UK operator EE says it will invest £275 million ($450 million) in improving the quality and reliability of mobile calls on its 2G and 3G networks in 2014.
The funds will also be used to conduct trials of new voice technologies such as voice over LTE (VoLTE) and voice over WiFi.
Telecom Italia said on Monday it had not received any information from U.S. money manager BlackRock regarding an increase in its stake in the Italian telecoms group to 10.14 percent, as shown by U.S. regulatory filings.
A stake of 10.1 percent would make BlackRock (New York City, NY, USA) the second biggest shareholder in Telecom Italia (Milan, Italy) after holding company Telco, and give it a potentially pivotal role at a shareholder vote on Friday on whether to oust the board of the company.
Europe's second highest court upheld a decision on Wednesday by European Union regulators clearing Microsoft's $8.5 billion takeover of Skype in 2011, rejecting a challenge by the world's top network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc.
At a hearing in May, Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA) argued that Microsoft's (Seattle, WA, USA) acquisition of the Internet video and voice messaging company created a monopoly and that the European Commission was wrong to approve the deal without demanding concessions from Microsoft.
The board of Telecom Italia is not considering any plan to break up the company's Brazilian wireless unit TIM Participacoes, CEO Marco Patuano said on Tuesday.
"The board is not studying any break-up of TIM Brasil (Rio de Janeiro). I will never grow tired of repeating that it is for us a strategic company," he said on the sidelines of an event.
A government source in Brazil said on Monday the country's antitrust watchdog had not ruled out a possible break-up of TIM Brasil into units to be bought by local rivals.
An Indian court will issue on Thursday its verdict on Nokia's appeal against the seizure by tax authorities of its local factory after a tax dispute, lawyers for the company and the tax department said on Wednesday.
The Chennai factory is one of Nokia's (Helsinki, Finland) biggest phone-making plants.
Nokia has been trying to end the dispute ahead of the sale of its mobile phone business to Microsoft (Seattle, WA, USA) in a 5.4 billion euros ($7.4 billion) deal.
(Reporting by Nigam Prusty; Writing by Sumeet Chatterjee; Editing by Miral Fahmy)
Indonesia’s Telkomsel and Sweden’s Tele2 have become the latest high-profile customers of M2M platform provider Jasper Wireless.
News of the partnership with Tele2 (Stockholm, Sweden) broke just days after the operator announced plans to launch a “global M2M business”.
Tele2 had provided few details of its M2M plans in its launch announcement but said it aimed to compete heavily on pricing with established M2M players and had already made investments in personnel and IT systems.
The market for personal tracking devices and wearable technology is set to boom in 2014, as M2M players shift their focus from the business market to the consumer one.
That is one of the headline predictions from German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom (Bonn) about the way the M2M industry will develop next year.
Dutch telecoms incumbent KPN has launched a new M2M service allowing companies to track the location of containers being transported throughout the European region.
Branded “Locate”, the service equips containers will “small, robust and shock-absorbent boxes” that constantly provide updates on their geographical location using a mixture of GPS, GSM and RFID technologies.
By using Cell-ID technology, the operator can also accurately determine locations where there is no GPS signal – such as indoors and on docks.
Deutsche Telekom has teamed up with US telemetry specialist Un-Blinking Technologies on the launch of what they call a “vendor-independent” solution for vehicles in the US market.
The solution is based on the iCar M2M technology developed by Un-Blinking Technologies (Eagle, ID, USA), allowing car dealerships to offer value-added services that are not tethered to the proprietary technology of individual vehicle makers.
French telecoms incumbent Orange has announced it is working with carmaker Renault on a research project investigating the automotive uses of 4G connectivity.
The partnership has already seen Orange (Paris, France) deploy 4G services at Renault’s (Boulogne-Billancourt, France) research and testing facilities, with both companies aiming to test new applications supported by the high-speed technology, ranging from virtual office and cloud gaming to video conferencing.