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Vodafone indicates group UK HQ is at risk after EU exit vote

Vodafone became the latest company to warn it could move its group headquarters from the UK following the country's decision to leave the European Union.

Liberty Global stays confident on Dutch Vodafone deal

Liberty Global said the UK's decision to exit the European Union (EU) should not prevent its planned joint venture with Vodafone in the Netherlands from going ahead, although the proposed merger has yet to receive approval from the European Commission (EC).

WBA CEO: Wi-Fi calling offers 'enormous opportunity' to mobile operators

Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) CEO Shrikant Shenwai said the case for mobile operators deploying Wi-Fi calling services has become a question of when to rollout rather than if.

Ovum: 5G subscriptions to reach 24M by end-2021

Ovum said operators will start to launch 5G networks in 2020 and predicted that there will be services in more than 20 markets with 24 million 5G subscriptions worldwide by the end of 2021.

IHS: 4.7M WLAN access points shipped in Q1 2016

IHS Technology said wireless LAN (WLAN) equipment sales totalled $1.2 billion (€1 billion) worldwide in the first quarter of 2016.

Ericsson applies 5G to robotic surgeon's finger

Ericsson set out to prove that 5G could replace five fingers on a surgeon's hand, with a tactile robotic surgery demonstration at the 5G World 2016 event in London.

So, what has the EU ever done for telecoms?

The UK has yet to trigger the infamous "Article 50" of the Lisbon Treaty that would start the clock ticking on a two-year period of exit negotiations. What the ultimate outcome will be is frankly anyone's guess. As I've mentioned before, roaming charges and regulation are set to be two key areas to watch in the telecoms market, although myriad changes could take place.

Telia Company details progress on strategy to focus on core operations

Telia Company made use of its Capital Markets Day last week to highlight the progress it has made on its strategy to focus on its core operations in the Nordic and Baltic regions, noting that it is "well on track on our change journey towards becoming a new generation telco."

Tele2 appoints Guillaume van Gaver to resurrected international post

Tele2 reintroduced the role of market area director for its Baltics, western and central European operations with the appointment of Guillaume van Gaver as EVP International.

Three Austria adds Snapchat channel for customer service

Three Austria added a Snapchat channel to its social media presence, saying that it has become the first domestic mobile operator to provide customer services and support on what it described as the most popular social media channel for so-called 'millennials'.

Ericsson plans 'world first' cellular IoT demonstration with Intel, China Mobile

Ericsson moved quickly to utilise new 3GPP standards for cellular low power, wide area (LPWA) Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, announcing it will conduct the world's first demonstration in conjunction with Intel and China Mobile.

UK operators ponder next moves as Brexit sinks in

Operators are still digesting the potential impact of the UK's decision to leave the European Union (EU), with most attempting to present a calm front in the face of plunging markets and share prices.

Berg Insight: Shipments of cellular M2M modules reached 96M units in 2015

Berg Insight estimated that global cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) module shipments increased by 19.4 per cent in 2015 to a new record level of 96 million.

Analysts see Vodafone as safe haven, risks for others after Brexit vote

Jefferies analysts weighed up the risks for investors in UK-based telecoms operators following the country's decision to leave the European Union (EU), as economists, politicians and civilians started to consider the potential impact on the country's industry and economy.

Telecom Egypt won't be pushed to sell Vodafone Egypt stake in 4G licence terms

Telecom Egypt could be free to maintain its 45 per cent stake in local mobile operator Vodafone Egypt after the country's government reportedly back-tracked on plans to force a sale when it issues 4G licences.

Deutsche Telekom launches Wi-Fi calling in Germany

Deutsche Telekom has become the latest European operator to launch Wi-Fi calling as part of efforts to enable users to make calls where cellular network coverage is poor or non-existent.

GSMA CTO predicts faster LPWA rollouts after 3GPP ratification

GSMA CTO Alex Sinclair said an agreement on common low power, wide area (LPWA) technologies by the 3GPP will accelerate the deployment of commercial Internet of Things (IoT) products and services.

Orange adds Burkina Faso to MEA footprint

Orange completed the 100 per cent acquisition of Airtel in Burkina Faso through its subsidiary Orange Côte d'Ivoire, further expanding its footprint in the Middle East and Africa.

IDC: Wearables shipments to reach 2.5M units in CEE by 2020

DC predicted that smart wearables and basic wearables shipments in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) will increase by 121.11 per cent between 2015 and 2020 to reach 2.5 million units.

Vodacom blocks Motsa's move to rival MTN

MTN's plan to appoint Godfrey Motsa as its new VP for south and east Africa (excluding South Africa) on Jul. 1 could be scuppered by the executive's former employer Vodacom.