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|Connect-World's Digest - Issue 43 - September 2015||15th October 2015|
Editorial Manager’s Eye, By Anthony Weaver, Editorial Manager Connect-World publications
CTIA Super Mobility, Las Vegas, 9-11 September 2015
LAS VEGAS--As CTIA's Super Mobility conference winds down, it's worth taking a look at the lighter side of the second-annual confab the trade group put on, which brought together several different conferences and co-located events.
Even though there was a relative dearth of mobile device announcements and the conference again had to contend with a major Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) event, there was definitely a lot of activity at the show. The hallways seemed bustling, the keynotes were packed and there was a great deal of talk about 5G networks and related future-looking technologies, the role mobile can play in the enterprise market and the upcoming incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he is "supremely confident" the auction will start next March as planned.
According to CTIA, the show attracted 30,000 attendees, roughly flat from last year, though there did seem to be much more activity and energy this time around.
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IBC2015 Conference: The Future of Media in an Age of Disruption
The IBC Conference is an unrivalled global destination for discussion and debate about the many different challenges facing the electronic media and entertainment industry, both in its sessions and in the range of networking opportunities it affords. Featuring some of the foremost thought-leaders, innovators and policy makers in their fields and covering a wide breadth of topics, IBC2015 Conference was the place to explore new strategies, understand business disruptors, chart future technological progress and uncover the future roadmap of the industry.
Wednesday 30 September
The ‘Pay’ model is strong, but banks are still in play
The big guns – Apple, Samsung and Google – are dominating the mobile payments news cycle now that their respective ‘Pay’ platforms threaten to disintermediate the world’s banks. They won’t have it all their own way, though; banks are responding with their own platforms. But is it too little, too late? Sirpa Nordlund, Executive Director of Mobey Forum, recounts soundbites and sentiments from the international association’s HCE Workgroup.
Broadband 20/20: a new world of communications
The Broadband Forum today announced its new Broadband 20/20 vision. The vision is to enable new opportunities for profitable revenue growth by leveraging new technologies in the home, small business and multi-user infrastructure of the broadband network. The innovative use of NFV, SDN, ultra-fast access, IoT (Internet of Things) and, when formally defined, 5G, enables the delivery of exciting ultra-fast broadband services, with distributed compute and storage to anywhere and any device in the home and business locations.
Tuesday 29 September
SimbaPay wins DEMO Africa 2015. Next stop: Silicon Valley
SimbaPay wins DEMO Africa 2015. Next stop: Silicon Valley At DEMO Africa 2015, SimbaPay showcased a new service which enables Africans living abroad to seamlessly open bank accounts in Africa using its app LONDON, United Kingdom, 28 September 2015 - SimbaPay (http://www.simbapay.com) – a leading digital money transfer provider – was on Friday, 25 Sep 2015 announced as the winner of the prestigious DEMO Africa 2015 event which was held in Lagos, Nigeria
Monday 28 September
Global Broadband Growth Slows Sharply – 4 Billion Still Offline
New Report Highlights Challenges of International “Digital Divide”; Ooredoo Pledges to Continue to Try to Close the Gap across its Footprint
Broadband Internet is failing to reach those who could benefit most, with Internet access reaching near-saturation in the world’s rich nations but not advancing fast enough to benefit the billions of people living in the developing world, according to the 2015 edition of the “State of Broadband” report. The report reveals that 57% of the world’s people remain offline and unable to take advantage of the enormous economic and social benefits the Internet can offer.
Saturday 26 September
UN Broadband Commission affirms new focus on Sustainable Development Goals
UN Broadband Commission affirms new focus on Sustainable Development Goals Broadband networks and services can act as a powerful catalyst to accelerate development actions and transform lives and communities New York, 26 September 2015 – The power of broadband to leapfrog development roadblocks and bring access to education, healthcare and employment opportunities should put high-speed information and communication technology (ICT) network roll-out at the top of every country’s SDG strategy, according to members of the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development, which met in New York today.
Friday 25 September
Urgent action needed to combat online violence against women & girls, says new UN report
Urgent action needed to combat online violence against women & girls, says new UN report Millions affected globally, but most countries still failing to effectively address growing problem New York, 24 September 2015 – A new report released today by the United Nations Broadband Commission reveals that almost three quarters of women online have been exposed to some form of cyber violence, and urges governments and industry to work harder and more effectively together to better protect the growing number of women and girls who are victims of online threats and harassment.
Monday 21 September
Millicom and UNICEF join forces to improve Child Online Protection in Latin America
Millicom and UNICEF host a series of workshops on Child Online Protection (COP) in El Salvador and Costa Rica.
Emerging markets telecoms operator Millicom and UNICEF today announced a series of high-level workshops on Child Online Protection (COP) in Latin America.
