In Asia-Pacific, TD-LTE networks will cover more than 53 per cent of the population by 2018, according to a new report from ABI Research.
Vodafone filed for regulatory approval to fully acquire its Indian unit in a deal worth 101.41 billion rupees ($1.66 billion or €1.21 billion), as the company seeks to take advantage of new direct foreign investment rules in the country.
Vodafone intends to take advantage of new foreign direct investment rules in India by investing as much as $2 billion (€1.48 billion) to buy out minority shareholders in its Indian unit, reports said this week.
Due to new rules established by India's government, Vodafone could be forced to sell its 4.4 per cent stake the country's largest mobile operator, Bharti Airtel, which is worth around $1 billion (€753 million).
Google joined with Indian operator Bharti Airtel to offer free access to certain Google-based services and Web search results in a unique teaming that highlights the possibilities for toll-free data plans.
Nokia has seen a demand from the Indian tax authorities suspended by a local court after being ordered to pay $383 million within 30 days for failing to properly pay taxes.
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said he's very encouraged by the traction the company's new BlackBerry 10 Z10 smartphone is gaining in Europe and elsewhere.However, there are signs that sales of the Z10 in the UK might have nosedived after a strong start.
Shipments of smartphones will surpass feature phones for the first time this year, according to a new report from research firm IDC, marking a tipping point as mobile broadband adoption expands and smartphone prices come down worldwide. The report also found that China will outpace the United States as the world's largest smartphone market both this year and on into the future.
Although more than 50 percent of all U.S. mobile users now own smartphones, smartphones still have a lot of growth ahead of them in emerging markets, according to a new report from research firm Nielsen.
As if it needed more bad news, ailing Finnish handset maker Nokia saw its shares decline further this week after Indian tax officials raided the Nokia factory in Chennai, India, apparently looking for unpaid taxes amounting to $545 million (€418 million).