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Samsung prepares to debut its first connected smart watch at IFA trade show

Samsung is readying a new smart watch that it claims will redefine the meaning of the term 'wearable device' by offering wireless connectivity without being tethered to a smartphone.

LTE Broadcast still at a limited stage in Europe

At least 16 operators worldwide have confirmed they are either trialling or deploying LTE Broadcast, although operators in only five European markets have publically revealed trials to date.

Eircom agrees long-term network sharing deal with Three Ireland

Eircom agreed a key network sharing deal with Three Ireland that will see the two operators share existing mobile infrastructure and split the cost of deploying new cell sites through 2030.

Bouygues Telecom reports 29% drop in earnings in H1 2014

Bouygues Telecom reported a 29 per cent drop in core earnings in the first half of 2014, as the French operator continued to suffer from ongoing pricing adjustments on France's mobile telecoms market.

Meet the 2014 Most Influential Women in Wireless

Fierce editors have been tracking the top female stars in the wireless industry since 2008, and we have just completed the FierceWireless "Most Influential Women in Wireless" list for 2014.

Vivendi enters into exclusive talks with Telefónica on GVT

Vivendi confirmed on Thursday it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Telefónica on the Spanish company's offer to buy its Brazilian broadband unit Global Village Telecom (GVT), in a blow to Telecom Italia.

Telecom Italia offers €7B for GVT as Telefónica ups bid

Vivendi confirmed it has received binding offers for its Brazilian subsidiary Global Village Telecom (GVT) from both Telecom Italia and Telefónica, marking the official start of a bidding war in Brazil between the two European telecoms heavyweights.

Myanmar's MPT beefs up network to compete with Telenor and Ooredoo

Myanma Posts & Telecommunications (MPT) is gearing up to compete with its two new rivals in Mynamar, saying it anticipates adding "millions of new users by 2016."

du increases LTE expansion target as data demand grows

du is ramping up its LTE network rollout, pledging to extend the deployment by a quarter to meet surging demand for mobile data in the UAE, the operator's home market.

Cosmote Romania picks ZTE for LTE network build

Cosmote Romania has awarded a contract to build a new LTE network in southern Romania to Chinese equipment manufacturer ZTE, in a deal that will require the construction of more than 3,000 base stations.

Qualcomm on brink of EC probe into chip licensing

Qualcomm faces a fine of up to $2.5 billion (€1.8 billion) if found guilty of monopolistic practices in the European mobile chip market.

Reports: Telefónica, Telecom Italia prepare GVT bidding war, as Oi eyes TIM Brasil

Telefónica and Telecom Italia are reportedly gearing up for a bidding war in Brazil, with both operators preparing to go head to head over Vivendi-owned broadband provider Global Village Telecom (GVT). At the same time, Brazilian operator Oi is understood to be considering a bid for an $8 billion (€6 billion) stake in rival operator TIM Brasil.

Juniper Research: Revenues from tablet games to exceed $13B by 2019

Worldwide revenues from tablet games will reach $13.3 billion (€10 billion) by 2019, a threefold rise on the 2014 figure of $3.6 billion.

Operators, please improve your rural coverage

The usefulness of navigation systems certainly hits home when you're driving around unfamiliar areas and need help to get you from A to B. Of course it's also possible to get apps that allow you to download GPS maps, which work even when you do not have a mobile internet connection. But what happens when you do need 3G?

Arianespace seeks clarity over why two Galileo satellites went into wrong orbit

Arianespace said it intends to find out why the fifth and sixth satellites launched as part of the Galileo constellation ended up in the wrong orbit, an event that marks a further setback for Europe's answer to the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS).

Berg Insight: Europe lags as M2M shifts from 2G to 3G and LTE

The proportion of machine-to-machine (M2M) connections over 3G and LTE technologies will more than double in the five years to 2018, as the industry begins moving away from traditional 2G connectivity.

Analysys Mason: Mobile comms will dominate in sub-Saharan Africa through 2018

Mobile services are tipped to remain the dominant revenue generator in sub-Saharan Africa in the five years through 2018, fuelled by high demand for wireless voice and data communications.

ABI Research: Mobile Internet continuing to drive mobile service revenue in 2014

In the first quarter of 2014, worldwide mobile service revenue increased 0.58 per cent year-on-year to $264 billion (€200 billion) with aggregate service revenue for 2014 expected to increase by 2.9 per cent to $1.01 trillion.

Norway postpones 1800 MHz auction for an indefinite period

The Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority (NPT) postponed its planned auction of spectrum in the 1800 MHz band due to the uncertainties caused by TeliaSonera's plan to buy Tele2 Norway.

Vodafone extends convergence strategy with €73M deal in Greece

Vodafone agreed to acquire 72.7 per cent of Greek broadband provider Hellas Online for €72.7 million in cash, in a move that further extends the UK-based operator's strategy to buy up fixed network assets in markets where it already provides mobile services.