The workshops, which will take place this month in El Salvador (17 September) and Costa Rica (20-21 September) will bring together a group of high-level stakeholders from across the media, public, government and business, with a shared commitment to build safer environments for children online.
Inmarsat team up with Deutsche Telekom to provide in-flight high-speed internet access to European air passengers - Lufthansa first to test broadband service
Deutsche Telekom and Inmarsat today announced a strategic partnership bringing unprecedented passenger connectivity to Europe’s aviation industry and its customers. A new innovative, combined LTE-based ground network and satellite network delivers travelers in Europe the advantage of in-flight high-speed Internet access when in the air. Airlines will benefit from a cost efficient and future-proof connectivity solution. Deutsche Telekom and Inmarsat are working together to develop the European Aviation Network seamlessly combining satellite connectivity from a new Inmarsat S-band satellite with an LTE-based ground network developed and run by Deutsche Telekom.
Friday 18 September
Telco's Snapping at the Heels of the Established Pay-TV Operators
Telco's Snapping at the Heels of the Established Pay-TV Operators: Futuresource Consulting Traditional operators will need to keep a close eye on telco's rising interest in the TV space as operators' make their mark both in Western Europe and other key regions. Following a number of false starts in Western Europe, IPTV homes are now a viable platform, hitting 27 million in 2014, 15% of all TV households. With growth of 30% expected between now and 2019, IPTV subscribers will outperform both cable and satellite which will see a decline in subscribers of 9% and growth of 6% respectively.
Thursday 17 September
Digital fuels growth in Africa’s entertainment and media industry: PwC report
“The line between traditional media and digital media is blurred – consumers want more flexibility and freedom in how they consume content.”
JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, September 17, 2015 - After more than a decade of digital disruption, the African entertainment and media industry has entered a new landscape – one where the media is no longer divided into distinct traditional and digital spheres, according to a report from PwC (http://www.pwc.com) titled Entertainment and media outlook: 2015 – 2019 (South Africa – Nigeria-Kenya). The Outlook forecasts that South Africa’s entertainment and media industry is expected to grow from R112.7 billion in 2014 to R176.3 billion in 2019, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.4%. Digital spend is expected to fuel the overall growth. South Africa’s Internet access market will rise rapidly from R32.5 billion in 2014 to R76.2 billion in 2019, far ahead of any other consumer spend category, making it the largest contributor to South Africa’s total entertainment and media revenues.
Wednesday 16 September
ITU tackles financial inclusion for 2 billion people
ITU focus group on Digital Financial Services hosts telco and financial
services regulators from across the globe in Kuala Lumpur.
Almost a year after its launch, the ITU Focus Group on Digital Financial Services (DFS) for Financial Inclusion is preparing to host its global meeting to discuss how the international telecommunications and financial services communities can work together to tackle one of the world’s most challenging social and economic issues: access to formal financial services by the world’s poorest two billion people.
The Focus Group, incorporating 60 organizations from some 30 countries, aims to bridge the gap between telecommunications and financial services regulators, and the private and public sectors. Representatives from across the DFS ecosystem will pragmatically address some of the major issues currently preventing DFS from serving the unbanked.
Tuesday 15 September
Teraco is interconnecting Africa to the world's financial markets
Teraco is interconnecting Africa to the world’s financial markets Africa’s largest vendor neutral data centre, Teraco, has today announced that a high speed, low-latency fibre link between the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the Teraco Isando data centre in Johannesburg has been completed by Dark Fibre Africa. This new route provides capital market participants with the reliable, high-bandwidth and high-speed connectivity required to transport critical financial data.
Friday 11 September
Telefonica and Indra Partner to globally Digitise the Health Sector
The agreement draws on the two companies’ health sector expertise to deliver Digital Hospital solutions worldwide, with particular emphasis on the Latin America market Madrid, 10 September 2015. - Telefónica Business Solutions, a major provider of wide ranging integrated communication solutions for the B2B market, and Indra, a market leader in information and integrated systems for customers around the world, have signed a global agreement to rollout major integrated digital health projects in hospitals and the healthcare field
Tuesday 1 September
Qualcomm Announces Breakthrough Mobile Anti-malware Technology Utilising Cognitive Computing
Qualcomm Announces Breakthrough Mobile Anti-malware Technology Utilising Cognitive Computing –Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Smart Protect supports on-device behavioural analysis for high security and malware detection on the forthcoming Snapdragon 820– LONDON – 1ST September, 2015 – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), is extending its mobile security technology leadership with the introduction of Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Smart Protect. The upcoming Qualcomm® Snapdragonä 820 processor is the first platform offering Snapdragon Smart Protect, providing real-time, on-device machine learning designed to support accurate and effective detection of zero-day malware threats for improved personal privacy and device security. Snapdragon…
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