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Saguna and Fibrolan Co-Operate for OTT

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Saguna Networks, a provider of Radio Access Network (RAN) application acceleration and mobile content delivery on HSPA and LTE networks, and FibroLAN, a vendor of mobile backhauling solutions, today announced an intention to deliver an integrated mobile backhaul content and application acceleration offering for operators.

The proposed solution combines Saguna Networks’ solution for optimizing the delivery of content and applications over mobile networks and FibroLAN’s Falcon series for LTE mobile backhaul.

The joint solution will be demonstrated at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and will feature content caching, DNS caching and content localization over FibroLAN’s Falcon-M, designed for small cell environments. It’s claimed that the solution will expand the OTT (over-the-top) cloud into the mobile network to improve user experience and mobile network economics.

BBC World Service Gets Mobile

WorldServiceThe BBC World Service has announced the launch of new mobile sites for BBC Indonesia and BBC Hausa in Responsive Design – a technology which – according to the Corporation – tests mobile users’ screen sizes and ensures they download the best version for their devices.

With the launch of these two sites, mobile users who visit the BBC Indonesia and BBC Hausa mobile sites will be routed to the mobile versions.

James Montgomery, Controller of Digital and Technology, BBC Global News, says: “These are milestones in the digital development of BBC World Service.  This technology – already adopted on the BBC’s international news website, bbc.com/news – unlocks our ability to deliver the very best mobile user-experience.  It is particularly well suited for BBC World Service, whose audiences use a huge variety of handset types to access our content, from newest editions of smartphones to low-tech ‘feature’ phones.”

The BBC is also planning Responsive Design web features in the Asian and African mobile news markets.  In February, BBC World Service is planning to launch this technology for its Russian-language news website, bbcrussian.com.

News for Mobile World Congress 2013

In the lead-up to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona we’ll be publishing the more interesting news stories relating to mobile cloud developments.

If you have an interesting story to tell do let us know.

New Thought Leader Program: Mobile Security

Mobile Cloud Security: Next Frontiers

A proactive mobility policy is no longer a choice for business. It’s now a necessity. Just try stopping employees using their mobile devices. There would be insurrection. Mobile devices are the default tool of business – they provide the instantaneous, just-in-time, connected and collaborative starting point for just about all business processes. 

Without ‘business approved’ mobile devices, employees will use their own. With business approved devices they’ll use their own and the business device. They’ll text, email, download, entertain, socialise, buy, sell, converse, chat, read, listen – using pervasive, always-on and (mostly) cloud connected devices.  And, often, their employers will lose control – a bit or a lot – of what their employees are doing and why they’re doing it.

Welcome to the world of mobility and business in 2013.  It’s about cloud, device, connectedness and risk.  And in our new study we’ll investigate where mobility and business might be going.  We are creating a programme that will take look at mobility and risk, paint a picture of the competing mobile de-risking strategies and draw conclusions about what this means – for those tasked with making sure mobility is successfully implemented, and for those companies providing solutions for them.

You can take part. We’re inviting a small number of sponsoring companies to join us on the journey to create some discussions, debates, and data around the topic of mobility, business and risk.  We want to peer into the dark corners of mobile data security (or lack of it). We want to consult CIOs, technologists, analysts and investors – to come up with some ideas about how mobile business tech will evolve and what role security will play. Most of all, we want to provide the content you need to have clear, articulate and informed opinion.

We’ll be creating a special project micro-site with free-to-view access to the public that will feature:

  • Video highlights of our discussions with corporate mobility decision-makers
  • Interviews with our sponsors
  • A series of technology focus articles highlighting emerging mobile security technology
  • Articles on alternative mobile security strategies
  • A final report and video discussion on new mobile security horizons

Sponsorship Packages

Simple sponsorship packages will include a combination of some or all of the following

  • Sponsor branding on the programme website
  • Sponsor profile page and cross links/social media links on programme micro-site
  • Sponsor branding on published report cover
  • Sponsor interview video featured on event micro-site
  • Co-branded sponsor media release featured on event microsite
  • Opt-in registration database (final report downloads)
  • Participation in report media launch luncheon event
  • Hard copies of the printed report
  • Full visibility via our media programme

Just complete the feedback form below to register your interest.

Project Team

This project will be managed by Jeffrey Peel and Kevin Franklin – both of whom have considerable experience in mobile technology marketing and sectoral analysis. For further information about Jeff and Kevin please click here to visit the Quadriga Consulting team page.  

Register Your Interest

M2M in Oil & Gas Ramps Up

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According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of devices with cellular or satellite connectivity deployed in oil & gas applications worldwide was 164,000 at the end of 2011. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.5 percent, this number is expected to reach 435,000 by 2016. The split between cellular and satellite based M2M devices at the end of the forecast period will be 275,000 units and 160,000 units respectively. The oil & gas industry is characterized by remote and inaccessible facilities where wireless communication in many cases is the only viable option for transferring M2M data. Telemetry and M2M solutions can be found in applications such as monitoring and controlling of drills, wells and pipelines.

North America is the forerunner of using wireless M2M solutions in oil & gas applications and the region accounts for almost half of total worldwide device shipments. Many of the leading telemetry industry players with focus on the oil & gas industry such as Pason Systems and Zedi are based in the region. Other notable players are global SCADA vendors such as Schneider Electric, ABB and Honeywell which have all acquired companies specialising in wireless M2M communication and remote monitoring. Players from the telecom industry are also showing interest in this vertical market. Hughes Network Systems is one of the world’s leading VSAT system providers and the company also develops and markets wireless M2M satellite modules for oil & gas applications. Furthermore, SkyWave, a wireless data communications provider, has increased its efforts towards the oil & gas industry, and SCADA applications now account for a growing share of the company’s revenues.

