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Orange Poland to connect 264,000 households to fibre

Orange Poland will build broadband networks as part of the second tender of the Operational Programme Digital Poland . Thanks to the co-financing agreements, signed on 22 June, fibre-optic infrastructure will reach over 264,000 households in 423 municipalities. The operator will also connect local ...

Hedberg named new CEO of Italy's Wind Tre

Wind Tre, the new Italian operator emerging from the 50-50 joint venture between Veon's Wind and CK Hutchison's 3 Italia, has announced the appointment of Jeffrey Hedberg as its new CEO, replacing Maximo Ibarra, who has been leading the new entity since January 2017. In a joint statement, Veon and ...

Dutch FTTH homes passed to hit 3 mln in 2021

The number of homes passed with FTTH connections in the Netherlands is expected to pass 3 million in 2021, equal to 38 percent of households, according to the latest report from Telecompaper. Just over half of homes passed are expected to subscribe to the fibre services by the end of the forecast ...

China suspends Weibo video and audio services

Chinese messaging service Weibo reports it has receives a public notice issued from The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People's Republic of China , stating that the SAPPRFT had recently requested the local competent authorities to take measures to ...

Dutch multi-play market growth slows, at 6.5 mln subscribers

Growth in the number of multi-play households is slowing, with already 84 percent taking two or more services from the same provider. In the first quarter of 2017, 38,000 multi-play subscribers were added in the market, for a total 6.54 million, according to the Telecompaper report 'Dutch Consumer ...

Imagination Technologies puts company up for sale

Imagination Technologies has put the company up for sale. The company said in a statement that it had received interest from a number of parties in recetn weeks and so decided to start a formal sale process. Preliminary discussions with potential bidders have already started. In early May, ...

Altice USA prices IPO near high end, raises USD 1.9 bln

Altice USA has priced its IPO near the high end of the indicated range, at USD 30 per share. As a result, it will raise a total USD 1.918 billion before costs from the sale of 63.94 million shares. Altice is selling 12.07 million shares, for proceeds of USD 362.1 million, and its shareholders BC ...

Ericsson hires banks to sell media business - report

Ericsson has hired banks to explore a sale of its media business, people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg. Ericsson is working with Morgan Stanley to consider a sale of its media solutions business, and the company hired Goldman Sachs to find a buyer for its broadcast and media services ...

Spain mobile broadband penetration hits 90%

Spanish mobile broadband lines reached a total of 40.3 million in March, up 6.5 percent year on year and equivalent to 90.5 lines per 100 inhabitants, according to the latest data from telecom regulator CNMC. A 153,574 monthly rise in postpay connections combined with a 133,668 increase in prepay ...

Vodacom South Africa reaches 500 Mbps on live 4G+

Vodacom said it has become the first operator in South Africa to break the 500 Mbps barrier on its live LTE-Advanced network. The test was carried out using a Samsung Galaxy S8+, and Ookla measured the speed at 549.99 Mbps. It was run on a commercial, LTE-Advanced base station at the Vodacom ...

OnePlus 5 smartphone goes on pre-sale from EUR 499

OnePlus has unveiled its latest 'flagship killer', the OnePlus 5. This will be its most expensive smartphone yet, at EUR 499-559, depending on the selected model. While the phone comes with a wide range of top specifications, the 5.5-inch Amoled screen still is only Full HD, while other ...

Toshiba picks INCJ consortium to buy memory chip business

Toshiba has named the Innovation Network Corp of Japan, Bain Capital and the Development Bank of Japan as the preferred bidder to acquire its memory chip business. Toshiba Memory Corp was spun off into a separate company from 01 April and Toshiba hopes to sell the company in order to shore up its ...

DT opts for T-Mobile takeover of Sprint - report

Deutsche Telekom is changing its strategy in the US and opting for a merger of T-Mobile US and Sprint, reports German paper Handelsblatt. Citing informed sources near the DT board, the paper said the deal would take the form of T-Mobile acquiring Sprint in a stock swap, and DT would maintain ...

Sprint, Samsung test Massive MIMO in Korea

Sprint and Samsung America said they have tested Massive MIMO on 2.5 GHz spectrum in Suwon in Korea. The test represented a real-world application of new technology that Sprint says will dramatically boost LTE Plus wireless capacity and coverage, and enable it to offer Gigabit LTE service to its ...

Orange to reduce stake in BT, issue convertible bonds

Orange will sell one third of its current participation in BT through a private placement of approximately 133 million shares, owned by its subsidiary Atlas Services Belgium. As part of this transaction, BT will place an order for GBP 200 million at the placement price, part of which for the benefit ...

