Verizon given $1.25m fine for allegedly blocking tethering apps

Verizon Wireless, one of the biggest carriers in America, has agreed to stop blocking its Android subscribers from using third party tethering apps.

The ruling from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has also left Verizon out of pocket - $1.25 million (£805k) out of pocket to be precise.

Teetering on the tethering tightrope

Tethering, or the act of using one’s phone as a wireless hotspot for tablets and laptops, was originally acceptable with Verizon so long as users pay $20 per month in...

By James Bourne, 02 August 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Google, Operators.

Huawei largest telecom equipment vendor, beats Ericsson

There’s been a sea-change at the top of the telecom equipment vendors market; Chinese manufacturer Huawei posted more sales revenue than Ericsson through Q1 and Q2 of 2012.

Huawei posted first-half sales revenue figures of CNY 102.7bn (£10.4bn), which was a 5% increase from this time last year.

In comparison, Swedish vendor Ericsson posted revenue figures of 106.3bn kronor (£9.85bn) for the first two quarters of this year.

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei chief financial officer, spoke of “moving...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Infrastructure, Operators.

Telco IT spend to decline as a percentage of revenues by 2016

By Shagun Bali, Analyst, Telecom IT, Ovum

Ovum publishes analysis of telco IT spending forecast

As market forces continue to drive substantial change in telecommunications, the industry’s IT spending will respond accordingly. Faced with limited prospects for revenue growth, telecoms service providers are keeping capital expenditure budgets in check. They are also reducing costs by outsourcing certain operations to leverage vendors’ economies of scale and expertise.

The market is witnessing rapid...

By Ovum Research, 23 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Operators.

ZTE and Alcatel-Lucent raise earnings fears – will M&A save the day?

By Matt Walker, Principal Analyst, Networks & Technology

Summary

Hard times continue for telecom infrastructure vendors.

In the past week, two of the top six suppliers – Alcatel-Lucent (#4) and ZTE (#6) – have warned of disappointing 2Q12 earnings.Ericsson’s 2Q12 earnings were much weaker than expected. Another top vendor, Nokia Siemens Networks, is making major staff cuts, spinning off assets, and suffering predictably challenging morale and customer reactions.

Huawei and Cisco appear...

By Ovum Research, 20 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Operators, Research.

Telecoms pricing: still the dark side of the industry?

The Australian telecoms industry has dodged a bullet with the acceptance by ACMA of the updated Telecommunications Consumer Protection Code (TCP).

The self-regulation body Communications Alliance has responded to calls for improved consumer protection with some significant improvements. New standards will apply to information provided to consumers, how products are advertised, what is presented on the bill, and complaint-handling procedures.

In the...

By David Werdiger, 19 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Operators.

Sprint rolls out US 4G LTE network – a bit late to the party?

The American telecoms carrier Sprint Nextel has announced a rolling out of their 4G long-term evolution (LTE) network in the US.

Sprint, one of the ‘big four’ American long distance providers, has launched their 4G network in 15 American cities, mainly in Georgia and Texas with plans to bring out additional 4G LTE markets later this year.

“This new network is performing extremely well and customers should find it consistent, reliable and really...

By James Bourne, 17 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, N America, Operators, Wireless.

Is ‘dumping’ scandal aftermath starting to hit ZTE hard?

It hasn’t been the best of weeks for Chinese telecoms behemoth ZTE: not only are their profits down, but it’s been reported that up to 12,000 of their staff could lose their jobs as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

A piece by Marbridge Consulting, citing a source within the company, has claimed that ZTE has already made three rounds of cuts since February, with overseas workers very much at risk.

Staff have purportedly been sent a circulatory explaining the importance of localisation in tough...

By James Bourne, 16 July 2012, 1 comment. Categories: China, Operators, Wireless.

Australian TELCOs to clean up act with “ground-breaking” regs

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has enabled new regulations on TELCOs aiming to give consumers “materially greater protection” against billing hikes and poor customer service.

The revised telecommunications consumer protection (TCP) code – which at a hefty 102 pages is “designed to ensure good service and fair outcomes for all consumers of telecommunications products in Australia” – will take effect on September 1.

The new measures will be monitored...

By James Bourne, 12 July 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Operators.

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.

And the winner in the India 3G roaming pacts case is?

You’d never get a boxing match with only two judges in case of a split decision – so why did the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) in India do it with a vital 3G roaming case?

The case revolves around whether operators should still be allowed to use roaming ‘pacts’ on 3G services and the two judges and members of TDSAT, Chairman Justice S B Sinha and Member P K Rastogi, differed in their opinions which meant a split decision.

The trial was presided over by only...

By James Bourne, 04 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: India, Mobile, Operators.