IT 2020

Date
Start Date: 
Thursday, February 27, 2014
End Date: 
Friday, February 28, 2014

Mumbai:

1) Big Data Analytics : Understanding the importance and feasibility of big data analytics and how key challenges and risks are mitigated by big data implementation

Slovakia 4G auction raises $224 million, produces new entrant

Slovakia’s three existing mobile operators and new entrant Swan have emerged as the winners of new 4G licenses following the conclusion of the country’s multi-band frequency auction.

In a statement published on its website, Slovakia’s telecoms regulator said the auction raised a total of €163.9 million ($224 million) – 15% more than the base price it had set for the various lots on offer.

Price war in US mobile market raises fear of profit hemorrhage

Reuters

New Year's rivalry among U.S. mobile operators has Wall Street worried that the industry's profits could seriously decline.

After months of aggressive moves by T-Mobile US (Bellevue, WA, USA) to lure customers from other carriers, No. 2 operator AT&T Inc (Dallas, TX, USA) counter-attacked on January 3 by offering to pay consumers to switch from T-Mobile.

Days later, No. 3 ranked Sprint Corp (Overland Park, KS, USA) promised big discounts for family and friend groups. On Wednesday, T-Mobile upped the ante, saying it would pay hefty exit costs for converts.

Australia's Telstra to offload majority stake in struggling Sensis

Reuters

Australia's biggest phone company Telstra Corporation Ltd has agreed to sell 70 percent of its directories unit Sensis, offloading a struggling business challenged by digital transition for less than the market had anticipated.

The sale of Sensis, following Telstra's (Melbourne, Australia) sale of Hong Kong mobile phone business last month, would further boost the telco giant's cash war chest to invest in new growth businesses and expand its mobile network.

Millions of French users flock to 4G mobile services

Reuters

France's three biggest mobile operators have signed up 1 million customers each to new superfast mobile services, although a hoped for boost in margins from such 4G technology looks unlikely to materialize because of a price war.

Take-up of 4G across Europe, while lagging the United States and Asia, has begun rising in the past year, driven by rocketing demand for mobile data and launches in major markets like Germany, Britain and France.

ZTE deploys VoLTE in Guangzhou for China Mobile

Chinese equipment vendor ZTE has said it is helping China Mobile to deploy voice over LTE (VoLTE) services on its network in Guangzhou in what it calls an important step to a wider national rollout.

The company says its technology ensures that users do not experience any disruption when switching between 3G and 4G networks for voice calls.

It is using a system known as Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (eSRVCC) to allow seamless handovers between the two network standards.

AT&T promises sponsored data services in coming months

Reuters

AT&T Inc plans to give consumers options to save money on mobile data fees as soon as this quarter while offering sponsors a new way to entice consumers to use their services.

The company announced details on Monday at AT&T's (Dallas, TX, USA) developer conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The offering will let sponsors subsidize consumer data fees, which have gradually become more expensive in recent years as phone companies charge for mobile web-surfing based on how much data their customers download.

Telecom Council Mobile Forum: Spectrum Policy

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
End Date: 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Milpitas, CA

In our meeting, we'll learn about the policy the FCC is building under new Chairman Wheeler, the different stakeholders for and against reform, and the technologies that will be successful in the next century. We'll also take a look at the disruptive aspects of modern policy on existing businesses, and the creation of new business models. 

Connected Business

Date
Start Date: 
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
End Date: 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

London:

Connected Business is dedicated to helping organisations understand how to improve communications, productivity and profits using the latest business and collaboration technologies. 

Regulatory moves to boost India telecoms sector in 2014: report

Indian telecoms authorities are planning to introduce new rules on mergers and acquisitions in January, aimed at providing a further boost to the country’s telecoms industry.

According to a report from the country’s Business Standard newspaper, the legislation on mergers and acquisitions is to be followed by the publication of a new policy on machine-to-machine communications in the first quarter of the year.

Moves already made by Indian regulatory authorities have led to a considerable improvement in the operating environment in 2013 compared with 2012.

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