Nokia aims to conquer low and mid-range, but is there any chance of success?

The Nokia Asha 501 was announced at a global launch event in New Delhi earlier this week to much praise, mainly regarding the Lumia-esque differential styling, the “swipe” UI, and the price.

For anyone not familiar with the Asha line, it’s the Finnish-manufacturer’s solution to emerging markets; offering fantastic devices at extremely affordable pricing whilst being incredibly attractive.

Taking the 501 as an example of this, the device which is available in many fluorescent colours (and playful design is...

By Ryan Daws, 09 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, India, Industry, Infographic, Mobile, Smartphones.

There will be no big bang for mobile payments

Gilles Ubaghs, Senior Analyst, Financial Services TechnologyThe mobile payments market has long been gestating in developed markets, and is now finally starting to gain momentum in terms of product launches and levels of investment from significant players across the financial services, IT, and telco markets. However, it is clear that the market is unlikely to reach a big bang moment, and will instead continue to evolve on several fronts at once. What this also means, however, is that market entrants must think beyond existing...

By Ovum Research, 08 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Revolution required to redefine the customer experience in financial services

As financial institutions look to restore consumer trust and respond to the new service expectations wrought by the impact of smartphones and digital commerce, delivering a stronger customer experience has become a top business imperative. Significantly, it has shifted from being a strategy to which business executives largely pay lip service to being one that they recognize and genuinely want to deliver on.Unfortunately for most financial institutions, strategic intent is blunted by operational reality. Short-term cost...

By Ovum Research, 07 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Operators.

Google’s “Fiber TV” app is now available on iPad

TelecomsTech has previously reported about Google’s “Fiber” initiative, bringing high-speed broadband and TV packages to select areas of Kansas City.

As part of the TV service a mobile app had been released on Android – and now a similar app has just been unleashed on the iPad.

 

The app allows users to have complete control of their Fiber TV experience; from browsing, to buying, to even watching on-demand content directly on the tablet itself.

Whilst the Android app is available...

By Ryan Daws, 03 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, IPTV.

Mobile streamed music revenue to reach $1.7 billion

Across a variety of formats, music is undoubtedly the most mature segment of mobile entertainment. The global revenues from streamed music services on mobile devices are expected to rise by more than 40 percent to $1.7 billion, according to the latest market study by Juniper Research. For the first time, these revenues will thereby overtake those generated by full-track downloads to mobile devices. The study observed that growth in premium service adoption was increasingly being driven by mobile network operator partnerships with service providers. In Europe, several operators have seen an uplift in spend amongst...

By David H. Deans, 02 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Industry, Infographic, Mobile, Research.

Which telecom providers “have your back” in data security?

The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has released its ‘Who has your back?’ report for 2013, its third edition. As a company whose tagline is “defending your rights in the digital world”, this document helps consumers understand the service providers they can trust.

 

 

Scoring is based on a star system out of a possible six:

1.            Requires a warrant for...

By Ryan Daws, 01 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Content, Industry, Networks, Operators, Security.

Nielsen finally introduces metrics for online TV

Most TV viewers have likely heard of Nielsen at some stage. If you haven’t, they are generally the organisation which offers industry-standard ratings to measure viewership. Up until now these ratings have been becoming more and more irrelevant as audiences move online.

Announced today through a press release, Nielsen is to offer Digital Program Ratings, partnering at launch with many of the major networks including A+E, ABC, AOL, CBS, The CW, Discovery Communications, FOX, NBC and Univision.

This is a...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Industry, Infographic, IPTV, Networks.

Does free mobile messaging mean goodbye SMS?

Receiving your very first SMS – at the time it seemed such a marvel of modern technology. These days it’s something we take for granted as ever more advanced features are released for our daily use, but is the era of SMS over?

For the first time, free messaging apps have taken over the now dated SMS system many of us have been familiar with for over 15 years, helping to keep us all more connected.

A study from Informa has revealed the extent of this shift. According to the research firm almost 19...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Industry, Infographic, Mobile, Networks, Smartphones.