Another day, another announcement by an operator that it is trialling LTE Advanced services. BASE Belgium is the latest company to reveal that it is testing what is in fact "true" 4G, if you stick precisely to 3G and LTE guidelines. However, the focus is still too much on the advancements in speed, even though for many consumers figures such as "250 Mbps" are virtually meaningless.
BARCELONA, Spain--Ericsson and Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) are proving to be beneficiaries of Vodafone's Verizon Wireless windfall, as the Swedish and Finnish vendors have just won five-year deals under the operator's £7 billion (€8.5 billion) Project Spring network investment programme.
EE scraped a double digit increase in earnings before interest depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) in 2013, as a cost cutting program offset declining revenue.
Vodafone took a further step forward in its LTE strategy by announcing it has reached 500,000 LTE subscribers in the UK, and is also extending LTE roaming services to more of its markets across the globe under its £7 billion (€8.5 billion) Project Spring investment programme.
Mobile operator Vodafone and financial software provider Misys made separate moves in the mobile payment and banking sectors this week, at a time when analysts say the future of the industry remains up for grabs.
Vodafone has joined other carriers in the Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group, a consortium of mobile operators participating in technology discussions around the Linux-based operating system.
Weve, the mobile payments joint venture of the UK's three largest mobile operators Vodafone UK, EE and O2 UK, is partnering with MasterCard to accelerate the development of what the companies describe as the UK's "most comprehensive contactless mobile payments system".
Vodafone has narrowly avoided being fined by UK regulator Ofcom after the operator finally met coverage obligations for 3G services that should have been in place by the end of June 2013.
EE has dismissed the immediate need to offload data from the UK operator's LTE network, but instead presented a somewhat alternative approach it is taking in an effort to monetise WiFi: selling white label WiFi services to venues in order to make a profit.
After conducting tests, Deutsche Telekom raised questions about the actual validity of WiFi as the best solution for offloading data from cellular networks, revealing that attitudes over the future uses of WiFi still vary considerably.