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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.

UNICEF taps BT for online child safety programme

Keeley Hawes UNICEF

UK incumbent BT has announced a partnership with UNICEF to promote online safety for children. The three-year programme, dubbed ‘The Right Click: Internet Safety Matters’, will involve the telco providing funding for BT experts to go into UK schools and train teachers on issues concerning online safety as well as leading workshops for teachers, parents and children on the issues.

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.

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.

The sky’s the limit for satellite backhaul: Avanti

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Telecoms.com sat down with David Williams, CEO and co-founder of Avanti, to discuss the company’s developments over the last 12 months and got straight to the point about economics.

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.

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.

Peugeot Citroen taps IBM for connected car offering

Citroën plans to use software giant IBM’s Big Data, Analytics and MobileFirst solutions to provide customised connected car offerings in new vehicles

French car manufacturer Peugeot Citroën plans to use software giant IBM’s Big Data, Analytics and MobileFirst solutions to provide customised connected car offerings in new vehicles.

Etisalat signs content deal with Abu Dhabi Media

Etisalat has signed a strategic partnership with Middle East broadcasting firm Abu Dhabi Media

UAE operator Etisalat has strengthened its multi-play services offering by signing a strategic partnership with Middle East broadcasting firm Abu Dhabi Media.

Netflix CEO: “Cost sharing makes no sense”

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has claimed that sharing costs with internet services providers “makes no sense”

The co-founder and CEO of video service Netflix, Reed Hastings, has said that sharing costs with internet services providers “makes no sense” for the firm.

Australian operators improve customer service

Australian operators are improving in the eyes of their customers

Australian telecoms regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority has announced a sustained reduction in complaints to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) from consumers regarding customer services of the country’s mobile operators.

NSN signs carrier aggregation and CDN deals in Asia

The low penetration in Asia-Pacific is due to its broad, diverse and fragmented make-up

Network infrastructure vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks has announced two deals in the Asia-Pacific region. It has delivered multi-band carrier aggregation technology to Taiwan Mobile and signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese content and application delivery solutions provider ChinaCache.

Google launches platform for wearables

Google has announced that it has extended its Android mobile platform to support wearable devices

Software giant Google has announced that it has extended its Android mobile platform to support wearable devices. The Android Wear extension is intended to bring a common user experience and a developer platform to wearable devices.

Volvo joins pilot project using cloud platform to aggregate road condition data

Volvo Cars is joining forces with road administrators in a pilot project in which road friction information from individual cars is shared within a cloud-based system

Volvo Car Group, the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens Vegvesen) are initiating a pilot project that will send road condition information from individual vehicles to a cloud-based system to improve public safety, the organisations said Wednesday.

EU single market package draws closer to approval

The European Parliament’s Industry and Research Committee (ITRE) has voted to approve the telecoms single market package proposed by the European Commission

The European Parliament’s Industry and Research Committee (ITRE) has voted to approve the telecoms single market package proposed by the European Commission. The package, outlined in September 2013, aims to abolish roaming rates within the EU as well as coordinate spectrum assignment across the region. It also calls for consumer rights to be harmonised across Europe, EU-wide protection of net neutrality and simpler rules across the EU to enable companies to invest more and cross borders with their offerings.

Telstra first to deploy Cisco’s global cloud platform

Telstra announced that it is deploying Cisco's cloud infrastructure within a local Australian datacentre, the first of Cisco's partners to do so

Australian telco Telstra announced Tuesday that the company is partnering with Cisco on a deal that will effectively see Telstra become the first service provider to deploy Cisco’s global cloud compute infrastructure within its datacentres. Telstra also announced it will also invest in Cisco Evolved Services Platform for its networking infrastructure in a bid to improve service personalisation.

Vodafone confirms €7.2bn Spanish cable acquisition

Vodafone has announced the acquisition of Spanish cable operator Ono for €7.2bn

UK-based operator Vodafone has announced the acquisition of private equity-owned Spanish cable operator Ono for €7.2bn. Ono offers high speed broadband and pay TV services in Spain and Vodafone said that the transaction will accelerate its unified communications strategy “in a highly converged European market”.

Smaller European operators oppose EU roaming directive

14 European mobile operators have warned of the damaging effects that the EC’s plans regarding the abolition of roaming charges could have on competition in the region

A coalition of 14 European mobile operators has warned of the damaging effects that the European Commission’s plans regarding the abolition of roaming charges could have on competition in the region.

Cable operators must embrace mobile, says Liberty Global

Liberty Global's Diederik Karsten

Cable operators will increasingly find it hard to compete if they don’t offer mobile services, according to Liberty Global executive Diederik Karsten. Speaking at Cable Congress in Amsterdam, Karsten, who is Liberty’s executive vice president of broadband operations, said that mobile now an incremental part of the firm’s service portfolio and “makes our product complete.”

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