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Zeneth Technology Partners Announces the Addition of Dan Waddell to Its Leadership Team

ARLINGTON, Va.andnbsp;Zeneth Technology Partners (Zeneth), an information technology and security firm with a strong focus on the federal market, announced today that Dan Waddell is joining its leadership team as a Senior Vice President effective as of July 17, 2017 . Dan previously led the North America region for (ISC)2, where he successfully grew the program and the brand.andnbsp; In his role at Zeneth, Dan will design and execute strategies in support of Zeneth’s rapidly growing federal practice and will also act as a founding executive in Zeneth’s commercial managed security service-ZenOpz-launching in September 2017 . The growth of the Zeneth leadership team is being driven by rapid development of its commercial operations and the continued strong growth in federal and state government opportunities. Click here for more.

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Pulse Secure Chooses Prysm to Power Immersive Team Collaboration, Data Visualization in New CEC

SAN JOSE, Calif.andnbsp;Prysm, Inc., a leading digital workplace platform provider, today announced that Pulse Secure, a leader in secure access solutions, has installed Prysm in a new Customer Experience Center (CEC) at its San Jose headquarters. Click here for more.

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Motorola and Intel team up on Razr i

Motorola's Razr i

At an event in London this morning, Google’s recently-acquired handset business Motorola Mobility unveiled the first product of its partnership with processor manufacturer Intel, the Razr i. The firms are teaming up in a bid to revive Motorola’s handset business and put Intel on the smartphone map with the first fruits of their labour an aluminium-cased device with a 4.3in super AMOLED screen device. The Razr i runs the Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich OS and is powered by an Intel Atom 2GH processor.

According to Andrew Morley, general manager at Motorola Mobility for UK and Ireland, the firm focused on three elements to give it the competitive edge when developing the Intel-based Razr range: speed, power management and the Android OS.

The firms said at the press conference that the focus on speed is most apparent in the camera functionality – the feature that Motorola Mobility claims is the most used by smartphone owners, ahead of web browsing, search and video streaming. The handset can switch to camera mode in under a second, and can also take 10 shots in under one second.

The firms added that the Razr i also boasts a battery that is 40 per cent more powerful than that of the iPhone 4S, due to the Atom chip’s 32nm processor technology. The Ice Cream Sandwich OS will also be upgradeable to the Android Jelly Bean OS when the platform is launched.

The phone has NFC capability but does not support LTE connectivity.

Google will be hoping the device helps bring Motorola Mobility back to profitability. The firm has already announced measures including the axing of 4,000 staff—around 20 per cent of the handset business’s total headcount—and the decommissioning of 94 facilities. Google finalised its acquisition of the firm for $ 12.5bn earlier this year.

The Razr i will be launched in the UK, Germany, France, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico in October 2012. – telecoms industry news, analysis and opinion

TeliaSonera refreshes management team

TeliaSonera has announced a new management team to lead the firm

TeliaSonera has announced a new management team to lead the firm

European operator group TeliaSonera has announced a refreshed executive management team following the dismissal of four senior executive members earlier in December.

The operator’s board has announced 12 new positions, to be filled by a mix of external and internal candidates.  Two vacancies remain in the new management team, the operator said, while one has an interim executive in place. The operator will confirm the permanent team by April 1st, 2013.

The operator announced the executive management team as follows:

  • Sweden – Malin Frenning, EVP. currently head of Broadband Services.
  • Eurasia – Erik Hallberg, EVP. currently president of TeliaSonera International Carrier.
  • Europe – Robert Andersson, EVP. currently head of Finland.
  • Technology – Sverker Hannervall, (SVP, CTO. currently acting head of Business Area Mobility Services.
  • Technology – Åke Södermark, SVP, deputy CTO. currently head of Group IT.
  • Commercial – Vacant.
  • Strategy & Business Development – Vacant.
  • Finance – Christian Luiga, SVP, acting CFO
  • Human Resources – Karin Eliasson, SVP.
  • Legal Affairs – Jonas Bengtsson, SVP, General Counsel (starts Jan 7).
  • Communications – Peter Borsos, SVP (starts Jan 9).

The group also said that it will change its operating model to increase local accountability, also effective April 1st. The announcement follows the ongoing investigation into allegations of corruption involving operations in Uzbekistan.

“The countries will be the leading dimension in this new operating model, which is where we interact with the customers,” said Johan Dennelind, president and CEO of TeliaSonera.

“We remove the business area layer from the existing organization. Instead we strengthen the local operations and the mandate for Group functions to drive strategic questions and improve governance. We believe this model will enable us to offer our customers a better service at the same time as it clarifies accountability for our performance.”

The country structure will be grouped in three geographic areas; Europe, Eurasia and Sweden.

Orange and Visa team up on NFC payments in France

Orange has launched Orange Cash and announced a strategic partnership with Visa

Orange has launched Orange Cash and announced a strategic partnership with Visa

French operator group Orange has formed a strategic partnership with payment provider Visa to accelerate awareness and everyday usage of contactless payment technology in France. The operator has also launched a mobile prepayment solution called Orange Cash in the country.

The two firms said they aim to raise awareness of the benefits of NFC for customers claiming that France is becoming an increasingly favourable environment for mobile payments. They said that the number of contactless payment terminals used by French merchants has increased by more than 50 per cent over the past six months to reach 200,000 active terminals in France today. There has also been a mass deployment of NFC mobile phones in France, they added.

Orange Cash will be made available to Orange subscribers that have NFC compatible handsets in Strasbourg and Caen in early 2014, ahead of a nationwide roll-out in the second quarter of the year.

