South Africa’s Vodacom has reported a rise in revenues and earnings over the first six months of the year on the back of growth at its international operations and improved trends in its domestic market.
Majority owned by the UK’s Vodafone (Newbury), the operator said revenues were up by 6.6%, to ZAR36.7 billion ($3.55 billion), compared with the same period in 2012, while earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortization rose by 9.6%, to ZAR13.2 billion, over the same period.
Saudi Telecom has flagged a sharp increase in quarterly profits thanks to the implementation of new cost-cutting measures, and says it is considering the sale of further assets to improve its fiscal position.
The Saudi Arabian incumbent reported a 73% increase in net income for the third quarter, to SAR3.39 billion ($904 million), compared with the same period a year earlier, while revenues for the first nine months of the year edged up by 2.5%, to SAR34.3 billion.
UK-headquartered mobile operator Vodafone is reported to be seeking approval from authorities to take full control of its India business, in which it currently holds a stake of 64.4%.
According to a report from Dow Jones, the operator has sought permission from India’s Foreign Investment Protection Board to buy remaining shares in the company in a deal likely to cost around $1.65 billion.
Cellular networks will generate nearly 60% of all M2M connectivity revenues by 2018, according to a new study from ABI Research.
The market-research company predicts that M2M connectivity will be embedded in more than two billion devices across nine key industries by that date, but reckons cellular will be the dominant technology in terms of revenues generated by M2M services.
Module maker u-blox has partnered with semiconductor designer ARM on the development of a “cellular kit” for the design of wirelessly connected location-aware devices used to support M2M services.
The companies have branded their joint offering the C027 “Internet of Things Starter Kit” and plan to conduct a demonstration of the technology at this week’s ARM TechCon conference being hosted in California.
China Telecom has beaten earnings expectations for the nine months ending September, flagging growth in revenues and profits thanks to surging consumer interest in the iPhone and mobile data services.
The smallest of China’s three national mobile operators, the company said revenues were up by 13.4%, to RMB238 billion ($39 billion), compared with the same period last year, while net income rose by 17.1%, to RMB14.8 billion.
China Mobile has reported falling profits for the first nine months of the year, with investments in a 4G network and the cost of subsidizing smartphones taking a toll on the operator’s performance.
China’s biggest mobile operator by customer numbers flagged a 9.4% increase in revenue, to RMB463 billion ($76 billion), for the nine months ending September, but said profits slid by 1.9%, to RMB91.5 billion, over the same period.
Pakistani incumbent PTCL is reported to have launched a takeover bid for local mobile rival Warid, holding out the possibility of much-needed consolidation in the country’s beleaguered telecoms industry.
Backed by Middle Eastern telecoms giant Etisalat (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), PTCL (Islamabad, Pakistan) is said to have given notice of the bid through a filing to the Karachi stock exchange, according to Reuters, but details of the offer price or PTCL’s plans for the company were not disclosed.
Grameenphone, majority owned by Norway's Telenor, on Sunday launched Bangladesh's first mobile 3G (third generation) network, aiming for national coverage by next April.
The dominant provider, which has 44 percent of the market and paid $210 million for 10 megahertz of 3G spectrum in September, pledged to do its best to make the service available at "affordable" prices.
There are some 107 mobile phone users among Bangladesh's population of over 160 million but it lacks internet services, with barely 36,000 subscribers by either mobile or fixed lines.
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.