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  • AT&T adds 1M postpaid subs in Q2 as shift away from device subsidies continues

    AT&T Mobility added more than 1 million net postpaid subscribers in the second quarter, its best performance in the postpaid market in nearly five years. In contrast to rival Verizon Wireless, which reported second-quarter earnings Tuesday and had tablets make up the bulk of its postpaid adds, the vast majority of AT&T's postpaid adds came from smartphones in the second quarter.

  • AT&T adds Alcatel-Lucent, Fujitsu to list vendors backing its SDN, NFV efforts

    AT&T's User-Defined Network Cloud initiative continues to expand, with Alcatel-Lucent and Fujitsu Network Communications becoming the latest vendors to join the program, which is launching a number of so-called beachhead programs starting this year as part of the operator's shift to an IP- and cloud-based network.

  • CenturyLink's Gowen discusses Networx and the future of telecom

    After a nine-year tenure with CenturyLink and its predecessor company Qwest, Diana Gowen, senior vice president and general manager, public sector of CenturyLink, is retiring from the company. In an interview with FierceTelecom Senior Editor Sean Buckley, Gowen spoke about the firm's big Networx deal, cybersecurity, her transition, the current status of the industry and her expectations for the future. Hot Seat

  • Amazon's Fire smartphone dinged by reviewers as gimmicky

    Amazon unveiled its first smartphone last month with much fanfare, promising to shake up a market that it argued has grown stale by introducing new technologies and ways of interacting with mobile devices. Based on early reviews of the Fire phone though, Amazon has a long way to go in convincing consumers that it's worth it to switch from another smartphone platform.

  • Broadcom to slash 2,500 jobs in winding down of cellular baseband biz

    Broadcom said it will cut 2,500 jobs, about one-fifth of its total workforce, as part of a winding down of its cellular baseband chipset unit. The company made the announcement Tuesday in conjunction with its second-quarter earnings.

  • Verizon's comprehensive tablet strategy is leading the way

    Verizon Wireless is quietly building a major business around tablets, one that could help the carrier maintain its leading position as rivals undercut its prices and overcome its LTE coverage advantage. Verizon's tablet strategy has become significantly clearer during the past several months, and it's definitely an important strategy.

  • Vodafone completes Ono buy, amends FTTH agreement with Orange Spain

    Vodafone on Wednesday completed the 100 per cent acquisition of Spanish cable operator Ono for €7.2 billion ($9.7 billion) in a move that bolsters the operator's strategy to offer bundles of fixed and mobile services within national markets.

  • Cisco to invest $30M in 'Internet of Everything' centre in Barcelona

    Cisco plans to invest $30 million (€22 million) in a global innovation centre for the "Internet of Everything" (IoE) to be opened in Barcelona in summer 2016.

  • Telenor profit drops in what analysts regard as 'solid' Q2

    Telenor's Nordic businesses rebounded in the second quarter of 2014, but the return to winning ways failed to offset an NOK900 million (€108 million) decline in post-tax profit relative to the same period of 2013.

  • Microsoft lifts lid on sub-€100 Lumia smartphone

    Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled the first Lumia-branded Windows Phone that will be sold at a price below €100 ($134), hot on the heels of news that sales of Lumia smartphones declined in the U.S.-based company's fiscal fourth quarter to the end of June.

  • Telefónica boasts 250 M2M partners

    Telefónica said more than 250 companies including device manufacturers, solution providers and distributors in Europe and the U.S. have now joined its machine-to-machine (M2M) programme, meaning that the Spanish operator has reached its target for the end of 2014 six months ahead of schedule.

  • Juniper Research: Greenhouse gas emissions from mobile devices to more than double by 2019

    Charging mobile devices will generate more than 13 megatonnes of greenhouse gases per annum globally by 2019, against an anticipated 6.4 megatonnes this year.

  • Updated: Microsoft's profit declines, Lumia smartphone sales reach 5.8M in quarter

    Microsoft reported a 7 percent decline in its quarterly profit, largely due to the effects of incorporating Nokia's handset business. But the company's revenue increased with the addition of the $1.99 billion in revenues the company scored from Nokia's handset operations. Importantly, Microsoft sold 5.8 million Lumia-branded Windows Phones between April 25 and June 30. During the full second quarter of last year, Nokia sold 7.4 million Lumia smartphones.

  • Apple ships 35.2M iPhones, slightly below expectations

    Apple sold 35.2 million iPhones in its fiscal third quarter, just below analysts' expectations but not too far off. Analysts had forecast around 35.9 million iPhone sales, according to the Wall Street Journal. Attention is now turning to the next iterations of the iPhone and whether Apple will introduce a wearable device dubbed the iWatch, as many industry watchers expect it will.

  • The changing nature of 'universal' comms services

    UK regulator Ofcom has just tackled the issue of what is now deemed essential by consumers in a new report on the affordability of these essential communications services. Its findings showed a broad consensus on which services are seen as the most essential, which are voice services in general but mobile services in particular (voice and text) and access to the internet, particularly the fixed internet.

  • Developers wondering if Android Wear will fit into their plans

    Google's Android Wear is still a nascent platform and built for now entirely around smart watches. Developers are weighing whether they will use their resources to build new apps for the platform, but there are early indications that some app categories could be more ripe than others to exploit wearables. Special report

  • FCC may soon mandate text-to-911 capabilities for all carriers, OTT apps

    The FCC is expected to mandate that all wireless carriers and over-the-top messaging providers offer text-to-911 services, but it's unclear when that mandate will go into effect.

  • América Móvil quells speculation that it might purchase T-Mobile

    América Móvil does not have any plans to acquire a U.S. carrier, the company's management said during the carrier's second quarter earnings call. The statement serves to squash speculation that América Móvil might purchase T-Mobile US with the money it expects to raise through a sale of its assets.

  • EU roaming rate cuts yet to spur rise in data usage

    European Union-mandated cuts to roaming rates did little to boost travellers' data usage with close to 60 per cent of travellers still switching data off when roaming, analysis of usage over the past 12 months shows.

  • Huawei, Qualcomm to show off live TV via eMBMS on a 'heavily loaded' network

    Huawei and Qualcomm are working to push eMBMS technology by using it to broadcast live TV over a fully loaded wireless network in Europe. The companies said the test is intended to show broadcasters how much more efficient eMBMS is when compared with standard unicast streaming.