China's Xiaomi smartphone shipments nearly quadruple in first half

97 percent of its smartphone shipments in the first quarter were still within mainland China

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker valued at $10 billion last year, saw smartphone shipments for the first half of 2014 surge to nearly four times higher than in the same period last year.

The Beijing-based Xiaomi shipped 26.1 million handsets in the first six months of the year, it said in a press release on Wednesday. This was more than it shipped in the whole of 2013 and almost quadruple the 7.03 million units for the first half of last year.

VoLTE Operators Need to Balance Offload with Signaling

LTE users are consuming 10 times as much data as other network users

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.

Japan's KDDI, SoftBank say NTT's broadband plan risks monopoly revival

Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's KDDI Corp and SoftBank Corp said bigger rival NTT DoCoMo Inc (DoCoMo) could gain too much control of the wireless telecommunications business should DoCoMo's parent offer its fibre-optic broadband for resale.

Former state monopoly Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp (NTT) in May said it planned to sell its fibre-optic broadband to mobile phone network providers, which can then re-brand the service and sell it together with mobile phone contracts.

Verizon Wireless looking to buy Dish Network's spectrum - NY Post

Reuters

(Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc unit Verizon Wireless is looking to buy satellite-TV operator Dish Network Corp's spectrum to improve wireless internet speeds, the New York Post reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.
Dish's shares were up 3.4 percent at $61.81 on the Nasdaq on Friday morning. Verizon Communications shares were little changed at $49.39.
The two companies have held informal, early talks about the spectrum, the report said.

Chinese seller of signal 'jammers' faces $35 million U.S. fine

CTS faces the largest fine FCC history after selling 10 high-power units to undercover agents

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese electronics maker C.T.S. Technology Co Ltd will face the largest fine in the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's history, of $34.9 million, for marketing illegal devices that block phone calls and other radio signals, the FCC said on Thursday.
U.S. law prohibits using, selling or marketing devices that block, jam or interfere with authorized radio signals such as telephone calls, GPS systems, Wi-Fi networks or first-responder communications.

Vodafone targets "connected cars" with Italian deal

To connect more products to the Internet, offset slowing growth in mobile phones

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Vodafone is buying an Italian car electronics maker for 145 million euros ($197 million), seeking to get ahead in the race to connect more products to the internet and offset slowing growth in its core mobile phone business.

Samsung Electronics, juggling $60 billion cash, bulks up on bonds

Banks increasingly wary that phone maker could withdraw short-term deposits

Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is buying more local bonds with its $60 billion cash pile as domestic banks grow reluctant to overload on deposits from the South Korean giant.
 
The investments by the world's biggest smartphone maker underscore the challenge of managing its huge and growing reserves, with banks increasingly wary that it could withdraw short-term deposits upon maturity and create funding problems.
 

SoftBank CEO: sees new movement, hopes for more discussion after resistance on T-Mobile

U.S. authorities reluctant to reduc the number of main wireless providers

Reuters

TOKYO - SoftBank Corp CEO Masayoshi Son, who has met resistance from U.S. regulators to a possible acquisition of wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc, on Tuesday said there had been new movement in the past few months and expressed hope for more discussion.
 
He reiterated in an interview with a handful of reporters his stance that it would be good for U.S. consumers if his Sprint Corp, the No.3 U.S. mobile provider which SoftBank acquired last year, could become bigger and compete more effectively with the two largest carriers.
 

InterDigital patents not violated by two phone makers: judge

Handsets made by ZTE Corp and Nokia, now owned by Microsoft, do not violate patents for wireless phones

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Handsets made by ZTE Corp and Nokia, now owned by Microsoft Corp, do not violate InterDigital Inc's patents for wireless phones, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge said in a preliminary ruling released on Friday.

 

The full commission is expected to issue a final ruling in October.

 

InterDigital shares plunged more than 10 percent on the ruling, and but they recovered somewhat and were down about 7.3 percent in late-afternoon U.S. trading. 

 

China Mobile: of 750 Million Users, Most Still on 2G phones

Chair Xi Guohua tells shareholders of plans for 3G/4G upgrades, funding for 5G research

CEI

Beijing, May 28, 2014 / CEI / -. "Currently, China Mobile, which owns 780 million users, the majority are still using 2G phones," China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua said at the shareholders meeting, the need to push customers to upgrade 3G and 4G, last year the company data flow and therefore the amount of explosive revenue growth. China Mobile CEO Li Yue introduced by Tencent micro-channel business impact, short message service first four months of the company fell more than 20%.

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