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Britain-based Vodafone is the second largest mobile service provider on the planet after China Mobile. The company has about 435 million subscribers in 26 countries around the world. Recently, Vodafone reported group revenue of £10.2 billion ($17.3 billion) after the quarter that ended in June 2014. While this was up 6.2% on an absolute basis year-on-year given the strong pound currency, it was down 4.4% on organic basis. Organic…Continue
Added by Gunjan Indrayan on July 29, 2014 at 12:14am — No Comments
Vodafone New Zealand is the first of the country’s cellcos to switch on commercial 700MHz 4G LTE mobile services, with a launch at the end of last week in the rural area of Papakura, Yahoo News New Zealand reports. Vodafone’s director of technology Sandra Pickering said of the launch: ‘There’s no question that 4G – particularly in rural areas – will deliver economic benefit and have strong impacts for productivity. Our focus this year is about expanding our 4G…Continue
Added by Zakir on July 23, 2014 at 6:57am — No Comments
Parkersburg will be the next part of West Virginia to see 4G LTE service from nTelos Wireless. Company officials said the high-speed data service could be available there, along with parts of Winchester, Va. and Hagerstown, Md., before the end of September.
At that point, more than half of nTelos’ existing customers, throughout its service area inside and outside of West Virginia, would have…
Added by Zakir on July 23, 2014 at 6:55am — No Comments
As spectrum efficiency becomes ever more important, UK public broadcaster the BBC is teaming up with equipment vendors Huawei and Qualcomm and mobile operator EE to demonstrate the benefits that multicast 4G broadcast can offer compared with unicast streaming.
The trial technology, which will be demonstrated on a dedicated stand at the BBC R&D Future of Broadcasting Showcase…
Added by Zakir on July 23, 2014 at 6:54am — No Comments
Malaysian-backed cellco Aircel has become the second operator to launch 4G services in India, activating Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) networks in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and Orissa, the Economic Times writes. Aircel’s chief marketing officer Anupam Vasudev commented on the launch: ‘The wireless broadband services offered will help customers transform their workplaces and homes into ‘smarter’ entities.’ Aircel follows on the heels of Bharti Airtel,…Continue
Added by Zakir on July 23, 2014 at 6:53am — No Comments
AT&T Mobility envisions car makers sponsoring the data for in-car LTE connectivity as part of AT&T's Sponsored Data program, according to a a senior AT&T executive.
In an interview with FierceWireless here at an AT&T event, Chris Penrose, senior vice president of AT&T's Emerging Devices division, did not say if or when that might happen but said it was a…
Added by Zakir on July 23, 2014 at 6:52am — No Comments
Sprint will work with its rural LTE roaming partners to get them access to LTE devices and network infrastructure for the 2.5 GHz band, the carrier confirmed.
Technology alignment is a part of the agreements that Sprint announced with 12 operators in mid-June. "We will provide access to our vendors as part of our preferred partner program and stay aligned on technology roadmap for…
Added by Zakir on July 13, 2014 at 4:19pm — No Comments
French-US vendor Alcatel-Lucent been selected by UK-based Vodafone Group as a ‘Supplier of Reference’ for LTE metro cells with integrated Wi-Fi capability. In revealing the development, Alca-Lu noted that the contract award forms part of Vodafone Group’s investment program, Project Spring. As a Supplier of Reference, Alcatel-Lucent will be able to bid on business in all Vodafone Group countries with its Metro Cell Outdoor small cell products.…Continue
Added by Zakir on July 13, 2014 at 4:17pm — No Comments
Fourth generation (4G) cellular technology represents a huge leap compared to previous generations. The Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard for 4G provides significant capacity gains as well as true end-to-end Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity including voice over IP (VoIP) via voice over LTE (VoLTE).
