Nokia’s negative, Lumia’s lifting

Nokia [NYSE: NOK] has unleashed their end of year financial results for 2013; an occasion industry observers have been waiting for to see how the company is now faring since the $7bn Microsoft acquisition last September.

Overall, Nokia hasn’t had the best 2013 with sales in ‘Operations’ down 21%, ‘NSN’ down 22%, ‘HERE’ down 9%, and ‘Advanced Technologies’ also down 20%... but is the outlook as bleak as many of the press are making...

By Ryan Daws, 23 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

T-Mobile ends ETF fees as CEO jibes ATT: “These pr*cks will pay you to come back!”

If you checked-in with us yesterday; you’d know the “gloves are off” between T-Mobile and AT&T. Overnight it got more heated as T-Mobile’s John Legere took the stage at CES to announce the next part of the disruptive “Uncarrier” strategy -- whilst taking shots at an industry which “blows”.

The gist is T-Mobile will now pay you and your family up to $350/each to leave AT&T, Sprint, or...

By Ryan Daws, 09 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Marketing.

Tesco’s future SuperMarket(ing) wants your face

Retail giant Tesco has been on a mission to modernise their business since investing £1 billion late last year into moving beyond the age-old ‘take a shelf-item to the checkout’ model used in stores for decades. Now they want to personalise the experience, by scanning your face.

Let’s take a look back at Tesco’s modernisation; the first step was “self-scan” checkouts, a fairly self-explanatory name where you scan and pack your own items.

This was followed by the...

By Ryan Daws, 04 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, M2M, Marketing.

Twitter’s $1 Billion IPO: All you need to know

Hot on the heels of Facebook’s initially disastrous IPO; Twitter filed their $1 Billion IPO yesterday – trading under the name of TWTR when the San Francisco company goes public. As a company which has struggled to find new streams of profit; how successful will it be?

During the first six months of 2013 the company pulled in $253.6 million in revenue, but its net loss increased by 41% to $69.3 million.

Luckily there are two statistics which give a more positive outlook...

  • Firstly, only a third of its users are in the US – so there’s...

By Ryan Daws, 04 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Marketing, Mobile, Research.

Amdocs on the “life” of telco providers and their services

Amdocs, the leading provider of customer experience systems and services, released a survey yesterday based around the PLM (Product Life Management) of telecom provider’s services.

TelecomsTech took the opportunity to speak to Eitan Elkin from the firm about the findings and whether these providers are optimally positioned to tackle the future and its emerging threats.

Eitan first explains the background of PLM: “PLM is not a new term; it’s been around for more than 30...

By Ryan Daws, 17 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Marketing, Operators.

Microsoft acquires Nokia, now it’s time for Windows Phone 1.0

This morning, Microsoft made the (shock?) announcement the company has acquired Nokia for the rather meagre sum of $7.2 Billion. You don’t have to be a top analyst to realise this has been on the cards for a long time; but the deal could mean Windows Phone can really get off the ground.

We can quite confidently say Nokia is the sole manufacturer keeping Microsoft’s mobile OS from ending up like the Titanic; sunken, but unforgotten. Redmond had to save their biggest asset.

Currently Microsoft receives less than...

By Ryan Daws, 03 September 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

UK erupts into full-scale 4G war as Three announces plans

LTE operators have comparisons to the HBO series Game of Thrones; it’s a battle to the top in which the competition only becomes more fierce and the players are willing to get dirty to ascend their superiority.

Three’s announcement of their 4G plans today is the latest, and most disruptive.

4G in the UK witnessed an 11-month period of criticised exclusivity by Orange and T-Mobile’s network collaboration, EE, due to a limited spectrum auction. Over this time, the operator hit negative...

By Ryan Daws, 29 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, LTE, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

O2 plays catch-up with EE’s 4G, but are they in a losing battle?

Loyal O2 customers in the UK may be pleased to hear the company can begin the rollout of their 4G network; after an exclusive period of availability by rival EE (who spent their time wisely.)

However, before you scream “yay 4GEE!!!” like a tween with Bieber-fever, it won’t be without its challenges...

You may have noticed the use of ‘4GEE’ above – which is EE’s marketing...

By Ryan Daws, 01 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, LTE, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

HTC predicting first loss in their history, is it as bad as it sounds?

The next quarter looks bleak for HTC, despite their latest flagship – the HTC One – “performing well” and outselling any of last year’s models; this trend will not continue into Q3.

In fact, for the first time ever, the company predicts a loss of up to 8%. But is the situation as bad as it sounds?

First let’s take a look at the stats - the Taiwanese manufacturer expects its operating margin to drop between 0 and minus eight percent in Q3, down from Q2's 1.5 percent. Gross...

By Ryan Daws, 30 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

Service providers make Big Data the weapon in fight for customers

Over the last few years mobile operators have had to become experts in building networks that can handle extreme levels of traffic, an especially difficult task as subscribers are constantly changing devices, downloading applications and finding new ways to communicate. Instead of just transporting data, operators today are realising they can profit from it.

In order to deliver an all-round quality experience, networks must draw out information from every device, application, service and network element a...

By Jason Miller, 25 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Billing, Consumers, Marketing.