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Microsoft makes Opera default browser on feature phones

Opera Mini tops 25 mil. downloads

Microsoft, now the owner of what used to be Nokia’s handset operation, has selected Nordic software developer Opera to make the opera Mini web browser the default across the company’s feature phone and Asha portfolio.

TeliaSonera, DNA to share network in rural Finland

The deal will improve coverage in rural Finland

The Finnish operation of Scandinavian operator TeliaSonera has agreed a deal with local Finnish carrier DNA that will see the two share network resources and spectrum in the sparsely populated Northern and Eastern regions of Finland.

Nokia loses Here head

The direction of Here is uncertain

Nokia, or what’s left of it, looks to have suffered another blow as the head of its location based services division, Here, quits to focus on his own projects. Nokia’s Here unit was born out of the company’s $8.1bn acquisition of Navteq and was retained as a key pillar of Nokia following the purchase of its handset division by Microsoft last year.

Claro Peru opens up to LTE roaming

Vodafone UK cuts roaming charges for summer

KPN’s carrier services operation, iBasis, this week scored an LTE signalling exchange and roaming contract from Claro Peru, a subsidiary of America Movil.

Vodafone Australia eyes VoLTE rollout

There have been several VoLTE announcements of late

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has tapped up Ericsson for a network overhaul that will see the operator capable of delivering VoLTE services as it seeks to optimise its network capabilities through virtualization.

Nexmo boosts OTT quality with Telefonica deal

Nexmo specialises in messaging

The lines between network operator and OTT communications provider blurred further this week as Telefónica O2 UK partnered with cloud-based messaging and voice software developer Nexmo. Nexmo writes the underlying APIs that power the likes of Viber, Line and Kakao Talk.

Telefonica tests capabilities of virtualization with Brocade partnership

Telefonica and Brocade are exploring virtualized capabilities

The quest for virtualization in the network operator community is turning into something of an arms race as much for the vendor ecosystem as for the carriers. On Tuesday Telefónica partnered with networking specialist Brocade to explore the capabilities of virtualized network appliances running on off the shelf, Intel-based hardware.

Ericsson to help Telstra introduce SDN, NFV

Telstra announced that it has set up a new cloud computing node on the US east coast

In a bid to support more cloud and digital services Telstra announced that it is working with telecoms equipment vendor Ericsson to introduce software defined networking and network function virtualisation into the telco’s network.

Samsung snaps up SmartThings in IoT play

SmartThings is a connected home specialist

The landgrab for Internet of Things (IoT) assets continues with Samsung buying up a ready made IoT community and ecosystem in the form of SmartThings.

Empirix makes big data analytics purchase

The two companies offer complimentary optimisation solutions

Network performance specialist Empirix has acquired real-time analytics firm Verios Software & Systems for an undisclosed sum. Combining the two product suites, Empirix said it aims to create a service operation centre management suite that will analyse and troubleshoot wireless network customer experience from end-user devices to the core network in real time.

Ooredoo goes live with 3G in Myanmar

Myanmar is becoming mobilised

New entrant operator Ooredoo (formerly Qtel) officially launched voice and data services in Myanmar over the weekend, following a soft launch earlier this month.

China Mobile announces plans for acquisitions

Russian operator group VimpelCom has signed a managed services deal with Huawei

China’s leading carrier, China Mobile, is looking to expand its business through acquisitions the company has revealed. Company chairman Xi Guohua said during the operator’s financial results announcement that it will “look for appropriate external investment opportunities in an active but cautious manner,” as well as looking to increase its presence in the market.

Intel buys into SDN chips with Axxia acquisition

The deal involves datacentre technology

Semiconductor firm Avago Technologies has struck a deal to sell on a networking business to Intel in an almost back to back transaction. The deal in question will see the US chip firm pick up LSI’s Axxia Networking Business and related assets for $650m in cash.

New Zealand activates LTE700 networks

Vodafone NZ has launched one of the first APT700 networks

The 700MHz radio frequency is finding favour among New Zealand mobile operators with Vodafone this week switching on its commercial 700MHz LTE network, marking the activation of one of the first Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) 700 MHz networks in the world.

Data demand driving global optics market

optic fibre

The global optical components market is experiencing an upward swing as global internet traffic continues to increase, prompting network operators to deploy high speed optical technologies to keep up with demand.

Deutsche Telekom signs up Bango for carrier billing

Deutsche Telekom is expecting carrier billing to take off

German carrier Deutsche Telekom has extended its billing capabilities though a partnership with mobile payments and analytics company Bango that will widen access to direct operator billing for app store purchases.

Moldcell freshens up licence portfolio

Moldcell has got new licences

The Moldovan subsidiary of TeliaSonera, Moldcell, acquired new licenses for spectrum in the 800 and 1800MHz radio frequency bands, valid for a 15-year term starting in November 6. Moldcell paid €25.5m for the licences.

Telstra acquires video analytics company Ooyala

Telstra is doubling-down on video

Australian service provider Telstra is to acquire video streaming and analytics specialist Ooyala for US$270 million (€201 million), writes Digital TV Europe. Telstra, which already owns a 23% stake in Ooyala, has invested US$61 million in the company over the last two years. The acquisition, via Telstra’s Global Applications and Partners unit, is expected to close within the next 60 days.

Over three quarters of UK users satisfied with mobile provider

Satisfaction with coverage drops in rural areas

UK communications regulator Ofcom has released research showing that while overall levels of consumer satisfaction with mobile networks are high, an estimated 45 per cent of users experience some problems. Moreover, around 30 per cent of users experience no reception at least once a week.

Over 100 carriers invest in TD-LTE

TD-LTE is seeing widespread adoption

The time division flavour of LTE, known as LTE TDD or TD-LTE, once thought to be of primary interest to the Chinese mobile market, is seeing increasingly strong adoption worldwide. Now more than 100 operators are investing in the technology, according to the most recent research from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).

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