Many factors are driving the M2M market in the oil & gas industry. These include new regulations, rising operating costs due to increasingly inaccessible reserves and accelerating competition between International Oil Companies (IOCs) and National Oil Companies (NOCs). “Demand for improved operational efficiency and new governmental regulations will push the adoption of wireless M2M in the industry”, said Johan Svanberg, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. Advanced SCADA and Wireless M2M solutions can help stakeholders to comply with regulations and meet the high demands on security and efficiency that comes with oil and gas operations. “Wireless M2M, remote automation, control and monitoring are also key ingredients in order to make it cost effective to extract, transport and distribute emerging oil & gas products including LNG and unconventional resources such as shale gas and heavy oil” concluded Mr. Svanberg.

Service Level Management Solution for Government Cloud Now Available on UK Government’s Cloudstore

Media Release (Sponsored)

Anaeko’s ServiceClarity now offers government departments and agencies a cost effective method of maximising business benefit from the move to the cloud.

Anaeko, the IT Service Management software firm, today announced that its ServiceClarity Solution is available via the UK Government’s Cloudstore.

Cloudstore is a key part of the UK Government’s ICT Strategy.  It allows government departments, local authorities and the wider UK public sector to introduce cloud based ICT services.  Services available on the cloudstore have been procured under Official Journal of the EU processes.  Departments or other public sector bodies can then make use of the approved services in the Cloudstore on an as-needed basis.

Anaeko’s ServiceClarity solution now enables public bodies to maximise the business benefits of cloud services.  The public sector, in common with many commercial organisations, is now making much greater use of cloud based ICT in order to more rapidly deliver services.  However, in moving to the cloud there is a risk that services provided by third party organisations fail to meet required service levels.  The ServiceClarity solution allows a clear definition of a service and a clear definition of the expected business benefit. The product then allows a series of the associated key performance indicators to be monitored in real-time – meaning that quality of hybrid cloud services can be monitored from a single dashboard and cloud based platform.

According to Colm Hayden, Anaeko’s CTO, “This marks a kind of coming of age of cloud computing in the UK government.  Cloud is accepted as a way forward for ICT in government.  However, cloud services need to be monitored in the same way as internal IT services used to be monitored in the past.  Increasingly business processes depend on individual cloud components – like cogs in an engine.  Therefore if these cogs aren’t monitored for performance how can managers be certain which components are failing?  ServiceClarity provides that degree of granularity – and managers can choose to measure a modest number of key performance indicators for simple cloud solutions – to many dozens for larger, more complex cloud based solutions.”

For further information about the Cloudstore and to order the ServiceClarity solution public sector mangers should visit http://gcloud.civilservice.gov.uk/cloudstore/.

About Anaeko     See www.anaeko.com

Anaeko is an IT Service Management software company that helps make the process of moving to the Cloud easier for large organizations and public sector bodies. The company delivers tailored software products and solutions that help these organizations monitor and manage large IT environments, particularly hybrid environments that combine on-premise, private cloud and public cloud resources.

About Service Clarity See www.serviceclarity.com

ServiceClarity is Anaeko’s Service Management product for Hybrid environments. It enables the definition, monitoring and review of services and the Key Performance Indicators associated with them, as outlined in service level agreements between the service providers and the service user.

“There’s nothing like surface…”

In this interview with Rory Cellan Jones of the BBC, Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, admits that hardware will be more important in Microsoft’s strategy.  He also dismisses the suggestion that Microsoft is late to market with Surface.  He claims there’s nothing like Surface on the market.  Hmm.

Bill Gates On Windows 8

Just to prove he hasn’t exactly gone away Bill Gates has recorded this interview to prove he still keeps a watching eye on big Microsoft announcements.

And there’s none bigger than Windows 8 at the minute to help revive Microsoft’s lagging performance.

Mobile Money User Base Exploding

From Media Release

According to a new research report by Berg Insight, the number of active mobile money users in emerging markets is forecast to grow from 61 million in 2011 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 36 percent to reach 381 million by 2017. Several of the most successful mobile money services are today in use in Africa, but Asia-Pacific is expected to become the most important regional market, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the active user base in 2017. The total value of mobile money transactions is projected to grow from US$ 44 billion in 2011 at a CAGR of 44 percent to US$ 395 billion in 2017. Mobile money has a central role in extending the reach of formal financial services to the unbanked and financially underserved populations in emerging markets. The mobile phone will also be the primary self-service banking channel for a substantial share of the already banked individuals.

“The industry is in a very exciting phase right now. Mobile money has not only taken off in Kenya – we’re seeing exponential growth in Tanzania, Uganda and several other countries as well”, said Lars Kurkinen, Telecom Analyst, Berg Insight. He adds that a number of services targeting the unbanked have been launched in several of the world’s largest countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Nigeria, Mexico and Argentina. In some countries mobile money services have already matured to the extent that significant business opportunities emerge for companies from adjacent industries, such as insurance providers and merchant acquirers. “Mobile money is reshaping the market for products such as microinsurance, and will drive uptake of electronic payments for goods and services in many emerging economies”, Mr. Kurkinen concludes.

Audio Interview Web Summit: Cloud Vertical

With so many businesses embracing the cloud – and the lurch to the mobile platform for cloud apps for business – there’s an emerging business for cloud analytics.

Here at Web Summit in Dublin I had the chance to interview Dominik Magon, CTO of Cloud Vertical – a trailblazer in this space.

Here he explains why cloud analytics are the new play in town.

 

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