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MVNO giant Lycamobile to launch in SA

MVNO giant Lycamobile to launch in SA One of the world’s largest mobile virtual network operators, Lycamobile, will launch services in South Africa, Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos revealed at a media briefing on Tuesday. Though Dos Santos declined to reveal details about the launch, he confirmed the UK-headquartered company will launch an MVNO on the back of Cell ... Read More »

CRTC says No to “backdoor MVNO” Sugar Mobile

CRTC says No to “backdoor MVNO” Sugar Mobile The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has confirmed that recent moves to regulate wireless roaming in Canada do not require incumbents to support competitive business models based on “permanent” roaming. Background Slightly over a year ago, Ice Wireless, Inc. (Ice) applied to the CRTC for relief in a dispute with Rogers ... Read More »

Brazil’s Postal Service to Launch MVNO at Last

Brazil’s Postal Service to Launch MVNO at Last Brazilian state postal service Correios is set to launch its mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) operations next month, beginning with the city of São Paulo. Belo Horizonte and federal capital Brasília will be next in line for the service. The goal is to reach all the states in the country by the ... Read More »

Android Grows in Major Markets; iOS Rises in China

The latest smartphone OS data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows that for the three months ending August 2016, market share for both Android and iOS grew in EU5, representing 78.1% and 17.3% of smartphone sales, respectively. In the US, iOS increased 2.5 percentage points to 30.9%, but declined in Urban China, falling to 13.5% of smartphone sales. Android dropped 1.7 ... Read More »

Mobile Payment Becomes a Daily Activity in China

Mobile payment has become a daily activity in China with the mobile wallets of AliPay and WeChat dominating those from handset makers like Apple, Huawei and LG according to the latest research from the Media and Services UX, (MSX) group at Strategy Analytics. Thee quarters (75%) of mobile payment users in China stated they use mobile payments in physical stores ... Read More »

Ericsson and Vodafone M-Pesa simplify safe water payments

Ericsson has announced that its M Commerce Interconnect (EMI) service will simplify mobile money payments and cash collection between mobile wallet provider Vodafone M Pesa and businesses. The first deployment under the deal will connect M-Pesa with the growing network of Grundfos safe water kiosks throughout Kenya and Tanzania, with other countries to follow. This integrated payment service simplifies payment ... Read More »

Worldwide Spending on VPA-Enabled Wireless Speakers Will Top $2 Billion by 2020

End user spending for the worldwide virtual personal assistant (VPA) enabled wireless speaker market will reach $2.1 billion by 2020, up from $360 million in 2015, according to Gartner. By 2020, 3.3 percent of global households are forecast to have adopted a VPA-enabled wireless speaker. “Last year, the VPA speaker market essentially consisted of end-user spending focused entirely on Amazon ... Read More »

Indian Telcos Bid US$9.9 Billion for Radio Spectrum

India’s radio spectrum auction has concluded, raising far less for the government than it had hoped for. The auction raised just under USD9.9 billion, around 3�0% less than had been expected. Much of the blame was put down to the high reserve price applied to blocks of 700Mhz spectrum which put off bidders. Some 2,200 MHz of spectrum was offered, covering ... Read More »

Orange and Ericsson partner for 5G

Orange and Ericsson will develop 5G use cases and service scenarios, including technical alignment and external demonstrations. The partnership will enable 5G technology building blocks, proof of concepts, and pilots across Europe from 2017 onwards. This collaboration will also cover 4G to 5G solutions evolution, including energy and cost efficiencies, and use of Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Function ... Read More »

Worldwide Mobility Revenues Forecast to Reach $1.7 Trillion in 2020

According to the latest Worldwide Semiannual Mobility Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide mobility revenues are forecast to grow from $1.5 trillion in 2016 to more than $1.7 trillion in 2020. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.2%, or roughly $40 billion in annual revenue gains. �Mobility revenues will primarily come from consumer and enterprise ... Read More »