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TeliaSonera rues difficult 2013

Johan Dennelind, CEO at TeliaSonera

European operator group TeliaSonera has posted a year on year decline in net revenue and net income for the full year 2013. Net sales for the year fell three per cent from SEK104.90bn in 2012 to SEK101.7bn in 2013. Net income dropped 20.8 per cent year on year, from SEK21.168bn in 2012 to SEK16.77bn in 2013. The firm cited the uncertain macroeconomic climate in many of the markets it operates in, regulatory effects and rapidly changing customer behaviour among the challenges it faced over the course of the year.

Telecom Italia to double peak data with HSUPA

Telecom Italia has tested High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA 16QAM) technology with infrastructure vendor NSN

Telecom Italia has found it can double its network’s peak data rate, and vastly increase network capacity using High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) technology from infrastructure vendor NSN.

Tele2 doubles 2.1GHz spectrum holding in Estonia

Tele2’s Estonian subsidiary has announced it has acquired its second 2.1GHz spectrum licence from operator PGH Raadiovõrk OÜ

European operator group Tele2’s Estonian subsidiary has acquired a second 2.1GHz spectrum licence from operator PGH Raadiovõrk OÜ. Tele2 said that it has doubled its 3G mobile capacity in many areas of the country as a result of the deal.

100Gbps submarine cable project gets operator backing

A project to build a 100Gbps 20,000km submarine cable system connecting Europe to Singapore has been backed by 15 mobile operators

A project to build a 100Gbps, 20,000km long submarine cable system connecting Europe to Singapore has been backed by 15 operators from around the world. Infrastructure vendors NEC and Alcatel-Lucent will be supplying the equipment, with NEC deploying the segment spanning Singapore to Sri Lanka, and Alcatel-Lucent deploying the stretch from Sri Lanka to France.

Belgacom to brand all domestic Belgian services as Proximus

Operator group Belgacom SA has chosen to drop the Belgacom brand name for the services it offers in the country, choosing instead to brand all mobile, fixed and IT services under the Proximus brand

Belgian operator Belgacom has chosen to drop the Belgacom brand name for the services it offers in the country, choosing instead to brand all mobile, fixed and IT services under the Proximus brand. The change will come into effect at the end of 2014.

Sonera to acquire AinaCom’s consumer and fixed network business

Arteris has sold some of its  IP assets to Qualcomm

Sonera, the Finnish arm of operator group TeliaSonera, has agreed to acquire the consumer operations and fixed network business of Finnish communications provider AinaCom for €47m.

Vodafone signs connected car deals with VW and Audi

Vodafone has announced a deal with Volkswagen and Audi in Europe to provide connectivity in vehicles

As the movement for operators to provide in-car connectivity continues to gain momentum, operator group Vodafone has announced a deal with Volkswagen and Audi in Europe to provide connectivity in vehicles, starting with new Audi models from 2015.

Bouygues to sell network and spectrum to Free if SFR deal goes through

Bouygues Telecom has entered into exclusive negotiations with rival Free to sell its mobile phone network and portfolio of frequencies for “up to €1.8bn”

French mobile operator Bouygues Telecom has announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with rival Free, owned by parent company Iliad, to sell its mobile phone network and portfolio of frequencies for “up to €1.8bn”.

Cameron pledges to work with Germany on Internet of Things

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to work with Germany on research and development on internet of things technology, 5G technology and strengthening the EU’s single digital market

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to work with Germany on research and development on the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G technology and the EU as a single digital market. Cameron made the pledge as he joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel in opening the CeBIT 2014 trade fair in Hanover, Germany.

VimpelCom posts 2013 loss

VimpelCom has posted a $1.4bn net loss as well as a two per cent decline in revenue for the full year 2013

European operator group VimpelCom has posted a $1.4bn net loss as well as a two per cent decline in revenue for the full year 2013. The operator blamed the impact of regulation, market slowdown and non-cash impairments related to operations in Ukraine and Canada for the poor performance.

SFR fields merger bids from Bouygues, Altice

Vivendi has offers for SFR from two suitors

French conglomerate Vivendi was on Thursday fielding two competing bids for France’s second largest mobile operator, SFR. Both Bouygues Telecom and French cable operator Altice submitted merger offers.

Telenor modernises Norwegian fixed access

Telenor has deployed infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent’s Motive Network Analyser solution to continuously monitor its fixed line broadband connections in Norway

European operator group Telenor has deployed Alcatel-Lucent’s Motive Network Analyser to continuously monitor fixed line broadband connections in Norway as part of a plans to modernise its fixed access.

Tele2 considering Norwegian exit

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Nordic carrier Tele2 said Wednesday that it is evaluating a number of strategic options for its Norwegian operations.

The move is not entirely unsurprising. In December, the operator failed to win any spectrum in the latest Norwegian frequency auction, leaving it at a serious disadvantage in the market.

Tele2 Sweden deploys NSN customer experience management solution

NSN will provide EE with its Single RAN Advanced solution

European operator group Tele2’s Swedish subsidiary has called on Finnish infrastructure vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) for a customer experience management solution to provide it with insight into network performance based on service quality, service usage and real-time traffic information.

Rostelecom uses DNS security to protect wifi users at Winter Olympics

Rostelecom has revealed that it used a DNS-based network security solution to protect its free wifi hotspots at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games

Russian operator Rostelecom has revealed that it used a DNS-based network security solution to protect its free wifi hotspots at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games last month.

E-Plus hands over network management to ZTE

ZTE is taking the reins

German operator E-Plus, which is in the process of being acquired by Telefónica, has completed the transition of its network management to Chinese firm ZTE.

Yoigo hits 4 million users

Telefónica will use Alcatel-Lucent's infrastructure equipment for its LTE network in Spain

TeliaSonera’s Spanish subsidiary Yoigo, the fourth largest challenger in the Spanish mobile market reached four million subscribers last week.

Tele2 appoints Netherlands CEO

Virgin Media CMO Jeff Dodds has been appointed CEO of Tele2 Netherlands

European operating group Tele2 has named Jeff Dodds as the executive vice president and CEO of its Netherlands subsidiary. He will assume the role on April 14th 2014.

EE announces six-year partnership with Wembley Stadium

EE has announced a six-year partnership with Wembley Stadium

UK operator EE has signed a six-year partnership deal with the English national football stadium Wembley Stadium. EE will become Wembley Stadium’s lead brand partner, in what is said is the stadium first ever deal of such nature, with immediate effect.

Nokia launches smartphones for emerging markets with Android app support

The Nokia X will go on sale immediately, priced from €89

Handset maker Nokia has launched a family of smartphones that run Android apps and are targeted at emerging markets. The Nokia X, will go on sale immediately, is priced from €89 and will be available in Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.

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