Sprint's CEO faces mounting challenges to turn company around

Pledges to reduce annual costs by $1.5 billion, announces 2,000 additional job cuts

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Marcelo Claure took the top job at Sprint Corp two months ago, he faced an uphill climb in turning around the No. 3 U.S. cellular provider. On Monday, it became clear quite how steep that road to recovery will be.

The Bolivian entrepreneur, who was installed as CEO after the collapse of merger talks with T-Mobile US Inc, already faced the task of stemming growing subscriber defections as the company seeks to upgrade its subpar network.

Wireless calls between Verizon and AT&T to be carried on data network by 2015

Technology could also allow customers to purchase devices that are not bound to a particular carrier

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communications and AT&T Inc expect to be able to transmit wireless voice calls between the two carriers over high-speed data networks by 2015, the companies said on Monday.

The technology is expected to improve the quality of calls and allow for video calling and voicemail.

The calls would be transmitted using a technology known as Voice over LTE, which repackages voice calls as data and transmits them over carriers' high-speed data networks.

Africa phone tower firm IHS raises $2.6 billion

Deploying towers in Africa is typically more expensive than in other regions

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Nigerian phone tower group IHS has raised $2 billion in equity and $600 million in debt in what it says is the biggest equity fund raising by an African company this decade.

IHS, the continent’s largest tower company, will use the money to finance infrastructure spending and recently agreed acquisitions, according to a company statement on Monday.

It said the equity funding was from new and existing shareholders, but did not provide further details.

Japan's wireless carriers told to unlock phones starting next year

Govt demands that all smartphones and tablets to be sold with SIM unlocked upon customers' request starting in May

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's wireless network providers are to lift restrictions on which network their subscribers can use, the government said, demanding that all smartphones and tablets to be sold with their SIM cards unlocked upon customers' request starting next year.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday that all smartphones and tablets are to be sold with their SIM cards unlocked if customers ask for it and at no cost to users, from May 2015.

Oi, America Movil, Telefonica to bid for Brazil's TIM, sources say

The companies agreed to present a single offer to minority shareholders and Telecom Italia

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SAO PAULO/MILAN (Reuters) - Brazil's Grupo Oi SA, Mexico's America Movil SAB and Spain's Telefonica SA agreed to place a joint bid worth around 32 billion reais ($13 billion) for TIM Participações SA, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

The companies agreed to present a single offer to minority shareholders and Telecom Italia SpA, which owns about 67 percent of TIM Participações, Brazil's No. 2 wireless carrier, said the first source, who requested anonymity as the deal is still in the works.

Ericsson flags North America slowdown

Period of intense network investment may be drawing to a close

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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Mobile telecoms gear maker Ericsson said on Friday a slowdown in North America created uncertainty over fourth quarter sales as operators cut spending after big investments in high-speed networks.

A build-out of the newest 4G/LTE networks by operators in North America, where Ericsson makes about a quarter of its sales and Chinese rival Huawei is effectively barred from doing business, has supported the Swedish firm at a time of stagnation in much of Europe.

China Mobile quarterly revenue falls for first time since at least 2009

After years of sizzling growth, reversal highlights mounting pressure

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Quarterly revenue at China Mobile Ltd fell year-over-year for the first time since at least 2009 as China's largest telecom provider continued to stumble in the face of rising competition from popular Internet-based messaging apps.

iPhone rollout likely widened T-Mobile's growth lead

A growing portion of customers who once paid for service up front are migrating to postpaid service

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Apple's iPhone 6 only went on sale in the last two weeks of the quarter, but the device's rollout may have been the U.S. cellular industry's top growth catalyst in the period, with T-Mobile US benefiting the most.

Since the larger, slimmer iPhone was unveiled on Sept. 9, the U.S. cellular market has been flooded with deals for subscribers looking to switch providers ahead of earnings reports starting next week.

GM sides with U.S. wireless carriers in net neutrality fight

FCC is considering whether it should undo exemptions previously applied to mobile carriers

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. automaker General Motors Co has emerged as a heavyweight ally of the wireless carriers battling against stricter Internet traffic rules, with a new letter that linked the issue to wirelessly connected cars.

EU hopes to resolve China telecoms dispute this week

Brussels alleges illegal subsidies to Chinese mobile network equipment makers

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BERLIN (Reuters) - China and the European Union aim to end a long-running telecoms row this week, the EU's trade chief said on Friday, potentially easing tensions between two of the world's top trading powers.

Reuters reported exclusively last week that Europe was close to a deal with Beijing on defusing the issue of what Brussels says are illegal subsidies to Chinese makers of equipment for mobile telecom networks.

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