Taiwanese mobile operator Far EasTone has called on Swedish vendor Ericsson to provide hardware, software and support services as it rolls out its 3G and LTE multi-access RAN and core network nationwide.
French incumbent Orange has launched a partnership programme through which it intends to offer scale benefits and wholesale services to smaller operators. The first operators to sign up to the Orange Alliance programme are French-Polynesian firm Vini and third-placed Portuguese player Zon Optimus.
Indian conglomerate Piramal Industries has sold its 11 per cent stake in Vodafone’s Indian operation for almost $1.5bn, generating a 50 per cent return on an investment made during the 2012 financial year. The stake was sold to Prime Metals Ltd, an indirect subsidiary of Vodafone Group, Piramal said.
Regional US operator Cincinnati Bell has announced that it is to close its cellular business, selling its spectrum licences to Verizon Wireless for $194m. The firm, which reported a wireless subscriber base of 340,000 at the end of 2013, down from 398,000 at the close of 2012, saw full year 2013 wireless revenues drop by 17 per cent to $202m.
Operators’ BSS Strategies: Turning BSS agility into business ability The pace of innovation has increased by an order of magnitude and will continue to accelerate for the foreseeable future. Yet operators bear the burden of legacy systems in their BSS environments that may apply limitations to their agility. During March 2014, Telecoms.com Intelligence surveyed over [...]
South Korean operator SK Telecom is offering unlimited LTE data to customers subscribing to a monthly fixed rate plan of KRW80,000 ($75) per month or above. The operator has announced three tariffs that offer unlimited LTE data, voice calls and SMS messages.
US regulator the Federal Communications Commission voted Monday to free up more spectrum for wifi usage in a bid to help nudge the capabilities of typical installations of the technology over the 1Gbps mark.
A large number of operators feel that indoor LTE coverage is an important competitive differentiator today. When respondents to the Telecoms.com Intelligence Industry Survey 2014 were asked to rate on a scale of one to seven where seven represented “extremely important”, 44.4 per cent of respondents and 48 per cent of operator respondents scored indoor LTE coverage six or seven for importance as a differentiator.
Anjan Ghosal, Preseident and CEO of Diametriq, talks to Telecoms.com at MWC2014 about LTE network signalling challenges. He talks about connecting islands of LTE networks and associated Diameter signalling issues.
Infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent has signed a €750m one-year deal with China Mobile. The vendor will supply the technology for the Chinese operator to move to an all-IP network and enable the deployment of NFV technology on its network and cloud based services.
UK operator EE has unveiled its own-brand entry-level handset in a bid to make LTE access more affordable to UK consumers. The operator has also launched a range of entry-level price plans to get more consumers using 4G.
Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has launched a flagship smartphone, the One M8, focusing on the build quality and user experience of the device in an attempt to distinguish the handset from rivals.
Global voice and data services provider Glocall Telecoms, through its Somali operator subsidiary Sahal Telecoms, has announced it will deploy LTE services in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.
Cindy Patterson, Chief Revenue Officer at Jasper Wireless, talks to Telecoms.com at MWC2014 about the challenges facing enterprises and operators in the Internet of Things. Patterson talks about the General Motors’ usage of M2M connectivity in order to improve road safety.
John Tenidis, Manager, Wireless Systems & Solutions, Intracom Telecom, talks to Telecoms.com at MWC2014 about the challenges mobile operators face when deploying small cell backhaul.
Network infrastructure vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks has announced two deals in the Asia-Pacific region. It has delivered multi-band carrier aggregation technology to Taiwan Mobile and signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese content and application delivery solutions provider ChinaCache.
Network optimisation specialist JDSU has won a deal with Belgian incumbent Belgacom that will see the operator deploy JDSU’s ariesoGEO location-enabled optimisation solution in its 2G, 3G and LTE networks. The product uses data from a range of user-focused network events cross-referenced with the event location to build a geographical picture of real-time network performance.
US mobile network Sprint has extended its LTE coverage to 20 new markets, taking the total number of cities in which the service is available to 402, the firm said. It also introduced its Spark service, which takes advantage of LTE-Advanced techniques including carrier aggregation, in two new markets. Sprint said that it expects to have LTE coverage of more than 250 million people by the mid point of 2014.
Doug Suriano, CTO of Tekelec, part of Oracle Communications, talks to Telecoms.com at MWC2014 about innovative data plans operators can offer to customers.
The UK National Audit Office (NAO) has claimed that the country missed out on an extra £160m in revenue by reserving spectrum during the 4G spectrum auction in February last year.