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BlackBerry offloads R&D unit to Volkswagen

Connected cars are a hot topic Although device and software maker BlackBerry has fallen on hard times, it’s long been thought the company may carve a niche for itself in the automotive software space. So it was unsurprising when the company revealed this week that it has sold its European research and development centre in Bochum, Germany, to local auto ... Read More »

Nokia makes US acquisition

Nokia’s acquisition gives it a better foothold in the USA This is not something the industry has seen for a long time but Nokia Networks on Friday announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire US-based network integration and deployment specialist SAC Wireless for an undisclosed sum. Infrastructure contracts in the US are lucrative and SAC claims a national ... Read More »

When in roam

European mobile operators are big boys and can look after themselves, but sometimes the Informer can’t help feeling from them as they strive to fend off attacks from Silicon Valley OTT giants like Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook, while being constantly hamstrung by their own side. By its modest standards it’s been a busy week for the mega-bureaucracy that is ... Read More »

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 »