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Inventing the future

Contemplating the future

With 4G only just reaching commercial maturity 5G is still very much something that remains to be defined. But in this glimpse of the future MCI looks at the access and core technologies that may shape the industry of tomorrow.

Windows chief leaves Microsoft

Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 OS has a new wallet feature and supports NFC

US software giant Microsoft has announced the immediate departure of Steven Sinofsky, head of its flagship Windows and Windows Live operations. The move came just a few weeks after the launch of the company’s next generation software platform, Windows 8, which spans both desktop and mobile devices.

“Broadband for all”: Kroes issues wake-up call to European governments

Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission

Future generations will “curse the missed opportunity” if the European broadband sector does not successfully negotiate the “tough political and investment decisions” that stand in its path, according to Neelie Kroes, vice president for the digital agenda at the European Commission. Kroes was speaking in the keynote session on Tuesday morning, and warned that Europe is “slipping behind” in productivity growth.

Software Defined Networks to be extended for telcos

The growth in cloud technology is spurring the requirement for Software Defined Networks

In parallel with the adoption of LTE in the wireless space, the fixed line community is undergoing its own long term evolution. Speaking to a small group of journalists and analysts outside the RAI yesterday morning, Ulf Ewaldsson, CTO of equipment vendor Ericsson, said the explosive growth in cloud technology was spurring the requirement for Software Defined Network (SDN) specifications for service providers and telcos.

Death of a salesman?

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The hype and excitement generated by the advent of digital advertising a decade ago led to widespread speculation on the death of traditional media. But were those predictions very much exaggerated or just premature?

Deutsche Telekom records strong performance

Deutsche Telekom records strong performance

German carrier Deutsche Telekom demonstrated its resilience to market forces on Friday, turning in financial results that beat expectations on both the top and bottom lines. Fourth quarter net loss improved from Eur750m in the last period of 2007 to Eur730m in 2008, while full year profits rocketed to Eur1.48bn, compared to Eur571m in 2007. [...]

Huawei to offer white label Android phone

The mobile handset operating system backed by web giant Google kept something of a low profile during the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona this week. Taiwanese vendor HTC, maker of the first ever Android-based handset, was the only company to come out with a solid addition to it’s portfolio in the shape of the [...]

Nortel continues to shed assets

Troubled Canadian kit vendor Nortel continues to shed assets from the safe haven of bankruptcy protection. On Friday, as the rest of the telecoms world is shaking off the hangover of Mobile World Congress, Nortel struck a deal with kit manufacturer Radware, to offload elements of its application delivery portfolio. Under the agreement, the products [...]

Healthy outlook for the mobile industry

The United Nations Foundation and the the Vodafone Partnership, in conjunction the Rockerfeller Partnership announced the launch of the mHealth Alliance at today’s Mobile World Congress. Founded in 2005 with a £10m commitment from the Vodafone Foundation matched by £5m from the United Nations Foundation, the partnership has three core commitments. First to develop a [...]

Content consumption driven by messaging

While all the talk at this year’s Mobile World Congress has centred on the launch of a variety of app stores, UK, mobile advertising-funded MVNO Blyk has launched On Blyk, a new content portal. The service is built primarily on messaging and is now available to all Blyk users in the UK. Blyk aserts that [...]

Mobile data is changing the game for vendors

The explosive growth of wireless broadband is changing the nature of the business for kit makers, the head of mega vendor Alcatel-Lucent said during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. Speaking at the event, Adolfo Hernandez, president, EMEA, Alcatel-Lucent, said that next generation wireless broadband delivery is currently based on an unstable model which [...]

UK carriers in sender pays data trial

Mobile transactions firm mBlox has launched the world’s first mobile cross operator ‘sender pays data’ trial in the UK this week. The trial aims to remove consumer confusion over the purchase and download of mobile content, with mobile operators suffering criticism for stinging users with ‘hidden’ data charges. The model allows content providers and service [...]

Nokia and Skype join forces

Disruptive VoIP player Skype has announced at Mobile World Congress that its eponymous VoIP application will be integrated on Nokia N97s from Q309. The application will be integrated into the device’s address book and be visible to users as a mobile widget. Making the announcement both Scott Derchslag, COO, and Josh Silverman, CEO of Skype [...]

Consumers to use more data services despite crunch

Mobile revenues may be taking a battering as consumers worldwide cut spending, but carriers can take heart in anticipated growth in the mobile broadband market, according to research released this week. Speaking to at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, industry researcher Nielsen said that European and US mobile users intend to dramatically [...]

Vodafone lifts curtain on Android Magic

Taiwanese handset vendor HTC has unveiled its second Android-based handset under an operator partnership with mega carrier Vodafone. The unveiling of the HTC Magic smartphone also marks Big Red’s first Android-powered handset, and will be available in the spring in the UK, Spain, Germany, Italy and France (via SFR). Details of the device’s capabilities are [...]

Microsoft confirms app store plans

Software giant Microsoft was banging the app store drum at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, confirming plans to launch a mobile content marketplace of its own in the wake of similar moves by Apple and Nokia. Details of the app shop were thin on the ground however, with the Redmond Giant only revealing [...]

Nokia and Qualcomm join up on handsets

Nokia and Qualcomm announced today that they are to collaborate on the development of WCDMA handsets, initially for the US market.  It is a pairing that would have been unthinkable a year ago, when the two firms were locked in a legal battle that had lasted several years, and spanned several continents. That wrangle, over [...]

i-mate unveils ‘good looking’ ruggedised handset

Handset manufacturer and Microsoft Windows Mobile device specialist, i-mate, has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first lifestyle mobile with a lifetime warranty. Designed to meet military specifications, the 810-F claims incredible durability but unlike other so-called ‘ruggedized’ handsets this one wouldn’t look out of place on the boardroom table. The phone comprises waterproof [...]

Social networking for the cellular community

Industry body the GSM Association (GSMA) has launched a website that it hopes will become the go to social network for companies that operate in the cellular industry. Much like popular social networks such as Facebook or, perhaps more appropriately, the social network targeted at executives, LinkedIn, the beta version of enables individuals to [...]

Poor customer service stifling mobile broadband

Almost half of UK mobile users don’t understand what mobile broadband can offer them. Moreover, better customer service would encourage mobile users to spend more. These are some of the findings from a survey released today by Convergys, a billing and OSS provider. “The findings are not exactly new,” says Mark Hennessy, director of products [...]