The largest Native American community in the US, the Navajo Nation, this week flipped the switch on an $8m datacentre installation that has been under development since 2009.
President and CEO, Telebras, Brazil: “There is an unbalanced relationship between content providers and telcos”
Caio Bonilha, President and CEO, Telebras, Brazil is taking part in a panel discussion on the advantages of SDN and OpenFlow on Day One of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we speak to him about his role, and where telcos fit in the cloud services arena.
A new mobile payments network called YellowPepper has launched in Colombia, marking the beginning of a massive project to bank the unbanked and sweep away the dominance of cash across the Spanish-speaking Americas.
Operator group Telefonica has signed a deal with productivity tool provider Evernote to offer Vivo subscribers in Brazil a year’s subscription to its premium package.
In an example of how operators are leveraging OTT partnerships, Telefónica this week struck a deal with Evernote to make the information management application available to its global user base.
Canada is seeing a fresh push to promote near field communication (NFC) services after a joint venture between the nation’s three largest operators signed a deal with Canadian cooperative financial group Desjardin and mobile money solutions provider Monitise.
Deutsche Telekom late Friday said it will avoid routing customers’ email traffic through US hosted infrastructure and will step up email security in the wake of the NSA PRISM spying scandal.
Next generation networking specialist Juniper is ill at ease on the stock market this week following the revelation Friday that it is being investigated by the US anti corruption authority.
Telefónica Digital, the innovation arm of the Spanish incumbent telco, has called time on its rich communication prototype, Tu Me, in favour of a version that is not bound to smartphones.
US-based encrypted email service Lavabit has shut up shop in the wake of the PRISM scandal, with its founder warning against trusting data to any company with physical ties to the US.
With the announcement this week from the GSA that 200 LTE Networks have now been commercially launched worldwide, there’s no doubt that LTE is a truly worldwide success. The North American market however, continues to lead the way, with major operators such as Verizon, virtually completing their initial build-outs. As they do so, attention is beginning to turn to the next stage in the evolution of LTE and the further opportunities it presents for monetisation.
SK Telecom appears to be leading the charge in terms of international LTE roaming, having extended its 4G connection services to Canada and Switzerland.
Russian operator VimpelCom has poached the CFO of Verizon Wireless, Andrew Davies, and will install him as group CFO in January 2014.
Operator group Vodafone has signed a deal that sees it setting up its own brand in Brazil, the first fully Vodafone branded operation to be launched in the Americas. The operator inked a non-equity partnership agreement with local MVNE Datora Telecom to launch Vodafone Brasil, which will primarily serve Vodafone’s multinational enterprise customers’ M2M needs.
US president Barack Obama’s administration has stepped in at the last minute and overturned a ban on the sale of older models of Apple’s iPhone and iPad in the country. Initially, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) had ruled that the devices in question infringed upon 3G patents owned by Korean device maker Samsung.
Operator group Telefonica has signed a deal to allow consumers in the US and Canada to buy mobile airtime in-stores for family and friends who are Movistar subscribers in Latin America.
Handset maker Motorola Mobility, a subsidiary of Google, has launched a smartphone designed to be primarily controlled by voice. According to the firm, the Moto X handset has an “active display” which constantly feeds new information to the user without the use of notifications and pop ups.
In a move that appears to fly in the face of its support for net neutrality, Google this week filed a document with US regulator the FCC stating that customers of its fibre to the home network were limited in what kind of devices or applications they could attach to those connections. But is the situation as clear cut as it seems?
US carrier AT&T has agreed to acquire the assets of a regional mobile network operator, while rival Verizon Communications is facing opposition amid rumours that it could acquire spectrum in Canada.
US operator Sprint has posted an operating loss of $874m for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. The figure takes into account non-cash charges of $623m related to the shutdown of the Nextel iDEN platform. Accelerated depreciation of assets also accounted for approximately $430m of the loss.