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PayPal splits from eBay in face of Apple Pay challenge

PayPal face increased competition from Apple Pay

eBay and wholly-owned subsidiary PayPal will officially split into two independent publicly traded companies in 2015, the company has confirmed. After a review of the company’s growth strategies and structure, the board of directors concluded the split will enable both companies to better position themselves to respond to competitive change.

Ericsson acquires Ambient for smart grid tech

Ericsson acquires smart grid vendor

Swedish network vendor Ericsson has announced the completed acquisition of Ambient Corporation, which provides smart grid technology to the utilities sector. The announcement comes as part of a wider move by Ericsson to further enable the development of smart grid infrastructure.

Microsoft promises Windows 10 convergence across mobile and desktop

Windows 10: "will run across an incredibly broad set of devices"

Microsoft has given a preview of Windows 10, announcing expectedintegration of the new operating system across desktop and mobile platforms, as well as Internet of Things devices and global data centres.

NFV veterans form new industry group

Open Platform for NFV Project launches

The Linux Foundation, the organisation behind OpenStack and the OpenDaylight Project, has today announced the launch of the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV). The project will focus on accelerating the introduction of new products and services through an integrated, open source, carrier-grade reference architecture for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

Oracle launches new products targeted at CSPs

Oracle brings more CSP solutions to market

Oracle’s Communications division has announced a new release of applications aimed at Communications Service Providers (CSPs). The launches, announced at the annual Oracle OpenWorld event, include a new edition of the software giant’s Operations Support Systems (OSS) application family.

OpenDaylight releases second virtualization platform

OpenDaylight launches Helium, its second release.

The OpenDaylight Project has announced the release of its second open source platform to advance Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) architecture control. The release, called Helium, will benefit from 11 new features and protocols, which have all been provided by the network infrastructure vendor community.

Virgin Mobile launches in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia sees first MVNOs this week

Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa (VMMEA) has begun services in Saudi Arabia. In a shake-up to the kingdom’s mobile market, the Communication and Information Technology Commission of Saudi Arabia (CITC) has ordered each of the country’s three mobile operators to host an MVNO to boost competition.

CenturyLink announces expansion into China

CenturyLink will host services in Shanghai

The business arm of American telco CenturyLink has announced the expansion of its managed services availability into the Chinese market. The announcement marks a potentially significant step for Western businesses moving into the worlds’ second-largest economy.

Hungary generates €418 million through spectrum auction

Hungary is utilising previously unused spectrum for mobile broadband

Hungary has raised a total of HUF130.6 billion (€418 million) in a mobile spectrum auction in the 800, 900, 1,800 and 2,600 MHz frequency bands. The auction included the successful allocation of previously unallocated bands.

O2 launches iTunes Codes for carrier billing

O2 customers can purchase Apple apps through carrier billing

O2 has launched iTunes Codes, which allows customers to purchase iTunes credit automatically charged to their monthly phone bill, or taken out of pre-paid credit. The codes are usable for purchases across the iTunes, App and Mac App Stores, as well as for iBooks.

SoftBank reportedly in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation

SoftBank wants to strengthen its position in the content market.

It has been reported SoftBank has begun negotiations with DreamWorks Animation (DWA) to acquire the Hollywood studio. The reports follow SoftBank’s decision last month to drop its pursuit for T-Mobile US amid antitrust concerns from regulators.

Apple joins 5G research group

Apple joins 5G research group

The Next Generation Mobile Network Alliance (NGMN) has announced that Apple is the latest organisation to join its ranks, as the association aims to catalyse the development of research and standards for 5G.

Using SDN to offset the data capacity crunch

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In 2014, operators are feeling the pressure from several quarters. Revenues from mobile and fixed line services are continuing to decline; traditional applications such as SMS are suffering erosion from innovative IP-based rivals; and the traffic across the network footprint is growing exponentially, with customers calling for higher performance and interconnectedness of experience.

DirecTV shareholders approve AT&T merger

AT&T-DirecTV merger closer to reality with DirecTV shareholder approval

DirecTV shareholders have overwhelmingly voted for the proposed take-over by AT&T. 99% of votes cast were in favour of the deal, which, if approved by regulators, will mean 77% of all shares going to AT&T.

Anatomy of an Apple launch

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Mrs Informer, ever alert to telecoms news as she is, was kind enough to alert the Informer to a piece of news being covered by the BBC breakfast team this morning. It concerned the apparent scandal that some of the new super-sized iPhone 6+s have started bending. The thing is they’re not supposed to bend, you see, made as they are from glass and intricate circuitry.

BT claims G.fast 1Gbps via fibre-copper mix

Copper could be utilised with fibre in ultrafast broadband through new technology

BT has revealed the results of its G.fast technology field trial showing combined downstream and upstream speeds of 1Gbps can be delivered via fibre-copper mix.

HP evolves networking channel strategy with SDN App Store

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HP is set to launch an app store for software defined networking (SDN) and virtual networking applications which the company said will improve access to virtualised networking tools and help speed up their deployment in enterprises.

Winners of inaugural LTE Asia Awards revealed

The very first

The 9th LTE Asia event, held in Singapore, has announced this year’s inaugural award winners in eight different categories. LTE Asia, part of Informa’s LTE World Series, gathered together some 1,000 attendees from over 50 APAC countries.

Apple already working on a patch for the first iOS 8 patch

Apple is working on a new iOS 8 update to fix problems

A week after launching iOS 8 Apple has released and almost immediately withdrawn an update to the operating system. The withdrawal of the update follows reports of significant functionality issues the iOS 8.0.1 update has caused in users’ phones.

ARM raises the IoT processor bar with Cortex-M7

ARM is focusing on IoT

Low-power silicon designer ARM has unveiled a 32-bit chip designed specifically with the Internet of Things in mind. The company has already signed up several licensees for the offering including Atmel, Freescale and ST Microelectronics.

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