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Telefónica to Hit Gas on Automation With 5G Rollout
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3/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Spanish operator outlines plans to ramp up investments in artificial intelligence while blasting vendors for continuing to develop 'closed' technologies.
Is vRAN Still Too Hot to Handle?
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3/21/2018  |  Post a comment
The industry needs to work on persuading operators that virtualizing the radio access network is manageable and beneficial.
Russia's MTS Boosts Sales, Profits in 2017
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3/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Russia's biggest operator has flagged growth in revenues and profits despite a fall in customer numbers, as it focuses on selling data services to existing subscribers.
Altice Hails French Recovery as Earnings Rise
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3/16/2018  |  Post a comment
European and US service provider points to recent customer growth at its mobile contract and fiber units in France.
China Unicom Profits Boosted by Towers JV
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3/15/2018  |  Post a comment
Boosted by investments from Alibaba and others, Chinese operator is bullish about profit and sales growth in the next three years.
Colt, Verizon Take Giant Leap for Cross-Carrier Automation
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3/15/2018  |  Post a comment
The two service providers have demonstrated new technology that would dramatically cut the time it takes customers to upgrade off-net connections.
Robot Wars: Telecom's Looming AI Tussle
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3/14/2018  |  Post a comment
Telcos performing routine chores will be ripe for AI-based automation. But whose AI will triumph?
Trade Warmonger Trump May Slap Tariffs on Chinese Tech – Reuters
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3/14/2018  |  1 comment
Reports in mainstream media suggest Trump may impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of Chinese imports, and will focus on technology and telecom products.
Intel Could Bid for Broadcom – WSJ Report
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3/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Intel is considering a move for Broadcom out of concern that a merger between Broadcom and Qualcomm would be a major threat.
Finland's Elisa Is Selling Its Automation Smarts to Other Telcos
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3/12/2018  |  1 comment
In a push for sales growth, One of Finland's most successful mobile operators is now reinventing itself as a vendor of automation tools and expertise.
vRAN Tech Hits Resistance at SK Telecom
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3/8/2018  |  1 comment
South Korean operator likes the look of vRAN technology but frets about the operational implications of using it.
Telecom Italia to Spin Off Fixed Lines, Increase Automation
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3/7/2018  |  1 comment
Italian incumbent approves plan to legally separate its fixed-line business and says it will spend €12 billion over the next three years.
Is Orange's New Deputy CEO the NFV Champion It Needs?
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3/6/2018  |  Post a comment
This week named Orange's deputy CEO, Laurent Paillassot has pioneered the rollout of NFV technology at Orange Spain.
DT Demands Automation, Cloud Tech From Pan-Net Suppliers
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3/6/2018  |  1 comment
Automation, interoperability and standardization are among the German operator's demands as it continues to work on its pan-net transformation.
MWC Visitor Numbers Fall: So Has It Hit Its Peak?
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3/2/2018  |  8 comments
GSMA's giant show reports its first decline in attendee numbers in about nine years, but what does that tell us about the industry and the event?
Russia's MTS to Cut 1,000 Jobs as AI, Chatbots Arrive
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3/1/2018  |  2 comments
Russian operator is cutting headcount in its customer services division as it invests in new software tools.
Downsizing Telenor Pins Margin Hopes on Automation
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3/1/2018  |  Post a comment
The Norwegian telecom incumbent sheds further light on how automation and AI could help it to slash headcount and reduce costs.
Orange: Still No Clear Business Case for vRAN
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2/28/2018  |  Post a comment
Orange has been carrying out vRAN trials but has yet to be convinced that a commercial rollout would make sense.
NTT DoCoMo: Capex to Fall With 5G Rollout
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2/27/2018  |  2 comments
Several of the world's biggest operators have said they do not expect capital expenditure to rise with the deployment of 5G technology.
Major Telcos Pool Efforts to Slash 5G RAN Costs
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2/27/2018  |  Post a comment
AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, NTT DoCoMo and Orange have clubbed together to form ORAN, which combines the XRAN and C-RAN groups that were previously active in this area.
SKT in Talks With DT to Join MobiledgeX
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2/27/2018  |  1 comment
South Korean telco could team up with Deutsche Telekom on edge computing through an investment in its MobiledgeX business.
Vodafone's Colao, DT's Höttges Lock Horns in Barca
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2/27/2018  |  1 comment
The bosses of two of Europe's biggest telcos have clashed over prospective takeover activity in Germany.
DT Will Start Commercial 5G Trials in 2018
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2/26/2018  |  Post a comment
German telco plots launch of 5G network services in 2020 following commercial trials in Germany and other European markets this year.
