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UK’s telco businesses set to grow 4x faster than GDP in 2015

The picture is even brighter for 2016 – with average expected growth rising to 13%

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February 9th 2015. Barclays’ Fast Growth Tech survey, which questioned owners and CEOs of UK tech firms1, has revealed that many of the telecom industry’s bright lights are feeling confident about delivering a stellar year of growth in 2015. The research, independently commissioned by Barclays’ Technology, Media and Telecoms team revealed that on average, telecoms businesses surveyed predicted that they will grow by 11 per cent over the course of the year. That’s over four times faster than the UK’s GDP forecast for 20152 (2.6 per cent). Continue reading

Brits snoop on other halves’ mobiles

Women most likely to check a partner’s phone

It appears that suspicious Brits check their other half’s phone for questionable texts, emails and internet searches twice a week – with women most likely to snoop. Theses are the key findings from a study commissioned for the new Samsung Galaxy A-Series smartphone range by Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland. Researchers found that four in ten adults in a relationship regularly sneak a look at their partner’s phone behind their back to keep an eye on what they are up to. Women are the most likely to check a partner’s phone behind their back, with 44 per cent admitting to it compared to just 36 per cent of men. Continue reading

Goodspeed provides low cost data roaming in the Baltic


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Goodspeed extends coverage to the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

1GB of data daily for just £4.90 (or $7.99)
Goodspeed spells the end of data roaming bill shock for international travellers

February 3rd 2015. International travellers can now enjoy low cost, high speed, secure mobile internet in the three Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania through the Goodspeed mobile Wi-fi service. Spelling the end of data roaming bill shock, the Goodspeed service now covers 64 countries including China, Western Europe, USA, South and Latin America, Canada, Russia and major destinations in Asia. The Baltic region of Northern Europe is fast emerging as popular business destination with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania ranked in the top 25 friendliest countries in the world to conduct business.1. These European Union member countries are renowned for their advanced information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure with Estonia described as the most wired country in the world. Continue reading

Driverless cabs need mini cabbies’ input says Kabbee

Ah, but do Google & Google go south of the river?

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article here the scourge of the London black cab [taxi] community, Uber is now following in Google’s steps and looking at driverless cabs technology. Which is all well and good, but rival taxi hailing app provider – Kabbee is miffed that neither the search giant – Google, or the extremely well funded taxi app provider Uber bothered to attend its recent driverless cars roundtable it held last autumn [2014]. According to Justin Peters, CEO of Kabbee, “We were surprised when both companies [ Uber & Google] failed to send a representative to the roundtable, seeing as it@s such an important subject for them.” Continue reading

Sex chat provider cons customer data out of Vodafone

TeleBilling tries to charge GoMo Towers

Here at GoMo Towers, we were extremely puzzled when a bill from sex chat content provider, TeleBilling, arrived on our doormat. The company was attempting to recover the princely sum of £35 from us for six texts sent from a prepaid Vodafone [UK] account. There are numerous things wrong with such a demand but it does raise some horrendous questions concerning how personal data being held by Vodafone managed to find its way into the hands of a dubious content provider. The most important question that needs to be addressed is how exactly did TeleBilling link the mobile phone SIM card in question to our name and address? Continue reading

Adyen Mobile Payments Index reveals 26% of global online transactions now over mobile

Latest figures from Adyen

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January 28th 2015. Adyen, the global payments technology company, has published its quarterly Mobile Payments Index, which tracks mobile payment data from web-based transactions across Adyen’s customer base. As the world shifts to mobile, the latest Index reveals a surge in mobile payment share of online transactions, marking the first time mobile payments have accounted for more than a quarter of global online payments since Adyen started publishing the Mobile Payments Index in June 2013. Continue reading

veremis - facebook news local content Facebook turning to developing markets with Lite app

Social network usage in Asia increasing 26% year on year

Facebook has just soft-launched a new app for Android – ‘Facebook Lite’ , which on the face of it is aimed at emerging markets. The move to largely unexplored regions is logical, given that in developed markets social media sites have probably reached saturation levels. However, it might well not be quite enough to simply make a lighter version of the standard app to contend with the myriad of devices out there plus slower connexion speeds. According to Marco Veremis, CEO with Upstream in order to succeed in developing markets, Facebook will also need to have local understanding. Continue reading

3 has expanded by acquisition- delaney Now ST predicts Sky will become O2 MVNO

There’s no doubt that UK players are taking fourplay seriously

Having successfully predicted that Hutchison would announce a bid for the UK MNO [Mobile Network Operators] O2 as we reported in ‘More hints 3UK might take over O2‘, the Sunday Times newspaper is predicting another Brit tie-up. This time it is a potential MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator] deal between BSkyB (which runs Sky) and O2. Rather than with Vodafone.  Which seems a little strange as Sky and Vodafone UK are pretty close. Meanwhile there has been somewhat mixed reaction to the potential 3UK and O2 tie-up amongst analysts such as Juniper Research, IDC and uSwitch which Whampoa finally confirmed here. Continue reading

HWL in exclusive negotiations with Telefónica to potentially acquire O2 UK

Press release

January 23rd 2015. Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), parent company of UK telecom operator Three UK, has announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Telefónica over a period of several weeks for the potential acquisition of Telefónica’s UK subsidiary, O2 UK, for an indicative price in cash of £9.25 billion. Thiswould be paid at closing, and deferred upside interest sharing payments of up to a further £1 billion in the aggregate payable after the cumulative cash flow of the combined businesses of Hutchison 3G UK Limited and O2 UK has reached an agreed threshold. Continue reading