Vodafone has introduced a 30-day network guarantee that is says "gives you the freedom to experience the strength and quality of our network before you commit." While this signals the company's growing confidence that it is starting to resolve issues around mobile broadband connectivity, geographical outdoor mobile broadband coverage still remains a huge concern.
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Vodafone said a global survey revealed that the rapid adoption of mobile broadband services, fixed-line broadband and cloud services is playing an integral role in the implementation of flexible working at companies worldwide.
The UK government said up to £550 million (€781 million/$827 million) is to be invested over the next five years to free up the 700 MHz frequency band for mobile broadband use.
The number of mobile broadband connections in Africa is expected to reach 1 billion in 2020, up from 147 million in 2014 and 222.34 million at the end of 2015.
The ITU notes that mobile broadband is the fastest-growing ICT service in history, taking just five years to achieve 1 billion users. By the end of 2015, there will be 3.5 billion mobile broadband subscriptions, amounting to nearly half (48.8 per cent) of all mobile subscriptions.
As the European Commission (EC) prepares to launch a wide-reaching public consultation on future telecoms regulation, Andrus Ansip, vice president for the Digital Single Market, spoke to FierceWireless:Europe about the challenges those updated rules must meet.
Ericsson said the number of global mobile broadband subscribers grew by around 25 per cent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2015, taking the total to 3.1 billion by the end of the period.
Ericsson's ConsumerLab announced that communications services remain the most used function on smartphones, accounting for at least 30 per cent of the time users spend using their device.
Huawei's 2014 operating profit came in at the high end of earnings guidance provided by the company mid-January, as the equipment vendor reported a record full year net profit.