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Africa bustles with innovative ideas to get its citizens connected

With some 80 per cent of the population in Africa still not connected to the Internet, the thorny problem of how to get citizens online in some of the most challenging parts of the world was a key topic at the AfricaCom conference in Cape Town last week.

As our phones get smarter, we do not it seems

Latest research suggests that smartphones are making us clumsier. According to SquareTrade, our tendency to browse and walk leads to tripping incidents that often cause us to damage our phones and ourselves.

Orange and Telekom Austria Q3 results show glimmers of hope

The latest round of third-quarter results has revealed some bright spots in mobile markets that were previously pretty gloomy. In France, for example, Orange performed much better than expected in the three months from July to end-September.

Mobile data sharing: now big in Europe

If you take a closer look at the various smartphone and mobile data plans of European operators, you'll see that data sharing--and here I define it as mobile data plans with at least one extra SIM card to share a data bundle between two devices--is now thriving as an increasing number of operators adopt various forms of this pricing and marketing approach.

As Iliad gives up on the U.S., all eyes turn back to France

With what appeared to be a Gallic shrug and a large sniff in the best traditional style, Iliad this week finally abandoned plans to buy T-Mobile US, thus ending a period of intense speculation over what Iliad owner Xavier Niel might offer next for the Deutsche Telekom-owned operator. The question now is: what will Niel and Iliad do next?

Quad-play is so vieux jeu; it's now all about 'quintuple play'

Not content with mere quad-play offerings, the two Portuguese operators MEO and NOS have now gone further still: both have now entered the realm of the "quintuple play".

Goodbye Neelie, hello Günther, Andrus and Jyrki: it's all change for Europe's Digital Agenda

It'll soon be time to bid our final farewells to Neelie Kroes, the intrepid European Commission vice president who has overseen the European Union's Digital Agenda during the past four years.

First come the new iPhones and iOS, then comes the backlash…

Apple said this week that it sold over 10 million new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models just three days after the launch on Sept. 19, marking a new record for the U.S.-based company. Such sales figures indicate that the iPhone continues to appeal, after last year's iPhone 5s generated similar levels of frenzy particularly in markets where the devices had previously not been available.

EU operators turn to fixed-mobile convergence as mobile-only loses lustre

Two's company, three's a crowd. So what does four make? Where mobile operators are concerned, four and more is the number of services they increasingly aspire to provide to their customers.

Apple Pay: Good or bad for Europe's operators?

NFC in mobile phones to allow contactless payments is far from a new topic, and one of the main discussion points has been the role that mobile operators could play in the value chain. The question now being asked is: will Apple Pay be good or bad for mobile operators?