China Telecom launches MVNO service in Europe

China Telecom Europe, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Telecom in the EMEA region, has announced that it will launch the first Chinese MVNO service outside of China, which will run on the Everything Everywhere network. CTExcelbiz MVNO is due to launch on Tuesday. 

Major U.S. cable companies join forces on WiFi

On Monday, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable announced that they will allow each other's high-speed Internet customers to access their metro WiFi networks, totaling over 50,000 hotspots.                            

Ku-band satellite delivers broadband to sub-Saharan Africa

Eutelsat Communications, a French-based satellite provider, on Monday announced its new 'IP Easy' broadband platform built to extend high-speed Internet access to residential and home office users as well as small and medium-sized enterprises across sub-Saharan Africa.

Huawei signs managed services agreement with Telefonica UK

Huawei, a provider of telecommunications equipment, on Monday announced it has signed a five year managed services agreement with Telefónica UK.  Under the agreement Huawei will manage planning and implementation of the Telefónica UK mobile core network. 


The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed

Vodafone, O2 team with Virgin Atlantic for in-flight cell service

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Some passengers on Virgin Atlantic flights can now call home from the air. The airline announced on Tuesday it is providing travelers with a new cellphone service to make and receive phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air.

Illiad signs 2.6 million customers since mid-January launch

Reuters

France's new mobile phone operator Iliad has signed up 2.6 million customers to take 3.7% of the market since launching its ultra low-cost offers in mid-January, a pace unprecedented among new mobile entrants in Europe.


The buzz around Iliad's 'Free Mobile' offers also allowed the group to recruit 191,000 new customers to its core broadband Internet service business, its highest level ever and 50% of all the new additions in the sector in the first quarter.

China Mobile in talks with Apple for iPhone

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China Mobile, the world's biggest telecom carrier by subscribers, said on Wednesday it is negotiating with Apple Inc to carry the popular iPhone in China.


China Mobile (Beijing, P.R.C.) is the only Chinese operator that does not officially carry the iPhone because its homegrown 3G technology is not supported by the chips used in current iPhone models.

Verizon sees revenue increase from shared plans

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Verizon Wireless should see an increase in date revenue after it offers new shared data plans this summer, according to a top executive for parent company Verizon Communications Inc.


Verizon's (New York) intends to allow customers to share their data allowance among different devices, unlike their current offerings, where they have to sign up for a separate data plan for every device connected to the wireless operator's network.

Report: performance outweighs cost savings, privacy for Wi-Fi offloading

According to a new survey of more than 500 mobile consumers, conducted by uSamp, a market research firm, and commissioned by wireless and mobility solutions provider Smith Micro Software, Inc., 95% of smartphone users would leverage Wi-Fi if it enabled better mobile data performance; 88% would prefer to access Wi-Fi networks if it reduced their monthly phone bill.

Rogers, Axeda announce M2M alliance

Rogers Communications and Axeda Corporation on Tuesday announced an alliance that will accelerate the deployment of machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions in Canada.  As of Thursday, businesses and developers across Canada will have access Axeda’s M2M Platform to build and roll-out enterprise M2M applications for connected products in Canada.

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