Items filtered by date: June 2018

Chinese bicycle sharing startup Mobike is leveraging Fortumo’s Messaging Platform to authenticate users and share service-related messages through SMS in over 15 countries.

Mobike, the largest bike-sharing company in the world, can reach both locals and tourists using Fortumo’s platform as it supports mobile users of more than 350 telcos in 100+ countries.

Fortumo’s Messaging Platform gives merchants a direct line of communication through SMS with their customers for payment notifications and 2-factor user authentication (2FA). The company’s pay-as-you-go model combined with direct connections to mobile operators ensures merchants can reach their customers in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

In recent news from the transportation industry, Fortumo launched carrier billing for the mobile parking company EasyPark.

Andrea Boetti, VP of Global Business Development, Fortumo
People never leave their home without a smartphone which gives merchants the opportunity to use telco infrastructure for customer authentication, payments and communication.

Florian Bohnert, Head of Partnership, Mobike
Fortumo’s platform allows us to connect with our users in real-time via SMS with important information, such as account verification, and service information. Together with Fortumo we will be able to continually innovate further to meet the needs of our users.

Worldwide shipments of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets were down 30.5% year over year, totaling 1.2 million units in the first quarter of 2018 (1Q18), according to the latest report by IDC.

Much of the decline occurred due to the unbundling of screenless VR headsets during the quarter. For much of 2017, vendors bundled these headsets free with the purchase of a high-end smartphone, but that practice largely came to an end by the start of 2018. Despite a poor start to 2018, IDC anticipates the overall market will return to growth over the remainder of the year as more vendors target the commercial AR and VR markets and low-cost standalone VR headsets such as the Oculus Go make their way into stores. IDC forecasts the overall AR and VR headset market to grow to 8.9 million units in 2018, up 6% from the prior year. That growth will continue throughout the forecast period, reaching 65.9 million units by 2022.

"On the VR front, devices such as the Oculus Go seem promising not because Facebook has solved all the issues surrounding VR, but rather because they are helping to set customer expectations for VR headsets in the future," said Jitesh Ubrani senior research analyst for IDC Mobile Device Trackers. “Looking ahead, consumers can expect easier-to-use devices at lower price points. Combine that with a growing lineup of content from game makers, Hollywood studios, and even vocational training institutions, and we see a brighter future for the adoption of virtual reality."

When it comes to augmented reality headsets, many consumers have already had a taste of the technology through screenless viewers such as the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges product from Lenovo. IDC anticipates these types of headsets will lead the market in shipment volumes in the near term. However, non-smartphone-based AR headsets should begin to see greater market availability by 2019 as commercial uptake continues to rise and existing brands launch next-generation products. IDC predicts triple-digit growth in this space between 2019 and 2021.

"Momentum around augmented reality continues to grow as more companies enter the space and begin the work necessary to create the software and services that will drive AR hardware," said Tom Mainelli, program vice president, Devices and Augmented and Virtual Reality at IDC. "Industry watchers are eager to see new headsets ship from the likes of Magic Leap, Microsoft, and others. But for those devices to fulfill their promise we need developers creating the next-generation of applications that will drive new experiences on both the consumer and commercial sides of the market."

Comarch announced that it has completed the first phase of a project to implement the Comarch Fault Management system for Netia, one of the largest telecom operators in Poland.

The deployment of the system was carried out in the second half of 2017 and it enables Netia to detect and quickly resolve problems with a service or network.

The first phase of the implementation project involved installation of equipment at the site indicated by Netia, deployment of the operating system, databases and the Comarch Fault Management solution, as well as configuration and integration with the Netia Group’s network systems.

At this stage of the project, Comarch prepared a hardware platform needed to install the solution. The operating system and databases were also deployed. As a next step, the Fault Management system was implemented. After the system was started up, the proper integration began of the part of the network infrastructure identified by Netia as critical and requiring to be monitored once the services are launched.

Work is under way on the second phase of the project, involving integration of the remaining components of the network architecture, which are now packaged in bundles. This approach will expedite integration of business critical network monitoring systems.

Rawel Workiewicz, Integrated Assurance and Analytics Business Unit Director, Comarch
The major challenge with the project was its ambitious timeline – the existing fault management solution was to soon be turned off due to nearing expiry of the service contract with the partner maintaining the Netia Group’s network. By that time, the necessary integration work had to be completed for all business critical systems. 

Marcin Palkowski, Director of Technology and Network Management, Netia
Fast implementation of the systems critical to network monitoring was our priority, and Comarch managed to meet all expectations. 

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Etisalat, Monday announced that its roaming packages (both data and voice) will now include AeroMobile in-flight coverage at no extra charge for business users.

AeroMobile is a UK-based mobile service provider for the aviation industry that provides mobile network for airline passengers to roam in-flight. 

With the new in-flight roaming service, Etisalat customers can stay in touch with their business partners wherever they go, answer an important email, check social media, make and receive calls and more during flights.

UAE being an important commercial and transportation center, is a hub to some of the biggest airlines which originate multiple long-haul flights during which business users need to stay connected. With this newly enhanced feature, Etisalat users subscribed to business roaming packs are now able to stay online and talk at affordable rates in-flight on the AeroMobile network at no extra cost.

