Mobile operators continue to focus on more innovative billing and tariffing models, with US carrier Sprint launching a plan guaranteeing unlimited calls, texts and data for the lifetime of the line of service.
All of the UK’s mobile network operators have extended their carrier billing offerings by connecting to Gemalto’s direct billing platform, the mobile security solutions provider announced.
The Polish arm of operator group T-Mobile has deployed software to allow it to offer cloud services.
Telekom Austria’s Macedonian subsidiary, Vip Operator, was the first of its peers to confirm the award of one of three LTE frequency blocks on Thursday.
German operator group Deutsche Telekom has submitted what it says is a final offer for US operator MetroPCS. The firm hopes to persuade a number of MetroPCS’s shareholders that voiced objections to the terms of the initial bid.
US operator T-Mobile has revamped its retail offering, abolishing handset subsidies for premium devices in favour of an interest-free scheme that separates the cost of the device from the cost of network service. Annual service contracts have also been withdrawn. The pricing overhaul is expected to be one of a number of announcements made by T-Mobile at a press event later on Tuesday, although the changes have already been made on the operator’s online retail portal.
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the potential merger between operators T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS.
Mobile operator T-Mobile Austria, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, has moved its contact centre solution to the cloud. The operator has selected Interactive Intelligence’s Customer Interaction Center (CIC) IP communications software suite will support its 500 agents across two sites.
Despite seeing flat revenues year on year, German operator group Deutsche Telekom posted a net loss of €6.9bn ($8.8bn) in 3Q12. The loss was attributable to charges incurred by T-Mobile USA.
The network is the backbone of our company. It’s been our core product for over 20 years. It began in the 90s with 2G and the first steps toward a digital revolution for mobile. 2G was great for making phone calls and sending texts. At the time, it was revolutionary, but very quickly it became a basic expectation for the people of the western world.
UK regulator Ofcom has said that there is nothing stopping EE’s rivals, such as Vodafone and O2, from putting in an application to alter their 900MHz spectrum licence for LTE usage. A ruling in early 2011 meant that all operators are now free to use their 2G spectrum for 3G services, so extension of that same ruling to encompass 4G would be a small amend.
At a press conference in London, Everything Everywhere – the company formed by the merger of the Orange and T-Mobile brands in the UK – has announced that it will be launching its LTE service by the end of 2012. The company has pledged to bring 4G services to 16 cities covering a third of the population in the coming weeks.
In a market where spectrum is becoming an increasingly valuable asset, US carrier Verizon Wireless has secured approval for its purchase of 122 AWS spectrum licences from cable companies Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks for $3.6bn. It will also complete transactions with Leap Wireless, Savary Island Wireless and T-Mobile, after the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), approved the deals.
LTE services could be launched in the UK in as early as three weeks, after the country’s regulator has given permission to Everything Everywhere (EE) to use its existing 1800 MHz spectrum to deliver the technology to consumers. Ofcom has ruled that the operator will be allowed to launch LTE services at any point from September 11, 2012.
As operators in mature markets take steps to move away from low margin or loss making all-you-can-eat data pricing models,US carriers are pioneering a model that enables families to draw data for each member’s personal device from a single monthly allocation. AT&T this week became the latest carrier to introduce the play.
Deutsche Telecom’s US mobile operation, T-Mobile USA, is to cut a further 900 jobs, following the unit’s failed $39bn purchase by AT&T late last year. The latest cuts come on top of around 1,900 job losses announced earlier this year.
Everything Everywhere, the company formed by the merger of Orange and T-Mobile in the UK, has posted a drop in service revenue of 2.5 per cent to reach £1.5bn in its first quarter earnings statement.
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T-Mobile’s Hungarian subsidiary Magyar Telekom has become the first operator to offer a 4G-LTE mobile broadband service in the country. The service was launched across ten districts of Budapest after the operator carried out a three-month extended network testing phase, involving over a hundred personal and business users.
UK communications firm Everything Everywhere, which owns and operates the British Orange and T-Mobile brands, has announced that it is to invest £1.5bn ($2.4bn) in a three-year network evolution programme. The project will accelerate the integration of the Orange and T-Mobile networks and ready them for LTE through the “implementation of 4G-ready technology following successful trials,” the firm said.