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Spotify stops accepting new subscriptions over Apple platform

2019-01-09 10:47:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Spotify has stopped accepting new subscribers over Apple's iTunes, following a similar move by Netflix. Customers can still download the iOS app for Spotify on the App Store, but are redirected to the Spotify website if they want to sign up and pay for a Premium subscription. The moves means Spotify avoids having to share revenue on the subscription with Apple for using its billing platform. Existing customers can continue using the Apple billing method. 

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Lenovo expands home hub range with Google smart clock, Alexa smart tabs

2019-01-09 09:52:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Lenovo has unveiled a new range of 'smart tabs' at CES. The tablets come with a docking station and Amazon's Alexa digital assistant to turn them into a smart display and speaker in the home. In addition, Lenovo presented the Smart Clock with Google Assistant, a similar product designed to work as a home hub. 

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Verizon slams AT&T for using 5G network call signal

2019-01-09 08:51:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Verizon has called on the mobile industry to not use the term 5G for services until they use actual 5G hardware and radio standards. The operator's call follows reports that AT&T customers have seen a 5Ge network symbol appear already on the their phones. The 5Ge refers to 5G Evolution, AT&T's name for its LTE-Advanced upgrade.  

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Orange Romania fined EUR 14 mln for blocking mass SMS distributor

2019-01-09 06:35:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Romania's Competition Council sanctioned Orange Romania with a fine of approximately EUR 14 million for abusing its dominant position during the period 2011-2015. The fine is higher that the EUR 10 million mentioned in an earlier report from the local media. The competition authority found that the operator limited Simplus Invest's access to its mobile network by blocking its business transmission of commercial messages to Orange customers or by Orange customers.

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T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T accused of selling customer location data

2019-01-09 01:00:00| Total Telecom industry news

T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T have been accused of selling access to their customers' location data, months after the three US telcos vowed to stop the practice.  A new report published by Motherboard claims that for $300 it was able to pay a bounty hunter to track the location of a T…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Verizon launches $1m funding opportunity for 5G start-ups

2019-01-09 01:00:00| Total Telecom industry news

US telco, Verizon, has launched a new initiative aimed at expediting the rollout of mobile 5G services in the US.  Speaking at the CES 2019 event in Las Vegas this week, Verizon's CEO, Hans Vestberg…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Deutsche Telekom upgrades 2.3m customers to ultrafast 250Mbps broadband

2019-01-09 01:00:00| Total Telecom industry news

Deutsche Telekom has connected an additional 2.3 million customers to ultrafast broadband speeds of 250Mbps, as it continues its campaign to bring ultrafast fixed line broadband services to millions of people across Germany…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Telefonica faces allegations of tax fraud in Costa Rica

2019-01-09 01:00:00| Total Telecom industry news

Costa Rican investigators have raided the offices of two Telefonica subsidiaries over allegations of tax fraud in the Central American nation.  Costa Rica's Justice Department is investigating the Spanish telecoms giant for tax fraud amounting to $2 million…read more on TotalTele.com »

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US telcos mock AT&T over spurious 5G hype

2019-01-09 01:00:00| Total Telecom industry news

US telecoms giant AT&T has drawn sharp criticism from its domestic rivals over its handling of its 5G Evolution product.  Last week an ill-advised software update from AT&T caused Android phones on its network to display a 5G network icon…read more on TotalTele.com »

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Hulu passes 25 mln subscribers in 2018, ad revenues grow 45%

2019-01-08 18:24:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) The OTT TV service Hulu announced that it passed 25 million subscribers in 2018. The company last reported 20 million in September, of which more than 1 million using its live TV subscription service. Over the full year, the total number of subscribers rose 48 percent. 

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