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Swisscom says smartphones now mainstream among teenage users

Swisscom said smartphones finally became a mainstream product among Switzerland's youth in 2014, with latest research showing that young people typically surf more than they make calls on their devices.

Report: Bouygues Telecom and SFR firm up network-sharing plans

It's been long in the making, but a planned network-sharing agreement between Bouygues Telecom and SFR appears to be on track after the two companies reportedly signed an amendment to the original contract from January this year.

Xiaomi becomes world's No. 3 smartphone vendor by market share

Xiaomi became the world's third-largest smartphone maker by market share for the first time during the third quarter, although it stands to immediately lose that status after Chinese rival Lenovo completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility.

Denmark's TDC reports 'unremarkable' Q3 results

TDC's revenue and EBITDA dipped in the third quarter of 2014 as the Denmark-based operator continued to face challenges on its domestic mobile market, although the company reported a near 20 per cent rise in profit year-on-year.

EE launches LTE Advanced services in London, reaches 6M LTE users

EE said its LTE Advanced network has now gone live in London, as the UK operator vies with Vodafone UK to become the first operator to roll out the higher speed network across the country.

Report: Telecoms sector revealed as worst for customer experience in the UK

More people in the UK experience a problem with their telecoms provider (23 per cent) than with any of the 12 other sectors surveyed in a recent report from the Institute of Customer Service.

Telenor Q3 profit slips despite revenue rise

Telenor's net profit slipped in the third quarter even though the company generated what it described as "all-time high" revenues, increased EBITDA and cut capex compared to the same period of 2013.

Ericsson teams up with Tibco for OSS/BSS boost

Ericsson has added software from Tibco to its roster of OSS/BSS services as the Sweden-based vendor pursues its strategy of partnering with other vendors to tackle the growing challenges faced by telecoms operators.

VimpelCom remains open to Wind Italy deal after failure of talks so far

VimpelCom said it will continue to explore deals that would add value to its Italian mobile unit Wind, but confirmed that discussions so far have failed to reach a successful conclusion.

KPN chief bullish on full year despite Q3 losses

KPN failed to profit from subscriber growth in the third quarter, with the company slipping to a net loss during the period as group revenue fell.

Numericable launches €4.7B rights issue to finance SFR deal

Numericable announced plans to raise its capital by around €4.7 billion ($5.9 billion) through a rights issue as the France-based cable operator seeks funding to help finance its €13.5 billion acquisition of SFR from Vivendi.

Juniper Research: Apple Pay and HCE to push NFC payment users to 516M by 2019

The number of users of contactless payment services based on near field communications (NFC) technology will reach around 516 million by 2019, up from 101 million this year.

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.

Ericsson picks up network deals with Telenor, Algeria Telecom

Ericsson made a good start to the week by announcing two network deals on Monday--one in Europe and one in Africa.

Italy eyes Wi-Fi to close broadband gap

Italy's government will be asked to consider establishing a nationwide €5 million ($6.3 million) public Wi-Fi network considered essential to close broadband coverage gaps relative to neighbouring European countries.

Telecom Italia to sell part of Argentina unit for $216M

Telecom Italia plans to sell only part of its stake in Telecom Argentina and the rest once it has received regulatory approval for the full sale to Fintech, after agreeing to a request by the New York-based fund to amend the original sale agreement for the unit.

Vodafone probes potential Ono tax fraud

Vodafone continues to be dogged by taxation problems as the operator confirmed it is probing a potential fraud at Spanish unit Ono just weeks after finally making progress in a long running tax dispute in India.

Phone Family signs MVNO deal with Three Sweden

Phone Family is to start selling mobile services under its own brand after signing a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreement with Three Sweden, as the Stockholm-based mobile phone and broadband services retailer seeks alternative revenue streams following the loss of key network operator partners this year.

GfK: Health and fitness trackers account for 39% of UK wearables market

According to a new report from research company GfK, smart watches are the smallest segment of the UK market at 11 per cent.

Orange's Pellissier sees arrival of more converged services in UK

EE hinted that its plan to launch new TV services in the UK market is something of a defensive strategy against an expected increase in converged offerings from rival operators, with BT regarded as a particular threat.