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Vodafone completes Ono buy, amends FTTH agreement with Orange Spain

Vodafone on Wednesday completed the 100 per cent acquisition of Spanish cable operator Ono for €7.2 billion ($9.7 billion) in a move that bolsters the operator's strategy to offer bundles of fixed and mobile services within national markets.

Cisco to invest $30M in 'Internet of Everything' centre in Barcelona

Cisco plans to invest $30 million (€22 million) in a global innovation centre for the "Internet of Everything" (IoE) to be opened in Barcelona in summer 2016.

Telenor profit drops in what analysts regard as 'solid' Q2

Telenor's Nordic businesses rebounded in the second quarter of 2014, but the return to winning ways failed to offset an NOK900 million (€108 million) decline in post-tax profit relative to the same period of 2013.

Microsoft lifts lid on sub-€100 Lumia smartphone

Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled the first Lumia-branded Windows Phone that will be sold at a price below €100 ($134), hot on the heels of news that sales of Lumia smartphones declined in the U.S.-based company's fiscal fourth quarter to the end of June.

Telefónica boasts 250 M2M partners

Telefónica said more than 250 companies including device manufacturers, solution providers and distributors in Europe and the U.S. have now joined its machine-to-machine (M2M) programme, meaning that the Spanish operator has reached its target for the end of 2014 six months ahead of schedule.

Juniper Research: Greenhouse gas emissions from mobile devices to more than double by 2019

Charging mobile devices will generate more than 13 megatonnes of greenhouse gases per annum globally by 2019, against an anticipated 6.4 megatonnes this year.

The changing nature of 'universal' comms services

UK regulator Ofcom has just tackled the issue of what is now deemed essential by consumers in a new report on the affordability of these essential communications services. Its findings showed a broad consensus on which services are seen as the most essential, which are voice services in general but mobile services in particular (voice and text) and access to the internet, particularly the fixed internet.

EU roaming rate cuts yet to spur rise in data usage

European Union-mandated cuts to roaming rates did little to boost travellers' data usage with close to 60 per cent of travellers still switching data off when roaming, analysis of usage over the past 12 months shows.

Etisalat reports Q2 revenue boost from Maroc Telecom acquisition

Abu Dhabi-based Etisalat reported a 27 per cent increase in revenue to AED12.6 billion (€2.5 billion/$3.4 billion) in the second quarter of 2014 following the completion of its acquisition of Maroc Telecom from Vivendi in May.

NOS rating hit by Vodafone fibre deal with Portugal Telecom

Vodafone's announcement that it is teaming with Portugal Telecom to boost fibre coverage in Portugal is bad news for NOS as the move undermines the domestic rival's chances of being re-rated following a downgrade in January, according to analysts.

KPN appoints former Dutch finance minister as CFO

KPN appointed the former Dutch Minister of Finance, Jan Kees de Jager, as its new CFO starting Nov. 1, replacing Steven van Schilfgaarde who has been interim CFO since last September.

Huawei beats Ericsson with H1 sales growth

Huawei trumped its main rival, Ericsson, in the opening half of the year in terms of sales, with revenues around €5 billion higher than the Swedish company.

Juniper Research: Active LTE connections to exceed 1B in 2017

Active LTE connections are expected to cross the 1 billion mark in 2017 and reach 1.8 billion by 2019.

EE to partner BBC in UK's first live LTE Broadcast trial

UK-based EE is set to become the latest European mobile operator to carry out a live trial of LTE Broadcast technology over its LTE network, following similar moves by KPN in the Netherlands and Vodafone in Germany.

Yoigo's future up in air as TeliaSonera reviews Spanish presence

Yoigo, the fourth operator in Spain, continues to face a somewhat uncertain future after parent company TeliaSonera again said it is considering its options on the Spanish market.

Partner launches Israel's first LTE services

Partner Communications has claimed a market first in Israel by becoming the first operator to launch LTE services there, following a government decision to allow the refarming of spectrum for LTE services.

Ericsson beats analyst predictions with solid Q2 earnings

Ericsson grew net income by 76 per cent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2014, as political unrest that affected sales in some of its Middle East and Africa operations was offset by strong sales in China and India.

Telefónica cuts stake in Telecom Italia through bond sale

As widely anticipated, Telefónica has initiated measures that will ultimately reduce its stake in Telecom Italia from almost 15 per cent to around 9 per cent once the Telco shareholder pact has been dissolved.

Report: More than 70% of drivers are interested in connected car services

A new study by Telefónica claims that there is sufficient evidence to show that consumers are ready for connected cars, with more than 70 per cent of drivers surveyed saying that they are interested in using, or are already using, connected car services.

BT has potential to disrupt with UK business mobile service

BT plans to construct miniature mobile networks in the buildings of its business users as it makes its return to the UK mobile market for the first time since selling O2 in 2001.