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EE boasts one million 4G customers, beats 2013 target

UK mobile operator EE has already reached its end-2013 target of signing a million customers up to its 4G service, the operator said in a statement today.

EE (Hatfield, UK) became the first operator in the UK to launch an LTE network at the end of October 2012, after regulatory authorities controversially allowed the company to offer 4G services over spectrum originally provided for use with 2G.

SK Telecom plots 225Mbps LTE-Advanced service

South Korea’s SK Telecom has announced plans to increase the speed and coverage of its 4G service by using spectrum it acquired in August.

The operator picked up another 35MHz of spectrum in the 1800MHz band and plans to combine this with other holdings to provide LTE services of up to 150Mbps.

In a statement, SK Telecom (Seoul, South Korea) said that all LTE customers using a number of devices – including Samsung’s (Seoul, South Korea) Galaxy S3 and Apple’s (Cupertino, CA, USA) iPhone 5 – would be able to enjoy 100Mbps services without having to pay additional charges.

Africa to have 210 million 3G customers by 2015: ABI Research

The number of 3G customers in Africa is set to grow from 114 million in 2013 to 210 million by the end of 2015, according to a new study from ABI Research.

The market-research company says that mobile growth in Africa remains far more robust than in other regions, with the number of mobile subscribers reaching 863 million at the end of June, up 9.3% on the year-earlier figure.

ABI Research reckons the number of mobile customers will continue to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.6% between now and 2018, when it will reach 1.25 billion.

LightSquared proposes reorganization, asset sale: reports

Beleaguered mobile broadband operator LightSquared has filed a “reorganization plan” with the US Banktupcy Court in Manhattan that proposes a sale of assets as a means of overcoming its difficulties, reports Dow Jones Newswires.

The operator filed for bankruptcy protection in May 2012, following a government ruling that its spectrum would interfere with global positioning systems, and since then has made concessions on spectrum sharing that it hopes will convince authorities its network can be used.

More than 1,000 LTE device models, 200 networks now in use: GSA

More than 1,000 device models from over 100 manufacturers have now been developed for use on 4G LTE networks, according to the latest research from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).

In its latest industry status report, the GSA says a total of 1,064 LTE device models from 111 manufacturers are now available, noting a recent acceleration of activity in this area.

Indeed, since July 2011, some 647 new device models have been announced, according to the GSA, with the number of manufacturers growing by 66% over that period.

Telefonica wins America Movil backing for improved E-Plus offer

Telefonica says it has secured America Movil’s support to make an improved offer for E-Plus, KPN’s Dutch subsidiary, valuing the operator at €8.55 billion ($11.43 billion) compared with the €8.1 billion in its original offer.

The revised bid would see the Spanish operator pay KPN (The Hague, Netherlands) €5 billion in cash for a 62.1% stake in E-Plus instead of the 65% it had previously sought.

Huawei, ZTE win bulk of China Mobile's $3 billion 4G bonanza: sources

Reuters

China Mobile Ltd has awarded initial 4G contracts worth around 20 billion yuan ($3.2 billion), with Chinese firms securing more than half of the biggest prize in the global telecoms industry this year and foreign firms winning about a third, industry sources said.

Telecoms equipment makers, such as global leader Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd (Shenzhen, China), have been waiting for China Mobile's (Beijing, China) 4G tender to lift the fortunes of an industry that has been hit by a lack of spending worldwide.

4G availability triggers surge in uploads on EE network

Data upload traffic on the mobile network of UK operator EE has exceeded downloads for the first time ever at a number of major events, according to new research from the operator.

“For the first time in the UK, the amount of data uploaded onto our network has surpassed downloads at major events such as the London Marathon and Baroness Thatcher’s funeral,” said Fotis Karonis, EE’s (Hatfield, UK) chief technology officer.

China Telecom net income soars on iPhone adoption

China Telecom has reported a sharp rise in earnings and revenues for the first six months of the year thanks to soaring demand for the iPhone and mobile data services.

The operator – China’s third-biggest behind China Mobile (Beijing, China) and China Unicom (Beijing, China) – saw net income increase by 15.9% for the first half, to RMB10.2 billion ($1.67 billion), compared with the same period last year, while revenues grew by 14.1%, to RMB138 billion, over the same period.

MTS swings to net profit on data growth, one-off gains

Russia’s MTS swung to a net profit and reported revenue growth for the three months ending June thanks to rising demand for mobile data services and various one-off gains, including settlements related to its disputed ownership of Bitel, an operator in the Kyrgyz Republic.

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