Monthly Archives: June 2013

What is the optimum number of mobile operators in any given territory? More lessons from Africa

More than one and probably less than four! I only offer this observation based on this week’s news. There were reports that Djibouti, up on the Horn of Africa, has one state-controlled operator but apparently some of the highest telecom … Continue reading

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How will Virgin differentiate its offering in Saudi Arabia? Branson needs more than a one-off stunt to make his mark

When Virgin Mobile launches a new operation, its founder, Sir Richard Branson, performs a spectacular stunt, such as jumping out of a hot air balloon or jet skiing into town. Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa (VMMEA) last week was … Continue reading

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When smartphone sales hit 1.2 billion units in 2017, where will the retailer be?

We’ve talked before about the falling prices of handsets, but a recent report from Informa Telecoms & Media reckons that the increasing demand for smartphones, especially entry-level models, is going to see changes in handset-retail business between now and 2018. … Continue reading

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Daily OTT-messaging traffic to hit 41bn messages by end-2013; compared to 19.5 bn daily SMS

There has been a huge shift in mobile messaging, to the point pundits are suggesting that the booming rise of Over-the-Top (OTT) messaging apps (or ‘next generation’ messaging services) might herald ‘the end of SMS’. Last year Portio Research provided … Continue reading

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Research shows 49m active Hi-Definition TV homes to be added globally in 2013, giving a total of 228m

There has been further upset this week in Greece when on Tuesday, the government announced the immediate closure of their public broadcaster, Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) which consisted of 5 TV stations (ET1, NET, ET3, ERT World and ERT HD) … Continue reading

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Of 360 million global HDTV-ready households at end-2012, 179 million are viewing HD content

I hadn’t really given much thought to our television picture until my brother-in-law jetted in a few months ago from the USA. Playing with the UK remote, he soon found the BBC’s HDTV channels and was flicking through them. As … Continue reading

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Informa study highlights sales potential for basic mobile phones

Everyone has a smartphone. Well, not quite! But nonetheless, there appear to be some strong regional variations in terms of which devices are popular where, with no one device being truely uinversally popular. BlackBerry offers more than just a phone, … Continue reading

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How do the PPI people get your number? A plague of unsolicited phone calls examined.

One of the tragedies of modern telecommunications is the burgeoning volume of nuisance voice calls. Once upon a time it was someone sitting in a call centre waiting for you to return home. These were, in hind site, the ‘good … Continue reading

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Virgin Mobile RSA blames the market…but where’s the entrepreneurial flare?

This weekend in the South African ‘Sunday Times’ newspaper Virgin Mobile South Africa CEO Jonathan Marchbank blamed Vodacom and MTN for his firm’s lack of success, saying their ‘unregulated, anti-competitive behaviour’ was making it difficult for smaller players to enter … Continue reading

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Why Vodafone should not pay UK Corporation Tax; or how the Government wins either way

Should Vodafone pay UK Corporation Tax? Or is it one of the good guys that is doing its bit to help the British economy? Let’s first consider the case against them. The telecoms.com site yesterday wrote: “UK operator Vodafone has not … Continue reading

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