Ericsson revealed that global LTE subscriptions grew by 40 million in the final quarter of 2013, taking total users to 200 million by the end of the year.
Ericsson and Kodiak Networks are extending the availability of a cloud-based push-to-talk (PTT) service into Europe, after the service enjoyed strong uptake in the U.S.
Telenor and Ooredoo both confirmed on Thursday they have finally been awarded 15-year licences to provide mobile communications services in Myanmar.
Rumors of a potential deal between Sprint and T-Mobile US have been swirling for weeks. I'm firmly against such a deal. That's not because I want to see the continued dominance of Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility, telecom giants that are gobbling up revenues and profits. Instead, a Sprint/T-Mobile merger is a horrible idea on policy, operational and technological levels. And the companies themselves--and the wider industry--would be better off if they didn't merge.
LAS VEGAS--AT&T Mobility is introducing toll-free data plans, which allow partners to subsidize consumer data. The news comes after years of AT&T saying that content providers are intersted in picking up the tab for subscribers' data usage so that it doesn't count toward their data bucket.
MVNO Red Pocket Mobile said it is launching a nationwide "4G" mobile Internet offering for data-only devices via a new agreement with T-Mobile US. The launch is notable because Red Pocket now offers wireless service through AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile.
It's no secret that a significant amount of attention and interest has been paid to wireless network speeds in the United States and globally. And that comes as no surprise: LTE networks provide significantly faster download speeds than 3G networks. However, relatively little attention has been paid to 3G and LTE latency speeds in wireless--which is notable considering a number of operators have pointed to improved latency as a major reason behind the push to LTE.
European nations are significantly more dependent on mobile for broadband connections than fibre-rich South Korea and the widely-cabled United States, for example. Europe cannot afford to wait for "5G." It needs to accelerate its laggardly 3G and 4G deployments forthwith.
Mobile subscriptions are expected to reach 9.3 billion by 2019, and more than 60 per cent of these, or 5.6 billion, will be for smartphones, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report.
AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega said that traffic on the company's HSPA+ network has peaked as more and more customers are using LTE devices. The announcement comes as AT&T is starting to refarm some of its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum for LTE service.