Broadband is the “most important technology” today because of the transformation to society that it can bring, said Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Ericsson’s SVP and Chief Sustainability Officer, at the launch of Ericsson’s Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report at MWC 2017. Using the UN SDGs as a framework, the report highlights how the telecommunications industry can positively evolve through use of responsible business practices, reducing energy consumption through 5G, and providing internet for all. “At Ericsson, we start with our commitment to…

How big data’s disrupting traditional business valuation

Written on Thursday, 16 March 2017 08:36
How much is big data really worth? That's the question analysts have been tackling – some suggest big data is becoming more dominant in determining the valuation of a company. There's been a shift in the way organizations are valued, from those that own tangible assets to those that were built on big data, like Facebook and Uber. Those in the business of valuing corporate investments will increasingly be forced to "consider a company's wealth of information in properly valuing…
NuVu, an Ericsson entity, is the first online streaming platform that provides 'off-peak' video downloading for operators in emerging markets where streaming is slow and expensive. It's the first time Ericsson has licensed content, says Stephan Riome, Ericsson's Global Head of Programming Acquisitions & Marketing Broadcast and Media Services, to provide a video subscription on demand service for operators to compete against the likes of Netflix. Ericsson announced the launch of its first end-to-end subscription video-on-demand content service, NuVu, at…
Mobile World Congress, the world's annual gathering for the mobile industry, was held in Barcelona this year from 27 February to 2 March. As the most anticipated event of the year for the industry, thousands of people come to Spain's Mobile Capital to meet and greet industry experts, witness the latest mobile and technology announcements and trends in the sector, and to find out what the next year's technologies will be. This year's MWC event saw plenty of exciting releases,…
Nations around the world have watched with envy as India has garnered a reputation for being a budget-friendly option for launching satellites into space. In February this year, India broke the world record of sending the most satellites into orbit on a single mission, securing the nation's reputation as a reliable and well-priced satellite launcher. The nation's success hasn't gone unnoticed by its top regional competitor. The government-run Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched 104 satellites in a single mission…
Investment in technology and innovation in the online financial services sector is now essential in the Middle East, according to research on digital use and e-commerce in the region conducted by Hootsuite and We Are Social. The findings show that in the UAE, 62 percent of people bought something online in the last month, a 25 percent year on year rise, and 47 percent of people made a purchase using their mobile in that period. Research by Hootsuite, a platform…

MWC 2017: Mobile, the next element

Written on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 06:53
If we want to describe the role of mobile in today’s world, the list is never-ending. Mobile is the force behind every emerging innovation; it is revolutionary, ever-adapting and dynamic. Mobile has definitely become fundamental to our everyday lives. At this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world’s biggest and best mobile industry event, a massive exhibition, an award-winning conference, outstanding networking opportunities, partner programs and the Glomo Awards will all take place. Organized by the GSMA, MWC will take…
The use of mobile data has skyrocketed over the past five years. Research suggests that data usage in 2015 increased 74 percent, putting the overall figure at around 3.7 exabytes per month. Behind this growth is the explosion of streaming services, including audio and video, as well as the growing use of apps - all served by the expectation of having high-speed data at all times . 4G is the current global standard in developed markets for mobile broadband, but…

Cellular V2X technology for a safer automobile future

Written on Sunday, 12 February 2017 06:37
According to World Health Organization figures, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among young people aged 15–29 years. More than 1.2 million people die each year worldwide as a result of traffic crashes. Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technologies, starting with 802.11p and evolving to Cellular V2X (C-V2X), can help bring safer roads, more efficient travel, reduced air pollution and better driving experiences. V2X will serve as the foundation for the safe, connected vehicle of the future, giving vehicles the…
On January 16, 2016, the United Nations lifted sanctions against Iran, opening the country up to long lost opportunity, after the International Atomic Energy Agency announced that Iran had adequately dismantled its nuclear weapons program. Providing an understanding of the effect that the lifted sanctions has had on Iran, Kantar TNS’ recent ‘Connected Life Iran’ study provides insights on digital attitudes and behaviour of the country’s 80 million inhabitants. According to the study, Iran’s long history of internet censorship and…

Samsung post-fiasco: beleaguered has-been or comeback king?

Written on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 13:54
Samsung shocked the world in September last year when it suspended sales of its flagship smartphone Galaxy Note 7 as reports of exploding batteries threatened to damage the reputation of the South Korean technology giant. The fiasco hit Samsung hard, after a global recall of the Galaxy Note 7 cost the company an estimated $5.3 billion, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. But even though the odds were stacked against the smartphone manufacturer, Samsung is showing signs of making…

As IoT grows, PC popularity wanes

Written on Tuesday, 24 January 2017 08:15
Recent preliminary results from Gartner, Inc. shows that worldwide PC (personal computer) shipments totaled 72.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 3.7 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2015. In total, for the year 2016, PC shipments totaled 269.7 million units, a 6.2 percent decline from 2015. The significance of PCs is diminishing as the smartphone trend and popularity of connected devices takes center stage. PC shipments have declined annually since 2012, while mobile broadband subscriptions…
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