Mobile phones subsidies are a thorn in the side of European telecom operators because they result in lower margins and increased revenue volatility, says Fitch Ratings. As much as companies would like to end handset subsidies, fierce competition in some European markets prevents individual operators from acting unilaterally.
This summer's Olympic Games in London will be the climax of several years of planning by various organizing committees, including LOCOG - the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games - the UK government-appointed organization tasked with preparing and staging the London 2012 Games.
The world's largest mobile phone company, Vodafone Group, has shaved $1.5 billion, and possibly more, off the taxes its UK operating unit might have paid in the past decade, thanks to accounting factors not seen at other European units.
Asked to predict future disruptive technologies and the next epicenter for innovation, technology executives worldwide believe that China and the United States will be at the forefront, with Cloud enabling both the next indispensable consumer technology and business transformation for enterprises.
Air traffic management agencies around the globe will now be able to continuously track aircraft anywhere in the world through Aireon LLC, a planned joint venture announced last week by Iridium Communications Inc.
U.S. energy-saving group Echelon expects to double sales of its smart meters in Russia in 2013 as it seeks to offset stagnant Western markets by responding to a growing Russian political will to cut energy waste.
Russia wants to reduce energy intensity - a measure of usage - by 40% by 2020 to modernize Soviet-era companies which Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said were only 5-10% as energy efficient as foreign rivals in some cases.
Telit Wireless Solutions, a global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) modules and services, on Monday announced that its M2M modules will enable connectivity for solar compactors and waste receptacles operated by BigBelly Solar, a provider of sustainable services for the management of waste and recycling.
The GSMA, in partnership with Machina Research, on Thursday announced that the business impact from the growth of connected devices in China will increase six fold from $116 billion in 2012 to $707 billion in 2020.
China Unicom and Telefónica Digital, with its partner Telstra, have developed a remote management service for embedded M2M SIMs based on the cooperation and technical support of Giesecke & Devrient (G&D).
The biggest growth opportunities in the roaming market for operators today exist in areas other than regulation, according to a survey conducted by MACH, a provider of cloud-based managed communication services. Wi-Fi and M2M both generated the most interest amongst delegates and industry experts at MACH Insights 2012.