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Adyen Mobile Payments Index reveals 26% of global online transactions now over mobile

Latest figures from Adyen

Press release

January 28th 2015. Adyen, the global payments technology company, has published its quarterly Mobile Payments Index, which tracks mobile payment data from web-based transactions across Adyen’s customer base. As the world shifts to mobile, the latest Index reveals a surge in mobile payment share of online transactions, marking the first time mobile payments have accounted for more than a quarter of global online payments since Adyen started publishing the Mobile Payments Index in June 2013. Continue reading

HWL in exclusive negotiations with Telefónica to potentially acquire O2 UK

Press release

January 23rd 2015. Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), parent company of UK telecom operator Three UK, has announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Telefónica over a period of several weeks for the potential acquisition of Telefónica’s UK subsidiary, O2 UK, for an indicative price in cash of £9.25 billion. Thiswould be paid at closing, and deferred upside interest sharing payments of up to a further £1 billion in the aggregate payable after the cumulative cash flow of the combined businesses of Hutchison 3G UK Limited and O2 UK has reached an agreed threshold. Continue reading

- sah ZeroDesktop launches QualityTime on Play

Discover smartphone habits and manage a digital diet

Press release

January 20th 2015. ZeroDesktop launches QualityTime, a self-help Android app that allows users to reduce, monitor and be aware of the amount of time they spend on their smartphones and favourite apps. The app provides a fun, visual, and easy-to-navigate personal log or ‘timeline’ of their smartphone use. And people even have the option to share their mobile use times on social media with friends. With statistics showing that most people sleep next to their smartphones, and 90 per cent regularly overuse their device, QualityTime is ideal for those suffering from smartphone addiction. Continue reading

set the industry standard - trapp AlarmTILT deploys tyntec’s mission-critical SMS technology

Chiefly for emergency communication services

January 12th 2015. Mobile interaction specialist tyntec.com has announced it is working with AlarmTILT to provide SMS technology for emergency communication services. AlarmTILT, a product brand of M-PLIFY, specialises in alert management and in particular ‘mission-critical’ communications which rely on timely delivery in order to function effectively. AlarmTILT uses all available channels, including SMS, to call, invite, organise, synchronise and inform groups of people and manage real-time responses and acknowledgements. tyntec’s proven track record of high quality & service guarantee combined with its message transmission technology ensures that 97 per cent of SMS messages are delivered within 60 seconds. Continue reading

Three says adios to the worry of roaming charges in Spain

Three  [3UK]customers will be able to use their phone abroad at no extra cost from two new destinations, Spain and New Zealand from April 1st 2015

The two new countries join the 16 destinations where Feel at Home is currently available, including France, USA, Australia and Italy

The service, called Feel at Home, lets subscribers browse the internet, call and text home, as well as tweet and chat without paying a penny more

To celebrate, Three has teamed up with Expedia to offer Three customers 12% off a pre-paid hotel booking on the UK Expedia app.¹

Three installs giant Spanish flag, made from 650 parasols, on Bournemouth Beach to announce roaming at no extra cost for Brits travelling to Spain, the UK’s most popular beach holiday destination, this summer

Press release

January 6th 2015. Three [3UK] is giving the estimated two million² UK holiday-goers who are set to book a trip abroad this January something else to smile about. From April 1, 2015, Three customers travelling to Spain and New Zealand will now be able to use their phone abroad at no extra cost. Continue reading

mike harrison makes 1st voda call Thirtieth anniversary of first UK mobile phone call

Britain’s first-ever mobile phone call was made on Vodafone’s UK network 30 years ago
Michael Harrison, the son of Vodafone’s first Chairman, made the call on January 1st 1985
Thirty years later, Vodafone is an industry leader with 438 million customers, mobile operations in 26 countries and fixed broadband operations in 17 countries

Press release

Britain’s first-ever mobile phone call was made 30 years ago on the [then] newly-launched Vodafone network. Michael Harrison, the son of former Vodafone Chairman Sir Ernest Harrison, was the first to test the system, calling his father at midnight on January 1st 1985. Michael Harrison secretly left his family’s New Year’s Eve party at their home in Surrey in the UK to surprise his father, calling him from London’s Parliament Square. Harrison made the historic call from one of the first mobile devices – a Transportable Vodafone VT1, which weighed 11lb (5Kg) and had around 30-minutes of talk time. Continue reading

extending support for indirect B2B sales - mcquade EE acquires Mainline to boost business sales strategy

EE has acquired Mainline Communications Group PLC, one of the leading communications distributors in the UK, to support EE’s ambition to be the number one communications provider for business

EE remains committed to its B2B channel partners, with Mainline’s systems and capabilities improving dealers’ ability to work more efficiently with EE

The deal represents a major part of EE’s strategic multi-million pound investment into its B2B channel capabilities

