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EU drops threats against Huawei, ZTE

The European Commission dropped its threat to launch an investigation into alleged illegal subsidies for Chinese mobile equipment manufacturers, in what will come as a relief to Huawei and ZTE--the two leading Chinese vendors operating in Europe.

Nokia Networks reveals ETSI mobile edge computing collaboration

Nokia Networks unveiled an industry-wide collaboration to produce a new standard covering mobile edge computing for the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).

Juniper Research: More than 100M smart watches to be in use by 2019

More than 100 million smart watches will be in use worldwide by 2019, with a host of premium brand launches over the next 12-18 months bringing the category into mainstream consumer consciousness.

Tele2 CEO denies Kazakhstan corruption claims

Tele2's president and CEO dismissed a report by a Swedish newspaper accusing the company of under-handed dealing in Kazakhstan, saying the article doesn't reveal anything the company hasn't already investigated itself.

Telenor completes 100% purchase of Indian unit Uninor

Telenor has increased its stake in Indian unit Uninor to 100 per cent from 74 per cent, following a similar move by Vodafone in April that saw the UK-based operator increase its stake in Vodafone India to 100 per cent.

Belgium's Mobistar returns to subscriber growth, details convergence strategy

Orange-owned Belgian operator Mobistar saw its mobile subscriber base grow again for the first time in eight quarters in the third quarter of 2014, and also confirmed its intention of resuming sales of fixed-line services in the final quarter of the year.

Telefónica Deutschland plans 1,600 job cuts after E-Plus merger

Telefónica Deutschland announced today that it intends to cut its workforce by around 1,600 full-time positions by 2018 as a result of the Germany-based company's recent merger with E-Plus.

TeliaSonera Q3 performance welcomed by Jefferies analysts

TeliaSonera enjoyed what analysts at Jefferies called a "solid" third calendar quarter on the back of improvements to its Swedish and Finnish operators, despite a near 13 per cent fall in net income year-on-year.

Report: Oi hires Barclays to assess sale of Portugal Telecom towers

Brazilian operator Oi has reportedly selected Barclays as its adviser on the possible sale of up to 3,000 mobile phone towers in Portugal that previously belonged to Portugal Telecom (PT), which is in the process of merging with Oi.

Ericsson maintains run of acquisitions with cloud specialist Sentilla

Ericsson said it is now better placed to assist companies through the minefield of mobility and cloud technologies, after completing an acquisition of network software company Sentilla.

Reports: Deutsche Telekom and Orange revive talks on EE sale or IPO

A flotation or possible sale could be back on the agenda for EE after reports said parent companies Deutsche Telekom and Orange have resumed talks about the future of their UK joint venture.

IDC: Smartphones drive mobile phone sales in MEA to 64M in Q2 2014

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) handset market grew to its largest size in 10 quarters in the second quarter of 2014, expanding 27 per cent year on year to total 64 million units.

CCS Insight: Global mobile phone shipments to reach 1.94B units in 2014

Worldwide mobile phone shipments are set to increase by 6 per cent this year to reach 1.94 billion units, of which 1.28 billion will be smartphones. By 2018, total shipments will amount to 2.29 billion units, of which 1.90 billion will be smartphones.

EE to agree deal to buy Phones 4U's MVNO business

EE is on the verge of agreeing a deal to buy Life Mobile, the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) business of the now defunct UK mobile phone retailer Phones 4U.

Ericsson says there is little relevance between location and mobile usage

Ericsson revealed the majority of global mobile device users prefer accessing the Internet or social media to online shopping or video calling, following research the vendor said shows there is little relevance between users' location and their usage.

Vodafone UK outguns EE on LTE roaming

Vodafone UK has extended LTE roaming to 23 destinations worldwide, after the operator added 19 new destinations to the existing locations of Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal.

ABI Research: Apple Watch will end Android's smart watch dominance

Android's dominance of the smart watch market will come to an end in 2015 when the operating system's (OS) share of the sector will fall to under 50 per cent for the first time as it succumbs to pressure from Apple.

GSA: Smartphones are driving LTE devices growth

Smartphones are the main driver of growth in the LTE market and now account for 47 per cent of all LTE device types, according to latest figures from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).

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?

Alcatel-Lucent teams with Korea Telecom to drive NFV

Alcatel-Lucent said it plans to collaborate with Korea Telecom (KT) on the development and adoption of a "comprehensive Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV)-based infrastructure", as interest in both NFV and software-defined networks (SDN) continues to drive industry-wide network developments.