GSMA statistics reliably show there are approximately 800 GSM Operators worldwide with an additional 1,250 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs). 606 operators have launched 4G LTE networks, with the GSMA predicting an increase of a third by the end of 2020.
Telia Carrier announced that it has added a new, high capacity route that stretches from Zurich, Switzerland to Strasbourg, France via Basel, Switzerland, providing a shortened path and lower latency between Frankfurt, Germany and Zurich.
UROS, the provider of Goodspeed mobile Wi-Fi, announced that its subsidiary Goodspeed Rent expands its mobile hotspot renting business to Russia. It will open a rental point in Moscow at the Sheremetyevo International Airport terminal D, where the Aeroflot check-in takes place among many other airlines.
Alongside fixed internet, phone, television and smart home bundles, Iskon users canuse a mobile rate plan without contractual obligation. Iskon, owned by HT, with this offer goes directly against Vipnet's quad play bundles, as well as HT's Magenta 1.
Hrvatski Telekom (Reuters: HT.ZA; Bloomberg: HTRA CZ), the strongest domestic telecom operator, has achieved revenue growth in the first three months of 2017, an increase of 8.7 percent compared to the same period last year and it amounts to HRK 1.818 million. Apart from the contributions of Crnogorski Telekom, revenue has increased in these key segments: mobile telecommunications, broadband access and television, wholesale and energy. Given the different dynamics of projects compared to the first quarter of 2016, there was less deviation in the realization of revenues from system solutions in the first quarter of this year. Without the contribution of Crnogorski Telekom, the revenue is 0.2 percent lower.
Domestic telecom operator Vipnet has grown in all segments of its business in the first quarter, and this may also be due to the consolidation of Metronet's revenue that has been consolidated since February 1 when this domestic fixed-to-business telecom operator enters into consolidation.
The second largest domestic telecom operator, Vipnet, in the first quarter of this year achieved revenue of EUR 98.4 million, with growth in revenue of 11.2 percent. In the same period, the profit before interest, amortization and depreciation (EBITDA) increased by as much as 21.3 percent to EUR 21.2 million, according to Vipnet's owner, Telekom Austria, owned by America Móvil.
Although Tele2's business results are very good and above expectations in terms of revenue, one information from the report published by the Swedish owner Tele2 AB shows a very high exposure to banks, which is the result of Agrokor's major financial problems and of the companies within the concern, mainly Tisak. This exposure rose to very high 123 million Swedish crowns, or HRK 96 million.
Telefonica is considering an initial public offering for its U.K. mobile-phone unit O2 as soon as the end of the year, people familiar with the matter said, as the Spanish telecommunications company looks for ways to reduce debt, according to Bloomberg.
The ability of U.K. emergency services to communicate during a terrorist attack or other disaster faces a “potentially catastrophic” blow unless ministers reach a deal with Motorola and Vodafone to ensure continuity of their existing service, a panel of lawmakers warned, according to Bloomberg.
Telia Carrier added a new point-of-presence (PoP) to its network, providing agile connectivity services for a booming economic sector in Berlin, Germany. The new data center, Carrier-Colo, owned by I/P/B/, is one of the most connected facilities in the region providing connectivity and other IP services to international, national and regional start-ups, carriers, cloud and content providers.
Telia Carrier announced that it has extended the reach of its global backbone by adding a new fiber-route between New York City and Chicago. The new express route, along with extra fiber in the New York metro area, further diversifies the wholesale carrier's network and provides enhanced 100G+ service options to carriers, content and cloud providers in New York, Chicago and the United States as a whole.
Ericsson has taken the unusual step of publicly setting a price tag on what it will cost to license their technology for the next generation of high-speed mobile phone networks, according to Bloomberg.
Vodafone's Indian unit agreed to merge with Idea Cellular to create a wireless company that’s more than twice as big as AT&T by subscribers, and a new leader in a market that’s so competitive after India’s richest man offered phone calls for free, according to Bloomberg.
Amazon, the e-commerce giant that’s shaking up the entertainment industry, says it’s open to pursuing deals to stream content through cable operators’ set-top boxes, much like Netflix has done in the U.S. and Europe, according to Bloomberg.
Telia Carrier has added another operator to its dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) Backbone. Global communications company Ooredoo has chosen Telia Carrier to provide IoT backhaul connectivity to Ericsson’s DCP platforms in Europe.
The number of pay TV subscribers in the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region is expected to reach 82.2 million at the end of 2020, with subscribers to Internet protocol television (IPTV) recording the highest growth rate.
Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges called on European telecommunications regulators to allow more industry consolidation, and asked authorities to ease the transition to a fifth generation of wireless services that would spur growth, according to Bloomberg.
MYCOM OSI announced at MWC that Telefonica Germany is realizing Europe’s largest network merger project using its Network Performance Management solution to optimize network performance, quality of service and capacity for the consolidated network.
Next steps in LTE technology will accelerate T-Mobile's network capabilities and performance in advance of 5G, including Gigabit LTE. T-Mobile will leverage LTE-U to bring Gigabit LTE speeds to more places Ericsson and T-Mobile US are pushing the boundaries of network performance through rapid evolution using some of the most advanced technologies available.
Telecom executives from Vodafone Group Plc to Deutsche Telekom AG and Telefonica SA are headed to the industry’s annual get-together in Barcelona next week with more on their minds than the latest handsets, according to Bloomberg.
Deutsche Telekom pushes the implementation and commercial expansion of the new, standardized and cost-effective NarrowBand-IoT technology across Europe. In Germany, Deutsche Telekom will commercially launch NB-IoT in the second quarter of 2017, and already runs several pilots with large customers in the areas of smart metering, smart parking and asset tracking.
Berlin is not only a hip party city but also has a lot to offer technologically and scientifically. Information technology and software development are researched in 85 scientific institutions1 and being taught to students at universities, making them some of the best equipped people for the global labor market and ensuring Germany’s leading position. In the year 2015, 18,500 students were enrolled in IT related subjects.2 70 percent (2,1 Billion Euro) of the total risk capital in Germany was invested into start-ups in Berlin3, making Berlin an ideal environment for the development of new technologies such as the 5G network standard. Starting 2020, 5G Infrastructures will deliver significantly higher bandwidths and lower latency in data transmission world-wide. Integrated heterogeneous networks will connect billions of devices and sensors seamlessly allowing them to react dynamically to application requirements.
Today a contingent of mobile communications companies announced their collective support for the acceleration of the 5G New Radio (NR) standardization schedule to enable large-scale trials and deployments as early as 2019 in front of MWC 2017 in Barcelona.
Verizon will test faster fifth-generation mobile broadband service in 11 markets in the first half of this year as the nation’s largest wireless carrier tries to take the lead in the 5G race, according to Bloomberg.
In 2016 Ericsson Nikola Tesla Group continued with a series of its successful business years. Sales revenue increased by 16.7% year-over-year due to strong revenue growth in CIS market and continued growth of revenue in Ericsson market.
In 2016, Hrvatski Telekom generated revenue amounting to HRK 6.97 billion, which is by 0.7% better than in 2015. HT maintained its leading position in all segments of the telecommunications market, the main contributors being mobile and wholesale revenues, growth of the ICT segment, and the electricity business.
GSMA announced the launch of the ‘IoT Big Data API Directory’ that will make harmonised data sets from multiple sources worldwide available to developers and third parties, enabling them to create innovative new IoT services.