SFR, Bouygues close to network-sharing deal; Saudi Mobily to launch MVNO

> SFR and Bouygues Telecom are reported to be close to finalising an agreement to share their mobile networks in France. Article

> Saudi Arabia's Mobily will start leasing its mobile phone network to a new operator to launch a rival service in the first quarter of 2014, marking a new chapter in the domestic mobile market. Article

> Samsung's operating profit fell six per cent year-on-year to 8.3 trillion Won (€5.6 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2013, its first decline in two years. Article

> US officials last week charged four people with trafficking pirated Android apps, in a first of its kind case in the country. Article

> Record sales for Microsoft in the fourth quarter of 2013 helped boost net income 2.8 per cent year-on-year to $6.56 billion (€4.7 billion). Article

> Poland's largest media group, Cyfrowy Polsat, may pay a dividend of 100 million zlotys ($33 million) in return for its minority shareholders' support for its takeover of Polkomtel. Article

And finally…One village in France says "no mobile phones for us" as the residents fight to retain the location's status as a haven from electromagnetic waves. Article

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