French telecoms incumbent Orange has announced it is working with carmaker Renault on a research project investigating the automotive uses of 4G connectivity.
The partnership has already seen Orange (Paris, France) deploy 4G services at Renault’s (Boulogne-Billancourt, France) research and testing facilities, with both companies aiming to test new applications supported by the high-speed technology, ranging from virtual office and cloud gaming to video conferencing.
France’s Bouygues Telecom has responded to pricing pressure from rival Iliad by saying that its 4G services will be available to existing customers at no extra cost.
The announcement comes just days after Iliad (Paris, France) upped the competitive stakes by publishing details of new low-cost 4G services, revealing that customers would be able to make use of the super-fast technology for as little €19.99 ($27.15) a month.
Existing Bouygues (Paris, France) subscribers will be able to use 4G services without signing up to a new minimum term contract, says the operator.
Some 244 operators in 92 countries have now launched commercial 4G services based on the LTE standard, according to the latest research update from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).
The technology appears to have gathered real momentum this year, which has seen a total of 93 networks launched commercially, according to the GSA.
The organization, which represents the interests of mobile suppliers globally, expects another 16 networks to be commercially deployed by the end of the year.
Huawei held on to its number-one spot in the global market for radio access networks in the third quarter of 2013, with Alcatel-Lucent overtaking Nokia Siemens Networks to claim third place in the rankings, according to ABI Research.
Huawei (Shenzhen, China) now controls about 28.1% of the market, up by 3.8 percentage points since the third quarter of 2012, with second-place Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) boasting a 21.8% share.
France’s Iliad has made clear that it plans to continue being a thorn in the side of the country’s incumbent operators by unveiling a range of low-cost tariffs for its new 4G service.
The operator says a 4G service will now be available to consumers for as little as €19.99 ($27.15) a month, or €15.99 for customers who already subscribe to its internet services.
The tariff includes 20GB of monthly data usage and Iliad claims its price is just a fifth of fees being charged by rivals for a comparable service.
The M2M modules market is on the verge of a dramatic shift caused by the rising adoption and falling prices of LTE technology, according to a new study from Machina Research.
According to the research, LTE modules will account for more than two thirds of all modules shipped for use in wireless wide area networks in 2022, up from just 0.5% in 2013, as the initial wave of LTE migration transforms markets in the US, Japan, South Korea, China and parts of Europe.
Hungary’s telecoms authorities have announced plans to sell licenses for unused spectrum that could be used to support 4G services in an effort to boost competition in the market.
In a statement published this week, the NMHH – which regulates Hungary’s telecoms market – said it would tender unused frequencies in the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2.6GHz and 26GHz bands.
Hutchison Whampoa's Austrian telecoms unit said it would appeal against the result of a spectrum auction that cost the country's three carriers 2 billion euros ($2.7 billion).
The auction, Europe's most expensive per head of population for fourth-generation (4G) frequencies, took place under strict conditions that allowed the parties no knowledge of each others' bids to minimize the danger of collusion.
China's anti-trust investigation into Qualcomm, the world's biggest smartphone chip maker, is likely tied to the impending $16 billion rollout of commercial fourth-generation services by China's big telecoms carriers.
The probe by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China's top economic planning body and price regulator, is a likely pre-emptive measure that will allow China's telecom providers to gain leverage in royalty negotiations ahead of the rollout of new high-speed mobile networks, analysts said.
T-Mobile US is looking to buy wireless airwaves from larger rival Verizon Wireless to bolster its mobile network capacity for data services, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
While T-Mobile (Bellevue, WA, USA) has approached Verizon (New York City, NY, USA) about buying the spectrum, the process is still in the early stages, according to the source, who asked not to be named. The source was not authorized to discuss the matter.