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Ericsson bosses mull large-scale takeovers to defend against merged Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent

Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg scheduled a meeting with senior management to discuss potential large-scale mergers and acquisitions that would help the company to compete against a merged Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent.

Alcatel-Lucent shareholders put Nokia deal in doubt

Nokia's acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent was cast into doubt by shareholders of the French-U.S. equipment vendor who are unhappy with the €15.6 billion ($17 billion) price agreed by the companies' managers.

Deutsche Telekom extends quad-play strategy to Romania

Deutsche Telekom extended its quad-play strategy to a third European market after Telekom Romania this week officially launched Magenta One plans.

Russian LTE deployments are picking up steam despite many challenges

Despite low LTE penetration, Russian mobile operators are starting to close the gap with their Western European counterparts in terms of LTE deployments, even though the government has never held an auction for next-generation frequencies. However, operators face several challenges in boosting LTE adoption, including a large number of prepaid users on 2G networks and a tough geographical environment that takes its toll on network infrastructure and its deployment.

Russian LTE deployments gathering pace

Russia is gearing up to hold its first LTE spectrum auction in the second half of 2015, although a lack of auctions has not stopped the country's mobile operators pressing ahead with rollouts of the technology.

Ofcom considers 2-pronged approach to 2.3 and 3.4 GHz award

Ofcom may award frequencies in the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands in two stages rather than via a single auction process to accommodate potential changes to the UK mobile market.

Orange clears final regulatory hurdle to €3.4B Jazztel purchase

Orange said Spanish market authorities have given it the green light to make an offer for 100 per cent of the shares in Jazztel, meaning that the way is now clear for the France-based company to pursue its proposed €3.4 billion ($3.7 billion) acquisition of the fixed broadband provider.

IDC: Global smartphone growth expected to slow to 11.3% in 2015

Smartphone shipments are expected to increase by 11.3 per cent in 2015, which is down from 27.6 per cent in 2014.

What would a Liberty-Vodafone look like?

A tie-up between Liberty Global and Vodafone would be a huge undertaking and a game changer on the European telecoms market, with plenty of potential synergy benefits but equally potential hurdles ahead.

Qualcomm boosts connected car credentials with Daimler deal

Qualcomm addressed concerns that it is struggling to gain traction in the connected car sector by announcing a major collaboration with Daimler covering wireless connectivity and charging technologies.

Germany on starting blocks for 700-MHz spectrum auction

Germany is preparing for its next major spectrum auction, with the final bidding amount expected to come close to the €4.4 billion raised in the last auction in 2010, according to analysts.

IDC: Tablet shipments drop 20% in CEE in Q1 2015

Shipments of tablets and 2-in-1 devices fell more than 20 per cent year-on-year in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) in the first quarter of 2015, due in part to the negative economic situations in Russia and Ukraine and the strength of the U.S. dollar relative to the depreciation of their local currencies.

Telekom Slovenije to offer triple-play bundle over LTE network

Telekom Slovenije (Slovenia) announced plans to utilise its LTE network to provide a triple-play bundle of services to areas where physical infrastructure is not currently available.

Report: Shareholders urge Vodafone to offload networks, embrace Liberty Global merger

Vodafone should sell off networks in its more far-flung markets such as India, Turkey and South Africa to support a £120 billion (€169 billion/$186 billion) merger of its European business with Liberty Global, according to some of the UK-based company's biggest shareholders.

Study: European smartphone users face growing disparities in data caps

Mobile data consumption per capita in Finland was ten times higher than in Germany in 2012 and by 2014 that factor grew to thirteen, a new study says.

Huawei targets 'traditional' industries with SDN-based IoT platform

Huawei said it launched the world's first Internet of Things (IoT) platform based on software defined networking (SDN), to simplify the process of forging connections and related network management and maintenance.

France's operators sign accord to cover all mobile 'not spots' by 2020

France's four mobile network operators finally put pen to paper this week on an agreement that commits them to covering all of the country's remaining mobile "not spots" in inhabited areas by 2020.

Nokia stays tight-lipped on German auto makers' HERE bid

Nokia has not indicated whether it will sell its HERE mapping business to a consortium led by German car makers, despite reports earlier this month that a deal was imminent.

Slovenia says expects to decide on Telekom sale in 2 weeks

Slovenia said it expects to decide on the sale of a majority stake in Telekom Slovenia within two weeks, after it received an improved and final offer from private equity investment fund Cinven.

Report: Telecom Italia targets almost €1B from planned towers IPO

Telecom Italia reportedly plans to raise €960 million ($1.1 billion) from the sale of a 40 per cent stake in its mobile tower unit via an initial public offering (IPO), increasing the targeted amount from around €730 million.