Day two of AfricaCom 2014 saw a group of the continent’s most influential telecoms companies engaged in a panel discussion around the importance of LTE to Africa’s digital economy. With fixed broadband infrastructure still relatively thin on the ground, mobile broadband represents the only opportunity many Africans have to get online. While 3G may be the entry point for this, LTE offers many advantages, including simplicity, speed and data-optimization.
While online retailers roll their Black Friday bargains over to Cyber Monday – and probably beyond – research shows that an increasing amount of online sales are being made via smartphones and tablets, and this trend is continuing – but this does not mean smaller crowds, as consumers are also switching to ‘click & collect’ services.
Operators are under increasing pressure to bring coverage even to the remotest areas, and with mobile technologies penetrating almost every aspect of modern life, access to or the lack of a network connection can have profound social implications.
Mobile operators could boost annual global data revenues by $47 billion through brushing up their upsell strategies, according to a report by BSS solution provider Openet. The report said telcos should have a system in place which, by taking into account the customer context, automatically triggers the most relevant offer to be sent to the customer device, allowing the immediate purchase and activation of the product.
Mobile data connections and services continue to grow strongly in Africa, but the continent lags behind most of the world in terms of high-speed broadband connectivity, according to a report by analyst firm Ovum. However, mobile broadband connections in Africa are set to rise from 96 million in 2013 to 950 million to cover 77.3% of all mobile subscriptions in the continent by the end of 2019.
Half of the world’s population (3.8 billion people) will be connected to mobile internet by 2020, according to a report published by the international mobile operator association GSMA. The report, which focuses on digital inclusion and efforts made to connect ‘offline’ populations, said mobile web users in developing countries will double from 1.5 billion in 2013 to 3 billion in the next five years.
NAKA Mobile, a telecoms and technology specialist based in Switzerland, has claimed the industry’s first virtualized evolved packet core (vEPC). Utilising Cisco’s NFV services, NAKA claims it will transform its network architecture, expand beyond Switzerland, and provide its mobile Internet services to customers across the world.
Telefónica’s UK subsidiary O2 has announced its intention to deploy a full fibre core network throughout the country, touching on 19 connectivity points from Glasgow, Scotland to Salisbury in the South West.
Australian incumbent operator Telstra has confirmed the launch of new business division, Telstra Health, and a joint venture with Swiss telemedicine company Medgate. “Telstra Readycare” will connect remote residents of Australia with GPs over video or telephone to facilitate diagnosis, prescriptions and referrals.
International technology research and advisory firm Ovum has announced the launch of the world’s first broadband development index to integrate both fixed and mobile connectivity statistics. The index highlights European struggles in connecting consumers to high speed fixed fibre broadband and LTE mobile broadband.
Hewlett-Packard has confirmed that it will be ceasing support of its faltering webOS cloud services platform in January. In an official statement on the webOS website, HP cited declining user numbers as the primary motive behind the decision. webOS was acquired by HP as part of the $1.2 billion purchase of Palm in 2010, and [...]
VMware and Jasper have announced a collaborative effort to bring adoption of internet of things (IoT) and enterprise mobility management (EMM) technologies to enterprise customers. The joint effort, announced at Cisco’s IoT World Forum, is intended to enable the deployment, monitoring, management and security of connected enterprise devices across IoT platforms.
A multi-operator capable SIM card included in Apple’s latest iPad range will give consumers the flexibility to switch between short-term plans with operators in the UK and USA. So far, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and UK operator EE have confirmed participation with the initiative.
Samsung Electronics claims to have set the industry’s first milestone in 5G development by announcing successfully achieved transmission speeds of 940MB per second in a stationary environment. Meanwhile, it also claims to have achieved transmission speeds of 150MB per second, in an uninterrupted mobile connection from a vehicle moving at over 100 km/h.
At an Intel event in London this week, Telecoms.com sat down with VP and General Manager of Intel’s Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group, Rose Schooler. During the conversation, Schooler outlined Intel’s ecosystem and community for NFV and SDN advancement, Intel Network Builders’ Program (NBP), and the company’s view on the origins of NFV.
The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced the upgrade of Passpoint, a certified programme to enable more sophisticated connectivity for mobile devices in wifi hotspots. The alliance claims the new, improved Passpoint will now deliver a more streamlined method of creating new user accounts and connecting wifi-only devices to public wifi hotspots. The upgrade to Passpoint will feature WPA2 [...]
Microsoft has given a preview of Windows 10, announcing expectedintegration of the new operating system across desktop and mobile platforms, as well as Internet of Things devices and global data centres.
Sprint has announced that it will begin offering Google Apps for Business to enterprise customers in August. The US telco said it plans to provide the full array of Google Apps and emphasize a mobile-focused approach to using the cloud suite. It will also provide and offer online training and support free.
This paper is the third in the series of outlining the potential threats Africa is facing with SMS spam. With Africa being the second largest mobile market in the world, second only to Asia, it is deemed to be the fastest growing mobile market today with 735 million mobile subscribers expected at the end of 2012, leaving a golden opportunity for messaging abuse attracting the likes of spammers, fraudsters and illegitimate users, resulting in revenue leakages and disputes for mobile network operators.
Saudi Arabian mobile operator Mobily has launched the first LTE service in the Middle East, but rival STC was hot on its heels, launching its own service a day later.