Surveys show change in customer usage, emphasis on customer service

As smartphone usage grows and consumers start using their phones for more than just voice, the concept of a mobile service provider is changing. According to two surveys, including one performed by Oracle (Redwood Shores, Calif., U.S.A.), a person’s mobile phone is replacing other devices, and in the future will be used for everything from banking to a GPS system.


Oracle surveyed more than 3,000 mobile users around the world and found that mobile devices are becoming more valuable to consumers.

DragonWave acquires Nokia Siemens microwave business

On Friday, DragonWave, Inc. (Ottawa, Canada) announced plans to acquire Nokia Siemens Networks' (Espoo, Finland) microwave transport business, including its associated operational support systems (OSS) and related support functions. Under the deal, Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) will retain responsibility for its existing sales and associated services for microwave transport, while DragonWave will be responsible for the product line, including R&D, product management and operations functions.

Orange launches venture-capital Fund for digital start-ups

France Telecom-Orange (Paris, France) and Publicis Groupe (Paris, France), an advertising and communications company, announced on Monday plans to launch a new venture capital fund. The fund will finance and develop digital start-up, particularly in France and the European Union, says Orange.

Alcatel-Lucent cuts profit goal, raises doubts

Reuters

Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) scaled back its profitability goal for the year, raising new doubts about Chief Executive Ben Verwaayen's ability to turn around the long-struggling telecom equipment maker.

Alcatel-Lucent, like rivals Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) and Nokia Siemens Networks (Espoo, Finland), is suffering as telecom operators cut spending on their networks in reaction to macroeconomic uncertainty, especially in Europe.

7th Annual Prepaid Mobile Summit 2012

Date
Start Date: 
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
End Date: 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Malaysia:

7th Annual Prepaid Mobile Summit 2012 is the only dedicated prepaid mobile event in Asia that will give you the crucial opportunity to learn from and network with leading prepaid professionals from network operators and service providers. Exchange insightful experiences on how to increase your profits from the prepaid mobile segment and tap into new markets in Asia. 

NEC to make mobile network equipment in India

Reuters

Japan's NEC Corp (Tokyo, Japan) plans to start manufacturing mobile phone network devices in India to meet growing demand in emerging nations, the Nikkei business daily said. NEC will build a new plant in the southern Indian city of Chennai by the end of fiscal 2011 at a cost of around $13 million.

NEC is one of the leading makers of microwave radio link devices, which are used to wirelessly connect mobile phone base stations. To guard its strong position in the market amid the soaring yen, NEC has decided to create a low-cost production base overseas.

7th Mobile Roaming Asia 2011

Date
Start Date: 
Monday, November 14, 2011
End Date: 
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Singapore:

Building on the success of Informa Roaming Global Series, 7th Mobile Roaming Asia 2011 Congress taking place in Hong Kong from 14-16 November 2011 continues to be the ONLY unique forum focusing on roaming business opportunities (for LTE, 3G, 2G, & Mobile Broadband), challenges and strategies for the Asia Pacific region.

4G Device World

Date
Start Date: 
Monday, November 21, 2011
End Date: 
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Seoul, South Korea:

This inaugural Summit provides the latest updates on new opportunities in the 4G evolution in the Asia Pacific region, the Middle East, Africa, Russia, Central Asia, North America & Europe. 

Korea, which is at the forefront of the 4G LTE evolution, smartphone innovation, new M2M applications, with 3 LTE rollouts this year, and with the world's highest concentration of smartphone users, is the supremely suitable strategic platform for this Summit! 

South Korea top telecommunications economy in world

Reuters

South Korea was the world's most advanced Internet and telecommunications economy in 2010, with high levels of access, usage and skills, while high-speed Web access remained unaffordable in many low-income countries, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Mobile subscriptions grew 20% over the past year to more than 5 billion, with penetration of over 100%, or more than one mobile device per person, in developed countries and 70% in developing countries at the end of 2010.

Google, Motorola bet to reshape Asian phone makers

Reuters

Asian handset makers using Google Inc's (Mountain View, Calif., U.S.A.) Android operating system might turn to rival platforms such as Microsoft Corp's (Redmond, Wash., U.S.A.) Windows after Google upended the mobile landscape with its $12.5 billion bid for Motorola Mobility Holdings (Libertyville, Ill., U.S.A.).

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