(Telecompaper) Google has made some changes to how people can personalise their Android devices. The company said it made the changes in order to comply with the European Commission's ruling from July 2018. Android device users will now be able to install any app they want and also choose what services to use as defaults in apps like Google Chrome. The new screens will come to Android users in Europe through an update, with an option to download search apps and browsers.
(Telecompaper) Amazon and Google have put aside their differences to allow distribution of each other's video apps on their respective hardware. As a result, the YouTube app will be available on Amazon Fire TV devices, and Amazon Prime Video will be available over Google's Chromecast and Android TVs.
(Telecompaper) T-Mobile US announced that its mobile banking service is now available nationwide, following a trial launched last year. The free bank account can be opened and managed from a smartphone and offers T-Mobile postpaid customers extra interest on the account balance.
(Telecompaper) Apple continues to lead the global premium smartphone segment, taking more than half the market in 2018, according to Counterpoint Research. Its figures found that OnePlus entered the top five premium brands for the first time in 2018.
(Telecompaper) The European Parliament has dismissed objections from its transport committee over the European Commission's proposal for a connected car standard. This effectively opens up the way to the Wi-Fi based 802.11p standard for short-range communications to be endorsed by the EU for vehicle communications, as opposed to the Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) technology based on LTE and 5G and supported by the mobile industry.
(Telecompaper) Spain's Ministry of Economy has published its latest annual report on broadband coverage in the country. This shows that access to at least 100 Mbps improved by 5 percent points in the year to June 2018, to 81 percent of the population, while 85 percent have access to at least 30 Mbps. The government aims to increase these rates to respectively 89 percent and 98 percent by 2020 with the help of its ongoing subsidy programmes.
(Telecompaper) The enterprise videoconferencing specialist Zoom Video Communications has priced its initial public offering of shares, raising around USD 751 million. The issue was priced at USD 36 per share, above the indicated range of USD 33-35 per share, which was already increased from USD 27-32.
(Telecompaper) FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the US regulator will vote at its meeting in May on whether to give China Mobile a licence to operate in the US. Following recommendations from government agencies such as the NTIA, the chairman plans to recommend a vote against the licence, based on national security interests.
(Telecompaper) Ericsson and Swisscom have switched on what they say is the first large-scale commercial 5G network in Europe to support commercially available smartphones. The network went live in the first minute of 17 April, following Swisscom's securing of a commercial 5G licence. As all the other component parts were already in place, so the license meant the partners simply had to switch the network on.
(Telecompaper) Ericsson reported a further strengthening in sales growth in the first quarter, with revenues up 7 percent on an organic basis compared to 4 percent in the previous quarter, thanks to expansion in the North American market. The company returned to a net profit, of SEK 2.4 billion, versus a loss of SEK 0.7 billion in the year-earlier period.
(Telecompaper) Intel announced plans to exit the smartphone modem business as it has been unable to turn a profit. The company said it will complete orders for its existing 4G products but will not release a 5G modem as earlier intended. The chipmaker is reviewing its business for modems in PCs and IoT devices and said it will continue to support the mobile network infrastructure business.
(Telecompaper) Qualcomm and Apple have agreed to put an end to their licensing dispute and sign a new deal. The settlement includes an unspecified payment from Apple to Qualcomm and an end to all their litigation, including with contracters. The companies also have reached a six-year licence agreement, effective from 01 April, including a two-year option to extend, and a multiyear chipset supply agreement.
(Telecompaper) Netflix reported revenues of USD 4.52 billion for the first quarter, showing a small slowdown in growth to 22.2 percent compared to 40.4 percent a year ago. The company added 9.60 million streaming subscribers in the quarter, a new record, for a total of 148 million at the end of March.
(Telecompaper) Deutsche Telekom and BMW called on the German government to support the C-V2X mobile technology as the standard for communication between networked vehicles in the Council of the European Union, Heise Online reports.
(Telecompaper) Tele Columbus said it evaluates options in the context of the fibre network expansion in Germany. It will only pursue a transaction that is strategically convincing and adds value for its shareholders. The results, timing and terms of a potential transaction are not yet defined.
(Telecompaper) Ericsson's offices in Beijing were raided by investigators from China's State Administration for Market Regulation, the Wall Street Journal reported. The company confirmed the probe, and said it follows complaints from unspecified sources about the company's intellectual property licensing practices.
(Telecompaper) AT&T has sold its 9.5 percent minority stake in Hulu back to the US online TV service for USD 1.43 billion. The transaction values Hulu at USD 15 billion. The transaction will not require any approval, which means it was signed and closed. Hulu CEO Randy Freer said the company looked forward to collaborating still with AT&T in the future and that WarnerMedia will remain a "valued partner" for years to come. AT&T meanwhile said it will use the money raised from the sale, along with other planned sales of non-core assets, to reduce its debt.
(Telecompaper) The European Council has given the final approval to the reform of its copyright rules for online content. The move follows approval by the European Parliament in March. The controversial reform increases the liability for internet platforms accepting content uploaded by users. It also provides for increased remuneration for publishers from online aggregators. The EU Council said that member states will have 24 months to transpose the rules into national law, following the signature and publication of the directive in the Official Journal of the EU.
(Telecompaper) US President Trump gave an address on the important of 5G and the role the US wants to take in the emerging technology. The speech came after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and White House unveiled a new USD 20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to extend high-speed broadband to 4 million homes and businesses. The FCC also announced that the country's third 5G spectrum auction would start on 10 December, selling 3,400 MHz in three different spectrum bands.
(Telecompaper) The ongoing German spectrum auction appears to be taking a toll on the European telecoms sector. Most German shares ended week 15 down. A number of M&A related reports couldn't prevent the Telecompaper Stock Index European Telecoms Services from ending week 15 with a loss of 0.9 percent. The EuroStoxx 50 index closed the week unchanged.