Bitter war of words erupts between 3 and Vodafone
A war of words, compounded by the threat of legal action, has opened up between 3 Ireland and Vodafone over the European Commission’s decision to grant 3 Ireland permission to buy O2 Ireland in a €780m deal. In an angry reaction to the decision, Vodafone said it was considering legal action here and in Europe, accusing the European Commission of allowing 3 Ireland to take investment shortcuts in the Irish market.
Huawei Wi-fi breaks through 10 GBPS barrier
Huawei has successfully tested 10GBps Wi-Fi over the 5GHz band and predicts the technology could be commercially available from 2018. The lab test was held in the Chinese vendor’s headquarters in Shenzhen. The speeds are 10 times faster than those commercially available today.
Telecom New Zealand to buy last 4G spectrum
Telecom New Zealand, the second-largest mobile operator in New Zealand, has been cleared to buy the final lot of 700 megahertz spectrum. The Commerce Commission approved the sale, saying Telecom’s acquisition was unlikely to substantially lessen competition because the unused block wasn’t placed next to Two Degrees Mobile’s other band-width holdings, meaning the third mobile operator wouldn’t gain much of an edge if it held the extra lot.
Portugal Telecom takes over CardMobili’s loyalty service
Digital wallet provider CardMobili has reached an agreement with Portugal Telecom for the network operator to take over management of its mobile consumer loyalty service, MEO CardMobili. The move builds on CardMobili’s track record of service roll outs, encompassing integration into existing mCommerce programmes, such as rewards and loyalty, as well as launches of brand new services.
EMEA server revenue shows signs of recovery
Server sales across EMEA have shown growth for the first time in three years as the declines in the market start to reverse as economic conditions improve. According to the latest Gartner figures EMEA server revenues have grown despite overall shipments falling by 6.1 per cent to 547,900 from the first quarter of 2013 revenue totalled $3.0bn, an increase of 2.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2014.
Amazon Web Services awarded Bitcoin cloud computing patent
Amazon has been given granted a bitcoin-related cloud computing patent that could soon allow the e-commerce giant to accept digital currencies as payment for its cloud computing services on Amazon Web Services (AWS). The news counters recent claims by Amazon that it is not currently interested in accepting digital currencies, unlike e-commerce rivals such as eBay.
Consumer confidence hits seven-year high
Consumer confidence reached a nine-year high in April as forecasts for UK economic growth continue to provide cheer but brands have been warned that optimism about the strengthening economy is still not being matched by an uplift in people’s own financial circumstances. GFK’s monthly consumer confidence tracker increased three points to 0 in April – the first time it has climbed out of the red since April 2005.
Instagram asks brands to enter Cannes photography exhibition ‘La Galerie d’Instagram’
Facebook-owned Instagram hopes to celebrate the “world’s best visual imagery” at the “La Galerie d’Instagram” exhibition, which will be a gallery space in Cannes showing a small collection of the winning photos. Instagram will select three winners on the opening day of the festival (15 June) based on the originality, technical execution and subject matter of submissions.
Netflix box rumour dismissed
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has dismissed the prospect of the Internet entertainment streaming service offering its own connected device as is the case with market rival Amazon Prime Video. During a Q&A session at the Re/code technology conference in Palos Verdes, California, Hastings said that the company feels no need to have its own device for users. “We’re working over 1,000 devices now. There’s no value-add for us to do a device,” he stated.