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LTE Broadcast still far off in Europe, but coming into focus

LTE Broadcast is probably still some way ahead in Europe as operators continue to focus on their macro LTE services launches, but the interest in the technology's potential is clearly there. While operators such as EE see cost savings through the optimisation of spectrum and backhaul as an early opportunity for the technology, other use cases are expected to emerge over time, with events currently expected to be the initial launch pad for service offerings.

Report: Orange sets November deadline for Dominican Republic unit

Orange has set a mid-November deadline for bids for its Dominican Republic unit, and is looking to seal what could be around a €1 billion ($1.37 billion) deal by the end of the year, the Wall Street Journal reported without naming sources.

Orange hails success of operator-branded low-cost smartphones

Orange added two new Orange-branded smartphones to its mobile device line-up, and claimed its policy of offering operator-branded devices at more affordable prices is paying dividends in some markets.

UK's EE rides high on LTE demand

UK operator EE added almost half a million LTE customers in the third quarter and said it was able to boost data revenue and its contract customer base compared to the previous year.

SFR completes 'first' LTE Advanced trials in France

Vivendi-owned SFR said it has completed what the operator claims to be the first trials of LTE Advanced technology in France, achieving download speeds of up to 174 Mbps thanks to carrier aggregation of spectrum in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands.

Report: Alcatel-Lucent close to small cell deal with French operator

Alcatel-Lucent is on the verge of winning a contract from a domestic French operator that would see the struggling manufacturer provide small cells for improved mobile coverage in France, Reuters has reported.

Orange France serves up new VDSL2 service

Orange France has become the latest European service provider to debut a new VDSL2 broadband service for its existing copper-based customers.

Infonetics: Good luck to you and AT&T, Randy!

"Good luck, Randy!" That's exactly what four of Europe's Big 5 operators (e.g., Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica, and Telecom Italia) told me when I asked the question: What do you think of AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson's statement that he sees room to move the European market in the direction of the U.S. by investing in networks, shifting pricing strategies to encourage mobile data use and collecting more revenue as use increases?

No new entrants want to bid in Belgium's 800-MHz auction

Belgian's three main mobile operators have submitted bids to take part in the country's 800-MHz spectrum auction in November, meaning no new entrant wants to enter the LTE market there.

Europe's telcos fight back over single market plans

Europe's operators joined forces this week in a combined effort to lambast recent European Union proposals for a major reform of the sector, instead calling for greater freedom to consolidate and less oversight over issues such as pricing and network technology.