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M2M & mobile money achieve substantial revenue uplift - holden Operators to suffer $14 bn in lost revenues in 2014, as OTTs take market share, Juniper Research finds

But new report identifies $66 bn in new operator revenue opportunities

Press release

A new report from Juniper Research has claimed that voice and messaging traffic lost to OTT (Over The Top) players such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Skype will cost mobile network operators [MNOs] $14 billion in revenues globally this year [2014], up by 26 per cent on 2013. The report – Mobile Operator Business Models: Challenges, Opportunities & Strategies 2014-2019, found that in a number of markets, including Italy, Spain and the UK, operator mobile voice revenues had fallen to less than 60 per cent of their value five years’ ago. Continue reading

fiksu_index_914 New mobile devices and app enthusiasm drive marketing rates up in September, Fiksu indexes find

Cost to acquire loyal app users hits all-time high, growing 34% year-over-year

Press release

October 27th 2014. Fiksu, developer of award-winning app marketing technologies, has published its latest Fiksu Indexes which reflect the impact of iOS 8 and new iPhone 6/6 Plus launches on app marketing. The September Indexes show ongoing increases in app marketing costs and app downloads, with the benchmark Cost Per Loyal User (CPLU) Index reaching an all time high. These increases were largely spurred by the unprecedented adoption of new Apple devices along with growing demand for mobile media across the board, causing the rising tide in mobile marketing competition, app downloads, and media costs. Continue reading

gauging consumer perceptions - pirc Lab42 Survey reveals perceptions of Apple Pay & mobile payments

45% of non-iPhone owners would switch to an Apple iPhone for access to Apple Pay

Press release

October 20th 2014. According to a study of 500 smartphone owners released today by market research firm Lab42, 45 per cent of consumers with non-iOS devices (Android, Blackberry or Windows smartphones) would be willing to switch to an iOS device in order to have access to Apple Pay. Respondents cited the top four benefits of Apple Pay as: – 1) security, 2) not worrying about losing credit or debit cards, 3) not having to carry physical cards in wallet, and 4) simple setup. Fifty-four per cent of all respondents would consider using Apple Pay, while the remaining 46 per cent were split evenly between those who would not consider using it (23 per cent) and those who are still unsure (23 per cent). Continue reading

AdaptiveMobile uncovers Koler worm variant

Spreading by text message and holding phones for ransom

Press release

October 21st 2014. AdaptiveMobile, a world leader in mobile security, has discovered a new variant of the Android malware Koler, which now spreads by text message and holds infected users’ phones hostage until a ‘ransom’ is paid. AdaptiveMobile detected the emergence of the worm on October 19th [2014], and has blocked thousands of messages from hundreds of infected phones. The attack is occurring worldwide, but the majority of the infected phones are in the USA. Continue reading

commuters won't tolerate dead zones - carter Mobile black-spots on rails – GWS survey results

Commuters forced to look out of the window as up to 1 in 3 mobile internet tasks attempted on trains fail

  • Three [3UK] crowned best network for commuters who like to talk Vodafone for commuters on 3G, and EE for commuters on 4G
  • 1 in 3 mobile internet tasks and 1 in 7 voice calls attempted on commuter train routes failed during testing
  • But EE, O2, and Vodafone all heavily relying on their older 2G networks to cover commuters – following most rigorous train connectivity study ever conducted
  • St. Pancras wins mobile connectivity wooden spoon

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brand-safe opporuntities for mobile Nexage reports 227% growth in programmatic spend

Above-market growth demonstrates that premium publishers, media buyers, agencies and advertisers are increasingly building their mobile programmatic business on the Nexage Marketplace

Press release

September 18, 2014. Nexage, the leading premium mobile advertising marketplace, has announced that programmatic spend through the Nexage Marketplace grew 227 percent annually. The above-market growth affirms and animates the impact of three key trends: – a massive consumer shift to mobile; a rapid adoption of programmatic as the core trading model; and the acceleration of brand spend in the premium segment as advertisers energise to reach and compel the mobile consumer via programmatic buying. Continue reading

Mark_davis_citrix Citrix data shows new trends in mobile subscriber data usage

Latest Citrix Mobile Analytics Report reveals subscriber preferences and the impact of video on mobile networks

Press release

September 3rd 2014. Citrix has released the Citrix Mobile Analytics Report for Q3-Q4 2014. The Mobile Analytics Report provides insight into subscriber behaviour and related factors that determine quality of experience (QoE) for mobile data services. The latest report finds that mobile subscribers on LTE networks are 1.5 times more likely to watch video than subscribers on 3G networks. Continue reading

Mobile apps must make privacy a priority survey reveals

Press release

August 29th 2014. Four out of ten mobile users admit they would not download an app just because of privacy concerns, according to the findings of a new survey, while a third believe apps are getting more and more invasive. The new poll from Apadmi, the UK’s leading mobile app developer, shows that the public attitude is hardening against apps that place excessive demands on users. The survey of 100 mobile users – including owners of Android, iOS, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry devices – was commissioned to examine how opinions are changing towards downloading apps in the wake of issues such as the Edward Snowden revelations. Continue reading

