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US smartphone users enticed by sponsored data plans, reports survey

US smartphone users are open to using sponsored data plans driven by fear of exceeding their mobile data limit, according to research published today.

Telecom Italia appoints chairman and Board

Telecom Italia has appointed Giuseppe Recchi as its chairman of the Board of Directors

European operator group Telecom Italia has appointed Giuseppe Recchi as its chairman of the Board of Directors. Recchi’s appointment ends a six-month wait for a successor to former chairman Franco Bernabe, who also served as CEO at the firm.

US operators, device vendors create smartphone “kill switch”

Leading handset manufacturers and operators have teamed up in an effort to curb smartphone theft in the US

Leading handset manufacturers and operators in the US have teamed up to introduce a ‘killswitch’ in an effort to curb smartphone theft in the country.

AT&T signs connected car deal with Volvo

AT&T has entered into an agreement with Volvo to provide internet connectivity in vehicles in the USA and Canada

US operator AT&T has entered into a multi-year agreement with Swedish car manufacturer Volvo to provide internet connectivity in vehicles in the USA and Canada starting this summer.

Telefónica launches mobile ad exchange

Telefonica has launched what it says is the world’s first telco-powered real-time mobile advertising exchange platform

European operator group Telefónica has launched what it says is the world’s first telco-powered real-time mobile advertising exchange platform. The Spanish firm has teamed up with GSO Capital Partners, a division of US investment firm Blackstone, to create Axonix; a firm that intends to act as a marketplace for mobile publishers and advertisers to target adverts at consumers.

Dropped calls and data sessions up 121 per cent says Amdocs

The proportion of data traffic passing over cellular networks has grown to 98 per cent

The proportion of data traffic passing over cellular networks has grown to 98 per cent, leaving mobile operators struggling to cope soaring dropped call and data session rates, according to a study published today.

Kalaam Bahrain buys Lightspeed from Orange

The deal has created a new second player in the market

Bahraini alternative telecoms provider Kalaam Telecom has become the country’s second largest business ISP after acquiring Lightspeed Communications from Jordan Telecommunications which counts Orange as a major investor.

TIM Brasil considering tower sale; 700MHz bid

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Telecom Italia’s Brazilian operation, TIM Brasil, is considering offloading its cell tower infrastructure in a bid to unlock more value from the assets and make the company more efficient.

Pakistan’s Telecommunication Authority slams Reuters report on “dismal” auction

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Pakistan’s telecoms regulator the PTA has reacted angrily to a story published by Reuters in which the news agency describes early stages of the country’s current 3G and LTE spectrum auction as “dismal”. In a statement that dismisses the Reuters report as “baseless” and “fabricated”, and raises the prospect of legal action, a PTA spokesperson claimed the auction’s progress is satisfactory.

Sky and TalkTalk partner on FTTP rollout in York

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UK fixed line players Sky and TalkTalk have created a joint venture to deliver fibre to the premises across the city of York. The firms have taken equal shares in the JV, along with fibre infrastructure provider CityFibre, to build a nationwide FTTP network promising broadband speeds of up to 1Gbps to businesses and homes in the city.

Carta Blanco: NFV at Telefónica

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Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is set to become one of the defining trends of the era in the mobile network. Spanish incumbent Telefónica is the first operator to lay out its approach to NFV and its plans are both detailed and aggressive. Mike Hibberd met with Global CTO Enrique Blanco ahead of Telefónica’s NFV announcement, to learn of the changes in store.

Mobiltel extends 900/1800MHz spectrum licence

Mobiltel is holding on to its 900 and 1800MHz spectrum

Telekom Austria’s Bulgarian subsidiary Mobiltel, said Tuesday it has extended its licence for 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum to 2024. The company paid €30.6m for the extension.

Vodafone NL to deploy IPTV solution from Entone

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Cloud TV and connected home specialist Entone has announced a deal with Vodafone Netherlands that will see the Dutch operator deploying the Californian supplier’s IPTV services. Under the Vodafone Thuis brand, Vodafone will deliver TV services including video-on-demand and Pause Live TV over its FTTH network.

Orange launches Alliance partnership programme

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French incumbent Orange has launched a partnership programme through which it intends to offer scale benefits and wholesale services to smaller operators. The first operators to sign up to the Orange Alliance programme are French-Polynesian firm Vini and third-placed Portuguese player Zon Optimus.

South African mobile reseller shuts up shop

Nashua is selling its subs to the oeprators

South African mobile service reseller Nashua Mobile, which trades in subscriptions for the country’s main operators, is to close operations and sell its 750,000 users to Vodacom and MTN. The company is also looking to offload its Cell C customer base to a third party.

Microsoft extends carrier billing for Windows Phone Store

Microsoft is looking to gain ground on its mobile operating system rivals by extending its carrier billing capabilities for its Windows Phone Store app store

Software giant Microsoft is looking to gain ground on its mobile operating system rivals by extending its carrier billing capabilities for its Windows Phone Store app store.

Taiwan’s Far EasTone calls on Ericsson for LTE rollout

Far EasTone has called on Swedish vendor Ericsson to provide hardware, software and support services as it rolls out its 3G and LTE multi-access RAN and core network

Taiwanese mobile operator Far EasTone has called on Swedish vendor Ericsson to provide hardware, software and support services as it rolls out its 3G and LTE multi-access RAN and core network nationwide.

Telekom Austria parts with CFO after America Movil conflict

Telekom Austria CFO Hans Tschuden has agreed to leave the firm following a conflict at the firm's AGM

Operator group Telekom Austria has parted ways with group chief financial officer Hans Tschuden. His exit appears to be over a conflict with the operator’s Works Council concerning Latin American operator group America Movil, which recently increased its shareholding in the firm.

Cincinatti Bell to close wireless operation, sell spectrum

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Regional US operator Cincinnati Bell has announced that it is to close its cellular business, selling its spectrum licences to Verizon Wireless for $194m. The firm, which reported a wireless subscriber base of 340,000 at the end of 2013, down from 398,000 at the close of 2012, saw full year 2013 wireless revenues drop by 17 per cent to $202m.

Vivendi accepts Altice’s offer for SFR

Vivendi has confirmed it has accepted investment vehicle Altice’s offer for its mobile operator subsidiary SFR

French conglomerate Vivendi has accepted investment vehicle Altice’s offer for its mobile operator subsidiary SFR. Under the terms of the offer SFR will merge with Altice subsidiary and cable operator Numericable and Vivendi will receive €13.5bn for SFR as well as a 20 per cent stake in the new merged entity. The firm estimates the total value of the offer at around €17bn.

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