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Comcast-Time Warner merger faces opposition

The proposed merger between US cable firms Comcast and Time Warner Cable has been criticised by Netflix and the Writer’s Guild of America, East

The potential merger between US cable firms Comcast and Time Warner Cable has been criticised by both video on demand service provider Netflix and the Writer’s Guild of America, East (WGAE).

AT&T to extend fibre rollout

AT&T has announced plans to expand its fibre network across the US to up to 100 further cities and municipalities

US operator AT&T has announced plans to expand its fibre network across the US to up to 100 further cities and municipalities. The operator will be extending the footprint its triple play U-Verse TV, fixed internet and telephony service which it claims delivers speeds of up to 1Gbps.

Rogers Communications sees profit decline

Rogers Communications has seen its profit fall year on year in the first quarter of 2014

Canadian operator Rogers Communications has seen its profit fall year on year in the first quarter of 2014. While operating revenues remained stable; C$3.02bn (US$2.74bn) in 1Q14 compared with $3.03bn in the year ago quarter, adjusted net income for the quarter fell by 18 per cent to reach C$340m down from C$414m.

US smartphone users enticed by sponsored data plans, reports survey

US smartphone users are open to using sponsored data plans driven by fear of exceeding their mobile data limit, according to research published today.

US operators, device vendors create smartphone “kill switch”

Leading handset manufacturers and operators have teamed up in an effort to curb smartphone theft in the US

Leading handset manufacturers and operators in the US have teamed up to introduce a ‘killswitch’ in an effort to curb smartphone theft in the country.

AT&T signs connected car deal with Volvo

AT&T has entered into an agreement with Volvo to provide internet connectivity in vehicles in the USA and Canada

US operator AT&T has entered into a multi-year agreement with Swedish car manufacturer Volvo to provide internet connectivity in vehicles in the USA and Canada starting this summer.

Telefónica launches mobile ad exchange

Telefonica has launched what it says is the world’s first telco-powered real-time mobile advertising exchange platform

European operator group Telefónica has launched what it says is the world’s first telco-powered real-time mobile advertising exchange platform. The Spanish firm has teamed up with GSO Capital Partners, a division of US investment firm Blackstone, to create Axonix; a firm that intends to act as a marketplace for mobile publishers and advertisers to target adverts at consumers.

TIM Brasil considering tower sale; 700MHz bid

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Telecom Italia’s Brazilian operation, TIM Brasil, is considering offloading its cell tower infrastructure in a bid to unlock more value from the assets and make the company more efficient.

Mozilla appoints Chris Beard as interim CEO

Chris Beard, interim CEO, Mozilla

Open source software provider Mozilla has announced the appointment of Chris Beard as interim CEO, following the departure of Brendan Eich earlier this month. Beard, a long-term Mozilla employee and formerly the firm’s chief marketing officer, will also join the board in the wake of Eich’s forced departure after just 11 days in the job, brought about by controversy over his political views.

Dark fibre to inspire more confidence in cloud, says Verizon

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American telco Verizon announced the launch of a Secure Cloud Interconnect service (SCI) this week, using private IP addresses to connect its cloud and multiple cloud platforms together, beginning initially with Microsoft Azure. Michael Palmer, vice president of product development for Verizon said linking cloud platforms with private links will help inspire confidence in cloud service once again, which has waxed and waned over the past year.

Cincinatti Bell to close wireless operation, sell spectrum

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Regional US operator Cincinnati Bell has announced that it is to close its cellular business, selling its spectrum licences to Verizon Wireless for $194m. The firm, which reported a wireless subscriber base of 340,000 at the end of 2013, down from 398,000 at the close of 2012, saw full year 2013 wireless revenues drop by 17 per cent to $202m.

Millicom appoints Ghana and LatAm TV services heads

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Operator group Millicom has announced the appointment of a general manager for its Tigo subsidiary in Ghana as well as a VP for TV services in Latin America.

FCC moves to beef up US wifi

Wifi problems due to baby monitors, audio video kit

US regulator the Federal Communications Commission voted Monday to free up more spectrum for wifi usage in a bid to help nudge the capabilities of typical installations of the technology over the 1Gbps mark.

Telus appoints CEO in leadership reshuffle

Joe Natale has been appointed president and CEO at Telus

Canadian operator Telus has appointed chief commercial officer Joe Natale as president and CEO. Natale has been at the operator since 2003, joining as an executive vice president and has since held roles including president of Telus Business Solutions and president of Telus Consumer Solutions. He has been CCO since 2010.

NFC at heart of Brazilian mobile payments project

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Brazilian banking group Bradesco is planning to roll out NFC mobile payments across Brazil by summer 2014, through a partnership with mobile operator Claro and SIM card provider Giesecke & Devrient.

Google looks to get stylish with Ray-Ban partnership

Google has announced a tie-up with eyewear specialist the Luxottica Group

Web giant Google has announced a tie-up with eyewear specialist the Luxottica Group as part of its Google Glass project. The Group is parent to several eyewear brands, including Ray-Ban and Oakley, and has over 5,000 retail outlets in the US. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Huawei condemns NSA snooping allegations

Huawei has condemned the US National Security Agency (NSA) following reports published over the weekend that the body gained access to Huawei’s email archive and software source code

Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei has responded to the US National Security Agency (NSA) following reports over the weekend claiming that the organisation gained access to Huawei’s email servers and source code of Huawei products.

Netflix CEO: “Cost sharing makes no sense”

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has claimed that sharing costs with internet services providers “makes no sense”

The co-founder and CEO of video service Netflix, Reed Hastings, has said that sharing costs with internet services providers “makes no sense” for the firm.

Dish Networks forced to pay out to whistleblower

Dish Network has been told by the US Department of Labor's OSHA to pay a former employee $157,024 in back wages and $100,000 in compensatory damages

US satellite operator Dish Network has been told by the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to pay a former employee $157,024 in back wages and $100,000 in compensatory damages. The employee was blacklisted by the firm after reporting one of Dish’s vendors for submitting fraudulent invoices.

Sprint adds 20 new LTE markets

Sprint's LTE service will begin in 2012, with Network Vision to be launched shortly after

US mobile network Sprint has extended its LTE coverage to 20 new markets, taking the total number of cities in which the service is available to 402, the firm said. It also introduced its Spark service, which takes advantage of LTE-Advanced techniques including carrier aggregation, in two new markets. Sprint said that it expects to have LTE coverage of more than 250 million people by the mid point of 2014.

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