The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) – the new EU telecoms regulator – has met in Brussels for the first time today. It's formed from the telecoms regulators of the 27 EU countries and is designed to help strengthen the single telecoms market and provide consistent regulation across Europe.
BEREC is made up of the heads of the 27 national telecoms regulators and is assisted by an office that provides professional and administrative support. It replaces the 'European Regulators Group', a grouping of national regulators that wasn't integrated into the EU's regulatory process.
Motorola has announced its Q4 and full-year results for 2009. Quarterly sales were $5.7 billion (£3.5 billion) – $22.0 billion for the year – and quarterly profits were $142 million, although the overall year showed a loss.
Quarterly sales in the Mobile Devices segment were $1.8 billion, down 22% year-on-year. Annual sales were also down; $7.1 billion compared to $12.1 billion in 2008. The company shipped 12 million handsets during the quarter and estimates its share of the global handset market was 3.7%.
Nokia's quarterly results are out today. Net sales were down 5% year-on-year to 12 billion Euro (£10.3 billion) but up 22% on the previous quarter. However, sales volumes were up to 126.9 million units – a 12% increase on Q4 2008 and a 17% increase on Q3 2009 – while profits were up substantially and average selling prices also increased slightly. The company says it now has a mobile device market share of 39%, up from an estimated 37% in Q4 2008 and 38% in Q3 2009.
A new report from the Mobile Data Association (MDA) has revealed the UK sent an average of 265 million text messages and 1.6 million picture messages every day last year. That's an annual total of 96.8 billion texts and over 600 million picture messages, with SMS messages showing 23% annual growth and MMS up 9%.
Almost 442 million texts and 4.5 million picture messages were sent on Christmas Day alone - and over 874 million texts were sent for the New Year.