Millions of French users flock to 4G mobile services

Reuters

France's three biggest mobile operators have signed up 1 million customers each to new superfast mobile services, although a hoped for boost in margins from such 4G technology looks unlikely to materialize because of a price war.

Take-up of 4G across Europe, while lagging the United States and Asia, has begun rising in the past year, driven by rocketing demand for mobile data and launches in major markets like Germany, Britain and France.

ZTE deploys VoLTE in Guangzhou for China Mobile

Chinese equipment vendor ZTE has said it is helping China Mobile to deploy voice over LTE (VoLTE) services on its network in Guangzhou in what it calls an important step to a wider national rollout.

The company says its technology ensures that users do not experience any disruption when switching between 3G and 4G networks for voice calls.

It is using a system known as Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (eSRVCC) to allow seamless handovers between the two network standards.

AT&T promises sponsored data services in coming months

Reuters

AT&T Inc plans to give consumers options to save money on mobile data fees as soon as this quarter while offering sponsors a new way to entice consumers to use their services.

The company announced details on Monday at AT&T's (Dallas, TX, USA) developer conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The offering will let sponsors subsidize consumer data fees, which have gradually become more expensive in recent years as phone companies charge for mobile web-surfing based on how much data their customers download.

Telecom Council Mobile Forum: Spectrum Policy

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
End Date: 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Milpitas, CA

In our meeting, we'll learn about the policy the FCC is building under new Chairman Wheeler, the different stakeholders for and against reform, and the technologies that will be successful in the next century. We'll also take a look at the disruptive aspects of modern policy on existing businesses, and the creation of new business models. 

Connected Business

Date
Start Date: 
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
End Date: 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

London:

Connected Business is dedicated to helping organisations understand how to improve communications, productivity and profits using the latest business and collaboration technologies. 

Regulatory moves to boost India telecoms sector in 2014: report

Indian telecoms authorities are planning to introduce new rules on mergers and acquisitions in January, aimed at providing a further boost to the country’s telecoms industry.

According to a report from the country’s Business Standard newspaper, the legislation on mergers and acquisitions is to be followed by the publication of a new policy on machine-to-machine communications in the first quarter of the year.

Moves already made by Indian regulatory authorities have led to a considerable improvement in the operating environment in 2013 compared with 2012.

Mobile carriers failed to use tech fixes to thwart spying: expert

Reuters

The world's mobile phone carriers have failed to implement technology fixes available since 2008 that would have thwarted the National Security Agency's ability to eavesdrop on many mobile phone calls, a cyber security expert says.

Karsten Nohl, chief scientist with Berlin's Security Research Labs, told Reuters ahead of a highly anticipated talk at a conference in Germany that his firm discovered the issue while reviewing security measures implemented by mobile operators around the world.

Fortress backs new LightSquared bankruptcy exit plan

Reuters

LightSquared is proposing a new bankruptcy exit plan with financing from Fortress Investment Group and other backers, as the U.S. wireless communications company seeks to avoid a sale to highest bidder Dish Network Corp.

China approves pilot to open mobile telecoms market, boost competition

Reuters

China has approved a pilot scheme allowing private companies to piggy back on the country's three dominant telecommunications providers to offer own-brand mobile services, opening the world's largest mobile phone market to increased competition.

Authorities have approved 11 private "virtual carriers" to resell mobile telecommunications services, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said in a statement on its website on Thursday.

In telecom merger mania, skeptical eye from Obama administration

Reuters

A pair of potentially transformative U.S. telecoms and cable deals could run afoul of Obama administration regulators who worry that mergers among market leaders would hurt consumers.

With both cable and mobile phone operators grappling with slowing growth, speculation has intensified recently about potential takeovers of No. 4 wireless service provider T-Mobile US Inc (Bellevue, WA, USA) and No. 2 cable service provider Time Warner Cable Inc (New York City, NY, USA).

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