Burning tyres on roads; blocking traffic; causing mayhem--all typical reactions by taxi drivers to the UberPop service. However, innovative apps like Uber are opening up new opportunities in traditional industries that are now impossible to ignore.
Today, more than 3 billion people in low- and middle-income countries do not own mobile phones, and 1.7 billion of them are estimated to be women, according to the GSMA's 2015 report on Connected Women. Women on average are 14 per cent less likely to own a mobile phone than men, which translates into 200 million fewer women than men owning mobile phones.
Yang Yong, Huawei's VP of product management for mobile broadband and home product line, this week gave a hint of some of the daily challenges that confront manufacturers of smart wearable devices, with comfort inow a big part of the equation. However, while there is growing clarity over how wearables will evolve in future, there is still considerable disparity in market forecasts, with different companies are still adopting different approaches to how wearables are categorised.
After gently castigating the industry for failing to come up with some of the most inventive developments in recent years--from Facebook through to Instagram and other services that make good use of telecoms networks--Bharti Airtel's global CIO tried to incentivise tmobile operators to become the "disruptors" in the developing world.
Much of the discussion at this week's TM Forum Live event in Nice, France related to the progress that telecoms operators are making in their journey towards becoming fully fledged digital service providers, with technology companies jostling to help them achieve this goal more quickly.
Russia is gearing up to hold its first LTE spectrum auction in the second half of 2015, although a lack of auctions has not stopped the country's mobile operators pressing ahead with rollouts of the technology.
A tie-up between Liberty Global and Vodafone would be a huge undertaking and a game changer on the European telecoms market, with plenty of potential synergy benefits but equally potential hurdles ahead.
Vodafone posted a rise in quarterly sales for the first time in nearly three years, a development hailed by some industry commentators as a possible sign of a general recovery in the mobile industry.
The UK market's latest mobile virtual network operator, iD from Carphone Warehouse, is placing a strong focus on inclusive roaming and 4G at no extra cost, while unlimited data is also included in some of its pay monthly plans.
Customer dissatisfaction with the care they receive from their operator is still at a high level, with one recent report revealing there is still a large gap between expectation and reality.