Adsic and du ink signed an agreement on smart apps

UAE-based telecom provider du has signed a cooperation agreement with the Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (Adsic) on smart city and smart apps.
The announcement comes in line with both parties’ continued efforts and enthusiasm to contribute in providing best services and solutions in each of these fields.

In the field of smart city and smart services, du and Adsic are currently in discussions regarding the various areas they will cooperate in.


Global Devices Shipments

Global Devices Shipments to Grow 2.8 Percent in 2015

Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are estimated to reach 2.5 billion units in 2015, an increase of 2.8 percent over 2014 according to Gartner. In spending terms, the global computing devices market (PCs and ultramobiles) is on pace to reach $226 billion, a 7.2 percent decline in current U.S. dollars.

Stripping out the impact of exchange-rate movements (constant U.S. dollars), the global computing devices spending will decrease 3.1 percent in 2015. The global PC market is on pace to total 306 million units in 2015, a 2.4 percent decrease over 2014.

“The fall in PC purchases is primarily due to expected price increases by vendors in Europe and other regions, which is forced by local currency depreciation against the dollar. The currency squeeze is forcing PC vendors to increase their prices in order to remain profitable and, as result, it is suppressing purchases. We expect businesses will delay purchases of new PCs, and consumers will delay or ‘de-feature’ their purchases. However, this reduction in purchasing is not a downturn, it is a reshaping of the market driven by currency.”

Said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner.

The mobile phone market, the largest and most profitable segment of the global device market, is expected to total 1.9 billion units and grow 3.5 percent in 2015. The presence of cheaper smartphones will continue to appeal to consumers, and counter the need to increase prices. Mobile phone pricing has been increasing over the last few years driven by a rising premium-phone average selling price, but now will remain flat or slightly down as the smartphone market reaches saturation over the next few years.

“Consumers will continue to prioritize spending on phones over PCs and tablets in 2015.”

Said Roberta Cozza, research director at Gartner.

Worldwide ultramobile shipments, which include tablets and clamshells, are on pace to total 237 million units in 2015, a 4.3 percent increase over 2014.

“Following rapid growth, the current mature consumer installed base for tablets is comparable to that of notebooks. Not only is the tablet segment nearing saturation in mature markets, but the influx of hybrids and phablets will compete directly with tablets in emerging markets.”

Said Ms. Cozza.

Gartner analysts expect that an increasing percentage of users of high-end Android devices will move to iOS:

“Android vendors at the high end are finding it hard to differentiate and add value beyond technology and features,” said Ms. Cozza. “Furthermore, Apple’s brand clout and ecosystem – alongside the new large-screen iPhone models – are strong alternatives.”

Ms. Cozza also added:

“We also estimate that, despite Apple’s premium price tags, the iOS base replacement cycle that started in the fourth quarter of 2014 with the larger iPhones will carry on into 2015,” 

Megafon Tajikistan Introduces New Branded Modem

Mobile operator Megafon Tajikistan has introduced a new 3G-modem, with speeds of up to 42 Mbps. Customers buying the device have also been offered a package including a Sim connected to the Megafon Modem tariff and the Online 10 Modem option. The package costs TJS 150 and contains 5 GB per month for use during the day, and another similar priced bundle of 5 GB for night use. The modem is attached to the network of the operator.

Huawei Shows Off LTE Technology at Kenyan Roadshow

Huawei says that it is preparing to deploy an LTE network in Kenya for a so far unnamed mobile network operator. Huawei showed off the technology at a road show, where it offered clients an opportunity to test the LTE based service ahead of the network rollout.

“We believe we are playing an important role in bridging the digital divide in Kenya, creating opportunities through education, and contributing to the growth of Kenya’s ICT market through various social responsibility programmes that we have put in place.”

Explained Dean Yu, Huawei Kenya country director.

The commercial launch is expected towards the end of this year.

Although the company did not name the customer, it is a known supplier to Safaricom, who have also been itching to deploy a 4G network.

Bouygues Telecom launches LTE-A in six cities

Bouygues Telecom has announced the successful deployment of Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) technology in the cities of Lyon, Bordeaux, Grenoble, Vanves, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Malakoff and Rosny-sous-Bois. Going forward, improved connectivity will be extended to 16 of France’s biggest cities later in the year. The operator claims to be the first wireless operator in France to offer the service, which will deliver theoretical download speeds of up to 220Mbps – four times faster than LTE – at no extra cost. From 1 July business subscribers can purchase a Huawei 4G+ box, which is the telco’s first LTE-A-enabled device. Residential users, meanwhile, can access the network using the Bbox Nomad 4+ device from the same date. Bouygues’ first 4G+ compatible smartphones will be made available in September, it notes.

In addition, Bouygues Telecom notes that it has expanded the 1800MHz frequency block used by its 4G sites by 5MHz, giving it to a total of 15MHz; the upgrade will see subscribers benefit from greater flow and network fluidity in more than 1,600 municipalities.

Warid Needs To Amend License to Offer 4G – PTA

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has said that it has received a letter from Warid Telecom explaining their desire to launch 4G/ LTE services on their existing cellular mobile license issued to them in 2004. A Spokesperson of PTA has said that PTA is reviewing the request of Warid on the basis of relevant license clauses, and current regulatory framework.  

The Spokesperson further said that the existing license of Warid is technology-neutral but it does not provide any Quality of Service (QoS) parameters and service Key Performance Indicator (KPIs) for the 4G / LTE services. Hence, Warid will have to comply with the QoS parameters and KPIs laid down by PTA for the 4G / LTE services. Offer of 4G/LTE services by Warid will have to go through a process as per their license as well as requirements of assuring proper coverage, quality of service, enhanced monitoring requirements etc. This may also require changes to Warid’s existing Cellular Mobile Telephony Services License.

For this Warid will have to send in a proper request and provide their detailed information and technical plan. The Spokesperson further said that Warid should provide details about how much spectrum would be carved out from the 8.8 MHz in 1800 band for the LTE services and its impact on the existing GSM/GPRS/EDGE customers. Specific information about the version of LTE to be deployed shall also be provided to PTA as all the releases of LTE do not satisfy the requirements of the IMT–Advanced (4G) Standards.

Beeline Uzbekistan Starts Services For Grande Radio Station

The Beeline Business unit of mobile operator Beeline Uzbekistan has won a tender to provide telecomm services for the Grande radio station, the first music radio station in Uzbekistan. The operator will provide mobile services for the radio station.


Great news for Beeline fans

As March 1 comes to an end action. On numerous requests, Beeline is extending the opportunity to receive free 400 minutes for each account funding from $ 2.99 now on the new tariff planTransition to this tariff plan is absolutely free !

VivaCell-MTS expands DC-HSPA+ coverage to 86% of the population

The Armenian mobile network operator VivaCell-MTS has announced the expansion of high speed dual carrier (DC)-HSPA+ technology on its network. Initially launched in the capital Yerevan last November, coverage is now available in 48 cities and towns plus 567 villages – an area which is home to 86% of the population, Telecompaper reports. Earlier this year smaller rival Orange Armenia expanded its own 42Mbps DC-HSPA+ network to 310 new markets across the country, adding to the five cities where the technology had already been deployed since its initial launch in Yerevan in January 2012.

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