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Italy's Struggling Wind Tre Eyes 5G Rollout in Late 2019
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11/16/2018  |  Post a comment
The Italian operator says it is halfway through its network modernization and hopes to bring 5G into parts of the country by late 2019.
Amid the Rubble of L'Aquila, ZTE Tries to Rebuild
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11/16/2018  |  Post a comment
China's ZTE is working hard to patch up its customer relationships after US sanctions nearly drove it out of business. But its future still hangs in the balance.
BT to Put 5G at 1,500 Sites in 2019, Beating Vodafone
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11/13/2018  |  Post a comment
Mobile subsidiary EE plans to launch 5G services across 16 major UK cities next year, promising devices from 'multiple smartphone partners' as well as a home broadband service.
Vodafone Weighs Towers Sale, Swings to Net Loss for H1
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11/13/2018  |  2 comments
UK-based operator has created a separate towers company in Europe and says it is now reviewing options for that business.
Three UK to Go Big on 5G for Home Broadband
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11/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Three UK CEO Dave Dyson aims to hoover up a big chunk of the UK broadband market with his forthcoming 5G service.
SoftBank Gets Go-Ahead for $21B Telecom IPO
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11/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Japanese company takes a big step toward separating its telecom business from its investment activities.
BT Needs a Kick in the Ducts
Morris Lore  | 
11/12/2018  |  1 comment
The legal separation of BT and Openreach is a farce.
Loss-Making Telecom Italia Casts Doubt Over Debt Target
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11/9/2018  |  Post a comment
Italian telecom incumbent swings to a net loss after conditions worsen in Italy and indicates that its debt-reduction targets look doubtful.
Faster Mobile Will Not Justify €2.4B 5G Spectrum Fee, Says Telecom Italia Exec
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11/8/2018  |  1 comment
Despite his high-speed name, Telecom Italia's Giuseppe Ferraris is concerned about any 5G business case based entirely on providing faster mobile connectivity to consumers.
Telefónica's 'Pre-Crime' Unit Is Fighting Hurricanes & Sloppy Workmen
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11/8/2018  |  Post a comment
The Spanish operator is using data and sophisticated algorithms to predict when hurricanes and careless roadworkers could strike.
Emboldened Ericsson Lifts Sales Target
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11/8/2018  |  Post a comment
Swedish equipment vendor raises sales targets in expectation of market share gains, improved conditions in the networks industry and a push into non-telecom sectors.
Banning Huawei From UK Could Drive Up Consumer Prices, Warns Three CEO
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11/7/2018  |  Post a comment
Having chosen Huawei to supply its 5G radio access network, Three would be hard hit by a UK government ban on the Chinese vendor.
Nokia Pockets €2B From China 5G Deals
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11/7/2018  |  Post a comment
Deals with China's big three operators should buoy investor spirits as the Finnish equipment vendor looks to end 2018 on a high.
CityFibre Model Heading to US, Says CEO
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11/6/2018  |  1 comment
Investors in the US are queuing up to fund wholesale fiber specialists with nationwide plans, according to CityFibre boss Greg Mesch.
UK Govt Warns Telcos on Choice of 5G Vendors
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11/6/2018  |  Post a comment
UK government review and letter stoke concern about reliance on China's Huawei in the country's telecom networks, according to a Financial Times report.
Verizon Restructures in Bid for 5G Growth
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11/5/2018  |  4 comments
US telco giant has gone in for some organizational slicing as it tries to position itself for growth opportunities in the 5G market.
BT's Jansen: We Need to Talk About Openreach
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11/5/2018  |  Post a comment
Figuring out what to do about the access infrastructure part of BT may be the biggest challenge that faces its next CEO.
Comment: Re: WBA ≠ WiFi - iainmorris - 11/2/2018
Apple's Planned Cover-Up Meets Backlash
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11/2/2018  |  5 comments
The Cupertino King has been increasing prices to offset a slowdown in unit sales. But it doesn't want you to know about it.
