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China to issue 4G licences this year

China will speed up work to issue licenses for the fourth generation (4G) mobile network this year, according to Xinhua News Agency

China will speed up work to issue spectrum licenses for 4G mobile networks this year and accelerate development of broadband internet access, according to Xinhua News Agency, the official press agency of the People’s Republic of China.

Bitcoin mobile wallet launches in Kenya

Kipochi works on all mobile phones. The group describes it as a “lightweight BitCoin Wallet”

Kenya has long been considered a pioneer of mobile money services, given the successful mobile payment system M-Pesa made its debut in the market. Now a recently launched project aims to combine M-Pesa with another pioneering currency technology, Bitcoin.

Microsoft and Blackberry slash device prices

BlackBerry has slashed the price of its Z10 flagship smartphone in the US

In a move that could suggest that their efforts to disrupt the mobile device ecosystem have been met with resistance from consumers, Microsoft and Blackberry have both slashed the prices of their devices.

Etisalat Egypt replaces revenue management software

The Egyptian arm of Middle Eastern operator Etisalat has invested in revenue assurance software from WeDo Technologies

The operator has deployed WeDo Technologies’ Raid software to replace an existing solution from a direct competitor of the vendor. It said it wanted to transform its revenue assurance solution for better operational efficiency and more control over revenue risks.

O2 calls on Virgin Media Business for backhaul

O2 has selected Virgin Media Business to provide backhaul services ahead of the launch of its LTE services this summer.

UK operator O2, the British arm of Spanish operator group Telefónica, has selected Virgin Media Business to boost its backhaul capacity ahead of the launch of its LTE services this summer.

AT&T to acquire Leap Wireless for $1.2bn

AT&T plans to acquire Leap for $15 per share in cash

US operator AT&T has agreed to acquire prepaid wireless rival Leap Wireless for around $1.2bn in cash. In total, the operator will spend $15 per share on Leap’s stock and wireless assets, including spectrum licenses, network equipment and retail stores.

EC raids European operators over anti-competitive practices

The European Union’s antitrust regulators have raided the offices of European mobile operator groups Deutsche Telekom, Orange and Telefonica, according to reports

The European Union’s antitrust regulators have raided the offices of several European mobile operator groups. Deutsche Telekom has confirmed that it was one of the firms raided, while Orange and Telefonica were reportedly targeted as well. The operators are suspected of abusing their dominant position in the market.

Ofcom approves 2G and 3G spectrum refarming

Ofcom has granted permission to the UK’s mobile operators to use their existing 2G and 3G radio spectrum for 4G services

The UK’s mobile operators have been granted permission to redeploy their existing 2G and 3G radio spectrum for 4G services.

Apple guilty of e-book price fixing

Apple has been found guilty of colluding with book publishers and conspiring to raise e-book prices

Apple has been found guilty of colluding with book publishers and conspiring to raise e-book prices in the US. The US District Court for the Southern District of New York found that Apple violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act; federal statute to limit cartels and monopolies.

OTT mobile VoIP subscribers near 1 billion

The number of global OTT mobile VoIP subscribers increased more than 550 per cent during 2012

The number of global OTT mobile VoIP subscribers increased more than 550 per cent during 2012 to reach over 640 million, and is expected to approach the 1 billion mark in 2013, according to Infonetics Research.

Firefox handsets go on sale

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Open source software developer Mozilla has announced that its official Firefox devices are now on sale in stores in Spain. Telefonica is selling the low-cost handsets built on Open Web Technologies the handsets, in Madrid.

Telstra plans to outsource 170 cloud jobs to India

Telstra has announced plans to outsource 170 jobs from its cloud services division to India

Australian operator Telstra has announced plans to outsource 170 jobs from its cloud services division to India. The jobs will be primarily moved from the firm’s profitable and growing Network Applications and Services division, and will affect IT and resource management staff.

Operators “missing the big picture” when it comes to innovation

Operators are “missing the big picture” when it comes to innovation, says Ovum

Operators are “missing the big picture”, “exaggerating the threat from over-the-top (OTT) players”, and “misunderstanding the broader benefits of innovation”, according to Ovum.

Vipnet Croatia acquires three cable providers

Vipnet has acquired three regional fixed line operators

The Croatian subsidiary of operator group Telekom Austria, Vipnet, has acquired three regional cable network providers. The operator has finalised the purchase of OKI, Kabelska televizija Šibenik (KTS) and the residential customer segment of Metronet, which was spun off from the rest of the company.

FCC approves SoftBank’s Sprint offer

The FCC has approved SoftBank's proposed takeover of Sprint

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved Japanese operator SoftBank’s proposed takeover of US operator Sprint. The Commission decided that the transaction will serve public interest.

Operator boards to blame for lack of innovation

Operator board members are less innovative than those at OTT players, claims European Leaders

The boards of the world’s ten largest operators are dominated by executives with legal, financial and engineering backgrounds, resulting in a conservative culture that “struggles to drive and nurture innovation”, according to recruitment consultancy European Leaders.

America Movil invests $40m in Shazam

America Movil has invested $40m in music recognition app Shazam

Latin American operator group America Movil has invested $40m in music recognition app Shazam. The move strengthens Shazam’s presence in Latin America, according to the app maker, as it looks to grow its similar television offering and develop other new products.

Samsung reshuffles American leadership

Gregory Lee takes his role immediately and is responsible for leading the company’s mobile business operations

South Korean manufacturer Samsung has appointed the former president of its Southeast Asia division, Gregory Lee, as president of Samsung Telecommunications America.

EU and Japan team up to develop network technologies

The European Commission is teaming up with Japanese government and industry to redefine internet architectures to increase the efficiency of networks in carrying data.

UK broadband project running two years behind schedule

The NAO believes the rollout  of super fast networks will be completed 22 months later than planned.

The UK government’s attempt to roll out “superfast” broadband across the nation is running two years behind schedule, according to the National Audit Office. The government has pledged to provide super-fast speeds, primarily through the deployment of fibre networks to 90 cent of premises in each area of the UK by May 2015. However, the NAO believes the rollout will be completed 22 months later than planned.

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