In Brief:China demand helps fuel smartphone market revival: GfK 

Demand in emerging markets is helping to revive the flagging smartphone market, with GfK now revising its forecast for the value of smartphone sales from $400.7 billion to $426 billion for 2016.That represents a 5% increase from a year previously.The Germany-based research company also said shipments this year are forecast to increase by 5.1 per cent to 1.39 billion units.GfK noted that more positive trends are apparent in China as well as in emerging markets in Asia and Africa,adding that strong sales of more expensive devices has also reversed the previous trend of share gains by low-end smartphones costing less than $100.

***Wi Fi service provider, iPass has extended the term of its partnership with Deutsche Telekom to offer inflight Wi Fi access to iPass customers on 12 international airlines.The new three-year agreement will make iPass available on 330 long-haul aircraft.iPass will be available to passengers on airlines including Lufthansa, Aer Lingus,Etihad and American Airlines.The agreement further builds on iPass'existing relationship with Deutsche Telekom,which has more than 30,000 hotspots in Germany that are part of the iPass global network.

***Infinera has announced the successful deployment of the Infinera DTN-X XTC Series across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Submarine Cable System.The undersea network, which connects Europe to the Middle East and Southeast Asia, is owned and operated by MENA, a subsidiary of Orascom Telecom Media and Technology (OTMT).The newly deployed platform integrates the submarine network connecting the Mediterranean and Middle East regions with MENA’s existing Infinera terrestrial network.It allows MENA to deliver 100Gbps of coherent transmission capacity via 500Gbps super-channels and supports a forward scale design to provide terabit super-channels in the future.

***Chilean Operators VTR and Telefonica del Sur have agreed to exchange up to 900,000 set-top boxes that fail to meet national certification standards if customers ask them to, the government's consumer authority Sernac said.Following a mediation process with Sernac, both companies also agreed to compensate affected clients with free video content.VTR, part of Liberty Global, supplied its customers with 700,000 of the decoders in question and Telefonica del Sur, part of GTD Group sent out 208,000 units.Clients can ask for a replacement device free of charge using a dedicated phone number.

***22 August 2016
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