UK operator O2 has revealed that its O2 Wallet service, which closed last week, was a casualty of the pace of development in the fast moving mobile payments space.
Chinese vendor Huawei has signed a deal with English Premier League football club Arsenal FC. The partnership will see the two organizations collaborate globally, with Arsenal officials and players also taking part in Huawei’s communication and promotional activities both in the UK and abroad.
Latin American operator group America Movil has increased its stake in European operator group Telekom Austria. The LatAm group, controlled by billionaire Carlos Slim, has agreed to acquire 13.9 million shares in Telekom Austria, through Carso Telecom, a holding company owned by America Movil. The shares equate to a 3.14 per cent stake in the European group.
Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei has announced unaudited financial results for the full year 2013. The firm said it will achieve global revenue between CNY238bn ($39.37bn) and CNY240bn for the year, representing approximately an eight per cent increase year on year. Operating profit or the year is expected to be between CNY28.6bn and CNY29.4bn.
German equipment firm Siemens has signed an agreement to offload much of what remains of its communications R&D operations to Nordic IT services firm Tieto. The Finnish company will take on the Network Directory Server (NDS); IP Multimedia Systems (IMS); Home Location Register (HLR) and Radio Access (RA) businesses from a unit called Siemens Convergence Creators.
UK incumbent BT said that ex-head of HSBC UK, Joe Garner, is to become CEO of wholesale business Openreach in mid-February. Garner replaces Liv Garfield, who is leaving to become CEO of Severn Trent.
Electronics giant Sony this week revealed its plans for cloud gaming company Gaikai, which it acquired in 2012. The technology has been used to build PlayStation Now – a game streaming service that will launch in the US in the summer.
Chinese operators China Mobile and China Unicom have both begun constructing their own cloud computing parks in the country’s Guizhou Province, according to state news agency Xinhua.
Russian operator Rostelecom and rival Tele2 Russia have announced the creation of a joint venture, T2 RTK Holding. Rostelecom said that it will contribute “substantially all” of its mobile assets into the joint venture, and Tele2 Russia will contribute all of its mobile assets.
The CEO at chip maker Qualcomm has stepped down from his role. Dr Paul Jacobs will assume the role of executive chairman at the firm and will help guide development of new technology. COO Steve Mollenkopf has been promoted to CEO-elect, president of the company and appointed to the board of directors. On March 4, following Qualcomm’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, he will become CEO, replacing Jacobs.
The CEO at Vodafone Australia will head the country’s National Broadband Network (NBN) project. Bill Morrow has been appointed CEO at NBN Co, the company responsible for delivering Australia’s nationwide fixed-line broadband upgrade. He will assume his role in the new year, based in Sydney,
With over 30 billion IP-connected devices and sensors projected to be in operation by 2020, according to ABI Research, the tech world is positioning the Internet of Things to be one of the biggest drivers of innovation since the steam engine. But much like the evolution of the internet which saw an explosion in user-generated information, all of that data beckons order. A service launched Thursday called Thingful hopes to do for IoT what Google did for the internet: indexing M2M sensors and making them searchable for people looking to innovate with open data.
Indian operators Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio have announced an infrastructure sharing agreement. The two will share their inter and intra city fibre networks, submarine cable networks, towers and internet broadband services. They added that they will also look for other such opportunities to share assets in the future.
Uruguayan operator Antel has deployed GSM connectivity in Antarctica. The operator teamed up with Ericsson to provide mobile telephony at the Artigas Base scientific research station in the South Shetlands, Antarctica.
Operator group Deutsche Telekom has increased the security for voice transmissions in its German network in a bid to better protect its subscribers from wiretapping. The operator has deployed the A5/3 encryption standard for voice transmission, which is currently being rolled out nationwide. The full implementation of the technology is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
US operator Verizon has announced plans to acquire content delivery network provider EdgeCast. The boards of directors of both firms have approved the acquisition and hope to finalise the deal early 2014. The value of the deal was not disclosed.
Israeli mobile operators Cellcom, Pelephone and Golan Telecom have announced they have entered into a 15 year agreement to construct and operate a shared 4G radio network. In addition, Cellcom and Pelephone have agreed to share the passive elements of cell sites for existing networks while the former has also granted Golan Telecom the right to use its 2G and 3G radio network.
Google, Microsoft and Facebook are among eight leading cloud and tech firms calling for sweeping reform in how US intelligence agencies gather data in bulk and restrict the ability of service providers to inform their customers on the extent and nature of government requests for such data, according to an open letter published by the group today.
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.
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.