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SMBs demand cloud services from comms providers

Optimisation to breathe new life into 3G networks

Almost 70 per cent of SMBs worldwide are more likely to select a primary communications service provider that offers cloud-based services over one that does not. Furthermore, 44 per cent of SMBs would switch providers to one that bundled cloud services with traditional services, according to research released this week.

America Movil bids to take control of Telekom Austria

America Movil intends to acquire all outstanding shares in European operator group Telekom Austria

Latin American operator group America Movil has announced its intention to acquire all outstanding shares in European operator group Telekom Austria.

Ericsson restructures Networks unit for virtualization push

Ericsson CEO, Hans Vestberg

Swedish vendor Ericsson has reorganized its networks division, splitting it into two new business units; Radio and Cloud & IP. The Cloud & IP unit will drive Ericsson’s work on virtualization, an area in which the firm has ground to make up on its competitors. Executive VPJohan Wibergh will continue to lead the Networks segment, although Ericsson has yet to name the heads of the two new business units.

CTIA appoints Meredith Baker CEO and President

CTIA has appointed former commissioner of the FCC Meredith Attwell Baker as its president and CEO

Industry trade body the CTIA has appointed former commissioner of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Meredith Attwell Baker as its president and CEO. Baker will take on the role from June 2nd 2014.

Apple impresses with quarterly performance

Apple has continued with its impressive financial performance, generating revenue of $45.6bn for the second quarter of 2014, as well as net profit of $10.2bn

Device manufacturer Apple continued with an impressive financial performance for the quarter to end-March, generating revenue of $45.6bn for the period, as well as net profit of $10.2bn.

Free Facebook comes to Tigo Tanzania

Facebook is pushing into Africa

Developing markets operator Millicom said Thursday that Tigo customers in Tanzania will be the first consumers in East Africa to get free access to Facebook on their mobile handsets. On the back of a similar service which launched in Latin America in December 2013, Millicom and Facebook have now extended the partnership to East Africa.

TeliaSonera reports drop in revenue and profit

TeliaSonera has seen net sales and operating income decline in the first quarter of 2014

European operator group TeliaSonera has seen net sales and operating income decline in the first quarter of 2014.

China Mobile sees profit drop in “increasingly fierce” environment

China Mobile has reported an increase in operating revenue in 1Q14, however profit suffered as the firm struggled with cost control measures in an increasingly competitive environment

Chinese operator China Mobile has reported an increase in operating revenue in 1Q14, although profit suffered as the firm struggled with cost control measures in an “increasingly fierce” environment.

Ericsson sees net income rise 41% YoY despite sales drop

Ericsson has announced a 41 per cent year on year increase in net income for the first quarter of 2014

Despite seeing a year on year decline in net sales, Swedish vendor Ericsson has announced a 41 per cent year on year increase in net income for the first quarter of 2014. Net income for the firm stood at SEK1.7bn for 1Q14, compared with SEK1.2bn in 1Q13, while net sales dropped from SEK52bn in 1Q13 to SEK47.5bn in 1Q14.

AT&T reports revenue and profit growth after transformation

AT&T has reported a 3.6 per cent growth in consolidated revenues in 1Q14, claiming it is the strongest revenue growth the firm has seen in more than two years

US operator AT&T has reported a 3.6 per cent growth in consolidated revenues in 1Q14, claiming it is the strongest revenue growth the firm has seen in more than two years. The firm also increased its quarterly operating income year on year.

WhatsApp tops half a billion users

Facebook is to acquire WhatsApp

OTT messaging app WhatsApp has racked up a further 50 million users since its acquisition by Facebook in mid-February. The company on Wednesday announced that half a billion people around the world are now regular, active WhatsApp users.

Comcast-Time Warner merger faces opposition

The proposed merger between US cable firms Comcast and Time Warner Cable has been criticised by Netflix and the Writer’s Guild of America, East

The potential merger between US cable firms Comcast and Time Warner Cable has been criticised by both video on demand service provider Netflix and the Writer’s Guild of America, East (WGAE).

China Telecom deploys SDN in datacentre

China Telecom has deployed what it claims is the world’s first wholesale software defined network

China Telecom has deployed software defined network (SDN) technology in a datacentre run by its Beijing subsidiary Beijing Telecom.

Microsoft licenses Android to Motorola; Nokia deal to close

Motorola Solutions is licensing patents from Microsoft

Microsoft agreed a patent licensing agreement with Motorola Solutions on Monday that will see the latter gain access to Microsoft’s Android and Chrome OS patent portfolio.

AT&T to extend fibre rollout

AT&T has announced plans to expand its fibre network across the US to up to 100 further cities and municipalities

US operator AT&T has announced plans to expand its fibre network across the US to up to 100 further cities and municipalities. The operator will be extending the footprint its triple play U-Verse TV, fixed internet and telephony service which it claims delivers speeds of up to 1Gbps.

Rogers Communications sees profit decline

Rogers Communications has seen its profit fall year on year in the first quarter of 2014

Canadian operator Rogers Communications has seen its profit fall year on year in the first quarter of 2014. While operating revenues remained stable; C$3.02bn (US$2.74bn) in 1Q14 compared with $3.03bn in the year ago quarter, adjusted net income for the quarter fell by 18 per cent to reach C$340m down from C$414m.

US smartphone users enticed by sponsored data plans, reports survey

US smartphone users are open to using sponsored data plans driven by fear of exceeding their mobile data limit, according to research published today.

Telecom Italia appoints chairman and Board

Telecom Italia has appointed Giuseppe Recchi as its chairman of the Board of Directors

European operator group Telecom Italia has appointed Giuseppe Recchi as its chairman of the Board of Directors. Recchi’s appointment ends a six-month wait for a successor to former chairman Franco Bernabe, who also served as CEO at the firm.

Samsung gets cosy with Kindle, Tizen

Samsung is bringing the Kindle experience to its handsets

Amazon has partnered with Samsung to launch a custom ebook service, bundling a content subscription with the device.

US operators, device vendors create smartphone “kill switch”

Leading handset manufacturers and operators have teamed up in an effort to curb smartphone theft in the US

Leading handset manufacturers and operators in the US have teamed up to introduce a ‘killswitch’ in an effort to curb smartphone theft in the country.

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