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Three UK to introduce VoLTE later this year

Three, the UK’s fourth largest mobile network in terms of subscribers, has announced it will introduce voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) to its network later this year, possibly as early as September.

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Vodafone linked with Altice Portuguese cable assets

Following the recent European Commission approval of the Portugal Telecom acquisition by French telco giant Altice, speculation is growing regarding the likely buyers of Altice’s other Portuguese assets, the disposal of which was a prerequisite of the approval.

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Liberty Belgian subsidiary Telenet acquires BASE from KPN for €1.3 bn

US telco multinational Liberty Global has announced its Telenet Belgian subsidiary is acquiring Belgian mobile network operator BASE Company from Dutch telco KPN for €1.325 billion. Liberty has positioned the acquisition as a “unique opportunity to drive mobile services on attractive financial terms”.

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Telecom Italia goes quadplay with Sky

Italian incumbent Telecom Italia (TI) has announced the introduction of the country’s first quadplay offering, by partnering with Sky to deliver TV content, internet, mobile and landline services.

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T-Mobile Austria virtualizes BSS, targets new data tariffs

T-Mobile Austria has announced that it will be implementing a virtualized charging system solution as part of a wider virtualized BSS strategy. The solution, provided by BSS specialist Openet, will be responsible for creating personalised offers to T-Mobile Austria’s pay-as-you-go, contract, consumer and enterprise subscribers.

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Hutchison launches international MVNO enablement platform

Hong Kong-based telco Hutchison Whampoa, parent company of mobile operator Three, has launched a mobile virtual network operator enablement (MVNE) platform, dubbed “Hue”. According to Hutchison, Hue acts as a single point of entry for MVNOs looking for a global footprint and will have access to Hutchison’s networks across Europe and Asia.

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Telstra wraps up Pacnet acquisition

The Telstra/Pacnet acquisition story which broke towards the end of last year has now come to fruition, with the Australian telco today announcing the completed acquisition of the Cloud, managed services and data centre provider. As reported by Telecoms.com in December, the valuation of the deal came in at $697 million.

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US telcos file lawsuit against FCC net neutrality ruling

The FCC’s February net neutrality ruling is turning into the industry’s ongoing soap opera, with news emerging out of the United States that USTelecom, the association representing pretty much all of the country’s telcos, is filing a lawsuit against the FCC. The association claims the regulator’s open Internet order violates federal law.

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Ericsson and Orange Poland partner on OSS transformation

Ericsson has announced that it will be partnering with Orange Polska, the French telco’s Polish subsidiary, to help deliver an upgrade of its operation support systems (OSS) over the next six years. The agreement between the two parties will see Ericsson help to drive the transformation and optimization of processes and information systems for the telco.

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Rogers introduces Roam Like Home for European travellers

Rogers Communications has given Canadian mobile users the green light to go data crazy abroad by implementing its “Roam Like Home” policy across 35 European countries. As of Wednesday, 15th April, customers on the Share Everything tariff will be able to gain unlimited access to data, minutes and texts for a one off payment of $10 per day.

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Far East leads on VoLTE rollouts

Statistics unveiled by the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) have given an update on LTE network rollout globally, as well as some insight into LTE-A and voice over LTE (VoLTE) deployments. Unsurprisingly perhaps, operators in the Far East are the dominant success stories for early VoLTE development and live deployments.

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Ericsson, Telefónica demonstrate LTE smart meter optimisation

Ericsson has teamed up with Telefónica Germany and E.ON Research Center at RWTH Aachen University to demonstrate the use of LTE networks in smart meters for the energy sector. The Swedish infrastructure firm said plans for smart meter roll-outs and LTE deployments are presenting new opportunities for utility companies to take advantage of.

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Nokia claims 10Gbps demo realistically shows future 5G capabilities

Finnish kit maker Nokia and US-based industrial test equipment vendor National Instruments (NI) demonstrated what they described as a 5G speed of 10Gbps peak rate over the air at the 73GHz band (millimetre-wave). Nokia claimed the real-life like conditions of the demo set it apart from other similar ones recently by other players.

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Telefónica looks to self-service CEM

Spanish telco Telefónica has turned to self-service based CEM tools for residential European and Latin American customers, in order to ease pressure on OSS being caused by increased data consumption over broadband. Alcatel-Lucent and Accenture announced a four year strategic partnership in order to facilitate the transformation of Telefónica’s CEM processes.

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EE launches UK’s first wifi calling service by an operator

UK mobile operator EE has claimed the first launch of wifi calling in the UK. The technology, which features close collaboration with Mavenir, effectively uses wifi to boost your mobile coverage, routing cellular calls through a wifi hotspot for phones that have that capability.

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Ofcom declares EE 4G fastest, but disappoints on browsing

Ofcom has done some pretty substantial digging into the comparable differences between 4G and 3G coverage in the UK, and undertook some hefty analysis of individual network performance for the major MNOs in the market.

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