Rakon to quadruple sales to Huawei in next five years

New Zealand technology company Rakon has signed a deal with Huawei that targets a quadrupling of its sales to the Chinese manufacturer over the next five years.

The realization of that goal would bring Rakon’s sales to Huawei to $56 million by 2017.

Huawei has been working with Rakon for a number of years and plans to use the company’s frequency control products in its handsets, smart devices and infrastructure programs.

HTC invests $34.4 million in US-based enterprise platform firm

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Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp said it will buy a 17.1 percent stake in a U.S. next-generation enterprise platform company for $35.4 million in order to enhance service offerings to its mobile enterprise customers.

"The investment will bring social, mobile, and cloud capabilities to HTC's portfolio of service offerings to its mobile enterprise customers," HTC said in a statement on Monday.

VimpelCom profit soars despite ongoing disputes

VimpelCom has reported a surge in its quarterly profit despite unfavourable currency movements, continued conflict between its shareholders and a run-in with the Algerian government.

Facing challenges on numerous fronts, the huge Russian operator managed to increase second-quarter net income by 83% compared with the same period last year, to $488 million, thanks to cost reductions and the growth of some emerging-market operations.

China Mobile profit up 1.5% as 3G business struggles

Competition from over-the-top services and the deficiencies of its own third-generation (3G) mobile-phone technology are costing China Mobile dearly.

The biggest mobile-phone operator in China reported disappointing growth in net profit for the first half of the year of just 1.5%, to 62.2 billion yuan ($9.77 billion), compared with the same period of 2011.

As China’s vast market becomes flooded with handsets, revenues rose just 6.6% to 266.53 billion yuan, a much weaker rate of growth than in previous years.

Qtel makes $2.2 billion offer for Wataniya

Qatar’s Qtel has made a $2.2 billion offer for the 47.5% share of Kuwait’s Wataniya it does not already own.

The operator says it has already won the approval of Kuwait’s Capital Markets Authority for the deal.

The announcement comes just two months after Qtel doubled its stake in Iraq’s Asiacell to 60% for $1.47 billion.

Backed by the cash-rich Qatari state, Qtel is increasing its holdings in fast-growing businesses at a time when other big telecoms operators would struggle to fund deals.

Regulators OK T-Mobile testing of shared use of airwaves

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U.S. communications regulators will allow T-Mobile USA to test the impact of commercial wireless broadband on a highly sought after swatch of airwaves currently used for government operations, the company said on Wednesday.

Testing by T-Mobile, the U.S. unit of Deutsche Telekom AG
, would gauge potential opportunities and challenges for wireless carriers looking to deploy next generation 4G wireless services on the 1755-1850 megahertz band, while sharing the airwaves with existing government users.

LightSquared investigation deadline extended

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U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Shelley C. Chapman this afternoon extended a critical document discovery deadline in the LightSquared bankruptcy proceedings.

The deadline was extended to September 28 from September 11 in U.S. bankruptcy court, effectively allowing the parties involved more time.

A group of lenders holding over $1.08 billion of secured debt at LightSquared LP, the company's main operating subsidiary, seeks to investigate the propriety of a $279 million loan extended to the holding company for LightSquared last July.

Cellcom, Partner plan internet TV as mobile competition bites

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Israel's two largest mobile phone operators Cellcom and Partner Communications are planning television-over-Internet services as weak earnings highlighted their need for profitable new earnings streams.

Haim Romano, Partner's chief executive, said on Tuesday the company was working to accelerate TV Internet services. "Once the conditions are ripe, Partner will offer an innovative, quality and attractive solution also in this area," he said.

Cellcom CEO Nir Sztern also said he was examining Internet TV as well as an entry to the cellular credit card business.

US wireless subscriber growth declines sharply

America’s mobile-phone market is showing signs of maturity as operators focus on raising revenue generated by existing customers.

According to a new report from Dow Jones Newswires, the four biggest mobile-phone operators in the US signed up just 405,000 contract customers in the second quarter of the year, less than a half the number they acquired during the same period of 2011.

With penetration now topping 100%, operators are finding it harder than ever to attract new business.

Google to cut 4,000 Motorola Mobility jobs, take $275 million charge

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Motorola Mobility, which was bought by Google Inc for $12.5 billion, will cut 20 percent of its workforce and shut nearly a third of its offices worldwide, Google said on Monday.

"These changes are designed to return Motorola's mobile devices unit to profitability, after it lost money in fourteen of the last sixteen quarters," Google said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

"While lower expenses are likely to lag the immediate negative impact to revenue, Google sees these actions as a key step for Motorola to achieve sustainable profitability."

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