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    Wearables “poised for take off” – Gartner Edit Post

    Gartner said that the smartwatch and wristband market is “poised to take off”, and that by 2016 smartwatches will comprise “about 40 per cent of consumer wristworn devices”. The company noted that seven of the top 10 smartphone vendors have entered the wearables market to date or are set to ship their first products, while a ...
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    Telecom Italia mulls bid for Brazil’s Oi – report Edit Post

    In the latest twist to frantic operator re-positioning in Brazil, Telecom Italia, majority shareholder in TIM – the country’s second-largest mobile operator – is said to be weighing up a bid for Oi, a major fixed-line player. According to Bloomberg sources, Telecom Italia has spoken to advisers about using TIM to make its move on Oi. The Italian ...
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    AT&T eyeing Mexican opportunities Edit Post

    AT&T, the second-largest mobile operator in the US, could be interested in investing in Mexico, according to chief strategy officer John Stankey. Speaking at an investor conference, Stankey was quoted by Bloomberg as saying that he sees a lot of options in Latin America, both in the short and long term. The comments follow reports that America ...
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    Leading Jazztel shareholder resists Orange bid Edit Post

    Alken Asset Management, the second-largest shareholder in Jazztel, has dismissed the $4.4 billion takeover bid made for the Spanish fixed operator as too low, said Expansion. The investment firm, which holds a five per cent stake in Jazztel, thinks the €13 per share offer represents an undervaluation. It is holding out for €20. Alken argues Orange’s offer ...
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    Grameenphone and Mozilla partner for Bangladesh Firefox OS launch Edit Post

    Grameenphone, an operator in Bangladesh, is to offer a device powered by Mozilla’s Firefox OS, which is said to mark “the first joint release of Mozilla’s low-cost, open web smartphones by a mobile operator in Asia”. The device, GoFox F15, has been created by local mobile phone brand Symphony. It is priced at “less than $60”, ...

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    Sony set for wider loss on weak mobile performance Edit Post

    Sony is set to record a charge of JPY180 billion ($1.7 billion) in its Mobile Communications unit, following a review of its device activities. In line with this, it intends to change its strategy in certain geographies, concentrating on its premium lineup and reducing the number of models in its mid-range portfolio. According to Reuters, this will ...
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    iPhone 6 delay in China: blame NFC capability Edit Post

    NEW BLOG: The omission of China in the first wave of iPhone 6 launches has nothing to do with a crackdown on successful foreign companies, a willful delay in the certification process or a rethink in Apple’s simultaneous release in key markets around the world. A former senior executive at China Mobile explained that the delay ...


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    Orange bids $4.4B for Jazztel in convergence bet Edit Post

    Orange has launched a takeover bid worth €3.4 billion ($4.4 billion) for Jazztel, the Spanish fixed operator and MVNO, as it strives to fill out its quadplay offering to match rivals Telefonica and Vodafone. If Orange’s offer is successful then it will create Spain’s second-biggest fixed broadband operator and strengthen the operator’s position in the mobile ...