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Connect-World’s Digest – Issue 12 – February 2013

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Connect-World’s Digest  – Issue 12 – February 20136th March 2013
Editorial Manager’s Eye, By Anthony Weaver, Editorial Manager Connect-World publications

Welcome to the Connect-World Digest, which provides a summary of the news items that have caught my eye as Editorial Manager recently.

For more information on the news items, please visit our press releases webpage detailed below.


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Mobile World Congress 2013

25-28 February, Barcelona, Spain

With More Than 72,000 Visitors, Attendance Up By 8 Per Cent

Over Mobile World Congress 2012

28 February 2013 Barcelona: The GSMA today reported that more than 72,000 visitors from over 200 countries attended the 2013 Mobile World Congress, setting another new record for the mobile industry’s premier event. The four-day conference and exhibition attracted executives from the world’s largest and most influential mobile operators, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies and companies from industry sectors such as automotive, finance and healthcare, as well as government delegations from across the globe. Over 50 per cent of this year’s Mobile World Congress attendees hold C-level positions, including more than 4,300 CEOs.

“We are thrilled with the record results for Mobile World Congress 2013, in our first year here in Fira Gran Via,” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. “Mobile is one of the most vibrant and dynamic industries in the world, and the innovation that is powering the sector was clearly evident throughout Mobile World Congress, in the exhibition, the conference, programmes such as App Planet and mPowered Brands and new event initiatives such as the NFC Experience.

We thank all attendees, exhibitors and sponsors for making our 2013 event such a success.”

Mobile World Congress set additional records, with more than 1,700 exhibiting companies showcasing cutting-edge products and services across 94,000 net square metres of exhibition and hospitality space. More than 3,400 international media and industry analysts attended the event to report on the many significant industry announcements made at the Congress.

According to a preliminary independent economic analysis, the 2013 Mobile World Congress will have contributed more than 320 million Euros to the local economy. This represents an increase of approximately 19 million Euros over the economic impact of the 2012 event and is driven by the growth in attendance and number of exhibiting companies, as well as the increased footprint of exhibition and hospitality spaces.

Leading CEOs Take the Stage at Mobile World Congress

During the event, CEOs and senior executives from companies including the American Heart Association, Apigee, AT&T, Bharti Airtel, China Mobile, CNN Digital, Deezer, Deutsche Telekom, Dropbox, Ericsson, General Motors, Foursquare, Jana, Jolla, Juniper Networks, KT

Corp., Mozilla Foundation, Nielsen, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Ooredoo, Qualcomm, Telefónica, Tele2, Tribal DDB Worldwide, Ubuntu, Viber and Vodafone, discussed and debated the trends and issues which are shaping the mobile industry today and into the future. Beyond the keynotes, the 2013 conference also included focused sessions exploring topics such as big data, mobile cloud, mWallets, NFC, small cells and smart cities, as well as the role of mobile in adjacent industries like advertising, automotive, finance and retail.

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Press Releases

Monday, 4 February

GSA confirms 666 LTE user devices launched; 360% annual growth for smartphones to become largest device category

An update to the Status of the LTE Ecosystem report just released by GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) confirms that 87 manufacturers have announced 666 LTE-enabled user devices, including frequency and carrier variants.

Tuesday, 5 February

Microsoft Introduces the 4Afrika Initiative to Help Improve the Continent’s Global Competitiveness

Microsoft Corporation today introduced the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative, a new effort through which the company will actively engage in Africa’s economic development to improve its global competitiveness. By 2016, the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative plans to help place tens of millions of smart devices in the hands of African youth, bring 1 million African small and medium enterprises (SMEs) online, up-skill 100,000 members of Africa’s existing workforce, and help an additional 100,00

Thursday, 7 February

Brainloop Survey Underlines How Ease of Use Increases Information Security

Brainloop, the leading provider of solutions for enterprise-wide collaboration on confidential information and documents, today announced that it has carried out a survey of IT decision makers across multiple industries to find out how relevant document protection is to them. The survey shows that the number one requirement for the solutions they implement is ease of use. This confirms that Brainloop has adopted the right strategy.

