Sky ponders 200,000-customer MVNO ‘trial’. Soft launch, anyone?

A decade of ‘will they, won’t they’ rumours reawaken

Rupert Murdoch’s Sky is looking to become a mobile network in partnership with Vodafone, which would help tout services to the telly company’s five million customers.…

Zero credit check MVNO launches on Sprint

A new MVNO has launched on Sprint’s mobile network in the USA, with the promise of requiring zero credit checks for its customers. Madstar Mobile piggybacks on Sprint’s cellular network, and subsequently promises 3G or 4G LTE to more than 96% of the USA population.

Samsung launches ‘perfect pair’ of skinny mid-range phones

A3 and A5 to paper over cracks in finances

The world’s biggest mobile phone manufacturer has unveiled two new Galaxy devices aimed at halting its falling market share and plummeting profits.…

Ofcom shares UK strategy

Ofcom has published a report outlining its strategy to ensure all UK citizens benefit from communications services as much as possible. The report, titled Citizens and Communications Services, examines the availability, accessibility and affordability of said services in the UK.

Telstra chooses AppDirect for cloud app store

Australian incumbent telco Telstra has selected AppDirect’s application marketplace technology to power its cloud app store. The platform will allow Telstra to offer a one-stop-shop for cloud-based apps for business users, and is going live initially with services offered by Box (cloud-based storage and collaboration) and Docusign (digital signing software).

SoftBank eyeing up América Móvil wireless assets – report

SoftBank is considering buying the wireless assets of Carlos Slim-owned América Móvil, according to a report. Apparently the Japanese tech giant has asked US subsidiary firm Spint’s CEO Marcelo Claure to gather information on the business up for sale on its behalf.

Record $19.2B invested in mobile Internet in past 12 months – study

A report conducted by financial advisory and analyst firm Digi-Capital has revealed the mobile Internet industry has benefited from a record level of investment in the past year. According to the report, mobile Internet investment peaked at $19.2 billion (£12 billion) in the 12 months up to Q3 2014.

<i>How</i> many telecoms firms left in Europe? Another mega-billion deal slated in France

Numericable’s acquistion of Vivendi’s SFR approved

French cable telecoms operator Numericable has won conditional approval for its multi-billion-euro takeover of Vivendi’s SFR mobile network operator, paving the way for the firm to close the deal by the end of the year.…

Brazil greenlights $200m internet cable to Europe in bid to outfox NSA

Only one problem: it won’t make the slightest difference. And they know it

Brazil is moving ahead with plans to build an “anti-NSA” internet cable to Europe, even though it won’t make the slightest difference to spying efforts.…