forget December 2018.
Japan Next in Line to Block Huawei, ZTE
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12/11/2018  |  Post a comment
Japanese government has issued guidelines that effectively lock Huawei and ZTE out of the country's public networks and look set to influence 5G network decisions by the country's operators.
PCCW Global on the Need to Monetize the Edge
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12/10/2018  |  1 comment
On the sidelines of Light Reading's 2020 Vision executive summit in Lisbon, PCCW Global's Shahar Steiff talks about the key challenges facing network operators as they figure out their edge computing strategies.
Cloud Dynamics Underpin MYCOM OSI's Acquisition
Shades of Ray  | 
11/30/2018  |  1 comment
Why would a private equity company buy a telecom network assurance and optimization company? Because the cloud is where the money is.
So What Is a Telco These Days?
Shades of Ray  | 
11/29/2018  |  2 comments
Should a telco be a bank? Should they own media companies?
Huawei Faces Further Heat From US Administration – Report
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11/23/2018  |  1 comment
US government is seeking persuade friendly international countries to shun Huawei communications networking technology, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Exponential-e CEO on Cloud, Security & Coffee
CxO Spotlight  | 
11/23/2018  |  Post a comment
Lee Wade, CEO at UK cloud and data network operator Exponential-e, talks cloud and network evolution, automation, security and why he has two baristas at the company's London HQ.
Cisco to Acquire UK Networking Software Specialist
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11/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Cisco is to acquire small British outfit Ensoft, which develops software that supports routing, switching, carrier Ethernet and much more.
BT's McRae: Huawei Is 'the Only True 5G Supplier Right Now'
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11/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Huawei gets the BT man's praise as he urges the other main mobile network vendors to shake off their legacy telco thinking.
The Future Could Be Bright for 5G Operators – Northstream CEO
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11/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Bengt Nordström, CEO and co-founder at industry consultancy Northstream, shares his views on the 5G business case for mobile operators but he warns that expectations need to be tempered.
Verizon Acquires Security Tools From Vidder
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11/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Verizon liked Vidder's technology so much it bought the company.
Telecom Italia Appoints New CEO
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11/19/2018  |  Post a comment
There's another new name at the helm of Telecom Italia (TIM) – the appointment could herald an access network spin-off.
Colt's Voltolini on Service Automation
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11/13/2018  |  Post a comment
Mirko Voltolini, global head of Network on Demand at Colt, talks about how the operator has automated the service delivery aspect of its Ethernet services but is still working on the significant challenge of automating the service assurance lifecycle.
Telecom Italia Ousts Its CEO
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11/13/2018  |  2 comments
Further upheaval at the Italian incumbent as the CEO becomes a victim of the boardroom battle between Vivendi and Elliott.
Colt Exec Bigs Up Blockchain Benefits
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11/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Fahim Sabir, Colt's director of architecture and development for Colt on Demand, explains how the use of blockchain can help to automate specific manual processes and save hundreds of working hours.
Entering the Era of Cloud TV
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11/8/2018  |  Post a comment
Midia Research's Paolo Pescatore talks about the advent of cloud TV services and assesses the impact of 5G's arrival on the cable operator community. And drinks beer.
Vodafone's Sanches on Cloud TV
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11/8/2018  |  Post a comment
Vodafone's group head of fixed development, Nuno Sanches, explains how the operator has adopted an OTT, cloud-based approach to its TV services strategy.
What's Hot in Software-Defined Operations?
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11/7/2018  |  Post a comment
Heavy Reading's James Crawshaw highlights the key debate topics from the Software Defined Operations & the Autonomous Network event in London, including the data analytics challenge in a 5G world and how service assurance appears to still be an afterthought in virtualization strategies.
BT's McRae: Vendors Need to Support Automation or They're Out
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11/7/2018  |  Post a comment
Vendors that want to get their technology deployed in BT's network will need to prove to the operator's chief architect that they can support his automation plans, he tells the Light Reading event audience.
CityFibre's CEO Courts Cable
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11/6/2018  |  Post a comment
Greg Mesch, founder and CEO at CityFibre, explains why wholesale fiber networks are relevant to cable operators, offering them a new network asset option outside their existing coverage areas.
How Red Hat Could Give IBM's Telco Strategy a New Lease of Life
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11/5/2018  |  1 comment
With telco cloud and open source developments playing a key role in network operator strategies, Red Hat's acquisition could bolster IBM's opportunities with communications service provider customers.
Nokia Builds Apps for Optical Network Monetization
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10/30/2018  |  Post a comment
Vendor's new WaveSuite applications are designed to help network operators make more money from their optical assets.
Mobileum Snaps Up Mobile Security Specialist
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10/29/2018  |  1 comment
Roaming solutions specialist Mobileum has acquired hosted signalling firewall vendor Evolved Intelligence, a move that begs a number of questions says seasoned industry analyst.
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BT's CTIO on CPE, Blockchain & More
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10/25/2018  |  Post a comment
On the show floor at the Broadband World Forum in Berlin, BT's CTIO Howard Watson talks about integrated CPE developments, process automation and the potential uses of blockchain.
Ericsson CTO Talks 5G, Edge Computing & Machine Learning
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10/23/2018  |  1 comment
Ericsson's Group CTO Erik Ekudden discusses 5G partnerships, the growing importance of edge computing and the use of machine learning (ML) tools.
Deutsche Telekom to Swap Startup Investments With SK Telecom
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10/22/2018  |  Post a comment
DT's edge computing startup MobiledgeX and SKT's quantum cryptography specialist ID Quantique to be the grateful recipients.
BT Offers CEO Job to Worldpay's Boss – Report
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10/19/2018  |  Post a comment
An offer has been made, according to Bloomberg, but BT is still waiting to hear if Philip Jansen wants the job.
