UAE-based Etisalat is hoping to strike back against over-the-top chat apps from the likes of Facebook and Google by introduced high-definition voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) calling, reports The National.
France's Sigfox has teamed up with power company Engie and local operator UnaBiz to extend Sigfox's global Internet of Things (IoT) network to Singapore. The rollout of the network will form part of Singapore's ongoing Smart Nation Initiative.
The viewing figures for public service broadcasting in the UK appear to be holding steady, despite the continuing rise of alternative content channels, such as the OTT options provided by Amazon Prime and Sky's Now TV. This is one of the findings of Ofcom's latest PSB Annual Research Report, which found that the main five public service channels in the UK accounted for 51% of all broadcast viewing in 2015, a figure that has changed little in the last three years. Ten years ago PSBs held a 70% share of the viewing figures.
And talking of relative newcomers to the UK broadcast sector, mobile operator EE is attempting to lure new customers with the promise of six months' free access to the BT Sport app, which screens, among other sporting goodies, UEFA Champions League soccer and the European Rugby Champions Cup. Once the free period has expired, customers will be charged £5 (US$6.48) a month for the service. EE became part of BT in January. (See BT Gets Final Go-Ahead for $17.9B EE Takeover and Confirmed: BT's Got Euroballs.)
Cable operator Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) has identified the next 30 UK locations that are to be offered the opportunity to be connected up to its fiber network and benefit from downlink speeds of up to 200 Mbit/s. Most of the locations are to be found close to a line that runs from Hampshire in the south to North Yorkshire in the north, though there are a couple of Welsh outliers, one near Bridgend and the other in the Rhondda. They are due to be connected by spring 2017. (See Virgin Media Plots £3B Invasion of BT Turf.)