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GSMA forecasts 3.2 billion mobile subscribers worldwide this year

Most people in the world still don't have a mobile phone

The GSMA, the trade organisation that represents more than a thousand companies in the mobile industry, has published new research that shows the industry still has plenty of growth potential.

Total mobile connections worldwide are expected to reach 6.8 billion by the fourth quarter of this year. When machine-to machine communications and inactive SIM cards are excluded, the figure is 5.9 billion connections.

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Google quarterly results show revenue up but profits down

Google published its quarterly results yesterday, revealing a drop in quarterly profits. There was also embarrassment when a draft version of the results was published early.

Third quarter revenue was up year-on-year to $14.1 billion although net income fell by around 20% to $2.18 billion from the previous year’s figure. UK revenue was $1.2 billion.

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Nokia Q3 figures show another quarterly loss

Nokia Corporation has published its quarterly results for the third quarter of 2012. Net sales were down 19% on the same quarter last year to €7.24 billion and the company made a much bigger loss than it did in Q3 2011: €576 million compared with €71 million last year.

However, the loss was less than the two previous quarters.

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Apple's UK appeal against iPad design ruling is rejected

The High Court in London has rejected Apple’s appeal against a ruling that Samsung hadn’t infringed its iPad design. Samsung won the original case in July with a judge deciding the Samsung Galaxy Tab range was “not as cool” as the Apple iPad’s appearance.

Part of the ruling involved Apple running advertisements saying that Samsung hadn’t copied its designs.

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Mobile phone companies form new 4G joint venture to tackle TV interference

The UK’s ‘big four’ mobile phone operators - EE, Telefónica O2, Three and Vodafone - have formed a jointly-controlled company called Digital Mobile Spectrum.

It’ll help any households experiencing TV signal interference when 4G mobile services are introduced on the 800MHz frequency band.

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