The European Council said the 700 MHz band should be made available for mobile broadband services across the European Union by 2020 as part of a harmonised approach to freeing up this spectrum band.
Huawei and Vodafone are off and running in the quest to build an ecosystem for Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology. The two companies opened a new test lab in the UK to work on the development of products and applications related to NB-IoT.
Sprint is the only U.S. carrier to publicly back Google's recent move to create a Rich Communication Services (RCS) client for Android, but T-Mobile continues to gain traction with its own RCS service.
The GSMA announced that close to 100 million new mobile money accounts were registered during 2015, bringing the total number of registered accounts to 411 million globally by the end of the year.
BARCELONA, Spain-- In its continuing efforts to push the RCS standard for messaging, the GSMA announced that Google will create an RCS client for Android. A number of global operators including América Móvil, Deutsche Telekom, and Vodafone voiced support for the move, but Sprint was the only U.S. carrier that added its name to the list of supporting wireless operators.
The popularity of smart watches is on the rise, with latest figures suggesting that more devices such as the Apple Watch are now being acquired than "ordinary" Swiss watches.
If you are heading to Barcelona, Spain, this weekend to attend the Mobile World Congress 2016 conference, be prepared for a 5G fest. Operators from all across the globe are jockeying for a lead in the 5G game by announcing upcoming trials and collaborations. Vendors are conducting 5G demos and talking about their 5G roadmaps. And everyone is trying to figure out the best way to prepare for 5G while at the same time still monetizing their current investments in LTE.
The GSMA said the mobile industry is expected to contribute €600 billion ($648 billion) to Europe's gross domestic product (GDP) by 2020, up from €500 billion-- or 3.2 per cent-- of GDP in 2014.
The UK government said up to £550 million (€781 million/$827 million) is to be invested over the next five years to free up the 700 MHz frequency band for mobile broadband use.
The mobile and broadcasting industries both have something to cheer about following the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15), which ends in Geneva on Friday.