Airtel on Wednesday revised its prepaid recharge portfolio by discontinuing the affordable Rs. 49 plan and replacing it with a Rs. 79 option. The revision will come into effect on a pan-India basis starting Thursday, July 29. The Rs. 49 Airtel prepaid recharge plan provided Rs. 38.52 of talktime, 100MB data, and 28 days of
Also in today’s EMEA regional round-up: Arcep consults on 5G interference; Vodafone ads rapped; Spotify hits bum note on MAUs. Group revenues at Telecom Italia (TIM) rose by 1% year-on-year in the second quarter, to €3.8 billion, though organic EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) slid 5.8%, to €1.6 billion. The number of
UK communications regulator Ofcom has worked out that younger people mainly get their news from the internet. Any parent could have told Ofcom that kids and teens these days hardly watch broadcast TV at all, let alone the Nine O’Clock News. Instead, what news they consume will come from a combination of messaging groups, social
EXFO’s founder, majority shareholder and executive chairman calls Viavi’s multiple offers for the company “noise on the line” Germain Lamonde says he has fielded many offers to buy EXFO, the network test and measurement company that he founded, over the decades that it has been in business as a private and then public company. Lamonde,
China se acerca al millón de estaciones base 5G. Según C114.net, sus operadoras han desplegado la mayor red autónoma del mundo, y China Telecom y China Unicom comparten más de 400.000 emplazamientos en todo el país. Dicho medio cita declaraciones de Tian Yulong, secretario de prensa del Ministerio de Industria e Información de la República
The Hawaiki submarine cable, which links Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, the Pacific Islands, Hawaii, and finally Oregon, US, was first conceived in 2012. Construction began in 2016 and, in 2018, the 15,000km cable finally went live. “Hawaiki is the fastest and largest cross-sectional capacity link between the US and Australia and New Zealand.
The OnePlus Nord 2 and the Poco F3 GT were launched back-to-back last week. These smartphones are aimed at different audiences but are priced in the same segment. You get high-refresh-rate AMOLED displays, stereo speakers, big batteries, and bundled fast chargers with both. They also have the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC in common, although OnePlus
Google said on Tuesday that it was taking legal action over an expanded version of Germany’s hate-speech law that recently took effect, saying its provisions violated the right to privacy of its users. The Alphabet unit, that runs video-sharing site YouTube, filed a suit at the administrative court in Cologne to challenge a provision that
Also in today’s EMEA regional round-up: T-Systems heads deeper into the Google Cloud; customer satisfaction (or not) in France; Telefónica Tech takes up with CrowdStrike. In its second-quarter figures Dutch incumbent operator KPN has returned to mobile service revenue growth in its consumer segment for the first time since Q1 2017, a turnaround that helped
Two UK telcos are urging the government to do more to push 5G along, especially in the areas of manufacturing and FWA, for the good of the country of course. Vodafone sent out a press release titled ‘5G could provide £6.3 billion boost to UK manufacturing by 2030’, to promote a report called ‘Powering up
Back in 2019, we wrote about Release-17 study item called NR-Lite (a.k.a. NR-Light). After the study started, it was renamed as RedCap or Reduced Capability. 5G NR-RedCap (New Radio Reduced Capability Device) is now the official name of NR-Light (or NR-Lite before that). Assuming this was also being discussed in 3GPP as NR-RedCom (New Radio Reduced
China Unicom and Huawei announced last week that they have deployed Huawei’s 5G Super Uplink at more than 1,000 5G commercial sites in Beijing. The deployment, which was carried out over five days, is part of the pair’s joint 5G Capital project established in April 2020. By using TDD 3.5 GHz and FDD 2.1 GHz
Latest data from China’s three major mobile operators shows they added a record 42.6 million 5G package subscribers in June, taking the country’s total to 495.1 million. For the first six months of 2021, the three signed up an average of 28.8 million 5G subscribers a month. China Mobile led the charge, picking up 28.5
Last week, AT&T announced they had signed a letter of intent with real-estate developer JBG Smith, aiming to build the first full-scale smart city in the US. The agreement will see AT&T build a 5G network in a community near at National Landing, a 6.8 million square foot development near Arlington, Virginia. In National Landing…
Samsung sent out invites for its August 11 Unpacked event last week. While it’s clear this is going to be packed (somewhat ironically) even by the company’s standards, the event may well be as notable for what it doesn’t include. Namely, a slew of rumors have pointed to Samsung skipping its annual Galaxy Note update.
