More mobiles than people worldwide, says expert

By the end of 2012 there will be more mobile devices in use globally than people, according to expert, Dr Mike Short.

The current global population is around 7 billion, but Dr Mike Short is confident that uptake of mobile devices will pass that mark during the course of next year. He also predicts that China and India will each have more than 1 billion mobile subscriptions during the first half of 2012.

The new president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - Europe’s largest...

By Verity Gough, 07 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: India, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

GMT under threat as ITU recommends replacement

Britain's status as the keeper of the world's time standard is under threat following new recommendations by the International Telecoms Union (ITU) to create a more accurate means of measuring time. According to reports, the new recommendations may see the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) in Paris take the reins of world time. Speaking to a reporter from FRANCE 24 at last week's ITU event in Geneva, US Navy scientist Ronald Beard who chaired the working group making the proposals said: “GMT has been recognised as...

By Verity Gough, 05 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Research.

BT broadband suffers UK wide power failure

BT Broadband customers were left without internet access for over two hours yesterday after a "power failure" at a major exchange in Birmingham caused disruptions to its service.The failure was first reported at around 13:00 BST yesterday and by 15:00 many consumer customers reported being able to regain access to the service. BT has said that around 5 percent of its entire customer base was affected with business users in particular reporting considereable revenue losses. BT said the service has now been fully restored, advising...

By Verity Gough, 04 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Infrastructure.

EU Commissioner calls for more broadband investment

The European Commissioner, Neelie Kroes is pushing for a €9.2 billion fund aimed at supporting the creation of a super European broadband infrastructure.The funding will be available in the form of equity and guarantees to expand broadband coverage, and will cover the period from 2014 -2020. The so-called 'Connecting Europe Facility,' funded by the €9.2 billion, will boost broadband investment and pan-European digital public services, it is hoped.Speaking about the new plans, Ms Kroes said: "€6.4 billion of...

By Verity Gough, 03 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Europe, Government.

ISPs get broadband speeds guidance

New guidelines set out for internet service providers to ensure they can prove customers can actually surf the web at "maximum speeds" have been issued by the government's advertising regulator.A Help Note, published by the Committee of Advertising Practice, the sister-organisation of the Advertising Standards Agency, now states that broadband companies should also include "appropriate, additional information to accompany a maximum speed claim to ensure the average consumer is not mislead. Where relevant, this includes information that bears out that...

By Verity Gough, 02 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Operators, Research.

France Telecom get strategic about mobile offloading

The French telco has this week said that WiFi offload is the right approach to dealing with mobile data traffic.Speaking at Broadband World Forum on Wednesday, Alain Maloberti, senior vice president of network for France Telecom emphasised the importance of using WiFi to offload traffic from its mobile network, based on its existing network of WiFi access points, but warned that there are still challenges to be overcome.“We have a real opportunity to offload onto WiFi a part of the traffic and leveraging what exists, not rolling out a whole new...

By Verity Gough, 01 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Totility buy-out set to boost Maintel’s mobile footprint

Telecoms and data services business, Maintel Holdings, has closed a potential £6.83 million deal to buy out mobile telecoms provider, Totility.

The purchase, under the terms of the contract, sets out an initial consideration of £2.83 million payable on completion, however there remains a £4 million additional payment, which is dependent on Totility's performance in the 12 months after purchase.

Totility is a London-based mobile telecoms provider with 1,100 customers and 12,000 mobile...

By Verity Gough, 30 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile.

Telco investment being forced by cable

Cable is forcing telco investment and could risk losing its competitive advantage over the next five years, according to the latest research from Goldman Sachs.Tim Boddy and Hugh McCaffrey of Goldman Sachs European Telecoms/Cable Investment Research argue that cable forces the incumbents to invest in fibre-based Next Generation Access (NGA) technologies losing cable its competitive advantage over a five to seven-year period, however, they add, cable should gain in the all-important pricing power as the infrastructure market...

By Verity Gough, 29 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Operators, Research.

India imposes 100 text cap

Telecoms regulator in India has put a cap on the number of text messages that can be sent from a mobile phone to deter tele-marketers, according to reports.The new ruling comes after several failed attempts to rein in the tele-marketing firms who have been freely sending unsolicited marketing texts to users on a daily basis. Under the current system, subscribers can register their numbers with a "national do not call" list by sending a text to a 1909 number.The latest measure comes after an announcement in December that companies found...

By Verity Gough, 28 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Devices, Government, India, Mobile, Networks.

2012 voice revenue set to be overtaken by broadband

Fixed broadband revenues are looking set to beat voice next year, according to the latest research from Ovum.The study entitled: Global Fixed Voice and Broadband Market Outlook: 2011–16, has shown how consumer landlines are in decline, dropping by around 18 percent over the coming five years however, broadband is going to continue its upward trend.The latest figures are reflected in the number of fixed phone and broadband lines and the analyst firm predicts that this is the last year that consumer fixed voice will have the edge over...

By Verity Gough, 27 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Research.