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TIP Forms New Edge Computing Unit
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10/16/2018  |  2 comments
Deutsche Telekom, Intel and MobiledgeX to lead a new Telecom Infra Project (TIP) group focused on APIs that will enable developers to write apps able to run on edge computing resources.
Open Source MANO Needs a Reality Check
Shades of Ray  | 
10/16/2018  |  3 comments
There's friction and a fair amount of hot air in the open source NFV MANO world and it's not doing anyone any favors.
Colt Ready for Major NFV Push
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10/12/2018  |  Post a comment
After years of developments and incremental advances, Colt is set for a major three-stage telco cloud deployment that will be a big step in its migration from a legacy hardware architecture to virtualized functions.
Cable Shifts Up a Gear on Cloud, Virtualization
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10/10/2018  |  Post a comment
CableLabs is developing a cloud, edge and virtualization framework that MSOs can use to provide a consistent message to the vendor community.
Netcracker Launches Telco Cloud-as-a-Service
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10/8/2018  |  Post a comment
Vendor offers an enterprise services software stack that can run on any cloud platform and already has Mexico's Telefónica Movistar as a reference customer.
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Huawei Hasn't Given Up on US Market, Pitches the FCC
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10/3/2018  |  9 comments
Huawei has been telling the FCC why operators and consumers will suffer if it's not allowed to trade in the US as part of the universal service fund (USF) program.
Orange Issues Telco Cloud Rallying Cry
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10/3/2018  |  Post a comment
'It's a standard, Jim, but not as we know it.' Orange pleads for operator consensus around NFV infrastructure, orchestration and automation requirements, but will that be enough to create scale and meet developer needs?
Starhome Mach, Telarix Merger Built on Interconnect, Roaming Data
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10/2/2018  |  Post a comment
Vista Equity acquires roaming platform specialist Starhome Mach to merge it with existing portfolio company Telarix, which specializes in interconnect billing, rating and fraud management.
DT's Clauberg Urges Cloud-Native Caution
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9/27/2018  |  Post a comment
The telco cloud community is excited about the impending shift towards cloud-native, but Deutsche Telekom's Axel Clauberg has raised a big warning flag.
ONAP: Time to Move On Up?
Shades of Ray  | 
9/27/2018  |  Post a comment
ONAP has been a hot topic at the Open Networking Summit Europe event in Amsterdam and it's clear it has a lot of issues as well as a lot of carrier support.
Is X by Orange Showing Us the OTT Future for Telcos?
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9/27/2018  |  1 comment
With NFV still unable to deliver agility and scale, Orange launches public cloud-based, OTT enterprise services in Spain with Red Hat as its platform partner. Is this the future for SME communications and networking services?
Vodafone's Heeran: Defining the Telco Cloud
CxO Spotlight  | 
9/25/2018  |  1 comment
Vodafone's head of cloud and automation wants to define the telco cloud so that everyone's singing from the same hymn sheet.
Vodafone & China Mobile Lead New Charge Towards Automated, Cross-Domain VPNs
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9/25/2018  |  Post a comment
With a contribution into ONAP that also involved Huawei, Vodafone and China Mobile take the lead on defining service orchestration and automation across carrier network borders. But they're not the first to do so.
The Many Faces of Digital Transformation
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9/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Digital transformation is a complex challenge but one that will help service providers revitalize their businesses, as we found out at this year's Operations Transformation Forum (OTF) in Munich.
MobiledgeX Revs Up & Shifts Into Gear
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9/20/2018  |  Post a comment
In its quest for the edge computing holy grail, Deutsche Telekom-backed startup MobiledgeX has developed a set of middleware tools that it will offer up as royalty-free open source code as it plans world domination by MWC 2019...
IBC2018: The Video Platform Profitability Conundrum
News Analysis  | 
9/19/2018  |  2 comments
If video is so important to communications network operators, why are all the major vendors offloading their video assets?
Synamedia Plots Its First Steps Around Streaming
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9/17/2018  |  Post a comment
New company built around the acquisition of Cisco's video software unit will have strong revenues, thousands of staff and a focus on developing new products for streaming media management.
IBC2018: What MediaKind Did Next
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9/14/2018  |  Post a comment
The (nearly) former Ericsson media business is doubling down on platform innovation, including the use of blockchain, as it preps for independence. But will that be enough?
Going Solo Won't Cut It in 5G
Shades of Ray  | 
9/12/2018  |  Post a comment
The challenge facing network operators with long-term 5G ambitions is enormous from a technology, skills and financial perspective – sharing the load will be essential.
Piecing Together the 5G Big Picture
Prime Reading  | 
9/10/2018  |  3 comments
For network operators, the evolution to a 5G architecture requires a strategy that focuses on so much more than just a souped-up radio access network and the availability of whizzy new devices – there's a broad range of technologies and processes that need to be addressed and missing just one could be disastrous.
Why Tier 2/3 CSPs Are Being Sidelined
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9/8/2018  |  Post a comment
The evolution of the communications service provider (CSP) sector is creating a schism between the large, resource-heavy Tier 1 operators and the smaller Tier 2/3 players, says TM Forum Chief Analyst Mark Newman.
The Operational Challenges of 5G
LRTV Interviews  | 
9/7/2018  |  Post a comment
Heavy Reading senior analyst James Crawshaw talks about some of the challenges, such as power management, that will arise as 5G networks are deployed, and suggests that AI and analytics tools will be needed to help automate an increasing number of operational processes in a 5G world.
5G Is Shifting the Packet/Optical Tectonic Plates
Shades of Ray  | 
9/6/2018  |  1 comment
Ericsson's 5G transport partnership picks are telling.

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