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Telenor and Axiata have shared in-depth details of a plan to merge their Malaysian mobile operations, but it’s important to note that we have been here before. Following speculation on the matter, the operator groups on Thursday announced that they are “in advanced discussions” regarding the potential merger. They aim to bring together Telenor’s Digi
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TMUS has unveiled its latest attempt at disrupting the US telecoms market with a launch dubbed ‘5G for all’. As ever the main thrust of TMUS’s messaging is that its two competitors are rubbish and rip their customers off. Hence an offer that some AT&T and Verizon customers on limited-data plans can upgrade to TMUS’s
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Verizon really does have the fastest 5G in the world, or at least it is allowed to make that claim through its advertising, according to an advertising standards ruling this week. Arch-rival AT&T complained about the “Fastest 5G in the World” claim made by Verizon in advertising to promote its 5G Ultra Wideband service. The
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Telecoms.com periodically invites expert third parties to share their views on the industry’s most pressing issues. In this piece Algis Akstinas, CEO and Founder, dotmobile explains why the traditional telecom business is about to change, and not because of 5G. Digitally advanced, direct-to-end-user wireless brands are here. Verizon Visible, Orange Flex, Eirtel GoMo, Optus Amaysim,
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The organizers of Mobile World Congress 2021, due to take place in Barcelona this Summer, have received some much-needed good news from the Spanish government. Right now Spain prohibits ‘non-essential’ travel to and from countries outside the EU/Schengen area. The GSMA, which runs MWC, has announced that anyone registered to attend the event will be
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Telecoms.com periodically invites expert third parties to share their views on the industry’s most pressing issues. In this piece Alan Carlton, VP of Wireless and Internet Technologies at Interdigital, takes an early look at what we need from the next generation of wireless technology. With 5G deployments still in their early days, to many, it may
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Indosat Ooredoo is raising money to fund network improvements in a way that has become very familiar to the telecoms space in recent years: it is selling off passive infrastructure. The Indonesian operator has brokered a deal to sell some 4,200 telecommunications towers to digital infrastructure investment group Digital Colony for US$750 million. The deal
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The advent of 6G wireless communications is still about a decade away. Nonetheless, initial discussion around emerging technologies and potential applications for this next generation has already begun. As with any new technologies, new threats will emerge that need to be addressed, in addition to any existing threats that will be carried over from past
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With tower space at a premium and some of the infrastructure reaching full capacity, the need for enhanced wind load performance antennas is growing more critically important. CommScope’s redesigned base station antennas are engineered to be even more aerodynamically efficient in reducing the total wind load imparted on a cellular tower or comparable mounting structure.
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Up-and-coming cloud messaging platform company MessageBird has announced the acquisitions of two companies that will boost its portfolio of customer engagement services. Netherlands-based MessageBird has often been tagged as a less high-profile version of Twilio, but came to prominence in its own right last year when it raised $200 million in a new funding round
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Korean tech giant LG has been struggling in the smartphone game for years and now seems likely to finally call it a day. There’s nothing official yet, but the Korea Times is confident enough in its sources to run with the story. Having said that, a formal announcement is expected to be made after an
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The Mi Mix Fold claims to have the largest smartphone foldable display so far, as well as four speakers and a ‘liquid lens’. While it’s still hard to see what the point of foldy phones is, Xiaomi deserves credit for putting its back into this one. Of course all flagship phone launches are littered with
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Social media giant Facebook’s continuing interest in connectivity has led it to propose two new cables linking the US and Singapore via novel routes. As you can see from the map, cables Echo and Bifrost seem designed to connect North America to South East Asia via a route that goes nowhere near China. Facebook says
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Telecoms.com periodically invites expert third parties to share their views on the industry’s most pressing issues. In this piece Rohit Maheshwari, Head of Strategy and Products at Subex, looks at how Augmented Analytics provides the ability to democratise data analytics across the entire data value chain. Gaining considerable traction, augmented analytics is one of the latest
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Ahead of yet another US political grilling, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is proposing that Section 230 protections should be restricted to those sites with comment screening systems. Zuck submitted his testimony to the subcommittees on consumer protection & commerce and communications & technology in advance. A lot of it addresses the slippery topic of ‘misinformation’,
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Saudi Arabian operators Mobily and Zain have received the green light from the country’s telecom regulator for a plan to merge their towers assets and seek external investment. And it seems that that third party will be passive infrastructure specialist IHS, although the company will not be permitted to take more than a minority shareholding.
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Telenor is bringing together its domestic and international Internet of Things (IoT) operations under a single brand, the aptly named Telenor IoT. Telenor IoT will encompass both the telco’s Nordic IoT portfolio and its global Telenor Connexion portfolio. The Norwegian operator said that as well as unifying its IoT ops under a single umbrella, it
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