Regulatory initiatives and the ambition of mobile operators will lead to a tripling in the number of cellular M2M connections worldwide between 2011 and 2016, according to a new report from IMS Research.
The market-research company expects the number of connections to hit 326 million by 2016, from about 107 million last year, as mobile operators respond to the slowdown in their traditional markets by focusing on new growth opportunities.
Argentina’s government is likely to withhold a significant amount of spectrum from a '4G' auction due to happen next year, reports Dow Jones Newswires.
During a recent television interview, Julio De Vido, Argentina’s Planning Minister, reportedly said the government would retain an “important” quantity of the spectrum compatible with the high-speed mobile-phone technology.
French operator SFR may announce 1,100 redundancies later this week owing to the difficult operating conditions in France, according to a story in Les Echos newspaper that cited comments made by a labor union official.
The French mobile-phone operator is set to present a jobs-reduction scheme to unions on Wednesday, but is also expected to create 300 new jobs, according to Vanessa Jereb of the UNSA union.
Finland has kicked off the process of awarding spectrum in the 800MHz band, inviting bidders to register before December 17 for an auction scheduled to begin on January 24.
Finnish authorities are expecting to raise at least €100 million ($128 million) from the auction, having set a starting price of €16.67 million for each one of the six 2x5MHz blocks due to go under the hammer.
Each bidder can win a maximum of three spectrum blocks, which means Finland could feasibly end up with just two 800MHz operators after the auction has concluded.
Soaring demand for 4G services is expected to drive the number of global LTE subscriptions to 1.6 billion in 2018 from just 55 million this year, according to a new study published by Ericsson.
The network-equipment maker describes LTE as the fastest-developing system in the history of mobile communications in its latest mobility report, which examines the worldwide growth of mobile technologies and services.
France Telecom is reportedly considering a partial flotation of its stake in EE, its UK mobile-phone joint venture with Deutsche Telekom.
Speaking at an investor conference organized by Morgan Stanley earlier this week, Gervais Pellissier, the French operator’s chief financial officer, hinted of a possible IPO towards the end of 2013 while emphasizing that France Telecom (Paris, France) and Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) have no plans to give up control of the entity.
In a move that could see the US gain another mobile broadband provider, satellite operator Globalstar has sought permission from the Federal Communications Commission to provide terrestrial services over its satellite spectrum.
Filed with regulatory authorities this week, the operator’s petition describes a long-term plan to provide LTE services using all of its frequencies.
More immediately, the company wants permission to provide WiFi-like services using its 2.4GHz airwaves.
SingTel reported a 1.6% year-on-year fall in net profit for the September-ending quarter, to S$868 million ($710 million), with performance hit by price competition and unfavourable regulation in Australia’s mobile-phone market.
A rise in expenses and the impact of foreign exchange movements also weighed on the bottom line.
Overall revenues were just 0.8% lower than in the corresponding quarter of 2011, at S$4.572 billion, but revenues from Australia’s Optus fell by 3.6% to S$2.9 billion.
Ofcom has set a reserve price of £1.3 billion ($2.1 billion) for the spectrum it will sell in the UK’s forthcoming 4G auction, as well as announcing December 11 as the provisional date for the submission of license bids.
That date is to be confirmed over the next two weeks after new regulations regarding the auction process come into effect.
The UK regulator says 4G services could be launched as soon as May, with winning bidders announced sometime in February or March.
The European Commission is to release a swathe of radio spectrum to give mobile and internet companies more space for rolling out faster fourth-generation (4G) wireless services.
Monday's announcement means an extra 120 MHz of spectrum will be available for 4G from 2014 at the latest to try to accommodate a sharp rise in the use of such services on mobile devices.