Ericsson reports weaker Q3 sales; Merkel's mobile at centre of U.S. spying row

> Ericsson reported weaker sales year-over-year in the third quarter and warned that it is facing pressure overall and that sales have fallen in North America as major LTE projects have peaked. Article

> Deutsche Telekom called for a "German Internet" following U.S. row over spying accusations. Article

> An Italian rule change could complicate the takeover of Telecom Italia by Telefónica. Article

> Meanwhile Telecom Italia is reportedly considering a capital increase of up to €2 billion. Article

> Telenor has agreed to buy Tele2's consumer fibre and cable business in Sweden in a $122 million (€88.4 million) deal. Article

> Ooredoo named Ross Cormack as CEO of its Myanmar unit. Article

> Vodafone expressed interest in buying the 45 per cent stake it does not already own in its Egyptian joint venture with Telecom Egypt. Article

And finally… Angela Merkel's mobile phone hit headlines this week after claims that it has been the subject of monitoring by the U.S. National Security Agency. Article