Telecom Industry News

  • Like Beanie Babies and Steve Urkel, the systems we use to transmit information through water bring to mind the 1990s. The flashback is due to the speed of today’s underwater communication networks, which is comparable to the sluggish dial-up modems from America Online’s heyday. The shortcoming hampers search-and-rescue operations, tsunami detection and other work. But that is changing due in part to University at Buffalo …

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  • As the slowdown in purchases of personal technology continues, a recent Gartner survey found that 17 percent of consumer respondents in mature markets intend to buy a tablet in the next 12 months. This will force strategic leaders to reassess market opportunities in this category, as basic and utility ultramobile upgrade rates could fall by 10 percent through 2016. The survey, which was conducted in …

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  • Stanford University scientists have invented the first high performance aluminum battery that’s fast charging, long lasting and inexpensive. Researchers say the new technology offers a safe alternative to many commercial batteries in wide use today. “We have developed a rechargeable aluminum battery that may replace existing storage devices, such as alkaline batteries, which are bad for the environment, and lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into …

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  • Smaller struggling telecoms firms could get a cash injection after the Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman set up a USD16 billion investment fund. Working with others, he has set up the fund, LetterOne Technology (L1Technology) to buy telecom companies that require a fresh infusion of capital or technology. The new investment company, L1Technology will also act as a holding company for the 48 percent that Fridman …

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  • The Western European mobile phone market failed to grow in 2014 for the second consecutive year, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). Total shipments declined 5.2% year on year to 174.1 million units, according to IDC’s European Mobile Phone Tracker, published in February 2015. The feature phone segment continues in free fall, with shipments down 39% year-on-year to 28.4 million units and a total value …

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