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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 [...]

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.

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.

Google releases Android 5.0 Lollipop on new Nexus 6 phablet

Android 5.0 enhances the dominant global mobile platform

Internet giant Google has released the latest major version of its ubiquitous mobile platform Android. Version 5.0 has been nicknamed Lillipop, in keeping with the sweet-themed alphabetical naming convention, and features a new user interface called Material Design.

Samsung claims 5G breakthrough

Samsung claims 5G speeds breakthrough

Samsung Electronics claims to have set the industry’s first milestone in 5G development by announcing successfully achieved transmission speeds of 940MB per second in a stationary environment. Meanwhile, it also claims to have achieved transmission speeds of 150MB per second, in an uninterrupted mobile connection from a vehicle moving at over 100 km/h.

Intel claims lead role in NFV creation

Intel claims role in NFV origin

At an Intel event in London this week, Telecoms.com sat down with VP and General Manager of Intel’s Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group, Rose Schooler. During the conversation, Schooler outlined Intel’s ecosystem and community for NFV and SDN advancement, Intel Network Builders’ Program (NBP), and the company’s view on the origins of NFV.

Lenovo mobile goes straight to consumer China

Lenovo has come a long way since the Smartbook

Lenovo has announced it is to establish a direct-to-consumer, internet-based mobile business in China next year. The new company, which will operate under a separate brand name (yet to be announced), will focus on smart devices and services. According to Lenovo, the motivation behind the new business is to target the fast growing mobile device [...]

Vodafone announces UK carrier aggregation roll-out

Vodafone is set to roll out LTE-A network services

Vodafone has announced it will begin rolling out LTE Advanced, aka 4.5G, in Birmingham, London and Manchester this month, with rest of the country to follow over a year’s time. The operator will be the first in the UK to launch commercial LTE-A network services.

Telefónica urges Europe to create a more transparent market

Telefónica wants to see more unification of the telecoms sector across Europe

Telefónica’s Big Data Director Richard Benjamins has urged the European Union to unify the continent’s telecoms market and level the playing field between operators and OTT players. He said unless action to create more transparent and fairer market is taken soon, Europe will lose its chance to be at the forefront of Big Data.

Global smartphone sales growth is slowing

Smartphone sales are increasingly accounted for by Chinese brands such as Xiaomi

After years of dramatic sales growth the global smartphone market is slowing down, according to new data from analysts CCS Insight. The firm is forecasting global smartphone sales growth of 25% in 2014, down from 40% last year and slowing further to 15% in 2015.

Qualcomm snaps up Bluetooth pioneer CSR to capitalise on IoT

Qualcomm sets eyes on IoT

Qualcomm has announced it will purchase UK-based chip maker and Bluetooth innovator CSR for approximately $2.5 billion in a bid to capitalise on the Internet of Things (IoT). The chip giant said the acquisition will strengthen its product offering and add channels and customers in the IoT and automotive infotainment markets.

NTT DoCoMo seeks multi-vendor NFV architecture

Global broadband revenues to continue rising

Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo has completed an NFV Proof of Concept (PoC) trial in which interoperability of multi-vendor virtual functions was successfully demonstrated. The trial, involving Ericsson and NEC, focussed on the orchestration of the virtualised evolved packet core (vEPC) between multiple vendors.

Dell unveils scalable NFV platform and starter kit

Dell is offering the NFV infrastucture and orchestration layers

IT giant Dell is seeking to apply its infrastructure and virtualization knowledge to the telco vertical with the launch of its NFV platform and accompanying operator starter kit. Dell intends to differentiate its offering by using open standards and ecosystem partners to maximise the platform’s scalability and flexibility.

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