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France’s Iliad looks to Free up US mobile market

Can Iliad replicate its success in France?

Not content with making life miserable for the three incumbent operators in France, French telco Iliad has put in a surprise bid for T-Mobile US. It had been assumed acquisition of T-Mobile US by rival operator Sprint was a foregone conclusion, so Iliad’s 11th hour intervention will potentially ruffle a lot of feathers.

Ofcom cuts back proposed spectrum price hike

The initial proposal was met with strong opposition

UK communications regulator Ofcom has responded to criticism over its proposal to increase annual licence fees for 900 and 1800MHz spectrum in the UK with a reduced proposal and the promise of a further consultation before the plan is finalised next year.

Nokia to buy Panasonic network business

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Nokia Networks this week said it has agreed to acquire part of the wireless networks business of Japanese electronics company Panasonic System Networks for an undisclosed sum. The agreement covers Panasonic’s LTE and 3G base station business and related wireless equipment.

Oracle acquires TOA Technologies for Field Service SaaS

Oracle is focusing on the field

Database giant Oracle announced it has agreed to acquire TOA Technologies, a provider of cloud-based solutions for field service management. Oracle said it intends to fold the technology into its service cloud offering.

Samsung arrives at its smartphone moment of truth

The Samsung Galaxy S5 doesn't seem to be as popular as its predecessors

By its recent lofty standards, Samsung’s Q2 2014 smartphone shipments were a disappointment. In spite of the launch of the flagship Galaxy S5 in the middle of the quarter, shipments declined annually and it seems the strategy that has served Samsung so well may have run its course.

Chinese vendors drive smartphone market to new high in Q2 2014

Xiaomi has moved from relative obscurity to become a top-5 global smartphone player in a year

The worldwide smartphone market broke its record for quarterly shipments in Q2 2014 with market trackers Strategy Analytics and IDC in rare agreement on the figure of 295 million units, although Juniper reckons it was a bit lower than that.

Facebook, Airtel bring free internet to Zambia

Facebook is helping Airtel bring free internet to Africa

The Facebook-backed Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring internet connectivity to the poor and underserved, announced a partnership with emerging markets carrier Airtel on Thursday that will see the Internet.org app provide free basic services to users in Zambia.

EE says 4G Broadcast in UK is inevitable

LTE Broadcast can be combined with other services, such as Google Maps

Speaking as EE demonstrated LTE eMBMS 4G broadcast technology at the Commonwealth Games in partnership with the BBC, Qualcomm and Huawei, EE Video Strategist Matt Stagg told Telecoms.com that it’s just a matter of time before 4G broadcast becomes a mainstream technology.

Netflix paying AT&T for interconnect

Netflix is paying US carriers for service quality

Internet video player Netflix has struck yet another peering agreement with a US carrier, this time AT&T, essentially paying for better quality of service for customers using the provider’s network. The deal was confirmed by AT&T and sits against a background of uproar over network neutrality debate in the US.

NEC, Meru work to bring SDN to enterprise wifi

SDN is appearing in more and more places

The US operation of Japanese equipment vendor NEC recently unveiled a partnership with intelligent wifi architecture specialist Meru Networks to collaborate on software defined network (SDN)-enabled unified wired and wireless enterprise access.

Ericsson buys metadata billing specialist

OSS/BSS is the heart of a business operation

Swedish vendor Ericsson on Tuesday agreed to acquire US-based MetraTech, a provider of metadata-based billing, commerce and settlement tools. Financial details were not disclosed but the acquisition is not telecom specific. Ericsson said MetraTech’s billing suite is adaptable to multiple business models and industries, extending the company’s presence into other key markets, including transport and utilities.

AT&T, IBM bring cloud-to-cloud connectivity down to minutes

Cloud-to-cloud connectivity can be super fast

AT&T Labs, IBM Research and consultancy Applied Communication Sciences (ACS) said this week they have seen the culmination of a project that started out as a hypothetical network study in 2007, resulting in a real-world, proof-of-concept this May. The technology, co-developed under the US Government’s DARPA CORONET program, aims to bring cloud and data centre interconnectivity into a more dynamic, elastic state, taking cloud-to-cloud setup times down to minutes from days or even weeks.

Bharti Airtel reaches 300m users

Bharti Airtel has grown to 300m users

Emerging markets specialist operator Bharti Airtel said this week that it has crossed the 300 million customer mark across its operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Its customer base consists of mobile, fixed line & DSL, and DTH users.

ZTE to build broadband centre in Brazil

Vodafone has launched its first brand in the Americas

Chinese equipment vendor ZTE has struck a deal with Brazilian operator TIM Brasil to jointly set up an innovation centre in the country tasked with spearheading developments in next generation broadband technologies.

Competition in telco authentication heats up with SecureKey, Oberthur deal

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Identity and authentication service provider SecureKey has announced a collaboration with Oberthur Technologies, which delivers SIMs and SIM-based software to drive further competition in the mobile identity service market. The agreement will enable SecureKey to extend its authentication capabilities to support SIM-based secure elements.

French regulator consults on open spectrum for IoT

We're running out of new spectrum

ARCEP, the French telecommunications regulator, has launched a public consultation into the use of open, unlicensed spectrum for a variety of unspecified short-range wireless communications that it anticipates will contribute to the IoT (Internet of Things) phenomenon.

US mobile payment firm LoopPay wins Visa funding

LoopPay uses innovative MTS technology

Mobile payments provider LoopPay has secured funding from global payments firm Visa, the company has revealed, without saying how much is involved. The US company, which launched earlier this year, is pioneering a technology that capitalises on the installed based of magnetic stripe-reader point-of-sale systems rather than NFC, which is the current favourite in mobile payment circles.

Sky shores up Italian, German holdings with £5bn pay TV blowout

Sky is taking control of assets in Italy and Germany

UK-based media empire BSkyB created a multinational pay TV business on Friday with the £4.9bn acquisition of Sky Italia and a 57.4 per cent stake in Sky Deutschland. The move puts Sky in a leading position in the pay TV market in the UK, Italy and Germany.

Millicom brings LTE to Bolivia

Bolivia gets 4G

Developing markets operator Millicom, which operates under the Tigo brand in Bolivia, said that it has launched a 4G LTE offering in the country, delivering high speed internet at up to 100Mbps.

China Unicom, Huawei to work on cloud tech

Huawei is working on cloud tech with Unicom

The cloud platform division of China Unicom signed a strategic cooperation agreement on Software Defined Networking (SDN) innovation with local kit vendor Huawei this week.

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