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Egypt’s Mobinil invests in cost transparency and customer engagement

Mobinil has called on two of transaction management software provider Openet’s solutions to help better monitor usage information and better engage with subscribers

Egyptian operator Mobinil has called on transaction management software provider Openet to help better monitor usage information and engage with subscribers.

Apple posts first profit dip in a decade, analysts expect comeback

Apple has posted its first quarterly drop in profit in ten years

Device giant Apple has posted its first quarterly drop in profit in ten years, with $9.5bn 2Q13 (January to March) net profit marking a more than 18 per cent decline on the $11.6bn generated in 2Q12. Quarterly revenue grew year on year however, to $43.6bn from $39.2bn a year ago. Gross margin was 37.5 per cent compared to 47.4 per cent in 2Q12.

Intel outlines SDN ambitions

Intel has launched three reference archtiectures relating to SDN and NFV

Chipmaker Intel has launched three “strategic reference architectures” that the firm claims will enable IT and telecom firms to accelerate hardware and software development for software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV).

Nokia loss an improvement but future still uncertain

Nokia's Lumia 920

Finnish handset manufacturer Nokia has posted a €150m operating loss for 1Q13. Viewed in context this should be encouraging; the loss is a fraction of the €1.338bn the firm lost in the same quarter in 2012.

However, net sales for the same period dropped 20 per cent year on year to €5.85bn from €7.35bn in 1Q12.

Samsung admits dirty tricks in Taiwan

Samsung has admitted it paid students to post negative reviews about  HTC handsets on websites in Taiwan

Samsung has admitted paying students to post scathing reviews about Taiwanese rival HTC handsets on websites in Taiwan.

Immediate mobile payments come to Europe, M-Pesa to India

Visa Personal Payments users can now make mobile payments across the region immediately, using any European currency. In India, popular money transfer and payment service M-Pesa has now been fully launched.

Payment processing firm Visa Europe has introduced a service allowing consumers to make mobile payments across the region immediately and using any European currency. Meanwhile in India, popular money transfer and payment service M-Pesa has now been fully launched.

Du signs project management agreement with Huawei

Du has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese infrastructure Huawei

UAE operator Du has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese infrastructure Huawei. Under the terms of the agreement, the two firms will and exchange project management experiences, knowledge and research, according to the operator.

Mobile money to transform Turkish transport and US retail

Turkcell and Gemalto have each found themselves at the hearts of two mobile payment projects in Turkey and the USA respectively

Turkish operator Turkcell and SIM card and mobile security solutions provider Gemalto have each found themselves at the hearts of two mobile payment projects that promise to transform the transport and retail sectors in Turkey and the USA respectively.

Indian operators not investing enough in networks

Indian telcos plan to invest a significantly lower proportion of their revenues over the next two years than their Chinese, Indonesian and Philippine counterparts

Over the next two years Indian operators plan to invest a significantly lower proportion of their revenues than their Chinese, Indonesian and Philippine counterparts according to financial ratings agency Fitch Ratings.

Orange to make its OTT comms app Joyn-compatible

Using Libon, Orange customers using Android will be able make free HD quality voice calls over 3G or wifi, and use instant messaging, cloud backup services and personalised visual voicemail.

Operator group France Telecom’s own OTT communications app has now been made available for Android devices. The service, called Libon, was launched for iOS devices in November 2012.

Telefónica trials 100Gbps, 200Gbps and 400Gbps data transmissions over Spanish network

Telefónica has completed a field trial of “flexible optical networking” technology, to more than double’s existing fibre capacity

Spanish operator group Telefónica has completed a field trial of “flexible optical networking” technology, that it hopes could more than double its existing fibre capacity.

Hybrid apps to be prevalent by 2016

Hybrid apps will account for more than 50 per cent of all smartphone apps on the market by 2016

Smartphone apps that offer a balance between HTML5-based web apps and native apps will be predominantly in use by 2016, according to predictions from research firm Gartner.

Ooredoo switches on LTE in Qatar

Ooredoo has announced the launch of its LTE network

Qatari consumers can now begin enjoying 4G services, as the country’s incumbent operator Ooredoo announced the launch of its LTE network. Ooredoo’s 4G service will initially be available via mifi and dongle devices, and the operator is currently working on making 4G available on smartphones in Qatar.

Dish serves up $25.5bn Sprint offer to foil Softbank deal

Dish Network has made a $25.5bn offer to merge with Sprint

Fresh from its attempt to scupper a potential deal between US operator Sprint Nextel and Wimax operator Clearwire, Dish Network is now going right for the source with a $25.5bn offer to merge with Sprint.

Mozilla CEO Kovacs to step down

Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs will be stepping down later this year

Open source software manufacturer Mozilla has announced that CEO Gary Kovacs will be stepping down from his role later this year. A search for a successor to Kovacs, who became CEO in 2010, will begin immediately, the firm said.

US DoJ calls on FCC to limit spectrum to big players

The DoJ fears that in the meantime, the spectrum shortage could lead to operators being incentivised to acquire spectrum for the wrong reasons

The US Department of Justice’s (DoJ) Antitrust Division has called on telecoms regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to more aggressively regulate the amount of spectrum that the country’s larger operators are able to own.

O2 separates handset cost from service

O2 Refresh is a 24 month tariff that separates the cost of the handset from the cost of voice, SMS and data services.

The UK arm of Spanish operator Telefónica O2, has introduced a tariff that allows customers to buy a new handset while tied in to a contract, without having to pay additional costs.

Deutsche Telekom submits final offer for MetroPCS

Deutsche Telekom has submitted what it says is a final offer for US operator MetroPCS

German operator group Deutsche Telekom has submitted what it says is a final offer for US operator MetroPCS. The firm hopes to persuade a number of MetroPCS’s shareholders that voiced objections to the terms of the initial bid.

Canadian MNOs withdraw from CWTA over balance of power

Canada flag

Smaller operators and new entrants to the market appear to be growing increasingly frustrated by the power wielded by the industry’s big players. This trend was evident this week, as three of Canada’s smaller operators announced their withdrawal from industry body the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA).

Huawei pledges commitment to Australia following NBN exclusion

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard Meets Huawei chairman Sun Yafang

Chinese infrastructure vendor and device manufacturer Huawei and the Australian government appear to have settled their differences as Huawei reaffirmed its commitment to the Australian market this week.

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