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micromax ad mocking apple Xiaomi & Micromax will challenge the current smartphone Big 2

Fitch predicts Apple & Samsung’s handset marketshare will stagnate

It seems that the Big Two smartphone vendors – Apple & Samsung are going to be facing a very tough future thanks to competition in emerging markets. As a consequence, Fitch Ratings is predicting that local handset makers such as China’s Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei along with India’s Micromax will become the main competitors for Apple and Samsung. Locally manufactured devices retailing at $100 to $300 can offer virtually all of the key features of big brand smartphones. Plus Fitch also believes that the forthcoming iPhone 6 probably won’t do enough to bolster Apple. Continue reading

1 year < after 4g launch - kelly Vodafone UK announces successful voice over 4G (LTE) tests

Vodafone makes first successful Voice over LTE call at UK lab in Newbury, UK
Ongoing trial working towards offering crystal clear calls and even higher quality video calling

Press release

August 8th 2014. Less than a year after the launch of its ultrafast 4G service, Vodafone UK has announced it has successfully tested Voice over LTE at its specialist laboratory in Newbury, England. ‘Voice over LTE’, or ‘VoLTE’, is a universal technology allowing voice calls to be carried across a 4G data network (in this case Vodafone’s), instead of using the 2G or 3G voice network as most Mobile Network Operators [MNOs] do today. Continue reading

juniper-logo Smartphone sales surging ahead says Juniper

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

Reliance to pump $11.6bn into Indian 4G

The sort of gamble which Hutchison Whampoa pulls off

Reports have emerged that India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, has decided to sink a massive $11.6 bilion (INR 700 billion) into rolling out 4G in India. In 2013, Deutsche Bank has estimated that Reliance would pour some $3 billion into 4G, so this is over triple that figure. The investment will be made via the Reliance Jio venture and marks Mukesh’s first return to mobile after surrendering Reliance Communications to his brother Anil some ten years ago. It’s abold move and one which GoMo News has only ever seen be pulled off before by Hong Kong based Hutchison Whampoa (which currently own Three/3UK, for example). Continue reading

5G lifeblood of digital economy - kroes EU plotting to catch up with research into 5G

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

suri - class of 1989 @ mit Rajeev Suri named new Nokia CEO moving up from NSN

Heavy duty Indian connexion for both Nokia & Microsoft

Having completed the sell-off of its Devices & Services division to Microsoft, Nokia has named Nokia Rajeev Suri as its new CEO. Its a predictable move since Suri had been heading up the solutions & networking division – formerly Nokia Siemens Networks [NSN]. It is reported that Nokia currently acquires around 90 per cent of its remaining revenues from the networking division. But there’s a strong connexion between Suri and current Microsoft chief Satya Nadella both were MIT student -just a year apart. Not at the Massachusetts Instute of Technology as you might have thought but at the Manipal Institute of Technology near Mangalore in Karnataka. Continue reading

- pujol MWC: Highlights already emerging including those from IDATE

It isn’t all over until the fat lady sings, of course

Although the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Barcelona isn’t officially over until the end of the day [February 27th 2014], a rather cheeky Frédéric Pujol, director of the telecom business unit at IDATE has already sent GoMo News his highlights of the show. He’s picked some very obvious soft targets such as wearable technologies. However, Pujol does mention 5G as well which has been somewhat drowned out amongst the other announcements. DATE itself has, of course, just recently published updates on the subjects of LTE and M2M. Continue reading

- Hartley MWC: Vodafone & Huawei link up could prove big boost for cellular

It’s all about carrier aggregation

Decisions which can radically affect the course of the cellular industry are frequently announced at MWC and 2014 is no exception. However, although a Vodafone & Huawei, link up could provide a really big boost for the cellular sector, its significance could be lost because it involves network infrastructure not devices. Nonetheless, it is a breakthrough. The pair have proved it’s possible to combine what were previously regarded as disparate resources – FDD and TDD LTE spectrum. Not only that but in this case the partners are promising impressive speeds – over 500Mbit/s. Continue reading

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MWC: Huawei & Vodafone jointly unveil world’s 1st FDD & TDD convergence carrier aggregation

