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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.