Music streaming service Simfy Africa has announced it has joined Microsoft’s Windows Partner Device Strategy programme and will have its app and service featured in future devices produced under the programme.
South Korean telco SK Telecom has announced the launch of what it claims is the world’s first commercialised 2G/3G over LTE technology, enabling 2G and 3G services through LTE network. The operator said it expects the technology to improve service stability, and enhance network building and operation capabilities.
Liquid Telecom, the pan-Africa service provider, has provided an update on its Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) rollout, claiming the fastest ever African enterprise and retail broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps.
Ericsson has announced its Wallet Platform has been deployed by Millicom-owned Tigo Senegal to offer financial services to customers across West Africa. Tigo Cash mobile services allow subscribers to make payments, store, transfer and withdraw money using a mobile device, even if the user doesn’t have access to traditional banking services.
Day two of AfricaCom 2014 saw a group of the continent’s most influential telecoms companies engaged in a panel discussion around the importance of LTE to Africa’s digital economy. With fixed broadband infrastructure still relatively thin on the ground, mobile broadband represents the only opportunity many Africans have to get online. While 3G may be the entry point for this, LTE offers many advantages, including simplicity, speed and data-optimization.
Mobile operators could boost annual global data revenues by $47 billion through brushing up their upsell strategies, according to a report by BSS solution provider Openet. The report said telcos should have a system in place which, by taking into account the customer context, automatically triggers the most relevant offer to be sent to the customer device, allowing the immediate purchase and activation of the product.
Peace broke out between telcos and OTT players on the opening day of AfricaCom 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. The headline discussion panel attempted to tackle the longstanding issue of cooperation between mobile operators, which invest in the infrastructure to provide mobile broadband, and over-the-top (OTT) service providers, which rely on that infrastructure to serve their customers.
Cable network operator Angola Cables has announced its intentions to build the world’s first submarine cable network to link South America and Africa, in partnership with infrastructure provider NEC.
Mobile data connections and services continue to grow strongly in Africa, but the continent lags behind most of the world in terms of high-speed broadband connectivity, according to a report by analyst firm Ovum. However, mobile broadband connections in Africa are set to rise from 96 million in 2013 to 950 million to cover 77.3% of all mobile subscriptions in the continent by the end of 2019.
Intersec has secured $20m in a round of funding that the company will use to bolster the reach of its big data platform for telcos and its expansion outside of telecoms.
AT&T has announced it has agreed to acquire Iusacell from Grupo Salinas for $2.5 billion, including the mobile operator’s debt, all wireless properties and its 8.6 million subscribers. However, the transaction will only take place once Grupo Salinas has finalised its purchase of 50% of Iusacell that it currently doesn’t own.
4G and public wifi networks now account for approximately 35.6 petabytes of data consumed by the UK public when out-of-home every month, according to a report by UK government advisory firm Broadband Stakholder Group (BSG). The study found that data consumed out of the home accounts for roughly 5% of all data used in the UK, with residential broadband generating approximately 650 petabytes per month.
Ovum has published a report claiming operators could lose almost half of their existing customers within the next year. According to the analyst firm, about a quarter of all users say they will definitely switch to another provider, while another quarter are actively considering changing.
The UK telecoms regulator has announced initial plans for the UK’s next spectrum auction for the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz bands. Ofcom is asking bidders to provide input for proposals for the auction, expected to take place in late 2015 or early 2016.
The four leading Swiss service providers, as well as the country’s cable operator association Swisscable, have joined forces to formulate an official code of conduct on net neutrality. Swisscom, Sunrise, UPC Cablecom and Orange, as well as Swisscable, are working to keep the internet open in Switzerland, according to an official statement from Swisscom.
Verizon has aimed the threat of litigation against the FCC if it fails to correctly position its next move in the perennial debate of net neutrality. On its policy blog page, Randal Milch, Verizon’s General Counsel said: “whatever the FCC decides about new Net Neutrality rules, the whole thing is headed for another round in court.”
Broadband access specialist ADTRAN has revealed it will launch its G.fast product by the end of the second quarter of 2015. The company said it is moving from a technology concept to commercial reality, helping service providers take advantage of existing networks and bypass cost restrictions posed by fibre-to-the-home ((FTTH) implementations.
Half of the world’s population (3.8 billion people) will be connected to mobile internet by 2020, according to a report published by the international mobile operator association GSMA. The report, which focuses on digital inclusion and efforts made to connect ‘offline’ populations, said mobile web users in developing countries will double from 1.5 billion in 2013 to 3 billion in the next five years.
HP has announced it will begin developing original NFV capabilities in partnership with network virtualization specialist Wind River. Carrier-grade network technologies from Wind River will be integrated into HP’s Helion OpenStack technology, and is intended to provide service providers with an open-source based cloud platform bringing enhanced reliability to NFV
The department for culture, media and sport has outlined its plans to tackle so called mobile not-spots in rural UK. The proposals include the option of compulsory network sharing, which would mean allowing users national roaming much in the same way that now only happens during international travel.