Telefónica buys E-Plus to create Germany’s largest operator

Telefónica has bought KPN’s German subsidiary E-Plus - in a deal worth €5 billion ($6.6 billion) to create Germany’s largest operator.

The Spanish firm - who already has a hand in the German market - will take up a 65 percent majority stake in the company. The combination of the company’s current customer base with KPN’s will mean a cumulative base of 43 million customers; controlling 40 percent of Germany’s users.

Currently, the market leaders – Deutsche...

By Ryan Daws, 23 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Is 2013 proving to be the year of 4G?

Now that we’re well into 2013 we can see that over recent months 4G has been playing heavily on the minds of service providers.

The auction’s been settled and the key players have each been awarded a slice of the 4G pie, so now it’s time to look at what this will really mean for the telecoms landscape and its customers.

It’s no doubt that the introduction of 4G is exciting but real consumer take-up is not going to be rapid because customers are locked into contracts, tariffs are high...

By Russell Palmer, 23 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, LTE, Marketing, Operators.

Taking a look at how 4G changes the mobile landscape

Most of us have come to terms that 4G will be making some big changes to our lives and how we access data services on the move, but are you aware of the impact it will have on the competitive landscape?

A report by independent research firm Yankee Group investigates just that.

Mobile network operators (MNOs) have been fighting to release their services as quick as possible, whilst offering the fastest and most reliable service. Although this certainly helps to gain an advantage, it’s not the only way to...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Research, Smartphones.

Why 4G presents an opportunity for CSPs to target SMEs

While landing the huge corporate contract remains an important consideration and goal for Communication Service Providers (CSPs), the introduction of 4G to the UK market provides the perfect opportunity to address a market segment that has traditionally been tough to crack: SMEs (Small and Medium Businesses).

According to a recent Telesperience whitepaper, commissioned by MDS, the SME sector is one that UK and European operators have long identified as a potentially lucrative opportunity waiting to happen....

By Rob Smith, 17 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Marketing, Mobile.

Apple is bidding for the Kinect motion peripheral

Ok, so that may have been a slightly misleading headline; Apple is bidding for the company which designed and created the original Kinect device used first in Microsoft’s Xbox console - PrimeSense.

The Israeli-based firm will also be providing chips and designs for the upcoming Xbox One, and has gained $85 million in venture capital funding.

Apple, however, is expected to bid between the region of $280 and $300 million to acquire the company and its technology.

This would put the company at an advantage over...

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Content, Devices, Entertainment, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones, Smart TV.

Connected TV apps and services market to hit $14 billion by 2017

The connected TV apps and services market is expected to explode in the next five years as new app frameworks in smart TVs, net-tops (i.e. Apple TV, Roku), Blu-ray devices and game consoles serve as the foundation for a new TV app economy. NextMarket Insights forecasts the US TV app economy to reach $14 billion by 2017, up from under $4.5 billion in 2012.

“The growth of app-delivered subscriptions, virtual pay-TV bundles, advertising, premium apps, in-app purchases, transactional content and digital to...

By Otilia Otlacan, 15 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Industry, Marketing.

US likeliest for next disruptive tech; UK not an ‘innovation hotspot’

The UK’s “Tech City” cannot compete against the might of Silicon Valley and the rest of the US in terms of technology innovation, according to a recent survey.

Whilst this may not be greatly surprising considering the sheer scale of the States; being placed ahead of China by technology executives may be of interest.

The survey has been conducted by advisory firm KPMG, using a pool of 811 top technology business leaders worldwide from startups, mid-sized to large enterprises, venture capital...

By Ryan Daws, 12 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Marketing, N America, Research.

T-Mobile’s “boldest moves” event is simply disruptive (in a good way)

Nearly a fortnight ago, TelecomsTech reported on an event by provider T-Mobile which was entitled “Our boldest moves yet”.

Counting me intrigued, we speculated, and had some great discussions and theories across the social networks to which we post. So, were their steps bold?

Firstly and most importantly, is a brand-new contract add-on which is indeed pretty bold. Going by the name of ‘Jump!’ it will incur an extra $10 monthly charge on top of your current...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, LTE, Marketing, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

EU looks to invest €22 billion in research and innovation

In order to remain a global leader in various technological sectors, the EU will be investing €22 billion towards research and innovation.

This investment hopes to secure not just advancement of the relevant industries, but also help to provide jobs for the future.

The funding will focus primarily on five public-private partnerships in the fields of innovative medicines, aeronautics, bio-based industries, fuel cells and hydrogen, and electronics.

These five 'Joint Technology Initiatives' (JTIs) are:

  • Innovative Medicines 2 (IMI2): to develop next generation vaccines, medicines and...

By Ryan Daws, 10 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Marketing.

M2M module market reached $1.5 billion in 2012

Infonetics Research released findings from its latest mobile communications sector market study, which provides market size, analysis, and forecasts for mobile machine-to-machine (M2M) modules by technology, vertical industry, and geographic region. Mobile network operators are deploying more M2M solutions and enterprises and consumers are increasingly adopting them across the globe -- creating a robust outlook for the overall M2M services market, as well as the mobile M2M module market. “To put things in perspective, the mobile M2M module is just one of many technology solutions available for M2M services, one that represents less than 15 percent of active M2M connections...

By David H. Deans, 09 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: M2M, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators.