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    Samsung shelves Tizen smartphone launch Edit Post

    Samsung said it would postpone the launch of its anticipated Tizen-powered Z smartphone in Russia, following recent reports which indicated it may not reach the market. According to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the company confirmed the launch had been “postponed”, due to the need to “further enhance the Tizen ecosystem.” It did not reveal how ...
  • Vodacom gears up for M-Pesa relaunch – report Edit Post

    Vodacom, the largest mobile operator in South Africa, will put M-Pesa on its USSD menu today (28 July) as part of a service re-launch, according to ITWeb. Vodacom spokesperson Richard Boorman did not reveal which elements of the mobile money service would be introduced on USSD, but said different aspects would be added over an extended ...
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    Verizon to hit unlimited 4G subscribers with speed caps Edit Post

    Customers subscribing to legacy unlimited 4G data plans from Verizon Wireless may start to see slower speeds in areas where there is high demand. The US number one confirmed in a blog post that its “Network Optimization” programme will apply to 4G subscribers from October. It has been in place for 3G customers since 2011. The approach ...
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    French regulator consults on open spectrum to help cope with mobi... Edit Post

    Arcep, the French telecoms regulator, has started a public consultation on the use of open (unlicensed) spectrum by short-range devices (SRDs). The move is in anticipation of ever-growing mobile traffic volumes and a proliferation of devices courtesy of IoT (Internet of Things) technology. The regulator was prompted by a report from Joelle Toledano, a French economist, ...
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    Facebook could extend WhatsApp deal deadline to 2015 Edit Post

    Facebook said it may extend the deadline for closing the $19 billion deal to acquire the world’s most popular messaging service provider, WhatsApp. In its recent quarterly report filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Facebook said it agreed to a termination fee of $1 billion in cash and an issue of common stock shares ...

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    Bell Labs expert hails future 5G a “communications revolution” Edit Post

    VIDEO INTERVIEW: Anticipating that 5G will eventually become the dominant way to communicate, Dr Theodore Sizer, VP of wireless research at Bell Labs – Alcatel-Lucent’s R&D arm – views the next-generation of mobile technology “less as a wireless standard than as a communications revolution”. So pervasive does he think 5G will be, Dr Sizer told Mobile ...
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    Vodafone claims signs of stabilisation in Europe, following tough Q1 Edit Post

    Vodafone Group announced a weak organic Q1 performance in its core European markets, although it claimed there is “evidence of commercial improvement” in Germany, Italy and the UK. “Through our commercial actions and investment, our performance is beginning to stabilise quarter-on-quarter in several of our European markets, with customer appetite for 4G services clearly growing,” Vittorio ...


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    Facebook continues to see strong mobile momentum in Q2 Edit Post

    Facebook’s focus on mobile continued to pay off in the second quarter as the sector accounted for a record 62 per cent of total advertising revenue. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, said it had been a “good second quarter” in which “our community has continued to grow, and we see a lot of opportunity ahead as we connect the ...