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JT sees surge in data roaming use after price cuts

Channel Islands operator JT has registered a 100 percent increase in data use by customers overseas since cutting roaming rates by 95 percent at the start of the summer. Customers have on average doubled their roaming communications, making 20 minutes of outbound calls, sending 33 texts and using 145 MB data. Dominic Vye, JT’s Head of Commercial Development, said: “It…

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O2 Czech Republic’s customers use roaming data mostly in Croatia

O2 Czech Republic has published statistics on roaming services in July. Following the introduction of the RLAH regulation in mid-June, the consumption of minutes in roaming has doubled in a year-on-year comparison. Data traffic has increased more significantly and in some cases, customers used more data when roaming, including by buying extra packages, than at home. READ MORE: How free is free roaming?…

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O2 Germany faces lawsuit over required SMS activation of RLAH

German consumer rights group VZBV said it’s starting a lawsuit against O2 for requiring customers to activate ‘roam like at home’ in the EU over SMS. The group said EU roaming at domestic prices should be automatic and not require consumers to take action. READ MORE: How free is free roaming? O2 customers without an included roaming pack must activate RLAH by sending…

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Viber revenues up 91% in Q2, grows to 920 mln users

Mobile messaging and VoIP app Viber reached 920 million unique users in June, up from 891 million in March and 823 million in June 2016. According to its parent company Rakuten, Viber’s second-quarter revenues were up 91 percent year-on-year, driven by more customers making calls with Viber Out and increased content purchases. Telecom accounted for 73 percent of Viber’s revenue…

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HPE to spin off Seattle software business on 1 September

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company announced that its board of directors has set the close of business on 21 August as the record date for the proposed spin-off of Seattle SpinCo which will hold HPE’s software business (Seattle). The spin-off and the merger are currently expected to occur on 1 September. Subject to the satisfaction of the remaining conditions to the…

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