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Nokia fleshes out network deployment skills with second acquisition

Nice specialises in 3D modelling for network planning

In an acquisition double whammy that took place at the end of last week, Nokia Networks revealed that it picked up a second company, Israel-based Nice Systems, also for an undisclosed sum. The geolocation specialist will give Nokia enhancements in the planning and optimisation of mobile networks, the company said.

Telecom New Zealand invests in app startup

App La Carte builds apps for businesses

Telecom New Zealand’s startup incubator, Telecom Digital Ventures, on Monday made a strategic investment in mobile application developer App La Carte. App La Carte was launched in November 2012 when its founders spotted a gap in the market for businesses and organisations prepared to pay a monthly subscription to use an easy-to-use app builder to put together their own app.

BlackBerry offloads R&D unit to Volkswagen

Connected cars are a hot topic

Although device and software maker BlackBerry has fallen on hard times, it’s long been thought the company may carve a niche for itself in the automotive software space. So it was unsurprising when the company revealed this week that it has sold its European research and development centre in Bochum, Germany, to local auto firm Volkswagen.

Nokia makes US acquisition

Nokia's acquisition gives it a better foothold in the USA

This is not something the industry has seen for a long time but Nokia Networks on Friday announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire US-based network integration and deployment specialist SAC Wireless for an undisclosed sum.

Huawei jumps on 5G bandwagon

Sky said it would use the acquisition to support its mobile activities

Chinese equipment vendor Huawei has been elected to join the board of the 5G Infrastructure Association in Europe at a general assembly held in Bologna last week. The company will be represented on the board by Dr. David Soldani of Huawei’s European Research Centre.

Vodafone survey reveals surging M2M adoption

Erik Brenneis heads up Vodafone's M2M division

600 executives from a broad range of industries were asked about their views on, and plans for, machine-to-machine technology and it turned out that 22 percent of them were already using it – an 80 percent increase on the proportion a year ago.

Qualcomm strengthens WiGig offering with Wilocity acquisition

WiGig, why not?

Mobile chip giant Qualcomm has announced the acquisition of Wilocity, which makes chips based on the much faster 802.11ad wifi standard, otherwise known as WiGig, and plans to throw it into the Snapdragon connectivity mix.

Telefónica acquisition of E-Plus gets conditional all-clear

Cleared at last

The European Commission has announced the conditional approval of Telefónica’s bid to acquire German operator E-Plus, almost a year after the deal was first announced, which will result in the merger of Germany’s third and fourth-largest operators and reduce the total number of operators in the country to three.

Telcos poised to profit from in-vehicle app boom

In-vehicle apps set to boom

The number of in-vehicle apps in use is expected to reach 269 million by 2018 according to a report published this week by Juniper Research, representing a more than fivefold increase on last year’s figure.

Ericsson flexes 5G muscle with 5Gbps demo

Ericsson

In a live, over-the-air demonstration of pre-standard equipment, the Swedish company achieved 5Gbps throughput in the 15 GHz frequency band using advanced MIMO technology at its lab in Kista, Sweden.

FTC broadsides T-Mobile over “bogus charges”

The FTC claims users were mis-charged

US watchdog the Federal Trade Commission slammed T-Mobile USA on Tuesday, alleging that the carrier made “hundreds of millions of dollars” from bogus premium SMS charges never authorised by subscribers.

Google snaps up Songza

Songza curates music playlists

A battle of the beats is brewing after it emerged that Google has acquired curated mobile music service Songza for an undisclosed sum. According to various sources on the web, Google has splashed out anything between $15m and $49m on the three year old startup.

Australian NBN claims deployment boost under Morrow

NBN is claiming more coverage in the bush

Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) looks to have turned a corner in terms of deployment, claiming a fourfold increase in the number of premises covered by its fixed wireless service over the past year.

OTE makes play for Forthnet Greece

Greece's Forthnet is in demand

The battle for control of Greece’s leading alternative fixed line operator continues apace, with OTE joining the fray on Tuesday. The Greek carrier launched a bid of between €250-300m on a debt-free cash-free basis for the pay TV operation, Nova, which is owned by Forthnet.

VimpelCom appoints Telefonica man as COO

Rene Schuster

Amsterdam headquartered carrier VimpelCom, which operates in Russia and the CIS and owns stakes in several other operations around the world, has appointed Rene Schuster as Group Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.

Vodafone sells out of Fiji

Vodafone is selling it's Fiji operation

Vodafone said Tuesday that it has struck an agreement to sell its entire 49 per cent shareholding in Vodafone Fiji to the Fiji National Provident Fund for a cash consideration of FJ$160m (£51m).

US sets personal cloud privacy precedent

The contents of smartphones are increasingly stored in the cloud

A recent landmark US Supreme Court ruling on the legality of searching a mobile phone without a warrant is a ‘historical moment’ for defenders of privacy rights according to Microsoft general counsel & executive vice president, legal & corporate affairs Brad Smith.

China awards FDD-LTE licences

The US House Intelligence Committee has issued a report warning US operators not to trust China's ZTE and Huawei

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has finally awarded FDD-based 4G licences to smaller carriers China Telecom and China Unicom. The pair, which trail China Mobile, have both received FDD-LTE licences, giving them the opportunity to deploy more universally compatible FDD-LTE technology.

Docomo pitches soft programmable eSIM

The eSIM should make device provisioning easier

Japanese incumbent operator NTT Docomo said it intends to introduce Japan’s first embedded SIM in M2M devices. The eSIM is software programmable, meaning it can be used on the networks of various international operators.

AT&T flogs America Movil stake

Carlos Slim bought back the stake in America Movil

US carrier AT&T has offloaded an 8.27 per cent stake, worth around $5.6bn, in Latin American operation America Movil, as it seeks to fund its acquisition of DirecTV. The America Movil shares were snapped up by the company’s billionaire owner, Carlos Slim, via his holding company Inmobiliaria Carso.

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