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

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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

> 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