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VimpelCom Sells 51% Stake in Algeria's Djezzy to Settle Long Running Dispute

VimpelCom has finally settled the long running dispute over the ownership of the Algerian mobile network it acquired when it bought from Naguib Sawiris's Orascom Telecom in 2010 in a US$6 billion deal.

African Towers Operator Raises an Additional $130 Million

African towers operator, IHS Holding says that it has raised an additional US$130 million from investors.

Over 3 Million Smartphones Stolen in the USA During 2013

Over 3 million Americans were the victims of smartphone theft during 2013, according to a Consumer Reports survey. That's nearly double the 1.6 million thefts that the company projected in 2012.

UK Mobile Network Hiring 300 Staff for Customer Care Roles

Outsourced customer care call centre operator, Convergys has announced plans to open a new centre in Northern Ireland and hire more than 300 staff.

Thai Network Starts Tests of LTE Network Ahead of Launch

Thailand's Dtac says that it has started drive testing its LTE network ahead of its commercial launch.

Alibaba Plans MVNO Launch in June

Chinese conglomerate, Alibaba says that it expects to launch its first MVNO service this coming June.

Pakistan's Warid Considering LTE Deployment in Existing Radio Spectrum

Pakistan's Warid Telecom is reportedly considering deploying a LTE network using its existing 1800Mhz spectrum as it declines to participate in the forthcoming spectrum auction.

Huawei Starts Base Station Roll-Out in Rural Zambia

Huawei has launched the first of a series of 169 base stations that will connect rural communities in Zambia to the mobile phone network.

Canada's Telus Makes Second Attempt to Buy Mobilicity

Struggling Canadian mobile network operator, Mobilicity has accepted a takeover bid from larger rival Telus as the result of months of operating under court approved protection from its creditors.

Google Search and Navigation Most Used Mobile Apps While Driving

Google Search and Google Navigation are the two most commonly used apps while driving in the US and Western Europe,

Telecom Italia Names New Chairman and Board of Directors

Telecom Italia has shaken up its board of directors, appointing a new Chairman and reduced the dominance of Telefonica's control over the company.

LTE Investment is Set to Accelerate Throughout Latin America in 2014

Upgrades and expansion of 3G WCDMA and LTE coverage will result in radio access network-related spending capturing 40% of CapEx.

Rogers Wireless Starts LTE Rollout Using 700Mhz Spectrum

Canada's Rogers Wireless says that it has enabled its LTE network using 700Mhz spectrum in select Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.

ZTE Reports Profits Surge for the 1st Quarter

China's ZTE has reported that its first-quarter profit more than tripled as the company said that it posted increased revenue amid growth in the global 4G market.

Amazon Kindle Coming to Samsung Smartphones

Samsung has announced that it is developing a mobile app that will support Amazon's Kindle e-book reader services.

Mobile Data Users Fear Exceeding Their Quota, Open to Sponsored Data Plans

The majority of US mobile phone users who also watch mobile videos report that they have exceeded their monthly data download allowance.

Burger King Expands In-Store Wi-Fi Coverage with AT&T

USA fast food chain, Burger King has extended its Wi-Fi agreement with AT&T to expand the service to all its outlets.

Yahoo Pitching to Become the Default Search Engine on Apple iPhones

Apple is reportedly preparing to ditch another Google sourced product from its iPhone range, with the possible ditching of the Google web search engine in favour of a rival.

Mexican Mobile Network Sues IBM for $2.5 Billion in Damages

The Mexican mobile network operator, Iusacell has file a US$2.5 billion lawsuit against IBM in the USA, accusing it of making fraudulent representations.

Google Disappoints Investors as Ad Rates Decline

Google's shares have declined over concerns that its advertising rates are declining, despite posting higher overall revenues.

Telenor Facing $58 Million Fine for Merger Rules Infraction

Telenor is facing a potential fine from the Indian regulators of US$58 million over an administrative issue dating back to its former joint venture in 2010.

Distracted driving among teens threatens public health and safety

Motor vehicle crashes rank as the leading cause of teen deaths and in 2008, 16% of all distraction-related fatal automobile crashes involved drivers under 20 years of age.

Eastern Europe Harnesses LTE to Boost ARPU and Innovate

Mobile service revenues in Eastern Europe grew 4.3% year-on-year (YoY) in 4Q-2013 as 4G LTE subscriber adoptions continued to gather pace.

Airvana Names former Nortel Exec as new CEO

Small cell vendor, Airvana has named Richard Lowe as its new CEO and president, effective immediately.

AT&T Wins Telematics Airtime Contract from Volvo Cars

USA based AT&T says that it has won a contract to provide wireless connectivity to Volvo Cars sold in the USA and Canada.

