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Openet completely virtualizes BSS

Virtualization = agility, says Openet

BSS specialist Openet said Thursday that it has virtualized its real-time charging system, realising an agile and flexible system capable of testing, developing, launching and amending new services and business models much more quickly. The aim is to help operators accelerate the availability of innovative new use cases and applications to generate faster ROI for their network technology investments as they battle decreasing revenues from traditional services and pressure from OTT players.

Google snaps up Siri developer and messaging app

Emu features a full fledged assistant

Google has acquired a Californian startup which created a highly praised rich messaging application featuring a full fledged personal assistant along the lines of Apple’s Siri. Emu, which was started by veterans of Apple and Google, will be short lived however. The app only launched a few months ago and Google has confirmed it will be shut down later this month.

Sprint calls off chase for T-Mobile; Hesse on way out

T-Mobile will need to find another suitor. It shouldn't be hard.

US carrier Sprint is understood to have called off its courtship of T-Mobile USA and is preparing to go it alone. Only two months ago the widely expected deal was thought to be nearing completion, with those in the know putting the price tag for T-Mobile at around $31bn, creating an operator with the same scale as market leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

Vodafone Egypt outsources to Ericsson

Ericsson has scored another managed services deal

Vodafone Egypt has signed up Ericsson as its first outsourcing partner, under a three year managed services agreement, to deliver network field maintenance services and improve the quality of its network in the greater Cairo area.

Truphone joins GSMA

Truphone is keen to lose the MVNO tag

Mobile company Truphone, which is actively seeking to distance itself from the MVNO tag, this week joined the GSMA as an Associate Member, under the ‘Application Developer’ category.

Battery-free wifi network inches closer to reality for IoT

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Engineers at the University of Washington have further developed the short range, battery-free, wireless communication system they first showed off last year. The continued development is interesting with respect to the Internet of Things because it is able to use ambient radio signals as a power source, laying the path for the creation of networks of battery-free wireless sensors.

Telefonica moves on Brazilian ISP GVT

Telefonica has a strong presence in Sao Paulo

Telefónica and its Brazilian subsidiary on Tuesday submitted an offer to merge with Brazilian ISP Global Village Telecom (GVT) for around €6.7bn and a 12 per cent stake in the share capital of the new entity. GVT is owned by French conglomerate Vivendi.

EE NFC handsets compatible with London buses

On the buses with NFC

UK carrier EE this week enabled its own flavour of NFC, dubbed Cash on Tap, for London’s bus network, allowing customers to use their phone in lieu of an Oyster card or contactless debit card. Users will need an EE handset and an NFC-capable SIM.

Procera Networks launches RAN Perspectives device-driven network intelligence

Network intelligence from a device perspective

US network intelligence company Procera Networks has announced the launch of its RAN Perspectives product, which claims to add new insight into the performance of wireless networks by deriving data from the devices using it.

Microsoft sues Samsung over Android non-payment

NGMN Alliance seeks patent pool manager

Microsoft has filed suit against Samsung after the Korean electronics giant stopped paying the US company for access to IP essential to the use of the Android operating system.

Ooredoo switches on Myanmar network

Myanmar is becoming mobilised

New entrant operator Ooredoo (formerly Qtel) has launched voice and data services in three of Myanmar’s major cities, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon, as part of final preparations for commercial launch later this month.

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.

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