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Essential Phone pre-orders start at Sprint, deliveries expected in September

2017-08-18 09:55:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Sprint has announced the beginning of pre-orders for Essential Phone, the first smartphone from Android co-founder Andy Rubin's Essential Products. In a statement, Sprint confirmed it's the exclusive US retail carrier for Essential Phone, with the black version available for pre-order now and the white model to made available at a later date. Full retail availability is expected within a few weeks. The phone costs USD 699 but for a limited time Sprint customers can acquire the device through the company's Flex Lease programme at a 50 percent reduction by paying USD 14.58 a month for 18 months and no down payment.

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Lenovo posts quarterly loss on higher costs, flat sales

2017-08-18 08:31:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Lenovo moved to a net loss of USD 72 million in its fiscal first quarter to June, versus a profit of USD 173 million a year ago, after a rise in costs and flat sales in the period. Revenue of USD 10.012 billion was little changed compared to USD 10.056 billion a year earlier, and the operating result was a loss of USD 6 million versus a profit of USD 245 million a year ago. 

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Bharti shareholders to vote on Telenor deal

2017-08-18 02:00:00| Total Telecom industry news

Bharti Airtel's shareholders will meet next month to discuss the mobile operator's proposed merger with rival Telenor. The Indian telco has called a meeting for 19 September, it revealed in a stock exchange filing on Thursday…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Ericsson's restrained response to job cuts talk

2017-08-18 02:00:00| Total Telecom industry news

Ericsson this week published a measured response to a raft of media speculation that a sizeable round of job cuts is on the cards. The Swedish equipment maker reiterated plans shared earlier this year to accelerate its cost…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Swisscom profits up, but fixed decline hurts revenue

2017-08-18 02:00:00| Total Telecom industry news

Swisscom posted a strong set of numbers for the first half of the year, but admitted that it is still suffering from an ongoing decline in fixed-line telephony usage. The telco reported a 1.5% increase in EBITDA 2.26 billion francs (&euro…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Video behaviour of Dutch consumers 2017 Q2

2017-08-17 18:12:09| Telecompaper Reports

This is the updated edition of our semi-annual consumer research on video consumption behaviour in the Netherlands. The report focuses on three main topics: Devices used for watching video content, subscriptions to theme channels and OTT services & viewing behaviour. New chapter in this edition: Use of Apps, with slides about video-app installs or use on smart TVs, tablets and smartphones.

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Turner secures Champions League rights, launches sports OTT platform in US

2017-08-17 14:25:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Turner Broadcasting System has announced a three-year multi-platform rights agreement to air the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League in the US, beginning with the 2018-19 season. At the same time, the broadcaster also revealed plans to launch a new standalone premium sports streaming video service for US consumers in 2018. In a statement, Turner said the standalone service will broadcast the vast majority of the matches, with live games and content also available on its TBS, TNT and truTV cable channels as well as its sports website Bleacher Report.

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Ericsson could downsize foreign workforce by 25,000 - report

2017-08-17 13:02:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Ericsson's plan to cut its costs further could affect approximately 25,000 jobs, according to Sweden newspaper Svenska Dagbladet's sources. An article on its website said it will be overseas staff that are hit by the reductions. The newspaper said Ericsson had declined to give it any comment on its plans.

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Telstra to lower dividend as investment accelerates

2017-08-17 11:41:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Australian operator Telstra reported total income from continuing operations of AUD 28.2 billion for financial year 2017, an increase of 4.3 percent year-on-year. EBITDA increased 2.0 percent to AUD 10.7 billion, while basic earnings per share on a reported basis increased 2.8 percent to 32.5 cents. On a guidance basis, Telstra said it increased total Income by 4.3 percent and EBITDA by 4.5 percent. Excluding the proceeds from the FY16 sale of Autohome, net profit increased 1.1 percent on a reported basis from continuing operations.

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Asus unveils flagship Zenfone 4 plus new selfie smartphones

2017-08-17 11:39:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Asus has unveiled new smartphones in its ZenFone range, including the flagship ZenFone 4 and 4 Pro and mid-range 'selfie' phones. The new series continues to promote top photo features, like the previous ZenFone range from Asus.

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