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Towards5G Towards 5G: LTE Plus – IoT Global Summit ’14

[ November 12, 2014 8:00 am to November 13, 2014 8:00 pm. ] Organisers: Magenta Global
Venue: Taipei Garden Hotel
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Web: www.magenta-global.com.sg/5G-LTE-Plus-Internet-of-Everything-2014-Asia-Taiwan-Summit/

Register: here

This Summit is a timely and première thought leadership event – a must attend for all operators and mobile communities. Continue reading

won't earn EE any points - kerr uSwitch’s Kerr attacks EE’s priority queuing

Creating a two-tier system isn’t going to earn EE any Brownie points

It appears that UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator], EE,has quietly introduced a two-tier system for those calling to ask for advice from its call centre agents. In the UK, EE currently runs the branded networks of T-Mobile and Orange, as well as using the EE name for its own 4G operations. According to reports, the service has been available for a week to contract customers on SIM-only plans. Callers can apparently go to the front of the queue for a one-off fee of 50 pence. Rob Kerr, a leading mobile expert who now works for uSwitch.com, has branded the move as “adding insult to injury.” Continue reading

tpppexpo14 Prepaid Expo ’14 Las Vegas

[ August 18, 2014 9:00 am to August 20, 2014 6:00 pm. ] Organisers: The Prepaid Press
Venue: Planet Hollywood
Location: Las Vegas, USA
Web: www.prepaidpressexpo.com/
Hashtag: #tppEXPO!

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The Prepaid Press Expo offers the industry’s most informative conference program for prepaid services. The Financial Mobility Summit is now part of The Prepaid Press Expo Conference program, giving attendees a better understanding of the unique intersection of prepaid mobile finance, payments, prepaid wireless and top-up. Continue reading

frictionless payment experience - anderson Bango and Deutsche Telekom hook up for operator billing

Bango claims direct operator billing leadership

A new partnership to widen access to Direct Operator Billing (DOB) for app store purchases has just been announced by Deutsche Telekom in conjunction with Bango.The partnership enables Deutsche Telekom to accelerate DOB deployment. The pair claim this will bring bringing frictionless ‘one click’ payment to DT’s subscribers for apps, music, games and other digital content. Continue reading

Action demanded on stolen contract phone bills

UK Charity, Citizens Advice, asks for promised ‘cap’ to materialise

The UK government has been urged to take action to ‘cap’ the high bills incurred by subscribers whose contract phones have been stolen. UK Charity, Citizens Advice, says that proposals to prevent subscribers from being asked to pay as much as £17,000 ($29,000) were supposed to have been introduced in Q2 2014. However, Brits are still receiving bills they simply cannot afford to pay. Back in December 2013, the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced that four MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] – Three (3UK), EE, Vodafone and Virgin Media but not Spain’s O2, had agreed to cap bills. UK banks, for example, cap frauds @ £50. The situation highlights the pressing need for MNOs to introduce real-time fraud detection systems. Especially for roamers. Continue reading

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