It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings, so they say. And if the ‘it’ in this particular instance is the summertime, then the fat lady is none other than Mama Cass, and she’s crooning that ‘all the leaves are brown and the sky is grey’. It’s autumn. The Informer himself is a seasonal harbinger, of course, and his reappearance, like that of the little robin redbreast, means winter’s on its way.
Struggling US vendor Motorola said Tuesday that it has been awarded a managed services contract by Zain Iraq.
Struggling vendor Motorola made its last stand late Thursday, with the unveiling of its first Android powered smartphone, which if reports are correct, should be the first of many such devices.
Second placed Japanese operator KDDI has tapped Motorola and NEC to build its LTE network, with an eye to launching commercial services in late 2012.
Fading giants Motorola and Blockbuster have teamed up in a bid to revive both their flagging fortunes by putting on demand movie services on Motorola handsets.
Second quarter 2009 handset market data from Gartner shows lead player Nokia coming under increasing pressure as the smartphone sector outperforms the market. Overall handset shipments were down 6.1 per cent year on year for Q209, at 286.1 million but smartphone sales increased by 27 per cent to reach almost 41 million.
The recent 2Q09 earnings results of the world’s top five handset vendors by volume showed a quarter-on-quarter growth of 12.1% in shipment numbers, led by LG, Samsung and Nokia. With channel inventory reduced to more normal levels, prospects for continued quarterly growth in 2H09 have improved. However, challengers such as ZTE could displace Motorola or Sony Ericsson while they restructure.
Troubled handset and equipment vendor Motorola posted happy news late Thursday when it announced a surprise profit for the second quarter of 2009.
Troubled vendor Motorola sank yet more resources into the Android platform on Friday, moving to accelerate the development of apps for Android-based Moto handsets to be released later this year.
Here’s a curious little story: Once upon a time (a few weeks ago, actually), after meeting a carrier CEO who predicted that the mobile infrastructure provider market would contract to three players within five years, the Informer decided to run a poll on the website he calls home, Telecoms.com. He wanted to know which vendors the site’s readers thought would be the three to survive, should the CEO’s prediction come true.
Troubled handset and equipment vendor Motorola looks to be offloading bits and pieces in order to keep afloat. On Wednesday the firm said it has sold its Fibre to the node (FTTN) product family to telecoms engineering firm Communications Test Design (CDTI).
Every once in a while this industry produces a decision that is so genuinely sensible that you feel like cracking open a packet of dark chocolate digestive biscuits in celebration. Even if the need for that decision to be taken had been so blindingly obvious for such a long time that contemplating it has actually made you a bit blind, causing you to buy milk chocolate digestives by mistake, leading to a series of tiny but crushing disappointments with every bite you take.
One of the biggest frustrations for mobile phone users – trying to find a compatible charger when not at home – will hopefully become a thing of the past.
Here’s something you don’t see very often – a new handset announcement from Motorola. Chasing the social networking bandwagon a little later than everyone else, the Moto Karma QA1 is a more consumer focused BlackBerry-style device.
So handset sales have taken a kicking, readers, with analyst firms Gartner and Ovum both vying this week to get their numbers in the news. Q1 shipments were down year on year by 8.6 per cent, Gartner said, to 269.1 million units. “There were some signs of a recovery in markets such as North America and China, but overall sales in the first quarter of 2009 registered the biggest quarter-on-quarter contraction since Gartner began monitoring the market on a quarterly basis in 2001,” said Carolina Milanesi, research director for mobile devices at Gartner.
The web is awash with Android rumours this week, as the Google-backed platform finally starts to pick up momentum.
Global mobile phone sales fell 8.6 per cent year on year to 269.1 million units in the first quarter of 2009, although sales of higher end devices were up.
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In the telecoms industry, outsourcing is usually referred to as ‘managed services’ and includes the transfer of more technical processes such as network operations and management, along with the hosting of services by third parties. Until recently, the network itself was seen as core business, and this view is still widely held, but increased competition from new players such as media owners, cable companies and internet service providers has meant that the term ‘managed services’ now covers a wider range of possibilities than in the past.
The Informer keeps seeing these financial crisis-induced marketing emails that say things like: “Now is the perfect time to innovate!” or “Now is the perfect time to implement this cost management solution!”. But it strikes the Informer that what now is really the perfect time for is to be a Chinese equipment vendor. While all the other vendors are loosening their collars and tightening their belts, and shedding staff like a dog sheds hair (unless it’s a Portuguese Water Dog, of course), the Chinese vendors are having a right old knees-up.
Troubled vendor Motorola intends to have a portfolio of Android-based devices in stores for the Christmas shopping season, in a last ditch attempt to turn its handset business around.