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Germany opens 700 MHz frequency auction

The German telecoms regulator has opened a frequency auction for spectrum in the 700 MHz frequency band, saying that the move will help improve the provision of broadband services across Germany.

TeliaSonera CEO hints at future Telenor-style mergers, as European weakness weighs on earnings

TeliaSonera president and CEO Johan Dennelind hinted that further deals along the lines of the company's planned Danish joint venture with Telenor are on the cards, as the operator revealed net income fell 7 per cent year on year in 2014.

Apple closes in on Samsung as global smartphone sales hit new records in 2014

Apple sold a record 74.5 million iPhones in the last quarter of 2014, meaning that the company further closed the gap on leader Samsung in a market that saw total global smartphone sales of more than 375 million units in the fourth quarter.

Nokia leaves investors wanting despite fourth quarter sales and profit growth

Ericsson and Huawei's loss was Nokia's gain in the fourth quarter of 2014, as the Finnish company said strong sales of network infrastructure in North America boosted sales and earnings during the period.

Sky's mobile move could aid Hutchison, pile pressure on Vodafone

BSkyB became the latest provider of TV and fixed broadband services to throw its hat into the mobile ring in what is regarded as a largely defensive move, after the satellite company signed a wholesale agreement to use the network of Telefónica (O2) UK.

ABI Research: Average monthly mobile data consumed to reach 2,289 megabytes by 2019

ABI Research expects global mobile data upload traffic to increase from 6,860 petabytes to over 60,000 petabytes by 2019.

Ericsson: Operators to face new challenges with data sharing

Future consumers will place further requirements on shared data plans in terms of new services and capabilities, according to a new report from Ericsson ConsumerLab.

Russia's MTS launches LTE on 800-MHz band in Moscow

Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has launched an LTE network on the 800 MHz frequency band throughout the Moscow region, enabling it to expand coverage to 300 "population centres" and on suburban roads.

Ofcom details approach to IoT, as FTC recommends limits on data collection

Ofcom released details of plans designed to ensure the UK takes a leading role in developing the Internet of Things (IoT), as the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) separately outlined its approach to the emerging technology sector.

Maroc Telecom completes acquisition of six Etisalat units in Africa

Maroc Telecom said it has finalised the acquisition of Etisalat subsidiaries in six West African countries, with the final transaction cost amounting to €474 million ($538 million).

Juniper Research: Phablets to account for over 20% of smartphones shipped by 2019

More than 400 million phablets will ship in 2019, a five-fold increase over the 138 million devices estimated to be shipped in 2015.

Vanishing brands reflect Europe's shifting mobile landscape

If BT succeeds in its bid to acquire EE, one thing it won't be doing is bringing the Orange and T-Mobile brands back to life in the UK: according to the Financial Times, BT has no interest in rekindling the two former brands as it intends to focus on driving 4G data services, for which EE is of course famous.

Ericsson's earnings impacted by slowdown in North American sales in 2014

Ericsson's net income dropped by SEK1 billion (€106 million/$120 million) in 2014 despite the company successfully offsetting a drop in sales in North America with higher infrastructure equipment revenues from Europe, Middle East and Asia.

EC rejects Spanish bid to review Orange's €3.4B Jazztel offer

The European Commission (EC) will not refer the planned acquisition of Spain-based broadband provider Jazztel by Orange to the Spanish competition authority for assessment under Spanish competition law, saying it believes it is better placed to deal with the case.

Vodacom picks Alcatel-Lucent for FTTH network in convergence drive

South Africa-based Vodacom selected Alcatel-Lucent as a key supplier for a new converged network that will ultimately support the provision of fixed and mobile services across South Africa

du claims Middle East first with trial of LTE Broadband Trunking

UAE-based mobile operator du claimed to have completed the first test of LTE Broadband Trunking in the Middle East, and said the trials of the technology will pave the way for "futuristic" connectivity services for enterprises and government departments.

Vodafone signs partner market agreement with DoCoMo Pacific

Vodafone signed a further partner market agreement to expand its reach into yet more distant corners of the globe, this time linking up with DoCoMo Pacific to target Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

Analysts: EC MNO merger precedents bode well for Hutchison Whampoa's UK play

European Commission (EC) precedents allowing a reduction in the number of mobile network operators (MNOs) in Germany and Ireland could prove key to Hutchison Whampoa's bid to acquire Telefónica's O2 UK, Jefferies International analysts said.

Juniper Research: Biometric authentication app downloads to reach 770M by 2019

Fingerprint authentication will account for the overwhelming majority of biometric apps in the medium term.

EU looks unlikely to support ban on zero-rating of content

The European Union (EU) appears unlikely to support a ban of the so-called "zero-rating" of content that enables mobile operators to provide free access to online services including streamed music, TV and social networking sites as part of promotional offers to attract users.