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Coming soon: SP1 RFID sled by DENSO (Tue, 19 Oct 7660)
Radio frequency identification (RFID) is delivering a boost in sales for retailers by an average of 1.5 to 5.5 percent, while increasing inventory accuracy by about 20 to 30 per cent, according to the study “Measuring the impact of RFID in Retailing: Key lessons from 10 case-study companies”, which was conducted by Adrian Beck, an emeritus professor at the University of Leicester.
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RFS and ANSYS lay foundation for 5G-ready antennas (Tue, 19 Oct 7920)
Cutting-edge 5G antennas pioneered by Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) will soon connect people, machines and devices more reliably and faster than ever with the help of ANSYS.
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UHF DLR-PR001 Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Portal Reader: The Scanning System of the future by Datalogic (Tue, 19 Oct 3700)
Datalogic, the automatic data capture and process automation solutions provider, has introduced the UHF DLR-PR001 Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) portal reader, a product designed to complement and extend the capability of Datalogic RFID product family.
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Ceconomy confirms departure of CEO, appoints interim replacement (Fri, 18 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) Ceconomy, the owner of retailers Media Markt and Saturn, has announced the departure of chief executive officer Jorg Werner, after an extraordinary supervisory board meeting.
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ACM warns Dutch fibre roll-out at risk from duplicate networks (Fri, 18 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) The expansion of fibre broadband in the Netherlands is at risk due to competitive operators duplicating networks, the ACM warned. The competition and telecom regulator's fibre market study suggests operators should cooperate more on the roll-out and local authorities can do more to stop duplicate networks. 
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Ingram Micro confirms withdrawal from South Africa (Fri, 18 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) Global tech distributor Ingram Micro has confirmed that it is will close down its South African business because of the relatively small size of its operations there. It cited the limited number of product lines that are available in South Africa as a reason for its decision, too. Ingram Micro will continue to offer services to South African customers from Europe, which it believes will allow it to "provide a more robust suite of offerings".
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Wind Tre sheds 2 mln lines since Iliad entry - Agcom (Fri, 18 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) The Italian mobile market added a total of 3.0 million lines in the 12 months to end of June 2019, due mainly to a 4.3 million rise in M2M lines, which offset a 1.3 million decline in traditional human SIMs, according to the latest report from regulator Agcom corresponding to the second quarter of 2019. Wind Tre continued to lead the market of human SIMs at the end of June with a 31.5 percent share, down 3.1 percent year on year, above all as a result of the 4.7 percent market share attained by new entrant Iliad in its first 13 months of activity.
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O2 UK switches on 5G network, offers unlimited data with no premium (Thu, 17 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) O2 UK has switched on its 5G mobile network in Belfast, Cardiff, London, Edinburgh, Leeds and Slough. The network will be extended to reach a total of 20 towns and cities by end-2019 and to 50 by summer 2020. O2 is launching 5G on its Custom Plans, with unlimited data at the same price as its 4G equivalents. The 5G network infrastructure is being rolled out with Ericsson and Nokia. 
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Tele2 cuts FY capex guidance after network audit as Q3 profit improves on flat revenue (Thu, 17 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) Tele2 Group said net profit from total operations almost doubled in the third quarter, driven by the Com Hem merger in Sweden, with underlying EBITDA up by 5 percent on an organic basis excluding IFRS 16. Revenue and end-user service revenue were flat year on year. It has lowered its capital expenditure guidance range for the year and is on track to fulfil its other FY guidance.
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Telia cancels share buyback as service revenue continues lower (Thu, 17 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) Telia has decided to cancel its share buyback programme, in order to save cash for investments and a possible economic downturn. While the group's third-quarter results showed a small improvement compared to the first half, acting CEO and former CFO Christian Luiga said service revenue was improving slower than expected and the outlook for operating cash flow in 2020 was less certain.
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Netflix lifts Q3 content investments by 18%, subscriber numbers by 22%, and revenue by 31% (Thu, 17 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) Netflix said revenues for the third quarter lifted 31 percent year-on-year to USD 5.24 billion in the third quarter. The company added 517,000 paying customers in the US, and 6,255 million international clients. The US additions came in below management expectation of 800,000. The board attributed this to a slightly higher than normal churn after the price increase of last year. The second figure was slightly better than the expected 6.20 million.
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Netflix lifts Q3 content investments by 18%, subscriber numbers 22% and revenue 31% (Thu, 17 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) Netflix said revenues for the third quarter lifted 31 percent year-on-year to USD 5.24 billion. The company added 517,000 paying customers in the US and 6.255 million international clients in the quarter. The US additions came in below management expectations of 800,000. The board attributed this to a slightly higher than normal churn after the price increase of last year. The second figure was slightly better than the expected 6.20 million.
