French regulator grants LTE licenses to all 4 operators

All four of the main French mobile operators have been awarded licenses for blocks of fourth-generation mobile frequencies following the first round of auctions that have set a high bar for the industry, with bids totalling €936m ($1.28bn).

Telecoms regulator ARCEP said France Telecom and soon-to-be new mobile player Iliad put in the highest bids to win the two largest blocks of 20 MHz; SFR and Bouygues Telecom were given smaller blocks of 15 MHz.

The auction has been hailed as a success by the French...

By Matt Henkes, 26 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Spotify, Guardian and Indy partner with Facebook to offer new social apps

Consumers will soon be able to access music, movies and news on their mobiles via Facebook after Spotify, The Guardian, The Independent and Vevo joined up to be part of a new range of social apps.These companies, along with Cinemur, Myvideo, Deezer and Dailymotion are among the 33 European launch partners joining up to roll out a new range of social apps which is helping the social media site cement its position as a multi-entertainment platform.Founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced the company's latest move at the...

By Verity Gough, 26 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Content, Devices, Mobile, Smart TV.

Tablet Sales Will Continue to Grow; Apple to Dominate

Worldwide tablet sales are expected to total 63.6 million units, resulting in a 261.4 percent increase from 2010 sales of 17.6 million units, according to a new report by Gartner.

Tablet Sales will Continue to Rise through 2015 The report also states that media tablet sales will continue to increase through 2015 when sales are predicted to hit 326.3 million units.

Apple is projected to account for 73.4 percent of worldwide tablet sales in 2011, whilst Gartner predicts that no other platforms will have more ...

By AlwaysOnMessage, 23 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry.

Samsung seeks iPhone 5 ban

Samsung is considering blocking sales of Apple’s latest iPhone model in some countries as the legal wrangle over patents continues, according to reports.The South Korean electronics company is considering legally blocking sales of the iPhone 5 by seeking a court injunction in South Korea as well as Europe, it has been suggested.According to a report in the

By Verity Gough, 22 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Mobile, Smartphones.

How long will the iPad fever last?

2011: the year of media tablets

Although there were tablets in the market long before iPad, after its first announcement many still had doubts, and questioned the usefulness of such a device. Nevertheless Apple exceeded even the most optimistic expectations. Since the release of the iPad, Apple alone has shipped a total of 15 million tablets making it a most wanted Christmas present of 2010. Despite a temporary volume decrease in Q1 2011, caused by delayed iPad 2 launch, in Q2 2011 again there were 9.25...

By Research2Guidance, 19 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, China, Consumers, Devices, Industry, LATAM, N America, Research.

RIM Launches Three New BlackBerry Curve Devices

RIM has unveiled three new BlackBerry Curve handsets at a global press conference held in London.

According to a RIM press release the devices, the BlackBerry Curve 9350, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 and the BlackBerry Curve 9370, are designed to “address a large and important segment of the global mobile phone market where customers are looking to upgrade their existing BlackBerry Curve with an affordable, easy-to-use, full-featured and socially connected smartphone”.

Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at...

By AlwaysOnMessage, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Devices, Europe, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

China Telecom announces 2012 cloud strategy

China Telecom has announced its cloud strategy for 2012 which includes a number of esurfing cloud devices and storage products due to launch next year.

The national telecom operator was one of the first to establish a cloud project team back in 2009 and has since completed testing in several major cities including Shanghai, Guangdong, Guangxi and Jiangxi as well as setting up a data centre to act as the hub for the scale development of cloud computing. At the beginning of 2011, China Telecom launched a...

By Verity Gough, 05 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, China, Cloud, Devices, Infrastructure, Operators.

What does Google gain from its Motarola deal?

In its largest ever acquisition, Google has announced that it will buy Motarola Mobility, the tech giant’s phone division, for a massive $12.5bn, launching the global search leader into the mobile handset market at mach 5 and surely shaking up the Android ecosystem almost beyond belief.

The deal is yet to win competition approval, which may not be entirely plain sailing, and brings Google into direct competition with the raft of handset manufacturers that licence the Android OS, providing the company...

By Matt Henkes, 16 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Google, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

UK Prime Minister pushes for social networking restrictions

Users of Twitter, Facebook and other such social networking sites could face a ban if they are found to be using them to organsise criminal activity following the widespread social unrest witnessed across the country last week.Speaking in the Commons last week, Prime Minister, David Cameron said that the government were working with the police, intelligence services and industry to look at "whether it would be right to stop people communicating via social networks if they know they are plotting violence, disorder...

By Verity Gough, 15 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Content, Devices, Mobile.