For a long time, it was all about data, but now mobile voice is firmly back in operators' sights as they seek to retrieve control of what was their former sole domain. Our recent special report on Wi-Fi calling, for example, explored some of the approaches, from dialler-integrated Wi-Fi calling through to downloadable apps such as Three InTouch and Telefonica's TU Go service.
It is good that arguments for and against consolidation, including the proposed mergers of BT and EE, of O2 and Three, are being based on extensive evidence and analysis. Nevertheless, that still does not make it easy to make sense of all the facts and figures being selectively presented for and against the proposed changes, and from which markedly differing conclusions are being drawn by protagonists and antagonists, respectively.
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Ericsson will seek further partnerships like the one it recently struck with Cisco in order to achieve its goal of becoming a leader in non-core markets and offset a likely slowdown in telecoms infrastructure sales, chief strategy officer Rima Qureshi revealed.
Orange and France-based energy utility Engie have signed a partnership covering plans to expand the rural electricity grid in Africa as well as improve the supply of energy to Orange's infrastructure in the region.
Swiss watch maker Swatch teamed with Visa and its Visa Europe subsidiary to enable NFC-based contactless payments on its forthcoming Bellamy smart watch.
Polkomtel is gearing up to become the first mobile operator in Poland to offer Wi-Fi calling after it teamed up with Nokia Networks to trial the vendor's voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) technology.
TeliaSonera said the merger of its Norwegian operations with Tele2 Norway could be judged a success, with almost 300,000 former Tele2 customers electing to become subscribers of its NetCom brand in six months.
The RAC Foundation said Ofcom data shows mobile coverage on UK roads is patchy, almost 4,600 miles of roads unable to receive basic 2G signals.
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App sessions growth in Europe is 12 percent higher than those in the U.S. based on data tracked over the past year by Flurry. The Yahoo-owned service recently published it's first "deep dive" based on 725,000 apps across 564 million devices in Europe.
It doesn't matter how big of a company you are, when you release a major new product, you hope customers will be happy. Suffice it to say, the developers in the Twitterverse are pretty excited about what Google has done with Android 2.0.