(Telecompaper) Hutchison Telephone won the C1 – C3 blocks in the 3300 – 3330 MHz frequency band; Hong Kong Telecommunications (HKT) secured the C4 – C6 blocks in the 3330 – 3360 MHz frequency band; while SmarTone won the C7 – C8 blocks in the 3360 - 3380 MHz frequency band; and China Mobile Hong Kong secured the C9 – C10 blocks in the 3380 – 3400 MHz frequency band. OFCA also reports it will grant a licence to each Successful Bidder for the relevant frequency block.
(Telecompaper) Broadcom, which completed its buy of Symantec for USD 10.7 billion in November, has increased its quarterly dividend by 23 percent to USD 3.25, after reporting revenues in line with expectations and record profitability for the full year despite a challenging market backdrop, CEO Hock Tan said. The company had lowered its revenue guidance in June by USD 2 billion on "anticipated headwinds from wireless", and export restrictions on one of the company's largest customers, Huawei.
(Telecompaper) Kepler said it selected SpaceX as launch partner to deliver a portion of its first Low-Earth Orbit (Leo) satellite constellation into space on the back of SpaceX's reusable Falcon 9 launcher. Kepler bought 400 kg of launch capacity from SpaceX for the deployment of multiple satellites. These spacecraft incorporate both a high-capacity Ku-band communications system and a narrowband payload, for both high-speed data transfers and for low-power direct-to-satellite IoT connectivity.
(Telecompaper) AT&T has switched on its 5G service for consumers in 10 markets across the US, including California's main cities, double the number promised last month. Consumers and businesses in Birmingham, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rochester, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose can now access the network via the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G. The USD 1,300 smartphone is available to AT&T customers at prices starting at USD 350 when they trade in an old device in combination with certain unlimited plans.
(Telecompaper) Samsung has sold 1 million of its foldable Galaxy Fold smartphones, president said at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, widely passing estimates of 500,000 sold by early 2020. "There's a million people that want to use this product at USD 2,000," Sohn said.
(Telecompaper) Samsung has taken the lead in the 5G smartphone market already, accounting for three-quarters of worldwide shipments in the third quarter, according to IHS Markit. The company shipped an estimated 3.2 million 5G smartphones in the period, equal to 74 percent of the total 4.3 million units shipped worldwide.
(Telecompaper) Cisco has unveiled its plans for "building a new internet" for the next decade, based around its own unified silicon architecture for networking equipment. The company's latest routing series, the Cisco 8000 is the first to use the chip and is already in trials with customers.
(Telecompaper) Facebook has rejected a call from the US, UK and Australia governments to create a 'backdoor' in its messaging apps so law enforcement officials can access encrypted messages. The company said this "would be a gift to criminals, hackers and repressive regimes", as it was impossible to create access for one purpose and not expect others to try to exploit the weakened security.
(Telecompaper) Telefonica Deutschland announced plans to lower its dividend in order to increase network investment over the next two years. The company said the extra investment was needed to maintain its position and grow cash flow in the competitive market environment.
(Telecompaper) The US Federal Communications Commission has kicked off a new auction of mmWave spectrum for 5G services. Bidding began 10 December on spectrum in the upper 37 GHz, 39 GHz and 47 GHz bands, with a total of 3,400 MHz available for purchase.
(Telecompaper) Amazon has bought the A1 package, which includes the top games on Tuesday evenings. Amazon had already tried to acquire sports rights in Germany over the last 18 months, mainly targeting tennis such as the ATP Tour and Wimbledon. It holds the rights to broadcast via radio the German Bundesliga, in a deal worth EUR 5 million per year, and added the Champions League radio rights in Germany in 2017-18.
(Telecompaper) Telecompaper's latest Dutch Broadband report shows broadband revenues rose 8.3 percent year-on-year in Q3 2019 to EUR 546 million. The number of mass market broadband connections increased by just over 100,000 in the same period to more than 7.6 million. In addition to more subscriptions, the market profited from annual price increases by all the major ISPs.
(Telecompaper) Xiaomi announced its first 5G smartphone under its low-cost Redmi brand. The Redmi K30 5G runs Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 756G processor and is designed to capture the quickly growing 5G market in China. The company also introduced a new laptop, smart speaker and router under the Redmi brand.
(Telecompaper) Oppo has unveiled plans for new products beyond the smartphone segment at its Oppo Inno Day held in Shenzhen. The company showcased a variety of smart devices including smartwatches, headphones, 5G CPE and AR glasses as well as new smartphone features in flash charging, 5G, imaging and software optimization.
(Telecompaper) Customers will have 5G access at no extra cost until 30 June 2020. To access 5G from 1 July 2020, customers will be able to purchase a 5G Add-On for NZD 10 per connection per month (or the equivalent Prepay term).
(Telecompaper) Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) said it has cut jobs in order to save some SEK 250 million a year, as it aims to offset currency headwinds and support the expansion of its Viaplay streaming service. It has announced a one-off charge of approximately SEK 700 million for the fourth quarter in redundancy costs and writedown of free-to-air television content and other assets. There is no change to NENT's profitable growth commitment for 2020.
(Telecompaper) The German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI) has fined 1&1 a total of EUR 9.55 million for infringing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The company failed to protect sufficiently its customer service line, allowing third parties to access customer personal data by providing only a name and date of birth.
(Telecompaper) In the latest salvo to the tech cold war, the Chinese government has ordered all government offices and public institutions to stop using any foreign computer and software equipment, the Financial Times reported, saying all such equipment will have to be removed within three years. The Chinese directive, which could hit companies such as HP, Dell and Microsoft, is the first from Beijing to set specific targets limiting China's use of foreign technology.
(Telecompaper) Ericsson has agreed to pay USD 520.6 million and USD 458.4 million (plus pre-judgement interest of USD 81.5 million) to settle bribery charges brought by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), for a total of over USD 1 billion. CEO Borje Ekholm said the Ericsson can move forward and build a stronger company.
(Telecompaper) The Telecompaper Global Media index ended week 49 up 0.7 percent, supported by Alphabet (+2.7%) and AT&T (+2.2%). Walt Disney (-2.6%) and Netflix (-2.3%) suffered a pull back. Seoul Broadcasting (+8.7%) and TF1 (+7.8%) were the week's biggest winners. Comcast will provide the details of its upcoming Peacock service in January and Viacom and CBS merged into ViacomCBS.