Telefonica to shut down Jajah

Spain’s Telefonica has revealed plans to shut down Jajah, its US-based internet telephony service, at the end of January.

“As of January 31, 2014, Jajah [Mountain View, CA, USA] will no longer offer any Jajah.com or Jajah Direct services to its users in the United States or elsewhere,” said a statement published on Jajah’s website.

Hungary announces plans for 4G spectrum tender

Hungary’s telecoms authorities have announced plans to sell licenses for unused spectrum that could be used to support 4G services in an effort to boost competition in the market.

In a statement published this week, the NMHH – which regulates Hungary’s telecoms market – said it would tender unused frequencies in the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2.6GHz and 26GHz bands.

Deutsche Telekom plans new packages after internet cap blocked

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Deutsche Telekom plans to repackage its internet offering rather than appeal against an October court ruling that blocked it from capping connection speeds when customers exceed data limits on flat-rate contracts.

After announcing its decision not to launch an appeal, the former German monopoly said on Monday that it will introduce new deals with flat rates or fixed data volumes.

France's Iliad asks to join rivals' network sharing plan: Les Echos

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France's upstart mobile player Iliad is seeking talks with larger rivals Vivendi's SFR and Bouygues Telecom over joining the duo's network sharing plan, according to a letter published online by Les Echos newspaper.

The letter attributed to Iliad (Paris, France) Chief Executive Maxime Lombardini underscores how the planned network sharing between France's second- and third-largest operators, which aims to cut costs in response to Iliad's low-cost service, could reshape competition in Europe's fourth-biggest mobile market by clients.

Canada Competition Bureau approves Telus bid for Public Mobile

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Canada's Competition Bureau said on Friday it would allow Canadian telecom company Telus Corp (Burnaby, Canada) to buy all of struggling startup Public Mobile (Toronto, Canada).

Industry Minister James Moore had approved the sale last month, saying it would not hurt consumers. The Conservative government is eager to boost competition in the wireless sector.

Orange sells Dominican business to Altice for $1.4 billion

France’s Orange has announced a $1.4 billion sale of its business in the Dominican Republic to private-equity player Altice.

Earlier this week, the two companies were reported by the UK’s Financial Times newspaper to be holding talks about a sale of Orange Dominicana, with Stephane Richard, Orange’s (Paris, France) chief executive, promising to provide an update to investors within days.

H3G joins T-Mobile Austria in telco auction appeal

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Hutchison Whampoa's Austrian telecoms unit said it would appeal against the result of a spectrum auction that cost the country's three carriers 2 billion euros ($2.7 billion).

The auction, Europe's most expensive per head of population for fourth-generation (4G) frequencies, took place under strict conditions that allowed the parties no knowledge of each others' bids to minimize the danger of collusion.

Vivendi supervisory board backs demerger, Bollore

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Vivendi's supervisory board on Tuesday unanimously backed a plan to demerge the group's SFR business as it reduces exposure to telecoms and focuses on media.

The French group named Hearst Magazines' (New York City, NY, USA) Arnaud de Puyfontaine head of media and content activities to run the remaining businesses - Universal Music Group (Santa Monica, CA, USA), pay-TV company Canal Plus (Issy-les-Moulineaux, Franc) and Brazilian telecom unit GVT (Curitiba, Brazil).

The supervisory board also confirmed top shareholder Vincent Bollore as chairman of the future Vivendi.

China probe may be aimed at Qualcomm's 4G royalties

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China's anti-trust investigation into Qualcomm, the world's biggest smartphone chip maker, is likely tied to the impending $16 billion rollout of commercial fourth-generation services by China's big telecoms carriers.

The probe by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China's top economic planning body and price regulator, is a likely pre-emptive measure that will allow China's telecom providers to gain leverage in royalty negotiations ahead of the rollout of new high-speed mobile networks, analysts said.

New agreement gets Pentagon closer to clearing airwaves for sale

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The Defense Department has reached an agreement with the broadcasting industry on sharing some radio airwaves, making progress toward President Barack Obama's goal of clearing more valuable spectrum for mobile networks.

Obama directed federal agencies in June to look for ways to give up or share with the private sector more of the airwaves they control, three years after his call to open up 500 megahertz (MHz) of federal spectrum for commercial use to satisfy growing demands from data-hungry devices and services.

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