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Vodafone study shows mobile broadband helps galvanise flexible working

Vodafone said a global survey revealed that the rapid adoption of mobile broadband services, fixed-line broadband and cloud services is playing an integral role in the implementation of flexible working at companies worldwide.

Report: Netherlands best in Europe for LTE coverage, but Hungary takes speed crown

A report comparing the progress of LTE network rollouts worldwide as of the fourth quarter of 2015 reveals that markets with the best coverage do not necessarily provide the fastest data speeds.

Gamma inks deal with Three UK for 4G service for businesses

Gamma, a UK-based business communications service provider (CSP), agreed a deal with Three UK to provide the primary radio access for a new mobile service it plans to launch in the first half of 2016.

Nokia says Ava platform offers cognitive approach to solving network problems

Nokia said it has combined big data storage, intelligent analytics and "extreme" automation in a cloud-based platform that will cut the time taken to identify, and solve, network problems.

Orange to buy Millicom's DRC business for $160M

Millicom has agreed to sell its business in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to Orange for $160 million (€143 million).

Gartner: Wearables sales to rise 18.4% globally in 2016

Gartner predicted 274.6 million wearable electronic devices will be sold worldwide in 2016, an increase of 18.4 per cent from 232 million units in 2015.

Virgin Media CEO lends support to O2/Three UK deal

CK Hutchison's plan to buy O2 UK from Telefonica and merge it with Three UK has received support from a somewhat unexpected ally: the CEO of Virgin Media, Tom Mockridge.

Cisco's Jasper acquisition raises questions over Ericsson partnership - analysts

Cisco's $1.4 billion (€1.2 billion) acquisition of Internet of Things specialist Jasper Technologies raises questions about the workings of the U.S. vendor's recently announced partnership with Ericsson, analysts at Machina Research said.

Orange overhauls European leadership as Bouygues talks continue

Orange unveiled a raft of changes to its management structure in Europe as it continues to discuss a possible deal with Bouygues Telecom that would have a profound impact on its positioning in France.

Mobistar to take on Orange brand as EU clears Liberty Global's Base deal

The Belgian mobile market faces significant changes ahead after Mobistar confirmed plans to adopt the Orange brand in future, and the European Commission (EC) conditionally approved a proposed €1.33 billion ($1.48 billion) acquisition of KPN-owned Base Belgium by Liberty Global's Telenet.

Ericsson MWC plans cover 4 new products designed to ease operators' path to 5G

Ericsson released details of four new products designed to ease operators' path to 5G, the Internet of Things and cloud technology that it will demonstrate at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress.

IDC: Global data centre SDN market to be worth almost $12.5B in 2020

IDC predicted the worldwide software-defined networking (SDN) market to increase by a CAGR of 53.9 per cent from 2014 to 2020 and be worth nearly $12.5 billion (€11 billion) in 2020.

Telekom Austria rebuffs DDoS attack on its mobile, fixed broadband networks

Telekom Austria said no customer data was compromised by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on its mobile and fixed broadband infrastructure that took place over the weekend.

KPN profit growth in 2015 masks underlying declines in revenue, EBITDA

KPN CEO Eelco Blok said the operator will focus on increasing consumer revenues and expanding its service offerings during 2016 after it recorded a steep fall in earnings in 2015.

EC seeks greater European harmony on 700 MHz for mobile services

The European Commission stepped up efforts to coordinate the use of 700 MHz spectrum for mobile services only, proposing that more spectrum is made available for mobile services in this frequency band across the European Union (EU) by 2020.

Tele2 launches 4G in Croatia, secures new spectrum licences in Lithuania

Tele2 is close to offering 4G services in all markets where it operates a mobile network after launching an LTE network in Croatia, with promised data download speeds of up to 150 Mbps.

Liberty Global and Vodafone consider Dutch joint venture

Vodafone and Liberty Global have confirmed that they are in talks over a possible joint venture in the Netherlands.

IDC: Global tablet market declines again in Q4 2015

The worldwide tablet market declined yet again in the fourth quarter of 2015 with 65.9 million units shipped, down 13.7 per cent year-on-year.

5G race accelerates as operators jockey to be first with trials and commercial services

A year ago when I hosted a panel discussion on the topic of 5G at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, my panellists predicted it would likely be at least 2020 before commercial 5G service would be launched and that even in that time frame availability would be limited, at best.

Jolla ends tablet project, plans refunds

Jolla, the Finnish mobile company that developed the Sailfish operating system (OS), is ending the crowd-funded Jolla Tablet programme and said it now has a refund process in place for backers that do not end up receiving a tablet.