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Where’s the money in mobile government?

telecom operators anticipate only modest, if any, return for providing low-cost connectivity and backhaul for m-government services

If mobile government services in Africa are to be more sustainable than previous e-government initiatives, they must benefit all stakeholders. Today, the business model is uncertain. To put it bluntly, governments have limited budgets and the end users with most to gain from mobile government are often living in poverty in remote rural areas. As a result, telecom operators anticipate only modest, if any, return for providing low-cost connectivity and backhaul for these services.

Africa: The road to m-government

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According to the E-Government Survey published by the UN in 2010, although African countries generally lag behind other markets in the rankings of e-government implementation, there has been improvement in the region since the 2008 survey, particularly in northern Africa. Tunisia and Egypt were two of the highest-ranked countries in Africa alongside Mauritius, South Africa and Seychelles.

Mind the gap

Voice will remain the killer mobile app for the foreseeable future, but how will carriers integrate it with LTE ?

Data might be the driving force behind LTE’s gathering pace, but there’s no escaping the fact that voice continues to be the killer application for mobile operators. “Smart” they may be, but drop the “phone” element from the current crop of devices and you’re dropping 64 per cent of your revenues—according to Ovum research, this is the percentage of MNO turnover that voice will generate by 2015.

What does the industry make of the iPhone 4S?

Apple launched its iPhone 4S handset yesterday

Apple teased the masses ahead of the launch of its newest handset – with the only detail being divulged being the title of the event: “Let’s Talk iPhone”. As with most Apple launches, the technology press and blogger community were fast spreading rumours about what new features the device would have. Would it be called the iPhone 5? And what would it look like? On Tuesday the Cupertino-based company unveiled the iPhone 4S – an upgrade to the iPhone 4, with a new chip and enhanced voice recognition features but largely the same appearance as its predecessor.

The principle of Moments

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In July, O2UK launched a location-based loyalty and retention scheme offering its customers discounts and deals from 30 partners from the fashion, leisure and retail sectors. The launch builds on existing loyalty and location-marketing initiatives from O2, which is among the most advanced carriers in the world in terms of location.

Death of a salesman?

Back to the main feature and more interviews on advertising

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?

Getting into position

location-based targeting could be the future of LBS

Operators are renewing their enthusiasm for location as OTT players build their own means of accessing positional information on consumers. Marketing and advertising will be key, and success will be derived from expertise in context, content and customer relationship.

Tearing off the white label

ZTE will put more focus on its own brand rather than white label devices

Chinese manufacturer ZTE is best known for a disruptive presence in the network infrastructure space. The firm also makes handsets on a white label basis selling them to operators which will rebrand them as their own. In this capacity, it’s pretty much unheard of, especially outside of the industry. Yet all that is set to change.

LTE in the Land of the Rising Sun

LTE is well under way in the Land of the Rising Sun

As part of our look at the Japanese LTE market and ahead of his speaking appearance at the sixth annual LTE Asia conference, we speak to Sadayuki Abeta, director of the Radio Access Network development, for leading Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo.

Reliance on rural promise

R. Swaminathan, senior vice president, Reliance Communications

Indian carrier Reliance Communications launched 3G services in some of the country’s biggest urban centres at the end of 2010. The company aims to launch in all 13 circles where it holds 3G licences by the end of 2011. But with rural India experiencing strong growth, Reliance is also focusing on the harder to reach markets with customised products. Here, Mr R. Swaminathan, senior vice president at Reliance, updates us on this task.

Stand and deliver

Carriers need to  shake off their reputation for being built for comfort, not for speed

It’s not often that you find an industry as diverse as telecoms singing from the same hymn sheet on anything, but this year’s TM Forum Management World event in Dublin was positively harmonious. And the message was that less is more.

VoLTE will be a game-changer in unified comms

Voice over LTE opens up new opportunities for carriers in unified communications services

As voice becomes commoditised, carriers are looking for new services, not replacement ones, says Broadsoft CTO Scott Hoffpauir. And voice over LTE (VoLTE) will be the game-changer in a fragmenting market, allowing carriers to utilise an all-IP environment to roll out new and compelling services alongside voice.

Healthy Prospects

Mobile operators are well positioned to help the health sector to modernise, cut costs and improve efficiencies

Healthcare is arguably the most complex vertical sector in the world. It has also been one of the slowest to invest in It. Mobile operators are well positioned to help the health sector to modernise, cut costs and improve efficiencies and, in doing so, establish themselves at the centre of an industry that is only going to carry on growing.

LTE World Summit 2011: Tweets from the floor

The LTE World Summit 2011 generated a fair amount of buzz on Twitter

Earlier this week the seventh annual LTE World Summit 2011 took place at the RAI, Amsterdam on the 17th-18th May 2011. The event proved a great success, attracting over 1,750 attendees, with speakers representing more than 160 operators from more than 110 different countries. Like LTE itself, this was a truly global event.

M2M and the need for speed

Should M2M be future-proofed with the latest bearer technology?

One of the most attractive characteristics of the anticipated M2M explosion is that its applications and modules will be based on older network technologies. Speak to anyone looking to promote M2M and they’ll tell you that it offers operators the opportunity to carry on monetising networks that are nearing the end of their useful life as platforms for consumer services. But is this really the best approach?

Tablets to help carriers regain ground in the enterprise market

Tablet devices could help carriers regain ground in the enterprise market

The boom in popularity of tablets represents an opportunity for carriers to trawl back some ground in the enterprise markets, according to John Giere, SVP at Openwave. Giere told Telecoms.com that the tablet market is shaking up the enterprise space far more than it will the consumer one – at least in the US.

M2M – It takes a village

Welcome to SIM city

On a nondescript road not too far from the Hewlett Packard Garage that marks the birth of Silicon Valley, US wireless carrier Sprint has a small premises dedicated to the next great growth opportunity for the mobile industry. The M2M Collaboration Centre enables Sprint to bring together 40 partners to create bespoke M2M solutions for any organisation that needs them.

Setting the Standards

The second annual LTE Awards are taking place on 17 May in Amsterdam

The LTE Award for Best Contribution to LTE Standards is the only honour in the LTE World Summit Awards that is awarded to an individual. It recognises vital contribution at the most fundamental level of the technology and this year three veterans of the industry are competing for this prestigious accolade.

Speakers’ Corner

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Ahead of the LTE World Summit 2011 we posed a range of questions to a number of our speakers to gain some more insight into the complex world of LTE.

Taking it to the banks

The industry sees pay dirt in m-payments

Big hitters like Apple, Google, Visa, the major carriers and vendors, financial institutions and the device manufacturers are making no bones about the fact that they see pay dirt in m-payments, m-commerce and mobile financial services in general.

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