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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.

Unlocking telecoms with machine learning and AI

Bangkok - One major telecoms company has taken advantage of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things to boost its competitive edge. Here Total Access Communication is focused on improving customer service.

Digital transformation in telecoms to create agile 'open telcos'

Telecoms operators are embracing digital transformation and technological change to develop new networks and improve the customer experience. The telecoms industry is in a leading-edge position for connectivity as businesses start to demand cloud tech.

Ariane 5 rocket puts European GPS satellites into orbit

Kourou - An Ariane 5 rocket put four GPS satellites into orbit on Tuesday for Europe's Galileo navigation project, Arianespace said.The European space workhorse took off at 1836 GMT and deployed the satellites four hours after launch.

Digital technologies help telecoms to simplify services

To address an increasingly competitive sector, most telecoms companies are seeking to reduce their public-facing offerings. However, more simplification is needed and digital technologies should be at the front-line, a new report recommends.

Australia to compel chat apps to hand over encrypted messages

Sydney - Social media giants like Facebook and WhatsApp will be compelled to share encrypted messages of suspected terrorists and other criminals with Australian police under new laws unveiled Friday.

Germany expands surveillance of encrypted message services

Berlin - Germany on Thursday passed a controversial new law that expands the power of authorities to spy on the content of encrypted message services such as WhatsApp and Skype.

European mobile operators brace for end of roaming charges

Paris - Long an important source of revenue for telecom companies, roaming charges will be lifted in Europe starting June 15, raising pressure on operators in a tight market.

China's ZTE pleads guilty to violating US sanctions on Iran, N.Korea

Washington - Chinese telecom giant ZTE has pleaded guilty in a US court to violating US export controls by selling goods to Iran and North Korea over several years.

Nokia brand ready for smartphone comeback in 2017

Helsinki - Nokia, once the world's top mobile phone maker, will make a comeback on the smartphone market in the first half of 2017, the company and its licensee said Thursday.

EU defends 'free roaming' pledge despite 90-day limit

Brussels - The EU insisted Wednesday it had not scrapped its popular pledge to end roaming charges for mobile phone users despite unveiling a proposal to limit the measure to 90 days.

Mobile network flaw puts millions of phones at risk of hijacking

A flaw in code used by essential components of the world's telecoms infrastructure could allow cybercriminals to gain complete control of mobile networks and millions of smartphones. The bug is present across the industry and will never be fully patched.

China telecom giant ZTE says it expects lifting of U.S. curbs

Shanghai - Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE said Tuesday it expects the United States to lift restrictions on its business, amid talks with Washington over allegations it violated trade sanctions against Iran.

Deal on using satellites for global flight-tracking in sight: U.S.

Ginebra - Countries are nearing agreement on using satellites to track flights, as they strive to prevent a repeat of the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370 in March 2014, a high-level US official said Thursday.

Lebara Mobile creates Lebara Talk app for the migrant community

European mobile network Lebara is beginning to expand its reach into other regions with the launch of a new free voice and messaging app, Lebara Talk, in its quest to become a "digital hub" for separated families.

Vodafone global CTO Pusey steps down

Vodafone’s global CTO Steve Pusey will step down this summer, after a decade of serving with the UK-based telco, making way for Ericsson senior technology executive Johan Wibergh.

NSA, British spy agency have secret access to Deutsche Telekom

Berlin - The US National Security Agency and British intelligence services are able to secretly access data from telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom and several other German operators, according to Der Spiegel weekly.
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