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Zero credit check MVNO launches on Sprint
Madstar Mobile launches on Sprint's network

A new MVNO has launched on Sprint’s mobile network in the USA, with the promise of requiring zero credit checks for its customers. Madstar Mobile piggybacks on Sprint’s cellular network, and subsequently promises 3G or 4G LTE to more than 96% of the USA population.

Ofcom shares UK strategy
Ofcom wants to ensure a connected UK

Ofcom has published a report outlining its strategy to ensure all UK citizens benefit from communications services as much as possible. The report, titled Citizens and Communications Services, examines the availability, accessibility and affordability of said services in the UK.

Telstra chooses AppDirect for cloud app store

Australian incumbent telco Telstra has selected AppDirect’s application marketplace technology to power its cloud app store. The platform will allow Telstra to offer a one-stop-shop for cloud-based apps for business users, and is going live initially with services offered by Box (cloud-based storage and collaboration) and Docusign (digital signing software).

SoftBank eyeing up América Móvil wireless assets – report

SoftBank is considering buying the wireless assets of Carlos Slim-owned América Móvil, according to a report. Apparently the Japanese tech giant has asked US subsidiary firm Sprint’s CEO Marcelo Claure to gather information on the business up for sale on its behalf.

Record $19.2B invested in mobile Internet in past 12 months – study

A study conducted by financial advisory and analyst firm Digi-Capital has revealed the mobile Internet industry has benefited from a record level of investment in the past year. According to the report, mobile Internet investment peaked at $19.2 billion (£12 billion) in the 12 months up to Q3 2014.

Carrier aggregation or carrier aggravation?
The concept of carrier aggregation is getting a lot attention

Carrier Aggregation – one of most popular features of LTE-Advanced – is currently in the innovator and early-adopter stages of the technology lifecycle. As such it is still relatively immature and complex to implement with the risk of disappointing early consumers.

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What price loyalty?
Tim Deluca-Smith_VP Marketing_WDS NEW

Tim Deluca-Smith, head of marketing at WDS, a Xerox company, shares the findings from the firm’s recent Mobile Loyalty Audit survey, and offers up some uncomfortable truths for mobile operators.

Cameron’s filtering folly
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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.

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