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Orange's Pellissier sees arrival of more converged services in UK

EE hinted that its plan to launch new TV services in the UK market is something of a defensive strategy against an expected increase in converged offerings from rival operators, with BT regarded as a particular threat.

Apple, Samsung fuel rise in mobile device sensor sales

Apple and Samsung are fuelling growth in the sales of sensors for mobile devices that will see the value of the market grow threefold between 2012 and 2018, analysts predict.

Telekom Austria reports strong Q3 results, agrees Macedonia merger

Telekom Austria rounded off a busy week with a set of results that produced approving nods from analysts and showed continued signs of improvement on Austria's highly competitive mobile market.

Ericsson profit dips despite year-on-year rise in Q3 sales

Ericsson revealed the UK and Germany were the only bright spots in its European sales in the third quarter, as it announced a 13 per cent drop in overall net income compared to the same period in 2013.

Orange rallies in Q3, calls for rivals to lead France's mobile consolidation

Orange produced better-than-expected results in the third quarter of 2014 as the France-based operator halted the pace of revenue decline and made progress with cost cutting.

Juniper Research: Operators to lose $14B in revenue to OTTs this year

Voice and messaging traffic lost to over the top (OTT) players such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Skype will cost network operators $14 billion (€11 billion) in revenues globally this year.

Mallinson: How to succeed in smartphones as ASPs decrease

Fundamental changes in demand will be very disruptive to smartphone suppliers. Smartphone vendors that want to succeed will need to make significant cost reductions while also adapting with new product offerings, changes in supply chains, and product distribution.

América Móvil increases its stake in Telekom Austria to almost 60%

América Móvil now owns close to 60 per cent of Telekom Austria after the Mexican company gained an additional 8.68 per cent share through an extended offer to smaller shareholders.

Ericsson enables VoLTE for Telefónica Deutschland

Telefónica Deutschland is ready to take a leading role in Europe as one of the first operators to deploy a commercial voice over LTE (VoLTE) service.

Huawei to increase procurement spending in Europe

Huawei said it plans to increase its procurement spending in the European Union as part of its overall investment strategy for Europe, and expects to make direct purchases worth an estimated $4.08 billion (€3.8 billion) in 2015.

Magyar Telekom faces tax hike under Hungarian web duty plan

Magyar Telekom faces a tax bill of HUF10 billion (€32.6 million/$41.4 million) if the Hungarian government fails to cap the liability of communications service providers (CSPs) to pay a proposed new Internet service tax.

ABI Research: Chromebook shipments increased by 67 per cent in Q2 2014

Chromebook shipments (referring to shipments of laptops based on Google's Chrome operating system) increased sequentially by 67 per cent globally in the second quarter of 2014.

EE increases LTE users to 5.6M, reports flat revenue growth

EE saw the number of its LTE subscribers increase by 1.4 million to 5.6 million in the third quarter of 2014, although it reported flat operating revenue of £1.523 billion (€1.925 billion/$2.448 billion). Including the impact of regulatory cuts, operating revenue was 1.2 per cent lower.

Mobile data sharing: now big in Europe

If you take a closer look at the various smartphone and mobile data plans of European operators, you'll see that data sharing--and here I define it as mobile data plans with at least one extra SIM card to share a data bundle between two devices--is now thriving as an increasing number of operators adopt various forms of this pricing and marketing approach.

EU drops threats against Huawei, ZTE

The European Commission dropped its threat to launch an investigation into alleged illegal subsidies for Chinese mobile equipment manufacturers, in what will come as a relief to Huawei and ZTE--the two leading Chinese vendors operating in Europe.

Nokia Networks reveals ETSI mobile edge computing collaboration

Nokia Networks unveiled an industry-wide collaboration to produce a new standard covering mobile edge computing for the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).

Juniper Research: More than 100M smart watches to be in use by 2019

More than 100 million smart watches will be in use worldwide by 2019, with a host of premium brand launches over the next 12-18 months bringing the category into mainstream consumer consciousness.

Tele2 CEO denies Kazakhstan corruption claims

Tele2's president and CEO dismissed a report by a Swedish newspaper accusing the company of under-handed dealing in Kazakhstan, saying the article doesn't reveal anything the company hasn't already investigated itself.

Telenor completes 100% purchase of Indian unit Uninor

Telenor has increased its stake in Indian unit Uninor to 100 per cent from 74 per cent, following a similar move by Vodafone in April that saw the UK-based operator increase its stake in Vodafone India to 100 per cent.

Belgium's Mobistar returns to subscriber growth, details convergence strategy

Orange-owned Belgian operator Mobistar saw its mobile subscriber base grow again for the first time in eight quarters in the third quarter of 2014, and also confirmed its intention of resuming sales of fixed-line services in the final quarter of the year.