Alcatel-Lucent wins Orange Romania 4G network upgrade contract

Alcatel-Lucent said Orange Romania will be able to provide enhanced 4G services to its subscribers, after the infrastructure provider won a contract to upgrade the operator's long-haul microwave backhaul transport network.

GfK: Growth in MEA region helped drive global smartphone sales in Q3

A new report from Germany-based research firm GfK found that smartphone sales growth in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) contributed to the strongest global smartphone sales on record for a third-quarter period, although sales stagnated at best in European markets.

Here prepares to demonstrate C-ITS in the Netherlands in H1 2016

Nokia announced its Here mapping and navigation unit is evaluating the rollout of a cellular network in the Netherlands as part of the businesses' Cooperative Intelligent Transportation System (C-ITS) for connected vehicles.

France raises almost €3M more from 700 MHz auction

France concluded the final part of its recent 700 MHz spectrum auction after telecoms regulator Arcep revealed the positions that have been allocated to the country's four mobile operators within the frequency band.

Norway kicks off 1800 MHz spectrum auction

Norway started an auction of 1800 MHz frequencies on Wednesday, resuming a process that was postponed because of TeliaSonera's bid to acquire Tele2 Norway.

RootMetrics: Mobile signal quality more important than schools to UK home buyers

A new report from independent mobile analytics company RootMetrics found that a third of house hunters in the UK would be put off from buying a flat or a house if the mobile network performance proved to be poor.

The rise and fall and rise of operator mobile voice

For a long time, it was all about data, but now mobile voice is firmly back in operators' sights as they seek to retrieve control of what was their former sole domain. Our recent special report on Wi-Fi calling, for example, explored some of the approaches, from dialler-integrated Wi-Fi calling through to downloadable apps such as Three InTouch and Telefonica's TU Go service.

Huawei plans pan-European 5G test bed as part of 5G-PPP 5GEx project

Huawei revealed it is working with 16 European operators, vendors, SMEs and academic institutions to establish a pan-European test bed to evaluate the potential of relevant technologies as part of the recently launched 5G Exchange (5GEx) project.

Report: Vivacom sold to Bulgarian businessman for €330M plus debt

Bulgaria-based Vivacom has reportedly been snapped up by a Bulgarian businessman with a bid of €330 million ($352.90 million) following an auction for control of the operator.

TeliaSonera gears up to launch cloud-based connected car service in 2016

TeliaSonera said it will become the world's first operator to launch a cloud-based connected car service with a new smartphone-centred function that is due to launch in Sweden in 2016.

Smile claims VoLTE first for East Africa

Smile Telecom said it is the first mobile operator to offer voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) in East Africa after it launched the 4G voice service in three cities in Uganda.

EE considers giving smartphone users tools to block mobile ads

EE CEO Olaf Swantee launched a strategic review into whether or not the mobile operator should allow its smartphone customers to restrict some forms of mobile advertising on their devices.

Report: Insurer reveals overall mobile device theft is dropping in UK

A new report from specialist insurer Protect Your Bubble said the overall number of thefts of gadgets such as mobile phones and tablets fell in the UK in the six months to end-September compared with the previous six-month period.

Nokia Networks executive says company remains confident of Africa sales growth

Nokia Networks' southern Africa head Deon Geyser said operators in the continent are on the cusp of increasing their investment in network infrastructure, as consolidation offsets broader economic slowdowns.

Sigfox notches up 12th market as it rolls out IoT network in Ireland

France-based Sigfox is expanding into Ireland as the Internet of Things (IoT) specialist further ramps up its global rollout plans.

Liberty Global's Telenet agrees to sell customers to secure Base Belgium

Telenet, the Belgian cable operator owned by Liberty Global, said it has conditionally agreed to sell customers served by branded reseller JIM Mobile and the Mobile Vikings MVNO as part of concessions to secure European Union approval of its planned acquisition of Base Belgium.

GSMA chief regulatory officer calls for sub-700 MHz mobile allocation at WRC-15

GSMA chief regulatory officer John Giusti appealed to governments to agree a harmonisation plan to enable sub-700 MHz spectrum bands to be used for mobile and broadcast during the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) in Geneva.

Telenor appoints CEO in Denmark, continues to mull options for unit

Telenor said Jesper Hansen will officially take on the role of CEO at Telenor Denmark, as the operator continues to consider its options for the Danish business.

GSA: Over 270 5G networks to be deployed by 2025

New report from the GSM says 10-15 "early" 5G networks will be deployed by 2020.

Vodafone hails first 'live' LTE trial aggregating licensed and unlicensed spectrum

Vodafone said it has become the first network operator in the world to successfully trial LTE carrier aggregation on a live network using both licensed and unlicensed spectrum, as it investigates new ways to deal with rapidly growing mobile data usage.