Risk and Reward: Operators Need Flexible Investment Funds

Readers from outside the UK may have been amused by the protracted process that has led to the announcement of a new high-speed railway that will be built here. Our friends around the world must be wondering why it's taken so long to embrace something that, in many countries, has been around for several decades.

Well, better late than never – at least there's no competition for such projects, so there's no risk that someone else will get there first. But it does make us think about the decision making...

By Redmill Communications, 17 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Operators.

The Real Trend at CES - No Connectivity

I have been in about 30 product briefings so far at CES so far and the trend is the same. No mater where I go exhibitors and sponsors tell me the connectivity is not good in this room or in this booth or in this part of the hotel or this part of the convention center. Yesterday I was at the Las Vegas Convention Center and today in the Venetian and Palazzo hotels and the connectivity in all locations was terrible.

That leaves the wireless carriers...

By Rich Tehrani, 12 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Operators, WiFi, Wireless.

AT&T throws in the towel on T-Mobile merger

 

AT&T has thrown in the towel on its controversial bid to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telecom (DT).

Since it was announced in March, the £39bn acquisition drew fierce criticism from US consumer groups, not to mention stiff resistance from the US Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The termination of the merger incurs a hefty payout from AT&T, $3bn to DT in Q4 this year. In addition, AT&T will...

By Matt Henkes, 20 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, N America, Operators.

Telefonica to test mobile wallet system in Europe

Blackberry maker RIM has announced that it will partner with Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica to trial NFC mobile wallet technology in Europe.

While the technology is already widely used in Asia, adoption of NFC payments has been sluggish in the West while the industry struggled to unravel the competing interests of the many different players involved in the market; though recently, some of the key players have begun to make strides into the space.

RIM’s announcement this week that it was partnering...

By , 24 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Devices, Industry, Mobile, Operators.

Skype Releases (Almost) The Same Version on Windows and Mac OS X

when pigs fly

Yesterday I sat in such utter shock that I had to look out my window to see if, in fact, we were witnessing porcine aviation. My brain was having a hard time processing something I had just read online. I literally was speechless, which, if you know anything about me, is a very hard state for me to attain. :-)

What created this cognitive dissonance?

You see...

Skype just announced the simultaneous release of new versions of Skype for BOTH Windows and Mac OS X.

Even more, the two versions almost have feature parity.

Yes, indeed, you can now get the Skype 5.7 beta for Windows and the

By Dan York, 21 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, N America, Networks, Operators, VoiP.

Do Apple and Google Need to be Carriers?

Some might argue Apple is so dominant in-part because they are control freaks. Supply chain, software, hardware, OS, CPU, you name it. Ditto for Google - with proprietary cloud-based systems which are hyper-efficient and scalable, their operating system is the one you want to emulate. In fact, you could argue much of the move to the cloud is an effort to emulate the way Google does business.And this brings us to control of the wireless experience. As good as the iPhone is, it was

By Rich Tehrani, 15 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Industry, Networks, Operators.

Beijing Correspondent - Special Report - LTE for China

Specia Report By Dr Lin Sun, Beijing Correspondent

At ITU Telecom World show in late October, China Mobile unveiled a multi-band smartphone. The ZTE phone is powered by an MTK chipset and runs on Android OS. It is designed for TD-SCDMA and GSM networks for voice and TD-LTE for high-speed data service.

China Mobile is keeping quiet on the launch of TD-LTE service and the cost of LTE phones, but I’d suspect it is at least 10 months...

By Dr Lin Sun, 14 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: China, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

eBay calls for Government support in m-commerce

eBay.co.uk has submitted a ‘Mobile Manifesto’ to UK Government, in order to help support and improve the mobile economy, after research found that some consumers are frustrated over mobile internet speeds.

The online sales giant held discussions with retailers, network operators, industry bodies and consumer groups to address the...

By Dani Millward, 14 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Browsers, Devices, Mobile, Operators, Research, Smartphones.

Europe’s largest operator posts first loss in 9 years

Europe’s largest operator, Telefonica, has posted its first quarterly loss in nine years, amid what it described as a ‘challenging’ market environment.

The group’s profit plummeted by 69% to 2.73bn Euros, with a 5.4% increase in revenue largely wiped out by a one off restructuring charge of 2.7bn Euros.

The firm reported a loss of 429m Euros in the third quarter, compared to a net profit of 5.06bn Euros during the same period in 2010, though last year’s results were bolstered by...

By Matt Henkes, 14 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, LATAM, Operators.