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Lycamobile aims to kill T-Mobile’s proposed acquisitions

News Lycamobile, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) has publicly criticized T-Mobile. Lycamobile is a London-based MVNO offering services in more than a dozen countries and serving over 16 million subscribers. Its US subsidiary offers mobile service over T-Mobile’s network. However, Lyca is now making its fight against T-Mobile very public. Having entered the US market through an MVNO deal with T-Mobile in 2012, Lyca is now claiming that T-Mobile has failed to fairly abide by the terms...

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SoftBank to invest $960m in Japanese AI 

News The investment follows the company spending JPY20 billion ($129.2 million) on computing infrastructure last year    Japanese tech giant SoftBank has announced that it will invest JPY 150 billion $960 billion to upgrade its computing infrastructure to deliver a Generative AI (gen AI) platform in the Japanese language, according to a report from Nikkei, which cited anonymous sources.  Over the next two years, SoftBank will reportedly purchase GPUs (graphics processing units) from US based...

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Authenticity in action: Charlotte Scott’s keys to investor relations

Insight Using her experience working in Venture Capital, Angel Investment and with startup businesses, Charlotte Scott, Senior Investor Relations Manager at Innovation SuperNetwork, works to improve the relationship between investors and businesses.  Through her work in the Northern Investor Hub and on the Pathways to Funding North of Tyne and Tees Valley Securing Investment programmes, she builds bridges between businesses and investors, helping investors expand their portfolio, reach new...

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Government Reject Calls by UK Mobile Operators for 4G SRN Delay

The CEO of the Government’s Building Digital UK (BDUK) agency, Dean Creamer, has told MPs on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that officials have rejected a request from several mobile operators to delay completion of the 4G roll-out for Partial Not-Spot (PNS) areas under the £1bn Shared Rural Network (SRN) project by 18-months. The industry-led SRN – supported by £501m of public funding and £532m from operators – involves both the reciprocal sharing of existing masts in certain areas and...

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“We’ve out innovated China”: US Commerce Secretary slams Huawei chip tech

News  The US secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo has dismissed Huawei’s latest chip technology breakthrough powering its latest smartphone, the Mate 60 Pro, which was released in August last year In an interview with CBS News’ “60 Minutes”, Raimondo said smartphone is still not as advanced as American made chips, which shows that US sanctions against the company are working.   Sanctions against Huawei first began in 2019 under President Trump, when US companies were banned from doing business...

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Full Fibre AltNet ISP Zzoomm Tops 25,000 UK Broadband Customers

Oxfordshire-based alternative broadband network and UK ISP Zzoomm, which has already extended their 2Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network to cover 190,000 premises (RFS) in England, has today revealed that their customer base has now grown to 25,000 (up from 23k on 5th March 2024). The operator, which is being fuelled by an equity investment of £100m from Oaktree Capital (here) and a £100m debt facility via an international banking consortium (here), has typically focused their roll-out...

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Nexfibre Make Progress on FTTP Rollout for 22k Premises in Leicestershire

Network operator nexfibre, which shares some of the same parents as Virgin Media UK (VMO2), has announced that they’ve expanded their 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP / XGS-PON) broadband ISP network to cover 2,000 premises in Loughborough – forming part of their plan to reach 22,000 premises in Leicestershire during 2024. The company has already covered 1 million premises across the UK with their new full fibre network, and they’re currently in the process of investing another £1bn...

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Broadband ISP Aquiss Accuse Vodafone UK of Incorrect Switching

In an unusual move, the boss of Shropshire-based broadband ISP Aquiss, Martin Pitt, has today publicly accused rival provider Vodafone of “handling a large percentage of migrations cases completely incorrectly” by treating them as “New Installs” rather than following the correct Ofcom process for consumer switching. According to Aquiss, the issue seems to largely impact switches that occur across Openreach’s national broadband network (FTTC and FTTP lines). Consumer switches between Openreach...

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Update on the State of Modem Mode for Virgin Media’s Hub 5x

The recent launch of Virgin Media UK’s new 2Gbps full fibre (FTTP / XGS-PON) home broadband package was a welcome development (here). But one notable caveat was that it shipped with a new variant of the Hub 5 router, the Hub 5x, which lacked a functional Modem Mode, although this is planned to be introduced. Customers of Virgin Media have long learnt to expect a Modem Mode option, which switches-off some of the bundled router’s networking features (e.g. WiFi) and makes it easier for users to...

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Vodafone Launch Scam Signal to Tackle UK Impersonation Fraud

Telecoms giant Vodafone UK, specifically their business focused Carrier Services (wholesale) division, has launched a new service called Scam Signal that allows businesses to protect their customers from impersonation scams, such as Authorised Pushed Payment (APP) fraud. APP fraud typically involves a criminal tricking someone into sending them money, often through impersonating representatives from banks, government departments, or even a family member. They can also deceive a victim into...

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