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    Mobily suspends CEO over accounting error Edit Post

    Etisalat’s Saudi affiliate Mobily has suspended CEO Khalid Omar Al Kaf after errors were found in the company’s accounting, leading it to restate figures for 2013 and the first nine months of 2014. Al Kaf’s suspension took effect from November 21 and will continue until the company’s audit committee submits its report to the board of ...
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    US AWS-3 auction hits $34B in bids Edit Post

    The ongoing spectrum auction in the US chalked up $34 billion by the close of bidding on 21 November, as the mobile industry dug deeper in its pockets than many experts anticipated. The AWS-3 auction run by the Federal Communications Commission is the first major contest in the US since 2008, which partly explains the level ...
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    Airtel offloads Nigerian towers Edit Post

    Airtel inked a deal to sell more than 4,800 masts in Nigeria to American Tower, for an unspecified sum. Under the terms of the agreement, Airtel will be the “anchor tenant” for the towers over a ten-year period. The acquisition is expected to close in the first half of 2015, subject to conditions and approvals. In a ...
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    Austrian auction decision delayed again Edit Post

    A decision on the validity of a spectrum auction held in Austria in 2013 has been delayed once again, with a ruling now expected in December, a court representative told Reuters. The court is deciding whether to annul the auction, which netted the government around €2 billion, and was Europe’s most expensive 4G auction on a ...
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    Samsung mulling staff shakeup after S5 sales miss Edit Post

    Samsung is reportedly considering a “major leadership shake-up”, following its well-documented woes in the mobile market. According to The Wall Street Journal, a possible casualty will be Jong-Kyun Shin, who is listed as CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics. Boo-Keun Yoon, who holds the same position in the South Korean giant’s ...

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    BT in acquisition talks with two UK operators Edit Post

    BT confirmed it is in acquisition talks with two UK operators, one of which is O2, following a media report that Telefonica was willing to offload its UK unit in exchange for a 20 per cent stake in the UK fixed incumbent. The second operator attracting the interest of BT is thought to be EE. In a statement, ...
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    Verizon Telematics CTO says connected car needs route to 5G Edit Post

    VIDEO INTERVIEW: Chuck Link, Verizon Telematics CTO, says almost every single car manufacturer he deals with has jumped to LTE, but warns that future-proofing the nascent connected car market will need 5G connectivity modules that can easily replace old 4G connections. “Every few years mobile infrastructure changes, and in five years we’ll be looking at 5G,” ...


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    Huawei to finalise '4.5G' branding by Q1, commercialise in 2016 Edit Post

    LIVE FROM HUAWEI GLOBAL MOBILE BROADBAND FORUM 2014, SHANGHAI: Huawei said it will finalise the name of the emerging technology between 4G and 5G, which it is currently calling 4.5G, in the first quarter of 2015 and targets launching commercial products in 2016. Ryan Ding (pictured), the company’s president of products and solutions, said that 4.5G ...