With Nokia selling its mobile phone business to Microsoft for €5.4 billion, including a 10-year patent licensing agreement, the Finland-based vendor will now focus on three core technology areas.
Network infrastructure business Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN), geo-location mapping business HERE and developing advanced technologies are to form the core of the 150-year-old company moving forward.
By Mary-Ann Russon
Last week, Nokia unveiled a new smartphone featuring a world-first 41-megapixel camera powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chip.
However, research from IDC shows that camera resolution is far down the list of features that consumers look for when purchasing a smartphone.
According to a survey of smartphone owners in 25 countries, camera resolution ranked 15th behind audio voice quality, battery life, device security and browsing.
Operators shared perspectives on where they wish to go with 4G LTE at the start of the LTE World Summit 2013 this morning in Amsterdam, with content concerns very much to the fore.
Erik Hoving, Chief Strategy, Innovation & Technology Officer at KPN, for example, outlined how the roll out of its 4G LTE network has evolved since it launched one and a half years ago.
Visa Europe has added person-to-person (P2P) immediate payments and multi-currency payments to its Visa Personal Payments mobile service, in a move that could have serious implications for operators and their mobile wallet services.
Visa Personal Payments is a mobile payments ecosystem targeted at European banks keen to offer mobile banking services.
At the Policy Control and Data Pricing Conference in Berlin on Wednesday, both Amdocs and Tekelec showcased new policy management solutions designed to help operators deal with two key issues around Wi-Fi – offload and monetisation.
First, Amdocs unveiled its Wi-Fi Experience Solution, which allows operators to extend existing data services with Wi-Fi, provided they already have existing infrastructure that supports Hotspot 2.0.
Samsung seems to be going the extra mile to differentiate itself from just being yet another Android smartphone, with the launch of its new rival to the iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy S4.
In order to do this, it has pumped its latest handset full of features galore, as well as attempting to gain a share in the OTT, content and apps ecosystem pies with multimedia content store Samsung Hub, app market Samsung Apps and Whatsapp challenger Samsung ChatON.
Carrier aggregation might be a long way off in Europe, but as some markets begin to mature and operators start looking to acquire more blocks of spectrum for their 4G LTE networks, efficient spectrum utilisation will soon be coming into vogue in Western Europe.
North America, often a model for European operators to follow, is finally making progress with LTE-Advanced.
As European operators continue to roll out 4G LTE networks, the wider telecoms industry is already thinking ahead about 5G.
Although there are no confirmed standards for this new technology, the European Commission pledged €50 million in February to fund 5G research and people are starting to outline their vision of a 5G future.
Ulf Ewaldsson, CTO of Ericsson, says the vendor has spent the last three years working on its vision of 5G and believes that the industry is missing a trick if it chooses to focus on fast speeds as the key benefit of this next gen technology.
From today, EE will no longer hold the monopoly on 4G LTE services in the UK, as rivals Vodafone and Telefónica O2 finally switch on their 4G networks.
Vodafone and Telefónica have a long-standing RAN-sharing agreement in the UK, which they agreed to extend in June 2012 to create a single national grid providing 2G, 3G and 4G services.
At the LTE World Summit 2013 this week, one of the hot topics was LTE roaming and the myriad technical, operational and strategic issues that need to be solved in order for operators to offer enhanced mobile broadband services.
Victoria Nikiforova Foley, LTE Business Development Manager at Vodafone Roaming Services, set the scene: “This year, we’re talking about 10 billion megabytes of usage in Europe generated by roamers, and that’s projected to go up to 17 billion within four years,” she said.
Belgacom’s wholesale subsidiary BICS has teamed up with PostFinance, a division of Switzerland’s national postal service, to launch an international money transfer service.
The service allows instant money transfers between any type of organisation that processes payments – be it a bank, an online payment service or an operator’s mobile wallet.
Orange Business Services has announced today what it claims is the market’s first Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) global offering.
As Mobile Europe can exclusively reveal, the solution enables enterprises to deploy video conferencing, unified messaging, IM and telephony together in an app onto all mobile and desktop devices, via a web portal hosted in the cloud.
O2 has launched a train booking app as it looks to add value to its struggling mobile wallet service.
According to the UK mobile operator, customers will be able to save up to 80 percent on advanced fares with its Train Travel app as it doesn’t charge any booking or credit card fees unlike many of its competitors, such as The Train Line.
At Mobile World Congress 2013, Mobile Europe was given the opportunity to test out the GSMA NFC Experience.
Equipped with a Sony Xperia T smartphone that came preloaded with €15 of credit, we successfully used the phone to buy lunch at the NFC-enabled payment terminals.