The U.S. mobile broadband experience is the stuff of lore around the world, in part due to the smartphone revolution that started here, enabled by large, reliable wireless networks and innovative pricing strategies. The U.S. was also the first to roll out fully commercial large-scale LTE networks that offered significantly higher speeds than ever before, and still leads the world in LTE subscribers and deployment.
The success of the mobile broadband industry is due in part to a light regulatory touch that has encouraged massive investments and resulted in one of the most successful industries of all time. This industry, however, is still in the relatively early stages and will grow and evolve in ways that cannot be predicted. It will be successful to the extent that unnecessary regulatory strangleholds, especially ones that treat wireless and wireline equally, do not hold it back.
T-Mobile US would strike an M&A deal with another company only if they had U.S. spectrum, a U.S. customer base and offered "favorable financial terms," according to financial analysts.
SHANGHAI--Huawei has added its voice to the growing chorus of companies predicting massive growth in the communications sector: The Chinese company said that, based on a new global survey of business executives, it now expects a total of 100 billion connections (both human and machine) by 2025, a figure that includes 8 billion smartphones.
HONG KONG--Smartphones have changed the way applications are produced, with most developers now focusing first on producing services for the mobile devices before migrating them to other products such as PCs, Qualcomm Technologies' SVP of product management said.
LTE networks are more efficient than legacy 3G networks, and generally produce more data usage, which carriers can monetize. However, according to a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics, the infusion of revenue that LTE is bringing to carriers is not likely going to last that long.
T-Mobile US' MetroPCS brand is expanding into 10 new markets and is doubling the high-speed data allotments it gives to some of its customers.
T-Mobile US simplified its family plan pricing yet again and also is now offering customers the ability to add a tablet for an extra $10 per month and get the same data allotment they have on their smartphone plan on their tablet.
Mobile services are tipped to remain the dominant revenue generator in sub-Saharan Africa in the five years through 2018, fuelled by high demand for wireless voice and data communications.
Sprint is discontinuing its offer of guaranteed unlimited voice, texting and data for the life of the phone line for new customers who choose its recently introduced individual and family data plans. However, it will still be available to new customers who choose its older Unlimited, My Way and My All-in plans.