Orange customers can download the Orange Cash app from their app store and top up their prepaid Orange Cash account with the amount they choose using their bank card. To pay, they will just need to tap their mobile on an NFC payment terminal at a retailer’s premises. For all payments of over €20, users will be asked for a PIN. The service is based on a solution designed and managed in collaboration with the Wirecard Group.

“Paying with your smartphone is a new function which will take off due to its practicality in everyday life,” said Thierry Millet, vice president – mobile payments and NFC at Orange.

In August this year. Orange announced a set of mobile payment services in Botswana and other countries in Africa and the Middle East, allowing customers to use an Orange Money prepaid Visa card, which is linked to their existing account.

 The operator also forged a partnership with oil and gas group Total in Africa and the Middle East, providing access to Orange Money services at all Total service stations in the regions, spanning a total of 13 countries to date.

Telefónica appoints MasterCard chief to head financial services team

Pilar Aurrecoechea has joined Telefonica as Digital Financial Services Director

Pilar Aurrecoechea has joined Telefonica as Digital Financial Services Director

Operator group Telefónica has appointed a financial services veteran to lead up its Digital Financial Services unit. Pilar Aurrecoechea has been in the financial services sector for 25 years and will join the operator group’s innovation arm, Telefónica Digital, reporting into Vivek Dev, CEO of Digital Services. Aurrecoechea joins Telefónica from MasterCard where she was general manager for Spain and Portugal.

The operator group noted predictions from analyst house IDC Financial Insights forecasting that more than one trillion dollars will be spent globally using mobile devices by 2017. It said that for these reasons, Aurrecoechea has been recruited to lead the operator’s global efforts in this space, working with the team to build on the capabilities established over the past few years.

During Aurrecoechea’s 25 years years in the financial services sector, she worked for MasterCard, Visa Europe and American Express. Prior to her of country manager for Spain and Portugal at MasterCard, she was SVP, consulting director advisory services at Visa Europe and, before that, SVP, managing consultant continental Europe, also at Visa Europe.

Digital Services CEO Dev said that Aurrecoechea knowledge and experience in financial services will be crucial in helping Telefónica take its strategy in this area to the next level.

“From products through to partnerships and alliances, Pilar’s background in the sector will be a hugely valuable addition to the team.”

Aurrecoechea replaces Joaquin Mata Atance who joined the Board of Telefónica España as CTO.

Japanese firms team up on smartphone chips

NTT Docomo, NEC and Fujitsu team up to develop LTE smartphone chipsets

Japanese handset makers NEC and Fujitsu have joined forces with the country’s market leading operator NTT Docomo to set up a joint venture to develop LTE smartphone chipsets.

The firms have collaborated closely in the past and had even attempted to launch a similar JV, with the participation of Samsung and Panasonic. According to Malik Saadi, principal analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media, that venture fell flat, primarily because Samsung’s scope was broader than its counterparts’.

“That JV was cancelled in April 2012 because NTT Docomo, NEC and Fujitsu’s main market was Japan, so they were only interested in supporting the LTE spectrum bands available in Japan with their chipsets,” he explained. “Samsung wanted to create chipsets that take advantage of economies of scale, and support a wide number of bands, but NTT Docomo was not willing to do that.”

He added that this new JV will be predominantly focused on the Japanese market, and will enable the firms to bring out chipsets for lower costs and a quicker time to market than what other chipset vendors, such as Qualcomm, with its chipsets that support many spectrum bands, would be able to.

Fujitsu will have the controlling stake of the firm with a 52.8 per cent ownership, while NTT Docomo and NEC will own 19.9 per cent and 17.8 per cent respectively. Fujitsu’s chip making business, Fujitsu semiconductor, will own 9.5 per cent. Between them, the firms have put up 100m yen ($ 1.28m) in capital to begin the JV, which will have approximately 85 staff at launch. – telecoms industry news, analysis and opinion

EU and Japan team up to develop network technologies

Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission

Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission

The European Commission is teaming up with Japanese government and industry to redefine internet architectures in a bid to increase the efficiency of networks in carrying data.

The EC, the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication and the National Institute of ICT are all part of the project, along with European and Japanese industrial players, universities and research and development centres. Orange, Telefonica, NEC, Panasonic, NTT, KDDI, ADVA, STMicroelectronics and Intel have all pledged their support to the initiative.

The programme consists of six research projects. One project, called Strauss, aims to build networks capable of speeds of 100Gbps; the average European broadband speed is currently 19.7Mbps. The MiWeba project is focused on making better use of existing radio frequencies in order to boost ultra-high speed and mobile connections.

The Necoma project will explore new ways to enhance personal data security while GreenICN will try to ensure an efficient use of energy in information networks

The ClouT project is focused on smart city operations such as energy use, traffic flow or emergencies and finally the Felix project will set up joint EU-Japan experimental platforms to help universities and research centres test new network technologies.

The projects will receive around €18m in funding and touch on challenges such as cyber security, network capacity, storage, high density data traffic and energy efficiency.

European Commission vice president Neelie Kroes, said: “Our future internet should know no barriers, least of all barriers created because we did not prepare for the data revolution.”

Motorola’s Skunkworks Team in Deal with USA Universities

Motorola Mobility’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group has signed a collaboration agreement with eight top USA based research universities. Click here for more.


Migam and Samsung Team Up to Help People With Hearing Impairments Use Samsung Services

Samsung Electronics Poland, in partnership with Migam, an online sign language interpretation service, has prepared an online customer service center for people with hearing impairments, Click here for more.

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