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GfK: Growth in MEA region helped drive global smartphone sales in Q3

A new report from Germany-based research firm GfK found that smartphone sales growth in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) contributed to the strongest global smartphone sales on record for a third-quarter period, although sales stagnated at best in European markets.

Here prepares to demonstrate C-ITS in the Netherlands in H1 2016

Nokia announced its Here mapping and navigation unit is evaluating the rollout of a cellular network in the Netherlands as part of the businesses' Cooperative Intelligent Transportation System (C-ITS) for connected vehicles.

FirstNet starts to develop BYOD policy for devices on public safety network

FirstNet said it is taking steps to develop and implement an effective bring-your-own device (BYOD) policy for the nationwide public safety broadband network it is building.

A very fond Fierce farewell

FierceWireless Editor Phil Goldstein bids goodbye in his final column for the publication and reflects on how the wireless industry has changed during the seven years of his tenure.

The rise and fall and rise of operator mobile voice

For a long time, it was all about data, but now mobile voice is firmly back in operators' sights as they seek to retrieve control of what was their former sole domain. Our recent special report on Wi-Fi calling, for example, explored some of the approaches, from dialler-integrated Wi-Fi calling through to downloadable apps such as Three InTouch and Telefonica's TU Go service.

TeliaSonera gears up to launch cloud-based connected car service in 2016

TeliaSonera said it will become the world's first operator to launch a cloud-based connected car service with a new smartphone-centred function that is due to launch in Sweden in 2016.

Report: Insurer reveals overall mobile device theft is dropping in UK

A new report from specialist insurer Protect Your Bubble said the overall number of thefts of gadgets such as mobile phones and tablets fell in the UK in the six months to end-September compared with the previous six-month period.

Mallinson: How Apple profits overwhelmingly in smartphones

Apple continues to go from strength to strength with stellar profitability because it competes so effectively on several different fronts. Its smartphone industry profit share grew to 94 percent during the September quarter, up from 85 percent one year ago. This is in part due to the fact that Samsung, the only other smartphone maker which has shown decent profitability in recent years, has significantly declined of late. It is also because of Apple's enormous ongoing strengths in trading and competing with other smartphone ecosystem players, including its customers.

Sailfish OS backer Jolla to lay off half of its staff as it hunts for new funding

Finnish handset maker Jolla, the company behind the alternative smartphone platform Sailfish OS, is going to lay off half of its workforce and try to restructure its debt after it failed to close a $10.6 million (€10 million) Series C round quickly enough. The company hopes the measures will only be temporary, but is going to start laying off workers in December.

Sprint to get $1.1B in cash thanks to handset leasing vehicle

Sprint will get $1.1 billion in cash from a handset leasing company that has been set up by parent company SoftBank and other investors designed to put the financing of leased devices off of Sprint's balance sheet and provide it with more liquidity. Sprint plans to immediately turn to setting up a similar structure to finance the purchase of network equipment.