Mastercard pilots geotagged security product for payments

Mastercard has launched a location based security service for consumers making mobile payments while abroad.

The payments company is testing the opt-in scheme with cloud company Syniverse. Under the scheme, consumers can only make mobile and card payments while abroad if their device is set to the specific geolocation that they are in.

KPN, Accenture to demonstrate interactive TV with Google Glass

Accenture and Netherland’s KPN have developed a proof of concept using Google Glass and the Accenture Video Solution (AVS) for interactive television viewing, storage and control.

Accenture said that the two companies had not developed a commercial product but that they were exploring the potential applications of wearable technologies for TV viewers.

MegaFon launches world's fastest LTE network

Russian operator MegaFon has launched the world's fastest 4G network, with speeds of up to 300MBps. 

The operator said it is using the latest Category 6 standard of LTE. It is using a combination of spectrum covering a spread of 2.6Mhz and the frequency resource of MVNO Scartel, which it bought last year.

Ericsson and Philips team-up on smart street lighting

Ericsson and Philips are partnering on a connected smart LED light program that will bring green lighting and mobile broadband to cities.

The project, which was announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, aims to solve environmental and capacity issues. Cities with green lighting can meet sustainability goals and the lights allow operators to roll out better city-wide mobile broadband coverage.

EC chief calls for global action on 5G

The European Commission's digital agenda chief has called for a "global consensus" on 5G and urged companies to speed up its implementation.

At a speech at Mobile World Congress yesterday, Neelie Kroes said global cooperation on interoperable 5G was crucial for its implementation.

Telefónica’s Enrique Blanco wins inaugural CTO of the Year award

Telefónica’s Enrique Blanco has won Mobile Europe's inaugural CTO of the Year award, after judges hailed him as an “exemplary” chief technology officer.

Blanco was the unanimous choice from a shortlist of five with the other nominees comprising Bouygues Telecom's Yves Legrand, EE's Fotis Karonis, KPN's Erik Hoving and Telenor Norway's Frode Stodal.

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