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Mobile broadband customers are happy to pay more if they get what they want

Mobile broadband customers want more value-added services to choose from and are willing to pay their network operator for personalisation across these extra services.

Those are some of the findings from a survey sponsored by mobile broadband specialist Tekelec.

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New report says mobile banking has 'taken hold around the globe'

Mobile banking has seen significant worldwide adoption in the last twelve months, according to a new report from global consultancy Bain & Company. Its Customer Loyalty in Retail Banking report notes that the highest mobile banking penetration was in South Korea, where 47% of respondents had interacted with mobile banking in the previous three months.

The highest frequency of using mobile banking was noticed in the USA, with survey respondents averaging 4.9 mobile transactions in the previous three months.

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Juniper Research says NFC growth will be slower than expected

Apple iPhone 5 is blamed

Juniper Research has revised its forecasts for the worldwide NFC market, lowering its estimates for NFC growth in North America and Western Europe.

It says Apple’s decision not to include NFC technology in its iPhone 5 has reduced the confidence of brands and retailers, which means we’ll see fewer NFC marketing campaigns and less interest in rolling out new Point of Sale equipment.

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Apple, Google Maps run afoul of South Korea

VOA News writes:

Some map applications are stirring up trouble, virtually erasing South Korea's claims to an island chain also claimed by Japan.

​​Both Apple and Google have removed the Korean name for the islands from their English and Japanese map services.

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UK becomes one of the world’s top ten information and communication technology economies

The International Telecommunication Union - the United Nations’ agency for Information and Communication technologies - has published its latest figures showing how the uptake of ICT is growing around the world.

Its latest annual report ranks the Republic of Korea (South Korea) as the world’s most advanced ICT economy, followed by Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland. The UK is a new entry in the ICT top ten, moving up from last year’s 14th place to 9th place in 2012.

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