Femtocell market ignited by vendor battles, price erosion, shift to the enterprise

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its first quarter Femtocell Equipment market share and forecast report, which tracks femtocells by market segment, technology, and form factor. According to the report, following a 20% surge the previous quarter, global 2G and 3G femtocell revenue dipped 2.7% in 1Q12, even as femtocell unit shipments grew 14.0%

KPN expected to pay shareholders less, invest more

Reuters

KPN is likely to pay less to shareholders and invest more in its telecoms networks after Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim took effective control, analysts said, in a strategy reversal intended to revive the Dutch company. America Movil, owned by Slim, acquired a 27.7% stake in KPN last week, becoming its biggest shareholder with effective control due to the low attendance rate at shareholders meetings.

Qualcomm restructures company to help protect patents

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Cellphone chip supplier Qualcomm Inc is changing its internal structure to protect its technology licensing business by creating a new subsidiary that will work on open source wireless developments.


The biggest developer of cellphone chips also derives a huge amount of its revenue from selling licenses for use of its vast portfolio of technology patents to companies such as cellphone makers whether or not they use Qualcomm (San Diego, Calif., USA) chips.

Report: South Korea, U.S. leading the VoLTE market

On Thursday, market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its latest Mobile VoIP Services and Subscribers report, which found that the United States and Asia, especially South Korea, are leading the voice of LTE market, with Verizon Wireless, Metro PCS, SK Telecom and LG U+ all planning to launch VoLTE services this year.

Telco mergers could put end to harmful phone subsidies

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Mobile phones subsidies are a thorn in the side of European telecom operators because they result in lower margins and increased revenue volatility, says Fitch Ratings. As much as companies would like to end handset subsidies, fierce competition in some European markets prevents individual operators from acting unilaterally.

The 2012 Olympic communication challenges ahead

This summer's Olympic Games in London will be the climax of several years of planning by various organizing committees, including LOCOG - the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games - the UK government-appointed organization tasked with preparing and staging the London 2012 Games.

Vodafone shaved $1.5 billion off taxes in UK

Reuters

The world's largest mobile phone company, Vodafone Group, has shaved $1.5 billion, and possibly more, off the taxes its UK operating unit might have paid in the past decade, thanks to accounting factors not seen at other European units.

China, U.S., seen as future innovators in Cloud

Asked to predict future disruptive technologies and the next epicenter for innovation, technology executives worldwide believe that China and the United States will be at the forefront, with Cloud enabling both the next indispensable consumer technology and business transformation for enterprises.

M2M, WiFi likely to offer more roaming opportunities than legislation

The biggest growth opportunities in the roaming market for operators today exist in areas other than regulation, according to a survey conducted by MACH, a provider of cloud-based managed communication services. Wi-Fi and M2M both generated the most interest amongst delegates and industry experts at MACH Insights 2012.

RIM considers splitting business in two

Reuters

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) is considering splitting its business in two, separating its struggling handset manufacturing division from its messaging network, The Sunday Times reported.


RIM (Ontario, Canada), which last month hired JP Morgan and RBC Capital to look at its strategic options, could break off its handset division into a separate listed company or sell it, the British newspaper said without citing sources.

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