Hutchison Three buys O2, now owns 40 percent of Ireland’s market

In a drastic acquisition, Hutchison Three has bought O2’s share in Ireland’s mobile market; resulting in 40 percent ownership of the entire country’s networks.

O2 Ireland, previously owned by Telefónica, was acquired for a hefty €850 million ($1.1 billion) this morning. The company is sure to hope this will help to ease the company’s current huge debts.

Announced via press release (PDF), Robert...

By Ryan Daws, 24 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

“LTE-Advanced” Galaxy S4 on the way, users ready for 4G switch

The latest research shows many customers can’t wait to switch to LTE and have capable devices in preparation; however Samsung, looking to get ahead of the pack, is introducing a refreshed Galaxy S4 in South Korea supporting LTE-Advanced.

Users outside of the country aren’t likely to utilise the “advanced” iteration for some time, so we’ll dream of its theoretical capabilities for now.

The standard by 3GPP should offer a download speed up to 3Gbps and upload speeds of...

By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

China and Taiwan to issue LTE licenses in 2013, but not without controversy

The Chinese press recently reported that sources “close to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)” have stated that the MIIT is planning to issue TD-LTE licenses to all three Chinese MNOs – China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom. The licenses are expected to be issued in 2013. However, the problem is that only China Mobile wants a TD-LTE license as it is a natural evolution from its TD-SCDMA air interface. Issuing China Mobile with a TD-LTE license as early as this year would also...

By Ovum Research, 13 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Industry, Licensing, LTE, Operators, Smartphones.

EE pushes LTE speeds, bumps coverage, and hits out at competition

As other networks fight and collaborate to get their own LTE solutions into the wild, EE (Everything Everywhere) has announced it’s already saturated the market with 500,000 subscribers. Now they’re looking to secure that title position through improved infrastructure and coverage.

In a press release, EE has given consumers an insight into their forthcoming expansion plans.

The next phase of...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

4G LTE connections grow 50 percent in 5 months

According to the latest market study by 4G Americas, the number of LTE connections worldwide passed 100 million in May -- with the U.S. and Canada capturing 57 million subscriptions of that global total. There are 172 operators in 70 countries with LTE mobile networks and more than 250 commercial LTE networks are expected by the end of 2013. "We are pleased to report that 20 Latin American operators have commercially deployed LTE networks and the number of connections in the region is quickly increasing," said Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas.

By David H. Deans, 04 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infographic, LTE, Mobile, Smartphones.

Neelie Kroes’ “highest level” roaming plan support doesn’t include the GSMA

Last week, TelecomsTech reported on Neelie Kroes’ plan to abolish roaming fees in Europe. The Vice President of the European Commission was quoted as saying she has the “support of the highest level in institutions”, yet the biggest representative, the GSMA, doesn’t agree.

The GSMA is a mobile consortium representing more than 800 carriers including Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange, AT&T and Everything Everywhere.

As a...

By Ryan Daws, 04 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Europe, Industry, LTE, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Will 4G pave the path for growth?

European telecom operators saw revenues down by 3.8% in 2012. Will 4G reverse the trend?

Although 4G will quickly become essential, it will not revive the sector’s revenues.

In fact we expect that despite 4G, revenues will continue to decline in Europe: -1.8% per year on average by 2016.

The sector could return to growth if LTE smartphones generated data ARPU of EUR17/month by 2016 i.e. EUR7 higher than today’s data ARPU on 3G...

By Didier Levy, 03 June 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Europe, Industry, LTE, Networks, Operators, Research.

Fragmented networks: Too many cooks spoil the broth

Everyone is clamouring to have a piece of the LTE pie, but in a bid to share slices equally, are we just confusing processes and more importantly, consumers?

It’s an exciting time for mobile operators and with many still to deploy LTE, the benefits of getting into the market continue to outweigh the  potential pitfalls.

More than 200 operators in 75 countries are predicted to have launched an LTE network by the end of 2013 and LTE connections is forecast to exceed 200 million in the same period. This represents...

By Scott Hoffpauir, 31 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, LTE, Networks, Operators.

Telcos not out of the woods yet after another flat quarter

Matt Walker, Principal Analyst, Networks & TechnologyMost service providers have reported 1Q13 earnings now. The results were largely as expected. Most telcos face flat to declining revenues, putting their cost base under pressure. For telcos representing over 90% of the global market, revenues and capex both dropped by roughly 1% in 1Q13 versus 1Q12 (YoY). The telcos with the slowest growth were also among the largest: Telefonica, FT Orange, Telecom Italia, and KPN. A weak European economy and ongoing cuts...

By Ovum Research, 28 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Europe, LTE, N America, Networks, Operators.

