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MachNation: What will be the M2M carrier legacy?

Top-performing IoT carriers over the next two to three years will focus on their evolution from providing legacy M2M connectivity services to offering a solution that extends IT-based technologies into operational technology organisations.

Telenor Hungary offers 'MyCard' mobile banking service to drive customer loyalty

The CEO of Telenor's Hungarian business said a new mobile banking service launched in the country provides a boost to the operator's customer experience by providing a new form of banking to consumers.

BT's plan to buy EE raises questions about O2's future

BT's announcement this week that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Deutsche Telekom and Orange over a potential acquisition of EE was generally given the thumbs up by analysts and industry players, although one question now being asked is what a successful deal might mean for rival mobile operator O2 UK and its parent company Telefónica.

Ericsson, Orange hit 300 Mbps in French trials of FDD LTE carrier aggregation

Ericsson revealed it achieved data rates of 300 Mbps during trials of FDD LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation technology conducted with Orange in October and November.

Orange's Mobistar takes further steps towards return to convergence play

Belgium-based mobile operator Mobistar has taken its first concrete steps towards resuming sales of fixed-line services with tests of its Internet and digital TV services on cable networks and the recruitment of its first external test users in the Charleroi borough.

Ofcom confirms Sharon White as new CEO

Ofcom said Sharon White has been appointed as the new CEO of the UK communications regulator with effect from late March 2015, confirming previous reports.

Gartner: Global smartphone sales grew 20.3% in Q3 2014

Sales of smartphones to end-users grew 20.3 per cent year-on-year to reach 301 million units globally.

BT and EE: A very British affair

With a Dutch CEO, and French and German parents, EE today has a more European than British flavour. That could all change if BT acquires the UK operator: the former UK incumbent entered into exclusive negotiations with EE shareholders Orange and Deutsche Telekom on Monday.

BT enters into exclusive talks on £12.5B deal to buy EE

BT has entered into exclusive negotiations with Orange and Deutsche Telekom regarding the sale of EE, ending weeks of speculation over whether the former UK incumbent would choose to buy, EE or its rival O2 UK. The purchase price of £12.5 billion (€15.7 billion/$19.6 billion) would be split equally between Orange and Deutsche Telekom.

Telefónica Deutschland aims to offer same network quality as rivals by 2017

Telefónica Deutschland intends to put itself on an equal footing with Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone Germany by offering the same network quality as its rivals no later than 2017.

Nokia Networks, STC claim MEA first with TDD-FDD carrier aggregation demo

Nokia Networks said it completed the first demonstration of TDD-FDD carrier aggregation on a commercial chipset in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, in conjunction with Saudi Telecom Company (STC).

Viettel partners with Yatanarpon in $800M Myanmar project

Vietnam's Viettel Global plans to invest $800 million (€644 million) in building telecoms infrastructure in Myanmar and has confirmed that state-backed Internet service provider Yatanarpon Teleport will be its local partner in the project.

Tele2 unveils LTE rollout targets for Netherlands and Baltic States

Tele2 set out its LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) rollout targets for the Netherlands and the Baltic States, as the Sweden-based group also unveiled a multi-year investment programme expected to cost around SEK1 billion (€107 million/$132 million) and yield annual savings of SEK1 billion from 2018.

Ofcom study reveals O2 UK has highest levels of customer satisfaction

Telefónica's UK mobile operator O2's customer service was ranked best by consumers quizzed by regulator Ofcom in a regular annual survey, although Virgin Mobile was the only operator to show a year-on-year improvement.

IDC: Android inspires another bright quarter for MEA tablet market in Q3 2014

While shipments of Android tablets in MEA increased 47 per cent year on year in the third quarter of 2014, iOS and Windows OS both suffered declines over the same period.

Vodafone and JCDecaux sign global agreement to roll out small cells

Vodafone signed a global agreement with outdoor advertising company JCDecaux to deploy small cells on street furniture and billboards to further enhance its network performance.

Jolla eyes e-commerce, digital content partnerships in Sailfish OS push

Jolla, a start-up Finnish device maker, will seek partnerships with digital content providers and e-commerce players to strengthen its Sailfish operating system (OS) after completing a series-B financing round and smashing its goals for crowd-funding of a new tablet PC.

Report: Ericsson to take slice of $1.6B Ethiopia deal after ZTE row

Ericsson is reportedly about to sign a contract to expand the telecoms network of state-run operator Ethio Telecom, taking a slice of an $800 million (€643 million) contract originally awarded to ZTE.

eMarketer predicts UK smartphone users will grow more slowly than other EU5 countries

The number of smartphone users in the UK will grow more slowly than in other Western European countries between 2013 and 2018, figures from digital marketing, media and commerce research company eMarketer show.

Austria upholds 2013 auction, as France plans 700 MHz award in 2015

European spectrum auctions moved back into the spotlight this week after an Austrian court rejected attempts by T-Mobile Austria to nullify the 2013 auction that raised €2 billion ($2.5 billion) for state coffers, and France said it would allocate frequencies in the 700 MHz band to telecoms operators in 2015.