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SK Telecom, Nokia Networks open 5G R&D centre in South Korea

SK Telecom and Nokia Networks opened a 5G research and development centre at the Finnish equipment manufacturer's South Korean office.

Samsung Electronics develops technique that almost doubles smartphone battery life

Samsung Electronics' researchers unveiled a new process for constructing Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) batteries that they said could almost double the life of the power sources for smartphones and electric cars.

TeliaSonera reshuffles management, CTO to leave this week

TeliaSonera announced a number of senior management changes that will see group CTO Sverker Hannervall leave his full-time position at the company on Wednesday this week (Jul.1).

Generali cut Telecom Italia stake as Vivendi moved to become largest shareholder

Telecom Italia shareholder Generali sold the bulk of its stake in the operator on the open market around the time that French media group Vivendi confirmed it would become the former incumbent's largest shareholder in place of Telefónica.

Jazztel to be delisted after Orange wins support for offer

Jazztel shares will be delisted from the Spanish Stock Exchanges within two months after Orange won overwhelming support for its offer to buy the Spain-based broadband provider for €13 a share ($14.30).

Pyramid Research: Qatar telecoms market to generate $2.8B by 2020

Qatar's telecom services market is tipped to generate $2.8 billion (€2.5 billion) in service revenue by 2020, up from a forecast of $2.3 billion in 2015.

Nokia Networks backs Hungary with 10-year R&D centre commitment

Nokia Networks agreed a lease on a facility in Hungary that is set to become the country's largest R&D facility, in a move that tHungarian foreign minister said strengthens the broader ICT industry in the market.

Vodafone UK picks MVNE Digitalk to support MVNO business

Digitalk, a mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE), said Vodafone UK will use its cloud-based platform to help improve the service it provides to mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in future.

Ericsson says communications remains dominant smartphone service

Ericsson's ConsumerLab announced that communications services remain the most used function on smartphones, accounting for at least 30 per cent of the time users spend using their device.

Altice goes Dutch to help with future M&A

Altice, whose €10 billion ($11.2 billion) bid for French operator Bouygues Telecom was rejected this week, announced a restructuring that will see the company merge with its new Dutch company called Altice NV to strengthen its ability to make future acquisitions.

Vivendi becomes largest Telecom Italia shareholder with almost 15%

France-based Vivendi became the largest shareholder in Telecom Italia after purchasing a total stake of 14.9 per cent, replacing long-term investor Telefónica.

Report: Global M2M market to reach 27B devices in 2024

The total M2M revenue opportunity will be $1.6 trillion (€1.4 trillion) in 2024, up from $500 billion in 2014.

Ericsson to be hit by SEK2.5B restructuring costs in Q2

Ericsson said its second-quarter results will be hit by restructuring costs of around SEK2.5 billion (€271 million/$304 million) as the company continues to implement measures first announced in November 2014 to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Vodafone partnership boosts Uros' global mobile Wi-Fi network service

Uros, a Finland-based provider of global mobile Wi-Fi internet services, opened the door to 11 new markets in Europe and Africa through a partnership with Vodafone Roaming Services, the voice and data roaming arm of the global mobile operator.

Mallinson: Germany's spectrum auction shows how monopoly power can be exploited - and hurt operators

Spectrum is too valuable to be given away. However; a more sophisticated array of operations obligations and commitments could encourage more capital to be invested in improving mobile networks and services, and making them cheaper, rather than simply siphoning off as much money as possible from operators in auction proceeds for governments to spend on other programmes outside telecommunications.

Telenor, TeliaSonera unfazed by EC objections to Danish merger

Telenor and TeliaSonera shrugged off a European Commission (EC) statement of objections to a planned combination of their Danish businesses as nothing more than an "ordinary event" in such a merger process.

HERE pushes specification for processing vehicle sensor information via cloud

Nokia's HERE division published a specification designed to integrate information from a diverse range of automotive sensors via the cloud, in a move the unit said could improve road safety and ease congestion.

Bouygues says 'non' to French consolidation, shuns Altice

Bouygues Group rejected Altice's unsolicited offer for its telecoms unit, asserting that Bouygues Telecom is "well-positioned" to take advantage of future growth in the telecoms market and can revive profits on its own.

IDC: MEA tablet market suffers first ever year-on-year decline

Tablet shipments to the MEA region fell by 5.8 per cent year-on-year to 3.83 million units in the first quarter of 2015.

Closing the mobile gender gap: what the GSMA, Orange, Ericsson and others are doing to empower women

Women are typically 14 per cent less likely to own a mobile phone than men, which translates into 200 million fewer women than men owning mobile phones, the GSMA added.