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Mobile Operators

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

- markin American MVNOs set to fuel TravelSim roamers

Able to earn recurring revenues of up to 30%

International roaming expert, Top Connect, reckons it has hit on a winning formula with its TravelSim service, It’s aimed at both travelling business executives and holiday makers and is available indirect through the company’s network of global distributors. In particular, TravelSim is appealing to the growing number of mobile virtual network operators [MVNOs] in the Americas and Europe who are finding it provides an out-of-the-box vanilla solution for their customers. Consequently, Top Connect is predicting that its user base will increase to 6.7 million by Q1 2016 from 5.2 million in December 2014. That should mean that collective roaming savings should reach $380 million over the period. Continue reading

clear warning to vodafone, sky & virgin - pescatore Actually BT goes for EE as its MNO

UK Teleco picks UK’s largest 4G operator rather than old mobile arm

In something of a turn up for the books, former UK entrenched Teleco, BT, has announced plans to acquire EE – the UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator] for £12.5 billion. The deal will be partly funded by a share swap but BT will have to raise around £7.3 billion in cash. France Telecom/Orange will take a four per cent stake in BT, and Deutsche Telekom will take a 12 per cent stake. The irony here is that UK comms regulator, Ofcom, originally handed a massive lead in 4G to a Franco-German owned MNO (EE) but it has now been acquired by a UK firm. EE still has a massive lead in 4G customer acquisition. Most observers ( Including GoMo News) thought that BT would opt for rival UK MNO, O2, instead. Continue reading

- trapp Mobile operators seek partnerships with Facebook & WhatsApp

Four in five MNOs now open to OTT partnerships in bid to replace revenue
39% of operators have partnered or want to partner with Facebook and WhatsApp
96% of MNOs see the benefits in OTT partnership

Press release

November 18th 2014. New global survey results show mobile network operators (MNOs) are dramatically changing their strategy and plans to partner with Over-the-Top (OTT) players. The annual survey from mobilesquared, sponsored by mobile interaction specialist tyntec, revealed that by the end of 2014, over half (55 per cent) of MNOs have already formed or expect to form a relationship with an OTT partner compared to only 36 per cent in 2013. Notably, the number of operators yet to identify any benefits from OTT partnerships plummeted from 36 to four per cent in the last twelve months. Continue reading

image courtesy of merlindown Missing MH370 aircraft disappeared off Vietnam

Satellite image specialist Merlindown finally contacts GoMo News with its theory

It appears that a British based satellite image specialist firm, Merlindown Science, concluded back in May [2014] that the missing Malaysian Airlines aircraft, flight MH370, actually disappeared off the coast of Vietnam. The company has only just now contacted GoMo News with its theory. Merlindown’s theory helps to explain why some of those onboard nearly managed to make cellular calls from the stricken Boeing 777-222 airliner. Before finally breaking up mid-air off the coast of Vietnam, the aircraft seems to have circled back close to Malaysia. [See accompanying map]. What GoMo News particularly likes about this events is that it cites a massive cover-up by Malaysian authorities. Continue reading

Lte_usa_14 LTE North America 2014

[ November 19, 2014 11:00 am to November 20, 2014 6:00 pm. ] Organisers: Informa Telecoms & Media
Venue: Intercontinental Hotel
Location: Dallas, USA
Web: http://americas.lteconference.com/

Register: here

LTE North America is considered the must-attend eventfor North American mobile network operators looking to search for potential new partners and learn from the market leaders about their LTE deployment experiences. 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

- markin Roaming specialist hits its 2014 targets 62 days early

Top Connect’s TravelSim service now has 5m+ users

Claiming to be the only pre-paid service to offer quality communications at unbeatable rates, Top Connect has announced that its TravelSim roaming service has hit its 2014 targets two months early. It can now boast a customerbase of  five million who collectively have saved over $280 million in roaming charges. This compares with a userbase of 3.6 million at Q1 2014 which generated collective savings of just over $200 million in 2013. The company puts its success down partly to attending key industry events in order to recruit quality distributors. 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

new breed of MVNO services - white Mobilise Consulting moves into MVNO big time

MVNO operation in Ireland for Dixons Carphone is 1st major job

A specialist comms consultancy, Mobilise Consulting has made its first move in the competitive arena of supplying services to of mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) services. It couldn’t have made a better start in the UK as the UK’s leading mobile retailer, Dixons Carphone, has become the first customer. Mobilise Consulting says it won the contact in the face of fierce competition from some of the biggest consulting firms in the global industry. The one-year contract is to help launch Dixon Carphone’s mobile virtual network operation (MVNO) in Ireland in Q3 2015. Continue reading

commuters won't tolerate dead zones - carter Mobile black-spots on rails – GWS survey results