Telefónica Launches Aura AI Tool
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2/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Spanish telco launches voice-activated 'cognitive' assistant.
Europe at Risk of 'Slow, Fragmented' 5G, Warns Vodafone Boss
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2/26/2018  |  Post a comment
If European authorities regulate 5G in the same way as 3G and 4G, they will deal a blow to the nascent technology, warns Vodafone boss.
Ericsson CEO: Net Neutrality Threatens 5G
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2/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Ericsson boss takes aim at regulatory authorities, arguing that net neutrality rules could impede the rollout of mission-critical 5G services.
Humans Beware: Ericsson Readies Machines to Run the Network
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2/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Swedish vendor is set to launch a handful of 'machine intelligence' products at this week's MWC and says 15 major operators are interested in its AI goodies.
Telefónica Takes Aura AI Tool Into 6 Markets
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2/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Spanish telco launches the voice-activated 'cognitive' assistant that it first announced at Mobile World Congress last year.
DT-Owned MobiledgeX to Power German Telco's Edge Rollout
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2/26/2018  |  Post a comment
The German telecom incumbent plans to use software from its wholly owned Silicon Valley subsidiary to support its edge-computing deployment.
BT Gets Boost After Ofcom Raises Broadband Price Cap
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2/23/2018  |  Post a comment
Shares rise in UK incumbent but it still complains that wholesale price caps will chew into sales and revenues at its Openreach business.
How Long Before We Hit Peak MWC?
Morris Lore  | 
2/23/2018  |  5 comments
Mobile World Congress remains the must-attend event in the telecom industry, even as concern grows about its sprawl and spin.
DT to Splurge €12.5B in 2018 Capex as It Preps for 5G
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2/22/2018  |  Post a comment
German telecom incumbent will increase spending in Germany this year as it starts to prepare for the launch of higher-speed 5G services.
Orange Rules Out M&A Moves in France, Returns to Growth
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2/21/2018  |  Post a comment
Orange will not initiate any takeover activity in France, says CEO, as company reports domestic sales growth for first time since 2009.
Sigfox Loses Networks Boss Fruges – Sources
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2/20/2018  |  Post a comment
Executive responsible for the global rollout of Sigfox technology is the latest senior figure to leave the French company, according to sources.
Orange's 5G Plan: Definitely, Maybe
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2/12/2018  |  3 comments
France's biggest service provider is preparing to roll out 5G networks despite the uncertainties it faces.
MTS Eyes 'Ticketmaster' Role in Russia After Latest M&A Moves
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2/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Russia's biggest mobile network operator says latest takeovers form part of its digital diversification strategy.
DT Ditches Nokia From Its German Radio Access Network
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2/9/2018  |  Post a comment
Ericsson confirmed as the replacement for Nokia in Deutsche Telekom's German radio access network.
Huawei's $800M 5G Budget Piles Pressure on Ericsson, Nokia
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2/8/2018  |  Post a comment
Chinese vendor will have put the frighteners on its European rivals with an update on its 5G and broader R&D plans.
Huawei Frozen Out of Orange's 5G Paris Party
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2/7/2018  |  Post a comment
Orange announces Ericsson, Nokia, Cisco and Samsung as key partners on 5G trials. Where does that leave Huawei?
Orange Adds Cisco to SD-WAN Offering in Automation Push
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2/6/2018  |  Post a comment
Enterprise division of French telecom incumbent says it will be able to deploy the Cisco SD-WAN offering in minutes at remote enterprise sites.
Orange Spain CEO Puts 5G Squeeze on Ericsson, Nokia
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2/6/2018  |  1 comment
The head of Orange Spain sees no short-term need to blanket his market with 5G networks and wants to 'break' the business model of Ericsson and Huawei.
TMF Rethinks B/OSS With ODA, but Will Industry Care?
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2/6/2018  |  Post a comment
The standards body has come up with a new architectural framework for a more digital and real-time back office.
ZTE Hails Return to Profitability, Ramps 5G Investment
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2/2/2018  |  Post a comment
Chinese vendor manages sales growth in 2017 despite challenging market conditions and plots a boost to its 5G R&D investments.
BT Consumer Biz Hits Buffers as Q3 Results Disappoint
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2/2/2018  |  Post a comment
UK operator records first decline at consumer business in five years and loses TV customers, while sales slump at the troubled global services outfit.
Germany's 5G Auction & the Gigabit Dream
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2/1/2018  |  Post a comment
Proceeds from an auction of 5G spectrum are unlikely to go far in helping Germany to realize its gigabit ambitions.
