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SK Telecom claims first commercial 2G/3G over LTE

SK Telecom claims first 2G/3G over LTE

South Korean telco SK Telecom has announced the launch of what it claims is the world’s first commercialised 2G/3G over LTE technology, enabling 2G and 3G services through LTE network. The operator said it expects the technology to improve service stability, and enhance network building and operation capabilities.

Liquid turbo-charges broadband with FTTH in Africa

Liquid Telecoms is rolling out FTTH across Africa

Liquid Telecom, the pan-Africa service provider, has provided an update on its Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) rollout, claiming the fastest ever African enterprise and retail broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps.

Simfy Africa embraces Microsoft Windows Partner Device Strategy

Simfy joins Microsoft

Music streaming service Simfy Africa has announced it has joined Microsoft’s Windows Partner Device Strategy programme and will have its app and service featured in future devices produced under the programme.

Ericsson, Millicom partner on Tigo Cash for West Africa

Mobile money services are popular in Africa

Ericsson has announced its Wallet Platform has been deployed by Millicom-owned Tigo Senegal to offer financial services to customers across West Africa. Tigo Cash mobile services allow subscribers to make payments, store, transfer and withdraw money using a mobile device, even if the user doesn’t have access to traditional banking services.

African telcos insist LTE is vital to the region

Panellists at AfricaCom discussed LTE prospects in Africa

Day two of AfricaCom 2014 saw a group of the continent’s most influential telecoms companies engaged in a panel discussion around the importance of LTE to Africa’s digital economy. With fixed broadband infrastructure still relatively thin on the ground, mobile broadband represents the only opportunity many Africans have to get online. While 3G may be the entry point for this, LTE offers many advantages, including simplicity, speed and data-optimization.

$47 billion global mobile operator revenue boost untapped – report

Openet Survey says operators could boost revenues by $47b

Mobile operators could boost annual global data revenues by $47 billion through brushing up their upsell strategies, according to a report by BSS solution provider Openet. The report said telcos should have a system in place which, by taking into account the customer context, automatically triggers the most relevant offer to be sent to the customer device, allowing the immediate purchase and activation of the product.

Telcos, OTTs declare peace at AfricaCom

Telcos and OTTs connecting at AfricaCom

Peace broke out between telcos and OTT players on the opening day of AfricaCom 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. The headline discussion panel attempted to tackle the longstanding issue of cooperation between mobile operators, which invest in the infrastructure to provide mobile broadband, and over-the-top (OTT) service providers, which rely on that infrastructure to serve their customers.

Submarine cable to connect Africa with the Americas

New transatlantic submarine cable will connect Africa to South America

Cable network operator Angola Cables has announced its intentions to build the world’s first submarine cable network to link South America and Africa, in partnership with infrastructure provider NEC.

Africa mobile data use rising, broadband speed lags – report

Mobile data use in Africa is growing fast

Mobile data connections and services continue to grow strongly in Africa, but the continent lags behind most of the world in terms of high-speed broadband connectivity, according to a report by analyst firm Ovum. However, mobile broadband connections in Africa are set to rise from 96 million in 2013 to 950 million to cover 77.3% of all mobile subscriptions in the continent by the end of 2019.

Intersec nabs $20m to bolster telco big data initiatives

Intersec will use the $20m to expand outside the telecoms sector

Intersec has secured $20m in a round of funding that the company will use to bolster the reach of its big data platform for telcos and its expansion outside of telecoms.

AT&T to acquire Mexico’s Iusacell

AT&T set to enter Mexican mobile market

AT&T has announced it has agreed to acquire Iusacell from Grupo Salinas for $2.5 billion, including the mobile operator’s debt, all wireless properties and its 8.6 million subscribers. However, the transaction will only take place once Grupo Salinas has finalised its purchase of 50% of Iusacell that it currently doesn’t own.

4G, wifi drive out-of-home data boom – report

UK out-of-home data on 4G and wifi stands at 35.6 petabytes per month

4G and public wifi networks now account for approximately 35.6 petabytes of data consumed by the UK public when out-of-home every month, according to a report by UK government advisory firm Broadband Stakholder Group (BSG). The study found that data consumed out of the home accounts for roughly 5% of all data used in the UK, with residential broadband generating approximately 650 petabytes per month.

Operator churn could rise to 50% in 12 months – report

Operators should mind the churn potential

Ovum has published a report claiming operators could lose almost half of their existing customers within the next year. According to the analyst firm, about a quarter of all users say they will definitely switch to another provider, while another quarter are actively considering changing.

Ofcom announces plans for next UK spectrum auction

Ofcom is planning for the next spectrum auction

The UK telecoms regulator has announced initial plans for the UK’s next spectrum auction for the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz bands. Ofcom is asking bidders to provide input for proposals for the auction, expected to take place in late 2015 or early 2016.

Swiss telcos form net neutrality agreement

Net neutrality is a hotly debated and controversial issue

The four leading Swiss service providers, as well as the country’s cable operator association Swisscable, have joined forces to formulate an official code of conduct on net neutrality. Swisscom, Sunrise, UPC Cablecom and Orange, as well as Swisscable, are working to keep the internet open in Switzerland, according to an official statement from Swisscom.

Verizon aims legal threat at FCC over net neutrality

Verizon warns FCC against imposing more red tape

Verizon has aimed the threat of litigation against the FCC if it fails to correctly position its next move in the perennial debate of net neutrality. On its policy blog page, Randal Milch, Verizon’s General Counsel said: “whatever the FCC decides about new Net Neutrality rules, the whole thing is headed for another round in court.”

ADTRAN to launch commercial G.fast in Q2 2015

ADTRAN to launch commerical G.fast next year

Broadband access specialist ADTRAN has revealed it will launch its G.fast product by the end of the second quarter of 2015. The company said it is moving from a technology concept to commercial reality, helping service providers take advantage of existing networks and bypass cost restrictions posed by fibre-to-the-home ((FTTH) implementations.

Half of world’s population on mobile web by 2020 – report

Number of people accessing mobile web set to double in five years

Half of the world’s population (3.8 billion people) will be connected to mobile internet by 2020, according to a report published by the international mobile operator association GSMA. The report, which focuses on digital inclusion and efforts made to connect ‘offline’ populations, said mobile web users in developing countries will double from 1.5 billion in 2013 to 3 billion in the next five years.

HP, Wind River collaborate on Open Stack-based NFV solution

HP and Wind River working to create a new NFV platform

HP has announced it will begin developing original NFV capabilities in partnership with network virtualization specialist Wind River. Carrier-grade network technologies from Wind River will be integrated into HP’s Helion OpenStack technology, and is intended to provide service providers with an open-source based cloud platform bringing enhanced reliability to NFV

UK government outlines plans for compulsory national roaming

Achieving mobile connection can sometimes take a bit of creativity

The department for culture, media and sport has outlined its plans to tackle so called mobile not-spots in rural UK. The proposals include the option of compulsory network sharing, which would mean allowing users national roaming much in the same way that now only happens during international travel.

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