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  • Analysis: Iliad's $15B bid for control of T-Mobile puts pressure on SoftBank, Sprint to make a deal

    1 August 2014, 11:14 am

    Iliad's surprise $15 billion bid to purchase a majority stake in T-Mobile US could put more pressure on Sprint and its parent SoftBank to strike a deal sooner than they had expected. Although SoftBank has more financial firepower than Iliad and its rumored bid…
  • Samsung tops analysts Q2 smartphone shipments tables

    1 August 2014, 7:33 am

    Samsung remained the dominant force in smartphones in the second quarter, with an average of 74.6 million units shipped according to figures from three research companies.
  • Xavier who? Iliad owner makes his mark in the U.S.

    1 August 2014, 7:19 am

    "Who the heck is Iliad?" asked the U.S. version of PC Magazine, and indeed that question is probably still reverberating around a market that is wondering why the maverick billionaire owner of a French operator would want to spend billions of dollars on buying…
  • UPDATED: Ofcom cuts proposed hike in 2G, 3G spectrum fees

    1 August 2014, 7:05 am

    UK regulator Ofcom scaled back plans to increase fees for 2G and 3G spectrum use, a move that was previously described by analysts as a tax of £4.5 billion (€5.6 billion/$7.5 billion) on the UK mobile industry over 20 years.
  • Telefónica's Alierta bullish despite drop in H1 net profit

    1 August 2014, 6:16 am

    Telefónica saw its first half net income fall 7.5 per cent year-on-year, but showed signs of improvement in the second quarter with a 4.9 per cent increase compared to the same quarter in 2013.
  • Vodafone renews alliance with Belgacom for 3 more years

    1 August 2014, 5:41 am

    Vodafone and Belgacom have renewed their partner market agreement in Belgium and Luxembourg for a further three years, the two operators have confirmed.
  • Juniper Research: Mobile coupon users to reach over 1B by 2019

    1 August 2014, 3:33 am

    There will be 1.05 billion mobile coupon users by 2019, up from just under 560 million this year, according to a new report from Juniper Research.
  • Why isn't TV Everywhere ready for prime time?

    31 July 2014, 12:35 pm

    More than five years after storming into the market, the U.S. pay TV's highly complex multiscreen initiative, TV Everywhere, remains a work in progress. Special report
  • Samsung's mobile sales and profit dip in Q2 amid intensifying competition from China

    31 July 2014, 12:28 pm

    Samsung Electronics saw sales and operating profit at its key mobile unit fall in the second quarter as the company faces intensifying competition from low-cost Chinese rivals and growing worries from investors of its ability to maintain its position as the…
  • Updated: France's Iliad makes $15B bid to purchase majority of T-Mobile US

    31 July 2014, 12:13 pm

    Iliad, the French mobile and Internet company, confirmed it has made a $15 billion bid to purchase a majority stake in T-Mobile US.
  • FCC's Wheeler calls Verizon's LTE 'network optimization' policy 'disturbing'

    31 July 2014, 11:07 am

    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead he is "deeply troubled" by the carrier's decision to start slowing down the speeds of some customers who still have legacy unlimited data plans and who cross into the top 5 percent of heavy data users…
  • Confirmed: T-Mobile MVNO PTel to tweak pricing plans

    31 July 2014, 11:05 am

    Prepaid T-Mobile US MVNO PTel Mobile plans to tweak its pricing plans in a move that will lower the cost of its unlimited talking, texting and slow-speed data offering. The actions come as a wide range of carriers and MVNOs work to modify their prepaid pricing…
  • Apple, Qualcomm and Microsoft learn the new cost of doing business in China

    31 July 2014, 10:43 am

    Over the past month or so Microsoft, Qualcomm, Apple and others have had to deal with pushback from Chinese regulators or Chinese state-run media. To me, it's clear that the cost of doing business in China is going up--but the cost of missing out on a growing…
  • T-Mobile's Legere: We don't need to make a deal to be successful

    31 July 2014, 9:54 am

    T-Mobile US said it added 1.47 million total net new subscribers in the second quarter, including 908,000 branded postpaid net adds. While T-Mobile didn't report quite as many postpaid net adds in the period as Verizon Wireless, it did have more total new…
  • Alcatel-Lucent narrows loss, but U.S. sales drop

    31 July 2014, 3:17 am

    Alcatel-Lucent capped off the second quarter of 2014 with a narrower loss. Yet sales in the United States fell and investors have grown worried that the company's reliance on large contracts from U.S. carriers could hurt it if network activity drops.
  • AT&T, IBM slash set-up times for cloud connectivity to seconds

