Telecom Italia said a proposal put forward by a shareholder to remove the board of directors from office has been rejected by a narrow majority, allowing CEO Marco Patuano to press ahead with his plans to turn round the company's fortunes.
BlackBerry reported a massive $4.4 billion net loss for its fiscal third quarter, mainly as a result of $4.6 billion in charges. In addition, the company forged a five-year manufacturing deal with Foxconn for the contract manufacturer to jointly develop and manufacture some of BlackBerry's new lower-end devices and manage the inventory associated with those devices.
2013 was a year of reinvention–a shift away from the status quo in how the U.S. wireless industry operates. T-Mobile US was the driving force behind much of this change in 2013. The company's new leadership, headed by CEO John Legere, challenged many of the conventions of the wireless business by doing away with contracts and international data roaming fees and offering free data to tablet customers. T-Mobile also launched a handset upgrade program that others imitated, accelerating a move away from device subsidies and toward device financing.
A panel of experts appointed by President Obama to investigate the National Security Agency's surveillance practices recommended that the president make changes to the NSA's program that collects telephone metadata on virtually every call Americans make.
AT&T Mobility is planning a major push to deploy small cells across its network next year after an exhaustive series of tests to ensure that they do not interfere with the carrier's macro network and with each other.
Dish Network is considering a potential bid for T-Mobile US next year, according to a Reuters report, the latest product of a rumor mill churning out speculation on potential deals involving the No. 4 carrier.
Technology makes so much possible. We are principally constrained by the limits to our imagination and reluctance to try doing things that are new and different. We have come a long way with 2G, 3G and 4G, but there is clearly still enormous scope for innovation and improvement on our mobile networks with 5G. Perhaps Europe will regain its former glory and fortune by making this happen?
Sprint MVNO Ting is launching devices with support for Sprint's tri-mode LTE service, dubbed "Spark," which Sprint itself is just getting off the ground. According to Ting, it is the first Sprint MVNO to offer support for Spark.
Verizon Wireless has agreed to swap AWS and PCS spectrum with T-Mobile US, according to an FCC document. Although neither company has made any announcement about Verizon selling its lower 700 MHz A Block spectrum T-Mobile, Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam has said Verizon would be interested in a spectrum swap as part of a deal for the 700 MHz airwaves.
MVNO Red Pocket Mobile said it is launching a nationwide "4G" mobile Internet offering for data-only devices via a new agreement with T-Mobile US. The launch is notable because Red Pocket now offers wireless service through AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile.
China Mobile officially launched TD-LTE service Wednesday, as had been expected. However, the company has still not announced a deal with Apple to support the company's iPhones on its network, an announcement that had been expected alongside China Mobile's network launch.
BlackBerry said former SAP executive John Sims will join the company in January as the president of its Global Enterprise Services business, at a time when Blackberry is shifting away from the consumer smartphone market to focus more squarely on the enterprise.
I got an early Christmas present this week when Orange announced that Sosh, its low-cost mobile brand, will start offering LTE to its customers as of Jan. 9. This is good news for consumers such as myself who have opted for one of the secondary brands in France but found themselves left out in the cold when it came to LTE.
Following Alcatel-Lucent's recent wins in China, two of its rivals have snapped up more deals across Asia as European equipment manufacturers continue to benefit from the LTE rollout programmes of operators in the Asia-Pacific region.
The European Commission has kicked off a public-private partnership that will see the European Union invest around €700 million ($963 million) in "5G" research as part of a new €6.2 billion ($8.53) EU research programme called "Horizon 2020," matched by equal levels of investment from the private sector.
Next year will see the arrival of new features for LTE including voice over LTE, although VoLTE is not expected to make a significant impact in 2014, according to a new report from Analysys Mason.
The current management of Telecom Italia is expected to learn its fate on Friday at a shareholder meeting called by minority shareholder Marco Fossati to vote on his proposal to remove the current board and appoint a new one.
TeliaSonera has been on a roll this week, first announcing a new executive management team and introducing a new operating model following a recent ethics review, and then adding to its fibre assets by buying a group of open fibre network companies in Sweden.
Free Mobile's new onslaught on the French LTE market has now prompted both Bouygues Telecom and Orange France to add LTE to their own low-cost brands. Meanwhile, the Iliad-owned operator is extending its attack to a former preserve of the incumbent operators by offering a leasing programme for high-end smartphones.
The UK regulator Ofcom published a very comprehensive report this week that provided an update on the country's position compared to other Western European countries and the United States. Several interesting points were raised, including the statement that consumers in the UK pay a great deal less for their mobile services than do U.S. consumers.