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Nokia to Protect DISH Network Servings

DISH has announced that it has chosen Nokia NetGuard to help support its new cloud-native, Open RAN-based 5G wireless network, reports StreetInsider.com. The security software will be employed to protect 5G network slices, allowing its clients to operate in a safe environment. In its announcement, DISH stated that the partnership with Nokia will help it quickly identify and address potential security risks with a range of automated...

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15 Senators Urge White House to Fund Secure 5G Networks

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Mark Warner (D-VA) led a bipartisan group of Senators in urging President Joe Biden with a 5G security recommendation: The administration should include at least $3 billion to help fund the development of software-based alternatives to the 5G hardware sold by China’s Huawei and ZTE. Specifically, lawmakers urged Biden to request at least $1.5 billion each for two funds established by Congress to...

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T-Mobile and Lumen Become “Edge” Partners

T-Mobile and Lumen Technologies are teaming up to help enterprises and governments with edge computing. SDxCentral reported that the companies plan to share assets to assist agencies build and deploy latency-sensitive applications that require distributed workloads. According to David Shacochis, VP of enterprise technology and field CTO at Lumen, “The Lumen platform, with 60 plus planned edge market nodes distributed on our...

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Verizon Adds New Signal Repeaters to Help Deliver 5G

Verizon announced this week it will improve its 5G service by amplifying the signal and increasing the footprint, thanks to the addition of FRTek and SureCall signal repeaters. The move is in response to demand for wider and faster coverage due to changes in the connectivity landscape because of COVID-19. Verizon said its 5G Ultra Wideband network is ideal for people working remotely, schooling at home or video conferencing and can...

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Gordon Smith to Step Down at NAB; Successor Named

National Association of Broadcasters President and CEO Gordon Smith said Wednesday he plans to transition to an advisory and advocacy role effective December 31 of this year. The organization’s Chief Operating Officer Curtis LeGeyt has been named the next president and CEO of NAB effective January 1, 2022. The role is one of the most prominent lobbying posts in Washington, as NAB member stations are spread out throughout lawmakers’...

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New York State’s 2021 Telecommunications Power 50

City & State, a multi-media organization covering New York’s local and state politics and policy, recently unveiled their “Power 50” for the state in the field of telecommunications. These were seen as the top individuals shaping New York’s digital future coming from various fields such as politics, wireless infrastructure, fiber and cable, utilities, city administration, law, and trade associations. To see additional brief...

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FCC Probing Wireless Carriers With 911 Location Rules

The FCC Enforcement Bureau on Friday said it’s looking into whether nationwide wireless carriers are complying with FCC rules that require them to deploy dispatchable location information or meet certain vertical location accuracy requirements. Wireless carriers were supposed to begin meeting the requirements by April 3. Vertical location information helps first responders find 911 wireless callers in multi-story buildings.  Acting...

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Unprecedented Drop: Huawei’s Sales Decrease Amid U.S. Sanctions

For the first time, Chinese telecom Huawei reported a quarterly revenue decrease, reported MyBroadband. The company’s revenue fell 11 percent to $33.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020. Overall, Huawei’s sales grew by 3.8 percent year-over-year, with profits increasing by 3.2 percent, a “marginal growth,” according to KPMG.  The U.S sanctions placed on Huawei are being blamed for the drop, according to MyBroadband, with...

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FCC Denies UScellular, Verizon Caller ID Authentication Extensions

The FCC denied petitions from UScellular and Verizon for more time to implement the STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication framework. By June 30, carriers must implement the technology on the internet protocol (IP) portions of their networks. The carriers told the Wireline Competition Bureau they’re having a hard time with the implementation and sought partial or complete extensions. The point of the technology is to thwart illegal...

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Safaricom to Bring 5G to Kenya

Following the lead set by South Africa, Kenya is now the second African country to offer limited 5G service, reports MENAFN.com. The Safaricom project is supported by equipment provided by both Nokia and Huawei. It represents “a major milestone for the country,” said Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa. It is “an important step in Africa’s 5G journey,” agreed Kenechi Okeleke, senior manager for mobile operators and networks at GSMA...