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    Xavier Niel to snap up Orange Switzerland for €2.3B Edit Post

    French billionaire Xavier Niel agreed to buy Orange Switzerland for CHF2.8 billion (€2.3 billion) from Apax Partners. This deal comes at the end of a year when Niel-controlled Iliad declined to initiate consolidation in the French mobile market, and was unsuccessful in its pursuit of T-Mobile US. The Swiss operator is the country’s third largest and was acquired by ...
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    BASE steps away from quadplay to focus on mobile Edit Post

    Belgian telecoms operator BASE said it plans to withdraw from the pay TV market, citing excessive costs and an unfavourable competitive environment. KPN’s Belgian business will discontinue its SNOW product, which also includes higher-speed broadband, at the end of June 2015. It blamed the excessive costs associated with being a challenger in the fixed market, “such as ...
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    Argentina bill to let operators provide several services with one... Edit Post

    Legislators in Argentina have voted in favour of a law which will let companies provide telephone, internet and cable television services via a single licence, in hopes of opening up the market and driving down prices, Reuters reported. Lawmakers voted 131 in favour and 97 against the bill which could replace a law set in 1972 ...
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    Sprint hits 2014 network targets; more LTE expansion planned for ... Edit Post

    US operator Sprint said that it had “met, and in some cases exceeded” its targets for its network upgrades during 2014, while also outlining goals for the coming year. John Saw, the company’s chief network officer (pictured), said that its targets for the current year included completing the “rip and replace” of its 1.9GHz 3G network, the ...
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    TeliaSonera trumpets 4G take-up on fifth anniversary Edit Post

    TeliaSonera said that “following a fairly slow start, 4G is gradually turning into  customers’ favourite mobile data network,” with more than half of mobile data in Sweden, Norway and Denmark now being delivered over LTE networks. In a blog post marking the five year anniversary of service launches in Stockholm and Oslo – trumpeted as the “world’s first” – ...

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    UK operators pledge £5B rural spend in government deal Edit Post

    The UK government has struck an agreement with the mobile industry whereby the country’s four operators will together invest £5 billion on improving network coverage — but has dropped its previous idea of imposing national roaming on the industry. EE, O2, Vodafone and 3 UK each guaranteed to provide voice and text across 90 per cent ...
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    Interview: GSMA Director General Edit Post

    Anne Bouverot tells Mobile World Live of the challenges facing Europe’s mobile industry. Bouverot also gives her thoughts on the impact of the continent’s ‘mobile economy’, as well as the hype surrounding 5G.  

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    Feature video: Top 5 dramatic moments of 2014 Edit Post

    Take a look back at another rollercoaster ride for the mobile industry as Mobile World Live embarks on its traditional annual review. 2014 was a year that saw some major players lose their mojo, while the market even went a little loony thanks to Google. But the last twelve months will really be remembered as ...