Author Archives: Dave Evans
Now it’s the turn of the Greeks with Hellas Online
As a sign that the UK’s leading MNO [Mobile Network Operator] still feels that the future lies in offering its customers a complete bundle, Vodafone has announced that its Greek subsidiary has agreed to acquire a 72.7 per cent stake in Hellas Online (HOL). It reckons that HOL – a leading provider of broadband and fixed-line telephony in Greece, has around 0.5 million customers. That represents a market share of approximately 11 per cent based on its own research. For that stake Vodafone is willing to pay the Intracom Group and World Equities Investments Holdings a total cash consideration of €72.7 million. This will help provide Vodafone Greece with the ability to offer the infamous four play to its customers. Continue reading
Tencent enjoying major games revenue boost from IM client
China’s Tencent (part of China’s BAT triumvirate along with Baidu and Alibaba) has witnessed significant growth thats to revenues from gaming inside its WeChat IM [Instant Messaging] client along with its social networking client – Mobile QQ. Perhaps the most significant news is the fact that the userbase for WeChat has ballooned up from 396 million in Q1 2014 to 438 million in Q2 2014. That’s well within reach of WhatsApp’s current total of circa 500 million users which currently makes it the leader in the IM niche market. It’s also goood news for Nokia N73 owners as GoMo News previously outlined here, that smartphone is popular with our Indian readers but cannot run WhatsApp. But it can run WeChat. Continue reading
Drops its bid for T-Mobile USA
The USA’s third largest MNO [Mobile Network Operator], Sprint (formerly Sprint Nextel) has reportedly dropped its bid for T-Mobile USA in the face of mounting regulatory resistance. T-Mobile USA is, of course, owned by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom whilst Sprint is owned by Japan’s SoftBank. This move followed swiftly after the news that
fourth largest US MNO, T-Mobile USA, had rejected a $15.5 billion (£9.2 billion) takeover bid from a French conglomerate – Iliad. The offer was apparently too low. Continue reading
Apple & Samsung decline vs Huawei, LG & Lenovo rise
According to Juniper Research Whilst global smartphone shipments exceeded 290 million units in Q2 2014, Samsung and Apple both lost market share. The chief beneficiaries were Huawei, LG and Lenovo. Significantly, Juniper anticipates that emerging nations in Far East & China, Indian Subcontinent, Latin America and Africa & Middle East will account for over 50 per cent of the global smartphones shipped in 2014. The 290m million represented 26 per cent y-o-y [year-on-year] growth and 2 per cent q-o-q [quarter-on-quarter] growth. Continue reading
UK Charity, Citizens Advice, asks for promised ‘cap’ to materialise
The UK government has been urged to take action to ‘cap’ the high bills incurred by subscribers whose contract phones have been stolen. UK Charity, Citizens Advice, says that proposals to prevent subscribers from being asked to pay as much as £17,000 ($29,000) were supposed to have been introduced in Q2 2014. However, Brits are still receiving bills they simply cannot afford to pay. Back in December 2013, the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced that four MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] – Three (3UK), EE, Vodafone and Virgin Media but not Spain’s O2, had agreed to cap bills. UK banks, for example, cap frauds @ £50. The situation highlights the pressing need for MNOs to introduce real-time fraud detection systems. Especially for roamers. Continue reading
Not sure how this will affect Talk Mobile
According to reports, the UK’s leading mobile retailer, the Carphone Warehouse is in advanced negotiations with mobile network operator [MNO] Three (3UK). The intention is to create a Mobile Virtual Network Operator [MVNO] to rival the likes of Virgin Mobile or Tesco Mobile. The rumour has it that Carphone Warehouse could even launch the MVNO in time for Xmas. GoMo News isn’t quite sure where this leaves Talk Mobile (not to be confused with TalkTalk Mobile) which operates over Vodafone’s mobile network. Continue reading
iPhones to run for days without recharging?
A Brit fuel cell firm company, Intelligent Energy is reportedly working with Cupertino-based Apple on a secret venture that could put the recently-floated company in the Big League. The partnership is already being compared with that of Imagination Technologies. On flotation Intelligent Energy said that it bought a bundle of patents [known to be from Eveready] in conjunction with a “major international electronics company.” Now the UK’s Daily Mail has reported that it believes that company is actually Apple. Which makes sense because Apple likes to portray itself as having bleeding edge technology and putting fuel cells into electronic devices like smartphones and laptops makes a good deal of sense.
Fuel cells are able to convert chemical energy from fuel into electricity. It should mean that iPhones, Macbooks and iPads, could run without being charged for days or even weeks.
If the firm really has become Apple’s partner for energy-efficient devices, then the firm could be shot into the realms of global technology players.
Intelligent Energy has been compared to graphics chip provider, Imagination Technologies, which has enjoyed impressive growth from the use of its tech in smartphones such as Apple’s iPhone.
Having recruited former Apple Computer’s product specialist, Joe O’Sullivan, to the Intelligent Energy board as COO, the company has known close links with the iPhone maker.
