Sprint to cut 800 customer services jobs: AP

US operator Sprint is to slash 800 jobs in its customer services department because fewer people are making calls to its centers, reports the Associated Press.

Despite the redundancies, the operator is reported to have said it expected its overall number of employees to remain at about 40,000 because of hiring in other parts of the business, including at its retail stores.

The operator also attributed the decrease in calls to its centers to an improvement in levels of customer satisfaction.

Telecom Italia appoints Di Loreto personnel chief: Bloomberg

Telecom Italia has reportedly hired Mario Di Loreto from Italian food company Barilla to head its personnel department.

Citing sources familiar with the matter, Bloomberg says Di Loreto will take up his new position at the beginning of September, replacing Antonio Migliardi, who is resigning after five years in the job.

According to the report, the appointment will be critical to the success of the Italian incumbent’s plan to spin off its fixed-line network, which is set to involve the transfer of some 20,000 employees.

Turkcell boasts revenue, profit gains despite customer losses

Turkish operator Turkcell has reported impressive gains in revenue and earnings for the three months ending June on the back of strong demand for mobile broadband services.

The company saw revenues increase by 11%, to TRY2.86 billion ($1.43 billion), compared with the same period of 2012, while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization rose by 12%, to TRY869 million, over the same period.

Huawei, ZTE win bulk of China Mobile's $3 billion 4G bonanza: sources

Reuters

China Mobile Ltd has awarded initial 4G contracts worth around 20 billion yuan ($3.2 billion), with Chinese firms securing more than half of the biggest prize in the global telecoms industry this year and foreign firms winning about a third, industry sources said.

Telecoms equipment makers, such as global leader Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd (Shenzhen, China), have been waiting for China Mobile's (Beijing, China) 4G tender to lift the fortunes of an industry that has been hit by a lack of spending worldwide.

Al Jazeera accuses AT&T of wrongly terminating contract

Reuters

AT&T unfairly terminated an affiliation agreement with Al Jazeera America, the cable network says in a recently unsealed lawsuit that highlights AT&T's subscriber base in conservative states.

Under a heavily redacted description of the alleged "bad faith scheme," Al Jazeera (Doha, Qatar) notes in its complaint that "AT&T [Dallas, TX, USA] has a large subscriber base in Texas and other conservative states in the South and Southwest.

China Telecom net income soars on iPhone adoption

China Telecom has reported a sharp rise in earnings and revenues for the first six months of the year thanks to soaring demand for the iPhone and mobile data services.

The operator – China’s third-biggest behind China Mobile (Beijing, China) and China Unicom (Beijing, China) – saw net income increase by 15.9% for the first half, to RMB10.2 billion ($1.67 billion), compared with the same period last year, while revenues grew by 14.1%, to RMB138 billion, over the same period.

MTS swings to net profit on data growth, one-off gains

Russia’s MTS swung to a net profit and reported revenue growth for the three months ending June thanks to rising demand for mobile data services and various one-off gains, including settlements related to its disputed ownership of Bitel, an operator in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Facebook launching project to make internet more affordable

Reuters

Facebook Inc's (Menlo Park, CA, USA) Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has enlisted Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (Seoul, South Korea), Qualcomm Inc (San Diego, CA, USA) and four other companies for a project aimed at bringing Internet access to people around the world who can't afford it, mirroring efforts by Google Inc (Mountain View, CA, USA) and others.

The project is called Internet.org and will be launched Wednesday. It focuses on enabling the next 5 billion people without access to come online, Zuckerberg said.

Al Jazeera America launches, but AT&T won't carry network

Reuters

New cable network Al Jazeera America introduced itself to viewers on Tuesday with reports on political strife in Egypt and the impact of climate change on U.S. cities, shortly after a major pay TV distributor declined to carry the channel.

The decision by AT&T's (Dallas, TX, USA) U-verse pay-TV service stemmed from a contract dispute over terms to carry the new network, AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel said.

Al Jazeera (Doha, Qatar) responded by suing AT&T for breach of contract in Delaware Chancery Court.

Telekom Austria linked with $1.3 billion bid for Serbia Broadband: Bloomberg

Austrian telecoms incumbent Telekom Austria has been linked with a €1 billion ($1.3 billion) bid for cable company Serbia Broadband in a report from Bloomberg.

Citing sources familiar with the proceedings, Bloomberg says that Telekom Austria (Vienna, Austria) has re-entered bidding for the Serbian company, after dropping off a list of companies examining Serbia Broadband’s (Belgrade, Serbia) books, with other interested parties said to include Providence Equity Partners, Cinven Advisers and Altice Finco.

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