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BT and PwC set new standard for international accounting incompetence

BT and PwC set new standard for international accounting incompetence

Written by on January 31, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

You would be forgiven for missing one of the biggest and most disturbing industry headlines in years because it came and went last week, completely over-shadowed by Mr Trump’s goings-on. I refer to the monumental goings-on at BT Italia that was found to have been overstating profits for several years. BT first became aware of […]

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Why cash is not good for the less well off, take India for example

Why cash is not good for the less well off, take India for example

Written by on January 31, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Down at the PayExpo Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in Dubai this year, I saw an excellent presentation from Uber India. One of the most interesting things I learned was that because most Indian Uber rides are paid for in cash, the Modi government’s radical experiment in currency reform hit them hard. As cash vanished […]

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Invent a data privacy bot and win € 10,000 – no, seriously

Invent a data privacy bot and win € 10,000 – no, seriously

Written by on January 30, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The race is on to invent a data privacy bot. Literally. Deutsche Telekom has launched a competition, open to all, to invent, and then bring to market with their help a bot that manages users’ online privacy requirements. The winner, selected by data privacy and innovation experts from Deutsche Telekom and members of the company’s data […]

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New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, and his regulatory philosophy

New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, and his regulatory philosophy

Written by on January 30, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

On 24 January 24, President Trump made it official – Ajit Pai is the new FCC Chief. Ajit Pai was widely expected to be appointed chairman on at least an interim basis, but Politico says Trump is appointing him as a long-term chair. That would mean Ajit Pai could lead the commission throughout Trump’s four-year […]

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Is there about to be a backlash against social media?

Is there about to be a backlash against social media?

Written by on January 27, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

That sloshing sound you hear during the first half of January is the sound of hot and cold running predictions. These tend to form a sludge that can take up most of your inbox. Some predictions are actually quite good, some are pedestrian, some are little more than clickbait, for instance an email about an infographic, […]

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The Apple Qualcomm lawsuit and the road map for 5G licensing

The Apple Qualcomm lawsuit and the road map for 5G licensing

Written by on January 27, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

In most ways, the patent lawsuits are continuations of old arguments about handset royalties, but they will spark a wider debate about 5G licensing. Will the Apple lawsuit against Qualcomm really signal the end of the intellectual property norms which have, by and large, governed the cellular industry since the dawn of GSM? Qualcomm epitomizes […]

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For MVNOs, the future’s bright – the future’s virtual

For MVNOs, the future’s bright – the future’s virtual

Written by on January 26, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

For many among UK telecoms’ longer-serving pros, ‘the future’s bright’ is a slogan that will recall the mobile industry’s halcyon early ‘90s when an upstart operator called Orange came over the horizon with a whole new look, and a proposition that drove a wedge between BT and Vodafone’s then-comfortable duopoly and went on to swallow […]

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The network edge is no longer predictable, more a moving target

The network edge is no longer predictable, more a moving target

Written by on January 26, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The network edge used to be fixed and predictable in terms of location and capacity needs. But these days it is neither – the edge has become a moving target, which is creating challenges for cloud players and data center operators trying to provide the capacity necessary to support edge customers. That was the overall theme […]

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How kids go online will dictate the direction for device manufacturers

How kids go online will dictate the direction for device manufacturers

Written by on January 25, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Recent surveys into how kids go online and how frequently, produce one result that is common. Whether they live in Poland, the UK or India, they use their smartphone more than other devices. To an astonishing degree. Smartphone penetration in the UK among 5-16 year olds now stands at 39%, up from 35% last year, and […]

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Data breach numbers in the US hit an all time high last year

Data breach numbers in the US hit an all time high last year

Written by on January 25, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The number of U.S. data breach incidents tracked in 2016 hit an all-time high of 1,093, according to a new report released today by the ITRC & CyberScout. Data breach headline-grabbing attacks, with victims ranging from Wendy’s Co. to the Democratic National Committee, are increasing despite regulatory scrutiny and more aggressive cyber-security spending. Worldwide spending on […]

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