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Vodafone survey reveals surging M2M adoption

Erik Brenneis heads up Vodafone’s M2M division 600 executives from a broad range of industries were asked about their views on, and plans for, machine-to-machine technology and it turned out that 22 percent of them were already using it – an 80 percent increase on the proportion a year ago. This was the second year Vodafone has published its M2M ... Read More »

Qualcomm strengthens WiGig offering with Wilocity acquisition

WiGig, why not? Mobile chip giant Qualcomm has announced the acquisition of Wilocity, which makes chips based on the much faster 802.11ad wifi standard, otherwise known as WiGig, and plans to throw it into the Snapdragon connectivity mix. WiGig uses the 60GHz band and promises far higher speeds than currently available even from 802.11ac. However, the relatively high frequency also ... Read More »

Telefónica acquisition of E-Plus gets conditional all-clear

Cleared at last The European Commission has announced the conditional approval of Telefónica’s bid to acquire German operator E-Plus, almost a year after the deal was first announced, which will result in the merger of Germany’s third and fourth-largest operators and reduce the total number of operators in the country to three. Such consolidation was of understandable concern to the ... Read More »

Telcos poised to profit from in-vehicle app boom

In-vehicle apps set to boom The number of in-vehicle apps in use is expected to reach 269 million by 2018 according to a report published this week by Juniper Research, representing a more than fivefold increase on last year’s figure. Anthony Cox, associate analyst at Juniper Research and author of the report told Business Cloud News that while the business ... Read More »

Ericsson flexes 5G muscle with 5Gbps demo

Ericsson has been making noise about 5G Although 5G technologies are still far from standardisation, the growing maturity of LTE means vendors are already building up hype for the next generation of networks. Expecting Japanese carrier NTT Docomo and South Korea’s SK Telecom to be early adopters – Docomo has already tested 5G technology – Ericsson has been showing off ... Read More »

Eyes on the price

All-you-can-eat pricing causes higher usage Mobile telephony was a premium product for many years; the preserve of wealthy consumers and company-sponsored executives. Penetration only began to skyrocket with the introduction of competition and the ensuing drop in pricing. That boom in customer numbers translated into success and wealth for the generation of operator executives that engineered it. But competition has ... Read More »

Google snaps up Songza

Songza curates music playlists A battle of the beats is brewing after it emerged that Google has acquired curated mobile music service Songza for an undisclosed sum. According to various sources on the web, Google has splashed out anything between $15m and $49m on the three year old startup. Songza has apps available for Android and iOS and covers the ... Read More »

FTC broadsides T-Mobile over “bogus charges”

The FTC claims users were mis-charged US watchdog the Federal Trade Commission slammed T-Mobile USA on Tuesday, alleging that the carrier made “hundreds of millions of dollars” from bogus premium SMS charges never authorised by subscribers. The FTC alleges that T-Mobile received anywhere from 35 to 40 per cent of the total amount mis-charged to consumers for subscriptions for content ... Read More »

VimpelCom appoints Telefonica man as COO

Rene Schuster Amsterdam headquartered carrier VimpelCom, which operates in Russia and the CIS and owns stakes in several other operations around the world, has appointed Rene Schuster as Group Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Schuster is something of an industry veteran, having previously held the post of Chief Executive Officer of Telefónica Deutschland. Under his leadership, the company delivered consistent ... Read More »

OTE makes play for Forthnet Greece

Greece’s Forthnet is in demand The battle for control of Greece’s leading alternative fixed line operator continues apace, with OTE joining the fray on Tuesday. The Greek carrier launched a bid of between €250-300m on a debt-free cash-free basis for the pay TV operation, Nova, which is owned by Forthnet. In a statement Forthnet said its board of directors would ... Read More »