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A summary of the week’s biggest telecoms news stories.
Egypt needs billions of dollars of investment to upgrade its telecommunications infrastructure, the country’s telecoms minister told reporters this week.
UK-based EE has become the largest 4G mobile player in Europe, after adding 1.4 million customers to its high-speed network.
Orange has today announced the co-opting of Mouna Sepehri as a director of the board, following a proposal from the committee for governance and social & environmental responsibility (CGRSE).
The UK’s O2 has today announced a partnership with Zayo Group for the upgrade of its nationwide infrastructure into a fully resilient core fibre network.
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Huawei has today announced plans to step up its procurement spending in Europe, as part of its investment strategy in the region.
Russian operator MTS could sell its minority stake in Ukraine to a western company, as pressure mounts on the operator following political instability in the country.
BSS solutions provider Openet and telecoms software company OpenCloud have today revealed an extension of their partnership.
US carrier Verizon has distanced itself from rumours that it is interested in acquiring América Móvil assets in Mexico.
Telefónica Germany has partnered with Ericsson for the upgrade of its network to support VoLTE services.
Anam Technologies has announced a partnership with North American company Olson with its highly scalable messaging gateway system.
The EU has decided not to pursue its investigation into Chinese telecoms companies, the council revealed on Monday.
Global operator VimpelCom has sold off its telecoms businesses in Central African Republic and Burundi, for approximately $65 million.
Telekom Austria Group has signed an executive group framework agreement with VimpelCom to add the Russian player as a signalling customer.
Telefónica has partnered with innovation developer VLX Ventures with the intention of investing in startup companies across Israel.
Nokia Networks has collaborated with other equipment vendors and operators to create a new European Telecommunications Standards Institute Industry Specification Group (ISG).
China Mobile and KPN Netherlands have collaborated with Huawei to demonstrate what is claimed to be the industry’s first international IP multimedia subsystem (IMS)-based VoLTE roaming call between Europe and Asia.
India’s Bharti Airtel is planning to launch a mobile money service in east Africa.
SK Telecom and Samsung have announced a partnership to lead 5G network research in South Korea.
Telefónica Deutschland is reportedly planning to cut 1,600 jobs in Germany by 2018, following its takeover of E-Plus earlier this month.
Mexico’s América Móvil is planning to complete the merger of its Brazilian businesses by early December.
Chinese vendor ZTE has partnered with China Telecom to develop the carrier’s eMBMS system, running on a hybrid 4G LTE network.
Côte d'Ivoire is to cancel the mobile licence of domestic-owned player Café Mobile in a bid to reduce the number of operators in the country.
PCCW Global and du are to jointly offer smart home services across the UAE.
Vodafone UK has begun rolling out LTE advanced (LTE-A) technology across the nation.
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UK regulator Ofcom has revealed that it is ahead with plans to introduce more spectrum to the market by utilising white space technology.
According to local reports, Nigeria’s Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) claims total investment in the country’s telecoms sector has reached $40 billion.
The GSMA has issued guidelines for the Internet of Things (IoT) market, aimed at outlining how devices and applications should communicate via mobile networks.
Orange is reportedly considering launching an IPO of its African assets in order to raise funds for its European business.
Tigo Honduras plans to launch 4G LTE services in the country early next year, the company’s communications manager, Rodolfo Caraccioli, has revealed.
Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom has partnered with Coriant for the upgrade of its mobile backhaul network in the country.
Kenyan regulators have given preliminary approval for Safaricom and Airtel’s joint acquisition for the mobile assets of Essar Kenya.
Luxembourg’s Altice is reportedly in talks with Oi over a bid for Portugal Telecom that could be worth up to $8.8 billion.
KPN-owned iBasis and Vodafone Carrier Services have announced a 4G peering agreement designed to carry live roaming traffic.
Situated on the equator on Africa’s east coast, Kenya is well-positioned for both national and international connectivity to neighbouring countries Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia.
Vodafone India is reportedly pumping $1 billion into upgrading its network, ahead of plans to run 4G LTE trials in 2015.
SingTel, Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson have completed a successful demonstration of FDD/TDD carrier aggregation using commercial hardware and software, in what is claimed to be an industry first.
UAE-based du has partnered with Finland’s Nokia Networks to complete a successful voice-over-LTE call on its commercial network in the Middle East.
Mobile payments company Boku has announced the acquisition of German billing company mopay.
French technology startup company Sigfox is reportedly seeking to raise funds in a bid to build a global network for the Internet of Things (IoT).
Telkom Indonesia is reportedly considering the acquisition of a 27% stake in Spark Telecom (formerly Telecom New Zealand) as part of its strategy to broaden its global footprint.
Social media giant Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp has been approved by EU anti-trust regulators.
Bharti Airtel has announced the addition of Topyster Muga and Venkateshwaran (Venkat) Ramakrishnan to its executive team in Kenya.
The UK’s BT Group has said that technical hurdles will make it difficult for the company to return to the consumer mobile market before the end of the financial year.
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China’s Huawei has revealed plans to increase its R&D investments in France, and expand its industry co-operation with French partners.
Departing European Commission VP, Neelie Kroes, has warned telcos that they must change their attitude if Europe is to become a single telecoms market.
Orange Business Services has partnered with electric car specialist Tesla Motors to provide wireless connectivity to a fleet of its vehicles in France.
France’s Iliad is considering the possibility of bidding for a “significantly larger” stake in Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile than it previously sought.
Verizon Communications has appointed Diego Scotti as its chief marketing officer.
A summary of the week’s biggest telecoms news stories.
As if there was not already enough for carriers to consider when upgrading their networks to support VoLTE, modifications must be also made to the Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF).
Qatari operator Ooredoo is to launch tailored telecoms services for women in Myanmar and Indonesia, as part of its involvement with the GSMA’s Connected Women Programme.
Belarusian startup operator beCloud (Belarusian Cloud Technologies) is planning to launch a 4G LTE network in the capital Minsk in 2015, according to local reports.
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Windstream has announced Bob Gunderman as interim CFO at the company, following the departure of Tony Thomas, who has left his position to head up Windstream’s real estate spin-off.
India’s tempestuous Ambani brothers are set to battle for 4G market share in 2015 after Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group announced plans to launch a 4G mobile offering next year.
Etisalat is reportedly considering the sale of its Tanzanian unit Zanzibar Telecom (Zantel).
Mobile payments firm Boku has unveiled a new initiative designed to reinvent its European direct carrier billing business.
EE has expanded its 4G network to a further 18 towns across the UK.
Alcatel-Lucent has received a €202 million cash injection following the divestment of its enterprise division to the China Huaxin Post & Telecommunication Economy Development Centre.
América Móvil’s Brazilian unit Claro has won a new national broadcast licence for 4G cell spectrum in the 700MHz range after a successful bid of $795 million.
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América Móvil is still analysing a potential asset sale in Mexico after vowing to divest some of its interests in the country to comply with new regulations.
Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa (VMMEA) has launched telecoms operations in Saudi Arabia.
Deutsche Telekom could retain ownership of T-Mobile US for at least another year, after doubts were raised over the possibility of an improved bid for the company from French operator Iliad.
Jon Frederik Baksaas, CEO at Norway’s Telenor, is to exit his role at the end of 2015, the company’s board told reporters today.
Hungarian regulator NMHH has sold a range of mobile broadband frequencies to Deutsche Telekom-owned Magyar Telekom and the Hungarian subsidiaries of Vodafone and Telenor.
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Mexico’s Grupo Salinas has confirmed plans to acquire a 50% stake in the country’s third-largest mobile operator, Iusacell, from its partner, Grupo Televisa.
Vodafone has launched HD voice across the UK.
Ideas man Nick Clarke, GM of wholesale and international at Spark (formerly Telecom NZ), is using his philosophy to drive the company’s rebrand into the digital age.
Entel South America has awarded a contract to China’s ZTE Corporation to be the exclusive supplier for the operator’s fibre-to-the-x (FTTx) network in Bolivia.
The Mexican government finalised its revolutionary telecoms reforms in mid-July, and the overhaul is expected to put an end to América Móvil’s dominant position in the market.
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Telecom Italia may be forced to reconsider its sale of Telecom Argentina to investment fund Fintech if the Argentinean government continues to stall on the deal.
Vodafone is planning to launch a mobile wallet payment service in the UK next month.
Qatari operator Ooredoo is to launch a new wave of mobile health clinics in Indonesia in partnership with the Leo Messi Foundation.
Indian operator Bharti Airtel has agreed to sell-off 3,500 mobile masts across six African countries to telecoms infrastructure player Eaton Towers.
August proved to be a turbulent month for SoftBank-owned Sprint.
VimpelCom’s Italian subsidiary Wind has invited bidders for the sale and lease-back of its 11,000 mobile masts, in a deal that could be worth €500 million.
Interconnect company Telarix has deployed its iXTools and iXLink services to Tigo’s Bolivia and Guatemala operations.
A summary of the week's biggest telecoms news stories.
Revelations about US government surveillance are widely believed to be costing US telecoms and tech firms revenue. It is difficult to determine, however, whether perceptions match reality.
Egyptian regulators have approved the country’s long-awaited unified landline and mobile telecoms licence.
Mobile operator Advanced Info Service (AIS) is reportedly set to boost its number of small cell sites to 3,000 facilities across Thailand.
Nokia Networks has been selected by olleh Rwanda Networks (oRn) – the joint venture between KT and the Government of Rwanda – for the vendor to provide radio and core network services.
South African company MTN is to launch a joint venture with tower firm IHS for the tower company to operate and manage the operator’s 9,151 transmitter towers in Nigeria.
Nokia Networks has appointed Dimitri Diliani as VP of Latin America at the company, following the resignation of Almir Narcizo.
Telekom Slovenia’ privatisation process has again been put on hold, pending approval from the country’s new government when it takes power later this month, sources have confirmed.
Polish operator Polkomtel and Swedish vendor Ericsson have completed a successful trial of LTE Broadcast technology in Poland.
African operator Vodacom has announced the appointment of Yolanda Cuba as its new chief officer for strategy and business development.
Nokia Networks and China Telecom have announced a partnership to develop FDD-TDD carrier aggregation and user device chipset capabilities.
PCCW Global and Namibian operator Paratus Telecom have signed an international MPLS and IPX interconnection agreement in an attempt to enhance HD voice and MPLS network coverage in the country.
