New Numericable-SFR chief says not planning price war

Altice hires senior telecom specialist from Alcatel-Lucent

Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - Telecoms group Altice has named long-serving sector executive Michel Combes as its chief operating officer and chairman of its Numericable-SFR mobile phone business, saying the appointment would help accelerate the group's expansion.

Combes is joining a company controlled by billionaire Patrick Drahi, who has been on a buying spree including the purchase of Vivendi's SFR, the second-biggest French mobile firm, to create Numericable-SFR. Drahi also made a bid for Bouygues Telecom, which was rejected.

COMEX 2016

IT, Telecom and Technology Exhibition and Conference

Date
Start Date: 
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
End Date: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Oman:

It is Oman’s premier ICT event which takes place annually. Last edition of event proved again that ICT sector has a lot of potential by attracting over 120,000 participants during 5-days event which is the highest ever record in 25 years history of show. Oman’s ICT industry is growing at a steady pace and a lot of cooperation is going on in public and private sector.

GITEX Technology Week

Date
Start Date: 
Sunday, October 18, 2015
End Date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2015

Dubai:

Since it's inception in 1981, GITEX has grown to be one of the most influential tech events on the planet.

GITEX is the 3rd largest technology event on the planet. Participation in this event gives you access to over 143,000+ technology professionals with real buying power.

COMPTEL PLUS Fall 2015 Business Expo

Date
Start Date: 
Sunday, October 18, 2015
End Date: 
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

San Francisco:

COMPTEL PLUS is the go-to event for communications industry professionals looking to expand their networks. Explore the latest technologies and meet service providers in the Expo Hall. Attend captivating education sessions and keynote addresses that will help you stay competitive. Make important business connections and sign deals.

Inmarsat says new broadband network offers bright sales prospects

By 2020, the company expects the new network to generate $500 million a year

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Britain's Inmarsat Plc said Friday's expected launch of its third Global Xpress satellite will allow it to offer mobile broadband service to customers in the remotest regions, giving airline passengers the ability to stream movies and update social media on flights worldwide.

U.S. International Trade Commission clears Microsoft of patent infringement

Decision reverses April ruling that Microsoft had infringed two InterDigital wireless patents

Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp avoided a potentially costly setback to its mobile phone business on Friday as the U.S. International Trade Commission declined to block the import of its devices in a longstanding patent dispute.

The decision rejected a ruling in April by a U.S. trade judge who found that Microsoft had infringed two InterDigital Inc wireless patents, and recommended an import ban.

Turkey's 4G tender outstrips predictions with bids of $4.5 billion

President had urged move straight to 5G, for which technical standards do not yet exist

Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's auction of 4G mobile phone frequencies lured a higher than expected 3.96 billion euros ($4.5 billion) worth of bids, the agency running the process said on Wednesday, showing the appeal of Turkey's youthful and growing market.

The bids from Britain's Vodafone, and Turkish duo Avea and Turkcell, the only three operators in Turkey, will be subject to an approval process before a final decision on allocations is made.

Microsoft files antitrust suit against InterDigital in patent feud

Claims InterDigital 'falsely promised' to license patents on reasonable terms, then charged exorbitant rates

Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - InterDigital Inc has violated U.S. antitrust law by failing to keep its promise to fairly license its technology considered essential to mobile phone communications, Microsoft Corp said in a lawsuit on Thursday.

The complaint against InterDigital, filed in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, deepens a long-standing fight over patent licensing between the two companies.

China smartphone sales fall for first time: Gartner

The country accounted for about 30 percent of total smartphones sales during the second quarter

Reuters

(Reuters) - Smartphone sales in China, the world's biggest market for the devices, fell in the second quarter for the first time, market research firm Gartner Inc said on Thursday.

Sales of smartphones in China declined 4 percent in the quarter, the first year-over-year fall, the company said.

"China has reached saturation — its phone market is essentially driven by replacement, with fewer first-time buyers," said Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner.

Samsung Electronics unveils high-end phones in search of sales boost

One expert said he was not sure how well the phones would help Samsung's efforts

Reuters

NEW YORK/SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled a new Galaxy Note phablet and a larger version of its curved-screen S6 edge smartphone on Thursday, marking a fresh bid by the South Korean company to revive momentum in its handset business.

Samsung is the world's top smartphone maker but its market share fell in the second quarter when the company released its critically acclaimed S6 models, squeezed by Apple Inc's upscale iPhones and cheaper offerings from Chinese rivals such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.

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