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Ofcom to probe cloud, messenger, smart-device markets

UK comms regulator Ofcom is to examine the position of Amazon, Microsoft and Google in cloud services, as part of a new programme of work to ensure that digital communications markets are working well for people and businesses in the UK. According to Ofcom, cloud computing is a huge and fast-growing market, which uses remote […]

September 22, 2022By Colin Mann

SES, Microsoft link for virtualised Cloud

SES and Microsoft have extended their existing agreement and which will see a new initiative designed to make the satellite industry more responsive to evolving customer needs through cloud-native service delivery architectures that are more open, virtualised and programmable. Called the Satellite Communications Virtualisation Programme, the effort will focus on creating fully-virtualised satcom ground network […]

September 14, 2022By Chris Forrester

EC to make social and streamer giants pay for networks?

The European Commission is to launch a consultation early in 2023 on whether tech giants should bear some of the costs of Europe’s telecoms networks, according to Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market. Europe’s telecoms operators have lobbied for a financial contribution from firms such as Google, Facebook and Netflix, contending that they make […]

September 12, 2022By Colin Mann

Bitmovin launches Global Innovators Network

Bitmovin, a provider of video streaming infrastructure, has announced the launch of the Bitmovin Innovators Network, a community of over 60 technology vendors, resellers, consultants, and academic researchers to provide solutions for video streaming. The Bitmovin Innovators Network members include Akamai, Alpen-Adria-Universität, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Better Software Group, Broadpeak, Dalet, Grass Valley, Google Cloud, […]

September 6, 2022

Microsoft’s Activision buy could face probe

Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard could substantially lessen competition in consoles, multi-game subscription services and game streaming, a UK watchdog has warned. Microsoft had aimed to buy the maker of Overwatch, Candy Crush and Call of Duty for $68.7 billion. But now the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) says its concerns mean it may […]

September 1, 2022

Data: Microsoft devices most common in Smart Home

Findings in the latest Plume IQ, a monthly reveal of data-driven intelligence and customer-focused insights from personalised communications services specialist Plume, reveal that Microsoft leads brand loyalty globally. In addition to revealing the brand leaders in the device categories that are recognised for productivity in the smart home, the data also explores the influence of […]

August 3, 2022

Netflix partners with Microsoft for ad-supported tier

Netflix has revealed it is partnering with Microsoft on new ad-supported subscription plan. “In April, we announced that we will introduce a new lower priced ad-supported subscription plan for consumers, in addition to our existing ads-free basic, standard and premium plans,” said Greg Peters, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Product Officer. “Today we are pleased […]

July 14, 2022

Firstlight Media recognised as finalist of 2022 Microsoft Media & Communications Partner of the Year Award

Firstlight Media has been named a finalist of the Media & Communications 2022 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. “Cloud-native platforms are the foundations on which a new generation […]

June 28, 2022

Report: Ad investment by Big Tech at $46.6bn in 2021

A WARC analysis of advertising investment by eight major digital platforms has underlined the importance of ‘Big Tech’ to the health of the global ad economy. Advertising expenditure by Alibaba, Alphabet, Amazon, Baidu, Meta, Microsoft, Netflix and Tencent in 2021 totalled $46.6 billion (€44.11bn), up 49.4 per cent year-on-year, accounting for 6 per cent of […]

May 5, 2022

MediaKind extends Microsoft partnership

MediaKind has announced an extension to its strategic partnership with Microsoft to enable new opportunities for video content owners, broadcasters, operators, and enterprises to accelerate their video digital transformation. This new collaboration has been designed to significantly enhance the integration and optimisation of both companies’ products, platforms, and cloud capabilities, to enable its respective customers […]

April 22, 2022