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Sweden's Ericsson to pay $1 bn over bribery allegations: US govt

Washington - Swedish telecoms firm Ericsson has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to resolve allegations of bribery spanning Asia and the Middle East, the US Justice Department announced Friday.

Mobile phones back in Indian Kashmir, but internet still down

Srinagar - Mobile phone networks were restored in Indian Kashmir on Monday after a 72-day blackout, authorities said, but the internet remains off-limits to the region's seven million-plus people.

Huawei exec in Canada court seeking to quash extradition

Vancouver - Top Chinese telecom executive Meng Wanzhou and her lawyers went to court on Monday to try to have her extradition case thrown out, arguing that her rights were violated.

Danish justice system rocked by flawed phone location evidence

Copenhagen - The use of mobile phone location data to solve crimes has come under scrutiny in Denmark after a glitch that has thrown thousands of cases into question and led to the release of more than 30 detainees.

Blockchain-oriented Internet technology disrupts telecoms

The B2B telecommunications market is a key indicator of the progress in communications and commerce that the Internet has fueled. The next wave of this development will extend to blockchain.

Monaco rolls out Huawei-built 5G network in European first

Monaco - Monaco on Tuesday became the first country in Europe to inaugurate a next-generation 5G mobile phone network based on technology from Chinese firm Huawei, which is seen by the US as a major security risk.

France Telecom suicides: 'Nothing I could have done' ex-CEO says

Paris - France Telecom's former CEO on Tuesday rejected any responsibility for a string of suicides as he pushed through a wrenching restructuring plan that cost thousands of employees their jobs a decade ago.

France Telecom ex-bosses go on trial over suicide wave

Paris - The former chief executive of France Telecom and other ex-bosses went on trial Monday facing unprecedented charges of moral harassment that allegedly prompted 35 employees to take their own lives a decade ago.

Block China Mobile from US, FCC chairman says

San Francisco - The chairman of the top US telecoms regulator on Wednesday announced his opposition to allowing China Mobile to operate in the United States, citing risks to American national security.

Apple and Qualcomm bury the hatchet in royalties battle royal

San Francisco - Apple and American microchip manufacturer Qualcomm said Tuesday they have agreed to "dismiss all litigation" against each other worldwide in what had been a sprawling battle over royalty payments.

Merkel says more security needed on Chinese firms

Apo - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Tuesday for safeguards to ensure Chinese firms do not hand over private data to Beijing amid mounting security concerns over equipment made by telecoms giant Huawei.

Huawei charm offensive runs into buzzsaw of US charges

Shanghai - Fraud, obstruction of justice and cloak-and-dagger trade theft -- a US rap sheet alleging systematic skullduggery by Chinese telecom giant Huawei has deepened the company's problems just as it sought to win back global trust.

Huawei exec's extradition hearing pushed to March

Vancouver - The extradition hearing for a top Huawei executive at the center of a diplomatic row between Ottawa and Beijing was pushed back to March on Tuesday, after the US unveiled sweeping charges against her and the Chinese tech giant.

France sees Huawei 'risks' for 5G networks: foreign minister

Paris - French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned Wednesday of "risks" in deploying next-generation 5G wireless networks using equipment from the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei."We are well aware of the risks...

Huawei exec seeks Canada bail, proposes electronic monitoring

Vancouver - A top executive of Chinese telecom giant Huawei sought release from Canadian detention Monday, offering to submit to strict electronic monitoring, as Beijing escalates its protests over her arrest on a US warrant.

US urging allies to shun Huawei: WSJ

Washington - The United States is trying to persuade wireless companies and internet providers in allied countries to shun equipment made by Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, citing cyber security risks, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

SK Telecom successfully completes first 5G call

South Korea's largest wireless carrier, SK Telecom, has successfully completed the first 5G Call using Samsung’s commercial 5G equipment. This was using equipment that can be readily applied to commercial 5G networks.

Tech giants face hefty fines under Australia cyber laws

Sydney - Tech companies could face fines of up to Aus$10 million (US$7.3 million) if they fail to hand over customer information or data to Australian police under tough cyber laws unveiled Tuesday.

Former France Telecom execs to face trial over suicides

Paris - French judges have ordered a trial against France Telecom and its former CEO for "moral harassment" following a wave of employee suicides in the late 2000s, according to judicial papers seen by AFP Friday.

German spy agency can keep tabs on internet hubs: court

Berlin - Germany's spy agency can monitor major internet hubs if Berlin deems it necessary for strategic security interests, a federal court has ruled.

White House has deal to lift sanctions on China's ZTE

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Friday he had reached a deal to keep Chinese telecoms giant ZTE running, rolling back some penalties in exchange for security guarantees -- a move that infuriated Democrats and some in his own party.

White House has deal to lift sanctions on China's ZTE: report

Washington - The White House says it has reached a deal with Chinese telecoms giant ZTE that would lift crippling sanctions slapped on the company, The New York Times reported Friday.

DX success: Sprint focuses on telecom customer experience

The U.S. telecom company Sprint provides a strong example of a digital transformation success story. The company has implemented two systems to gather and analyse customer data, enabling improved product targeting.

China's ZTE halts share trading following US export ban

Bejing - Chinese telecom giant ZTE halted trading of its shares in Hong Kong and Shenzhen Tuesday following a US ban on its purchase of sensitive technology, which drew a pledge by China to "safeguard" its companies if necessary.

US suspends export privileges to China's ZTE

Washington - US authorities issued an order Monday barring US exports of sensitive technology to Chinese telecom giant ZTE because of false statements made during an investigation into its illegal sale of goods to Iran and North Korea.

Russian regulator moves to block Telegram messaging app

Moscow - Russia's telecoms watchdog on Friday asked a Moscow court to block the popular messaging app Telegram, after a deadline for it to hand over encryption keys to security services expired.

Egyptian telcoms undergoing major transformation

Cairo - The U.S. company Avaya has begun working with Intraconsult Telecom, based in Egypt, to help organizations in the North African country achieve their digital transformation objectives.

Austria uses 5G technology to improve production

Vienna - The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology in co-operation with Siemens Austria is developing 5G equipped wireless technologies and radio wave propagation to improve manufacturing processes.

Arianespace has 'lost contact' with Ariane 5 rocket

Kourou - Arianespace's mission control has "lost contact" with an Ariane 5 rocket carrying two commercial satellites after its lift-off from French Guiana, CEO Stephane Israel announced late Thursday.The European space workhorse blasted off at 7.

Belgian telco chooses Infosys to lead its digital transformation

Belgium-based telco Proximus has announced it is partnering with Indian IT services provider Infosys to digitally transform its business. The company will move to cloud-based solutions to improve its agility and efficiency, replacing 40 legacy platforms.
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