Press release

December 19th 2014, As part of its strategy to be the communications provider of choice for business, EE has acquired Mainline Communications Group PLC, one of the leading communications distributors in the UK.EE’s B2B channel partners have helped to drive continued adoption of 4G products and services in the business market, and EE is committed to the channel’s role in driving market share. Continue reading

VidiXplore’s new video tool for storytellers

Free online video tool disrupts the traditional take on search engine optimisation (SEO)

Press Release

December 9th 2014. VidiXplore, a free online video tool that redefines videoSEO and team collaboration has launched its first version. Designed for professional and private users it finds and organises video content on desktops and in the cloud. VidiXplore automatically indexes speech, subtitles, manual tags, logos and faces. The patented video data management technology behind VidiXplore is first of its kind and will considerably change how video content is found and distributed on the Internet. Continue reading

Camilo_Castano Tweakker establishes Dutch footprint with MVNE Teleena

Strategic partnership enables Teleena to offer Tweakker’s effective, affordable cloud-based customer care connectivity solutions to cable companies, MNOs & MVNOs

Press release

December 2nd 2014. Spirent Communications’ mobile connectivity business unit Tweakker has announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Teleena, the leading Dutch mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) and provider of mobile data services. The partnership helps to extend Tweakker’s mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) footprint on a local and global level while empowering Teleena to adopt and offer Tweakker’s connectivity platform of mobile devices to its customer base. The cloud-based platform contains one of the largest customer connectivity portfolios in the world. Continue reading

UK and Singapore launch of HAT personal data platform in 2015

Press release

November 24th 2014. The next phase of the Internet’s evolution will be launched in the UK as well as in Singapore in 2015. Registration for the HAT personal data platform (HATPDP), which allows individuals to collect, use, share and trade their own data amongst themselves and with firms, will be open to residents of these two regions, giving them the opportunity to become the world’s first million HAT beta users, The HATPDP was demonstrated for the first time at the 2nd Mad Hatters’ Tea Party in London’s Digital Catapult centre today [November 24th 2014], with the release of the technical specification of the HAT APIs for developers and firms to build applications and devices around the use of personal data . Continue reading

apadmi_award Apadmi scoops prestigious award @ Appsters 2014

Manchester-based company fight off fierce competition

One of the most highly sought-after awards in the app world has been won by Apadmi, the UK’s leading mobile app developer. Manchester, UK-based Apadmi won the ‘App Developer 2014′ category at The Appsters 2014, which was held at the O2 in London, England on November 12th [2014]. The company fought off fierce competition to collect the award from a seven-strong shortlist. The App Developer 2014 category recognises developers that have demonstrated some or all of the following qualities: – triumph over adversity; outstanding work in the world of app development; problem-solving; fire-fighting; innovation; success; and flying the flag for developers everywhere. Continue reading

World’s first cab app to launch loyalty programme

Kabbee users get miles ahead, with its new loyalty programme

Press release

Kabbee, London [ UK]‘s leading licensed minicab comparison and booking app, is taking the lead in the industry, as the first cab app to launch a loyalty programme, called Kabbee Treats. Launched on Novemeber 12th, Kabbee Treats will includes rewards from some of London’s best-loved brands such as LateRooms.com, Naked Wines, Pact Coffee, Hubbub, Housekeep, LOVESPACE and La Gourmandina. These popular brands will complement Kabbee’s own rewards, which includes a full refund for late cabs as part of its 5 Minute Punctuality Promise, an upgrade to a premium car and free credit to say thank you to loyal users. Continue reading

pierre naggar Sky Italia chooses Turn’s data management platform to serve tailored advertising to customers programmatically

Press release

November 10th 2014. Sky Italia has selected Turn as its data management platform (DMP) to deliver more personalised advertising experiences to customers and meet a range of digital marketing needs including real-time bidding (RTB). The partnership with Turn is part of a wider move towards programmatic advertising for Sky -70 per cent of the company’s brand advertising now runs programmatically through the Turn platform. Turn has developed 22 consumer audience profiles for the broadcaster, which can be leveraged to deliver personalised content and experiences. The partnership is facilitated by Simple Agency (AMNET), Sky Italia’s agency of record. Continue reading

- bensadoun iPhone 6 users switch over to enhanced 4G voice calls

Newfield Wireless reveals 5 fold drop in 3G voice calls on US networks following launch of iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, as Apple device triggers consumer uptake of VoLTE

Press release

November 5th 2014. Newfield Wireless, a Tektronix Communications company and provider of next-generation Radio Access Network (RAN) geoanalytics, reports voice calling over 3G on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices has dropped sharply across mobile networks in the USA and is one-fifth of that on previous iPhone models, as users adopt Voice-over LTE (VoLTE) services. The analysis is based on data generated by Newfield Wireless’ TrueCall platform, which is uniquely positioned in the network to provide the visibility and real-time information needed to assess the delivery and performance of VoLTE. Continue reading

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