NEWS DIGEST 26.04.2020: Telecoms and maritime industries feel the COVID-19 heat, but tech surges onwards



Today’s bulletin comes from the official HEMNA ‘Informa Accounts’ list on Twitter. Digital TV Europe magazine reports on their ‘Top Story of the Week’ – Nordic telco and cable operator Tele2 has withdrawn its financial guidance for the year and postponed a planned share dividend for investors as the company’s revenues take a fall due to the coronavirus crisis. Digital TV revenues in Sweden for the first quarter were down 6 per cent, which, along with a sharp decline in fixed voice, offset gains in mobile post-paid and fixed broadband sales and solid growth in the Baltic states. Disputes over streaming rights for Tele2’s digital television services were also a contributing factor, the magazine reports – Tele2 pulls financial guidance as coronavirus and TV decline takes toll (Digital TV Europe/Informa)

As the coronavirus continues to play havoc with lives and economies, the Singapore Maritime Week was the latest industry event to be cancelled. The editor of Informa-owned company Lloyd’s List, the world’s oldest continually-running shipping magazine, released a podcast on what would have been the most significant event in the maritime industry in south-east Asia. Instead, Richard Meade issued an edition of The Shipping Podcast where leading lights in Singapore’s maritime sector discuss how everyone is coping with the pandemic. Guests include Esben Poulsson, chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping and shipping expert Punit Oza – The Lloyd’s List Podcast: The View from Singapore (Lloyd’s List/Informa)

Taylor & Francis Library Insights will be bringing a special webinar to your screen on the 28th April 2020 on how to publish open access journals with the Taylor & Francis company, a books and journals publishing enterprise. Registrations for the event are now open, although sadly at time of publication, the event is now full.


Popular technology event TechXLR8 has published a video interview with Mohamed Madkour, Huawei’s vice president of wireless & cloud core network marketing & solution sales. In the video, released on YouTube, Madkour discusses how the introduction of 5G in Asia has revolutionised businesses and promoted inclusivity. Meanwhile, there is another podcast from the internet of things magazine IoT For All, in which they speak with practice lead Alexandra Rehak of Omdia to share some of her insights into today’s IoT landscape, including developments and barriers faced by new adopters of this revolutionary branch of technology – Omdia’s Alexandra Rehak | Adoption Trends in the Enterprise IoT Landscape (IoT For All)

Informa Connect’s Drug Delivery portal published its latest edition of its newsletter Knect365 Drug Delivery News Daily, in association with yesterday. Headlines include the redefining of medicine delivery using implantable microchips in the human body, the Italian Mafia using the coronavirus epidemics to gain new business, and Jewish trends in the field of drug delivery nanotechnology – Knect365 Drug Delivery News Daily

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