News In Brief: GSMA, NSN, Axell Wireless, TeliaSonera, Yahoo, Microsoft, Vodafone Global Enterprise
MVNO subscriptions in Latin America will grow at a CAGR of 28% to 6.6 million by 2013, due to favorable regulatory environments and a slowdown in subscriber growth among mainstream carriers, research firm Informa Telecoms & Media predicts.
The GSMA has exhausted its Mobile Money for the Unbanked fund after awarding grants to seven new firms, bringing the total number of projects funded by the scheme to 19. The association expects 170 million customers to have access to mobile money schemes by end 2011.
Nokia Siemens Networks’ Flexi EDGE Base Station uses 978 watts of power in a typical configuration comprising three sectors with four carriers per sector. The firm claims to be the first to unveil the data as part of a recently agreed ETSI standard designed to make it easier to compare the performance of network infrastructure.
UK wireless coverage firm Axell Wireless has secured contracts to deploy TETRA repeaters in underground train networks in Beijing, Guangzhou and Nanjing.
TeliaSonera's media distribution service has been selected to stream worldwide footage of the wedding of Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria on June 19.
Yahoo has acquired mobile social networking application developer Koprol for an undisclosed sum.
Microsoft says the retirement of Entertainment and Devices division president Robbie Bach this fall won’t result in a management reshuffle, with Don Mattrick continuing to head up the Interactive Entertainment business, and Andy Lees remaining at the helm of its Mobile Communications division.
Almost 60% of European multinationals have limited, or no, provision for mobile working due to concerns over pricing and the impact on corporate culture, a survey of 500 firms by Vodafone Global Enterprise found. However, 70% of the companies said workers wanted flexible working options.