Biography for Anne Morris
Anne Morris is the editor of FierceWireless:Europe. She has been working for telecoms print and online publications for over 15 years and has specialised in wireless industry news for much of that period. Most recently she has been contributing articles and research reports on fixed and wireless communications and technology as a freelance writer and editor for publications including Total Telecom, ZDNet UK, European Communications and others. Her interests include running, long walks and yoga, but these healthy activities are somewhat offset by an appreciation of good red wine. She is also a voracious reader, knows German well and is now trying to improve her French. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Articles by Anne Morris
The European Union's digital agenda commissioner, Neelie Kroes, said the creation of a single market for the European telecoms industry is a major priority for the rest of her mandate, and said she is not retiring until she has achieved her goal.
The European Commission, intent on punishing what it believes to be anti-competitive activity in the form of illegal state subsidies for and dumping by China's equipment vendors, seems to be ignoring the very real fears held by Europe's own equipment vendors that they could be shut out of the lucrative Chinese market as part of retaliatory moves by China.
Telefónica Digital has announced a deal with Samsung Electronics in a move that many are hailing as the most significant carrier billing agreement to date as it unites one of the world's largest operators with the world's biggest handset maker.
Plans provided by operators to allow users to share large data buckets among several mobile devices are seen as an important customer retention and revenue-generating tactic. However, a new report says such plans are still thin on the ground, particularly in Europe.
UK mobile operator 3 UK has discussed the option of pooling its 800 MHz spectrum with that of rival operator EE, and also suggested it could launch commercial LTE services ahead of schedule this year.
China has threatened to retaliate if the European Union opens an investigation into Chinese equipment manufacturers over alleged anti-competitive behaviour.
Vodafone Germany has signed a deal with Deutsche Telekom to allow the mobile operator to use the German carrier's VDSL network for the launch of new high-speed broadband and IPTV services. The deal with Deutsche Telekom also caused a fall in the share price of Germany's largest cable operator, Kabel Deutschland, because Vodafone Germany will have less need to buy cable assets.
Virgin Group owner Richard Branson is planning to extend the Virgin Mobile brand to the Middle East, and has already submitted a bid for an MVNO licence in Saudi Arabia.
VimpelCom-owned units Wind in Italy and Orascom in Egypt have recently been eyed up by well-known billionaire investors, but the Russian operator has now said Wind is not for sale while Orascom has recommended to its shareholders that they reject an offer made in March by a subsidiary of Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman's Altimo.
The European Commission said on Wednesday it is ready to launch an investigation over alleged dumping by, and subsidies for, Chinese mobile equipment manufacturers, even though Europe's manufacturers are clearly not in favour of a probe.