Swisscom advances 'smart city' concept with mobile phone-based traffic management system

Swisscom pledged to cut traffic congestion in a suburb of the city of Lausanne by taking a new approach to modelling traffic flow that utilises mobile phone data.

IDC: CEE becoming a lucrative market for enterprise mobility vendors

IDC said new opportunities are emerging for enterprise mobility vendors in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as more companies are embracing mobility as a tool for increasing productivity and gaining a competitive edge.

Apple Music is a long-term play, says SVP Eddy Cue

Apple SVP Eddy Cue brushed off questions regarding how many Apple Music users would stick with the service after a free trial period expires, and said the company is keen to address roaming fees for iPhone users.

Orange reshuffles top management with a focus on MEA, Spain

Orange unveiled sweeping changes to its top management structure as part of efforts to realise the targets outlined in the company's Essentials2020 strategy for the next five years.

Arcep gives Orange go-ahead to test mm-wave frequencies for 5G

France's telecoms regulator said it has authorised Orange to conduct the first 5G trials in the country with a specific focus on the use of millimetre-wave (mm-wave) frequency bands between 6 GHz and 100 GHz for the new services.

Report: Operators face 2-year customer data monetisation gap compared to Internet companies

Research conducted by Analysys Mason for IT software and services company AsiaInfo found that 62 per cent of operators surveyed felt they were currently at least two years behind large Internet players such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple in their efforts to monetise customer data.

Vodafone claims first for Portugal with VoLTE launch

Vodafone said it is the first mobile operator in Portugal to launch voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services, offering improved voice quality and the ability to use voice and data services simultaneously over its 4G network.

Analyst: Nexus smartphones reveal direction of Google's Android development

Google's latest Nexus-branded smartphones offer hints on the future direction it will take in developing its Android operating system (OS), according to IHS Technology's director of mobile analysis Ian Fogg.

Myanmar delays award of fourth mobile licence as Telenor marks its first year

The government of Myanmar has delayed the award of the market's fourth and final mobile telecoms licence until October despite receiving expressions of interest from 17 local companies, the local Irrawaddy newspaper reported.

Telenor, TeliaSonera wind down Danish team established to lead merger efforts

Telenor said a management team established to run its planned joint venture with TeliaSonera in Denmark is now in the process of shutting the project down.

France's 4 operators apply to take part in 700 MHz spectrum auction

Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, Orange and SFR have all confirmed that they plan to take part in France's auction of 700 MHz spectrum assignments after each operator filed an application with the French telecoms regulator.

Survey: Almost 50% of European respondents have yet to use mobile financial services

A survey of customers in the UK, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland carried out by Ovum on behalf of Amdocs found that that almost 50 per cent of the respondents have yet to use mobile financial services (MFS).

What next for Vodafone after Liberty talks end?

Vodafone Group confirmed this week that discussions with Liberty Global on a possible asset swap have ended. The question now is what lies ahead for the mobile giant, which has been pursuing a strategy of launching converged fixed and mobile services in key markets in order to secure new revenue streams as well as attract and -- importantly -- retain customers.

Malin Frenning leaves TeliaSonera, as operator announces further restructuring

TeliaSonera said SVP Malin Frenning will leave the company as it moves to combine its Commercial and Technology groups, and announced that Emil Nilsson will head up its newly formed Region Eurasia division.

Belgian operators join campaign to boost mobile Internet take-up

Proximus, Mobistar and Base Belgium are among 14 Belgian operators that have signed up to a campaign launched by the country's government and regulator to boost Belgium's mobile broadband penetration rate from its current level of 57.5 per cent.

BlackBerry CEO confirms Android smartphone and fiscal Q2 GAAP profit

BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the pending launch of the company's first Android smartphone forms part of an effort to accelerate a return to profitability at the company's hardware division.

EU and China sign key partnership on 5G

The European Union (EU) signed what it described as a "milestone agreement" with China that lays the foundation for a future collaboration between the two regions on the development of 5G technologies and services.

Analysts say a Vodafone-Liberty deal is still possible after asset-swap talks end

Vodafone said discussions with Liberty Global on a possible asset swap have ended, but analysts say a deal between the two companies still remains a "distinct possibility.

GSA: Operators increasingly using 2.1 GHz spectrum for LTE

An LTE2100 report by the GSA said 15 operators in 11 countries have commercially launched LTE systems and service using 2.1 GHz spectrum, almost double the number of networks launched compared to one year earlier.

Altice CEO hints at no further bids for Bouygues Telecom, as it eases up on M&A

Bouygues Telecom looks to be off the hook as a potential take-over target of Altice, after the latter's CEO told reporters it is easing up on its strategy of acquisitions.