Guidelines for mobile payments announced in Canada

As Canadians continue to adopt mobile technology and as demand for mobile payments capability continues to grow, the banking industry and credit union system on Monday announced a set of voluntary, secure, open guidelines for the development of mobile payments at point-of-sale terminals in Canada.

MasterCard releases mobile payments index, launches PayPass Wallet Services at CTIA

A major theme coming out of CTIA Wireless in New Orleans this week is mobile payments.  This theme manifested itself on Monday with two major announcements by MasterCard.  The two announcements included results from a mobile payments readiness index produced by MasterCard, as well as the launch of PayPass wallet services.

CTIA Report: 10 small cells can offload 75% of macrocell traffic

On Tuesday at CTIA Wireless, the Small Cell Forum, an independent industry and operator association that supports small cell deployment, released a whitepaper outlining the opportunities and challenges facing public access 3G small cell deployments. The paper found that public access small cells could play a key role in providing additional mobile coverage, capacity and new services in both urban and rural areas.

GSMA launches API Gateway in Canada

On Monday at CTIA Wireless in New Orleans, the GSMA announced that it has been working with three major Canadian operators - Bell Mobility, Rogers Communications and TELUS, to launch its OneAPI Gateway.  The gateway offers application developers a way to connect to and use a standard set of APIs (application programming interfaces) available from the three major Canadian Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).

Union says Verizon cable deal could end competition

Reuters

Allowing proposed multibillion-dollar airwave deals between Verizon Wireless and several cable operators could mean the end of a competitive telecommunications landscape, saddling consumers with higher prices and diminished choice, the largest union for telecoms workers told U.S. regulators.

Mobile wallets: definition and control points

Mobey Forum

This article summarizes the two mobile wallet white papers published by Mobey Forum. The papers offer a workable definition for the mobile wallet, and explore use cases, stakeholders in the ecosystem, and the ‘control points’ that will define how the technology develops.


Mobile wallet – definition and need for openness

IBM to buy Tealeaf Technology

Reuters

On Wednesday, IBM said it had agreed to buy privately held Tealeaf Technology, a maker of software that helps companies analyze customer behavior. For example, with this acquisition Intel can use Tealeaf software, which will allow an online retailer to identify weaknesses in mobile marketing campaigns by spotting instances and replaying scenarios that triggered customer sessions to end prematurely.


The companies did not disclose financial details for the deal, which is expected to close in the second quarter of this year.

Apple sales rocket in China, but growth may slow

Reuters

Apple Inc is likely to see its sales growth nearly double in greater China this year, but the pace will probably taper thereafter as competitors hit back with new products in the biggest global mobile phone market.


For the world's most valuable technology to get a bigger slice of the China market, it will also have to come up with an iPhone that supports the biggest Chinese mobile carrier's proprietary technology, settle an iPad trademark dispute and create more official sales outlets.

Not dead yet: Copper and its new lease on life

When it comes to access networks, fiber is the technology that’s getting all the attention these days, and for good reason, as it offers superfast speeds for the latest broadband services. Yet for all the talk of fiber, the reality is that the majority of the world’s existing access wireline infrastructure is copper based, and service providers everywhere are looking to make the best use of this installed infrastructure.

India Telecom Commission seeks clarity on 2G spectrum auction price

Reuters

India's Telecom Commission is seeking clarity from the sector regulator on some of its 2G airwaves auction proposals including the base price, which mobile carriers want to be cut by 80%.


R. Chandrashekhar, the top bureaucrat in the country's telecoms ministry, said the Telecom Commission did not have a view yet if the proposed near 10-fold rise in auction starting price from what carriers had paid in a 2008 sale was "too high."

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