Nokia Outperforms Ericsson in Mobile but Sees Margin Pressure
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2/1/2018  |  Post a comment
Finnish vendor ends 2017 on a relative high note but says conditions will remain tough in 2018 and that margins will be under pressure.
Ericsson Stuck in Loss-Making Rut, Offloads Majority Stake in Media Unit
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1/31/2018  |  Post a comment
Shares in Swedish vendor sink after results miss analyst estimates and amid disquiet about strategic backtracking and management changes.
Trump's 5G Plan Is Not as Bonkers as They Say
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1/30/2018  |  7 comments
Trump's 5G plan is an 'outdated' piece of government theorizing, say reports. But might he have stumbled onto something?
French Toast? Sigfox on Skid Row
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1/30/2018  |  4 comments
An exodus of senior executives, customer dissatisfaction, the postponement of IPO plans and allegations of 'unethical' dealings with network partners. What went wrong at the French technology champion?
Trump Could Nationalize 5G – Report
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1/29/2018  |  8 comments
Trump administration is reportedly looking at the rollout of a government-controlled 5G network to protect the country from Chinese cyber attacks.
Telenor Eyes Eastern European Exit
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1/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Norwegian operator says it is evaluating 'unsolicited' interest for assets in the region.
Telia Flogs Georgia Biz, Cuts More Jobs
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1/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Swedish incumbent divests another of its Eurasian businesses and reports an earnings increase, fueled by efficiency moves, for the final three months of 2017.
Don't Expect 5G Deals, Orange Tells Usual Suppliers
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1/25/2018  |  Post a comment
French telecom incumbent says existing suppliers should not expect to land all of the 5G business and plays down any likelihood of rapid 5G rollout.
Vodafone to Buy Greece's Cyta in €118M Deal
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1/23/2018  |  Post a comment
UK-based operator shows that its strategy of bulking up through fixed-line takeovers has yet to run its course.
SKT Forms 5G Task Force in Race to Launch Services – Report
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1/23/2018  |  Post a comment
South Korean operator is forging ahead on 5G with the formation of a 200-person task force dedicated to the technology, according to a press report.
Europe Urges US to Block Trump on Net Neutrality
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1/22/2018  |  6 comments
European politicians proclaim their passion for net neutrality and urge the US to fall in love with it once again.
Has the 5G Upturn Begun?
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1/19/2018  |  4 comments
A flurry of 5G announcements and rivalries in the US could point to an improvement in mobile equipment markets.
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Net Neutrality Moves Are as Futile as Trump's Comb-Over
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1/18/2018  |  8 comments
What do Brexit, Trump's hair and net neutrality have in common?
AT&T Warned to Cut Ties With Huawei – Report
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1/17/2018  |  5 comments
US operator is reportedly told to sever ties with Chinese equipment supplier.
Ericsson Goes Dotty for 5G Small Cells
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1/17/2018  |  Post a comment
Swedish vendor gives its small cell offering a 5G makeover.
Ericsson Lurches to $1.8B Write-Down
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1/16/2018  |  5 comments
Latest financial setback will chew into operating income and could have implications for profitability targets.
Choi Succeeds Jacobfeuerborn as DT Tech Boss
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1/16/2018  |  1 comment
Management shake-up leaves former SK Telecom executive in charge of technology strategy and Jacobfeuerborn leading the towers subsidiary.
Huawei, ZTE Face US Federal Ban
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1/15/2018  |  5 comments
Proposed legislation could deal a huge blow to Chinese vendors still trying to build a bigger presence in the US market.
SoftBank to Raise $18B in Telecom Unit IPO – Report
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1/15/2018  |  Post a comment
Japanese giant would reportedly use proceeds from a listing to make further investments in technology companies.
Automation: Hot Topics & Groups to Watch
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1/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Automation is nothing new. So why is it such a big issue for telcos at the start of this year?
MWC 2018 Threatens to Be 5G New Radio Bore
Morris Lore  | 
1/10/2018  |  16 comments
Let's hope that cloudification, network slicing and core network transformation top the agenda at MWC 2018, and not the dreary issue of 5G new radio.
Sweden's Tele2 to Swallow Com Hem in $3.3B Deal
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1/10/2018  |  1 comment
Tie-up will increase Tele2's focus on Sweden and add to the pressure on Telia, creating a strong number two player in fixed and mobile markets.
Why MWC'18 Might Be a Snore
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1/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Let's hope that cloudification, network slicing and core network transformation top the agenda at MWC 2018.
