Much has been made of the perceived spectrum shortage in the US. While operators will arguably never be satisfied with the amount of spectrum they possess and will always welcome more, in terms of MHz available per subscriber in the market, the US does look as though it is lacking in comparison to other major markets.
Brazilian operator Claro Brazil has signed an agreement with M2M platform provider Jasper Wireless to serve its M2M customers across 2,000 cities in Brazil.
Spain’s Telefónica said late Friday that the Venezuelan Government’s recent decision to devalue its currency will result in a charge of €438m against its full year earnings for 2012. Earlier this month the South American nation reset the exchange rate from 4.3 bolivars to the dollar to 6.3 bolivars.
Tablets could be responsible for as much as 20 per cent of Google’s paid for search ad clicks in the US in 2013, which considering the company reported advertising revenue in 2012 of $46bn, could be a very big number.
With over 60 countries having launched commercial LTE networks, it’s no surprise that data speeds are not globally uniform. What might come as a surprise though is the claim that Japan, with one of the most advanced mobile markets in the world, has the slowest LTE experience at 7.1Mbps download. While Sweden, home of the first commercial LTE network, has maintained a crown with the fastest experience at 22.1Mbps on average.
Mexican operator group América Móvil has seen its net profit for 4Q12 drop by 8.2 per cent to 15bn pesos ($1.2bn), while revenue for the quarter fell 1.1 per cent to 198bn pesos. The firm blamed the account of the depreciation of various currencies versus the peso.
Brazilian appetite for broadband connections shows no signs of waning, according to Cisco’s latest Broadband Barometer, which found that there were 25.5mn fixed broadband connections in Brazil offering speeds of 2 Mbps and over by the end of 2012.
As emerging markets deploy and expand their LTE networks, national regulators are gravitating towards the 700MHz band to provide spectrum harmonisation internationally.
Canada’s Competition Bureau has put forward a submission to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) calling for the practice of operators locking handsets to be abolished and discouraging the application of switching costs when mobile customers look to change provider.
Customers in the US are more satisfied with data sharing service plans than more traditional data plans, according to a study by J.D. Power and Associates. The marketing information services firm’s semi-annual report on customer services in the US operator market found that overall satisfaction among customers who currently subscribe to a mobile share data plan is 778 out of 1,000, compared with 750 among those who subscribe to a more traditional service and data plan.
Two US navy ships will soon take the waves equipped with LTE networks. The USS Kearsarge and USS San Antonio are heading to the Persian gulf in March with a microwave-based wireless wide area (WWAN) LTE network.
Operator group Portugal Telecom has taken a step towards facilitating mobile payments after signing a partnership with m-commerce solutions provider Powa. The partnership aims to bring mobile payment services to small businesses and the SOHO segment in Portugal, Brazil and markets in Africa.
The Latin American mobile market will grow 7.1 per cent this year, ending 2013 with 742 million mobile subscriptions, according to statistics released today by Informa Telecoms & Media. While many developed mobile markets are struggling to continue growing, because of the deterioration of economic conditions, Latin America’s mobile market will prosper this year.
US internet services giant Google has started taking orders for its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service ‘Google Fiber’ in Kansas City, Missouri, with launch set for this spring.
Spanish operator group Telefónica is looking to explore the opportunities in the e-health sector by acquiring a controlling stake in Brazilian chronic care management provider Axismed. The operator has made the acquisition via its digital innovation arm Telefónica Digital, and said that the deal , will enable it to accelerate the development of a complete end-to-end service proposition in the fast growing Brazilian e-health market.