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Mallinson: Licensing mobile technology will become even more essential

Dramatic structural changes in mobile communications technology supply, with the demise of vertical integration, is forcing those who are developing standard-essential technologies for 4G and "5G" networks to monetise these efforts through patent licensing, as well as their own product sales.

Orange, T-Mobile among 6 operators seeking Polish LTE spectrum

Orange and Deutsche Telekom's respective Polish subsidiaries are among six operators bidding for fresh LTE spectrum in the 800 MHz and 2600 MHz bands, the country's regulator revealed.

Sony sacrifices smartphone sales for profitability

Sony can enjoy greater success as a supplier of smartphone components than a manufacturer in its own right, analysts say.

Danish operators sell Paii mobile payments company to bank-owned rival Swipp

TDC, Telenor, Telia and Three Denmark have sold their mobile payments venture Paii to a rival company owned by banks, conceding that payment activities are perhaps more suited to financial institutions than telecoms service providers.

Airtel picks Ericsson for its first LTE network in Africa

Airtel is to deploy its first African LTE network in the Republic of Seychelles, and has selected Ericsson as its network partner for the rollout.

Telekom Austria raises €997M; rolls out LTE-A in Austria and Slovenia

Telekom Austria has completed a capital increase announced earlier in November, raising total proceeds of €997 million ($1.24 billion) from the cash call but not quite achieving its goal of obtaining €1 billion in extra funding.

ABI Research: Small cell backhaul market to exceed US$5B by 2019

ABI Research expects the small cell backhaul equipment market to exceed $5 billion (€4 billion) in 2019, which it said aligns with operators' deliberate approach to small cell deployments.

BT, O2 and EE: kickstarting UK consolidation?

Whether BT now rues the day it sold O2 is a moot point; it now knows it needs a mobile strategy, and has confirmed it is in "highly preliminary" talks with O2 and one other operator--which Orange and Deutsche Telekom on Wednesday confirmed is EE. If BT does buy O2 or EE, there is a fair chance that its strategy to roll out a small cell network, building what some term as an "inside out" mobile network, may be put on hold.

Huawei constructs NFV/SDN test facilities

Huawei revealed the construction of a Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) lab that will allow operators and equipment manufacturers on three continents to trial NFV, software defined networking (SDN) and cloud computing technologies.

BT confirms talks with 2 mobile network operators including O2

BT said it is in early discussions with two mobile network operators about a possible acquisition, and confirmed that Telefónica-owned O2 UK is one of the companies involved.

Telecom Italia cleared to pursue deal with Brazil's Oi

Telecom Italia's board on Friday gave clearance to the company's management to explore a tie-up between TIM Participacoes and Brazilian rival Oi, while also approving the sale of the company's towers in Brazil to American Tower Group.

Telstra, Ericsson and Qualcomm achieve 450 Mbps speeds with LTE Advanced

Ericsson, Telstra, and Qualcomm claimed a further milestone in the development of LTE Advanced carrier aggregation technology, by revealing they achieved download speeds on mobile data networks of up to 450 Mbps.

Saudi Mobily CEO suspended over accounting errors

Saudi Arabia-based operator Mobily has suspended CEO Khalid Omar Al Kaf and put his deputy Serkan Okandan in temporary charge while it investigates accounting errors that forced it to restate its results earlier this month.

ABI Research: Lenovo increases share of branded tablets shipments in Q3 2014

Lenovo continued to increase its share of worldwide branded tablet shipments during the third quarter of 2014, although Apple is expected to reverse a nine-month slide in the fourth quarter.

Telecom Italia on brink of Brazilian progress

Telecom Italia is close to announcing a deal to sell the mobile phone towers of its Brazilian business TIM Participacoes to American Tower, as chief executive Marco Patuano also continues to push for a tie-up with Brazilian rival Oi.

Ericsson trials LTE Advanced with Poland's Plus

Ericsson and Plus, a mobile brand operated by Polkomtel, said they have jointly conducted a test of LTE Advanced technology in Poland, achieving speeds of up to 300 Mbps in the 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz frequency bands.

Alcatel-Lucent to supply Inmarsat with LTE kit for EU in-flight broadband network

Alcatel-Lucent will contribute towards the development of Europe's first aviation telecoms network, which is being constructed by mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat.

Altice sees itself as 'natural buyer' of France's Bouygues Telecom

Altice CEO Dexter Goei has further stirred up the telecoms market consolidation debate in France after he made it clear that the company would be more than interested in buying Bouygues Telecom.

Vodafone, O2 and EE warily eye UK quad-play options

Leading mobile operators in the UK are in the process of determining how far they will go in offering bundles that incorporate mobile, fixed voice, fixed broadband and TV services as they prepare for increased competition from fixed players.

The 25 most powerful people in U.S. wireless and wireline 2014

Ever wonder what it takes to change the direction of an entire industry? If so, you might want to take a cue from some of the players featured in this latest report from FierceWireless: the Most Powerful People in U.S. Wireless and Wireline 2014 list. Special report