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Millicom and Orange launch startup incubation projects

Millicom and Orange have announced start up incubator projects

Operator groups Millicom and Orange have announced start up incubator projects as they look to promote technological innovation in the markets they operate in.

Bouygues extends SFR purchase offer

Bouygues Telecom is persisting with its efforts to acquire rival operator SFR

French operator Bouygues Telecom has extended its offer to acquire rival SFR by 17 days in a bid to prevent the company being sold to cable operator Altice.

FCC moves to beef up US wifi

Wifi problems due to baby monitors, audio video kit

US regulator the Federal Communications Commission voted Monday to free up more spectrum for wifi usage in a bid to help nudge the capabilities of typical installations of the technology over the 1Gbps mark.

Telus appoints CEO in leadership reshuffle

Joe Natale has been appointed president and CEO at Telus

Canadian operator Telus has appointed chief commercial officer Joe Natale as president and CEO. Natale has been at the operator since 2003, joining as an executive vice president and has since held roles including president of Telus Business Solutions and president of Telus Consumer Solutions. He has been CCO since 2010.

Internet.org building drones to connect remote communities

Facebook has outlined plans to provide internet connectivity to unconnected communities using technology such as drone aircrafts

The Facebook-backed Internet.org initiative has revealed that it is building its first high altitude drone as part of a plan to provide connectivity to unconnected communities around the world, using satellite and free space optics.

Huawei sees profit and revenue growth in 2013

Huawei has posted an 11.6 per cent year on year growth in revenue for 2013. Net profit also grew to $3.47bn, a 34 per cent year on year increase.

Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei said net profit for 2013 grew to $3.47bn, a 34 per cent year on year increase on the $2.58bn generated in 2012. The company also posted an 11.6 per cent year on year growth in revenue for 2013 to generate $39.5bn (CNY239.0bn) compared with $36.36bn in 2012.

Telenor taps Ericsson for Myanmar network

Telenor has called on infrastructure vendor Ericsson to provide network equipment and managed services for its network in Myanmar

Operator group Telenor has called on infrastructure vendor Ericsson to provide network equipment and managed services for its network in Myanmar. The two firms have signed a five year contract which sees Ericsson implementing equipment in a multivendor environment as well as provide managed services for the network.

Indoor LTE coverage seen as competitive differentiator

Communications has announced that its network is now ready to supply VoLTE services to service providers connected to its IPX

A large number of operators feel that indoor LTE coverage is an important competitive differentiator today. When respondents to the Telecoms.com Intelligence Industry Survey 2014 were asked to rate on a scale of one to seven where seven represented “extremely important”, 44.4 per cent of respondents and 48 per cent of operator respondents scored indoor LTE coverage six or seven for importance as a differentiator.

Belgacom launches consumer cloud service

Belgian incumbent operator Belgacom has launched a cloud storage service for its fixed internet customers, offering 10GB of storage for free, 30GB for a monthly fee of €2.95 and 200GB for €9.95/month. The Belgacom Cloud service will also enable users to access stored files across the operator’s pay TV system, Belgacom TV.

Blackberry’s woes deepen with $5.87bn annual loss

Blackberry has reported a $5.87bn loss for the fiscal year ended March 1st 2014

Struggling Canadian device maker Blackberry has reported a $5.87bn loss for fiscal year 2014, which ended March 1st 2014. The loss is over nine times the size of the $646m loss reported in 2013. The firm’s revenue also fell 38 per cent year on year from $11.1bn in FY13 to $6.8bn in FY14.

Dell and Microsoft sign patent agreements

Microsoft and Dell have announced a patent licensing agreement that allows the two to license each other’s intellectual property related to Android and Chrome OS devices and Xbox gaming consoles

Tech giants Microsoft and Dell have this week announced a patent licensing agreement that allows the two to license each other’s intellectual property related to Android and Chrome OS devices and Xbox gaming consoles.

Microsoft’s enterprise mobility strategy: too little too late?

Satya Nadella, CEO at Microsoft

Microsoft officially announced Thursday what most have anticipated for some time, Office 365 for iOS, and an enterprise mobility management suite tying many of the company’s existing elements – Active Directory, Intune, etc. – together. But while finally surrendering old world Microsoft thinking is certainly something to commend, in addition to a notable update on the back-end, it’s worth asking whether Microsoft can regain lost ground in the mobile enterprise.

Alcatel-Lucent signs $750m deal with China Mobile

Alcatel-Lucent has signed a €750m one-year deal with China Mobile

Infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent has signed a €750m one-year deal with China Mobile. The vendor will supply the technology for the Chinese operator to move to an all-IP network and enable the deployment of NFV technology on its network and cloud based services.

NFC at heart of Brazilian mobile payments project

Brazilian flag

Brazilian banking group Bradesco is planning to roll out NFC mobile payments across Brazil by summer 2014, through a partnership with mobile operator Claro and SIM card provider Giesecke & Devrient.

Yahoo Japan to acquire eAccess

Yahoo Japan has announced its intent to acquire mobile operator eAccess from Softbank for Y324bn (US$3.17bn).

Web firm Yahoo’s Japanese subsidiary has announced its intent to acquire mobile operator eAccess from Softbank for Y324bn ($3.17bn).

ZTE returns to profit in 2013

ZTE has announced an RMB1.36bn (US$219m) net profit attributable to shareholders in 2013

Network infrastructure provider ZTE has announced an RMB1.36bn (US$219m) net profit attributable to shareholders in 2013, an improvement on the RMB2.84bn loss generated in 2012. The Chinese firm said the turnaround was due to its sharpened focus on 4G technology and cost saving initiatives.

Optus warned for overcharging customers

Optus has been formally warned by telecoms regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for inaccurately billing around 237,500 customers prior to September 2012

Australian carrier Optus has been formally warned by telecoms regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for inaccurately billing over 237,500 customers prior to September 2012.

Cloud Team Alliance extends EU footprint with PT, KPN

The Cloud Team Alliance, a partnership inked between Belgian telco Belgacom and Numergy, a French cloud computing specialist, announced this week that the group has extended its alliance to include two other European operators, Portugal Telecom and KPN.

EE intros own brand LTE device; entry-level price plans

EE will launch its own branded device and has launched an entry level price plan

UK operator EE has unveiled its own-brand entry-level handset in a bid to make LTE access more affordable to UK consumers. The operator has also launched a range of entry-level price plans to get more consumers using 4G.

Intel steps up wearable focus with Basis acquisition

Basis Science has developed a wearable health tracker

Chipmaker Intel is pushing on with its focus on wearable devices with the acquisition of Basis Science, a specialist in wearable device technologies for health and wellness applications. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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