France KICKS UK into THIRD PLACE for public Wi-Fi hotspots

US takes second spot, and Asian giants loom

The UK is ranked third in the world for publicly available Wi-Fi, with one hotspot per 11 people, according to research released on Monday, but France leads the way, while the US steals second place.…

AT&T, Ericsson virtualise IMS CSCF on OpenStack

AT&T and Ericsson announced that the companies have jointly demonstrated a virtualised IMS (IP multimedia subsystem) node call session control function (CSCF) on OpenStack using Ericsson’s cloud execution and management platform.

Japan tells operators: Put a SIM lock in a new mobe? You’d better UNLOCK it for FREE

SIM liberty to promote competition

From May next year, all mobile phones sold in Japan will either arrive unlocked or be able to be unlocked.…

Manufacturers SLAM UK.gov: ‘High speed broadband’ rollout is TOO SLOW

Not impressed with ‘poor communication’, either

Manufacturers have slammed the UK government for its “poor communication” and “lack of clarity” over the high speed Broadband UK (BDUK) programme.…

Greeks BEST in WORLD – at, er, breaking their mobile phones

Blighty’s not much better at preserving Jesus Phones either

Insurance is dull. Mobile phone insurance is doubly so, to spice it up insurance company SquareTrade has published figures for how good people in different countries are at using their phones without falling over.…

Global smartphone market Q3 2014 – Xiaomi up to third

Telecoms.com tracks the top 10 smartphone vendor’s quarterly shipments through a combination of their own published numbers, analyst numbers and, when neither are available, our own research and estimates. We collate them in a table to make it easy to track global smartphone trends.

Huawei, China Telecom claim the first optical transport SDN

Huawei, China Telecom Fujian (CTF) and China Telecom Beijing Research Institute (CTBRI) have announced the successful completion of what they claim is the world’s first transport software defined network (T-SDN) deployment.

Alcatel-Lucent adjusts cyber security strategy with Thales sale

Defence specialist Thales has confirmed the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent’s cyber security services and solutions division, as well as its communications security activities. In a strategic partnership, the two organisations claim the expertise of each will provide holistic, secure communications services.

That ‘TECH-FREE’ Nophone? It was already out years ago

Well, sort of… Remember the Stuckist Phone?

A “tech free” phone has raised over $18,000 on Kickstarter. The electronics-free “NoPhone” provides “a rectangle of smooth, cold plastic to clutch without forgoing any potential engagement with your direct environment” – according to its makers.…