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EE uses balloons, drones to extend 4G coverage

EE said it has developed a technology that can supply call and internet connections in the most remote parts of the UK, or during and after disasters such as flooding. The operator demonstrated the system, using balloon and drone 'air masts', and a network of small cells.

Wind Hellas to launch multiscreen TV service by year-end

Greek operator Wind Hellas has announced plans to launch its own TV service by the end of this year. The company has contracted Zappware to help develop the multi-screen service. Wind is the last of the major broadband providers in Greece to introduce its own TV service. It's using the NeXX 4.0 ...

Vodafone's M-Pesa transactions reach record 614 mln in Dec

Vodafone Group said a record 614 million M-Pesa transactions were processed during December 2016 as the global operator marked its 10th anniversary. During 2016, the service processed around 6 billion transactions, peaking in December 2016 at 529 transactions every second. Vodafone now offers M-Pesa ...

Telefonica sells up to 40% of Telxius to KKR for EUR 1.3 bln

Telefonica has confirmed the sale of up to 40 percent of its infrastructure subsidiary Telxius to private equity firm KKR for EUR 1.275 billion. In a statement, the Spanish operator said the transaction implies an enterprise value for Telxius of EUR 3.678 billion, or 11.4 times its 2017 EBITDA, ...

DT expands smart home platform to Norway, Slovakia

Deutsche Telekom announced the expansion of its smart-home platform to two new countries: Slovakia and Norway. Known as Qivicon in its own market, the white-label smart home offering is available in Slovakia by DT's local subsidiary Slovak Telekom since earlier this month and will launch in Norway ...

Telia Norway offers MVNO access to get Phonero deal approval

The Norwegian Competition Authority said Telia Norway has offered remedies to smooth the way for its acquisition of Phonero. Telia has proposed to give MVNOs access to its national mobile network at set terms. The authority is therefore extending its approval process until 10 March while it analyses ...

Spark seeks court stay of Vodafone-Sky merger clearance

New Zealand operator Spark announced it's seeking a court order staying the planned merger of Vodafone and Sky New Zealand. The lawsuit follows an expected ruling by the New Zealand Commerce Commission on the merger 23 February. Spark is asking the High Court to order that, in the event the ...

ZTE stops crowdfunding campaign for eye-tracking smartphone

ZTE announced it's abandoning its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to develop a smartphone with eye-tracking technology. The company said that based on feedback from consumers, both on Kickstarter and its own Z-Community forum, it's decided to "phase out" this campaign and to re-evaluate the device ...

Softbank to give up control in Sprint-T-Mobile deal - report

Japan's SoftBank is prepared to give up control of Sprint to T-Mobile US in order to clinch a merger of the two US mobile operators, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The two have not yet held talks, but negotiations are expected to start once the current spectrum auction is over in the ...

Samsung vice-chairman Lee arrested in political scandal

South Korean prosecutors have secured a warrant and made the arrest of Lee Jae-yong, Samsung's vice-chairman and expected successor to his father of the group. He was arrested on charges of bribery in connection with the high-profile corruption scandal in Korea surrounding President Park Geun-hye ...

IBM inks IoT-focused deals with Visa, Bosch, SNCF, others

IBM has announced a range of partnerships with companies such as Visa, Bosch, Indiegogo, Capgemini, SNCF, Ricoh and others to coincide with the inauguration of its new USD 200 million Internet of Things headquarters in Munich. The company last year revealed that it would be opening a new global ...

ZTE to unveil first gigabit LTE smartphone at MWC

ZTE announced plans to unveil a 'gigabit' smartphone at Mobile World Congress. ZTE said the "forward-looking" ZTE Gigabit Phone marks an "important cornerstone for the 5G mobile era". The device will support speeds of 1 Gbps, suggesting it will work on the new LTE Advanced Pro networks being rolled ...

Telenor to launch RCS worldwide on Android Messenger

Google said that it is launching Rich Communications Services for Telenor's 214 million subscribers in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia, Bulgaria, Pakistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia and India. The upgraded version of SMS will be available on Android devices through ...

Liberty Global forecasts stronger cash flow growth in 2017

Liberty Global reported revenue in Europe down 2 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter to USD 4.22 billion, hurt by the weaker British pound as well as lower sales in the Netherlands. Excluding the Netherlands, revenue rose 3 percent on an organic basis, with a 6 percent increase in eastern ...

Verizon secures cut in Yahoo! takeover price - report

Verizon is close to a renegotiated deal for Yahoo! that would reduce the price of the USD 4.8 billion takeover by about USD 250 million, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. The company entered talks to reduce the price after the revelation of major security breaches at Yahoo, reducing ...

Lenovo Q3 profit down sharply as mobile losses continue

Lenovo reported a sharp fall in results for its fiscal third quarter to December, driven by continued weakness in its mobile and server businesses. Revenue fell 6 percent year-on-year to USD 12.17 billion. While the PC and Smart Device division increased sales 2 percent to USD 12.17 billion, Mobile ...