There are significant challenges, such as launching VoLTE, optimizing networks, and integrating operations. There are also significant opportunities, such as deploying value-added…Continue
Added by Fred Taylor on July 7, 2014 at 6:19pm — No Comments
The 700MHz band is heading towards a harmonized band plan, at least outside north America's eccentric approach, as Latin American and Asian countries start to open up the low frequency spectrum for LTE. Europe, the Middle East and Africa will follow towards the end of the decade, and their regulators are under pressure to harmonize as far as possible with the Asia-led APT700 plan, in order to create a…Continue
Added by Maravedis-Rethink on July 2, 2014 at 8:46am — No Comments
There is little room left for architectural debates in the wireless industry – in 2014, the answer is clear. The capacity requirements for wireless networks will be so great that there will be no room for either/or. Operators will be deploying combinations of…Continue
Added by Maravedis-Rethink on July 2, 2014 at 8:45am — No Comments
Developments in the Australian mobile payments market highlight a broader global problem for mobile operators – the failure of key ecosystem players to support their chosen m-commerce technology, NFC. Two banks in the country are basing their new solutions on QR codes, not NFC, particularly because Apple does not support the latter technology.
Operators support NFC because it is traditionally…Continue
Added by Maravedis-Rethink on June 24, 2014 at 11:33am — No Comments
By Caroline Gabriel, Research Director, Maravedis-Rethink
There are very few things yet known about ‘5G’, and the standards process has not even begun, but big players are already looking to influence how the specifications evolve, so the next generation of wireless supports their ecosystems and business models. Google, of course, has…Continue
Added by Maravedis-Rethink on June 24, 2014 at 11:32am — No Comments
The French mobile operators are converging rapidly in the fall-out from the disruptive entry of Free. Free's owner, Iliad, has reportedly made an informal bid for third cellco Bouygues, certainly the weakest of the established players, although still larger than Free and with a better network.
Free's strategy has involved cut-price 3G deals and a home/mobile model making heavy use of homespots…Continue
Added by Maravedis-Rethink on June 20, 2014 at 8:49am — No Comments
It's always a clear sign that a sector is growing up, when its signature events move out of the relative cosiness of hotel-based conference suites and into the more soulless, but considerably larger, purpose-built venues. The Small Cells World Summit (SCWS)…Continue
Added by Maravedis-Rethink on June 20, 2014 at 8:48am — No Comments
As many in IT know, the term API stands for Application Programming Interface. An application programming interface (API) is a protocol intended to be used as an interface by software components to communicate with each other. What many outside of B2B networking do not know is that APIs enable network operators to capitalize on existing network infrastructure to facilitate third-party creation of a vast array of business opportunities for carriers worldwide.
Telecom APIs allow…Continue
Added by Fred Taylor on June 10, 2014 at 12:27pm — No Comments
WiFi could reach peak data rates of 10Gbps by 2018, claims Huawei, which achieved these speeds in lab trials in China.
The prototype equipment reached 10.53Gbps in the conventional 5GHz unlicensed spectrum band. Much effort around superfast WiFi has focused on the 60GHz band, which supports high speeds and capacity, though typically over short distances. But Huawei is driving similar data rates…Continue
Added by Maravedis-Rethink on June 4, 2014 at 8:43am — No Comments
Carriers formulating mobile broadband strategies have to face more key decisions than in any previous generation because the traditional ways to improve the 'three Cs' – coverage, capacity and cost efficiency (joined in 4G by power reduction) – are nearing…Continue
Added by Maravedis-Rethink on June 4, 2014 at 8:41am — No Comments
Recent national elections have resulted in a government change in India. The new government is considered to be business and investor friendly and many industries including telecom have come up with a wish list even before the new office-bearers can settle down. A reform friendly regime can provide a big boost to this beleaguered sector in India. The industry has faced turbulent headwinds for a while now and it is badly looking for some relief.…Continue
Added by Gunjan Indrayan on June 3, 2014 at 11:49am — No Comments
Innovation with the automobile industry is moving a rapid pace with respect to adoption of both macro wireless technologies (most notably LTE) and short-range wireless including an array of RF solutions such as Bluetooth, WiFi, and evolving standards for vehicle-to-vehicle communications.
We see application development coming primarily from some of the more innovative start-ups such as:
Added by Fred Taylor on May 30, 2014 at 10:03am — No Comments