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Ericsson improves sales, margin targets as 5G roll-out takes off (Thu, 17 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) Ericsson has lifted its sales target for 2020 on a faster-than-expected expansion of the 5G market and said it also targets a higher margin from 2022 thanks to investments in growth. The new forecasts came alongside third-quarter results showing a small slowdown in organic growth and losses due to its legal troubles with US authorities. 
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Supermicro expands global partner network with new worldwide partner enablement programme (Wed, 16 Oct 2019)
Super Micro Computer, Inc., provider of enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions, and green computing technology, has announced an enhanced partner enabling programme at the Company’s annual Innovate! event in Berlin.
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BitTitan and Ingram Micro provide enhanced cloud migration services (Wed, 16 Oct 2019)
BitTitan, the developer of MigrationWiz and a managed services automation solutions provider, is enhancing its longstanding relationship with Ingram Micro, the distributor of technology and cloud services, by launching an exclusive global partner offer to accelerate cloud adoption for partner customers.
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Getac Select streamlines channel offering with comprehensive new solution sets based on key applications and user groups (Wed, 16 Oct 2019)
Getac has launched its new Getac Select program, offering a faster and more streamlined approach to channel sales across a number of industries, including industrial manufacturing, utilities, transport & logistics, natural resources/energy, and public safety.
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Broadband Forum and ONF ease the path to automated and open virtualised access networks (Wed, 16 Oct 2019)
A new agreement between Broadband Forum (BBF) and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) sets forth how operators seeking to effectively use virtualisation and open source to increase agility can leverage open source and standardisation projects side-by-side to ease their migrations to automated access networks and enable seamless co-existence.
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Telefonica launches new AI-powered services at innovation day (Wed, 16 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) Telefonica has announced the launch of new corporate products and services based on big data and artificial intelligence (AI) technology at the third edition of its LUCA Innovation Day held in Madrid. The company unveiled a new platform called Movistar Living Apps, allowing companies and organisations to create unique experiences for customers using Telefonica devices in their living rooms under a HaaC (Home as a Computer) model.
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Broadcom told to change sales practices after EU finds competition violations in STB, modem chip market (Wed, 16 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) The European Commission has ordered Broadcom to change its sales practices after finding the company abused its dominant position in the market for set-top box and modem chips. The company has 30 days to stop the anti-competitive practices and inform customers, and Broadcom could face further penalties once the Commission completes its investigation. 
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Huawei maintains sales growth in Q3, smartphone shipments up 26% year to date (Wed, 16 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) Huawei maintained sales growth in the third quarter, despite the US ban on doing business with the company. The company reported revenues for the first nine months of 2019 up 24.4 percent year-on-year to CNY 610.8 billion, a small improvement from the 23.2 percent growth in the first half of 2019. 
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America Movil revenues edge higher in Q3, net profit falls on forex charges (Wed, 16 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) America Movil reported a return to revenue growth in the third quarter, of 0.2 percent to MXN 248 billion. Underlying service revenue growth, excluding forex effects, accelerated to 2.5 percent compared to 2.3 percent in the previous quarter. 
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Google introduces Nest Wifi router as new smart home hub (Tue, 15 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) Google is rebranding its Wi-Fi router under the Nest name, in an attempt to turn the device into a hub for the smart home. The new Nest Wifi offers a router with mesh networking points, as well as an integrated speaker in order to access the Google Assistant. The speaker is the same as the new Nest Mini, a rebrand of the Google Home Mini. 
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Google launches Pixel 4 smartphones with motion sensor gesture controls (Tue, 15 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) Google has unveiled its new Pixel 4 smartphone, offering an improved Google Assistant, the new Motion Sense system for gesture control, an upgraded camera and a new Recorder app that also transcribes speech. The Pixel 4 will ship globally from 24 October.
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Indosat Ooredoo sells 3,100 telecom towers for IDR 6.4 trillion (Tue, 15 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) Indosat Ooredoo has sold 3,100 telecom towers to two Indonesian companies for IDR 6.39 trillion (about USD 456 million), the Jakarta Post reported. Daya partner Telekomunikasi (Mitratel) will buy 2,100 towers while Professional Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Protelindo) will purchase the remaining 1,000.
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Hong Kong grants 5G spectrum licenses in 3.5 GHz band (Tue, 15 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) Hong Kong's Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) has announced that a total of 200 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band was successfully auctioned off to four mobile network operators. The total spectrum utilization fees (SUFs) amount to HKD 1.006 billion. China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK), Hong Kong Telecommunications (HKT), Hutchison Telephone Company Limited (HTCL) and SmarTone Mobile Communications took part in the 3.5 GHz band auction.
