The Battle Over Connected Cars Gears Up

Apple and Google face off in new territory, looking to claim ground once held by Microsoft

Apple and Google have made names for themselves as technology innovators and as the companies shaping the direction of their industry. Both companies recently released high-profile connected car products – CarPlay and Open Auto Alliance, respectively – that allow users to bring the comforts of their mobile devices to their vehicles. It would seem that both companies are focused on new opportunities to extend their market dominance.

The catch? Microsoft announced its first connected car partnership, with Ford, all the way back in 2007.

A shifting industry

Dish tells U.S. FCC will participate in 2015 spectrum auction

Plans may include a partnership with another broadband player to build a wireless network

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(Reuters) - Dish Network Corp said it plans to take part in the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's large sale of low-frequency airwaves planned for mid-2015, according to a filing disclosed on Wednesday.

Dish's Chairman Charlie Ergen and other executives met with the FCC's Chairman Tom Wheeler, four commissioners and numerous wireless officials on Monday, giving the most explicit pledge so far by the satellite TV provider to "meaningfully participate" in the so-called "incentive" auction.

Carlos Slim bows to Mexico telecoms reform

Toughest battery of regulations since Slim took control of former state phone monopoly in 1990s

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil AMXL.MX said on Tuesday it is ready to divest assets in an unprecedented step to cut its market share in Mexican telecoms below 50 percent and escape the burden of tougher regulations.

The company, which controls some 70 percent of Mexico's mobile market and 80 percent of the fixed line business, said in a statement its board had decided to sell assets to another company that could boost investment in the sector.

EU clears Telefonica Deutschland's takeover of E-Plus

Raises prospects of more deals to come across Europe's telecoms markets

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BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - European regulators have cleared Telefonica's bid to consolidate the German mobile market by buying smaller rival KPN's E-Plus for 8.6 billion euros ($11.7 billion), raising prospects of more deals to come across Europe's telecoms markets.

The European Union's powerful antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia said on Wednesday that Telefonica agreed to concessions - including selling some radio spectrum and renting out capacity on its network to smaller rivals - to ensure that the deal does not lead to higher prices for customers.

Brazilian board members of Portugal Telecom quit over debt buy: paper

Shares of Oi and Portugal Telecom tumble as analysts warn of potential credit risk

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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Two Brazilian board members of Portugal Telecom resigned after learning of 897 million euros ($1.22 billion) of short-term investments the company made without consulting them, newspaper Valor Economico reported on Wednesday.

The Portuguese company invested in debt issued by Rioforte, a firm controlled by the owners of Espirito Santo Group, which is a major shareholder in Portugal Telecom.

China's Xiaomi smartphone shipments nearly quadruple in first half

97 percent of its smartphone shipments in the first quarter were still within mainland China

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker valued at $10 billion last year, saw smartphone shipments for the first half of 2014 surge to nearly four times higher than in the same period last year.

The Beijing-based Xiaomi shipped 26.1 million handsets in the first six months of the year, it said in a press release on Wednesday. This was more than it shipped in the whole of 2013 and almost quadruple the 7.03 million units for the first half of last year.

VoLTE Operators Need to Balance Offload with Signaling

LTE users are consuming 10 times as much data as other network users

More people than ever are using 4G-LTE networks, and this influx of smart devices, machines and appliances connected to the Internet will cause extra traffic, and strain the capabilities that draw consumers to a new network in the first place.

By 2017, according to a recent report by Pyramid Research, the number of LTE subscriptions worldwide will reach 802.2 million, a 72% CAGR over 2012 levels, growing to almost 10 percent of global mobile subscribers.

Japan's KDDI, SoftBank say NTT's broadband plan risks monopoly revival

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's KDDI Corp and SoftBank Corp said bigger rival NTT DoCoMo Inc (DoCoMo) could gain too much control of the wireless telecommunications business should DoCoMo's parent offer its fibre-optic broadband for resale.

Former state monopoly Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp (NTT) in May said it planned to sell its fibre-optic broadband to mobile phone network providers, which can then re-brand the service and sell it together with mobile phone contracts.

Verizon Wireless looking to buy Dish Network's spectrum - NY Post

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(Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc unit Verizon Wireless is looking to buy satellite-TV operator Dish Network Corp's spectrum to improve wireless internet speeds, the New York Post reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.
Dish's shares were up 3.4 percent at $61.81 on the Nasdaq on Friday morning. Verizon Communications shares were little changed at $49.39.
The two companies have held informal, early talks about the spectrum, the report said.

Chinese seller of signal 'jammers' faces $35 million U.S. fine

CTS faces the largest fine FCC history after selling 10 high-power units to undercover agents

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese electronics maker C.T.S. Technology Co Ltd will face the largest fine in the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's history, of $34.9 million, for marketing illegal devices that block phone calls and other radio signals, the FCC said on Thursday.
U.S. law prohibits using, selling or marketing devices that block, jam or interfere with authorized radio signals such as telephone calls, GPS systems, Wi-Fi networks or first-responder communications.

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