(Telecompaper) Vodafone has announced the first successful connection of 5G-enabled smartphones to its live network during trials conducted in Madrid and Barcelona ahead of MWC 2019. The tests were run over a four-week period using three 5G smartphones that will be launched later this year, with the company able to make an ultra-high-resolution 4K video call on its network.
(Telecompaper) Com Hem has formally begun offering mobile telephony, following a soft launch in January. The fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) follows Com Hem's merger with Tele2 Sweden. Introductory offers include unlimited calls, texts and data from SEK 99 per month for three months, and double data for existing Com Hem customers who sign up.
(Telecompaper) Xiaomi has unveiled in China its latest flagship smartphone, the Mi 9. The device runs Qualcomm's latest high-end processor, the Snapdragon 855, and upgrades the camera to three lenses and a 48MP sensor. Other new features include the 'Charge Turbo' fast wireless charging and a curved iridescent back shell that changes colour depending on the light. A global launch of the device is planned for 24 February at MWC in Barcelona.
(Telecompaper) Vivo has unveiled its new V15Pro smartphone with a pop-up front camera.
(Telecompaper) LG Electronics has unveiled ahead of MWC three new premium mid-range smartphones. The LG Q60, LG K50 and LG K40 boast premium features, advanced technologies and stylish design, all without breaking the bank, the company said. Each comes with a large display and AI-driven camera functions.
(Telecompaper) LG Electronics and ZTE are the latest handset makers to confirm they will introduce 5G smartphones at MWC in Barcelona next week. LG said its V series will focus on 5G going forward, with the V50 to be introduced at MWC as the first 5G device in its range. ZTE announced it will launch its next Axon flagship smartphone with 5G, while OnePlus said it will be showing a 5G smartphone prototype at Qualcomm's booth at MWC.
(Telecompaper) Qualcomm has unveiled its second-generation 5G modem, a week before MWC. The Snapdragon X55 5G modem supports 5G NR mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrum bands and can deliver speeds of up to 7 Gbps over 5G and 2.5 Gbps on Cat 22 LTE. It is expected to appear in the first commercial devices in late 2019.
(Telecompaper) Qatar-based pay-TV operator BeIN Sport is holding preliminary talks with French broadcaster Canal Plus over a possible sale, according to information gathered by the news team of Europe 1. No details have been disclosed yet on which of the group's holdings are under negotiation. Canal Plus is reportedly aiming to finalise a deal by summer.
(Telecompaper) Australian operator Telstra will launch its Telstra TV streaming player and new Home Broadband plans next week. The offer will be available with no lock-in contracts. Customers will be able to pay out their modem if they leave within 24 months. The third generation of Telstra TV includes an upgraded wireless remote control with voice search, plus buttons for TV power and volume control.
(Telecompaper) MTN Group has reiterated its denial of bribery allegations linked to securing its GSM licence in Iran in 2005, ITWeb reported. MTN says it has consistently denied there is any credible evidence that it promised any money to former South African ambassador to Iran, Yusuf Saloojee, or that Saloojee accepted money from MTN.
(Telecompaper) Ericsson said it is spectrum and regulation, and not access to equipment and technology that is putting the roll-out of 5G at risk in Europe. In a blog post, Ericsson CEO Borje Ekholm said his company has the resources ready to roll out 5G with market leaders, but European customers are facing high levels of uncertainty.
(Telecompaper) The UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has concluded that it is possible to limit the risks of using equipment from Chinese company Huawei in 5G mobile networks, reports the Financial Times citing two unnamed people familiar with the decision.
(Telecompaper) The TP Stock Index European Telecoms was up 1.8 percent in week 7, but still trailed the general market, as the EuroStoxx 50 index won 3.4 percent. A number of micro caps made double digit gains (Forthnet 42%, NextGenTel 23%, 3U 15%), but the heavy-weights made limited advances (Deutsche Telekom +0.8%, Vodafone +1.8%). The most eye-catching news from last week was the rumour of Liberty Global (+2.1%), via Virgin Media UK, looking at a possible offer for Kcom (+5.8%). Tele Columbus (-11%) was the week's biggest loser. TIM (+8.8%) was up on news of CDP raising its stake.
(Telecompaper) The global mobile industry group GSMA has issued a warning to Europe to not take action blocking the use of certain mobile equipment for 5G networks. Without mentioning any specific vendors by name, the GSMA said any disruptions to equipment supply "will increase costs to European operators, businesses and citizens; delay 5G deployment by years across Europe and potentially also jeopardise existing 4G networks upon which 5G will be built". The statement follows reports that multiple European countries are considering action against Chinese vendors such as Huawei and ZTE.
(Telecompaper) Norwegian operator NextGenTel has recommended a voluntary cash offer that Telecom Holding 3 intends to make of NOK 14.00 per share for all of NextGenTel's issued and outstanding stock, valuing it at just under NOK 326 million. The offer is a premium of 18.1 percent over the closing price on 14 February and 25.4 percent over the volume-weighted average price in the previous three months.
(Telecompaper) Russian bank VTB plans to sell its stake in the mobile operator Tele2 Russia to the national operator Rostelecom, reports Comnews.ru. Andrey Kostin, the president of the bank, told journalists at the Sochi Investors Forum that a final decision on the issue will be taken within a month.
(Telecompaper) Axiata has agreed to sell its stake in Singapore operator M1 in the buy-out offer from shareholder Keppel. At the terms offered by Keppel in January, Axiata will raise MYR 1.65 billion for its 28.7 percent stake in M1. Axiata said this gives it a gain of MYR 126.5 million on the shareholding.
(Telecompaper) The upcoming Dutch multiband auction will also redistribute the 2100 MHz band. At the request of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, PA Consulting assessed the possible impact of this on the current service provision. KPN, T-Mobile Netherlands and VodafoneZiggo use this band for a mix of 3G and 4G.
(Telecompaper) MTN Group has announced that Wim Vanhelleputte, the CEO of MTN Uganda, has been deported from that country. MTN said that it has not been notified of the grounds for the deportation and is working to establish the precise reasons. The group expressed concern about these developments and said it is engaging with the authorities to seek understanding and resolve the matter.
(Telecompaper) Amazon will not build its new headquarters (HQ2) in New York City after all. The company has withdrawn from its project in Long Island City, Queens, saying the idea was to build positive and collaborative relationships with state and local officials and get support over the long term. As this seems to not be the case, it will pursue the plans no longer. Amazon did say it will likely grow teams already present in the city. The company has over 5,000 employees in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island.