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Karbonn Mobile to launch UK smartphone with £99 Black Friday deal

Indian affordable smartphone maker Karbonn Mobile has announced it is launching in the UK with its Sparkle V on Friday exclusively via Amazon. As a Black Friday special offer, the device will be available for £99 for one day only, after which it will be available at £129.

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Vonage granted four new patents, expands total to 61

Vonage has been granted four new patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) targeting conferencing, network registration, VoIP quality and Wi-Fi.

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BT Americas eyes Mexico as possible expansion target

Executives with BT Americas are looking at how they can gain a larger foothold in Mexico by making use of new laws that are focused on encouraging competition and inviting foreign companies to invest in the country’s telecom market.

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Hibernia lights new PoP in Telecity’s Dublin data center

Hibernia Networks has built a new point of presence (PoP) at Telecity’s Northwest Business Park data center in Dublin, a move that immediately deepens its presence in one of Ireland’s key cities.

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Dutch mobile market slows drop in service revenues in Q3

(Telecompaper) The Dutch mobile market started to show signs of stabilisation in the third quarter, with revenues flat compared to Q2, according to research by Telecompaper. On an annual basis, mobile service revenues in the Netherlands were still down 6.4 percent to EUR 1.26 billion in Q3, but the drop slowed from an annual decline of around 8 percent in the previous three quarters. The market continues to suffer from the weak economy, which is driving a shift to cheaper SIM-only offers and low-cost brands as well as lower out-of bundle revenues. The Q3 performance is in line with Telecompaper’s full-year outlook for a fall of 6.5-7.0 percent in service revenues. For the period 2014-2018, the Dutch market is expected to show a negative CAGR of 3.0 percent, reaching around EUR 4.6 billion in revenues in 2018. 

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Exclusive: Ericsson CEO Vestberg talks transformation, operators, smartphones, Facebook and SDN

Telecoms.com catches up with Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg at the Ericsson Business Innovation Forum in Stockholm. Vestberg is keen to focus on the journey Ericsson is on to transform itself into a broad-based ICT company and to detail some of the milestones and challenges that entails.

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EE confirms BT talks, industry opinion divided

Deutsche Telekom and Orange, the joint shareholders of EE, have confirmed initial discussions with BT over a possible sale of the UK mobile operator. In a statement the German and French giants said they are exploring the possibility as part of their regular market assessment to evaluate different strategic options.

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Amazon in Fire sale, other smartphone vendors feeling the heat

Amazon has taken another hit on its faltering Fire phone, by conceding a second price slash on its first smartphone offering. The online retailer has now listed the phone for $199.00 unlocked, which also includes a full year of its Prime service worth $99.

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Paratus buys Vox Telecom Namibia to complete its services portfolio

South Africa-based Vox Telecom has concluded the sale of its Namibian division to Paratus Telecommunications (formerly Internet Technologies Namibia) for an undisclosed amount, including all assets and full staff complement, IT News Africa reports. The companies stated that the merger adds ‘best of breed’ voice services offered by Vox Telecom Namibia to the well-established data network and infrastructure of Paratus, creating a diversified product and services portfolio that can be delivered to business customers in Namibia and other African countries. Barney Harmse, CEO of Paratus, stated that: ‘Three years ago, we started on a transition phase aimed at evolving us from being a traditional ISP into a fully-fledged telecommunications operator. The finalisation of this acquisition completes this growth phase for Paratus … Aside from the additional spectrum of technology offerings we have now obtained, we have acquired something much more valuable – people and human capital.’

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A1 Telekom Austria introduces LTE-A in Graz; Ericsson deployment complements Slovenian launch

A1 Telekom Austria, working in conjunction with Swedish vendor Ericsson, has switched on its Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) network in Graz using carrier aggregation (CA) technology. The new network uses a pair of 20MHz frequency blocks in the 800MHz and 2600MHz frequency bands, supporting theoretical downlink speeds of up to 300Mbps.*As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Telekom’s Slovenian subsidiary Si.Mobil recently confirmed that its own LTE-A network has gone live in six cities, including Ljubljana and Maribor. In terms of group-wide LTE coverage, Telekom notes that its subsidiaries now claim the following 4G footprints: A1 Telekom Austria (52%), Si.Mobil (68%), Vip Operator (40% of Macedonia) and Vipnet (23% of Croatia).

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