4G networks are set to handle more data traffic than 3G ones by 2016, according to a new study from ABI Research.
Although 4G infrastructure supported just 2.9% of all mobile subscriptions at the end of June 2013, it is on course to account for more than 20% of all mobile data traffic by the end of this year, according to ABI Research.
The market-research company also predicts that 4G networks will account for two thirds of all data by 2018.
Aggressive 4G deployment and the falling price of 4G smartphones and tablets are the main drivers of this development.
AT&T looks set to maintain its leadership position in the US market for cellular M2M connections over the next five years, despite indicating it will shut down its 2G network by 2017, according to a new study from ABI Research.
China Mobile looks set to begin offering Apple’s coveted iPhone to its huge customer base, with regulatory authorities reported to have approved the introduction of the device on the network technology used by the operator.
According to a report from Dow Jones Newswires, China’s Telecom Equipment Certification Center has issued a license to Apple (Cupertino, CA, USA) for handsets engineered to work on the TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE standards being used by China Mobile (Beijing, China) to support 3G and 4G services.
The number of 3G customers in Africa is set to grow from 114 million in 2013 to 210 million by the end of 2015, according to a new study from ABI Research.
The market-research company says that mobile growth in Africa remains far more robust than in other regions, with the number of mobile subscribers reaching 863 million at the end of June, up 9.3% on the year-earlier figure.
ABI Research reckons the number of mobile customers will continue to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.6% between now and 2018, when it will reach 1.25 billion.
M2M gateway developer Option has swung to a massive loss and witnessed a huge decline in revenues following the expiration of a licensing agreement with China’s Huawei.
The Belgian company reported a net loss of €7 million ($9.22 million) for the first half of the year, compared with a net profit of €3.67 million for the same period of 2012, and saw revenues fall to just €5.15 million from €23.28 million over the same period.
Cellular M2M revenues are set to grow at a compound annual rate of 20.3% between 2013 and 2017, according to new research from Yankee Group.
The market-research company expects connectivity revenues from M2M services provided by cellular operators to rise from $5 billion in 2013 to $10.6 billion in 2017.
The growth rate compares with predictions of an 8.8% increase in mobile data revenues over the same period, and a 3.3% decline in revenues from mobile voice services.
China Telecom has reported a sharp rise in earnings and revenues for the first six months of the year thanks to soaring demand for the iPhone and mobile data services.
The operator – China’s third-biggest behind China Mobile (Beijing, China) and China Unicom (Beijing, China) – saw net income increase by 15.9% for the first half, to RMB10.2 billion ($1.67 billion), compared with the same period last year, while revenues grew by 14.1%, to RMB138 billion, over the same period.
Pan-African operator MTN Group saw profits and revenues for the first half of the year buoyed by continuing subscriber growth despite pricing pressure across most of its markets.
Profits after tax rose by 19%, to ZAR14.55 billion ($1.46 billion), compared with the same period of 2012, while revenues were up by 9.8%, to ZAR65.25 billion.
Meanwhile, the company’s overall subscriber base grew by 6.5%, compared with end-June 2012, to 201.5 million customers.
Globe Telecom, the Philippines’ second-biggest telecoms operator, has reported a massive fall in net income due to investments it has been forced to make in improving its network.
The operator saw net income for the first half of 2013 drop by 73%, to PHP1.4 billion ($32.1 million), despite growing revenues by 9%, to PHP44.5 billion, over the same period.
Network operator Sprint has struck a five-year agreement to support usage-based insurance (UBI) services and telematics solutions on behalf of Himex.
Himex (Scottsdale, AZ, USA) – which claims to offer “the fastest and most complete route in the industry to the implementation of UBI” – appears to have chosen Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) largely because of its ongoing commitment to support 2G services, in contrast with larger operators AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) and Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY, USA).