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Vodafone nabs Ericsson’s network head to replace outgoing CTO

Vodafone’s chief technology officer, Steve Pusey, has announced his intention to retire at the end of July this year. The telco has moved to appoint Ericsson’s executive vice president and the head of its networks business, Johan Wibergh, to replace Pusey in the role of CTO.

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Virgin, Qualcomm in joint satellite connectivity venture OneWeb

Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has joined forces with mobile chip vendor Qualcomm to create what they claimed will be the largest ever satellite network. The joint venture, OneWeb, will build, launch and operate the satellite constellation aimed at providing internet access and telephony to some of the world’s currently unconnected parts.

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Ofcom moves to contain BT’s ambitions

Ofcom has announced proposals to introduce new rules to force BT to maintain a minimum margin between its wholesale and retail fibre network charges. The move comes as BT is in talks with the owners of EE to acquire the UK’s largest mobile operator in a bid to become the dominant player in the entire UK telecoms market with a quad-play offering of fixed, mobile, broadband and TV services.

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AT&T trials live LTE broadcast for mass content delivery

American multiplay operator AT&T has confirmed it has undertaken a trial of LTE broadcast technology in Texas, USA. The trial focussed on delivering live digital content in stadia to attendees of an American football match, which took place earlier this week.

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VDSL2 access tech booms as Alcatel-Lucent shipments pass 10 million

Alcatel-Lucent has confirmed shipments of its VDSL2 vectoring line equipment have surpassed 10 million, as the technology becomes increasingly popular among global service providers. The announcement was made alongside Proximus, formerly known as Belgacom, at a ceremony in Brussels.

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T-Mobile Netherlands to cheapen cost of EU roaming

The Dutch subsidiary of T-Mobile has announced that as of next week it will begin offering free international voice and SMS allowances to customers within the EU. On its new packages, the operator plans to allow up to two hours per month of inbound and outbound voice calls anywhere within the EU, and also unlimited text messaging.

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EC launches public consultation on future use of 700MHz

The European Commission (EC) has announced a public consultation on the future use of the ultra-high frequency (UHF) 700MHz spectrum band. It is currently mostly used by the broadcasting sector in much of Europe, but it is increasingly sought after by telecoms providers for wireless broadband.

Orange is seeking to converge in Spain

Orange makes play for Jazztel Spain

Operator group Orange said Tuesday it has made a cash offer for 100 per cent of Spanish carrier Jazztel, to the tune of €3.4bn.

VimpelCom is exiting Canada

VimpelCom exits Canada

Amsterdam-based carrier group VimpelCom and its investment vehicle Global Telecom Holding said Tuesday they have agreed to exit the Canadian market. The companies will offload their stake in Wind Canada to the controlling shareholder of the operator for C$135m.

Mobile data use in Africa is growing fast

Airtel offloads 3,500 towers to Eaton

The outsourcing of cell tower management continues apace in Africa as Bharti Airtel on Monday agreed to offload over 3,500 telecom towers to emerging markets management company Eaton Towers.

AT&T-DirecTV merger closer to reality with DirecTV shareholder approval

United Internet buys Versatel Germany

German internet service provider United Internet this week signed an agreement with private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts to acquire all outstanding shares of network operator Versatel for €586m in cash.

Telefonica is seeing huge demand for video and cloud services

Alcatel-Lucent to deploy 100Gbps optical network for Telefónica

To cope with increasing demand for video and high definition video storage, Spanish carrier Telefónica has contracted Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a 100Gbps optical network throughout the north-west, eastern and southern regions of Spain.

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Broadcasters concerned over EC plans for 700MHz

The European Commission this week recommended that the EU safeguard access to spectrum below 700MHz for digital terrestrial television until 2030. But the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has expressed concern about the early release of the 700MHz frequencies.

Altice could soon be making an offer for Bouygues Telecom

Vodafone Greece takes majority stake in Hellas

Vodafone has agreed to acquire a majority holding in Greek fixed line operation Hellas Online. The company will purchase 72.7 per cent of the share capital from Intracom Group and World Equities Investments for €72.7m. Vodafone Greece already holds 18.5 per cent of Hellas Online, with the most recent transaction taking its ownership to 91.2 per cent.

Finland has the first 450MHz LTE data network

TeliaSonera, DNA to share network in rural Finland

The Finnish operation of Scandinavian operator TeliaSonera has agreed a deal with local Finnish carrier DNA that will see the two share network resources and spectrum in the sparsely populated Northern and Eastern regions of Finland.

Vodafone UK cuts roaming charges for summer

Claro Peru opens up to LTE roaming

KPN’s carrier services operation, iBasis, this week scored an LTE signalling exchange and roaming contract from Claro Peru, a subsidiary of America Movil.

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