Mobile and Infrastructure News

From government licensing through to ISP and infrastructure, this is our global news and commentary of all things 5G, mobile and telecommunications related.

Italy Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Social and family life in Italy goes virtual

As 60 million Italians face a country-wide lockdown due to coronavirus, many daily interactions among family, friends and colleagues have moved to messaging platforms such as Whats...

Platform NewS: China's ByteDance CEO and TikTok apps Founder

Zhang Yiming, founder of ByteDance, gears up for the global stage

The founder of China’s ByteDance, owner of the wildly successful TikTok app, has for years aspired to make ByteDance the first Chinese firm to rival American internet giants ...

Federal Communications Commission

Major US ISP’s agree not to cancel services over next 60 days

The US telecoms regulator has stated that major internet providers including Comcast Corp, AT&T and Verizon Communications have agreed not to terminate service for subscribers ...

Platform Economy: TikTok and US politics

US senators seek to ban federal employees from using TikTok on their phones

Two GOP senators have introduced a bill aimed at banning federal employees from using Chinese social media app TikTok on their government-issued phones, amid growing national secur...

Platform Industry: Huawei, 5G infrastructure and the EU

Lawmakers in the US seek to curb Huawei’s access to US banks

US lawmakers plan to unveil a bill that could be used to block Huawei from accessing US banks for certain transactions, in a bid to thwart the Chinese telecoms giant amid frustrati...

Platform News: Coronavirus smartphone app in the European Union EU

EU privacy rules no obstacle to coronavirus fight; smartphone tracking a no-no

Europe’s privacy rule book does not create obstacles to taking action to curb the coronavirus epidemic but mass tracking of people’s movements and contacts using smartp...

Platform News: Huawei Technologies

Top US envoy presses Canada over Huawei role in 5G network – officials

A senior US envoy has pressed Canada about Ottawa’s forthcoming decision on whether to allow China’s Huawei Technologies to take part in its 5G network, a move Washingt...

Grindr

Grindr’s owner says to sell social media app for $608 million

The Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd said on Friday that it has agreed to sell Grindr LLC, a popular gay dating app it acquired in 2016, for about $608.5 million.

Nokia

Nokia draws $560 million research and development loan for 5G

Finnish telecoms equipment maker Nokia drew a 500 million euro ($561 million) loan last month to help it to accelerate development of 5G technology, its annual report shows.

Platform Industry: Huawei, 5G infrastructure and the EU

Huawei confident it will supply core networks technology to European operators

Controversial China-based telecom equipment maker Huawei is confident some European telecoms will choose it to provide 5G technology for their core networks, the chief representati...

TIM, Vodafone Tower

Vodafone, TIM to win conditional EU approval for tower deal – sources

Vodafone and Telecom Italia (TIM) are set to secure conditional European Union antitrust approval to create Europe’s biggest mobile towers company, part of a strategy to roll...

Shipping

The coronavirus domino effect: South Korean tech firms reel as Vietnam links curbed

For one South Korean multinational company that makes smartphone components used by Apple and LG Electronics, the coronavirus epidemic is dealing blow after blow.

Platform News: Huawei Technologies

Huawei executive suggests they’ll build a French factory regardless of 5G decision

Huawei will build a factory in France regardless of the government’s decision on whether to use its equipment in a new 5G network, an executive at the Shenzhen-based group sa...

Nokia

Nokia enters 5G partnership with Marvell Technology

Nokia Oyj has entered into partnership with Marvell Technology, the companies said on Wednesday, as Nokia seeks to accelerate its so-far sluggish strategic shift to 5G.