The latest round of third-quarter results has revealed some bright spots in mobile markets that were previously pretty gloomy. In France, for example, Orange performed much better than expected in the three months from July to end-September.
Fundamental changes in demand will be very disruptive to smartphone suppliers. Smartphone vendors that want to succeed will need to make significant cost reductions while also adapting with new product offerings, changes in supply chains, and product distribution.
Forecasting the market for the Internet of Things (IoT) is particularly vexing because there are so many "things" and moving parts. There's no single entity. It involves chipmakers, device manufacturers, software developers and so much more. Everything from the automobile to the thermostat is getting connected, not to mention objects that are yet to be invented.
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Numericable announced plans to raise its capital by around €4.7 billion ($5.9 billion) through a rights issue as the France-based cable operator seeks funding to help finance its €13.5 billion acquisition of SFR from Vivendi.
Telenor's net profit slipped in the third quarter even though the company generated what it described as "all-time high" revenues, increased EBITDA and cut capex compared to the same period of 2013.
Ericsson has added software from Tibco to its roster of OSS/BSS services as the Sweden-based vendor pursues its strategy of partnering with other vendors to tackle the growing challenges faced by telecoms operators.
VimpelCom said it will continue to explore deals that would add value to its Italian mobile unit Wind, but confirmed that discussions so far have failed to reach a successful conclusion.
KPN failed to profit from subscriber growth in the third quarter, with the company slipping to a net loss during the period as group revenue fell.
The number of users of contactless payment services based on near field communications (NFC) technology will reach around 516 million by 2019, up from 101 million this year.
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