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Forecourts set to benefit from $724 billion contactless payment market

The potential value of the global contactless payments market is estimated at $724 billion. These payments are gaining momentum in the US and Asia-Pacific, and developments in Europe are imminent. Furthermore, the speed of the technology's development - from early trials in 2002 to full commercial launches in 2005 - shows the strength of the proposition to issuers, merchants and consumers alike.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jun 2006
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Wanadoo: France fine, Freeserve feeble

Wanadoo's improved revenue figures can be largely attributed to a growing interest in broadband Internet access and increased sales of online advertising. However, Wanadoo's UK business Freeserve looks less healthy. It has just 68,000 broadband subscribers - far less than its rival BTOpenWorld.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Apr 2003
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CommentWire

Nokia: sound and vision

Nokia's increased profitability hides some problems. Wireless network equipment sales are expected to stay low, and its average handset price is slipping. Nokia is now hoping that demand for phones with color displays or multiple features will pick up, and consequently improve its position.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Apr 2003
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Mobile payments: jury's still out

NTT DoCoMo is to trial a credit card linked mobile payment service in June. However, it may be found that the new payment system fails to present a strong enough business case. Conversely, there seems to be much more room for success in the micro-payments market. Yet even that niche will prove difficult to crack.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
07 Apr 2003
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CommentWire

Nitel: into foreign hands

The Nigerian government has handed over control of its notoriously inefficient and corrupt state-run telecom operator to a Dutch telecoms consultancy, with a view to a later IPO. The consultancy, Pentascope International, may have to ensure heavy investment in the network to meet its contractual obligations.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Mar 2003
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IDT: crossing the line

IDT is hoping that by raising security concerns it will stand a better chance of acquiring Global Crossing. Hutchison Telecommunications and Singapore Technologies Telemedia are currently in line to get the assets, but IDT CEO James Courter's experience as a congressman might help him to find the right political strings to pull.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Feb 2003
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CommentWire

France Telecom: life after debt

In the euphoria of the dot.com boom France Telecom went on a buying spree that earned it the dubious title of Europe's most indebted phone company. Then last year it suffered the second biggest losses in French corporate history and the resignation of its CEO. Details of a new bond issue, however, hint at brighter times beyond the gloom.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jan 2003
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CommentWire

BT: reassessing Openworld's strategy (again)

By splitting BT Openworld and then handing it to the retail arm, BT hopes to create a more customer-focused business. The separation between Internet access and portal services intends to remove overlaps between the Telecoms operator and its ISP. Yet, the reshuffle of Openworld raises questions as to whether BT's broadband strategy was flawed in the first place.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
18 Dec 2002
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CommentWire

eBay: a trust it can't build alone

The fear of fraud is one of the most powerful inhibitors of online spending, and recent security scandals targeting eBay have once again made trust the issue. Much is being done to combat online fraud, but more could be done to advise customers on safe online shopping and put their fears into perspective. Datamonitor believes it's time for an independent Internet watchdog to take on such a role.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Dec 2002
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US gets serious on cyber-terrorism

The US government is carrying out its war on terrorism on many fronts. One of the latest initiatives is the Bush administration's Cyber Security Research and Development Act, which earmarks $900 million for IT security research. Datamonitor's Ian Williams investigates what the money will do for the online community - and for the IT security industry.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Dec 2002

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