Spain’s Telefónica and French vendor Alcatel-Lucent have partnered for the deployment of a 100Gbps optical network in north west, eastern and southern Spain.
The GSMA has urged the European Commission to accelerate the repurposing of the UHF spectrum band (470-790MHz).
French player Iliad has claimed it is still working on a deal to acquire T-Mobile US, despite failing in its first attempt to enter the US market.
América Móvil has hired Bank of America to sell a portion of its Mexican assets, as it attempts to comply with new regulations.
Orange Business Services will supply satellite solutions to BW Offshore – a provider of floating production services to the oil and gas industry – under a new five-year $12 million contract.
Thai mobile operator Total Access Communication (Dtac) has announced vice chairman Sigve Brekke will take over as acting CEO following the resignation of Eddy Abdullah.
Telefónica has reportedly revealed plans to exit its 14.8% stake in Telecom Italia upon completion of its deal to acquire GVT from Vivendi.
Azerbaijani mobile CDMA operator Nakhtel is reportedly seeking a licence to provide GSM services in the country.
UK group Vodafone is set to hit out at proposed European rules for handling web traffic on networks at a conference in Spain today.
The CEO of Batelco Bahrain, Rashid Abdulla, has resigned with no given reason, according to a statement released by the company on Sunday.
South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning has released figures stating that 4G accounts for 92% of all data traffic in the country.
Essar Capital is said to have entered a binding agreement with Bharti Airtel and Safaricom for the sale of its Kenyan mobile operator, yuMobile.
Brazilian carrier Oi is reportedly set to sell a 25% stake in its Angolan subsidiary Unitel for approximately $2 billion.
O3b Networks has announced the launch of four new satellites after successful in-orbit testing.
UK-based satellite provider Inmarsat has received a delayed quarterly payment of $9.1 million from its US partner, LightSquared.
China Telecom is to test its 4G network in 40 cities across the country, extending its reach from 16 locations after receiving approval from regulators.
Telstra and Telkom Indonesia have launched a joint venture that will offer enterprise services in Indonesia.
A summary of the week's biggest wholesale telecoms news stories.
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Telstra has launched its cloud-based enterprise service, Whispir Conversation Platform, in the UK.
The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has revealed 14 additional members since January this year as it moves to progress the development of Carrier Wifi worldwide.
EE has extended its 4G network in the UK to 13 new locations.
Ten telcos in India have agreed to share their infrastructure in the country for the delivery of basic banking services via SMS, according to reports.
PCCW Global has announced plans to extend its support to NGO Télécoms Sans Frontiéres (TSF) for the next three years.
PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin) is considering the acquisition of a 27% stake in a New Zealand-based phone operator, according to the company’s CEO.
Verizon is reportedly set to launch VoLTE HD voice calls, and will become the fourth major carrier in the US to roll out the service.
Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT) is set to modernise and expand its domestic core infrastructure.
Spain’s Telefónica is considering plans to improve its offer for Vivendi’s Brazilian broadband unit GVT and could bid up to €8 billion.
AT&T has revealed plans to merge its mobile and fixed-line business units into a single division.
Verizon is to invest nearly $40 million in expanding its green energy programme by installing new solar power systems at eight of its network facilities in the US.
South Africa’s MTN Group is likely to slash 14% of its workforce in the country, according to the Solidarity union.
Norwegian regulators have postponed a planned mobile spectrum auction in the country that was originally scheduled for January 2015.
TE Connectivity has announced it has upgraded its antenna systems to 4G, in a bid to allow customers that presently use 2G and 3G services to deliver more capacity over their networks.
A wave of fatal bombings at the weekend in Kirkuk, northern Iraq, have damaged and temporarily closed down Zain Iraq’s network in the area.
Cable&Wireless’ Caribbean arm LIME is upgrading its network in St. Kitts and Nevis as part of Project Marlin, a $1.05 billion capital investment programme.
SingTel has partnered with Samsung and Ericsson to launch the world’s first 300Mbps 4G LTE-A service for smartphones.
Telecom Italia has confirmed its interests in acquiring Vivendi’s Brazilian broadband and TV provider GVT.
An independent research study conducted by Signals Research Group (SRG) on behalf of Alcatel-Lucent found that the call setup time for VoLTE is nearly twice as fast as the call setup for existing 3G circuit switched fallback (CSFB).
Mexico’s Grupo Televisa has spent $653.96 million on acquiring the remaining shares of Mexican cable firm Cablecom that is does not already own.
SingTel has reported that its first quarter net profit fell by 17.4% from the same time in 2013 due to the absence one-time gains and weak forex implications in some of its operating markets.
UK operator Vodafone is facing pressure to cut its high tariffs for 4G mobile broadband or it risks pricing itself out of the market.
Filipino operator PLDT has said it aims to complete the rollout of its fibre optic network in the first half of 2015.
The National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI) in Moldova has awarded three mobile licences to Moldcell.
Approximately a third of UK mobile phone users battle coverage problems every week, according to a report from the country’s telecoms regulator, Ofcom
French vendor Alcatel-Lucent has partnered with service provider Pioneer Cellular to deploy a 4G LTE overlay network in the states of Oklahoma and Kansas in Midwestern US.
Bondholders at South African mobile operator Cell C have agreed to €160 million worth of debt restructuring, in order to free up investment for a network expansion.
MTS Ukraine has reportedly restored mobile services in 43 locations across eastern Ukraine, after previously suspending its operations in the region.
Vodafone New Zealand has today announced the launch of its commercial 700MHz LTE network in the country, in partnership with Nokia Networks.
Chinese vendor Huawei has partnered with Telekom Malaysia (TM) subsidiary Telekom Research and Development (TM R&D) to co-develop next-generation access technologies for fixed-line and mobile operators in Malaysia.
Myanmar’s telecoms industry has been offered approximately $103 million in loans to improve its telecoms infrastructure by the Japanese government.
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Bharti Airtel and Kenya Airways have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enable the airline to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO).
Lithuanian mobile operator Bite is reportedly set to invest approximately €50 million ($66.7 million) in the deployment of an LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network over the next few years.
Telkom South Africa’s CFO, Jacques Schindehutte, has resigned with full benefits, following a suspension late last year.
Japan’s SoftBank Mobile and Ericsson have partnered to develop enhanced end-used experience on congested networks, using the Swedish vendor’s Mobility-based Policy.
Telekom Malaysia’s deal for a majority stake in local WiMAX network operator Packet One Networks (P1) has reportedly received approval from the shareholders of Green Packet.
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Russia’s MegaFon has signed a seven-year agreement with Swedish vendor Ericsson for the development of the operator’s telecoms infrastructure.
Digital security company Gemalto has signed an agreement to acquire data protection company SafeNet for approximately $890 million.
UK mobile operator Vodafone has completed its first voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) call at its laboratory in Newbury, Berkshire.
African operator MTN is planning to acquire a mobile licence in Syria, despite political upheaval in the country that has lasted for four years.
South Korean mobile operator LG Uplus and China’s Huawei have partnered to establish a mobile innovation centre (MIC) in Seoul, South Korea.
T-Mobile US has declared its intentions to overtake Sprint as the third-largest operator in the US by the end of the year, CEO John Legere said on Twitter yesterday.
Bolivian billionaire and new Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure is expected to refocus the company following its failure to acquire T-Mobile US.
Iranian operator MTN Irancell has claimed it will begin testing its 3G network in public universities and government institutions across the country’s capital, Tehran.
Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) has agreed to acquire a 10% stake in German company Rocket Internet for €333 million.
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Marco Patuano, CEO at Telecom Italia, told reporters this morning that the company will not make any “crazy offers” in Brazil, following the news that Telefónica placed a bid for Brazilian internet provider GVT.
Huawei and China Mobile have announced the successful deployment of what is claimed to be the world’s first LTE TDD 8T8R active antenna unit (AAU) in Hebei, China.
Vodafone UK has been awarded an enhanced cybersecurity certification, Cyber Essentials Plus, from the UK government.
Russian operators Rostelecom and Tele2 Russia have finalised negotiations for the creation of a mobile joint venture in the country, Reuters reports.
Sprint has dropped its bid to acquire T-Mobile US, following unwavering resistance from US regulators.
Time Warner Cable (TWC) has selected solutions provider Synchronoss for the delivery of its Integrated Life Platform, designed to provide better service quality for home automation customers.
British incumbent BT has been left out of a UK government contract to upgrade emergency service communications systems in Britain.
Cellcom Israel has launched an LTE network in the country after receiving approval from the Israeli Ministry of Communication (MoC).
Deutsche Telekom has raised concerns over the credibility of Iliad’s bid for its T-Mobile US unit.
Zain Bahrain is looking to sell off a 15% stake in an IPO of the company and is seeking to raise approximately €18 million.
Vodafone Egypt and vendor Ericsson have announced a three-year managed services agreement.
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Investment in Nigeria’s telecoms sector has topped $32 billion, according to the vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
Japanese operator SoftBank Mobile has partnered with Syniverse for access to its IPX Network Solution to enable LTE roaming.
Colombia’s Tigo Millicom has received final approval from regulators for the merger of its mobile business with the fixed-line arm of UNE EPM (Empresas Publicas de Medellin).
Qatari operator Ooredoo has launched telecoms services in Myanmar.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has said it does not want joint bids from nationwide carriers in the US wireless airwave auction, which could scupper plans for a joint venture between Sprint and T-Mobile US.
China Mobile has named Nokia Networks as having the best network performance for all its TD-LTE vendor deployments in major cities across the country.
Russian operator MTS will re-launch operations in Uzbekistan by the end of this year, after a two-year hiatus.
Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel has conditionally approved a proposal from Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s to combine three companies owned by América Móvil.
UAE-based operator du has completed a successful LTE-A field trial in partnership with China’s Huawei.
UK operator Vodafone has renewed its partner market agreement with Belgian telco Belgacom for a further three years.
French operator Iliad has emerged as a surprise bidder for T-Mobile US, which could instigate a bidding war with US carrier Sprint.
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Reliance Industries (RIL) has denied reports that it is open to offloading up to 30% of its telecoms arm, Reliance Jio.
Cable firm Numericable’s proposed acquisition of SFR from Vivendi is in doubt after the French competition authority said it will carry out an in-depth review of the acquisition.
Austrian regulators have approved proposals by smaller operators in the country to re-use spectrum for 3G and 4G services and compete better with market leader Telekom Austria.