Tech Trailblazers awards announce Firestarter Bursary for non-VC Funded early stage startups

New deadline of September 19th 2014 to reflect new categories of IoT and FinTech

Press release

August 29th 2014 – The highly successful Tech Trailblazers Awards today announced a new bursary for early stage non VC backed startups, the Firestarter program. This has being created to ensure that entry fees are not a barrier for the new lean startups who are still securing major funding from VCs. This new program will attract more earlier stage startups within the accelerator and incubator communities as well as those self-funding or with angel, seed and crowdfunding as their primary source of investment. Continue reading

underlying appcosts still rising - alder Cost of app marketing continues to soar in July indicating a blockbuster year for mobile advertising

Year-over-year metrics for all Indexes point upwards even as July shows minimal changes

Press release

August 27th 2014 Despite month-to-month ebbs and flows, an analysis of mobile app marketing competition and costs from 2012-2014 by Fiksu shows relentless increases. Instead of expected Summer slowdowns, the Fiksu Cost Per Loyal User (CPLU) Index came in at $1.97 for July [2014], its second-highest point in the four-year history of the Fiksu Indexes, representing an increase of 9 per cent year-over-year. Along with CPLU, the Cost Per Install (CPI) Indexes also rose, surging up 44 per cent year-over-year on Android (although down 9 per cent from June), and up 16 per cent over 2013 and 24 per cent from last month on iOS. Continue reading

ceo neidhoefer on netbiscuits vault (see below) Netbiscuits launches three-step device routing tool for mobile web sites

  • Netbiscuits Device Routing: Simple, straightforward, enterprise-grade solution for companies of all sizes to route web traffic, based on device type
  • Beyond Responsive Web Design: Powerful tool focuses beyond just layout and screen size components to help brands develop bespoke mobile sites for the multi-device world
  • The Netbiscuits Vault: The industry’s fastest, most accurate device library ensures users are served the right experience for their mobile device

Press release

August 19th 2014. Netbiscuits has launched its cloud-based Device Routing tool, a simple solution which allows businesses of all sizes to route web traffic to the right online experience based on their device type. Netbiscuits Device Routing is an enterprise-grade tool with built-in device classification that organizes device traffic in to one of four ‘themes’ for the rapid and accurate routing of connecting devices. Continue reading

infobip_logo Infobip extends two-waySMS messaging coverage to 40 Countries

National numbers and short codes available to engage billions of mobile users across global markets including USA, Brazil, China, Russia and South Africa

Press release

August 21st 2014. Mobile messaging and payments provider Infobip has announced that it has extended its two-way SMS messaging coverage to 40 countries, including the USA, Brazil, China, India, Russia, South Africa and Mexico. Infobip customers now have access to one of the largest two-way SMS coverage sets in the world, as supported by a single technical provider. Two-way SMS messaging enables online businesses, service providers, application developers, and marketing agencies to unlock the full potential of instant, time-sensitive mobile consumer interaction. Continue reading

- swantee Home and Away: EE customers get 4G speeds in 14 more countries this Bank Holiday

EE customers can now benefit from 4G speeds when travelling to Canada, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, UAE, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland

Brings total number of countries covered by roaming agreements to 16, following the launch in France and Spain in March

EE to extend 4G coverage across all major travel destinations during 2014

Press release

August 21st 2014. EE, the UK’s most advanced digital communications company, has announced that it has extended access to superfast 4G for customers travelling to 16 countries. The deals are the latest in a series of outbound roaming agreements that will allow EE customers to enjoy 4G speeds in the world’s most popular travel destinations. Continue reading

best hardware with a unique twist - lau OnePlus announces official partnership with CyanogenMod

New mobile startup announces software partner for upcoming flagship

Press release

January 7th 2014. Pete Lau, CEO of OnePlus, and Steve Kondik, CTO of Cyanogen, have announced the official partnership of OnePlus and Cyanogen Inc. for OnePlus’ flagship device. The CyanogenMod team will develop a customized software experience with specially designed features and exciting new elements debuting on the first OnePlus phone. Continue reading

most advanced mobile communications - shin Samsung electronics becomes 1st smartphone provider to achieve joyn Blackbird accreditation

joyn Blackbird brings latest RCS standard of advanced messaging and calling features to Samsung Galaxy devices on all networks

Press release

August 1st 2014. Samsung Electronics is pleased to be recognised as the first smartphone provider accredited with joyn Blackbird from the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA), the latest level of accreditation among Rich Communications Services (RCS)-based services. As the only company among smartphone providers and RCS-based application developers currently joyn Blackbird accredited, Samsung again proves it is at the forefront of the fastest mobile technology. The incorporation of joyn Blackbird provides Samsung Galaxy owners on major operators’ networks with more stable and convenient chat, live video and file sharing capabilities. Continue reading