EU reaches deal to lower mobile roaming fees

Reuters

The European Commission and European lawmakers and governments reached an agreement to reform mobile roaming fees, allowing consumers to pay less for calls, texts and mobile web services when travelling abroad, in a measure that could hit telecom industry profits.


The deal announced on Wednesday is expected to be approved by the European Parliament in May and would take effect in July.

Vodafone Hungary moves to IP network, works with Tellabs

On Tuesday, Vodafone Hungary announced it will move to an IP/Ethernet-based infrastructure and expand its geographic coverage in Hungary. The service provider chose Tellabs to modernize its current mobile backhaul network.

Report: small cells to hit 3 million units in 2016

On Wednesday, market research firm Infonetics Research forecasted that the global small cell market will be worth $2.1 billion in 2016, with about 3 million small cells shipped.

Australia blocks Huawei from broadband tender

Reuters

Australia has blocked China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from tendering for contracts in the country's $38 billion National Broadband Network (NBN) due to cyber security concerns, Huawei said on Monday.

ZTE to curtail business in Iran

Reuters

ZTE Corp, China's second-largest telecommunications equipment maker, said it will "curtail" its business in Iran following a report that it had sold Iran's largest telecom firm a powerful surveillance system capable of monitoring telephone and Internet communications.


Reuters reported Thursday that ZTE (Shenzhen, P.R.C.) had signed a $130.6 million contract with the Telecommunication Co of Iran in December 2010 that included the surveillance system.

Telenor seeks $14 billion payback from India license fight

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Norwegian mobile operator Telenor ASA has told the Indian government it wanted to resolve its license dispute, but said it would seek damages if the cancellation of its 22 licenses was not settled.


"We are hopeful that it remains the government's intent to protect and encourage bona fide foreign investment in the country," Telenor (fornebu, Norway) spokesman Glenn Mandelid said in an emailed statement.

Sprint, Cisco launch cloud-based unified communications platform

On Monday, Sprint, partnered with Cisco, announced the availability of Sprint Complete Collaboration, a fully managed unified communications (UC) bundle for mid-sized and large businesses. This cloud service will allow companies to deploy UC over an all-IP network across the enterprise and to virtually anywhere, says Sprint.

Telstra deploys Infinera DTN service for subsea network in Asia Pacific

Infinera, a manufacturer of long-haul WDM optical transmission equipment, announced on Monday that Telstra International, a global supplier of managed network and hosting services, has deployed Infinera’s 40 gigabits per second (Gbps) DTN service for its optical subsea network in Asia. The deployment spans approximately 9,000 kilometers between Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.


Telstra International is a division of Telstra Corporation Limited (Melbourne, Australia), a telecommunications and media services company.

Mobey Forum adds first non-banking full member

In response to the rapid evolution of the mobile financial services (MFS) ecosystem, Mobey Forum has published new Articles of Association which open full membership to all supervised payment institutions. The global bank-led industry association has announced its first non-banking Full Member, Nets (Ballerup, Denmark), a northern European payment service provider.

Cellphone-to-WiFi roaming will be here in next year, says GSMA

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Within a year cellphones will be able to use operators' WiFi hotspots without cumbersome logging-in procedures, giving consumers faster access to the Internet on the go, a new industry initiative promised on Tuesday.


The initiative from two industry groups - the GSMA and the Wireless Broadband Alliance - aims to provide technical and commercial solutions for WiFi roaming, which would also ease the traffic load on operators' already crowded networks.

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