Mexican billionaire Ricardo Salinas has said that he has no plans to sell his stake in mobile operator Iusacell.
Finnish vendor Nokia Networks is set to acquire the mobile network business of Japanese technology and solution provider Panasonic System Networks.
French vendor Alcatel-Lucent is reportedly planning to sell off part of its submarine cable unit in an IPO, in the company’s latest bid to turn around its fortunes.
Middle Eastern operators Mobily and Batelco have reportedly signed a 4G roaming agreement for mutual customer benefit.
A merger between US players Sprint and T-Mobile US is not likely to surface until September, according to sources close to the companies.
Chinese vendor Huawei has signed a global licence agreement with Ranplan to implement small cell wireless networks.
Spanish operator Telefónica is discussing a potential acquisition in Mexico, thought to be Iusacell.
Dutch telecoms group KPN has reported better-than-expected Q2 core profits after the company’s cost-cutting plan made up for poor results in most of its units.
Vodafone Australia is reallocating half of its mobile spectrum for 3G to 4G, and plans to expand the latter network to cover 95% of the urban population by the year end, according to local reports.
Mobile operator EE has announced the addition of 1.3 million customers to its 4G network in Q2 this year and claimed that take-up of its mobile broadband service was the fastest in Europe.
Indian operator Bharti Airtel has hit the 300 million subscriber mark across its 20 operational countries in Asia and Africa.
Finnish vendor Nokia Networks is trialling LTE Broadcast technology in its latest bid to open up new revenue sources for operators.
Manx Telecom has launched the first 4G network in the Isle of Man, UK.
Transatel has signed an agreement with the Post Office in the UK to enable the company to launch its MVNO operations.
South African operator Cell C is planning to restructure €160 million worth of debt and free up capital to invest in its network.
Analysts are warning that Thailand’s decision to suspend its 4G mobile licence auction could cause a loss of $4 billion to the market.
Hutchison Whampoa’s Austrian unit, Drei, has withdrawn its appeal against the results of the country’s €2 billion 4G frequency auction.
African and Latin America telecoms player Millicom has launched 4G services in Bolivia.
UK operator EE has posted its first half results for 2014, with year-on-year operating revenues showing a rise of 0.1%.
Singapore operator SingTel has expanded its remittance service to Indonesia.
Ofcom is set to review a proposed increase in costs for using airwaves to operate mobile services in the UK.
Telefónica has selected Nokia Networks to provide radio access equipment and services as part of its network upgrade to 4G across Spain.
Orange will not sell off its Belgian subsidiary Mobistar, after reports emerged that other operators in the market were looking at acquiring the company.
Chinese regulators have claimed that leading chipmaker Qualcomm has established a monopoly in the country.
Norway’s Telenor has increased its full-year margin guidance after reporting second quarter earnings that were in line with the company’s expectations.
SingTel is claiming to be the first operator in the world to offer a commercial 300Mbps 4G service, following the launch of Huawei’s E5785 mobile device.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) of India has recommended that operators in the country should be allowed to share spectrum.
Telefonica Global Solutions has revealed that IPX traffic increased by a total of 63% on its international network during this year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Australian operators Optus and Telstra are launching 700MHz 4G trial networks across Australia.
China Mobile has revealed plans to install over 500,000 4G base stations by the end of 2014.
América Móvil has claimed that Mexico’s revolutionary telecoms reforms are already beginning to take its toll, after the company revealed a slightly poorer performance than predicted in its core market.
A top consultancy firm has backed the validity of spectrum auctions, despite Capacity’s recent Confidence, Innovation and Leadership (CIL) survey reporting that a staggering 60% of operators were losing faith in the process.
Chinese vendor Huawei has reported a 19% increase in revenue for the first half of 2014.
Vodafone Egypt has announced plans to invest approximately $1.3 billion to improve its network over the next three years.
Algérie Télécom has partnered with Nokia Networks to modernise its transport network sites with a highly flexible MPLS network.
GTS Central Europe has announced the launch of a new unified communications service for voice, messaging and collaboration.
Kiwi operator Chorus has secured early funding from Crown Fibre Holdings for the roll-out of New Zealand’s Ultrafast Broadband (UFB) network.
Google’s chief business officer Nikesh Arora has become the latest high-profile executive to leave the internet company and will join Japanese operator SoftBank as vice-chairman.
Thailand’s military government has announced that its suspended 4G auction will now be held in July 2015.
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Orange has today revealed that it has signed the construction and maintenance agreement for the SEA-ME-WE 5 cable, joining a number of other operators including PCCW Global and Etisalat.
Indian operator Aircel has become the second company to launch 4G services in the country.
Manx Telecom on the Isle of Man, situated in the waters between Britain and Ireland, has today revealed plans for the launch of the island’s first 4G service.
Japan wireless player KDDI and financial firm Sumitomo Corp is partnering with Myanmar’s state-owned telecoms company to invest approximately $2 billion over the next decade.
TeliaSonera has reportedly cut its sales outlook in Spain for the rest of the year, citing lower revenues in the country.
Vodafone is unlikely to acquire any telecoms assets in Mexico, CEO Vittorio Colao said today.
Lithuanian regulators have cancelled plans to raise fees that telecoms companies can charge to other operators for connecting calls.
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The booming mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) market is creating fresh opportunities for carriers to offer mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) services.
Ukrainian cellco Kyivstar is protesting rival operator Ukrtelecom’s inclusion in the Ukrainian regulator’s plans for 3G licensing, according to local reports.
China’s three state-owned mobile operators have signed an agreement to form a joint telecoms tower company.
AT&T has expanded its 4G LTE network in south west Indiana with the upgrade of 10 additional sites.
UK’s Vodafone is continuing negotiations over its tax dispute with India, after the country’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the claims will “naturally reach their logical conclusion”.
India’s new recently elected government is predicting it will raise approximately Rs 454.71 billion ($7.59 billion) from telecoms proceeds in the present fiscal year.
Alcatel-Lucent has been awarded a contract to build out a share of Vodafone’s Project Spring investment plan.
The Canadian government is set to announce an auction of prime spectrum in a bid to promote competition and allow smaller operators to compete with the country’s larger players.
Orange is targeting growth in Spain and is looking at potential acquisitions in the country, according to the company's CEO.
SK Telecom and Ericsson have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for joint 5G research at the Swedish vendor’s facility in Stockholm.
Swedish operator Tele2 is set to sell its Norwegian subsidiary to TeliaSonera for approximately $744 million.
Etisalat and Huawei have announced the successful trial of the Chinese vendor’s 400G technology on a commercially available optical transport network (OTN) in UAE.
Telekom Austria has merged its Liechtenstein arm, mobilkom, with national incumbent Telecom Liechtenstein.
Kazakhtelecom subsidiary Altel has launched LTE networks in Kyzylorda and Taraz, in the south of the country, according to local reports.
Australian operator Telstra has announced a strategic investment in mobile identity services company TeleSign.
Egypt is said to be finalising the details of its unified telecoms licence, following its missed deadline of June 30.
Huawei has been elected to join the board of the 5G Infrastructure Association in Europe at the body's general assembly held in Bologna on June 26.
Tele2 AB has announced an agreement with service provider NetComm Wireless for the delivery of M2M and Internet of Things (IoT) opportunities to vertical markets.
Telekom Austria’s Macedonian subsidiary, Vip Operator, has launched a 4G LTE network in the country.
Chinese vendor ZTE has revealed its pre-5G concept plan, claiming that under some conditions it can provide a 5G-like user experience on 4G terminals without changing the air interface standards.
T-Mobile has reportedly become the first operator in the Czech Republic to launch LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) services.
Telefónica’s much-deliberated acquisition of KPN’s German unit, E-Plus, received approval from EU anti-trust regulators today, on the condition that the Spanish operator divests radio wave spectrum and network capacity.
Ericsson has achieved speeds of 5Gbps in live, over-the-air demonstrations of its pre-standard 5G network technology, the Swedish vendor claims.
France’s Orange has halted all plans to take part in a French telecoms market merger, the operator told reporters today.
Traditional SMS revenues declined for the first time last year, but that has not stopped carriers exploring new ways to revive the messaging service.
Finnish operator Ukkoverkot has selected Huawei for the deployment of what the Chinese vendor claims to be the world’s first commercial LTE 450MHz network.
Kuwaiti operator Zain has appointed Duncan Howard as CCO of the Zain Group.
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim has acquired AT&T’s stake in his own Latin American telecoms firm, América Móvil.
The UK’s Vodafone Group has reportedly sold its entire 49% stake in Vodafone Fiji to the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF).
Kiwi operator 2degrees switched on its 4G network in Auckland, on New Zealand’s North Island, for the first time this morning.
The UK’s Virgin Group and mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse have today revealed plans to sell their jointly-owned mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), Virgin Mobile France, to cable company Numericable.
América Móvil’s $2 billion offer to acquire the remaining shares of Telekom Austria has received regulatory approval and is now unconditional, Reuters reports.
Sichuan Unicom, the Sichuan branch of China United Network Communications Group (China Unicom), has partnered with national vendor Huawei for what is claimed to be the world’s first commercial SDN-based IP radio access network (IPRAN).
The CEO of Zimbabwe’s Econet Wireless told reporters that it has begun its nationwide 4G expansion and is already eyeing 5G technologies.
Zain Kuwait and Nokia Networks claim to have successfully completed Kuwait’s first ever voice over LTE (VoLTE) call, using Zain’s commercial LTE network.
The Singapore telecoms market looks set for a shake-up as a fourth telco is reportedly preparing for entry.
Telekom Austria Group has revealed that it will book a €400 million impairment for its Bulgarian subsidiary Mobiltel.
Vodafone will reportedly gain unconditional EU approval for its €7.2 billion deal to acquire Spanish cable operator ONO.
Zain Saudi Arabia (KSA) is set to upgrade its network after signing infrastructure supply contracts worth $1.2 billion.
National Kuwaiti telco Wataniya has today announced Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Mohammed al-Thani as its CEO.
Vodafone’s M2M unit has signed a partnership agreement with UK-based Cyan to create a joint proposition to develop opportunities in the smart metering market in India.
The Mexican Supreme Court has reportedly refused to hear injunctions from América Móvil and its mobile subsidiary Telcel, seeking to challenge a ruling by Mexico’s telecoms regulator.
