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Docomo pitches soft programmable eSIM

The eSIM should make device provisioning easier

Japanese incumbent operator NTT Docomo said it intends to introduce Japan’s first embedded SIM in M2M devices. The eSIM is software programmable, meaning it can be used on the networks of various international operators.

AT&T flogs America Movil stake

Carlos Slim bought back the stake in America Movil

US carrier AT&T has offloaded an 8.27 per cent stake, worth around $5.6bn, in Latin American operation America Movil, as it seeks to fund its acquisition of DirecTV. The America Movil shares were snapped up by the company’s billionaire owner, Carlos Slim, via his holding company Inmobiliaria Carso.

Telefonica Germany opens network up to competition

Global broadband revenues to continue rising

In a bid to stave off antitrust concerns over its acquisition of E-Plus, Telefonica’s German operation on Wednesday announced plans to open its network up to a local MVNO and IT services firm.

3 UK offloads network traffic onto wifi

3 is offloading traffic over wifi

The UK’s smallest and most disruptive mobile operator, 3 UK, is embracing voice over wifi in an apparent effort to offload traffic from it’s cellular network. The company is launching an app, Three inTouch, which will allow customers to talk and text using a wifi connection.

China Unicom invests HK$3bn to build Hong Kong datacentre

China Unicom said Thursday that it will invest HK$3bn to build a Hong Kong datacentre, which will host the company's growing cloud services portfolio

China Unicom announced its intention to build it largest datacentre outside mainland China Thursday, which will host the company’s growing portfolio of cloud-based services. The telco said it plans to invest HK$3bn (£240m) in the new facility.

Nextel brings LTE to Brazil

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Less than a year after the launch of 3G services in Rio de Janeiro and just in time to catch most of the World Cup action, Brazilian carrier Nextel this week switched on its 4G network in the city, giving users access to ten times faster download speeds.

Huawei, Vodafone get LTE, GSM to coexist in same spectrum

LTE and GSM can coexist in the same spectrum

Chinese equipment vendor Huawei has showcased what it claims is the world’s first successful implementation of a Dynamic Spectrum Sharing technology trial with Vodafone Spain, that will allow LTE and GSM to coexist in the same spectrum. Although carrier aggregation technologies hold significant promise for maximising spectrum resources, it’s clear that many operators will be wedded to GSM for years to come and this approach leaves both LTE and GSM free to use the same spectrum.

Telecom New Zealand adds more cloud to arsenal

More datacentres are coming

Telecom New Zealand on Wednesday announced that it has agreed to acquire business cloud services specialist Appserv, building on other recent acquisitions in the space and giving Telecom NZ greater leverage in the enterprise sector.

Vodafone to buy automotive M2M player, expand DoCoMo collaboration

Connected car is a huge potential market, but with OEMs demanding a slice of the pie, MNOs must innovate around business models to ensure they work for all parties to drive the industry forward

UK headquartered operator Vodafone has revealed its intention to acquire Italian security and telematics solutions provide Cobra Automotive Technologies as it looks to beef up its M2M play. The deal comes on the heels of a joint announcement from Vodafone and Japanese incumbent NTT DoCoMo outlining the extension of their collaborative efforts to enterprise-focused M2M service delivery.

O2UK brings carrier billing to Android

Android users can charge direct to their O2 bill

Telefónica’s UK mobile operation, O2, on Tuesday said that its customers can now pay for items in the Google Play store through direct carrier billing —adding the cost of apps and content into their monthly bill or deducting it from their prepay credit.

American Tower spends $1bn in Brazil

Tower outsourcing is increasingly popular

International infrastructure and tower management firm American Tower Corporation has agreed to buy 100 per cent of the equity interests of BR Towers, a Brazilian real estate company that owns around 2,530 cell towers, for BR2.18bn ($978m). The company also has exclusive use rights to approximately 2,110 additional towers in the country.

Viva, STC in Gulf LTE roaming deal

The deal sees LTE roaming between Saudi and Kuwait

Kuwaiti mobile operator Viva on Monday introduced commercial LTE roaming services with neighbouring Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC), marking the first 4G LTE roaming agreement between Gulf operators.

Bouygues to cut 1,516 jobs as French M&A talks collapse

Bouygues Telecom CEO Olivier Roussat said the firm was cutting jobs to remain competitive in a four-player market

French multi-play operator Bouygues has announced plans to cut more than 1,500 jobs, after CEO Olivier Roussat told a press briefing that consolidation-focused discussions being held with incumbent Orange and fast-growing newcomer Iliad had stalled.

More fibre consolidation in Spain as Cinven buys utility network

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The Spanish telecoms market continues to be a hotbed of consolidation, as European private equity firm Cinven on Monday announced plans to acquire a fibre network running through Spain and Latin America, from Spanish natural gas utility, Gas Natural Fenosa, for €510m.

Consolidation close in France and Italy, say reports

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The French and Italian mobile markets could both be on the verge of significant consolidation, according to reports from news agency Reuters. In France incumbent telco Orange has set two investment banks to investigate the potential takeover of rival Bouygues, while talks have resumed between Hutchison and Vimpelcom, which own 3 Italia and Wind respectively, about a potential merger. In both instances Reuteurs cited unnamed sources close to the situation.

Vodafone shifts innovation hub from California to UK

Vodafone is seeking to access a talent pool in Europe

Vodafone Group is moving its global innovation centre from Silicon Valley to London, as it seeks to benefit from a wealth of technology skills and talent in the UK and Europe.

Telefonica to focus on “untapped billion” disabled mobile users

Disabled users represent an untapped billion

Mobile communication technologies can play a major role catering to the world’s one billion disabled people, according to an independent study published in the UK today. But that role is not yet being fulfilled.

Docomo tests virtualised Evolved Packet Core

NFV is being widely tested

Japanese carrier NTT Docomo and local equipment vendor NEC said Monday they have successfully virtualised the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) in joint verification tests to support the functions required for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

Major US carriers unveil VoLTE plans

VoLTE announcements are coming thick and fast

The evolution of voice continues apace as US carriers Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA reveal plans to launch Voice over LTE, with AT&T expected to follow suit on Friday.

Telstra partners with Fon

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Australian incumbent Telstra is set to create one of the world’s largest wifi networks under a A$100m plus deal with global hotspot network Fon.

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