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NFV, IoT could save the day as OTTs cost operators $14bn – report

Report says operators have plenty of new wasy to offset revenue declines caused by OTTs.

According to a report published by Juniper Research operators are set to lose $14 billion worth of voice and messaging traffic to OTTs such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Skype in 2014 alone. The report claimed operators in many markets, including the UK, Italy and Spain, have seen 60% decrease in mobile voice revenues in five years.

Telstra enters booming Australian e-health industry

Telstra bringing e-health services to Australia

Australian incumbent operator Telstra has confirmed the launch of new business division, Telstra Health, and a joint venture with Swiss telemedicine company Medgate. “Telstra Readycare” will connect remote residents of Australia with GPs over video or telephone to facilitate diagnosis, prescriptions and referrals.

Europe lags behind Asia in broadband connectivity, says Ovum

Global broadband revenues to continue rising

International technology research and advisory firm Ovum has announced the launch of the world’s first broadband development index to integrate both fixed and mobile connectivity statistics. The index highlights European struggles in connecting consumers to high speed fixed fibre broadband and LTE mobile broadband.

EE’s quarterly revenue down but new 4G subs record high

Could do better, says Ofcom

EE has posted a year-on-year drop in revenue for the third quarter of 2014 but said it reached a new record in 4G subscribers during the period. At £1.52 billion, operating revenue was down by 1.2% compared to Q3 2013. The operator did not disclose quarterly profit or loss figures.

Google, Qualcomm lead augmented reality start-up investment

Tiny augmented reality elephant on the Magic Leap homepage.

Stealth mode augmented reality start-up project Magic Leap claims to have raised $542 million in Series B financing. Google and Qualcomm led the round of financing, indicating that both businesses see significant potential in the product to help drive more commercial uptake of augmented reality inspired technology.

EC urges German regulator to lower mobile tariffs for the fifth time

Neelie Kroes has expressed  concern over the German telecom regulator's pricing policy

The European Commission (EC) has asked the German telecoms regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetza) to amend or withdraw its proposal on mobile termination rates (MTRs), saying it is the fifth time it has had to intervene in the regulator’s pricing model. This comes as BNetza proposed MTRs for Sipgate Wireless 80% higher than in most EU countries. [...]

G.fast, optical tech unveiled by Alcatel-Lucent

Broadband access tech evolving with G.fast and PON advancements.

At the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam this week Alcatel-Lucent announced an expanded product offering for broadband access network, including new G.fast and optical networking solutions. The infrastructure vendor cited trials with Telekom Austria’s subsidiary A1 and Vodafone as both technologies near completion and commercial readiness for the start of 2015. The new G.fast service is [...]

Telefónica Germany and Ericsson to bring more VoLTE to Europe

More European VoLTE announcements are in the offing

Telefónica’s German subsidiary and Ericsson have announced plans to bring live VoLTE services to the European market. The mobile operator claims to be fully prepared for a commercial launch on its network.

ITU holds mega event to outline 2016-2020 strategy

ITU has kicked off a series of events to outline 2016-2020 strategy

The ITU (International Telecommunications Union) has kicked off its 19th ‘Plenipotentiary Conference’ (informally known as PP-14), which outlines the UN ICT unit’s strategy and financial plan for the period 2016-2020. The event, which takes place in Busan, South Korea over the next three weeks, gathers together some 3,000 international delegates to discuss the future of the [...]

A fundamental transformation

A new world of networking.

In 2012, the telecommunications industry became awash with talk of a new and potentially disruptive technology that could herald in a new era of networking. In the months and years since, Software Defined Networking, or SDN, has grown to more than just a buzzword. Coupled with its complimentary, but not mutually-exclusive, counterpart Network Functions Virtualization; [...]

HP to end webOS cloud services in January

HP's webOS cloud services are no more

Hewlett-Packard has confirmed that it will be ceasing support of its faltering webOS cloud services platform in January. In an official statement on the webOS website, HP cited declining user numbers as the primary motive behind the decision. webOS was acquired by HP as part of the $1.2 billion purchase of Palm in 2010, and [...]

ADTRAN, Aethra claim the first reverse powered G.fast FTTdp

ADTRAN and Aethra Telecommunications collaborate on reverse powered G.fast technology

Broadband access specialist ADTRAN and network equipment vendor Aethra Telecommunications are to demonstrate what is said to be the first G.fast reverse powered Fibre-to-the-Distribution-Point (FTTdp) multi-port system at the Broadband World Forum 2014, held in Amsterdam this week. The demonstration will encompass ADTRAN’s 500G series of G.fast Distribution Point Unit (DPU) systems featuring patent-pending reverse [...]

Microsoft to launch cross-platform smartwatch in weeks – report

CEO Satya Nadella is driving for a cross-platform  strategy for Microsoft

According to a report, Microsoft is about to launch a smartwatch that will work on multiple mobile platforms and among other features track wearer’s heart rate. It was also reported the device, which will apparently come to market in time for the US holiday season, will have a battery life of over two days.

SK Telecom and Samsung announce 5G collaboration

SK Telecom and Samsung will collaborate on 5G R&D

South Korean telco and handset manufacturer, SK Telecom and Samsung respectively, have announced a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU) in a bid to advance 5G research and development. The agreement will centre on providing large-volume and high quality services on gigabit data rates, such as augmented reality (AR).

Twitter Audio cards set to shake up mobile music

Twitter is getting musical

Twitter and SoundCloud have teamed up to bring music to tweeters through Audio Cards, a feature that allows streaming audio and podcasts to the social network’s Android and iOS apps. The app, which is already present in iTunes and SoundCloud, works by a single tap and listeners can continue to use Twitter while streaming.

Phoney dilemma

CAMERA

The combination of the camera-laden smartphone and the cloud has given us the power to photographically record our every waking moment with the assurance that our memories will forever reside on a distant, networked hard-drive. But there is another side to this technological coin.

Industry giants form mobile edge open networking group

Mobile edge working group bringing content nearer the user

A consortium of operators, infrastructure vendors and IT vendors have collaborated to develop an open architecture and API for delivering content and services from the mobile edge. Nokia Networks, Vodafone, IBM, Intel, NTT DoCoMo and Huawei are all supporting the Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) working group at standards body ETSI.

VMware and Jasper collaborate to boost IoT for enterprise

VMware and Jasper collaborate to accelerate IoT advancement

VMware and Jasper have announced a collaborative effort to bring adoption of internet of things (IoT) and enterprise mobility management (EMM) technologies to enterprise customers. The joint effort, announced at Cisco’s IoT World Forum, is intended to enable the deployment, monitoring, management and security of connected enterprise devices across IoT platforms.

Apple SIM could accelerate wireless industry disruption

Apple SIM will allow easier operator switching for users

A multi-operator capable SIM card included in Apple’s latest iPad range will give consumers the flexibility to switch between short-term plans with operators in the UK and USA. So far, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and UK operator EE have confirmed participation with the initiative.

EE set to launch commercial LTE-A by end of month

EE to launch commercial LTE-A  soon

Following Vodafone’s carrier aggregation announcement , an EE spokesperson confirmed to Telecoms.com it is also switching on its LTE-A (Cat 6) offering, which should be available in central London by the end of this month.

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