You Suck, Ofcom CTO Tells WiFi Industry
Morris Lore  | 
11/1/2018  |  11 comments
Mansoor Hanif turns up to one of the WiFi industry's big events and tells attendees why cellular is so much better.
BT Cuts 2K Jobs to Boost Profits as Sales Dip
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11/1/2018  |  Post a comment
UK telecom incumbent says job cuts are starting to support growth in earnings, but its sales performance remains dire outside the consumer business.
Comment: Re: Well, yeah - iainmorris - 11/1/2018
Comment: Corrections - iainmorris - 11/1/2018
NTT DoCoMo to Spend $8.8B on 5G, Forecasts Flat Profit
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10/31/2018  |  Post a comment
Japanese operator provides a financial update for the next few years that may underwhelm those expecting more from 5G.
NBN: We're Beating Europe & Not Overcharging Anyone
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10/31/2018  |  2 comments
Executives from Australia's controversial wholesaler reject the accusation they are overcharging customers and insist the project is now on track to meet targets.
Is IBM Overpaying for Red Hat?
Morris Lore  | 
10/29/2018  |  1 comment
Big Blue is paying a staggering premium for a company that trades in open source software.
Nokia's Enterprise Push Is Adding €180M in Annual Sales
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10/29/2018  |  Post a comment
Kristian Pullola, Nokia's chief financial officer, says enterprise activities are offsetting a decline at the mainstream telecom business as he prepares for a new round of cost cutting.
Orchestrator Startup Inmanta Raises Funding, Bolsters Team
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10/29/2018  |  Post a comment
Startup boasts some impressive results from a proof of concept with a Belgian operator and remains confident about landing commercial deals.
Eurobites: Ericsson Partners With Fujitsu on 5G
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10/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT down after Jansen appointment; Orange's data center plans; Proximus raises guidance.
China's ZTE Expects $1B Loss This Year After US Sanctions
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10/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Chinese equipment vendor blames a downbeat full-year forecast on the impact of US sanctions, which have this year included a $1 billion fine and temporary ban on its purchase of US components.
Eurobites: Worldpay's Jansen Lands BT Top Job
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10/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone second to claim UK 5G first; cost savings boost Orange earnings; Airtel Africa attracts $1.25 billion investment; and ADVA swings to third-quarter profit.
Nokia Warns of Job Cuts in €700M Shake-Up
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10/25/2018  |  Post a comment
Latest restructuring plan comes as the Finnish equipment vendor reports an improvement in margins at its networks business for the recent third quarter.
Ofcom Hypes Beamforming for 5G Fixed Wireless
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10/24/2018  |  5 comments
UK telecom regulator says beamforming could transform the fixed wireless business case as governments are accused of treating spectrum like a 'cash cow.'
New Zealand's Chorus Proposes Shared 5G Network
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10/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Government-backed wholesale operator says there would be more 'effective outcomes' if operators shared 5G infrastructure.
Have We Reached Peak Ericsson?
Morris Lore  | 
10/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Ericsson looks in better shape than it has been for years, but the good times might not last.
Telcos Hand 5G 'Converged Core' Homework to 3GPP
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10/23/2018  |  Post a comment
The Broadband Forum is handing over recommendations for a converged 5G core network that would address fixed as well as mobile network needs.
Telefónica Deutschland Plots 5G Challenge to Broadband Incumbents
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10/23/2018  |  1 comment
Mobile operator thinks 5G technology could be used to provide high-speed connectivity for a quarter of German properties.
Facebook Picks Nick Clegg to Clean Up Its Image – Sad Face
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10/19/2018  |  Post a comment
The UK's former deputy prime minister is ditching his Westminster suit and heading for the chinos-and-sneakers culture of Silicon Valley.
Telia Steps Up Savings Effort on Swedish Gloom
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10/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Scandinavian telco is on track to realize cost-saving targets this year despite disappointment at its main Swedish operation.
Ericsson Corruption Scandal Sullies Strong Q3
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10/18/2018  |  3 comments
Revelations about a corruption scandal that could land Ericsson with a hefty fine overshadowed the Swedish vendor's return to quarterly net profits for the first time since 2016.
