CEO works magic at T-Mobile USA
The US mobile service provider T-Mobile might still be a prime takeover target but it looks likely to command a considerably higher sales price than might have been expected after posting some excellent Q1 figures. They were so good that CEO John Legere couldn’t stop himself cursing in jubilation as he took to Twitter to rub his rival’s noses in it. In the first quarter of 2014 T-Mobile USA added 1.3 million postpaid customers to its subscriber base as well as 465,000 additional prepaid users. It also shifted 6.9 million handsets. Pretty darned good by any measure, but that’s not the whole of it.
Etisalat to consolidate west African units in Maroc Telecom
Etisalat has agreed to sell businesses in six west African countries to Maroc Telecom as it combines assets before completing a $5.8 billion acquisition from Vivendi, reports Bloomberg. The deal, valued at $650 million, includes units in Benin, Central African Republic, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Niger and Togo that provide mobile voice and data services. Etisalat agreed in November to acquire Vivendi’s 53 per cent stake in Maroc Telecom. Putting the west African assets under Maroc Telecom would extend its reach beyond Morocco, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Mali and Gabon. Etisalat also operates divisions in Egypt and Nigeria.
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Nokia and Juniper Networks collaborate on SDN + NFV
Nokia and Juniper Networks announced an expanded partnership to deliver virtualized network platforms for mobile operators. The deal covers Nokia’s Liquid Core solution, including network function virtualization (NFV) and telco cloud management and orchestration, and Juniper’s MetaFabric data center architecture, including Contrail — Juniper’s network virtualization and cloud network automation solution based on software-defined networking (SDN). The companies said their bundled solution will provide operators with an open ecosystem telco cloud solution, based on Open Stack, offering automated application deployment, software defined application connectivity and network management. The solution would also comply with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute Network Functions Virtualization (ETSI NFV) end-to-end reference architecture.
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Privacy alliance calls for internet ‘reset’
An alliance of technology firms, internet sites, civil liberties groups and other organisations has launched a campaign to block mass surveillance of the internet by government agencies. More than 20 groups, including Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, Reddit, DuckDuckGo and BoingBoing, have set 5 June as the day to reset the ‘Net’ by deploying new privacy tools. The group has chosen the date to coincide with the first anniversary of the revelations of mass internet surveillance by US National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Target CEO quits after data breach
US retailer Target has announced the resignation of its chief executive and chairman, Gregg Steinhafel after a massive data breach and poor business performance. The announcement comes four months since hackers breached Target’s IT systems and two months after the resignation of Beth Jacob as chief information officer (CIO). The hackers are believed to have stolen 70 million records that included the name, address, email address and phone number of customers, including the details of 40 million credit and debit cards.
Bill Gates: Sell off Bing? Nah. Xbox? Maybe…
Microsoft cofounder and board member Bill Gates says he’s leery of unloading the company’s historically loss-making Bing division, but he wouldn’t necessarily be opposed to spinning off Xbox. Gates made the comments in an interview with Fox Business on Monday alongside mega-investor and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett. Asked whether he would support new CEO Satya Nadella if he wanted to launch the Xbox business as its own company, Gates responded with “absolutely,” though he cautioned that such a move might not be as good an idea as some pundits believe.
John Lewis launches own-brand webOS TVs, JL9000 range made by LG
John Lewis has officially announced its JL9000 series of webOS driven Smart TVs which Pocket-lint revealed last week. The TVs are made by LG but are branded by the UK high street retailer. They are Full HD 1080p LED IPS sets, have 3D passive viewing technology and come in 49, 55 and 60-inch screen sizes. Prices start at £1,399.
Talktalk inks £30m sponsorship deal with X Factor
TalkTalk has renewed its sponsorship deal with the X Factor for three years, meaning it will have sponsored all 13 seasons of the ITV show. The £30m deal shows confidence in the show at a time when ratings have slumped. “Thousands of TalkTalk customers join us every year at the live final, more tweets are sent about it than any other TV show and, with the return of Simon and Cheryl, we’re hugely looking forward to the next series,” said Olivia Streatfeild, commercial director at TalkTalk.
Facebook announces advertising ‘Boot Camp’ for SMBs
Facebook will be pounding the pavement this summer in an attempt to teach its largest group of advertisers — small and medium-sized businesses — how to utilize the company’s ad offerings. Facebook, along with partners like Square, Intuit QuickBooks, and LegalZoom, is planning a five-stop event tour the company calls Facebook Fit, a series of “boot camp-style events designed to help SMBs achieve business success,” Facebook wrote in a blog post Tuesday.