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Apple seeks to stop China ban on phones with software updates

(Telecompaper) Apple has said it will roll out software updates next week for some of its iPhone models, Reuters reported. The move comes after a court in China granted Qualcomm’s request for two preliminary injunctions regarding two patents. The decision means Apple may face a court ban in the country for its iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Apple said the software updates will “address

Apple to build new campus in Austin, create more jobs across US

(Telecompaper) Apple said it will put USD 1 billion into a new campus in North Austin. The company will also establish new sites in Seattle in Washington state, and San Diego and Culver City in California, plus expand over the coming three years in more cities across the US, including Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado.  Source: Industry News (syndicated from Telecompaper.com)

Berec to update net neutrality guidelines for zero-rating cases

(Telecompaper) The EU’s net neutrality regulation and the guidelines to regulators issued by Berec are working well, according to an evaluation by Berec, the assembly of national telecom regulators in the EU. However, the regulators agreed that more clarification is needed in certain areas, such as zero rating, and updated guidance will be issued in 2019.  Source: Industry News (syndicated from Telecompaper.com)

Bouygues Telecom, Axione, Mirova forge investment partnership for FTTH roll-out in French urban areas

(Telecompaper) Bouygues subsidiary Axione has strengthened its ties with investment firm Mirova to create CityFast, a new company that will bring FTTH connectivity to 3.4 million French premises in very densely populated areas. The venture has secured a tender from Bouygues Telecom, creating a new business model under which the operator transfers its existing FTTH infrastructure to CityFast and gains rights to use CityFast’s network for 30 years. Source: Industry News (syndicated from Telecompaper.com)

Samsung to close down mobile phone plant in China's Tianjin

(Telecompaper) Samsung has confirmed that it will be shutting down its mobile phone factory in the Chinese port city of Tianjin due to plunging local sales. “As part of ongoing efforts to enhance efficiency in our production facilities, Samsung Electronics has arrived at the difficult decision to cease operations of Tianjin Samsung Electronics Telecommunication (TSTC),” the South Korean company told the South China Morning Post. Source: Industry News (syndicated from Telecompaper.com)

Australian regulator sees competition concerns in TPG-Vodafone merger

(Telecompaper) TPG supplies retail fixed broadband and voice services, and is building its own mobile network in Australia. Vodafone owns and operates its own mobile network and has started supplying fixed broadband services on the National Broadband Network (NBN). The ACCC’s preliminary view is that “TPG is currently on track to become the fourth mobile network operator in Australia, and as such it’s likely to be an aggressive competitor”.  Source: Industry News (syndicated from Telecompaper.com)

Telefonica Brasil CEO Navarro named global comms director

(Telecompaper) Telefonica has announced the appointment of Eduardo Navarro, current chairman and CEO of its Brazilian unit, as its new Global Director for Communications, Brand, Public Affairs and Sustainability. The new unit will oversee communication, institutional marketing, global brand policy, sponsorship, as well as the global strategy for public affairs and corporate ethics and sustainability, integrating and managing all of the group’s intangible assets, said Telefonica. Source: Industry News (syndicated from Telecompaper.com)

FCC approves terms for mmWave 5G auction in 2019

(Telecompaper) The FCC has approved plans to release mmWave spectrum for 5G services in an auction in 2019. The order covers the 37 GHz, 39 GHz and 47 GHz bands, with a total of 3,400 MHz available.  Source: Industry News (syndicated from Telecompaper.com)

Orange to launch Djingo speaker with Alexa support by spring, alongside new smart home, security services

(Telecompaper) Orange presented a range of new products and services at its annual Hello Show on 12 December. The event was also the opportunity to announce that the Djingo smart speaker, developed and presented jointly with Deutsche Telekom, will be in stores by spring. Pricing is expected to start at EUR 49. The speaker is named after the Djingo voice-controlled personal assistant, which is also the virtual advisor for Orange Bank customers, and will be

Telia, Turkcell agree sale of Kcell to Kazakhtelecom

(Telecompaper) Telia Company has confirmed the sale of Kazakhstan mobile operator Kcell, which it jointly owns with Turkcell, to state-controlled operator Kazakhtelecom. The fixed operator will pay USD 446 million for the 75 percent stake.  Source: Industry News (syndicated from Telecompaper.com)

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