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Opera launches App Pass to get emerging markets on mobile data

Opera Software has announced the App Pass, which is designed to give mobile subscribers free-of-charge access to selected apps for a set period of time. As a feature of Opera Max, an app designed for mobile data saving and management, the App Pass is targeted at emerging markets to encourage more mobile data usage.

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Ericsson, Bridge Alliance in IoT partnership

Ericsson has announced a partnership with Bridge Alliance under which it will deploy its Device Connection Platform (DCP), designed for the management of IoT, for the industry group’s 36 operators across Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa.

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Orange to buy out Orascom in Egypt’s Mobinil

Orange has announced it has entered into an agreement to buy out Orascom Telecom Media and Technology (OTMT) in the Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (ECMS), which operates under the Mobinil brand.

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Telecom Italia set to buy out broadcasting division

Telecom Italia has announced it is planning to buy out its media division of which it already owns 78%. The telco said the incorporation of Telecom Italia Media (TI Media), which has been publicly traded for over a decade, has been approved by board members on the basis of simplifying and rationalising the group structure.

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UK, US agents hacked Gemalto to spy billions of mobiles – report

Intelligence agents from the UK and US hacked international SIM card giant Gemalto’s computers and stole encryption keys that protect the privacy of billions of mobile phones across the world, a report in the Intercept has claimed. The publication said it received top secret documents containing the information from the US National Security Agency (NSA) whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

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Nokia announces 5G for IoT agenda ahead of MWC 2015

Nokia has announced it will be demonstrating ‘future’ 5G technologies for the IoT at Mobile World Congress 2015. The first expected commercial deployments of the yet-to-be-standardised technology may be five years from now but the Finnish kit maker was keen to emphasise its 5G and IoT agenda.

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Ofcom launches consultation on spectrum licence fee changes

Ofcom has launched a consultation to determine whether the recently agreed extended mobile coverage obligations should affect operators’ annual spectrum licence fees. Under the new rules, which shifted Ofcom’s historical focus from population to geographical coverage, operators are obliged to reach 90% of UK landmass each by the end of 2017.

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Telekom Austria begins home gateway virtualization

Austrian incumbent Telekom Austria, has announced the completion of its in-depth trialling of virtualized customer premises equipment (vCPE), integrating SDN technology with virtual network functions (VNFs) through a common service and network orchestration platform from multiple vendors. NEC and NetCracker were among the main contributors to the development of the project.

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4G coverage to surpass third of global population this year – report

4G networks will cover over a third of the world’s population by the end of this year, according to data published by the GSMA. The industry association said it has calculated that 4G availability will rise from 27% of the global population last year to 35% by December 2015.

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Altice to acquire remaining 20% SFR shares, buys out Vivendi

French cable group Altice has announced it has made a formal bid to acquire the remaining 20% of its recently acquired subsidiary SFR’s shares from previous majority owner Vivendi. The billionaire Patrick Drahi-led company and the newly formed Numericable-SFR have made an offer to pay €40 per share.

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Orange slows full year revenue decline but price war continues to bite

Orange has posted its full year results for 2014 showing slowing of revenue decline. The telco, which has implemented some fairly hefty cost-cutting measures to better margins, said it has managed to achieve all of its targets for last year. However, it predicts decline will continue in 2015 as the price war in the French market continues to bite.

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Nokia unveils Radio Cloud architecture

Nokia has announced additional features to its telco cloud portfolio to create what the vendor said will be a known as radio cloud. The Finnish firm said it will help operators allocate processing capacity from almost anywhere in the network to where it is needed the most.

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16 million mobile devices infected by malware in 2014 – report

A report by Alcatel-Lucent’s Motive Security Labs (formerly Kindsight Security Labs) has estimated some 16 million mobile devices globally were infected by malware in 2014, with network attacks also on the rise putting both personal and business data at risk.

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Vodafone set to launch TV services in Ireland – report

Vodafone is planning to launch a TV service in Ireland in a bid to compete with UPC, Sky and Eircom, a report in the Independent.ie has claimed. According to the article, the operator has held discussions with several providers, including Sky, and is planning to begin trials of the service before the summer to fully launch by the end of the year

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MTN mulls Telkom move – report

MTN is looking into the possibility of acquiring a majority stake in fellow South African telco Telkom in a bid to challenge the country’s dominant provider Vodacom, a Bloomberg report has claimed.

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Apple moves focus away from in-app purchases

Apple has unveiled a new section of the iOS App Store which features games free of in-app purchasing, suggesting a move away from the vastly successful, yet at times controversial, freemium model.

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Nokia, Coriant claim first mobile backhaul SON solution

Finnish kit vendor and optical networking specialist Coriant have announced what they claimed is the first ever solution brining self-organising network (SON) technology to mobile backhaul. Nokia claimed the solution’s proof of concept shows the same level of functionality but with 20% less transport infrastructure than in current networks.

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Ofcom gives thumbs up for TV white space technology

Ofcom has given the green light for telecoms operators to take advantage of so called TV white spaces in unused parts of the spectrum in the 470 to 790 MHz frequency band. The decision follows earlier trials of a new wireless technology called white space devices, which share the band with existing use by digital […]

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