Terragraph: A WiMax in Facebook Clothing?
Morris Lore  | 
10/18/2018  |  1 comment
Facebook's Terragraph technology may have a hard time against 5G in the markets it hopes to address.
Telecom Italia Building vRAN Tech, but Not With Ericsson
News Analysis  | 
10/17/2018  |  2 comments
Italian incumbent looks outside the traditional vendor community to solve its latest mobile network challenge.
Ericsson Weighs ORAN Alliance Membership
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10/17/2018  |  Post a comment
Swedish vendor confirms involvement with group that wants to end the dominance of the incumbent equipment suppliers in the radio access network.
Comment: Cisco in - iainmorris - 10/16/2018
Has TIP Made Networks Sexy to VCs?
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10/16/2018  |  2 comments
Two and a half years into its mission, the Facebook-led TIP claims to have made networks exciting for the first time in 20 years. But as it enters the procurement phase, its task may get even harder.
TIP, ORAN Alliance Poised to Join Forces on Open RAN
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10/16/2018  |  Post a comment
Two of the leading industry groups trying to break the stranglehold of big vendors on the radio access network look set to combine their efforts.
US Senators Urge Canada to Ban Huawei – Report
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10/15/2018  |  1 comment
Marco Rubio and Mark Warner have written to Canada's prime minister and urged him to stop Huawei from selling 5G products in Canada.
VNFs: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
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10/15/2018  |  Post a comment
Just like banks, some virtual network functions have become 'too big to fail,' says an executive at Deutsche Telekom's pan-net subsidiary, casting a shadow over efforts to cloudify the telco network.
Deutsche Telekom Targets 99% 5G Coverage in Germany by 2025
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10/12/2018  |  Post a comment
Deutsche Telekom becomes the first European operator to make a firm 5G coverage commitment.
DT CEO: 80% of Our Network Is '5G Ready'
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10/11/2018  |  Post a comment
Deutsche Telekom claims 80% of its mobile network is 5G ready as it prepares for a 2020 commercial launch, but the transition to full-blown 5G will require a lot more effort.
DoCoMo Capex Down 10% Thanks to NFV, Says Exec
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10/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Japanese telco says investments in NFV have already led to cost reductions and better service reliability as it plots the next phase of investment.
Radcom Plummets 9% After Slashing 2018 Outlook on NFV Gloom
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10/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Radcom slashes sales guidance for the current fiscal year, blaming delays to the rollout of NFV by service provider customers.
NFV Struggles With Its Six-Year Itch
Morris Lore  | 
10/10/2018  |  4 comments
Anyone attending this year's SDN NFV World Congress in The Hague could be forgiven for thinking it was a re-run of last year's show.
Orange Faced With 'Reskilling' Task for 50K Workers
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10/9/2018  |  Post a comment
Scale of the 'reskilling' challenge for one of Europe's biggest operators is made apparent by senior virtualization executive.
DT's Clauberg Sounds Warning on Profusion of Industry Groups
News Analysis  | 
10/9/2018  |  1 comment
Deciding which groups to back is a difficult job for operators that face resource constraints.
Huawei, ZTE Charm Offensive Just Got Harder
Morris Lore  | 
10/8/2018  |  Post a comment
A report from Bloomberg, alleging China infiltrated servers used by the US government, could spell further trouble for Huawei and ZTE.
Samsung's Chip Shop Fuels Q3 Profit Growth
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10/5/2018  |  Post a comment
Strong sales of memory chips appear responsible for the big increase in operating profits at Samsung in the recent third quarter.
Wind Tre: The New Weakling of Italian Mobile
Morris Lore  | 
10/4/2018  |  2 comments
The merger between 3 and Wind was supposed to create an Italian mobile heavyweight. But after Italy's 5G auction this week, that company is on the ropes.
Altice Europe in Talks About Fiber Assets
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10/3/2018  |  Post a comment
European service provider says it is in talks about fiber partnerships that could speed up network rollout.
Italy's $7.6B 5G Bonanza Puts Telcos on the Rack
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10/3/2018  |  Post a comment
An Italian auction of 5G spectrum raises $4.6 billion more than its government had budgeted. That's great news for the government, but not so good for Italy's operators.
