If you take a closer look at the various smartphone and mobile data plans of European operators, you'll see that data sharing--and here I define it as mobile data plans with at least one extra SIM card to share a data bundle between two devices--is now thriving as an increasing number of operators adopt various forms of this pricing and marketing approach.
Fundamental changes in demand will be very disruptive to smartphone suppliers. Smartphone vendors that want to succeed will need to make significant cost reductions while also adapting with new product offerings, changes in supply chains, and product distribution.
Forecasting the market for the Internet of Things (IoT) is particularly vexing because there are so many "things" and moving parts. There's no single entity. It involves chipmakers, device manufacturers, software developers and so much more. Everything from the automobile to the thermostat is getting connected, not to mention objects that are yet to be invented.
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Huawei said it plans to increase its procurement spending in the European Union as part of its overall investment strategy for Europe, and expects to make direct purchases worth an estimated $4.08 billion (€3.8 billion) in 2015.
América Móvil now owns close to 60 per cent of Telekom Austria after the Mexican company gained an additional 8.68 per cent share through an extended offer to smaller shareholders.
Telefónica Deutschland is ready to take a leading role in Europe as one of the first operators to deploy a commercial voice over LTE (VoLTE) service.
Magyar Telekom faces a tax bill of HUF10 billion (€32.6 million/$41.4 million) if the Hungarian government fails to cap the liability of communications service providers (CSPs) to pay a proposed new Internet service tax.
Chromebook shipments (referring to shipments of laptops based on Google's Chrome operating system) increased sequentially by 67 per cent globally in the second quarter of 2014.
EE saw the number of its LTE subscribers increase by 1.4 million to 5.6 million in the third quarter of 2014, although it reported flat operating revenue of £1.523 billion (€1.925 billion/$2.448 billion). Including the impact of regulatory cuts, operating revenue was 1.2 per cent lower.
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AT&T's U-verse services drove up consumer wireline revenue growth 3 percent year-over-year to $5.7 billion and helped to cushion the blow of legacy consumer and business service losses.
AT&T Mobility reported fewer postpaid subscriber additions in the third quarter than analysts had expected. Still, the carrier reported strong data revenue growth and said that customers buying smartphones via its Next handset upgrade plan accounted for half of all smartphone sales in the quarter.