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Huawei makes inroads into sports events connectivity sector

Huawei boosted its credentials as a provider of high-speed connectivity services for sports events through separate deals with FanPlay, a cloud-based digital content provider, and Vodafone.

Mayor of London jumps on '5G' bandwagon

The Mayor of London is reportedly the latest politician to exploit the hyperbole surrounding "5G" by pledging to roll out a 5G network in London by 2020.

Turkcell's controlling shareholder set to retake stake

Turkcell's future ownership looks set to be decided this week, after its majority shareholder agreed a finance deal to end a seven-year ownership dispute.

3 Austria drops appeal over spectrum auction

Hutchison Whampoa's Austrian unit H3G, or 3 Austria, has decided it will not appeal against the results of last year's spectrum auction even though it still believes the auction was "illegal in form and content."

IDC: Worldwide tablet market grew 11% in Q2 2014

The worldwide tablet grew 11 per cent year over year in the second quarter of 2014 with shipments reaching 49.3 million units, according to preliminary data from IDC.

Report: Austrian state expects to maintain Telekom Austria stake

Carlos Slim may have gained majority control over Telekom Austria, but the Austrian state has indicated that it has every intention of maintaining its minority stake in the operator.

Mallinson: When it comes to roaming, mobile networks now beat Wi-Fi on a number of levels

European regulation and competition have already made voice and text roaming affordable and widely used. One way or another, within the next few years, mobile data roaming will also become the norm for the majority travelling to most frequently-visited nations.

Telecom Italia CEO rules in Brazil merger, stresses independence from Telefónica

Telecom Italia CEO Marco Patuano said a merger of its Brazilian unit with a local operator is not on the agenda for now, but said he does not rule out the possibility of such a move in future. Patuano also made use of a meeting in Brazil to stress that Telecom Italia operates completely independently of its Spanish shareholder Telefónica.

ABI Research: Outdoor small cells pose increased security risk

Small cell shipments will exceed macrocells in 2016, and total shipments will reach nearly 15 million units through 2019 according to ABI Research.

Altice raises stake in Numericable to 74.6 per cent

France-based Altice said it is buying a 34.6 per cent stake in Numericable Group from Carlyle Cable Investments and Cinven, confirming plans that were originally announced on April 7 when Vivendi agreed to sell its French unit SFR to Altice.

Vodafone CEO says European performance starting to stabilise

Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao said the company's European businesses showed signs of stabilising in the calendar second quarter of 2014--the company's fiscal first quarter--despite the region dragging down total group revenue during the period.

EE says LTE subscriber base doubled in first half of 2014

UK-based mobile operator EE doubled its LTE subscriber base to 4.2 million in the first half of 2014, and said it remains on track to meet its target of 6 million LTE subscribers by the end of the year.

Nokia CEO confident Networks unit will continue to improve

Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri said the company's Networks business will begin delivering year-over-year growth in the second half of 2014, despite operating profit at the division slipping 14 per cent annually in the second quarter.

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.