Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Internet players invest $100 billion in physical Internet over three years

UK: A new study from telecoms specialist firm Analysys Mason shows Internet players invest over $30 billion per annum in physical networks, facilities and equipment, and nearly $100 billion between 2011 and 2013.  The lion’s share of this ($30 billion over three years) goes to Europe.

It is the first time this investment has been captured in a comprehensive way, and highlights how Internet players are now major contributors to the fabric of the Internet. This includes data centres, submarine cables and the multitude of servers that store, process and serve content to end users.

This is necessary to deliver the content that end users want, and comes in addition to the money these companies spend on content and software. It benefits the Internet as a whole, end users, and the other players who invest in the physical fabric of the Internet.

Companies highlighted in the study include ‘pure’ online companies such as Spotify, Google or Facebook, as well as online businesses of multi-platform players such as the BBC or the New York Times.

Europe is the largest destination for this investment: over a third, amounting to $10 billion annually, goes into European networks and facilities. This recognises Europe’s role as a hub for Internet traffic.

Many international cables meet in Europe. It hosts the world’s largest IXPs, and has a large population of Internet users. As a result, it is attracting investment by US companies, especially in data centre facilities, as well as investment by local Internet players such as Spotify and the BBC.

Mobilicity selects Reverb Networks SON

TORONTO, CANADA & VIRGINIA, USA: Mobilicity, one of Canada’s leading mobile network operators, has selected Reverb Network’s Self-Optimizing Network (SON) system for nationwide installation.

The centralized Reverb Networks SON system will be deployed in five major cities across Canada, helping to improve customer experience and reduce daily operational costs.

Mobilicity offers unlimited mobile service coverage within five major urban areas in Canada, including Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Mobilicity also offers nationwide wireless service, covering 95 percent of the Canadian population.

One of Mobilicity’s philosophies is that Canadians deserve an affordable wireless experience that delivers more freedom and flexibility. The Reverb Self-Optimizing Network technology is expected to help deliver that experience to Canadian consumers.

SABER calls for "Think Global, Act Local" approach

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: The SABER Project called upon the members of the EU and their regional governments to implement co-ordinated Regional Voucher Schemes to encourage awareness and take-up of satellite broadband solutions to cut the Digital Divide across Europe's most rural regions.

According to June 2014 Digital Agenda Scoreboard up to 6 million EU houses are still without access to fixed broadband services, despite satellite broadband availability in all EU countries. Voucher Schemes are administered by regional authorities and use publicly available funds to underwrite the hardware and/or installation costs of broadband solutions.

The rallying call to action was made at the final conference of the two-year SABER Project, an EU-funded Thematic Network. At the Brussels conference titled "Broadband for European Regions, from availability to penetration: the satellite contribution", SABER brought together representatives from 21 European regional authorities, satellite experts and key influencers to examine how to accelerate broadband adoption in rural areas.

With official patronage from the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, high level speakers attending the event included Mercedes Bresso, MEP and former President of Region Piedmont and former President of the Committee of Regions; Michel Lebrun, current President of the Committee of Regions; Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat Chairman and CEO and Chairman of the European Satellite Operators Association (ESOA); Eric BĂ©ranger, Head of Space Systems  Programs / Airbus Defence and Space (formerly Astrium) and Gerson Souto, Chief Development Officer, SES.

"Satellite broadband is a practical and viable solution today. However there are still two major barriers in the EU to the faster adoption of this technology. The first is the inadequacy of the European Union policy to drive awareness, acceptance and adoption of satellite technology, which was successfully achieved in North America and Australia. The second is the fragmented management of public funds to address the issue between the European Commission, the Member-States and the regions," said Michel de Rosen, chairman of ESOA, speaking on behalf of satellite operators.

Samsung launches Galaxy Grand Prime

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd announced a new entrant to the Grand family in Galaxy smartphone portfolio: Galaxy Grand Prime.

A smartphone optimised for taking a perfect Groupfie, the new member of the Grand family provides power packed performance with vivid display, faster processor and a premium design. Designed with the customer and their lifestyle at the core, the Galaxy Grand Prime is positioned at an attractive price point of INR 15,499 and is available in White and Grey colours.

Galaxy Grand Prime brings innovative features like wide angle 5MP front camera, large qHD screen and a host of rich, powerful and multi-tasking features.

Monday, September 29, 2014

ADESA launches marketplace mobile app

CARMEL, USA: ADESA, a business unit of KAR Auction Services, has announced the launch of its Marketplace mobile app, available for free for iPhone and iPad users.

Registered auto dealers can use this tool to find, research, price and purchase inventory, both online and at the auction.

At auction, the Marketplace mobile app saves dealers time. Using the GPS function, dealers can quickly determine a vehicle's location on the auction lot. Then, using their mobile device's camera, dealers can scan the VIN to link directly to vehicle history reports.

On their iOS devices, dealers can use Marketplace to search across all ADESA inventory offerings, zoom in to see details of photos, link to vehicle history and condition reports, as well as ADESA's Market Guide to research pricing, and create Watch Lists to track vehicles of interest. Once a buying decision has been made, dealers can bid and buy vehicles directly from their devices -- anywhere, anytime.

The Marketplace mobile app works in tandem with the LiveBlock mobile app, released earlier this year, to connect customers with all ADESA auction locations. Both apps are free to download from ADESA.com/mobileapps or text ADESA to 89800.

Kodiak Networks selects Razorsight for advanced PTT data analytics

RESTON, USA: Razorsight, the leading provider of cloud-based analytics for communications and media companies, today announced a major agreement with global PTT provider Kodiak Networks.

Under the agreement, Kodiak Networks will use Razorsight's Executive Insights and Real Time Predictive Analytics products to improve operational performance and deliver a superior end-user experience that helps reduce churn, increase sales, and improve margins.

As the leading provider of carrier-grade cloud-based PTT, Kodiak Networks offers patented sub-second connectivity for one-to-one or one-to-many conversations to major mobile operators including AT&T, Bell Mobility, KPN, Telefonica, Verizon and many others. Kodiak supports the broadest selection of mobile devices, including feature phones, smart phones and tablets, on any mobile network -- 3G, 4G, LTE and Wi-Fi.

These networks can interconnect with traditional Land Mobile Radio (LMR) and Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) networks to extend their reach and functionality.

"By partnering with Razorsight and applying its advanced analytics and big data approach to PTT, we are continuing to enhance PTT's value as an enterprise productivity tool," said Bruce Lawler, chief product officer and SVP of Marketing at Kodiak Networks. "After extensive review of multiple vendors, Razorsight's unique cloud-based approach and vast experience with mobility data science best aligns with our cloud-based strategy and focus on increasing our customers' profitability."

Elecsys announces M2M communications agreement with AT&T

OLATHE, USA: Elecsys Corp. announced that it entered into a Machine to Machine (M2M) wireless communications agreement with AT&T.

The agreement enables Elecsys to provide industrial M2M communications devices equipped with its new embedded 4G data modem on the digital cellular networks operated by AT&T and its partners around the globe.

The agreement provides Elecsys with direct data access to cellular networks in over 160 countries around the world, including Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Brazil, and South Africa.

The Elecsys Director Z4 industrial data communications gateway, used in many industries such as oil and gas pipelines, and the Elecsys RFM-100 remote monitoring system, deployed to monitor railroad wayside equipment, have already been certified for use on the AT&T network. Elecsys plans to certify all of its current M2M products for deployment on the AT&T network over the coming months.