The last thing Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom and even Iliad need is to kill the golden goose of LTE. No one in the industry will thank Iliad if LTE suffers due to its rather audacious approach.
The global market for location platforms is set to grow steadily in the next few years, mainly driven by the emerging indoor location segment, according to a new report from research firm Berg Insight. Annual revenues from location platforms are forecasted to grow from an estimated €190 million in 2012 to €275 million worldwide in 2018.
Joining other leading European executives in calling for telecoms market consolidation, 3 UK CEO David Dyson said the UK could operate with just three mobile networks under the right circumstances.
Free Mobile's recent announcement that it has added LTE to its mobile tariffs has already persuaded one rival to bring forward plans to include LTE in its low-cost tariffs, while the French government has condemned the Iliad-owned upstart operator for what it clearly considers to be a rash move.
TeliaSonera, Telenor and unknown newcomer Telco Data have all won spectrum for LTE services in Norway's recently completed auction of blocks in the 800 MHz, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz frequency bands, although the local unit of Tele2 confirmed that it failed to get its hands on any new spectrum resources.
As was widely anticipated, Alcatel-Lucent is to rejoin the French blue-chip index CAC 40 on Dec. 23 in a move that reflects the continuing recovery of the telecoms equipment manufacturer after several torrid years.
Telefónica faces a difficult decision in Brazil after authorities there told the Spanish operator to sell assets in the country due to its growing influence over Telecom Italia, while a key shareholder in Telecom Italia said it opposed an enforced sale of TIM Brasil.
For the third quarter of 2013 Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei maintained its number one ranking rank in the global radio access network (RAN) market with a share of 28.1 per cent, down 3 points from the second quarter 2013 but up 3.8 per cent from the year-ago quarter, according to ABI Research.
If you are a 3 UK customer and have recently bought an LTE device such as an iPhone 5s, you may find yourself unexpectedly able to access LTE networks, depending on where you live.
Altice has moved more into the spotlight of late following the recent wide coverage of the company's plan to buy Orange's Dominican Republic unit, and the Luxembourg-based company clearly has some ambitious plans for global growth that could lead to an IPO next year.
China has finally issued TD-LTE licences to the country's three mobile operators in a move that will reinforce the position of European equipment manufacturers as well as local Chinese vendors that have won lucrative deals to help build next-generation networks there.
Europe's leading telecoms executives have been falling over themselves to call for more industry consolidation to counter falling prices in the market, and the CEO of Danish operator TDC, Carsten Dilling, is the latest to wade into the debate.
France's three battle-scarred incumbent operators have grabbed onto LTE as something of a lifeline by in part because upstart operator Free Mobile was lagging behind on its next-generation strategy, but now Iliad's Free has added LTE to its mobile subscriptions.
For European operators thinking of mergers and acquisitions, now is the time to make their move, according to comments made this week by the CEO of Deutsche Telekom, Rene Obermann.
There are growing indications that Alcatel-Lucent is increasingly reaping the benefits of its turnaround efforts with reports suggesting the equipment manufacturer could rejoin the France's blue-chip CAC 40 index next month.
Next year will see LTE reach 50 per cent subscriber penetration in multiple European markets, says a new report from Northstream.
Ethio Telecom has picked Huawei to roll out its LTE network across the capital Addis Ababa as part of the $1.6 billion (€1.2 billion) mobile infrastructure deal the state-owned operator signed with Huawei and ZTE in July and August.
TeliaSonera said it has terminated the employment contracts of four senior employees, including its chief financial officer, following a wider review conducted by law firm Norton Rose Fulbright into business practices at its Eurasian operations.
Free Mobile, the Iliad-owned enfant terrible of the French mobile market, has reportedly indicated that it would like to join the network-sharing negotiations currently being carried out by rival operators SFR and Bouygues Telecom.
LTE adoption is growing at a pace that is considerably faster than the move from 2G to 3G, according to recent research from the GSM Association. The GSMA predicts that there will be 1 billion LTE connections globally by 2017, when LTE networks will also be available to half of the world's population.