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Wireless IoT Forum launches to drive Internet of Things development

The Wireless IoT Forum (WIoTF) has announced its launch, saying it aims to drive the standardisation and deployment of connected devices and appliances, and the development and adoption of wireless wide-area networking (WAN) technologies in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum.

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Strong core business drives Huawei 2014 net profit up 33%

Huawei has published its full year 2014 financials showing growth in all business areas, which the Chinese kit vendor said was down to its focus on its networking strategy and improved overall business efficiency.

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Alcatel’s Bell Labs launches industry consulting division

Bell Labs, the indusrial research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, has launched what it said is a discrete consultancy providing services and techo-economic modelling tools designed to help the IT and communications networking industries.

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Idea Cellular biggest bidder in India spectrum auction

Following the Indian Supreme Court lifting its initial embargo on publishing results, Idea Cellular has emerged as the biggest bidder in the country’s latest 2G and 3G spectrum auction. After 19 days and 115 rounds of bidding, the Indian government managed to haul in a nice lot of cash at a record total of INR1.1 trillion ($17.5 billion).

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ZTE credits 2014 94% profit rise to 4G equipment, smartphone sales

ZTE has reported its full year 2014 results showing a 94% increase in net profits, which the Chinese vendor attributed to 4G network equipment and smartphone sales. The kit maker claimed to be the world’s fastest growing provider of 4G solutions in 2014, and said it is using its strong position in the market to take the lead in 5G technology research.

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Ofcom announces 2015/2016 annual plan

Ofcom has announced its 2015/2016 annual plan setting out priorities and other important work for the period. The regulator said the plan is based on a detailed consultation with stakeholders and is aimed at ensuring the market best serves both consumers and businesses.

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O2, Channel 4 partner over mobile on-demand service

O2 has announced a partnership under which the operator’s subscribers will have access to ten of Channel 4’s flagship series 48-hours early via the broadcaster’s new on-demand platform called All 4. As part of the agreement, O2 is also the official sponsor of the ‘fully mobile’ All 4 service throughout the year. The All 4 […]

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Hutchison and Telefónica confirm O2 acquisition

Consolidation is the new black in the UK mobile market, as Telefónica has confirmed the sale of O2 to Hutchison Whampoa, the owner of Three. The deal, valued at £10.25 billion, is expected to be completed by mid-2016, and will see the formation of the UK’s largest mobile operator.

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Five UK operators agree to cap bills for stolen mobiles

EE, O2, Three, Virgin Media and Vodafone have entered into a voluntary agreement to cap bills at £100 for stolen or missing mobile phones, provided a report has been made to the network provider and police within 24 hours of losing the device.

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Global small cell deployments pass 10 million – report

According to a report by the Small Cell Forum (SCF) the number of small cells shipped globally has passed 10 million. The operator-led industry association claimed this shows the increasing importance of small cells to telcos, and said deployments are set to accelerate over the next 12 months.

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Open Networking Foundation wary of ‘big vendor’ influence on SDN

Dan Pitt, Executive Director of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), has warned of the dangers of allowing the big networking vendors to have too much influence over the development of SDN, arguing they have a strong interest in maintaining the proprietary status quo.

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BT broadband rival CityFibre submits complaint over EE bid – report

UK-based broadband infrastructure specialist CityFibre has submitted a complaint to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) saying BT’s proposed acquisition of EE will be anti-competitive and damage the government’s ‘ultrafast’ broadband roll-out plans, a report has claimed.

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Ofcom confirms BT broadband price margin rule

Following an assessment launched in January, Ofcom has confirmed a new measure it said will ensure good competition and encourage investment in the UK ‘superfast’ broadband market. Under the rule BT is obliged to maintain ‘sufficient’ margin between its wholesale and retail broadband network charges to avoid unfair competitive edge.

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Ericsson, EE say LTE broadcast big in converging market

Infrastructure vendor Ericsson has said now that convergence is finally taking off, it is ready to bridge the gap between the broadcast and telecoms industries. Talking at a an event in London, the Swedish firm’s Head of Broadcast and Media Services Thorsten Sauer said the firm predicts by 2020 50% of all content viewed will be on mobile devices and on-demand.

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Apple web-TV service rumoured to launch in autumn

Apple appears set to vie for control of living room entertainment, with rumours circulating from the Wall Street Journal, suggesting talks are ongoing between the consumer tech giant and several US broadcasters over the launch of a web-TV service which could land as early as September.

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ITU, ETSI set standard to measure RAN energy efficiency

The United Nation’s ICT body the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) have agreed a standard to measure the energy efficiency of radio access networks (RANs). The ITU said this is the first such standard and claimed it will unify energy efficiency evaluations of live RANs and the interpretation of results of such assessments.

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BT, Sky, TalkTalk broadband customers UK’s least satisfied – report

Consumer organisation Which has published the results of its latest UK broadband satisfaction survey claiming the worst performers are the country’s three biggest providers BT, Sky and TalkTalk. The report said smaller internet service providers (ISPs) are doing a better job in keeping customers happy.

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4G fastest tech but speeds still lag, disparity across LTE networks – report

UK-based network diagnostics company OpenSignal has published its State of LTE report showing significant disparity in LTE services across the world’s markets. While faster than any other mobile network technology, the report claimed, 4G is still not achieving the speeds initially promised.

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Vodafone Germany claims country’s first commercial VoLTE service

Coinciding with the international computer show CeBIT, Vodafone Germany has launched a voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) service in Germany. Claiming it is the first such service in the country the telco demonstrated the first live VoLTE call and said it is ready to be rolled-out across its 4G network.

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