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As Nokia bolsters 5G spend, other R&D is suffering

The Finnish vendor's efforts to restore the all-important 5G business have put a squeeze on other investment activity.

Backhaul or anyhaul: Why IP transport is critical to 5G

In 5G, transport must be in sync with the radio access network or it will be a bottleneck.

Networks bearing up to demand in COVID-19 era, finds Nokia research

Nokia Deepfield research shows that networks are coping so far, although growth in traffic is reaching unprecedented levels.

Telefónica takes open RAN into 5G territory

Spanish giant to collaborate with Altiostar, Gigatera Communications, Intel, Supermicro and Xilinx on trials of 4G and 5G open RAN technology across three European countries and Brazil.

UK mobile networks hit problems as COVID-19 spreads

EE, O2 and Three all suffer issues along with popular gaming and collaboration apps, but fixed-line broadband holds its own.

Scenes from the Satellite Show

The Satellite Show 2020 was a hardware-centric haven that reveled in the more grounded side of the new space race.

Network operators brace for COVID-19 traffic spikes

Fortnite, Netflix, Call of Duty, videoconferencing and other online services are growing in popularity amid the new coronavirus outbreak. Are network operators ready for a digital deluge?

Rakuten Mobile to use an optical mesh network for backhaul

Rakuten's deployment is unique because it's the first time a reconfigurable optical network will be used for mobile backhaul, according to Nokia.

Musk's Starlink is 'not some huge threat to telcos'

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said his company's satellite broadband project will serve hard-to-reach customers and 'be helpful' to telcos.

OFC management: 500 sponsors and exhibitors are planning to attend

The annual optical networking confab said that cancellation lists don't tell the full story of what's set to happen in San Diego next week.

Eurobites: Nokia goes a-slicing

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Arm notches up record chip shipments in Q4; French operators bid for 5G spectrum; no tin hats required, UK 5G basestation tests find.

Test vendors unveil 5G tools for telcos

With 5G deployments now well underway in dozens of markets, Viavi and Rohde & Schwarz have some new 5G test tools for operator field technicians.

ExteNet adds speed, automation to optical network

ExteNet teams with LightRiver for faster metro core network, in part for 5G.

Is It Finally Time for Free-Space Optics to Shine?

Free space optics is currently being touted as a backhaul solution for 5G. But this isn't the first time it's been positioned as a backhaul savior.

Next-Generation Coherent Optics Lead to New Market Dynamics

As coherent optics development moves away from a one-size-fits-all approach, the market will favor vertically integrated suppliers and companies that were once suppliers will be competitors, writes industry veteran Serge Melle.

5G Networks in 2020: Show Me, Don't Tell Me

It's time for the industry to walk the 5G walk.

Ray Mota on Cisco's Network Vision

Ray Mota, CEO and principal analyst for ACG Research, dives into Cisco's 'Internet for the Future' strategy, noting that the key focus is on helping service providers boost capacity as they roll out 5G and other new services while keeping costs in line. That's important because customers are using more bandwidth but aren't paying more for it, notes Mota.

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