This means all packages shall remain the same; the only difference is the ability to use in-flight roaming to subscribers of any roaming pack. Currently, Etisalat roaming network covers almost 120 countries for preferred roaming. 

AeroMobile was the first to introduce in-flight connectivity in 2008, and currently has agreements with over 340 mobile phone operators across more than 145 countries, including full coverage in the UAE with Etisalat.

Salvador Anglada, Chief Business Officer, Etisalat
With the changing market dynamics and customer requirements, it is essential to launch services that address these demands and satisfy the needs of our subscribers, particularly business travellers. 

NEC announced that Algerian smartphone maker Bomare has adaopted NEC's facial recognition software in its new Android OS smartphone. 'Stream System' smartphones.

Launched last year, the FIDO (Fast Identity Online) standard compliant software enables user authentication by facial recognition without sending biometric data from smartphones online.

The software will be used to authenticate the identity of the phone's user in order to ensure authorized access to applications that include online payments and others.

NEC's NC7000-3A-FS infrastructure software enables FIDO-compliant utilization of user data, and is embedded with NEC's NeoFace facial recognition AI engine, which offers the world's most precise facial recognition.

By utilizing this software, it is possible to prevent identity theft resulting from password leakage and to reduce the amount of time and effort required to input login information, thereby simultaneously enhancing security and improving convenience for users, says NEC.

Tomoki Naka, Managing Director, NEC, Telecommunication and Information Technology
Going forward, the company will continue contributing to the creation of a safe and secure society through the provision of FIDO-compliant software to smartphone manufacturers, service providers and other customers in countries around the world.

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SK Telecom announced that the company has successfully demonstrated data transmission using SA (Standalone) 5G with Nokia, just five days after the new 5G NR standard was approved by the 3GPP.

The two have successfully carried out an end-to-end data transmission and Ultra-low latency data processing using solely the 3GPP-approved SA 5G standard at the Nokia Lab in Wroclaw, Poland. At the trial site, the two companies verified the feasibility of various applications based on SA 5G such as Virtual Reality(VR), Ultra-HD video, Autonomous driving and Smart Factory.

SA 5G relies solely on 5G for data transmission, without depending on 4G, whereas NSA (Non Standalone) 5G uses both the LTE and 5G networks. After the official announcement of SA 5G as the new 5G standard, the two companies swiftly came up with test products aligned with the SA specifications for their base stations.

SK Telecom said it has been developing 5G technologies based on both NSA and SA standards.

Park Jin-hyo, EVP of ICT R&D Center, SK Telecom
SK Telecom will speed up our comprehensive efforts towards 5G commercialization, such as the release of 5G mobile phones and network deployment.

Marc Rouanne, President of Mobile Networks, Nokia
We’re pleased to collaborate with SK Telecom to showcase the best-in-class performance. The successful trial has demonstrated our end-to-end capabilities, marking a major milestone towards 5G commercialization. 

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Telenor Group today announced management changes in Asia, in addition to changes in the Group staff functions.

The Operator has appointed Alexandra Reich as new CEO for dtac, replacing Lars Åke Norling who has already accepted a position outside Telenor Group.

Reich joined Telenor Group in November 2016, and currently serves as CEO of Telenor Hungary and Head of Telenor Group’s Central Eastern Europe cluster. She will take the helm of dtac prior to the end of the current CEO’s tenure.

Sharad Mehrotra has been appointed CEO of Telenor Myanmar. Mehrotra joined Telenor in 2008 and has served in senior management positions in India and Myanmar, most recently as CEO of Telenor India. Mehrotra replaces Lars Erik Tellman, who has been appointed to a senior position in Telenor’s Emerging Asia cluster supporting management, partnerships and business development of the cluster. The change is effective 1 August 2018.

Albern Murty, the CEO of Digi in Malaysia, will join Telenor Group’s Executive Management team as responsible for the Developed Asia cluster. Murty will retain his CEO position in Digi and oversee Telenor’s operations in Thailand and Malaysia, effective 1 August 2018.

Sigve Brekke, President & CEO, Telenor Group Being able to utilise expertise and hands-on experience across markets is among the great advantages of having strong positions in both Scandinavia and Asia. We rely on managers and experts who dare to step out of their comfort zone and take on challenges where they can learn and develop.

KDDI announces its investment in IoT device management platform startup through KDDI Open Innovation Fund 3.

Launched in April, KDDI Open Innovation Fund 3 will invest in venture companies that hold promise for generating synergy with KDDI group companies in the coming 5G era.

Seattle-based brings compatibility with a wide range of IoT devices to the Linux-based development tools for which so many software developers have an affinity. While broadening the scope of work for IoT service developers, this will provide an automatically expandable platform for secure IoT device management.

The project will include creation of end-to-end IoT business through the KDDI group company, SORACOM. Through the strategic business partnership with, SORACOM will work on IoT terminal devices in efforts to build a comprehensive IoT platform that covers the full range from devices to telecommunications to cloud computing.


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