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US operators, device vendors create smartphone “kill switch”

Leading handset manufacturers and operators have teamed up in an effort to curb smartphone theft in the US

Leading handset manufacturers and operators in the US have teamed up to introduce a ‘killswitch’ in an effort to curb smartphone theft in the country.

Mobile Communications International April 2014

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The April issue of Mobile Communications International honours the winners of the inaugural Telecoms.com Industry Awards, which took place in Barcelona in February. With photographs of the evening ceremony at the Miramar Restaurant on Montjuic, find out who was celebrated as winners and shortlisted entrants.

Kalaam Bahrain buys Lightspeed from Orange

The deal has created a new second player in the market

Bahraini alternative telecoms provider Kalaam Telecom has become the country’s second largest business ISP after acquiring Lightspeed Communications from Jordan Telecommunications which counts Orange as a major investor.

Mobiltel extends 900/1800MHz spectrum licence

Mobiltel is holding on to its 900 and 1800MHz spectrum

Telekom Austria’s Bulgarian subsidiary Mobiltel, said Tuesday it has extended its licence for 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum to 2024. The company paid €30.6m for the extension.

Orange launches Alliance partnership programme

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French incumbent Orange has launched a partnership programme through which it intends to offer scale benefits and wholesale services to smaller operators. The first operators to sign up to the Orange Alliance programme are French-Polynesian firm Vini and third-placed Portuguese player Zon Optimus.

Piramal sells stake in Vodafone India

The sale represents a 50 per cent return for Piranal.

Indian conglomerate Piramal Industries has sold its 11 per cent stake in Vodafone’s Indian operation for almost $1.5bn, generating a 50 per cent return on an investment made during the 2012 financial year. The stake was sold to Prime Metals Ltd, an indirect subsidiary of Vodafone Group, Piramal said.

Taiwan’s Far EasTone calls on Ericsson for LTE rollout

Far EasTone has called on Swedish vendor Ericsson to provide hardware, software and support services as it rolls out its 3G and LTE multi-access RAN and core network

Taiwanese mobile operator Far EasTone has called on Swedish vendor Ericsson to provide hardware, software and support services as it rolls out its 3G and LTE multi-access RAN and core network nationwide.

Cincinatti Bell to close wireless operation, sell spectrum

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Regional US operator Cincinnati Bell has announced that it is to close its cellular business, selling its spectrum licences to Verizon Wireless for $194m. The firm, which reported a wireless subscriber base of 340,000 at the end of 2013, down from 398,000 at the close of 2012, saw full year 2013 wireless revenues drop by 17 per cent to $202m.

Operators’ BSS Strategies: Turning BSS agility into business ability

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Operators’ BSS Strategies: Turning BSS agility into business ability The pace of innovation has increased by an order of magnitude and will continue to accelerate for the foreseeable future. Yet operators bear the burden of legacy systems in their BSS environments that may apply limitations to their agility. During March 2014, Telecoms.com Intelligence surveyed over [...]

SK Telecom offers unlimited LTE data to subscribers

SK Telecom is offering unlimited LTE data to customers subscribing to a monthly fixed rate plan of KRW80,000 ($75) per month or above

South Korean operator SK Telecom is offering unlimited LTE data to customers subscribing to a monthly fixed rate plan of KRW80,000 ($75) per month or above. The operator has announced three tariffs that offer unlimited LTE data, voice calls and SMS messages.

FCC moves to beef up US wifi

Wifi problems due to baby monitors, audio video kit

US regulator the Federal Communications Commission voted Monday to free up more spectrum for wifi usage in a bid to help nudge the capabilities of typical installations of the technology over the 1Gbps mark.

Indoor LTE coverage seen as competitive differentiator

Communications has announced that its network is now ready to supply VoLTE services to service providers connected to its IPX

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.

Connecting islands of LTE: Diametriq

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Anjan Ghosal, Preseident and CEO of Diametriq, talks to Telecoms.com at MWC2014 about LTE network signalling challenges. He talks about connecting islands of LTE networks and associated Diameter signalling issues.

Alcatel-Lucent signs $750m deal with China Mobile

Alcatel-Lucent has signed a €750m one-year deal with China Mobile

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.

EE intros own brand LTE device; entry-level price plans

EE will launch its own branded device and has launched an entry level price plan

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.

HTC flagship smartphone focuses on good looks

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Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has launched a flagship smartphone, the One M8, focusing on the build quality and user experience of the device in an attempt to distinguish the handset from rivals.

Somali operator to deploy LTE this year

Vizz Africa allows African migrants in the UK to send airtime credit to friends and family back home

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.

Connecting the Internet of Things: Jasper Wireless

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Cindy Patterson, Chief Revenue Officer at Jasper Wireless, talks to Telecoms.com at MWC2014 about the challenges facing enterprises and operators in the Internet of Things. Patterson talks about the General Motors’ usage of M2M connectivity in order to improve road safety.

Backhauling small cells: Intracom Telecom

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John Tenidis, Manager, Wireless Systems & Solutions, Intracom Telecom, talks to Telecoms.com at MWC2014 about the challenges mobile operators face when deploying small cell backhaul.

NSN signs carrier aggregation and CDN deals in Asia

The low penetration in Asia-Pacific is due to its broad, diverse and fragmented make-up

Network infrastructure vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks has announced two deals in the Asia-Pacific region. It has delivered multi-band carrier aggregation technology to Taiwan Mobile and signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese content and application delivery solutions provider ChinaCache.

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