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Inmarsat chooses Alcatel-Lucent for new in-flight mobile network

on 24 November 2014. Inmarsat is constructing a new telecoms network using S-band satellite and an S-band ground network to bring mobile connectivity to European airlines. Alcatel-Lucent is the technology partner for the project, which is expected to launch commercially by the end of 2016. Inmarsat said the infrastructure would be the world’s first “truly hybrid aviation network”, by bringing ... Read More »

Telecom Italia sells Brazilian towers, mulls tie-up with Oi

Telecom Italia mulls its position and options in Brazil Telecom Italia has announced the sale of its Brazilian towers to American Tower Corp for approximately €900 million, the price tag it set out to achieve in the first place. The telco also confirmed it is weighing up its options overall in the Brazilian market, and that it is considering a tie-up ... Read More »

EC mullng Google break-up – report

Google’s getting tied up by European Commission A leaked report has fuelled speculation that the European Commission intends to unbundle Google in response to the internet giant’s growing share in multiple markets. According to the FT, a draft motion from the Commission states that “unbundling search engines from other commercial services” is being investigated as a means of curtailing the ... Read More »

Telefónica reportedly mulling UK alliance with BT

  O2 would complement BT’s existing assets, including sport The CEO of Telefónica has reportedly indicated he is open to some kind of strategic alliance with BT in the UK, which could include selling off O2 UK in return for a stake in BT. Apparently CEO César Alierta is getting twitchy about US tech giants taking over in Europe, and ... Read More »

UKCTA urges Ofcom to improve BT Openreach performance

UKCTA claims BT’s position is still too dominant The UK Competitive Telecommunications Association (UKCTA) has published a series of reports calling the country’s regulator Ofcom to review the communications market. It claimed there is confusion over the role of BT Openreach, BT’s network division, and businesses feel Openreach is a restrictive force in terms of choice in the market. The three ... Read More »

Apple, Bono and Kim Kardashian join app developers for RED campaign to raise AIDS research money

Apple announced that it is working with 25 app developers, ranging from Angry Birds to Kim Kardashian, for a holiday campaign to raise money for U2 frontman Bono’s Global Fund to fight AIDS. “For eight years, our customers have been helping fight AIDS in Africa by funding life-saving treatments,” said Apple chief executive Tim Cook in a statement. “This year ... Read More »

Cloud gaming could reach a turning point in 2015, analyst says

Above: Cloud-gaming service OnLive. Image Credit: OnLive Streaming of high-end games could become available to nearly 150 million people, a five-fold increase, in 2015 thanks to the growth of so-called cloud-gaming services. Of course, a lot will depend on pricing and quality, as to whether players will actually use and pay for those services. Still, 2015 could be a big year ... Read More »

Google search on smartphones and tablets now shows product details with 360-degree view, where to buy them

Google today updated its search engine on smartphones and tablets to show new product details. The company says it wants to help shoppers make purchase decisions on the go with its new expandable product cards right on Google.com. In addition to more detailed information about products, you can now see a list of stores from which you can buy them, ... Read More »