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Telecoms group Orange strikes cautious tone as French price war lingers on

PARIS (Reuters) – Orange, France’s number one telecoms operator, struck a cautious tone for 2019 due to a protracted price war in its home country and few chances that a merger between its rivals might improve market conditions. FILE PHOTO – The logo of French telecom operator Orange is seen on the facade of the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, September 30, 2016. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier/File Photo Orange expected core operating profit to grow at a slower pace in 2019 than 2018, despite a good performance in its home country and…

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Telecoms industry calls for Europe-wide network testing regime

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The telecoms industry has called on European governments to join mobile operators in establishing a testing regime to protect network security without having to resort to the disruptive step of excluding vendors from the market. FILE PHOTO: GSMA flags fly at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 27, 2015. REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo The initiative by the GSMA, which represents 800 operators worldwide, comes as the United States steps up pressure on its allies to ban China’s Huawei on national security grounds. Operators warn that such a…

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German minister backs tougher rules on telecoms suppliers

BERLIN (Reuters) – Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has thrown his weight behind a proposal to reform Germany’s telecommunications law to toughen security requirements on foreign network vendors, the RND group of newspapers reported on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: The Huawei booth is pictured at the sponsors’ area during the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party congress in Hamburg, Germany, December 7, 2018. REUTERS/Andreas Rinke/File Photo Seehofer’s intervention increases the likelihood that Germany will tighten oversight over Huawei Technologies , sidestepping pressure from the United States to exclude the Chinese company from its…

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Telecoms watchdog says Swisscom overcharged rivals

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Switzerland’s Swisscom telecommunications is seen at an office building in Zurich, Switzerland November 22, 2016. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland’s Federal Communications Commission (ComCom) has retroactively cut some regulated prices that Swisscom charges rivals, the agency said on Tuesday after concluding that some of its prices were too high. “Responding to requests from Sunrise and Salt, the Federal Communications Commission has reviewed the prices charged for the regulated telecoms services offered by Swisscom. In many cases, these prices have been reduced with retroactive…

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Poland spy arrest: China telecoms firm Huawei sacks employee

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Huawei has repeatedly been accused of being a proxy for the Chinese government, a claim it denies Chinese telecoms company Huawei has sacked an employee arrested in Poland on suspicion of spying. In a statement, it said the man, named as Wang Weijing, acted on his own and brought the firm into disrepute. A former member of the Polish intelligence service was also detained on spying charges. Huawei is under increasing scrutiny, with the US and others expressing concern its technology could be used…

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Japan rules out asking private firms to avoid telecoms gear that could be malicious

FILE PHOTO: Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga attends a news conference at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan May 29, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s government has no plan to ask private companies to avoid buying telecommunications equipment that could have malicious functions, such as information leakage, its top spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said on Thursday. The comment suggests Japan does not intend, for the moment, to extend to private firms a policy of not buying such equipment for the government, after it issued a…

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China telecoms giant Huawei CFO arrested in Canada

VANCOUVER/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Canada has arrested Chinese telecoms giant Huawei’s global chief financial officer in Vancouver, where she is facing extradition to the United States, Canada’s Department of Justice said on Wednesday. The arrest is related to violations of U.S. sanctions, a person familiar with the matter said. Reuters was unable to determine the precise nature of the violations. Sources told Reuters in April that U.S. authorities have been probing Huawei, one of the world’s largest makers of telecommunications network equipment, since at least 2016 for allegedly shipping U.S.-origin products…

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Service? Don’t rely on Venezuela’s state telecoms firm Cantv

BARINAS, Venezuela (Reuters) – When Ceferino Angulo heard screams and gunshots one night last year close to his dairy farm on the western plains of Venezuela, he tried to call the police, but there was no phone signal. A detailed view of a phone lines cabinet of Venezuela’s national telecommunications company CANTV in Barinas, Venezuela September 24, 2018. Picture taken September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Eduardo Ramirez He was not surprised. A phone tower, built by state telecommunications firm Cantv on his land to provide coverage to his local area outside…

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U.S. lawmakers urge Canada to snub China’s Huawei in telecoms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two leading U.S. lawmakers, both sharp critics of China, urged Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday to consider dropping China’s Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] from helping to build next-generation 5G telecommunications networks. FILE PHOTO: The Huawei logo is seen during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo Senators Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, and Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, said they had “grave concerns” about the prospects of Huawei equipment in Canada’s 5G networks on the grounds that it would pose…

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Chilean telecoms firm GTD to install undersea fiber optic cable

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chilean telecommunications company GTD said on Wednesday it will install an undersea cable along more than 2,174 miles (3,500 km) of Pacific coastline to improve connectivity with its operations in Colombia and Peru. The project to lay the fiber optic cable, which will be submerged 2,000 meters (6,561 feet) below sea level in the ocean when it is complete in two years, is aimed at doubling the company’s data transmission in Chile, GTD said in a statement. GTD’s plan comes at a time when Chile is trying…

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