DoCoMo moves to NFV with NEC, NetCracker; Germany's DT could sell towers in Europe

More wireless news from across the Web:

> Apple said that iPhone battery life can't be improved by closing recently used apps. Pocket-lint article

> As part of its corporate reshuffling, Yahoo said it will discontinue its Games, Livetext and Boss offerings. VentureBeat article

> Nielsen said acquired Informate Mobile Intelligence, which the company said will help it gain insight into mobile users' behavior. Multichannel article

> Germany's Deutsche Telekom, parent of T-Mobile US, may sell some of its towers in Europe. RCR article

> Waze introduced a new version of its traffic app. TechnoBuffalo article

> Japan's DoCoMo is using products from NEC and NetCracker for its move to NFV. Light Reading article

Telecom News

> Google Fiber has struck deals with Oregon utility companies Portland General Electric and Pacific Power to get access to their poles to install fiber, overcoming a major barrier to deploy FTTH services in the state. Article

> AT&T has been one of the most aggressive telcos implementing SDN and NFV in their networks, and the service provider is seeing its bet pay off to enhance how it delivers services to customers. Article

European Wireless News

> Ericsson announced that upgrades to Vodafone Netherlands' (NL) core network have enabled the operator to launch the first cloud-based, fully virtualised, voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Wi-Fi calling service in the country. Article

> Iliad reported strong revenue and subscriber growth in 2015, as the enfant terrible of France's mobile market continued to be a thorn in the side of rivals with apparently unstoppable growth. Article

Cable News

> Competitive network trade group INCOMPAS, along with the NTCA and small ISP Rocket Fiber, are pitching a video programming purchasing cooperative to the FCC and urging the commission to require Charter to serve as anchor member as a condition of its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Article

> The leading cable operators collectively added 3.3 million high-speed Internet customers in 2015 and now control 61 percent of market share for the U.S. broadband market, according to Leichtman Research Group. Article

And finally… Google's Eric Schmidt was pictured carrying an iPhone. Article