Vodafone rises on report of AT&T takeover interest

Reuters

Shares in Vodafone Group rose on Friday after a media report that U.S. mobile operator AT&T was exploring strategies for a potential takeover of the British telecoms firm.

AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) Chief Executive Randall Stephenson has said there is a "huge opportunity" to invest in mobile broadband in Europe and he would buy wireless assets if they were available at the right price.

China Mobile and NSN to collaborate on 5G development

Nokia Siemens Networks says it has expanded the scope of its research partnership with China Mobile to cover 5G as well as other next-generation technologies.

The two companies first teamed up in 2010 to collaborate in the area of mobile broadband, and the extension of their agreement could spur China Mobile’s (Beijing, China) efforts to popularize the TD-LTE variant of 4G, which it is now rolling out across China.

Google, Samsung, Huawei sued over Nortel patents

Reuters

The group that owns thousands of former Nortel patents filed a barrage of patent lawsuits on Thursday against cell phone manufacturers including Google, the company it outbid in the Nortel bankruptcy auction.

2nd International Conference IFE and Connectivity

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
End Date: 
Friday, January 31, 2014

Germany:

As technology and passenger´s expectations have evolved and outpaced what current systems can offer, the challenges for the aviation industry are rapidly increasing: 

Which high throughput satellite systems and networks offer the most cost-efficient solution? 

What are the current trends and how can in-flight and wireless technologies be best combined and integrated into the aircraft? 

Small cell backhaul market set for dramatic growth: ABI Research

The small cell backhaul market is poised for takeoff and set to grow at a compound annual rate of 48%, according to a new study from ABI Research.

The market-research company says vendors are now rushing to deliver the ideal backhaul solution, with the market dividing into a number of camps according to technology specialization.

Saudi Telecom reports 73% profit rise in third quarter

Saudi Telecom has flagged a sharp increase in quarterly profits thanks to the implementation of new cost-cutting measures, and says it is considering the sale of further assets to improve its fiscal position.

The Saudi Arabian incumbent reported a 73% increase in net income for the third quarter, to SAR3.39 billion ($904 million), compared with the same period a year earlier, while revenues for the first nine months of the year edged up by 2.5%, to SAR34.3 billion.

Hrvatski Telekom hit by economic woes, EU accession

Croatia’s Hrvatski Telekom has reported a slump in revenues and profits for the three months ending September, with the country’s beleaguered economy taking a heavy toll on earnings performance.

Majority owned by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom (Bonn), the Croatian incumbent flagged a 32.1% drop in net income, to HRK394 million ($71.22 million), and said revenues fell by HRK1.77 billion, compared with the same period the year before.

Vodafone seeking full control of India unit: report

UK-headquartered mobile operator Vodafone is reported to be seeking approval from authorities to take full control of its India business, in which it currently holds a stake of 64.4%.

According to a report from Dow Jones, the operator has sought permission from India’s Foreign Investment Protection Board to buy remaining shares in the company in a deal likely to cost around $1.65 billion.

China Mobile flags 4G on website, stokes iPhone speculation

Reuters

China Mobile has put an advert for the faster 4G mobile network on its website, raising expectations that a long-awaited distribution deal between the world's largest mobile carrier and Apple Inc may be announced as early as next week.

China Mobile's (Beijing, China) website, on its main page, displayed a cartoon tornado alongside the words "the invasion of 4G" and the dates "November 9-11".

The banner links to a page showing two images of smartphones that resemble iPhones, with the caption: "Special discounts for new handsets? The newest? The biggest discounts?"

Bharti Airtel's operating performance boosts outlook

Reuters

Bharti Airtel Ltd's better-than-expected operating performance and higher margins reinforced expectations that India's long-suffering mobile phone services market is turning the corner even as the market leader reported its 15th consecutive quarter of declining profit.

Bharti (New Delhi, India) shares were trading up 3.5 percent at 353.70 rupees in morning trade after rising as much as 5.5 percent in a Mumbai market that was up 0.2 percent.

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