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Telenor takes a bold step in partnership with Telefonica’s BlueVia

I have a long been a huge, huge enthusiastic fan of Telefonica’s BlueVia. You only need to do a search here on Mobile Industry Review for the keyword ‘BlueVia’ to find out just how much of a fan. BlueVia sought to provide a series of APIs directly into it’s own network to enable developers to […]

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Operators

Everything Everywhere, O2 and Vodafone’s m-commerce JV has a green light

It’s not often that you see the PRs of three major operators playing nicely. Today, however, the stars have aligned. Here’s a statement from all three of them about their upcoming m-commerce JV. I just hope this doesn’t go the way of the Wholesale Application Community (“WAC”) which spent a lot of money and went […]

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Operators

O2 wins 1.4m sim deal with G4S for M2M connectivity services

Just got this one through from the team at O2 UK. This is the kind of news I’ve been waiting for regarding M2M. This is the sort of deal I want to be reading about. For too long M2M (“machine to machine”) mobile services have been lauded and ramped — and whilst there’s a few […]

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Operators

Matthew Key of Telefonica Digital, telling it straight

I particularly liked this quote at the end of this Financial Times piece regarding Telefonica Digital. It’s from the division’s Chief Executive, Matthew Key: “We are clear about what we are good at and it’s not hardware,” he says. “We also don’t want to be the next Facebook or Google. That game is over. We […]

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Applications Operators

TU me: Telefonica’s integrated, smart over-the-top (“OTT”) messaging service

First, let me say kudos to the Telefonica Digital team behind TU Me. Second, let me say: Yah-boo-sucks to the rest of the mobile operator community that’s been standing still, watching paint dry for the last few years doing absolutely nothing to innovate anything more exciting than a slightly modified price plan. TU Me is […]

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Operators

Wayra is Telefonica’s astonishingly smart startup accelerator: I love it!

I’ve been sitting thinking about Wayra for a month now. I’ve had plenty of opportunity to consider the concept after attending an introductory day in Madrid back in February. What I saw that day absolutely astonished me. For someone who’s seen mobile operators struggle with anything approaching the word ‘innovation’ across the last decade, I’m […]

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Operators

Watch how this one plays out: o2 sending mobile numbers to every website you visit

There’s a mini firestorm brewing this morning around o2 UK. Earlier this morning, Matt Brian over at The Next Web broke the story about a ridiculously shocking privacy breach by o2. Here’s a bit of Matt’s story: If you reside in the UK and you are one of the millions of subscribers to mobile operator […]

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Operators

o2 is eating it’s own dog food with “Joined Up People” enterprise offering

Kudos to o2 Enterprise. The team specialises in helping enterprise organisations embrace flexible working. Instead of simply knocking out a few whitepapers, the company has taken a different path. It’s embraced the flexible working ethos itself! Here’s a quote from their story [PDF]: We’ve been on a journey. We’ve saved millions. We use hundreds fewer desks. We’ve changed […]

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Operators

Telefonica Digital is heading to Regent Street

I think the Telefonica Digital team are winning when it comes to office locations. You’ve got most of Vodafone and Everything Everywhere camped out at Paddington whilst — as far as I know — 3 still dominates the Maidenhead skyline. Yeah: Telefonica guys, you’ve won out. Being based at the bottom of Regent Street right […]

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Operators Services

o2’s innovation team launches international calling card app – love it!

I have to say kudos to the team at o2’s innovation labs. Kudos gents. They’ve created an international calling card application that you can download for your app. It’s a really nice idea — and something that I think most o2 customers who call abroad now-and-again should have on their phone. If you’re a regular […]

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Applications Operators Services

Location ‘holy grail’ features now offered by BlueVia

Now then, for years — YEARS — developers have been crying out for proper location APIs from mobile operators to use. Years. It got so bad that the unthinkable eventually happened — Nokia was forced to start including GPS chips in their handsets. It was THAT bad. And it was unthinkable because of the battery […]

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BlueVia’s API now reaches 150 million subscribers

BlueVia, Telefonica’s developer arm, now reaches a whopping 150 million subscribers across 7 countries — or, to put this in context — you can now reach over half of Telefonica’s 290 million customers. News like this really does demonstrate the power and flexibility of the BlueVia API. In one swoop, they’ve enabled their service for […]