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Verizon Sees Handset Subsidies as a Long Term Game

Although two of its rivals are moving away from the classic handset subsidy model, USA based Verizon Wireless has indicated that it is likely to stick with the proven model for the time being. Click here for more.


Cedexis Solves Avoidable Outages in Real-Time

PORTLAND, Ore. , Aug.andnbsp; Cedexis, the leader in crowd-optimized application and content delivery for clouds, CDNs and data centers, today announced the release of its connected Sonar service, which uses low-latency synthetic monitoring to eliminate costly and avoidable outages by ensuring consistent application delivery. Providing exceptional quality of experience (QoE) to application consumers by eliminating outages and slowdowns is at the heart of building a profitable and sustainable cloud-native service, but has proven to be an elusive goal. Click here for more.

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What 2012 will mean for the telecoms industry brings you forecasts and predictions for 2012

As 2011 draws to a close, examines the trends that are defining the industry to see how industry players can best capitalise on the opportunities that will present themselves in the year ahead.

Smartphones – It’ll come as no surprise to anyone in the industry to hear that smartphones sales are expected to continue growing next year.  Statistics from Informa Telecoms & Media reveal that the number of total smartphones sold globally are forecasted to increase from 342.4m in 2011 to 439.1m in 2012.

Google is expected to be victorious in the smartphone market over the year, as it will see 142.59m Android handsets sold in 2012, up from the 94.26m sold this year, according to Informa’s figures. This could be a landmark year for the company, as its Android OS could even surpass sales of Symbian handsets, which are expected to reach 137.26m in 2012. Sales of Apple’s iPhone range, meanwhile, are forecasted to grow from 46.1m units to 52m units globally.

LTE – 2012 will be the year LTE takes off as LTE subscriptions globally are expected to rise from 6.5m to 22.9m over the course of the year.  The two regions that will spearhead the LTE movement will be Asia-Pacific and North America. The number of LTE subscribers in Asia Pacific are expected to grow from 1.6m to 6.9m, while in North America, the figure will reach 10.1m  up from 3.5m, according to the analyst.

IPTV – The popularity of IPTV is expected to continue growing steadily, says Informa. The market is expected to rise from 35.8m subscribers to 44m. Asia-Pacific and Western Europe will be most responsible for this growth, with numbers of IPTV service customers rising from 9.6m to 12.4m in Asia-Pacific and 12.4m to 14.4m in Western Europe. One factor that could disrupt the market is the long-anticipated launch of Apple TV, which is due next year. The launch could spur growth of IPTV if it has anywhere near a similar impact of what the iPhone made on the smartphone industry when that first launched.

Mobile users – 2012 will see more people in developed nations gaining access to mobile phones. India will surpass China to become the world’s largest mobile market in terms of subscriptions, it is forecasted, as it will have added roughly 200m mobile subscriptions throughout 2011. India will also see nearly 590m access lines added to its fixed and mobile networks over the next five years, according to data from Pyramid Research, compared with China’s 535m. Meanwhile, global fixed line broadband subscriptions are predicted to reach 651m. In 2011, that figure stood at 576.8m.

Mobile Banking - Mobile Banking is a hot trend and revenues are set to almost double globally, from $ 1560.3m to $ 2880.4m in 2012, according to Informa. This will be spurred by a rise in remote payments globally, which are expected to rise from $ 644.8m to $ 1088.8m and the most growth will be seen in the use of mobile international funds transfer services, which is forecast to grow in revenues from $ 154.9m to $ 501.3m.

Revenues from mobile banking are set to almost double in many markets across the world, There will be almost a 150 per cent increase in Latin America, where it will grow from $ 36.51m to $ 84.27m and revenues from mobile banking will hit $ 1,486.7m from $ 890.9m in the Asia Pacific region.

