(Telecompaper) Motorola has unveiled a new generation of Moto G and E smartphones for the low to mid-range market. The Android 8 phones will launch first in its biggest markets in Latin America before gradually reaching the US, Europe and elsewhere.
(Telecompaper) The three operators will compete for 28 blocks in the 3.5GHz spectrum and 24 blocks in the 28GHz spectrum, with the period of use starting in December for 10 years and five years, respectively, the ICT ministry said. The government set the minimum bidding price for the 3.5GHz blocks at KRW 2.65 trillion and for the 28GHz blocks at 621.6 billion after taking into consideration the last auction for 4G spectrum. In 2016, the opening price for the 4G spectrum auction was set at KRW 2.6 trillion.
(Telecompaper) Bouygues Telecom will refresh its fixed broadband proposition on 23 April with the introduction of three new plans replacing its current Bbox offering. As part of this announcement, the operator has also officially launched an enhanced STB supporting 4K content and has integrated a 'guaranteed internet' pledge within its fixed broadband offering, based on a back-up of 60 GB of 3G/LTE data.
(Telecompaper) Qualcomm has withdrawn its application for competition clearance in China for its takeover of NXP Semiconductors, after an initial negative reaction to its proposed remedies. Qualcomm said it refiled the application in another effort to obtain approval.
(Telecompaper) The Iranian government has banned state bodies from using the Telegram instant messaging app as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's office said his account would shut down to protect national security, ISNA reported. The order came days after Russia, Iran's ally in the Syrian war, started blocking Telegram in its territory after the company's repeated refusal to give Russian state security services access to users' secret messages.
(Telecompaper) The Nigerian High Court has stopped the sale of 9mobile following opposition to the deal by some shareholders of the company, ThisDay reported.Justice Binta Nyako gave the order stopping the sale while ruling on an ex parte motion brought by the shareholders. One of the companies said to be a shareholder in 9mobile and a plaintiff in the suit is owned by Katsina businessman, Alhaji Dahiru Mangal.
(Telecompaper) Sky reported steady growth in revenues and profit for the fiscal third quarter to March, while customer growth slowed at the pay-TV provider, due to losses in Italy and Germany. Revenues rose 5 percent year-on-year to GBP 10.14 billion in the first nine months of the fiscal year, and recurring EBITDA was up 14 percent to GBP 1.78 billion.
(Telecompaper) AT&T has postponed a planned IPO of a stake in Vrio, the holding company for its satellite television service DirecTV Latin America. In a brief statement, the company said it decided to withdraw its planned initial public offering of shares of Vrio, citing current market conditions.
(Telecompaper) Cisco has announced plans to discontinue its Spark collaboration platform and fold the service into its Webex conferencing service. The result is a new Webex Meetings application for group calls and video meetings and a collaboration application called Webex Teams (formerly Cisco Spark). All the company's video devices will use the new converged platform.
(Telecompaper) Amazon has partnered with Best Buy to bring its Fire TV platform to more people. The retailer will begin selling this summer smart TVs by Toshiba and Insignia that come with the Fire TV platform built-in. More than ten 4K and HD models are planned for the US and Canada markets, and they will include Amazon's Alexa voice-controlled digital assistant.
(Telecompaper) BT Group has announced plans to combine its UK and Republic of Ireland enterprise businesses, including wholesale activities. The move is designed to help accelerate its transformation, simplify its operating model and strengthen products and services as customers move towards converged technology.
(Telecompaper) A group of 34 companies have a signed a new Cybersecurity Tech Accord, saying they agree to defend all customers worldwide from malicious attacks by cybercriminal enterprises and nation-states. Signatories include ABB, Arm, Cisco, Facebook, HP, HPE, Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, and Trend Micro. They have made commitments in four areas: stronger defense, no offense, capacity building and collective action.
(Telecompaper) Bouygues Telecom's parent company issued a statement denying it was holding talks over a possible acquisition of a market rival. This was in response to information gathered by Bloomberg from unnamed sources regarding "early talks" over a possible bid for Altice's French assets between Bouygues and other investors, including private equity firm CVC Capital Partners. Altice told Bloomberg that SFR was one of its essential assets and a long-term project of the group.
(Telecompaper) The US is falling behind in the 5G race, with China and South Korea ahead in the game, according to research by Analysys Mason commissioned by the US mobile industry group CTIA. The report comes as the CTIA holds a summit in Washington DC with policymakers to underline the need for more regulatory support to make the US a leader in 5G.
(Telecompaper) Netflix said it reached a first quarter record of 7.41 million streaming subscribers added, with 1.96 million coming from the US and 5.46 million elsewhere. The total number of subscribers amounted to 125 million, up from over 117 million in the previous quarter and almost 98 million a year ago, including almost 57 million in the US and over 68 million outside. The results passed company expectations of 6.3 million additions. Netflix also reached record revenue growth, pushed by its strong show at international, which now accounts for 50 percent of revenues and 55 percent of subscribers.
(Telecompaper) ZTE has been banned from buying components or parts from the US for seven years, after the US Commerce Department said the company violated the terms of a settlement reached last year. ZTE was fined for shipping equipment to Iran and North Korea in times of sanction. It then paid a bonus to the employees that engaged in these practices and gave false information over the disciplinary action taken, the Commerce Department found, violating the terms of the settlement.
(Telecompaper) Rogers has signed a multi-year contract with Ericsson aimed at developing networks for 5G. Working with Ericsson, Rogers will trial 5G in Toronto and Ottawa, in addition to select cities over the next year. The operator's plan includes the continued rollout of its Gigabit LTE network with the latest technology including 4x4 MIMO, four-carrier aggregation and 256 QAM. The company will boost and densify its network with small cells and macro sites across the country.
(Telecompaper) Sony Mobile has launched its new Xperia XZ2 Premium, saying it comes with a special professional Motion Eye camera that can create as well as show 4K HDR content, a 3D glass surface and Sony's loudest yet speakers for an Xperia smartphone. The phone will become available worldwide this summer in Chrome Black and Chrome Silver and will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo.
(Telecompaper) Global pay-TV revenues are set to plummet by 11 percent to USD 183 billion by 2023 after reaching a peak of USD 205 billion in 2016, according to the latest study by Digital TV Research, covering 138 countries. The decline in revenues over the next 5 years will be due above all to more and more homes converting to bundles and will come in spite of an expected 9 percent rise in the number of pay-TV subscribers by 2023, said the report.
(Telecompaper) Telenet has confirmed it's interest in expanding further in the south of Belgium. CEO John Porter told newspaper L'Echo the company has met with Voo's owner Nethys "recently" and sees the Wallonia cable operator valued at EUR 1.0-1.3 billion.