Category archives for: Mobile

AT&T to buy Nextel Mexico’s wireless assets

AT&T, the second-largest US mobile-phone carrier, is set to buy NII Holdings’ Mexican wireless assets for $1.875 billion in its third deal to expand south of the US border. The acquisition includes companies that operate under the name Nextel Mexico, spectrum licences, network assets, retail stores and about 3 million customers. The purchase price doesn’t include an unspecified amount of […]

Telefónica confirms £10bn Hutchison O2 UK deal

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Telefónica has entered into an exclusivity agreement with Hutchison Whampoa in relation to Hutchison’s potential acquisition of O2 UK, Telefónica’s subsidiary in the UK, for £10.25 billion (€13.5bn) in cash. The agreement includes an initial amount of £9.25 billion which would be paid at closing of the transaction and an additional deferred payment of £1 billion. The exclusivity period will […]

Children’s TV viewing drifts towards paid-VoD

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The 2015 Childwise Monitor, an annual report looking at children’s media consumption, shows that the equipment mix is changing. Most children have their own computer or tablet, phone, games console and television – but console, television and to an extent, phone ownership, is falling. Tablet ownership continues to grow, although it’s slowing. The major tablet ownership increase is among younger […]

Google mobile service

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Google is planning to start an MVNO business on T-Mobile US or Sprint’s network. Reports in the US claim the project codenamed Nova and headed by Google Executive Nick Fox, is set to launch this year. The WSJ reported Google has already struck deals with both Sprint and TMUS to buy wholesale access to the third and fourth largest mobile […]

TF1 signs Monterosa’s LViS for interactivity

Monterosa the second screen specialist has signed an annual agreement with MYTF1, the digital platform of the French broadcaster TF1 which sees France’s largest commercial broadcaster adopt its LViS platform for live interactivity with entertainment and sports shows. Starting in January 2015, LViS will first be used on the national IQ test format QI : La France passe le test […]

Sky link to O2?

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Sky is talking to Telefónica about a link with the telco’s UK MNO foreshadowing a complete quad-play proposition. The talks come as BT confirms exclusive negotiations to buy 02 rival EE, having previously targetted O2. According to an FT report, Sky and Telefónica have been talking since late last year, as Sky has assessed its mobile options. Hutchison Whampoa, which […]

Boeing to support Chinese mobile multimedia

US broadcast station owner New York Broadband has selected Boeing Satellite Systems International for negotiation of a contract to build a new high-powered L-band satellite that will support mobile multimedia services to China and other Asian markets planned by CMMB Vision of Hong Kong. New York Broadband (NYBB) recently acquired the AsiaStar satellite, located at 105 degrees East orbital, and […]

UK ISPs commit to Open Internet

The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG) has confirmed that all of the UK’s leading Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have now signed up to a voluntary Code of Practice in support of the Open Internet. The Open Internet Code was launched in 2012, building on previous work on the transparency of traffic management. EE, Virgin Media and Vodafone have recently signed up […]

Third of viewers spend ad breaks online

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UK marketing technology company, Rocket Fuel, studied the lift in ad impressions they saw on Christmas day during the ad breaks of the most popular TV shows of the day. The Coronation Street Christmas Day episode was the most popular commercial TV programme of the day with 6.41 million tuning. Rocket Fuel, utilising data provided by Teletrax, estimates there was […]

Multi-platform Oz tennis from Seven

Australia’s Seven Network has launched its coverage of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne with the choice of live coverage of the tournament across two channels – Channel 7 and 7TWO – with the Channel 7 coverage switching to 7mate at 6pm for the hour of news and public affairs. The launch of the PLUS 7 HBBtv service on […]

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