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LTE still relevant despite a burgeoning 5G and IoT landscape

Long Term Evolution (LTE) doesn't seem to have lasted very long when you consider the prominence of news regarding the next generation of technologies including Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G.

EE and SFR putting on the pressure with content strategies

SFR and EE are setting themselves apart with new content strategies that are starting to show the benefits of their respective purchases by Altice and BT.

Iliad plots its Italian entry. Be afraid, Italian MNOs…

It appears that France's enfant terrible Iliad could be about to bring its novel way of doing business to the Italian mobile market. I hope Italy's operators are bracing themselves for the onslaught.

So, what has the EU ever done for telecoms?

The UK has yet to trigger the infamous "Article 50" of the Lisbon Treaty that would start the clock ticking on a two-year period of exit negotiations. What the ultimate outcome will be is frankly anyone's guess. As I've mentioned before, roaming charges and regulation are set to be two key areas to watch in the telecoms market, although myriad changes could take place.

How to retain a mobile subscriber in 5 easy steps

The pressure is on at operators big and small to direct the focus of the media et al towards what they are doing right rather than on back-office snafus. Making headlines as the most complained about operator is not the best way forward, for certain.

How could a UK exit from the EU affect the telecoms sector?

No one really knows what will happen if the UK chooses to exit the European Union following the referendum on Jun. 23. In the telecoms sector, regulation and roaming charges would be the two key areas to watch in the event of a vote to leave.

IoT and LPWA: the latest battleground in the ICT world

A new battle has emerged in the era of the Internet of Things as companies seek a slice of what many expect to be a huge market with many different facets. Getting all of this connected is the challenge, and it is here that the mud slinging has already started.

50B target for total connected devices now seems a more distant dream

The forecast of 50 billion devices by 2020 became something of an industry mantra for the future growth of connected devices fuelled by new IoT business models, but latest predictions now seem to be firmly backing away from this figure.

Three's MMS pricing hike is a sign of changing market dynamics

Three UK advised customers to use Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Viber et al for sending MMS after announcing it would increase the charge for sending multimedia messages from 17.4 pence to 40 pence per MMS in June.

IoT disruption hard to pin down due to the sheer scale of the current and future market

The Internet of Things may be a headline-grabbing topic, but it is also challenging in terms of assessing which companies and technologies are causing disruption to established markets. Industries including cellular, automotive, hardware and software are all touched by IoT, and that's before you consider the growing range of technologies being touted as potential means of providing the actual connections themselves.