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    Facebook opens first African office Edit Post

    Facebook opened its first office in Africa to “help businesses connect with people and grow locally and regionally”, and said that activity is happening overwhelmingly via mobile devices. The social media giant’s active user population in Africa grew by 20 per cent to 120 million in June 2015 from 100 million in September 2014, with over ...
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    Dealmaker Ergen is in no hurry Edit Post

    Dish Network, the satellite TV broadcaster reportedly in deal talks with T-Mobile US, is not rushing to conclude any M&A activity, chairman Charlie Ergen told the Denver Business Journal. In fact, the reverse is true, according to Ergen (pictured). “We’re not feeling any pressure to do anything.” “If Comcast and Time Warner had been allowed to merge, ...
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    Microsoft sells part of mapping business to Uber Edit Post

    Microsoft is selling mapping assets to Uber while AOL will assume responsibility for its display, mobile and video advertising inventory in nine markets. Uber confirmed a deal that will see it acquire part of the mapping business that deals with imagery acquisition and map data analysis and processing. It will offer jobs to around 100 Microsoft ...
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    Orange, Partner agree terms to end licensing agreement Edit Post

    Orange and Israel’s Partner Communications agreed terms that could see an end to their brand licensing agreement, following a well-publicised row in the country. Under the new framework, both parties have the right to terminate the existing brand licencing agreement, but Orange itself cannot exercise the clause for a year. “If Partner does not exercise its right ...
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    Viettel reveals strategy for becoming top 10 global player Edit Post

    Vietnam’s Viettel Group has had a busy year. It has expanded into four new markets – including three in Africa — acquired a smaller player in Cambodia and is now the market leader in five countries. But that’s just the start of its aggressive global expansion strategy, which will see it move into four new markets each ...

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    EU agrees end date for roaming, backs net neutrality Edit Post

    The European Union finally reached a deal that will see the end of roaming charges in June 2017, as well as enshrining net neutrality rules. A compromise was agreed between the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council of the EU, following sometimes fraught negotiation. The measures will be delivered via an overhaul of EU telecoms rules ...
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    Apple kicks-off 'Force Touch' iPhone 6S production – report Edit Post

    Speculation about potential updates in the works for Apple’s next-generation iPhone picked up, ahead of an anticipated iPhone 6S unveiling in September 2015. According to Bloomberg, Apple has started early production of devices, which feature a screen including the “Force Touch” technology introduced by Apple’s Watch. Force Touch enables the device to differentiate between “a tap and ...


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    Docomo details phased approach to 5G launch; preps 5G+ Edit Post

    LIVE FROM LTE WORLD SUMMIT 2015: Japanese operator NTT Docomo gave an update on its plans for its targeted 5G launch from 2020, which will be split into two phases – tagged 5G and 5G+. In order to meet the ambitious timeframe, the company’s initial deployment will centre on enhancements to LTE and the deployment of ...