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O2 , Vodafone, and a 4G promise

O2 , Vodafone, and a 4G promise | HBS | Scoop.it

A radical restructuring of the mobile market has been underway - and what we're seeing is the final piece in the jigsaw. There's already a network sharing agreement in place between Everything Everywhere (the daftly named combo of Orange and T-Mobile) and Three, with around 18,000 shared masts by the time the whole operation is completed. Now Vodafone and O2 will have between them 18,500 sites, each delivering coverage to both company's customers. [...] So what we will be left with is two mobile networks at the wholesale level, with consumers then able to choose between four main suppliers, plus virtual network operators like Tesco and Virgin. Much the same, in fact, as the fixed line industry, where BT and Virgin Media have an effective wholesale duopoly, but there is still plenty of choice at the retail level.

 

Sidenote: 50% of UK teenagers now have a smartphone

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Euro 2012 earns elite-level income

UEFA will earn commercial revenues of at least $1.6 billion for the 16-team tournament in Poland and Ukraine, rivaling FIFA’s 32-nation World Cup for average match value. [...] Euro 2012 will bring a near-daily diet of ratings bigger than the Super Bowl. [...] The 31-match tournament is set to reap $51.6 million a game, compared with FIFA’s average earnings of $56.7 million from the 2010 World Cup. [...] Teams get a bigger participation fee than at the World Cup and clubs get a bigger share than FIFA gives from World Cup revenues. [...] A fashionable view values the Champions League above the World Cup, and its commercial revenues will top $1.6 billion for each of the next three seasons. [...] A team can earn a maximum $23 million for lifting the trophy having won all three group games. Spain got $30 million from FIFA for its 2010 World Cup title.

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Imagining the world in 2050

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Slideshow: Imagining the world in 2050 "Megachange", a new book from The Economist, imagines how the world will look in 2050. 
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Social curation is much more than just a market

Social curation is much more than just a market | HBS | Scoop.it

One of the characteristics of online activities that transcend simple markets is that they are analogous to behaviors that seem to be hardwired into humans. People have always had the desire to create, share what we’ve created and see what others have created. [...] Humans also love to collect things [...] “Curation” is simply a stiff sounding word for an innate human activity — collecting, organizing and sharing — that people are now engaging in online, Compared to creating original content, curation is even easier.

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Why Facebook has won the mobile photo war

Why Facebook has won the mobile photo war | HBS | Scoop.it

Photos are the reason many of us continue to engage with Facebook. [...] As Facebook has shown, people love engaging and interacting with photos more than simple text. [...] Photos are meant to elicit emotion. And they are inherently social. [...] On average more than 300 million photos were uploaded to Facebook per day in the three months ended March 31, 2012. [...] Facebook’s Camera app is a useful tool for seeing, sharing and interacting with photos that are part of your private social graph. [...] Buying Instagram brought Facebook access to the public graph. [...] Facebook now owns both private and public graphs and, as such, is on its way to dominating the mobile photo-sharing market.

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Nokia Advances Most in Five Months on Takeover Speculation

Nokia Advances Most in Five Months on Takeover Speculation | HBS | Scoop.it

Nokia Oyj, the mobile-phone maker struggling to recover lost market share, jumped the most in five months as investors speculated the company may receive a takeover bid. [...] Nokia has lost more than 70 billion euros ($87 billion) in market value since Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007, taking the lead in smartphone innovation. Samsung Electronics Co. overtook Nokia in the first quarter as the world’s largest handset maker, according to Gartner Inc.

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