Spotify, Guardian and Indy partner with Facebook to offer new social apps

Consumers will soon be able to access music, movies and news on their mobiles via Facebook after Spotify, The Guardian, The Independent and Vevo joined up to be part of a new range of social apps.These companies, along with Cinemur, Myvideo, Deezer and Dailymotion are among the 33 European launch partners joining up to roll out a new range of social apps which is helping the social media site cement its position as a multi-entertainment platform.Founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced the company's latest move at the...

By Verity Gough, 26 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Content, Devices, Mobile, Smart TV.

TalkTalk and 3UK most complained about telcos, says Ofcom

Ofcom has today published its latest consumer report which has revealed that TalkTalk and 3UK are the worst offenders when it comes to customer complaints.TalkTalk managed to top two categories for landline and broadband services with 0.8 and 0.58 complaints per 1000 customers between April and June this year while Virgin Media was the golden performer amongst landline providers with 0.15 complaints per 1000 customers. Unlike previous years' reports, the 2011 study included the largest number of providers and other stellar performances...

By Verity Gough, 22 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Mobile, Operators.

Samsung seeks iPhone 5 ban

Samsung is considering blocking sales of Apple’s latest iPhone model in some countries as the legal wrangle over patents continues, according to reports.The South Korean electronics company is considering legally blocking sales of the iPhone 5 by seeking a court injunction in South Korea as well as Europe, it has been suggested.According to a report in the

By Verity Gough, 22 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Mobile, Smartphones.

Vodafone partners with Asian teleco giants

Vodaphone has signed a deal to partner with some of Asia’s biggest telecoms providers in order to increase its reach in the region and provide a range of new services to its global customer base.The Conexus Mobile Alliance will see Vodafone partner with NTT Docomo in Japan, Hutchison Telecom in Hong Kong and FarEasTone in Taiwan amongst others and in return, the new companies will benefit from Vodaphones international footprint and permit Vodafone’s enterprise and multinational customers to extend their managed services to...

By Verity Gough, 21 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Industry, Networks, Operators.

China Telecom announces 2012 cloud strategy

China Telecom has announced its cloud strategy for 2012 which includes a number of esurfing cloud devices and storage products due to launch next year.

The national telecom operator was one of the first to establish a cloud project team back in 2009 and has since completed testing in several major cities including Shanghai, Guangdong, Guangxi and Jiangxi as well as setting up a data centre to act as the hub for the scale development of cloud computing. At the beginning of 2011, China Telecom launched a...

By Verity Gough, 05 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, China, Cloud, Devices, Infrastructure, Operators.

HP buys into Cloud with £7bn acquisition

Hewlett Packard is the latest hardware firm to make the move into the Cloud following the acquisition of UK-based software company, Autonomy, for £7bn.

The deal sees HP acquire all outstanding shares for £25.50 each, cash and is yet another step away from the hardware for which it is best known. And while some commentators have suggested that HP have overpaid, Hewlett-Packard’s Chief Executive Officer, Leo Apotheker, was quick to back-up the decision.

Commenting in a press statement,...

By Verity Gough, 21 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud.

TalkTalk and Tiscali slapped with fines for billing errors

TalkTalk and Tiscali have been ordered by OfCom to pay a £3 million fine after they were found to have been wrongly billing customers for services they never received.The two telcos failed to clean up their billing systems despite being warned by OfCom in November 2010 and given until 2 December to sort them out.The communications watchdog said this morning that they now have 30 days to pay up. In addition, TalkTalk and Tiscali UK have received a lower penalty than they might otherwise have been given, had they not taken...

By Verity Gough, 18 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Government.

UK Prime Minister pushes for social networking restrictions

Users of Twitter, Facebook and other such social networking sites could face a ban if they are found to be using them to organsise criminal activity following the widespread social unrest witnessed across the country last week.Speaking in the Commons last week, Prime Minister, David Cameron said that the government were working with the police, intelligence services and industry to look at "whether it would be right to stop people communicating via social networks if they know they are plotting violence, disorder...

By Verity Gough, 15 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Content, Devices, Mobile.

Android doubles share of mobile market

The Android operating system has taken the lion's share of the mobile phone market over the past 12 months, according to the latest research from Gartner.Google's operating system, which runs on devices from manufacturers including Motorola, HTC and Samsung, is now the most widely installed in the world, appearing on 43.4 percent of all new smartphones sold in the first two quarters of 2011.

Of the 107.7 million smartphones shipped to the UK over the period, 46.8 million were Android devices - a complete contrast to...

By Verity Gough, 14 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Devices, Smartphones.

Amazon Web Service suffers outage

Amazon‘s cloud offering suffered a brief outage this week causing a break in service to parts of America’s East Coast, shutting down a number of sites including Netflix, Reddit and Foursquare.

European services were also disrupted as lightening struck a data centre in Ireland’s capital, Dublin.

The Amazon Web Service was restored quickly after a half hour break but the incident was reminiscent of a similar disaster suffered by the organisation in April which lasted for two days.

A...

By Verity Gough, 13 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, Consumers, Content, Europe, Security.