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Microsoft begins retreat from Windows Phone with platform-agnostic Microsoft Health

Band on the run

Software giant Microsoft has formally entered the wearables game with the launch of its Microsoft Health platform and accompanying Microsoft Band fitness band. But the real significance behind this move is Microsoft’s decision to make both products platform-agnostic, implying Microsoft has decided to no longer pin its mobile hopes on Windows Phone.

Lenovo completes Motorola Mobility acquisition

From left to right: Lenovo’s Liu Jun and Yang Yuanqing with Rick Osterloh from Motorola

Lenovo has announced the completion of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, claiming that makes it the 3rd largest smartphone maker in the world. The company said it expects the mobile firm it purchased for a total of $2.91 billion to be profitable within four to six quarters.

Swiss tech firm claims NFV first

Cisco providing vEPC to NAKA Mobile

NAKA Mobile, a telecoms and technology specialist based in Switzerland, has claimed the industry’s first virtualized evolved packet core (vEPC). Utilising Cisco’s NFV services, NAKA claims it will transform its network architecture, expand beyond Switzerland, and provide its mobile Internet services to customers across the world.

EE activates LTE-A in Central London

EE launches 4G+ in Central London

EE has launched LTE-Advanced, which it is branding ’4G+’, at some 150 sites across London, declaring the UK has “gone from a laggard back to being a leader.” As reported previously by Telecoms.com, the new faster speeds are facilitated by carrier aggregation (CA) over the combination of 20MHz of 1800MHz and 20MHzof 2.6GHz spectrum.

Q3 smartphones – Android still dominant but Samsung feeling the heat

LG G3

As the Q3 earnings season unfolds, the quarterly smartphone vendor shipment numbers are trickling out. Market trackers such as Strategy Analytics and IDC have yet to release their preliminary numbers, but there’s already enough information out there to form some early conclusions.

Q3 mobile driving growth for Facebook, Twitter user numbers disappoint

Mobile is growing for Facebook

Facebook has reported third quarter results, again showing strongest year-on-year growth in mobile, where daily active users (DAUS) rose by 39% to 703 million, while overall daily users rose 19% to 864 million DAUS.

Alcatel-Lucent, Internet Society develop internet exchange for SE Asia

Alcatel-Lucent and the Internet Society will facilitate superfast broadband in Thailand

The Internet Society and Alcatel-Lucent have agreed to provide support and equipment for the development of the Bangkok Internet Exchange Point (BKNIX). The project will utilise the Internet Society’s Interconnection and Traffic Exchange (ITE) programme and is intended to deliver a stronger and more robust Internet infrastructure for South East Asia.

Huawei claims breakthrough in 100Gbps-PON technology

Alcatel-Lucent has been awarded for its G.fast technology

Huawei has claimed a breakthrough in 100Gbps-Passive Optical Network (PON) optical access. The technology uses a hybrid time-division and wavelength-division architecture to support 4 x 25Gbit/s downstream rate and a 4x 10 Gbit/s upstream rate thus, according to the company, enabling 100Gbps access rate per port on existing optical distribution networks (ODNs).

Tim Cook claims Apple Pay off to strong start, not fazed by competition

Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn't seem faced by competition to Apple Pay

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has revealed one million credit cards were activated on Apple Pay in its first three days. So far, the US’ six biggest credit card issuers have signed up, with a reported 500 financial service providers joining early next year. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are among those already enabling the app.

T-Mobile US Q3 sees the ‘un-carrier’ continue customer growth

John Legere, CEO T-Mobile US CEO

Self-styled ‘un-carrier’ T-Mobile US has posted 2014 3rd quarter results showing 9.9% year-on-year revenue growth to $7.35 billion, representing a 2.3% increase on sequential basis. The operator said the quarter is its best yet in terms of branded post-paid net additions and service revenue growth, up in double-digits.

Tele2 and Cubic Telecom collaborate on IoT, connected cars

Tele2 and Cubic to advance Connected Cars and IoT tech

Scandinavian telecoms operator Tele2 and global cloud platform provider Cubic Telecom have announced a joint collaborative agreement to provide machine-to-machine (M2M) and internet of things (IoT) solutions to companies in both the PC OEM and automotive industries.

FCC delays US broadcast spectrum auction

US operators will have to wait a bit longer to get their hands on fresh TV spectrum

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had revealed it expects the reallocation, via auction, of broadcast spectrum for mobile use will be delayed until early 2016. The FCC had originally hoped to conduct the auctions in mid-2015, but pointed to uncertainty generated by court challenges to the rules of the auctions from some broadcasters as a reason for the delay.

Rogers Communications launches LTE-Advanced in Canada

Rogers Communications launches LTE-A services across Canada

Canadian mobile operator, Rogers Communications, has announced the launch of its nationwide LTE-Advanced services. The operator has stated the service, which launched over the weekend, will roll out across 12 cities and claims its customers will be the first in Canada to benefit from LTE-A.

Telecom Italia to sell stake in Argentina unit

Telecom Italia's sale of Argentinian unit is in slow process

Telecom Italia has announced it is to sell 17% stake of its subsidiary, Telecom Argentina to New York-based investor firm Fintech. The Italian incumbent said it plans to sell Telecom Argentina’s holding company Sofora’s entire shareholding to Fintech once it has received regulatory approval from the Argentinian regulator SECOM.

Ericsson Q3 – 4G, 3G deployments offset US sales decline

Ericsson CFO Jan Frykhammar

Ericsson has reported a 3% year-on-year sales growth (after currency adjustment) for the third quarter of 2014, representing a 2% rise since the previous quarter. The Swedish network infrastructure vendor said growth was mainly fuelled by its Middle East, China, India and Russia businesses, but partly offset by declines in North America, where sales fell by -3% year-on-year.

Mobile edge video delivery demonstrated by Nokia and StarHub

Nokia and StarHub bring content nearer the user

Nokia Networks has enabled live video streaming based on an LTE base station-enabled local content caching system. In partnership with Singaporean operator StarHub, Nokia helped to deliver a live streaming, multi-camera broadcast of the WTA tennis championships live from Singapore.

Alcatel-Lucent is a double winner at Broadband Infovision Awards

Alcatel-Lucent has been awarded for its G.fast technology

The annual Broadband Infovision Awards have once again taken place at the Broadband World Forum, honouring technology innovations from 12 categories across the broadband sector. Among the winners, announced at a gala ceremony at the Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel, network specialist Alcatel-Lucent managed to pick up two awards. This year’s judging panel was made up of [...]

Kroes’ final plea for EU digital harmony, Hungary mulls internet tax

Neelie Kroes urged for unity in the European telecoms sector in final keynote

Neelie Kroes, the outgoing Digital Agenda VP at the European Commission (EC), has urged the telecoms industry and EU member states to end digital divide. Speaking at the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam, Kroes claimed Europe is still split between “the digital haves and the analogue have-nots.”

Time to turn telecom copper into mobile gold, says Genesis

Genesis Technical Systems claims copper enhancement is the way forward

Broadband solution specialist Genesis Technical Systems claimed copper holds unrealised potential for both fixed and mobile operators, saying it is “time to tap into technologies that turn copper into mobile gold.” The Canadian firm claimed the economics of small cell deployments makes fibre less attractive than enhanced copper solutions.

Orange Q3 revenues drop but says is on course for annual target

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Orange has reported a year-on-year drop in its 3rd quarter revenues but claimed it achieved excellent commercial performance, particularly in France, and in stabilising its EBITDA margin. It also claimed it is on course to reach its 2014 objectives.

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