What's the outlook for IP connected devices within the home?

Connected TV penetration in North America and Western Europe will surge from just over 10% in 2011 to over 50% by 2017, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Blu-ray disc player penetration is expected to have a similar progression, increasing from about 25% in Western Europe and North America in 2011 to over 76% by 2017 (standalone and game consoles included). Meanwhile, game console penetration rates by 2017 are only expected to pass 61% in North America and 46% in Western Europe - with adoption rates significantly lower in other regions. There are four major connected...

By David H. Deans, 03 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, IPTV, N America, Smart TV.

Texting more widespread than voice, says Ofcom

Research from UK-based communications regulator Ofcom has shown that, for the first time, UK residents are more likely to text than call.

The research, from Ofcom’s annual ‘Communications Market Report’, published on Wednesday, showed that 58% of UK residents texted every day, compared to just 47% who made a daily phone call.

The figures for call usage on both fixed and mobile phones were down for the first time, potentially signifying an important trend.

Not altogether unsurprisingly, this...

By James Bourne, 18 July 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Europe, Mobile, Research, Smartphones, Smart TV.

How will London 2012 be the first digital Olympics experience?

The upcoming summer Olympic Games in London, England will set a precedent for the use and application of advanced digital technology - that's from the perspective of both multimedia content producers and consumers. The BBC says that London 2012 will be the first truly digital Games. They will ensure audiences never miss a moment, delivering unprecedented coverage across multiple digital platforms so that sports fans can stay up to date wherever they are, whenever they want to view the action. The BBC will give audiences more choice,...

By David H. Deans, 09 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Europe, Mobile.

Deutsche Telekom's Google talks give rise to NFC payment apps

Deutsche Telekom AG has been in apparent discussion with Google over the possibility of expanding its mobile payments service overseas and collaborating with Google Wallet.

This is all according to the German mobile giant’s head of innovation Thomas Kiessling, who said in an interview that Deutsche Telekom was targeting a series of credit card companies and banks alongside Google.

“We’re talking to other players in the market, and even a co-operation...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Google, Mobile, Operators.

Google asked to remedy concerns over alleged abuse of its dominance

By James Robinson, Associate Analyst, Regulatory Telecoms, Ovum

After more than 18 months of investigation, the EC has presented Google with its concerns over the search engine’s business practices. European commissioner for competition Joaquin Almunia has written to Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt outlining the EC’s concerns and requesting that Google provide appropriate remedies.

The letter follows an antitrust investigation into the company that began in late 2010, having been prompted...

By Ovum Research, 03 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Google, Government.

European Commission stresses greater investment in telecoms

The annual Digital Agenda Scoreboard has seen the European Union in pragmatic mood, with the EU stating that while there is a demand for digital expanse, the operation is being undercut by inadequate investment.

Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission, said that Europe was “shooting itself in the foot” because of underfunding and stressed more money be put in to telecommunications infrastructure.

Kroes said: “Europeans are hungry for digital technologies and more digital...

By James Bourne, 18 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, Government.

Telefónica pulls out of China Unicom to ease financial worries

Telefónica SA has sold a 4.56% stake in China Unicom to its parent group, China United Network, as the telecoms giant attempts to back out of its financial difficulties.

The stake will give Telefónica a HK $11bn ($1.4bn) cash injection once the transaction is completed. Telefónica will still remain a major player in China Unicom, however, with a 5.01% stake in the company.

In a statement Telefónica said the decision was made to “proactively manage its asset portfolio”...

By James Bourne, 11 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Europe, Mobile, Networks.

European Commission vs. China: "unlikely to turn to real havoc"

Following on from TelecomsTech's report on the EU anti-dumping investigation and alleging Chinese mobile manufacturers Huawei and ZTE benefit from illegal subsidies, here's our Beijing Correspondent, Dr. Lin Sun, with his take on the imbroglio.

 

 

It will be interesting to see how the Chinese government reacts to the EU's charges which I believe will...

By Dr Lin Sun, 31 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Europe, Industry, Mobile.

Are EU privacy rules to blame for European cloud struggle?

The EU’s regulation on privacy is one of the reasons why European cloud adoption is “at least two years” behind the US, according to analsyts Gartner.

Analysts Gartner, who specialise in cloud computing research, stated in their report that, whilst interest in cloud was very high, the diversity of the European states would be the key factor in “slow” cloud adoption.

Gartner sounded out four “inhibitors” for cloud growth...

By James Bourne, 31 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Europe.