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Norway's telecoms regulator said it raised around €212 million ($292 million) from its recent spectrum auction, and also named the backer of mystery new entrant Telco Data as Access Industries, a holding company founded and chaired by Ukrainian-American billionaire Leonard Blavatnik.
Only a week after Free Mobile announced it had added LTE to its €19.99 ($27.60) mobile plan for no extra charge, the Iliad-owned operator is now including the high-speed service in its €2-a-month plan, while Bouygues Telecom said it is extending LTE to its entire portfolio at no extra charge.
Ericsson said its ConsumerLab survey found that 52 per cent of smartphone users want to use their fingerprints instead of passwords and 48 per cent are interested in using eye-recognition to unlock their screen.
Spanish cable operator Ono is reportedly considering an initial public offering in 2014 in a move that could make it a potential target for mobile operators seeking fixed-line assets such as Vodafone and Orange, according to a Reuters report.
Israeli operator Cellcom said it plans to share the construction and operation of an LTE network under a 15-year agreement with rivals Pelephone and Golan Telecom in order to meet the growing demand for mobile data services while keeping costs down.
Orange-controlled group Telekomunikacja Polska SA (TPSA) said it plans to cut up to 2,950 employees in Poland by 2015 through voluntary redundancies, as part of plans to cut the company's headcount to around 15,000 people by 2016 in order to meet the challenges of a tough competitive environment.
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Sprint desperately needs a repositioning, in the same way that T-Mobile has shown is possible. As the last quarters have proven, just providing "unlimited for life" is not enough for consumers to switch to Sprint in significant numbers because the other operators offer packages with more data per month than most consumers use. Unless Sprint can provide more value than Verizon or AT&T, the customer losses will continue.
Lightower Fiber Networks is making itself more valuable to Chicago-based businesses and carrier customers by building out new fiber rings throughout downtown Chicago and the surrounding communities of Oak Brook, Elk Grove and Franklin Park.