Indian operator Bharti Airtel has signed a definitive agreement to merge its operations with Loop Mobile.
Mobile operator EE has announced it has completed the migration of its national IP/MPLS core network for 4G connectivity, in partnership with Juniper Networks.
Movistar Peru has announced an extension of its 4G LTE network in the country to include Trujillo and Arequipa.
The European Commission (EC) has told German telecoms regulator the Federal Network Agency (FNA) that it has three months to take action on mobile termination rates (MTRs) in the country, according to local reports.
Zain Kuwait has signed a partnership with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) for the deployment of the equipment vendor’s operations support systems (OSS) solution.
Telefónica’s E-Plus acquisition is further in doubt after only two of 12 national regulators supported concessions added to get the deal passed.
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Vodafone Netherlands has held a trial for LTE Advanced and could launch the service later this year.
Czech operators Vodafone, O2 and T-Mobile are reportedly planning to share networks for 2G, 3G and LTE services.
UK operator EE has begun trialling a voice-over-Wifi service as part of a £275 million investment in voice.
Alcatel-Lucent has signed a partnership with EBlink which aims to tap into the potential of the mobile startup’s wireless fronthaul solution.
Telecom Italia has partnered with Juniper Networks to migrate its network to SDN/NFV technology.
T-Mobile US is reportedly looking at alternative options for acquiring spectrum if its proposed merger with Sprint falls through.
Reliance Industries has said it will begin rolling out 4G telecoms services in India by 2015.
Israel-based Cellcom will provide television coverage over the internet for the first time, as mobile operators in the country continue to look for new ways to generate revenue.
Japanese operator SoftBank is targeting operating profits of approximately ¥100 billion ($980 million) from its US business this fiscal year.
Thailand’s telecoms regulator has suspended a 4G mobile licence auction following a request from the country’s army council.
Telenor Global Services (TGS) and Vodafone Carrier Services have announced an interconnection agreement for IPX and LTE/4G peering.
Togo’s telecoms regulator is planning to launch a third mobile licence in the country.
German anti-trust regulators have raised further concerns over Telefónica’s planned acquisition of KPN-owned E-Plus, as the deal moves closer to completion.
The European Union and South Korea have entered into an agreement to work to together on the development of 5G standards and technology.
Vodafone has announced a deal to acquire Italian electronics services provider Cobra Automotive Technologies for €145 million.
American Tower Corporation (AMT) is reportedly set to acquire Brazilian telecoms infrastructure operator BR Towers for nearly $1 billion.
Nordic telecoms group Telenor has filed to take full ownership of its Indian mobile services unit Uninor by investing $131.03 million.
Colombia’s telecoms sector has witnessed a rapid increase in infrastructure investment in recent years, opening up significant potential for economic growth from technological advancements.
Bouygues Telecom is planning to cut over 1,500 jobs, as talks of a possible takeover by either Iliad or Orange hit a standstill this week.
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Vietnamese regulators are set to approve the privatisation of the country’s second-biggest operator, MobiFone, by the end of the year.
UK-based Vodafone is planning to increase the roll-out of its LTE network to five more cities in the country later this year.
Russian telecoms operator MegaFon has acquired equipment and maintenance services from Chinese vendor Huawei in a multi-million dollar deal.
French operator Iliad has reportedly made a bid of up to €5 billion to acquire Bouygues Telecom, but failed to meet the company's asking price.
China Telecom has selected Gemalto as one of its suppliers for its mobile contactless services suite.
UK-based XConnect has acquired German number portability service provider sms eSolutions.
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Tomas Budnik, former executive at financial group PPF, is set to replace Luis Malvido as CEO of Telefónica Czech Republic.
The Slovenian government has invited investors to bid for the country’s largest operator, Telkom, according to state investment fund SOD.
China Mobile is reportedly to acquire an 18% stake in Thailand’s True Corp, valued at approximately $581 million.
Qatar-based Ooredoo could face a potential boycott of its services in Myanmar before it has even launched operations after nationalists raised concerns over its ties to a Muslim state.
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Huawei has launched a mobile money (MM) solution, designed to enable operators worldwide to develop a robust mobile financial ecosystem.
Finnish equipment vendor Nokia has acquired Mesaplexx, an Australian company with expertise in developing radio frequency filter technology.
UK mobile operator Vodafone has today reported that government agencies in some countries where it operates have direct access to its network.
Taiwanese operator Far EasTone (FET) has launched 4G services in the APT700 band in partnership with Swedish vendor Ericsson.
MTN Group is reportedly planning a $250 million investment in the upgrade of its network in Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa.
Time Warner Cable (TWC) has signed a Wifi roaming agreement with wireless provider Boingo to extend its Wifi coverage.
Saudi Arabia-based Zain KSA and Finnish equipment vendor Nokia have successfully demonstrated the vendor’s Liquid Application solution on the operator’s live network.
Etisalat has signed an operator billing partnership with mobile payment provider Bango.
French operator Orange has called on the Credit Suisse and Lazard banks to help advise on a potential acquisition of rival Bouygues Telecom.
UK regulator Ofcom has proposed further cuts to the country’s mobile termination rates, as it attempts to lower costs for consumers.
AT&T is set to launch a new service which allows businesses to access the operator’s network data to confirm a customer’s location.
Hong Kong’s Hutchison Whampoa and Russian telecoms firm VimpelCom have resumed discussions over the potential merger of their Italian mobile operations.
Reliance Jio Infocomm has signed a tower sharing agreement with Ascend Telecom Infrastructure for the roll-out of an LTE network in India.
Vodafone has partnered with Canada’s Rogers Communications for a 4G roaming agreement and further marketing opportunities.
Telefónica is reportedly in talks with German mobile operators Freenet and Drillisch, as well as Liberty Global’s Unitymedia Kabel, as it continues to seek approval from the EU for its takeover of KPN’s E-Plus.
Swedish vendor Ericsson has appointed heads of three regions, as part of its strategy to strengthen its position as a global player.
South Africa’s MTN Group has today announced a long-term managed services partnership with CSG International.
Vodafone has announced plans to move its Vodafone xone technology development hub from Silicon Valley to London, in an effort to boost its emerging technologies division in Europe, Africa and India.
Chipmaker Broadcom has announced that it has launched a review of its operations which may result in it selling or closing its cellular baseband unit.
Turkcell shareholders have warned the industry of further dispute if Turkish group Cukurova continues its pursuit to repurchase a stake in the operator.
Regulators in Mali have fined Orange over $14 million for allegedly using mobile bandwidth in the country for fixed-line services.
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SingTel has partnered with Ericsson to launch a 4G mobile broadband service with downlink speeds of up to 300Mbps.
Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) has released a statement rejecting claims that plans for a unified telecoms licence have been withdrawn.
Indonesian telecoms tower provider Sarana Menara Nusantara (SMN) has announced plans to raise $332 million to finance its network expansion.
Vivendi-owned broadband provider GVT has told local reporters that it is willing to work with the Brazilian government to prevent the break-up of the country’s second-largest mobile operator, TIM Brasil.
New Zealand telecoms regulator the Commerce Commission (ComCom) has approved Telecom NZ’s acquisition of a block of spectrum in the 700MHz band.
Mobile service provider OnMobile Global has appointed Rajiv Pancholy as its new CEO following the resignation of co-founder Mouli Raman as CEO earlier this month.
Taiwan Mobile has today announced a partnership with Ericsson for the delivery of the Swedish vendor’s policy and charging solution.
Chunghwa Telecom has announced the launch of 4G broadband services in Taiwan, one month earlier than its expected launch date of July.
India’s Reliance Industries is planning to acquire a majority stake in Network18 Media and Investment for $680 million.
Huawei has successfully completed 10Gbps Wifi lab trials at its campus in Shenzen, China.
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LTE broadcast, or “LTE multicast”, is a solution that aims to address video content delivery problems faced by operators, allowing a more efficient use of network resources.
Deutsche Telekom has agreed to SoftBank’s plan to acquire T-Mobile US, according to local reports.
Integrated IT and network technologies firm NEC has signed a $1.6 million agreement with Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) to upgrade its microwave links in six rural and island locations across Tanzania.
Orange has said there is an urgent need for consolidation in France and a move could be made in the coming weeks.
Claro Brasil has announced a partnership with solutions provider Syniverse to enable LTE data roaming for the Brazilian operator’s customers.
Regulators in Brazil have approved Virgin Mobile Brasil’s plans to use Telefónica Brasil SA’s mobile network to stimulate competition in the market.
India’s Reliance Jio Infocomm has selected DragonWave’s packet microwave radio system for its nationwide 4G network.
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The EU has approved Hutchison Whampoa's $1 billion bid for Telefónica’s O2 Ireland.
African operator MTN Group has reported double-digit revenue growth in Q1 2014, following a notable increase in subscriber numbers in Nigeria.
UAE incumbent Etisalat has announced plans to share its fixed network infrastructure with mobile rival du by the end of this year.
French operator Orange has appointed the country’s treasury chief Ramon Fernandez as the company’s new CFO.
Telekom Austria’s board will give no recommendation on América Móvil’s offer to acquire outstanding shares in the company for $2 billion.
Israeli operators Cellcom and Golan Telecom have agreed on a network-sharing deal to cover the country’s future 4G network.
Orange Niger has launched an initiative in the country to encourage increased innovation in the region.
Saudi Arabia’s Mobily has today announced the deployment of a virtualised RAN solution from Alcatel-Lucent’s network function virtualisation (NFV) portfolio.
Abu Dhabi officials have reportedly given Etisalat a $500 million grant towards its planned acquisition of a 53% stake in Maroc Telecom.
Ericsson is reportedly planning to disclose information on low returns it made in Europe following high-level R&D investments.
Nokia is set to increase its focus on network security as it prepares to launch a security unit on June 1.
Foxconn Technology Group is set to buy a stake in mobile operator Asia Pacific Telecom for approximately $390 million.
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Sprint and rural mobile operator nTelos Wireless have reviewed and extended their wholesale agreement for LTE until 2020.
Telecom Italia shareholders Assicurazioni Generali and Mediobanca are reportedly planning to sell their stakes in the Italian company next month.
Telefónica has won a tender from Valencia City Council in Spain to develop a smart city platform.
A consortium of UK technology firms, including BT and Neul, have today announced an agreement to build a city-wide, open-access internet of things (IoT) network in Milton Keynes, UK.
