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.

Platform News: Japan's SoftBank

SoftBank Group’s market cap dips below domestic telco as scepticism grows

SoftBank Group Corp shares fell as much as 11.6% on Wednesday, with its market capitalisation dipping below the value of its domestic telco, as uncertainty grows over its managemen...

Platform News: Tencent conference and exhibition in China

Tencent set to hint at virus boost from quarantined gamers

China’s Tencent Holdings is set to give a glimpse of how the world’s largest gaming company has fared from the coronavirus outbreak after curbs forced millions to stay ...

Communications Networks

Can networks cope with millions working from home?

Some European telecoms operators reported connectivity problems on Tuesday as millions of people logged on for work at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, driving up data traffic...

Old Phone

Israel deploys cyber-monitoring against coronavirus

The Israeli government began deploying cellphone-monitoring technology against the coronavirus on Tuesday and urged people not to leave home unless necessary. 

Platform Industry: Tencent logo at an event

Tencent Music to see softer first quarter; beats fourth-quarter revenue estimates on paying user surge

China’s Tencent Music Entertainment Group said the company would likely see “much softer” first-quarter revenue growth due to the COVID-19 outbreak, after it beat...

Platform News: Apple logo

French antitrust regulator fines Apple $1.2 billion

France’s competition watchdog on Monday fined iPhone maker Apple approximately $1.23 billion, saying it was guilty of anti-competitive behaviour towards its distribution and ...

Platform Industry: Samsung

Samsung urges shareholders to use electronic voting for AGM

South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics is using a form of electronic voting for the first time for this year’s annual general meeting on the 18th of March, urging shareh...

Platform Economy: The technology sector in Paris, France

French telecoms pledge bandwidth ‘discipline’ in possible hit to Netflix

French telecoms operators will exercise greater discipline allocating internet bandwidth from Monday as France braces for a surge in the number of people working from home, the ind...

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...