Apple remained at the top of a global ranking of brands for 2013, with a value of $185 billion, but Samsung Electronics is closing the gap, moving up 25 places to No. 30, according to the latest BrandZ Top 100 study of leading global brands.
Large-scale rollouts of small cells in the United States will likely start next year, but Nokia Siemens Networks' CEO Rajeev Suri believes it will be a couple of years at least before sales of the diminutive base stations deliver sizable sales revenues.
Europe's mobile network vendors could see a key Chinese tender for TD-LTE equipment delayed until later in the year, as China Mobile executives decide whether to upgrade from 3G or install new network equipment.
Ericsson expects to expand its share of China Mobile's TD-LTE business via the operator's upcoming tender for network gear, said an executive for the infrastructure vendor.
Ericsson is one European equipment manufacturer hoping to win a slice of an upcoming bids for TD-LTE infrastructure agreements in China, and the Swedish vendor also expects to be able to gain a bigger share of the deals than in previous tender rounds.
While concerns continue to hamper the Chinese app market, a number of other factors are now helping to smooth out the path to China for mobile developers. As a result, many in the mobile app industry are taking another look at the possibilities of moving into the world's largest wireless market.
Swedish vendor Ericsson appears to have bigger aspirations for small cells beyond just increasing capacity and coverage for the macro wireless network.
Deployment of LTE in developing markets will help improve the market for new base stations, which have languished of late as spending on 3G networks declines, according to a report from ABI Research.
Apple is reaching out to its developer and publisher partners, urging them to localize their applications and related marketing efforts to better serve consumers in international markets.
Japan's total mobile infrastructure market skyrocketed 78 percent during 2012, thanks largely to a dedicated push by NTT DoCoMo, KDDI and Softbank to rollout LTE nationwide, according to a report from Infonetics.