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Apple shuns Dixons Carphone as UK Watch retailer

Apple left Europe's largest consumer electronics retailer, Dixons Carphone, off its list of UK suppliers for its forthcoming Watch wearable, according to the CEO of the retailer's UK and Ireland operations.

Huawei posts record 2014 profit, but operating profit growth slows

Huawei's 2014 operating profit came in at the high end of earnings guidance provided by the company mid-January, as the equipment vendor reported a record full year net profit.

Telenor Denmark extends network services deal with Ericsson

Telenor Denmark and Ericsson said they have deepened their partnership by signing an extended field services contract, which replaces the previous three-year agreement from 2011.

Wireless IoT Forum launched to tackle IoT fragmentation

The Wireless IoT Forum has been launched to support the global deployment of the Internet of Things by tackling the current fragmentation of the market and the absence of standards.

EU to decide on Orange's planned Jazztel acquisition by June 1

European Union anti-trust regulators have now given themselves until June 1 to decide whether or not to approve Orange's plan to buy Spanish fixed-line operator Jazztel, after resuming their scrutiny of the proposed €3.4 billion ($3.65 billion) acquisition.

IDC: Worldwide wearables market to reach 126.1M units shipped in 2019

Vendors will ship a total of 45.7 million wearable units in 2015, up 133.4 per cent from 2014.

Building 5G networks without the band aid

Now that I've had a few days to let last week's conference on 5G organised by the NGMN Alliance sink in a little more, I've been struck anew by the degree to which the mobile industry is planning for a future that is currently largely imagined.

Huawei given seal of approval by Netherlands PM

The Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte praised Huawei's contribution to the development of the country's ICT infrastructure during a meeting with Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of the Chinese equipment vendor.

Bouygues Telecom launches IoT network based on LoRa technology

Bouygues Telecom has launched what it describes as France's first Internet of Things (IoT) network based on Long Range (LoRa) technology and designed to connect all manner of devices and "objects" to the Internet.

BlackBerry chief pledges to stem revenue declines; seeks boost from software business

BlackBerry's turnaround efforts showed signs of bearing fruit in the company's fiscal 2015--the year to end-February--with the company cutting its annual net loss and even generating a slight profit in its fiscal Q4.

Telekom Austria tests targeted MVNO strategy with Fenercell Austria

Telekom Austria's domestic unit A1 added a new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) to its roster after signing up a subsidiary of Turkish football club Fenerbahce.

Vodafone adds card payments to its NFC wallet

Vodafone said customers in some of its European markets will be able to add bank cards to the Vodafone Wallet service and use smartphones to pay for goods and services at contactless terminals from the second quarter of 2015.

Juniper Research: Mobile augmented reality games to reach 420M downloads a year by 2019

Augmented reality (AR) apps in the mobile games market will generate 420 million downloads annually by 2019, up from 30 million in 2014.

Jolla seeks African Sailfish partners following Namibia market entry

Jolla, a start-up Finnish smartphone maker, expanded into Africa through a deal to supply Namibian operator TN Mobile through third party distributor LexConsult.

Vodafone unveils partnership for Botswana market

Vodafone and Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTCL) have entered into a new partner market agreement for Botswana, although the deal is not part of the framework agreement signed between Vodafone and Afrimax Group in November 2014.

Huawei cleared of posing risk to UK's national security

Huawei sought to end questions over the security of its telecoms infrastructure equipment, revealing an independent UK cyber security team established by the company in 2010 has cleared it of posing any danger to the country's national security.

Telefónica starts 'new journey' in Brazil after approval of GVT deal

Telefónica said it is beginning a 'new journey in the Brazilian market" after receiving approval from Brazil's antitrust authority, Cade, to acquire fixed-line operator Global Village Telecom (GVT) from Vivendi.

Report: Active mobile money accounts reached 100M in 2014

Total number of registered mobile money accounts reached 300 million by the end of December 2014, according to a report from the GSMA.

Mobile industry grapples to resolve new air interface question for 5G

FRANKFURT, Germany--The mobile industry appears largely in agreement that 5G will require a new air interface or waveform in order to handle the challenges presented by proposed new use cases, but as yet it is not clear what this new waveform will be.

Ovum: Telefónica, Hutchison Whampoa face 'fraught' fight for UK deal clearance

Telefónica and Hutchison Whampoa Group face a "fraught" battle with competition authorities as they seek approval to merge their UK businesses, a leading Ovum analyst warned.