Italian govt to summon TIM over fibre broadband plans

Italy's ministry for economic development has announced that it intends to summon executives from Telecom Italia to discuss the group's fibre-optic broadband plans in underserved and rural areas. In a statement, industry minister Carlo Calenda said the government had no wish to prevent or hinder ...

Mediaset acquires Telefonica's 11% stake in Premium unit

Italian commercial broadcaster Mediaset has announced the acquisition of an 11.1 percent stake in its pay-TV unit Mediaset Premium from Spain's Telefonica for an undisclosed amount. The Spanish group acquired the stake in 2014 for EUR 100 million but has always been regarded as a passive ...

Polish mobile operator Play announces plans for IPO

Play Communications, the owner of the Polish mobile operator P4 , announced plans for an initial public offering on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. The company's existing shareholder will sell shares, and part of the offering will be reserved for Play employees.

LG adds new features, plus model for G6 smartphone

LG announced a new version of its flagship G6 smartphone, the LG G6+, as well as an upgrade with new features for existing 6G owners. The plus version of the phone will come with expanded storage of 128 GB as well as premium earphones from B&O PLAY to take full advantage of the 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC ...

Altice names Microsoft executive Petit as group CMO

Altice has announced that Nicolas Petit is joining the group as Chief Marketing Officer, reporting to CEO Michel Combes. He will responsible for all B2C and B2B commercial and marketing activities, including the planned commercial launch of the new Altice brand in several markets. Petit previously ...

Sunrise to shut down GSM network by end-2018

Swiss operator Sunrise announced plans to phase out its GSM network by the end of 2018. GSM, GPRS and EDGE will be ended by the end of 2018 in favour of expanded 4G and 4G+ coverage. The operator targets 92 percent 4G coverage by the end of 2017 already and is also introducing VoLTE, in addition to ...

Apple names Sony TV execs to lead video business

Apple announced the appointment of two former TV executives, suggesting it plans to expand further in video programming. Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg will lead video programming worldwide, reporting to Eddy Cue. They join Apple from Sony Pictures Television, where they served as presidents ...

Orange to grow LoRa footprint, test LoRaWAN network roaming

Orange France said that its network based on LoRa technology will achieve nationwide coverage by the end of the year. The announcement was part of the presentation made at the Orange booth in the Viva Technology event taking place Paris from 15 to 17 June. The company said that its LoRa footprint ...

TIM to defy govt and roll out fibre in rural areas - CEO

Telecom Italia intends to defy the government and press ahead with plans to expand its fibre-optic broadband network to underserved and rural areas all over of Italy, reports La Repubblica, citing TIM CEO Flavio Cattaneo. "Our investments have already begun, we announced them in good time and ...

Google to get record EU fine in shopping case - report

Google is set to receive a record fine from European Commission competition regulators in the coming weeks, according to unnamed sources cited by the Wall Street Journal. Although the US tech giant has been the subject of antitrust probes in the search and Android market, the forthcoming fine will ...

Ziggo catching up to KPN in Dutch fixed telephony market

Ziggo is approaching market leader KPN in the Dutch fixed telephony market. At the end of March, the companies were separated by just 1 percent point of market. Ziggo's market share increase 0.3 points in Q1 to 40.7 percent, while KPN fell 0.1 percent to 41.7. The two are competing in a steadily ...

Global IoT spending to grow 17% to USD 800 bln in 2017

Worldwide spending on the Internet of Things will grow 16.7 percent this year to just over USD 800 billion, according to the latest forecast from DIC. This is expected to grow to nearly USD 1.4 trillion by 2021. The market researcher's latest report focuses on the most promising use cases for the ...

Nokia unveils world's fastest network chips, revamps routers

Nokia has announced the launch of a new IP routing portfolio, including its latest FP4 chipset capable of processing data at 2.4 terabits per second. The new FP4 silicon is up to six times more powerful than network processors currently available and will ship in the fourth quarter, with routers ...

Rosenworcel proposed for new term on FCC

US President Donald Trump has nominated Jessica Rosenworcel to return to the Federal Communications Commission. Rosenworcel was nominated in 2011 by the former President Barack Obama, at the same time as the current FCC chairman Ajit Pai. She served until January as a commissioner. Prior to that she ...

Sky beats Mediaset to Italian Champions League rights

Sky Italia has been awarded the exclusive rights to broadcast UEFA Champions League football games in Italy from 2018 after outbidding commercial broadcaster Mediaset. In a statement Sky said it won rights to air over 340 Champions League and Europa League games from 2018 to 2021 for an undisclosed ...

MVNOs say wholesale roaming price caps still too high

Wholesale roaming caps in the EU are still too high, even after the big cut planned for 15 June, according to industry group MVNO Europe. The association of MVNOs said it supports the introduction of 'roam-like-at-home' in the EU, and its members are implementing the 'free' roaming for customers. ...