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Hungarian telecoms authority issues mobile broadband spectrum

Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, Telenor, and new entrant Digi Telecommunications each won spectrum in an auction of mobile broadband frequencies in Hungary, the country's telecoms authority revealed today.

EC net closes in on Apple Irish tax scandel

The European Commission (EC) is today expected to release initial details of a probe into Apple's tax arrangements in the region that could see the U.S. smartphone maker fined billions of Euros.

 

Oracle teams with Vodafone on IoT, expands European cloud data centres

Oracle is seeking to beef up its wireless credentials by collaborating with Vodafone to develop internet of things (IoT) systems, as well as working on a separate plan to open new cloud data centres in Europe.

 

Telefonica lowers Spanish tariffs to remain competitive

Telefonica is pushing to gain ground on competitors in Spain by launching a set of radical new airtime and data tariffs for consumers.

 

Analysis Mason: Sub-Saharan Africa telecoms' fastest-growing market

The telecoms market in Sub-Saharan Africa is transitioning, as growing revenue from mobile data services increasingly matches mobile voice growth.

Eircom CEO Hribar stands down

Eircom is on the hunt for a new CEO after Herb Hribar quit the role with immediate effect a few days after the company backed down from plans to list on the stock market.

EC says no change to plan to end roaming charges

The European Commission (EC) insisted there is absolutely no delay to its plans to end roaming charges across the European Union, noting that all three EU institutions--the EC, European Parliament and national governments--agree on the need to end these charges.

French watchdog rejects call to suspend Bouygues Telecom-SFR network deal

France's competition regulator L'Autorité de la concurrence has rejected calls by Orange to suspend a planned network-sharing agreement between Bouygues Telecom and SFR, saying the deal did not pose an immediate or serious threat to consumers or the sector.

Telenor to go live in Myanmar on Sept. 27

Telenor said it will officially launch commercial services in Myanmar on Sept. 27, when it will become the third operator to provide mobile services in the country.

5G developments gather pace in UK

Developments in 5G technology are gathering pace in the UK after a global forum held in London this week saw the launch of a new programme to promote innovation to encourage growth in this field. Earlier this week Vodafone also announced a partnership with the Dresden University of Technology to research and develop 5G technology.

Telecom Italia faces further Argentina sale delay amid rumours of Trujillo bid plans

Telecom Italia said it is to discuss on Friday a proposal from Fintech to extend the agreement to sell the Italian operator's controlling stake in Telecom Argentina to the investment company. Meanwhile reports emerged this week that Sol Trujillo is seeking to raise up to €7.5 billion ($9.6 billion) to bid for a stake in the Italian operator.

Report: European operators missing out on €2.2B OTT profit opportunity

Research highlights that an open platform approach to collaborating with the over-the-top (OTT) community could unlock significant revenues as well as slash related operational costs.

Mallinson: Nokia, BlackBerry left behind amid untold disruption of the smartphone revolution

The smartphone revolution has greatly expanded the size of the handset market with global revenues doubling in the last six years, as consumers substitute more expensive smartphones for their feature phones and basic phones. Yet changes have devastated most of the leading incumbent handset vendors.

iPhone 6 Plus teardown reveals high price for that extra 0.8 inches

The extra 0.8 inches of screen size offered by the iPhone 6 Plus compared to the iPhone 6 comes at a rather high price to consumers compared to the cost to Apple, according to a preliminary teardown of the new devices by analysts at IHS Technology.

Phones 4U to close 362 stores with 1,697 job losses

Phones 4U administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said low interest in the sale of the mobile phone retailer's estate means that it is set to close 362 shops across the UK. The store closures will result in a total of 1,697 job losses.

 

Reports: EU could delay end to mobile roaming charges

Plans to eliminate mobile roaming fees across the European Union could be delayed or watered down, according to interpretations of a draft proposal by the European Commission seen by some media outlets.

 

Vodafone UK CEO sets 2-year target for return to growth

The head of Vodafone UK said he plans to return the operator to growth in terms of both revenue and profits within the next two years, and intends to achieve that goal by continuing to improve the quality of the company's network service.

 

Report: Bouygues Telecom could reduce job cuts by 112

Bouygues Telecom is reportedly set to reduce the planned number of layoffs by 112 people to 1,404 in total after discussions with employee representatives convinced the company's management that some positions should be saved.

GSA: 116 mobile operators have commercially launched HD voice services

Some 116 mobile operators in 75 countries have commercially launched HD voice services, according to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).

First come the new iPhones and iOS, then comes the backlash…

Apple said this week that it sold over 10 million new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models just three days after the launch on Sept. 19, marking a new record for the U.S.-based company. Such sales figures indicate that the iPhone continues to appeal, after last year's iPhone 5s generated similar levels of frenzy particularly in markets where the devices had previously not been available.