4G LTE revenue will reach $340 billion in 2017

According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, the cumulative 4G LTE mobile broadband service revenues over the next five years will account for over $1 trillion. That growth represents 17 percent of the cumulative global operator billed service revenue from all mobile services. 4G LTE revenues are set to grow rapidly and will reach more than $340 billion globally in 2017, reflecting the continued success of LTE in serving higher value mobile network subscribers. The demand for high bandwidth wireless broadband services from end users and the availability of Wi-Fi on most mobile devices...

By David H. Deans, 14 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Broadcast, Consumers, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks.

BT heads into the 4G market, whilst Samsung readies 5G

For the first time in over a decade, consumers could be receiving a BT-branded mobile signal, along with the latest 4G-capabilities. But a particular South Korean company is already testing ahead...

Before we discuss this “next step” let’s investigate BT’s mobile network background, starting with Cellnet in 1985 the fruits of a venture between BT and Securicor.

Back then, as the first provider to offer WAP and GPRS, things looked great along with 11 million customers in early...

By Ryan Daws, 13 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Smartphones.

LTE in China: What to expect?

Construction of TD-LTE networks has accelerated as China Mobile is to launch the largest bid in 2013 for base stations. The plan calls for a total of 200,000 TD-LTE BTSs and prospective equipment makers are expected to submit their offer by June.

If everything goes as planned, LTE will be deployed in more than 340 cities but the focus is in some 100 major markets where demand for wireless broadband is strong.

China Mobile wants LTE to cover as many as 300 million people. In the meantime, China Mobile will...

By Dr Lin Sun, 08 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile, Operators.

Stay safe with reliable public safety networks

The U.S. government is funding a program to improve public safety. It’s called FirstNet, which has $7B currently available to build a nationwide, public safety network using LTE.

The idea is to create a nation-wide broadband network, which helps police, firefighters, emergency medical service professionals and other public safety officials to do their job safely. In additional to federal funds, the state and local governments are contributing to this initiative. And private companies like Agile Network...

By Tellabs, 02 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile, Security.

Mobile service providers invest in LTE infrastructure

The spending on Long-Term Evolution (LTE) mobile network base stations will reach $12.3 billion in 2013, as service providers around the world update their infrastructure to fourth-generation wireless technology. Membership is not exclusive to the developed economies as emerging markets close the digital divide by aggressive network roll-out. Some of these emerging market LTE deployments are government-sponsored initiatives, as in Rwanda, while others are private ventures, as in Sri Lanka. 4G LTE has helped...

By David H. Deans, 01 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Mobile, Networks, Telematics.

Dish Network and Softbank compete for Sprint

Dish Network has made a $25.5bn counter offer for US mobile operator Sprint. Dish’s bid is $5.5bn more than Softbank’s offer, which creates a significant dilemma for Sprint. Whatever the outcome, Sprint is likely to suffer as negotiations continue over the coming months. The significant strategic initiatives and investment decisions that Sprint is currently in the midst of addressing will be stuck in limbo as the company looks to overcome the intense competition that it faces in a rapidly changing mobile...

By Ovum Research, 19 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Networks, Operators.

What is the best migration path to LTE?

Racing to LTE is well under way with over 145 commercial LTE networks launched on a global basis according to GSA. Yet, a lot of operators are still evaluating what is the right migration path to enable single, converged mobile backhaul infrastructure to carry voice, data and video for 2G, 3G and LTE. Naturally, the cost per bit needs to remain as low as possible and the new infrastructure needs to be scalable and flexible. 

I’d advice operators to modernize the network to IP/MPLS. It provides flexibility...

By Tellabs, 18 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Operators.

Mobile internet revenue passed $244 billion in 2012

Global mobile data service revenue -- including mobile internet and messaging revenue -- will rise by 21.4 percent between 2012 and 2014. It will then represent 40.4 percent of the $1 trillion mobile customers will be spending on their mobile phone services. Thanks to strong commitments to LTE network deployment in Latin America and Africa, not just the developed markets, growth rates in the regions will be substantially faster as the increase in usage outstrips mobile data pricing decline. According to the...

By David H. Deans, 16 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, LATAM, LTE, Mobile.

Huawei snaffles major LTE deal with Wind

Huawei, the major Chinese operator, has been picked by Italian mobile operator Wind to lead the charge for a €1bn (£854.1m) network based on LTE.

As reported by Bloomberg, Wind expects to build the infrastructure, with Huawei and network engineering firm Sirti, for the network over five years. The move could be seen as something of a coup for both players, given that Wind is currently the third largest mobile operator in Italy.

Wind competes with Vodafone Italy and Telecom Italia, having been the...

By James Bourne, 15 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, China, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks.

The key to increasing data revenues: Giving customers what they want

High speed data services like LTE are changing how operators develop and market services – operators are selling more services, with a faster time to market, to an increasingly segmented customer base and new business models are constantly on the horizon.

Innovative operators are embracing this new market opportunity by offering Dynamic Services and delivering choice to their subscribers.

Dynamic Services is a platform for creating, displaying and charging for mobile services. A key part is the service...

By Martin Morgan, 12 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, LTE, Operators.