Former T-Mobile USA CEO joins the company
Vodafone Group has split its European operations into two new operating regions; Northern & Central Europe and Southern Europe.
Philipp Humm has been appointed as Chief Executive for Northern & Central Europe with effect from October, while Paolo Bertoluzzo is the new Chief Executive of Southern Europe.
Research In Motion has published quarterly results for the first three months of its current financial year, which ended on 2nd June. It shipped 7.8 million BlackBerry smartphones and 260,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets in the quarter.
Revenue was $2.8 billion (£1.8 billion), down 33% from the previous quarter and down 43% from the same quarter in 2012. The company reported a net quarterly loss of $518 million.
Forecast says share of app revenue will increase but mobile content is falling
A new forecast from Informa Telecoms & Media expects mobile operators to increase their share of app revenues from 10% last year to 17% in 2016. However, they’ll also see their share of mobile content and commerce revenue drop from 44% in 2011 to 31% in 2016.
Although many services including mobile entertainment and messaging are going ‘over the top’, avoiding direct payments to networks, the adoption of carrier billing for paid app downloads will help to offset this lost revenue.
A new study from iGR predicts that amount of mobile data traffic worldwide will reach 7 million terabytes per month by 2016; a figure that’s 16 times bigger than last year’s mobile data usage. Global mobile data traffic in 2011 averaged 433,000 terabytes per month.
The figures include all mobile data networks, including 3G and 4G LTE, but exclude any WiFi traffic that’s been offloaded by mobile networks.
The ‘Google Glass’ wearable mobile computing device will be available to buy early next year - but only to US-based mobile developers. Developers who attended Google’s I/O conference this week have been invited to pre-order the headset, which is expected to sell for $1,500.
Sergey Brin, Google’s CEO, made the announcement today after a Google Glass demonstration that showcased the display and video camera capabilities of the prototype device.