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Mike Dano is the executive editor for the Telecom Group for FierceMarkets, which includes FierceWireless, FierceTelecom, FierceCable, FierceWirelessTech and other publications. In his role, Mike oversees all editorial content for the publications, and acts as a point of contact for such content. Mike has covered the wireless industry as a journalist for the better part of a decade, and remembers writing a story about the transition from black and white to color screens on cell phones. Mike is based in Denver and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @FierceWireless or @mikeddano on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.
Articles by Mike Dano
BARCELONA, Spain - The GSMA is working on plans to connect another one billion people to mobile networks in the next six years, and is researching new business strategies and techniques in order to reach that goal. During a keynote appearance here at the Mobile World Congress trade show, executives from Etisalat and SingTel discussed how they are working to both address competition and break open new opportunities to achieve that aim.
Huawei said it doubled its investment into research and development in Europe between 2010 and 2013, and the company said it expects that number to double again over the next five years.
According to Bloomberg, operators including Deutsche Telekom, Orange and others are slowing or putting on hold major sales and other financial transactions as the market waits for U.S. operator AT&T to make an entry into the market.
After warning recently that it could quit the deal, América Móvil said now it remains in discussions with KPN about potentially acquiring the company.
A hacker stole the names, addresses and bank account numbers of 2 million of Vodafone Germany's customers, the operator reported. Perhaps more worrisome, the hacker exploited insider knowledge of Vodafone's systems in order to access the information.
Vodafone managed to clinch its €7.7 billion ($10.2 billion) acquisition of Kabel Deutschland, paving the way for the company to offer bundles of telecommunications services in Germany. Vodafone's bid for Kabel Deutschland had been threatened by investors seeking better terms.
Although those in the European wireless industry offered a tepid to downbeat reaction to Neelie Kroes' proposal to reshape the telecoms market by, among other things, ending roaming charges and instituting some net neutrality rules, some analysts believe the scheme is a "pragmatic compromise" that will be largely benign to most mobile operators.
Telecom Italia warned that its finances will fall faster than the operator previously expected due to continued economic sluggishness in Italy and the ongoing mobile price war there.
Due to new rules established by India's government, Vodafone could be forced to sell its 4.4 per cent stake the country's largest mobile operator, Bharti Airtel, which is worth around $1 billion (€753 million).
Orange in Spain blasted as unfair a new LTE network-sharing agreement between Telefónica and TeliaSonera's Yoigo. Reuters reported that Orange asked Spanish competition authorities to look into the deal, but that Spain's telecoms regulator did not immediately respond to a request for comment.