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Sprint reportedly proposes merger with Charter

Sprint reportedly proposes merger with Charter

Seeking an alternative to a deal with T-Mobile USA, Sprint Corporation has reportedly proposed a merger with rival telecommunications giant Charter Inc.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a person familiar with the matter revealed that Japan-based SoftBank Group Corp., which controls Sprint, has proposed a complex transaction that would create a new entity that would be controlled by SoftBank.

The sources added that there is no guarantee that Charter would also be interested in the proposed merger.

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CRTC: Broadband Internet must be considered a basic telecom service for all Canadians

CRTC: Broadband Internet must be considered a basic telecom service for all Cana

On Wednesday, Canada's telecom regulator -- the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) -- declared that broadband Internet must be considered as basic a necessity in the country as clean water, electricity, and sewage.

In declaring that high-speed Internet should be considered "a basic telecommunications service for all Canadians," the CRTC said that a new fund is being created for reaching Internet connectivity to rural and remote areas.

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T-Mobile has rebranded itself as ‘uncarrier’ after blocked merger with AT&T

T-Mobile has rebranded itself as ‘uncarrier’ after blocked merger with AT&T

Under the leadership of CEO John Legere, Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Mobile has effectively rebranded itself as an 'uncarrier' which does not play by the rules; and has managed to keep its rivals in the wireless industry on their toes with its unprecedented moves.

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FCC: Regulators to review rates for special-access lines sold by telecom providers to businesses

FCC: Regulators to review rates for special-access lines sold by telecom provide

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in a Monday announcement that rates charged by telecom providers for special-access lines to businesses will be reviewed by the country's telecom regulators.

The rates which telecom providers charge for special-access lines are the rates at which the providers sell high-capacity data and voice connections to businesses. A number of businesses depend on special-access lines for transmitting large amounts of data quickly.

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FCC Chairman not convinced with Verizon’s childish ‘throttling’ argument

FCC Chairman not convinced with Verizon’s childish ‘throttling’ argument

On Friday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler told reporters that he was not convinced with bigwig wireless carrier Verizon's argument in defense of its decision to throttle wireless data speeds for heavy users during peak usage hours.

Verizon had said in a July announcement that, beginning October, it will start throttling speeds for its top 5 percent of high-speed data users on its older unlimited data plans.

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Nigeria Plans Tax Incentives for Telecom Companies

Nigeria Plans Tax Incentives for Telecom Companies

Nigerian government has planned to reduce the taxes for telecom companies to boost growth and help the companies in improving their infrastructure across the country. The tax cut will promote investment in the telecom infrastructure sector.

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Iliad SA offers $15 billion for T-Mobile Stake

Iliad SA offers $15 billion for T-Mobile Stake

French telecom startup Iliad SA has offered $15 billion for controlling stake in T-Mobile US. The latest move by the French telecom company could derail the plans of Japan-based Softbank to acquire majority stake in fourth largest telecom company in United States.

Softbank controlled US carrier Sprint was in talks with T-Mobile to get controlling stake in the company. Sprint offered $40 per share for the majority stake in the telecom company controlled by Germany's Deutsche Telekom.

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T-Mobile makes two ‘Un-Carrier announcements’ --- Test Drive, and streaming music exempt from data

T-Mobile makes two ‘Un-Carrier announcements’ --- Test Drive, and streaming musi

At an evening event held in Seattle on Wednesday, T-Mobile made two `Un-Carrier' announcements --- Un-Carrier 5.0 and Un-Carrier 6.0.

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Vodafone report reveals level of government tapping across the world

Vodafone report reveals level of government tapping across the world

In a report released on Friday, world's second-biggest cellular carrier Vodafone has disclosed the level of tapping by government agencies across the world. The carrier has claimed in the report that surveillance data is being collected by government agencies in a number of countries directly from its networks, without any legal review or official request for particular data.

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ASA rules against Vodacom data transfer advertisement

ASA rules against Vodacom data transfer advertisement

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled against the new Vodacom advertisement which indicates that Vodacom subscribers can gift data packages to their friends and relatives. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) reviewed the complaint of a consumer in case of the latest advertising campaign released by the telecom major.

The consumer complaint had urged that Vodacom cannot term this as a gift as consumers are not allowed to gift their unused bandwidth to other users. One has to purchase additional data and gift it.

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