Understanding Business Drivers for VoLTE: Dialable VoIP and VAS vs. OTT Voice Services

With increasing awareness of IP as a cheap source of transport, more people are aware of VoIP and OTT alternatives

There are many reasons for justifying Voice over LTE (VoLTE) beyond the obvious efficiencies for voice services.  Some of the business case drivers include:

  • Revenue retention
  • Preparation/foundation for RCS
  • HDTV and HD voice services
  • Next Generation Apps (Augmented Reality and others)
  • Small carrier opportunities (roamers and vacation spots)

Arguably, the biggest driver is simply “Dialable VoIP”.

China's Xiaomi will strengthen IP ahead of U.S. entry: executive

Executives have acknowledged that the five-year old startup's thin portfolio is a major weakness

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc is strengthening its patents in preparation for its entry into the U.S. market, head of international operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg Television on Thursday, without offering a time table.

The company has already encountered intellectual property hurdles in India, where a patent infringement complaint from telecom equipment giant Ericsson briefly halted sales of its handsets late last year.

Lines go silent in Finnish town of Salo as Microsoft shuts Nokia phone unit

Last year the company said it could hire more staff at one of Nokia's first factories

Reuters

HELSINKI (Reuters) - When U.S. software giant Microsoft bought Nokia's struggling mobile phone business last year, the inhabitants of Salo – a town of 54,000 in southern Finland – thought the move would revive the local economy.

But their hopes were crushed last week when Microsoft announced it would close Nokia's former product development unit in the town, putting all 1,100 jobs at risk. Last year the U.S. company had said it could hire more staff in Salo.

China's Huawei gets security clearance to manufacture in India for booming market

Pending approval, Huawei would be the first big-name Chinese phone maker to manufacture in India

Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co has won security clearance to manufacture telecoms equipment in India, paving the way for it to become the first major Chinese brand to supply locally made products for one of the world's biggest markets for mobile phones.

Facing AT&T, America Movil pledges free roaming, $6 billion network upgrade

Rivals AT&T, Telefonica SA and T-Mobile US Inc have all also introduced new packages

Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican telecoms giant America Movil, controlled by billionaire Carlos Slim, will respond to a challenge from U.S. carrier AT&T by offering some subscribers free calls to and data in the United States, and will also invest $6 billion in its network in Mexico, its chief executive said on Thursday.

BlackBerry names Cisco veteran as new global head of sales

Appointment that comes at a critical juncture for the smartphone industry pioneer

Reuters

TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd named Carl Wiese as head of global sales on Monday, an appointment that comes at a critical juncture for the smartphone industry pioneer, which needs to spur top-line growth in order for its turnaround efforts to succeed.

Wiese has spent the past 12 years at Cisco Systems, first heading advanced technology sales and later its collaboration-product sales efforts. Those teams focus on aspects such as security and web conferencing, areas that BlackBerry is trying to expand within.

China's ZTE to partner with Softbank on 'pre-5G' technology in Japan

Commercial trial to begin early next year

Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE Corp said on Friday it has struck a deal with SoftBank Corp to deploy its "pre-5G" technology in Japan, with a commercial trial to begin early next year.

ZTE has touted its "pre-5G" technology as providing faster speeds on 4G network. It sees it as intermediate step between current 4G technology and 5G, the next generation of networks that the wireless industry is hoping to have up and running by 2020.

Mobile Business Excellence Awards (MBEA) 2015

Date
Start Date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2015
End Date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2015

Malaysia:

Marking the success of mobile industry, Mobile Business Excellence Awards (MBEA) is a recognition award program which acknowledges excellent achievements of individuals, entrepreneurs, SMEs and multinational corporations (MNCs). MBEA 2015 is segregated into 6 categories which are...

Microsoft's mobile future hinges on success of Windows 10

Analysts say the job cuts may mean the beginning of Microsoft's exit from mobile

Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Inc's future in mobile devices likely hinges on the software maker's ability to convince developers to create apps for the phone version of Windows 10 after its ill-fated Nokia acquisition helped trigger 7,800 layoffs.

The job cuts announcement is an acknowledgement that its 2013 $7.2 billion purchase of Nokia was never going to help paltry sales of its Windows Phone, and that it needed a new approach.

Microsoft said it would also write down about $7.6 billion related to its Nokia business.

Telecoms World Middle East

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Monday, September 14, 2015
End Date: 
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Dubai:

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