Monthly Archives: September 2014

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Indonesia’s Smartfren says exploring network business merger with Bakrie Telecom
Indonesian telecommunication operator PT Smartfren Telecom is in talks with peer PT Bakrie Telecom on a potential merger of their network operations. Smartfren has not reached any binding agreement with Bakrie Telecom and any deal depends on getting the necessary regulatory approval, the company said in a stock exchange filing late on Thursday, in response to a query from the bourse.


China Mobile taking steps to cut smartphone subsidies
China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier, is taking steps toward eliminating $2 billion in smartphone subsidies, almost doubling the costs of some devices such as Apple’s iPhone 5s. China Mobile is revising the wireless packages available for devices sold at stores including the one in its Beijing headquarters building. The cost for an iPhone 5s with 16 gigabytes of storage and using the most-expensive data plan would increase by 94 per cent over two years. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus aren’t approved for official sale in China yet.


Vodafone in 5G research deal with Dresden
Vodafone has agreed a partnership to develop next generation mobile technologies, based around so-called 5G, with Dresden University of Technology. The partnership will see Dresden join a fleet of universities already working with the operator on research efforts, including University of Surrey, King’s College London and Carnegie Mellon University in the US.



enterprise technology

HP designs world’s first Software Defined Networking App Store
HP has launched the first ever Software Defined Networking application store to allow developers to offer products to more customers than ever before. The store is split up into four categories that all offer something very different. HP Circle is where apps built and tested by HP can be found whereas the Premium Circle contains apps that are top sellers and jointly tested by both HP and its partners. The Partner Circle includes apps that have been self-tested by HP partners and reviewed by HP, and the Community Circle offers open-access and community-supported apps to demonstrate open source apps.


Crimtrac Acorn system could enable cybercrime reporting by mouse click
Reporting cybercrime could become as easy as clicking a mouse, under a government program to be unveiled soon. The national police information agency, Crimtrac, is putting the final touches to the scheme known as the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (Acorn). Cybercrime is said to affect about 5.4m Australians each year, at a cost of $1bn. Criminals are becoming more sophisticated and using global networks.
The Guardian


Toyota cuts order processing time from five days to 24 hours
Toyota GB decreased order processing time from five days to 24 hours after deploying an automated workflow system from Perceptive Software. The car manufacturers’ Dealership Centre Network is better equipped to deal with order surges throughout the year from its 180 dealerships across the UK since deploying the workflow and document manager, Toyota said. Peak times, including March and September when new registration numbers are issued, can cause delays in order processing and potentially risk Toyota GB’s service level agreement.



media news


Netflix streaming volume up 350 per cent
According to new research from The Diffusion Group (TDG), Netflix streaming has increased 350 per cent during the last 10 quarters. growing from two billion hours in Q4-11 to seven billion hours as of Q2-14. The study, Netflix 2014 – Domestic Dominance, International Escalation, presents TDG’s latest analysis of Netflix and examines subscriber growth and hours streamed, and offers domestic forecasts for both through 2022. The report also discusses Netflix’s new frontier, international service introductions.
Digital TV Europe


Smartphone viewers TV’s New ‘Holy Grail’
The number of consumers using tablets to watch TV and movies has sky-rocketed in recent years and many consumers bought tablets for the first time last year, according to a new annual consumer survey by Altman Vilandrie & Company. The strategy consulting group notes that in August, critics scoffed at comments by Apple CEO Tim Cook that tepid iPad sales were “speed bump”. However, the survey shows that tablets are more popular than ever: Tablet ownership increased to 50 per cent from 40 per cent in 2013 and the percentage of all consumers watching TV or movies on tablets weekly jumped to 26 per cent from 17 per cent last year.
Advanced Television


Restaurant mobile sites are slow and out-dated, says report
Research into US restaurant brands’ mobile sites has shown that the majority are slow to load and aren’t taking advantage of the most up to date technology and practices in mobile web design. The report by online marketing firm The Search Agency studied the top 50 restaurant and catering sites, and found that only 32 per cent of sites analysed made use of responsive web design (RWD) and those that did took over a minute to load, on average.
Mobile Marketing

