Tag Archives: roaming
Rating: Our efforts in Barcelona pretty successful, though
Well, regular GoMo News readers will be more than familiar with the concept of ‘bill shock’ which occurs after having roamed abroad with a smartphone/tablet device. Presently, the biggest shock worry derives from data charges rather than text/SMS or voice call charges. The reason behind this being that it is not always so simple to turn data roaming off – especially when you have set up a mobile device to download your emails and then travel abroad. As GoMo News discovered from our recent trip to Barcelona to attend MWC 2013, even the best laid plans of mice and men can still lead to bill shock. Continue reading
Rating: Data revenues up: SMS down, says Juniper
Revenues from mobile roaming which currently  stand at around $46 billion should reach and exceed $80 billion by 2017, according to a new report from Juniper Research. It means that almost 8 per cent of all operator billed revenues will be derived from roaming by 2017. The report has also found that roaming revenue is increasing despite price reductions caused by roaming regulations and legislation which have been introduced in the EU and a number of other markets. The rise in mobile roaming revenues is largely attributed to increasing use of data whilst roaming, according to Juniper. Continue reading
Significantly expands Vodafone’s presence in the Middle East and provides Zain with greater access to Vodafone’s global footprint
September 3rd 2012. Vodafone Group and Zain Group have jointly announced a Partner Market agreement that will significantly expand Vodafone’s Partner Market presence in the Middle East and provide Zain customers with greater support in Vodafone’s global footprint. Under the non-equity partnership agreement, Vodafone will work with Zain companies in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan and Iraq to provide customers with high quality communications services. Continue reading
by Dr Konstantinos Stavropoulos, IOT product manager with Anite
The time has come for London to host the 30th Olympiad. However, the arrival of millions of extra people will test UK mobile networks like never before. The extent of this pressure should be larger than in previous Olympic Games, as the majority of visitors – as well as London’s mobile users – are expected to use smartphones and applications. Many analysts have speculated that the use of apps could give rise to network blackouts from late July to mid-August. Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has predicted the Olympics will cause mobile chaos, sharing concerns that UK mobile networks will be unable to deal with the increased demand caused by the games. Although UK operators have made preparations, adding network resources where required, the national media are ready to cover any mobile user issues that occur. Continue reading
Swisscom has made some changes to its tariffs that it thinks are quite good. See below.
MACH, the leading provider of hub-based mobile communication solutions, today announced that it has deployed its comprehensive RoamHouse solution with Movicel of Angola. The deployment of this wholly integrated service enables Movicel to enhance the delivery time of its GSM roaming service to its customer base, while also optimizing revenue and driving efficiency and operational effectiveness. Continue reading
MACH, the leading provider of hub-based mobile communication solutions, today announced that it has launched RoamHouse, a wholly integrated and fully outsourced roaming service. Aimed at optimising revenues and driving efficiencies for operators looking to offer international roaming services, RoamHouse provides mobile operators with the full portfolio of solutions needed to operate roaming services. The solution enables mobile network operators to enter or expand in the roaming space much more quickly, speeding up the time to market significantly while allowing the operator to focus on their core business. Continue reading
Welcome to the Tuesday round-up of the top stories in mobile marketing and advertising, from GoMo News! Australia is showing a decline in mobile ad revenue; Starhome wants operators to advertise roaming better; and much, much more… Continue reading
Roaming charges are one of the great remaining sticking points when it comes to mobile. In a market that now allows consumers to run incredibly sophisticated and useful services through their phones, a lot of people (myself included) still disable all data services and refuse to send texts and make calls when they’re abroad. But MTN in South Africa has made an interesting choice – it now allows borderless roaming across five countries where it has subsidiaries, allowing customers to receive calls for free. Continue reading
Rating: Admirable business model if your app is free
One of the key benefits of having an ‘Open’ mobile OS like Android is that the user can readily change the parts of the system or even UI that he or she doesn’t like. A classic example here is SayMyName from Tom Tasche which uses text-to-speech conversion to indicate (from the addressbook) who is calling. The snag is that consumers don’t want to pay for such utilities, reasoning that they should have been built-in in the first place. So what’s the point of creating a better ‘SMS Manager’ utility for all versions of Android, when the payback should be zero? Well, N2manager seems to have found the answer by hooking up its users with cheap SMS/texting. Continue reading
EU roaming regulation is having little impact on consumers’ mobile usage habits while abroad, new online research from mobile roaming expert MACH and YouGov has revealed today. Although 56 per cent of respondents with a mobile phone stated that they were aware of the rules regarding roaming, 77 per cent of these said that it had made no difference to how they used their mobile phone when travelling abroad.
My operator informs me that 50mb of mobile data per day “should be plenty”. But what if it’s not? What if I need to use more than that? What if, for example, I’m a roving journalist at the busiest mobile event of the year? I need to be able to access the internet at any time, from any location, in order to do research and post articles. In that case, 50mb will disappear down the drain in about 5 seconds flat. And my operator does not offer any better data roaming bundles. Continue reading
The latest episode in the long-running saga that is mobile roaming legislation has certainly raised a few eyebrows recently. With the European Commission launching a public consultation into the EU roaming market, we can expect 2011 to be anything but quiet as operators, businesses, consumers and other interested parties all seek to voice their opinions ahead of the February 11th deadline. Controversy around roaming charges is nothing new, however re-opening the debate is also likely to re-open old wounds as far as the issues of fairness and competition are concerned.
MACH, the leading provider of hub-based mobile communication solutions, today announces that Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telecoms operator, is set to benefit from implementing MACH’s Wholesale Roaming Solution. Combining MACH’s industry-leading data clearing, financial clearing and settlement services, the Wholesale Roaming Solution promises to deliver Swisscom optimised cash flow, reduced revenue leakage and accelerated financial clearing and settlement for its roaming business, while slashing the time to market for new advanced roaming services. Continue reading
MACH, the leading provider of hub-based mobile communication solutions, today announced the successful launch of Visafone’s pre-paid roaming service for CDMA subscribers using MACH’s market leading Inter-Standard Roaming (ISR) Solution. Visafone, Nigeria’s fastest growing mobile network operator, will be able to provide more than three million mostly pre-paid customers with seamless access to international roaming on GSM networks and other wireless technologies. By signing up yet another network operator to its industry-leading solution, MACH has firmed up its leadership position in the pre-paid roaming market. Continue reading