Japanese telco NTT DoCoMo adds western music with Napster deal
Streaming is finally (if slowly) taking off in Japan, thanks in part to competition from local and global services. One of those belongs to telco NTT DoCoMo, via a partnership with Japanese firm RecoChoku. The service...
September 30, 2020
MTN Nigeria and Tidal announce partnership
African telco MTN Nigeria and Tidal have announced a partnership which allows MTN users to access Tidal’s streaming service via their phones in a wide variety of short and long-term subscriptions. In December 2018, MTN...
September 3, 2020
Reliance Industries investment might help TikTok beat India ban
With so much media attention focused on TikTok's potential acquisition and/or ban in the US, we shouldn't forget that the app remains blocked in what was previously its biggest market: India. Now it seems an investment...
August 13, 2020
Google joins Facebook with stake in JioSaavn’s parent telco
Reliance Jio Platforms is the parent company of Jio, the largest telco in India and the owners of the JioSaavn music streaming service. The company has been on a spree of funding announcements in recent months – raising...
July 16, 2020
T-Mobile US launches three-month Tidal trial for customers
Telco bundles can help drive up subscriber numbers when certain networks buddy up with particular DSPs. It is no surprise that T-Mobile US users are being offered three months of Tidal for free given that Tidal has a long-standing...
May 7, 2020
Facebook confirms $5.7bn investment in JioSaavn’s parent telco
In March, we reported on speculation that Facebook was in negotiations to buy a 10% stake in Indian telco Reliance Jio, the parent company of music streaming service JioSaavn. Now Facebook has confirmed that it has made...
April 22, 2020
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