Xiaomi hires Qualcomm’s China president

Fast-rising smartphone maker Xiaomi hired Qualcomm’s president of Greater China, Wang Xiang, as senior VP of strategic cooperation. Wang (pictured) spent 13 years with Qualcomm, which is a chip supplier to the smartphone maker and was an early investor. Lei …

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CEO Spotlight: Kaan Terzioglu, Turkcell

Within four weeks of joining Turkcell as CEO, Kaan Terzioglu made his impact by redefining the company as an integrated telecoms and technology provider, with the aim of closely integrating fixed and mobile. Now, after just over two months in …

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Telecom Egypt appoints new CEO; raises questions over mobile strategy

Following the appointment of new government representatives onto the board of state-controlled Telecom Egypt (TE), the incumbent voted for a new CEO – existing board member Osama Yassin – sparking speculation that a change in mobile direction might be on …

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Telenor appoints insider to replace “giant CEO” Baksaas

Telenor Group, intent on developing its presence in Asia, appointed Sigve Brekke (pictured) – head of Telenor’s Asia operations since 2008 – as new CEO. He takes the reins on 17 August, replacing Jon Fredrik Baksaas who is retiring after 13 …

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New Brightstar boss sees big operator opportunity from accessories, wearables

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Jaymin Patel, industry newcomer and recently-appointed CEO of Brightstar, a worldwide distributor of handsets and other devices, says retail is becoming more complex for mobile operators as products diversify, but those that can adapt will be well placed. …

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Cisco names veteran insider Robbins as new CEO

Networking giant Cisco said Chuck Robbins (pictured), who joined the company in 1997, will replace John Chambers as CEO on 26 July. Chambers, who has been at the Cisco helm for 20 years, will become executive chairman and act as …

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Joachim Horn to leave Tele2; new post in Asia

Operator Tele2 announced that Joachim Horn, Group CTIO and executive vice president, will leave his role and take up a new position at a “telecom company in Asia”. The identity of the company is not disclosed, but Horn already has …

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Nokia Networks CTO: Europe “natural leader” for 5G

VIDEO INTERVIEW: The US may have set the pace in terms of LTE deployment, but Hossein Moiin, CTO of Finland’s Nokia Networks, reckons Europe is the “natural place to take leadership” when it comes to 5G. “After all,” he told …

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Vodafone India CEO steps down; takes parting shot at authorities

Martin Pieters (pictured), after six years at the Vodafone India helm, stepped down yesterday, but not before airing his views once again about how difficult it is for India’s operators to generate attractive returns for shareholders. In his last day …

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