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MWC 2014: OTTs to take centre stage at conference on Day 1

Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp last week was exquisitely timed, taking place just a few days before the start of Mobile World Congress. The GSM Association has landed an unexpected windfall for its conference program, having already scheduled WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to speak on the first day, Monday 24 February,… Read more

Pamela Clark-Dickson

Facebook pips Apple iMessage with launch of Facebook Messenger cross-platform messaging application

Facebook has taken the wraps off Facebook Messenger, a separate mobile messaging application which has been developed by the same team that developed the Beluga group messaging application (Facebook acquired Beluga in Mar. 2011). Facebook Messenger will compete with BlackBerry Messenger and Apple’s forthcoming iMessage, in that it will provide a messaging-over-IP (MoIP) capability. However,… Read more

Pamela Clark-Dickson

Orange’s partnership with Google underlines the importance of SMS as a bearer for Internet services in emerging markets, says Pamela Clark-Dickson

Orange’s decision to partner with Google to provide Google’s Gmail SMS Chat to the subscribers of its operating companies in the Middle East and Africa is an acknowledgement by both parties that those who live in emerging markets are just as interested in accessing Internet services as those who live in developed markets. By enabling… Read more

Pamela Clark-Dickson