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Facebook TIP extends its tentacles as BT evaluates start-ups

Hard on the heels of Orange’s Telecom Track, which will support network infrastructure start-ups in association with Facebook’s Telecom Infra Project (TIP), BT is evaluating start-ups for a similar scheme. The UK telco has been one of the operators supporting TIP, as a potential way to disrupt the network equipment space ahead of 5G, forcing major vendors to adjust to a radically different pricing model and supply chain structure – or be sidelined over time by a new ecosystem focused on open, low cost hardware. Orange has already hinted, as it introduced the four choices for Telecom Track, that it could see them replacing the likes of Ericsson over time. Its first four companies are Amarisoft, which specializes in virtualized…

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