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Internet usage doubled since 2005, Ofcom says

Ofcom has released its annual summary of online activity, and revealed the average internet user now spends more than twice as much time online every week than those in 2005 did. Nearly 90% of all adults in the UK are now using the internet, the regulator said.

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TalkTalk joins BT in MVNO race to the bottom

UK telco TalkTalk has jumped on the low-cost bandwagon in the wake of BT’s move into the mobile market, offering aggressively low-priced 4G services to go along with its domestic broadband package.

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Google responds to antitrust investigations opened by EC

As has been long mooted, the European Commission has officially announced a Statement of Objections against Google on its comparison shopping service, while also opening a separate formal investigation on Android. Google, predictably, has come out with its view of the matter.

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GSMA launches online mobile industry marketplace

The GSMA has launched an online commerce site for the mobile industry, claiming it is designed to address inefficient procurement processes by providing a common platform for buyers and sellers. The organisation claimed the GSMA Marketplace will help buyers reduce the time spent finding the best deals and decrease sellers’ costs incurred from showcasing their products.

MWC Entrance

MWC 2015 draws to a close, award winners announced

Mobile World Congress is pretty much done and dusted for 2015, after the marathon trade show drew in crowds of over 93,000 visitors in Barcelona this week. More than 2,000 companies exhibited at the show, showcasing an incredibly broad array of mobile tech, and illustrating how mobile is pervading into all corners of modern society. The GSMA claims this year’s show grew by nine percent on 2014’s event.

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Google’s floating cellular network and MVNO expected

Google’s SVP of Products, Sundar Pichai, confirmed in his speech at MWC that the OTT giant is in advanced testing of its floating cellular network, consisting of inflatable balloons and lightweight solar-powered planes. Projects “Loon” and “Titan”, respectively, are in the early phases of testing, but Pichai believes the two projects will provide a portable “mesh of floating cell towers”. He also confirmed the long-anticipated rumour that Google is looking to launch an MVNO in the US.

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Roaming bundles putting operator revenues at risk – report

A study undertaken by roaming specialist Syniverse, in partnership with the Strategic Economic Engineering Corp (SEEC) has shed some light on the extent to which consumers are willing to churn when considering roaming fees. The study, which polled 2,000 mobile consumers across the US, UK and Germany, revealed that 47% of consumers feel current roaming services are too expensive.

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MWC demos suggest NFV commercially ready

NFV was grandiosely unveiled at last year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and was rapidly heralded in as the next-big-thing for carrier networking. This year, multiple pledges have been made by exhibitors to demonstrate the power of an NFV-enabled architecture, with showcases expected to run all week by some of the industry’s largest players, which aim to show the tech’s move towards commercial readiness.

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Samsung and SK to deploy NFV in live IoT LTE network

The network functions virtualization (NFV) and internet of things (IoT) movements have taken a step towards mass real-world roll-out, with the news that Korean powerhouses SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics will work together on deploying network virtualization technologies as part of a nationwide mobile network designed to support the development of IoT.

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Verizon to sell off towers and part of fixed-line business – report

Verizon Communications, the parent company of US operator Verizon Wireless, is about to sell off some of its assets including mobile towers and parts of its fixed-line business, a report by the Wall Street Journal has claimed. The company is said to be selling the assets in several separate deals whose value could be over $15 billion.

Facebook's QuickFire acquisition targets more efficient mobile video

Facebook moves to optimise mobile video with QuickFire purchase

Facebook has moved to acquire video optimisation specialist, QuickFire Networks, in a bid to upgrade its mobile video hosting capabilities. The San Diego-based startup utilises bandwidth compression technology to reduce the amount of capacity required to host video online.

Meyers reckons network quality is the key to 2015 success

US Cellular CEO says network quality key to 2015 success

The CEO of US Cellular, Ken Meyers, believes the telco’s success in 2015 relies on the importance of network quality. While the USA’s fifth largest operator intends to roll out limited trials of VoLTE services in the next few months, Meyers conceded poor or incomparable network quality will quickly deter customers.

CES 2015 has demonstrated some new and interesting mobile-related tech so far.

CES 2015 delivers a whirlwind of IoT devices

At CES 2015 there has been a small whirlwind of activity and announcements about the mobile-powered technology. In the main, it’s been about wearables and the smart watch so far, but there’s also been some weird and wonderful conceptions giving us a glimpse of what might become reality in 2015.

Shoppers are attracted by click & collect

37% of UK online sales now over mobile

While online retailers roll their Black Friday bargains over to Cyber Monday – and probably beyond – research shows that an increasing amount of online sales are being made via smartphones and tablets, and this trend is continuing – but this does not mean smaller crowds, as consumers are also switching to ‘click & collect’ services.

Panellists at AfricaCom discussed LTE prospects in Africa

African telcos insist LTE is vital to the region

Day two of AfricaCom 2014 saw a group of the continent’s most influential telecoms companies engaged in a panel discussion around the importance of LTE to Africa’s digital economy. With fixed broadband infrastructure still relatively thin on the ground, mobile broadband represents the only opportunity many Africans have to get online. While 3G may be the entry point for this, LTE offers many advantages, including simplicity, speed and data-optimization.

Openet Survey says operators could boost revenues by $47b

$47 billion global mobile operator revenue boost untapped – report

Mobile operators could boost annual global data revenues by $47 billion through brushing up their upsell strategies, according to a report by BSS solution provider Openet. The report said telcos should have a system in place which, by taking into account the customer context, automatically triggers the most relevant offer to be sent to the customer device, allowing the immediate purchase and activation of the product.

Mobile data use in Africa is growing fast

Africa mobile data use rising, broadband speed lags – report

Mobile data connections and services continue to grow strongly in Africa, but the continent lags behind most of the world in terms of high-speed broadband connectivity, according to a report by analyst firm Ovum. However, mobile broadband connections in Africa are set to rise from 96 million in 2013 to 950 million to cover 77.3% of all mobile subscriptions in the continent by the end of 2019.

Number of people accessing mobile web set to double in five years

Half of world’s population on mobile web by 2020 – report

Half of the world’s population (3.8 billion people) will be connected to mobile internet by 2020, according to a report published by the international mobile operator association GSMA. The report, which focuses on digital inclusion and efforts made to connect ‘offline’ populations, said mobile web users in developing countries will double from 1.5 billion in 2013 to 3 billion in the next five years.

Data Centre Cloud Virtualization

Swiss tech firm claims NFV first

NAKA Mobile, a telecoms and technology specialist based in Switzerland, has claimed the industry’s first virtualized evolved packet core (vEPC). Utilising Cisco’s NFV services, NAKA claims it will transform its network architecture, expand beyond Switzerland, and provide its mobile Internet services to customers across the world.

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