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VoLTE

Mavenir CEO says 2015 will see VoLTE, RCS take off in US

Talking at the Mobile World Congress 2015, Pardeep Kohli, CEO of Mavenir, which is to be acquired by Mitel, said he believes both VoLTE and rich communications services (RCS) will take off in the US by the end of the year, claiming operators are keen to move on these quickly.

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AT&T says it is on track with SDN 2020 plan

Telecoms.com caught up with AT&T’s Chief Marketing Officer of Business Solutions, Steve McGaw, at Mobile World Congress 2015 to discuss the US operator’s biggest focus areas, particularly on the enterprise side. The telco said it is on track with its plan to transform the large majority of its network to software-defined by 2020.

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Gemalto says NSA, GCHQ probably hacked internal network but SIM encryption keys safe

Following last week’s revelations claiming SIM card giant Gemalto’s mobile SIM card encryption keys were hacked by US and UK security services, the firm has said its own investigation into the matter shows a breach probably did happen. However, apparently only its office network was intruded and the attack could not have led to a massive encryption key theft as originally suggested by the report last week.

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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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US moves to limit jurisdiction over data stored abroad

US lawmakers this week introduced two bipartisan bills that seek to limit the reach of US courts over data stored in cloud services located outside the US, a move welcomed by a broad coalition of technology and telecoms firms, reports Business Cloud News. The Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act, or LEADS, is intended to safeguard data stored abroad from improper government access.

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Verizon to sell off towers and part of fixed-line business – report

Verizon Communications, the parent company of US operator Verizon Wireless, is about to sell off some of its assets including mobile towers and parts of its fixed-line business, a report by the Wall Street Journal has claimed. The company is said to be selling the assets in several separate deals whose value could be over $15 billion.

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US AWS-3 auction raises record $45 billion

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has closed the AWS-3 spectrum auction after 341 rounds of bidding and a record amount of money raised. The winning bids totalled $44.89 billion, way over analysts’ previous predictions which circled around $10-20 billion.

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FTC TracFone settlement sets data throttling precedent

Prepaid mobile provider TracFone has agreed to settle a charge of deceiving millions of customers by paying the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) $40 million, which will go to refunds to its throttled customers. The settlement likely sets a precedent on data service throttling.

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AT&T 2014 results show strain but top analyst expectations

AT&T has posted its 2014 full year results, showing financial strain as it made a loss of nearly $4 billion in the last quarter alone. However, the operator still managed to exceed analyst expectations, albeit narrowly as it earned 55 cents per share (excluding exceptional items), a penny more than expected.

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AT&T set to continue Mexico expansion with Nextel acquisition

AT&T has announced it has entered into an agreement with NII Holdings to acquire its subsidiary Nextel Mexico for approximately $1.88 billion (less outstanding net debt). The move, which will increase AT&T’s Mexican subscriber base by three million if approved, comes shortly after the US telco completed its Iusacell buy.

Wifi

Cablevision to offer wifi only mobile service

New York-based cable service provider Cablevision Systems will start offering a wifi only mobile service starting next month, according to an interview by the Wall Street Journal. The report said the offering, dubbed Freewheel, will utilise the 1.1 million wifi hotspots it has deployed across the state.

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Google set to launch Sprint and T-Mobile MVNO – reports

Google is reportedly planning to start an MVNO business, which according to unnamed sources quoted by the Information would operate on T-Mobile US (TMUS) or Sprint’s network. The report claimed the project, apparently codenamed Nova and headed by Google Executive Nick Fox, is set to launch this year.

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AT&T begins forming US/Mexico single North American service area

US operator AT&T has announced unlimited calls at no additional cost to all Mexican numbers as part of its international World Connect Value offering. This follows AT&T’s finalised $2.5 billion acquisition of Mexican Iusacell last week, and could be the first sign of the US telco’s previously stated plan to create a single North American service area covering the US and Mexico.

Palm to be reborn

TCL confirms acquisition, will create a new Palm

China-based TCL Communication, the holding company of affordable mobile device vendor Alcatel OneTouch, has confirmed recent reports it has snapped up the Palm brand from HP. TCL said it is to create a new US-based company, Palm Inc., which will take ownership of the brand and development of mobile devices.

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VoLTE deployments set to double next year

The introduction of VoLTE is accelerating with 21% of operators currently investing in deployments, and according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) the figure is set to double next year. So far a total of 10, of which seven this year, commercial VoLTE-enabled HD voice services have been launched, and the GSA is expecting eight more by the end of 2014.

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T-Mo USA backs wifi to plug coverage gaps

T-Mobile USA is embracing wifi as a network offload technology by making all smartphones it sells capable of HD voice over wifi (VoWifi) calling. In order to plug coverage gaps in homes and businesses the company is also making a wifi hotspot loaded with proprietary technology available to its subscribers.

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$250m sub-sea cable to connect USA to Southeast Asia

Seven carriers this week agreed to co-deploy a submarine cable directly connecting Southeast Asia and the US in a project worth $250m. To be completed by the end of 2016, the cable system will provide an additional 20Tbps capacity, connecting Indonesia and the Philippines to the US with 100G technology.

The hunt for T-Mobile US continues

Sprint calls off chase for T-Mobile; Hesse on way out

US carrier Sprint is understood to have called off its courtship of T-Mobile USA and is preparing to go it alone. Only two months ago the widely expected deal was thought to be nearing completion, with those in the know putting the price tag for T-Mobile at around $31bn, creating an operator with the same scale as market leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

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