The majority of Brazilian consumers are willing to pay more for an improved mobile service and operators could be missing out on up to R$40bn (US$17.13bn) per year, according to research published today.
Tech giant IBM has reported that 21.8 per cent of all US online sales on the Black Friday shopping holiday were made from a mobile device. The revenue generated from mobile by retailers rose 43 per cent year on year, and mobile traffic accounted for 39.7 per cent of all online traffic on the day.
European operator Telefonica will retire VoIP service Jajah in January next year. Users will no longer be able to make calls using either the Jajah.com website or the Jajah Direct service as of January 31, 2014.
European operator group TeliaSonera has announced that four senior employees have left the firm as a consequence of some of its transactions “not being in line with sound business practices”. CFO Per-Arne Blomquist will leave his position effective immediately as will Tero Kivisaari, the former head of the operator’s Eurasia region. The other two employees to leave were not named by the firm.
The UK is heading will face a serious spectrum shortage by the end of the decade if 300MHz of cellular spectrum and 350MHz of wifi spectrum are not made available. The warning came this week from Real Wireless, a consultancy that worked with UK regulator Ofcom on this year’s LTE spectrum auctions.
Filipino operator Smart Communications said it has conducted the first successful video multicast over LTE is in Southeast Asia. When the service comes to market, Smart believes that the technology will allow consumers in the Philippines to watch lag-free live video on their LTE smartphones and tablets.
UK fixed line operator BT is looking to expand its footprint in Asia Pacific, Turkey, the Middle East and Africa (AMEA) by hiring over 400 personnel in key markets in the region.
UK telco BT announced a partnership with networking giant Cisco Wednesday that will see the two companies jointly deploy a cloud-based voice and video collaboration platform called One Cloud Cisco. The companies say the new platform will help position them to take advantage of recent trends in flexible working.
Swedish infrastructure vendor Ericsson is facing an investigation from the Indian Competition Commission for breaching the Indian Competition Act. Local handset manufacturer Micromax has alleged that the vendor has demanded “unfair, discriminatory and exorbitant royalty” for its patents regarding GSM technology.
The government of Niger has deactivated a third of mobile phone connections in the country in a bid to curb criminal activity using unregistered SIM cards, according to local reports.
The Austrian arm of operator group Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile Austria, has confirmed its intent to appeal the results of the country’s recent LTE spectrum auction. A spokesperson from the operator told telecoms.com that it plans to appeal to Austria’s Administrative Court and the Constitutional Court next week.
The board of French multimedia group Vivendi has unanimously voted to demerge its mobile operator business SFR, following a formal study launched in September this year.
Turkish operator Turkcell is seeking damages from African operator group MTN for alleged illegal acts relating to its GSM licence in Iran. The Turkish firm said it has filed a lawsuit against MTN before the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.
Canadian handset maker Blackberry has announced that its messaging platform, BBM, will be installed natively on a variety of Android smartphones in emerging markets including Africa, India, Indonesia, Latin America and the Middle East.
A new mobile voice recording service is being developed by UK tech company Voxsmart, which it claims is the first to automatically capture every type of communication on a mobile device so that it can be used for trading compliance purposes, including the FCA in the UK and Dodd-Frank in the US.
Chinese operator China Mobile has teamed up with infrastructure vendor Huawei to demonstrate the world’s first international VoLTE HD voice and video calls between a TDD LTE network and a FDD LTE network, the vendor said.
The number of LTE connections worldwide is expected to surpass one billion by 2017, according to trade association the GSMA. The association predicts that there will be more than eight billion total mobile connections by 2017, and around one in eight will be LTE connections. The GSMA forecasts that there will be 176 million LTE connections at the end of 2013.
The Chinese government is conducting an investigation of chipmaker Qualcomm relating to a possible breach of the country’s anti-monopoly law.
In the wake of Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins’ departure following a $1bn investment in the company by Fairfax Financial Holdings, the Canadian handset manufacturer announced the departure of three more key management figures.
South Korean LTE pioneer SK Telecom has demonstrated a virtualiased Evolved Packet Core proof-of-concept implementation. Teaming up with infrastructure vendor NSN the operator showed successful results for capacity scaling for both throughput and signalling traffic in connection with smartphone usage patterns.