The Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council today announced a major new thought leadership initiative to examine the extent and effects of a demanding new world of subscriber complexity and choice in today's communications services market. The new global program will profile and benchmark where and how companies are experiencing and addressing diverse needs, preferences, and behavior patterns across a multiplicity of device types, plans, and pricing options in the complex market for telecommunications, wireless, and digital media services.
appMobi, which provides integrated cloud-based tools and services for supporting large-scale developer communities, yesterday announced the addition of four mobile Web services to its comprehensive Platform as a Service (PaaS) mobile app ecosystem solution at the International CTIA Wireless 2001 conference in Orlando, Florida. Through its free cross-platform developer toolkit, the appMobi XDK, appMobi now provides mobile application and Web developers a comprehensive integrated set of hosted tools and services.
AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG announced Sunday that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at approximately $39 billion. The agreement has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. AT&T was unavailable for comment.
The second TMT Finance & Investment Africa Summit - Defining Investment Strategies for African telecoms, provides an exclusive knowledge exchange platform for leading telecom executives, investors, bankers and advisers active in Africa.
There's no question that in the long term LTE will become the mainstay 4G network technology, although its universal use is still in the future. Until then, says ABI Research, some service providers will benefit from a dual-platform strategy based on both LTE and WiMAX.
According to research director Philip Solis, "Intel and others are pushing the idea of heterogeneous networks. This is not to deny LTE's long-term position as the leading 4G platform, but to recognize that a small part of the ecosystem will still be characterized by diversity for some time."
Who stands to benefit?
Altobridge Limited, an Irish company that makes low-cost wireless network technology, announced this week that Intel Capital and IFC will together invest $12 million in the company.
Wireless backhaul specialist Ceragon Networks Ltd. today announced detailed plans to optimize its organizational structure following the acquisition of Norway's Nera Networks in January 2011. The new organizational structure consists of three solution groups: Short Haul Solutions, Long Haul Solutions and Projects & Services. These groups will be supported by a global sales organization. Dedicated resources within each group will provide Ceragon with the ability to respond quickly with the best solution and stay close to its customers.
One in every eight mobile users worldwide will either have a ticket delivered to their mobile phone or buy a ticket with their phone by 2015 -- over 750 million users -- according to the latest analysis from Juniper Research. This compares with approximately 1 in 20 now (230 million). Ticket delivery will be by SMS, bar codes, mobile web, smartphone apps or near field communication (NFC).
Machine-to-machine (M2M) service offerings appear to be on the rise, but there are areas of the telecom market where carriers may not have the infrastructure to support front-end B2B M2M services. In this article, Alex Brisbourne parses out the market and offers some resolution as to where M2M can and should become the business of big carriers, and where it likely will not.
The Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC) announced today it has selected digital media ecosystem developer Neustar, Inc., to provide the Mobile DTV Trust Authority with the infrastructure necessary to deliver live, digital broadcast TV content to various mobile video-enabled devices such as mobile phones and portable media players. Neustar's technology enables connectivity across different networks, technologies and applications, and it possesses unique experience developing digital media ecosystems.