Press release

February 25th 2014. Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, has announced it will jointly unveil with Vodafone the world’s first LTE-Advanced FDD+TDD Convergence Carrier Aggregation (CA) solution at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 in Barcelona. Following the successful demonstration of the world’s first LTE-A HetNet Carrier Aggregation (CA) at Mobile World Congress last year [201], Vodafone and Huawei are poised to mark another milestone in the development and commercialisation of LTE-Advanced network technology by achieving a single user peak downlink speed of more than 500 Mbit/s – the world’s fastest, at this year’s MWC. Continue reading

huaweiwhy-540x405 China’s Huawei shrugs off security concerns as phone sales soar

Handset sales already account for a fifth of turnover

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, one of the world’s top five manufacturers of smartphones, says it’s on track to hit its projected annual revenue growth rate of 10 per cent per year as sales of handsets continue to drive growth. Though the company doesn’t offer a divisional breakdown of its revenues, in a trading update early today [15th January 2014] it revealed that overall sales rose to between $39.4 billion and $39.7 billion year-on-year in 2013, with three quarters of earnings come from outside China. Continue reading

Huawei_carrier_logo Huawei’s tech to receive closer scrutiny from the UK gov

Despite previous assurances that UK welcomed Chinese investment

Huawei’s technology is to receive closer scrutiny from the UK government, despite assurances earlier this month [December 2014] from UK Chancellor George Osborne that he welcomed investment in Britain by the Chinese networking firm. National Security advisor, Sir Kim Darroch ,says there should be tighter oversight of the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC), which tests the manufacturer’s equipment for vulnerabilities. Continue reading

Allwinner_logo Chinese chip makers take No.2 slot in tablet market

Cheap devices take a bite out of iPad sales

Two Chinese chip makers have emerged as the most important suppliers to the tablet market after Apple, latest figures from research firm Canalys have revealed. It says Allwinner and Rockchip are each expected to sell 50 million processors this year, typically ending up in sub-$200 ‘white box’ tablets that appeal to consumers unable or unwilling to shell out for better known brands. The growing use of Chinese-made chips in tablets is good news for Britain’s ARM, which licenses many of the designs and which itself reports that 80 per cent of such products end up being sold outside the People’s Republic, mainly in Latin America and other emerging markets. Continue reading

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GoMo News helps out reader with no internet connectivity or telephony

It seems that the UK’s cellular industry has got to do a lot more to educate the general public of the advantages to mobile broadband. We made this discovery when residents living close to GoMo Towers suddenly found themselves with no ability to make calls or, more importantly, no access to the internet. Those who have subscribed to BSkyB’s Sky Talk service found themselves with no working phone or broadband. The problem has affected a large area of London including those living beside our South West London HQ in Ewell. We responded to an urgent text request from a reader who just couldn’t get onto the Gatwick Airport web site. Given that Three (3UK) is definitely the leading provider of mobile broadband, we dug out a Huawei dongle for him. Continue reading

merkel hack - how was it done? Obama’s iPhone ban connected to Merkel hack

Has US President accidentally let the cat slip out of the bag

It appears that an off-the-cuff comment from the US President, Barack Obama, that he can’t use a US designed mobile handset might have revealed more than he intended. He claimed that he couldn’t actually use an Apple iPhone for ‘security reasons’. On the surface of this, it could be a reference to the fact the the US authorities have always regarded Canadian designed BlackBerries as being more secure. GoMo News‘ love of conspiracy theories, however, would cause us to speculate that the real reason is that US agents have found the means to hack iPhones but not handsets originating from other countries. Continue reading

Huawei cleared to do business in the UK, despite spying fears

Britain’s coalition government looks set to be on a collision course with all-party MPs after giving the thumbs up to Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, despite the firm being blocked by the US and Australian amid concerns over spying threats.
It’s emerged that a British government-led review has now ruled that Huawei poses no serious risk, but the fact its clearance comes as prime minister David Cameron is in China to whip up business will undoubtedly be seen as more than just coincidence. In recent years Huawei has itself attempted to counter suspicions by spending millions on a PR campaign. Continue reading