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Huawei's H1 revenue up 19 percent year-on-year at $22 billion

No. 2 telecom equipment maker expects to generate an operating margin of 18.3 percent in the first six months of 2014

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TAIPEI (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's No. 2 telecom equipment maker, said on Monday it will achieve sustainable growth in 2014 after posting a 19 percent jump in first-half revenue to 135.8 billion yuan ($21.88 billion).

The Shenzhen-based company also said it expected to generate an operating margin of 18.3 percent in the first six months of 2014. The company did not elaborate in its brief statement.

Ericsson's networks unit recovers, shares rally

In China, Ericsson is selling equipment for a massive rollout of fourth-generation mobile networks

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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A recovery in Ericsson's <ERICb.ST> network equipment business pointed to strong results for the rest of the year, propelling its shares toward their biggest daily gain in more than three years.

In China, Ericsson is selling equipment for a massive rollout of fourth-generation mobile networks. In developed markets, it is benefiting from capacity upgrades as network operators cope with a surge in mobile data traffic.

Ericsson expects recent contract wins to boost revenue during the second half of the year.

Google seen best placed for growth as it transitions to mobile

Google's capital investment budget has topped $17 billion over the past five years

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(Reuters) - Google Inc <GOOGL.O> <GOOG.O> is the best placed of any company to benefit from the shift to mobile, increased local advertising and wearables, analysts said after the search giant posted its 18th straight quarter of 20 percent-plus revenue growth.

At least eight brokerages raised their price targets on the stock on Friday by as much as $75, to a high of $745.

Google shares were up 2 percent at $593.37 in early trading on the Nasdaq.

Spain's Gowex files for bankruptcy, ex-CEO could face 10 years in jail

Former Chief Jenaro Garcia Martin misrepresented financial accounts for at least 4 years

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MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish wireless networks provider Gowex filed for bankruptcy on Monday, a week after an accounting fraud at the firm was revealed, while the High Court said its founder could face a jail sentence of more than 10 years.

Law firm Velez & Urbina said Gowex had decided to file for bankruptcy because it was in a state of "imminent insolvency" and faced a "financial standstill" after a high number of contracts were ended and new projects were canceled.

Spain's Telefonica in talks to exit Telecom Italia: report

Move could ease regulatory pressure in Brazil's wireless market

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(Reuters) - Spain's Telefonica SA is in talks to sell its stake in Telecom Italia in a move that could ease regulatory pressure in Brazil's wireless market, Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reported on Friday.

Telefonica is negotiating a deal with investment funds to sell its stake in Telecom Italia, the paper reported, without saying how it obtained the information. Telefonica is left with a nearly 15 percent direct stake in the Italian company after fellow investors voted to dismantle their controlling bloc.

EU clears Telefonica Deutschland's takeover of E-Plus

Raises prospects of more deals to come across Europe's telecoms markets

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BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - European regulators have cleared Telefonica's bid to consolidate the German mobile market by buying smaller rival KPN's E-Plus for 8.6 billion euros ($11.7 billion), raising prospects of more deals to come across Europe's telecoms markets.

The European Union's powerful antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia said on Wednesday that Telefonica agreed to concessions - including selling some radio spectrum and renting out capacity on its network to smaller rivals - to ensure that the deal does not lead to higher prices for customers.

Brazilian board members of Portugal Telecom quit over debt buy: paper

Shares of Oi and Portugal Telecom tumble as analysts warn of potential credit risk

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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Two Brazilian board members of Portugal Telecom resigned after learning of 897 million euros ($1.22 billion) of short-term investments the company made without consulting them, newspaper Valor Economico reported on Wednesday.

The Portuguese company invested in debt issued by Rioforte, a firm controlled by the owners of Espirito Santo Group, which is a major shareholder in Portugal Telecom.

AT&T tells lawmakers DirecTV deal won't guarantee lower prices

Advocates worry consolidation might result in fewer choices and higher cost

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers grilled AT&T Inc and DirecTV on Tuesday over a proposed merger that some Democrats and public interest groups fear will result in higher costs and less competition.

The chief executives of the No. 2 wireless carrier and the largest U.S. satellite TV service provider testified about their proposed $48.5 billion deal at hearings in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and said the scale the merger would allow them to save on the high costs of negotiating rights to video content.

Samsung Electronics, juggling $60 billion cash, bulks up on bonds

Banks increasingly wary that phone maker could withdraw short-term deposits

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SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is buying more local bonds with its $60 billion cash pile as domestic banks grow reluctant to overload on deposits from the South Korean giant.
 
The investments by the world's biggest smartphone maker underscore the challenge of managing its huge and growing reserves, with banks increasingly wary that it could withdraw short-term deposits upon maturity and create funding problems.
 

u-blox bolsters short-range IoT strategy with connectBlue buy

Swiss M2M module maker u-blox has announced a $28 million takeover of Wi-Fi specialist connectBlue in a move aimed at bolstering its short-range Internet of Things (IoT) strategy.

u-blox said the acquisition would enhance its portfolio of positioning and cellular technologies, allowing it to better support connectivity over the “last hundreds of meters” between equipment and the internet.

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