IDC: Russian tablets market falls 8.5% in Q1 2016

IDC Russia said tablet shipments in the country fell by 8.5 per cent year-on-year to 919,000 units in the first quarter of 2016, while in terms of value in U.S. dollars the market shrank by 12.9 per cent.

Berg Insight reveals European smart home penetration lags North America

Berg Insight said Europe's smart home market lagged North America by two to three years in terms of penetration and market maturity at the end of 2015, with an installed base of 5.3 million smart homes compared to 12.7 million in North America.

Report: Telefónica favours keeping O2 UK after failed Hutchison sale

Telefónica could now decide to keep O2 UK rather than seek a new buyer or list the unit on the stock market according to Bloomberg.

Report: Orange considers buying more Millicom assets in Africa

Orange is mulling the acquisition of further operations owned by Millicom International Cellular in Africa and has started informal talks with the company, Bloomberg reported.

Jolla Sailfish OS community expansion program sells out within a day

Jolla, the Finnish mobile company that created the Sailfish OS, said demand for a new initiative designed to boost the operating system's community of fans and developers was so high it sold out within a day of being announced.

Gartner: Spending on in-app transactions exceeds upfront app payments by 24%

Mobile app users are spending $7.40 (€6.65) on paid-for apps every three months and $9.20 on in-app transactions.

SFR launches LTE at 337 Mbps using tri-band CA

SFR launched 4G or LTE Advanced services at maximum download speeds of 337.5 Mbps following the implementation of tri-band carrier aggregation (CA) technology into the company's network.

Deutsche Telekom CEO details the key role of 5G in digital future

Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Höttges declared that 5G is the industry's answer to future demands for network connectivity, and hit out at rivals' criticism regarding the operator's domestic broadband business.

Three UK to trial ad-blocking technology in June

Three UK said it would trial ad-blocking technology on its network next month, marking the next step in the mobile operator's strategy to deal with what it deems to be increasingly intrusive advertising on mobile phones.

EU sets 2020 deadline for freeing up 700 MHz band for mobile broadband

The European Council said the 700 MHz band should be made available for mobile broadband services across the European Union by 2020 as part of a harmonised approach to freeing up this spectrum band.

Huawei: 5G field trials deliver improved spectral efficiency, throughput

Huawei announced that field trials conducted in April proved the ability of 5G to improve spectrum efficiency and meet a diverse set of service requirements set for the next generation technology by the ITU.

IDC: Convertible and detachable tablets prove more popular in Western Europe

The Western European PC and tablet market as a whole contracted by 13.7 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter.

Tele2 to build LoRa IoT network in Greater Gothenburg

Tele2 said it planned to build a network based on the Long Range (LoRa) standard in Greater Gothenburg to connect low power devices as part of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Samsung faces first IPR challenge from Huawei

Samsung vowed to defend itself after Huawei filed its first patent lawsuits against the South Korean vendor covering alleged infringements in technologies used in Samsung mobile phones.

Bouygues Telecom and Huawei achieve 1 Gbps 4G speeds using 4-band CA

Bouygues Telecom said it achieved speeds of more than 1 Gbps in tests on its 4G network with Huawei, becoming the latest operator in Europe to join what some have dubbed the "Gigabit LTE" club at least in terms of trials.

Telefónica expands use of Vasona Networks RAN management system in London

Telefónica made its first investment in its UK mobile business since the European Commission blocked a planned sale to CK Hutchison by extending its use of a Vasona Networks RAN congestion management product.

Report: Telefónica could list Telxius tower unit in July

Telefónica could carry out an initial public offering (IPO) for its Telxius mobile tower unit as soon as July as part of measures to reduce group debt, reported Bloomberg.

Dell'Oro: RAN market expected to decline by 8% in 2016

Dell'Oro Group said the total radio access network (RAN) infrastructure market declined at a double-digit rate year-on-year in the first quarter of 2016.

Three's MMS pricing hike is a sign of changing market dynamics

Three UK advised customers to use Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Viber et al for sending MMS after announcing it would increase the charge for sending multimedia messages from 17.4 pence to 40 pence per MMS in June.

Vodafone Germany to offer 375 Mbps LTE speeds in 50 cities this year

Vodafone Germany said it planned to offer download speeds of up to 375 Mbps on its LTE network in 50 cities this year, as part of a broader plan to increase cable and mobile broadband speeds across the country.