Bouygues to launch LoRa-based national M2M network in H2

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French mobile and broadband operator Bouygues Telecom has announced plans to launch France’s first commercial low-power LoRa (“Long Range”) M2M IoT network in June. Working with Cycleo, the French firm that developed LoRa and was acquired by Semtech in 2012, Bouygues started trialling the technology in Grenoble in November 2013. It ran tests for 16 months with enterprise customers and international …

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Seamless SEQR m-payments available in Italy

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Swedish company Seamless has announced the launch of its mobile payment service SEQR in Spain, bringing to ten the number of countries in which the platform is now available. In recent weeks the service has been rolled out in France, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany, with the US and UK to follow in June. The service, which uses QR codes …

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MWeb Wi-Fi handover will not affect Fon services

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The handover of MWeb’s Wi-Fi users to AlwaysOn will not affect MWeb’s ISP customers services, nor its global crowdsource Wi-Fi network, Fon. WirelessCo was officially created in January to combine network assets from Wi-Fi provider AlwaysOn, owned by Internet Solutions, with MWeb’s Wi-Fi assets, as reported by ITWeb. The company combines WiFi network assets from WiFi provider AlwaysOn, owned by …

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Prepay SIM vending machines for tourists

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NTT Communications (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within NTT, has started operating vending machines to sell ‘Prepaid SIM for Japan’ cards for short-term business travelers and tourists. The prepay SIM vending machines are currently available at 2 locations in Japan – Aqua City Odaiba and New Kansai International Airport. These vending machines enable customers to begin using …

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Telefonica picks Cisco ASR routers for LatAm mobile network

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Cisco has announced that Telefonica is using its ASR 9000, 901 and 903 routers as part of its efforts to deliver enhanced high-speed mobile backhaul services and meet fast-growing demand for data-intensive services in markets across Latin America. The US multinational added that its ASR 9000 series routers will help Telefonica address growth through a converged infrastructure that optimizes service …

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Ofcom announces work programme for 2015/2016

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UK communications regulator Ofcom has published its 2015/2016 annual plan, where it indicates that it will work to release new spectrum in the 2.3 GHz, 3.4 GHz and 700 MHz bands, considered necessary for MNOs to handle growing IoT data traffic. Ofcom continues to call for greater spectrum sharing among MNOs, but this may become a moot point with the …

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O2’s Think Big youth scheme wins PM’s Big Society Award

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Mobile operator O2 UK’s Think Big youth programme won the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award for its work to help young people across the country turn their ideas for positive social change into action. O2 Think Big offers young people aged 13-25 funding, training and mentoring to kick-start great ideas, helping to build their self-confidence and leadership skills and address …

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Movistar signs deal with Televisa to distribute UFC Network

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Movistar’s pay-TV service Movistar TV has signed an agreement with Mexican firmTelevisa Networks for the distribution of TV channel UFC Network, as reported by Prensario. The channel will be initially available for Movistar TV’s subscribers in Chile. The distribution will be extended to Peru and Colombia, according to the report. UFC Network is available in 20 markets in Spanish-speaking Latin …

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Mexico ports 71,926 fixed lines in Q3 2014

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According to data from the country’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), Total fixed telephony lines ported in Mexico during the third quarter of 2014 reached NP reached 71,926. This figure represented 3.7% of total lines (mobile and fixed) ported during the third quarter. Mexico had initially implemented number portability in July 2008.

EditorMexico ports 71,926 fixed lines in Q3 2014

BT awards 4-yr contact extension to duct maker Emtelle

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BT has awarded a multi-million pound, 4-year contract extension to Scottish cable duct manufacturer Emtelle to support its UK fibre rollout. Emtelle’s two plants in Hawick and Jedburgh provided BT Openreach with over 50 million metres of duct, sub-duct and blown fibre tubing in 2014. The contract has been extended until the end of 2019. BT is investing GBP 3 …

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