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US consumers fail to register 5G buzz – analyst

Despite there being aggressive marketing campaigns to drive awareness of 5G, Canalys suggests uptake of the devices has been modest best. While Apple stormed into the number one spot for smartphone shipments across the second quarter of 2020, Samsung struggled to shift its flagship devices, as 5G failed to blossom in a market dominated by COVID-19. “As the coronavirus pandemic forced consumers to stay at home, 5G adoption in the US...

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US frees up more mid-band spectrum as C-Band auction falls short

While the auction for C-Band airwaves is not living up to analyst’s financial expectations, the US Department of Defense has agreed to share its mid-band hording with private industry for 5G. Now that the insistence mmWave will power the 5G evolution has been relegated to the gossip columns, the US is rapidly freeing spectrum for the telecoms operators. The CBRS auction is entering its final stages, albeit the interest is not as...

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WeChat ban could see 30% iPhone decline – analyst

The White House might think it has the Chinese digital economy on the ropes, but once again the Law of Unintended Consequences has reared its curious head. According to a research note written by Apple Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone manufacturer might see smartphone shipments decline by as much as 30% if it is forced to completely sever ties with Tencent-owned WeChat. Apple is not a company which is short of money, but investors...

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Openreach stake to plug BT pension hole – report

The deficit in the BT pension fund has been a long-standing headache but handing over a stake in broadband wholesale subsidiary might act as some relief. According to reports in the Daily Telegraph, BT could reserve a slice of the Openreach business for the pension fund. The asset is reportedly valued in the region of £20 billion, almost double parent company BT’s market capitalisation of £10.6 billion. Share price in the telco has...

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Brazil to lose MNO as Oi selects rivals for acquisition

Brazilian telco Oi has selected its trio of rivals as the acquirers of its mobile business unit, signalling competition in the market is about to shrink. With Oi facing financial difficulties for a number of years, the mobile business unit was selected for divestment. Oi is traditionally a broadband company after all, and it will now concentrate on its digital DNA, admitting the convergence expansion venture has failed. Some might...

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Union talks of strike action as redundancies loom at BT

The Communication Workers Union has suggested strike action could be on the horizon if BT continues down its current path of restructuring. In an opinion piece for The Tribunal, Deputy General Secretary for the Communications Workers Union (CWA) Andy Kerr criticised BT for potentially sacrificing the very employees who ensured UK society could function during the lockdown period. “My last message is to BT Group: over the years...