Are EU privacy rules to blame for European cloud struggle?

The EU’s regulation on privacy is one of the reasons why European cloud adoption is “at least two years” behind the US, according to analsyts Gartner.

Analysts Gartner, who specialise in cloud computing research, stated in their report that, whilst interest in cloud was very high, the diversity of the European states would be the key factor in “slow” cloud adoption.

Gartner sounded out four “inhibitors” for cloud growth...

By James Bourne, 31 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Europe.

EU anti-dumping investigation provokes China retaliation fears

News that the EU is planning to launch a huge 'anti-dumping' trade case against China, alleging that Chinese mobile manufacturers benefit from illegal government subsidies, has provoked only anxious reticence and stony silence among European tech leaders.

On Friday the Financial Times reported that the EU was poised to launch one of its biggest ever trade cases, citing claims that the commission had painstakingly gathered evidence over...

By Matt Henkes, 29 May 2012, 1 comment. Categories: China, Europe, Industry, Mobile.

Beware of broadband monopoly, small TELCOs warn

Alternative TELCOs have called on the European Commission to lower wholesale charges and have warned that unless the “copper gravy train” is put to an end, broadband services will revert to the monopolies of before.

Under what they called “discriminatory conduct” from the bigger firms, the European Competitive Telecommunication Association (ECTA) asserted that the larger providers are ripping smaller TELCOs off for their legacy copper infrastructure.

According to ECTA, this in turn is...

By James Bourne, 22 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, Fiber Optic.

Samsung and Visa in NFC partnership for the Olympics

A limited edition model of the Samsung Galaxy S3 will utilise Visa’s payment app, Visa payWave, and be used by athletes and selected partners for the duration of the Olympics.

Visa and Samsung jointly announced the deal making it possible for privileged users to make transactions instantly at “thousands of retail locations throughout London”.

Any transaction of over £20 will require the user to input a passcode.

The move implements near field communication (NFC) technology which allows...

By James Bourne, 15 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Europe, Smartphones, Wireless.

Nokia warns of losses in face of “competitive industry dynamics”

Finnish handset vendor Nokia has announced that is expecting to report a loss for the first two quarters of 2012.
In a statement released Wednesday the firm blamed “competitive industry dynamics” for damaging net sales for its Mobile Phones and Smart Devices business units, particularly in the Middle East and Africa, India and China.The announcement takes the shine off the recent resurgence of Nokia’s high end...

By Connected Numbers, 14 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Europe, Mobile, Operators.

Telefónica announces roaming tariff in response to EU legislation

Telecoms giant Telefónica has responded to the EU’s new roaming legislation by introducing a standard roaming mobile tariff which they claim is “considerably cheaper than the EU’s regulated rate.”

The new pan-European tariff gives consumers 25MB usage – equal to 250 visits to “essential” websites – anywhere in the 27 European Union countries for €2 a day, or £1.99 for UK users. Any Telefónica users who exceed 25MB will be immediately...

By James Bourne, 11 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Mobile, Networks, Smartphones.

Can Telefónica halt the OTT smash and grab with "TU Me"?

European telecoms giant Telefónica has released its own VoIP-based communication app, in a direct challenge to the popular OTT services that have usurped billions of dollars of operators’ revenue over the last year.

European operators have been feeling the pinch from services like Skype and WhatsApp, and companies including Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom and Vodfone have been making noises about introducing their own rich...

By Matt Henkes, 09 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Operators, Wireless.

Everything Everywhere rues impact of MTR cuts

Everything Everywhere, the company formed by the merger of Orange and T-Mobile in the UK, has posted a drop in service revenue of 2.5 per cent to fall to £1.5bn in its first quarter earnings statement.The firm blamed the drop on the impact of regulated mobile termination rate (MTR) cuts. Last year, the UK’s Competition Commission decided to increase the speed at which mobile termination rates must fall, from 4 pence per minute to just 0.65 pence per minute by 1 April 2014. It said that, excluding the impact of these cuts, revenue would have...

By Connected Numbers, 03 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, LTE, Operators.

Feathers fly over Ofcom's Everything Everywhere LTE deal

Feathers are flying again over the forthcoming divvy-up of UK LTE bandwidth, with Vodafone accusing the UK regulator Ofcom of “taking leave of its senses”, for allowing Everything Everywhere to use existing spectrum to run 4G services.

Everything Everywhere is a joint venture involving T-Mobile and Orange. Last week Ofcom announced that it would allow the companies to operate LTE services over the 1,800MHz band previously used by 2G mobile...

By Matt Henkes, 20 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Licensing, LTE, Mobile, Wireless.

What are you announcing at Mobile World Congress? #MWC12

With only days ahead of the biggest mobile industry event kicks off in Barcelona, the product announcements are coming thick and fast.

With this year’s show looking to be an LTE, NFC, mobile billing and app monetisation bonanza, the Telecoms Tech team will be travelling to Barcelona over the weekend to bring you the latest news, announcements, gossip and product releases.

The latest manufacturer to lift the lid on its upcoming box of tricks is LG, which is...

By Matt Henkes, 22 February 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Why Mobile Feature-Phones Have Strong Demand

The worldwide mobile phone market grew 6.1 percent year over year in the fourth quarter of 2011 (4Q11). According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), vendors shipped 427.4 million units in 4Q11 -- that's compared to 402.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2010. The 6.1 percent year-over-year growth was higher than IDC's earlier forecast of 4.4 percent for the quarter, but weaker than the 9.3 percent growth in 3Q11. "The mobile phone market exhibited unusually low growth last quarter, which shows it is not immune to weaker macroeconomic conditions worldwide," said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst at IDC. The introduction of high-growth products such as the Apple iPhone 4S, which...

By David H. Deans, 17 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Europe, Industry, Mobile, N America.

How Pay-TV Advertising will Shift to New Formats

Increasing consumer adoption of new video entertainment formats -- including video-on-demand (VOD) and viewing on media tablets and smartphones -- will cause up to $22 billion (30 percent) of the U.S. pay-TV advertising market to shift to new formats by 2016. Western Europe will see similar shifts in advertising revenue, while the rest of world will lag in its transition of advertising to these new formats. Regardless, the eventual realignment of all marketer's advertising budgets will have a dramatic impact on the legacy ecosystem. "A shift is already underway in the television advertising marketplace from linear ads inserted by a...

By David H. Deans, 16 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Entertainment, Europe, IPTV, N America, Smart TV.

Rapid LTE adoption will only reach 6% globally

The adoption of LTE networks will be rapid over the five years, driven largely by enterprise subscribers, but will only 6% of global subscribers by 2016, according to new research from the analyst firm Juniper Research.

Subscriber numbers will reach 428m in the next five years, with rapid uptake beginning next year, it said. Many operators are already making preparations to hit their roll out targets.

Enterprise will be the first big adopter of the new, faster mobile network technology, the report found, with...

By , 25 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Europe, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile, N America, Networks.

LTE trial kicks off in London

O2, a UK arm of European telecoms giant Telefonica, has begun the first trial of 4G LTE in the English capital, delivering mobile broadband speeds of up to 150mbps to a sample group of around 100 users.

Over 25 4G sites will go live across London this month, covering a combined area of 40 square kilometres, between now and summer 2012, covering key areas of the capital, including Canary Wharf, Soho, Westminster, South Bank and Kings Cross.

In reality, as experienced with 3G, actual download speeds...

By Matt Henkes, 15 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, LTE, Mobile.

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.