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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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Agenda for the NEDAS 2021 Spring Virtual Symposium April 20-22

NEDAS, a grassroots association located at the intersection of wireline and wireless to improve communications infrastructure to the edge for buildings, municipalities, public safety, enterprise solutions, and more, announces its agenda and speaker lineup for the NEDAS 2021 Spring Virtual Symposium taking place April 20-22 from 12-2 p.m. ET each day. This program will provide attendees three partial days of presentations and three full...

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Tower Talks: Tower Transactions in a 5G World

Announcements of companies buying or selling towers, either as a standalone transaction or as part of a larger infrastructure deal, are happening on a regular basis. The wireless industry is in an active period with demand growing for towers and other infrastructure assets to support 5G roll outs and various wireless broadband applications. Recent valuations on towers are as high as they have been for some time. But what is a tower...

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MTS Partners With Ericsson on 5G Hub in St. Petersburg, Russia

Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (NYSE: MBT; MOEX: MTSS), one of Russia’s largest mobile operators and a provider of media and digital services, announced the opening of a 5G Hub in St. Petersburg, Russia.  The 5G Hub will be a global platform for development and piloting of innovative products for next generation networks. The hub residents will have access to 5G network for testing and piloting their solutions. They will receive...

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UScellular Nominates EVP Deirdre Drake For the Board of Directors

United States Cellular Corporation (NYSE:USM) yesterday announced that the Board of Directors has nominated Deirdre C. Drake, UScellular executive vice president, to serve on the UScellular Board. Drake will stand for election at the company’s annual meeting of shareholders on May 18, 2021. She replaces Kurt B. Thaus, TDS senior vice president, technology services, who has served with distinction for seven years. “We believe good...

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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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Media Ownership Fight Lands Back at FCC’s Door

The Supreme Court on Thursday reversed a lower-court decision allowing former FCC Chair Ajit Pai’s relaxation of media ownership rules to stand. How the decision impacts tower owners remains to be seen. Increasingly, stations have chosen to lease, rather than own their towers. During a sale or purchase, if there is a tower lease, then that agreement typically becomes one more element of the transaction. The broadcast industry and...

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AT&T to Put FirstNet First

First Responders in 38 cities will now have access to 5G+ (5G using millimeter waves), and additional speed boost along AT&T’s FirstNet network, reports GovTech.com. The faster speeds are being paired with “tower to core” encryption, protecting data transmissions along the entire route, not just limited sections. Further, AT&T says the first responders will see no additional charges for these services. The cities where...

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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...