VoLTE Operators Need to Balance Offload with Signaling

LTE users are consuming 10 times as much data as other network users

More people than ever are using 4G-LTE networks, and this influx of smart devices, machines and appliances connected to the Internet will cause extra traffic, and strain the capabilities that draw consumers to a new network in the first place.

By 2017, according to a recent report by Pyramid Research, the number of LTE subscriptions worldwide will reach 802.2 million, a 72% CAGR over 2012 levels, growing to almost 10 percent of global mobile subscribers.

Japan's KDDI, SoftBank say NTT's broadband plan risks monopoly revival

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's KDDI Corp and SoftBank Corp said bigger rival NTT DoCoMo Inc (DoCoMo) could gain too much control of the wireless telecommunications business should DoCoMo's parent offer its fibre-optic broadband for resale.

Former state monopoly Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp (NTT) in May said it planned to sell its fibre-optic broadband to mobile phone network providers, which can then re-brand the service and sell it together with mobile phone contracts.

Business bandwidth demand lights up once dark fiber sector

Market leaders in the local fiber space are AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink

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(Reuters) - U.S. businesses' burgeoning demand for data and video is fueling a revival in fiber optic services, an industry once decimated by overbuilding during the dotcom era.

The recovery is leading to a number of acquisitions as the largest telecom companies duke it out with cable operators and telecom providers such as Level 3 Communications Inc to serve corporate customers.

AT&T tells lawmakers DirecTV deal won't guarantee lower prices

Advocates worry consolidation might result in fewer choices and higher cost

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers grilled AT&T Inc and DirecTV on Tuesday over a proposed merger that some Democrats and public interest groups fear will result in higher costs and less competition.

The chief executives of the No. 2 wireless carrier and the largest U.S. satellite TV service provider testified about their proposed $48.5 billion deal at hearings in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and said the scale the merger would allow them to save on the high costs of negotiating rights to video content.

Google considering investment in new subsea cable: WSJ

Would connect data centers in Oregon and Japan with private 'B4' traffic

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(Reuters) - Google Inc is considering an investment in a new cable across the Pacific Ocean, the Wall Street Journal reported citing people familiar with the matter.
The move comes as technology companies send an increasing amount of traffic across private networks, the report said. (on.wsj.com/1isOMAv)
Google took a stake in a similar $300 million cable in 2010, according to the report. The Internet search company would use the new subsea cable to connect data centers in Oregon and Japan, the report said.

Level 3 to buy tw telecom to expand US fiber network

Combined company would have presence in 35,000 locations

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Level 3 Communications Inc will buy internet services provider tw telecom Inc for more than $5.6 billion in cash and stock to expand its commercial fiber network in the United States.
 
The $40.86 per-share deal represents a premium of 12 percent to tw telecom's Friday closing price on the Nasdaq. The total deal value is based on outstanding shares as of April 30.
 
Tw telecom shares, which have not traded over $40 since 2001, reached an intraday high of $40.51.
 

Mobile 'net neutrality' faces new day of reckoning at FCC

agency is seeking comments on whether it should take a fresh look at distinctions between wireless and wireline

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A surge in mobile Internet usage has U.S. regulators considering whether to apply the same rules to fixed and wireless Internet traffic, and large technology firms are siding with consumer advocates to call for such a change.
 

AT&T-DirecTV merger may hinge on NFL agreement

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If DirecTV is unable to strike a deal with the National Football League to renew the satellite TV operator's contract to offer the popular NFL Sunday Ticket football package, AT&T Inc can pull out of the merger, according to a regulatory filing.

In a filing related to the merger, the companies said, "the parties also have agreed that in the unlikely event that the Company's agreement for the 'NFL Sunday Ticket' service is not renewed on substantially the terms discussed between the parties, AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) may elect not to consummate the merger."

Vodacom to acquire Neotel from Tata for $676 million

South Africa’s Vodacom has announced plans to acquire Neotel from India’s Tata Communications for a cash fee of ZAR7 billion ($676 million).

The takeover will put the operator, owned by Vodafone (Newbury, UK), in control of South Africa’s second-biggest fixed-line network, allowing it to better compete in the market for unified communications products that combine fixed and mobile capabilities.

It says it plans to offer an expanded and enhanced range of converged services – such as hosted PBX – to enterprise customers.

Yahoo Japan drops $3.2 billion plan to buy eAccess from SoftBank

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Yahoo Japan Corp has dropped its plan to buy mobile network operator eAccess Ltd from SoftBank Corp in a 324 billion yen ($3.2 billion) deal that was part of a reorganization of SoftBank group assets.

Yahoo Japan, the country's biggest Internet portal and 42.6 percent owned by SoftBank, will proceed with a planned low-cost mobile Internet service using the eAccess (Tokyo, Japan) mobile network, SoftBank (Tokyo, Japan) and Yahoo Japan (Tokyo, Japan) said on Monday.

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