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The foreign policy of the Biden Presidency has a distinctly familiar feel to it, with a new executive order designed to boost domestic industry. As is so often the way with politics, the packaging may be different but the contents remain much the same. While Donald Trump spoke of making America great again, Biden is
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New US President Biden is reportedly working on an executive order designed to make various US supply chains less reliant on China. The news comes courtesy of Nikkei, which has got hold of a draft of the order. Following the precedent set by Trump, Biden is largely circumventing the traditional law-making process by simply issuing
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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 William Webb, CEO of Webb Search, looks at how things are going in the early days of 6G development. Work has started in earnest on 6G. Various bodies opine on what it should be – and
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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 Angela Logothetis, CTO of Amdocs Open Network, takes a look at the rapidly-evolving satellite communications sector. Are we at the start of a race between ground and satellite communications networks? It seems like only yesterday the industry’s
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Orange has finally announced the creation of an independent European towers company but the new business will have fewer assets than we might have expected. The France-based operator said the aptly-named TOTEM business, which is due to be up and running before the end of the year, will have around 25,500 macro sites in France
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MásMóvil has launched a new range of financial services products, including personal loans of up to €60,000, putting it well on its way to becoming a bank. Spain’s fourth mobile operator this week unveiled MoneyGO, a range of financial services available to its Yoigo customers including – predictably – device financing and credit card offers
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Nokia has inked a 5G core and access deal with A1 in Austria, which is obviously good news, but not necessarily a major step forward the Finnish vendor. The deal is an extension of Nokia’s longstanding relationship with the Austrian incumbent, so this is a contract it would reasonably expect to win. You could argue
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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 Jonatan Matsson, Partner and Europe lead at Kearney’s Communications, Media and Technology practice, looks at the political and regulatory factors contributing to Europe’s poor 5G performance. 2021 is an all or nothing year for 5G roll
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Barely a day goes by without some evidence being presented that one of Facebook, Apple, Amazon or Google has used their power to distort the market. The EU is currently investigating Google for abusing its dominant position in search and advertising, the US is regretting letting Facebook acquire its way to dominance and Apple’s power
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Africa’s leading mobile operator MTN has partnered with payment platform Mastercard to add online payment functions to its mobile wallet for user across its fintech footprint. South Africa-based MTN announced that it has enter a partnership with Mastercard to enable users of MTN MoMo (mobile money) service in all the 16 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa
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When Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi held the first meeting of his new Council of Ministers there was a very familiar name on the list of attendees. Vittorio Colao is serving as the Technological Innovation and Digital Transition Minister in the Draghi government. He is one of nine ministers without portfolio and one of 23
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As the EU works to refine its massive Digital Services Act, France is publicly lobbying for greater national censorship powers and for more content to be made illegal. We know this because Cedric O, the French minister for the digital economy, chatted to the FT about it. “Getting these laws passed is a major objective
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Olaf Swantee will join Vodafone as a non-executive director this summer, provided his nomination gets the go-ahead from shareholders at the telco’s July AGM. In many ways, it’s hardly news. A seasoned telecoms professional joining a telecoms group’s board is a fairly common occurrence. But Swantee’s move to Vodafone has understandably captured headlines because, despite
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It turns out that when governments muck about with markets there are sometimes unintended consequences. Earlier this week we reported on a global chip shortage brought about, in part, by unilateral US action designed to prevent Chinese companies getting hold of semiconductors containing American intellectual property. Quite reasonably, Chinese companies such as Huawei them tried
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Telstra is taking back control of its network of retail outlets, many of which are currently operated under licence by third parties. The Australian incumbent said the move, which will affect a couple of hundred stores, is driven by its need to keep pace with the growing digital economy and to give it more flexibility
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Swedish operator group Telia has made its big IoT move in the form of a bundle of technologies designed to take the hassle out of global implementation. The new portfolio is called Telia Global IoT Connectivity and the big claim on its behalf is that it will save companies on average 28 percent of the
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