TCL trumpets strong smartphone growth

Chinese device maker TCL said it had shipped 20.9 million smart devices in the first six months of 2015, marking a year-on-year growth of 39 per cent. The company said total sales of handsets and other products reached 34.8 million …

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UK to look at €5B German auction in setting licence fee

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom will consider the recent, high-rolling German auction when calculating annual licence fees for operators in the UK. The German auction, which concluded last month, defied expectations by raising €5 billion. Expert opinion ahead of the event forecast …

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AlcaLu, Telefonica build on NFV agreement

A new MoU between Alcatel-Lucent and Telefonica will see the companies test additional NFV technologies, focusing on boosting network performance and efficiency. The latest deal builds on a February 2014 agreement between the two firms under which Telefonica agreed to …

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Telefonica, Unicom ink smartphone pact

Telefonica and China Unicom revealed a smartphone joint procurement deal, “helping both companies deliver richer data services to a broader group of their consumers in China, Latin America and Europe”. A first round has already been completed, involving 4G smartphones. …

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Telefonica wants users to push its IoT buttons

Telefonica unveiled two early customers for a new service which enables end-users to place an order, be it pizzas, parcels or a cab, by simply pressing a physical button. Seur, a Spanish parcel delivery firm, will deploy the smart buttons, …

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AlcaLu banks on IP video growth to transform TV industry

Network vendor giant Alcatel-Lucent predicts online video will soon become the primary way for users to access TV content, as the industry continues to see widespread consolidation in the IPTV and cable sectors. Speaking at the company’s IP video open …

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Telco owners free to sell TI shares imminently – report

Members of investment group Telco, Telecom Italia’s largest shareholder, will be free to sell their shares in the company in the coming days, according to Reuters. Dissolution of the group is set to become effective after its four investors, Spain’s Telefonica …

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Virgin Group interested in buying Spain’s Yoigo – report

Virgin Group reportedly held talks with TeliaSonera-controlled Yoigo, Spain’s fourth-largest operator, as the country’s mobile market becomes more about quadplay rather than just mobile services. According to El Economista, the MVNO operator is being advised by Juan Villalonga, an industry …

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Telefonica, E-Plus merger challenged

German regional player Airdata filed an official challenge with the European General Court over Telefonica’s $9.6 billion acquisition of E-Plus in Germany, which was completed last year. The deal, which was approved by the European Commission in July 2014, reduced …

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