International expansion is continuing apace for Netflix as it preps for launches into South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore. So it's not surprising to hear reports that the SVOD provider is also planning to launch service in Russia, albeit only on smart TVs for now.
While Russia lags behind Western Europe in terms of LTE penetration, there are signs that LTE deployments in Russia are picking up steam.
Despite low LTE penetration, Russian mobile operators are starting to close the gap with their Western European counterparts in terms of LTE deployments, even though the government has never held an auction for next-generation frequencies. However, operators face several challenges in boosting LTE adoption, including a large number of prepaid users on 2G networks and a tough geographical environment that takes its toll on network infrastructure and its deployment.
Russia is gearing up to hold its first LTE spectrum auction in the second half of 2015, although a lack of auctions has not stopped the country's mobile operators pressing ahead with rollouts of the technology.
Some Washington security officials have voiced concerns over a plan to use Russia's satellite location system to augment an effort in the United States to improve U.S. wireless carriers' ability to find 911 callers. In response, U.S. wireless industry executives and others have argued that using Russia's GLONASS location system won't create security problems for Americans.
Infinera has named Moscow cable MSO Akado Telecom as the latest service provider using its DTN-X platform, adding another customer to its growing European customer list.
Sprint has begun a new company chapter today by officially naming Brightstar Corp. founder Marcelo Claure as its next CEO, replacing Dan Hesse, who has been leading the service provider since 2007.
The wait for the first commercial Tizen-based smartphone will go on. Samsung Electronics said it would delay sales in Russia of the Samsung Z, the first Tizen smartphone, presumably because there are not yet enough apps on the platform.
Infinera continues to benefit from sales of its next-gen DTN-X platform as second-quarter 2014 earnings jumped sequentially and year-over-year to $165.4 million from $142.8 million in the first quarter of 2014 and $138.4 million in the second quarter of 2013.
Samsung Electronics' efforts to get the first smartphone running the open-source Tizen platform into the market suffered another setback when the company had to backtrack on its promise to show off a commercial version of its first Tizen phone at a developer conference in Moscow on Thursday.