Downlink data speeds on LTE networks get a lot of attention, and uplink speeds get much less love. That's mainly because carriers and consumers have long been concerned with what kinds of streaming data can be pulled down from the network to mobile devices. However, chipset suppliers are starting to herald the importance of increasing uplink bandwidth for applications like cloud data uploads and video calling.
U.S. LTE subscribers are using almost twice as much data on average than their 3G counterparts, according to a new report from mobile analytics firm Mobidia. The company's research also found that Verizon Wireless and Sprint subscribers are using more LTE data than customers of AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US.
Ofcom on Wednesday confirmed it will open up the 700 MHz frequency band to mobile operators for wireless broadband services.
Vodacom, the South Africa-headquartered operator that is 65 per cent owned by Vodafone Group, blamed a drop in service revenues in its home market for a decline in net profit in the six months to end-September.
STOCKHOLM--Ericsson's top executives painted a picture of the world in 2020 in which there will be 9 billion people on the planet, 9.1 billion mobile subscriptions and video traffic will dominate, accounting for at least 50 percent of all traffic on the network.
Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid brand and T-Mobile US' GoSmart Mobile prepaid unit are continuing the wireless industry's promotional spree of offering double their usual data allotments.
Millenicom, a mobile Internet provider that has resold Verizon Wireless service, is ceasing its relationship with Verizon and its operations as a service provider. Verizon is proactively looking to keep serving Millenicom customers but is not acquiring them directly. Meanwhile, Millenicom's owner said that the company has invented an "energy coil" and wants to use it to deliver services to the energy and telecoms sectors.
The U.S. mobile broadband experience is the stuff of lore around the world, in part due to the smartphone revolution that started here, enabled by large, reliable wireless networks and innovative pricing strategies. The U.S. was also the first to roll out fully commercial large-scale LTE networks that offered significantly higher speeds than ever before, and still leads the world in LTE subscribers and deployment.
The success of the mobile broadband industry is due in part to a light regulatory touch that has encouraged massive investments and resulted in one of the most successful industries of all time. This industry, however, is still in the relatively early stages and will grow and evolve in ways that cannot be predicted. It will be successful to the extent that unnecessary regulatory strangleholds, especially ones that treat wireless and wireline equally, do not hold it back.
T-Mobile US would strike an M&A deal with another company only if they had U.S. spectrum, a U.S. customer base and offered "favorable financial terms," according to financial analysts.