Operator group Vodafone has announced an NFC mobile payment service in Spain. The group plans to launch the service at the end of November, with launches in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK to follow.
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.
Consultant and one-time head of research and development for UK regulator Ofcom, William Webb asks whether operators really need to own the spectrum in which their services operate. If radio access infrastructure can be outsourced or shared and the core can be virtualised, why shouldn’t the industry look at innovative usage models for spectrum?
Operator group Vodafone has signed up Latin American operator Datora Telecom to its Vodafone Partner Market agreement and as Vodafone’s non-equity partner, Datora Telecom has agreed to rebrand its mobile arm to Vodafone Brasil with immediate effect.
CEO, Net America Alliance: “With our hosted solution and operational tool set our members can be generating revenue within an hour of a tower going live.”
We speak to Roger Hutton, CEO, Net America Alliance is delivering a keynote address on Day Two of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Belgium’s three mobile operators, Belgacom, Mobistar and KPN-owned Base have each received 2 x 10MHz of 800MHz spectrum in the country’s latest spectrum auction, at a price of €120m per allocation. There were no other entrants in the auction, which was run by Belgian regulator BIPT.
German operator group Deutsche Telekom is looking to emulate Apple’s success in the smartphone app market with its M2M offering, Jürgen Hase, vice president M2M competence center at the operator told delegates at Internet of Things World Forum 2013.
Interview: SVP for technical architecture at Sprint: “We have the ability to build a bigger pipe than the competition because of our spectrum position”
Dr. John Saw, SVP for technical architectureat US operator Sprint is delivering a keynote address on “Analyzing the LTE Opportunity”, on Day One of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA.
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.
Dutch operator group KPN has announced a strategic alliance with Ascom Wireless Solutions that will see the two firms develop joint offerings for the healthcare segment.
LTE users shop online almost twice as much as 3G users, according to a survey conducted by Vodafone New Zealand. The operator, which launched its 4G network in the country at the end of February 2013, claims that over the last eight months the way Kiwis are using their mobile and tablets has evolved.
African operator group MTN has announced that it will upgrade and expand its 3G network in Nigeria. The operator has signed a contract with microwave network solutions provider Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL).
French operator group Orange has formed a strategic partnership with payment provider Visa to accelerate awareness and everyday usage of contactless payment technology in France. The operator has also launched a mobile prepayment solution called Orange Cash in the country.
Spanish operator group Telefónica has seen its revenues and net profit drop in the quarter ending September 30, 2013. Revenue for the quarter fell to €14.06m, a 9.5 per cent decline on the €15.54m generated in 3Q12, while net profit fell 21.1 per cent year on year, from €1.38m in 3Q12 to €1.09m in 3Q13.
The CEO at Indian operator Uninor Yogesh Malik has resigned from his position citing personal reasons. Sigve Brekke, currently head of majority owner Telenor Group’s Asia operations, will also act interim CEO while the firm seeks Malik’s successor.
UK operator EE has launched what it claims to be the world’s largest mobile data plan, offering a petabyte (a million gigabytes) of data. The package is priced at £8m. The plan has been developed for business customers such as media, film, entertainment and CCTV security industries that transfer large amounts of data over 4G while on the move, the operator said.
UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has said that Vodafone is the nation’s only mobile operator to have failed to meet its 3G coverage obligation. Vodafone has fallen 1.4 per cent short of the 90 per cent coverage requirement.
Operator group Telekom Austria has launched a smart metering platform designed as a software as a service (SaaS) solution.
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.
Swiss incumbent operator Swisscom has appointed Urs Schaeppi as CEO. Schaeppi has been acting CEO since July 23, following the death of former CEO Carsten Schloter. He has been at the firm for 15 years and has previously held roles as head of Swisscom (Switzerland) and head of corporate business.