Telenor Group has selected vendor Nokia to provide it with radio access equipment and professional services as part of a five-year agreement.
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Infrastructure company Helios Towers Africa has indicated its intention to take part in Bharti Airtel's upcoming tower infrastructure auction in Africa.
China Mobile has awarded the bulk of the contracts for the roll-out of its LTE networks to vendors Huawei and ZTE, according to sources.
Canadian operator Telus has withdrawn its $350 million bid to acquire wireless company Mobilicity, according to local media reports.
Russia’s Rostelecom has today announced a partnership with NEC subsidiary NEC Neva Communications Systems, for the expansion and upgrade of its mobile backhaul network.
Bouygues Telecom has partnered with Ericsson for the launch of VoLTE services in France.
Bulgarian operator Max Telecom has launched what it claims to be the first commercial 4G LTE network in the country.
Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent’s R&D subsidiary, is set to open a research centre near Tel Aviv, Israel.
Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) has confirmed plans to increase its network investment in the Caribbean and Central America.
Algérie Télécom and Nokia have deployed a commercial LTE network in Algeria, claimed to be the first of its kind in North Africa.
Telenor Group and French vendor Alcatel-Lucent have signed a global framework agreement for the delivery of 4G LTE networks across Europe and Asia.
SingTel has launched a portfolio of VoLTE services in partnership with technology firms Samsung and Ericsson.
Yahoo! Japan has called off a $3.2 billion bid to acquire SoftBank’s mobile internet service provider, eAccess.
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Vodafone has reported record falls in underlying revenue for the last 18 months after struggling to gain momentum in Europe following an aggressive investment strategy.
Adax and Israeli telecoms solutions provider Modulo have announced plans to roll out infrastructure to keep up with Israel’s impending 4G upgrade.
Governments across Europe could plunge billions into R&D solutions for 5G over the next five years, in a bid take a global lead on developing the technology.
France-based Orange has agreed to sell its majority stake in Orange Uganda to Africell.
Pakistan’s government has been urged to bring clarity to cross-border connectivity regulation, following the results of the country’s recent 3G and 4G spectrum auctions.
South African operator Vodacom Group has reached an agreement to acquire Neotel for approximately $676 million (R 7 billion).
Russian telco MTS and Finnish vendor Nokia have announced that they have successfully trialled a VoLTE call on the operator’s cloud network infrastructure.
Wholesale carrier iBasis has announced an LTE roaming agreement between Polish operator Polkomtel and its parent company KPN in the Netherlands.
French market leader Orange and rival operator Bouygues are reportedly looking at options to merge after calls from the country’s government for further consolidation in the market.
The French government is likely to bring down the number of domestic telecoms operators to three players, according to a senior government official.
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EU anti-trust regulators have extended the deadline for a final decision on Telefónica’s proposed takeover of KPN’s German unit.
Telefónica Global Solutions (TGS) has announced the launch of its Global Solutions’ IPX Suite, a comprehensive catalogue of services of IPX capabilities, at ITW 2014.
Global operators Orange, Ooredoo and Bharti Airtel have announced the formation of a new alliance.
Sweden’s Tele2 has hit out at the Croatian government’s plans to triple radio frequency licensing fees for mobile network operators in the country.
Nokia and NTT DoCoMo have agreed to collaborate on the research and standardisation of 5G technology, building on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in January this year.
Operators O2 and T-Mobile have agreed on a LTE network-sharing deal in the Czech Republic, in an effort to accelerate their 4G roll-out in the country.
The UK’s Vodafone Group and French operator SFR have today announced the renewal of their strategic global alliance for another four years.
China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom are in talks to form a joint network-sharing venture.
Taiwan’s National Communication Commission (NCC) has given three companies in the country permission to launch commercial 4G services.
The GSMA will collaborate with nine operators to launch interoperable mobile money services across Africa and the Middle East.
UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom has published a spectrum-management plan which sets out a strategy for the country’s wireless infrastructure for the next ten years.
Orange has filed a complaint with France’s telecoms regulator about the mobile network-sharing deal between rival operators SFR and Bouygues Telecom.
Danish incumbent TDC has sold its Finnish operations to DNA in a €154 million ($212 million) deal.
Spotify has signed an agreement with Sprint to offer its music streaming services as part of a package to the US operator’s mobile customers.
Brazilian operator Oi has raised an estimated $3.7 billion (R$8.25 billion) in a follow-on share sale, ahead of its merger with Portugal Telecom, Bloomberg reports.
South Africa’s Vodacom has won a tender for the roll-out of telecommunications services to rural areas of Tanzania, according to local reports.
Swedish vendor Ericsson has appointed Rima Qureshi as the group’s new chief strategy officer (CSO).
Verizon has signed a deal with OTT content provider Netflix for the delivery of direct connectivity from Netflix to Verizon’s broadband customers.
Finnish vendor Nokia has appointed Rajeev Suri as group CEO, following the completion of the sale of its handset business to Microsoft.
AT&T has partnered with conglomerate Honeywell International to offer 4G wireless internet on US commercial flights by late next year.
Indian telecoms carriers may still be able provide roaming services for 3G services beyond their licensed zones after a tribunal decision ruled in favour of the operators.
Chinese vendor Huawei has today announced the successful completion of an LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) test, which reached download speeds of up to 300Mbps.
UK ad-funded MVNO Samba has closed down with immediate effect after less than two years of operation.
Telekom Austria’s Slovenian subsidiary, Si.mobil, has been awarded approximately 48% of the mobile spectrum offered at the country’s auction.
Telefónica has signed a contract with Big Data solutions provider Intersec to supply revenue-generating location advertising services.
Spain-based Telefónica is set to boost its operations in Chile with an investment of $600 million according to local reports.
Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices and Aircel have announced a tripartite agreement to deliver 3G roaming services to each other’s customers in India.
Russian telco MegaFon has confirmed that the integration into of LTE service provider Scartel – which it acquired in October last year in a $1.2 billion deal – has been completed.
Swedish vendor Ericsson has announced that it has demonstrated LTE-A carrier aggregation technology in partnership with Hungarian operator Magyar Telekom.
Etisalat has signed a €3.15 billion loan to facilitate its acquisition of a 53% stake in Morocco’s Maroc Telecom.
Microsoft has finalised the acquisition of Finnish vendor Nokia’s mobile phone business.
Kuwaiti operator Zain has reportedly been sued for $4.5 billion by an undisclosed company over its purchase of Iraqi operator Iraqna in 2007.
Reliance Jio Infocomm has signed an agreement with independent telecoms tower firm ATC India, to share its infrastructure in the country.
PCCW Global has signed an agreement with urban complex developer Shanghai Zendai to provide technology and telecoms services to a smart city being developed in South Africa.
Zain Jordan has reportedly acquired LTE frequencies for 142 million dinars ($199.8 million) and will launch the service in the country at the end of this year.
AT&T, the second-largest player in the US mobile market, has said it may sit out of the next wave of auctions for airwaves if the FCC persists with rules to reserve bandwidth for smaller carriers.
Panellists at West Africa Connect 2014 in Dakar, Senegal, have said the telecoms industry in the country needs to focus on collaboration, as the country bids to increase the industry’s importance to stimulate economic growth.
Israeli mobile operator Cellcom has selected Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) for the build-out of its 4G network.
Pakistan’s failure to generate a good response to its next-generation mobile spectrum licence could mean the country will miss out on its budget targets for the year.
Zebra Technologies has entered into an agreement to acquire Motorola's enterprise business for $3.6 billion.
Chinese vendor Huawei and South Korean operator LG Uplus have announced a partnership to deploy WDM/OTN technology for Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) backhaul on the mobile provider’s LTE-A network.
French operator Orange has put its Kenyan subsidiary up for sale, following a month-long review of its operations in the country.
Internet giant Facebook is close to being granted an electronic money licence for payment and remittance services, in the company's latest effort to boost mobile services.
Bulgarian network operator Mobiltel (M-Tel) – a subsidiary of the Telekom Austria Group – has paid €30.6 million in order to renew its operating licence, which expires in June 2014.
Spain-based Telefónica is pushing to get its deal for E-Plus approved by reportedly offering to lease spectrum and provide roaming services to a new operator on the German market.
O2 UK has announced plans to invest £16 million in an effort to improve 3G coverage across the country.
Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris will reportedly invest approximately $2 billion in Telecom Italia if the Italian operator’s largest shareholder, Telefónica, exits the group.
French operator Orange has launched an international partnership programme – Orange Alliance.
US operator AT&T has sold 300 million shares in Carlos Slim’s América Móvil, reducing its stake in the company to 8.36%.
Bharti Airtel has announced that its Chadian subsidiary has been awarded 3G and 4G licences by the country’s government.
TeliaSonera has appointed Christian Luiga as its permanent CFO.
The French government has announced its intention to actively encourage consolidation in the country’s mobile sector, in an effort to bring an end to the price war in the mobile market.
Brazilian national telecoms regulator Anatel has approved a proposal to auction off spectrum in the 700MHz band.
SingTel Group and technology firm Samsung have today announced four joint initiatives designed to enhance mobile data services for customers.
UK-based Vodafone has taken full control of its Indian subsidiary after acquiring 11% of the unit it did not already own.
Having invested heavily in network roll-outs and acquiring spectrum, Deutsche Telekom sees itself as a pioneer in LTE. Capacity talks to the company’s Rolf Nafziger about the wholesale market’s role in supporting LTE’s rapid progress.
Cambodian mobile operator Beeline has announced plans to launch 4G services in the country’s capital city, Phnom Penh, by the end of the year.
The Jordanian government has revealed that one of the country's mobile operators has applied for 4G spectrum.
Telefónica has entered into a partnership to provide Wifi via satellite to Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling Airlines.
Vodafone India’s largest minority investor is set to divest its stake in the business as the UK-based operator plans to take advantage of the country’s new foreign direct investment laws in order to take control of the company.
Swiss-based YooMee Africa has today announced that it is preparing for the launch of a TD-LTE network in Côte d’Ivoire.
Telekom Austria's Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Hans Tschuden, is to leave the company at the end of May.
Taiwanese operator Far EasTone has today signed an agreement with Swedish vendor Ericsson for the roll-out of a nationwide LTE network in Taiwan.
Customer experience solutions vendor Amdocs has launched a policy control solution for Voice over LTE (VoLTE).
