CTIA report warns US losing 5G race to China, South Korea

(Telecompaper) The US is falling behind in the 5G race, with China and South Korea ahead in the game, according to research by Analysys Mason commissioned by the US mobile industry group CTIA. The report comes as the CTIA holds a summit in Washington DC with policymakers to underline the need for more regulatory support to make the US a leader in 5G. …read more

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Nokia, Cisco, FB, others unite to defend users everywhere from cyber attacks

(Telecompaper) ‌A group of 34 companies have a signed a new Cybersecurity Tech Accord, saying they agree to defend all customers worldwide from malicious attacks by cybercriminal enterprises and nation-states. Signatories include ABB, Arm, Cisco, Facebook, HP, HPE, Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, and Trend Micro. They have made commitments in four areas: stronger defense, no offense, capacity building and collective action. …read more

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Netflix reaches 125 mln subscribers after strong Q1

(Telecompaper) Netflix said it reached a first quarter record of 7.41 million streaming subscribers added, with 1.96 million coming from the US and 5.46 million elsewhere. The total number of subscribers amounted to 125 million, up from over 117 million in the previous quarter and almost 98 million a year ago, including almost 57 million in the US and over 68 million outside. The results passed company expectations of 6.3 million additions. Netflix also reached record revenue growth, pushed by its strong show at international, which now accounts for 50 percent of revenues and 55 percent of subscribers. …read more

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Bouygues Telecom denies SFR takeover rumour

(Telecompaper) Bouygues Telecom’s parent company issued a statement denying it was holding talks over a possible acquisition of a market rival. This was in response to information gathered by Bloomberg from unnamed sources regarding “early talks” over a possible bid for Altice’s French assets between Bouygues and other investors, including private equity firm CVC Capital Partners. Altice told Bloomberg that SFR was one of its essential assets and a long-term project of the group. …read more

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ZTE banned from buying US components for 7 years

(Telecompaper) ZTE has been banned from buying components or parts from the US for seven years, after the US Commerce Department said the company violated the terms of a settlement reached last year with the US government, the Wall Street Journal reported. ZTE was fined for shipping equipment to Iran and North Korea in times of sanction. It then paid a full bonus to the employees that engaged in these practices and gave false information, moves the US found to be against the settlement terms agreed upon. Separately, the UK has also warned UK telecom companies to not use ZTE equipment and services, on security grounds. Cybersecurity officials in the country are concerned that China could force ZTE to infiltrate or sabotage telecom equipment. …read more

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ZTE banned from buying US components for 7 years

(Telecompaper) ZTE has been banned from buying components or parts from the US for seven years, after the US Commerce Department said the company violated the terms of a settlement reached last year with the US government, the Wall Street Journal reported. ZTE was fined for shipping equipment to Iran and North Korea in times of sanction. It then paid a full bonus to the employees that engaged in these practices and gave false information, moves the US found to be against the settlement terms agreed upon. Separately, the UK has also warned UK telecom companies to not use ZTE equipment and services, on security grounds. Cybersecurity officials in the country are concerned that China could force ZTE to infiltrate or sabotage telecom equipment. …read more

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Google, Verizon at odds with NCTA’s OTMR proposal

Google Fiber and Verizon have come to loggerheads with the NCTA’s one-touch-make-ready (OTMR) plan to accelerate the make-ready review process for new pole attachments, kicking up more dust in what has been a contentious debate between incumbent providers and competitors expanding broadband services. …read more

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Rogers to trial 5G in Toronto and Ottowa with Ericsson

(Telecompaper) Rogers has signed a multi-year contract with Ericsson aimed at developing networks for 5G. Working with Ericsson, Rogers will trial 5G in Toronto and Ottawa, in addition to select cities over the next year. The operator’s plan includes the continued rollout of its Gigabit LTE network with the latest technology including 4×4 MIMO, four-carrier aggregation and 256 QAM. The company will boost and densify its network with small cells and macro sites across the country. …read more

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Sony unveils new Xperia X72 Premium, with pro camera, loudest speakers yet

(Telecompaper) Sony Mobile has launched its new Xperia XZ2 Premium, saying it comes with a special professional Motion Eye camera that can create as well as show 4K HDR content, a 3D glass surface and Sony’s loudest yet speakers for an Xperia smartphone. The phone will become available worldwide this summer in Chrome Black and Chrome Silver and will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo. …read more

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