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Huawei Nova 5T to launch in Europe with full Google services (Tue, 15 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) Huawei's Nova 5T smartphone is set to launch soon in Europe, coming next month to the UK from GBP 399, Mobile News reported. The phone, equipped with five AI cameras and sporting an array of iridescent colours, will also come with full Google services, with Android 9 Pie OS. No official launch data has been given but the phone will in the UK be available at EE, Vodafone, O2 UK, Carphone Warehouse, Argos, Amazon, John Lewis and Shops Direct.
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Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem-RF system selected by 30 OEMs for 5G (Mon, 14 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) Qualcomm Technologies announced that its Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System was selected by over 30 global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for commercial 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) customer-premises equipment (CPE) device launches starting in 2020. Those working with Qualcomm Technologies include the following OEMs and product providers: Arcadyan, Askey, AVM, Casa Systems, Compal, Cradlepoint, Fibocom, FIH, Franklin, Gemtek, Gongjin, Gosuncn Technology Group, Inseego, LG, Linksys, MeiG, Netgear, Nokia, Oppo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Quanta, Quectel, Sagemcom, Samsung Electronics, Sharp, Sercomm, Sierra Wireless, Sunsea, Technicolor, Telit, Wewins, Wingtech, WNC, and ZTE.
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Colombia to auction 4G spectrum in 700MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz bands in December (Mon, 14 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) Colombia's Ministry of Information Technology and Communications (Mintic) has announced that it will finally be holding a long-delayed auction for LTE spectrum in the 700MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz bands on 12 December 2019. The tender follows the approval of Colombia's new ICT law earlier this year containing numerous initiatives designed to bridge the country's digital divide and implement president Ivan Duque's election pledge to bring internet to 100 percent of Colombians by 2022.
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Cyber security company Sophos confirms USD 3.9 billion takeover offer (Mon, 14 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) Sophos, the global cyber security software provider, has confirmed a takeover offer of USD 7.40 per share from US-based private equity company Thoma Bravo, valuing the company at around USD 3.9 billion. This will take the company private again, after its listing on the London stock market in 2015. 
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German govt allows Huawei to provide equipment for 5G network building - report (Mon, 14 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) The German government has decided to allow Huawei to provide 5G network equipment, Handelsblatt reports citing a draft paper relating to security requirements for new networks by the Federal Network Agency. 
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Apple launches own studio for streaming service, starting with follow up to 'Band of Brothers' (Mon, 14 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) Apple has launched its own internal studio, headed by Apple Worldwide Video chiefs Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, Hollywood Reporter reported. The studio, still unnamed, will make content specifically for Apple, starting with "Masters of the Air", a follow up to the World War II series by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. The first two dramas in the series were from HBO: "Band of Brothers" and "The Pacific." The new series will see the return of Spielberg and Hanks as executive producers.
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Liberty Global to take part in capital increase to finance Sunrise takeover of UPC Switzerland (Mon, 14 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) Swiss operator Sunrise announced that Liberty Global will invest up to CHF 500 million in a combination of tradable rights and subsequent subscription of newly issued shares in the capital increase to finance the acquisition of UPC Switzerland. This was a demand of some Sunrise shareholders, who found the price of the takeover too high, and called for Liberty Global to share in the risk of merging the two operators. 
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Safaricom considers buying stake in Ethio Telecom but may start own business from scratch (Mon, 14 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) Kenyan operator Safaricom is considering buying a stake in Ethiopia's state-owned Ethio Telecom, which has announced the sale of shares through privatisation, reports Business Daily. Safaricom's interim CEO Michael Joseph said that the telecom operator is also considering setting up shop in Ethiopia from scratch. His comments came after Ethiopian authorities began searching for an adviser on the sale of a stake in its national operator, opening up the country's telecoms market to foreign investment for the first time.
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Facebook's Libra Project loses Visa, Mastercard, Stripe, Mercado Pago, eBay (Mon, 14 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) "Visa has decided not to join the Libra Association at this time," the company said in a statement. "We will continue to evaluate and our ultimate decision will be determined by a number of factors, including the Association's ability to fully satisfy all requisite regulatory expectations." 
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China Mobile CEO Li Yue retires (Mon, 14 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) China Mobile has announced that Li Yue has resigned from his positions as an executive director and CEO of the company. His retirement is effective immediately. Li Yue took up role of chief executive officer of China Mobile in 2010. 
