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Telecom Italia on brink of Brazilian progress

Telecom Italia is close to announcing a deal to sell the mobile phone towers of its Brazilian business TIM Participacoes to American Tower, as chief executive Marco Patuano also continues to push for a tie-up with Brazilian rival Oi.

Ericsson trials LTE Advanced with Poland's Plus

Ericsson and Plus, a mobile brand operated by Polkomtel, said they have jointly conducted a test of LTE Advanced technology in Poland, achieving speeds of up to 300 Mbps in the 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz frequency bands.

Alcatel-Lucent to supply Inmarsat with LTE kit for EU in-flight broadband network

Alcatel-Lucent will contribute towards the development of Europe's first aviation telecoms network, which is being constructed by mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat.

Altice sees itself as 'natural buyer' of France's Bouygues Telecom

Altice CEO Dexter Goei has further stirred up the telecoms market consolidation debate in France after he made it clear that the company would be more than interested in buying Bouygues Telecom.

Vodafone, O2 and EE warily eye UK quad-play options

Leading mobile operators in the UK are in the process of determining how far they will go in offering bundles that incorporate mobile, fixed voice, fixed broadband and TV services as they prepare for increased competition from fixed players.

The 25 most powerful people in U.S. wireless and wireline 2014

Ever wonder what it takes to change the direction of an entire industry? If so, you might want to take a cue from some of the players featured in this latest report from FierceWireless: the Most Powerful People in U.S. Wireless and Wireline 2014 list. Special report

Ericsson: 90% of world's population will have a mobile phone by 2020

Ericsson predicts around 90 per cent of the world's population aged six years and above will have a mobile phone by 2020, by which point smartphone subscriptions are also expected to hit 6.1 billion from 2.7 billion today.

Ofcom will allocate 700 MHz frequencies to mobile operators by 2022

Ofcom on Wednesday confirmed it will open up the 700 MHz frequency band to mobile operators for wireless broadband services.

Telekom Austria plans to play 'key role' in 5G

Telekom Austria Group said it intends to play a decisive role in defining the future standard for 5G, after joining the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance.

Vodafone wades into Uganda as Orange bows out

Vodafone signed a framework agreement with Afrimax Group to explore further opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa, with Uganda set to be the first target market under the new arrangement.

Juniper Research: Mobile operator costs pass $800B annually as margins become squeezed

Annual mobile operator expenditures are now in excess of $800 billion (€638 billion), and several leading players face the possibility of costs exceeding revenues by the end of the decade without remedial action.

Africa bustles with innovative ideas to get its citizens connected

With some 80 per cent of the population in Africa still not connected to the Internet, the thorny problem of how to get citizens online in some of the most challenging parts of the world was a key topic at the AfricaCom conference in Cape Town last week.

Nokia returns to device market with N1 Android tablet

Nokia is set to re-enter the mobile devices market in the first quarter of 2015 with a new tablet PC running the Android operating system.

Ericsson: Wireless backhaul comparable to fibre in small cells

Ericsson said wireless backhaul is as effective as fibre in non-line-of-sight (NLOS) small cells used in heterogeneous networks (hetnets) in licensed spectrum up to 30 GHz.

Telefónica Deutschland plans to sell yourfone to Drillisch

Telefónica Deutschland has agreed to sell yourfone, the secondary brand launched by E-Plus in April 2012, to its mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partner Drillisch, but stressed that it does not intend to sell any further customers after its merger with E-Plus.

Telecom Italia denies capital increase plan to finance Brazil deal

Telecom Italia on Monday denied reports that it plans to sell new shares to finance an acquisition in Brazil, as fresh reports state the company's board is preparing to discuss options for its subsidiary in the country.

TalkTalk signs MVNO deal with Telefónica UK in quad-play push

TalkTalk has signed a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreement with Telefónica as part of an overall strategy that will see the UK fixed operator expand its "quad-play" offering that combines fixed broadband and TV services with mobile plans and, ultimately, build a small cell network to support its mobile play.

Bouygues Telecom overhauls its mobile plans in new competitive drive

Bouygues Telecom unveiled a new range of mobile plans that will see the company integrate its low-cost B&YOU plans into its overall offering, and reposition itself on the still highly competitive French market.

Juniper Research: Mobile transaction users to hit 2B by 2017

Just over 2 billion mobile phone or tablet users will make some form of mobile commerce transaction by the end of 2017, up from 1.6 billion this year.

MachNation: Will carriers become irrelevant in the Internet of Things?

Carriers often learn about Internet of Things opportunities late in the procurement process. Why? Because connectivity and connectivity management is relatively low on the list of important technology and business considerations when an enterprise is considering an IoT deployment.