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    EU reform policy will look at competitive threat from WhatsApp, S... Edit Post

    The European Commission (EC) is reportedly keen to ensure US internet giants are subject to the same regulatory rules as network-based incumbents. “It is necessary to design a fair and future-proof regulatory environment for all services,” writes a draft EC policy document, seen by Reuters, outlining the Commission’s strategy for creating a digital single market. News of the draft ...
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    KPN agrees €1.3B Base sale to Liberty Global subsidiary Edit Post

    Dutch incumbent KPN struck a definitive agreement with Telenet Global Holding, a subsidiary of European cable company Liberty Global, to sell Base, its Belgian mobile unit, for €1.33 billion in cash. Telenet, a cable operator, also runs an MVNO on capacity purchased from Mobistar (Orange) – Belgium’s second largest mobile network operator – but that only ...
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    America Movil pressing ahead with tower sale plan Edit Post

    Shareholders in America Movil have given the green-light to a plan to sell-off tower assets in Mexico, with a “favourable vote of 98.2 per cent” supporting the move. The company said in a statement that it has “been approved to initiate the necessary and convenient processes to implement the spin-off approved today”. America Movil is planning to ...
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    WhatsApp hits 800M active user milestone Edit Post

    WhatsApp has hit 800 million monthly active users, according to a tweet from founder Jan Koum, indicating the company is maintaining its rapid growth trajectory. Early this year Koum put the figure at 700 million, while the 600 million mark was passed in August 2014 – indicating that it is not seeing any slowdown of demand. The ...
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    FCC set to open up 3.5GHz band Edit Post

    The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced plans to make available additional spectrum for mobile broadband services, stating that it is “taking a major step forward in spectrum policy by authorising advanced spectrum sharing among commercial and federal operators”. The watchdog said it is looking to create a “three-tiered commercial radio service” in the 3.5GHz band, ...

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    Google scales up Project Loon balloon initiative Edit Post

    Google claims its Project Loon initiative is on track to provide a realistic alternative to traditional mobile networks in unconnected regions of the world. Loon is an ambitious project that attempts to use helium-filled balloons to provide internet connectivity, and has so far been tested by operators such as Telefonica, Telstra and Vodafone. In a new promo ...
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    Zuckerberg defends Internet.org in face of Indian controversy Edit Post

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was forced to defend Internet.org after a number of prominent Indian firms withdrew from the initiative over net neutrality concerns. He argued in a blog against those who say offering some internet services for free – so-called zero-rating – is counter to the principle of net neutrality. Zuckerberg portrayed himself as net neutrality’s biggest ...


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    MediaTek CMO: Ecosystem building just as important as chip design Edit Post

    VIDEO INTERVIEW: Johan Lodenius, CMO at MediaTek, is on a mission to extend the influence of the Taiwanese firm beyond its chip designs. “A lot of what MediaTek does is about accelerating and reducing friction in the ecosystem,” he told Mobile World Live in a recent interview. As part of those efforts, MediaTek, at this year’s ...