Vodafone Hutchison Australia appoints new chief executive

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) is set to replace departing chief executive Bill Morrow with Inaki Berroeta, who currently heads up the Vodafone Group’s business in Romania.

In a statement, the operator said that Berroeta would take over from Morrow on 1 March, with Morrow to stay on until the end of March to ensure a smooth transition takes place.

After that, Morrow will leave the Vodafone Group to take charge of NBN Co, the government-backed operator that is deploying a high-speed network across Australia.

Saudi Mobily says a piggyback mobile service to launch in first-quarter

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Saudi Arabia's Mobily will start leasing its mobile phone network to a new operator to launch a rival service in the first quarter, an executive said, kicking off the biggest shake-up in the kingdom's telecommunications market in six years.

The Saudi telecom regulator, in a move to increase competition, has required the three mobile operators - second-biggest Mobily (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), leader Saudi Telecom Co (STC) (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) and Zain Saudi (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) - to provide wholesale capacity to new operators that have no networks of their own.

Mexico competition order on America Movil would be 'positive': rival

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Mexico's telecommunications regulator, which is investigating the market power of billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil, could boost competition by declaring the mobile phone company dominant, a rival operator said on Friday.

Iusacell (Mexico City, Mexico), the country's third-largest mobile operator by number of customers, would benefit if the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) declares America Movil (Mexico City, Mexico) and its fixed-line subsidiary Telmex dominant.

4th India Smart Utilities Week

Date
Start Date: 
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
End Date: 
Thursday, September 18, 2014

India:

Mr. Gopal Saxena(CEO, BRPL) invite you to Delhi, India for the forth coming conference, the 4th India Smart Utilities Week, scheduled from Sep 16-18, 2014. This Conference will bring together utility engineers, policy makers, regulators and service/ solution providers from around the world who are engaged in smart grid and AMI. With the release of smart grid road map of India along with smart meter specification, Indian Utilities will have lot of activities in the field of smart grid and smart metering.

IT 2020

Date
Start Date: 
Thursday, February 27, 2014
End Date: 
Friday, February 28, 2014

Mumbai:

1) Big Data Analytics : Understanding the importance and feasibility of big data analytics and how key challenges and risks are mitigated by big data implementation

Slovakia 4G auction raises $224 million, produces new entrant

Slovakia’s three existing mobile operators and new entrant Swan have emerged as the winners of new 4G licenses following the conclusion of the country’s multi-band frequency auction.

In a statement published on its website, Slovakia’s telecoms regulator said the auction raised a total of €163.9 million ($224 million) – 15% more than the base price it had set for the various lots on offer.

Price war in US mobile market raises fear of profit hemorrhage

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New Year's rivalry among U.S. mobile operators has Wall Street worried that the industry's profits could seriously decline.

After months of aggressive moves by T-Mobile US (Bellevue, WA, USA) to lure customers from other carriers, No. 2 operator AT&T Inc (Dallas, TX, USA) counter-attacked on January 3 by offering to pay consumers to switch from T-Mobile.

Days later, No. 3 ranked Sprint Corp (Overland Park, KS, USA) promised big discounts for family and friend groups. On Wednesday, T-Mobile upped the ante, saying it would pay hefty exit costs for converts.

Australia's Telstra to offload majority stake in struggling Sensis

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Australia's biggest phone company Telstra Corporation Ltd has agreed to sell 70 percent of its directories unit Sensis, offloading a struggling business challenged by digital transition for less than the market had anticipated.

The sale of Sensis, following Telstra's (Melbourne, Australia) sale of Hong Kong mobile phone business last month, would further boost the telco giant's cash war chest to invest in new growth businesses and expand its mobile network.

Millions of French users flock to 4G mobile services

Reuters

France's three biggest mobile operators have signed up 1 million customers each to new superfast mobile services, although a hoped for boost in margins from such 4G technology looks unlikely to materialize because of a price war.

Take-up of 4G across Europe, while lagging the United States and Asia, has begun rising in the past year, driven by rocketing demand for mobile data and launches in major markets like Germany, Britain and France.

ZTE deploys VoLTE in Guangzhou for China Mobile

Chinese equipment vendor ZTE has said it is helping China Mobile to deploy voice over LTE (VoLTE) services on its network in Guangzhou in what it calls an important step to a wider national rollout.

The company says its technology ensures that users do not experience any disruption when switching between 3G and 4G networks for voice calls.

It is using a system known as Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (eSRVCC) to allow seamless handovers between the two network standards.

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