1% of mobile subscribers now consume 50% of world bandwidth

A recent study documented the data usage of 1.1 million subscribers of a European mobile network over a 24-hour period and found that 1% of subscribers consumed 50% of the downlink data volume.  Arieso, an advisor of mobile operators in the United States, Europe and Africa, conducted the study.

China Telecom enters UK as MVNO

Reuters

China Telecom plans to launch a mobile service in Britain targeting Chinese residents, businesses and visitors early this year, becoming the first Chinese carrier to launch such a service outside China, it said on Wednesday. The service will use rented space on the network of Everything Everywhere, the joint venture of France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom that is Britain's biggest operator.

Analysis: texting profits at risk as users look elsewhere

Reuters

Text-messaging has long been a big-time profit generator for U.S. mobile operators, but they now risk losing these profits as consumers find cheaper ways to communicate.  SMS (short message service) is currently generating an estimated 12% of service revenue for U.S. operators, but now many consumers are turning to low-cost alternatives like iMessenger, BlackBerry Messenger and Facebook's mobile messaging service.

Zhone provides FTTH, mobile backhaul to Saudi Arabia

Zhone Technologies, Inc, a provider of telecommunications networking equipment, announced on Wednesday that through a partnership with BTC Networks, Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), a mobile voice and data service provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is utilizing Zhone's MXK Optical Line Termination (OLT) for its nationwide Fiber network.

Half a million TD-LTE base stations to be deployed by 2016

At least half a million base stations will be installed or upgraded for TD-LTE by the end of 2016, according to a study by ABI Research. TD-LTE is the Time-Division Duplex (TDD) variant of the fourth-generation (4G) Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless standard.

Telecom carriers, vendors sign contract for Asia Pacific Gateway Network

From releases by staff

NTT Communications Corporation and NEC Corporation are among a group of telecom carriers and vendors that recently announced they signed a contract for the construction and maintenance of the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG), an undersea cable network that is scheduled to launch by June 2014 with a total design capacity of 54.8 terabit-per-second (Tbps).

Deutsche Telekom settles U.S. bribery probes

Reuters

Deutsche Telekom AG will pay more than $95 million to settle U.S. criminal and civil charges that a Hungarian unit and three former executives schemed to bribe government officials in Macedonia and Montenegro. Regulators said the charges arose from the company's Magyar Telekom unit having in 2005 and 2006 arranged payments of $15.8 million to intermediaries, expecting some or all of the money to be funneled to the officials in exchange for business benefits.

French government raises $3.45 billion in 4G auction

Reuters

France sold off a second batch of higher-quality fourth-generation (4G) mobile frequencies for $3.45 billion in an auction that will shape the competitive landscape of the market for years to come.

AT&T gets regulatory approval to buy Qualcomm spectrum

Reuters

Late last week AT&T Inc announced that it won regulatory approval to buy wireless spectrum from U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc, a move that would boost the company's 4G network.

6th TMT Finance & Investment Middle East Conference and Awards Ceremony 2012

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