Fundamental changes in demand will be very disruptive to smartphone suppliers. Smartphone vendors that want to succeed will need to make significant cost reductions while also adapting with new product offerings, changes in supply chains, and product distribution.
Telefónica Deutschland is ready to take a leading role in Europe as one of the first operators to deploy a commercial voice over LTE (VoLTE) service.
Ericsson said it is now better placed to assist companies through the minefield of mobility and cloud technologies, after completing an acquisition of network software company Sentilla.
It appears that NTT DoCoMo's sphere of vendors capable of supplying network functions virtualization is getting bigger. The Japanese service provider announced it has completed proof-of-concept trials using the software and equipment of six vendors: Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, NEC and Nokia Networks.
Ericsson revealed the majority of global mobile device users prefer accessing the Internet or social media to online shopping or video calling, following research the vendor said shows there is little relevance between users' location and their usage.
Nokia Networks signed a framework agreement worth $970 million (€765 million) with China Mobile that will see the Finland-based company provide TD-LTE equipment to support the further rollout of the Chinese operator's domestic mobile network.
The GSM Association (GSMA) said adoption of its common Embedded SIM standard will boost machine-to-machine (M2M) market growth by almost 40 per cent by 2020, as it revealed a string of big name backers for the specification.
Whether it's due to exiting a business or improving their balance sheets, companies in the wireless market are making changes that are driving thousands of workers out of their jobs this year.
Last week the U.S. economy marked a major milestone: The official unemployment rate dipped to 5.9 percent, the first time it has been below 6 percent since the summer of 2008. Indeed, some companies in the wireless industry that shed thousands of jobs in recent years are now on the mend. But, despite those improvements, continued shifts in the mobile market have forced thousands of workers out of their jobs this year. Here is a list of the biggest job cuts so far this year:
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