Swisscom claims European first after combining Wi-Fi calling with VoLTE

Swisscom said it is the first operator in Europe to combine voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) with Wi-Fi calling to overcome weak mobile signals in heavily insulated buildings.

Nokia plans new China JV following Alca-Lu merger

Nokia and industrial investment company China Huaxin agreed to establish a joint venture combining Nokia China and Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell (ASB) once the proposed merger of the Finnish equipment manufacturer with Alcatel-Lucent has been closed.

Israel's Cellcom mulls purchase of rival Golan Telecom

Israel-based Cellcom said it will examine a possible acquisition of Golan Telecom after its smaller rival appointed an investment bank to explore options including a merger or sale.

Ericsson: LTE leads way as mobile broadband subscriptions hit 3.1B

Ericsson said the number of global mobile broadband subscribers grew by around 25 per cent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2015, taking the total to 3.1 billion by the end of the period.

Bouygues Telecom boasts 42% of mobile customers are now on 4G

Bouygues Telecom said it had 4.1 million 4G customers at the end of June this year, meaning that 42 per cent of its mobile customer base excluding M2M is now using the high-speed mobile service.

IDC: Apple takes No. 2 spot as global wearables market grows 223.2% in Q2 2015

Apple shipped a total of 3.6 million units in the second quarter of 2015, just 0.8 million units behind Fitbit's 4.4 million units.

Vodafone Turkey takes lead in Turkish 4G tender

Vodafone Turkey emerged as the highest bidder in a 4G network tender process launched by the country's Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) that aims to raise €2.3 billion ($2.6 billion) in total.

Myanmar attracts 17 applications for fourth mobile licence

Myanmar received applications from 17 companies to join a consortium that would operate the country's fourth mobile network, Reuters reported.

Three Group Europe's H1 EBITDA boosted by UK and Ireland

Three Group Europe said underlying EBITDA improved in the first six months of 2015, with strong contributions made by its operations in the UK and Ireland.

Ooredoo Qatar tasks Nokia with small cell network deployment

Ooredoo Qatar awarded a nationwide 3G and LTE small cell deployment contract to Nokia Networks following successful trials of the equipment vendor's infrastructure in the country's capital, Doha.

Deutsche Telekom extends 'Magenta One' quad-play strategy to Hungary

Deutsche Telekom extended its quad-play strategy to a fourth European market after Magyar Telekom launched Magenta One plans in Hungary.

IDC lowers forecast for global smartphone growth in 2015 due to China effect

IDC said smartphone shipments are expected to increase by 10.4 per cent in 2015 to 1.44 billion units. This is lower than the research company's previous forecast of 11.3 per cent year-on-year growth.

Did your smartphone ruin your summer break?

Holidays are not really the same as they used to be. Now that so many of us are connected all of the time, it is increasingly difficult to switch off. What we don't know yet is the impact that this "always on-ness" will have on our future wellbeing because of our inability to ever completely "get away from it all".

Libya's LPTIC consolidates telecoms assets in sub-Saharan Africa

Libyan Post Telecommunications and Information Technology Company (LPTIC) said it has consolidated several Libyan-owned shareholdings in mobile and fixed-line telecoms companies in sub-Saharan Africa.

Here drives connected car vision with industry forum on cloud sensor processing

Nokia's Here unit took another step towards defining common specifications for processing information from automotive sensors through the cloud by hosting a forum comprising 16 auto industry companies.

Report: Vodafone Ireland to invest €7M in data centre services

Vodafone Ireland is investing €7 million ($8 million) in the development of new data-centre services for enterprise and public sector customers, according to a report in the Irish Times.

Google cuts Android app pre-installation requirements

Google reduced the number of apps that smartphone makers must pre-install on Android devices in order to gain access to the company's app store by four, in a move that could appease European Commission (EC) regulators.

Tele2 CEO to take on top GSMA role

The GSM Association (GSMA) said Tele2 Group CEO Mats Granryd will be its new director general with effect from January 2016, replacing Anne Bouverot who stepped down from the position on July 31.

IDC: Retailers in Middle East and Africa boost IoT spending

According to a recent IDC study of Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey and the UAE, spending on IoT solutions among retailers will grow by an average of around 19 per cent annually for the foreseeable future.

Orange cleared to sell Armenian unit to local ISP Ucom

Orange gained regulatory clearance for a deal to sell its Armenian business to local internet service provider Ucom.