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What Ripe Fruit Will BlackBerry Produce On June 7th?

Last week BlackBerry Mobile pinned a tweet that simply states “An Icon Reborn” with the date of June 7, 2018 at 10AM listed underneath, as well as “New York” and “BlackBerry KEY2″. By all accounts, it appears that BlackBerry is not finished with making phones.<p>TCL Communications had previously …

Mobile Technology

Airtel completes Telenor India acquisition - Mobile World Live

Bharti Airtel’s long-awaited acquisition of Telenor India was completed after receiving final regulatory approval, making way for the market leader …

India

Breakingviews - Vodafone CEO leaves hard work to his successor | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Vodafone’s departing chief executive, Vittorio Colao, is leaving a tough job for his successor Nick Read. A disciplined approach to acquisitions and investment has helped the mobile group beat peers’ returns. The challenge for Read, who is currently the company’s …

IT

Operator of World’s Largest Telecom Tower Network Applies for Hong Kong IPO

<i>* State-backed company is expected to raise as much as $10 billion</i><p><i>* Planned IPO in 2017 delayed due to regulatory hurdles, need for approval from</i> …

Hong Kong

Super-fast 5G not a threat to NBN: Telstra

The launch of the blisteringly fast 5G mobile network over the next decade will not kill the wires-in-ground $84 billion National Broadband Network, …

Telecoms

NCLT allows Ericsson's insolvency plea against RCom

<b>Mumbai:</b> The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) on Tuesday admitted an insolvency plea filed by Sweden’s Ericsson against Reliance Communications, …

Telecoms

The Killer App for 5G Networks

Following this year's Brooklyn 5G Summit, I'm still wondering whether there will be a "killer app" for 5G networks.<p>PCMag reviews products …

Internet of Things

Don't Chase Acacia Communications' Latest Rally

It’s unlikely that the Commerce Department will completely reverse the ZTE ban.<p>Shares of <b>Acacia Communications</b> (NASDAQ:ACIA) rallied 9% on May 14 …

Telecoms

Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao to Depart After a Decade

Colao to be replaced by Chief Financial Officer Nick Read<p>Vodafone Group PLC Chief Executive Vittorio Colao is set to leave his position after reshaping the world’s second-biggest mobile carrier by subscribers over the past 10 years.<p>The move comes less than a week after the U.K. telecommunications …

Liberty Global

New Vodafone CEO Needs ‘Safe Pair of Hands’ for Deals, Rivalry

Vodafone Group Plc’s choice of Nick Read as its next chief executive officer suggests the board is looking for more of the same for one of the …

Vodafone

Vodafone chief dismissive of 5G race - Mobile World Live

Outgoing Vodafone Group CEO Vittorio Colao (<i>pictured</i>) warned the industry was too obsessed with “technology definitions” and should focus on whatever …

Vodafone

MyRepublic rewards customers, backers with mobile plans touting no bill shock

SINGAPORE: Internet service provider MyRepublic has branched out into mobile services, rewarding existing customers and those who backed its bid to …

Customers

The Big Disconnect: What happened to Google Fiber in Atlanta?

After three years of stalled promises, Atlanta is fed up. Will we ever get Google’s high-speed internet?<p>Illustration by Wes L Cockx<p>It’s been more …

Google Fiber

Verizon names Los Angeles as the second of four cities to receive 5G rollout before 2019

My boss’ boss’ boss was on CNBC this morning touting Verizon‘s new 5G services and naming Los Angeles as the second city in America to be treated to a commercial rollout of the new networking technology.<p>“I think we’re a lot closer than people think,” says Verizon chief executive Lowell McAdam of …

Telecoms

Rollout of super-fast broadband to City businesses being slowed by permission issues

The rollout of super-fast broadband to businesses in the City of London is being delayed, as BT Openreach expressed concern over getting permission …

Telecoms

Senate vote to restore net neutrality will take place on May 16th

For those of you who have been hoping that the Senate will save net neutrality, we now have a date for that vote. Senate Democrats led by Edward Markey (D-MA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) will force a vote on Wednesday, May 16th.<p>It's not clear whether the …

Net Neutrality

US and Chinese presidents work to get ZTE 'back into business'

ZTE's future is currently grim in light of the revived US export ban, but is it guaranteed to wither and die? Not necessarily. President Trump has tweeted that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping are "working together" to give ZTE a "way to get back into business." Just how that would happen wasn't …

Donald Trump

Sprint is bringing 5G to New York, Phoenix and Kansas City in 2019

As providers gear up for their 5G rollouts, they're announcing their first territories for their next-generation networks. Sprint had already named six cities it plans to bring 5G to early next year, and it's adding three more locales to the list: New York City, Phoenix and Kansas City.<p>The Big …

Kansas City

Key players warn Austin is being left behind in 5G future

AUSTIN (KXAN) - While companies ramp up to offer 5G service for cell phones, lawmakers and providers say Austin will be left behind because the city …

Hurricane Harvey

AT&T CEO: We made 'big mistake' hiring Cohen, chief lobbyist out

(Reuters) - AT&T Inc (T.N) on Friday ousted its top lobbyist, and the No. 2 wireless carrier's chief executive said it was a "big mistake" to hire Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, for advice on working with the Trump administration.<p>AT&T paid Essential Consultants LLC, a …

Donald Trump

Ministers urged by 52 MPs to force telecoms operators to plug mobile phone not-spots in rural areas

Dozens of MPs are urging ministers to force mobile phone operators to plug so-called 'not-spots' in rural areas.<p>Fifty-two MPs from all parties have sent a letter to Matt Hancock, the Digital and Culture secretary, urging him to challenge the speed and roll out of 4G coverage to help communities …

Mobile

KDDI revenue grows 6% to $45.89 billion with 31% EBITDA margin

KDDI has posted operating revenue of 5,042 billion yen or $45.89 billion (+6.2 percent) with operating income of 962.8 billion yen (+5.5 percent) …

Investing

China Telecom to help establish 3rd PH telco player – Andanar

Duterte wants Chinese company to be 3rd PH telecom player

‘Envy of the world’: BCE’s Cope says fibre investment will pay big dividends in 5G era

BCE Inc. started the year with solid performance thanks to ongoing growth in its wireless division, but chief executive George Cope believes the …

Telecoms

Qualcomm: Meet the new boss of everything mobile

Recent merger activity, a changing political climate, and the company's significant IP portfolio is poised to create a virtual monopoly of mobile and …

Internet of Things

Donald Trump's regulators are the only thing holding back a massive American telecommunications revolution

You know the famous scene in "Dead Poets Society" where the students stand up one by one on their desk and say "O Captain, my Captain!" in salute of …

Net Neutrality

5G Race Pits Ford, BMW Against GM, Toyota

Dispute over internet technology divides auto makers<p>Excitement around 5G is eclipsing the prospects for a competing technology that General Motors Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. are backing, potentially giving rivals a leg-up in the race to debut vehicles with state-of-the-art internet connectivity.<p>The …

Automotive Industry

Singapore MVNO offers public transit riders free data

Mobile virtual network operator Circles.Life will offer 100MB data for every 10 rides taken using stored value card, EZ-Link, and an additional 1GB …

Transit

Preparing for India’s next telecom revolution

5G technology could be the backbone of India’s growth—but it will require reforms to simplify the upgradation of critical infrastructure

Telecoms