Some 244 operators in 92 countries have now launched commercial 4G services based on the LTE standard, according to the latest research update from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).
The technology appears to have gathered real momentum this year, which has seen a total of 93 networks launched commercially, according to the GSA.
The organization, which represents the interests of mobile suppliers globally, expects another 16 networks to be commercially deployed by the end of the year.
France’s Iliad has made clear that it plans to continue being a thorn in the side of the country’s incumbent operators by unveiling a range of low-cost tariffs for its new 4G service.
The operator says a 4G service will now be available to consumers for as little as €19.99 ($27.15) a month, or €15.99 for customers who already subscribe to its internet services.
The tariff includes 20GB of monthly data usage and Iliad claims its price is just a fifth of fees being charged by rivals for a comparable service.
Three of the UK’s mobile network operators have signed up to a government-brokered agreement to work towards scrapping the ‘roaming’ charges that customers pay when using their phones abroad.
Authorities say they will work with Ofcom, the UK telecoms regulatory, and the industry to develop a “UK government position for on-going negotiations in the EU that will help us achieve the goal of eliminating roaming charges within the EU by 2016”.
China Mobile Ltd, the world's largest mobile phone carrier, has quietly begun taking pre-orders for Apple Inc's iPhones, according to a report on Fortune.com.
Apple (Cupertino, CA, USA), which needs to expand its footprint in China, its biggest market after the United States, is trying to offset slowing revenue growth in developed markets that are increasingly saturated and hyper-competitive.
The Chinese carrier has struggled to sustain growth as rivals like China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd sign up new users at a faster pace.
Spain’s Telefonica has revealed plans to shut down Jajah, its US-based internet telephony service, at the end of January.
“As of January 31, 2014, Jajah [Mountain View, CA, USA] will no longer offer any Jajah.com or Jajah Direct services to its users in the United States or elsewhere,” said a statement published on Jajah’s website.
Hungary’s telecoms authorities have announced plans to sell licenses for unused spectrum that could be used to support 4G services in an effort to boost competition in the market.
In a statement published this week, the NMHH – which regulates Hungary’s telecoms market – said it would tender unused frequencies in the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2.6GHz and 26GHz bands.
Deutsche Telekom plans to repackage its internet offering rather than appeal against an October court ruling that blocked it from capping connection speeds when customers exceed data limits on flat-rate contracts.
After announcing its decision not to launch an appeal, the former German monopoly said on Monday that it will introduce new deals with flat rates or fixed data volumes.
France's upstart mobile player Iliad is seeking talks with larger rivals Vivendi's SFR and Bouygues Telecom over joining the duo's network sharing plan, according to a letter published online by Les Echos newspaper.
The letter attributed to Iliad (Paris, France) Chief Executive Maxime Lombardini underscores how the planned network sharing between France's second- and third-largest operators, which aims to cut costs in response to Iliad's low-cost service, could reshape competition in Europe's fourth-biggest mobile market by clients.
Canada's Competition Bureau said on Friday it would allow Canadian telecom company Telus Corp (Burnaby, Canada) to buy all of struggling startup Public Mobile (Toronto, Canada).
Industry Minister James Moore had approved the sale last month, saying it would not hurt consumers. The Conservative government is eager to boost competition in the wireless sector.
France’s Orange has announced a $1.4 billion sale of its business in the Dominican Republic to private-equity player Altice.
Earlier this week, the two companies were reported by the UK’s Financial Times newspaper to be holding talks about a sale of Orange Dominicana, with Stephane Richard, Orange’s (Paris, France) chief executive, promising to provide an update to investors within days.