Orange's network investments help ward off low-cost rivals in France

Financers bet on recovery from French price war touched off by low-cost player Iliad

Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - Telecoms operator Orange's investment in faster fiber and mobile broadband networks in its French home market has started to pay off, as its high-end focus insulates it from cut- price fixed plans offered by rival Bouygues.

As France's largest carrier reported second-quarter results in line with forecasts on Tuesday, it said that some 60 percent of new mobile customers were signing up for high-end plans that include 4G and that 50,000 new customers had signed up to its fiber broadband offers, taking the total to 415,000.

U.S. cellphone users frequent victims of 'cramming': Senate study

Charges often originate from companies that provide celebrity gossip, ring tones or similar services

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. mobile phone users have likely paid hundreds of millions of dollars in unauthorized charges "crammed" onto their bills, according to a report released by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday to coincide with a hearing on the topic.

"Scammers figured out a way to beat the system," Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, said at the hearing. "They have been absolutely relentless in doing so."

The cramming often originates with small companies that provide celebrity gossip, ring tones or similar services.

Vodafone revenue dragged lower by Spain and South Africa

Operator hoping for a broader improvement in the second half of its financial year

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Vodafone reported another big quarterly drop in its main revenue measure, as weakness in South Africa and Spain offset stabilization elsewhere in Europe, and said a broader improvement is not expected until later in the year.

The world's second-biggest mobile operator is ramping up spending on new, faster 4G networks to satisfy customers' growing appetite for data.

Verizon to slow down speeds for some unlimited data subscribers

Customers on the company's tiered data plans will not be affected

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communication Inc's high speed wireless customers who subscribe to the company's legacy unlimited data plans might experience slower speeds starting Oct. 1, the company said on Friday.

The announcement comes as wireless carriers attempt to shift data-hungry subscribers onto tiered plans, which charge customers for individual data packages.

Verizon will slow services for the top 5 percent of data users who are on unlimited plans in places where the network is experiencing high demand, the company announced on its website.

Smartphone suit against Google plays into rivals' hands

Google argued last week the proposed class action should be dismissed

Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. consumer lawsuit accusing Google of monopolizing prime real estate on Android smartphones will help mobile rivals like Microsoft make their antitrust case with European regulators should damaging secrets emerge in court.

The suit, filed in California federal court in May by two smartphone consumers, said Google requires handset manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd <005930.KS> to restrict competing apps like Microsoft's Bing search on Android phones, partly by making Google's own apps the default.

Ericsson's networks unit recovers, shares rally

In China, Ericsson is selling equipment for a massive rollout of fourth-generation mobile networks

Reuters

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A recovery in Ericsson's <ERICb.ST> network equipment business pointed to strong results for the rest of the year, propelling its shares toward their biggest daily gain in more than three years.

In China, Ericsson is selling equipment for a massive rollout of fourth-generation mobile networks. In developed markets, it is benefiting from capacity upgrades as network operators cope with a surge in mobile data traffic.

Ericsson expects recent contract wins to boost revenue during the second half of the year.

Google seen best placed for growth as it transitions to mobile

Google's capital investment budget has topped $17 billion over the past five years

Reuters

(Reuters) - Google Inc <GOOGL.O> <GOOG.O> is the best placed of any company to benefit from the shift to mobile, increased local advertising and wearables, analysts said after the search giant posted its 18th straight quarter of 20 percent-plus revenue growth.

At least eight brokerages raised their price targets on the stock on Friday by as much as $75, to a high of $745.

Google shares were up 2 percent at $593.37 in early trading on the Nasdaq.

CIO Event UK

Date
Start Date: 
Thursday, October 9, 2014
End Date: 
Friday, October 10, 2014

England:

We constantly hear industry commentators talk about the engine of IT change – this year it’s cloud computing, social business, mobile computing and, big data or analytics. We also hear talk about how customers’ expectations are changing and how businesses need to deliver better joined-up, high-quality customer experiences. 

DataCloud Central & Eastern Europe 2014

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
End Date: 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Germany:

Datacenter and Cloud Transformation for Digital Enterprises
A new conference for IT Infrastructure executives in CEE markets

Enterprises and third party operators across central and eastern European markets are transforming to cloud datacenters, fast becoming the indispensable infrastructure for computing, storage and management of big data. Enterprises require simple and scalable ways to create interoperability among many siloed data and endpoints, which offer highly available, multi-tenant and elastic integration cloud to support high density computing.

The Battle Over Connected Cars Gears Up

Apple and Google face off in new territory, looking to claim ground once held by Microsoft

Apple and Google have made names for themselves as technology innovators and as the companies shaping the direction of their industry. Both companies recently released high-profile connected car products – CarPlay and Open Auto Alliance, respectively – that allow users to bring the comforts of their mobile devices to their vehicles. It would seem that both companies are focused on new opportunities to extend their market dominance.

The catch? Microsoft announced its first connected car partnership, with Ford, all the way back in 2007.

A shifting industry

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