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Austrian discount retailer set to enter MVNO market – report
Discounter Hofer could be Austria's next new MVNO

Hofer, the Austrian branch of Aldi, is reportedly entering the mobile market in January with its own mobile service offering. It would replace Yesss!, the MVNO Hofer announced it was dropping last December, although the contract is still valid until the end of this year.

AT&T-Chernin venture snaps up Fullscreen stake
AT&T and Chernin Group agree to buy majority of Fullscreen

Otter Media, the joint venture of AT&T and media holding company Chernin Group, formed in April, announced its intention to buy a majority stake in YouTube content provider Fullscreen in a move to establish firmer foot in the online video market.

Huawei acquires Neul to boost IoT offering

Chinese networking giant Huawei has deepened its commitment to IoT (Internet of Things) with the acquisition of UK startup Neul. The Cambridge-based company is focused on developing technology to embed processing and connectivity as efficiently as possible.

UN Broadband Commission: 50% of world online by 2017

A report by the UN Broadband Commission shows that 40% of the world’s population are already online, with the figure set to reach 50% by 2017. Data from the annually published report, titled The State of Broadband, predicts that the number of internet users is set to rise from last year’s 2.3 billion to 2.9 billion by the end of 2014.

Ericsson buys into PaaS start up

Cloud technologies remain a strong investment target as Swedish infrastructure vendor Ericsson on Tuesday agreed to acquire a majority stake in US-based enterprise services startup Apcera.

Interviews
Telefónica Group CIO: Using cloud to regain ground lost to OTT players
Phil Jordan, group CIO at Telefónica

With operations in 24 countries, over 120,000 employees globally, Telefónica Group, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, is looking to put at IT at the core of everything that it does in order to compete globally in an industry currently in the throes of a digital revolution. Phil Jordan, group chief information officer at Telefónica says that cloud is at the centre of how the company plans to regain terrain lost to over-the-top (OTT) players, make its core mobile and fixed line operations more flexible and scalable, and enable it to provide next generation digital services.

Evolution Everywhere
EE's CTO and CTO, Fotis Karonis

The CTO and CIO of UK LTE pioneer EE talks to Telecoms.com about his experiences of launching the technology, how it has given EE greater leverage in the wider ecosystem, and why CTO and CIO functions belong together.

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Mobile Communications International June 2014

Living in a 4G world: The most pressing issues facing LTE operators today. Featuring:

Fifth Generation – Now officially part of the industry discourse, what does 5G actually mean?
Name your price – How LTE pricing strategies are evolving as markets mature.
Tomorrow the World Phone – Despite the global embrace of LTE, a truly global device remains to be seen.

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Comment by Rick Rolston Dean, Excellent post. The IoT will really be closer to Ashton's original concept. Things are assets that ...

Rick Rolston on What is this Internet of Things, thing?
Comment by Sean Jackson The Truth? You can't handle the truth.

Sean Jackson on Moans 4u
Comment by John 'jaQ' Andrews This is the key quote: "With Apple on board, NFC gets the final seal of approval it needs." NFC has ...

John 'jaQ' Andrews on Financial community cautiously positive about Apple Pay
Comment by Dean Anthony Gratton Hi Rob Thank you for your comment. The unfortunate link between white space and the IoT and M2M, is the industry desperately ...

Dean Anthony Gratton on Has the hype killed the White Space radio star?
Comment by Rob B Agree that white spaces hasn't achieved meaningful lift off to date. But that's not to say it won't be ...

Rob B on Has the hype killed the White Space radio star?
Comment by Scott Bicheno Thanks a lot for your comment - all good points. We're getting a lot of VoWifi communication at the moment, ...

Scott Bicheno on Long term harmony

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