Last year's revelations over the U.S. tapping of phone and internet data gave telecoms firms pause for thought over whether they should sell their "big data" for gain, but the commercial potential could prove irresistible.
Although figures are scarce, analysts think selling data on mobile users' locations, movements, and web browsing habits may grow into a multi billion-dollar market for the business.
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Dutch telecoms operator Tele2 Netherlands says it has signed an agreement with energy services provider Feenstra that includes the provision of remote-monitoring services for security and alarm systems.
Among other things, Feenstra (Lelystad, Netherlands) installs gas-powered boilers in customer homes and the Tele2 service will ensure these systems can be read remotely by Feenstra employees.
Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica is extending its M2M partnership program into Europe as it looks to stamp its authority on the burgeoning Internet of Things market.
The program has already been launched in the US and Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) said it would be introduced to other markets following the European rollout.
Telefonica aims to attract new M2M partners from among device manufacturers, systems integrators and distributors, believing it can extend the reach of its offering through a partnership approach.
Aeris Communications maintained its M2M momentum with the launch of a new global service platform (GSP) aimed at helping mobile network operators to address the M2M opportunity.
The company is offering its GSP as a standalone service or part of a package and says it will allow operators to deploy M2M services without incurring the expense of developing purpose-built systems.
Italian phone incumbent Telecom Italia has denied it is involved in talks to merge Brazilian subsidiary TIM Brasil with Vivendi-owned GVT, according to a report from Reuters.
The news comes after Brazilian daily O Estado de S. Paolo is said to have reported that Telecom Italia (Milan, Italy) recently met with Vivendi (Paris, France) managers to hold preliminary talks about a merger of the two businesses.
“(There are) no ongoing talks over a possible GVT [Curitiba, Brazil] deal,” a Telecom Italia spokesman is quoted as saying by Reuters.
Half the population of Africa will be covered with 4G networks by the end of 2018, according to a new study from ABI Research, as the number of base stations deployed across the continent increases at a compound annual growth rate of 40% over the next five years.
Even so, LTE network population coverage will be far from homogenous across the region, says ABI Research.
Deutsche Telekom has bought the remaining parts of its T-Mobile Czech Republic division for about 800 million euros ($1.09 billion) to take full control of the unit, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Sunday.
Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) is acquiring the 40-percent stake in T-Mobile Czech Republic (Prague, Czech Republic) from investors Mid Europa Partners (MEP) and Al Ain, the source said on condition that he not be identified because the matter is confidential, confirming a report in Germany's Manager Magazin Online.
Deutsche Telekom declined to comment.
Britain's Vodafone said it was finally seeing early signs of a turnaround due to a growing number of customers and the take-up of more expensive 4G services, following yet another torrid quarter hit by fierce competition in Europe.
The world's second-largest mobile operator has reported record falls in underlying revenue in the last 18 months, due also to regulator-imposed price cuts and European consumers reducing the number of calls they made during the recession.
Iraq plans to auction third-generation (3G) telecommunications licenses for a minimum of $307 million each, sources familiar with the matter said, a move that could allow new entrants into the sector but slow the rollout of mobile Internet services.
The country did not have a mobile phone industry under Saddam Hussein but the sector expanded rapidly after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion which toppled the dictator.