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Spectrum efficiency key to 5G, operators say

Spectrum key to 5G, panel  states

T-Mobile USA, China Mobile and 4G Americas discussed the imperative nature of spectrum frequency selection and availability in the development of 5G at LTE North America in Dallas, Texas.

Altice open to acquiring Bouygues Telecom – report

Altice could soon be making an offer for Bouygues Telecom

The CEO of Altice, Dexter Goei has indicated the French cable group could acquire Bouygues Telecom. According to a report, Goei said the firm, owned by billionare Patrick Darhi, would make a perfect candidate to buy the Telecom arm of Bouygues Group, a fellow French firm.

Huawei, MegaFon claim 5G services in Russia by 2018

MegaFon's Mikhail Dubin (left) and Huawei's Ryan Ding in shake on it in Shanghai

Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei and Russian operator MegaFon have announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to deliver trial 5G network services at the Fifa World Cup 2018, to be held in 11 Russian cities.

Telcos urged to innovate data tariffs to counter OTT threat

Operators need to get better at billing for data

At LTE North America in Dallas this week, a panel featuring Wireless 2020, IBM, Allot Communications and US-based MVNO FreedomPop urged the service provider community to develop more flexible and tailored data bundles for customers.

Qualcomm unveils Cat 10 LTE modem, announces server move

Qualcomm's 5th generation LTE modem

Mobile chip giant Qualcomm has unveiled its latest LTE modem, announcing that the Gobi 9×45 modem is the first Category 10 LTE modem. It is manufactured on the 20nm process, supports carrier aggregation across the TDD and FDD spectrum, and promises notional download speeds of up to 450 Mbps.

Sprint to take its time over VoLTE

Sprint's VP of Tchnology, Ron Marquardt

Sprint’s VP of Technology Innovation and Architecture, Dr. Ron Marquardt, opened up LTE North America in Dallas today with a keynote speech offering up a full overview of the US telco’s LTE roll-out to date. Marquart also highlighted the key areas Sprint is looking into at the moment to further advance its LTE network services, [...]

Huawei chooses Skyfire for NFV video optimization

Huawei and Opera partner for NFV video

Chinese vendor Huawei has commenced a strategic partnership with Opera Software’s Skyfire unit to incorporate Skyfire’s Rocket Optimizer cloud-based video QoE solution into its Cloud Edge Virtual Multi-Service Engine (vMSE).

Ofcom to free up 700 MHz band for mobile, eventually

You can never have too much spectrum

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced it will make the 700 MHz frequency band available for mobile broadband services, effectively moving broadcast TV and wireless microphones aside to make room. There’s no need for operators to reform their auction teams just yet though, as Ofcom doesn’t reckon it’s going to happen until 2022.

Ericsson, Qualcomm claim first inter-company LTE Cat 9

Ericsson and Quallcomm partner on carrier aggregation

Swedish telecom infrastructure vendor and mobile chip giant Qualcomm have announced what they claim is the world’s first inter-company interoperability trial of LTE Category 9 carrier aggregation. The two firms said the technology offers download speeds of up to 450Mbps.

Snapchat teams with Square for IM cash transfers

Instant cash transfer

Ephemeral instant messaging (IM) service Snapchat has teamed up with payment processing outfit Square to allow users to transfer cash to each other over IM. The new service is called Snapcash, appropriately enough, and will initially only be available in the US.

Telefónica to sell yourfone to Drillisch

Their phone

The process of consolidation following the acquisition of E-Plus by Telefónica has begun with the announcement of a non-binding “Letter of Intent” between Telefónica Germany and German MVNO Drillisch for the latter to buy yourphone, which is currently a sub-brand of E-Plus.

Intel moves to resuscitate mobile offering

A rare sighting of an Intel chip in a mobile device

According to an internal Intel email seen by the WSJ, the chip giant is making some major changes to breathe new life into its struggling mobile operations. Intel is merging its loss-making Mobile and Communications group into the cash-cow PC Client group. The move is expected to take effect early next year.

Nokia set to license brand to other handset makers

Nokia has moved on from handsets

Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri put a stop to rumours suggesting it might re-enter the handset business. But speaking in London at the vendor’s first capital markets day in five years, Suri confirmed the Nokia brand is to be re-licensed to appear on other smartphone makers’ devices.

Apple strikes China mobile payment deal

Apple's mobile payments momentum continues

Smartphone giant Apple has announced the addition of UnionPay, the dominant Chinese debit and credit card payment organisation, as a payment option for Chinese App Store users, in what is likely to be a strategically significant move for Apple’s fortunes in the world’s largest smartphone market.

Facebook reportedly developing zone for professionals

Facebook continues to diversify

Social networking giant Facebook is looking to get into the business networking and collaboration game, according to unnamed sources in an FT report. It would apparently take the form of a dedicated zone, called ‘Facebook at Work’, that would have familiar Facebook functionality, but shield your work contacts from any frivolous content posted in the personal section.

Mavenir confirms Stoke acquisition for LTE functions

Mavenir acquires Stoke and its LTE security functions

Mavenir Systems, the network software vendor, has confirmed its agreement to acquire Stoke, prior to confirming closing conditions. The acquisition will see Mavenir add Stoke’s mobile broadband gateway solution and LTE security gateways to its portfolio.

Alcatel-Lucent virtualizes routing in NFV gambit

Alcatel-Lucent virtualizes network routing

Alcatel-Lucent has announced the arrival of its virtualized service router (VSR), a virtualised network function capable of being deployed in an NFV environment. The vendor claims that the VSR software is capable of being deployed on general purpose x86 compute platforms, a form of commoditised off the shelf hardware (COTS).

EE launches next gen in-car wifi solution

EE brings in-car wifi to drivers and passengers

EE, the UK joint venture between T-Mobile and Orange, has announced the launch of its connected car solution based on 4G technology. Buzzard 2 is a device which EE claims will bring high-speed connectivity to enable in-car entertainment and navigation, without having an in-built solution. The Buzzard 2 plugs directly into the car’s 12 volt [...]

Telefónica Q3 slows revenue decline

Telefónica Executive Chairman, César Alierta

Spanish telco giant Telefónica has posted its Q3 results showing stabilisation as decline in revenues slowed and the number of high-value contract mobile customers grew.

Nokia Networks bags Bharti Airtel 3G contract

A Nokia Nokia Flexi Multiradio 10 base station

Nokia Networks has announced it has bagged a 3G contract form Bharti Airtel in Mumbai, west Bengal and Bihar, which according to the Finnish infrastructure provider marks India’s first dual band, dual carrier 3G implementation.

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