Nokia makes US acquisition
This is not something the industry has seen for a long time but Nokia Networks on Friday announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire US-based network integration and deployment specialist SAC Wireless for an undisclosed sum. Infrastructure contracts in the US are lucrative and SAC claims a national footprint and “proven performance track record working with major telecom operators.”
Huawei gets behind European 5G mobile rollout efforts
Huawei has joined the board of the 5G Infrastructure Association in Europe to help aid the rollout of the next generation mobile technology. Huawei will be represented on the board by Dr David Soldani of the Huawei European Research Centre. The 5G Infrastructure Association represents the interests of the 5G Public and Private Partnership (5G-PPP), a €1.4 billion (£1.14 billion) joint initiative between the European ICT industry and the European Commission. 5G-PPP aims to deliver “ubiquitous super-fast mobile connectivity” across Europe and elsewhere.
Telecom NZ completes acquisition of Appserve
Telecom New Zealand has completed the acquisition of cloud-based services provider Appserve. Both firms had signed a conditional agreement for the acquisition on 18 June. The acquisition is in line with Telecom’s growth strategy, which focuses on investments in data, mobility and cloud services. The acquisition, which was valued at NZD 17 million, will further expands Telecom’s portfolio of cloud services.
UK government says web filtering needs work
An official government response to a Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) study into online filtering has agreed that while it can be useful it is not as good as it could be. The government response follows a DCMS report from March that looked at child safety online and the means of shutting off child abuse and similar illegal content.
The government said that a lot of work has been done in this area and that a lot of it is successful, however it added that filtering itself is not as accurate as it could be and exists within a system that needs work.
UK cloud adoption swells by 61 per cent in four years
Some 78 per cent of UK organisations have formally adopted at least one cloud-based service, giving cloud a mainstream deployment status, an annual cloud research has found. UK cloud adoption has grown by 61.5 per cent since 2010 when the annual study began. The Vanson Bourne annual study, conducted in June 2014 on behalf of cloud industry body CIF, found a 15 per cent growth in cloud adoption over the previous research in September 2013. The industry body estimates the annual growth rate will be 20 per cent by the end of September 2014.
Home office breaks up supplier “oligopoly” with G-Cloud adoption
The Home Office has revealed that it is intending to cut costs and size of IT contracts by turning to the G-Cloud procurement framework. Currently, the Department’s two largest technology contracts are with Atos and Fujitsu – which expire in 2016 and they will not be renewed. By turning to G-Cloud, the Home Office is supporting a wider government drive to break up the “oligopoly” of large suppliers dominating public sector work with large, locked-in contracts.
Google continues to dominate UK ad spend
Google remains the UK’s leading digital ad publisher by a wide margin, taking in roughly 40 per cent of UK digital ad spend, new figures from eMarketer reveal. Combining both search and display ad revenue, the search giant is expected to receive £2.9bn in ad revenue in 2014, a 16 per cent increase on 2013.
IPTV subscriptions top 100 million
Global IPTV subscriber numbers topped 100 million for the first time in the first quarter of this year, according to new stats by research firm Point Topic.
The firm said there were 4.6m new IPTV subscriptions during the Q1 2014 period, taking the total number of subscriptions to 100.9m.
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Social media increasingly influencing TV viewing
Findings from the latest YouView study census into national television habits for 2014 suggest that social media interaction with Facebook and Twitter are influencing TV viewing habits but risk ruining shows.
The survey found that social media has had a huge impact on our TV tastes with around one in seven viewers now getting TV recommendations directly from it [Facebook (12 per cent) and Twitter (6 per cent)].