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Fixed broadband to remain dominant in Europe

Telecoms analyst Forrester released research on Wednesday refuting mobile industry predictions that mobile broadband connections could overtake fixed in as little as five years. But the mobile share of the European broadband market will grow to 27 per cent of all connections by the end of 2013, with fixed representing 67 per cent, down from […]

Rise of the machines

The European market for machine to machine solutions – including hardware, software, and services – is forecast to grow from $4.4bn in 2006 to $19.2bn in 2011, according to research firm IDC. The rise of the machine to machine (M2M) market could be attributed to the imminent arrival of Hollywood blockbuster “Transformers”, but IDC reckons […]

“Anti-radiation battery” touted

It was only a matter of time before the “electrosensitivity” stories beloved of the British national press got the attention of the City. It appears that we are about to see a new start up company, Exradia, trying to sell a technological fix to the supposed problem. We have already seen £50 a gallon ‘radio-reflective […]

Mobile banking interest waning

Consumer interest in mobile banking remains limited in the US, despite renewed efforts on the part of financial institutions to drive awareness. Industry analyst, Jupiter Research, estimates that just 8 per cent of online consumers who own a cell phone are interested in using mobile browsing to check account balances. In its latest report, “Mobile […]

Ministers agree limit on roaming charges

An informal agreement to cut roaming charges has been reached by EU ministers from all 27 member states, Thursday. The ministers held the meeting at the CeBit annual tech-fest in Hannover, Germany. As expected, the ministers have agreed to set a limit on roaming charges which could be made European law by June or July. […]

UK employs SMS to tackle immigration

Text messages are the new weapon in Britain’s battle to deal with foreigners who overstay their visas, the country’s Home Office revealed Wednesday. SMS messages will be sent to people who stay in Britain illegally, advising them to prepare to leave the country. The Home Office said a three-month pilot scheme starts next month and is […]

Multi-play adoption highlights content pitfalls

Figures released on Thursday reveal that European consumers are abandoning fixed line services of incumbent carriers in droves and defecting to rival triple play providers. Both Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom have suffered heavy losses to rival players some of which are offering multi play or bundled services. However, the fall out between Virgin Media […]

Sony and BMG team up on mobile music in China

Two of the world’s leading music companies have partnered on a joint venture in China that will research and develop technology for distributing media to mobile phones. The revelation Tuesday, sees Sony BMG Music Entertainment and the Warner Music Group join forces to invest in Access China Media Solutions, in what Warner dubbed “a strategic […]