Orange launches Alliance third-party operator programme
Orange has launched the Orange Alliance international partnership programme, which offers operators outside the group’s footprint a range of services based on its experience in markets around the world. Orange will provide tailor-made services and support, access to Orange products, services and procurement activities, and international roaming agreements. Orange Alliance provides partners with the resources to act independently while benefiting from the group’s support. Services offered on a modular basis, include innovation, procurement of service platforms, support for marketing and pricing, as well as management training programmes. The first two partners are Portuguese operator Zon Optimus and French Polynesia-based Vini.
MTN and Vodacom to buy Nashua Mobile users
South Africa’s Vodacom and MTN will buy mobile-phone subscribers from Nashua Mobile for 2.26 billion rand ($215 million) after the service provider decided its business model is unsustainable, reports Bloomberg. The country’s largest wireless operators will take on customers who signed up to their networks and services through Nashua Mobile, its Johannesburg-based owner Reunert said in a statement. Nashua finds South African mobile-phone users packages to suit them from the nation’s network operators.
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EE boosts apprenticeship scheme to tackle youth unemployment
EE has published its 2013 responsibility report, which reveals its plans to tackle youth unemployment in the UK. It has also expressed plans to address digital exclusion in many communities, improving technological skills of one million people. The company has boosted its apprenticeship scheme, increasing its target of 500 people to 1,500 and launching a new work inspiration programme.
Government launches cyber security certification for businesses
The government has launched its Cyber Essentials scheme to provide “clarity to organisations on what good cyber security practice is” and to “set out the steps they need to follow to manage cyber risks”. Once organisations have been independently assessed against the best practice recommendations they can apply for the “Cyber Essentials award”. The government said this will demonstrate to potential customers that businesses have achieved a certain level of cyber security, and that they take it seriously. The new scheme is applicable to not only businesses, but also universities, charities and public bodies, said the government.
Gartner indicates rise in IT focus for CEOs
2014 will be the year that CEOs and senior executives prioritise growth, according to a recent survey by analyst house Gartner. The 2014 Gartner CEO and Senior Executive Survey found that that there is currently a ‘risk-on’ period when CEOs perceive that risk is lower, and they are prepared to invest in longer-term growth. The Gartner CEO and Senior Executive Survey of 410 senior business leaders in user organisations worldwide was conducted between September and December 2013. Qualified organisations were those with annual revenue of $250 million or more. The survey results show that growth is the top priority by far, with CEOs and executives displaying a bullish attitude toward technology-related business growth in 2014 and 2015.
Microsoft shrinks Windows down to size for tablets
Microsoft has cut down the amount of space Windows takes up on tablets in a bid to boost the ailing tablet OS. Windows Image Boot (WIMBoot) has been unveiled by Michael Niehaus, senior product marketing manager for Microsoft’s Windows Commercial division. In a blog post, Niehaus said that instead of extracting all the individual Windows files from an image (WIM) file, they remain compressed in the WIM.
Zeebox becomes Beamly – wants to be the social network for your TV
It’s been some two years since Zeebox arrived with the idea of bringing web functionality to your regular TV viewing. During this time it caught the eye of BSkyB, which put money into the service, and its makers have also discovered that when it comes to those using Zeebox, the social side is the clear winner. So much so that Zeebox is no more: the app now goes by the name of Beamly. The new app has been redesigned from the ground up, with the social experience that was in Zeebox but hiding on the sidelines now front and centre.
Twitter has almost 430 million inactive users
Almost half of Twitter’s 974 million registered users have never sent a single tweet, raising doubts as to the firm’s claims about its number of active users. Research from Twopcharts highlights the fact that 44 per cent, or around 428 million, of Twitter users have never tweeted, and claims that of the 550 million Twitter users that have, 43 per cent sent their last tweet more than one year ago. Only 126 million, around 13 per cent of Twitter users, have sent a tweet in the past 30 days, according to the figures.
Dropbox defends Condoleezza Rice appointment as customers fume
Dropbox has responded to criticism of its decision to appoint Condoleezza Rice to its board of directors by reassuring customers that their privacy and rights will not be affected. However, the move does not appear to have appeased many, who have posted angry comments on the company blog. The controversy began last week when it emerged that Dropbox had appointed the former US secretary of state to its board of directors. As Rice had been a key figure in the Bush administration, it caused a storm of protest from customers who claimed her appointment was inappropriate, because of her involvement in driving war in Iraq, and because the Bush administration oversaw the expansion of the NSA’s spying activities on the internet.