Mobile Industry Live: January 2021




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Ericsson names BT exec as new UK & Ireland CEO

Katherine Ainley is to join Ericsson as its new UK & Ireland CEO from February. Ainley has been at BT since 2007 and was most recently Managing Director of Ventures in Enterprise. She will lead Ericsson’s ambitions to accelerate 5G deployment and upgrade 20,000 networks sites in the UK by 2024.


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Jeremy Darroch steps down as Sky CEO

Long-serving Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch is leaving Sky after 13 years and will be replaced by Dana Strong, president of consumer services at Comcast Cable.

Comcast is Sky’s parent company having won a £30 billion bidding war for the company back in 2018.


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Qualcomm appoints Cristiano Amon as CEO

Qualcomm has chosen Cristiano Amon to replace the retiring Steve Mollenkopf in an appointment that reflects the growing importance of 5G.

Mollenkopf will step down in June after 26 years with the company, first as an engineer and latterly as CEO since March 2014.


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UK mobile operators urged to remove data costs for online learning

There are calls for UK broadband and mobile operators to ‘zero-rate’ education applications and websites as part of a wide-ranging package of measures to support remote learning.

Some disadvantaged households do not have a dedicated broadband connection or laptop and access the Internet via pay-as-you-go mobile phones.


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NYSE reverses plans to delist Chinese mobile operators

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has abandoned plans to delist China’s three major mobile operators.

“In light of further consultation with relevant regulatory authorities … the [NYSE] announced today that [it] no longer intends to move forward with the delisting action,” it said.


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UK broadband usage doubled in 2020

UK broadband use more than doubled in 2020 as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic accelerated long-term trends of rising consumption.

Openreach says its network transmitted more than 50,000 petabytes (PB) over the past 12 months compared to the 22,000 PB generated in 2019. The daily record was broken 15 times over the past year and the average fibre household consumed 3,000 GB – or 9GB every single day.


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NYSE delists top Chinese mobile operators

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has started the process of delisting China’s three major mobile operators following a US executive order. The listings are largely symbolic given that shares in all three are also traded on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and US firms are only believed to have small stakes.

However, the move has angered Beijing, which has once again accused Washington of acting politically rather than in national security interests.


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