T-Mobile adds 5 mln customers in 2017, DT to buy more shares

(Telecompaper) T-Mobile US said it added a net 1.9 million new customers in the fourth quarter of 2017, taking its total base to nearly 72.6 million at year-end. Over the full year, the mobile operator gained more than 5 million new customers for the fourth consecutive year. After meeting its FY guidance, the company said its majority shareholder Deutsche Telekom is considering buying more shares in the US operator. …read more

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French prosecutor orders Apple probe over planned iPhone obsolescence

(Telecompaper) The DGCCRF, France’s anti-fraud and consumer protection agency, will lead a preliminary investigation over allegations that Apple misled iPhone customers and practised planned obsolescence, reports Le Monde. The probe was ordered by the Paris prosecutor examining the case recently brought to court by French association HOP, which has accused the company of intentionally shortening the lifespan of its smartphones. …read more

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Altice to spin off US company, reorganise Europe activities

(Telecompaper) Altice has announced a major reorganisation plan, saying it wants to split the company into two companies, one with its eye only on the US and the other on Europe, with the goal of simplifying the company’s structure, enhancing accountability and transparency, and paying down debt. Each unit will have its own distinct targets and balance sheet strengths. …read more

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Oculus partners Xiaomi to bring VR headset to China

(Telecompaper) Facebook’s Oculus has partnered with Xiaomi to bring its virtual reality headsets to China. At CES, the company said Xiaomi will be its hardware partner for the global launch of Oculus Go. In addition, the companies jointly announced the Mi VR Standalone, a VR headset based on Oculus technology exclusively for the Chinese market. …read more

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Samsung Q4 operating profit grows more than 63%

(Telecompaper) Samsung Electronics expects its Q4 operating profit to grow 63.8 percent year-on-year to KRW 15.1 trillion (USD 14.1 billion). That compares to KRW 9.2 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2016, Samsung said in its preliminary report. Sales are expected to reach KRW 66 trillion for the three months ended 31 December 2017, which represents an increase of 23.8 percent year-on-year. …read more

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