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TIM to launch newco to roll out fibre in underserved areas

Telecom Italia has announced that its board of directors approved a plan presented by CEO Flavio Cattaneo to set up a new company to roll out high-speed broadband in underserved "white" areas of Italy. The company will be dedicated exclusively to the selective development of new fibre infrastructure ...

US Senate votes to dismantle broadband privacy rules

The US Senate has voted to dismantle the FCC's broadband privacy rules. Among other things, the rules require ISPs get consumer consent before using personal data. If signed by the president, the law will repeal the FCC's broadband privacy framework, and eliminate the requirement that cable and ...

SoftBank gets 5G experimental license on 28GHz, starts trial

SoftBank was granted an experimental license to conduct tests on the 28GHz frequency band, a candidate for 5G mobile communications in Japan. SoftBank has already started indoor and outdoor trials in Tokyo Waterfront City using the 28GHz band with a view to future commercial deployment.

Italy's Agcom challenges Wind Tre over zero-rated apps

Italian communications regulator Agcom has announced the launch of an investigation into the Veon and 'Music by 3' apps offered by newly-merged operator Wind Tre on the grounds that they may infringe net neutrality rules. The Veon platform was launched by Wind late last year and offers an app for ...

China Mobile doubles 4G customer base in 2016 to 535 mln

China Mobile reported growth in annual results and its dividend, thanks to strong demand for mobile data services, which became its biggest source of revenue for the first time. Total revenue rose 6.0 percent to CNY 708.4 billion, and wireless data traffic revenue was up 43.5 percent to account for ...

Virgin makes 100Mbps standard for all broadband bundles

Virgin Media has made speeds of 100+ Mbps the standard for its revamped broadband bundles, as it launches the Virgin Fibre brand. The operator said the move reaffirms its position as the UK's ultrafast broadband provider with top speeds of 300 Mbps. The new Virgin TV V6 box will now also be included ...

Orange Spain reveals deal to access Telefonica fibre network

Orange Spain has followed rival Vodafone in announcing a wholesale access agreement to use Telefonica's network to offer fibre-optic services in areas not reached by its own network. As in the historic deal with Vodafone, the agreement not only covers the non-competitive areas in which Telefonica is ...

3 Group grows underlying revenues 5% in 2016

CK Hutchison reported annual revenues at 3 Group down 1 percent to HKD 62.415 billion, as modest customer growth and the new joint venture in Italy was offset by negative currency effects, lower handset revenues, the roaming regulation and tough competition. Excluding currency effects, revenues rose ...

Google releases first developers preview of Android O

Google has released the developers preview of the next version of the Android operating system. In an attempt to improve the battery life of smartphones, Google said Android O puts new limits on what apps can do running in the background, such as fewer location checks. The new Android also ...

Apple launches new iPad with lower price

Apple has updated its iPad and lowered the price in an effort to expand its lead on the tablet market. The new 9.7-inch iPad comes with an enhanced retina display and will sell for USD 329, the cheapest price yet for the tablet.

China Telecom profit grows nearly 12% in 2016

China Telecom reported operating revenues of CNY 352.3 billion in 2016, which represents an increase of 6.4 percent from 2015. Service revenues amounted to CNY 309.6 billion, up 5.6 percent year-on-year. EBITDA amounted to CNY 95.1 billion while EBITDA margin stood at 30.7 percent in 216. Net profit ...

Free Mobile offers unlimited LTE data for Freebox customers

Free Mobile has increased the LTE data allowance available with its top-tier mobile tariff for customers subscribing to a fixed broadband Freebox package and it is now advertising the plan with "unlimited 4G". For all other customers, the monthly LTE data allowance has increased to 100 GB. The ...

Google offers new safeguards for advertisers

Google has apologised to advertisers at its platforms after a number of major UK companies pulled their business due to ads appearing alongside extremist political views. The company said it will be taking a more active approach to removing hateful, offensive and derogatory content and introduced ...

Altice buys online video ad exchange Teads

Altice is expanding in the advertising market with the takeover of Teads, a provider of an online video advertising marketplace, for EUR 285 million. Teads is especially strong in Altice's two largest markets, the US and France, where it has innovation centres. Altice expects the takeover will help ...

Qualcomm launches 4G-capable platform for feature phones

Qualcomm has announced the launch of the 205 Mobile Platform, an updated offering designed to bring 4G LTE connectivity and 4G services to entry-level feature phones for sale in emerging markets such as India, Latin America and Southeast Asia. The Qualcomm 205 platform comes with the 205 SoC, ...

Samsung unveils Bixby AI-based user interface

Samsung has launched its 'Bixby' user interface for smartphones. Bixby uses artificial intelligence, reinforcing deep learning concepts to the core of Samsung's user interface designs, Samsung says. Bixby will be a new intelligent interface on Samsung devices. Samsung says Bixby offers a deeper ...

Vodafone India, Idea Cellular agree merger

Vodafone Group and Indian mobile operator Idea Cellular have agreed to combine their operations in India. The merger agreement excludes Vodafone's 42 percent stake in Indus Towers. Vodafone says the combined company would have almost 400 million customers across the country, with a 35 percent ...

Dutch mobile revenues fall 4% in 2016 to EUR 4.7 bln

The Dutch mobile market contracted by 3.9 percent in 2016 to EUR 4.7 billion, a bigger decline than the 3.3 percent drop in 2015. Vodafone and T-Mobile lost the most revenues and also market share, according to the latest Dutch Mobile Operators report from Telecompaper. The market suffered from ...

BCE launches Bell MTS in Manitoba

BCE has completed its CAD 3.9 billion acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services and launched Bell MTS in Manitoba. The Canadian operator said the new unit will unite the local and national strengths of MTS and Bell Canada and implement a CAD 1 billion province-wide investment and innovation plan. The ...