The smartphone revolution has greatly expanded the size of the handset market with global revenues doubling in the last six years, as consumers substitute more expensive smartphones for their feature phones and basic phones. Yet changes have devastated most of the leading incumbent handset vendors.
Telefónica Deutschland's pending completion of its acquisition of domestic rival E-Plus is not stopping the latter investing in network developments, with the company launching commercial trials of voice over LTE (VoLTE).
A clear pattern is emerging among the world's top smartphones makers as September comes into view: Almost none of them are going to use CTIA's Super Mobility Week trade show as the official launch vehicle for their latest phones and wearable devices.
Cosmote Romania has awarded a contract to build a new LTE network in southern Romania to Chinese equipment manufacturer ZTE, in a deal that will require the construction of more than 3,000 base stations.
Huawei trumped its main rival, Ericsson, in the opening half of the year in terms of sales, with revenues around €5 billion higher than the Swedish company.
If I can believe my desk calendar, it's almost summer. With the longest day of the year fast approaching, my mind has turned to all of the usual topics: fireworks, hot dogs, bitter jealousy aimed at European colleagues who take four-week vacations, LTE TDD. Okay, summertime and LTE TDD might not go hand-in-hand, but there are some real reasons the TDD implementation of everyone's favorite 4G technology has been on my mind.
Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE are both hoping to make a splash in the U.S. smartphone market by releasing high-end devices that carry their own brands. The strategy marks a break for both companies, which have previously sold phones in the U.S. market carrying carrier brands.
Samsung Electronics is perhaps best known in the U.S. market as a purveyor of smartphones and tablets, but the company is looking to bolster its network infrastructure and services position by hiring veterans from wireless and media companies.
NICE, France--ZTE has high hopes that it will grow in the German market in the years ahead, especially in managed services, according to a ZTE executive. Some of that growth could potentially come from the proposed merger between KPN's German unit E-Plus with Telefónica's O2 Germany. However, the deal is not yet final and needs to be approved by European Commission regulators.
The European Commission has dropped its threat to launch an investigation over alleged dumping by Chinese mobile equipment manufacturers, although the European Union's (EU) executive body said it still needs more time to determine if an investigation into illegal subsidies is required.