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KPN to stop OTT TV service due to lack of demand

(Telecompaper) Dutch operator KPN announced it’s ending its OTT TV service KPN Play from 02 July. The company said there was insufficient demand for the service so it has decided to stop offering it. Telecompaper estimates the service launched in 2015 has attracted only around 10,000 subscribers. Rival T-Mobile has also abandoned its OTT TV service Knippr.  Source: Industry News (syndicated from Telecompaper.com)

Xiaomi unveils flagship Mi 8 smartphones, standalone VR headset

(Telecompaper) Xiaomi has unveiled its new flagship smartphone series, the Mi 8, at an event Shenzen, as well as its standalone VR headset developed with Oculus. The Mi 8 and Mi 8 SE will launch first in China in June, while a more premium edition, the Mi 8 Explorer with in-display fingerprint reader and 3D face unlock, will be available later.  Source: Industry News (syndicated from Telecompaper.com)

Slovak regulator cancels auction of 1,800 MHz frequencies

(Telecompaper) Slovak regulator RU has cancelled the auction for frequencies in the 1,800 MHz band, arguing a significant change in circumstances since the call for tenders was announced. The invitation was published on 06 April and the applications were accepted until 09 May. On 10 May, RU cancelled the auction, informed the participants about the cancellation, returned their bids in unopened envelopes and returned the paid vadiums to their accounts.  Source: Industry News (syndicated from

Google to launch new Pixel smartphones in October – report

(Telecompaper) Google is working on an upgraded Pixel smartphone line to launch this autumn, including a model with a nearly edge-to-edge screen, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. The company is planning at least two new models, likely to be dubbed the Pixel 3 and “Pixel 3 XL.  Source: Industry News (syndicated from Telecompaper.com)

IDC downgrades smartphone forecast, sees 2nd year of market contraction

(Telecompaper) IDC has downgraded its forecast for the global smartphone market in 2018, due mainly to continued weak sales in China. In February, the market researcher said it expected the market to recover to low single-digit growth this year, after a 0.3 percent fall in 2017, the first drop ever in the smartphone market. However, its latest forecast predicts unit shipments will contract again in 2018, down an estimated 0.2 percent to 1.462 billion units.

Canal Plus loses Ligue 1 TV rights to Mediapro as auction raises EUR 1.15 bln

(Telecompaper) The French football league LFP said it has awarded five of the seven packages of Ligue 1 broadcast rights for the 2020-2024 period, for a record EUR 1.15 billion per season. Spanish broadcasting group Mediapro, majority-owned by Chinese private equity fund Orient Hontai, won three of the seven lots on offer, including the one featuring the championship’s top ten matches. Current rights owner beIN Sports secured one smaller lot, while Iliad entered the football

Cell C drops Vodacom for roaming, inks new deal with MTN incl 4G access

(Telecompaper) South African operator Cell C announced it has entered into a far-reaching roaming agreement with MTN in order to complement Cell C’s own mobile network. The agreement will see MTN providing both 3G and 4G services to Cell C in areas where Cell C has chosen to purchase coverage rather than self-build, mainly outside of the main metro areas. The operator said the introduction of 4G roaming will benefit customers significantly. Source: Industry News

Yandex launches smart speaker with Alice assistant

(Telecompaper) Russian internet search engine Yandex has unveiled Yandex.Station, the first smart speaker designed for the Russian market and Yandex’s first hardware product. The Yandex.Station is equipped with Yandex’s Russian-speaking intelligent assistant, Alice, first launched last year and gradually rolling out across Yandex services. Alice has been available on mobile since launch in October 2017 and will soon arrive for the car with Yandex’s connected car platform.  Source: Industry News (syndicated from Telecompaper.com)

Iliad Italia launches with 30GB plan for EUR 6 a month

(Telecompaper) French operator Iliad has launched its Italian mobile operation under the Iliad brand, promising to revolutionise the market with an offer of 30GB of 4G+ data, plus unlimited calls and SMS for EUR 5.99 a month. The company’s CEO Benedetto Levi announced the offer at a press conference in Milan, claiming that it’s five times cheaper than rival offers and adding that it will be limited to the first 1 million customers who sign

Dixons Carphone warns for further fall in profit as new CEO looks took turn around UK performance

(Telecompaper) Retailer Dixons Carphone has warned for a sharp fall in profit in the year to April 2019, hurt by a weak UK market and a number of one-time items. Headline pretax profit is expected to drop to around GBP 300 million from GBP 382 million in the past year, the company said, prompting an over 20 percent fall in its share price. The recently appointed CEO Alex Baldock said after eight weeks in the

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