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Telefónica acquisition of E-Plus gets conditional all-clear

Cleared at last The European Commission has announced the conditional approval of Telefónica’s bid to acquire German operator E-Plus, almost a year after the deal was first announced, which will result in the merger of Germany’s third and fourth-largest operators and reduce the total number of operators in the country to three. Such consolidation was of understandable concern to the ... Read More »

Telcos poised to profit from in-vehicle app boom

In-vehicle apps set to boom The number of in-vehicle apps in use is expected to reach 269 million by 2018 according to a report published this week by Juniper Research, representing a more than fivefold increase on last year’s figure. Anthony Cox, associate analyst at Juniper Research and author of the report told Business Cloud News that while the business ... Read More »

Ericsson flexes 5G muscle with 5Gbps demo

Ericsson has been making noise about 5G Although 5G technologies are still far from standardisation, the growing maturity of LTE means vendors are already building up hype for the next generation of networks. Expecting Japanese carrier NTT Docomo and South Korea’s SK Telecom to be early adopters – Docomo has already tested 5G technology – Ericsson has been showing off ... Read More »

Eyes on the price

All-you-can-eat pricing causes higher usage Mobile telephony was a premium product for many years; the preserve of wealthy consumers and company-sponsored executives. Penetration only began to skyrocket with the introduction of competition and the ensuing drop in pricing. That boom in customer numbers translated into success and wealth for the generation of operator executives that engineered it. But competition has ... Read More »

Google snaps up Songza

Songza curates music playlists A battle of the beats is brewing after it emerged that Google has acquired curated mobile music service Songza for an undisclosed sum. According to various sources on the web, Google has splashed out anything between $15m and $49m on the three year old startup. Songza has apps available for Android and iOS and covers the ... Read More »

FTC broadsides T-Mobile over “bogus charges”

The FTC claims users were mis-charged US watchdog the Federal Trade Commission slammed T-Mobile USA on Tuesday, alleging that the carrier made “hundreds of millions of dollars” from bogus premium SMS charges never authorised by subscribers. The FTC alleges that T-Mobile received anywhere from 35 to 40 per cent of the total amount mis-charged to consumers for subscriptions for content ... Read More »

VimpelCom appoints Telefonica man as COO

Rene Schuster Amsterdam headquartered carrier VimpelCom, which operates in Russia and the CIS and owns stakes in several other operations around the world, has appointed Rene Schuster as Group Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Schuster is something of an industry veteran, having previously held the post of Chief Executive Officer of Telefónica Deutschland. Under his leadership, the company delivered consistent ... Read More »

OTE makes play for Forthnet Greece

Greece’s Forthnet is in demand The battle for control of Greece’s leading alternative fixed line operator continues apace, with OTE joining the fray on Tuesday. The Greek carrier launched a bid of between €250-300m on a debt-free cash-free basis for the pay TV operation, Nova, which is owned by Forthnet. In a statement Forthnet said its board of directors would ... Read More »

Australian NBN claims deployment boost under Morrow

NBN is claiming more coverage in the bush Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) looks to have turned a corner in terms of deployment, claiming a fourfold increase in the number of premises covered by its fixed wireless service over the past year. Under the leadership of Bill Morrow, ex-CEO of Vodafone Australia, appointed CEO at NBN Co at the start ... Read More »

Vodafone sells out of Fiji

Vodafone is exiting Fiji as a network owner Vodafone said Tuesday that it has struck an agreement to sell its entire 49 per cent shareholding in Vodafone Fiji to the Fiji National Provident Fund for a cash consideration of FJ$160m (£51m). The move takes Fiji National Provident’s indirect stake in the company to around 79 per cent. In Fiji, Vodafone ... Read More »