Verizon and AT&T , by far the two largest US telecom operators, have come to an agreement with the GSMA to establish ground rules that block a phone from their network even if the device has eSim technology. (Credits: Jonathan Ernst)
yesterday the US authorities have opened an investigation into telecom operators ATT and Verizon, whom they suspect of agreement in the mobile.
Did they agree? US authorities have opened an investigation into telecom operators ATT and Verizon, whom they suspect of cartel deal, the New York Times reported on Friday.
This investigation was opened about five months after the seizing of the Department of Justice (DoJ) by a telecom equipment supplier and a wireless Internet access provider, the newspaper said, citing six anonymous sources. AT & T and Verizon would have reached an agreement with the World Association of Mobile Operators (GSMA), which is organizing the World Mobile Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, to support the adoption of eSim technology in the United States. United.
ESim technology actually means that consumers no longer need a physical SIM card to use their smartphone because it is replaced by a chip directly in the phone. A user of a smartphone can therefore theoretically change telecom operator without having to wait for a mail or a new SIM card to switch from one offer to another
Block the eSIM to preserve their market share?
Verizon and AT & T, by far the two largest US telecom operators, have agreed with the GSMA to establish ground rules to lock a phone to their network even if the device has eSim technology. The goal is to preserve their market share in the US market, but the Department of Justice fears that such a move is detrimental to consumers.
In February, he asked the three actors to provide him with documents related to this eSim technology, as the New York Times mentioned.
VERIZON exceeds expectations in the first three months of the year
(AOF) – Telecom operator Verizon has released a quarterly performance better than expected. In the first quarter, the group announced a jump of 31.3% of its net profit, group share, to 4.67 billion, or $ 1.11 per share. Excluding exceptional items, earnings per share reached $ 1.17, up 7 cents from Reuters consensus. Revenues rose 6.6 percent to 31.77 billion while Wall Street was 31.26 billion. Verizon has recruited 260,000 new mobile subscribers with a fixed price.
For 2018, the telecom operator still aims for adjusted earnings per share up less than 5%. The telecom operator specifies that the impact of the tax reform will have an accretive impact ranging between 55 and 65 cents per share over the year. as the (AOF) says.
AT&T union prepping for a strike.
furthermore, usatoday mentioned about a major union prepping to strike against AT&T has compiled a detailed report of U.S. layoffs and call center closures that it says shows the telecom giant has violated its own post-tax reform promises.
In December, AT&T issued $1,000 bonuses to more than 200,000 employees after the tax reform bill’s passage. The company also promised to increase investment in the U.S. and, the union charges implied hiring increases.
“(AT&T CEO) Randall Stephenson has said on several occasions he was committed to raising wages and creating good-paying jobs,” she said. “We are trying to hold his feet to the fire on this. This is what you said and this is what we expect.”
In November 2017, Stephenson announced his support for the tax reform measure and, in December after its passage, said, “This tax reform will drive economic growth and create good-paying jobs. In fact, we will increase our U.S. investment and pay a special bonus to our U.S. employees.”
When it reported its fourth-quarter 2017 financials, AT&T said that tax reform helped boost the quarter’s net income to $19 billion, compared to $2.4 billion in the same period a year before.
AT&T gave out those $1,000 bonuses — $200 million in bonus payments total — and $800 million in funding to its employee and retiree medical trust, AT&T spokesman Marty Richter says.
credit : usatoday
Also Variety titled Media Companies Scramble to Bulk Up in Order to Survive!
AT&T is fighting the U.S. government in court to acquire Time Warner’s content bundle of HBO, Warner Bros., and Turner. Disney chased down 20th Century Fox in a bid to transform itself as the world’s largest entertainment company embarks on its second century in business.
All eyes are on the outcome of the Dept. of Justice’s antitrust case against AT&T and Time Warner, which seeks to halt the $85 billion takeovers. If the merger goes through (albeit with certain conditions), industry observers expect it to unleash a new torrent of deal-making.
Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, who testified in the trial on April 18, labeled the government’s objections that the combined company would abuse its market position “ridiculous.” He seemed to suggest the DOJ doesn’t understand that the world has changed, reiterating the position that Time Warner is relatively hamstrung compared with giants like Facebook and Google when it comes to data analytics. It knows how many people watch its TV networks. “But we don’t know their names. Our direct competitors do,” he said. “They know all sorts of things that we don’t.”
