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  • Orange offers €3.4B for Spain's Jazztel

    Orange has launched a "friendly" offer worth €3.4 billion ($4.4 billion) for 100 per cent of fixed broadband provider Jazztel, as the France-based operator seeks to build up its fixed assets in the highly competitive Spanish market.

Virgin Mobile CEE secures €10M in funding to fuel expansion

Virgin Mobile Central and Eastern Europe (VMCEE), a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), has secured funding of up to €10 million ($12.9 million) to fuel its expansion in Poland, Turkey, and other parts of the region.

Telefónica exec emphasises need to avoid vendor lock-in with NFV

NICE, France--Pieces of the network functions virtualisation (NFV) puzzle are starting to fall into place, although experts working in this field stress that care must be taken to avoid repeating the mistakes of previous legacy equipment that saw operators tied to equipment manufacturers and faced with interoperability requirements that proved to be a barrier to competition.

E-Plus trials VoLTE on kit from ZTE

Telefónica Deutschland's pending completion of its acquisition of domestic rival E-Plus is not stopping the latter investing in network developments, with the company launching commercial trials of voice over LTE (VoLTE).

Juniper Research: Global smartphone shipments to reach 1.2B this year

The number of smartphone shipments will approach 1.2 billion this year, an increase of 19 per cent from 985 million in 2013, according to latest forecasts by Juniper Research.

Facebook net systems head says operators must embrace SDN

NICE, France--Telecoms operators should embrace software-designed networks (SDN) and focus on training their staff to think more about software, according to the head of the net systems team at Facebook.

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