The latest round of third-quarter results has revealed some bright spots in mobile markets that were previously pretty gloomy. In France, for example, Orange performed much better than expected in the three months from July to end-September.
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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EE said its LTE Advanced network has now gone live in London, as the UK operator vies with Vodafone UK to become the first operator to roll out the higher speed network across the country.
Swisscom said smartphones finally became a mainstream product among Switzerland's youth in 2014, with latest research showing that young people typically surf more than they make calls on their devices.
It's been long in the making, but a planned network-sharing agreement between Bouygues Telecom and SFR appears to be on track after the two companies reportedly signed an amendment to the original contract from January this year.
Xiaomi became the world's third-largest smartphone maker by market share for the first time during the third quarter, although it stands to immediately lose that status after Chinese rival Lenovo completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility.
TDC's revenue and EBITDA dipped in the third quarter of 2014 as the Denmark-based operator continued to face challenges on its domestic mobile market, although the company reported a near 20 per cent rise in profit year-on-year.
More people in the UK experience a problem with their telecoms provider (23 per cent) than with any of the 12 other sectors surveyed in a recent report from the Institute of Customer Service.
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FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is considering the expansion of his commission's authority over U.S. broadband, but is also contemplating a position of standing out of the way when it comes to paid prioritization deals signed between ISPs and content companies.