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SpaceX: turbulent week for Elon Musk

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September 01 2016 saw SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corporation) hit the headlines after the explosion of one of its Falcon-9 rockets on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral. The incident, which occurred during a test launch, destroyed the rocket and its cargo – a $200m satellite. The explosion was the latest bad news in a turbulent week for CEO Elon Musk. Shares in Tesla Motors – where Musk is CEO and largest shareholder – dropped 5.3% after it announced it would need to raise additional capital before the end of… Read more

Cisco poised to capitalize on movement to smart cities

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The nascent smart city industry is a potential goldmine for a whole host of players – utility companies, data analytics providers and, perhaps most importantly, providers of communications infrastructure and networks. One company, Cisco, is poised to greatly capitalize on then burgeoning industry as the world moves towards a smart, connected and data driven existence through the Internet of Things (IoT) or, as the company prefers, the “Internet of Everything” (IoE). It is worth noting that there is no hard definition of what constitutes a smart city, but a distinction… Read more

giffgaff: Replacing traditional telecoms business model with co-created products and services approach

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Despite declining revenues and increasing saturation of the overall UK telecoms market, mobile retail operations revenue increased in 2012, according to the independent regulator and competition authority – Ofcom. Although the rate of growth of the number of mobile subscribers decelerated significantly, there are still business opportunities to take advantage of, especially for mobile virtual network operators, who incur much lower costs and enjoy higher profit margins than traditional operators. giffgaff is a Telefonica-owned, SIM-only, pay-as-you-go mobile virtual network operator active in the UK. The company rents its mobile network… Read more

Are smart watches a smart move for Samsung and Sony?

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Now that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Samsung) has officially unveiled its Galaxy Gear smart watch at IFA 2013, and with new offerings from other major manufacturers, such as Sony Corporation (Sony), also set to hit shelves within the next couple of months, it appears that wearable technology is about to step into the limelight. Whether the smart watch will enable such tech players to genuinely diversify their product offering, however, remains to be seen. Crucially, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear is only compatible with its own-branded line of smartphones and tablets, and… Read more

Nokia sold to Microsoft: admission of defeat against Samsung and Apple in the Smartphone race, and Microsoft makes a precarious gambit

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Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has agreed to sell its mobile handset arm to Microsoft in a deal worth EUR 5.4bn ($7bn). The deal represents the final hurrah of both the diminished Nokia, crestfallen by the advance of Apple and Samsung in the smartphone market, and current Windows CEO Steve Ballmer, due to step down in 2014. Over 32,000 staff will transfer from Nokia to Microsoft, with the deal expected to be completed in 2014. For Microsoft, their monopolistic control over the PC market has been compromised by the advent… Read more

Blackberry announces formation of Special Committee to explore strategic alternatives

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BlackBerry Limited, formerly Research In Motion (RIM) is a global mobile communications company. BlackBerry’s worldwide smartphone market share has been in decline since early 2009 according to research by International Data Corporation (IDC). The company, which was worth around $84bn in 2008, is worth less than $5bn now. The latest figures by IDC, which looked at the shipments of smartphone operating systems (OS) in the second quarter of 2013, found BlackBerry’s sales were still losing ground. Android and Windows Phone OS grew by 73.5% and 77.6%, respectively, compared to the… Read more

EE launched 4G in the UK

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At the end of October 2012, EE launched its 4G services in the UK, kicking off the technology’s implementation in the UK, the fourth largest mobile broadband industry in the world. Since then, the company has expanded its coverage to over 50 cities nationwide. This blog will evaluate the case for 4G services in the UK, how effective EE’s rollout of the service has been, and future challenges posed by the company’s rivals. There are two main variations of current technology that can be classed as 4G: Long Term Evolution… Read more

What does the Ofcom 4G Auction Mean for UK Consumers?

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Ofcom today revealed the results of the UK 4G mobile auction, announcing which providers have won access to the required mobile spectrum bands. The result of the auction is that operators Everything Everywhere Ltd (EE), Hutchison 3G UK Ltd (3), Niche Spectrum Ventures Ltd (a subsidiary of BT Group plc), Telefónica UK Ltd (O2) and Vodafone Ltd have all won blocks of the spectrum on offer, with Vodafone bidding the most to win five blocks of spectrum. Notably, this announcement comes six months after Ofcom gave EE, formerly known as… Read more