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OPPO Jump As the Largest Smartphone Vendor in Asia Pacific in Q4 2016

According to the latest report from our Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) services, Global Smartphone Vendor Market Share by Region : Q4 2016, global smartphone shipment grew +9% YoY and reached 439 million units. Apple retook top spot and ranked the largest vendor in North America and West Europe thanks to healthy demand of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models. Samsung…

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Mobile operators raised more than €11 billion in revenues thanks to Internet of Things (IoT) 2016

Mobile operators raised more than €11 billion in revenues from the Internet of Things (IoT), according to research from Berg Insight, with 398 million cellular machine-to-machine connections in use by the end of the year. In 2015, M2M revenues were €6.7 billion, according to the Swedish analysts. IoT generated as much as €200 million in quarterly sales for operators such…

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4G LTE Roaming Now Available in more than 140 Countries, says BICS

More than 140 countries now offer LTE roaming services, allowing subscribers to take advantage of high quality data services as they travel, according to annual research by BICS, a global wholesale carrier for voice, mobile data and capacity services. The number of operators offering these services has also seen dramatic growth, increasing by over 150% in the same period. The…

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AWS, IBM, Google and Azure dominate cloud revenues

New Q4 data from Synergy Research Group shows that Amazon Web Services (AWS) is maintaining its dominant share of the burgeoning public cloud services market at over 40%, while the three main chasing cloud providers – Microsoft, Google and IBM – are gaining ground but at the expense of smaller players in the market. In aggregate the three have increased…

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Slovenians unwilling to pay more for faster internet

Slovenia’s Agency for Communications Networks and Services (Akos) has published a report on the broadband market that shows users are not prepared to pay more for faster connections. According to the regulator, the number of end users who choose higher speeds of internet access is growing, but connections with speeds of 30 Mbps and above only represent 24 percent of…

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Disruptive technology is positive for telcos but sector is struggling to adapt

Telcos are enthusiastic about emerging disruptive technologies, but many lack a clear strategy and mission for managing disruption, according to new research. 58 percent of telcos that have adopted new technologies report a positive impact on their business models and operations But, only 11 percent feel strongly that their organisation has a clear strategy for innovation 54 percent of decision…

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The Global Workforce Is Increasingly Mobile

Some 64% of Job Seekers Worldwide Are Interested in Working Abroad, While 76% Are Interested in Working as Freelancers, Says a New Report from The Boston Consulting Group and Recruit Works Institute A survey of job seekers around the world who found new work in 2015 reveals that 64% were interested in working abroad, while 7% had already moved to…

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IDC Predicts Lively IT Spending Growth in Central and Eastern Europe, Driven by Government and Finance Verticals

According to International Data Corporation (IDC), overall IT market spending is forecast to grow in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), with the government and finance sectors showing the greatest year-on-year spending increase. IDC forecasts that IT spending (hardware, software, and services combined) in the CEE region will reach $62.58 billion in 2017. By 2020, it is expected to exceed $70.58 billion….

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Viber launches self-destructing secret messages, instant video messages, rich notifications & more

Viber, the messaging service similar to Messenger and WhatsApp, has introduced a new ‘secret messages’ service that enables users to send self-destructing videos and photos. Once the message expires, it’ll disappear from the conversation, having no part in the permanent chat log stored in the user’s history. Those on the receiving end of a secret message can only view the…

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Vodafone Spain to charge EUR 2.50 to speak to agents

Vodafone Spain is to start charging customers a set fee of EUR 2.50 for requesting basic services from call centre agents rather than via the company’s Mi Vodafone app, reports website Xataka Movil. Customers who call agents via the number 22123 to request services such as PIN and PUK consultation, duplicate invoices, contract length or changes to their billing address…

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