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Integrated telcos or not?

China is finalizing its telecom restructuring, and it is an opportunity to think at the telecom evolution and the future. What is outlined from the Chinese plan, and confirmed by various recent operator moves is the consolidation of different telecom...

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Mobile Open Source

Open source was one of the main topic in Barcelona MWC. Very fierce competition for market domination, but it is not easy. Too many players and too many offers resulting in a high market fragmentation. There are the heavyweights such as Symbian and Windows...

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Unlimited plans

It the new fashion in the telecom market. Of course, it is not new, but the size, coverage and weight of players of new propositions are appealing. In short, main US mobile operators have launched or announced plans with flat-rate pricing. For $100 per...

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Cellphone Cancer : Alert

Once more the subject is back. Pros and Cons alternatively claim they can demonstrate that cellphone impacts (or not) our brain or another part of ourself. Who can say the truth? How to be sure there is no lobbying hidden behind? The latest is from Israel,...

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LTE strategies

MWC 2008 was also the fashionable place to announce strategic alliances. I always have some doubt on what they called “strategic alliances”. From past years we can learn they are inefficient, failed in most cases and introduce noise and confusion in the...

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Femtocell taking off?

Barcelona 2008 would be perhaps the taking off point for femtocells. It was one of the hottest topics in the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, and many operators and vendors took the opportunity to announce more than a superficial interest in the...

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Me too!

Samsung announced plans to launch an Internet-services strategy for its mobile phones. The strategy is simple (sell services that go along with their hardware) but not really new. It was implemented several times with success: by RIM with the BlackBerry,...

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ALU 4Q07 results

ALU reported 4Q07 operating profit of €303m (vs a loss of €3m) and up 20% on consensus, on revenues of €5.2bn, up 18%. Net earnings, however, was a loss of €2.6bn, and 2007 net loss amounted to €3.5bn, after it included a combined write-down for its CDMA...

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FT 2007 results

FT said its 2007 profit was up 52% to €6.3bn, on revenues of €53bn, up 2.4%. Personal Communications Services were particularly strong with 7.5% growth in 4Q07 and almost 110m customers. 3G customers were 13m, of which 7.4m in France. MVNO customer base...

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Cisco FY2Q08 results

Cisco unveiled its FY2Q08 results with net earnings of $2.1bn (+7%), on revenues up 16.5% to $9.8bn. They are in line with analysts expectations. But Cisco said growth is slowing with an estimation of 10% growth rate next month instead of previous 15...

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