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Orange offers to buy Jazztel for Eur 3.4 billion
Orange has launched an offer to acquire Spanish broadband operator Jazztel in a bid to compete with its two main rivals Telefonica and Vodafone. The agreement, which values Jazztel at EUR 3.4 billion, follows months of rumours that Orange had intensified its search for acquisition targets in Spain to avoid being left out of the country’s telecoms market consolidation. The French operator made an offer for 100 percent of Jazztel shares at EUR 13 per share in cash, which Orange said was 34 percent more than Jazztel’s average closing price in the last 30 days.


Greece gets three bids in mobile phone spectrum sale
Greece has received three bids for the sale of mobile phone frequencies aimed at upgrading telecom services in the country, the telecoms regulator said on Tuesday, Greece’s biggest telecoms operator OTE, Vodafone and Wind Hellas submitted offers to buy mobile radio frequency rights within the 800 and 2,600 MHz band, telecoms regulator EETT said in a statement. The deadline for offers expired on Monday.


ZTE and E-Plus deploy IMS network for upcoming VOLTE service
ZTE and German operator E-Plus are planning to launch a commercial VoLTE service, after jointly deploying a core IMS network infrastructure.
The service has been in testing for some time although the operator refused to reveal when VoLTE would go live to its customers.
Mobile Europe



enterprise technology

Kindle security flaw leaves Amazon account details vulnerable
A security flaw in Amazon’s Kindle software could allow hackers to access your Amazon account details. Benjamin Daniel Musser, a security researcher, discovered the issue, which arises when downloading e-books from websites other than Amazon itself.


Facebook, Google and Twitter launch open-source TODO sharing group
Facebook, Google and Twitter are among a group of heavyweight tech companies to launch a new open-source sharing group called TODO. TODO – which stands for “talk openly, develop openly” – has been formed to try and make it easier for large web companies to tackle the challenges that occur around issues with software and programs.


Oracle slurps another storage upstart: Front Porch Digital joins Ellison’s crew
The ceaseless hoovering up of small companies and startups by business behemoths has seen Oracle buy Front Porch Digital. Why did Larry Ellison latch on to this outfit? Front Porch Digital (FPD) is a content storage management (CSM) business. Its software products sit in a server between a media network on the one hand and a storage resource storing files, such as videos, in online and archive media, on the other.
The Register



media news


HarperCollins is now using digital watermarks to stop Ebook piracy
Pirating ebooks is a breeze. Their file sizes are so small that it usually takes all of 60 seconds between a Google search and having the book on your Kindle. Now, publishers have hit upon a solution that they hope will trip up pirates: an invisible, traceable watermark on every ebook sold.


Financial Times overhauls design for first time in nearly a decade
The Financial Times has launched its first newspaper redesigns in seven years in a refresh designed to pull its print product more closely within the FT’s digital ecosystem.
The Drum


Developers won’t have access to NFC chip on the iPhone 6
Apple has finally added near field communications (NFC) technology to its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets, but developers won’t have access to it yet. Apple has confirmed to Cult of Mac that the NFC chip inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is, at present, “only for use with Apple Pay,” meaning developers won’t be able to add NFC functionality to their iOS apps.
The Inquirer


Liberty Communications appointed by leading online portal for the electrical industry, Voltimum

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Liberty Communications, the integrated digital marketing communications agency, today announced that it has been selected by the leading internet portal for the electrical industry, Voltimum, to support with strategic messaging and content creation for its new bi-monthly newsletter.



Voltimum is a global digital media company and sales enabler for the electrical industry; operating internet portals (b2b) for electrical components in 14 markets in Europe, Latin America and Australia.  With over 360,000 users, Voltimum is one of the major communication channels in the electrical industry and provides news, information and advice for its members via its website, monthly magazine, social media and Voltimum TV. Voltimum has enlisted Liberty Communications’ support to comprehensively reach and communicate with potential and current advertisers and partners; a group which currently includes leading global manufacturers, ABB, Schneider, Legrand, Nexans, Philips, OSRAM and Prysmian.



