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Connect-World’s Digest – Issue 24 – February 2014

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Connect-World’s Digest  – Issue 24 – February 201420th March 2014
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.


Trade Events

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, 24-27 February 2014


Mobile World Congress 2014 Showcased What’s Next

This year’s industry-defining event, Mobile World Congress, was once again hosted in the Mobile World Capital Barcelona, at two world-class venues, Fira Gran Via and Fira Montjuïc.

More than 85,000 attendees from over 200 countries were treated to a wealth of learning and networking opportunities; product showcases and announcements; inspiration and innovation, including:  An exciting lineup of inspiring speakers from mobile operators, consumer brands, organisations, and industries touched by the mobile market including advertising, health, entertainment and education presented at more than 40 conference sessions at MWC.

Show Highlights

Day 1

Microsoft names new WP smartphone supporters

Microsoft announced nine new hardware partners for its Windows Phone platform, as it looks to build momentum for the platform in the mass market.

Tizen lands Gear but still no smartphones

The Tizen operating system (OS) has been chosen by Samsung for the latest version of its Gear smart watch but the novice OS still lacks commercial smartphones.

Day 2

Facebook CEO defends WhatsApp buy; urges free internet access

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, said WhatsApp – as an independent business – is worth more than the $19 billion he agreed to pay for it.

WhatsApp to launch voice services

Over-The-Top (OTT) player WhatsApp has sent shockwaves through the mobile industry by announcing it will soon launch a voice service in addition to its widely used messaging application.

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Day 3

BlackBerry CEO opens up on mistakes and future strategy

BlackBerry announced two new smartphones borne of its recent alliance with Foxconn, as CEO John Chen updated on his turnaround strategy for the troubled vendor.

Deutsche Telekom CEO calls for regulatory shakeup

Europe needs to see structural change in the regulatory environment in order to reap the full benefits of connectivity and the internet of things, Timotheus Hottges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom, claimed yesterday morning.

Day 4

IBM CEO predicts big data future

Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM, outlined her company’s vision of how mobile services and enterprise technology will be revolutionised through the use of big data in last night’s Mobile World Live keynote.

Huawei Reaches for the Sky with Cloud and Spectrum Solutions among New Technology at MWC Huawei demonstrated leadership with new business models, open cloud based architecture and spectrum efficiency solutions.

ref* http://www.mobileworldcongress.com/2014-event-highlights/

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Press Releases

Tuesday 4 February

Alcatel-Lucent and Libya’s LITC to deploy new 1,000 km undersea cable system linking Tripoli to Benghazi

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has signed a turnkey contract with the Libyan International Telecommunication Company (LITC) to build a new 1,000 km undersea cable system linking the country’s capital, Tripoli, to Benghazi, and providing the broadband connectivity needed in support of ongoing efforts to revive the Libyan economy.

Tuesday 11 February

Launch of new VoWi-Fi device helps mobile employees work smarter, not harder

Spectralink Corporation (“Spectralink”), a global leader in wireless solutions for the workplace, announced today the availability of PIVOT by Spectralink, a revolutionary WorkSmart solution that improves workplace communication by combining smartphone-like features with the quality, durability and reliability essential for in-building mobile employees.

Technology offers hope for young Arabs

Eight out of 10 young people in the MENA region are optimistic about their prospects in the coming year, although 45 percent of employed young people are not doing the work they would like to do, according to a new study published today.

The extensive new online survey, ‘New Horizons: Young, Arab and Connected’, was commissioned by Ooredoo to provide a snapshot into the digital attitudes and aspirations of young people across the Middle East and North Africa. Surveying more than 10,500 young adults in 17 countries across the region, including 118 digitally connected youth in Oman, it is one of the most in-depth research projects on the subject yet undertaken, conducted during a period of intense social and political change.

Monday 17 February


Stream TV Networks, Inc. is pleased to announce its participation with Sky 3D at London’s Natural History Museum was extended showcasing its revolutionary Ultra-D glasses-free 3D technology as part of an exhibit on DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM ALIVE 3D.

Tuesday 18 February

Alcatel-Lucent passes milestone of 125 million Voice over IP licenses as 4G service providers drive to deploy Voice over LTE

Alcatel-Lucent has globally shipped more than 125 million Voice over IP subscriber licenses around the world as service providers meet demands for ultra-broadband access to converged voice, video, data and new applications.

Voice over LTE (VoLTE) subscriber licenses comprised the bulk of Alcatel-Lucent’s shipments, with more than 88 million licenses issued. With the deployment of VoLTE, operators will also be able to reduce operational costs by moving to an all IP network, free up precious spectrum to meet increasing demand for mobile broadband, and combine HD voice, video conferencing and data with the lightning speed of 4G LTE networks.

Alcatel-Lucent and Tunisie Telecom sign three-year agreement to extend ultra-broadband services throughout Tunisia

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Tunisie Telecom, the leading telecommunications provider in Tunisia, have today announced a three-year agreement to transform the carrier’s voice and data network, paving the way for ultra-broadband access services for residential and enterprise customers throughout Tunisia.

Thursday 20 February

Step into the Museum of the Future, Today

Museums and art galleries are hardly the first places that spring to mind when you think of technological innovation. Unless you have been to the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA), that is.

Step inside the century-old building in University Circle on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, United States, and even though some of the exhibitions on display may date from hundreds or even thousands of years ago, the experience you have is pure 21st century or beyond.

LTE powering forward, 274 operators launched in 101 countries says GSA

The latest update to the Evolution to LTE report from the GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) confirms that 274 LTE networks have commercially launched in 101 countries. 11 operators have commercially launched LTE services so far this year. 119 LTE operators commercially launched service on LTE networks in the past 12 months, more than 76% annual growth.

Monday 24 February

HeyStaks Launches New Advertising Product to Create New Revenue Streams for Mobile Operators

HeyStaks Technologies (www.heystaks.com), the innovative collaborative search analytics startup, today announced the launch of its new Intent-driven Advertising product. The product enables mobile operators to uncover new revenue streams by identifying monetizable user intent.

Tuesday 25 February

CCTV is the answer to reducing theft and increasing productivity in the restaurant industry

Owners and managers of restaurant chains, especially franchises, face many challenges including monitoring the many branches. This is time consuming and requires much travel. Furthermore, ensuring productivity of staff is in line with the establishment’s standards, which impacts service and customer satisfaction is difficult as it is impossible to be in more than one place at the same time. Another challenge is the ever-present issue of petty theft in the form of shrinkage, where stock such as food and drink seems to disappear. Monitoring multiple establishments as well as the different areas of a restaurant to ensure staff are doing their jobs and that they are not committing theft or consuming stock, requires many pairs of eyes on site.


For more information on the news items, please visit our press releases webpage detailed below. https://www.connect-world.com/~cwiml/index.php/press-releases

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
Connect-World Magazines
United Kingdom
Email: anthony.weaver@connect-world.com
Web: www.connect-world.com
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