    30 July 2014, 11:28 pm

    AT&T is pursuing its plans to create a cloud-based network architecture via numerous research projects, including one in which the operator joined IBM and Applied Communication Sciences (ACS) to create a prototype technology that reduces set- up times for…
  • Apple iPhone 6 will support VoLTE, says Mavenir's CEO

    30 July 2014, 9:09 pm

    During his company's second-quarter 2014 earnings call with analysts, Mavenir Systems' CEO Pardeep Kohli gave a couple of shout-outs to Apple, citing the importance of the vendor's support for operator-enabled voice over IP (VoIP) services in its upcoming…
  • Sprint's Hesse: We're testing plans that could drive more equipment installment sales

    30 July 2014, 1:34 pm

    Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said the carrier is testing a variety of new pricing options, including plans that could spur more customers to pay for devices through equipment installment plans.
  • Cablevision tops 1 million Wi-Fi hotspots, upping ante in challenge to cellular

    30 July 2014, 11:49 am

    Cablevision said earlier this year it would reach some 1 million public Wi-Fi access points by the end of 2014. The cable MSO beat its forecast by five months, announcing it has already reached that 1 million hotspot goal.
  • Report: Consumers accepting of, but confused by, usage-based wireless data plans

    30 July 2014, 11:43 am

    Consumers are fine with usage-based pricing for wireless data but are confused by their plans nonetheless, according to a new report from a government watchdog. The report, from the Government Accountability Office, found that consumers are generally much…
  • KPN sees light at the end of the tunnel after positive Q2

    30 July 2014, 7:28 am

    Dutch operator KPN predicted its financial performance will stablise towards the end of 2014, after its second quarter earnings exceeded analyst estimates thanks to customer gains and cost cuts.
  • Ericsson boosts IoT, XaaS, billing capabilities with MetraTech acquisition

    30 July 2014, 7:00 am

    Ericsson beefed up its OSS/BSS capabilities with a deal to acquire U.S.-based MetraTech that the Swedish vendor said extends its billing expertise beyond the telecoms sector.
  • Nokia Networks trials LTE Broadcast for 'national' services

    30 July 2014, 6:51 am

    Nokia Networks claimed a world first in the ongoing development of LTE Broadcast technology, after conducting a field trial of wide-area TV broadcasting using a single LTE frequency within UHF spectrum in Munich.
  • Orange confirms 2014 earnings target after 'encouraging' first 6 months

    30 July 2014, 6:13 am

    Orange may not yet be fully out of the woods, but the company remains confident that the race to the bottom in terms of pricing is coming to an end and is maintaining its EBITDA target for 2014.
  • Consumers may threaten regulators' best-laid plans

    30 July 2014, 12:39 am

    The battle over net neutrality and related pushes to rewrite the Telecommunications Act of 1996 are sure to have major impacts, one way or another, on the future of consumers' communications and entertainment options. But those effects will themselves be…
  • Cambium quickly jumps on 5150-5250 MHz bandwagon

    29 July 2014, 5:56 pm

    Cambium Networks announced products designed to operate in the 5150-5250 MHz frequencies that the FCC recently opened for fixed outdoor wireless use.
  • Freescale exec: '5G is coming fast and furious'

    29 July 2014, 5:19 pm

    2020 may seem like a long way off, but it is less than six years from now. That means although 5G is still not officially defined, every company on the industry value chain is already working out how its products will fit into this next generation of wireless…
  • Jarich: LTE TDD - Looking back to the birth of a standard

    28 July 2014, 4:52 pm

    We all knew the 5G pendulum was going to swing back pretty hard post-Mobile World Congress this year.  Sure enough, come mid-year 2014, it's suddenly fashionable for people in the telecom industry (media, analysts, etc.) to push back on the 5G hype.  You…
  • Rumor mill: Sprint laying groundwork for mid-2015 VoLTE launch

    27 July 2014, 9:26 pm

    Sprint has stressed time and again that it is not rushing to launch voice over LTE (VoLTE), but that does not mean the operator is snubbing the technology. Far from it, in fact, given that a "high-level" Sprint executive has shared details regarding the…
  • SingTel rolls out commercial LTE Advanced service delivering 300 Mbps

    27 July 2014, 5:29 pm

    Singapore operator SingTel introduced the Huawei 5786 mobile MiFi hotspot device, enabling SingTel to claim it is the world's first mobile operator to offer commercial 300 Mbps service using LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation.

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