• FRANKFURT, March 27- Nine months after Apple and IBM began working together on building mobile apps for businesses, some of the first fruits are about to appear at UK pharmacy chain Boots, which has begun equipping store employees with iPads to serve shoppers in the aisles. Companies across dozens of different industries are now eyeing how these mobile business...

  • MUMBAI/ NEW DELHI, March 26- India's top three mobile phone network operators have spent a combined $13.6 billion in a government auction of airwaves to secure almost 80 percent of the spectrum on offer, reinforcing their positions in the world's second-biggest mobile market. Altogether India raised $17.6 billion in the auction after 19 days of fierce bidding,...

  • NEW YORK, March 26- Verizon Communications Inc may rely largely on advertising for revenue from its upcoming online video service, Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said in an interview. Original online programming on Verizon's service could use an "advertising-type" model, "not necessarily a consumer-pay model," Shammo said in the recent interview.

  • Indian telco operators hit by auction costs   Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 11:20 PM ET
    Indian telco operators hit by auction costs

    Sachin Gupta, Regional Head of Telecommunication Research Asia Ex-Japan at Nomura, says major players like Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular may pay $3 billion and $5 billion, respectively.

  • MUMBAI, March 25- India raised a record $17.6 billion from the sale of mobile phone airwaves in its latest telecom spectrum auction after 19 days of fierce bidding, the country's telecoms minister said on Wednesday. Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government received bids worth almost 1.10 trillion rupees, topping the 1.06 trillion rupees it raised in 2010. The...

  • Telefonica agrees to sell O2 to Hutchison Whampoa Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 2:13 PM ET
    Pedestrians pass an O2 mobile phone store, operated by Telefonica SA, in London, U.K.

    Spanish telecommunications firm Telefónica has agreed to sell its O2 U.K. operation to Hutchison Whampoa.

  • BEIJING, March 20- A glitch in the broadband infrastructure of China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd caused a brief but widespread Internet outage in mainland China on Friday, the company said. China Unicom, in a statement on its Weibo microblogging account, said Internet access was disrupted from 1:25 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. local time. In February, China Unicom said it had 69...

  • U.S labor board says some T-Mobile policies are illegal Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 3:09 PM ET

    NEW YORK, March 19- The U.S. National Labor Relations Board ruled that certain labor policies of wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc were unfair, including some practices that discouraged workers from organizing. The case against T-Mobile's policies was led by the Communications Workers of America, a union representing workers in industries such as...

  • T-Mobile takes aim at competitors with new deals Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 1:15 PM ET
    John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile at Code Mobile.

    T-Mobile announced the latest in a string of promotions aimed at drawing subscribers and catching up to larger competitors.

  • 4 ways to trade big telecom Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 7:00 PM ET
    Pedestrians pass in front of a T-Mobile location in New York.

    "Fast Money" traders discussed how to play T-Mobile's new data plans for businesses and their effect on industry leaders.

  • MOSCOW, March 17- Russia's top mobile phone operator MTS said on Tuesday its net profit in the fourth quarter of last year dropped almost 92 percent to 1.6 billion roubles, partly hit by foreign exchange losses. MTS, part of the Sistema conglomerate, said it expected total 2015 revenues to rise by more than 2 percent compared to an increase of 3.1 percent last year.

  • Selfie much? The best bars for St Patrick's Day Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 4:00 PM ET
    St Patrick's Day revelers leave a pub after attending St Patrick's Day parade on Fifth Avenue in New York.

    Global Wireless measured the reception quality at 20 of Manhattan's best Irish bars to see where it will be best to party on St. Patrick's Day.

  • FCC needs to close auction loopholes Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 3:49 PM ET
    Cell tower telecommunications

    The FCC needs to take action to keep the big guys from taking advantage of auction policies to protect the little guys, says David Williams.

  • What is 5G, and what does it mean for consumers? Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 1:37 PM ET
    An SK telecom exhibitor directs the robot's movements using 5G at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, March 5, 2015.

    5G is a long way from becoming a reality, but it has the potential to completely change the way we use our wireless devices, Re/code reports.

  • Bob Pittman: Here's radio’s biggest problem Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 11:44 AM ET
    Robert Pittman

    Radio is part over everybody's life, so it can do better as an industry, iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman tells CNBC.

  • Would online HBO get you to cut the cord? Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 | 7:01 PM ET
    Richard Plepler, chief executive officer of Home Box Office Inc. (HBO), speaks during the Apple Inc. Spring Forward event in San Francisco

    HBO Now, the new $15-per-month service, is momentous for Time Warner, as its first direct-to-consumer offering and it's also a key test for the entire cable industry.

  • Verizon, Weather Channel part ways Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 | 12:46 PM ET
    A graphic on The Weather Channel

    Verizon's FiOS TV will no longer carry The Weather Channel: here's why.

  • Apple to Dow Jones: What it means for the index Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 3:21 PM ET
    Nasdaq congratulates Apple for joining the Dow Jones industrial average.

    Apple joining the Dow Jones industrial average makes the index more credible, an analyst said Friday.

  • NEW YORK, March 6- LightSquared gained momentum this week in its effort to end its three-year bankruptcy after a judge dealt a blow to its main creditor and adversary, Charles Ergen, ahead of a week-long trial on its latest debt restructuring plan. LightSquared, the would-be wireless provider owned by Phil Falcone's Harbinger Capital Partners hedge fund, on...

  • BBVA CEO on the future of banking   Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 4:10 AM ET
    BBVA CEO on the future of banking

    Francisco Gonzalez Rodriguez, CEO of BBVA, talks about mobile payments and the future of banking.

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