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Global optical networking market off to slow start...
The global optical networking (ON) equipment market is off to a slow start in 2014 according to the latest market share alert from Ovum, the global market analyst firm.
Convergence confusion is causing business leaders to launch ill-judged initiatives
"Most organisations have a limited view of the changes driven by convergence and as such are uncertain of the impact on their business and the industry context in which they operate."
Will court’s decision on the “right to be forgotten” do more harm than good?
"This move may sound reassuring for individuals and their personal freedom; however, it also looks difficult to enforce on a large scale, and may be very disruptive for the functioning of search engines going forward."
Facebook set to "shake up" mobile market
"The entry of Facebook will without doubt shake up the market and keep at least some of these players awake at night."
Facebook’s strong 2013 dimmed by a slowdown in revenue growth
"Mobile continues to be the star of the show in terms of revenues and usage..."
Windows XP EOS: What now for businesses?
"Speaking to CIOs, there are various reasons why a business or institution continues to run Windows XP past the April deadline, and not all of these are low risk scenarios..."
Facebook renews its push into mobile payments
"But when it comes to mobile payments and financial services, Facebook will have its work cut out and the biggest challenge will be consumer trust..."
Wave of consolidation will occur in social messaging in 2014
The recent acquisitions of WhatsApp by Facebook and Viber by Rakuten signal that social communications, and particularly messaging, are becoming a core part of OTT services.
Increase in financial market IT spending points to end of credit crunch
After a few tumultuous years following the banking crisis, IT tech spending in the financial markets is set to rise.
Introducing the world's largest telecoms industry research firm...
"We are experiencing a time of tremendous change in the telecoms, IT and media sectors, with convergence reshaping markets and creating major new business opportunities and challenges."
ICT security transformation underway...
Security and managing risk are the top agenda items for IT decision makers. It's more than just the Target and NSA incidents driving this growth.
Samsung inches forward with Galaxy S5 update
"The challenge for Samsung will be to convince existing users to upgrade to a handset that offers little more than its predecessor or to attract new buyers while its predecessor remain in market."
Facebook aims to connect the "next billion"
"Zuckerberg’s proposal is Facebook-centric, with the social network and OTT players reaping the immediate benefits."
Microsoft ramps up Windows Phone commitment with new partners
"While certainly pragmatic, the Nokia X strategy must have been a hard one for the traditionally proud Microsoft to swallow."
Is Facebook's WhatsApp acquisition a surprise?
Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp should come as no surprise and makes sense for both parties, although there are some key challenges ahead in terms of how Facebook develops and monetises WhatsApp going forward.
Microsoft’s partners remain linchpin of company’s business model
"Gates and Ballmer had reputations for being domineering businessmen, so it will be interesting to see how Nadella is received by the Microsoft ecosystem and partner community in the months ahead."
Wholesale telecoms and enterprise channel conflict to hot up...
This year, the wholesale telecoms industry will wake up to customers’ shifting priorities and the risks posed by internal conflict between wholesale and enterprise channels...
Innovation and disruption ahead for mobile payments market
2014 will not be the year that near-field communication (NFC) takes off – and neither will 2015. A growing number of alternative enabling technologies are readily available, and at lower cost to merchants and consumers.
Ovum: NZ's fibre policy hits a snag...
"The regulator’s recent pricing decisions significantly affect Chorus’ revenue base and investment capacity after 2014, and will also make fibre relatively unattractive to end users."
2014… time to address cyber security time bomb
Keeping business systems safe and protecting the data that they hold has never been more difficult to achieve.
Social messaging set to challenge the social status quo
The social messaging market is rapidly evolving and expanding as messaging players begin to amass hundreds of millions of users.
Is Apple crushing Microsoft with software deal…?
Though the new iPad news will generate the headlines, the changes to Apple’s software licensing for Mac OS X, iLife and iWork is of huge significance, not least for Microsoft.
Twitter must focus on the mobile prize following IPO filing
Following news that Twitter is hoping to raise up to US$1 billion in its IPO, one analyst company has offered a word of caution for the social media giant.
Private deal doesn't solve BlackBerry crisis
Taking the business private doesn’t solve the fundamental problems at the company.