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.
French operator Bouygues Telecom has extended its offer to acquire rival SFR by 17 days in a bid to prevent the company being sold to cable operator Altice.
Canadian operator Telus has appointed chief commercial officer Joe Natale as president and CEO. Natale has been at the operator since 2003, joining as an executive vice president and has since held roles including president of Telus Business Solutions and president of Telus Consumer Solutions. He has been CCO since 2010.
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.
A large number of operators feel that indoor LTE coverage is an important competitive differentiator today. When respondents to the Telecoms.com Intelligence Industry Survey 2014 were asked to rate on a scale of one to seven where seven represented “extremely important”, 44.4 per cent of respondents and 48 per cent of operator respondents scored indoor LTE coverage six or seven for importance as a differentiator.
Belgian incumbent operator Belgacom has launched a cloud storage service for its fixed internet customers, offering 10GB of storage for free, 30GB for a monthly fee of €2.95 and 200GB for €9.95/month. The Belgacom Cloud service will also enable users to access stored files across the operator’s pay TV system, Belgacom TV.
Tech giants Microsoft and Dell have this week announced a patent licensing agreement that allows the two to license each other’s intellectual property related to Android and Chrome OS devices and Xbox gaming consoles.
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.
Brazilian banking group Bradesco is planning to roll out NFC mobile payments across Brazil by summer 2014, through a partnership with mobile operator Claro and SIM card provider Giesecke & Devrient.
Web firm Yahoo’s Japanese subsidiary has announced its intent to acquire mobile operator eAccess from Softbank for Y324bn ($3.17bn).
Australian carrier Optus has been formally warned by telecoms regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for inaccurately billing over 237,500 customers prior to September 2012.
The Cloud Team Alliance, a partnership inked between Belgian telco Belgacom and Numergy, a French cloud computing specialist, announced this week that the group has extended its alliance to include two other European operators, Portugal Telecom and KPN.
UK operator EE has unveiled its own-brand entry-level handset in a bid to make LTE access more affordable to UK consumers. The operator has also launched a range of entry-level price plans to get more consumers using 4G.
UAE operator Etisalat has strengthened its multi-play services offering by signing a strategic partnership with Middle East broadcasting firm Abu Dhabi Media.
Global voice and data services provider Glocall Telecoms, through its Somali operator subsidiary Sahal Telecoms, has announced it will deploy LTE services in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.
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.
Croatian operator T-Hrvatski Telekom, which is majority owned by Deutsche Telekom, has appointed Thorsten Albers as chief technical and information officer (CTIO). Albers has also been appointed as a Management Board Member at the operator.
French operator Bouygues Telecom is not admitting defeat in its pursuit to acquire rival SFR, having again increased the cash part of its offer to parent group Vivendi. The offer now stands at €13.15bn.
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.
Swedish operator group Tele2 has announced the appointment of Allison Kirkby as CFO. Kirkby will succeed former CFO Lars Nilsson and begin her role on May 1st, 2014.