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Keeping the doctor away

It is fast becoming evident that national health services cannot deliver all the care that is needed

The subject of health is never far from the headlines both in the emerging markets, where services and infrastructure can be dangerously scarce, and in developed nations where resources are increasingly overstretched. In many countries it is a sector for which the future does not hold much promise in terms of additional funding and resources—and for many people it is fast becoming evident that national health services cannot deliver all the care that’s needed.

ZTE, NSN win European LTE deals

TeliaSonera sees price as the only differentiator to LTE deployments

Nordic carrier TeliaSonera continued to spearhead the adoption of LTE, with an announcement on Monday that the company’s Uzbekistan subsidiary, UCell, has constructed a 4G network.

Telefónica launches mobile VoIP in Europe

Telefónica launches mobile VoIP services in Europe

Spain-based carrier Telefonica has revealed plans to introduce mobile internet telephony services, following the acquisition of VoIP startup Jajah.

Tiered services are a step backward

Telekom Austria looks to LTE to divert data flood

The dominoes are beginning to tumble. The move toward tiered pricing for mobile data services started by AT&T is spreading, with the news that O2 UK is also abandoning flat-rate subscriptions in favor of tiered services, and more are bound to follow. However, in an age and an industry in which the new focus is on what customers want, rather than what their service providers think they want, it seems incongruous for operators to offer services based on their own needs rather than those of their customers.

European carriers explore mobile TV in TDD

O2, Vodafone, Orange to trial TDD-based mobile TV in UK

The wireless operator community is taking another crack at mobile TV, with a technology that also holds promise for the little used TDD spectrum, which most operators have left gathering spectral dust.

O2 data cap protest will help out O2

O2 data cap protest will help out O2

The word on the wires Tuesday morning is of growing support for a consumer protest against O2 UK’s recent decision to introduce tiered data tariffs and do away with unlimited offerings.

O2′s revised data pricing model is no surprise

The all you can eat data buffet is closing down

O2’s decision to switch from an unlimited model to one tiered based on usage is of no surprise to those that have studied mobile data usage patterns. Just like AT&T in the US, O2 UK had become the industry poster-child of the capacity crunch era.

Tiers start flowing at O2 UK

O2 has switched off the unlimited data tap

The floodgates have opened, as UK carrier O2 becomes the latest operator to put an end to all you can eat data. New and upgrading smartphone users will be affected, making the move rather timely in light of the imminent launch of the iPhone 4.

O2 beefs up network to meet smartphone demand

O2 upgrades London network to meet iPhone demand

Good news for existing smartphone users on the O2 UK network, but it’s more likely the impending arrival of the iPhone 4 later this month was the kick the carrier needed to improve its data network in the capital.

Operators lose battle against roaming price caps

Operators lose battle against roaming price caps

Four of Europe’s largest mobile operators – Vodafone, Telefónica O2, T-Mobile and Orange – lost their battle with European authorities on Tuesday, after the European Court of Justice ruled that roaming caps can stick.

Healthy opportunities in the m-health sector

Healthy opportunities in the m-health sector

Opportunities in the global mobile healthcare market are estimated to be worth between $50bn and $60bn in 2010, prompting operators to step up their initiatives in this emerging sector.

Telefonica delivers the goods in 2009

Telefonica delivers the goods in 2009

Spanish carrier Telefonica, which owns the O2 mobile brand, reported a solid financial year on Friday.

Mike Short, vice president of public affairs, Telefonica O2

Mike Short, vice president of public affairs at Telefonica O2 Europe talks about the future of the mobile network operator.

The Key Notes

Matthew Key, CEO of Telefónica Europe, talks exclusively to telecoms.com about the challenges faced across his portfolio, his future plans and the new shape of the mobile industry.

BT scores managed services deal for O2

BT to take over O2's core network

UK carrier BT must be feeling like its gone back to 2001, as it announces a five year, multi-million pound managed services agreement to run O2’s mobile and fixed core networks.

Night at the museum

The Informer attended a glittering occasion at London’s Science Museum last night, held to celebrate 25 years of the UK cellular industry. He had a wonderful time, wandering around the museum looking at all the old relics, some of whom had some fascinating stories to tell.

O2 trials LTE in UK

O2 trials LTE in UK

Next generation networking technology LTE is on a roll at the moment, doing a whistle stop tour of picturesque locations such as Stockholm, Oslo and Slough in just a few days.

You’re never too old to start

It used to be that a man was defined by his actions. Well, in Motorola’s world view, this is no longer the case. The US vendor this week proclaimed that man is instead defined by his technology choices.

O2 UK reckons it can get mobile ads to deliver

O2 UK reckons it can get mobile ads to deliver

UK mobile operator O2 is investing in the mobile advertising dream, seeking to position itself as an advertising partner that makes good use of all its customer data.

iPhone to hit Tesco shelves

The iPhone will be available in Tesco

iPhone exclusivity is well and truly over, in the UK at least, with the news that supermarket Tesco is to stock the device and might even do so in time for Christmas.

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