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Mobile Operators

Counterfeit handsets present major challenge to African MNOs

Luckily Mobilethink believes it has the ideal solution

The use of cloned or counterfeit mobile handsets is a problem which MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] and MVNOs [Mobile Virtual Network Operators] in mature markets can afford to ignore. But that’s not the case in Africa. Such devices may form anything between 10 and 20 per cent of an African operator’s device base, according to Mobilethink. A genuine GSM handset should, of course, have a unique IMEI number. But that would involve paying the GSMA. Hence the popularity of counterfeiting. Additionally, the company quotes the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK,) as claiming that sub-standard components are often used in manufacturing cloned devices which have not been put through safety checks and might emit higher than recommended radiation levels. Hence, some countries such as Kenya and Nigeria have introduced legislation ordering carriers to trace and block cloned and counterfeit devices. It’s a nightmare for African MNOs but Mobilethink thinks it has the answer. Continue reading

- gamberini Italian MVNO CoopVoce driving new revenues with Spirent Tweakker

OTA configuration settings to MVNO’s growing BYOD fleet gets shoppers online in seconds

Press release

September 30th 2015. Spirent Communications‘ device intelligence business unit (Tweakker) has announced that it has won a service contract from CoopVoce, one of the largest mobile virtual network operators [MVNOs] in Italy to provide its Tweakker solution . This will provide over-the-air (OTA) device configuration settings to CoopVoce’s growing and diverse ‘bring your own device’ [BYOD] fleet, for improved customer experience and increased revenues. The MVNO is a new venture of the giant retail chain COOP, which has more than 1,000 hypermarkets and supermarkets in Italy. Continue reading

Unlucky EE Power Bar users get lucky

EE offers E1-6 possessors £20 voucher

It seems that leading British MNO [Mobile Network Operator], EE, is more than a little anxious for its customers to return a batch of potentially unsafe mobile power chargers. Known as Power Bars, the batch in question have “Model No: E106″ written down their side. These devices “could pose a fire safety risk “, the operator says. So, in order to entice the few remaining possessors of these units back into their local EE store, EE is giving them a £20 voucher in return. The voucher does, of course, have to be spent in the EE online accessories store here. Sadly, Power Bars “from any other batch are not affected by this recall.” So, no voucher for us, then. Continue reading

Tweakker’s Fit4Market scores coup with US handset vendor

Software helps both smartphone vendors & MNOs save money

As something of a breakthrough for cellular software specialist – Tweakker (which incidentally is now part of Spirent Communications), the company has just signed a deal with a  US-based handset supplier – Sky Devices. The product which Sky will be embedding into the OS of its Android based smartphones is called Fit4Market. The enormous advantage to employing Fit4Market is that it helps any handset maker to supply its smartphones into an enormous range of M & MV  networks worldwide which utilise the GSM cellular standard. So in the USA that means AT&T plus T-Mobile. In effect, Tweakker’s software removes the onerous burden of testing an Android smartphones against local mobile network operators (MNOs) or mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). settings. As one happy Tweakker user put it – using Fit4Market is a no-brainer for all levels of handset suppliers. Continue reading

all OEMs should embed - poulsen New carrier-agnostic embedded connectivity app fuels Sky Devices global growth plans

Tweakker’s Fit4Market application from Spirent Communication accelerates the OEM’s time to new markets, eliminates costly field testing

Press release

September 15th 2015. Spirent Communications‘ device intelligence business unit - Tweakker, has announced that it has entered into a global supply agreement with mobile phone manufacturer, Sky Devices.  As a part of this agreement, the Tweakker‘s Fit4Market instant connectivity app will be embedded into every new Android smartphone to be built by Sky Devices. Continue reading

overspend on phone charges amounts to £5.42bn - stapleton Introducing iD – the new UK mobile phone network built around customers

Designed for a data-driven generation
Lowest priced 4G plan on the UK market
Value 12 month 4G plans

Press release

April 23rd 2015. Carphone Warehouse announced iD, a new mobile network that is built around what the customer wants and addresses consumer frustrations with current mobile phone plans. Available from May 2015 and operating on the Three network, iD will launch with a set of market-leading, introductory offers promising the mobile user increased contract flexibility, greater access to free data roaming and the best value 4G available on the UK market. Continue reading

an end to Africa's smartphone nightmare - houbak Guest Post: BYOD is the beginning of the end for subsidised handsets

by Lars Houbak, general manager with Mobilethink

Mobile network operators [MNOs] & MVNOs in most regions have experienced steady erosion in ARPUs since 2010 according to analysts Strategy Analytics. Despite a collective $700 billion investment in infrastructure over the past ten years, revenue growth has been almost flat since 2007. Subscriber acquisition and retention costs (SAC/SRC) take 27 per cent of a Western European operator’s operational expenses (OPEX). Out of that, 69 per cent goes to device subsidies and can take as much as 19 per cent of a typical operator’s OPEX. Forward profitability is therefore threatened due to combined flat revenue and increasing subsidy costs. Continue reading

wifi_calling iPhones are compatible with EE’s WiFi calling service

No clear indication that it is UMA based, though

It seems that leading UK MNO [mobile network operator] EE has finally decided to join the Wi-fi offloading camp by offering a new service called WiFi Calling. The company openly admits that this capability is initially severely restricted. But it has mistakenly given the impression that the service is limited to Android and Windows Phone based devices only. The reality is that most recent Apple iPhone are also capable of enjoying the service. This development leaves Vodafone as the only UK MNO presently not offering a Wi-fi offloading solution. Although GoMo News would argue that its femtocell based Sure Signal offering is extremely similar. Continue reading

caudwell's image didn't benefit from the collapse Another VC to look into UK’s Phones4u demise

