News of Note—Ericsson signs RAN deal in Malaysia; iPhone XS speed tests and more

news of note

Here are some other stories we’re following today:

> Ericsson has signed an agreement with Celcom Axiata Berhad, Malaysia’s leading data network provider, to upgrade its LTE network and support the evolution to 5G. Release

> Further tests have confirmed early suggestions that the new radio tech in the iPhone XS significantly boosts data speeds on both Wi-Fi and LTE when compared to last year’s iPhone X. 9 to 5 Mac article

Mobile World Congress 2019

Attend the 2-Day Executive 5G Panel Series

FierceWireless is returning to Barcelona, Spain, during Mobile World Congress 2019 with a two-day Executive 5G Panel Series at the Fira Congress Hotel, conveniently located across the street from the MWC Convention Center. The panel events will take place on Feb. 25-26 and will cover 5G and The Fixed Wireless Access Opportunity, Taking 5G Indoors, and Making 5G Ubiquitous. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and hear from 5G leaders including Verizon, Vodafone, Orange, Sprint, NTT Docomo, Boingo Wireless, Qualcomm, and more over the course of two days.

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> Sirius XM announced plans to acquire Pandora for $3.5 billion. Gizmodo article

> Complaints continue to mount about the FCC’s efforts to map out broadband availability. Verge article

> ABI Research said the smart cities market will be a $7.6 billion opportunity for mobile service providers and network vendors. Release

> The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued $43.7 million in funding for rural smart grid projects. Telecompetitor article

> Verizon has finished work on its renovated New Jersey campus. Business Insider article

> A new report dives into Qualcomm’s efforts to unseat Intel in the server market. Bloomberg article

> Some Verizon users appear to have had problems activating their new iPhones. Apple Insider article

> Philip Jansen, co-CEO of payments processing company Worldpay, was the latest name to be mooted as a potential successor to outgoing BT chief Gavin Patterson. MWL article

> Italian telecom group TIM and Robopac have signed an agreement to develop the first 5G smart factory in San Marino, a 24-square-mile micro-state surrounded by Italy. RCR Wireless story

> Telefonica Germany added its voice to growing concerns over the requirements authorities may place on operators deploying 5G networks, warning they could end up being unfeasible. MWL article