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UN Broadband Commission: 50% of world online by 2017

Number of people accessing mobile broadband worldwide is growing fast

A report by the UN Broadband Commission shows that 40% of the world’s population are already online, with the figure set to reach 50% by 2017. Data from the annually published report, titled The State of Broadband, predicts that the number of internet users is set to rise from last year’s 2.3 billion to 2.9 billion by the end of 2014.

Broadband World Forum Daily 2013_Day three


Broadband World Forum Daily 2013_Day three

VP strategy & corporate development, Intigral: “LTE will enable operators to sell content-based services”

Juan Jose de la Torre, vice president of strategy & corporate development, Intigral, UAE

Juan Jose de la Torre, vice president of strategy & corporate development, Intigral, UAE is speaking in the Innovate! track on Day Three of the Broadband World Forum 2012, taking place on the 16 – 18 October 2012 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we speak to him regarding the importance of digital content and the opportunities that next-generation mobile broadband will bring.

Mobile broadband to drive growth in revenues through 2016


Mobile broadband subscribers will grow from 15 per cent of all mobile users worldwide in 2011 to nearly 40 per cent by 2016, according to US Infonetics Research.

Over 70% of mobile data will be video by 2016

Worldwide mobile data traffic will increase 18-fold over the next five years and reach 10.8 exabytes (EB) per month by 2016, with mobile video accounting for over two-thirds of it, according to statistics from Cisco’s latest Visual Networking Index.

Global penetration of IPTV to pass 1% in 2012

2011: Predictions for the year ahead

A report from US firm Pyramid Research which details its expectations for the telecoms market in 2012 predicts that managed-network IPTV services will be in one per cent of households worldwide next year.

Ericsson claims twice as much market share as Huawei


Ericsson has said that it increased its market share in mobile infrastructure by four per cent in the past six months, which means it has twice as large a slice of the market as its nearest rival, Huawei. The firm has increased its market share from 32 per cent in May 2011 to today’s estimated 36 per cent, it said.

Wireless broadband growth outstripping wireline

Mobile broadband growth is being driven by consumer adoption of smartphones and tablets

The fast-growing popularity of smartphones and tablet PCs is driving the progress of mobile broadband services, with wireless broadband subscriptions in OECD countries estimated to have exceeded 500m by the end of 2010, up more than 10% from six months earlier, according to new figures from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Ericsson mobile broadband chip connects Panasonic Toughbooks

Panasonic Toughbooks now feature 21Mbps capable HSPA+ Ericsson chips

Ericsson has announced that its embedded HSPA mobile broadband chip will be used in upcoming 2011 Panasonic Toughbooks.

O2 tops UK mobile broadband performance study

The O2 arena in London

UK mobile broadband users accessing the web over dongles and datacards are getting average throughput of 1.5Mbit/s, according to research released Thursday by UK regulator Ofcom. But there were significant differences between the five carriers’ performance, with O2 delivering the best performance, and Orange the worst. 3UK outperformed T-Mobile, with which it shares a 3G network.

Vodafone profits receive smartphone boost

Vodafone has reported increased revenues from its mobile data business

Vodafone’s annual profits received a smartphone boost despite an overall fall in net profits of 7.8 per cent. Despite a £6bn+ impairment charge on operations in its European “PIIGS” markets (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Spain), a 26.4 per cent boost in mobile data revenue made a significant contribution to its overall profit of £9.5bn for the year.

Sweden to auction 800MHz spectrum in February 2011

the auction will begin on February 28th, 2011

The Swedish telecoms regulator, PTS, has set a date for the auction of wireless broadband spectrum in the 800GHz band, making the announcement on the eve of the first anniversary of the commercial introduction of LTE. The auction will begin on February 28th 2011, with interested parties required to apply for participation by the end of January. Nordic carrier TeliaSonera launched the world’s first LTE service in Stockholm and Oslo on December 14th last year.

Smartphone traffic to grow 700% in five years

iPhone users generate more traffic than users of any other platform

Smartphone use accounts for 65 per cent of all mobile cellular traffic worldwide, despite smartphone penetration running at just 13 per cent, according to research released today from Informa Telecoms & Media. Usage is set to increase exponentially over the next five years, Informa found, with average traffic per smartphone user increasing by 700 per cent by 2015.

Mobile data traffic almost triples year on year

Mobile broadband traffic is driven by users with dongles and embedded laptops

Global mobile data traffic almost tripled in the past year, growing ten times faster than voice traffic, according to statistics released by Swedish vendor Ericsson on Thursday. The firm said that, based on measurements it has made of real network traffic around the world, global mobile data traffic stands at 225,000 terabytes per month as of the second quarter of 2010.

LTE will not be a competitive differentiator, says NSN exec

Consumers won't buy on speed, said NSN's Mark Neild

Consumers are unlikely to buy mobile services based on speed of throughput and operators’ LTE deployments will even out so quickly that LTE in itself will not be an effective competitive differentiator, according to Mark Neild, head of business transformation, Western Europe, at Nokia Siemens Networks.

European telco priorities surprisingly focused

Hutchison to take emerging markets operation HTIL private

We recently conducted an exercise looking very closely at the major strategic initiatives that have been implemented by the European telco community. It was a fascinating exercise that revealed a perhaps surprising level of consensus amongst all major European telcos. Whilst the tactics in reaching the goals may vary, our analysis showed the long-term strategic priorities are shared and fall into four very clear and focused aims.

NSN throws down gauntlet on smartphone signalling burden

NSN has accused its competitors of overlooking the signalling burden on 3G networks

Most infrastructure vendors are failing to address the signalling burden placed on 3G mobile networks by high end smartphones, according to Nokia Siemens Networks.

Sagem embeds wifi in SIM

Sagem embeds wifi in SIM

It’s amazing what you can do with a SIM card isn’t it? Last week we wrote about a GPS-enabled SIM, while this week SIM card firm Sagem Orga has embedded a tiny wifi modem on one.

The Key Notes

Matthew Key, CEO of Telefónica Europe, talks exclusively to about the challenges faced across his portfolio, his future plans and the new shape of the mobile industry.

Palm overhauls Pre, Pixi with hotspot feature

The Palm Pre Plus

This mobile broadband hotspot idea continues to take the operator world by storm, with US carrier Verizon Wireless also getting in on the action this week.