Report predicts further industry consolidation

Almost half of telecoms firms are still facing financial risks associated with past and ongoing economic uncertainties, leading to a further spate of M&A industry consolidation activity, according to a report from the business advisory firm Alix Partners.   

The firm said that despite steady growth in the high-tech sector, a large number of companies were still facing the prospect of default or bankruptcy in within the next two years unless action was taken.

Within the telecoms sector, which...

By Matt Henkes, 22 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, China, Europe, Google, Industry, N America.

Vodafone partners with Asian teleco giants

Vodaphone has signed a deal to partner with some of Asia’s biggest telecoms providers in order to increase its reach in the region and provide a range of new services to its global customer base.The Conexus Mobile Alliance will see Vodafone partner with NTT Docomo in Japan, Hutchison Telecom in Hong Kong and FarEasTone in Taiwan amongst others and in return, the new companies will benefit from Vodaphones international footprint and permit Vodafone’s enterprise and multinational customers to extend their managed services to...

By Verity Gough, 21 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Industry, Networks, Operators.

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.

Proof that online video doesn’t mean the death of TV

Online video.  It’s the death of TV, or so I’ve been told.  There’s only one problem though…I really love my TV.  And so do a lot of other people it seems.

A recent analysis of two of the largest over-the-top (OTT) video providers in the U.S. highlights this fact, and suggests that the days of the TV as the centerpiece of the living room are far from over.

According to

By Ciena, 24 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Consumers, Content, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, IPTV, N America, Smartphones.

First ever Cloud Computing degree available

Those interested in learning more about the SaaS, PaaS and LaaS are now able to take a certified university course after the first ever cloud computing course was launched at the University of Washington, last week.Dr. Erik Bansleben, program development director, Academic Programs at the University of Washington, revealed the outline of a new certificate program offered by the university in cloud computing. Topics covered include cloud computing models: software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), infrastructure...

By Matt Henkes, 17 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, N America.

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.

Apple, Samsung, London Buses and iWorks: This Week In Mobile…

A mainly geographical themed look at mobile this week as we go down under, speak German and take a tour of London buses…

Samsung ‘Down Under’ Apple Lawsuit

If there’s one thing that can halt progress, it’s lawyers. That’s the problem facing Samsung after being forced to agree they won’t sell the newest version of their Galaxy Tab tablet in Australia until a patent lawsuit with Apple is resolved.

According to the Australian injunction won by Apple, the Samsung Galaxy...

By AlwaysOnMessage, 13 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Europe, Industry, Mobile.