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AT&T partner opens ‘free’ content store

AT&T has unveiled a free content store partnership Earlier this year, US operator AT&T launched a controversial initiative that allows customers to view sponsored content and use apps over its HSPA+ and LTE networks without that data usage coming out of their monthly wireless data plan. Paying businesses instead cover the transmission cost of content they provide to consumers under ... Read More »

Bharti sells tower assets in Africa

Bharti is offloading its tower assets Operator group Bharti Airtel, which focuses on emerging markets in Asia and Africa, has divested 3,100 telecom towers to Helios Towers Africa for an undisclosed sum. Local reports suggest the deal could raise as much as $2bn. Airtel said the funds will help it reduce debt, while the asset transfer will reduce ongoing capital ... Read More »

LG launches cellular wearable for kids

Orwellian fun for all the family LG Electronics has launched a wearable device designed specifically to help parents track their young children. In order to do this the KizON has a 2G/3G cellular modem, which sets a key precedent in the evolution of the nascent wearables category. The KizON is targeted at parents of kids under 10 who want to ... Read More »

Weve CEO poached by Skrill

Weve a senior vacancy David Sear, the former chief executive of the Weve mobile network e-commerce joint venture, has been appointed as group chief commercial officer at Skrill Group. In this newly-created position he will oversee all commercial operations across the Skrill Group, comprising Skrill, paysafecard and payolution. Sear abruptly left Weve, the joint venture between UK mobile network operators, ... Read More »

Three UK talks data

Three is trying to navigate the sea of data Arguably the most disruptive telco in the UK market today, Three UK is looking to leverage insights generated from its vast troves of network data in a bid to improve customer satisfaction and how the business caters to segmented customer needs, as well as derive incremental value from existing customers. Stefan ... Read More »

Alcatel-Lucent claims 1 Gbps over copper breakthrough

Broadband speeds over copper are improving Alcatel-Lucent’s research arm – Bell Labs, has announced a prototype technology that enables copper lines to deliver 1 Gigabits per second symmetrical (simultaneous download and upload) broadband speeds. It also, perhaps with a press release in mind, demonstrated 10 Gbps over two pairs of copper lines. The new technology is called “XG-FAST”, which is ... Read More »

Mobile banking to overtake online within five years

One more step towards the mobile wallet Analyst firm Juniper Research reckons more people will be using mobile apps for banking than web-based options by 2019, as the 800 million people who used their phones for banking more than doubles to 1.75 billion in five years. In some mature markets this transition has already happened, with Bank of America announcing ... Read More »

Today’s pricing in mobile and fixed-line networks is toxic

Toxic pricing can be a waste of profit Telecoms.com periodically invites expert third-party contributors to submit analysis on a key topic affecting the telco industry. In this piece Dr. Ekkehard Stadie and Martin Deutschenbaur, of Simon-Kucher & Partners, look at current telco pricing models and why they need to change. Revenue and profit sources of mobile and fixed-line network providers ... Read More »

Vendors develop open source framework for Internet of Things

Open source will be a big feature in IoT tech A collaboration of industry vendors took form on Tuesday with the inauguration of a consortium focused on improving interoperability and defining connectivity requirements for the billions of devices that will make up the Internet of Things (IoT). The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) claims to be focused on defining a common ... Read More »