As the European Commission’s push to bring down roaming rates across the region gains traction, French operator group Orange has devised an offer aimed at tourists travelling to France, in a bid to combat bill shock.
US operator AT&T has announced a partnership to enable LTE data roaming service in Canada using Rogers Communications’ network. AT&T said that its agreement with the Canadian operator makes it the first US operator to offer international LTE roaming.
Mobile operators in New Zealand have joined forces to clamp down on the use of stolen handsets in the country. Vodafone, Telecom and 2degrees have worked together over the past year to develop a blacklisting system, which gives each operator the ability to block the IMEI number of a mobile device that has been reported as stolen across all three networks, usually within 24 hours.
Watching Google Glass adverts one gets the sense that everyday consumers will soon use these magnificent spectacles to do everything from sending tweets with a twitch of an eyelid to displaying surrounding Thai restaurants and recording live video of long walks along the Grand Canyon.
Indonesian operator Telkomsel has joined the M2M platform of Jasper Wireless.
The identity of Norway’s mystery spectrum winner has been named in local reports as Access Industries, a holding company founded by its chairman Ukrainian American billionaire Leonard Blavatnik. In 2009, Access Industries acquired mobile data and voice services provider ice.net in Norway.
A third of mobile subscribers only ever call their mobile operator because they failed to solve a problem through its self-care portal, according to research published this week. As a result operators across Europe are spending an estimated €510m (£426m) per year in unnecessary support costs.
Mobile payment solutions provider Square has announced that it has acquired photo sharing app developer Viewfinder. The firm said that the Viewfinder team’s expertise in building mobile applications will help it to make commerce easy for everyone.
Cloud-based storage service provider Box announced a slew of strategic partnerships and new investment Friday worth over $100m. The deals, which include commercial agreements with Australian and Spanish incumbents Telstra and Telefónica Digital, will help fuel the company’s expansion in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific.
The Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority has announced the winners of its latest spectrum auction, and one of the three successful bidders is an unknown company whose identity has become the focus of much speculation. Challenger Tele2 came away empty-handed and must look to address the holes in its spectrum portfolio.
Google is in the process of coordinating mobile development for native Chrome apps according to multiple reports. Given the richness of HTML5 the move, if successful, could be much more disruptive than anticipated, potentially challenging established mobile virtualisation incumbents like Citrix and enterprise mobile app providers more broadly.
Brazil’s antitrust regulator has ordered Spanish operator group Telefonica to relinquish part of its stake in TIM Brasil or seek a partner for its own Brazilian subsidiary Vivo.
US operator AT&T has announced the launch of a tariff that separates device costs from monthly service fees. The firm claims the plans will save customers $15 per month on average.
The UK government has announced that it will open a £10m fund in early 2014 to test innovative solutions to deliver superfast broadband services to remote areas of the UK. It has also pledged to invest in making the UK a world centre for the testing and development of driverless cars.
German carrier Deutsche Telekom has announced a strategic partnership with Twitter, allowing subscribers with selected Android smartphones to keep up with the social site directly from their home screen. The service will launch next year, initially in Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, Greece and Croatia.
US MVNO Ultra Mobile, already disruptive with its free international texting plan, has launched an international calling plan packing 1,000 minutes for $19 per month.
UK operators EE and O2 have announced gaming partnerships in a bid to create differentiation in their service offerings. EE has partnered with US games network provider WildTangent and mobile solutions provider Infomedia allowing WildTangent’s games service to feature on select EE handsets.
UK operator 3UK has confirmed its plans to launch 4G services in the country. The firm said it has already begun offering the service to existing subscribers with 4G ready phones in areas with 4G coverage. It will accelerate the rollout in January and all customers with a compatible device will be able to access 4G at no extra cost by the end of 1Q14 when they are in an area with 4G coverage.
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has issued 4G licences to the country’s three mobile network operators China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, according to state news agency Xinhua.
Apple has acquired social media analytics company Topsy in a deal reportedly worth around $200m, it was revealed Tuesday. With one of the few companies with privileged access to all of Twitter’s data now in Apple’s arsenal, the move could signal a renewed push into the enterprise as well as bolstering its consumer proposition.