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Israel's Cellcom picks NSN for LTE, plans deployment by end of 2014

Cellcom Israel has picked Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) as the supplier of its LTE and LTE Advanced network and said it expects to achieve a wide deployment of the network by the end of the year.

ABI: Consumer wearables to drive big data adoption in healthcare

As consumers continue to use wearable devices to track their levels of activity, there is growing impetus to also make use of the data to inform health management and healthcare provision.

German operators sharpen tools in battle for the mobile data generation

As Germany's operators await the outcome of the European Commission's probe into the planned merger between Telefónica Deutschland and KPN-owned E-Plus, they have been stepping up their efforts to win the hearts and minds of a generation of German subscribers for whom mobile data is now becoming king.

IHS: Samsung S5 costs more to build than S4 and iPhone 5s

Samsung's latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, costs around $12 (€8.67) more to make than the vendor's S4 smartphone, and nearly $50 more than rival Apple's iPhone 5S, research by IHS shows.

Deutsche Telekom partners with Xyo for app discovery

Deutsche Telekom has partnered with Berlin-based Xyo to tap into its smart app search technology, also marking the first time that Xyo has publicly unveiled a tie-up with an operator for app search advertising.

Telefónica targets mobile ad market with dedicated exchange platform

Telefónica launched a mobile advertising exchange platform it said is the first to be owned and backed by a mobile operator, as it vies for a slice of a market that generated an estimated 13 per cent of all internet ad spending in 2013.

Vodafone brand stands strong, as rivals scramble marketing teams

I read today that Wally Olins, described as the man who rebranded British Telecom as BT, has died at the age of 83. According to the report in the Guardian, Olins was also "an integral part" of the launch of the Orange brand, and was generally described as the "world's leading practitioner of branding and identity". Yet no brand is irreplaceable it seems, and indeed the European mobile brand landscape has been subtly changing in recent months.

Orange secures 2 operators for new Orange Alliance programme

Orange has unveiled a new international partnership programme called Orange Alliance that the French operator said will help spread its services and products to markets where it does not have a foothold.

Apple smart devices protected from 'Heartbleed' bug

Apple said users of smart devices running its iOS software face no risk from a flaw in the OpenSSL web security standard, despite BlackBerry working up a fix for its messenger service for iOS and Android devices.

IDC: Global wearables shipments to reach almost 112 million in 2018

Shipment volumes of wearable technology are expected to exceed 19 million units in 2014, more than tripling last year's sales.

Report: Sawiris ready to invest up to $2B in Telecom Italia

Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris said he is prepared to invest between $1 billion (€1.38 billion) and $2 billion in Telecom Italia if Telefónica withdrew from the company, and said the Italian company needed funds for future investments.

Vodacom, MTN, boost mobile subs with Nashua Mobile deal

South African operators Vodacom and MTN agreed to acquire mobile subscribers from Nashua Mobile for a reported 2.26 billion rand (€155 million/$214 million), as the reseller prepares to exit the local mobile market.

Vivendi rebuts claims by Martin Bouygues of 'anomalies' in SFR process

Vivendi said over the weekend that comments made in an interview with Le Figaro by Martin Bouygues about the process to select a buyer for SFR represented a "one-sided" version of the events and refused to enter into a debate with the CEO of the Bouygues Group.

Telefonica unveils Yaap as brand name for Spanish mobile payments venture

Telefónica revealed that its landmark joint venture with Spanish banks CaixaBank and Banco Santander will be named Yaap, and that the first services will be launched in Spain in a matter of months.

TeliaSonera appoints Christian Luiga as CFO

TeliaSonera said on Friday it has appointed Christian Luiga as its new chief financial officer, a role that Luiga has fulfilled in an acting position since November 2013.

Vodafone unlikely to deter suitors with Indian take over

Vodafone's move to take full control of its Indian subsidiary is unlikely to deter potential suitors that are eying an acquisition of the UK-headquartered group, a leading Ovum analyst says.

Saudi regulator to re-tender Zain MVNO licence

The process to license three new mobile virtual network operators in Saudi Arabia has encountered an unexpected delay after the Saudi regulator this week announced a new tender for Zain Saudi's network.

Berg Insight: Oil and gas industry driving M2M

The number of devices with cellular or satellite connectivity deployed in oil & gas applications worldwide was 423,000 at the end of 2013, according to a new research report from Berg Insight.

France to review Numericable-SFR deal, pursue more mergers at home and in Europe

The proposed €17 billion ($23 billion) deal to merge Numericable with SFR to create a new fixed and mobile powerhouse in France will come under the regulatory scrutiny of France rather than the European Commission. At the same time, the French government said it will continue to pursue consolidation in the telecoms sector and has asked Orange to seek alliances in Europe.

Hilton: IoT challengers--new operators enter the market

A new group of operators entering the IoT and M2M markets are taking a different approach to the market than existing companies, having learned key lessons from the implementations of current operators.