Amazon Prime Day 2021 sale has entered its last 24 hours. Amazon’s annual shopping extravagance for Prime subscribers kicked off yesterday with thousands of deals across all major product categories. In case you were busy, you still have the rest of the day to grab some great deals on the Prime Day sale. We’ve handpicked
Also in today’s EMEA regional round-up: Telecom Italia prepares for DAZN probe; Nokia gets into testbeds with Greece’s 5G Ventures; Virgin Media O2 sets up ‘national databank’ for the barely connected. Telefónica’s cybersecurity arm, Telefónica Tech, is to incorporate C2RO Perceive, a video analytics offering, into its armoury of IoT and Big Data software. The
Telecoms.com periodically invites expert third parties to share their views on the industry’s most pressing issues. In this piece Matias Madou, Co-Founder & CTO of Secure Code Warrior, looks at the implications of a new piece of UK, telecoms-specific legislation. The Telecoms Security Bill, which seeks to introduce a new security framework for the UK telecoms
Intel plans to invest $600 million, up from $350 million, in the chip manufacturing plant As a result of the ongoing global shortage of semiconductors, Intel this week revealed that is has nearly doubled a previously proposed investment in a micro-chip plant in Costa Rica from the $350 million announced in December to $600 million.
Thailand-based dtac forecast the transition between 4G and non-standalone 5G in the country will be faster than the shift from 3G to LTE, as a drop in the price of compatible devices drives adoption. In a blog, head of device portfolio Peerapol Chatanantavej noted it took about five years for Thailand to shift from 3G
The Chinese semiconductor industry is in the news nowadays for advancing towards mass production of 14nm chips. After gaining competency in manufacturing 28nm chips, the country is now steadily moving towards achieving the goal of mass production of 14nm chips in the coming year. “The domestic 14nm chip has overcome many technical problems, including the
Redmi Note 10T 5G is set to go on sale in India today (July 26). The Redmi phone is essentially a rebadged Poco M3 Pro 5G that was launched in the country last month. Redmi Note 10T 5G features triple rear cameras and a 90Hz display. It also comes with a hole-punch display design and
The story of Joshua Barbeau — a 33-year-old freelance writer who lives in Bradford, Canada — is no different from an emotionally charged romantic sci-fi novel. In 2012, Barbeau’s ex-fiancee Jessica Pereira died at the age of 23 from a rare liver disease. He never got over her death. Last year in September, Barbeau chanced
Telecoms.com periodically invites expert third parties to share their views on the industry’s most pressing issues. In this piece Steve Douglas, Head of 5G Strategy at Spirent Communications, takes a look at the pros and cons of OpenRAN technology. The last few years has seen a slew of new vendors enter the largely closed mobile network
Spain has finally auctioned off spectrum in the 700 MHz band, but bidding was lacklustre at best, with the final total only just exceeding the reserve price. The sale brings in €1.01 billion, with the big three operators – Telefonica, Vodafone and Orange – all taking home frequencies, but no mention of challenger player Masmovil.
AIS launched 5G standalone services in July 2020 Thai mobile service provider Advanced Info Service Plc. (AIS) has partnered with Chinese smartphone manufacturer vivo to run 5G Standalone (SA) network tests in Thailand. This is the first time that vivo has stepped outside of China to participate in 5G SA testing. However, in a press release,
Los datos más recientes publicados por las tres principales operadoras de telefonía móvil de China contabilizan una cifra récord de 42,6 millones de nuevos abonados a paquetes 5G en el mes de junio, con lo que el total en el país se eleva a 495,1 millones. Durante el primer semestre de 2021, las tres han
Brazilian media is reporting that a group of eight regional ISPs have agreed to merge to form a new, unified fibre operator, Proxxima Telecomunicacoes. The deal will see Ondanet, Netmark, CPnet, Datacommection, Enteriw, Netjat, Netonline, and Toolsnet &ndash… Brazilian media is reporting that a group of eight regional ISPs have agreed to merge to
Instagram head Adam Mosseri confirmed the company is testing a new feature called “Limits,” which would give users the ability to temporary lock down their accounts when they’re being targeted by a flood of harassment. The announcement of the new feature was made today during a video where Mosseri condemned the recent racism that took
Flipkart Big Saving Days 2021 sale is now live for Plus members. The sale will kick off for everyone else starting midnight tonight and will remain open until July 29. The Walmart-owned company is looking to take on Amazon’s Prime Day 2021 sale with this five-day sale. This month’s Big Saving Days 2021 sale on