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|Connect-World's Digest - Issue 48 – February 2016||2nd March, 2016|
Editorial Manager’s Eye, By Anthony Weaver, Editorial Manager Connect-World publications
Mobile World Congress, Barcelona. 22-25 February 2016
Over 100,000 attendees came to Mobile World Congress 2016: 101,000 to be exact. Attendees from 204 countries and territories were present, and was covered by more than 3,600 members of the international press and media.
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Representing every facet of the ecosystem, more than 2,200 companies participated in our 2016 exhibition, which spanned nine halls and one dozen outdoor spaces at Fira Gran Via and Fira Montjuïc. Everything from virtual reality, new handsets and ingenious app ideas, to 3D printing, privacy protection and backend solutions were on display. The motto for this year’s MWC? “Mobile Is Everything.”
1. 50 Billion Connected ‘Things’ by 2020
During their keynote, Intel provided a forecast on the growth of connected devices. This will be accelerated by the increasing adoption of the Internet of Things — for an example of where IoT could be going, look no further than ZTE’s recently announced range of jewelry.
2. 78.1 Million Wearables Shipped in 2015
That’s an incredible 172% more than in 2014. IDC released this figure at the last day of MWC, highlighting the growing interest for these new devices as sales reached 27 Million units in Q4 2015. Top vendors include Fitbit, Apple, Xiaomi, Samsung and Garmin.
3. Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge to the world.
While the latest members of the Galaxy S family have a lot in common with the Galaxy S6 series, a slightly refined design and the return of microSD, as well as water and dust resistance, make the new Galaxy S7 family very welcome upgrades over their predecessors. Under the hood you’ll find equally impressive specs, with a Snapdragon 820 or an Exynos 8 Octa, depending on the market.
4. The MWC IoT (Internet of Things) Tour
The Internet of Things (IoT) is already here, from connected cars that monitor driver behavior and performance, wearables that quantify personal health and wellness, to refrigerators that compile shopping lists in real-time. Over the next eighteen months, millions of new devices will be connected, interacting with each other, creating new business models, and changing people’s lives..
Please use the link [below] to see the interesting stats and figures from this year’s event, showing mobile’s growth and ubiquity:
Thursday 25 February
China Mobile, Nokia show 5G-enabled ultra-fast robot collaboration #MWC16 Ultra-low latency system used as a communication platform connecting robots to a central server to enable fast and synchronized collaboration 5G will help create a fully automated and flexible production system, increasing overall manufacturing and logistics productivity. 22 February, 2016 Beijing, China - China Mobile and Nokia Networks demonstrate 5G-enabled synchronized collaboration of robots at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona. 5G networks will address important aspects of industry automation, helping to create fully automated and flexible production systems and increasing overall manufacturing and logistics productivity.
ZTE and China Mobile jointly announce latest 5G high-frequency prototype
ZTE and China Mobile jointly announce latest 5G high-frequency prototype 22 February 2016, Shenzhen, China – ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet and its partner, China Mobile, today officially announced their latest 5G high-frequency prototype and demonstrated 10 Gbps+ high bitrate, beam-tracking, and other key 5G technologies. High-frequency communication is a critical area of technology in 5G. This ZTE-developed prototype operates on a 15 GHz carrier with a bandwidth of 500 MB and boasts a hardware structure of a large-capacity baseband unit (BBU) and an intelligent…
Orange and Google sign strategic partnership to increase access to mobile internet services across Africa and Middle East
Orange and Google sign strategic partnership to increase access to mobile internet services across Africa and Middle East Affordable digital communication package launched to expand online experience for mass market across the region Orange enhances its digital offering in Orange MEA, adding popular content and services to bring the best of mobile internet to customers PARIS, France, February 22, 2016/ -- Orange (www.Orange.com) today announces a new partnership with Google™ to bring the best of mobile internet across its full African and Middle Eastern (Orange MEA) footprint. By combining the strength of Orange’s mobile network and mobile expertise with Google’s…
Wednesday 24 February
iXBlue to equip the world's most modern submarine program for the Swedish Navy
iXBlue to equip the world's most modern submarine program for the Swedish Navy Saab, a well-known Swedish Defense and Security company, places its trust in iXBlue once again; as part of a 7-year contract, iXBlue will equip the two type A26 next-generation submarines with MARINS units, the state-of-the-art in fiber-optic gyroscope technology. SAINT-GERMAIN-EN-LAYE, France, Feb. 23, 2016 - iXBlue, a global leader in navigation, positioning and imaging solutions, is providing MARINS inertial systems to outfit the Swedish Navy's two future A26 class submarines.
