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Vodafone UK launches national programme focused on rural notspots

Vodafone UK is giving 100 rural communities across the UK the opportunity to have mobile access
Up to one million people could have mobile coverage in their community using Sure Signal technology
Programme will build on the success of Vodafone’s ‘community-led’ Rural Open Sure Signal trial which gave access to 12 communities across the UK
Vodafone UK spending more than £1 billion on its network and services this year

Press release

July 22nd 2014. Vodafone UK has launched a national programme giving up to 100 rural communities across the UK the opportunity to apply for mobile access. Vodafone is calling for communities to work together, in partnership with their local MP, to apply for the installation of Vodafone’s innovative Open Sure Signal technology in their villages and hamlets and bring Vodafone 3G mobile coverage to their area. In addition to Vodafone’s domestic Sure Signal device, up to one million people could have mobile signal in their community.1 Continue reading

Carphone considering becoming MVNO on 3UK

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

expanding in asia pacific - gastaut Vodafone & Bmobile announce partner market agreement In Papua New Guinea & the Solomon Islands

Press release

July 10th 2014. Vodafone and Bemobile Limited (trading as ‘bmobile’) have jointly announced the formation of a new partner market agreement in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.Under the non-equity partnership agreement, bmobile becomes Vodafone’s exclusive partner in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and the two companies will jointly offer business and consumer customers a range of products and services. bmobile will benefit from access to Vodafone best practice and products and services which will enable it to enhance its proposition to customers in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Continue reading

the juice & glue - stuart Brainstorm signs up Telefónica for LBS deal

Platform provides the glue for joining MNOs digital resources together

In a major endorsement of its platform as a mobile engagement tool, Brainstorm has just signed a major deal with leading MNO [Mobile Network Operator], Telefónica. The terms of the three year contract were not revealed and it was described as facilitating Telefónica’s mobile marketing and advertising strategy. The deal covers both Europe and Latin America [LATAM] for global and local brands. However, in a cozy chat with Brainstorm’s CEO, GoMo News has learnt that location based services (LBS) will be an essential element in rolled out campaigns. Continue reading

operators need roaming VAS - reiffer Starhome Mach accelerates globalisation of LTE with complete LTE roaming portfolio

Enables and accelerates roaming between networks, ‘unsilences’ roamers, and improves steering for profit maximisation

Press release

June 23rd 2014 – Starhome Mach, the global leader in mobile inter-carrier network and clearing services, has announced the availability of its complete LTE Roaming Services Portfolio at the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam. The portfolio includes everything operators require to quickly implement and deploy LTE roaming as well as products for efficiency, management, and revenue enhancement. Operators are just beginning to enable LTE roaming but the process can be slow and costly if new LTE roaming agreements are needed. Continue reading

could kranti shirseth's cellular records hold a clue? Malaysia only made 2 attempts to contact flight MH370

We still think that cellular records might hold the key

A report released by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) concerning the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 only serves to raise more questions than it answers. However, one of its most important revelations is that after their final contact at 1.22am on March 8th [2014], Malaysian ground staff made only two attempts to reach the missing aircraft by calling the plane’s satellite phone. The second call was made at 7.13am Malaysian time, after the flight was supposed to have landed. A Quantas pilot, Captain Richard Woodward told news.com.au [Australia] that,”Five hours is a long time (not to call) if you’re trying to search for the airplane.” GoMo News still thinks that cellular phone records might hold some clues. Continue reading

three-in-touch Three announces Three in Touch voice over Wi-fi app

Looks like a reaction to EE’s VoWifi plans

UK MNO, Three (3UK) is to launch a new app called Three inTouch. This will enable 3UK’s subscribers to talk and text using a Wi-fi connection. The app should become available to all 3UK customers from early August [2014]. The good news is that thee app will be offered free to all of its contract, SIM only plus prepaid customers. Three inTouch is particularly intended to improve the customer experience in places where there is typically no mobile/cellular signal. The news is also prompted by EE’s announcement that it plans to launch VoLTE in Q1-Q2 2015 and HD Voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) services in late 2014. 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

Analyst confidence in Vodafone drops

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

mnos to move on from traditional models - stubbs Swisscom selects OpenCloud to implement new model for convergent telephony services

OpenCloud enables independent evolution with flexible, open architecture that extends functionality, reach and lifetime of services across Swisscom networks

Press release

June 17th 2014. OpenCloud has announced that its Rhino Service Broker and Telecom Application Server products have been selected by Swisscom to provide a long term solution for managing legacy services as the operator phases-out its circuit switched network, and for enabling service development across the operator’s circuit-switched and All IP networks. Continue reading

telecoms_fraud Surrey women caught up in stolen handset scam

Nasty case of identity theft – be warned

A woman living in Surrey, England has become the victim of a serious mobile phone fraud through an obvious case of identity theft. It resulted in major run-ins with two UK MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] O2 & Vodafone, and could easily have cost her dearly. GoMo News believes this scam is well worth reporting given the degree of sophistication involved. Luckily for her, the woman is a very spritely person despite her many years. The moral of this story is that if unsolicited mobile phones turn up at your home, be very, very careful. Continue reading

billmobile_payment BillMobile launching to make mobile billing available for all

Charge to mobile now an affordable option for all online and digital retailers

Press release

June 4th 2014. BillMobile, a new mobile payments service for online and digital retailers has launched. BillMobile doesn’t require consumers to download an app, meaning any UK mobile phone owner can pay for goods and services with a phone number. While for merchants integration is quick and easy and the transaction fees are surprisingly affordable. Continue reading

JF Sullivan Apple’s toying with its iOS messaging prompts reaction

Acision reckons that MNOs should react with their own services

Apple’s proposed improvements to the iOS messaging application which were revealed at the company World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco this week [June 2014] have caused a stir. What with Samsung revealing its first ever Tizen phone at the same time and the same town, obviously San Francisco was the place to have been. Anyway, GoMo News has had its ears bent by Acision‘s CMO, JF Sullivan, on this very subject. Sullivan reckons that by filling the gaps of its iMessage service, Apple is levelling out the messaging playing field. Continue reading

image courtesy of Vodafone/Mclaren We still think that Verizon might sponsor the Haas F1 team

Haas tells Forbes he wants his F1 team to be a national flagship

In an interview which NASCAR team owner Gene Haas has just given to Forbes magazine, GoMo News still detects hints that his team might be able to land sponsorship from leading US-based mobile network operator [MNO], Verizon Wireless. The US multi-millionaire revealed the plan was for the new F1 team to have aerodynamics operations in Kannapolis, North Carolina. However, he claimed that the team would actually have a European based headquarters – almost certainly in England. Sadly, Haas ruled out entering Formula One with a team in 2015 but affirmed he remains committed to being on the grid in 2016. Continue reading

caller_tune_onmobile Caller Tune goes viral in India

What a way to put ringback tones onto the map

A chance remark made by OnMobile‘s Florent Stroppa during his chat with us has led GoMo News to discover that ringback tones [RBTs] have recently gone viral in India. Probably because this type of service is known by the far more sensible name of ‘caller tune’ rather than RBT. There’s actually a smash hit song called Caller Tune and is sung by Neeraj Shridhar and Neeti Mohan. Better still has been created for a Bollywood movie – Humshakals. What a way to put RBTs onto the map. Continue reading