Yahoo and AOL’s parent company Oath to axe 2,100 jobs

Written on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 10:03
Tim Armstrong, CEO of Oath, the parent company of AOL and Yahoo, confirmed the company will axe about 2,100 jobs from the two technology companies. Verizon, which owns AOL, closed its $4.5 billion acquisition of Yahoo's internet business. People began to receive notifications one day after the telco completed its $4.48 billion acquisition of Yahoo properties. Caroline Campbell, a spokeswoman for AOL, said the company could not comment on the impact the layoffs will have on specific locations. The company…

T-Mobile posts strong results adding 1.3m new customers

Written on Monday, 24 July 2017 07:15
T-Mobile US posted strong results this quarter despite the fact that its competition went big on unlimited offers. The operator reported record low customer attrition and said it was considering a quarterly dividend. Chief Financial Officer Braxton Carter said, "We're actually starting to have conversations about instituting a small quarterly dividend that we can grow in the future.” Q2 2017 was a record-breaking quarter in a number of areas for T-Mobile, the company states. The operator delivered record service revenue,…
Japanese telco KDDI has deployed a new solution, Kentik Detect, for real-time network operations and planning efficiencies. With Kentik, KDDI gains the ability to make faster operational decisions and frees up engineering teams to spend more time on business innovation. Telecommunications operators invest billions of dollars on their networks each year to maintain and enhance their service offerings and remain competitive. As part of that investment, network planning is a business-critical function that can significantly increase a telecom operator’s ability…
Having abolished roaming charges in 50 destinations and introduced industry-leading care initiatives like TOBi the chatbot in April, Vodafone UK has made even more improvements that put customers’ needs at the heart of its service including new AI digital customer service initiatives. The initiatives include 24/7 social media care on Facebook and Twitter; 24/7 ‘Message us’, a new support service that puts customers in control of how they contact Vodafone; and trialing of new voice authentication services, making it easier…
The telecommunications sector in the Czech Republic has announced that two incumbents alongside two new industry players is dividing the spoils of the country’s 5G spectrum band. Existing operators O2 Czech Republic and Vodafone Czech Republic each gained a block of 40MHz in the auction of the 3.7GHz band which was conducted by the Czech Telecommunications Office. New entrant to the Czech telecommunications industry PODA, also acquired 40GHz, whilst the other new telco player Nordic Telecom 5G received 80MHz of…

Russia’s MTS trials live Licensed Assisted Access

Written on Sunday, 23 July 2017 07:28
Together with MTS, the largest mobile network operator in Russia, and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, Ericsson has conducted the first successful live trial with a commercial small cell product of Rel-13 Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology in Russia. The demonstration was conducted in an MTS test lab over a live network and used Ericsson’s Pico RBS 6402 small cell and a Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE mobile test device. With LAA, data speeds are boosted using unlicensed…
US technology firm Cisco Systems has announced that its technologies will be used to help roll-out free public Wi-Fi in London. Last week, London Mayor, Sadiq Khan vowed to make London the ‘smartest city’ in the world - and one way of ensuring that vision is to enhance ‘connectivity’. In a statement released by the US conglomerate which is headquartered in San Jose, California, it said Cisco hardware is set to underpin O2 and Vodafone in an effort to implement…
Ericsson is set to reduce more staff following the disclosure of its financial results for Q2 in 2017. The company has confirmed it will axe staff, although it didn’t speculate how many jobs were at risk, in addition to this it will also reduce its real estate footprint as part of its efforts to make $1.2 billion in cuts. Ericsson remains in the red following the publication of its Q2 financial performance, and alarmingly indicates a 164% year-on-year decline in…
Italian operator Telecom Italia has announced that the Republic of San Marino will become the first country in Europe to have a 5G mobile network. Telecom Italia made the prediction following the disclosure of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with government officials from San Marino. In a statement issued to the press, Telecom Italia indicated that it plans to update mobile sites of its network with 4.5G in order to enable it to conduct trials on some features of 5G…
The UK’s telecom regulator Ofcom announced that later this year it will auction licenses to use 190 MHz of spectrum in two frequency bands, to increase the airwaves available for mobile devices by almost one third. Ofcom said it is helping meet strong demand by releasing extra spectrum, allowing mobile operators to increase their networks’ capacity. However, UK operator Three publicly disapproved of Ofcom’s announcement in a statement, saying Ofcom’s proposal is “a kick in the teeth for all consumers…
The Investment Plan for Europe, the so-called "Juncker Plan", has backed a €150 million EIB loan agreement with Cosmote, a Greek telecommunications operator, to upgrade its mobile broadband network. This agreement was made possible by the support of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). The loan agreement will help to finance Cosmote's plans to enhance and expand its mobile broadband network, significantly increasing the network's performance in terms of speed, capacity and coverage. It will, in particular, improve the…
Ericsson will build a Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) system for Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s largest integrated telecommunications services company, enabling the island to take its first steps toward joining the Internet of Things (IoT). Chunghwa Telecom will use the system to trial a range of IoT devices and applications in its laboratory. NB-IoT is a 3GPP standards-based Low Power Wide Area technology that offers significant improvements in areas such as deep indoor coverage, power consumption, device complexity, system capacity and spectrum efficiency.…
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