Whichever way AT&T-Time Warner shakes out, boardroom machinations are already well underway among traditional players to better battle in an internet-connected world.
in another debate, the NewYorkTimes mentioned European Regulators Ask if Facebook Is Taking Too Much Data
Now regulators in Europe are asking whether Facebook is excessively collecting details about the online activities of internet users — in effect, forcibly extracting a valuable commodity from consumers.
The authorities in a number of European countries contend that Facebook has unfairly used its leverage to collect details about the activities of both Facebook users and nonusers on millions of third-party sites that use tools like Facebook’s “like” button and analytics service.
Until recently, few consumers stopped to consider the value of their personal information or how much of it they were forking over in exchange for free online services.
But the recent revelations that the voter-profiling firm Cambridge Analytica obtained the personal information of up to 87 million Facebook users have prompted more questions about the data the social media giant is collecting
Although Twitter, Google Analytics and many other services also track consumers’ online activities for advertising or website measurement purposes, German regulators singled out Facebook’s terms and conditions as inappropriate.
In two days of questioning during congressional hearings this month, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, told legislators that he did not know how many data points Facebook collected about individual users or how many non-Facebook sites the company tracked users on, and he offered incomplete answers about how the tracking worked.
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Twilio stocks reveal a promising Technology IPO Company
Twilio, unrecognized PaaS cloud communication company has successfully flown to be the largest IPO technology this year in the US Stocks by an epic increase from last January of more than 160%
Twilio price share initialy was at 15$ and currently at 91$ , its known that the company allows APP developers to add programmable voice call,SMS,Chat,Videos,SIP Trunking functions with small code snippets.
Wendee, WhatsApp, and eBay represent some of their customers, this proves that the company got a recognition from the technology market but this is a long way and the company doesn’t announce any special news on the scene.
Will Twilio maintain growth rate over the next months? share with us your decision for batter analytic reports
Apple,Disney enter the Streaming TV Market from some door
Apple and Disney, YouTube, Netflix,Amazon,Google for batter ecosystem !
Youtube is the most popular streaming video service ever known without any doubt and from last year Youtube began publishing YouTube TV where directly attacking the cable industry , YouTube even planning to provide families with local TV contents where will use Google Voice Assistant till we arrive and watch our favorite TV shows with no need of remote and lots of menus.
But the important reports a couple days ago reveals that Apple preparing to launch a streaming TV service next year. The TV streaming service will be available in 100 countries meanwhile Disney thinks to stream media TV services by providing programs directly to consumers.
From long time ago Apple trying to open the TV market but Apple relays heavily on hardware and recently Apple increasingly began to invest heavily in original content and by 2022 Apple will invest sum of 5.2 $ billion
in original content, this is really huge and proves that the technology giant will invest a lot of money in order to build their own media network.
From some side Netflix will invest $ 8 billion this year to produce original programs, Amazon’s by its role investment has 100 million Prime users. Netflix, Amazon, Apple and Google heavily investing in batter technologies and developing their own ecosystems by understanding their users and provides them with high-quality services.
long-term investments think that the giant’s technologies will keep launching media services and erode users of cable companies. and epically we saw a slow neglection of the traditional cable TV services.
However in last December Disney announced the 53 $ billion M&A with 21st Century Fox make them the largest media network and in August, Disney CEO Bob Iger promised that the prices of the new services will be quite competitive because Disney’s contents will be converted into digital streaming channels, and this is not gonna be something stranger for Apple and Disney enter the TV market from the same door of the streaming TV market because they are already old friends.
Facebook Youtube Netflix Video Ads
Facebook Youtube Netflix Video Ads :
Youtube will be paying creators to promote youtube’s features including super chat, merchandising program, meanwhile, Netflix Video Ads still in testing mode, the video ads that will show up between episodes, on some time Facebook has acquired the small team behind Vidpresso live video.
Facebook acquihires Vidpresso as it races to offer interactive video tools so it can beat YouTube & Twitch for the hearts of creators https://t.co/tfGrCW5VPF
— Josh Constine (@JoshConstine) August 13, 2018
Facebooks also testing its live video new feature the scheduled live video post layout, the official size of the image hasn’t yet revealed but it seems to be cropped like the cover image,
still, image ads are also one of their new features that will become more attractive by adding the new process that will convert the still images ads into video ads, it’s just a lightweight motion will be added to still images.
while many critical posts talking about the unskippable ads made by Netflix, but Netflix is meant to serve its users while finishing watching an episode and waiting until the next one to buffer, Netflix says that they are testing recommendations feature between episodes in order to help members discover stories they may enjoy
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