Telenor, TeliaSonera call truce in Denmark, plan merger
Nordic telecom firms Telenor and TeliaSonera will combine their Danish businesses to boost margins in their toughest market, sending shares in their main rival higher on hopes for an end to cut-throat price competition. Norway’s Telenor and Sweden’s TeliaSonera, which tried to merge more than a decade ago, agreed to put their Danish operations into a 50/50 joint venture. They aim to save 800 million Danish crowns ($133 million) a year, or around a tenth of their combined cost, by 2019.
ZTE pens 10-year deal with Euskaltel as it continues European expansion
ZTE has signed a 10-year managed services contract with Spanish operator Euskaltel to upgrade its network and extend its services in the south of Europe. Under the agreement, ZTE will establish a headquarters in Northern Spain’s Basque Country, alongside Esukaltel’s own headquarters in Derio. From there it will provide telco services for subscribers in the country in addition to those in Portugal and other regions of Southern Europe.
Etisalat to upgrade entire fibre network
UAE-based telecommunication operator Etisalat is set to upgrade its fibre-based internet speeds to 43Mbps for its eLife customers in the country, as part of its 43rd National Day celebrations. The festive give-away from Etisalat includes 43 free OnDemand (VOD) movies and 43 free minutes of local voice calling from landline to mobile phones, said a statement.
Cisco opens doors to new smart home platform
Cisco has launched a joint venture with household appliances company Bosch and technology company ABB to build an open software platform for the smart home. The platform, which will be based in Germany once it is given the green light by the country’s antitrust authorities, will be open to service providers and appliance makers.
NHS Trust gets more efficient with Vodafone patient mobile platform
District nurses can spend more time with patients thanks to Vodafone deployment which reduces amount of travelling and paperwork. The Trust is working with Vodafone to allow district nurses to update patient records and view daily visiting schedules remotely, reducing the amount of time spent travelling and filing paperwork.
Acer CEO tells UK Parliament: “Taiwan will be a leader in IoT”
Acer spoke about Taiwan’s future as a leader in computing at the UK Parliament yesterday, and how it could ‘play a significant role’ in the Internet of Things (IoT) era. Acer’s corporate president and CEO Jason Chen was invited as a guest speaker by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for East Asian Business, which facilitates the development of relations between businesses in East Asia and the UK.
British Airways delivers Christmas ‘Thank-you’ social media campaign
British Airways is to communicate a seasonal ‘thank-you’ message to passengers this Christmas by way of a two-way conversation on social media in which the airline will express its gratitude to customers for choosing the flag carrier. Incorporating a 70-second video clip produced by Cedar the campaign features images sent in by travellers and will be distributed across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google + as well as the airliners in-flight entertainment system.
YouTube reveals Christmas ads leaderboard
YouTube has created a Christmas Ads leaderboard aimed at showcasing the most popular seasonal brand ads, according to view count on the video streaming service. Currently, John Lewis’ ‘Monty the Penguin’ advert sits at the top of the chart, with over 18m views. Its closest rival is Sainsbury’s World War One-themed advert, which has had just under 13.5m views so far.
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Facebook video app ads will now auto-play on mobile
Facebook’s introduction of video advertisements has been relatively uncontroversial – at least compared to some other changes the social network has made to its news feed in recent years. Now the latest tweak has been announced in a blog post for developers. “With more and more people uploading, sharing and discovering videos on Facebook, marketers are finding video to be an important asset to drive key business metrics,” explained software engineer Jun Li.