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EE returns to operating revenue growth in Q2

EE hailed a return to operating revenue growth in the second quarter of 2015, although growth in the UK-based operator's fixed business lifted the overall revenue trend as mobile service revenue continued to slide.

Daimler says self-driving truck test in Germany now weeks away

German auto maker Daimler said it expects to gain approval for tests of self-driving trucks on Germany's motorways "within the next few weeks", executive board member Wolfgang Bernhard told the Sunday edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Altice expands content strategy with NextRadioTV deal

Altice, the acquisitive telecoms group that is building an empire of mobile and cable assets across the globe, is buying NextRadioTV in order to boost its content strategy and add value to its fibre and 4G network offerings.

Vodafone says would invest in separate BT broadband unit

Vodafone joins competition and regulators to break up BT as it also proposes investing in third party operator of Britain's landline network.

Orange boosts stake in Moroccan operator Méditel to 49%

Orange increased its stake in Moroccan operator Méditel to 49 per cent, continuing its quest to strengthen its presence in Africa and the Middle East.

Ovum: Telecoms M&A drops from 67 deals in 2007 to 21 in 2014

M&A activity was also higher in 2014 than in 2012, with deals including Hutchison Whampoa's takeover of O2 Ireland in May 2014.

Nokia gets EU green light for Alcatel-Lucent acquisition

Nokia said on Friday it has received approval from the European Commission (EC) for its planned €15.6 billion ($17 billion) merger with Alcatel-Lucent, clearing an important hurdle in its pursuit of the rival telecoms equipment manufacturer.

Jefferies International: Vodafone fiscal Q1 earnings show promise

Jefferies International equity analysts appeared bullish on Vodafone after the operator noted that European price trends improved during its fiscal Q1--the three months to end-June--and that revenue from Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific increased year-on-year.

Mobistar reports drop in Q2 earnings but maintains 2015 forecast

Mobistar said second-quarter profits fell as a result of lower roaming rates in the European Union, but the Orange-owned Belgian operator noted that it gained customers in all segments and is maintaining its full-year EBIDTA guidance for 2015.

HERE acquisition viewed as essential to vehicle security by German automotive consortium

A Nokia deal to sell its HERE navigation business to a consortium of German car makers for between €2.5 billion ($2.7 billion) and €3 billion is likely to move forward if the parties can agree on who would own key HERE patents following the sale.

Telecom Italia plans to slash 1,700 jobs

Telecom Italia confirmed plans to cut about 1,700 jobs and delay a scheme that would have seen the Italian operator hire up to 4,000 young people under a government proposal.

GSA: 30% of operators investing in LTE Advanced

Over 30 per cent of operators are investing in LTE-A system deployments, with the commercialisation of carrier aggregation the first feature to be exploited.

Deutsche Telekom extends 'T' brand to Albania

Deutsche Telekom is introducing its magenta branding colour and famous "T" logo to the Albanian market as part of the group's strategy to bring its European affiliates and subsidiaries under the Telekom brand.

All change at Vodafone in Europe: Philipp Humm to leave after reshuffle

Vodafone has restructured its European management in a move that abolishes the post of CEO for the region and will enable the heads of its four largest markets to report directly to group CEO, Vittorio Cola.

Telenor misses Q2 earnings estimates despite 'extraordinary' Myanmar result

Telenor missed analyst earnings estimates despite reporting an 11 per cent rise in core earnings in the second quarter of 2015, although weaker profits across some of its main units were offset by "another extraordinary result from the start-up in Myanmar" said analysts from Jefferies International.

Huawei attributes growth in H1 smartphone sales to strategy change

Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei reported strong growth in global mobile phone shipments and revenue in the first half of 2015, with smartphone revenue in China more than doubling from the year-ago level.

Orange in talks to sell Armenia business as it eyes 4 Bharti units in Africa

Orange has entered into exclusive discussions with Ucom, an Armenian Internet service provider, on the sale of 100 per cent of its mobile subsidiary Orange Armenia.

Report: Western markets will focus on 5G as 'the brain' for autonomous driving

5G will be the driving force behind vehicle applications and will also facilitate wearable devices like smart glasses and smart watches and help make augmented reality and virtual reality mainstream features in cars.

Mallinson: Why are there a lot of 'not-spots' in the UK despite mobile coverage obligations?

It seems regulators and governments prefer impressive-looking obligation targets that are actually rather easy to achieve, while taking as much money as they possibly can out of the mobile sector in spectrum fees. Instead, it would be better to find ways of keeping more money in the sector by reducing auction transfers so that investments in infrastructure and service quality on a more widespread basis can be increased.

Europe's MVNOs fight back

MVNOs are waking up to the fact that changes in Europe's telecoms landscape presents them with both challenges and opportunities. They are anxious to ensure that their access rights are not affected by the arrival of cross-border services and the abolition of data roaming charges, for example. On the other hand, they appear to regard consolidation as a good thing.