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Spotify files complaint against Apple with EU over app store 'tax'

2019-03-13 14:33:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Spotify has filed a complaint against Apple with the European Commission, saying the company benefits from unfair competition on its App Store as Apple favours certain apps, namely its own, over others. Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek said Apple acts as "both a player and referee" and that it purposely limits choice, to the deliberate disadvantage of other app developers.

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Verizon starts pre-sales of 5G moto mod, plans USD 10 charge for unlimited 5G data

2019-03-13 11:28:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Verizon announced that it will start pre-sales of the 5G Moto Mod from 14 March. First announced last year, the mod clips on to the Moto Z3 smartphone to make it work over 5G networks. The launch comes as Verizon prepares to start 5G mobile services in the first half of 2019, with Chicago and Minneapolis announced as the first cities for the service. 

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Mexico green lights Disney-Fox merger as long as Fox Sports channels sold

2019-03-13 10:57:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) In a statement, the IFT said the accumulation of market power resulting from the merger would be "considerable", which is why "structural measures were chosen, as occurred in other parts of the world" as a condition to approve the deal. Above all, Disney's ownership of both ESPN and Fox Sports would create a concentration that would leave Grupo Televisa as the only remaining competitor in that market. 

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Telia Carrier and Telxius agree to combine wholesale network capacity

2019-03-13 10:04:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Global wholesale provider Telia Carrier and Telefonica's infrastructure subsidiary Telxius have announced an agreement for multi-terabit capacity services combining their respective networks. Under the terms of the deal, Telia Carrier's terrestrial European and North American footprint will join up with Telxius' Spanish footprint and its new 6,600km transatlantic Marea cable system, giving both firms additional network muscle, lower latency and reach. It will also create a bridge linking the US with other cable systems connecting to Northern Europe, Africa and Asia, said the partners.

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AT&T says lower hardware sales, strong dollar to impact Q1 results

2019-03-13 08:48:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) AT&T CFO John Stephens said the company expects some negative effects on first-quarter results, due to the stronger dollar, increased amortisation and lower hardware sales. Speaking at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet and Telecom Conference, he said the group's full-year adjusted EPS guidance issued in January remains unchanged. 

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