Verizon Wireless reported weaker subscriber growth for the first quarter on a year-over-year basis and its postpaid customer additions in the period were driven by the addition of tablet customers.
Tablets are expected to make up a large majority of all mobile broadband connections in the U.S. over the next two years, according to a new report from the NPD Group.
T-Mobile US is letting customers purchase LTE-enabled tablets for the same price as Wi-Fi models, and the carrier is also giving away 1 GB of free tablet data per month to voice customers who sign up for a tablet. The company's announcement is the second of three it is making this week to add momentum to its "uncarrier" message.
Fixed-mobile convergence is a popular proposition once again, but with better prospects than a decade or two ago. More tightly integrated fixed and mobile will be the hallmark of future networks and services with fast, reliable and economic delivery, and upon which access to prime video content will be paramount.
MTN Group cashed in on its strong position in growth markets in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) with healthy gains in net profit, subscriber numbers, and revenue in 2013.
The number of tablets in the United States using an embedded cellular connection jumped 46 percent in 2013 to 10.4 million, up from 7.1 million in 2012, according to the a new report from NPD's Connected Intelligence Mobile Connectivity Report. Strikingly, that increase came despite the fact that sales of cellular-capable tablets actually declined from 16 percent of total tablet sales in 2012 to 12 percent in 2013, according to NPD's Retail Tracking Service.
Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao discussed a multitude of topics during his recent visit to New York, ranging from how much the operator could spend on future acquisitions (up to $40 billion) to whether US operators would be able to do a better job in Europe (unlikely, he said). According to reports, Colao also revealed that Vodafone had turned down a request from Facebook to "zero rate" its content by excluding it from counting towards a subscriber's mobile data plan in certain emerging markets.
Tele2 president and CEO Mats Granryd has promised to "remove uncertainty" surrounding the Nordic operator's business in 2014, after net income fell by a third in 2013.
Cisco Systems lowered its rate of growth in global mobile data traffic for 2012 and 2013. However, in a new report the company still forecasted a nearly 11-fold increase in mobile data traffic from 2013 – 2018.
Moody's Investors Service has no plans to upgrade VimpelCom's credit rating, despite stating that an updated financial strategy from the operator is a credit positive move.