Controversy surrounds MTS, Russia’s largest telecom operator, after accusations that the company assisted with hacking into Russian activists’ accounts on messaging app Telegram. According to a recent report by the Financial Times, the activists plan to sue MTS over the allegations. The controversy began when Oleg Kozlovsky, director of the Vision of Tomorrow Center in Moscow, and Georgy Alburov, a leading member of the Anti-Corruption Foundation, both received warnings that their Telegram app accounts had been accessed from other devices.…
Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC) has announced the imminent launch of “Jawwy from STC,” a new digital mobile experience, becoming one of the first telecommunications operators globally to design and develop a new mobile experience leveraging online and social media. “Jawwy from STC” will feature its own SIM, app and freshly designed digital channels for sales and customer care. A key differentiator of the service - the Jawwy app - will allow users to build, share and manage their plan in…
China is to get a fourth national telco, China Broadcasting Network Ltd (CBN). China Daily reported on 5 May that the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology had issued CBN with a telecoms license permitting the company to operate internet domestic data transmission business and domestic telecommunication infrastructure service businesses. The license also extends to CBN subsidiary, China Cable Television Network Co Ltd. China Daily said the aim was to promote the nation's progress in Three-Network Convergence, which aims to…

Hanoi Telecom upgrades Infinera-based optical network

Written on Sunday, 08 May 2016 11:37
Vietnamese mobile network operator Hanoi Telecom Corporation (HTC) has selected Infinera Intelligent Transport Networks to upgrade its optical network. It has extended its existing Infinera TM-Series metro network with the DTN-X family for its backbone connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tau. According to Infinera, the upgrade will enable HTC to differentiate its services and manage costs as it increases network capacity. “The selection via Infinera's established local partner, Nissho Electronics Vietnam positions HTC with a unified metro and…
For years, European holidaymakers have been paying high rates to use their mobiles for calling and data when visiting other countries. These controversial rates will come down dramatically and could possibly disappear altogether by 2017 following an intervention by the European Union. It’s an issue that the European Commission has been battling with leading mobile providers to force through cuts to the cost of making cross-border calls and using data in foreign countries. The high cost of using a mobile…

Bell Canada to purchase Manitoba Telecom Services

Written on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 06:56
Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) shareholders will receive Can$40 in cash or 0.6756 Bell Canada shares for each MTS share tendered, according to a statement. The sale price is 23.2 percent above MTS's market value over the past 20 trading days. In order to defray the hefty purchase costs, Bell said it would also divest one-third of Manitoba Telecom's wireless subscribers and dealer locations in the province to rival Telus. MTS was founded by the Manitoba government in 1908, and was…
SFR, a global operator holding prime positions in all of France’s telecommunications market segments, from consumer to B2B, local authorities and wholesale, is set to become France’s leading content operator by combining telecoms, advertising and media. The company announced the acquisition of Altice N.V.’s 49 percent minority stake in NextRadio, acquired in December 2015 as part of its strategic partnership with Alain Weill, CEO of NextRadio. NextRadioTV is a benchmark operator in the French information ecosystem, focused on mainstream news,…

OGERO promises IPv6 roll-out in Lebanon by the end of 2016

Written on Wednesday, 27 April 2016 13:49
Lebanese public network operator, OGERO, which has evolved to become the main operator of the fixed telecommunications network in Lebanon for the benefit of the Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications, announced on April 25, that it would to deploy IPv6 on its network before the end of the year. The announcement was made by Dr Abdul Menhem Youssef, CEO and Chairman of OGERO at the first RIPE NCC Levant Regional Meeting in Beirut. The event took place under the patronage of…

EE to roll-out 4G across the entire United Kingdom by 2020

Written on Wednesday, 27 April 2016 12:16
U.K.-based operator EE has announced plans to bring 4G to 95 percent of the entire United Kingdom landmass by 2020, in addition to relocating its customer services to the U.K. and Ireland. The network also plans to switch on high-speed 4G in the Shetland Islands (archipelago in Scotland) and the Isles of Scilly (archipelago in England). EE chief executive, Marc Allera, spoke to the BBC about how customers expected to be able to access the internet wherever they were, even…

Warid Telecom picks Syniverse for global LTE roaming

Written on Monday, 25 April 2016 12:37
Pakistani telco Warid Telecom is deploying Syniverse’s IPX diameter signaling services to enable its subscribers to access LTE services around the globe, and to provide LTE service to visiting inbound roamers throughout Pakistan. According to the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority, Pakistan had more than 26.1 million 3G and LTE subscribers at the end of February, up from just 24.7 million in January. According to Syniverse, IPX is a crucial component of mobile networks that makes LTE possible anywhere and at any…
Verizon Communications Inc., the massive U.S.-based telecom operator, is reportedly conducting 5G field trials in cooperation with its partners for its upcoming 5G wireless network to be introduced in 2017. According to Yahoo, Verizon is currently looking at mobile hotspot and fixed wireless for the early deployment of the next-generation 5G wireless networks for the United States. On April 21, Fran Shammo, CFO at Verizon, announced the 5G plans to investment analysts during the company’s first-quarter 2016 earnings conference call.…

Vodafone launches WiFi as a service for businesses

Written on Thursday, 21 April 2016 07:37
Vodafone has launched WiFi as a service that allows business customers to offer, in their facilities, WiFi internet access to visitors and employees. Powered by a centralized authentication and web traffic analysis platform, the service provides a rich set of features including a customized landing page, wide range of end user authentication methods, usage reports and footfall analysis. With this platform, end users get internet access, while companies may extract end users' data that are relevant for their business depending…
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