Microsoft is introducing a new online music service that uses the company’s Xbox brand, replacing the previous Zune branding. It’ll appear as part of an update to Xbox games consoles from Tuesday and will also be available on Windows 8 devices when the new OS launches.
Xbox Music will include a free music streaming service, a subscription service and an online music shop.
Wireless communications trade organisation CTIA-The Wireless Association has found that mobile data usage exceeded 1.1 trillion MB from July 2011 to June 2012, a 104% increase from the previous 12 months.
There are now 321.7 million mobile connections in the USA, the equivalent of 101% mobile penetration.
Japan-based IT and telecoms business SoftBank has agreed a deal that’ll see it owning around 70% of US mobile operator Sprint.
SoftBank will invest $20.1 billion, with shareholders receiving $12.1 billion and $8 billion being used as new capital.
US government grumbles, O2 UK stumbles
Mark Bridge writes:
Can you trust a Chinese company to build a telecoms network? Apparently not, according to the US House of Representatives. The “Investigative Report on the U.S. National Security Issues Posed by Chinese Telecommunications Companies Huawei and ZTE” wasn’t at all impressed with the two companies, although most of the complaints appeared to be about a lack of cooperation rather than hard evidence. I wonder if any mysterious agents are planning to visit the new Huawei UK HQ before next year’s official opening?