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EC urges German regulator to lower mobile tariffs for the fifth time
Neelie Kroes has expressed  concern over the German telecom regulator's pricing policy

The European Commission (EC) has asked the German telecoms regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetza) to amend or withdraw its proposal on mobile termination rates (MTRs), saying it is the fifth time it has had to intervene in the regulator’s pricing model.

G.fast, optical tech unveiled by Alcatel-Lucent
Broadband access tech evolving with G.fast and PON advancements.

Alcatel-Lucent has announced an expanded product offering for broadband access network, including new G.fast and optical networking solutions. The announcements have taken place at the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam this week.

Telefónica Germany and Ericsson to bring more VoLTE to Europe

Telefónica’s German subsidiary and Ericsson have announced plans to bring live VoLTE services to the European market. The mobile operator claims to be fully prepared for a commercial launch on its network.

ITU holds mega event to outline 2016-2020 strategy

The ITU (International Telecommunications Union) has kicked off its 19th ‘Plenipotentiary Conference’ (informally known as PP-14), which outlines the UN ICT unit’s strategy and financial plan for the period 2016-2020. The event, which takes place in Busan, South Korea over the next three weeks, gathers together some 3,000 international delegates to discuss the future of the global ICT sector, and develop policies and recommendations.

HP to end webOS cloud services in January

Hewlett-Packard has confirmed that it will be ceasing support of its faltering webOS cloud services platform in January. In an official statement on the webOS website, HP cited declining user numbers as the primary motive behind the decision.

A fundamental transformation
A new world of networking.

In 2012, the telecommunications industry became awash with talk of a new and potentially disruptive technology that could herald in a new era of networking.In the months and years since, Software Defined Networking, or SDN, has grown to more than just a buzzword. Coupled with its complimentary, but not mutually-exclusive, counterpart Network Functions Virtualization; the burgeoning carrier network virtualization industry has learned to crawl, walk and run at a pace.

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What price loyalty?
Tim Deluca-Smith_VP Marketing_WDS NEW

Tim Deluca-Smith, head of marketing at WDS, a Xerox company, shares the findings from the firm’s recent Mobile Loyalty Audit survey, and offers up some uncomfortable truths for mobile operators.

Cameron’s filtering folly
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UK government proposals would force UK ISPs to block access to adult material unless the bill payer opts in to receive it. The “think of the children” rhetoric is convincing and the sentiment is in the right place. But the solution – content filtering – is all wrong.

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