From MWC, Italtel CEO says operators must upgrade to all-IP core to survive

Customer Value and Quality of Experience must be at core of transformation, said Stefano Pileri

BARCELONA – Operators wanting to stay afloat in the rapidly changing telecoms market will need to massively transform their infrastructure in terms of guaranteed bandwidth, communications security, low latency rate and minimum cost for increased capacity, Italtel’s CEO Stefano Pileri has warned.

AT&T to hook up its automated home and connected car services

Customers to pay through Mobile Share Value plan

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc will link its connected car and smart home technologies to bolster its foothold in the fast-growing market for Internet-connected devices, a new battleground for the company and rivals ranging from Verizon to Google Inc.

Ericsson joins with Intel to help telecoms firms get in the cloud

Partnership designed to make operators more competitive with Google, Facebook and Amazon

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BARCELONA (Reuters) - Telecom equipment maker Ericsson and chipmaker Intel have agreed a partnership deal to help network operator customers build datacenters, putting them on a more competitive footing against big, cloud-based Internet firms such as Google, Facebook and Amazon.

"We will build datacenter equipment which will actually have the same performance as many of the big cloud providers are doing for themselves," Ericsson's chief executive, Hans Vestberg, told a news conference at the Mobile World Congress telecoms trade show in Barcelona on Monday.

BlackBerry to broaden its cross-platform strategy

Pivoting to focus more on its software business and core strengths like security

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TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry announced on Sunday that it plans to expand its cross-platform strategy and deliver its often admired security, productivity and communication tools to any smartphone or tablet device running iOS, Android or Windows.

The one-time smartphone sector pioneer's devices have waned in popularity in recent years, but in a bid to remain relevant, the Waterloo, Ontario-based company is pivoting to focus more on its software business and core strengths like security that won it recognition over the last decade.

New Internet rules set up industry's next battle

Some European telecoms executives believe that the region will take a more accommodating stance

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BARCELONA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - New rules that aim to protect the openness of the Internet will allow telecom and cable groups to prioritize and earn potentially vast income from some types of data, setting up likely clashes with regulators in the future.

Telecom companies such as AT&T and Vodafone have convinced U.S. and European regulators, finalizing so-called "net neutrality" rules, to allow them to dedicate network capacity to services such as providing connectivity to driverless cars and facilitating the exchange of medical data between patients and health professionals.

Europe's big telecoms roar back to health, worrying rivals

Incumbents gained broadband market share in 1H 2014 for first time in 8 years

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PARIS (Reuters) - Europe's big telecom firms are back to rude financial health after years of poor results and regulatory pressure, drawing crowds of new investors and protests from rivals who worry the formerly state-owned companies may rebuild their monopolies.

Germany's Deutsche Telekom and Spain's Telefonica have predicted that revenues will grow this year, while France's Orange and Norway's Telenor  have promised higher future dividends, a major motivation for investors in the sector.

Italy government pushing for broadband solution

Sector regulator AGCOM favors 'fiber-to-the-cabinet' architecture

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MILAN (Reuters) - The Italian government is pushing to speed up the roll-out of ultrafast broadband networks to help its ailing economy, fuelling speculation it could force incumbent Telecom Italia into a costly overhaul of its existing infrastructure.

The cabinet of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi meets on Tuesday to approve an 6 billion euro ($6.7 billion) plan to build a nationwide fiber optic network by replacing the aging copper wires that run into subscribers' homes.

Qualcomm preps technology to reduce burden on mobile networks

'LTE Unlicensed' adapts signals to be used over short distances

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm wants wireless carriers to set up new technology that would offer cellphone users better reception in places like subway tunnels and shopping malls.

The San Diego, California company said on Thursday it will start selling components this year featuring LTE technology adapted for a smaller scale than traditional cellphone base stations mounted on metal towers bristling with antennas and other electronics.

Cablevision loses video subscribers for 10th straight quarter

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(Reuters) - Cablevision Systems Corp reported a drop in video subscribers for the tenth quarter in a row, raising concerns about the company's prospects as customers increasingly shift to lower-priced bundled services from telecom carriers.

Cablevision's shares fell as much as 5.5 percent after the company also posted a 3.4 percent drop in adjusted operating cash flow, a closely watched metric for the cable TV industry.

IBM targets $40 billion in cloud, other growth areas by 2018

Revenue growth strategy includes analytics, mobile, social and security

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(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp, which ruled computing in the age of the mainframe, is targeting $40 billion in annual revenue from the cloud, big data, security and other growth areas by 2018.

The aggressive target, set by IBM executives at the company's annual investor meeting in New York on Thursday, is the latest step for the technology giant towards emerging, high-margin businesses, and away from its previous strongholds in hardware and servers.

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