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Turk Telekom bids for remaining 10% of Avea

Turk Telekom confirmed this week that it has submitted a non-binding offer for the 10 per cent of mobile operator Avea that it does not already own.

Apple stays tight-lipped on Skycure claim of iOS security vulnerability

Apple remained tight-lipped when asked for its reaction to an announcement by Israel-based security company Skycure that it had discovered a security breach in the company's iOS 8 platform.

Mobistar surprises with rise in Q1 core profit

Orange's Belgian unit Mobistar reported an unexpected increase in core profit for the first quarter of 2015 and achieved year-on-year EBITDA growth for the first time in 15 quarters.

EE readies own brand sub-£100 Wi-Fi calling smartphone

EE expanded the range of smartphones capable of accessing its Wi-Fi calling service with the launch of two new own-brand devices that CMO Pippa Dunn said offer premium-level features at low prices.

Mallinson: Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent and the last of the network equipment mega-mergers

Nokia's integration of Alcatel-Lucent following the proposed acquisition of its rival will be difficult and messy. Some significant rewards will take many years to achieve, if ever. However, very large research and development demands with economies of scale and scope in 4G, 5G and with fixed-mobile network convergence make this kind of transaction inevitable and indispensable.

Carphone's iD hailed as more interesting MVNO story than Google's Project Fi

Carphone Warehouse and Google this week unveiled separate plans to launch mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), yet despite the fanfare that greeted Google's Project Fi some analysts have hailed Carphone's iD as the more interesting MVNO story.

GSA: Commercial LTE Advanced systems reach 64 in 39 countries

Around 30 per cent (116) of LTE operators worldwide are now investing in carrier aggregation technology.

Telekom Austria more than doubles Q1 profit as revenue declines slow

Telekom Austria more than doubled its quarterly net income year-on-year in the first quarter of 2015, as a cost-cutting programme helped slow down the rate of revenue decline.

Vodafone and MTN partner on mobile money services in East Africa

Vodafone and MTN plan to collaborate on the provision of mobile money services across East Africa, in what is the latest in a series of international agreements between operators in this field.

Nokia navigating 4 offers for its HERE mapping business

Nokia reportedly attracted four potential bidders for its HERE mapping business, after announcing it is reviewing the division's future alongside a proposed acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.

Huawei appoints new president for Western Europe

Huawei appointed Vincent Pang as president of operations in Western Europe, replacing Kevin Tao who is now taking on a new position at the equipment vendor's global headquarters in China.

Vodafone said to be in talks with Altice about buying Portugal's Cabovisao

Vodafone reportedly held initial talks with Altice about buying Portuguese cable operator Cabovisão, after the cable and telecoms group agreed to sell its two existing businesses in Portugal in order to win European Union approval for its acquisition of Portugal Telecom.

GSA: LTE devices near 3,000

The addition of 1,356 products since March 2014 has increased the total number of announced LTE user devices to 2,919.

Will the Watch be Apple's biggest success, or biggest challenge yet?

With the global launch of Apple's smart watch now only days away, analysts are unclear on whether the device will be the company's biggest earner to date, or its greatest consumer challenge.

Ofcom identifies 'preliminary set of bands' above 6 GHz for 5G

Ofcom identified what it describes as "a preliminary set of bands in different parts of the 6-100 GHz range" that it currently believes offer the best potential for use by 5G networks in the UK and harmonisation of 5G mobile services globally.

Ericsson adds Intel Security to managed services portfolio

Ericsson added a security element to its managed services offering, forging a deal with Intel Security it said will enable operators to mitigate future security risks for consumers and enterprises.

Report: 72% of consumers believe more regulation is needed to control use of location-based data

A Mobile Marketing Association and Brainstorm consumer survey revealed that 74 per cent of respondents are happy to share their location-based data with third parties.

Vodafone Uganda appoints seasoned telecoms exec as CEO

Vodafone Uganda appointed Allan Richardson as its new CEO just two months after launching 4G services in the cities of Kampala and Entebbe.

EC mulls equal regulation for OTT companies and network operators

Over the Top (OTT) service providers could face similar regulation to network operators under European Commission (EC) plans to update communications market rules in 2016.

KPN sells BASE Belgium to Liberty Global's Telenet for €1.33B

KPN said it has agreed to sell its Belgian mobile unit BASE to Liberty Global's Telenet for €1.325 billion ($1.43 billion) in cash, noting that the move would create a new fixed and mobile player in Belgium.