la Caixa has launched a sticker-based contactless payment service for mobile devices

Catalan bank offers m-payments via NFC stickers

The home of the world’s largest telecoms event is aiming to stimulate the adoption of contactless mobile payments after Catalan bank la Caixa announced it will roll out a contactless payment system in Barcelona, based on TAP Visa stickers for mobile devices. The bank forecasts that 200,000 customers will be using the system by February, when the Mobile World Congress 2013 will be held.


MWC 2012: “Handset software is a commodity”

MWC 2012 provided further evidence of an escalating war between operators and device manufacturers, according to analysts at Informa Telecoms & Media. Apart from those launched by Nokia, there was only one device unveiled that ran on the Microsoft Windows Phone platform, which was one of the many launched by ZTE. Meanwhile, one of the announcements that caused waves in the industry was Telefónica’s news that it has teamed up with Firefox browser-maker Mozilla to create a new mobile platform, B2K.

Orange has seen its consolidated net income after tax almost double year on year for the full year 2013

Orange threatens to pull out of emerging markets

Orange has threatened to pull out of the emerging markets it operates in unless it can become a market leader in those countries. Marc Rennard, Orange’s executive VP for Africa, Middle East and Asia, said that Orange is looking to increase revenues from its emerging markets to €7bn by 2015, compared with €3.4bn today.

Telenor told of its focus on mHealth at MWC 2012

Telenor studying the importance of mHealth

Although mobile health is already a reality, many initiatives are struggling with scale. These is a key finding of a study looking at the potential reach and breadth of mobile health innovations in both developed and emerging markets. The survey, which was commissioned by Telenor Group and carried out by The Boston Consulting Group, analysed the impact that mHealth initiatives can have in 12 countries.

Connected cars could be a huge market for operators

Ford explains connected cars future

Automotive firm Ford’s executive chairman Bill Ford outlined a plan for connected cars to help avoid a potential future of crippling congestion at Mobile World Congress this week. Ford told delegates at the show that the number of cars on the world’s roads is forecast to grow from one billion now to up to four billion by 2050. And he proposed that one way of avoiding the potentially global problem of overcrowded roads is to create a global transportation network that utilises communication between vehicles, transport infrastructure and individual mobile devices.

Eric Schmidt wants to put a Android phone in your pocket. Though not personally and not for free

Google’s Eric Schmidt wants “an Android in every pocket”

Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt has said that there will be an Android device in every pocket if the search and advertising company “gets it right”. Delivering a keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Schmidt said that this would be accomplished through significant cost reductions, as this year’s US$400 phone would be next year’s US$100 phone. The aim he said was a US$70 smartphone as this was an inflection point where a new market of opportunity arose.

The HTML5 based browser will use the Firefox brand

Telefónica teams up with Mozilla to create open HTML 5 mobile platform

Telefónica Digital has announced a new deal with Firefox browser-maker Mozilla on the first day of Mobile World Congress 2012. The two firms have collaborated to create a new mobile platform, which will see a host of HTML 5 based devices running on the open web entering the market.

Rajeev Suri, who has been made CEO of Nokia

NSN CEO outlines plans to stop industry “under-delivering on expectations”

NSN CEO Rajeev Suri gave his assessment of NSN’s current position in the infrastructure market and labelled the market as one that “consistently over-promises and under-delivers”, while outlining plans to buck that trend at Mobile World Congress. Suri said that, despite the firm’s restructuring – which is seeing the firm trim some 17,000 staff from its workforce – those writing off the vendor’s chances in the market do so prematurely.

MWC 2012 set to begin on Monday

Ovum analysts on what to expect at MWC 2012

With Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 set to kick off in Barcelona on Monday, analyst firm Ovum has collated the views of some of its analysts to reveal what they expect to see at this year’s event. The progress made by operators in responding to the increase in mobile data traffic will be interesting to note at this year’s event, according to Steven Hartley, analyst for telco strategy. He said that operators are beginning to set aside old assumptions, prejudices, and ways of doing business.

Reliance Jio has signed an agreement with Indian telecom tower infrastructure provider Bharti Infratel

NSN claims it can “double data speeds” at cell edge

Operators will soon be able double mobile broadband speeds for consumers at the edge of a base station cell, by allowing devices to connect with a second base station that serves a neighbouring cell. Nokia Siemens Networks and Qualcomm will be jointly demonstrating the HSPA+ Multiflow feature at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

There has been much speculation over Sprint's network strategy

MWC debrief: Operator strategy

Informa’s chief research officer, Mark Newman, and analyst Dario Talmesio discuss rich communications suite (RCS) capabilities and the slow development of the initiative as well as the G5 alliance and carrier billing.

Nokia and du claim first VoLTE call in the Middle East

MWC debrief: Verticals

Informa analyst Camille Mendler talks about the way operators are finally addressing the enterprise market with a range of tailored options for vertical industries.

Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile sign deal with M2M specialist Telit Wireless

MWC debrief: M2M

Informa analyst Jamie Moss discusses the latest developments in the M2M space – a clear focus point among the operators this year.

E-Plus will be working with China Mobile and ZTE on the trial

E-Plus, China Mobile in German TD-LTE trial

German mobile operator E-Plus is to undertake a trial of TD-LTE technology, supported by the world’s largest mobile operator, China Mobile. Chinese vendor ZTE will supply the infrastructure for the trial, which will use 2.6GHz spectrum acquired by E-Plus in spectrum auctions that concluded in May 2010.

The Qeo software framework will allow connected devices, regardless of brand or ecosystem, to “speak the same language”

Sequans tackles 4G deployment headaches

WiMAX and 4G chipmaker Sequans has launched an initiative geared towards streamlining 4G network transition and future-proofing 4G devices for LTE and WiMAX operators. The initiative, called “4Sight”, is offering solutions to some of the technical challenges facing operators looking to deploy 4G networks.

Sprint will offer enterprise customers Google Apps for Business

Schmidt calls time on the PC

Outgoing Google chief Eric Schmidt has called time on the PC, telling delegates at the Mobile World Congress that smartphones are set to dominate the online market and that “it’s already over” for the PC. “People have moved on to new devices for their games and other interactions,” said the Google CEO.

Android users can charge direct to their O2 bill

Google leaves the Android door open for Nokia

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has said that “extensive confidential negotiations with Nokia” were held prior to the Finnish handset giant opting for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 mobile platform. Speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Schmidt told delegates “We would have loved if they’d chosen Android but they chose the other guys, that other competitor, Microsoft.”


Qualcomm’s augmented reality

Jay Wright, director of business development at Qualcomm, show’s off a demo application based on the company’s augmented reality SDK.

Femtocells are moving from domestic to enterprise deployments

Femtocells grow into the enterprise space

Femtocell deployments may have doubled to 19 since last year’s Mobile World Congress but the news that seems to be causing the most excitement among members of the Femto Forum is the growth in enterprise interest in the technology. “Last year, all commercial femtocell deployments were residential, now more than a third are enterprise-focused,” said Femto Forum Chairman Simon Saunders, adding that commitments to launch the technology have tripled to 34 in the past year.


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