European operator group VimpelCom has posted a $1.4bn net loss as well as a two per cent decline in revenue for the full year 2013. The operator blamed the impact of regulation, market slowdown and non-cash impairments related to operations in Ukraine and Canada for the poor performance.
Mobile satellite communications services provider Inmarsat has deployed BSS firm CSG International’s billing and mediation tools to manage wholesale channel and reseller billing partners.
A reclusive, 64 year old Japanese man was chased from his California home this week by rabid reporters, after a Newsweek article outed him as the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto, creator of the Bitcoin protocol. The chase ended at a nearby sushi restaurant, where Nakamoto denied having anything to do with Bitcoin and just “wanted his free lunch”.
Operator group Orange has seen its consolidated net income after tax almost double year on year for the full year 2013. The group posted a figure of €2.13bn for net income after tax for FY2013, a 93.2 per cent improvement on the €1.10bn figure it posted for FY2012, but still well short of the €3.83bn it generated in 2011. The boost was largely due to fewer goodwill impairment charges in the year and extreme cost cutting measures.
French conglomerate Vivendi was on Thursday fielding two competing bids for France’s second largest mobile operator, SFR. Both Bouygues Telecom and French cable operator Altice submitted merger offers.
US operator Sprint has launched a connected car offering for automotive insurance companies. The IMS UBI Intelligence tool offers insurers a way to accurately determine a driver’s policy premium based on their driving behaviour.
Pushing on with its £7bn organic investment programme, Project Spring, operator group Vodafone has signed a five-year agreement with infrastructure vendor Huawei. As the third vendor signed up for this initiative, the Chinese firm will carry out a number of network enhancement projects and provide products and services to the operator to expand its single RAN in 15 countries around the world.
European operator group Telenor has deployed Alcatel-Lucent’s Motive Network Analyser to continuously monitor fixed line broadband connections in Norway as part of a plans to modernise its fixed access.
Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes spoke to a handful of press during Mobile World Congress about the various power struggles within the telecoms industry, key technological trends like NFV and his belief that ALU has a portfolio that truly matches operator demands “for the first time ever”.
Nordic carrier Tele2 said Wednesday that it is evaluating a number of strategic options for its Norwegian operations.
The move is not entirely unsurprising. In December, the operator failed to win any spectrum in the latest Norwegian frequency auction, leaving it at a serious disadvantage in the market.
European operator group Tele2’s Swedish subsidiary has called on Finnish infrastructure vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) for a customer experience management solution to provide it with insight into network performance based on service quality, service usage and real-time traffic information.
Indian operator Reliance Jio Infocomm has signed a tower sharing agreement with local infrastructure provider Bharti Infratel across the country.
US operator AT&T plans to develop an in-vehicle video service as part of its connected car offering, following on from the opening of a connected car centre in Atlanta, the AT&T Drive Studio in January.
Russian operator Rostelecom has revealed that it used a DNS-based network security solution to protect its free wifi hotspots at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games last month.
European operating group Tele2 has named Jeff Dodds as the executive vice president and CEO of its Netherlands subsidiary. He will assume the role on April 14th 2014.
UAE operator Etisalat has called on vendor Alcatel-Lucent to extend its LTE coverage in the nation.
UK operator EE has signed a six-year partnership deal with the English national football stadium Wembley Stadium. EE will become Wembley Stadium’s lead brand partner, in what is said is the stadium first ever deal of such nature, with immediate effect.
Operator group Vodafone has called on Swedish vendor Ericsson to help it carry out its Project Spring organic investment programme. The two firms have signed a five-year deal for the Swedish vendor to provide products and services to further enhance the Vodafone network quality as part of the £7bn project.
Four Asian mobile operators have teamed up to form an alliance to accelerate the adoption of NFC technology worldwide. Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom, Hong Kong’s HKT, Japan’s KDDI and SK Planet, a wholly owned subsidiary of South Korea’s SK Telecom announced the formation of the Asia NFC Alliance with the support of trade association GSMA at Mobile World Congress.
South Korean operator SK Telecom has launched a platform that it says will provide real time information on what its customers are doing. The Context Platform uses data collected by a customer’s smartphone, if it is embedded with the platform, via its camera, GPS, sensors and wifi to discover contextual information about that subscriber.