Square acquires Evenly P2P payment app

US mobile payments firm Square announced the acquisition of Evenly, the maker of an app that enables users to collect payments from friends. The peer-to-peer payment app allows users to send and receive requests for funds from their contacts list. …

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UK telecoms revenues up

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced that total revenues in the sector increased by £2bn to £607bn in the UK in 2012.

Australia bank offers NFC payments via MasterCard, Samsung

MasterCard cardholders of Commonwealth Bank of Australia can now securely load and store payment account credentials on select flagship NFC-enabled Samsung devices. Commonwealth Bank of Australia, according to a press statement, is the first bank globally to collaborate with MasterCard …

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SingTel enhances capacity with SON and small cells

Singaporean operator SingTel has enhanced its network capacity by deploying a SON solution and small cell technology. The operator is rolling out the equipment in crowded locations such as shopping malls, event and concert venues, and selected commercial and residential buildings.

Bharti and Reliance Jio sign infrastructure sharing deal

Indian operators Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio have announced an infrastructure sharing agreement. The two will share their inter and intra city fibre networks, submarine cable networks, towers and internet broadband services. They added that they will also look for other such opportunities to share assets in the future.

Nokia now facing $1.1B tax bill in India

India’s authorities are threatening Nokia with a tax bill of around $1.1 billion – three times as much as the Finnish supplier was previously willing to pay to settle a dispute – according to a Financial Times (FT) report.   Nokia’s Chennai factory, …

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FCC in-flight call plan meets political and public opposition

Members of the US Congress and the public opposed plans by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to enable plane passengers to make phone calls during flights, Bloomberg reported. Legislation to prohibit passengers from making voice calls on flights was introduced …

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EU court points to mobile in clearing Microsoft-Skype deal

A European Union court has cleared an earlier decision by EU regulators to green-light Microsoft’s $8.5 billion takeover of Skype in 2011, following a legal challenge by Cisco. Cisco had argued that the Microsoft-Skype deal would be anti-competitive and that …

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Vodafone outlines timetable for VZW sale

Vodafone Group outlined the timetable for completing its disposal of its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless with the transactions and “return of value” expected to be completed “on or around 21 February 2014”. Payment of cash entitlements under …

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