The EU’s highest court, the European Court of Justice, has ruled that the EU Data Retention Directive – which obliges telcos to retain communications data of their users for up to two years – is invalid.
Filipino carrier Globe Telecom has earmarked capex of approximately $650 million for data-related investments for this year.
Cincinnati Bell is set to quit the mobile phone market after Verizon Wireless struck a deal to acquire its spectrum for $210 million.
The French telecoms market could be set for further consolidation after it emerged that Iliad and Bouygues Telecom are reportedly looking into a merger.
Speakers on today’s plenary panel session at Capacity Balkans 2014 in Bucharest, Romania, have predicted enormous growth for telecoms services in the region over the next few years.
The US has knocked recent proposals by the EU to build a communication network in Europe to avoid data passing through the US.
Bahraini operator Batelco has announced the appointment of Alan Whelan as group CEO.
India’s Reliance Industries has struck its third infrastructure sharing agreement with Reliance Communications, this time to use its intra-city fibre network for 4G services.
European cable group Altice has won its battle with Bouygues Telecom to acquire France’s second-largest operator, SFR, for €17 billion.
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Kenyan operator Safaricom has reportedly dropped its bid to acquire assets in the country’s third-largest player, Yu.
The Jamaican government has renewed the spectrum licences of national operators Digicel Jamaica and LIME for the next 15 years.
The Vietnamese government has announced plans to privatise state-owned mobile unit MobiFone by 2016.
The EU has halted its investigation into Hutchison Whampoa's $1 billion bid for O2 Ireland, as it waits for the company to revise the concessions the company made to win approval for the acquisition.
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Nordic carrier TeliaSonera has said it may have broken the law in a number of Eurasian markets, after more concerns were raised over its business dealings in Uzbekistan.
The Egyptian government has announced details of new unified licences, which will allow carriers to operate both fixed-line and mobile networks in the country.
Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo is planning to spend approximately $4 billion in capex to expand its LTE network to all regions of the country.
South Korean operator SK Telecom has announced that it has commercialised Uplink CoMP (Uplink Cooperative Multi-Point).
Bharti Airtel and Dubai-based satellite service provider Thuraya have signed an agreement to deliver mobile satellite products to Airtel’s African unit.
Tele2 Russia is preparing for the launch of a 4G LTE network in Crimea, Ukraine, according to local reports.
The Slovenian government has called for expressions of interest in its 75.6% stake in Telekom Slovenia, Reuters reports.
US chipmaker Intel has revealed plans to invest $100 million in China to strengthen its presence in the country’s mobile market and further develop its smartphone and tablet markets.
UAE operator Etisalat has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent to deploy LTE Advanced technology for what it claims is the first time in the region.
DTAC TriNET, a subsidiary of Thai mobile operator DTAC, has today announced a partnership with Ericsson for the roll-out of an LTE network in the country.
The Kenyan government has confirmed plans to build a 4G network next year and is in talks with operators to roll out the network.
The coming of LTE has not affected the balance of the US mobile wholesale market, but it could yet provide opportunities in unexpected places, as Gary Kim finds out.
Businesses are becoming ever more reliant on telecoms to support their operations. Capacity looks at five industry verticals primed to expand over the coming years.
BT is set to launch an offensive against mobile operators in the UK by offering bundled packages for consumers, utilising its broadband network and 4G spectrum.
Chinese online retailer JD.com is set to launch MVNO services in May under the brand name JD Mobile.
Ericsson has been revealed as sole supplier for Finnish operator DNA’s 4G roll-out in the country.
Satellite provider Intelsat and Vodafone’s South African subsidiary Vodacom have today revealed a partnership for the provision of broadband connectivity to sub-Saharan Africa.
Darren Entwistle, CEO of Canadian operator TELUS, has announced his resignation from the role. He will remain in the company as executive chair of the board, following the retirement of chairman Brian Canfield.
Kenyan regulators have granted approval for Safaricom and Bharti Airtel’s Kenyan subsidiary to acquire the country’s third-largest player, Yu.
UK-based Vodafone is seeking to bring mobile payment services to Europe, in a bid to replicate the same business model for the platform that has had so much success in Africa.
Telenor Myanmar has selected Swedish vendor Ericsson as the network supplier and managed services provider for the operator’s network roll-out in the country.
China, South Africa and India have all encountered delays and stumbling blocks on their way to 4G. Could 2014 be the year LTE makes a breakthrough in these countries?
LTE-A trials are coming thick and fast across Asia, Europe and the US. Tim Phillips investigates if carriers are prepared for the next next-generation technology.
Taiwan’s telecoms regulator, the National Communications Commission (NCC), has announced plans to release three blocks of spectrum in the 2600MHz band suitable for LTE.
Entel Chile has launched a 4G LTE network in the country, one week ahead of its deadline, according to local reports.
Telekom Malaysia (TM) has signed a $171 million deal to acquire a majority stake in local WiMAX network operator Packet One Networks (P1).
Tycoon Carlos Slim has criticised Mexico’s new telecoms bill and demanded that the country’s officials review the proposals, the Financial Times reports.
Vodafone Spain has announced that all provincial capitals in the country will have 4G coverage from April 1 2014.
STC Wholesale VP Dr Homoud Alkussayer explains why innovation and value-added services are essential to the Middle East region.
Orange Business Services and e-payment technology vendor SIA have signed an agreement that will allow payments to be made via mobile point of sale (PoS) terminals.
Japanese operator SoftBank is to sell off its mobile internet service provider eAccess to Yahoo! Japan in a deal worth ¥324 billion ($3.2 billion).
China Mobile has selected French vendor Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade the operator to an all-IP, ultra-broadband network.
Stephane Richard, CEO at Orange, has secured his position at the company for a second term.
BT and smart networking solutions provider GENBAND have entered a partnership to enhance the roaming experience of BT’s customers.
Ali Amiri, EVP wholesale and carrier services at Etisalat, talks to Capacity about UAE’s increasing presence as a technology hub for the Middle East.
Telekom Austria has appointed Gernot Rasch as CMO of its Macedonian subsidiary, Vip operator.
Kenyan operator Safaricom is considering abandoning its bid for the assets of its rival, Essar Telecom, due to a lack of regulatory approval, Bloomberg reports.
Norways’s Telenor has divested its digital TV technology unit to Swiss security technology provider Kudelski in a $225.7 million deal.
UK operators BT and EE have signed an agreement, under which EE will provide BT with mobile services.
Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has today released an Indian mobile performance report which reveals an 87% year-on-year rise in data traffic in the country in 2013.
In February, Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) extended its service portfolio to help telecoms operators enhance network performance. Phil Twist, head of portfolio marketing at NSN, talks Capacity through some of its latest solutions.
In his first major interview since taking the helm at TeliaSonera International Carrier, Brendan Ives sets out his plans for the Middle East and beyond. Richard Irving reports.
Hutchison Whampoa’s subsidiary Three Ireland has submitted concessions to address the European Commission’s concerns regarding its $1 billion bid for O2 Ireland.
Russia’s prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, has this week called on state-owned operator Rostelecom to launch telecoms services in Crimea, Ukraine.
UAE operator Etisalat has signed a content agreement with broadcasting firm Abu Dhabi Media.
Ericsson has launched a 5G transport lab in Kista, Sweden, as part of its plans to enable 5G transport networks with ubiquitous connectivity and enable service innovation.
Kiwi mobile operator 2degrees looks set to become New Zealand’s third LTE provider after setting trials for 4G services in Auckland next week.
Egypt’s telecom regulator announced last Sunday that it is set to grant unified telecoms licences within the next three months.
South African telecoms regulators have announced that they may reconsider plans to cut the amount mobile operators can charge one another to share networks in the country.
Finnish vendor Nokia does not expect to close the sale of its mobile phone business to Microsoft until at least April, as talks with regulators continue.
Vodafone Hutchison Australia has reportedly launched its 4G LTE network in Tasmania.
The Afghan government has awarded the Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) a 3G licence.
Vodafone’s Indian arm has signed an agreement with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) for the upgrade of the Indian operator’s networks in the country, according to local reports.
Bouygues Telecom has added an extra €1.85 billion to its offer for French operator SFR.
The Mexican government will send new legislation to congress this week, in a bid get the country’s telecoms laws reformed and limit the power of Carlos Slim and top broadcaster Televisa.
China Unicom has launched trials of 4G services in 25 cities in the country, as part of a country-wide project to increase its LTE footprint.
Finnish vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has expanded its operations in Nigeria, with the opening of a second office in Lagos.
Nordic telco Tele2 has appointed Allison Kirkby as its new CFO, in one of a number of changes the company has made to its management.
Somali carrier Glocall Telecoms is set to become the first carrier to provide LTE coverage in the country.
Network optimisation firm JDSU has partnered with Belgian operator Belgacom to improve 2G, 3G and 4G networks across the country.
Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) has launched Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) for businesses in Asia-Pacific.
Taiwan Mobile has selected Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) to expand its 4G LTE network.
Chinese technology company ChinaCache has struck an MoU with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) to incorporate CDN technologies and innovations into the company’s network.
The European Parliament’s industry committee has voted to tighten rules on net neutrality and to ban roaming charges in the EU.
French mobile operator Bouygues has lost out in its bid to acquire SFR, after the parent company of its takeover target, Vivendi, began negotiations over the acquisition with cable operator Numericable.
UK-based BT has launched its Assure Threat Monitoring service in Brazil, in a move designed to alleviate security concerns over cloud computing and BYOD services.
Carrier-neutral exchange company Epsilon has partnered with Asian mobile group Axiata to establish a virtual PoP in Singapore.
Slovenia’s state-controlled telecoms group, Telekom Slovenia, is set to be privatised by the end of the year, according to the country’s economy minister Metod Dragonja.
Telefónica has expanded its portfolio of services to include Samsung’s KNOX mobile security platform.
Reliance Jio Infocomm has today announced a partnership with Viom Networks to use its infrastructure for the roll-out of telecoms services across India.
World-renowned “futurist” Gerd Leonhard has some bold predictions for the telecoms industry. Alex Hawkes reports.
Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa has been awarded a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) licence by Saudi Arabian regulators and plans on launching services in the country in the first half of 2014.
Smile Communications has launched its 4G network in Lagos, Nigeria, in partnership with Swedish vendor Ericsson.
Norway’s Telenor is extending its 4G footprint in the country with the addition of spectrum in the 800MHz band.
