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Mallinson: Roaming charges are in terminal decline

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:58

International roaming is a major growth opportunity for operators in the face of domestic market saturation, however tales of bill shock for data roamers do little for operators' reputation with consumers, and are sparking attempts to eliminate roaming fees altogether.

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AT&T's $500M OTT video venture with Chernin Group could center on mobile services

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:31

AT&T announced a new, $500 million joint venture with The Chernin Group, a Hollywood production company for TV shows and movies, to target the over-the-top online video space--and AT&T specifically mentioned mobile as a key element in its efforts to expand into OTT online video.

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How app developers can make a crowdfunding campaign a success

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:54

For most developers of apps and mobile games, $25,000 may be more than they need--or more than they're likely to get. In some cases though, developers are using Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other sites not to get money to produce their app but to validate their business. Special report.

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Report: Apple boosts efforts to get into payments market

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:45

Apple is stepping up its recruitment of payment executives as part of an effort to gain a stronger foothold in the mobile and electronic payments market, according to a Re/code report.

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Ericsson's Vestberg: 5G networks will be defined by how they are used

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:08

Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg said he thinks that "5G" networks will be defined more by how the network is used than by a major leap in the air-interface technology.

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Analysts: AT&T beats back competition from T-Mobile in Q1

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:47

AT&T Mobility was able to withstand an onslaught of competition from T-Mobile US and its other Tier 1 competitors in the first quarter, according to predictions from Credit Suisse analysts.

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Schoolar: A look at different motives behind the LTE rural rush

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 16:58

It is no secret here in the United States that rural areas lag when it comes to Internet access--both fixed and mobile. It doesn't take me that long travelling by car here in Arizona to find one of those underserved areas. The reason these underserved areas remain is quite clear; the economics of spending million of dollars of infrastructure to provide services to areas where there are few people to pay for services is hard to justify. But those challenges don't mean that companies are completely ignoring those markets.

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Apple, Google chase exclusives in mobile games

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:23

According to a detailed report from the Wall Street Journal, Apple and Google are battling each other for the most popular mobile games. Each company wants to offer its respective users the latest and greatest mobile games, and both are offering mobile gaming developers promotional incentives to encourage them to focus only on iOS (for Apple) or Android (for Google) with their game launches.

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Samsung, Qualcomm, AT&T top list of mobile patent recipients in 2013

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:12

Some familiar wireless company names topped the list for most mobile patents granted in 2013--and they weren't all just R&D heavyweights like Samsung and Qualcomm. According to a report from analyst Chetan Sharma, AT&T was among the top 10 companies that were awarded the most patents in 2013.

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Analysts: Apple iPhone sales to be flat, iPad sales to slow while investors await new products

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:00

Apple is scheduled to report its quarterly earnings later this week, and analysts generally expect the iPhone and iPad vendor to post relatively stable results as it gears up for the release of new products later this year.

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Report: Facebook to challenge Google, Apple with mobile ad network

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:20

Facebook will reportedly launch its own mobile advertising network later this month, according to multiple reports. The action will put Facebook in direct competition with Google's AdMob, Millennial Media, Apple's iAd and other mobile ad networks.

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Verizon Wireless consumes Golden State Cellular and Mobi PCS

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:49

Verizon Wireless is expanding the reach of its LTE network in California and Hawaii via new deals with two small carriers, Golden State Cellular in California and Mobi PCS in Hawaii. Under the terms of the two separate deals, which both still require FCC approval, Verizon will essentially buy the small carriers.

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Czech Republic's MVNO boom continues apace in 2014

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:18

The Czech market for mobile virtual network operators has continued to grow in the first few months of 2014 after the country registered 50 MVNOs and secondary mobile brands at the end of 2013, according to reports from the Czech News Agency (CTK).

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ABI Research: LTE helps boost ARPU in Eastern Europe

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 06:33

Mobile service revenues in Eastern Europe grew 4.3 per cent year on year in the fourth quarter of 2013 as LTE subscriber adoptions continued to gather pace.

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Virgin Mobile joins France's LTE bun fight

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 06:21

Virgin Mobile has become the latest operator to launch LTE services in France, dubbing itself the first "full MVNO" to offer LTE in the market.

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Kuwait's Zain sued over 2007 Iraqi acquisition

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 06:17

Kuwait-headquartered operator Zain revealed on Sunday that an unnamed party is suing it for $4.5 billion (€3.2 billion) in loss of earnings over the 2007 acquisition of Iraq operator Iraqna, but said it is confident it will see off the legal challenge.

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VimpelCom settles Algeria dispute with Djezzy deal

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 04:46

VimpelCom ended a 4 year dispute with Algeria's government as part of a deal to sell a majority stake in Orascom Telecom Algérie--which operates as Djezzy--to a state investment agency.

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Telecom Italia confirms Patuano as CEO, appoints Recchi as chairman

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 04:19

Telecom Italia confirmed that Marco Patuano will retain his role as CEO of the company, concluding a series of management decisions that also saw the Italian operator usher in a new chairman and put independent directors in charge of the board for the first time.

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Juniper provides OpenContrail plug-in for OpenDaylight controller

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 22:05

Juniper Networks has offered a plug-in for its OpenContrail controller to the OpenDaylight Project. According to a description on the OpenDaylight wiki log, the plug-in "will provide the integration/interworking between the OpenDaylight controller and OpenContrail."

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Shift from WiMAX to TD-LTE gaining momentum, report says

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 21:34

A new report from Signals Research indicates that the transition from WiMAX to TD-LTE is occurring much more quickly than originally anticipated.

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