(Telecompaper) The MEF has published what it says is the industry's first standard defining SD-WAN service and its service attributes. The MEF 70 standard was officially approved by MEF members and ratified by the MEF Board of Directors at the organization's recent Annual Members Meeting.
(Telecompaper) Spanish operator Masmovil has confirmed plans to acquire a minority stake in Cabonitel, the owner of the Portuguese operators Nowo and Oni, in its first expansion abroad. The company said it will invest less than EUR 15 million and act as an industrial partner for the Portuguese operator.
(Telecompaper) South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) approved the merger between OTT services Oksusu, under SK Telecom, and Pooq, jointly owned by broadcasters KBS, MBC and SBS, according to local paper Korea Joongang Daily. However, the approval is subject to conditions that will last for three years to ensure fair competition.
(Telecompaper) Finnish operator DNA has announced the completion of its acquisition by Norwegian telecommunications company Telenor. The agreement to acquire 54 percent of DNA's shares at EUR 20.90 each from Finda Telecoms and PHP Holding was announced in April. Telenor has now declared that the mandatory public tender offer for the outstanding shares will start on 29 August.
(Telecompaper) Skype has started registering with EU telecom regulators, after the EU Court of Justice ruled in June that SkypeOut should be considered a telecom service. Dutch regulator ACM announced that Skype has registered for regulatory oversight in the Netherlands.
(Telecompaper) Facebook is giving users more control over how it shares information with third-party apps and websites. The social network added a new menu to its settings that allows users to see which sites are sharing user data with Facebook and the option to stop them from doing so.
(Telecompaper) German carmaker Porsche said that it has partnered with Apple to integrate the streaming service Apple Music in the Porsche Taycan, the first electric Porsche vehicle, which will launch in September.
(Telecompaper) Spanish operator MasMovil is preparing to enter the Portuguese market. The company has reached an agreement to acquire a stake in the Portuguese operators Nowo and Oni from KKR for EUR 15 million, market sources told Spanish paper El Economista. The Portuguese competition regulator has already been notified of the transaction, the report said.
(Telecompaper) Oppo's brand Realme has launched two new premium smartphones in India. The Realme 5, with a 5,000 mAh battery and quad camera, goes on sale 27 August from INR 9,999, and the Realme 5 Pro, with the faster Snapdragon 712 processor and 48-megapixel Sony camera, launches on 04 September from INR 13,999.
(Telecompaper) Xiaomi reported a further slowdown in sales growth in the second quarter, hurt by the depressed smartphone market and weaker Chinese economy. Smartphone shipments were little changed year-on-year at 32.1 million units, while higher prices and growth in other devices and services helped total revenues at the company grow 14.5 percent.
(Telecompaper) MagentaGaming enables users to play video games independently of their PC or console. The computing power originates from the cloud and the games are streamed on devices. It works on Windows PCs (Windows 7, 8 and 10), Mac (MacOS X) and Android devices. Telkom plans to use it for iOS and Xbox, too. Controllers can be connected via Bluetooth, WLAN or USB.
(Telecompaper) Canada's fixed operators have criticised the regulator CRTC's decision to lower wholesale rates and announced charges to account for the reduced prices. Bell announced the regulator's order will have an around CAD 100 million impact, Rogers plans a charge of CAD 140 million to account for the retroactive cut in rates, and Cogeco said it will cost the company CAD 25 million. They are all reviewing investment plans after the decision.
(Telecompaper) South African company Blue Label Telecoms will delay publication of its full-year financial results until 26 September to deal with various issues related to the mobile operator's recapitalisation and restructuring. Blue Label had been expected to publish its results in late August. It has warned shareholders that it expects headline earnings for the year ended May to be down by at least 20 percent year on year, as it tries to quantify the impact of Cell C's financial woes on its balance sheet.
(Telecompaper) Apple plans to roll out its Apple TV+ subscription service by November, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. It is expected to offer a free trial to start, as it builds up the content catalogue, and then may charge USD 9.99 per month.
(Telecompaper) BT Group CEO Philip Jansen is looking to sell off telecoms infrastructure worth more than GBP 100 million in the Netherlands, reports The Sunday Times.
(Telecompaper) Vodafone Idea announced its board approved the appointment of non-executive director Ravinder Takkar as the managing director and CEO of the company for the next three years, effective from 19 August. He replaces Balesh Sharma who stepped down as the CEO of the company with immediate effect due to personal reasons.
(Telecompaper) The US Department of Commerce confirmed it is extending the temporary licence regime allowing US businesses to continue to do business with Huawei under limited conditions. The department's Bureau of Industry and Security also announced that another 46 Huawei affiliate companies had been added to the so-called Entity List, restricting their ability to do business with American companies due to national security concerns.
(Telecompaper) Disney announced that its new subscription streaming service Disney+ will also launch in Canada, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand in November, alongside the US. The company also announced which devices will support delivery of the streaming service, saying it has reached global agreements with nearly all the major platforms to distribute the Disney+ app. The service is expected to roll out in most major markets within the next two years.
(Telecompaper) Apple CEO Tim Cook has met with US President Donald Trump to discuss the country's escalating trade war with China. Apple is looking to stop the US administration from placing import tariffs on mobile phones imported from China and argued the tariffs could favour its rival Samsung.
(Telecompaper) The US government is expected to delay the full ban on American businesses selling to Huawei taking effect, sources familiar the with matter told Reuters. The Commerce Department will extend the "temporary licence" for certain applications of Huawei goods for another 90 days.