Everything Everywhere to invest $2.3 billion into telecom network upgrade

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Britain's biggest mobile operator Everything Everywhere (London) announced plans on Thursday to invest over $2.3 billion in the next three years to improve its coverage and prepare for the launch of a fourth generation (4G) network.

Dish eyes T-Mobile if AT&T bid fails

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Dish Network Corp (Meridian, Colo., U.S.A.) is considering a partnership with telecom operator T-Mobile USA (Bellevue, Wash., U.S.A) if AT&T (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) is unable to fulfill its bid to take over the fourth U.S. wireless network, Dish Chief Executive Joe Clayton said on Monday.

New global roaming SIM card charges users $.65 per MB

Roaming cell phone charges while traveling abroad are still a major concern among consumers.  As many as 60% of travelers don’t switch on their mobile device when they travel overseas, due in large part to fears of racking up huge roaming bills.  Much of this fear isn’t due to voice, but data use, which has spiked with the adoption of smartphones and tablets.

Telecom operators need automation in wireless infrastructure

Wireless operators have grown networks to a point past the level of complexity that can be managed and optimized manually.  Today, wireless networks have up to 6-layers at the macro level with additional micro levels inserted in key areas where network capacity is an issue.  In order to manage the complexity of interoperability handoffs and signaling necessary to provide the highest call quality, operators need automation.

AT&T vows to pursue T-Mobile merger, no plan B

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Telecom operator AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) plans to forge ahead with its deal to buy Deutsche Telekom's (Bonn, Germant) U.S. wireless unit despite fierce regulatory opposition, and it has the financial resources to close the acquisition quickly, a top executive said on Wednesday.

Dutch probe mobile firms for price-fixing

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AMSTERDAMThe Dutch competition authority raided the offices of telecom operators KPN (The Hague, Netherlands), Vodafone (London, England) and Deutsche Telekom's (Bonn, Germany) T-mobile on Tuesday in a price-fixing investigation.

India may auction surrendered BSNL broadband spectrum

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India has "in principle" accepted a proposal from state-run telecom company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (New Delhi, India) to surrender wireless broadband spectrum in several telecoms zones and will look at auctioning it to other players, the telecoms secretary said.

Verizon cloud-based identity-as-a-service gets level 3 ICAM certification

Telecom operator Verizon (New York) announced on Monday that its cloud-based managed identity-as-a-service offering has been approved for Level 3 Identity, Credential and Access Management (ICAM) certification. According to Verizon, its Universal Identify Service is the first service with Level 3 certification for online identity protection for federal employees and visitors of government websites.

German government grows worried about T-Mobile, AT&T deal

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The German government, telecom company Deutsche Telekom AG's (Bonn, Germany) biggest shareholder, is growing increasingly worried the company's disposal of its T-Mobile USA subsidiary may run aground over antitrust concerns, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.

China Unicom, Telecom ask regulators to suspend probe

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China Unicom (Beijing, P.R.C.) and China Telecom (Beijing, P.R.C.), the country's second and third largest telecom operators, have asked Chinese regulators to halt an antimonopoly probe and will work towards lowering internet access charges over coming years, they said on Friday.

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