Commuters forced to look out of the window as up to 1 in 3 mobile internet tasks attempted on trains fail

  • Three [3UK] crowned best network for commuters who like to talk Vodafone for commuters on 3G, and EE for commuters on 4G
  • 1 in 3 mobile internet tasks and 1 in 7 voice calls attempted on commuter train routes failed during testing
  • But EE, O2, and Vodafone all heavily relying on their older 2G networks to cover commuters – following most rigorous train connectivity study ever conducted
  • St. Pancras wins mobile connectivity wooden spoon

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jimmy_wales Wiki man goes global with non-GSM network

So your handset won’t roam onto TPO when visiting the USA

“Everything I have done is global, so we should be thinking global from Day One,” Jimmy Wales told the Sunday Telegraph. The man who is credited with starting Wikipedia was talking about his involvement with The People’s Operator (TPO)- a UK MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator] which has a USP of giving 10 per cent of its revenues to charity. He’s decided to help the fledgling company break into the crucial USA market. However, he’s decided to do so through US operator – Sprint. GoMo News chuckled when we learnt this because Sprint uses cdmaOne technology so Brits travelling abroad won’t be able to roam onto the US equivalent of TPO. The vats majority of the world’s cellular networks use GSM technology. If Mr Wales had just looked on Wikipedia he’d have found GSM has at least a 90 per cent share of the cellular market. Let’s hope Mr Wales has more luck in picking charities to support TPO USA than the UK version did. Continue reading

dear mr richards we'd like to complain in the strongest terms UK quartet publish Open Letter to UK comms watchdog

Open letter to Ed Richards, CEO with Ofcom

From Three UK; TalkTalk Group; Federation of Communications Services (FCS) and LetsSaveMoney.com

29th September 2014

Sir,

As representatives of some of the UK’s leading challenger telecoms operators; an industry body; and a consumer champion, we believe switching reform is essential and long overdue. That’s why we welcome Ofcom’s renewed focus on switching and the move towards a consistent Gaining Provider Led process that puts the interests of consumers first. As the call for inputs on the switching roadmap closes, we wanted to emphasise the importance of delivering lasting reform for the whole sector. Continue reading

Neil_kitcher Guest Post: IP transit just another data-day activity for MNOs

by Neil Kitcher, CMO with RTX

Although international voice traffic continues to grow, wholesale margins are declining fast in an intensely competitive sector. Just look at Colt back in May [2014], announcing it was to withdraw 85 per cent of its carrier voice contracts. Maximising revenues from core telecoms services – voice, SMS and data – is a priority. Wholesale carriers and major telcos have been utilising wholesale exchanges for voice and data for years, opening up traffic routes to new geographies and enabling them to sell unused capacity. It is no surprise that they are now identifying ways to take advantage of one of their most prized commodities, data, through the exchange of capacity in their fibre networks. Continue reading

make early contact - hance 360 Phones 4u stores still up for grabs

Some prime UK High St locations still available to independents

The company in charge of the administration of former UK’s second largest mobile phone retailer, Phones 4u – PwC [PricewaterhouseCoopers] says that some 360 stores are still available. Given that certain of these stores are in prime locations – such as Brighton, these could well be snapped up by independent mobile phone retailers. After all, many consumers will still visit the High Street store’s location expecting to acquire a mobile phone. So it seems a good idea for such businesses to contact the [real] estate agents appointed by PwC – Prime Retail Property Consultants. Plus of course, there are between 1,679 and 2,400 experienced mobile phone staff now on the market. Continue reading