Michel Combes announces Alcatel-Lucent departure; BT flaunts consumer mobile success

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> Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes is to step down on Sept. 1, with Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri set to take the helm of the future merged entity. FierceWireless article

> Vivendi sold its remaining shares in Telefonica Brasil, and in turn gained a stake of around 1 per cent in Telefonica. Reuters article

> Telefonica reported strong results for the second quarter of 2015 and also raised its revenue forecast for the year. Reuters article

> Bpifrance, a French public investment bank, sold a 2 per cent stake in Orange for about €801 million ($880 million). Reuters article

> BT said it added more than 100,000 BT Mobile customers in the first three months since re-entering the consumer mobile market in March. Release

> Samsung said it will cut the price of its high-end smartphones after net income fell 8 per cent year on year in the second quarter to KRW5.75 trillion (€4.4 billion/$4.9 billion). FierceWireless report

> Russian operators MegaFon and VimpelCom ceased purchasing Samsung smartphones. Bloomberg report

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