Telefonica ready to take part in further Brazil M&A deals
Telefonica, owner of the largest wireless carrier in Brazil, is prepared to take part in further consolidation in the country’s phone-service market as rivals consider combinations. Latin America’s biggest phone-service market is gearing up for more mergers as Oi SA, Brazil’s fourth-biggest wireless carrier, is considering a bid for larger Tim Participacoes. People familiar with the matter said in August that Oi’s adviser Banco BTG Pactual was trying to get Telefonica and America Movil to team up with Oi on a mostly cash offer to acquire Tim from Telecom Italia and break it up.
Orange CEO Says U.K.’s EE Venture ‘Not Long Term’
Orange SA Thursday said EE, its U.K. mobile joint venture with Deutsche Telekom AG, isn’t sustainable in its current form in the long term, casting fresh doubts over the future of Britain’s biggest wireless operator.
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Smartphone data to explode to 17 exabytes annually by 2020
Smartphone traffic will create over 17 exabytes of data by the year 2020, marking an eightfold increase on current levels, according to Ericsson. An exabyte is a thousand million gigabytes. Ericsson made the estimate in its latest Mobility Report, claiming that a spike in mobile subscriptions will spearhead the data explosion. The report estimated that 4G LTE subscriptions will grow from 7.1 billion to 9.5 billion by 2020. The figure means that 90 percent of the world’s population aged six and older will have a mobile device by 2020.
HSBC launches Paym for business
HSBC has launched Paym capabilities to its business customers this week, enabling them to receive payments using mobile phone numbers. The capability was introduced to the more than 600,000 firms using HSBC’s Business Internet Banking service.
Molecular flash memory could store massive data
Novel molecules could help flash memory move beyond its storage limits, allowing for massive amounts of data to be recorded in small spaces, according to European scientists. Metal-oxide clusters that can retain electrical charge and act as RAM could form a new basis for data cells used in flash memory, the researchers from the University of Glasgow’s Schools of Chemistry and Engineering and Rovira i Virgili University in Spain wrote in a letter published in Nature.
Women ‘belittled, underappreciated and underpaid’ in tech industry
A survey of Guardian readers working in the technology sector has revealed that almost three quarters of women respondents say the industry is sexist, with many more reporting they had been denied promotions and equal pay. Responses from people around the world found a significant disparity in the number of men and women working across the industry, with acute problems at higher career levels suggesting deep cultural and structural change is needed to modernise the industry.
Research finds multi-screening now mainstream
To mark World Television Day on Friday, November 21, TV organisations from around Europe have brought together the latest statistics to reveal how TV and social media complement each other. The research found that multi-screening now mainstream. During peaktime viewing in the UK, 74 percent claim to have picked up an internet connected device during TV ad breaks, with very little difference between age groups, social demographics or gender (Craft/Thinkbox ‘Screen Life: TV advertising everywhere’, 2014)
Mobile video to account for 65 percent of wireless traffic by 2019
Global average mobile traffic generated per user per month will expand from 275 megabytes in 3Q 2014 to 1.85 gigabytes in 2019, with video expected to reach 65 percent of this within five years says an ABI Research survey. However before operators rub their hands in expectation of a cash bonanza, the analyst warns that the consumption of mobile telecom services by consumers is no longer proportional to the revenue generated for mobile operators, noting that in many countries, 4G LTE tariff plans have been introduced at the same price points as their 3G tariff plans.
Internet access to hit 3 billion worldwide by 2015
More than three billion people will have Internet access by next year, according to a new study. Estimates by eMarketer indicate that 42.4 percent of the global population will be online in 2015, an increase of 6.2 percent compared with this year.