Ovum and Informa Telecoms & Media merge research businesses

Ovum and Informa Telecoms and Media (ITM) have announced they will merge under the Ovum brand

Research firms Ovum and Informa Telecoms and Media (ITM) are to merge under the Ovum brand and create what they claim to be the world’s largest telecoms industry research firm.

RCS – Simplify, select, succeed

Keith Mumford, VP Technology, Kineto Wireless

Keith Mumford, VP of Technology at Kineto Wireless, reflects on Informa’s Rich Communications 2013 conference. Maybe, he suggests, the best way forward with RCS is to pick and choose from the functions to deliver targeted services, instead of trying to turn it into an industry juggernaut.

Australian Minister asks entire NBN board to tender resignations

Communication minister Malcolm Turnbull has asked the entire NBN board to tender their resignations

Australian communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has asked the entire board of the country’s national broadband network (NBN) project to tender in their resignations. Australia’s NBN is a national wholesale network currently being rolled out across the country, but has been hit by multiple delays for various reasons.

EE leads Europe with 1 million LTE subscribers

EE has announced it now has one million LTE subscribers using its network

UK operator EE now has more one million LTE subscribers, the highest of any European operator, according to research firm Informa Telecoms and Media.

Telefónica to pay €5bn for KPN’s E-Plus in Germany

The deal would create the largest mobile operator in Germany, with more than 40m subscribers

Dutch incumbent KPN has confirmed that it is to sell its German mobile operation, E-Plus, to Spain’s Telefónica, which operates as O2 in the German market. Telefónica will pay €5bn in cash to KPN, which will also hold a 17.6 per cent stake in Telefónica Deutschland once the deal, subject to regulatory approval, has been completed.

Firefox handsets go on sale


Open source software developer Mozilla has announced that its official Firefox devices are now on sale in stores in Spain. Telefonica is selling the low-cost handsets built on Open Web Technologies the handsets, in Madrid.

Telcos will not win out in cloud says British Gas director of tech

Kassir Hussein, director of technology, British Gas

Telcos are not the natural providers of enterprise cloud services because they do not come from the software industry, according to Kassir Hussain, director of technology for Centrica/British gas, and a former O2, Orange and 3UK network specialist.

Public access small cell market valued at $16.2bn by 2016

Public access small cells are gaining clear market traction and will dominate small cell revenues for the foreseeable future

Public access small cells are gaining clear market traction and will dominate small cell revenues for the foreseeable future, according to new research from Informa Telecoms & Media. LTE North America Awards shortlist announced

The LTE North America Awards 2012 will take place in Dallas, Texas USA on the 14th November.

The LTE North America Awards are almost upon us, and the industry’s giants are gearing up to battle it out for honours spanning eight categories.

The case for rural data services and satellite backhaul


Mobile operators are now facing a plethora of challenges to maintain the high levels of profitability they are accustomed to. Issues including increased regulation, heightened competition from the traditional mobile value chain and new competitors from the Internet world are starting to seriously challenge operators.

App payments crucial for operators as OTT services erode revenues

Operators are set to see their share of mobile content and commerce revenue drop from 44 per cent in 2011 to 31 per cent in 2016 globally, according to the latest forecasts from Informa Telecoms & Media. This is due to services such as mobile messaging, music, TV and video streaming, location-based services and social-networking increasingly going over-the-top in the next five years.

Telefónica sells China Unicom stake

Telefonica has sold a 4.56 per cent stake in China Unicom

Telefónica has announced that it has sold a 4.56 per cent stake in China Unicom for HK$10,963.3 ($1.413bn). The deal leaves the Spanish operator group with a 5.01 stake in the Chinese firm.

Only Connect? M2M, the Cloud and Big Data

Not bad for a company that started out as an online bookstore.

One petabyte a day: That’s how much data BMW’s Connected Drive cars will generate by 2017 reckons BMW Group IT infrastructure chief Mario Müller.

Wifi hotspots set to more than triple by 2015

Wifi hotspot numbers are set to grow from 1.3 to 5.8 million globally in the next four years

Global public wifi hotspot numbers are set to grow from 1.3 million in 2011, to 5.8 million by 2015, marking a 350 per cent increase, according to research published by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), and compiled by Informa. The findings from the WBA, which is the industry association focused on driving next generation wifi, also revealed that more than half – 58 per cent – of operators believe wifi hotspots are either “very important” or “crucial” to their customers’ experience, in order to offload busy mobile broadband networks and to provide a value-added services.

UK mobile broadband measurements

Sponsored by Bytemobile

An extensive measurement campaign was carried out between June and August 2009 to assess the effect of mobile broadband optimisation on Internet access through notebook/netbook computers. Measurements were performed in and around London on all UK mobile networks offering mobile broadband products and conducted so that the results were comparable, regardless of the surrounding environment and traffic in the measured cell.

Devine Kofiloto, Regional Analyst, Informa Telecoms & Media

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Gadget makers to find refuge in smartphone sales

Smartphone sales set to boom

Despite the global slowdown in consumer spending, handset vendors are expected to reap the benefits of growth in the smartphone segment, with sales of high end handsets on an upward curve over the next five years.