Mobile “key” for next phase of internet growth – report

Mobile “holds the key” for internet connectivity to reach the next billion people and continues to help close the world’s digital divide, but affordability and lack of relevant content are now the main barriers to internet access, according to a …

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Ofcom reveals plan for upcoming UK mobile auction

UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom today revealed an update to its plans to release mobile airwaves in the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz spectrum bands, kicking-off a consultation with potential bidders on the best way to proceed with the upcoming auction. In a statement, …

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Nokia brand licensing head departs, company’s handset future in further doubt

Further question marks have arisen over Nokia’s intention to return to the smartphone market via brand-licensing following news that its head of new products and brand licensing, Sebastian Nystrom, is leaving the company. Nystrom will leave Nokia’s Technologies unit to take a new role …

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Deutsche Telekom snaps up remaining 49% of Slovak Telekom

Deutsche Telekom has continued its expansion strategy across Eastern Europe after striking a deal to acquire the 49 per cent stake in Slovak Telekom that it does not already own. The agreement, worth approximately €900 million, had been touted earlier this …

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BT submits EE takeover case to UK regulator; expects completion by March 2016

BT today formally submitted its argument to gain regulatory approval for its proposed acquisition of EE, claiming the deal will “be good for competition, investment and innovation in the UK”. BT made the submission to the UK’s Competition and Markets …

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Bharti Airtel secures $2.5B financing from Chinese banks

India’s Bharti Airtel has secured financing of up to $2.5 billion from two top Chinese banks as the company aims to invest further in the growth of its mobile data networks. The agreements came to the fore during Prime Minister Narendra …

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Crown Castle sells off Australian mobile tower business for $1.6B

Wireless infrastructure player Crown Castle International is to sell off its mobile tower business in Australia to a consortium led by the country’s largest investment bank, Macquarie Group. The takeover will be funded by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets fund, …

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Facebook moves to optimise mobile video with QuickFire purchase

Facebook has moved to acquire video optimisation specialist, QuickFire Networks, in a bid to upgrade its mobile video hosting capabilities. The San Diego-based startup utilises bandwidth compression technology to reduce the amount of capacity required to host video online.

US Cellular CEO says network quality key to 2015 success

The CEO of US Cellular, Ken Meyers, believes the telco’s success in 2015 relies on the importance of network quality. While the USA’s fifth largest operator intends to roll out limited trials of VoLTE services in the next few months, Meyers conceded poor or incomparable network quality will quickly deter customers.