French operator group Orange has said it has included roaming services in high-end tariffs for customers travelling across its entire European footprint. The operator has also launched an online portal to enable customers to remotely top up mobile credit for over 350 operators globally.
Mobile money firm Monitise has acquired Istanbul-based mobile technology specialist Pozitron Yazilim, in a £24 million all-shares deal that highlights the growing demand for mobile financial services in the eastern Mediterranean’s largest market.
US operator Verizon Wireless demonstrated LTE Multicast technology to a private audience in New York this weekend, at American Football event the US Superbowl.
Although the telecoms industry remains largely enthusiastic about the prospect of operators partnering with Over The Top service providers, several challenges still threaten to derail such partnerships, the Telecoms.com Intelligence Industry Survey 2014 has revealed.
South Korean operator KT has announced the commercial launch of its evolved Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service (eMBMS), to be made available to KT’s LTE subscribers using the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Google has been awarded a patent for an advertising service that could see businesses subsidise the cost of autonomous transport systems to get customers to their physical store.
Video on demand service Netflix has warned that it “would vigorously protest and encourage [its] members to demand the open internet”, should a threat to net neutrality surface. The threat comes in the wake of US operator Verizon’s successful challenge to the FCC’s open Internet Order.
European operator groups Telefónica and Orange have thrown their weight behind a project led by the European Commission to help the region’s technology startups to grow into global internet firms. The EC said it plans to “take on Silicon Valley” with the launch of two initiatives; an acceleration programme called the Startup Europe Partnership and a think tank called the European Digital Forum.
Verizon Communications on Tuesday agreed to acquire Intel Media, a business division dedicated to the development of Cloud TV products and services. The US carrier will incorporate the Intel-developed technologies into its next-generation video services through the Verizon FiOS fibre optic network and over the top to any device, including via LTE.
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.
US operator AT&T has launched two solutions to allow businesses to process payments using a mobile device. The operator teamed up with payment processing services provider Vantiv to develop the solutions, which it says offer a highly secure and swift method to process transactions.
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.
Yahoo’s Chief Operating Officer Henrique de Castro left the company Thursday, having been apparently fired. Yahoo announced the news in a US Security and Exchange Commission filing. It offered no reason for his departure but said it was effective immediately.
Following on from the launch of an updated cloud-based connected car platform for its vehicles, Volvo this week inked a content agreement with online music service Pandora that will see internet radio streamed to select vehicles starting in May this year.
Canadian handset maker BlackBerry’s management restructure has continued with the appointment of Eric Johnson as president of global sales. Johnson is the fourth former SAP executive to join since John Chen took over as CEO, suggesting that the handset maker is looking to regain its focus on the enterprise market.
Global spend on traditional operator messaging services, including SMS and MMS, declined for the first time in 2013, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. The figures suggest mobile operators are beginning to see the effect of adoption of OTT and alternative instant messaging services.
US carrier AT&T has collaborated with rapper-owned music and entertainment firm, Dr Dre’s Beats Music, to deliver an over the top music offering targeted at families.
US operator AT&T has launched an initiative that allows businesses to cover the transmission cost of content they provide to consumers. The Sponsored Data service will enable customers to view sponsored content and use apps over AT&T’s HSPA+ and LTE networks without that data usage coming out of their monthly wireless data plan.
Orange on Thursday acquired a minority stake in Japanese cloud-based gaming specialist G-cluster for an undisclosed sum. The service provider said that cloud gaming represents an important opportunity and will expand upon an existing agreement whereby G-Cluster provides software services to Orange.
Revenues from M2M services are set to almost triple globally over the next five years, according to research firm Ovum. However, mobile operators stand to miss out on this revenue opportunity unless they strategically partner with other stakeholders in the M2M ecosystem, the research firm warned.