UK operators reportedly reject network sharing

Despite growing demand for better mobile coverage in rural Britain from the public and the government, UK carriers have rejected national network sharing, an idea trumpeted by the Culture, Media and Sport Minister Savid Javid.

Battery-free wifi network inches closer to reality for IoT

Engineers at the University of Washington have further developed the short range, battery-free, wireless communication system they first showed off last year. The continued development is interesting with respect to the Internet of Things because it is able to use ambient radio signals as a power source, laying the path for the creation of networks of battery-free wireless sensors.

Telefonica moves on Brazilian ISP GVT

Telefónica and its Brazilian subsidiary on Tuesday submitted an offer to merge with Brazilian ISP Global Village Telecom (GVT) for around €6.7bn and a 12 per cent stake in the share capital of the new entity. GVT is owned by French conglomerate Vivendi.

Facebook, Airtel bring free internet to Zambia

The Facebook-backed Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring internet connectivity to the poor and underserved, announced a partnership with emerging markets carrier Airtel on Thursday that will see the Internet.org app provide free basic services to users in Zambia.

ZTE to build broadband centre in Brazil

Chinese equipment vendor ZTE has struck a deal with Brazilian operator TIM Brasil to jointly set up an innovation centre in the country tasked with spearheading developments in next generation broadband technologies.

French regulator consults on open spectrum for IoT

ARCEP, the French telecommunications regulator, has launched a public consultation into the use of open, unlicensed spectrum for a variety of unspecified short-range wireless communications that it anticipates will contribute to the IoT (Internet of Things) phenomenon.

China Unicom, Huawei to work on cloud tech

The cloud platform division of China Unicom signed a strategic cooperation agreement on Software Defined Networking (SDN) innovation with local kit vendor Huawei this week.

Alcatel, Fujitsu join AT&T’s cloud-focused network architecture effort

Alcatel-Lucent and the networking communications arm of Fujitsu have joined AT&T’s ‘User-Defined Network Cloud’ programme, the telco’s bid to rearchitect its core network in a move that will make it more elastic, scalable, and capable of handling massive volumes of IP-based traffic.

Vodafone boosts fibre play in southern Europe

Vodafone this week closed the acquisition of private equity-owned Spanish cable operator Ono for which it paid €7.2bn. Ono offers high speed broadband and pay TV services in Spain and Vodafone said that the transaction will accelerate its unified communications strategy “in a highly converged European market”.