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Microsoft faces claims it duped investors over Surface RT sales

Microsoft's Surface tablet

Software giant Microsoft is facing legal action over allegations that it lied about the number of RT Surface tablet devices it has sold. The firm already announced last month that it had taken a $900m charge related to inventory adjustments for its Surface RT tablet. The charge had an impact of $0.07 per share.

Ofcom consults telcos on wifi availability on 5GHz spectrum band

Ofcom is undertaking a consultation with telcos and other stakeholders over the use of the 5GHz spectrum band for wifi services

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom is undertaking a consultation with telcos and other stakeholders over the use of the 5GHz spectrum band for wifi services. The regulator said it is looking to develop a better understanding of the role that shared spectrum access could play in the mobile broadband and M2M sectors alongside cleared spectrum bands.

Telekom Austria and KPN ink wholesale fibre deal across Europe

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Operator groups Telekom Austria and KPN International have signed a wholesale partnership to create a fibre network spanning 35 countries. The deal encompasses the interconnection of Ethernet, IP VPN, Wavelength and IPT services to maximise traffic and establish an increased presence for both firms in Europe.

Canadian project aims to stir take-up of NFC services

Canadian Bank Desjardin has teamed up with the nation's three largest operators and Monitise to launch an NFC offering

Canada is seeing a fresh push to promote near field communication (NFC) services after a joint venture between the nation’s three largest operators signed a deal with Canadian cooperative financial group Desjardin and mobile money solutions provider Monitise.

BlackBerry eyeing sale or merger

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The board of directors at Canadian device maker BlackBerry has formed a Special Committee to weigh up the idea of selling the firm or running it as a joint venture with a partner. The firm said it would “explore strategic alternatives to enhance value and increase scale in order to accelerate BlackBerry 10 deployment”. It admitted that possible alternatives could include “possible joint ventures, strategic partnerships or alliances, a sale of the Company or other possible transactions”.

ZTE to sell Firefox device through eBay

The ZTE Open Firefox OS device will be avilable through eBay for £59.99 (UK) and $79.99 (US)

Chinese infrastructure kit and device maker ZTE has announced that it will sell its Firefox OS smartphone, unlocked, direct to eBay UK and eBay US users for just £59.99 ($79.99 through the US site).

NSN posts rise in profit, drop in sales

Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has seen its net sales drop by almost 15 per cent year on year to €2.76bn from €3.23bn in 2Q12 in the second quarter 2013

Network infrastructure vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has seen its net sales drop by almost 15 per cent year on year to €2.76bn from €3.23bn in 2Q12 in the second quarter 2013.

Google to generate ad sales using Maps app

Google  will allow local businesses to advertise to potential customers through its Maps app

In a bid to boost revenues from its mobile services, web giant Google has introduced targeted ads into its Maps app for Android and iOS devices. The move could put a dent in mobile operators’ plans to create new revenue streams using location based services.

America Movil eyes full control of KPN

Big spender: Carlos Slim, head of America Movil

Latin American operator group America Movil has made an offer to acquire the outstanding shares in Dutch operator group KPN. The Mexico-based firm already owns a 29.8 per cent stake in the operator but is looking to own it outright, or at least secure a majority share, as it steps up its efforts to expand further into Europe.

Deutsche Telekom sees 10% rise in profit

Deutsche Telekom has seen revenue, profit and net subscribers rise in Q2

German operator Deutsche Telekom said net profit for the quarter ended June 30 was up ten per cent year on year to €530m.

EC and GSMA at odds over single market reform

The GSMA has put out a statement accusing the EC of not fully understanding how the telecoms market operates

The European Commission is once again pushing its agenda to transform the EU’s 28 telecoms markets into one single market. Research undertaken by the EC found that mobile users across the EU face huge price differences for the same services.

Vodafone UK to launch 4G August 29

Vodafone has announced it will launch its LTE services on the same day as O2

Operator group Vodafone has announced that it will launch 4G services in the UK later this month. The service will be live in London as of August 29, the same date that rival O2 plans to switch its LTE network on. Twelve further cities will be connected to the network by the end of the year, the operator added.

WhatsApp launches voice messaging service

WhatsApp is launching a voice messaging service

OTT messaging application WhatsApp is to launch an internet-based voice messaging service for users. The firm is releasing its Voice Messages feature on all of the smartphone platforms it supports simultaneously.

Apple calls for counterfeit and third party charger trade-in

Vodafone to launch iPhone in UK January 14

Apple is asking its customers to hand in their counterfeit and third party device chargers in return for an official one for the price of $10, or the equivalent in local currency. The replacement USB power adapters will be available in retail stores starting August 16.

Vodafone sets up M2M brand in Brazil

Brazilian flag

Operator group Vodafone has signed a deal that sees it setting up its own brand in Brazil, the first fully Vodafone branded operation to be launched in the Americas. The operator inked a non-equity partnership agreement with local MVNE Datora Telecom to launch Vodafone Brasil, which will primarily serve Vodafone’s multinational enterprise customers’ M2M needs.

ST-Ericsson completes business restructure

The disintegrating joint venture between STMicroelectronics and Ericsson, ST-Ericsson, has completed its restructuring and the transfer of business, assets and employees to Ericsson, STMicroelectronics and third party buyers.

Obama overturns US ban on Apple devices

Obama's administration has overturned a ban on the sale of iPhones

US president Barack Obama’s administration has stepped in at the last minute and overturned a ban on the sale of older models of Apple’s iPhone and iPad in the country. Initially, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) had ruled that the devices in question infringed upon 3G patents owned by Korean device maker Samsung.

Telefonica allows North Americans to buy Movistar vouchers

Operator group Telefonica will allow consumers in the US and Canada to buy mobile airtime in retail stores for family and friends who are Movistar subscribers in Latin America

Operator group Telefonica has signed a deal to allow consumers in the US and Canada to buy mobile airtime in-stores for family and friends who are Movistar subscribers in Latin America.

Vodafone signs customer care managed services deal

Operator group Vodafone has signed a five year global managed services deal with OSS/BSS provider Amdocs. Under the terms of the deal, Vodafone’s customer care and billing will be based on Amdocs software applications and the vendor will deliver application development, operations and maintenance services for the operator.

Vodafone seeking €1bn from Telecom Italia in antitrust case

Vodafone is taking legal action against Telecom Italia

Operator group Vodafone has confirmed reports that it has taken legal action against Telecom Italia, for abuse of a dominant position in the Italian market. The group is seeking damages of more than €1bn.

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