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  • MOSCOW, Dec 19- Russia's richest man Alisher Usmanov has transferred his holdings in mobile operator Megafon and iron ore producer Metalloinvest to Russian entities after President Vladimir Putin urged businessmen to bring their assets home. Cyprus- based Telecominvest Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Usmanov's USM Holdings company, had transferred...

  • The Federal Communications Commission's annual review of mobile industry competition found the two largest carriers, Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc, together controlled around 70 percent of both the nationwide market share based on service revenues and the most-prized type of radio airwaves. The FCC did not draw conclusions on whether the...

  • UPDATE 2-Canada unveils major wireless spectrum plan Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 5:18 PM ET

    By that point, a quarter of all wireless spectrum will be held by companies other than the three dominant national wireless providers- Rogers Communications Inc, Telus Corp and BCE Inc's Bell- that had previously controlled some 97 percent of the airwaves, Industry Minister James Moore said at an event in Vancouver. The plan, which includes blocking those three...

  • Cuba's tech struggles  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:13 AM ET

    As the U.S. re-establishes diplomatic relations with Cuba, CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports on the tech struggles currently facing Cuba.

  • Future of net neutrality: Powell  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:46 AM ET

    Michael Powell, NCTA president and CEO, provides his thoughts on the FCC's role in regulating the Internet.

  • LONDON, Dec 18- Telecoms tycoon Xavier Niel's NJJ Capital has agreed to buy Swiss mobile operator Orange Switzerland from private equity group Apax Partners for 2.8 billion Swiss francs, Apax said in a statement. NJJ Capital, Niel's private investment fund, has circled Orange Switzerland since 2012 when the business was sold to Apax. NJJ Capital declined to...

  • PARIS, Dec 18- Telecoms tycoon Xavier Niel's NJJ Capital has agreed to buy Swiss mobile operator Orange Switzerland from private equity group Apax Partners for 2.8 billion Swiss francs, Apax said in a statement. The deal, struck through his NJJ Capital personal holding company, marks a new turn for Niel. He triggered a price war in France through the launch of Free, a...

  • OTTAWA, Dec 17- The Federal Court of Canada agreed on Wednesday to order Apple Inc's Canadian subsidiary to turn over documents to the Competition Bureau to help investigate whether Apple unfairly used its market power to promote the sale of iPhones. In seeking the order, the Competition Bureau said agreements Apple negotiated with wireless carriers may have...

  • Watchdog agency sues Sprint over 'cramming' Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:54 PM ET
    Pedestrians walk past a Sprint store in Washington, D.C.

    U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a lawsuit against wireless carrier Sprint over unauthorized charges on customers' cellphone bill.

  • CANADA COURT SAYS WILL ON WEDNESDAY ORDER APPLE'S CANADIAN SUBSIDIARY TO TURN OVER DOCUMENTS TO COMPETITION BUREAU FOR INVESTIGATION INTO POSSIBLE ANTI-COMPETITIVE CLAUSES WITH WIRELESS CARRIERS REGARDING IPHONE.

  • Why T-Mobile is offering data rollover: CEO Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:44 PM ET
    John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile at Code Mobile.

    T-Mobile's plan to allow customers to roll over unused data attacks an infuriating aspect of wireless plans, CEO John Legere said.

  • T-Mobile to let customers carry over unused data Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 11:04 AM ET

    NEW YORK— T-Mobile will now let customers carry over their unused cellular-data allotments. U.S. wireless carriers have been pushing consumers into larger data plans, but they typically lose what they don't use at the end of their billing month. Under T-Mobile's plan announced Tuesday, customers would be able to stash what they don't use for up to a year.

  • Resurgent BT comes back to haunt old rival Vodafone Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 16- BT's move to buy mobile operator EE is expected to put the former state-owned telecoms giant back in pole position as fixed line and mobile services converge, forcing rivals such as Vodafone to make costly moves of their own to keep up. The EE move also revives BT's rivalry with Vodafone which dates back to when they were the two biggest names in...

  • BT buying EE looks good 'on paper'  Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:30 AM ET

    With BT in talks to buy mobile phone operator EE, Nik Stanojevic, equity analyst at Brewin Dolphin says while the deal looks good "on paper", people have to be "cynical" about mergers and acquisitions in the telecom sector.

  • BT enters talks over $19.5B EE mobile deal  Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    BT announced that it has entered into exclusive talks with Deutsche Telekom and Orange to acquire their mobile business EE. CNBC's Geoff Cutmore and Wilfred Frost discuss.

  • Something Washington may agree on: NFL blackouts Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 4:31 PM ET
    The Buffalo Bills take on the Green Bay Packers at home. Last season, former Bills owner Ralph Wilson averted a blackout at the last minute by buying thousands of tickets himself.

    Washington is scrutinizing the "blackout rule" that restricts broadcasts for NFL games that fail to sell out.

  • LONDON, Dec 15- Britain's BT has entered into exclusive talks with Orange and Deutsche Telekom to buy EE for 12.5 billion pounds, opting for the country's biggest mobile operator over rival suitor, Telefonica's O2. BT had been in talks with Telefonica and EE's owners since late November about a deal to buy one of the providers, giving the fixed-line firm an...

  • Britain's BT in talks to buy mobile operator EE Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:29 PM ET

    LONDON— BT Group PLC says it is in exclusive talks to buy mobile phone operator EE from Germany's Deutsche Telekom and France's Orange for 12.5 billion pounds in cash and shares. BT, Britain's biggest home telephone and Internet provider, announced last month that it was planning to re-enter the mobile market, which it left in 2001.. It foresees a deal that would...

  • BT chooses EE over O2 in 12.5 bln stg mobile deal Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    LONDON, Dec 15- Britain's BT has entered into exclusive talks with Orange and Deutsche Telekom to buy EE for 12.5 billion pounds, opting for the country's biggest mobile operator over rival suitor, Telefonica's O2. BT had been in talks with Telefonica and EE's owners since late November about a deal to buy one of the operators, putting the British telecom firm in an...

  • Will BT buy EE or O2?  Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 1:40 AM ET

    BT is expected to announce what major U.K. telecoms company it is going to buy on Monday, with EE or O2 up for grabs, CNBC's Helia Ebrahimi reports.

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