Voltimum CEO, Wolfgang Schickbauer, explained, “At Voltimum we’re constantly looking to understand the needs of our advertisers and partners as well as improve our services for our users.  Working with Liberty to develop a channel for regular communication to our partners, as well as develop messaging that aligns with our business goals, allows us to do just that.”



Dee Gibbs, Founder and Global CEO at Liberty said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Voltimum and are keen to use our skills and experience to support their business goals.  The way Voltimum works with its partners and users, investing time and effort to communicate and create trusted relationships for the long term, is very similar to the way our agency works with clients.  We are looking forward to supporting them further.”



Liberty Communications was appointed after a competitive pitch process, which took place last month.


Liberty Industry News – September 2, 2014

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Telecom leaders protest EU network traffic regulations
Vodafone and Telefonica have used a technology conference in Spain to call for the EU to focus less on new rules for phone companies and more on Facebook and Google to reduce their dominance. The carriers are battling so-called network neutrality proposals, championed by internet companies, that they say will hurt business and discourage new products such as driverless cars. The proposals are meant to prevent carriers from blocking access to some websites or slowing web traffic.
Irish Examiner


Phones 4u loses key Vodafone contract in 2015
High street mobile retailer Phones 4u saw the value of its debt, listed on the Irish stock exchange, plummet over 50 percentage points yesterday after Vodafone announced it would not renew its contract with the group. Vodafone, which accounted for 27 per cent of Phones 4u’s contract sales and 16 per cent of its pay as you go sales during the year to 31 July to a total of £212m in sales, said it would stop selling through Phones 4u when its contract expires in February 2015.
City AM


Telecom Italia postpones sale of Telecom Argentina stake to September 25
Telecom Italia, Italy’s biggest telecoms group, said on Tuesday it was extending to September 25 the deadline for completing the sale of its stake in Telecom Argentina to investment fund Fintech. In November, Telecom Italia agreed to sell its entire stake in Telecom Argentina to Fintech for $960 million (578.84 million pounds). The deal, whose terms remain unchanged, is still awaiting regulatory approval.



enterprise technology
Raspberry Pi gets improved browser based on WebKit with HTML 5 support
The low-cost Raspberry Pi computer has been given a boost with the addition of its own browser tool, designed to be more capable than the basic browsers included with the standard operating system build for the device.


Royal Mail delivers parcels API to ease tracking systems integration for e-retailers
Royal Mail has launched a new parcel shipping and tracking platform to enable e-retailers to improve integration between their IT systems and Royal Mail’s software. The new Shipping and Tracking application programming interface (API) is available to all Royal Mail business account customers.
ComputerWorld UK


G-Cloud still a mystery to many UK public sector employees
Exactly two thirds of UK civil servants have no knowledge whatsoever of the UK Government G-Cloud procurement programme with the obvious advantages of the service still failing to reach public sector workers. A survey by the managed data service provider Six Degrees Group [6DG] found that 66 per cent of UK civil service workers have no background knowledge on the programme even though it has now been in place for well over two years.



media news


Manchester United lead Twitter’s most tweeted #deadlineday Premier League signings
Twitter has revealed the names of the top five signings to be tweeted on the micro blogging service as the transfer window closes, with Radamel Falcao’s £20m loan move to Manchester United topping the bill.
The Drum


BBC revisits the Computer Literacy Project
The BBC has re-entered the realm of computing education, some 30 years after its last major initiative, with the provision of programming content designed for children as young as five.


YouTube’s new fan funding feature lets you donate to your favourite channel owners
YouTube is strongly rumuored to be launching a subscription-based music service soon, but the Google-owned video site has quietly introduced a new (and far lower-key) payment service that lets viewers send donations to YouTube channel owners.
The Next Web