(Telecompaper) Xiaomi said that Poco, the sub-brand it unveiled in the summer of 2018, is now an independent company, TechCrunch reported. Xiaomi VP Manu Kumar made the announcement, saying Poco had grown into its own identity and that it was right to let the secondary brand operate on its own. Xiaomi did not specifiy now Poco was spun off or how it would be structured.
(Telecompaper) BT and Google have announced a strategic cloud gaming partnership, with BT becoming the first European distribution platform for the Stadia cloud gaming platform.
(Telecompaper) The two Peacock premium tiers cost USD 4.99 per month with ads and USD 9.99 per month with no ads. Both come with more than 15,000 hours of content including live sports such as the Premier League and early access to late-night shows as well as full season Peacock originals and tent-pole series. The company said it expects to bundle Peacock Premium with additional partners in the coming months.
(Telecompaper) Microsoft has announced a new goal, that it will be carbon negative by 2030. Looking further still, the company also pledges to remove from the environment all the carbon it has ever emitted since its 1975 foundation, either directly or by electrical consumption, by 2050. Microsoft added that it will also help suppliers and customers worldwide reduce their footprints. And to help in this goal, it has set up a new USD 1 billion climate innovation fund to accelerate the development of carbon reduction, capture and removal technologies.
(Telecompaper) Telenor has announced management changes across its Asian operations. The CEO of Telenor Myanmar, Sharad Mehrotra will be the new CEO of Thai operator Dtac, as Alexandra Reich leaves the company. In Bangladesh, deputy CEO and CMO of Grameenphone, Yasir Azman will take over the top job, as current CEO Michael Foley relocates to Africa, where his family is based.
(Telecompaper) Taiwan completed its 5G spectrum auction on 16 January, after 261 rounds of bidding. Total bids reached TWD 138.08 billion (approximately USD 4.6 billion), DigiTimes reports, citing a statement from Taiwanese regulator National Communications Commission (NCC). Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, Far EasTone Telecommunications and Taiwan Star Telecom won spectrum in the 3.5GHz band. Asia Pacific Telecom also participated in the auction.
(Telecompaper) The US tech industry has welcomed the 'phase 1' trade deal signed with China and called for further efforts to ease trade barriers for the sector. The agreement signed by US president Donald Trump will reduce import tariffs on key tech products and also commits China to doing more to enforce intellectual property protection.
(Telecompaper) ZTE announced plans to raise CNY 11.5 billion (EUR 1.5 billion) in a share offering to help fund 5G research and development and working capital. The company plans to issue the shares to institutional investors.
(Telecompaper) America Movil, KT, Rogers Communications, Telstra, Verizon and Vodafone announced a new cooperation to develop 5G standards. Their '5G Future Forum' will collaborate to develop interoperable 5G specifications across key geographic regions, including the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe.
(Telecompaper) Global video app TikTok has partnered with Southeast Asian video-on-demand entertainment service Iflix to bring short-form videos from a variety of categories to audiences in 13 countries across Asia. The partnership brings TikTok's collection of short-form viral videos from around the world to all Iflix users on a dedicated 'TikTok' channel.
(Telecompaper) UPC Switzerland said that it has appointed Baptiest Coopmans as its new CEO, effective 01 February. Coopmans succeeds Severina Pascu, who will take over the position of deputy CEO and CFO at Virgin Media, UPC's sister company in the UK.
(Telecompaper) Apple responded by saying it provided gigabytes of information to law enforcement related to the Pensacola case but that it would not build a "backdoor" or specialised software to give law enforcement further access."We reject the characterization that Apple has not provided substantive assistance in the Pensacola investigation. Our responses to their many requests since the attack have been timely, thorough and are ongoing," Apple said.
(Telecompaper) Verizon Media launched a "privacy-focused" search engine for consumers called OneSearch. Available for free on desktop and mobile web at www.onesearch.com, OneSearch doesn't track, store, or share personal or search data with advertisers, giving users greater control of their personal information in a search context. Businesses with an interest in security can partner with Verizon Media to integrate OneSearch into their privacy and security products, giving their customers another measure of control.
(Telecompaper) It has been quiet so far on the telecoms front in 2020. A number of companies turned to the debt markets, but not much else happened. We use the opportunity to take a closer look back at 2019. It was generally a terrific year for equity investors, with the S&P 500 index up 24.8 percent for the year. Alas, not so for telecoms investors in Europe. The Telecompaper European Telecoms Services index was up just 7.5 percent, seriously trailing the S&P 500.
(Telecompaper) The media sector has been relatively quiet in 2020, so far. Time for a look back at 2019. The sector, as per the Telecompaper Global Media index, did almost as well as the S&P 500 index. The absolute winner in our basket was Snap, up almost threefold. McClatchy was the worst stock to own in 2019, down 94 percent. Furthermore, in most segments performances diverged widely. Gaming, social networking, VOD and conglomerates were exceptions, with most shares in those segments doing (very) well last year. The theatre segment stayed behind.
(Telecompaper) Vodacom South Africa is in talks with Cell C about taking on the smaller rival's contract-paying mobile phone customers, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Vodacom would gain just over 1 million high-paying subscribers from the deal, said the people, who asked not to be identified. They said the talks are at an early stage and could falter.
(Telecompaper) Dutch operators are preparing to connect around 1.36 million more households to FTTH, according to research by Telecompaper. While KPN remains the biggest operator and is actively expanding, several other operators are also actively planning expansion on the Dutch fibre market.
(Telecompaper) South Korean operator SK Telecom announced the launch of the 'Global MEC Task Force' with Bridge Alliance member operators, including Singtel, Globe, Taiwan Mobile and PCCW Global, for cooperation in 5G mobile edge computing. SK Telecom said it plans to share its expertise in 5G and MEC areas with other members that are preparing to launch 5G, while making joint efforts for the development of MEC services. The company will help in setting international MEC standards to build an interoperable MEC platform.
(Telecompaper) Privacy International and a group of 50 organisations requested Google's CEO Sundar Pinchai in a letter to remove pre-installed apps that cannot be deleted from devices made by partners who use the Android trademark and branding. These apps leave users vulnerable to their data being collected, shared and exposed without their knowledge or consent, the letter's authors said. The organisations also asked Google to introduce new OEM rules for Android bloatware.
(Telecompaper) The shareholders of Italian broadcaster Mediaset have approved a number of changes to the by-laws of its Netherlands-based holding company Media for Europe (MFE) in the face of opposition from second-largest investor Vivendi. The French media giant was unable to block the approval of the numerous proposals after the Simon Fiduciaria trust that holds 19.2 percent of its 28.8 percent stake was barred from voting at the meeting.