Vodafone reports 50% rise in internet use as more people work from home

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Vodafone’s internet usage has surged by up to 50% in some European countries as consumers shift to working at home and turn to services such as Netflix because the coronavirus is keeping families indoors. The increase in data comes from a wide range of activities, from children accessing educational material online, playing digital games and […]

BT chief executive Philip Jansen tests positive for coronavirus

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BT’s chief executive, Philip Jansen, has tested positive for coronavirus. The telecoms firm said Jansen had been tested late on Thursday afternoon and was following Public Health England protocols to self-isolate. It is the first publicly confirmed case of a FTSE 100 boss being diagnosed with Covid-19 and the 53-year-old has notified other figures from […]

Tory MP asks BT if using Huawei complies with anti-slavery policy

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A Conservative MP has asked BT to investigate whether using Huawei is compliant with its anti-slavery policy after an Australian thinktank alleged that some of the Chinese firm’s subcontractors used forced labour from the country’s Muslim minority. Bob Seely, who is one of a group of Tories unhappy with government plans to allow Huawei to […]

Vodafone and TPG $15bn merger given green light by federal court

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A $15bn merger between Vodafone Australia and TPG has been cleared to go ahead, after a decision in the federal court. Australia’s consumer watchdog opposed a merger between the telecommunications companies in May last year because it would discourage competition in the mobile market. But federal court justice John Middleton said on Thursday the multibillion […]

Mobile World Congress axed after firms quit over coronavirus fears

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The world’s largest mobile phone trade fair, Mobile World Congress, has been cancelled after scores of the world’s biggest technology and telecommunications companies pulled out over fears of the spread of the coronavirus. The MWC, which was due to be held in Barcelona on 24 February, was expecting more than 100,000 delegates from about 200 […]

Judge approves T-Mobile and Sprint merger, shrinking US mobile providers to three

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And then there were three. The number of US mobile phone provides looked set to shrink again on Tuesday as a federal judge rejected arguments that T-Mobile’s $26.5bn takeover of Sprint would mean less competition and higher phone bills. Though the deal still needs a few more approvals, T-Mobile expects to close it as early […]

Intel and Vivo latest to cancel MWC plans over coronavirus

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Spanish and Catalan authorities have insisted the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona will go ahead later this month despite some of the world’s biggest tech firms pulling out because of coronavirus fears. The MWC – which is billed as “the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry” and which attracts around 100,000 visitors from […]