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Nokia Takes the helm at Alcatel-Lucent with 15.6bn euro buy

After years of on-off discussion and persistent industry speculation, Nokia has confirmed it will acquire Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), its rival in the telecom equipment business, for EUR 15.6 billion (a 28% premium for shareholders).

Subject to regulatory approval, the all-paper deal is expected to close during the first half of 2016.

PC sales under pressure from strong dollar

As Intel's March 12th warning led many to expect, PC sales were weak in Q1: IDC estimates shipments fell 6.7% yr/yr to 68.5m, a much sharper drop than Q4's 2.4% and Q3/Q2's 1.7%. Gartner estimates shipments fell 5.2% to 71.7m. With IDC also reporting of price pressure, revenue declines might be larger.

72% of telecoms firms set to create new roles in 2015

The Barclays Employers' Survey 2015, which questioned 666 UK businesses on a range of employment-related topics, has revealed that 72% of telecoms companies surveyed will be creating new roles (2014: 77%).

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MWC 2015 - a personal view by Andrew Skinner, Relationship Director for Barclays' Technology Media and Telecoms Team

Ovum: A postcard from MWC 2015

MWC 2015 welcomed a record number of visitors and exhibitors through its doors.

The event has morphed from a mobile industry congress to a broader ICT-TMT-mobility fair at which telecoms meets digital media, IT, and entertainment. The extent to which the telecoms industry is part of this broader technology and entertainment landscape is a moot point.

Frost & Sullivan highlights Back Office Workforce Optimisation market

The emerging Back Office Workforce Optimisation (BOWFO) market has emerged as an attractive, emerging category with high growth potential, according to analyst form Frost & Sullivan in a new study.

Phablet set to overtake Tablets say analysts

Falling prices and consumers' insatiable desire for multimedia content mean that the phablet phenomenon will continue into 2015 and beyond.

UK businesses reluctant to stick their head in the clouds, says KPMG

A global study of almost 2,100 contracts covering deals worth £7.8 billion suggests that cloud-based services are failing to capture the popular imagination of UK businesses. 

Half of channel businesses lose sight of worker safety

Despite UK businesses having a legal obligation to protect their employees, 48 per cent of businesses in the channel have insufficient measures in place to protect their staff when working alone, according to recent research.

Beecham Research predicts almost 1bn cellular M2M connections 2020

Beecham Research predicts almost one billion cellular M2M connections worldwide by 2020, according to its new report.

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Jeff Tench: Architect of a Microsoft powerhouse

A master plan to bring top Microsoft partners into close union lies behind New Signature's acquisition of Paradigm Systems in February. And according to CEO Jeff Tench, the US-based company's global ascendency is symbolic of Microsoft's emergence as an industry leader in all things cloud.