Microsoft backs customer data privacy rights against the FBI

After the outcry regarding the majority of America’s tech giants’ involvement in the National Security Agency’s controversial PRISM program – many companies pledged to push for more “transparency” when it comes to the data government’s are requesting.

Microsoft in particular pledged it would do all it can to legally protect its customers from government data requests. In a

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Industry, Security.

New survey asserts sponsored data plans should be tactic for operators

A new consumer survey from Citrix has revealed that the majority of smartphone users would engage with operators’ services if sponsored data plans were made available.

71% of men and 62% of women surveyed said they would engage in one of the sponsored plans, with the younger generations more likely to be open to the idea; 78% of millennials, compared to 66% of generation X and 52% of baby boomers.

If users did have access to a sponsored data plan, their most likely port of call would be their...

By James Bourne, 16 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Operators.

Big data: Why CSPs must go big or go home

By Gordon Rawling, Director of EMEA Marketing, Oracle Communications

According to a recent report from the European Commission (EC), more digitised data has been created in the last two years than in every year before this period combined.

This trend shows no signs of slowing down, with users continuing to adopt a widening array of data-driven devices as part of their new digital lifestyles. The EC report also reveals that even with the big data market growing at roughly 40 per cent each year, few of the...

By Oracle Communications, 06 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Content, Operators.

Scroogle you too US Government, says Microsoft

Microsoft’s reputation – along with many other top technology firms – was damaged by the NSA revelations which, if Edward Snowden’s leaks are correct, the Redmond-based firm was involved in the programme; whether knowingly or not.

Now it’s the turn of Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, to help ease customer distrust in the company’s services by speaking of their shared concerns about government surveillance of the...

By Ryan Daws, 05 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Industry, N America, Security.

Your cup o’ Joe (or any hot beverage) isn’t even safe from hackers

Hackers are indisputably clever; every day finding new ways to circumvent barriers and find their way into your devices. The battle between “White Hats” and “Black Hats” is one which has waged on with increasing intensiveness for decades – and only set to grow. Not even your kettle is safe.

Russian authorities claimed that household appliances imported from China have been found to contain tiny microchips which seek out open WiFi networks and then distribute malware.


By Ryan Daws, 06 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Security, WiFi, Wireless.

How to extract meaning and value from M2M data

Mobile network service providers are going to be inundated with machine-to-machine (M2M) data. Extracting meaning and value from that mass of raw information is a huge undertaking. Analytics software platforms and professional services are part of the solution. ABI Research forecasts that the M2M analytics industry will grow a robust 53.1 percent over the next 5 years -- from $1.9 billion in 2013 to $14.3 billion in 2018. The ABI forecast includes revenue segmentation for the five components that together enable analytics to be used in M2M services: including data integration, data storage, core analytics, data presentation, and...

By David H. Deans, 01 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, M2M, Operators.

Telstra tests LTE Broadcast on live network: A solution to the capacity crunch?

Telstra, the primary Australian mobile carrier, has achieved what it calls a world first by successfully trialling LTE Broadcast on its network, in partnership with Ericsson.

This has huge potential for the future of mobile networks, as with more and more data being pushed out onto ever increasing numbers of devices, network capacity cannot hold forever.

The future of LTE and the capacity crunch is a burning issue in the industry, yet Ericsson’s LTE Broadcast solution attempts to solve this by only...

By James Bourne, 30 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, LTE, Networks, Operators.

Mobile Network Operators will gain from Big Data

Known as subscriber churn, the loss of a current customer to a competitor is something that all mobile phone service providers would avoid, if at all possible. In the highly competitive industry where a significant segment of subscribers are looking for a better deal, any insight about those most inclined to leave would be valuable. According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, mobile network operators worldwide are set to gain from a significant reduction in subscriber churn through the adoption of Big Data and analytics techniques. What's the incentive? This one particular service provider application will be...

By David H. Deans, 17 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, Networks.

Celltick on the challenges facing mobile operators today #AppsWorld

According to Ramgopal Vidyanand, Celltick VP corporate marketing and business development, one of the biggest challenges facing mobile operators is that mobile is increasingly becoming the first screen.

In other words, if you’re struggling at the back of the pack now, it’s not going to get better any time soon.

“I think the operator’s relevance is waning,” he explains to TelecomsTech ahead of his speaking appearance at Apps World Europe, adding...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Devices, Mobile, Operators, OTT Services.

Happy 10th birthday Skype: 3D video calls on the way

Skype turns 10 today, and, according to reports, is in the process of developing 3D video calls.

The news was confirmed by Microsoft’s corporate VP for Skype, Mark Gillett, in an interview with the BBC.

It’s potentially a very exciting development for the VoIP provider; however the prospect of sending ‘body doubles’ to meetings, as teased in a Microsoft job advert back in April, will not...

By James Bourne, 29 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Mobile, Operators, VoiP.