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Samsung arrives at its smartphone moment of truth
The Samsung Galaxy S5 doesn't seem to be as popular as its predecessors

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.

Chinese vendors drive smartphone market to new high in Q2 2014
Xiaomi has moved from relative obscurity to become a top-5 global smartphone player in a year

The worldwide smartphone market broke its record for quarterly shipments in Q2 2014 with market trackers Strategy Analytics and IDC in rare agreement on the figure of 295 million units, although Juniper reckons it was a bit lower than that.

Facebook, Airtel bring free internet to Zambia

The Facebook-backed Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring internet connectivity to the poor and underserved, announced a partnership with emerging markets carrier Airtel on Thursday that will see the Internet.org app provide free basic services to users in Zambia.

EE says 4G Broadcast in UK is inevitable

Speaking as EE demonstrated LTE eMBMS 4G broadcast technology at the Commonwealth Games in partnership with the BBC, Qualcomm and Huawei, EE Video Strategist Matt Stagg told Telecoms.com that it’s just a matter of time before 4G broadcast becomes a mainstream technology.

Netflix paying AT&T for interconnect

Internet video player Netflix has struck yet another peering agreement with a US carrier, this time AT&T, essentially paying for better quality of service for customers using the provider’s network. The deal was confirmed by AT&T and sits against a background of uproar over network neutrality debate in the US.

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.

upcoming events
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Mobile Communications International June 2014

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.

MCI
A Week In Wireless
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This week presented a change of scenery for the Informer, who fled the glorious British summer into the typhoon-soaked arms of Seoul, South Korea, the home of LTE speeds so fast that your phone downloads stuff before you even know you want it.

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