The British company recently opened an office in San Jose close to Apple’s own Silicon Valley HQ. Continue reading
Speculation about Tag Heuer’s Patrick Pruniaux hiring
Tag Heuer which is perhaps best known for its luxury F1 (Formula One) watches and part of luxury goods group LVMH has announced that one of its execs, Patrick Pruniaux, is leaving the company today, July 7th 2014, to join Apple. This adds to rumours that the Cupertino-based company is readying itself to launch into the wearable technologies sector. With all the bets being on an iWatch smartwatch. It also fuels speculation that Apple might be pitching the iWatch right at the top of the luxury watch price bracket. Especially since it has already hired execs from Burberry, Angela Ahrendts, and Yves Saint Laurent’s Paul Deneve. Continue reading
Speculation that Apple will finally release its vision of wearable technology in terms of a smartwatch – commonly beleived to be called the iWatch, have emerged once more. There have been multiple reports all suggesting that Apple’s smartwatch is finally becoming a step closer to reality with a Taiwanese company, Quanta Computers, will in the frame to starting production next month [July 2014]. Perhaps most signficantly, such a production schedule would almost certainly lead to first product availability for the iWatch as early as October . Continue reading
Fears that move to data tariffs won’t yeild expected revenue increases
It appears that market confidence in world leading MNO [Mobile Network Operator], Vodafone has declined give that of the 34 analysts publishing research on the stock, only a third are buyers, the lowest ratio on record – according to a report in the FT. It seems the latest blow was when Merrill Lynch which cut Vodafone off its ‘buy’ list on yesterday. Reasons for this lack of confidence seem to centre on the fact that hope for gains from the switch to concentration on high data tariffs away from voice don’t appear to be paying off. Trading in key markets such as Germany and Italy have shown few signs of improvement. Meanwhile the payback from longer-term investments such as Project Spring, its £19 billion should help revive revenue growth but only from 2017 onwards. Continue reading
Ignores fact that one is GSM based and the other cdmaOne based
Mobile industry analaysts are always fond of saying that the USA has fared better in the 4G stakes because of consolidation amongst the US MNOs [Mobile Network Operators]. Now there’s a chance of deepening that consolidation with the prospect of the country’s third- and fourth-biggest mobile operators merging. USA-based operator, Sprint (formerly Sprint Nextel) has lined up eight banks to finance its proposed purchase of T-Mobile USA. According to a report on Reuters, the debt package exceeds $40 billion (£25.3 billion) and includes a bridge loan of roughly $20 billion from Japan’s Softbank as well as a $20 billion refinancing of T-Mobile’s existing debt. Continue reading
Signs a deal with South Korea over 5G frequencies
Although the EU effectively gave the world world 2G thanks to the GSM standard, it’s been quite apparent for quite some time that Europe is lagging way behind in the 4G stakes. So it’s started a number of initiatives to put itself at the front of 5G. Especially since no-one really knows what 5G will offer than a faster version of 4G can’t. In 2013, the EU said it would spend €700 million (£560 million) on 5G technology research by 2021. On Monday [June 16th 2014], the EU got one step faster to achieving its goal by signing a deal with South Korea. As EU comms commissioner put it, “5G will become the new lifeblood of the digital economy and digital society.” Continue reading
Mobile will grow @ 49% p.a. vs desktop @ 9% p.a.
According to ZenithOptimedia‘s latest Advertising Expenditure Forecasts mobile advertising is now the main driver of adspend growth and is growing 5.5 times faster than desktop internet. Zenith defines mobile advertising as all internet ads delivered to smartphones and tablets- whether display, classified or search, and including in-app ads. Meanwhile digital recruitment advertising is also booming, growing over 25 per cent in 2014. Again this is led by soaring smartphone and tablet usage, according to a separate report from the Association of Online Publishers and consulting firm Deloitte. Continue reading
Success would provide it with big telematics/M2M/iOT player
Well, Vodafone has found something new to do with its funds war chest inherited by selling its Verizon Wireless stake. It’s going heavily into the telematics/M2M/iOT sector by announcing its intention to voluntary takeover of Cobra Automotive Technologies. Headquartered in Italy and listed on the Milan stock exchange (Borsa Italiana S.p.A), Cobra has operations in a host of countries including Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, and Switzerland as well as the UK. Continue reading
Instead of blocking Trafalgar Sq cabbies should promote Hailo
In an ironic twist, Brit black cab drivers in London probably wish that Brussels had intervened in the UK for once. As we reported back in April  – ‘Brussels court rules Google-backed Uber taxi app illegal‘ the Belgians made Uber illegal in their own capital. The Uber app, backed by Google and Goldman Sachs, links up customers with private cabs whose owners don’t comply with strict licensing rules. Unlike London’s black cab taxi drivers. So cabbies protested against the app in Trafalgar Square this week. The net result? According to Uber UK’s general manager, Jo Betram, “We’ve seen an 850 per cent increase in sign-ups week-on- week.” Own goal for black cabbies, then. Continue reading