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Amazon Web Services unveils AWS Backup service

(Telecompaper) Amazon Web Services (AWS) has released AWS Backup, a fully-managed, centralised backup service that allows customers to back up their data across AWS services and on-premises. The platform gives customers a single service to configure and audit the AWS resources they backup, automate backup scheduling, set retention policies, and monitor recent backups and restores in one place.  Source: Industry News (syndicated from Telecompaper.com)

Netflix to up prices in the US, much of Latin America – report

(Telecompaper) Netflix will be lifting its prices in the US by 13-18 percent, the Associated Press reported. Prices will go up with immediate effect for all new subscribers and then roll out to existing customers over the next three months. Customers in about 40 Latin American countries where Netflix bills in US dollars will also be affected, except key markets such as Mexico and Brazil. Source: Industry News (syndicated from Telecompaper.com)

NBCUniversal to launch ad-supported, free streaming service for US, international markets

(Telecompaper) NBCUniversal said it will be launching a new streaming service in 2020, offering premium content for free in the US and major international markets. The service will be ad-supported, running on partnerships with advertisers and distributors, but there will also be an ad-free version, for a non-specified fee. Source: Industry News (syndicated from Telecompaper.com)

Liberty Latin America confirms talks to acquire Millicom

(Telecompaper) Liberty Latin America, the recently spun-off unit of Liberty Global focused on Latin America and the Caribbean, has confirmed an initial approach for rival Millicom, a Luxembourg-based company present in 13 countries in Latin America and Africa. Millicom had earlier announced that it had received a “preliminary highly conditional non-binding proposal” for all of its shares from Liberty Latin America, adding that “there is no certainty that a transaction will materialise.” Source: Industry News

Liberty Latin America confirms bid to acquire Millicom

(Telecompaper) Liberty Latin America, the recently spun-off unit of Liberty Global focused on Latin America and the Caribbean, has confirmed an initial approach for rival Millicom, a Luxembourg-based company present in 13 countries in Latin America and Africa. Millicom had earlier announced that it had received a “preliminary highly conditional non-binding proposal” for all of its shares from Liberty Latin America, adding that “there is no certainty that a transaction will materialise.” Source: Industry News

Helios Towers to take 66% of infrastructure joint venture with Vulatel

(Telecompaper) Helios Towers has entered the South African market by forming a partnership with Vulatel to expand mobile and fixed line infrastructure in the country. Helios Towers plans to make “major greenfield wireless and fixed-line telecoms infrastructure investments” there. Helios Towers expects South Africa to lead the 5G roll-out in sub-Saharan Africa. Helios Towers South Africa (HTSA) will build open access infrastructure that it will then lease to other companies. Source: Industry News (syndicated from Telecompaper.com)

T-Systems hands mainframe services over to IBM in deal worth EUR 860 mln – report

(Telecompaper) Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Systems is handing its mainframe services over to IBM, reports Handelsblatt. In May, 400 employees in six countries will join the US IT company, according to an internal statement seen by the newspaper. T-Systems stated officially that the transaction was not a sale of the business unit, the website Golem.de reported. Source: Industry News (syndicated from Telecompaper.com)

German regulator to ban third-party data collection via Facebook – report

(Telecompaper) Germany’s Federal Cartel Office will ban Facebook from collecting user data through third parties providers, Bild am Sonntag reports without citing sources. Third parties providers include Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, game apps and website operators.  Source: Industry News (syndicated from Telecompaper.com)

Last week in telecoms: network expansion, acquisitions and bond market activity

(Telecompaper) Network expansion plans and takeover news helped a number of telecoms shares edge higher during week 2, but the overall sentiment was negative. The Telecompaper Stock Index European Telecoms ended the week down 1.4 percent, underperforming the EuroStoxx 50 index, which was up 0.9 percent. At the extremes were German micro cap Ecotel (+13%) and Germany’s 1&1 Drillisch (-15%). Source: Industry News (syndicated from Telecompaper.com)

Xiaomi launches new premium flagship device MiMix3

(Telecompaper) Xiaomi unveiled its latest premium flagship product, Mi Mix 3. The 6GB+128G version is available in the UK from 16 January for GBP 499. The phone will be available in two standout colours, Sapphire Blue and Onyx Black. In addition to an unprecedented full-screen display experience, available to UK customers for the first time, Mi Mix 3 features a camera setup that achieved a DxOMark photo score of 108, and a four-sided curved ceramic

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