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Telefónica’s Wayra partners with Chinese incubator

Telefónica’s start up incubator Wayra has struck an agreement with Chinese incubator Virtue Inno Valley (VIV) to promote each other’s businesses in each other’s geographic territories

European and LatAm operator group Telefónica’s start up incubator Wayra has struck an agreement with Chinese incubator Virtue Inno Valley (VIV) to promote their businesses in each other’s geographic territories.

Comcast picks up Time Warner cable for $45bn

Comcast has acquired Time Warner

Two of the biggest cable networks in the US on Thursday agreed to a monster $45.2bn deal that will see Comcast acquire 100 per cent of Time Warner Cable. The transaction will generate approximately $1.5bn in operating efficiencies but will need to be cleared by regulatory and competition authorities.

Spectrum sharing could threaten operator investment says GSMA

Tom Phillips, chief regulatory officer at the GSMA

Telecoms trade body the GSMA has warned that government efforts to share spectrum usage should “complement but in no way replace” the need for exclusive access spectrum when provisioning mobile broadband services. The body issued a report that assesses two potential licensed shared access scenarios; the first being the release of 50MHz in the 2.3GHz band from 2020 in the EU and the second regarding the release of 100MHz in the 3.5GHz band from 2016 in the US.

Telus employees swap swipe cards for smartphones

Telus’ employees will soon be able to access secure buildings on their premises, log in to secure company networks, and share sensitive data securely using their smartphones

Canadian operator Telus’ employees will soon be able to access buildings on their premises, log in to secure company networks, and share sensitive data using their smartphones.

USA looks to mandate connected car technology

The United States could soon make M2M connectivity in new vehicles mandatory

The United States could soon make M2M connectivity in new vehicles mandatory, following research undertaken by the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

AT&T reports 149% rise in profit for 2013

AT&T has reported a 149 per cent increase in net income in FY2013 to reach $18.2bn

US operator AT&T has reported a 149 per cent increase in net income in FY2013 to reach $18.2bn. The firm recorded net income of $7.3bn in 2012. Consolidated revenues reached $128.8bn for the year, an increase of 1.1 per cent year on year.

Vodafone’s exit of Verizon raises analyst concerns

Fon has announced that it has attracted $14m in funding from a range of investors

Shareholders have voted to approve a deal that will see Vodafone sell its 45 per cent stake in US operator Verizon Wireless to JV partner Verizon Communications for a total value of $130bn.

Netflix warns customers will protest threat to net neutrality

Netflix has warned that it “would vigorously protest and encourage [its] members to demand the open internet" in the face of any threat to net neutrality

Video on demand service Netflix has warned that it “would vigorously protest and encourage [its] members to demand the open internet”, should a threat to net neutrality surface. The threat comes in the wake of US operator Verizon’s successful challenge to the FCC’s open Internet Order.

T-Mobile USA takes on “ridiculous” bank fees with mobile money service

T-Mobile USA has launched a mobile money service in a bid to convince subscribers to use the operator for their personal finance needs

T-Mobile USA has launched a mobile money service that claims to do away with charges levied on US bank customers for accessing their funds.

SK Telecom develops LTE-A tri-band carrier aggregation technology

SK Telecom said it has successfully developed LTE-Advanced tri-band carrier aggregation technology

LTE pioneer SK Telecom said it has successfully developed LTE-Advanced tri-band carrier aggregation technology. The technology is likely to be used to ease congestion in networks in built up areas in South Korea.

Verizon powers cloud TV offering with Intel Media purchase

Verizon is buying Intel Media

Verizon Communications on Tuesday agreed to acquire Intel Media, a business division dedicated to the development of Cloud TV products and services. The US carrier will incorporate the Intel-developed technologies into its next-generation video services through the Verizon FiOS fibre optic network and over the top to any device, including via LTE.

Slim raises stake in Telekom Austria

Carlos Slim's América Móvil has increased its stake in America Movil

Latin American operator group America Movil has increased its stake in European operator group Telekom Austria. The LatAm group, controlled by billionaire Carlos Slim, has agreed to acquire 13.9 million shares in Telekom Austria, through Carso Telecom, a holding company owned by America Movil. The shares equate to a 3.14 per cent stake in the European group.

Apple ordered to pay $32.5m for unauthorised in-app purchases

Apple has agreed to pay $32.5m in refunds to consumers in order to settle a complaint made by the US Fair Trade Commission

Device maker Apple has agreed to pay $32.5m in refunds to consumers in order to settle a complaint made by the US Fair Trade Commission (FTC). The firm will refund parents who claim the App Store processed sales of in-app purchases made by children without gaining their consent.

AT&T launches payment services for businesses

AT&T has launched two solutions to allow businesses to process payments using a mobile device

US operator AT&T has launched two solutions to allow businesses to process payments using a mobile device. The operator teamed up with payment processing services provider Vantiv to develop the solutions, which it says offer a highly secure and swift method to process transactions.

Wind 700MHz auction bid scuppered by internal dispute

Canadian operator Wind Mobile has pulled out of the country’s 700MHz spectrum auction

Canadian operator Wind Mobile has pulled out of the country’s 700MHz spectrum auction, due to a lack of internal support by key shareholder Vimpelcom.

Nextel taps Telefonica for LatAm coverage

The move allows Nextel to expand its coverage

Spanish carrier Telefónica has been contracted by Nextel branded NII Holdings to supply nationwide 3G coverage for voice and data services in Brazil and Mexico, expanding Nextel’s existing coverage.

AT&T, Dr Dre deliver curated music service

The service is Dre's second crack at the mobile space

US carrier AT&T has collaborated with rapper-owned music and entertainment firm, Dr Dre’s Beats Music, to deliver an over the top music offering targeted at families.

AT&T launches sponsored data scheme; draws government attention

AT&T has launched an initiative to allow businesses to cover the cost of data for content that they provide

US operator AT&T has launched an initiative that allows businesses to cover the transmission cost of content they provide to consumers. The Sponsored Data service will enable customers to view sponsored content and use apps over AT&T’s HSPA+ and LTE networks without that data usage coming out of their monthly wireless data plan.

AT&T, T-Mobile offer to pay off switching subscribers

AT&T and T-Mobile have entered a war over customers with each offering to pay the costs for customers to switch to their network

US operators AT&T and T-Mobile have entered into a war of incentives, with each offering to pay the termination fees for customers willing to switch networks.

T-Mobile USA buys 700MHz A Block from Verizon

Mobile USA has agreed to acquire 700 MHz A Block spectrum licenses from rival Verizon.

The US arm of operator group Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile USA is to acquire spectrum licenses for the 700MHz A Block from Verizon Wireless.

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