Apple’s quarterly profits took a dip last week and, so universally is the company renowned, even my dad asked me if the firm’s latest numbers heralded the beginning of the end.
Industry Analyst Strategy Analytics has released estimates for the size of the Android smartphone market during the first quarter of 2013, declaring that Korean device vendor Samsung captured 95 per cent of profits from Android devices in the period.
Telecoms.com talks to Mock Pak Lum, CTO of Singaporean operator StarHub, about the ongoing rollout of the firm’s LTE offering.
The most challenging aspect of introducing Voice over LTE services (VoLTE) will be deciding how and whether to transition individual legacy voice services to the new domain, according to Michel Lenoir, programme manager for LTE at Vodafone Netherlands
Although there is widespread industry support for standardised and centralised BSS strategies for mobile operators, fears around operational disruption and cultural and political issues are so pronounced they are perhaps keeping operators from moving to implement such strategies. But a cloud implementation of a single BSS solution could represent a possible solution.
The CEO of Swedish mobile operator Tele2 has been quoted by a Swedish business newspaper voicing frustration at his company’s dealings with Apple.
Ericsson’s first quarter profits fell year on year to SEK1.2bn (€139m) from SEK8.8bn for the same period in 2012, largely due to the boost given to 1Q12 numbers by the firm’s exit from the Sony Ericsson device JV. While the vendor recorded a two per cent uptick in sales to SEK52bn it was hit by currency fluctuations and a disappointing performance from its network rollout business.
Indian operator Tata Communications has launched a service offering international HD voice call termination to mobile operators that have launched HD voice in their domestic markets. Figures from the Global Mobile Suppliers Association show that HD voice had been launched by 61 operators in 45 countries by the end of January this year.
The telco as buffalo is an appealing image. On the one hand buffalo can be quick for their size, extremely strong, dangerous in a fight and difficult to bring down—especially when they’ve got momentum. But they are also short sighted, easily spooked and exhibit the definitive herd mentality—particularly when they sense a threat.
Voice over LTE is one of the most complex technologies being deployed within the framework of the LTE roadmap, says Peter Carson, senior director for marketing at Qualcomm. And operators have a lot of work ahead of them if they are to retain their status as the natural providers of voice and maximise the benefits of the move to a single network technology.
Japanese vendor NEC has established a partnership with Portuguese incumbent operator Portugal Telecom that will see the two firms collaborate on SDN (software defined networking) and virtualisation technology for datacenters and carrier networks.
The benefits afforded by heterogenous network architectures in LTE could be compromised in multi-vendor environments, according to Ericsson’s product manager for LTE.
US operator AT&T, one of the leading network players in the machine to machine space, has delayed the commercial launch of its planned home security and automation offering in order to scale the launch up, the firm has said.
Ahead of his presentation at the Telco Cloud World Forum in London next week, Jeurgen Urbanski, chief technologist for big data and cloud at Deutsche Telekom, talks to Telecoms.com about the role of telecoms operators in the cloud ecosystem and the challenges the sector faces.
Ahead of the anticipated launch of a Facebook-branded smartphone on Thursday, one industry analyst has warned of the increasing disruption that the social network could bring to the mobile communications industry. In a research note issued Tuesday, Strand Consult said that “companies such as Facebook are rendering mobile operators into dumb pipes [and] all smartphones into dumb terminals.”