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Vodafone Greece targets multiplay with Hellas Online acquisition

Vodafone converging mobile and fixed with Hellas Online acquisition

Vodafone Greece has moved closer to becoming a multiplay service provider by acquiring 72.7% of Hellas Online (HOL), the country’s second largest broadband and fixed-line services provider. The mobile operator acquired Hellas Online for a total cash sum of €72.7m (£57.56m).

Africa mobile data use rising, broadband speed lags – report

Mobile data use in Africa is growing fast

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.

4G, wifi drive out-of-home data boom – report

UK out-of-home data on 4G and wifi stands at 35.6 petabytes per month

4G and public wifi networks now account for approximately 35.6 petabytes of data consumed by the UK public when out-of-home every month, according to a report by UK government advisory firm Broadband Stakholder Group (BSG). The study found that data consumed out of the home accounts for roughly 5% of all data used in the UK, with residential broadband generating approximately 650 petabytes per month.

Operator churn could rise to 50% in 12 months – report

Operators should mind the churn potential

Ovum has published a report claiming operators could lose almost half of their existing customers within the next year. According to the analyst firm, about a quarter of all users say they will definitely switch to another provider, while another quarter are actively considering changing.

O2 to roll out fibre nationwide

O2 is upgrading its core network to an all fibre infrastructure

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.

Europe lags behind Asia in broadband connectivity, says Ovum

Global broadband revenues to continue rising

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.

Ofcom will be leaderless in early 2015

Ed Richards will be stepping down in December

UK communications regulator Ofcom has announced that Ed Richards, the group’s Chief Executive, will be standing down from his role at the end of 2014. The search for his successor is under way, and is targeted for completion in early 2015, despite Ofcom apparently having had significant advance warning of his departure.

VoLTE deployments set to double next year

4G is finding its voice

The introduction of VoLTE is accelerating with 21% of operators currently investing in deployments, and according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) the figure is set to double next year. So far a total of 10, of which seven this year, commercial VoLTE-enabled HD voice services have been launched, and the GSA is expecting eight more by the end of 2014.

Mobile video volume on LTE already 5x greater than 3G

Video over LTE is on the rise

A report commissioned by analytics vendor Citrix has revealed the extent of LTE-based video streaming growth. The report focuses on the consumption of LTE-based services among global tier 1 operators; and concludes LTE is already generating five times greater data volume than 3G at operators that offer both.

Data demand driving global optics market

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The global optical components market is experiencing an upward swing as global internet traffic continues to increase, prompting network operators to deploy high speed optical technologies to keep up with demand.

Sprint to offer Google Apps to enterprise customers

Sprint will offer enterprise customers Google Apps for Business

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.

What are the 5G candidate technologies?

5G is already a pervasive theme, despite not yet being a defined standard

The LTE ecosystem gathered recently in Amsterdam to discuss the commercialization and future of mobile networks. As expected, 5G was a hot topic of discussion but there is still considerable confusion in the market regarding all of its aspects: technology, commercial opportunity, application in verticals, and many others.

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.

Internet.org building drones to connect remote communities

Facebook has outlined plans to provide internet connectivity to unconnected communities using technology such as drone aircrafts

The Facebook-backed Internet.org initiative has revealed that it is building its first high altitude drone as part of a plan to provide connectivity to unconnected communities around the world, using satellite and free space optics.

Blackberry’s woes deepen with $5.87bn annual loss

Blackberry has reported a $5.87bn loss for the fiscal year ended March 1st 2014

Struggling Canadian device maker Blackberry has reported a $5.87bn loss for fiscal year 2014, which ended March 1st 2014. The loss is over nine times the size of the $646m loss reported in 2013. The firm’s revenue also fell 38 per cent year on year from $11.1bn in FY13 to $6.8bn in FY14.

Vodafone signs up Huawei for Project Spring

Vodafone has signed a five-year agreement with infrastructure vendor Huawei

Pushing on with its £7bn organic investment programme, Project Spring, operator group Vodafone has signed a five-year agreement with infrastructure vendor Huawei. As the third vendor signed up for this initiative, the Chinese firm will carry out a number of network enhancement projects and provide products and services to the operator to expand its single RAN in 15 countries around the world.

Slim raises stake in Telekom Austria

Carlos Slim's América Móvil has increased its stake in America Movil

Latin American operator group America Movil has increased its stake in European operator group Telekom Austria. The LatAm group, controlled by billionaire Carlos Slim, has agreed to acquire 13.9 million shares in Telekom Austria, through Carso Telecom, a holding company owned by America Movil. The shares equate to a 3.14 per cent stake in the European group.

Clown cars, gold mines and Happy Meals

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There’s plenty of stuff in this world the Informer doesn’t understand and how companies that make no money can rake it in from a stock market floatation is one of them. The Twitter founders buzzed the bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday and released 70 million shares to the frenzied masses. Despite opening at $26, the market closed at almost $45, with the company reflecting a market value of more than $31bn. The company’s valuation ahead of the IPO was closer to $17bn.

Twitter primed for IPO; caught in IBM’s crosshairs

Twitter ready for IPO, but IBM has it in its sights

With Twitter’s IPO set to go live later today the company has priced its shares at $26 each, higher than the expected range of $23-25. With 70 million shares on offer the company is looking to score around $1.8bn in proceeds with a 30 day option for another 10.5 million shares to be sold.

Global mobile revenues to decline for first time in 2018

Mobile operators worldwide are set to face a decline in revenue by 2018, according to Ovum

A drop in global mobile revenues forecast for 2018 will be the first time in the history of the mobile industry that service revenue contracts year on year, according to industry analysts Ovum.

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