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Vodafone to add card payments to Wallet in Q2

(Telecompaper) Vodafone customers will soon be able to add bank cards to their Vodafone Wallet and use smartphones to pay for goods and services at contactless terminals. Following new agreements with Visa and Carta Worldwide, bank card payments via Vodafone Wallet will be enabled in European markets from the second quarter of 2015 onwards. Customers can already add loyalty cards into the Vodafone Wallet, as well as pay with Vodafone SmartPass, which was launched in partnership with Visa in 2013. Vodafone Wallet is currently available in Germany, Spain, the UK, Italy and The Netherlands.

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Interoute gets new private equity investors

(Telecompaper) European data centre operator Interoute announced that Aleph Capital Partners and Crestview Partners have agreed to buy a 30 percent stake in the company from Emirates International Telecommunications. Interoute said it expects that the backing of the new investors will enable the company to make more acquisitions and build its business in the UK, US and across Europe. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of April. No financial details were disclosed. Interoute operates over 67,000 km of lit fibre, 12 data centres and 31 collocation centres, with connections to 195 additional third-party data centres. 

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Intel in advanced talks to acquire Altera – report

(Telecompaper) Intel is in advanced negotiations to buy Altera, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the matter. The move would represent Intel’s biggest-ever acquisition. Altera closed 27 March with a valuation of USD 13.4 billion. Altera, based in California, is one of the two largest makers of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), which can be configured by customers for various tasks after they are manufactured. FPGAs are widely used in carrier networks, computer-networking equipment, cars and other products. Altera’s revenue increased 12 percent in 2014 to USD 1.93 billion. In 2013, Intel agreed to offer its most advanced production process to Altera. 

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China Telecom to launch LTE in 40 cities with Alcatel-Lucent

(Telecompaper) Alcatel-Lucent was named by China Telecom as one of its top three suppliers for the rollout of mobile broadband services across China. China Telecom is preparing to expand LTE services in both new and existing regions of China, following the award of full FDD-LTE licences by the Chinese government, an expansion that will address exploding demand for high-performance data and video content. Alcatel-Lucent will roll out its LTE mobile broadband access technology in 40 cities across 12 provinces. This agreement follows an initial trial deployment contract awarded in December 2013.

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Fifth of Dutch households own 2 or more tablets

(Telecompaper) The tablet market is still growing in the Netherlands, with the share of households with tablets reaching 61 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to 51 percent a year earlier. Growth is coming especially from the acquisition of multiple tablets, as a fifth of Dutch households now own two or more of the devices, according to research from Telecompaper. The report shows that tablet ownership in the Netherlands should continue to increase. The consumer survey found that 17 percent of Dutch consumers without a tablet and 18 percent of those with a tablet said they expect to buy a new tablet in the next six months. This suggests market growth is no longer slowing, but stable, as half a year ago 16 percent thought they would buy a new tablet, and 6 percent of them actually did. The figures come from a survey of 6,200 Dutch consumers aged 12-80 during the fourth quarter of 2014 by the Telecompaper Consumer Panel. The survey also found that more older people are acquiring tablets. In Q4 2014, the average age of tablet users increased to 45, from 42 years old in Q4 2013. Almost half of tablet users are now over 50 years old. Apple’s iPad is the still the most popular tablet in the Dutch market. Apple’s share increased slightly in the past year, but Samsung’s share grew more, with the company adding 5 percentage points in the past year.

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CenturyLink plans to equip 505 Utah housing developments with FTTH

CenturyLink may be facing new competition from Google Fiber in Salt Lake City, but the telco has some ambitious plans to expand its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service by bringing it to 505 new multi-unit housing developments this year in Utah.

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Kentucky governor Beshear green lights telecom deregulation bill heralded by AT&T

AT&T has won what could be a victory in Kentucky as Gov. Steve Beshear has signed a law that will limit a service provider’s obligation to provide POTS service to consumers and businesses. 

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SIP trunking helped enterprise session border controller market hit $271M in 2014

Businesses’ ongoing adoption of SIP trunking continues to be a boom for enterprise session border controller (SBC) vendors, a market segment that saw worldwide revenue rise to $271 million in 2014, says Infonetics in a new report.

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32% of Dutch use smart TV to access internet – Telecompaper

(Telecompaper) Almost a third (32%) of Dutch with access to internet via a television screen in the fourth quarter used a smart TV, according to research from Telecompaper’s Consumer Panel for Q4 2014. Trailing at a distance, 11 percent accessed the in…

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CenturyLink expands IPTV service in Denver

CenturyLink is moving forward with its plans to bring its Prism IPTV service to Denver residents after the City Council approved a 10-year video franchise agreement with the telco earlier this week.

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