T-Mobile NL files for clearance of Tele2 takeover, EC to work with ACM on case

(Telecompaper) T-Mobile Netherlands has filed with the European Commission competition authorities for regulatory approval of its proposed takeover of Tele2 Netherlands, as first announced in December. The Comission set a deadline of 12 June for taking a decision on the deal, which will leave Tele2 with a minority stake in the merged operators. The Dutch regulator ACM announced that it will work together with the Commission on the merger review process. …read more

read more

Deutsche Telekom activates first 5G antenna sites in downtown Berlin

(Telecompaper) Deutsche Telekom has activated a set of six commercial 5G antennas in downtown Berlin as it continues to prepare for the roll-out of 5G in 2020. The antennas, contained in three cells, are based on the 5G New Radio (5G NR) standard and are the first in Europe to operate and transmit a 5G data connection over a live network in real-world conditions, said Telekom. …read more

read more

MTN Group adds 4.1 mln new subscribers in Q1

(Telecompaper) MTN Group added 4.1 million new subscribers in the first quarter, ending March with a total of 221.3 million in 22 countries across Africa and the Middle East. That represents a 1.9 percent increase quarter-on-quarter. Active MTN Mobile Money customers increased by 3.9 percent on a quarterly basis to 22.7 million, and mobile money revenues were up 52.4 percent year-on-year. MTN also reported group voice revenue up 5.4 percent thanks to strong growth in Nigeria and Ghana, and data revenue up 26.9 percent as it expanded coverage across its footprint. …read more

read more

Smartphone shipments down 3% in Q1, Xiaomi doubles sales – IDC

(Telecompaper) The global smartphone market declined 2.9 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2018 due above all to a slowdown in China, according to latest figures from IDC. Vendors shipped a total of 334.3 million units in the first three months of 2018 compared to 344.3 million units a year earlier, with volumes in China dipping below 100 million for the first time since the third quarter of 2013, attributed by IDC to the lack of new smartphone converts. The researcher said consumers appear to be unwilling to shell out big money for increasingly expensive handsets that bring minimal upgrades over their current device. …read more

read more

Xiaomi files for IPO in Hong Kong

(Telecompaper) Xioami has filed for an initial public offering of shares in Hong Kong. The move comes as the Chinese smartphone maker has expanded quickly to become the fourth-largest seller in the world. The IPO is expected to value the company at up to USD 100 billion. …read more

read more

Spotify grows to 170 mln users in Q1, revenues up 26%

(Telecompaper) Spotify ended the first quarter with a total of 170 million monthly active users, up 30 percent from a year earlier. Ad-supported users increased 21 percent to 99 million, driven by recent expansion in Asia, and paid subscribers rose 45 percent to 75 million, helped by extended trial periods in certain markets to drive conversion. …read more

read more