French operator Bouygues and equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent have signed agreements to collaborate on three projects, relating to Voice over LTE (VoLTE), IP backbone and network peering equipment (SBC).
Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent to deploy an LTE network in Taiwan.
Five senior executives at Indian operator Bharti Airtel have reportedly resigned, following recent restructuring of the top management of the company.
AT&T’s acquisition of US provider Leap Wireless has been approved by US telecoms regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
UK-based cable operator Liberty Global has announced plans to create a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) to offer mobile services to customers in Europe.
Outremer Telecom has signed an agreement with Alcatel-Lucent for the deployment of a 4G LTE access network for islands in the French West Indies and the Indian Ocean.
French mobile operator Bouygues has increased its bid for Vivendi’s mobile arm, SFR.
Verizon has appointed Eric Cevis as president of global wholesale at the company.
Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has today revealed that it will establish a mobile broadband security centre in Berlin, Germany.
Dutch operator KPN has announced plans to trial live TV services over its 4G network.
France-based Orange is reviewing its operations in Kenya and Uganda, which could result in it selling its stakes in both countries.
The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles. It lies between the Caribbean Sea to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the north.
Deutsche Telekom International Carrier Sales & Solutions (DT ICSS) – the Germany-based carrier's wholesale arm – and iBasis have today announced an LTE roaming peering agreement for MNOs.
Tele2’s Estonian subsidiary has acquired its second 2100MHz spectrum licence, doubling its 3G mobile capacity.
Cosmo Bulgaria (GloBul) has reportedly signed an agreement with Chinese vendor Huawei for the Bulgarian cellco’s network upgrade in the country.
Telecom Egypt has said it expects the country’s newly formed government to grant it a licence to provide mobile services within the next two months.
Vodafone Germany has reportedly begun improving its Berlin network as part of a nationwide LTE upgrade plan.
Despite fierce competition, high mobile penetration and many telecoms markets being a duopoly, the Caribbean still holds tremendous opportunity for growth.
Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao has outlined his plans to use Kabel Deutschland as the “core” of Vodafone’s fixed-line German operations.
The Finnish arm of TeliaSonera, Sonera, is set to strengthen its position in the Finnish market by acquiring Norway-based AinaCom’s consumer operations and fixed network business.
Orange Slovakia has selected French vendor Alcatel-Lucent for the roll-out of its 4G LTE network, according to local reports.
Telenor Pakistan has reportedly completed its network modernisation programme to enable 3G services across its entire network.
Policymakers in the UK have identified an opportunity to leapfrog ahead of 4G and herald 5G connectivity in the market to create economic opportunities.
Middle Eastern operator Nawras has signed a capacity agreement with satellite provider SES to provide improved network services to Oman.
South Korean operators are expected to be hit with a further business suspension from the country’s telecoms watchdog, according to local reports.
AT&T is unlikely to make a bid for UK-based Vodafone, after the company’s CEO Randall Stephenson claimed “the window may be closing on perhaps owning wireless assets” in Europe, at an investor conference.
The Tanzania Telecommunication Company (TTCL) has this week signed an agreement with the Universal Communication Service Access Fund (UCSAF) to upgrade telecoms infrastructure in Tanzania.
India's fourth-largest operator, Reliance Globalcom, has appointed Rory Cole as CFO of its three offshore businesses.
South African fixed-line provider Telkom is reportedly in talks to outsource the management of its radio access network to mobile operator MTN.
Thai operator True Corporation is reportedly looking for a foreign partner to expand its footprint across south east Asia.
Russia-based telecoms operator VimpelCom has written down the value of its business in Ukraine by $2 billion, following the recent political problems in the country.
Mexico’s telecoms regulator said yesterday that new legislation will target dominant players in the market in a bid to boost competition in the country.
Thailand‘s telecoms regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), has finalised the time frame for spectrum auctions to redistribute 92.5MHz of spectrum in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands.
French mobile operator Bouygues has made a bid for the acquisition of Vivendi's mobile arm SFR.
The Sultanate of Oman is located in south west Asia at the entrance of the Persian Gulf. Like many Gulf countries, Oman has been focussing on reducing its economy's dependency on oil through diversification, industrialisation and privatisation.
Deutsche Telekom has said it will slash its free cash flow for 2015, in a bid to win more mobile customers for its T-Mobile US division.
Apple’s SVP and CFO Peter Oppenheimer has announced plans to retire at the end of September this year.
Russian incumbent Rostelecom has revealed it deployed network security solutions from software company Nominum to protect its Wifi hotspot users from cyber-threats at the recent Sochi Winter Olympics.
Huawei has been selected by UK-based Vodafone to expand a Single Radio Access Network (SingleRAN) as part of its Project Spring phase 1 programme, which it is implementing across the world.
With LTE deployments well underway in the Middle East, the region is now looking at cloud and M2M opportunities for new sources of revenue in 2014.
Ooredoo has big plans for wholesale. Alex Hawkes talks to the company's chief wholesale and international officer, Yousuf Al Kubaisi.
France's third-largest mobile operator Bouygues is reportedly formulating an offer to buy Vivendi's mobile arm SFR.
Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has announced a partnership with Tata Communications to launch a dedicated Middle East Content Delivery Network (CDN).
Tele2 is considering options for the future of its Norway operations after the carrier lost out on mobile spectrum necessary to run its network in an auction held in December last year.
Etisalat has exclusively revealed to Capacity Daily that it has signed an LTE roaming peering agreement with iBasis.
Etisalat has signed a LTE roaming agreement with Mobily, enabling customers 4G coverage in both the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Kenya’s leading operator Safaricom and Bharti Airtel’s subsidiary in the country have reportedly made a joint bid to acquire Essar Communications owned Yu, industry regulators said yesterday.
Kevin Russell, CEO of Australian communications provider Optus, has announced his resignation from the role.
Chinese equipment vendor Huawei has appointed Dean Yu as CEO of its Kenyan operations.
Telekom Slovenia is looking to grow its presence in Bosnia through a number of strategic acquisitions, Reuters reports.
Chinese equipment vendor ZTE has taken over responsibility for the roll-out and operation of German mobile operator E-Plus's network.
Vodafone Greece and rival Greek operator Wind Hellas have reportedly signed an agreement to create a joint venture in the country.
Real Future, a subsidiary of True Corporation, has completed the roll-out of its 4G LTE network in Thailand, in partnership with Swedish vendor Ericsson.
Equipment vendor Huawei and operator Vodafone have unveiled an LTE-Advanced FDD and TDD convergence carrier aggregation solution at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 in Barcelona.
French vendor Alcatel-Lucent has today announced an agreement with LIME to complete the upgrade of the operator’s network in the Caribbean to an all-IP architecture.
With service providers facing increased competition from OTT players, they need to be looking at new market opportunities.
Mobile-messaging application WhatsApp will add voice call services to its offering later this year, Reuters reports.
Etisalat’s acquisition of the stake in Maroc Telecom held by French group Vivendi will be finalised in the next few weeks, Reuters reports.
The GSMA and Facebook have launched a joint initiative aimed at reducing the total costs of ownership of mobile, in an attempt to connect more people in emerging markets.
Jasper Wireless has today announced a partnership with AT&T which will see the M2M service provider power the AT&T Drive platform.
South American operator Entel has selected Chinese vendor Huawei to build its LTE network across Peru.
Moldova’s national operator Moldtelecom has selected Astellia to audit the quality of its voice and data services on its 3G network.
South Korean operator SK Telecom has announced that it will build additional base stations in an effort to ensure nationwide 4G coverage by the end of this year.
Taiwanese operator Chunghwa Telecom has selected Ericsson as the sole supplier of its online charging and policy control solutions.
Tata Communications has announced its results for the quarter and nine months ended December 31 2013.
The Slovakian government said today that it will sell a 49% stake in state incumbent Slovak Telekom later this year.
The central African country of Chad is in the process of privatising its state-owned telecoms company, Groupe SOTEL, officials revealed in a statement this week.
India’s 2G spectrum auction has raised nearly $10 billion in bids, with market leaders Bharti Airtel and Vodafone securing highly sought 900MHz band in the three major cities of Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata.
Telenor’s Indian arm, Uninor, has announced plans to expand its network by 30%, through the deployment of 5,000 network sites.
Vendors NSN and Huawei have signed a partnership to improve the interoperability of their operations support system (OSS) interfaces for operators.
Saudi Arabian operator Mobily has signed an agreement with US vendor Ciena to launch advanced connectivity services aimed at the operator’s enterprise customers.
Belgian mobile operator Proximus has become the first to launch its LTE network in the country’s capital Brussels.
Polish telecoms regulators have today announced that they have cancelled the country’s LTE spectrum auction, due to a technical anomaly.
South African operator MTN will begin legal processes against the country’s regulator over planned rate cuts, the company announced yesterday.
China Telecom is set to upgrade its network by implementing equipment vendor Huawei’s eOTDR solution.
SoftBank’s CEO, Masayoshi Son, said on Wednesday that he would not comment on reports that the company’s Sprint subsidiary is looking to acquire T-Mobile US.
Claro Uruguay has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent for the launch of a 4G LTE network in the country.
Cypriot MVNO PrimeTel has secured a mobile network operator licence in Cyprus, becoming the country’s third mobile operator.
French vendor Ekinops has launched an optical mobile backhaul solution for rural cell sites, where service providers need high capacity but have to minimise space, power needs, and cost.
Service provider Amdocs has launched its self-optimising networks (SON) solution, designed to automate the optimisation of radio access networks (RANs).
India's fourth-largest operator, Reliance Communications, has appointed former Bharti Airtel executive Vinod Sawhny as its new CEO.
América Móvil subsidiary Claro has been fined $138.4 million by Ecuador’s market watchdog for anti-competitive practices.
Service provider Aicent has increased its peering link at AMS-IX to dual 10GE peering connections.
Kuwaiti operator Zain has reportedly appointed a new chief strategy officer and a chief commercial officer. Both positions are effective immediately.
Spanish conglomerate Telefónica was today fined €500,000 by the country’s regulator, Reuters reports.
Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC) has reportedly launched an LTE-A network in its home country.
Greek operator Wind Hellas has upgraded its core network infrastructure, in partnership with Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson.
The UK’s Vodafone Group has put forward a €7 billion takeover bid for Spanish operator ONO, according to local reports.
