Payment provider PayPal has launched a card reader device that handles Chip & PIN and PayPal payments in Europe. The device will be available to select UK businesses over the coming months before becoming generally available this summer.
Operator group Orange, through its healthcare services subsidiary Almerys has created a mobile identity management system for the healthcare sector. The firm partnered with identity management solutions Morpho as it extends its existing health card solution portfolio.
Operator group France Telecom has launched three Orange-branded handsets in its bid to undercut the leading manufacturers in the smartphone market.
Network infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent has appointed a new CEO in former Vodafone Europe CEO Michel Combes. Combes will begin his role April 1, 2013 and will also join the company’s board of directors, subject to the approval of shareholders.
Cameroonian MVNO Eto’o Telecom’s employees have taken to the country’s streets in protest of unpaid wages, according to local reports. The MVNO is most notable for being owned by Cameroon international footballer Samuel Eto’o – the highest played footballer in the world, according to business news website Business Insider.
Indian regional operator Sistema Shyam TeleServices has shut down its operations in ten of the country’s telecom circles. The firm said that the decision was made based on “several factors” including spectrum pricing and the levels of competition in those markets.
Brazilian operator Claro Brazil has signed an agreement with M2M platform provider Jasper Wireless to serve its M2M customers across 2,000 cities in Brazil.
Japanese operator NTT Docomo has selected vendors Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and Panasonic to develop its next generation LTE-A network architecture. In one of the earliest roll out of the technology, the two vendors will provide the operator with base stations that are optimised for LTE Advanced.
French operator group France Telecom has seen its net income slide by 79 per cent year-on-year to €820m for the full year 2012. The firm’s profit was substantially impacted by an impairment charge of €1.841bn in 2012 on units in Poland, Egypt and Romania.
Nokia has made strides in restoring its reputation among its UK consumers, according to research from YouGov. The market research expert’s Smartphone Mobile Internet eXperiences tracker (SMIX) shows that the Finnish firm substantially improved its levels of customer advocacy and loyalty during the last three months of 2012.
The UK’s four mobile network operators have secured 4G spectrum, along with BT subsidiary Niche Spectrum Ventures.However, much of the discussion following regulator Ofcom’s announcement was around the revenue generated for the public purse. Just £2.34bn was raised; Chancellor George Osborne had hoped to secure £3.5bn from the auction.
The UK’s four mobile network operators and a subsidiary of fixed line incumbent BT have won LTE spectrum, regulator Ofcom has announced. But bidding was cautious, with the auction raising £2.34bn; £1bn less than the UK Treasury had hoped.
In a bid to reclaim its standing in the smartphone market, Taiwanese handset maker HTC has launched the HTC One; its flagship Android smartphone.
Spanish operator group Telefónica has launched what it claims to be the first platform that integrates M2M communications and metering infrastructure management. The group said that the Connected Metering Platform will help both communications operators and utilities firms to enhance their smart metering deployments.
UK operator EE has posted a drop in revenue for 2012, despite being the only operator in the country to offer LTE services. The company formerly known as Everything Everywhere; created as a result of the merger of T-Mobile and Orange in the UK, saw full-year service revenue fall 2.6 per cent year on year to £5.95bn.
Operator group France Telecom has announced that it could sell its shares in Portuguese operator Sonaecom and has entered into a “put and call option” agreement with local conglomerate Sonae, the majority shareholder in the firm.
Norwegian operator group Telenor will cease operating in Mumbai, after being told by India’s Supreme Court to shut down its operations in the city. The operator’s Indian subsidiary, Uninor, will lose around 1.84 million customers as a result.
UK operator group Vodafone has struck a five-year deal with British defence firm BAE Systems. The two have penned a partnership to provide businesses with a range of advanced communications security products and services for smartphones and tablets. BAE Systems has also selected Vodafone as its preferred supplier of mobile communications worldwide, excluding the US.
South Korean operator SK Telecom has announced that it has acquired one million users for its Joyn service, just 50 days after of launching it.
Much has been made of the perceived spectrum shortage in the US. While operators will arguably never be satisfied with the amount of spectrum they possess and will always welcome more, in terms of MHz available per subscriber in the market, the US does look as though it is lacking in comparison to other major markets.