High-speed Internet use continues to grow in OECD countries with mobile broadband penetration reaching 95 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in June 2016, up from 86 per 100 a year earlier, according to data released by the OECD.
Not everyone is happy with processes in EU and some think that the roaming deal in Europe is a huge "mess". This is the position of experts and operators in the mobile telephony market who are skeptical of the decisions reached by the EU to abolish roaming fees by June 15, 2017. The skeptics include Manuel Zanella, CEO of ChatSim, Instant Messaging Mobile Operator.
Vipnet, the second largest domestic telecom operator, announced that in 2016 it achieved revenues of EUR 398.3 million with a growth of 8.6 percent compared to the previous year. In the same period, profit before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortization and depreciation (EBITDA) was in the amount of EUR 88.3 million with a very strong growth of as much as 12.3 percent.
Intelsat S.A., operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone, announced today that Quantis Global, one of the leading broadband service providers in Europe and Northern Africa, signed an agreement to enhance and expand the Quantis network using services provided by Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput satellites (HTS) and IntelsatOne Flex services, bringing higher performing broadband services across the region.
The WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA), a global industry organization enabling sharing of underutilized spectrum, is working with the Government of India to bring cost-effective broadband services to its citizens.
Telia Carrier announced that it has established a new route stretching from Stockholm to St. Petersburg via Tallinn, and has upgraded multiple submarine cables to future proof its network, bringing lower latency and additional capacity. The new route further diversifies the wholesale carrier’s network and the upgrade enables Telia Carrier to provide 100G+ services to carriers, content and cloud providers in the Baltics, Russia and beyond.
H1 Telekom Shareholders' Assembly, which should take place next Wednesday, January 25, is the decisive factor for the reshuffling and the future of that alternative telecom operator. Namely, the word on the telecom market is, confirmed for ICTbusiness.info by several completely independent sources, that the bankruptcy of H1 Telekom could happen on the very next day.
While continuing its efforts to develop next generation communications technologies, Turkcell has once again proved its pioneering status by completing Turkey’s first ever 5G test. Carried out in cooperation with Ericsson, the trial reached speeds of 24.7 Gbps on the 15GHz band and represented one of the first 5G tests in the world.
AT&T said their CEO Randall Stephenson’s meeting with President-elect Donald Trump touched on job creation, investment and competition, but the elephant in the room, merger with Time Warner, didn’t come up, according to Bloomberg.
Ericsson connected the dots between the latest technology innovations and their dependence on infrastructure at the world's largest consumer electronics fair, CES 2017, in Las Vegas. Building on its theme of "Making 5G a Reality," Ericsson show attendees how networks, media and IT work in concert to improve our daily lives and work.
Deutsche Telekom is pressing for Europe-wide rules to stop the misuse of prepaid mobile phone accounts by terrorists, including those who carried out attacks in Paris and Brussels, according to Bloomberg. The carrier will reach out to politicians, competitors and regulators to discuss possible measures including mandatory ID checks for people who buy prepaid cards and a limit on how many each person can buy, according to a spokesman, Andreas Middel.
Indian government is not in favor of offering Apple concessions to start manufacturing iPhones in the country, according to Bloomberg. It is also unlikely they will ease norms governing local sourcing for the manufacturer of iPads and iPhones as such a step can’t be granted to just one company, according to the New Delhi-based official, who didn’t want to be identified.
AT&T has reached speeds of up to 14 gigabits a second in lab trials of 5G wireless technology, and plans to test the high-speed network by beaming its DirecTV Now video service to homes in Austin, Texas before midyear, according to Bloomberg.
Huawei pledged to overhaul its culture and rethink the way it conducts business, expecting global uncertainty to mount in 2017 after sales growth slowed, according to Bloomberg. China’s largest telecommunications equipment maker expects a 32 percent rise in revenue to $75 billion in 2016, rotating CEO Eric Xu said.
Hrvatski Telekom, leading telecommunications services provider in Croatia, announces that on 22 December 2016, it bought Bonds issued by Deutsche Telekom AG listed on Luxemburg Stock Exchange, in the amount of EUR 125 million, in line with the approval by the Supervisory Board.
