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Microsoft begins retreat from Windows Phone with platform-agnostic Microsoft Health
Band on the run

Software giant Microsoft has formally entered the wearables game with the launch of its Microsoft Health platform and accompanying Microsoft Band fitness band. But the real significance behind this move is Microsoft’s decision to make both products platform-agnostic, implying Microsoft has decided to no longer pin its mobile hopes on Windows Phone.

Lenovo completes Motorola Mobility acquisition
From left to right: Lenovo’s Liu Jun and Yang Yuanqing with Rick Osterloh from Motorola

Lenovo has announced the completion of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, claiming that makes it the 3rd largest smartphone maker in the world. The company said it expects the mobile firm it purchased for a total of $2.91 billion to be profitable within four to six quarters.

Swiss tech firm claims NFV first

NAKA Mobile, a telecoms and technology specialist based in Switzerland, has claimed the industry’s first virtualized evolved packet core (vEPC). Utilising Cisco’s NFV services, NAKA claims it will transform its network architecture, expand beyond Switzerland, and provide its mobile Internet services to customers across the world.

EE activates LTE-A in Central London

EE has launched LTE-Advanced, which it is branding ’4G+’, at some 150 sites across London, declaring the UK has “gone from a laggard back to being a leader.” As reported previously by, the new faster speeds are facilitated by carrier aggregation (CA) over the combination of 20MHz of 1800MHz and 20MHzof 2.6GHz spectrum.

Q3 smartphones – Android still dominant but Samsung feeling the heat

As the Q3 earnings season unfolds, the quarterly smartphone vendor shipment numbers are trickling out. Market trackers such as Strategy Analytics and IDC have yet to release their preliminary numbers, but there’s already enough information out there to form some early conclusions.

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 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 October 2014

In the October issue of Mobile Communications International, we speak to Simon Segars, CEO of UK chip designer ARM. From its base in Cambridge, ARM has established a global presence as its silicon now exists in almost all mobile devices.

We also look at the complicated world of law in the telco sector. Telecoms is one of the most litigious industries on the planet, with regulation, compliance and a seemingly endless number of patents creating a legal minefield for telcos.

A Week In Wireless
And the survey said…

As the awards draw closer, the Informer notes a general ramping up of such things. A close cousin of the industry award is the market survey, which aims to add some insight into a given part of the market. Once more, does such a thing and many of its readers seem to find it useful, but the industry survey can take many forms.

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Comment by Raymond Jumah The increased dominance by #Android over #iOS and #Windows agitates for a strategic shift if any of other #OS is ...

Raymond Jumah on Q3 smartphones – Android still dominant but Samsung feeling the heat
Comment by Tom Kiedrowski But not quite as impressive as the A new type of fibre optic cable developed by researchers in the US ...

Tom Kiedrowski on Huawei claims breakthrough in 100Gbps-PON technology
Comment by Constantin You have to multiply by 8 to convert to bps from Bps. The real issue is the footprint and the indoor ...

Constantin on Samsung claims 5G breakthrough
Comment by Dean Anthony Gratton LTE-A is 4G as proposed by the ITU and 3GPP - they wanted to achieve 1.5Gb/s, as a de facto, ...

Dean Anthony Gratton on Vodafone announces UK carrier aggregation roll-out
Comment by Kai Interesting... but there have been demos from Nokia showing higher speeds of 2.6 Gbps (lately 3.8 Gbps) with current LTE ...

Kai on Samsung claims 5G breakthrough
Comment by Mike Newlands Not just one Scott, there were quite a few including T-Mobile in the US and several operators in the Caribbean. ...

Mike Newlands on Vodafone announces UK carrier aggregation roll-out