Half the population of Africa will be covered with 4G networks by the end of 2018, according to a new study from ABI Research, as the number of base stations deployed across the continent increases at a compound annual growth rate of 40% over the next five years.
Even so, LTE network population coverage will be far from homogenous across the region, says ABI Research.
Deutsche Telekom has bought the remaining parts of its T-Mobile Czech Republic division for about 800 million euros ($1.09 billion) to take full control of the unit, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Sunday.
Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) is acquiring the 40-percent stake in T-Mobile Czech Republic (Prague, Czech Republic) from investors Mid Europa Partners (MEP) and Al Ain, the source said on condition that he not be identified because the matter is confidential, confirming a report in Germany's Manager Magazin Online.
Deutsche Telekom declined to comment.
Britain's Vodafone said it was finally seeing early signs of a turnaround due to a growing number of customers and the take-up of more expensive 4G services, following yet another torrid quarter hit by fierce competition in Europe.
The world's second-largest mobile operator has reported record falls in underlying revenue in the last 18 months, due also to regulator-imposed price cuts and European consumers reducing the number of calls they made during the recession.
Iraq plans to auction third-generation (3G) telecommunications licenses for a minimum of $307 million each, sources familiar with the matter said, a move that could allow new entrants into the sector but slow the rollout of mobile Internet services.
The country did not have a mobile phone industry under Saddam Hussein but the sector expanded rapidly after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion which toppled the dictator.
Alcatel-Lucent almost halved its net loss for 2013 as cost-cutting, a tweaked product offering and asset sales under Chief Executive Michel Combes began to take effect.
The telecoms equipment maker, which competes with Sweden's Ericsson (Stockholm), China's Huawei (Beijing) and Nokia's (Helsinki, Finland) NSN unit, said its gross margin was 34 percent and operating profit 307 million euros - both better than expected.
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Canada’s Rogers Communications has introduced a new consumer-oriented M2M service allowing consumers to engage with brands while they are shopping through the use of mobile offers, applications and payments technology.
Branded Mobile Shopper, the service is being trialed by RioCan (Toronto, Canada), Canada’s largest owner of shopping centers, in a number of Ontario-based shopping centers.
U.S. mobile operator AT&T said on Monday it was not planning to take over Britain's Vodafone, making its intentions clear after a request from the takeover panel following months of speculation.
The statement to the London Stock Exchange rules out the second-largest mobile service provider in the United States from buying Vodafone (Newbury, UK) for the next six months. However the group can still make an offer if Vodafone's board agrees to it, or if a third party enters the fray.
Ericsson, the world's biggest telecom network equipment maker, and Samsung Electronics Co have reached a deal to end all patent-related legal disputes.
Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) said on Monday the agreement included an initial payment and royalty payments from Samsung (Seoul, South Korea) for the term of the multi-year license agreement and would affect Ericsson's operating cash flow at the beginning of 2014.