Tata Communications has announced that its network is ready to supply voice over LTE calling (VoLTE) to IPX-connected service providers.
India has reportedly launched an investigation into Chinese telecoms vendor Huawei following claims that it hacked into the systems of state-run telecoms operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam.
Norway's third-largest mobile operator Tele2 is in talks with holding company Access Industries over the acquisition of its 4G spectrum.
Spain-based Telefónica is reportedly in talks to acquire Mexican operator Iusacell.
UK group Vodafone has continued its growth across emerging markets and pointed to falling revenues across its more mature European markets for weighing on its overall Q3 financial results, ending in December.
Deutsche Telekom plans to inject €1.2 billion into its Greek subsidiary OTE over the next four years, following an investment of €2 billion over the past five years in the Greek market, a company statement has revealed.
Tom Wheeler, chairman of US telecoms regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has reportedly expressed doubts over a possible merger between Sprint and T-Mobile US.
América Móvil has confirmed intentions to invest in Telekom Austria for the long-term, in a bid to replicate a model it has used for other eastern European operations.
Hutchison Whampoa’s subsidiary Three Ireland has announced that it will put forward a strong case addressing the European Commission’s concerns regarding its $1 billion bid for O2 Ireland.
Iran has unveiled a domestically designed and manufactured telecoms satellite, designed to provide secure national and international satellite mobile connections.
Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has renewed its managed services contract with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) to improve operational efficiency, network performance and quality of service.
Microsoft has announced the appointment of Satya Nadella as its new CEO, effective immediately.
Ethernet network solutions provider Extreme Networks has announced the launch of its network solution Purview.
Japanese telecoms company NTT Communications has announced the launch of US and European platforms for its cloud-based enterprise communications service, Arcstar UCaaS.
KPN is to cut up to 2,000 jobs after it reported a 13% year-on-year drop in its Q4 mobile revenues.
Mexico is set for landmark reforms to its telecoms and energy sectors, after President Enrique Pena Nieto confirmed he will set out secondary laws to flesh out the rulings.
French operator SFR is expecting to save approximately €200 million a year from its network sharing agreement with Bouygues Telecom, after it begins in 2017-2018.
Technology experts have warned that the advent of the cloud has led to an increase in grey routes, particularly as a result of cloud-based bulk SMS solutions.
Qatari operator Ooredoo will finally be awarded its licence in Myanmar this week, with the roll-out of its telecoms network in the country now imminent.
Ooredoo, formerly known as Qatar Telecom, has announced that its 4G network has been extended to cover the whole of Qatar with the activation of its 500th LTE site.
17 international carriers have partnered to announce the construction of a new submarine cable system called Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1).
Hutchison Whampoa’s $1 billion bid for O2 Ireland may be ruled as anti-competitive by the EU, unless concessions are made, according to reports.
Indian ministers have agreed to cap the fees telecom companies pay to use mobile frequencies at 5% of annual gross revenue.
French operators SFR and Bouygues Telecom are close to finalising talks to share their mobile networks. Both respective boards are expected to vote on the agreement on 31 January.
UK group Vodafone is reportedly in talks to acquire Spanish cable operator ONO, and potentially disrupt an IPO for the Madrid-based company.
Liberty Global has announced that it has agreed to acquire Dutch cable operator Ziggo in a deal valued at approximately €10 billion ($13.7 billion).
Communications and technology solutions provider Windstream has won a $1.6 million contract to provide fibre connections to three US military bases.
Saudi Arabian operator Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) has partnered with Finnish equipment vendor NSN to enhance its mobile offering and offer improved data and voice services in the country.
Mobile lobby group GSMA has argued that the proposal made by Britain’s telecom regulator Ofcom to increase spectrum licence fees is a threat to 4G roll-out in the UK.
Finnish operator Elisa has announced the launch of the country’s first 4G network in partnership with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN).
Cloud software provider VMware has announced its acquisition of mobile security company AirWatch for $1.54 billion.
UK watchdog Ofcom has implemented plans to stop telecoms providers from charging consumers for switching operators when they raise prices unexpectedly.
Huawei has revealed it spent $3.4 billion on procurement in its European operations in 2013.
Deutsche Telekom (DT) has signed an agreement with OTT application provider Evernote to cover 12 existing DT markets in continental Europe with its service.
Hutchison Whampoa subsidiary 3 Ireland has announced that its 4G services will go live next week, on January 27.
South Korea's ministry of science and technology told local reporters today that it will invest $1.5 billion in the deployment of a 5G wireless network, due to be operational in 2020.
Telecom NZ has won the bid for the final lot of 4G spectrum in the 700MHz band, which was left unsold during New Zealand’s auction in October last year.
Indian operator Bharti Airtel has reportedly put its tower network in Bangladesh up for sale, and is seeking to raise over $2 billion from the sale of tower assets in a bid to raise cash reserves.
Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has completed construction of an LTE network for TELE Greenland, to deliver the first 4G service in the country.
Wholesale voice carrier iBasis and Telecom Italia Sparkle have today announced an LTE roaming peering agreement, for the delivery of a consistent user experience to LTE roaming subscribers.
Huawei has been awarded three contracts for LTE network roll-outs in the British Crown dependencies, according to local reports.
Reliance Globalcom has appointed William Barney as CEO of its three offshore businesses, Reuters reports.
Tata Communications has today launched its mobile VoIP platform for the delivery of enhanced IP communication services.
SoftBank-owned Sprint and Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile US unit are in talks over a possible merger between the two companies.
South Korean operator SK Telecom has announced it has successfully developed an LTE-A solution in three spectrum bands.
Vodafone Australia has launched two 4G mobile broadband devices: the mobile broadband USB stick and the pocket Wifi device.
Telecom Italia told reporters yesterday that any offer for its Brazilian unit would have to undergo evaluation by independent directors.
Orange and Deutsche Telekom have delayed the flotation of EE, with the view of gaining a higher valuation once 4G services take off in the UK.
MTN Zambia has become the first provider in Zambia to deploy a commercial LTE network in the country.
Indian mobile operator Videocon Telecom has decided against participating in the Indian 2G spectrum auction on February 3.
TI Sparkle's CEO Elisabetta Ripa is bringing a fresh focus on customer care to wholesale.
Microsoft is considering Hans Vestberg, CEO at Swedish vendor Ericsson, for the top job at the US firm, Bloomberg reported yesterday.
Russian operator VimpelCom has partnered with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) for the roll-out of 4G in selected regions in the country.
Isle of Man telecoms group Manx Telecom is reportedly planning to float on the AIM exchange, as the company seeks private equity investment.
UK-based Neul has today launched NeulNET, its networking solution for the internet of things (IoT).
Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India have today submitted applications to take part in India’s spectrum auction, sources have revealed.
France's SFR has signed an agreement with Alcatel-Lucent, which will see the French vendor upgrade the operator's ultra-broadband access network in the country.
The Brazilian competition watchdog, Cade, has approved the merger between Oi and Portugal Telecom, according to local reports.
Wind Mobile has withdrawn from a major spectrum auction in Canada, dealing a further blow to competition in the country’s mobile market, Reuters reports.
British telecoms group Vodafone is looking at the potential acquisition of Indian mobile operator Loop Mobile, according to local reports.
Canada has announced that it will hold an auction in April 2015 for mobile licences in the 2500MHz spectrum band.
The Brazilian government is considering allowing local telecoms operators to pay off regulatory fines through investment, the country’s telecoms regulators, Anatel, told the Wall Street Journal.
The CEO of South Africa’s Telkom, Sipho Maseko, plans to slash as many as 1,000 managerial roles at the company and reduce his 21,000-strong workforce by almost a third over the next five years.
Indian telecommunications provider Reliance Communications is changing its management structure by separating its growing GSM business from its CDMA operations.
International telcos Telenor and Ooredoo have been granted telecoms operation licences in Myanmar, after winning the right to roll out mobile services over six months ago.
British mobile operator Vodafone was the largest contributor to the rise in the FTSE 100 last year, the Financial Times reports.
France-based vendor Alcatel-Lucent is in talks to divest its enterprise unit, which sells telecommunications equipment and services to companies.
Dish has withdrawn its $2.2 billion bid to buy bankrupt wireless broadband company LightSquared.
India's federal cabinet will allow Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL), the country’s only state-owned telecoms companies, to return their 4G spectrum.
O2 Germany has begun to test VoLTE handovers from 2G or 3G networks outside of LTE coverage areas across its live network.
The Belgian government is set to announce Dominique Leroy as the CEO of state-owned Belgacom, according to local reports.
Colombian operator Lazus has selected French vendor Alcatel-Lucent to deploy metro networks in nine Colombian cities.
British operators Vodafone and EE are close to signing a deal with Eurotunnel, which will enable the use of mobile phones and tablets under the sea during the Channel tunnel crossing, the Financial Times reports.
Leading French operator Orange is set to reduce its 4G price plan this week and will be closely followed by rival mobile company SFR.
Norwegian group Telenor has appointed Morten Karlsen Sørby as CEO of its Indian arm, Uninor.
Ireland’s Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has announced that it did not receive any offers from operators for the three lots of spectrum in the 1800MHz band that were put up for auction last year.
Thai operator AIS has increased its investment in 3G for the 2013-2015 period from 70 billion baht to 90 billion baht ($2.7 billion), according to local reports.
AT&T has announced a deal to purchase 49 advanced wireless spectrum licences from wireless US spectrum owner Aloha Partners II.
US mobile giant AT&T has announced that it has extended its 4G services to 26 new markets in the US.
US- based cable group Liberty Global is close to finalising a deal for the acquisition of Dutch cable operator Ziggo.
T-Mobile US has announced a deal to purchase unused 700MHz radio-frequency spectrum licences from rival Verizon Wireless.
India’s telecom regulator DoT has amended the rules of the spectrum auction in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands, scheduled to place in February.
Mobile subsidiary of Spanish Telefonica Movistar has launched 4G services in Peru.
Vodafone is reportedly in discussions with the Tata Group to buy a majority stake in its mobile unit, Tata Teleservices.
Eleven mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) licences have been issued to private companies looking to resell services from China’s three state-owned operators.
Slovenian regulator Apek has announced details of its 4G auction which will be held in March.
Chinese equipment vendor ZTE has announced plans to restructure its organisation by adopting a flattened management structure and making a series of new appointments.
Polish telecom regulator UKE has announced details of its LTE auction planned for February.