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The idiosyncratic internet

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One of the many great things about the internet is the freedom it allows. There are no constraints on space and distance, the cost of participation is very low and within the boundaries of the law, nothing is off-limits. The flip-side of all this lovely freedom is that anyone can participate, even strange people, and furthermore they’re also free to pass judgment on everything else.

Zero credit check MVNO launches on Sprint

Madstar Mobile launches on Sprint's network

A new MVNO has launched on Sprint’s mobile network in the USA, with the promise of requiring zero credit checks for its customers. Madstar Mobile piggybacks on Sprint’s cellular network, and subsequently promises 3G or 4G LTE to more than 96% of the USA population.

Ofcom shares UK strategy

Ofcom wants to ensure a connected UK

Ofcom has published a report outlining its strategy to ensure all UK citizens benefit from communications services as much as possible. The report, titled Citizens and Communications Services, examines the availability, accessibility and affordability of said services in the UK.

Telstra chooses AppDirect for cloud app store

Telstra targets the cloud

Australian incumbent telco Telstra has selected AppDirect’s application marketplace technology to power its cloud app store. The platform will allow Telstra to offer a one-stop-shop for cloud-based apps for business users, and is going live initially with services offered by Box (cloud-based storage and collaboration) and Docusign (digital signing software).

SoftBank eyeing up América Móvil wireless assets – report

SoftBank's CEO Masayoshi Son ponders América Móvil assets?

SoftBank is considering buying the wireless assets of Carlos Slim-owned América Móvil, according to a report. Apparently the Japanese tech giant has asked US subsidiary firm Sprint’s CEO Marcelo Claure to gather information on the business up for sale on its behalf.

Record $19.2B invested in mobile Internet in past 12 months – study

Mobile Internet industry sees money being thrown about

A study conducted by financial advisory and analyst firm Digi-Capital has revealed the mobile Internet industry has benefited from a record level of investment in the past year. According to the report, mobile Internet investment peaked at $19.2 billion (£12 billion) in the 12 months up to Q3 2014.

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

Cisco providing vEPC to NAKA Mobile

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 launches 4G+ 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 Telecoms.com, 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

LG G3

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.

Carrier aggregation or carrier aggravation?

The concept of carrier aggregation is getting a lot attention

Carrier Aggregation – one of most popular features of LTE-Advanced – is currently in the innovator and early-adopter stages of the technology lifecycle. As such it is still relatively immature and complex to implement with the risk of disappointing early consumers.

Q3 mobile driving growth for Facebook, Twitter user numbers disappoint

Mobile is growing for Facebook

Facebook has reported third quarter results, again showing strongest year-on-year growth in mobile, where daily active users (DAUS) rose by 39% to 703 million, while overall daily users rose 19% to 864 million DAUS.

Alcatel-Lucent, Internet Society develop internet exchange for SE Asia

Alcatel-Lucent and the Internet Society will facilitate superfast broadband in Thailand

The Internet Society and Alcatel-Lucent have agreed to provide support and equipment for the development of the Bangkok Internet Exchange Point (BKNIX). The project will utilise the Internet Society’s Interconnection and Traffic Exchange (ITE) programme and is intended to deliver a stronger and more robust Internet infrastructure for South East Asia.

Huawei claims breakthrough in 100Gbps-PON technology

Alcatel-Lucent has been awarded for its G.fast technology

Huawei has claimed a breakthrough in 100Gbps-Passive Optical Network (PON) optical access. The technology uses a hybrid time-division and wavelength-division architecture to support 4 x 25Gbit/s downstream rate and a 4x 10 Gbit/s upstream rate thus, according to the company, enabling 100Gbps access rate per port on existing optical distribution networks (ODNs).

ZTE discusses “simple is best” strategy

ZTE

Li Ming, Vice President for Europe at ZTE Corporation, talks to Telecoms.com Editor Scott Bicheno at the recent Broadband World Forum event about ZTE’s “simple is best” product strategy. Li Ming expands on some of the developments ZTE has been discussing at the show, including the introduction of SDN to IP RAN and the integration of XG-PON with G.fast to bring 1Gbps to traditional copper lines.

Tim Cook claims Apple Pay off to strong start, not fazed by competition

Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn't seem faced by competition to Apple Pay

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has revealed one million credit cards were activated on Apple Pay in its first three days. So far, the US’ six biggest credit card issuers have signed up, with a reported 500 financial service providers joining early next year. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are among those already enabling the app.

T-Mobile US Q3 sees the ‘un-carrier’ continue customer growth

John Legere, CEO T-Mobile US CEO

Self-styled ‘un-carrier’ T-Mobile US has posted 2014 3rd quarter results showing 9.9% year-on-year revenue growth to $7.35 billion, representing a 2.3% increase on sequential basis. The operator said the quarter is its best yet in terms of branded post-paid net additions and service revenue growth, up in double-digits.

Tele2 and Cubic Telecom collaborate on IoT, connected cars

Tele2 and Cubic to advance Connected Cars and IoT tech

Scandinavian telecoms operator Tele2 and global cloud platform provider Cubic Telecom have announced a joint collaborative agreement to provide machine-to-machine (M2M) and internet of things (IoT) solutions to companies in both the PC OEM and automotive industries.

The zen of the ‘N’ – why weightless finally makes sense

Weightless in space

The Weightless-W standard will be disbanded and the all new Weightless-N will be developed with the help of NWave, a recently signed-up member to join the group. NWave will help to draft the next generation of white space technology: v1.0, which is proposed to be published by the end of Q1 2015.

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