The head of BlackBerry’s tablet unit has stepped down for personal reasons just weeks after the PlayBook was effectively put out to pasture.
Mexico based operator group América Móvil could increase its stake in European operator group KPN after ending a truce to cap its stake in the Dutch based firm.
Jordan Hubbard, co-founder of the popular FreeBSD operating system and Director of Unix Technology at Apple, has stepped down from his role at the Cupertino-based firm to become CTO of iXsystems. The Silicon Valley firm specialises in high availability servers and storage systems and has close ties with the FreeBSD community.
A strong performance in Latin America has helped Spanish incumbent Telefónica drive revenues of €28.56bn for the first half of 2013, although that figure is down 7.8 per cent year on year. Latin America now accounts for 51.4 per cent of the firm’s consolidated revenues, with regional revenue growing at 10.4 per cent for the second quarter year on year. But currency volatility in the region had a negative impact on OIBDA margin, the firm said.
The broadband industry is built on partnerships, and the best examples of these are to be recognised in first category of this year’s Broadband InfoVision Awards (to be held in Amsterdam on October 23rd, 2013)
In a move that could suggest that their efforts to disrupt the mobile device ecosystem have been met with resistance from consumers, Microsoft and Blackberry have both slashed the prices of their devices.
Brazilian telco Oi has offloaded non-core assets to bring in a total of around Real2.4bn (€820m).
The company said Monday that it has agreed to sell its majority stake in undersea cable operator Brasil Telecom Cabos Submarinos and its connected subsidiaries in Venezuela, Colombia, Bermuda and the US, which operate under the GlobeNet brand to Brazilian investment fund Banco BTG Pactual for Real1.74bn.
Mobile operators continue to focus on more innovative billing and tariffing models, with US carrier Sprint launching a plan guaranteeing unlimited calls, texts and data for the lifetime of the line of service.
US operator AT&T has agreed to acquire prepaid wireless rival Leap Wireless for around $1.2bn in cash. In total, the operator will spend $15 per share on Leap’s stock and wireless assets, including spectrum licenses, network equipment and retail stores.
Apple has been found guilty of colluding with book publishers and conspiring to raise e-book prices in the US. The US District Court for the Southern District of New York found that Apple violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act; federal statute to limit cartels and monopolies.
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved Japanese operator SoftBank’s proposed takeover of US operator Sprint. The Commission decided that the transaction will serve public interest.
Latin American operator group America Movil has invested $40m in music recognition app Shazam. The move strengthens Shazam’s presence in Latin America, according to the app maker, as it looks to grow its similar television offering and develop other new products.
South Korean manufacturer Samsung has appointed the former president of its Southeast Asia division, Gregory Lee, as president of Samsung Telecommunications America.
LTE Broadcast is being positioned by a number of leading vendors as a solution that can dramatically improve the delivery of mobile video services, as well as offering a new data offload for certain types of traffic. But is it just mobile TV by another name…
Liliana Chacon, CTO of RTVC, Colombia is speaking as part of the Multiscreen & TV Evolution stream at the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI exhibition and convention centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show, we speak to Chacon to find out about RTVC’s view of the changing face of content delivery.
Countries with a clearly-defined national vision for broadband roll-out are significantly out-performing those with a more relaxed approach to broadband development, according to a new report by the International Telecommunications Union
América Móvil-owned operator Claro Chile has launched the country’s first commercial LTE services. The launch follows trials launched in November 2012. The operator conducted the first LTE session on its network in March this year.
US satellite player Dish Network has announced that it is withdrawing its offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of in wimax player Clearwire. Dish cited Clearwire’s recent decision to recommend a rival offer from mobile operator Sprint as a key reason it has opted to withdraw its offer.
Spanish operator group Telefónica has established a partnership with Microsoft to “promote and foster sales” of Windows Phone 8 devices in six of the markets it operates in. The operator said the move reinforces its commitment to encourage the operating platform landscape to become more diverse and less of a duopoly dominated by Google and Apple.
Shareholders in US operator Sprint have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a takeover bid from Japan’s Softbank. Approximately 98 per cent of shareholders voted for the merger after the Japanese firm increased the value of its offer earlier this month by $1.5bn to $21.6bn.