Explainer: Germany, at last, launches 5G spectrum auction

MAINZ, Germany (Reuters) – Germany begins an auction of spectrum for next-generation 5G mobile networks on Tuesday, the outcome of which will play a decisive role in determining whether Europe’s largest economy remains competitive in the digital age. It nearly didn’t happen: a raft of lawsuits brought by network operators was thrown out by a court only last week. The […]

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Honda says any Brexit delay must be long enough to give stability

LONDON (Reuters) – Japanese carmaker Honda said any delay to Brexit must be long enough to give businesses stability whilst BMW is still preparing for a “worst-case scenario” no-deal Brexit after lawmakers backed postponing Britain’s exit from the EU. The country’s car sector, which employs more than 850,000 people, has quickly gone from a manufacturing success story to posting drops […]

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Honda says any Brexit delay must be long enough to give stability

LONDON (Reuters) – Japanese carmaker Honda said any delay to Brexit must be long enough to give businesses stability whilst BMW is still preparing for a “worst-case scenario” no-deal Brexit after lawmakers backed postponing Britain’s exit from the EU. The country’s car sector, which employs more than 850,000 people, has quickly gone from a manufacturing success story to posting drops […]

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Virtual pedestrians pave way to safer roads for driverless cars

GOTHENBURG (Reuters) – A “virtual human” suddenly steps out at a blind bend, but the engineer in the Volvo car’s driving seat on the test track doesn’t flinch, leaving it to software to take evasive action. Private test tracks like the one owned by Sweden’s AstaZero are playing an increasing role as manufacturers like Volvo put self-driving cars through their […]

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U.S. warns Germany against using technology of China's Huawei: WSJ

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has told Germany that it will share less intelligence with its security agencies if the country’s wireless network uses China’s Huawei Technologies Co to upgrade to 5G, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday in the first explicit U.S. warning to Germany of consequences for declining to shun Huawei. The U.S. Ambassador to Germany, […]

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Germany to allocate local 5G frequencies later this year

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) said on Monday it would award frequencies for local 5G networks in the second half of this year, in a policy targeting industrial uses of the high-speed mobile technology. Companies will be able to apply for spectrum in the 3.7-3.8 Gigaherz band, the BNetzA said in a statement. This process is separate […]

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Germany rules out designating Iran-backed Hezbollah as terror group, snubbing US efforts to isolate Iranian regime

In this April 13, 2018, file photo, a supporter of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah holds up his portrait with Arabic words that read: "We belong with you," during an election campaign speech in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon.  (AP Photo/Hussein Malla) Germany has ruled out designating Hezbollah, an Iran-backed group, as a terrorist organization, a move likely to […]

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Germany toughens security criteria for all telecoms equipment vendors

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany set tougher criteria on Thursday for vendors supplying telecoms network equipment, stopping short of singling out China’s Huawei Technologies for special treatment and instead saying the same rules should apply to all vendors. The announcement follows months of debate over whether to side with the United States and some allies in barring Huawei, the global market […]

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Czech regulator: watchdog's Huawei warning no threat to 5G auction

PRAGUE (Reuters) – Czech telecom regulator CTU said on Thursday there was no threat to a planned auction of new-generation 5G frequencies from the country’s cyber watchdog’s December warning over possible dangers from technology of Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE. It said in a statement it agreed with the cyber watchdog NUKIB and the industry and interior ministries the warning […]

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Uber to expand in Germany in 2019: Funke Mediengruppe

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc is planning to expand into additional cities in Germany this year, its European chief told a German newspaper. Uber currently is active in Berlin, Munich, Duesseldorf and Frankfurt. “In the course of the year we will expand our offering to additional German cities,” Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, Uber’s vice president and regional general manager […]

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