New Zealand operators block stolen phones

Mobile operators in New Zealand have joined forces to clamp down on the use of stolen handsets in the country

Mobile operators in New Zealand have joined forces to clamp down on the use of stolen handsets in the country. Vodafone, Telecom and 2degrees have worked together over the past year to develop a blacklisting system, which gives each operator the ability to block the IMEI number of a mobile device that has been reported as stolen across all three networks, usually within 24 hours.

Where’s the beef in telco SaaS?


Microsoft Office 365  is becoming to telco SaaS what the Big Mac is to fast food. That’s not a health warning, but a fact, based on a 38-country study* of 51 communication service providers’ business SaaS portfolios that I’ve just completed. Microsoft powers an astonishing 51% of these CSPs’ productivity and collaboration offers. Want a SaaS [...]

New Zealand’s Telecom trials LTE

Telecom trials LTE in New Zealand

New Zealand operator Telecom has begun trialling its LTE network in parts of Wellington and Auckland. The firm said it is aiming to launch the new network late in 2013 or early in 2014. The first phase of the trial will run until mid-February 2013.

Telcos: Want to fight OTT? Learn from SNCF’s Olympian bet

All aboard! France’s SNCF wants your cheeks on a seat – but not necessarily on a train.

Telstar and the Bell System’s Forgotten Anniversary


If you watched Wimbledon’s epic showdown live on television, then you have Telstar to thank. Launched 50 years ago, the Telstar-1 satellite, brainchild of Bell Labs, made international live broadcasts possible. On July 10, 1962, the age of global communications truly began.

What’s We-Government? Just Tweet the EU


Trending on Twitter isn’t a traditional political goal. Nor is having a Facebook page with thousands of friends. But that’s exactly the point. The European Commission’s Digital Agenda for Europe doesn’t want old school methods to talk to citizens or to broadcast its views. Instead, it wants to involve every European in critical decisions that will help stimulate Europe’s digital economy – knowing that these decisions are tightly linked to the European Union’s entire future.

Africa’s Cloudy Horizons


Africa is my destination this week. I’m on a mission that’s both personal and professional.

Officially, I’m here to work with clients, catch up with our growing regional team and speak at Informa’s inaugural Cloud Africa Summit.

Unofficially, I hope to prove myself wrong about the déjà vu that I feel about aspects of Africa’s ICT market.

The IMF just said that sub-Saharan Africa is beginning to stand on its own feet, pointing to its sustained and major progress since the millennium.

European operators first to feel full force of crunch

Just as Telecom Italia announces an extensive cost cutting initiative, industry analysts are warning that European mobile operators will be the first to feel the full impact of the credit crunch. Research carried out by industry analyst Ovum indicates that while operators in other regions showed little signs of feeling the credit crunch during the [...]

Telecom Italia outlines Eur5bn in cutbacks, savings

Italy’s Telecom Italia has announced plans to cut costs by around Eur2bn in 2009, as well as offload non core assets to the tune of a further Eur3bn. Part of the restructuring plan includes the slashing of a further 4,000 jobs in Italy. Under the Italian operator’s 2009-2011 plan, 40 per cent of the targeted [...]

Telekom Austria jumps on femto bandwagon

The mobile division of Austrian carrier Telecom Austria said Friday it has started the first femtocell pilot in Central Europe. Mobilkom has rolled out the technology with 35 selected residential and business customers throughout Austria, using kit from Chinese vendor Huawei. As the carrier explains, a femtocell effectively creates an individual indoor 3G network connected [...]

France Telecom posts reassuring figures

French carrier France Telecom reassured investors on Thursday with financial results that bode well for the European telecoms sector, according to analysts. The French incumbent posted a gross operating margin (equivalent to EBITDA) for the third quarter of Eur5.09bn, flat against the same period last year. Consolidated revenue climbed 2.3 per cent on a comparable [...]