Location-based services – Mobile location-based services are also set to hit new heights, and will generate almost $ 4,710.8m, up from $ 3,221.1m in 2011, according to Informa’s expectations.  Personal navigation services will account for $ 1,917.6m, while enterprise location-based services will drum up $ 1,655.1m. And mobile social networking will continue to grow. Informa expects the number of mobile social networking users to increase from 316.8m in 2011 to 476.3m in 2012, 218.5m of whom will be from Asia-Pacific. – telecoms industry news, analysis and opinion

Belgacom to brand all domestic Belgian services as Proximus

Operator group Belgacom SA has chosen to drop the Belgacom brand name for the services it offers in the country, choosing instead to brand all mobile, fixed and IT services under the Proximus brand

Operator group Belgacom SA has chosen to drop the Belgacom brand name for the services it offers in the country, choosing instead to brand all mobile, fixed and IT services under the Proximus brand

Belgian incumbent Belgacom has chosen to drop the Belgacom brand name for all domestic services, choosing instead to market all mobile, fixed and IT services under the existing Proximus brand. The change will come into effect at the end of 2014.

The operator group said that it has drawn up an “ambitious plan” to restore growth to the firm by 2016. It explained that fixed, mobile and IT technologies are converging and as a result, users are no longer concerned whether they read emails at work, via the mobile network or at home via wifi.

The operator group will continue to be named Belgacom SA and will continue trading on the Brussels Stock Exchange under the name of BCOM.BR. There will be no structural change to the business and the company will continue to be the employer of its 15,000-plus staff.

The brand name change will only have an effect in Belgium, as the group’s other brands, such as basic fixed and mobile telephony and internet products provider Scarlet, wholesale services firm BICS, Luxembourg mobile operator Tango and ICT services provider Telindus International will continue to exist as they were.

“Our customers’ needs are changing continuously and ever faster,” said Belgacom CEO Dominique Leroy.

“That applies to consumers and businesses alike. As a leading company in the Belgian telecoms market, we want to anticipate developments and offer our customers a superior and distinctive user experience which seamlessly combines all technologies.  Clear and simple communication is also a part of that. By taking the step towards a single commercial brand, Proximus, we are able to do so better than ever.”

Last month, Belgacom said it had activated a nationwide VDSL2 vectoring network which it said will deliver faster fixed broadband speeds to subscribers. The operator teamed up with infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent as it looked to extend the capabilities of its DSL technology.

In January this year, Belgacom, under the brand name Proximus, announced that it had made LTE access available to all customers at no extra cost, going against the grain of operators charging a premium for the service.

All existing and new Proximus and Belgacom customers who want to use mobile internet with an LTE capable device now have automatic access to the an LTE network in Belgium with a coverage of more than 50 per cent and accessible in 260 cities and municipalities.

GENBAND wins Silver Stevie® for Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year with Kandy cPaaS in 2017 International Business Awards(SM)

PLANO, Texas , Aug.andnbsp; GENBAND™, a leading provider of real-time communications solutions announced today that it has won a Silver Stevie® award in recognition of its innovative cloud-based Kandy communications Platform as a Service (cPaaS). The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small – are eligible to submit nominations.andnbsp;The 2017 IBAs received entries from more than 60 nations and territories. Click here for more.

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Jack Tretton deixará os cargos de Presidente e CEO da Sony Computer Entertainment America

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Finland Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband, and Digital Media Statistics and Analyses 2017-2022 – Research and Markets

The “Finland – Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband, and Digital Media – Statistics and Analyses” report has been added to Research and Markets’ offering. Click here for more.

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Grupo Clarín announces its Results for the First Half (1H17) and Second Quarter of 2017 (2Q17)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina , Aug.andnbsp;Grupo Clarín S.A. (“Grupo Clarín” or the “Company” – LSE: GCLA; BCBA: GCLA), the largest media company in Argentina , announced today its first half and second quarter results for 2017. Figures are stated in Argentine Pesos, unless otherwise indicated. Click here for more.

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Sprint LTE Plus Data Speeds Up 28% in Seven Months

Can you hear that? Sprint (NYSE:S) customers are having a better network experience than ever with national average download speeds up 28 percent in seven months, according to Ookla Speedtest Intelligence data. Ookla data also shows Sprint now ranks #1 for the fastest average download speed in 15 cities such as Atlanta, Denver, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City and Seattle.1 Click here for more.

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