3UK denies interest in O2
3UK’s chief executive Dave Dyson has ruled out launching a takeover bid for rival mobile operator O2. Hutchison Whampoa, 3UK’s parent, has actively pursued consolidation opportunities in Europe recently. Its Austrian unit completed the acquisition of local rival Orange at the beginning of 2013, and in June last year 3 Ireland agreed to purchase O2 Ireland in a deal worth €850 million. It also attempted, albeit unsuccessfully, to merge its Italian operation with incumbent Telecom Italia’s mobile unit.
Jamaica renews telecoms licences
Jamaica expects to generate J$12.6 billion (US$115) in revenue as a result of government’s renewal of the telecoms and spectrum licences of Digicel Jamaica, and LIME, for the next 15 years, reports Jamaica Observer. The renewal of the licences and award of additional spectrum to both entities, represents some J$9.36 billion (US$85 million) in investment from Digicel, and J$3.29 billion (US$30 million) from LIME.
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Vodafone to open 150 new stores and create 1,400 jobs
Vodafone will invest £100m in 150 new retail stores over the next year as part of efforts to reduce its reliance on third parties such as Carphone Warehouse. The mobile operator currently has the fewer stores than its main rivals but the expansion will take its total beyond 500, leapfrogging O2 on 450. EE, Britain’s biggest mobile operator, has 600 stores.
Microsoft to give away software for smartphones
Microsoft is to give away its software for smartphones free of charge and reverse course a second time on its controversial Windows 8 PC operating system, in the latest attempt to shore up its eroding software platform against Apple and Google. The moves came as new chief executive Satya Nadella appeared at an event in San Francisco in front of 5,000 developers – a key group that he needs to win over. A shortage of apps for handsets running Windows software has been one of the main things holding the company back in the smartphone wars.
Accenture to hire 2,000 in UK this year
Outsourcing giant Accenture will hire 2,000 people into its UK workforce this year, it revealed today. Accenture is seeking experienced professionals in infrastructure services and software-as-a-service (SaaS) to fill 750 Accenture Technology positions, while 300 roles will align with industry expertise in retail, banking and capital markets. There will also be more than 100 consultant positions in Accenture Strategy, and another 100 in Accenture Digital at all levels across mobility, analytics and digital marketing.
CIOs need to give up BYOD fight and prepare for wearable tech revolution
Google has warned CIOs to stop resisting bring your own device (BYOD), and urged them to prepare their systems for wearable technology. Google head of Enterprise in Northern Europe Thomas Davies argued that IT managers can no longer stop employees using consumer devices for work purposes, during a speech at the company’s Atmosphere London event. “BYOD: that ship has sailed. Now we’re into bring your own apps. The next wave is going to be bring your own wearables. The reality is there’s no such thing as an IT perimeter. We need to find a way to harness the power of consumerisation technology and bring it into the enterprise,” he said.
Amazon set to open Fire on rivals Apple and Google with set-top TV box.
Amazon has set its sights on rivals Apple TV, Roku boxes and Google’s Chromecast by launching its own set-top box. Fire TV will allow users to stream shows and movies from Amazon, as well as using other services such as Netflix and YouTube, directly to their televisions. It also boasts a unique feature – a game controller which allows users to play video games without a console by streaming the game to the TV.
Sony to shoot World Cup 2014 matches in 4K resolution
Sony will shoot three matches at this summer’s World Cup finals in 4K. The footage will not be broadcast but will be incorporated into an official film, developed in conjunction with FIFA, after the tournament has concluded. The official World Cup film will be available through online distributors later this year, with trailers rendered in 60p airing prior to the competition.
KLM uses social media to allow passengers to choose their ideal seat neighbours
KLM Dutch Royal Airlines is using social media to support its Meet & Seat boarding experience, which is designed to make it easy for passengers to connect with one another on flights, whether it’s for business or social reasons. KLM is using the Gigya Social Login system to support the Meet & Seat service, which allows users to see who else is on board their flight. When customers choose to opt in to Meet & Seat, KLM prompts them to log in socially and share their Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn profile details with other participating passengers.