Where Is the Elon Musk of Telecom?
Morris Lore  | 
10/3/2018  |  7 comments
Telecom operators need leaders with the visionary flair of Elon Musk, but attracting them is easier said than done.
Finland's 5G Sale Is No Italian Job
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10/2/2018  |  Post a comment
Finland's 5G auction has left each mobile operator with a sizable chunk of spectrum and not come at a crippling cost.
Italy's €6B+ 5G Auction Risks Roman Ruins
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10/1/2018  |  Post a comment
An Italian spectrum auction risks crippling telcos on the brink of 5G rollout and should serve as a warning to other European authorities.
Eurobites: Ooredoo Takes 5G for a Ride in Self-Flying Car. Seriously.
News Analysis  | 
9/27/2018  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson takes NB-IoT to the max in Oz; cybersecurity laggards get left behind; is Gavin's potential BT successor gorgeous enough?
Vodafone Brings NB-IoT to UK, Starts Trial With Scottish Power
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9/27/2018  |  Post a comment
Vodafone has finally launched an NB-IoT network in the UK and is carrying out trials with energy provider Scottish Power.
NFV 1.0 Is Passé; Cloud Native Is Coming
News Analysis  | 
9/26/2018  |  1 comment
Telcos are referencing NFV less these days and are talking more about cloud-native functions. But what's the difference, and why are cloud-native applications any better?
Qualcomm: Apple Stole Our Software & Gave It to Intel – Reports
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9/26/2018  |  Post a comment
Qualcomm has accused Apple of pinching its software and providing this to Intel.
Nokia, Samsung Are Beating Ericsson in 5G Sales to AT&T, Says Analyst
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9/25/2018  |  2 comments
AT&T is replacing Ericsson with Nokia and Samsung as it rolls out a 5G network, according to Michael Genovese of MKM Partners.
UK May Be Stuck With Old Public Safety Network Till 2023
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9/24/2018  |  Post a comment
The new-look Emergency Services Network will be in no position to replace the ageing Airwave system next year, as originally intended.
Italy 5G Auction Bids Top €4.4B in Worrying Sign for Telcos
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2018  |  1 comment
Italy's ongoing 5G auction has already raised €2 billion more than its government was expecting. For telcos that had flagged concern about license costs, that is a troubling development.
BT in Talks With Worldpay's Jansen About CEO Job – Reports
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9/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Worldpay's Philip Jansen could succeed Gavin Patterson to become the next CEO of the UK's phone incumbent.
Agents Down: Vodafone's Chatbot & the Jobs Threat
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9/24/2018  |  Post a comment
Vodafone's UK business is offering customer service agents the chance to retrain as coders, as an increasingly sophisticated chatbot takes over their jobs.
Vodafone's Holo Demo Dazzles Crowd, But Is It a Viable 5G Use Case?
News Analysis  | 
9/21/2018  |  2 comments
Demonstrated with gusto at Vodafone's headquarters this week, holographic calling might just be the killer application that 5G craves.
Vodafone UK: We'll Be Ready to Launch 5G in Mid-2019
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9/20/2018  |  Post a comment
UK mobile operator plans a 5G launch in cities and rural areas next year and aims to have 1,000 5G sites in operation by 2020.
How Viasat Keeps Its Satellites Flying After Others Crashed
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9/20/2018  |  Post a comment
Now 32 years old, the satellite operator reckons it is poised for lift-off in markets where terrestrial technologies simply do not measure up.
Orange Business Services Targets Cloud Leadership as Telco Rivals Flounder
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9/19/2018  |  Post a comment
Orange Business Services looks in much better shape than its European telco rivals, but can it now become an 'Internet of enterprises' market leader?
No 5G Deal: Huawei Misses Out at SKT
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9/17/2018  |  Post a comment
Chinese vendor fails to make 5G inroads with SK Telecom, but a reliable source plays down security concerns and points out that Huawei has not previously worked with the South Korean telco.
