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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 accelerates move into connected-cars market

US telecoms giant AT&T is ramping up its connected-car activities with the launch of a new automotive platform called Drive and the opening of a new connected-car center in Atlanta.

The operator has also announced tie-ups with a number of carmakers at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including Tesla (Palo Alto, CA, USA), Audi (Ingolstadt, Germany) and Chevrolet (Detroit, MI, USA).

Novatel secures AT&T approval for M2M devices

M2M device maker Novatel Wireless says US operator AT&T has approved a number of its products supporting vehicle telematics, telemetry and embedded solutions.

The approvals mean devices made by Novatel Wireless (San Diego, CA, USA) can be used on the AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) network.

These include the manufacturer’s MiFi-powered SA2100, the MT 4100 mobile tracking device, the SA-G+ telemetry platform and the Enabler HS 3002 module.

Wi-Fi to support 60% of car infotainment systems by 2019: ABI Research

The penetration of Wi-Fi in embedded car infotainment systems is set to reach nearly 60% in North America by 2019, according to a new study from ABI Research.

As noted by the market-research companies, a number of luxury brands have already launched LTE-based Wi-Fi hotspots solutions in the past year – with US operator AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) announcing several tie-ups at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Google, Audi collaborating on in-car services: report

Google and Audi are collaborating on the development of in-car entertainment and information systems based on the web giant’s Android operating system, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

The companies are set to announce their partnership at the forthcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, reports the newspaper, when they will also reveal details of collaboration with other automotive and tech companies, including Nvidia (Santa Clara, CA, USA).

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.

Huawei backs 4G technology for M2M

China’s Huawei has thrown its considerable weight behind the promotion of 4G technology for use with M2M services.

In a statement about its progress on winning 4G business, the equipment vendor said that while LTE networks are today being used mainly to connect people to the internet they would increasingly provide support for M2M and Internet of Things solutions.

Huawei expects 4G revenues to double in 2014: report

Chinese telecoms equipment vendor Huawei expects annual revenues from its sale of 4G networks to double to about $4 billion between 2013 and 2014, according to a report from Reuters.

Speaking to reporters in Shanghai, David Wang, the president of Huawei’s (Shenzhen, China) wireless network business unit, also said that overall wireless revenues would hit $12.9 billion in 2014, compared with $11.7 billion in 2013.

French government will police quality of 4G services: minister

Reuters

The French government will act to ensure telecom operators provide decent service as they roll out cut-rate plans for new high-speed 4G broadband service, a minister for digital issues said on Sunday.

Low-cost operator Iliad (Paris, France) this month added 4G service to its Free Mobile offers without raising the price, putting pressure on leading telecoms companies Orange (Paris, France), Vivendi's SFR (Paris, France) and Bouygues Telecom (Paris, France) to follow suit with competitive offers.

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