Turkey's 4G tender outstrips predictions with bids of $4.5 billion

President had urged move straight to 5G, for which technical standards do not yet exist

Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's auction of 4G mobile phone frequencies lured a higher than expected 3.96 billion euros ($4.5 billion) worth of bids, the agency running the process said on Wednesday, showing the appeal of Turkey's youthful and growing market.

The bids from Britain's Vodafone, and Turkish duo Avea and Turkcell, the only three operators in Turkey, will be subject to an approval process before a final decision on allocations is made.

Ericsson profit beats forecast as U.S. sales stabilize

As mobile operators transition from initial 4G buildouts, suppliers focus on upgrading existing networks

Reuters

STOCKHOLM/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Ericsson, the world's No.1 mobile network equipment maker, topped second-quarter sales and profit forecasts and said its mainstay North American business had stabilized after three quarters of declines, lifting its shares as much as 6 percent.

Mobile operators in North America, which accounts for about a quarter of Ericsson's turnover, have largely finished building out the latest 4G networks, meaning suppliers are having to focus on upgrading congested parts of existing networks there.

Nextel operator NII to stay in Brazil, its last Latam operation

Despite a braoder economic slowdown, Nextel turned a profit of $3.5M in Brazil in the 1st quarter

Reuters

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Nextel operator NII Holdings Inc is stepping up investment in Brazil to expand its tiny share of the mobile telephone market and has no plans to sell out despite an economic slowdown, its chief operating officer said.

The downsized company will plow into Brazil a good part of the resources generated by the recent $1.8 billion sale of its Mexican operations to AT&T, NII Holdings COO and Nextel Brazil president, Gokul Hemmady, told Reuters.

Deutsche Telekom to consider partner for T-Mobile U.S.: CEO

DT last year tried to sell T-Mobile US to Sprint who dropped its bid after regulatory resistance

Reuters

COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom will consider any partner that can improve profitability at its U.S. operations, its chief executive told the company's annual shareholders meeting.

Chief Executive Tim Hoettges said on Thursday T-Mobile US, of which Deutsche Telekom owns 66 percent, was in much better shape than two years ago.

"But it is our duty to go on improving the return on T-Mobile US," he added. "If we find a partner who will help us to do so, we will obviously consider it."

China to spend $182 billion to boost Internet by end of 2017

Goal is to accelerate the development of fiber optic broadband and high speed 4G mobile networks

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will spend more than $182 billion to boost Internet speeds by the end of 2017, a top government body said, as Beijing moves towards a more service-driven economy to boost growth.

The State Council said the government will invest more than 430 billion yuan ($69.3 billion) this year on network construction, with at least another 700 billion yuan ($112.8 billion) spent over the following two years.

The goal is to accelerate the development of fiber optic broadband and high speed 4G mobile networks, the governing body said on its website.

Vodafone's return to growth hints at wider sector recovery

Weak spot in the results was Germany, where it was hit by stiff competition

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Vodafone posted a rise in quarterly sales for the first time in nearly three years on Tuesday in the clearest sign yet that Europe's mobile market is edging towards recovery.

The world's second largest mobile operator has been hit hard by the constraints on consumer spending in its big European markets, fierce competition in India and by regulator-imposed price cuts around the world.

But on Tuesday it finally forecast 2016 core earnings growth on an organic basis following seven straight years of declines.

Turkey minister says might cancel 4G tender, switch to 5G

Officials have previously said 4G services would be offered from the start of 2016

Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey could cancel a May tender for 4G telecoms infrastructure after President Tayyip Erdogan urged the country not to "lose time" with the technology and move straight to 5G, the trade minister was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

Erdogan last week called for a move to fifth-generation mobile networks, within two years, skipping the current 4G technology, which cast doubt over the ongoing tender process.

Turkish telecommunications are currently based on 3G technology.

GM to earn $350 million over three years from 4G technology in cars

CFO Stevens says OnStar's 4G LTE connection is an 'untapped, under-appreciated opportunity'

Reuters

DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co will generate $350 million in improved profit over the three years to 2018 from its rollout of 4G LTE mobile broadband in its cars and trucks, the No. 1 U.S. automaker's chief financial officer said on Wednesday.

Chuck Stevens, speaking at a Bank of America Merrill Lynch conference, called GM's OnStar 4G LTE connection an "untapped, under-appreciated opportunity."

4G LTE is a wireless connection that allows faster flow of data and developing better in-car technology is critical to automakers like GM to attract younger, tech-savvy buyers.

Ethiopia launches 4G mobile service in the capital

African telecoms surging, with subscribers across the continent near 650 million in 2013

Reuters

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia's state-run telecoms monopoly has launched a fourth generation (4G) mobile service in the capital Addis Ababa, aiming to catch up with the high-speed communications available in some east African neighbors such as Kenya and Uganda.

Africa's telecoms industry is booming, with subscribers across the continent totaling almost 650 million in 2013, up from just 25 million in 2001, according to the World Bank.

But analysts say high-speed connections are vital to maintaining growth and supporting the wider economy.

Chinese mobile data usage to make great leap forward

3 top carriers expected to market aggressively to rural China

Reuters

SINGAPORE, (Reuters) - Data traffic on Chinese mobile devices jumped almost 50 percent last year but overall usage was modest by global standards, reflecting low consumption in rural areas that hasn't gone unnoticed by telecoms firms.

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