Italy Wraps Up Sale of 700MHz Spectrum for 5G, Raises €2B
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9/14/2018  |  4 comments
Italy's auction of 700MHz spectrum has raised €2 billion, with Telecom Italia, Vodafone and Iliad picking up the valuable concessions.
T-Mobile, Tele2 Merger in Netherlands Hits EC Opposition
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9/13/2018  |  Post a comment
Deutsche Telekom lashes out at regulatory objections to the proposed deal and says the combined entity would bring 5G to the Netherlands much faster.
Apple: It's the End of the SIM as We Know It
Morris Lore  | 
9/13/2018  |  6 comments
The days of prying open the back of your phone and fiddling around with tweezers may be coming to an end. But what would the end of the physical SIM mean for the average telco?
Just Like Ericsson, Nokia Flogs Majority Stake in Its Video Biz
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9/13/2018  |  Post a comment
Finnish vendor will retain a minority stake in the video business as it follows in the wake of Ericsson and Cisco to become the third big network vendor this year to sell video assets.
DT's Terastream: A Bigger Splash?
Prime Reading  | 
9/13/2018  |  2 comments
Deutsche Telekom's once-ballyhooed Terastream initiative, which turned seven this year, has changed the IP and optical game for the German telco. It has yet to do the same for cloud services and automation.
Ericsson Lands $3.5B 5G Deal With T-Mobile Weeks After Nokia Did Same
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9/11/2018  |  Post a comment
US service provider will now spend $7 billion with Europe's two main network equipment vendors on the rollout of 5G services.
Italian Operators Bid €2.5B in 5G Spectrum Auction
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9/11/2018  |  Post a comment
The initial round of bidding hits the government target for auction proceeds, with operators able to increase their offers on September 13.
DT's T-Systems Agrees Plan to Cut 5,600 Jobs ⎼ Report
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9/10/2018  |  Post a comment
IT services division of Germany's telecom incumbent has agreed a plan with trade unions to cut up to 5,600 jobs over the next few years as it strives to boost profits.
Trump Offers Tax Break to Apple to Build in US
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9/10/2018  |  Post a comment
After Apple warns that tariffs on Chinese goods would drive up iPhone prices, Trump offers tax breaks to the company if it agrees to relocate production to the US.
Armstrong Quits Verizon as It Breaks Oath ⎼ Report
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9/10/2018  |  Post a comment
Boss of Verizon's Oath division is quitting after the operator decides to integrate it with the telecom business instead of running it as a standalone unit, according to reports.
Dope, Booze, Vitriol & Fraud: Tesla's Car Crash Week
Morris Lore  | 
9/7/2018  |  2 comments
Elon Musk finds himself at the center of a storm engulfing the high-tech carmaker, whose shares have taken a battering.
Tesla Shareholder Sues CEO Musk for Securities Fraud
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9/7/2018  |  Post a comment
Musk is accused of damaging Tesla's shareholders after tweeting plans to take the carmaker private in August.
Eutelsat Pitches New Content Platform to Customers
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9/6/2018  |  Post a comment
Cirrus will take the burden of heavy spending on platform technology off broadcasters and other customers, says European satellite operator at press conference in London.
Unicom, Telecom Merger: A 5G Bull in a China Shop
Morris Lore  | 
9/5/2018  |  1 comment
While still unconfirmed, Chinese government plans to merge the country's number two and three mobile operators would be regrettable.
Ericsson Links 5G Hands With Juniper & ECI, Snubs Cisco & Ciena
News Analysis  | 
9/5/2018  |  1 comment
Swedish equipment vendor prefers the alternatives to a couple of long-standing partners in a 5G setting, and adds new features to its '5G-ready' baseband platform.
Orange Plans '5G Plus Automation' RFP This Year
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9/4/2018  |  Post a comment
French telco will issue a request for proposal for 5G equipment before the year is through, and says ONAP support and automation will be key requirements.
Iliad 'Disappointed' by H1 Customer Losses
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9/4/2018  |  Post a comment
French operator turns its attention to more lucrative segments of the market as rivals fight back on low-cost deals.


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