Gemalto, Fingerprint Cards, Precise Biometrics and STMicroelectronics to demonstrate world’s first end-to-end security architecture for fingerprint authentication in wearable and consumer electronics
Gemalto, Fingerprint Cards, Precise Biometrics and STMicroelectronics to demonstrate world’s first end-to-end security architecture for fingerprint authentication in wearable and consumer electronics Singapore – February 24, 2016, Gemalto, Fingerprint Cards, Precise Biometrics and STMicroelectronicsintroduce the first end-to-end security architecture for biometric fingerprint authentication at Mobile World Congress 2016, offering OEMs the opportunity to easily deploy this consumer-friendly feature in the latest generation of wearable and consumer electronics devices. This new proof-of-concept replaces conventional username/password authentication for applications such as payment, eticketing, digital access and 2-factor strong authentication with swift and secure fingerprint recognition.
Friday 19 February
Tigo Pesa, now the largest Mobile Financial Service eco-system in Tanzania
Tigo Pesa, now the largest Mobile Financial Service eco-system in Tanzania Tigo becomes the only operator in Tanzania to offer interoperability with Airtel, Vodacom and Zantel DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, February 18, 2016 - Tigo Tanzania (www.Tigo.co.tz) announced today that customers of its Tigo Pesa mobile money service will now be able to move funds between any of the country’s mobile money operators, as Vodacom’s M-Pesa joins an interoperable network already set up by Tigo, Zantel and Airtel. Tigo becomes the only operator in Tanzania to offer interoperability with Airtel, Vodacom and Zantel.
Samsung Corporate Citizenship cements commitment to Africa at Samsung Forum 2016
Samsung Corporate Citizenship cements commitment to Africa at Samsung Forum 2016 Samsung prioritises access to education, healthcare and skills for employability in Africa to help achieve continent’s Sustainable Development Goals JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, February 18, 2016 - Samsung Electronics Africa (http://www.Samsung.com/za) today announced that it will bolster its Corporate Citizenship efforts in Africa in a bid to help the continent achieve its Sustainable Development Goals. Speaking at the 2016 Samsung Africa Forum, Abey Tau, Corporate Citizenship and Public Affairs Manager, said: “As a global citizen, we felt it was important to use our technology to give back to society.
Thursday 18 February
Manx Telecom leads "world first" technology trial to help those with hearing loss
Manx Telecom leads “world first” technology trial to help those with hearing loss Manx Telecom has facilitated what is believed to be the world’s first medical technology trial exploring the use of software to fine tune the sound of phone calls for people with hearing loss. A trial of the technology, which ran for one month, has recently concluded on the Isle of Man with very positive initial results. These will be used as a basis for additional testing to further prove the benefits which in the longer term could be life-changing for people with hearing loss worldwide.
Payments technology in Africa: Visa Holds Fraud Prevention Workshop in West Africa for the First Time
Visa Holds Fraud Prevention Workshop in West Africa for the First Time The three-day workshop shares fraud prevention best practices with clients and partners in the region DAKAR, Senegal, February 19, 2016 - Visa Inc. (V) (http://www.Visa.com), a global payments technology company, organized its first ever fraud prevention workshop dedicated to its West Africa-based clients and partners. Held in Dakar, the three-day workshop provided an in-depth look at the latest tools, information, and best practices for issuers and acquirers to effectively combat fraud. Workshop attendance was high, with thirty-two delegates representing 17 partner banks from eight markets in West Africa…
Wednesday 17 February
MTN Partners with Jumia to Launch First of its Kind Entrepreneurship Challenge Across Africa
MTN Partners with Jumia to Launch First of its Kind Entrepreneurship Challenge Across Africa The competition will challenge students to develop a unique digital application or smart solution that will solve a tangible problem faced on the continent LAGOS, Nigeria, February 17, 2016 MTN, in partnership with the MTN Solution Space and Jumia (www.Jumia.com), are proud to announce the launch of the MTN Entrepreneurship Challenge powered by Jumia. The Pan-African competition launching today, will be the first of its kind in Africa, bringing together over 1000 entrepreneurs, students and investors, to collaborate on ways to amplify and consolidate the continent’s…
Facebook Kicks Off Global Effort on Women’s Safety in Kenya Facebook convenes group to focus on women’s safety for Safer Internet Day NAIROBI, Kenya, February 17, 2016 - Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) (http://www.Facebook.com) hosted a Women’s Safety roundtable in Kenya on February 10 with participants from NGOs, academia, women’s rights groups, and safety organisations from Kenya and across Sub-Saharan Africa to highlight how the community can work together to create a harassment-free online environment where everyone can feel safe to share and interact. The roundtable coincided with Safer Internet Day (February 9, 2016), a 100-country effort to make the Internet a better…
Friday 12 February
World Radio Day focuses on role of radio in disaster management
World Radio Day focuses on role of radio in disaster management ITU reiterates commitment to effective and rapid response in emergencies Geneva, 12 February 2016 – World Radio Day on 13 February brings attention to the role of radio in managing disasters and recovery in their aftermath. Radio is recognized as a low-cost medium, specifically suited to reach remote communities and is especially effective in reaching people affected by disasters when other means of communication are disrupted.
