China has overtaken the US to become the world’s largest market for cellular M2M connections, according to recent research from Informa.
In a blog post, Jamie Moss, an analyst with Informa, said the organization’s Cellular M2M Tracker showed that China Mobile added another 5.5 million M2M connections in the second half of 2012, propelling China ahead of the US on this measure.
According to Moss, the growth reported by China Mobile was roughly the same number of connections the UK had in total at the end of 2012.
Sweden’s TeliaSonera said it will prioritize investment in 4G coverage expansion after reporting a return to organic revenue growth for the three months to June 2013.
The operator said revenue for the second quarter fell by 3.9%, to SEK25.3 billion ($3.85 billion), but blamed the impact of regulatory cuts to interconnection rates as well as exchange rate fluctuations for the decline.
Net income for the group dropped by 16.9%, to SEK4 billion, due largely to the effect of non-recurring items related to efficiency measures.
US operator Sprint has announced a series of price cuts and provided a “guarantee” that customers will be able to continue enjoying unlimited data usage for the lifetime of a service.
The announcement comes shortly after Japan’s SoftBank (Tokyo) completed its takeover of the number-three player and quashes speculation that Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) would be forced to abandon its unlimited-usage offers and follow bigger rivals AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) and Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY, USA) into imposing monthly caps on subscribers.
Telefonica O2 preparations for the summer launch of 4G have received a boost from a deal to use Virgin Media’s high-speed fiber-optic network to support the service.
The two operators have concluded a ten-year agreement that will see Virgin Media Business connect O2’s base stations to its fiber network using a high-capacity Ethernet service.
Virgin Media (Hook, UK) claims each link will provide a 1Gbps connection between cell site and the aggregation network.
Alcatel-Lucent has won a deal in Ghana to roll out what it claims will be the first 4G network in Western and Central Africa.
The operator is to build the network for local operator Surfline Communications (Accra, Ghana), which believes there is a pent-up demand for higher-speed services in the country.
Describing itself as a “data-centric communications provider”, Surfline says it will address national requirements for broadband connectivity that will contribute to Ghana’s social and economic growth.
Italian phone incumbent Telecom Italia has won support from Italy’s regulator for its plans to spin off its fixed-line business, reports Reuters.
In a speech to the Italian parliament, Angelo Marcello Cardani, the president of regulatory authority AGCOM, is reported to have praised the plans, saying that a broad and deep separation would pay regulatory dividends.
Telecom Italia’s board approved the separation scheme in May and will hope the move helps the operator to slash its substantial debt of more than €28 billion ($35.8 billion).
Japan’s SoftBank has said it expects to complete its takeover of Sprint on July 10 just days after US regulatory authorities cleared the deal as well as Sprint’s related acquisition of Clearwire shares it does not already own.
SoftBank (Tokyo, Japan) is set to pay $21.6 billion for a 78% stake in Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA), the third-biggest operator in the US, as it looks to capitalize on soaring demand for mobile broadband services.
Standard & Poor's downgraded Nokia further into junk territory on Friday, warning that the Finnish telecom firm's plan to take over Siemens AG's stake in their joint network equipment venture would strain its finances.
The ratings agency downgraded the one-time tech darling by one notch to B+ from BB- citing pressure on its net cash after Nokia (Helsinki, Finland) said on Monday it would buy Siemens's (Munich, Germany) 50 percent share in Nokia Siemens Networks.
The UK’s EE will this week launch what it calls “double-speed” LTE services in 12 of the country’s biggest cities and has revealed details of new pricing plans that will become available later this month.
A joint venture between Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) and France Telecom (Paris, France), EE (Hatfield, UK) has been refarming its considerable allocation of 1800MHz spectrum – originally provided for use with basic voice services – and the progress means it can now offer average download speeds of between 24Mbps and 30Mbps, twice as much as before.
Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has won a three-year contract with MTS to build an LTE network in Moscow and central Russia, following the operator’s receipt of 4G spectrum licenses last year.
The Finnish vendor is to build out the system in the third quarter of this year, according to its statement, with the deal valued at approximately $200 million, according to an MTS (Moscow, Russia) spokesperson cited in a Bloomberg report.