Asking for access to investigation into High Street retailers’ demise

There is, of course, a perfectly logical explanation for the collapse of one of Blighty’s largest High Street mobile phone retailers last year [2014]. The company lost its last two Brit MNO [Mobile Network Operators] – out of four- as partners for handset contract sales. And that’s the reason given for placing Phones4U into administration by BC Partners – the VC firm which was effectively controlling the retailer at the time. However, its obvious that others besides GoMo News thinks that there was more to it than was revealed. (See ‘Complex series of events lead to Phones4U demise‘). Now a story in The Sunday Telegraph claims that Cyrus Capital partners have joined Stonehill Capital Partners in approaching the administrators – PwC. The pair want access to an investigation carried out by legal firm, Quinn Emmanuel, into the circumstances leading up to Phones4U’s demise. Continue reading

it's working and ready to go - winand Fuel cells to put India MNO on cutting edge technology

GoMo News suspects the MNO in question is Ascend Telecom

A UK based company, Intelligent Energy, has apparently struck a deal to deploy its fuel cell technology to power cellular base stations in India, according to a recent report in The Sunday Telegraph. The deal will make India the first country to deploy this cutting-edge technology within the cellular industry. Intelligent Energy will apparently replace up to 26,000 diesel generators with fuel cells. The newspaper didn’t name which Indian based mobile network operator [MNO} will utilise its products but . GoMo News. discovered that the company has been participating in trials with Ascend Telecom in Uttar Pradesh West. Continue reading

-bhas 5G revenues to kick in by 2025 says Juniper

Predicts they’ll be worth $65bn globally

A healthy adoption rate for 5G services has been predicted by British market analyst,  Juniper Research. The new report ‘5G Market Strategies: 4G LTE Evolution, Spectrum Analysis & Opportunities 2015-2025,’ forecasts with service revenues set to exceed $65 billion by 2025. That’s compared to just $100 million during its first year of commercial services in 2020. To put that in context, that figure would represent approximately 7 per cent of all mobile network operator [MNO] billed service revenues. Whilst the first commercial roll outs are expected in 2020, Juniper says, widespread adoption will only occur from 2025. Continue reading

charge my mobile box is already ticked GoMo accidentally places bet using Payforit

Pen in pocket bets with

Here at GoMo Towers, we’d have to recommend opting out your handset from the UK’s Payforit mobile payment service at present. That’s because we appear to have placed a bet whilst driving along. Which means the pen in our pocket managed to bet £8 with When we tried to track down the operator of this service, we had a great deal of trouble. The company is called BigWin Ltd and a spokesperson told us, “Obviously the pen in your pocket entered the competition.” It’s a shame to recommend this negative action because we’d used Payforit originally to purchase a bus ticket. Won’t be doing that again in a hurry. Continue reading

all OEMs should embed - poulsen All MVNOs should be Tweakker-enabled says president of Ready Wireless

Press release

August 6th 2015. Last month [July 2015] Spirent Communications’ device intelligence business unit announced a groundbreaking agreement with Prepaid Wireless Wholesale, North America’s largest mobile virtual network enabler/aggregator (MVNE/MVNA). The agreement enables the device intelligence solution of Spirent Tweakker to service the connectivity needs of American mobile virtual network operators from New York to San Francisco. Ready Wireless was first to sign up for PWW’s offering of Tweakker to USA-based mobile virtual network operators [MVNOs]. Continue reading

web site recall message EE forced to recall portable chargers batch

E1-06 hasn’t helped UK MNO with customer retention

UK leading MNO [Mobile Network Operator], EE, doesn’t seem to be having much luck with its ‘Power Bar’ customer retention scheme. GoMo News would speculate that this marketing project was aimed at retaining high-to-medium spending customers. Sadly, however, anyone with a Power Bar – the portable mobile charger, with a batch number of E1-06, needs to return the device to EE PDQ [Pretty Damn Quick]. That’s because EE has noticed a number of cases where these chargers could potentially overheat and therefore constitute a fire risk. Continue reading

diego_reunion Plane debris points to Diego Garcia as MH370 intended destination

Aussies were searching sea 3,000 miles from La Reunion

Here at GoMo Towers, we always have been ready to entertain any theories as to what actually happened to lost Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Now it seems that what looks very definitely part of a Boeing aircraft has washed up on the French held island of La Reunion in the Indian Ocean. Which is something like 3,000 miles away from where the Australians have been searching for the missing plane. However, the item of wreckage is reportedly covered in barnacles which is consistent with it being in the water for a significant period of time. Look at the maps of sea currents which other news stories have featured and it is easy to see that the aircraft part could easily have drifted from Diego Garcia – the island which is part of the British Indian Ocean territory. But used as an airbase by the USA. Why has the USA so consistently pooh-poohed [discredited] the reports that an aircraft was spotted flying low over the island and could have been the missing flight? Continue reading