KPN said it has abandoned its handset-leasing model because of an underwhelming response from subscribers, who told the operator they wanted to own their mobile handsets at the end of their contract terms.
The number of LTE subscribers in the United States will continue to increase markedly over the next few years, with the total number of LTE customers representing 70 percent of all U.S. mobile subscriptions by 2017, according to a new report from research firm Pyramid Research.
AT&T Mobility is limiting the data options on its cheaper prepaid GoPhone plans. However, the carrier said it will launch new GoPhone plans in the next few weeks, according to a CNET report. AT&T did not provide prices for the new plans, saying only that there would be a "variety of plans."
Regional carrier C Spire Wireless launched new unlimited plans for individual customers and focused on the option to let customers buy "online video passes" to watch streaming video from their devices when they want to do so.
Mobile data traffic will continue to grow significantly in the coming years, and will mainly be driven by increased video usage, according to the new edition of Ericsson's "Mobility Report . "
Operators would not be allowed to block or throttle VoIP and messaging services such as Skype if planned net neutrality rules are adopted across the European Union by next Easter.
The European Union's digital chief, Neelie Kroes, made headlines this week with vote-winning pledges to abolish roaming fees next year. At the same time, the GSMA said the European market has lost its way compared to the U.S. mobile market, and partly blames EU regulatory policies that it says "have resulted in a fragmented market structure."
European operators are falling behind their U.S. counterparts in the deployment of next-generation mobile networks and the European market requires major regulatory reform in order to catch up, according to a new report from the GSMA.
The GSMA released a new report that argues countries in Europe are far behind the United States in LTE deployments, network speeds, total mobile usage and the rollout of advanced services, and called on European regulators to help it catch up.
How to price LTE services is also currently much in focus due to the varying approaches of operators towards adding a premium to the higher-speed services. It's a difficult balance to get right, and I don't envy the task of pricing strategists at operators.