Mobile operator O2 UK may be asserting it authority as the country’s data king by inking exclusivity deals with both Apple for the iPhone and Palm for the Pre, but 3G coverage maps released by the UK watchdog this week may take some of the wind out of its sails.
Analysts have reason to believe that the long awaited Indian 3G spectrum auction may take place sooner rather than later, although its expected impact on competition and technology is thought to be vastly overstated.
Mobile broadband subscribers worldwide topped the 225 million mark at the end of March 2009, representing 93 per cent year on year growth.
Secretive US startup XG Technology is still pitching its wares, claiming this week that it is field testing its obscure wireless broadband platform.
Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo on Sunday acquired a 35 per cent stake in multimedia software firm PacketVideo, owned by wireless broadband vendor NextWave Wireless.
At current growth rates, India’s target of 500 million fixed and mobile phone connections by 2010 is well within reach, the government said Thursday.
Greek carrier Cosmote has signed an agreement to acquire Romanian mobile operator Telemobil, which operates under the brand Zapp.
Almost every Latin American mobile operator launched 3G services in 2008, as the region’s carriers scrambled to push data services in order to offset falling voice revenues and satisfy consumers’ growing hunger for value added products.
The Finns have long been at the forefront of the spectrum refarming movement, and the deployment of 3G in the 900MHz band made further headway this week with TeliaSonera.
The official award of 3G wireless spectrum in India may now be delayed until the end of 2009, and possibly even later, industry watchers warned on Tuesday.
US carrier AT&T has announced plans to upgrade its 3G network with High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2, as it paves the way for a roll out of LTE in 2011.
Leading Russian operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) said this week that it has switched on its first phase 3G network in Moscow.
Mobile data usage over handsets and dongles has more than doubled in the past 12 months to the end of February, according to mobile operator Orange UK.
Mega vendor Alcatel-Lucent said this week that it has scored infrastructure agreements worth $1.7bn from Chinese carriers China Mobile and China Telecom.
Now that T-Mobile USA has finally got reasonable coverage on its 3G network, the company is ready to push usage with the launch of its first 3G modem.
MTNL, meanwhile, has begun 3G in central New Delhi with the stated aim of attracting 200,000 to the service within two years. State-owned BSNL and MTNL have each announced 3G service launches this week. BTNL has rolled out 3G services in an additional 11 cities following on from the launch of its first 3G service [...]
Huawei and ZTE are the only clear-cut winners to emerge so far. Who are the winners and losers from the award of 3G licences in China last month? As widely expected, China Mobile was granted a TD-SCDMA licence, China Unicom a WCDMA concession, and a CDMA2000 EV-DO licence was awarded to China Telecom. But as [...]
The four major 3G operators in the US are failing to deliver the speeds that customers expect. These not altogether surprising findings come from analyst firm Gartner, which says that while most 3G providers in the US typically market speeds as high as 1.8Mbps, the actual speeds are generally between 300Kbps and 700bps. That is [...]
The Indian government is to issue guidelines on the auction of 3G and WiMAX network licences next month, according to telecom minister Andimuthu Raja. Speaking at a recent industry conference in Delhi, Raja said the licence conditions would allow for foreign participation. Under Indian law, up to 74 per cent of an Indian company can [...]
With 3G wireless broadband subscriptions forecast to exceed global DSL connections by as early as 2010, mobile carriers are slowly coming round to the realisation that the finite resources of the wireless last mile could pose some serious problems going forward.