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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.

Google & Samsung move to counter Apple Pay debut

Google has stoked the fire burning underneath the mobile payments industry by announcing its acquisition of “some exciting technology and intellectual property from Softcard to make Google Wallet better.” The payment software will come pre-installed as standard on Android phones running KitKat or higher with three of the big four carriers across the USA, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.

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.

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.

Ericsson pre-empts MWC 2015 with seven product mega launch

Giant telecoms vendor Ericsson just couldn’t wait until Mobile World Congress 2015 to reveal not one but seven product launches. The broad theme of these launches concerned how to help telcos to adapt to digital market realities.

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.

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.

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.

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 […]

EE announces three-year £1.5 billion network investment plan

EE has announced a three-year, £1.5 billion network investment plan, under which the operator plans to extend its geographical coverage across the UK, including in badly or not at all connected rural areas, as well as continuing rolling out 4G with an aim for it to take over 2G by 2017.

RootMetrics ranks EE’s network top in the UK

RootMetrics has published its Mobile Network Performance Review for the second half of 2014, once again placing EE as the best in the UK. However with Three not far behind as second, followed by O2 and finally Vodafone, the testing specialist claimed all four operators are doing well.

Alibaba buys $590m stake in Meizu to boost Aliyun mobile OS

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has announced it is investing $590 million to grab a minority stake in Chinese smartphone maker Meizu with the apparent aim of giving a boost to Aliyun OS – its own smartphone OS derived from Android that has so far failed to gain significant traction.

BT agrees to buy EE for £12.5bn to create a multiplay powerhouse

Things are set to get a lot more difficult for all other UK telco and content players. The country’s dominant fixed line operator and its largest mobile operator have agreed on a price for the former to buy the latter, having first announced the potential move late last year. The combined operations will have a distinct advantage in the delivery of combined communications services, generally referred to as multiplay.

ARM launches fastest mobile CPU core yet

UK low power chip designer ARM has announced the launch of its latest flagship CPU design – the Cortex-A72 – which promises almost double the performance and the energy efficiency of the previous high-end CPU design, the Cortex-A57.

Dixons Carphone to launch MVNO over 3’s network

Dixons Carphone has announced it is entering the UK mobile market this spring with an MVNO service, which will run on 3’s network. The new business will also offer internet connectivity to smart devices sold in the retailer’s stores.

Global smartphone market Q4 2014 – Apple and Samsung share top spot

While opinion about unpublished numbers, such as Samsung’s, will always be divided among analysts, it’s clear that Apple’s stellar Q4 has brought its shipment numbers very close to Samsung’s. This isn’t a total surprise as Q4 is always Apple’s blow-out quarter for the iPhone, but considering Samsung operates across all price tiers, while Apple is premium-only, it’s still quite an achievement.

Sky makes multiplay move with Telefónica O2 MVNO deal

Pay TV and broadband service provider, Sky, has signed an agreement with Telefónica UK to launch an MVNO on its network in early 2016. The provider is already well established in the triple-play market, providing premium television, film and sport services, along with residential broadband offerings.

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