Operator group Vodafone has seen a 90 per cent year on year drop in profit for the full year ended March 2013. The operator posted a profit of just £673m, down from £7bn a year earlier, hit hard by a £7.7bn impairment charge in Italy and Spain over the course of the year.
Finnish start up Jolla Mobile has unveiled its first device, due for commercial launch later this year. The touch screen slab doesn’t appear to have a name but its creators make much of the smart cases, dubbed the Other Half, which will affect the phones UI when attached, presumably via NFC.
Thailand’s mobile operators have agreed to lower their 3G tariff plans by between 15 to 20 per cent, as instructed by national telecoms regulator the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).
Multimedia over coax (MoCA) helped drive the global home networking device market to $4.9bn in the second half of 2012, up five per cent on a sequential basis, according to US firm Infonetics Research.
Internet firm Yahoo on Monday moved to acquire blogging platform Tumblr for $1.1bn in cash. In some ways this is a last ditch attempt to keep Yahoo relevant and CEO Marissa Meyer made a promise during the announcement “not to screw it up.”
The good news for carriers is that cloud computing is the most important and sustainable revenue opportunity since voice. Not only that, by delivering next generation IT through the next generation network (NGN), carriers could become the leading channel in the cloud computing business, with unique competences and valuable assets.
- East Africa Com
Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya May 21, 2013 - May 22, 2013
- Network Security 2013
London May 21, 2013 - May 22, 2013
- Managed Services Growth Markets
Istanbul, Turkey May 21, 2013 - May 22, 2013
- Critical Communications 2013
Paris Nord Villepinte, Paris, France May 21, 2013 - May 24, 2013
- Small Cells Asia Congress
Singapore May 28, 2013 - May 29, 2013
Telecoms.com talks to Mock Pak Lum, CTO of Singaporean operator StarHub, about the ongoing rollout of the firm’s LTE offering.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the richest of them all?
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index released this week, Microsoft founder Bill Gates has just edged past Mexican mogul Carlos Slim, who’s lost more than a few pounds since Mexico’s government passed a bill that could quash America Movil’s market dominance.
John Igwebuike, head of FMCG Group, Swift Networks Ltd, Nigeria, is speaking on Day One of the LTE Africa conference, taking place on the 9th-10th July 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. Ahead of the show he gives us an overview of the Nigerian telecoms markets and the challenges facing operators seeking to deploy LTE in the country.
Pierre François Dubois, VP product development, Technocentre, Orange, France is speaking on ‘Maximising the benefits of LTE with RCS’ on Day One of the LTE World Summit, the premier 4G event for the telecoms industry, is taking place on the 24th-26th June 2013, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. Ahead of the show we speak to him about how RCS will both benefit consumers and help to maximise operator revenue.
Google has launched a music-subscription service to complement the sale of music downloads from Google Play. The strangely titled Google Play Music All Access will go up against the likes of Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody and Xbox Music in the US, with overseas rollouts expected soon. There is no advertising-supported tier, and a monthly subscription costs $9.99. An introductory price of $7.99 is in place until the end of June. Like its rivals, All Access offers curated playlists and suggested music-discovery options. All Access ties in with Google’s music-locker service, which provides storage for up to 20,000 tracks owned by a user.
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Presenting the findings of the first Telecoms.com Intelligence Global Industry Survey 2013.