(Telecompaper) Apple said it will put USD 1 billion into a new campus in North Austin. The company will also establish new sites in Seattle in Washington state, and San Diego and Culver City in California, plus expand over the coming three years in more cities across the US, including Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado.
(Telecompaper) The EU's net neutrality regulation and the guidelines to regulators issued by Berec are working well, according to an evaluation by Berec, the assembly of national telecom regulators in the EU. However, the regulators agreed that more clarification is needed in certain areas, such as zero rating, and updated guidance will be issued in 2019.
(Telecompaper) Bouygues subsidiary Axione has strengthened its ties with investment firm Mirova to create CityFast, a new company that will bring FTTH connectivity to 3.4 million French premises in very densely populated areas. The venture has secured a tender from Bouygues Telecom, creating a new business model under which the operator transfers its existing FTTH infrastructure to CityFast and gains rights to use CityFast's network for 30 years.
(Telecompaper) Samsung has confirmed that it will be shutting down its mobile phone factory in the Chinese port city of Tianjin due to plunging local sales. "As part of ongoing efforts to enhance efficiency in our production facilities, Samsung Electronics has arrived at the difficult decision to cease operations of Tianjin Samsung Electronics Telecommunication (TSTC)," the South Korean company told the South China Morning Post.
(Telecompaper) Telefonica has announced the appointment of Eduardo Navarro, current chairman and CEO of its Brazilian unit, as its new Global Director for Communications, Brand, Public Affairs and Sustainability. The new unit will oversee communication, institutional marketing, global brand policy, sponsorship, as well as the global strategy for public affairs and corporate ethics and sustainability, integrating and managing all of the group's intangible assets, said Telefonica.
(Telecompaper) The FCC has approved plans to release mmWave spectrum for 5G services in an auction in 2019. The order covers the 37 GHz, 39 GHz and 47 GHz bands, with a total of 3,400 MHz available.
(Telecompaper) TPG supplies retail fixed broadband and voice services, and is building its own mobile network in Australia. Vodafone owns and operates its own mobile network and has started supplying fixed broadband services on the National Broadband Network (NBN). The ACCC's preliminary view is that "TPG is currently on track to become the fourth mobile network operator in Australia, and as such it's likely to be an aggressive competitor".
(Telecompaper) Orange presented a range of new products and services at its annual Hello Show on 12 December. The event was also the opportunity to announce that the Djingo smart speaker, developed and presented jointly with Deutsche Telekom, will be in stores by spring. Pricing is expected to start at EUR 49. The speaker is named after the Djingo voice-controlled personal assistant, which is also the virtual advisor for Orange Bank customers, and will be called Magenta in Deutsche Telekom markets. Additionally, the device will support Alexa, Amazon's voice-controlled digital assistant.
(Telecompaper) Telia Company has confirmed the sale of Kazakhstan mobile operator Kcell, which it jointly owns with Turkcell, to state-controlled operator Kazakhtelecom. The fixed operator will pay USD 446 million for the 75 percent stake.
(Telecompaper) Releasing ultra-short-wave mobile spectrum could add USD 565 billion to global GDP and USD 152 billion in tax revenue from 2020 to 2034, according to a study conducted by TMG for mobile industry association GSMA. The move would also improve access to healthcare, education and mobility whilst reducing pollution and increasing safety, said the report, adding that such outcomes rely on government support for the identification of sufficient millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum for the mobile industry at the next ITU World Radiocommunication Conference in 2019 (WRC-19).
(Telecompaper) The European Commission announced the opening of an in-depth investigation into Vodafone's planned takeover of Liberty Global's cable assets in Germany, Czechia, Hungary and Romania. The merger could reduce competition in particular in Germany and Czech Republic, the Commission said in a statement.
(Telecompaper) Tencent Music has priced its initial public offering of shares at USD 13 per ADS, the low end of its indicated range. This results in gross proceeds of USD 1.066 billion from the sale of 82 million ADS in the IPO, excluding any greenshoe option.
(Telecompaper) Verizon announced that it will write off most of the remaining goodwill at its online advertising business Oath in the fourth quarter, in an impairment charge totaling USD 4.6 billion. The US operator said the latest five-year projection for the business found the company is unlikely to grow as expected, nor has it benefited as much as hoped from the merger of AOL and Yahoo.
(Telecompaper) Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou has been released from arrest in Canada after agreeing to post CAD 10 million bail after three days of hearings, the CBC reports. She must remain at a home owned by her husband in Vancouver and in the province of British Colombia while the court decides on a US extradition request for Meng to face fraud charges.
(Telecompaper) Huawei's brand Honor has announced details of its upcoming View20 flagship smartphone. Similar to Samsung's just-announced Galaxy A8s, Honor is planning to drop the top notch in favour of a 'punch hole' design to place the front camera in the 'All-View' display. In addition, the View20 will come with a 48-megapixel rear camera and the new Link Turbo technology to combine Wi-Fi and 4G networks for improved connectivity.
(Telecompaper) The Western Europe FTTH market is showing signs of a pick-up. While the existing footprint varies significantly across countries, both mature and under-developed markets have seen new initiatives announced in recent months. This suggests more activity may be ahead in the coming year.
(Telecompaper) Verizon Communications announced that about 10,400 employees have accepted to leave the company, under its voluntary redundancy and retirement offer. The company had 152,300 employees at the end of the third quarter.
(Telecompaper) The Japanese government has agreed to ban Chinese telecom purchases by central government ministries and its Self-Defense Forces starting in April. "It's extremely important to avoid buying equipment that includes malicious functions like stealing or destroying information or halting information systems," said Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
(Telecompaper) The leading shareholder of Telecom Italia (TIM), France's Vivendi, has announced that it will be calling for a meeting to change the board at the Italian operator. The move comes after TIM's board decided not to convene a shareholders meeting to confirm the appointment of Luigi Gubitosi as the company's new chief executive or choose new auditors, which Vivendi described as "a source of disorganisation" that went against "all rules proper corporate governance".
(Telecompaper) The Galaxy A8s display fully covers the front of the device except for a small hole in the top left of the display for the camera, offering an alternative 'punch hole' to the increasingly popular 'top notch' on high-end smartphones. Accordingly, it delivers a wider viewing angle for users compared with currently available phones, Samsung said. The Galaxy A8s also features a 6.4-inch screen and 24-megapixel front camera, as well as three cameras on the back and a 3,400mAh battery.