Pyramid Points

  • Claro Honduras and Movistar Panama launch LTE in Central America 08 April 2015 As of March 2015, LTE services are available in four out of six markets in Central America. Claro Honduras and Movistar Panama are the most recent operators to launch LTE in Central America, raising the total to seven.  EXHIBIT 1: OPERATORS OFFERING LTE SERVICES IN CENTRAL AMERICA, MARCH 2015 Source: 4G Americas, Pyramid Research   Claro joins Tigo as an LTE provider in Honduras Tigo was the firs…
  • Five reasons why Jasper is doing so well in Latin America 08 April 2015 Jasper received the “Best Mobile Innovation for the Internet of Things” award for its cloud-based IoT/M2M management connectivity platform at the GSMA Global Mobile Awards at Mobile World Congress 2015. In Latin America, where Jasper has already sealed agreements with Telefonica, America Movil, Tigo and Personal Telecom, IoT/M2M connections will reach 25.9m by year-end 2015, a 27% increase over 20…
  • Orange acquires the remaining 5% stake in Mobinil from Orascom Telecom Media and Technology 26 March 2015 Orange and Orascom announced back on February 23 that a common agreement has been signed regarding Orascom’s remaining direct and indirect stakes in the Egyptian telecom operator, Mobinil, for $240m. Through the deal, Orange exercises its option to acquire Orascom’s remaining 5% stake and 28.75% voting rights, bringing its total ownership of the telco to 99%. The remaining 1% continues to be publi…
  • Movistar launches LTE in Venezuela, but challenges loom ahead 25 February 2015 Country-specific factors will hinder Movistar Venezuela’s ability to extend coverage of its LTE network and to accelerate LTE subscriber growth. On February 19, 2015, Movistar Venezuela announced the commercial launch of its LTE network in the capital Caracas and eastern city of Puerto la Cruz. The mobile operator is using a long-awaited, recently awarded 20MHz of spectrum in the AWS band, in whic…
  • M2M cloud platforms accelerate MNO's time to market for valued added services 15 October 2014 M2M Cloud platforms help Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) develop services, manage and assemble service packages that telcos would otherwise have to integrate themselves, reducing both time-to-market cycles and CAPEX for product launches. Axeda and Jasper have adopted vertical-focused M2M cloud platform strategies to help MNOs capitalize on the IoT and M2M opportunity. It is high time for MNOs to …
  • Apple Watch Overcomes Design Challenges, Sets New Standard for Functionality 16 September 2014 At the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on September 9, Apple also announced the Apple Watch. At Pyramid Research, we like the Apple Watch design options and user interface, as well as the range of functions, connectivity and applications the company has managed to pack into such a small device, and expect the Apple Watch to lead the proliferation of smartwatches over the next few years. Its bat…
  • The Swiss army knife framework for CapEx optimization 15 February 2014 These trends are spreading even to emerging markets, putting intense pressure on telecom operators that need to build new networks, ensure quality of service and fund innovation. One way to overcome these challenges is CapEx optimization. Contrary to set ideas/misconceptions, CapEx optimization isn´t about bold cost-cutting, it is about investing smartly: the right amount, at the right time and i…
  • Implications of the Google-Lenovo Deal 12 February 2014 Google’s decision to sell its Motorola device unit to Lenovo, while not necessarily seismic, was notable enough to register on the smartphone market’s Richter’s scale. Google will sell Motorola for $2.91bn, slightly less than two years after acquiring the cellphone maker. The transaction inspires a number of quick reaction points: It is a sign of times that Google is –mostly– being heralded for…
  • Cisco and NEC optimize telco cloud delivery for small and midsize businesses 16 January 2014 Cloud aggregation platforms serve to bring together multiple cloud vendors; they can also help telcos develop services, manage catalogs and assemble service packages that telcos would otherwise have to integrate themselves, reducing both time-to-market cycles and capex for product launches. NEC and Cisco have adopted segment-focused cloud aggregation platform strategies to help telcos capitalize o…