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How will the iPhone 5 affect emerging markets?

A new iPhone unveiling is a cataclysmic event in the telecoms industry, and the impact will be felt just as much in emerging markets – indeed, perhaps even more. DT editor James Barton spoke to Mervyn Kelly of network specialist Ciena to


Coping with LTE signalling traffic

As network traffic increases, operators are constantly on the lookout for technologies that can help them better manage network congestion and provide better load balancing between the various nodes...

Seizing the Opportunity in Messaging, the Emerging Market Way

With the current mobile messaging landscape developing at an impressive rate, remaining relevant in this fast paced environment is becoming an increasing challenge for all industry players, particularly as handsets evolve, networks mature and new services continue to launch in the market.


The future of mobile computers is rugged

We are going through a radical shift in the way people work and use computers. Increasing availability and affordability of wireless broadband is giving the global workforce true mobility, for the first time in history. Many of them will use smartly designed mobile rugged computers for their


What Do You Know About KYC?

Regulation and compliance requirements are still evolving in many markets when it comes to mobile commerce.

This is not a new channel for operators alone: Many banks also lack experience with mobile payments, remittance and other transactions. Various government bodies that regulate


Five steps to planning successful database security

Database security is possibly the most important and complex implementation project any organisation will undertake. Not only is it critical to ensure that information contained within the database is secure from a host of external threats, including viruses, phishing scams and the like, the


Is your data giving you headaches?

The digital revolution has given rise to a literal explosion of data, as the volume of information shared, distributed and stored increases exponentially on a daily basis. An ever-growing list of regulatory compliance adds to the burden, generating masses of additional data that needs to be


Go Figure: LTE Discrepancies

Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the industry’s main opportunity every year to trumpet the achievements of mobile communications, great as these undoubtedly are. Indeed it has long been our belief that mobile phones are right up there with the Honda 125cc moped and Penicillin as technologies


Mobile Device Renewal Forum Launched

A new organisation to encourage recycling and reuse of mobile devices was announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. The Device Renewal Forum (DRF) aims to establish a common certification for refurbished wireless devices which it believes is necessary in order for the market to


Activating potential in emerging markets

It’s obvious that operators would constantly be on the lookout for ways of increasing the fidelity of their coverage – but it’s equally obvious that the best coverage in the world couldn’t justify an enormous increase in expenditure. So, how to solve this conundrum? DT editor James Barton spoke


Demystifying the steps to a greener organisation

Sustainable energy has emerged as an important corporate agenda point and many organisations today communicate their efforts in strategic marketing campaigns. These campaigns bring across the importance of sustainability efforts and how this will make a difference...

Remote control: why hosted networks are right for rural

Connecting rural communities is a particular challenge in emerging markets, as infrastructure frequently does not extend into the more remote corners of the landscape. However, advances in backhauling mean that operators are now able to extend coverage to remote regions more efficiently and


Open Cloud Frees Vendor Lock-In

As the debate between private and public clouds moves on to hybrid cloud adoption, a presumably more flexible form of cloud computing model, there is no denying that the fear of vendor lock-in persists, as most cloud services are still proprietary in nature.

In contrast, an open cloud


BRICs performing well at using ICT for citizens’ benefit

The social, economic and environmental benefits of ICT are the subject of Ericsson and Arthur D. Little’s Networked Society Index, which ranks 25 of the world's largest cities according to their ability to implement ICTs to this end. Several BRIC cities are faring well, with Shanghai and


ITU Telecom World 2011 sets new paradigm?

“ITU Telecom World 2011 sets new paradigm for top-level networking and knowledge-sharing”. So said the announcement at the end of ITU Telecom World 2011 – but does it really? And what exactly was new about the paradigm for top level networking and knowledge sharing in Geneva?