Altice Shifts From M&A to European Recovery
Morris Lore  | 
1/9/2018  |  Post a comment
Altice hopes a just-announced US spin-off will help it double down on its underperforming core European operations.
Altice Spins Off US Biz, Rejigs in Europe
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1/9/2018  |  1 comment
Restructuring marks a new chapter in Altice's story as the network operator turns its attention from M&A activity to operational improvements.
Sigfox Sheds More Senior Staff, Including North America CEO
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1/8/2018  |  3 comments
The exodus of senior managers from Sigfox continues, with the CEO of its North American business among the latest to leave.
Automation's Advocates in Downsizing Denial
Morris Lore  | 
1/5/2018  |  Post a comment
It is time the industry faced up to the upheaval that automation will create.
Automation & Denial
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1/5/2018  |  Post a comment
It is time the industry faced up to the automation upheaval.
AT&T Joins 5G Marketing War, Promising 'Mobile' Launch in 2018
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1/4/2018  |  6 comments
US operator says it will launch 'mobile' 5G services in 12 cities in late 2018. But how, exactly?
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Blueface & Star2Star Seal $500M Unified Comms Merger
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1/3/2018  |  Post a comment
Tie-up between Irish and US players will create a top five company in the unified communications market, the companies say.
Sigfox CIO Said to Be Latest Senior Exec to Depart
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1/2/2018  |  3 comments
Sigfox is believed to have parted ways with CIO Jerome Burriez in the latest sign of senior management upheaval at the French company.
Why Video Is at the Heart of Operator Strategies
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12/28/2017  |  Post a comment
PRAGUE, 12/7/2017 – At Light Reading's 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Prague, 'Three Wise Men' – Heavy Reading's Adi Kishore, Light Reading's Iain Morris and Scott Bicheno from Telecoms.com – discuss the ins and outs of service provider video strategies.
Why All SPs Are Video Providers
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12/28/2017  |  Post a comment
Three wise men discuss the ins and outs of service provider video strategies.
Kazakhtelecom Fires Starting Gun on Automation
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12/19/2017  |  Post a comment
Robotic process automation could be the next step on the digital transformation journey for Kazakhstan's telecom incumbent.
T-Mobile Netherlands to Merge With Tele2
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12/15/2017  |  Post a comment
Merger will 'attack' the duopoly of KPN and VodafoneZiggo, says Deutsche Telekom.
Ribbon Cuts Ties With Ray Dolan, Names New CEO
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12/14/2017  |  1 comment
Ribbon, the newly named mash-up of Sonus and Genband, cuts ties with ex-Sonus boss Dolan and names Fritz Hobbs its new president and CEO.
Ericsson Replaces Major Rival as DT Supplier in 5G Deal
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12/14/2017  |  2 comments
Ericsson has dislodged either Huawei or Nokia as one of Deutsche Telekom's two main RAN vendors in Germany.
China Mobile Launches UK Mobile Business
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12/13/2017  |  Post a comment
China's biggest operator teams up with BT to launch a mobile service for Chinese consumers living in or traveling to the UK.
Cloudy With a Chance of Automation: Telecom in 2018
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12/12/2017  |  4 comments
What does 2018 hold in store for the telecom sector? We asked our own editors and analysts, and gathered up a few third-party forecasts as well.
Corning Splashes $900M on 3M's Comms Biz
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12/12/2017  |  Post a comment
Optical equipment maker bolsters its international presence and product portfolio with major deal.
Atos Bids €4.3B for Gemalto to Create Security, IoT Giant
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12/12/2017  |  Post a comment
Combination of two companies would be able to generate €3.5 billion in cybersecurity, IoT and payments markets, says Atos.
Apple to Buy Music App Shazam for $400M – Report
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12/11/2017  |  2 comments
iPhone maker will snap up music-recognition service in a $400 million takeover this week, say reports.
C-V2X: A Turbo Boost for Connected Cars?
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12/8/2017  |  4 comments
An emerging cellular technology could speed the autonomous vehicle toward reality.
Orange Capex to Peak at €7.4B in 2018
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12/7/2017  |  1 comment
French telecom incumbent says capital expenditure will reach a peak next year before starting to decline in 2019.
Telcos Face Limited TV Options – HR Analyst
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12/6/2017  |  2 comments
Despite the hefty investment requirements, operators may be reluctant to move away from offering TV services.
Telecom Industry Falling Short on 5G Architecture Challenges – HR Analyst
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12/6/2017  |  2 comments
Operators may have to look beyond traditional standards bodies and vendors for answers to questions about 5G system architecture.

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