Data upload traffic on the mobile network of UK operator EE has exceeded downloads for the first time ever at a number of major events, according to new research from the operator.
“For the first time in the UK, the amount of data uploaded onto our network has surpassed downloads at major events such as the London Marathon and Baroness Thatcher’s funeral,” said Fotis Karonis, EE’s (Hatfield, UK) chief technology officer.
China Telecom has reported a sharp rise in earnings and revenues for the first six months of the year thanks to soaring demand for the iPhone and mobile data services.
The operator – China’s third-biggest behind China Mobile (Beijing, China) and China Unicom (Beijing, China) – saw net income increase by 15.9% for the first half, to RMB10.2 billion ($1.67 billion), compared with the same period last year, while revenues grew by 14.1%, to RMB138 billion, over the same period.
Russia’s MTS swung to a net profit and reported revenue growth for the three months ending June thanks to rising demand for mobile data services and various one-off gains, including settlements related to its disputed ownership of Bitel, an operator in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Nearly half of all mobile-phone customers in emerging markets will be using smartphones by 2017, compared with just a fifth today, according to new research from Ovum.
The market-research company says demand for mobile internet services in urban areas of emerging markets will drive the adoption of some two billion smartphones by 2017.
Encouraging that development is the lack of fixed internet infrastructure in many emerging-market countries, as well as the growing purchasing power of consumers living in urban areas.
Facebook Inc's (Menlo Park, CA, USA) Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has enlisted Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (Seoul, South Korea), Qualcomm Inc (San Diego, CA, USA) and four other companies for a project aimed at bringing Internet access to people around the world who can't afford it, mirroring efforts by Google Inc (Mountain View, CA, USA) and others.
The project is called Internet.org and will be launched Wednesday. It focuses on enabling the next 5 billion people without access to come online, Zuckerberg said.
New cable network Al Jazeera America introduced itself to viewers on Tuesday with reports on political strife in Egypt and the impact of climate change on U.S. cities, shortly after a major pay TV distributor declined to carry the channel.
The decision by AT&T's (Dallas, TX, USA) U-verse pay-TV service stemmed from a contract dispute over terms to carry the new network, AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel said.
Al Jazeera (Doha, Qatar) responded by suing AT&T for breach of contract in Delaware Chancery Court.
Rising interest in M2M services is driving the growth in mobile connections being reported by operators in the US, according to new research from the GSM Association (GSMA).
The industry body, which represents telecoms operators around the world, says that both MVNO and M2M services are playing a crucial role in boosting quarterly connection gains in the US and helping to offset the slowdown in traditional activities.
The number of telecoms customers in India crossed the 900 million mark in May, according to new data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), with Reliance Communications boasting the biggest number of mobile additions.
In its latest report, the TRAI says the number of mobile customers rose from about 867 million in April to more than 870 million at the end of May, while the fixed-line base shrank by some 140,000 customers to finish the month with some 29.85 million subscribers overall.
Canada's three biggest wireless companies plan to attack Verizon Communications Inc's role in the U.S. government's electronic spying scandal, as they scramble to force Ottawa to rethink rules that encourage Verizon to set up in Canada, according to four sources.
The Canadian government has so far spurned an intense lobbying effort from the trio - Rogers Communications (Toronto, Canada), BCE Inc (Montreal, Canada) and Telus Corp (Burnaby, Canada) - by insisting its policies will cut Canadians' wireless bills.
The stars may be aligning for a long-awaited deal between Apple Inc and China Mobile Ltd, the world's biggest mobile carrier, that could help the iPhone maker claw back lost ground in its most important growth market.
Apple (Cupertino, CA, USA) is expected to unveil its redesigned iPhone next month and may also release a cheaper, emerging market smartphone.