UK incumbent BT said Monday that Liv Garfield is to step down as CEO of Openreach during Spring 2014, to take up a new challenge as CEO of Severn Trent, the FTSE 100 water company.
Grey routes, or international links that can be used by unscrupulous operators to avoid paying local interconnect fees to their peers, are costing carriers tens of millions in lost revenue.
Omar Trujillo, VP – Africa & Latin America, at satellite operator O3b Networks, talks to Telecoms.com about the importance of low latency satellite connections to deliver a ‘fibre in the sky’ experience.
German operator group Deutsche Telekom has announced its intention to acquire fixed line player GTS Central Europe for €546m. Deutsche Telekom said the deal will enhance its ability to offer pan-European telecommunication services and offer integrated products and services in countries where it currently has limited fixed-line access network infrastructure.
The number of global mobile subscriptions is expected to reach 9.3 billion by 2019, according to infrastructure vendor Ericsson. The vendor’s latest Mobility Report also reveals that of the 9.3 billion subscriptions, more than 60 per cent – 5.6 billion – will be for smartphones.
Cloud-based storage and collaboration provider Box announced a new collaboration with Everything Everywhere (EE) on Wednesday that will see the telco offer Box to its small business customers. Box said the move is part of a broader push into the UK cloud market.
UK LTE operator EE has switched on what it claims is the world’s fastest LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network in London’s Tech City, claiming to offer speeds of 300Mbps. The network makes use of carrier aggregation – bringing together 20MHz of 1800MHz spectrum and 20MHz of 2.6GHz spectrum. More features will be trialled throughout 2014, EE said.
Global head of telco partnerships, Spotify: “Telco partnerships make perfect sense for both us and the partner”
Michael Abbattista, the global head of telco partnerships at Spotify, spoke on Day Three of the Broadband World Forum. At the show we spoke to him about Spotify’s recent telco partnerships and the importance of fast connectivity to the service.
European builder of carrier-neutral datacentres, TelecityGroup, on Monday unveiled a “cloud neutral” hub platform designed to enable users to execute private, hybrid and public cloud deployments through direct connections with cloud and IT service providers.
Infrastructure vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has teamed up with China Mobile’s Research Institute (CMRI) to further their cooperation on research and standardisation of LTE and 5G mobile broadband technologies.
Sten Nordell, Chief Technical Officer at Transmode, talks to Telecoms.com at Broadband World Forum 2013, about the
marrying of optical and ethernet taking place on a much broader level in most networks Transmode deploys in today.
According to National Security Agency documents recently leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the US intelligence agency has hacked the main communications links between the public internet and Google and Yahoo’s datacentres globally. Google is ‘outraged’ by the reports, saying it underscores the need for urgent reform.
The most important function of ICT for Japan in the future is its role in addressing social needs, according to Charley K. Watanabe, deputy director-general of the Information and Communications Bureau at Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC). Watanabe, who was speaking at Ericsson’s Business Innovation Forum in Tokyo, pointed towards the requirements of Japan’s ageing population as well as the need to manage key resources with greater efficiency as two areas where ICT could be used to drive social improvements.
CCO, London City Airport: “The one thing that technology cannot replicate is the personal relationship, which can only be developed in a face-to-face”
Matthew Hall, chief commercial officer of London City Airport is delivering a keynote speech on Day Three of Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we find out how technology and connectivity is being used to improve the customer experience at the airport.
UK incumbent BT has reported a 13 per cent drop in year on year profit for the first half of 2013. Compared to 2012, the firm’s income fell to £948m in the half year ending September 30, while revenue dropped just one per cent to £8.94bn.
David Stehlin, Chief Executive Officer at MRV, talks about the converging network and how operators can use service delivery software to the make network smarter and offer critical new services such as cloud computing, data centre interconnect, mobile backhaul and business ethernet services.
Global smartphone shipments grew 45 per cent annually to reach a record 251 million units in the third quarter of 2013, according to research published today. Samsung captured a record 35 percent share of all smartphone volumes worldwide, while Huawei jumped into third place in the rankings, reported research firm Strategy Analytics.
The UMTS Forum has urged regulators in Latin America to speed up the release of digital dividend spectrum in the 700MHz band to mobile operators.
Canadian operator Telus has agreed to acquire 100 per cent ownership of rival Public Mobile. Telus currently has 7.7 million subscribers, as of September 2013, according to WCIS+, shy of the 7.73 million subscribers that second placed operator Bell Wireless has on its network.
US operator T-Mobile USA is offering 200MB of free LTE data each month to tablet users across the States, even if they are not already a T-Mobile subscriber.