Tuesday 12 February

Motorola Solutions Introduces Secure Mobile Solution that Provides Federal Agencies with Wireless Access to Critical Information

Federal agencies that need secure voice and data communications on a wireless network now have a powerful new weapon in their arsenal: the AME 2000 Secure Mobile Solution from Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), a leading provider of mission-critical communications solutions and services for enterprise and government customers. It is based on Motorola’s Assured Mobile Environment (AME) solution, which combines a commercial-off-the shelf (COTS) device with hardware and software to provide end-to-end encrypted voice and data communications through private or public wireless networks to support the missions of federal agencies. The AME 2000 features a smartphone with an Android™-based operating system.

Friday, 15 February

Microsoft engages youth to drive sustainable African economic growth

Unemployment remains rife on the African continent. With almost 200 million people aged between 15 and 24 in Africa today, the youth community represents more than 60 per cent of the continent’s total population and accounts for 45 per cent of its growing labour force. However, the imbalance between the demands of the labour market and the supply of appropriately skilled workers in Africa is reaching its breaking point. In light of this, Microsoft Corp. (http://www.microsoft.com) today announced its ongoing commitment to driving opportunities for African youth through its YouthSpark initiative.

Tuesday, 19 February

Telecom Namibia partners with Jasco Co-location Solutions to deliver faster, cheaper Internet

Telecom Namibia, the national fixed and mobile telecoms operator in Namibia, has entered into an agreement with NewTelco South Africa, represented by Jasco Co-location Solutions, to establish a total of four international Points of Presence (PoPs) connected into the WACS undersea cable that became active in May 2012. These PoPs, to be located in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Frankfurt and London, will be procured and built by NewTelco SA for exclusive use by Telecom Namibia. As part of the agreement, Telecom Namibia is currently making use of NewTelco’s existing infrastructure until the dedicated infrastructure is built. A number of global carriers are already connected into the service.

Wednesday, 20 February

Nokia Siemens Networks enhances LTE network capacity, coverage and security MWC13

Nokia Siemens Networks is launching the industry’s smallest high-power remote radio heads. The 2-pipe version is ideal for spectrum reframing deployments and a 4-pipe version is designed for use with advanced antenna systems. New industry-leading baseband integration provides up to twice the capacity for LTE and HSPA+ without additional space requirements. Industry-leading security services for LTE address latent security risks.

Hermann Hauser looks to the future of communications

Dr Hermann Hauser, CBE, sees a future where billions of devices are connected together over the internet and sophisticated eye and gaze tracking user interfaces are a normal way to control the things around us. These were just some of the predictions made by the highly-respected Cambridge Angel, co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partner and serial entrepreneur, at yesterday’s inaugural ‘Thought Leaders in Wireless’ event, the first in the Cambridge Wireless Prestigious Lecture Series.

4G Americas Reports 150 Commercial LTE Networks in 67 Countries; 250+ LTE Networks Expected by End of 2013 150 LTE-Advanced Network Launches Possible by Year End

4G Americas reports that 150 operators worldwide have now launched commercial LTE services in 67 countries, 50 of which were launched in the past 5 months.

Friday, 22 February

LTE and HSPA+ Boosting Mobile Broadband Adoption in Latin America

“While the first four commercial LTE deployments in Latin America and the Caribbean took place at the end of 2011, there are 14 commercial LTE networks in nine countries today,” said Erasmo Rojas, Director of Latin America and the Caribbean at industry association 4G Americas. “These LTE networks, coupled with 51 commercial HSPA+ mobile broadband networks in the region, reflect hundreds of millions of dollars of investment in the economy and offer vast opportunities for mobile internet connectivity and new user experiences for both the enterprise and consumers.”

CloudTelephony as a new solution for Telecom Operators

Telecom operators have recognised the Cloud as a source of new revenues for businesses. Most of them have included Cloud-enabled Data Services into their products’ portfolio but because of a lack of experience and of understanding on how to solve problems faced by businesses, along with the high expenditures required by dedicated premises platforms or non real pay-per-use offers by Cloud Enablers, their plans to enrich their cloud offer with voice services have been delayed or stopped.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Leading Global Humanitarian Organization Selects Cloud to Help Enhance Capacity and Response

Microsoft Corp. today announced that the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has expanded on a global Enterprise Agreement with a new Memorandum of Understanding to offer Microsoft Office 365 and other products as the standard communications and collaboration platform for its National Societies worldwide, helping provide greater licensing flexibility. The signing has the potential to serve more than 1 million volunteers and staff members in the network.

For more information on each press release, please visit our press releases webpage detailed below and navigate to the relevant date:


Anthony Weaver
Editorial Manager
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United Kingdom
Email: anthony.weaver@connect-world.com
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