Softbank names new CEO

Softbank has named company insider Junichi Miyakawa (pictured) as the new chief executive of its retail telecoms business.

Ericsson makes its network slicing move

Network slicing has always been positioned as a key component of 5G but has been a slow burner. Ericsson is seeking to ignite it with its latest launch.

TIM launches €1 billion cloud company

TIM has formally launched its new cloud and edge computing business under the Noovle brand, repeating its pledge to generate €1 billion in revenues from the new outfit in three years.

Ofcom delays UK 700 MHz auction

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom waited until the end of the month to announce the 700 MHz auction won’t happen in January after all.

China launches comms satellite, SpaceX launches 60

2021 is off to a flying start for satellite communications, with China launching the third satellite in its Tiantong-1 series and Elon Musk’s SpaceX sending its latest batch of Starlink satellites into orbit.

China’s telcos ask to be relisted on NYSE

Within moments of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom sent in requests for their shares to be reinstated to the New York Stock Exchange.

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Polls

What role will consumers expect telcos to play when COVID-19 is behind us?

  • As a reliable utility similar to the role they have managed to play during the pandemic (45%, 13 Votes)
  • Rolling out new technologies and services to support new customer behaviours (28%, 8 Votes)
  • Turning special service offerings during the pandemic into standard offerings (17%, 5 Votes)
  • As a digital platform that they have struggled to change into since the pre-COVID times (10%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 19

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