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CCS Insight: Three UK's dire need for spectrum set to provoke 'feisty' debate

Three UK's "precarious position" in the UK market following the failed attempt to buy O2 UK is set to underpin the next "feisty and potentially acrimonious debate" over future spectrum allocations, according to CCS Insight.

Tele2 Q2 profit tumbles on Netherlands LTE investment, one-off costs

Tele2 endured what Jefferies analysts called a "messy" second quarter, as one-off costs drove down EBITDA and resulted in a 60 per cent year-on-year drop in net profit.

SFR speeds 4G rollout as end to Bouygues roaming deal looms

SFR revealed further progress in the rollout of its LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) networks as the France-based operator readies itself for the end of a 4G-network sharing and roaming agreement with Bouygues Telecom.

Vodafone identifies European 4G growth opportunity; reports revenue declines in June quarter

Vodafone Group announced that Europe still offers significant opportunities to grow its 4G subscriber base because only 30 per cent of its users in the region have taken a 4G subscription to date.

Vodafone CZ launches VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling

Vodafone Czech Republic became the latest European mobile operator to launch new IP-based voice services, although the lack of compatible smartphones continues to limit the number of users that are able to exploit such services.

IDC: Worldwide smart watch market shipments drop 32% in Q2

IDC noted that the worldwide smart watch market has seen a decline in shipments year-on-year for the first time after total shipments fell by 32 per cent to 3.5 million in the second quarter of 2016.

Vodafone UK launches fixed phone and broadband service for SMEs

Vodafone UK advanced its strategy to offer fixed as well as mobile services to its customers with the launch of a new fixed voice and broadband service targeted at small business.

Telia chief hails 'solid' first half, but cautious on H2 comparisons

Telia president and CEO Johan Dennelind warned that the company faces headwinds in the back-half of 2016 that could impact year-on-year earnings comparisons after what he termed a "solid first six months".

Orange appoints new CEO for Belgian unit; completes Airtel purchase in Sierra Leone

Orange released a flurry of announcements this week involving the appointment of a new CEO at its Belgian unit, the completion of the Airtel acquisition in Sierra Leone and an investment in a smartphone financing venture.

Ericsson shareholders lose patience with CEO Vestberg amid diminishing earnings

Ericsson's two largest shareholders declined to comment on reports that they want to oust Hans Vestberg as CEO of the Sweden-based telecoms equipment vendor.

Vodafone and T-Mobile appoint new CEOs at Dutch units

Vodafone Netherlands and T-Mobile Netherlands announced new CEOs in separate moves, establishing key leadership roles in what is set to be a critical phase for the Dutch telecoms market.

IHS Markit: NFV market to be worth over $15B by 2020

The NFV market is expected to increase by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 42 per cent from $2.7 billion in 2015.

Zacks identifies risks to Ericsson's top line ahead of Q2 earnings announcement

Ericsson received a mixed second quarter earnings forecast from Zacks, which noted that the infrastructure vendor faced key challenges including rising restructuring costs and a drop in sales in key markets during the period.

GSMA seeks clarity over Egypt's 4G spectrum plans

The GSMA called on the Egyptian authorities and the country's mobile industry to reveal their plans for the allocation of spectrum designed to support the future rollout of 4G services.

Austria's A1 offers 100 Mbps speeds in 'hybrid' fixed-mobile service

A1, the domestic telecoms unit of Telekom Austria, unveiled plans to combine fixed and mobile technology in a new "hybrid" service that allows the provision of home broadband services at speeds of up to 100 Mbps.

SoftBank seeks entry to components sector with ARM acquisition

SoftBank pledged to invest in the future of ARM as it announced a £24.3 billion (€29.1 billion/$32.1 billion) bid to acquire 100 per cent of the UK-based technology company.

Opera Software to sell part of consumer business after buyout scrapped

Opera Software confirmed it would sell part of its consumer business to the Chinese Kunqi consortium after a plan by the consortium to buy 100 per cent of the Norway-based company was cancelled over the weekend.

ABI Research: Lack of standards plagues non-cellular LPWA

The market for non-cellular machine-to-machine low power wide area (LPWA) technologies holds the potential for healthy growth, but growth will be conservative with no set standard among proprietary vendors.

European operator chiefs explain why LTE remains relevant

In the midst of headlines proclaiming the latest developments towards defining 5G standards and specifications, or announcements regarding the march of the Internet of Things (IoT), it is easy to forget that many mobile operators are still in the throes of deploying LTE networks.

LTE still relevant despite a burgeoning 5G and IoT landscape

Long Term Evolution (LTE) doesn't seem to have lasted very long when you consider the prominence of news regarding the next generation of technologies including Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G.