HCE, NFC and security dominate m-payments debate

Visa and Mastercard throwing their weight behind Host Card Emulation (HCE), Samsung and Paypal offering secure payments and Tech Mahindra launching an NFC testing lab were among the notable stories in the m-payments space at Mobile World Congress.

HCE allows consumers to make payments and use other NFC-enabled services, such as loyalty, ticketing and travelling on transport, without using a Secure Element. 

Orange and SAP launch new security products

A SIM-based authentication service from Orange and SAP’s beefed-up product to protect mobile messaging were among the big announcements in the security space at last week's Mobile World Congress.

Mobile Connect is Orange's new method of letting consumers log into any digital service, regardless of the device or the connection used, using a personal code or click-validation process. 

Apple launches Siri-based connected car service

Apple has launched a new Siri-based, hands-free service for consumers that enables them to use an iPhone while driving.

According to the US-based company, a consumer can use CarPlay to access contacts, make calls or listen to voicemails by using its voice-activated Siri software.

Siri can also read received messages, allow consumers to verbally make responses or make calls. 

Reality sets in as operators get ready for decade-long transition to SDN, NFV

2014 has been predicted by some as the year that both Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualisation become a reality in the European telecoms market.

Hyped as the cure-all for immobile telco networks, last year saw some of the first large scale trials of virtual products, whether it was Telefónica partnering with NEC in Brazil to bring part of its customer premises equipment to the cloud, or Deutsche Telekom looking to SDN/NFV as a means of making its business more nimble and preparing it for ever increasing traffic growth.

Vodafone holds FDD, TDD LTE-CA trial

Huawei and Vodafone have demonstrated the world's first LTE-Advanced FDD+TDD carrier aggregation service, giving peak downlink speeds of more than 500MBps.

The demonstration, which involved three FDD and 1 TDD carriers, took place at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Vodafone has spectrum across the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands, with a 50MHz chunk in FDD mode and 20MHz of 2600MHz in TDD mode in Spain.

Cisco and CloudBerry reveal small cells updates

A wide-ranging update to Cisco's small cells portfolio, including adding 4G LTE capability to its Universal Small Cell solution, and CloudBerry launching an operator neutral small cells service were among the key announcements at Mobile World Congress.

As well as introducing 4G LTE capability, Cisco is also launching its first multimode small cell that provides 3G, 4G and carrier grade Wi-Fi through a single access point. The vendor said the launch was in response to growing demand from enterprises and operators to provide connectivity across a range of mobile devices.

NSN, Huawei, Optus achieve 2.3 Gbps mobile downlink with CA

Australian operator Optus has hit speeds of 2.3GBps in a carrier aggregation project with Nokia Solutions and Networks and Huawei on custom built 'Gigasites'.

The aim of the test was to measure the total throughput capacity of Optus’ bandwidth for 4G communications. Using NSN’s commercially available Single RAN Advanced, the operator took advantage of six of its existing 3GPP spectrum allocations to build a live network site.

Samsung unwraps two new Exynos processors

The world’s largest smartphone maker Samsung has launched two new Exynos processors, the octa-core Exynos 5422 and the Exynos 5 Hexa 5260.

The 5422 is a soft update to the previous 5420 and while the new system on a chip is still built on a 28nm process, it enjoys much higher frequencies on both the Cortex A7 and A15 clusters. The two clusters can run their cores at up to 1.5GHz and 2.1GHz respectively.

Revealed: CTOs on the most overrated wireless technology

The telecoms industry spends so long talking about the future that it is easy to forget the so-called gamechanging technology that is understandably left, unlamented, in the past. For every iPad, there’s a BlackBerry Playbook. For every Sony Walkman, there’s a Panasonic MiJockey.

When Mobile Europe spoke to Europe’s leading chief technology officers, as well as their achievements and what excited them in the industry in 2014, we also wanted to know what they didn’t miss or are sick of hearing about. Here’s what they thought.

Samsung launches Knox 2.0, promises improved security

Samsung has brought iOS support to its Knox security solution, as it unveiled a  beefed up version of the product at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

Knox 2.0 will allow corporate software developers to implement security policies into their software, which would ensure that only the authorised person would gain access to the system.

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