Proximus, the largest mobile operator in Belgium, Monday announced that it is expanding its mobile plans with the launch of 'Epic', a new zero-rated offer made specially for the millennials.
Proximus has two plans as part of the offer - Epic Stories which is priced at $€19,99/month and Epic Beats for $€24.99/month. For the next six months, both subscriptions are available for €19.99/month as a launch offer.
Epic Stories allows unlimited data usage for social media apps such as Facebook, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. In addition to the unlimited use of social networks as in Epic Stories, Epic Beats includes listening to unlimited music streaming via Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play Music, SoundCloud and Spotify.
Both plans also include 60 minutes of calls, unlimited SMS and 3Gb of data for all the remaining apps such as email and web browsing. Fair usage applies for both plans where if the usage goes beyond 20 Gb/monthly, the speed will be reduced to 512 kbps.
O2 UK recently announced a brand new partnership with Netflix which enables the Operator to offer its new and upgrading customers free Netflix streaming service.
The video streaming service will be integrated into O2 plans and will be free for up to 12 months. This is the first global launch of the free streaming service on a mobile plan after O2's parent company Telefónica signed a global agreement with Netflix in May.
In addition to Netflix free streaming, O2 are offering a bonus double of data on a number of contracts to enable customers to access on their mobile devices the wide range of content offered on the most popular video streaming service.
According to O2, their existing customers who are already subscribed to Netflix will have their Netflix accounts credited with the subscription charges so they too benefit from the O2-Netflix tie-up.
In addition to this announcement, O2 also unveiled a new feature on its O2 Refresh. The feature enables customers to move to a higher or lower tariff in their family of tariffs once every billing month, depending on how much data the subscribers anticipate using, giving them the flexibility and control over their bills.
Singapore's M1 and Nokia announced plans to run Nokia’s first 5G small cell trial in Southeast Asia in the fourth quarter of 2018.
The two companies will also showcase demand-driven 5G use cases in selected vertical industries which require dedicated small cell capacity and very low latency IoT connectivity.
The findings from this live trial will provide valuable practical learnings for the commercial deployment of 5G small cells in a dense cell grid architecture and operating at very high 5G frequency bands, says M1.
In 2017, M1 together with Nokia, deployed Southeast Asia’s first nationwide commercial NB-IoT network Today, M1 and its partners have available solutions such as smart energy management for buildings, environmental monitoring, asset tracking and fleet management which are well supported by the NB-IoT network.
M1 and Nokia plan to evaluate and showcase new IoT use cases that require a highly responsive 5G small cell network as soon as the latest 3GPP standards are finalised over the next two years.
With the adoption of new technologies such as SDN, intense competition and price erosion, the Australian data and IP market revenue is forecast to decline at a CAGR of 1.3% over the period 2017-2022, according to data and analytics company GlobalData.
While the adoption of services such as cloud, big data and video conferencing is driving the demand for more connections and bandwidth, enterprises are not allocating more budgets. Against this back drop, telcos need to get serious with managed SD-WAN, suggests the company.
Siow Meng Soh, Asia Technology Market Analyst at GlobalData, says: “In terms of competition, besides tier-2 players such as Vocus and TPG, there are players such as Megaport and SuperLoop which are entering the market and leveraging SDN-based technologies for market disruption.
“In terms of technologies, we expect SD-WAN to start having an impact on the market. While we do not suggest that vast swaths of enterprise customers are already moving network estate away from multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) and Ethernet, the demand is undeniable and SD-WAN is happening now. This is consistent with the CIOs/IT managers in Australia that GlobalData interviewed on a regular basis. Most of them had already evaluated SD-WAN and some had already started to deploy the technology. In addition, the company’s survey results show that among the various enterprise network and communications, budget allocation upside is mainly in SD-WAN and network services.
Soh adds: “Besides potential cost-savings, SD-WAN offers enterprise a much greater level of control over their networks and therefore, most of the early adopters are self-managing the solution. At the moment, the SD-WAN vendors account for a large percentage of the initial uptake. Vendors such as VeloCloud (now owned by VMware), Aryaka and Silver Peak have made a big entrance into the market.”
However, enterprises with existing MPLS/Ethernet networks are increasingly looking to develop a hybrid network leveraging SD-WAN. This trend is expected to accelerate as telecom providers and managed service providers are now actively partnering with SD-WAN vendors to tackle this segment.
Soh concludes: “While SD-WAN adoption will limit the growth of traditional data and IP services in Australia, we do expect growing opportunities in the managed network services space to offset the decline in carriage revenues. Telecom providers that do not have SD-WAN in their portfolio need to act fast.”
