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    France set for deeper Numericable/SFR probe Edit Post

    France’s competition authority said it is opening an in-depth investigation into Numericable’s planned acquisition of SFR, stating that the deal “raises serious competition concerns”. The watchdog (Autorite de la Concurrence) said it is taking the step after examining a filing made by Numericable, and following an initial consultation with other stakeholders. The new probe will see “extensive ...
  • Nokia Networks looks to strengthen in Japan with Panasonic deal Edit Post

    Nokia Networks announced a memorandum of understanding to acquire part of the wireless networks business of Panasonic System Networks. The agreement covers Panasonic’s mobile phone (LTE/3G) wireless base station system business for mobile operators and related wireless equipment. Financial details were not disclosed. The plan is to wrap up the agreement by the end of September 2014, with ...
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    Sony reports mobile loss as device shipments fall Edit Post

    Sony announced a loss for its Mobile Communications business, which was attributed in part to increased marketing and R&D expenses in order to expand its sales channels and broaden its portfolio. In the first quarter of Sony’s fiscal 2014, the company shipped 9.4 million smartphones, down from 9.6 million in the same period last year. It ...
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    Alcatel-Lucent Q2 buoyed by Shift plan, 4G rollouts Edit Post

    Alcatel-Lucent continues to reap operational benefits from its ‘Shift’ plan, while LTE rollouts in US and China helped strengthen the top line. The second quarter saw the Franco-US supplier lopping off €94 million from fixed costs. It takes cumulative fixed cost-savings, under the Shift plan, up to €572 million. The plan, hatched by CEO Michel Combes (pictured) last year, ...
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    FCC chief finds Verizon’s 4G speed plan “disturbing” Edit Post

    Tom Wheeler, chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), said he was “deeply troubled” by Verizon Wireless’ proposal to slow 4G data speeds for certain users when there is a high demand. The US operator argued its move should be seen as network management because it will only reduce data speeds if users are causing ...

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    Facebook's Internet.org app brings free online services to Zambia Edit Post

    Facebook launched an app providing a range of free basic internet services to mobile users in emerging markets, as part of its Internet.org initiative. The Internet.org app being launched in partnership with Airtel in Zambia offers a number of health, employment and local information services without users being charged for consuming data. These services include globally-recognised products ...
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    Samsung confirms Q2 profit drop on lower handset sales Edit Post

    Samsung announced an anticipated drop in profit for its mobile unit, off the back of lower smartphone and tablet shipments and increased costs. The South Korean company cited decreases in its “mid to low-end” smartphone shipments, due to weak demand in the EU and lower 3G demand alongside intensified price competition in China. Tablet shipments were also down ...


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    Telefonica confirms Mexican deal talks Edit Post

    Telefonica said it opened negotiations with an unnamed company in the Mexico mobile market, following an earlier report the Spanish giant was in takeover talks with smaller rival Iusacell. The Spain-headquartered operator confirmed the move in a regulatory filing. A Telefonica-Iusacell combination would unite the country’s second- and third-largest operators, although the proposed entity would still lag ...