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Google Rolling Out RCS in US

Back in June Google began rolling out RCS in the UK and France, bypassing carriers. Google is now doing the same in the US. If you already have Messages, you’ll be prompted to enable chat features in the coming weeks. If you don’t have Messages, you can download it on the Play Store. Google expects this service to be broadly available in the U.S. by the end of year.

MTN and Huawei team up on 5G Trial

On the first day of AfricaCom, the biggest gathering of telecommunications companies in Cape Town, South African mobile operator MTN, together with Huawei, launched their C-band 5G trial as part of the operator’s network evolution plan towards 5G.

Huawei x Gentle Monster Smart Eyewear now available in UK

Huawei x Gentle Monster Smart Eyewear series is officially available to buy in the UK. Unlike Google Glass, there’s no heads-up display. Essentially, it looks like a normal earwear that has an integrated Bluetooth headset. It has built-in dual speakers with a semi-open design and dual microphones on the temple which uses AI for noise reduction

Virgin Mobile switching from BT to Vodafone

Virgin Media is ditching the EE mobile network (BT) when its contract expires and will move its three million-plus mobile customers to Vodafone. A five year has been agreed between Virgin and Vodafone and extends until 2026. Virgin Media will have access to the full range of Vodafone technology and services, including 5G. Indeed, Virgin Media 5G will be powered by Vodafone even before the present deal with BT expires.

O2 launches new Pay-As-You-Go Bundles

O2 has launched a new range of Pay-As-You-Go Bundles, which include unlimited calls and texts as standard but require you to top-up every month in order to get the allowance. The bundles include O2 Priority, (with unique member benefits and discounts).

Huawei 5G decision postponed by UK Government

The decision on whether to allow Huawei to play a role in constructing the UK’s 5G network has been delayed until after the general election. Outgoing culture secretary, Nicky Morgan, confirmed the decision would now be made after the general election on 12 December.

Telekom Malaysia and Huawei strike 5G partnership

Telekom Malaysia and Huawei have agreed to cooperate in accelerating 5G commercialisation in Malaysia. Under the terms of the agreement, Telekom Malaysia and Huawei will explore a working mechanism covering spectrum, business case, ecosystem and key technologies.

Google to acquire Fitbit for $2.1 Billion

Google has confirmed that it has officially entered into a definitive agreement to buy Fitbit at a valuation of $2.1 billion.  Fitbit is Google’s biggest acquisition in consumer electronics since it paid $3.2bn for smart home company Nest in 2014.

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