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Telefónica Deutschland to integrate O2 and E-Plus networks

The process will integrate GSM and UMTS infrastructure German telecom operator Telefónica Deutschland expects to start the integration of its mobile unit O2 and mobile operator E-Plus in January 2016, the telco said in a statement. Telefónica Deutschland, which is fully owned by Spanish telecom group...

Europe: Vodafone spends $196M for move into connected cars

Vodafone is acquiring Cobra Automotive Technologies, an Italian auto electronics maker, for $196 million. The London-based carrier has agreed with the company's main stakeholders to buy their 74% stake in the company and has an offer out to buy the rest. The deal will...

Europe: Hutchison eyes Italian merger

On the heels of receiving European Commission approval for its $953 million takeover of Ireland O2, Hutchison Whampoa is turning its sights to Italy. Several unnamed sources told Reuters that Hutchison is resuming talks with Russian Vimpelcom to merge their Italian operations. A merger between Hutchison's telecom subsidiary 3 Italia and...

América Móvil bids for the rest of KPN

As expected, América Móvil announced its intention to make a voluntary cash tender offer for the outstanding ordinary shares of KPN at a price of $3.20 per share, which implies a premium of approximately 35.4% over the average closing price of KPN's ordinary shares...

América Móvil clears way to aquire KPN; Telefónica to buy E-Plus

América Móvil (AMX) has terminated its relationship agreement with KPN, which opens the way for América Móvil to increase its stake in the Dutch telecom group. The agreement kept América Móvil from holding more than 30% of KPN: América Móvil currently owns 29.8% of KPN. Now Carlos Slim’s...

German operators complain about LTE approval delays

When Germany auctioned LTE frequencies in 2010, operators were required to first deploy the high-speed internet technology in rural areas before deploying to the more lucrative urban areas. Now having met many of their rural obligations, carriers are complaining of bureaucratic delays for their big...

Analyst Angle: LTE spectrum auctions – A mobile market accelerator

The LTE spectrum auctions are changing competitive dynamics in mobile markets. Leading mobile operators are paying billions to achieve long-term spectrum dominance, while challengers are hoping to use acquired spectrum to deploy smart network solutions and boost their competitiveness. In this article, we assess who may be the winners and the losers of the spectrum poker.

Top 10 mobile markets

With more than 5.3 billion mobile connections across the globe, the wireless industry continues to chase worldwide saturation.To the surprise of few, the world's most populous nations – China and India – are also the world's largest mobile markets. China continued to lead the...

Partnerships: MetroPCS chooses Seven solution; Motorola, Nokia enter 4G license agreement; and more

Seven, which provides push-enabled mobile messaging solutions, said MetroPCS has deployed its push mobile e-mail technology for its [email protected] consumer e-mail service. Seven's service provides an interface to get real-time e-mail delivery from popular e-mail services.Motorola Inc. and Nokia Corp. announced they have entered...

Germany kicks off "4G" spectrum auction

The German government this week took the lead on the deployment of so-called “4G” technologies with the launch of a spectrum auction involving 360 megahertz of spectrum spread across four bands: 800 MHz, 1.8 GHz, 2 GHz and 2.6 GHz bands.The government said the...

Germany kicks off "4G" spectrum auction

The German government this week took the lead on the deployment of so-called “4G” technologies with the launch of a spectrum auction involving 360 megahertz of spectrum spread across four bands: 800 MHz, 1.8 GHz, 2 GHz and 2.6 GHz bands.The government said the...

Infrastructure awards wrap-up: Ericsson, Nokia Siemens and Posdata

The following list details this week's infrastructure awards for the cellular, Wi-Fi, and WiMAX industries. The contracts are broken down by transmission technology, country and vendor. The value of the contract is included when available.Cellular--Australia: Vodafone Australia has chosen Ericsson as the primary hardware...

Weekly infrastructure awards wrap-up

The following list details this week's infrastructure awards for the cellular, Wi-Fi and WiMAX industries. The contracts are broken down by transmission technology, country and vendor. The value of the contract is included when available. CellularGermany: E-Plus said it signed an agreement to oursource...

World Briefs

RUSSIAInfiNet Wireless, which provides broadband wireless access and pre-WiMAX equipment, said Enforta BV selected it to provide equipment for a nationwide broadband network in Russia. The network is expected to span 28 major cities and be constructed during the next two years. InfiNet will...

Skype partners with GoRemote for mobile enterprise service

MILPITAS, Calif.-GoRemote Internet Communications Inc. will partner with Skype to offer free wireless Internet voice services to business users.GoRemote, which provides managed broadband services, said it will bundle Skype's software with its Mobile Office client software. The companies hope to allow managers and chief...

EBay spending $2.6B to get Skype, questions remain on wireless play

EBay Inc. has agreed to spend at least $2.6 billion in cash and stock to acquire Internet startup Skype International S.A. The online auction company said it will pay $1.3 billion in cash and an equal amount in stock for Skype, a 2-year-old Voice...

Skype announces second wireless deal

LUXEMBOURG-Skype Technologies S.A. notched another wireless deal this week, announcing a joint venture with China-focused wireless Internet portal Tom Online Inc. The companies plan to develop and market a stripped-down Chinese version of Skype's Voice over Internet Protocol offering. The move builds on an...

Skype calls on developers for content

LUXEMBOURG-Skype Technologies S.A. launched a program designed to encourage content providers and application developers to deliver their wares through its Voice over Internet Protocol service. The company said it is looking for software developers to create voice services, such as traffic reports, daily horoscopes...

Skype announces second wireless deal

LUXEMBOURG-Skype Technologies S.A. notched another wireless deal this week, announcing a joint venture with China-focused wireless Internet portal Tom Online Inc.The companies plan to develop and market a stripped-down Chinese version of Skype's Voice over Internet Protocol offering. The move builds on an existing...

Germany’s E-Plus to offer Skype VoIP service

LUXEMBOURG-Skype Technologies S.A. inked its first deal with a wireless carrier, announcing a contract with Germany's E-Plus to provide its Voice over Internet Protocol service over the mobile operator's network. Beginning in October, Skype software will be bundled with E-Plus' flat-rate data subscription, allowing...

Germany’s E-Plus to offer Skype VoIP service

Skype Technologies S.A. inked its first deal with a wireless carrier, announcing a contract with Germany's E-Plus to provide its Voice over Internet Protocol service over the mobile operator's network. Beginning in October, Skype software will be bundled with E-Plus' flat-rate data subscription, allowing...

Companies demonstrate Beamzone content technology

LEIPZIG, Germany-A group of four companies deployed four 2.2-meter high-illuminated columns at this week's Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany. The technology will beam free mobile content to Bluetooth-enabled devices in the show area.The companies participating in the Beamzone demonstration are Blue Cell Networks GmbH,...

I-mode carriers ally for handset procurement

TOKYO-Eight wireless carriers that offer i-mode wireless Internet services based on NTT DoCoMo Inc. technology announced joint procurement for i-mode handsets. The carriers initially have procured Korean vendor LG Electronics Co. Ltd.'s L342i handset, which began reaching markets at the end of last month....

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