Bell Canada hits out at 'Verizon-friendly' regulation

Canadian telecoms giant Bell Canada has issued a strongly worded statement in which it urges authorities to close loopholes in federal regulations that it claims hand a big advantage to US operators like Verizon Wireless.

According to the operator, legislation designed to aid smaller new entrants allows big US operators to gain access to spectrum denied the Canadian incumbents.

MetroPCS doubles operating markets to compete with Leap


T-Mobile US Inc, the No. 4 U.S. mobile service provider, said on Thursday that its MetroPCS prepaid wireless business has doubled the number of markets where it operates, putting it head-to-head against smaller rival Leap Wireless in many of its new markets.

Both Leap (San Diego, CA, USA), which agreed to be bought by No 2 U.S. mobile service provider AT&T Inc (Dallas, TX, USA), and MetroPCS (Richardson, TX, USA), which merged with T-Mobile (Bellevue, WA, USA) less than three months ago, target cost-conscious customers who pay for calls in advance.

BlackBerry lays off 250 employees in latest round of cuts


BlackBerry Ltd has laid off about 250 of its employees at its headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, as part of its latest move to trim costs, the smartphone maker said on Thursday.

"This is part of the next stage of our turnaround plan to increase efficiencies and scale our company," a BlackBerry (Waterloo, Canada) spokeswoman said.

The company, which last year cut thousands of jobs, recently hinted that more reductions were in the offing.

Last month, BlackBerry reported dismal quarterly results, which triggered a 28 percent plunge in its share price.

AT&T reports 551,000 wireless contract additions

AT&T has reported a 2.1% drop in net income for the three months ending June 2013, to $3.82 billion, as rising costs ate into its revenues.

The telecoms giant flagged a 1.6% increase in consolidated revenues, to $32.1 billion, thanks to strong sales of wireless products including smartphones and mobile data plans.

The company boasted net contract additions in its postpaid wireless business of 551,000, up from just 296,000 in the three months ending March and 320,000 a year earlier, and said the performance was its best in a second quarter in four years.

Telefonica to buy Germany's E-Plus from KPN for $10.7 billion

Spanish operator Telefonica has agreed an €8.1 billion ($10.7 billion) takeover of E-Plus, the German mobile operator owned by KPN of the Netherlands.

By merging E-Plus with its own German subsidiary, Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) expects to become the largest operator in the country, overtaking both Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) and Vodafone (Dusseldorf, Germany).

The transaction is to be financed through a mixture of cash and stock in two phases but includes a total cash payment of €5 billion and a stake in the resulting company of 17.6%.

Huawei on track for 10 percent revenue growth in 2013


Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's second largest telecom equipment maker, said on Wednesday it was on track to achieve 10 percent revenue growth in 2013 after posting a 10.8 percent increase in first-half sales.

Huawei (Shenzhen, China) also said it expected to generate a net profit margin of 7-8 percent in 2013, compared with about 7 percent in 2012, according to Reuters' calculations. The company did not give other figures in its brief statement.

Cisco to buy Sourcefire, more network security deals seen


Cisco Systems Inc said on Tuesday it plans to purchase cybersecurity company Sourcefire Inc for $2.7 billion, a deal that analysts say should spark more acquisitions in the industry as large vendors seek to profit from growing demand for IT security.

Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA), which has been seeking targets to boost its network security business, said it will pay $76 per share in cash for Sourcefire (Columbia, MD, USA), a premium of 28.6 percent over its closing price on Monday of $59.08.

RACO Wireless moves up value chain with Position Logic takeover

M2M MVNO RACO Wireless has completed the acquisition of location-based services specialist Position Logic in a move aimed at improving its managed services offer to M2M customers.

Position Logic’s (Naples, FL, USA) technology allows enterprises to track and manage their assets through a web-based platform and the company claims it can integrate virtually any signaling device into its software to provide real-time monitoring across the globe.

ZTE reports 11.6% drop in first-half revenues

Chinese equipment maker ZTE has reported a 23% increase in net profit for the first half of the year, to RMB302 million ($49.2 million), even though revenues slid by 11.6%, to RMB37.7 billion.

In a statement, the company blamed the revenues slippage on a decline in revenue from GSM and UMTS products in China as well as poor sales of GSM handsets and data cards both at home and abroad.

Telecom Egypt strikes $28.6 million services deal with Etisalat

Egyptian fixed-line incumbent Telecom Egypt has signed a deal to provide transmission services to Etisalat Misr, the country’s number-three mobile operator and a subsidiary of United Arab Emirates giant Etisalat.

In a statement, Telecom Egypt (Cairo, Egypt) says the “long-term” agreement gives Etisalat (Cairo, Egypt) the right to use transmission services across its network immediately, citing the value of the contract as EGP200 million ($28.6 million) annually.

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