Mexico eyes telecoms measures
Mexico’s telecoms regulator has identified “predominant players” in the country’s telecoms and broadcast markets, but will not be announcing the expected tougher antitrust measures until the companies have been notified. The new rules are expected to hit telecoms mogul Carlos Slim’s Telmex and América Móvil, as well as TV titan Emilio Azcárraga’s Televisa.
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Telecoms chiefs urge EU to reform competition rules
Chief executives of Europe’s major telecoms groups have written to the European Commission to ask for an easing of competition rules in order to allow consolidation and boost profits for the industry. The letter to Neelie Kroes, Europe’s digital commissioner, has been signed by 10 companies including Orange, Deutsche Telekom, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Vodafone and Hutchison Whampoa.
Telcos to the fore as patent applications hit an all-time high
Ericsson, Huawei Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia were among the top patent application filers in Europe last year, as patent filings hit an all-time high. The European Patent Office received 266,000 filings in 2013, up 2.8 per cent year-on-year, and granted 66,700 of them. Two-thirds of patent filings came from outside of Europe. Switzerland topped the regional list for the most applications (832 filings), followed by Sweden (402), Finland (360), Denmark and the Netherlands (both 347).
Firms consider BYOC as Windows XP support workaround
Many firms are considering adopting a bring-your-own-computer (BYOC) policy as the end of support for Windows XP looms and cloud computing renders the need for common platforms irrelevant. Mark Brown, director of information security at EY (formerly Ernst and Young), told V3 the rise of BYOC is happening organically, but its timing around the end of XP support was giving it greater relevance. “It’s not necessarily just because of the end of XP support, as many businesses have recognised that staff are working at home, on machines with modern operating systems, and these can be used as work devices,” he said.
ADISA wants to be world’s policeman for IT asset disposal
The founder of a security standard aimed at UK IT asset disposal firms (ITADs) has spoken of his desire to take it global in 2014. The Asset Disposal and Information Security Alliance (ADISA) counts SCC and Sims Lifecycle Services among its 33 UK members, all of which must adhere to 150 separate criteria relating to business credentials, logistics, processing of equipment, disposal of waste, re-use and onsite services.
Companies choose to sack IT staff after network outages
A fifth of large companies are sacking IT staff following network outages, according to research. A survey of mid-to-large companies in the US, Canada and UK found that 82 per cent had experienced some type of network downtime, caused by IT personnel making errors when configuring changes to the core of the network. The survey found that one-fifth of all network downtime in 2013 was caused by core errors, with 80 per cent of companies questioned losing revenue as a result.
New breakthrough means the rollup tablet could be closer than you think
We’ve heard about the super-thin and flexible smartphone or tablet you can roll up like a piece of paper before – and seen prototypes of these sort of inventions – but a new breakthrough means that all this could be a reality sooner than you think. This is due to the latest research conducted by Philips and the University of Surrey, who are developing a source-gated-transistor (or SGT) which will facilitate easier (and just as importantly, the more economical) manufacturing of such thin and flexible gadgets.
Twitter ad rates continue to decline
While ad revenue increased 121 per cent in the 12 months to 31 December, compared with 2012, the average cost per ad decreased 67 per cent year on year. The average ad rate has been declining since the start of 2012, according to digital news site Quartz, which has been compiling data from Twitter’s regulatory files since then and claims the average cost of an ad has fallen 81 per cent in that time.
Half of us leave wi-fi on while shopping, but what is our smartphone saying about us?
Half of smartphone users leave their Wi-Fi settings on when they go shopping, according to retail analytics startup Viewsy. “In our tests we find that between 40 and 55 per cent of people have their Wi-Fi on,” said Thomas Bell, head of operations at the London-based company. Viewsy deploys in-store sensors that track shoppers via their Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones. The sensors collect the unique MAC address of the phone via the Wi-Fi signal and provide anonymised metrics such as how often a customer returns, dwell time, stopping power (who is being pulled in off the street by a particular shop front display), and how stores and franchises might be cannibalising each other’s sales.