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Telefónica Argentina hires Amdocs for BSS transformation

Amdocs to help Telefónica Argentina manage its BSS

Telefónica Argentina and Amdocs have announced an extension to their existing partnership. Amdocs, the BSS specialist, will assume responsibility for a wider array of BSS services transformation for the telco, including billing and ordering, and legacy systems integration.

Vodafone gets data-happy with NOW TV and Spotify

Is Vodafone offering a bottomless pit of data?

Vodafone has announced three initiatives encouraging more data consumption by UK and Australian users. The telco is announcing free subscriptions to BSkyB’s movie streaming service NOW TV for users in the UK, and free Spotify Premium accounts for Australian customers.

Telcos voice concerns about taking core networks to the cloud

NFV and the platforms that can capably run them are still nascent

Under threat from companies not traditionally viewed as competitors, telcos are racing to both offer cloud services to end-user customers and tap into the cloud to run core network functions in a bid to make their value propositions more competitive and infrastructure more dynamic. But cloud experts from Orange, Swisscom and AT&T have each voiced concerns around just how capable the sector may be at managing such a bold transformation with existing tools.

Nokia to provide LTE network to Airtel-Vodafone amid exec changes

Airtel-Vodafone bringing 4G to Channel Islands with Nokia Networks

Airtel-Vodafone, the partnership between Bharti Airtel and Vodafone in the Channel Islands, has confirmed Nokia Networks as its LTE network provider to bring 4G to Jersey and Guernsey. Nokia will be its exclusive partner, providing all equipment and service expertise for the installation of 4G.

University of Surrey and partners announce 5G vision

The 5GIC has announced its vision for the next generation technology

The 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC), formed by the University of Surrey and a consortium of partners, has revealed its vision for the future of 5G technologies with a snapshot of achievements made so far.

Sprint Q2 results disappoint, plans to axe 2,000 jobs

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure

Amid announcing disappointing second quarter results, Sprint has stated plans to cut operating costs by $1.5 billion including cutting the workforce by 2,000. The carrier, which reported an operating loss of $192 million, said it expects to save $400 million through the job cuts.

US carriers unite for VoLTE interoperability, cooperation key

US carriers working on VoLTE interoperability

Engineers from US giants Verizon and AT&T say they have identified the requirements for an interoperable voice over LTE (VoLTE) service, and have begun extensive testing in lab environments. Interoperability field trials are expected to take place before live services launch in 2015.

AT&T, Ericsson virtualise IMS CSCF on OpenStack

AT&T is working with Ericsson on NFV

AT&T and Ericsson announced that the companies have jointly demonstrated a virtualised IMS (IP multimedia subsystem) node call session control function (CSCF) on OpenStack using Ericsson’s cloud execution and management platform.

Global smartphone market Q3 2014 – Xiaomi up to third

Xiaomi goes from strength to strength

Telecoms.com tracks the top 10 smartphone vendor’s quarterly shipments through a combination of their own published numbers, analyst numbers and, when neither are available, our own research and estimates. We collate them in a table to make it easy to track global smartphone trends.

Huawei, China Telecom claim the first optical transport SDN

Huawei and China Telecom collaborate on Transport SDN

Huawei, China Telecom Fujian (CTF) and China Telecom Beijing Research Institute (CTBRI) have announced the successful completion of what they claim is the world’s first transport software defined network (T-SDN) deployment.

Alcatel-Lucent adjusts cyber security strategy with Thales sale

Looks like time's up for Alcatel-Lucent' security division.

Defence specialist Thales has confirmed the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent’s cyber security services and solutions division, as well as its communications security activities. In a strategic partnership, the two organisations claim the expertise of each will provide holistic, secure communications services.

Altice bids for Portugal Telecom

Portugal Telecom could soon have a new onwer

France-based cable group Altice has made an official bid to acquire the Portuguese assets of Portugal Telecom (PT) from Brazilian Oi for €7.03 billion. The assets in question include the Portuguese incumbent’s business excluding African operations, its Rioforte debt securities, Oi treasury shares and PT’s financing vehicles.

2014 Telecoms.com Awards shortlist revealed

The Telecoms.com Awards shortlist has been revealed

The shortlist for the 2014 Telecoms.com Awards has been revealed with vendors, operators and consultancies from the world over submitting telecoms industry innovations. From an impressive array of entries, 68 make up the final shortlist across 16 categories covering the key segments of today’s telecoms market.

Zero credit check MVNO launches on Sprint

Madstar Mobile launches on Sprint's network

A new MVNO has launched on Sprint’s mobile network in the USA, with the promise of requiring zero credit checks for its customers. Madstar Mobile piggybacks on Sprint’s cellular network, and subsequently promises 3G or 4G LTE to more than 96% of the USA population.

Ofcom shares UK strategy

Ofcom wants to ensure a connected UK

Ofcom has published a report outlining its strategy to ensure all UK citizens benefit from communications services as much as possible. The report, titled Citizens and Communications Services, examines the availability, accessibility and affordability of said services in the UK.

Telstra chooses AppDirect for cloud app store

Telstra targets the cloud

Australian incumbent telco Telstra has selected AppDirect’s application marketplace technology to power its cloud app store. The platform will allow Telstra to offer a one-stop-shop for cloud-based apps for business users, and is going live initially with services offered by Box (cloud-based storage and collaboration) and Docusign (digital signing software).

SoftBank eyeing up América Móvil wireless assets – report

SoftBank's CEO Masayoshi Son ponders América Móvil assets?

SoftBank is considering buying the wireless assets of Carlos Slim-owned América Móvil, according to a report. Apparently the Japanese tech giant has asked US subsidiary firm Sprint’s CEO Marcelo Claure to gather information on the business up for sale on its behalf.

Record $19.2B invested in mobile Internet in past 12 months – study

Mobile Internet industry sees money being thrown about

A study conducted by financial advisory and analyst firm Digi-Capital has revealed the mobile Internet industry has benefited from a record level of investment in the past year. According to the report, mobile Internet investment peaked at $19.2 billion (£12 billion) in the 12 months up to Q3 2014.

Microsoft begins retreat from Windows Phone with platform-agnostic Microsoft Health

Band on the run

Software giant Microsoft has formally entered the wearables game with the launch of its Microsoft Health platform and accompanying Microsoft Band fitness band. But the real significance behind this move is Microsoft’s decision to make both products platform-agnostic, implying Microsoft has decided to no longer pin its mobile hopes on Windows Phone.

Lenovo completes Motorola Mobility acquisition

From left to right: Lenovo’s Liu Jun and Yang Yuanqing with Rick Osterloh from Motorola

Lenovo has announced the completion of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, claiming that makes it the 3rd largest smartphone maker in the world. The company said it expects the mobile firm it purchased for a total of $2.91 billion to be profitable within four to six quarters.

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