EC clears Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent deal

The European Commission gave the green-light to Nokia’s proposed multi-billion dollar acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, stating that the deal “would not raise competition concerns”. This is because “the parties are not close competitors and since a number of strong global competitors …

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Restructuring charges hit Ericsson profit

Ericsson saw its bottom line hit by restructuring charges in Q2, although on a positive note its troubled North American operation has stabilised compared with the start of the year. The company reported a net income of SEK2.1 billion ($245 …

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Ericsson forecasts sharp M&A rise in digital ID space

LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS SHANGHAI 2015: The number and size of mergers and acquisitions in the digital identity field will increase sharply in the next couple of years, predicts Pedro Calderon (pictured), head of authentication and digital identity …

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Ericsson forecasts sharp M&A rise in digital ID space

LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS SHANGHAI 2015: The number and size of mergers and acquisitions in the digital identity field will increase sharply in the next couple of years, predicts Pedro Calderon (pictured), head of authentication and digital identity …

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Ericsson says 5G’s progress will carry LTE too

LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS SHANGHAI 2015: Ericsson’s CTO for the APAC region, Magnus Ewerbring (pictured), told Mobile World Live that further development of 5G and LTE technologies must be linked, following recent operator comments that the industry should continue to …

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Vodafone, Ericsson start UK small cell test

Vodafone started an internal trial in the UK of an Ericsson small cell system, which has previously been pushed by the vendor as a means to drastically reduce the cost of indoor coverage. The operator’s Netherlands unit was announced as the …

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Survey finds some users willing to replace WhatsApp usage with WiFi calling

An Ericsson survey of WiFi callers found more than 61 per cent of respondents in the US made longer and more frequent calls, while 53 per cent dropped some WhatsApp usage in favour of WiFi calls. Other findings from Ericsson …

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MTN brings in Ericsson mobile money platform

MTN Swaziland deployed Ericsson’s converged wallet platform in a rollout impacting more than 275,000 existing mobile money users and 3,000 agents. The new platform serves as a hub for mobile money services, connecting the operator’s operations in several countries and …

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Asia Briefs: Thai minister rejects return of 4G spectrum, Foreign climbers get free WiFi on Mount Fuji & more

Thai minister rejects return of 4G spectrum Thailand’s ICT minister has ordered state-owned CAT Telecom to drop its proposed agreement with dtac to return 5MHz of unused 1.8GHz spectrum, as it wants to avoid a delay in the 4G auctions …

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