Carrier billing spend for digital goods to exceed $74bn in 2026
More consumers are paying for digital goods via their mobile bill than ever before. Juniper Research predicts that the amount spent will exceed $74bn within four years – up from $54bn in 2022, with digital games driving much of this growth.
Verizon Business CEO Tami Erwin steps down
Tami Erwin is leaving Verizon Business after 35 years, starting as a customer service representative before overseeing the rise of a division that has more than $30 billion in annual revenue and more than 26,000 employees.
GSMA warns ‘imbalances’ could undermine Internet growth
Mobile industry body the GSMA says operators are disproportionately affected by regulations, taxes and spectrum costs when compared to other Internet companies. It has published a report that argues unless these issues are addressed, then they will not be able to invest in infrastructure that will benefit the entire Internet value chain.
Virgin Media O2 business gets new director of SMB
Virgin Media O2 Business has named Catherine Amran is its director of SMB. The operator, formed through a merger last year, has also detailed a ‘Get more’ tech fund for medium businesses to aid their digital transformation.
Omdia expects 1.3bn 5G connections in 2022
New research suggests 5G will account for 60% of global mobile service revenues in 40% of all connections globally by 2026. In the short term, more connections will be added this year than the past three years combined, reaching 1.3bn by 2022.
Vodafone adds former Ofcom CEO to its board
Informa CEO Stephen Carter has been appointed non-executive director of Vodafone. Carter previously held senior executive positions at Alcatel Lucent, is a non-executive director of United Utilities, and was the first chief executive of regulator Ofcom.
BT connects 7.2m to full fibre
BT has now connected 7.2 million homes and businesses, with 25% of premises able to access the network taking out a subscription. Revenues were down 2%to £20.9 billion, while profitability increased by the same percentage. Meanwhile, the company’s cost savings target has been extended from £2 billion by the end of 2024 to £2.5 billion by 2025.
Vodafone names former Arm and Orange execs to its board
Vodafone has appointed former ARM chief executive Simon Segars and the former Orange and France Televisions executive Delphine Ernotte Cunci as non-executive directors. The operator hipes the appointments will provide additional experience in the technology, media, and telecoms industries.
Nearly 2,000 cities around the world now have 5G
5G is now available in 1,947 cities across the world, with 635 added in 2021 and two being connected every single day. Viavi’s ‘state of 5G report’ found that there were 72 countries with a next-generation network, with United States and China having the most 5G cities.
Community Fibre passes 500,000 London homes
Full fibre provider Community Fibre’s network is now available to half a million homes and 116,000 businesses in the capital. It says the milestone is a key achievement as it seeks to achieve its goal of reaching 2.2 million properties by the end of 2024.
5G voice users to reach 2.5bn by 2026
A study by Juniper Research has found the number of Voice-over-5G users will increase from 290 million in 2022 to 2.5 billion by 2026. The technology will help mobile operators compete with OTT services by offering interactive calling directly within a native phone application.
Long-serving Jim Cathey is Qualcomm’s new chief commercial officer. He has been with the company since 2006, holding a range of positions, including president of its global business, and will report directly to chief executive Cristiano Amon.
Former Vodafone CTO joins BAI Communications
BAI Communications has appointed industry veteran Steve Pusey as chair of its board. Pusey served nine years as Vodafone CTO, having also had spells at Nortel and BT.