M&A could help telcos close European network gap

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Europe's top technology regulator Neelie Kroes supports consolidation as one way to create a handful of strong cross-border telecom leaders, which can invest more in mobile and broadband networks to close the gap with the United States and Asia.

Vodafone, Telefonica form joint venture for shared 4G UK grid

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Vodafone and O2 will share a network in Britain to cut the cost of building a new superfast service, leading the way in a likely shake-up of a sector that is battling falling revenues and high investment costs.


Europe's telecom sector is chasing ways to meet the rising cost of keeping pace with technological advances and customer demands, with tie-ups and co-operation deals the order of the day; the arrival of emerging markets billionaire Carlos Slim on the European telecom scene is also ramping up the pressure for consolidation.

Telefonica sells part of China Unicom stake

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Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica has signed an agreement with China Unicom to sell almost half its stake in the company back to China's second largest telecom operator, Telefonica said in a stock market notice on Sunday.


The sale will allow heavily indebted Telefonica (Madrid) to "increase its financial flexibility", the statement said. The Spanish firm will remain a key shareholder in China Unicom (Beijing, P.R.C.) by holding onto a 5.01% stake in the company.

Report: LTE equipment to hit $17.5 billion in 2016

The global 2G, 3G, and 4G equipment market decreased 14% to just under $10 billion in the first quarter of 2012 following an 8% increase the previous quarter, reports market research firm Infonetics Research in its new report.

4G mobile networks to cover half the world by 2017, says Ericsson

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Half the world will have access to 4G mobile networks by 2017 providing the high-speed Internet access needed to download videos and play games on smartphones, Ericsson said in a report on the telecoms market on Tuesday.

How service providers can meet consumer demand using the social cloud

The social cloud is an integration of cloud-based services with traditional communications and social media channels.   The two driving forces behind the social cloud evolution are the transition of content from traditional media like books, magazines, and CDs into bits and bytes, as well as the desire for everyone to share and communicate instantaneously.

Leap Wireless to sell prepaid iPhone, may hurt AT&T, Verizon

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Leap Wireless International Inc will be the first U.S. provider of prepaid mobile services to sell the Apple Inc iPhone, potentially putting pressure on its much bigger rivals to provide cheaper phone or service prices.


The regional operator, which caters to cost-conscious customers who pay phone bills in advance, is joining its much bigger national rivals Verizon Wireless (New York), AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, USA) and Sprint Nextel Corp (Overland Park, Kan., USA) in selling the popular device.

Asian nations need to close growing infrastructure gaps, says Alcatel-Lucent

Last week at the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Bangkok, Alcatel-Lucent said by the end of the decade Asia will need to invest $1.1 trillion in its telecom infrastructure to compete in the digital economy.


According to the telecom equipment provider, over the past five years, Asia has added 1.5 billion additional mobile subscribers; yet still more than 25% of Asians live without basic mobile services. Over the next five years governments and business will need to add another 1.3 billion mobile subscribers to bridge the gap, says Alcatel-Lucent (Paris). 

Using personalized videos to explain telecom bills to customers

Telecom operators have recently made a major push in offering personalized services to their customers, primarily in an effort to retain customers and reduce churn. Customer churn is caused by many factors including bill shock and a lack of customer service satisfaction, two points that Idomoo, a personalized video company, has been trying to address in the telecom industry.

AT&T says rural lines sale may be too difficult

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On Friday, AT&T Inc Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said that a sale of rural phone lines may be too difficult to pull off because of regulatory hurdles. Stephenson had said in January that the company would review the future of its roughly 20 million rural telephone lines, including the possibility for a sale. But selling the phone lines could be difficult because of their diverse geographic locations, the executive said on Friday in a webcast of a Sanford C.

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