Cisco raises dividend as quarterly sales fall 2%

Cisco reported revenues for its fiscal second quarter to January down 2 percent year-on-year to USD 11.6 billion. That's in line with its outlook for a 2-4 percent fall excluding its set-top box business. The company's net profit fell 25 percent to USD 2.3 billion or USD 0.47 per share, at the high ...

Bell gets MTS takeover approval after selling mobile assets

Canadian operator BCE has received regulatory approval to acquire the Manitoba regional operator MTS, after agreeing to divest some of MTS's assets to rivals. The broadband provider Xplornet Communications has agreed to acquire 40 MHz of spectrum from MTS. Bell/MTS will provide network roaming for ...

Zain partners Iflix to launch sVOD service in Middle East

Mobile operator Zain Group and Iflix have established a new joint venture called Iflix Arabia. The new internet TV service will bring Iflix to the Middle East and North Africa .

Telefonica, Huawei, Kamstrup in first LatAm NB-IoT trial

Telefonica and Huawei have teamed up with smart metering products provider Kamstrup to launch what the partners describe as the first project using NarrowBand Internet of Things technology in Latin America. During the trial, one of the leading water utilities in Chile successfully used the telemetry ...

SK, DT, Ericsson demo intercontinental 5G trial network

South Korean operator SK Telecom, Deutsche Telekom , and Ericsson have jointly built and demonstrated an intercontinental 5G trial network. SK Telecom and DT network slices are now available in the other operator's footprint - Korea and Germany are connected. A proof-of-concept has been implemented ...

Facebook launches smart TV app

Facebook announced a new app for TVs, so users of the social network can watch videos also on a smart TV. The Facebook video app for TV will roll out soon to app stores for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV, with more platforms to come, the company said. The app offers a selection of ...

BlackBerry sues Nokia for patent infringement

Blackberry has filed a patent-infringement suit against Nokia, demanding royalties on the Finnish company's mobile network products. Nokia's Flexi Multiradio base stations, radio network controllers and Liquid Radio software are using technology covered by as many as 11 patents held by BlackBerry, ...

SoftBank to acquire Fortress Investment for USD 3.3 bln

SoftBank Group has agreed to acquire Fortress Investment Group for approximately USD 3.3 billion in cash. The merger agreement has already been unanimously approved by Fortress's board of directors. Fortress will operate within SoftBank as an independent business headquartered in New York, and ...

Orange Poland drops dividend after impairment hits Q4 result

Orange Poland will not pay a dividend for 2016, saying it wants to conserve cash for investments in fibre and LTE. The announcement came alongside annual results showing a loss of PLN 1.746 billion, versus a profit of PLN 254 million in 2015. It was heavily affected by a PLN 1.793 billion non-cash ...

T-Mobile US revenues jump 23% in Q4

T-Mobile US reported fourth-quarter revenues up 23 percent year-on-year to USD 10.2 billion, driven by the addition of 8.2 million new customers in the past year. Service revenues rose 11 percent to USD 7.2 billion, and the company's adjusted EBITDA improved 12 percent to USD 2.5 billion. Net profit ...

HTC narrows Q4 loss on sharp fall in costs, lower sales

HTC said revenues for its fourth quarter reached TWS 22.2 billion, flat from the previous quarter and down from TWD 25.7 billion a year earlier. The net loss of TWD 3.1 billion or TWD 3.77 per share widened versus TWD 1.8 billion in Q3 but was down from TWD 3.4 billion a year earlier. HTC said sales ...

ZTE expects fine in US sanctions settlement

ZTE announced that it's in talks on settling charges in the US that it violated sanctions against Iran. The company said the settlement is expected to result in fines and other financial liabilities, which will impact its results.

Amazon launches online videoconferencing service

Amazon has unveiled a new online videoconferencing service. Amazon Chime, available for all customers, is a fully-managed communications service from AWS featuring voice, video, and chat communication. The service is designed to work seamlessly across desktops and mobile devices. Users can switch ...

Google faces Korea competition probe over Samsung OS

Google is facing a competition probe in South Korea. The Fair Trade Commission is investigating whether Google obstructed Samsung Electronics' development of its own operating system to replace the US tech giant's Android OS, The Korea Times reports. "We are currently checking if Google thwarted ...

Court tells Bredbandsbolaget to block Pirate Bay, Swefilmer

The Swedish Patent and Markets Court said it has overturned a district court ruling and decided that an internet service provider must take technical steps to block customers' access to The Pirate Bay and Swefilmer via a number of domain names and website addresses. Its statement did not name the ...

Telefonica confirms several offers for Telxius

Telefonica has received several offers to acquire a stake in its infrastructure subsidiary Telxius, according to a short statement filed with Spanish market regulator CNMV. The company said it's in the process of negotiating and analysing the various options available for the Telxius stake around ...

Oracle files appeal in Java infringement case against Google

Oracle has appealed the suit it lost against Google in May, when It sought to get a share of the profits from Android due to Google's use of Java code, Recode reported. Oracle sought damages of USD 8.8 billion, claiming Google had made USD 21 billion worth of profit from the over 3 billion Android ...