UK operator EE has launched the country’s first pay as you go (PAYG) 4G handset. The operator said that 40 per cent of mobile users in the UK want PAYG plans and that all 4G handsets currently available to pay monthly customers will be available on PAYG.
UK LTE operator EE has switched on what it claims is the world’s fastest LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network in London’s Tech City, claiming to offer speeds of 300Mbps. The network makes use of carrier aggregation – bringing together 20MHz of 1800MHz spectrum and 20MHz of 2.6GHz spectrum. More features will be trialled throughout 2014, EE said.
Infrastructure vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has teamed up with China Mobile’s Research Institute (CMRI) to further their cooperation on research and standardisation of LTE and 5G mobile broadband technologies.
Operator group Orange has launched two own branded smartphones in a bid to offer devices at more accessible prices. The Orange Yumo and Orange Hiro add to the operator’s existing original device manufacture (ODM) range and will be available in certain markets in November. Exact pricing will be announced with local availability.
US telecoms regulator The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has endorsed a voluntary industry agreement to establish interoperable LTE service in the Lower 700MHz band. The move should give smaller US players access to a wider range of devices and increase competition.
Global smartphone shipments grew 45 per cent annually to reach a record 251 million units in the third quarter of 2013, according to research published today. Samsung captured a record 35 percent share of all smartphone volumes worldwide, while Huawei jumped into third place in the rankings, reported research firm Strategy Analytics.
Australian operator Telstra as completed what it claims is the world’s first LTE Broadcast session on a commercial LTE network.
The UMTS Forum has urged regulators in Latin America to speed up the release of digital dividend spectrum in the 700MHz band to mobile operators.
US operator T-Mobile USA is offering 200MB of free LTE data each month to tablet users across the States, even if they are not already a T-Mobile subscriber.
UK operator EE grew its postpaid LTE subscriber base by 72 per cent during the third quarter this year, ending the quarter on almost 1.2 million users. But at £1.43bn the firm’s service revenue was down 3.3 per cent year on year and 4.4 per cent sequentially as it continued to absorb the impact of regulation on termination rates and roaming charges.
Swedish operator group TeliaSonera has suffered a slight decline in revenue for 3Q13. However, this was offset by cost cutting measures which saw the firm decrease its cost base by 3.9 per cent. As a result, although net sales fell to SEK25.4bn ($3.97bn), profit rose to 15.1 per cent to SEK 4.64bn, up from SEK4.03bn in 3Q12.
US operator Verizon has announced an 8.4 per cent year on year increase in service revenues to its wireless business for 3Q13, generating $17.5bn for the quarter and a 33.8 per cent operating income margin. Total revenues for the firm were $20.4 billion in third-quarter 2013, up 7.2 per cent year on year.
iPhone maker Apple has reportedly instructed its supply chain to reduce production of its iPhone 5C, as demand for the handset fails to meet expectations.
Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei has confirmed plans to open a research and development centre in the UK, as part of the firm’s $2bn investment commitment to the nation. The news was confirmed by Huawei CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei as he met with UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne at the vendor’s headquarters in Shenzhen this week.
US operator Sprint has launched its own rich communications service for Android and iOS smartphones, which is compatible with non-Sprint subscribers’ handsets. The app, called Messaging Plus allows subscribers to connect with family and friends via text, instant messaging, group messaging and video chat through a single application.
Senior policy advisor and program manager, Washington State Office of the CIO: “There are huge obstacles when it comes to mission-critical voice.”
Bill Schrier, senior policy advisor and program manager, Washington State Office of the CIO, is speaking on Day Two of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show we find out more about the challenges involved in deploying LTE for critical comms for the Washington State area.
US operator T-Mobile has announced that it is cutting data roaming costs for its customers when they are travelling in more than 100 countries worldwide. The move, announced Wednesday evening by CEO John Legere, builds on the firm’s pricing overhauls in March, when it cut contract lengths and separated the cost of device from the cost of service, lowering monthly rates.
Monday morning a diverse group of private and public sector players, including Google and ‘father of the web’ Sir Tim Berners-Lee, came together to launch a coalition to lead policy and regulatory reform and spur action to drive down artificially high internet prices in developing countries.
New Zealand will soon have a choice of LTE service providers as Telecom New Zealand gears up to launch 4G services in November this year.
South Korean operator SK Telecom has teamed up with chip vendor Intel to cooperate on the development of a virtualised base station (vRAN) that can load and reconfigure all software functions in a general purpose server.