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    PayPal spin-off to put focus on mobile payments Edit Post

    In an about-turn from its previous policy, eBay is to spin off PayPal into a publicly traded company in the second half of 2015, a move it hopes will give the payments firm a clearer focus in the face of mounting competition from the likes of Apple Pay. eBay has been under prolonged pressure from activist investor Carl ...
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    AlcaLu beefs up support for digital boom with Accenture partnership Edit Post

    Equipment supplier Alcatel-Lucent and technology consultancy Accenture have teamed up to help operators and large enterprises cope better with rising costs and increased data consumption caused by high demand from customers and applications. The initial offerings of a newly-formed Accenture Alcatel-Lucent Business Group will include “cost-effective customer care operations for all-IP networks that will enhance mobile ...
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    Etisalat mulls Tanzania sale; Vodacom and Millicom linked to deal... Edit Post

    Operator group Etisalat is considering the sale of its operations in Tanzania in East Africa, according to a Reuters report. Sources said the Middle East-based company is exploring the sale of its 65 per cent stake in Zanzibar Telecom (Zantel) with the help of Deutsche Bank. Etisalat’s operations in Tanzania have apparently drawn interest from South Africa-based ...
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    TeliaSonera ups spending in search of digital growth Edit Post

    TeliaSonera, a Sweden-headquartered operator with fixed and mobile operations in the Nordics and Eurasia, said it will top up capital expenditure to the tune of SEK6-7 billion ($830-$965 million) in an attempt to increase market share in mobile data, 4G and fibre access. The operator disclosed its new spending plans, which come into effect in 2015-16, ...
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    Virgin-backed venture pushes for MVNO leadership in Middle East a... Edit Post

    Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa (VMMEA) has launched an MVNO service in Saudi Arabia, a move that threatens to shake up the kingdom’s mobile market. VMMEA is launching two brands — Virgin Mobile targeted at the youth market and Friendi Mobile for the Kingdom’s expatriate community. In addition to VMMEA piggybacking on the network of number ...

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    New EU digital chief looks to industry for 5G heavy lifting Edit Post

    Incoming EU digital chief Guenther Oettinger urged caution about the level of public sector support the mobile industry can expect in deploying 5G networks. “5G is the future. We believe that is the technology for coming decades and we must now take the necessary preparatory steps. In the commission we want to avoid any delays as ...
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    iPhone 6 approved for 17 October sale in China Edit Post

    China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced today it has approved licences for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus – almost three weeks after Apple launched the larger-screen device. Reuters reported that the approval came after the MIIT conducted “rigorous security testing” and negotiations with Apple over potential security risks related to personal data. There ...


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    Deutsche Telekom considers putting US sale on hold for a year — report Edit Post

    Deutsche Telekom might hold off selling its stake in T-Mobile US — at least until the dust settles on forthcoming US spectrum auctions and the regulatory mood shifts more positively, said Reuters. Only one bid sits on the table for T-Mobile US — and that’s from France’s Iliad, about which Deutsche Telekom is lukewarm. Iliad has given ...