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US smartphone users enticed by sponsored data plans, reports survey

US smartphone users are open to using sponsored data plans driven by fear of exceeding their mobile data limit, according to research published today.

Telecom Italia appoints chairman and Board
Telecom Italia has appointed Giuseppe Recchi as its chairman of the Board of Directors

European operator group Telecom Italia has appointed Giuseppe Recchi as its chairman of the Board of Directors. Recchi’s appointment ends a six-month wait for a successor to former chairman Franco Bernabe, who also served as CEO at the firm.

Samsung gets cosy with Kindle, Tizen

Amazon has partnered with Samsung to launch a custom ebook service, bundling a content subscription with the device.

US operators, device vendors create smartphone “kill switch”

Leading handset manufacturers and operators in the US have teamed up to introduce a ‘killswitch’ in an effort to curb smartphone theft in the country.

AT&T signs connected car deal with Volvo

US operator AT&T has entered into a multi-year agreement with Swedish car manufacturer Volvo to provide internet connectivity in vehicles in the USA and Canada starting this summer.

Carta Blanco: NFV at Telefónica

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is set to become one of the defining trends of the era in the mobile network. Spanish incumbent Telefónica is the first operator to lay out its approach to NFV and its plans are both detailed and aggressive. Mike Hibberd met with Global CTO Enrique Blanco ahead of Telefónica’s NFV announcement, to learn of the changes in store.


Mike Hibberd | @telecomsHibberd

James Middleton | @telecomsJames

Dawinderpal Sahota | @telecomsSahota


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Cameron’s filtering folly

UK government proposals would force UK ISPs to block access to adult material unless the bill payer opts in to receive it. The “think of the children” rhetoric is convincing and the sentiment is in the right place. But the solution – content filtering – is all wrong.

The Netflix breaking point – the disruption of traditional internet peering model

Having already blown a hole in the pay-TV market with its cut-price streaming services, US video streaming player Netflix is now tearing down the long-standing telecom wholesale model because of the huge traffic volumes its services are generating.