The U.K. government is clawing back 292 million pounds in subsidies from BT to reinvest in spreading super-fast broadband connections to businesses and homes in remote areas, according to Bloomberg. Under a contract with the government, BT receives taxpayer funds to support the rollout of super-fast broadband, with speeds of 24 megabits per second or more, but returns some of the subsidy when more customers than expected take up the service.
Canada’s communications regulator announced a C$750 million fund that companies can tap to subsidize high-speed internet projects in rural parts of the country, according to Bloomberg. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said broadband internet should be seen as a “basic” service across the country. The C$750 million will be distributed over five years and doled out based on applications from telecommunications carriers.
Telia Carrier today announced its new partnership with Savecall, Germany’s top consultant and broker of ICT services with offices in Munich, Wiesbaden and Berlin. In addition to Savecall’s consulting and brokering services, this partnership allows the company to act as a reseller of Telia Carrier’s complete suite of IP, Wavelength and Ethernet services.
Telia Carrier announced that it has established an additional point of connectivity in Budapest, Hungary, to meet an increasing demand for wholesale IP transit and Ethernet services amongst carriers, content and cloud providers alike.
Sky is about to jump into the U.K. wireless market, betting that even as a latecomer it can pry customers away from the four established competitors by harnessing its powerful entertainment brand and millions of existing subscribers, according to Bloomberg. Prospects for Sky’s mobile offer remain hard to pin down for analysts. Their forecasts for the company’s share of the 15.2 billion-pound U.K. market range from as little as 1 percent to 10 percent, which would bring it close to CK Hutchison Holdings’s Three U.K., now the No. 4 player.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond will announce a plan to invest 1 billion pounds to improve Britain’s broadband infrastructure, part of a program aimed at boosting productivity as the U.K. leaves the European Union, according to Bloomberg. The plan, under which 2 million more households could get access to full-fiber broadband, will be confirmed in Autumn Statement, the Treasury said in an e-mailed statement.
AT&T will offer wireless subscribers the ability to stream lower-quality video to save on data charges, an industry practice that has raised concern about equal treatment of internet content, according to Bloomberg. Beginning in early 2017, AT&T customers will have the option to use Stream Saver, a video-delivery setting that provides DVD-quality, 480p-screen resolution, according to a statement. The feature will be optional and no extra cost, the company said.
The Obama administration’s signature policy on technology was net neutrality. Rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015 prohibited internet service providers from treating web traffic differently depending on the service being used, according to Bloomberg.
Telia Carrier announced that it has established a new point of presence (PoP) in Zagreb, Croatia, now providing wholesale IP transit and Ethernet services for carriers, content and cloud providers. With the fastest growing internet penetration rate in the region, Zagreb has become a conduit for connectivity as domestic operators and those in surrounding countries can now connect via the Croatian capital to bring high speed connectivity services closer to end users.
Croatia's leading telecommunications provider Hrvatski telekom, announces its audited results for the nine months ended 30 September 2016. Hrvatski Telekom business in the first nine months of the current year was marked by stable revenue and increased net profit and capital expenditures.
British regulators fined Vodafone 4.63 million pounds ($5.63 million) for failing to credit customers who bought mobile phone minutes and data, and then mishandling complaints that came in afterward, according to Bloomberg. Over 17 months, more than 10,000 customers lost 150,000 pounds, one investigation found, the regulator Ofcom said in a statement.
Extensive research carried out by the analysts at Technavio has shown that the global 5G equipment market is anticipated to witness tremendous growth and will post a staggering CAGR of more than 32% over the forecast period. With the growth of complementary technologies such as software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), the market for 5G equipment is expected to have a positive outlook in the coming years.
T-Mobile US will pay $48 million in penalties because it didn’t clearly disclose limits to wireless data plans sold as unlimited to “unhappy” customers left to complain about sluggish performance, regulators said.
Bittium conducted the first ever Voice over LTE (VoLTE) call on the Public Safety Band 14 LTE Network. While VoLTE is being used in commercial LTE networks for voice services, this was the first time that a VoLTE call was completed on the network environment that will be used on the dedicated Public Safety Broadband network by First Responder Network Authority FirstNet in the USA.
New EC initiative give possibility to all interested local authorities to offer free Wi-Fi connections to any citizen, for example, in and around public buildings, health centres, parks or squares. With an initial budget of €120 million, this new public voucher scheme has the potential to deliver connectivity to thousands of public spaces, generating 40 to 50 million Wi-Fi connections per day.