Everything Everywhere adds 72,000 subs in Q2, sales fall 5%

Everything Everywhere adds 72,000 subs in Q2, sales fall 5%
(Telecompaper) Everything Everywhere reported a 3.4 percent annual increase in its customer base in Q2, for a total 27.93 million subscribers. The postpaid customer base was up 8.6 percent from a year ago, with 267,000 net additions in the quarter, for a total 11.46 million. The prepaid base grew by 1.3 percent year-on-year but was down by 195,000 from March to 15.63 million at the end of June. Overall churn fell to 1.4 percent from 1.7 a year earlier. In its first quarterly results since Orange UK and T-Mobile UK merged, the mobile operator reported EBITDA of GBP 309 million, down from GBP 379 million a year ago, on services revenues down 5.3 percent to GBP 1.56 billion. While both figures were under pressure from cuts to terminations rates, the company said underlying revenues, excluding the regulatory impact, were up 1 percent on a pro forma basis. ARPU fell 7.7 percent from a year ago to GBP 19.2, and MOU dipped 0.9 percent to an average 197 minutes per customer. Non-voice services improved to 26.4 percent of service revenues, from 25.4 last year. The number of Orange home broadband customers was down 20 percent year-on-year to 838,000. The company said it’s on track to meet its target of GBP 3.4 billion in synergies by 2014. The updated integration plan includes expanding the retail footprint and increasing the number of network sites from over 16,000 to over 18,000, with further synergies identified in networks and IT. The first combined service will launch on 5 October, with the start of the integrated “super network”.[Lees verder]

RIM unveils BlackBerry PlayBook tablet
(Telecompaper) Research In Motion has unveiled its first tablet device, the Blackberry Playbook. Aimed at the business market, the 400g device features a 7-inch 1024 x 600 touch screen, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB memory, and the new BlackBerry Tablet OS, based on the QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture. The PlayBook includes a 3MP front-facing camera and 5MP rear camera, with support for 1080p HD video, as well as a web browser with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe Mobile AIR. For connectivity, the PlayBook offers Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1, which can be used for connecting to a BlackBerry smartphone and sharing data. RIM said it will later offer 3G and 4G versions. The PlayBook will launch in the US in early 2011, and reach international markets in Q2 2011. RIM will begin working with developers and select corporate customers next month to begin development and early testing efforts. The BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK is planned for release in the coming weeks and developers can register for early access at RIM’s website.[Lees verder]

OBS, Cisco, EMC, VMware strike cloud computing partnership
(Telecompaper) Orange Business Services, Cisco, EMC and VMware have formed a business alliance, dubbed Flexible 4 Business, to offer cloud computing services for enterprises. Under the terms of the agreement, Orange Business Services will serve as service provider for the business alliance and will deliver four types of pay-per-use managed cloud services based on technologies from the four partners. The Flexible 4 Business cloud services portfolio will initially be composed of IaaS services, including private cloud and back-up services, and SaaS services, including security and unified communications services. As part of the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering, Flexible 4 Business will provider private cloud customized services based on Vblock Infrastructure Packages that combine virtualization, networking, computing, storage, security, and management technologies from Cisco, EMC and VMware, together with a service catalogue (computing, storage, operating systems, middleware) based on platforms hosted in Orange data centres, sub-parties data centres or in customers data centres. The related services are managed by Orange Business Services on an “as-a-service” mode. Additionally, the partners will also offer hosted and managed back-up services delivered as-a-service. The software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering will comprise security services, enabling customers to deliver anti-virus and URL filtering tools as-a-service. These SaaS tools are designed to enable users to receive immediate protection even when out of the office, while customers can roll out precise security policies within seconds.[Lees verder]

EC drops Apple investigation
(Telecompaper) The European Commission has dropped its antitrust investigation into Apple’s iPhone policies, after the company announced relaxed restrictions on the development tools for iPhone applications and introduced cross-border iPhone warranty repair services within the EU. In the spring, the commission launched two parallel preliminary investigations into Apple’s iPhone business practices. One focused on the “country of purchase” rule, whereby repairs service is only available in the country where the iPhone was bought, which made the exercise of warranty rights difficult for consumers who had purchased an iPhone in another EU country than their home country. The other investigation concerned Apple’s decision in April to restrict the terms and conditions of its licence agreement with independent app developers. Apple has agreed to no longer enforce the “country of purchase” rule within the EU/EEA and has appointed independent authorised service providers to offer cross-border iPhone warranty services in those member states where Apple does not directly take charge of repairs. Earlier this month, Apple also announced having removed restrictions previously introduced on the development tools used to create iPhone apps, restoring the use of third-party layers and so giving developers more flexibility.[Lees verder]

Fibertel wins court battle against Argentinean govt
(Telecompaper) An Argentinean court has suspended a government resolution ordering Grupo Clarin to stop providing internet services on the local market. The court thus suspends the execution of the Ministry of Communications’ Resolution No. 100, dated 19 August. “The State is to abstain from affecting in any way the effective provision of internet services by Fibertel” local newspapers Clarin and La Nacion report, citing federal judge Elvio Sagarra’s ruling. Back in August, the Argentinean government cancelled Clarin’s internet unit Fibertel’s ISP licence. The government claimed Fibertel’s licence had expired and gave Grupo Clarin 90 days to terminate the internet service provider’s operations. The government also said Fibertel’s over one million broadband subscribers will have one month to change their internet provider and switch to another operator.[Lees verder]

