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Suppliers & SCM

Mitie set to cash in on Huawei ban after DAEL buy

FM group indicates it is picking up more business from BT and Vodafone. DAEL Ventures UK brings in ADC capabilities for cell towers.

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Partnerships & Alliances

BT’s McRae fights corner for Nordic giants, as peers swing for Eur‑O‑RAN

BT Chief Architect highlights value of local major NEPs, as European peers promote greater supply chain diversification. Remarks follow McRae support for Ericsson foray into open RAN orchestration. BT committed to open RAN as part of opportunity to ‘network‑ify’ applications and functions in new markets. Analysys Mason‑backed report highlights ...

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Network & Infrastructure

BT preps for 2G cut-off

Operator confirms intent to follow 2023’s 3G services shutdown with retirement of 2G. Executives say preparations are in place to support customers and partners through transition. Move comes amid particular concern over how 2G sunset will impact rural, M2M, and elderly users.

revDT’s Ahrens reaffirms commitment to Gaia X amid turbulence

Innovation (R&D)

UK telcos getting back to the labs, with 4.5%‑R&D rise

UK telecoms players laid out more than £1bn on innovation during 2020, the first time they have done so since 2011. Ostensibly led by spend patterns at BT, sector has been regaining some of the significant ground it has lost after tightening budgets during downturn.

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Public Affairs

Altnets gird for legal battle over Openreach FTTP pricing — report

CityFibre said to be heading up legal challenge to Ofcom’s Equinox decision. Rural fibre builder Gigaclear among altnets joining forces to fight back against Openreach’s lower FTTP pricing structure.