Cellcom Awards LTE Rollout Contract to NSN

Israel's Cellcom says that it has selected Nokia Solutions and Networks for the supply of its 4G network.

Research: 98 Percent of Mobile Network Sessions Now Data

The share of network traffic from data vs voice has grown to 98 percent - up from 90 percent in the previous 12-month period, according to network traffic analysis by Amdocs.

Zain Saudi Arabia Shrinks its Quarterly Losses

Zain Saudi Arabia (Zain KSA) has reported a shrinking of its quarterly losses, as the company improved its operating margins.

India's RCom to Hike Voice Call tariffs by 20 Percent

India's debt laden Reliance Communications (RCom) has announced plans to raise tariffs for all its contract customers by up to 20 percent from the 25th April,

Fitch Affirms KPN at 'BBB-'; Outlook Stable

Fitch says that KPN continued to take steps to strengthen its domestic competitive position in 2013. However, the domestic market remains challenging, and KPN is yet to demonstrate a sustained and improved financial performance.

Nokia Restates that Redundancy Plans for Indian Factory are Voluntary

Nokia has reitterated that its offer of voluntary redundancy at its Indian handset factory is voluntary and dismissed reports that staff are being forced to leave the company.

Chinese Consumers Top Mobile Shopping League

Chinese consumers top the global league tables when it comes to using smartphones for shopping, according to a survey by the consultancy, PwC.

Telefonica Sets Up Mobile Advertising Subsidiary

Telefonica is setting up its own mobile advertising exchange, as a joint venture with Blackstone's GSO Capital Partners (GSO).

Google Buys High-Altitude Solar Powered Plane Developer

Google has continued its investment in unusual technologies, with the acquisition of a solar powered flying drone developer that aims to deliver internet access to rural areas.

UK City to Get 1Gbps Internet Services Next Year

The historic city of York in the UK is set to get a 1Gpbs internet service after three companies joined forces to form a joint venture.

Huawei and LG Uplus to deploy the world's first OTN for LTE-A CPRI backhaul

Huawei says that it has won a contract to deploy a backhaul upgrade for South Korea's LG U+ that will improve its LTE-A network performance.

Korea Telecom Fined for Cancelling Android Tablet Order

South Korea based KT (Korea Telecom) has been fined KRW 2.08 billion (US$2 million) by the country's anti-trust regulator.

BlackBerry Invests in M-Heath Software Developer

BlackBerry has announced an investment in healthcare IT services provider NantHealth.

Slow Global Wireless Operator EBITDA Boosted by USA Gains

The 2 percent growth in global wireless operator EBITDA in Q4 2013 was almost entirely achieved by strong US performance and, within the US, by growth at the top four operators,

India's Uninor Opens 367 Retail Stores in One Day

India's Uninor says that it opened a massive 367 retail stores in just one day, as the company makes a major push into expanding its retail footprint.

Motorola Solutions to Sell its Enterprise Division for $3.45 Billion

Motorola Solutions has announced that it is selling its Enterprise division to Zebra Technologies in an all-cash transaction that values the division at US$3.45 billion.

Oman to Boost Rural Phone Coverage

Oman's two mobile networks and the telecoms regulator have jointly agreed a programme to expand mobile coverage to 250 rural villages over the next couple of years.

LTE deployment in India no earlier than mid-2015, says Huawei

Deployment issues are likely to delay widespread LTE services until the middle of next year, a senior Huawei director has said.

Mozilla Names New Interim CEO to Lead Firefox Development

The Mozilla Foundation has named another company insider as its interim CEO as it recovers from the controversy over the appointment of its last short-lived leader.

Micromax Denies Interest in South Korea's Pantech

India's second largest mobile phone manufacturer, Micromax has denied media reports that it is interested in buying a stake in South Korea's struggling Pantech.

Vodafone Exec to Run Airtel's Ghana Mobile Network

Bharti Airtel's Ghana subsidiary has named a Vodafone executive as its new Managing Director.

Orange in talks to Sell Telkom Kenya Stake

France's Orange has put its Kenyan subsidiary up for sale, marking its long expected exit from the country.

Facebook Tries to Clean Up Spammy Content on its News Feed

Facebook has announced some tweaks to how its main news feed operates in an effort it says to reduce the amount of link-bait spam that appears there.

Microsoft Starts Cross-Promoting Desktop and Mobile Apps in App Stores

Microsoft has announced upgrades to its Development Centres with the aim of more closely tying in the mobile and desktop app services.

Singapore M1 Quarterly Profits as Revenues Decline Slightly

Singapore's smallest telecoms network operator, M1 reported a rise in its first quarter profits, thanks in part to a decline in smartphone sales, and the associated costs of those sales.