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France’s Iliad looks to Free up US mobile market
Can Iliad replicate its success in France?

Not content with making life miserable for the three incumbent operators in France, French telco Iliad has put in a surprise bid for T-Mobile US. It had been assumed acquisition of T-Mobile US by rival operator Sprint was a foregone conclusion, so Iliad’s 11th hour intervention will potentially ruffle a lot of feathers.

Ofcom cuts back proposed spectrum price hike
The initial proposal was met with strong opposition

UK communications regulator Ofcom has responded to criticism over its proposal to increase annual licence fees for 900 and 1800MHz spectrum in the UK with a reduced proposal and the promise of a further consultation before the plan is finalised next year.

Nokia to buy Panasonic network business

Nokia Networks this week said it has agreed to acquire part of the wireless networks business of Japanese electronics company Panasonic System Networks for an undisclosed sum. The agreement covers Panasonic’s LTE and 3G base station business and related wireless equipment.

Oracle acquires TOA Technologies for Field Service SaaS

Database giant Oracle announced it has agreed to acquire TOA Technologies, a provider of cloud-based solutions for field service management. Oracle said it intends to fold the technology into its service cloud offering.

Samsung arrives at its smartphone moment of truth

By its recent lofty standards, Samsung’s Q2 2014 smartphone shipments were a disappointment. In spite of the launch of the flagship Galaxy S5 in the middle of the quarter, shipments declined annually and it seems the strategy that has served Samsung so well may have run its course.

Interviews
Evolution Everywhere
EE's CTO and CTO, Fotis Karonis

The CTO and CIO of UK LTE pioneer EE talks to Telecoms.com about his experiences of launching the technology, how it has given EE greater leverage in the wider ecosystem, and why CTO and CIO functions belong together.

Carta Blanco: NFV at Telefónica
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Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is set to become one of the defining trends of the era in the mobile network. Spanish incumbent Telefónica is the first operator to lay out its approach to NFV and its plans are both detailed and aggressive. Mike Hibberd met with Global CTO Enrique Blanco ahead of Telefónica’s NFV announcement, to learn of the changes in store.

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Living in a 4G world: The most pressing issues facing LTE operators today. Featuring:

Fifth Generation – Now officially part of the industry discourse, what does 5G actually mean?
Name your price – How LTE pricing strategies are evolving as markets mature.
Tomorrow the World Phone – Despite the global embrace of LTE, a truly global device remains to be seen.

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Comment by Scott Bicheno Thanks Kevin. I wouldn't be surprised to see a bit more M&A activity in the handset market but it's not ...

Scott Bicheno on Samsung arrives at its smartphone moment of truth
Comment by Kevin Howard In the handset market it is a minefield out there and commoditisation has arrived as Scott rightly points out. The ...

Kevin Howard on Samsung arrives at its smartphone moment of truth
Comment by James Vincent I think what needs to happen is EE need to make more of an effort of getting 4G to match ...

James Vincent on EE says 4G Broadcast in UK is inevitable
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Comment by Pete B Sounds a little too jazzy... what impact does this have on bandwidth management over the backhaul network (particularly over the ...

Pete B on SK Telecom and Ericsson demonstrate potential 5G tech
Comment by Michael Elling (@Infostack) This is exactly the approach I proposed to Sprint in 1997-98 when I brought them the MMDS spectrum which is ...

Michael Elling (@Infostack) on Chinese telcos forge network sharing deal

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