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German monopoly commission issues telecoms report, calls for flexible rules to incentivise investment

2017-12-05 14:38:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Germany should introduce more flexible regulations and make adjustments to help pave the way for the expansion of fibre-optic networks, said Germany's Monopoly Commission, an independent advisory panel for the German government, in a special report on competition in the German telecoms market. 

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AT&T signs up 1 mln customers for DirecTV Now OTT service in first year

2017-12-05 14:21:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) AT&T announced that it's passed the milestone of 1 million subscribers to its online TV service DirecTV Now, just a year since its launch. That compares to a reported 787,000 at the end of September and a total TV subscriber base of 25 million at the operator. 

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Dutch Television Market 2017-Q3

2017-12-05 13:50:00| Telecompaper Reports

This report analyses developments in the Dutch market for television connections and revenues in the third quarter of 2017, and compares the findings with results from previous quarters. The focus is on TV via cable networks (Ziggo, Delta and Caiway), as the largest TV technology in the Netherlands; terrestrial digital TV (DVB-T), offered by KPN's Digitenne; DVB-S (satellite), offered by CanalDigitaal; IPTV via DSL networks, offered by KPN and Tele2; and (analogue) TV via FTTH.

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Google launches lighter Android Oreo Go edition for entry-level devices

2017-12-05 13:30:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Google said it will be launching its Android Oreo (Go edition) for low-end devices on 6 December, when it releases Android 8.1. The edition was unveiled at the Google I/O event this year and also comes with a range of lighter Google apps for first-time mobile internet users.

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Cyfrowy Polsat acquires 33% stake in Netia, plans to raise it to maximum 66%

2017-12-05 11:19:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Cyfrowy Polsat has announced that it has placed two purchase orders for shares in Netia, one for approximately 63.41 million shares from Mennica Polska and the other for some 47.29 million shares from closed-end investment fund FIP 11 Fundusz Inwestycyjny Zamkniety Aktywow Niepublicznych. These shares represent 33 percent of the total number of votes at the general meeting of Netia less one share, assuming that Netia redeems its treasury shares. It intends to raise this gradually to up to 66 percent.

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Facebook introduces Messenger Kids app in the US

2017-12-05 06:11:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Facebook is launching a preview of its new Messenger Kids app in the US. This preview is available on the App Store for iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone. The standalone app is aimed at the tablets and smartphones of kids but parents can control the accounts and contacts through the Messenger Kids Controls panel in their main Facebook app. Children will not be able to message unapproved contacts.

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Nokia: Global internet traffic to double in capacity

2017-12-05 01:00:00| Total Telecom industry news

Global broadband traffic is set to double in capacity in the coming years, as UHD video streaming and big data from the Internet of Things (IoT) drives consumption, according to Nokia's CEO for UK and Ireland, Cormac Whelan. Speaking at the Connected Ireland event in Dublin on Tuesday…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Ireland to deliver FTTH to 200,000 premises by 2018

2017-12-05 01:00:00| Total Telecom industry news

Ireland's National Broadband Plan will deliver fibre to the home (FTTH) services to 200,000 homes and businesses by the end of 2018, according to the programme's director, Fergal Mulligan. Speaking at the Connected Ireland event in Dublin on Tuesday…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Prysmian to acquire General Cable in deal worth $3 billion

2017-12-05 01:00:00| Total Telecom industry news

Cabling firm Prysmian is set to acquire its US based rival, General Cable, in a deal worth $3 billion (£2.25 billion). “The acquisition of General Cable represents a landmark moment for Prysmian Group and a strategic and unique opportunity to create value for our shareholders and customers…read more on TotalTele.com »

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German regulator considers new measures to accelerate fibre-optic expansion

2017-12-04 18:04:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Germany needs to focus more on expanding its high-speed broadband network beyond the goals laid out in the government's national broadband initiative, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), Germany's national utilities and telecoms regulator, said in its telecommunications activity report for 2016 and 2017.

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