Myanmar invites bids for fourth operator

Myanmar invited local firms to step forward for a fourth mobile licence in what is becoming an increasingly competitive market. In a two-stage process, local public companies with registered capital of at least $2.3 billion are invited to state their …

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Baidu CEO: We are still interested in HERE

The consortium of German carmakers may look to be in pole position for mapmaker HERE, but no-one told Baidu’s CEO he is out of the race. Robin Li told Re/code: “We’re still interested. We only have the Chinese [mapping] data …

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Facebook marks Internet.org’s first birthday with new approach

Facebook said it is entering a new phase to how operators and developers join Internet.org, as it looks to scale up the affordable internet initiative. The social media firm launched a new partner portal through which operators sign up for …

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Orange ups stake in Morocco’s Meditel

Orange acquired an additional 9 per cent stake in Moroccan affiliate Meditel, taking its holding in the country’s number two mobile operator to 49 per cent. The move follows an agreement signed by Orange and shareholders Fipar-Holding (owned by a Moroccan …

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Intel linked to potential acquisition of Qualcomm’s chipset business

If Qualcomm chose to break in two then Intel would be the leading candidate to acquire its chip business, which is valued at between $30 billion and $40 billion, according to Reuters. Qualcomm this week unveiled a strategic rethink which …

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BlackBerry to cut device line in software shift

BlackBerry chief John Chen said the company is reducing resources in the devices side of its business in line with its shift to focus on enterprise security and software. And this, he said in an interview with Fox Business, means that …

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AT&T goes home and away in Q2 results

AT&T talked up the addition of wireless customers at home and the prospects for its new network in Mexico during its Q2 2015 financial announcement. The operator reported 2.1 million net additions, of which 1.4 million was connected devices. This rated as its …

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Carmakers plot open future for HERE

Daimler, part of the consortium that is close to purchasing HERE, confirmed the mapmaker would become an open platform if the bid is successful. CEO Dieter Zetsche said the consortium, which also includes BMW and Audi, would make HERE’s software …

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Strong data uptake boosts Vodacom

African operator group Vodacom trumpeted a 5.1 per cent increase in service revenue in the quarter to 30 June 2015, which Shameel Joosub, its CEO, described as “a continuation of the positive growth momentum”. Service revenue increased to ZAR15.66 billion …

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