Deezer signs deal to offer direct telco billing in MENA region
Deezer’s ambitions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region continue. The streaming service has announced a partnership with mobile technology firm Mondia which will help people pay for Deezer in the region....
January 14, 2020
Deezer signs its first telco deal in the MENA region
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is one of the regions – like Latin America – where Deezer sees an opportunity to compete strongly against its larger global rivals. A $185m funding round in August 2018 included...
December 10, 2019
MelodyVR strikes exclusive 5G deal with UK telco O2
Virtual-reality music startup MelodyVR has announced its latest partnership: telco Telefonica UK, and its O2 operator. It’s all relating to the launch of its faster 5G network. MelodyVR has been signed on as “the exclusive...
October 17, 2019
VR/AR startup Jaunt sells its software and tech to Verizon
Jaunt was one of the first virtual-reality content startups to make waves in the modern VR-headset era, including with music. We first wrote about the company in November 2014, for example, when Jaunt worked with Sir Paul...
October 1, 2019
Indian telco Airtel launches TV, video and music bundle
We’ve been talking about the prospect of music-streaming services being bundled with video and other services for some time now, often through the lens of what the big, global technology companies like Apple, Google and...
September 3, 2019
Telco Verizon creates a New York pop-up for Shawn Mendes
We’re used to companies like Spotify building pop-up installations for artists: Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish and Aya Nakamura have all got the pop-up treatment from the streaming service. Now US telco Verizon is getting...
August 19, 2019
African telco MTN has high hopes for MusicTime music service
MTN in Africa has been one of the telcos most engaged with music in recent times. It started offering Tidal to its customers in Uganda through a bundle partnership announced in August 2018, then in November it acquired...
August 19, 2019
Spotify’s latest telco-bundle partnership is with AT&T
Spotify has announced its latest partnership with a telco, and it’s a big one: AT&T in the US. Subscribers to the network’s ‘AT&T Unlimited & More Premium’ contract can choose to include Spotify Premium...
August 6, 2019
JioSaavn’s owner is now the largest telco in India
Indian telco Reliance Jio appears to have overtaken rival Vodafone Idea to become the biggest mobile operator in India, with 331.3 million subscribers. TheNextWeb reports that this compares to 320 million people using Vodafone...
July 29, 2019
Ethiopian telco Ethio Telecom launches music-streaming service
One of the interesting things about the early days of the music-streaming market in Africa is the way telcos are taking a key role. In Ethopia, for example, telco Ethio Telecom has teamed up with a company called Awtar Multimedia...
June 7, 2019
Indian telco Airtel’s Wynk Tube app combines audio and video
India appears to be The Land Of The 100-Million Milestones in 2019, as far as music-streaming goes. Gaana and JioSaavn both claim to have more than 100 million active users, while telco Airtel has its own nine-digit milestone:...
May 1, 2019
Report: YouTube generates 40% of Indian labels’ digital revenue
A report published by business association the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) includes some new estimates for the Indian music industry in 2018. It includes the claim that recorded-music revenues...
March 18, 2019