Fresh from its attempt to scupper a potential deal between US operator Sprint Nextel and Wimax operator Clearwire, Dish Network is now going right for the source with a $25.5bn offer to merge with Sprint.
Smartphone apps that offer a balance between HTML5-based web apps and native apps will be predominantly in use by 2016, according to predictions from research firm Gartner.
Qatari consumers can now begin enjoying 4G services, as the country’s incumbent operator Ooredoo announced the launch of its LTE network. Ooredoo’s 4G service will initially be available via mifi and dongle devices, and the operator is currently working on making 4G available on smartphones in Qatar.
Open source software manufacturer Mozilla has announced that CEO Gary Kovacs will be stepping down from his role later this year. A search for a successor to Kovacs, who became CEO in 2010, will begin immediately, the firm said.
The US Department of Justice’s (DoJ) Antitrust Division has called on telecoms regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to more aggressively regulate the amount of spectrum that the country’s larger operators are able to own.
The UK arm of Spanish operator Telefónica O2, has introduced a tariff that allows customers to buy a new handset while tied in to a contract, without having to pay additional costs.
German operator group Deutsche Telekom has submitted what it says is a final offer for US operator MetroPCS. The firm hopes to persuade a number of MetroPCS’s shareholders that voiced objections to the terms of the initial bid.
Smaller operators and new entrants to the market appear to be growing increasingly frustrated by the power wielded by the industry’s big players. This trend was evident this week, as three of Canada’s smaller operators announced their withdrawal from industry body the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA).
Chinese infrastructure vendor and device manufacturer Huawei and the Australian government appear to have settled their differences as Huawei reaffirmed its commitment to the Australian market this week.
Industry body the GSMA has called for national governments and regulators to review their approach to Universal Service Fund (USF) levies. The GSMA surveyed 64 USFs and found that most of them remain inefficient and ineffective, with more than $11bn waiting to be disbursed between them.
A pressure group with members including Microsoft, Oracle and Nokia has filed a complaint with the European Commission claiming that Google has used anti-competitive practices to dominate the mobile space. Fairsearch claimed that Google has unfairly cemented its control over consumers’ mobile internet experience and in online advertising for mobile.
UK operator EE has defended Apple’s policy of preventing mobile operators from offering the iPhone 5 as an LTE device until it has tested the performance of their LTE networks. The operator launched its 4G network in September 2012, with the iPhone available at launch as an LTE device.
Australian mobile subscribers are set to benefit from a wider choice of LTE service providers after Vodafone Australia announced it will launch its 4G service in June. In doing so, Vodafone will become Australia’s third 4G network.
Networking vendor Cisco, cresting the wave of IP integration, has been taking major strides into the telco world in recent weeks through a host of acquisitions, including LTE small-cell specialist Ubiquisys, policy management solutions firm BroadHop and SON software provider Intucell. The 66,000 employee-strong, $8bn per year profit making business is well placed to exploit the opportunity in the telecoms space.
Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei has posted its financial results for 2012, in which it saw its net profit increase by almost a quarter year on year to reach CNY15.38bn ($2.47bn). Revenue for the year stood at CNY220bn, up from the CNY203.9bn recorded in 2011.
Swedish network infrastructure vendor Ericsson has acquired Microsoft’s TV solution Mediaroom for an undisclosed sum. Mediaroom is the technology used by operators such as AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and Swisscom for their TV offerings. The technology is used on more than 22 million set top boxes worldwide.
UK operator group EE announced Tuesday that it is doubling network speeds for all of its 4G LTE subscribers.
The number of tablets sold globally will surpass the number of PCs sold by 2017, according to analyst firm Gartner. Sales of Android smartphones are also expected to triple between 2012 and 2017, the firm forecasted.
Ahead of its first-quarter earnings, South Korean handset manufacturer Samsung has issued a preliminary financial statement notifying shareholders that profits are set to rise by 53 per cent year on year.
Operator group Telecom Italia has confirmed it is in talks over a potential takeover of Hong Kong based Hutchison Whampoa’s Italian operation.