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CTIA Names Former FCC Commissioner as new CEO

A former Commissioner on the US telecoms regulator is taking over as the CEO of the mobile industry's own lobbying body, the CTIA.

Sprint to Stop Locking Handsets from Next Year

USA based Sprint has revealed that it plans to offer all phones sold by the mobile network available without a network-lock from next year.

Huawei Planning $300 Million Marketing Splurge

China's Huawei is preparing a massive marketing splurge to try and improve its image, particularly in the USA.

Mobile Phones Sparking a Reading Revolution in Developing Countries

Mobile phones could boost literacy rates in developing countries, according to a study carried out by UNESCO, in coalition with Worldreader and Nokia.

Global Chip Revenue Rises in 2013 - Memory and Wireless Lead the Way

Worldwide semiconductor revenue rose a solid 5.0 percent last year, with memory chips the star performers, according to the latest research from IHS Technology.

Operators should Deploy Wi-Fi with their Outdoor Small Cells

As worldwide Mobile Broadband Traffic heads toward 200 Exabytes per year, operators deploy 4G LTE, LTE-A, plead for spectrum, and try to manage usage through policy and pricing.

Nepal's NCell Plans $100 Million in Network Upgrades

The Nepalese mobile network, NCell has outlined plans to invest US$100 million in its network upgrades this year, if regulatory problems are resolved.

Average Internet Download Speeds Continues to Edge Upwards

The global average connection speed for internet users continues to improve, with a quarterly increase of 5.5%, reaching 3.8 Mbps,

Pelephone Close to Signing LTE Contract with Ericsson

Israeli mobile network, Pelephone is reportedly close to signing a LTE contract with Ericsson.

Kenyan Bank to Hand Out NFC Enabled Smartphones

Kenya's Equity Bank is planning to distribute over 300,000 NFC enabled smartphones to its retail store customers in an effort to support mobile payments.

WhatsApp Signs Up 500 Millionth Customer

WhatsApp, the OTT messaging service has announced that it now has over 500 million active users.

SIM Card Shipments Declined in 2013 -- Mostly Due to Indian Regulations

The SIMalliance membership, which represents approximately 86% of the global SIM market, has reported SIM shipment volumes totalling 4.2 billion units for 2013, compared to 4.6 billion in 2012.

NSN Opens Two Offices in Myanmar

Nokia Solutions and Networks says that it has just opened two new offices in Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar.

Masabi Wins Mobile Ticketing Contract

Mobile ticketing provider, Masabi says that it has signed a 5-year contract to provide smartphone ticketing services to a London based river bus service, Thames Clippers.

AT&T Profits Flat Despite Strong Revenue Growth

USA based AT&T has reported its best revenue growth in more than two years, and its best first quarter contract customer sign ups in five years.

Ericsson Profits Jump Despite Lower Sales

Ericsson has reported a sharp decline in its first quarter sales, with reductions in North America and Japan, although profits rose substantially.

Google Offering Refunds to Fake Android Anti-Virus Software Buyers

Google has started issuing refunds to people who paid for an anti-virus app for their Android smartphone that turned out to do nothing at all.

China Mobile Posts Profits Decline as OTT Eats into Revenues

China Mobile has posted a sharp drop in profits as the country's largest mobile network continues to be hammered by the effect of OTT services.

Apple Faces Sales Risk as US Networks Shrink Handset Subsidies

Apple could come under pressure to maintain sales volumes in its core US market, if the mobile networks continue to cut back on handset subsidies.

Nokia's Tax Dispute with Indian Authorities Threatens Export Market

An Indian trade association is warning that the ongoing legal uncertainty over Nokia's handset factory in the country could have a serious impact on the country's exports of telecoms equipment.

Google Upgrades its Hangouts App for G+ Users

Google has announced that it is updating the Android app for its Google Plus hangouts service.

US Consumer Sentiment Toward Overall Economy, Tech Spending Slides

Consumer confidence toward technology spending and the overall economy both decreased in April, according to the latest figures released today by the Consumer Electronics Association.

Android Overtakes Apple for Mobile Advertising Traffic

Just a few months into 2014, the mobile advertising industry is already showing signs of big shifts in mobile traffic and monetization patterns. Android has, for the first time, become the biggest platform globally for mobile ad traffic surpassing iOS,

India Seeks to Relax Security Rules on Foreign Telcos

India's Department of Telecom is pushing for a relaxation on the security clearance rules that can impede the appointment of senior managers to local mobile networks.

Samsung gets lukewarm Response to Content and App Strategy

Despite Samsung's heavy push in content and app strategy, Galaxy S3 and S4 users look beyond its ecosystem for the vast majority of on-device usage.

Facebook Developing Mobile Ad Agency

Facebook could be looking to leverage its huge mobile customer base and offer that to marketing companies keen to tap into its reservoir of consumer demographics.

Apple Preparing for Serious Move into Mobile Payments Market

Rumours are piling upon rumours that Apple is preparing a big move into the mobile payments market.

Megafon Shareholders Reportedly Seize Control of "Russia's Facebook"

The owner of half of Russia's second largest mobile network is now said to be in joint control of the country's largest social media website, in a move being described by its founder as a Kremlin backed takeover.

Canada's Rogers Posts Fall in Profits as Revenues Flatline

Canada's Rogers Communications has reported flat revenues for the first quarter of this year, as it saw an uncharacteristic decline in wireless revenues, and posted a decline in its net profit.

London's Tube Trains to Test NFC Based Mobile Payments

Transport for London, which oversees public transport in the UK's capital city is reportedly preparing to launch a mobile payments scheme based on NFC chips in smartphones.

Australian School Children to be Offer Mobile Payments Service

Australian schools are to expand a trial of mobile payments by pupils using their smartphones.

Zain Posts Modest Improvements in Q1 Financials

Zain has reported its financial results, and announced that its first quarter revenues rose marginally with a faster rate of growth in profits.

Reliance Jio Planning 2,000 Retail Stores Ahead of Network Launch

India's Reliance Infocomm is planning to open a chain of 2,000 retail stores as its Reliance Jio mobile network prepares to launch services later this year.

Zain Hit with $4.5 Billion Lawsuit over Iraqi Investment

Kuwait based Zain has confirmed that it is facing a US$4.5 billion lawsuit that stems from its 2007 acquisition of an Iraqi mobile network operator in 2007.

Mobile Payments Provider, Square in Talks with Potential Buyers

Google is reported to have held talks with the mobile payments company, Square about a possible acquisition.

UK's EE Starts Phasing Out the Orange Brand Name

UK based EE is continuing its rebranding exercise and is starting to wind down the websites of its two constituent networks, Orange and T-Mobile.

Reliance Jio Signs Indian Tower Lease Agreement

India's Reliance Jio Infocomm says that it has signed a tower sharing agreement with American Tower's Indian subsidiary.

Vodafone Sued for $1.8 Billion by Greek Businessman

A Greek businessman is suing Vodafone for EUR1.3 billion (US$1.8 billion) in losses after he accused the company of pulling out of a retail franchise agreement in the country.

SFR Set to Announce Marketing Agreement with Vodafone

French mobile network operator, SFR is reportedly set to announce a marketing alliance with Vodafone within the next few days.

Vodafone Sues O2 in Advertising Dispute

Vodafone's Ireland subsidiary is suing rival network operator, O2 claiming that the rival company is misleading customers.

Thiland's True Move Targets 1 Million 4G Subscribers

Thailand's True Move has set itself a target of signing up a million customers to its LTE network by the end of this year.

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.