WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Apple's iPhone 6 only went on sale in the last two weeks of the quarter, but the device's rollout may have been the U.S. cellular industry's top growth catalyst in the period, with T-Mobile US benefiting the most.
Since the larger, slimmer iPhone was unveiled on Sept. 9, the U.S. cellular market has been flooded with deals for subscribers looking to switch providers ahead of earnings reports starting next week.
US operators need to demonstrate their commitment to the incentive auction of 600MHz spectrum in 2015 if broadcasters are to overcome their reservations about the process, according to Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.
Speaking during the keynote session at this week’s CTIA show in Las Vegas, Wheeler expressed frustration that so much of the telecoms industry has been “strangely silent” about the forthcoming sale of sub-1GHz spectrum given the constraints that operators say they are under.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sprint Corp said on Friday it was adding 15 new rural and regional wireless providers to its U.S. roaming program, a move bolstering the company's efforts to cheaply expand its footprint as it fights to stay competitive as a national carrier.
The program allows Sprint and its smaller partners to use each other's networks for roaming at a mutually attractive price. A total of 27 carriers, covering 565,000 square miles and a population area of more than 38 million people, have now entered into roaming agreements with Sprint.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China Unicom and China Telecom, the country's No.2 and No.3 mobile carriers, have received government approval to test their 4G high-speed networks in a total of 40 cities, up from 16 previously, they said on Thursday.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which allowed both mobile operators to test their new LTE hybrid network beginning in June, approved 24 additional trial cities including Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Dongguan and Xiamen.
ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana company Surfline Communications launched the country's first 4G data network on Tuesday in partnership with French technology company Alcatel-Lucent, making Ghana the sixth nation in sub-Saharan Africa to get the high speed service.
The wholly-owned company invested more than $100 million for the first phase of the Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network, which has 300 cell sites, according to Chairman John Taylor, who owns a string of oil-related businesses, and wholly owns Surfline.
PARIS (Reuters) - Telecoms operator Orange's investment in faster fiber and mobile broadband networks in its French home market has started to pay off, as its high-end focus insulates it from cut- price fixed plans offered by rival Bouygues.
As France's largest carrier reported second-quarter results in line with forecasts on Tuesday, it said that some 60 percent of new mobile customers were signing up for high-end plans that include 4G and that 50,000 new customers had signed up to its fiber broadband offers, taking the total to 415,000.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a growing and exciting ecosystem comprised of an array of different technologies.
Currently, IoT networks are heterogeneous, with short-range, mid-range, and long-range connections. These three levels of IoT connectivity options are determined based on how widespread the connections need to be –immediate, specified geography, or widespread. Although a mix of technologies will make up the ecosystem, standards for Long Term Evolution (LTE) will play an increasingly larger role in facilitating long-range connections.
PAN and LAN
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communication Inc's high speed wireless customers who subscribe to the company's legacy unlimited data plans might experience slower speeds starting Oct. 1, the company said on Friday.
The announcement comes as wireless carriers attempt to shift data-hungry subscribers onto tiered plans, which charge customers for individual data packages.
Verizon will slow services for the top 5 percent of data users who are on unlimited plans in places where the network is experiencing high demand, the company announced on its website.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A recovery in Ericsson's <ERICb.ST> network equipment business pointed to strong results for the rest of the year, propelling its shares toward their biggest daily gain in more than three years.
In China, Ericsson is selling equipment for a massive rollout of fourth-generation mobile networks. In developed markets, it is benefiting from capacity upgrades as network operators cope with a surge in mobile data traffic.
Ericsson expects recent contract wins to boost revenue during the second half of the year.
More people than ever are using 4G-LTE networks, and this influx of smart devices, machines and appliances connected to the Internet will cause extra traffic, and strain the capabilities that draw consumers to a new network in the first place.
By 2017, according to a recent report by Pyramid Research, the number of LTE subscriptions worldwide will reach 802.2 million, a 72% CAGR over 2012 levels, growing to almost 10 percent of global mobile subscribers.