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Tele2 sells out of Norway

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In news that will come as no great surprise, Nordic carrier group Tele2 on Monday agreed to sell its Norwegian business to TeliaSonera for an SEK5.1bn (€500m). It’s been known the company was mulling an exit from the market after failing to win any spectrum in an auction late last year.

BlackBerry offloads R&D unit to Volkswagen

Connected cars are a hot topic

Although device and software maker BlackBerry has fallen on hard times, it’s long been thought the company may carve a niche for itself in the automotive software space. So it was unsurprising when the company revealed this week that it has sold its European research and development centre in Bochum, Germany, to local auto firm Volkswagen.

Huawei jumps on 5G bandwagon

Sky said it would use the acquisition to support its mobile activities

Chinese equipment vendor Huawei has been elected to join the board of the 5G Infrastructure Association in Europe at a general assembly held in Bologna last week. The company will be represented on the board by Dr. David Soldani of Huawei’s European Research Centre.

Ericsson flexes 5G muscle with 5Gbps demo

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In a live, over-the-air demonstration of pre-standard equipment, the Swedish company achieved 5Gbps throughput in the 15 GHz frequency band using advanced MIMO technology at its lab in Kista, Sweden.

OTE makes play for Forthnet Greece

Greece's Forthnet is in demand

The battle for control of Greece’s leading alternative fixed line operator continues apace, with OTE joining the fray on Tuesday. The Greek carrier launched a bid of between €250-300m on a debt-free cash-free basis for the pay TV operation, Nova, which is owned by Forthnet.

VimpelCom appoints Telefonica man as COO

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Amsterdam headquartered carrier VimpelCom, which operates in Russia and the CIS and owns stakes in several other operations around the world, has appointed Rene Schuster as Group Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.

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.

Telekom Austria to acquire Macedonian fixed line player

Vivendi has entered into "exclusive negotiations" with Vivendi over the ownership of French mobile operator SFR

Telekom Austria Group is to acquire 100 per cent of one of the largest cable operators in the Republic of Macedonia. Blizoo Macedonia offers TV services, broadband and fixed voice and will help Telekom flesh out its own offering in Macedonia where it operates under the Vip brand.

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.

Norwegian state looks to reduce Telenor holding

More state, less speed

Norway’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries released a statement Thursday that said it will propose that the Norwegian Government reduces its stake in leading operator Telenor from 54 per cent to 34 per cent.

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.

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.

Deutsche Telekom reveals government snooping requests

Telekom is shifting pressure to the authorities

In the wake of a far reaching report by Vodafone Group revealing the level of government snooping demanded in 29 countries the company holds an operating licence in, German carrier Deutsche Telekom has published figures on wiretapping in its domestic market.

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.

Bouygues jumps on VoLTE bandwagon

There have been several VoLTE announcements of late

In the latest of a rash of VoLTE announcements, French carrier Bouygues Telecom said it would start carrying the first voice and video calls over LTE later this year with a view to commercial launch of the service in 2015.

3 Austria gets Android carrier billing

3 Austria has rolled out carrier billing

Hutchison Whampoa’s 3 group has successfully integrated Google Play direct carrier billing into the network of its Austrian subsidiary, 3 Austria. The company has already rolled out the system in Sweden, Ireland and Hong Kong, allowing apps and other digital goods such as books, music, games as well as the music streaming service Music All Access to be paid for via the mobile bill.

Carphone Warehouse and Dixons to merge

Carphone Warehouse and Dixons are to merge

UK mobile phone retailer and service provider Carphone Warehouse has agreed to merge with electronics giant Dixons, marking a push into the high street when many shops are closing down.

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