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Last week in media: corporate action at AT&T, Mediaset and Lions Gate, profit warning from Publicis (Mon, 14 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) AT&T enjoyed a solid opening weekend for its much anticipated Joker movie. Sony is prepping the launch of its PlayStation 5 console for 2020 and Deezer may be aiming for a stock market listing by 2020. The courts halted the planned merger of Mediaset and Mediaset Spain, while AT&T sold some of its Latin America assets and Lions Gate was looking to spin off its Starz business. A profit warning turned Publicis into last week's biggest loser, down 17 percent. The Telecompaper Global Media index ended week 41 up 0.9 percent, ahead of the S&P 500 (+0.6%).
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Last week in telecoms: Cellnex major takeover, Vodafone cuts costs, KPN new commercial strategy and BT up sharply (Mon, 14 Oct 2019)
(Telecompaper) Last week saw Cellnex agree a major takeover, while Vodafone kicked off a cost savings program and KPN potentially made a big shift in its commercial strategy. Overall, the European telecoms services sector performed well, as per our related index, which was up 2.1 percent in week 41. Still, this was significantly behind the EuroStoxx 50's sharp 3.6 percent rise. Forthnet (+16%) and Go Internet (-9.8%) were the micro cap outliers. BT's gain of 12 percent was the biggest large cap leap.
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Qumulo again named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage (Thu, 10 Oct 2019)
Qumulo, the provider of enterprise-proven hybrid cloud file storage, has announced its position as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage by Gartner, Inc. Qumulo is positioned in the Leaders quadrant for completeness of vision and ability to execute.
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Northdoor plc partners with GeoLang to deliver data security solutions (Thu, 26 Sep 2019)
Northdoor plc has announced its most recent reseller partnership with UK based, cyber security solution provider, GeoLang.
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Aperam selects HCL Technologies to transform end-user experience (Wed, 25 Sep 2019)
HCL Technologies (HCL), the global technology company, has secured a contract with Aperam, a global player in stainless, electrical and specialty steel. By partnering with HCL, Aperam aims to significantly enhance its employees’ end-user experience, foster business-IT collaboration, and increase business efficiency globally.
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iland expands global channel sales with enhanced partner programmes, cloud computing tools and new Canadian data centre (Thu, 19 Sep 2019)
After a successful transformation that doubled the company’s annual channel revenue, iland is expanding its global channel sales programme to address substantial partner growth and customer demand for its secure cloud backup, infrastructure and disaster recovery solutions in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa.
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e92cloud launches to drive cybersecurity for the cloud, as VAD Securicom Global rebrands (Wed, 11 Sep 2019)
e92cloud has announced is new brand to the UK channel, becoming a recognisable part of the e92plus group, and been confirmed as a Distribution Partner for Check Point Technologies, specialising in its CloudGuard product range.
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Cybereason introduces several new investments to its partner programme (Wed, 11 Sep 2019)
Cybereason, creator of the Cyber Defense Platform, has announced several new investments to its partner program, including the launch of Game Changers, a new tier for its most strategic partners.
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The payment platform of the future. (Wed, 04 Sep 2019)
By MTS (Money Transfer System).... We offer an innovative, secure business model of a modern payment platform. We provide you with the solution for mobile payment - anywhere and anytime.
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SecurityScorecard strengthens global executive leadership; names Michael Sweeney Head of Worldwide Alliances & Channels (Wed, 28 Aug 2019)
SecurityScorecard has Michael Sweeney to lead the company's Global Security Ratings Channel Program as Vice President of Worldwide Alliances & Channels at SecurityScorecard.
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NetAlly spins out of NETSCOUT (Wed, 21 Aug 2019)
A new company NetAlly has been launched. It comprises a team that has been developing brands of portable network test solutions for over 25 years.
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SICK shrinks UHF RFID read/writing (Wed, 21 Aug 2019)
SICK has launched what it claims to be the smallest industrial UHF RFID read/write device of its kind, the RFU610, creating new opportunities to integrate RFID track and trace capability in automated machines and mobile vehicles in warehousing, materials handling, and logistics environments.
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TrueCommerce announces WooCommerce integration (Wed, 21 Aug 2019)
TrueCommerce, a global provider of trading partner connectivity, integration and unified commerce solutions, has announced its integration with WooCommerce, an open-source, completely customisable eCommerce platform for entrepreneurs worldwide.
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Drei, ZTE and the Federal State of Carinthia start 5G operations in the digital showcase region ‘Wörthersee’ (Wed, 14 Aug 2019)
In 2016, ZTE and the federal state of Carinthia entered into a digitisation partnership with the aim of making Carinthia the digital flagship region of Europe. In October 2018, this partnership was advanced with the clear objective of strengthening Carinthia as a location for mobility, tourism and business through the use of 5G technology.
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