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O2 says it is halving bills for 1.5 million customers

O2 has announced it will automatically start halving the bills for 1.5 million of its customers who two years ago signed up to the operator’s 24-month Refresh tariff. The telco claimed the combined total price slash of £324 million means an average saving of £18 per customer per month.

Vodafone UK to launch wifi calling and VoLTE this summer

Vodafone UK has announced it is set to launch wifi calling and voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) this summer. According to the telco, wifi calling will be especially helpful for subscribers living in poor coverage areas or where getting an indoor signal is difficult.

Apple fails to make compelling case for expensive Watch

Apple added a bit more substance to its Apple Watch announcement, ahead of its impending launch, at an event in California. However the unique qualities expected by many to significantly differentiate this Apple wearable from the many others already announced were conspicuously absent.

MWC 2015 draws to a close, award winners announced

Mobile World Congress is pretty much done and dusted for 2015, after the marathon trade show drew in crowds of over 93,000 visitors in Barcelona this week. More than 2,000 companies exhibited at the show, showcasing an incredibly broad array of mobile tech, and illustrating how mobile is pervading into all corners of modern society. The GSMA claims this year’s show grew by nine percent on 2014’s event.

European Council considering U-turn on roaming and net neutrality

More than 100 members of European Parliament (MEPs) have signed an open letter to the European Union’s Telecoms Council, urging it to reconsider the stance being taken on two topics of significant consequence for telecoms and ICT business across the continent: roaming and net neutrality. The Council released a statement effectively conceding that a partial U-turn may be on the cards.

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.

Samsung shadows Apple in a double Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge launch

On the eve of the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Samsung unveiled what comes next in its Galaxy smartphone family, launching not one but two devices: the S6 and S6 Edge. In the dual launch that seemed like Samsung’s attempt to take a leaf out of Apple’s book, the Korean device maker claimed it has combined design and practicality to create its latest devices

Huawei unveils technology strategy underpinned by 4.5G ahead of MWC 2015

Huawei has made a host of announcements ahead of Mobile World Congress 2015, offering a peek at its LTE-connected smartband and unveiling plans for a commercialised 4.5G technology next year. These were unveiled as part of the firm’s digital transformation strategy dubbed ROADS (real-time, on-demand, all-online, DIY and social) at an event in London, attended by Telecoms.com.

Lycamobile CEO hints at upcoming OTT communications app

Lycamobile, the international low-cost calling MVNO, said it will soon be releasing a communications app for its growing international customer base. Speaking to telecoms.com, CEO Chris Tooley hinted the app will be in the same vein as global OTT communications services like Whatsapp and Viber.

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.

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