Everything Everywhere adds 72,000 subs in Q2, sales fall 5%
(Telecompaper) Everything Everywhere reported a 3.4 percent annual increase in its customer base in Q2, for a total 27.93 million subscribers. The postpaid customer base was up 8.6 percent from a year ago, with 267,000 net additions in the quarter, for a total 11.46 million. The prepaid base grew by 1.3 percent year-on-year but was down by 195,000 from March to 15.63 million at the end of June. Overall churn fell to 1.4 percent from 1.7 a year earlier. In its first quarterly results since Orange UK and T-Mobile UK merged, the mobile operator reported EBITDA of GBP 309 million, down from GBP 379 million a year ago, on services revenues down 5.3 percent to GBP 1.56 billion. While both figures were under pressure from cuts to terminations rates, the company said underlying revenues, excluding the regulatory impact, were up 1 percent on a pro forma basis. ARPU fell 7.7 percent from a year ago to GBP 19.2, and MOU dipped 0.9 percent to an average 197 minutes per customer. Non-voice services improved to 26.4 percent of service revenues, from 25.4 last year. The number of Orange home broadband customers was down 20 percent year-on-year to 838,000. The company said it’s on track to meet its target of GBP 3.4 billion in synergies by 2014. The updated integration plan includes expanding the retail footprint and increasing the number of network sites from over 16,000 to over 18,000, with further synergies identified in networks and IT. The first combined service will launch on 5 October, with the start of the integrated “super network”.[Lees verder]

RIM unveils BlackBerry PlayBook tablet
(Telecompaper) Research In Motion has unveiled its first tablet device, the Blackberry Playbook. Aimed at the business market, the 400g device features a 7-inch 1024 x 600 touch screen, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB memory, and the new BlackBerry Tablet OS, based on the QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture. The PlayBook includes a 3MP front-facing camera and 5MP rear camera, with support for 1080p HD video, as well as a web browser with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe Mobile AIR. For connectivity, the PlayBook offers Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1, which can be used for connecting to a BlackBerry smartphone and sharing data. RIM said it will later offer 3G and 4G versions. The PlayBook will launch in the US in early 2011, and reach international markets in Q2 2011. RIM will begin working with developers and select corporate customers next month to begin development and early testing efforts. The BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK is planned for release in the coming weeks and developers can register for early access at RIM’s website.[Lees verder]

OBS, Cisco, EMC, VMware strike cloud computing partnership
(Telecompaper) Orange Business Services, Cisco, EMC and VMware have formed a business alliance, dubbed Flexible 4 Business, to offer cloud computing services for enterprises. Under the terms of the agreement, Orange Business Services will serve as service provider for the business alliance and will deliver four types of pay-per-use managed cloud services based on technologies from the four partners. The Flexible 4 Business cloud services portfolio will initially be composed of IaaS services, including private cloud and back-up services, and SaaS services, including security and unified communications services. As part of the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering, Flexible 4 Business will provider private cloud customized services based on Vblock Infrastructure Packages that combine virtualization, networking, computing, storage, security, and management technologies from Cisco, EMC and VMware, together with a service catalogue (computing, storage, operating systems, middleware) based on platforms hosted in Orange data centres, sub-parties data centres or in customers data centres. The related services are managed by Orange Business Services on an “as-a-service” mode. Additionally, the partners will also offer hosted and managed back-up services delivered as-a-service. The software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering will comprise security services, enabling customers to deliver anti-virus and URL filtering tools as-a-service. These SaaS tools are designed to enable users to receive immediate protection even when out of the office, while customers can roll out precise security policies within seconds.[Lees verder]

EC drops Apple investigation
(Telecompaper) The European Commission has dropped its antitrust investigation into Apple’s iPhone policies, after the company announced relaxed restrictions on the development tools for iPhone applications and introduced cross-border iPhone warranty repair services within the EU. In the spring, the commission launched two parallel preliminary investigations into Apple’s iPhone business practices. One focused on the “country of purchase” rule, whereby repairs service is only available in the country where the iPhone was bought, which made the exercise of warranty rights difficult for consumers who had purchased an iPhone in another EU country than their home country. The other investigation concerned Apple’s decision in April to restrict the terms and conditions of its licence agreement with independent app developers. Apple has agreed to no longer enforce the “country of purchase” rule within the EU/EEA and has appointed independent authorised service providers to offer cross-border iPhone warranty services in those member states where Apple does not directly take charge of repairs. Earlier this month, Apple also announced having removed restrictions previously introduced on the development tools used to create iPhone apps, restoring the use of third-party layers and so giving developers more flexibility.[Lees verder]

Fibertel wins court battle against Argentinean govt
(Telecompaper) An Argentinean court has suspended a government resolution ordering Grupo Clarin to stop providing internet services on the local market. The court thus suspends the execution of the Ministry of Communications’ Resolution No. 100, dated 19 August. “The State is to abstain from affecting in any way the effective provision of internet services by Fibertel” local newspapers Clarin and La Nacion report, citing federal judge Elvio Sagarra’s ruling. Back in August, the Argentinean government cancelled Clarin’s internet unit Fibertel’s ISP licence. The government claimed Fibertel’s licence had expired and gave Grupo Clarin 90 days to terminate the internet service provider’s operations. The government also said Fibertel’s over one million broadband subscribers will have one month to change their internet provider and switch to another operator.[Lees verder]