LG U+, a leading mobile operator in South Korea has signed a major contract with Comarch in a bid to completely revamp its OSS stack in preparation for the upcoming 5G rollout.
The upcoming implementation will allow LG U+ to migrate from its old in-house solution to a modern and comprehensive telco ecosystem, says Comarch. This will upgrade the Operator's network resource and service management, covering Operations Support & Readiness, Fulfilment and Assurance domains
Comarch will oversee the implementation of a complete stack of solutions consolidating the existing tools landscape into one unified, scalable platform in the areas of mobile and fixed networks. The Comarch system will also serve 3G, 4G and fixed network domains.
The solution delivered by Comarch will help LG U+ break IT architecture silos, prepare for efficient fulfilment of modern, 5G-based services, increase network management effectiveness and cut its costs through automation. It will also provide the tools to create logical connectivity layers in a unified format, support network virtualization, and handle the monitoring of network, service and customer layers. Comarch OSS will also empower LG U+ Intelligent Assurance & Analytics including an embedded machine learning engine.
AT&T has entered into an agreement to acquire AppNexus, a technology company that operates a leading global advertising marketplace.
AT&T did not disclose value of the deal. The Wall Street Journal reported last week the company was in talks to buy AppNexus for about $1.6 billion.
AppNexus will become a part of AT&T advertising & analytics, led by Brian Lesser, CEO.
With its proposed acquisition of AppNexus, AT&T is investing to accelerate the growth of its advertising platform and strengthen its leadership in advanced TV advertising. AppNexus has an experienced management team and employee base that includes more than 400 software engineers and product managers. This team brings leadership and vertical expertise in machine learning and predictive analytics, advertising technology and video.
AT&T said it will continue to invest in and build on AppNexus’ foundational technology as it integrates with AT&T’s first-party data, premium video content and distribution. AT&T has more than 170 million direct to consumer relationships across its wireless, video and broadband businesses.
AppNexus also extends AT&T advertising and analytics’ footprint globally, expanding into Asia-Pacific, Australia, Europe, and Latin America.
As the AppNexus platform is integrated across AT&T advertising & analytics, it will continue to build and bring new capabilities to market that will improve the value of AT&T’s robust ad-supported premium video content portfolio including Turner Networks, Audience Network, and Otter Media.
Avianca, a leading airline in Latin America, and the second oldest in the world, has chosen Telefónica Business Solutions as its technological partner to accelerate the digital transformation of its operations in 27 countries.
The five-year agreement includes the provision of five categories of global services - infrastructure support (LAN/WLAN/Cabling centre/Power/UPS) and transformation to Unified Communications(UC), complemented with digital Security and SDN solutions.
Avianca is working on a digital transformation process that aims to transform the company into the number one Latin American airline for travellers from around the world by 2020. To achieve this, it proceeded to look for the most appropriate partner to undertake this transformation, thus choosing Telefónica to organize its entire IT and communications area, and to lead the strategic projects aimed at the company’s digital transformation.
Avianca and Telefónica now work together in the analysis of requirements and to find the most adequate solution to their needs to fulfil this vision.
Newly released findings from Allot's Telco Security Trends Report reveal that cryptomining malware is the leading security threat to mobile and IoT devices during the period from November 2017 to February 2018.
The report is based on anonymous data gathered from four CSPs across Europe and Israel, who between them, protect seven million customers. It found that, nearly two billion mobile security threats were blocked during the period – an average of two each day per mobile device.
Of those security protections:
- Almost one billion were triggered by cryptomining malware
- Over one hundred million threats were triggered by adware only
- Forty thousand threats were triggered by direct attacks in the form of ransomware and banking trojans
As part of this study, Allot set up honeypots simulating consumer IoT devices and exposed them to the Internet. Results showed immediate successful attacks, peaking at a rate of over one thousand per hour, with findings revealing that a device can get infected within 42.5 seconds of being connected to the Internet. There was also an increase of unique IP addresses attacking the honeypots over time, from 44 per day to a peak of 155 per day in less than a month of exposure.
Connected devices are forecast to grow to almost 31 billion worldwide by 2020. To help combat rising threats across this expanding mobile and IoT attack surface, the report found that CSPs are best positioned to deliver a unified, multilayer security service delivered at the network level to the mass market.
By merging value-add network-based security with built-in customer engagement capabilities, CSPs can simultaneously achieve rapid customer acquisition and high adoption rates of 40 percent, while generating incremental revenue, said Allot.
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