Thursday 11 February
ViaSat: Worldwide, 100Mbps satellite broadband and European satellite deals make high-speed broadband a reality for everyone
ViaSat Unveils First Global Broadband Communications Platform to Deliver Affordable, High-Speed Internet Connectivity and Video Streaming to All - Each ViaSat-3 Satellite Offers Over 1-Terabit Per Second of Network Capacity -- which is Equal to the Total Capacity of All Commercial Satellites in Space Today - Platform Gives Consumers Choice In Internet Provider by Enabling 100+ Mbps Broadband to Any Home - First Two Groundbreaking ViaSat-3 Class of Satellites Underway with Boeing CARLSBAD, Calif., Feb. 9, 2016 ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, continues to redefine the role satellite plays in the competitive broadband communications…
Wednesday 10 February
Orange launches the Entrepreneur Club for start-ups in Africa and the Middle East
The Entrepreneur Club for start-ups in Africa and the Middle East A new space for information in French and English devoted to entrepreneurs in Africa and the Middle East PARIS, France, February 10, 2016 - Orange (www.Orange.com) is launching the Entrepreneur Club, a new space for information in French and English devoted to entrepreneurs in Africa and the Middle East. The website (http://entrepreneurclub.orange) is a source of information for entrepreneurs that puts them in touch with a variety of instruments from Orange that support entrepreneurship. The Entrepreneur Club also provides practical information and tools for company creation.
Tuesday 9 February
Nokia, Indian Institute of Technology-Madras to boost broadband connectivity in rural India
Nokia, Indian Institute of Technology-Madras to boost broadband connectivity in rural India Aim is to leverage unlicensed spectrum to enhance broadband connectivity in rural India, enable the government's vision of 'Digital India' Supports Nokia's vision to expand the human possibilities of technology in a connected world Aligns with Nokia's Sustainability strategy to improve people's lives with technology, enhanced through our Corporate Social Responsibility research program for rural development 09 February, 2016 New Delhi/Gurgaon, India - The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M), one of the country's foremost educational institutions, has partnered with Nokia to create technology solutions that will enhance broadband…
Friday 5 February
Broadband schemes driving competition for superfast rollout contracts
Broadband pilot schemes driving competition for superfast rollout contracts A series of innovative pilot schemes aimed at delivering superfast broadband in the hardest to reach parts of the UK has demonstrated smaller suppliers can compete against the likes of industry giants like Virgin Media and BT Openreach, a report published today reveals. The pilots were set up to look at different ways of delivering superfast broadband in some of the UK’s most sparsely populated rural areas to better understand the capabilities of alternative suppliers to BT Openreach and Virgin Media. The pilots have now been running for over a year…
Thursday 4 February
Facebook Helps West African SMEs Connect with Customers
Facebook Helps West African SMEs Connect with Customers Workshop focuses on how small businesses can get great returns from ad spending ACCRA, Ghana, February 4, 2016 - Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) (http://www.Facebook.com) hosted a roundtable with small and medium sized enterprises from Ghana and Nigeria on Tuesday this week as part of its effort to support entrepreneurship in West Africa. The session focused on how Facebook can help small businesses reach exactly the right customers – for less money and with greater returns. More than 50 million small businesses around the world actively use Facebook Pages because they’re free, easy to use,…
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