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MTS, VimpelCom to collaborate on LTE in Russia
MTS and VimpelCom will build LTE networks in Russia

Russian telco Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and Dutch-based operator group VimpelCom have announced a partnership to develop and share LTE networks in Russia and the CIS region. The agreement involves rolling out LTE in 36 Russian regions over the next two years.

Telefonica, Ericsson bring 4G to Peruvian Amazon
Ericsson says it is committed to connecting the unconnected

Telefónica and Ericsson have collaborated on a project to bring 4G to Amazon’s Peruvians connecting schools, healthcare facilities and other public body entities to the internet. The two partners said this marks the first time LTE technology has been brought to the Amazon communities.

EE buys mobile airtime distributor Mainline Digital Communications

EE has acquired Mainline Digital Communications, a UK mobile airtime distributor. The two have been partnering for several years in the business sector, and EE already had a 26% share in the company.

Iliad’s Niel acquires Orange Switzerland

Apax Partners has agreed to sell Orange Switzerland to French telecoms tycoon Xavier Niel-owned investment firm NJJ Capital for 2.3 billion. Apax bought the operator from France Telecom Orange in 2012 for €1.6 billion, but claims to have transformed the business since by upgrading its network to 4G and modernising its backend IT systems.

UK government capitulates to operators over rural mobile coverage

The UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced it has reached what it calls a “landmark” agreement with operators EE, O2, Vodafone and Three on how to tackle coverage issues in rural Britain. However, the agreement seems a far-cry from the original tough talk from the Culture Secretary Savid Javid.

Interviews
Exclusive: Ericsson CEO Vestberg talks transformation, operators, smartphones, Facebook and SDN
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg talks transformation

Telecoms.com catches up with Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg at the Ericsson Business Innovation Forum in Stockholm. Vestberg is keen to focus on the journey Ericsson is on to transform itself into a broad-based ICT company and to detail some of the milestones and challenges that entails.

Todd Antes of Qualcomm Atheros talks Smart Home
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Todd Antes of Qualcomm Atheros talks Smart Home at Broadband World Forum 2014, including 802.11ac wifi featuring multi-user MIMO, which is designed to crack the problem of router overloading.

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Mobile Communications International October 2014

In the October issue of Mobile Communications International, we speak to Simon Segars, CEO of UK chip designer ARM. From its base in Cambridge, ARM has established a global presence as its silicon now exists in almost all mobile devices.

We also look at the complicated world of law in the telco sector. Telecoms is one of the most litigious industries on the planet, with regulation, compliance and a seemingly endless number of patents creating a legal minefield for telcos.

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A Week In Wireless
Acquirer beware
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Late December is supposed to be dead when it comes to business news, so the Informer must extend the hand of gratitude to BT for picking this week to announce it is hoping to acquire the UK’s largest mobile operator – EE. Now if it could just announce plans to snap up Virgin Media next week that would be perfect.

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