BARCELONA, Spain - Africa is poised for explosive subscriber growth, and mobile broadband services will play a significant part in Orange's operations in the market, said Marc Rennard, the France-based company's executive vice president for Africa, Middle East and Asia.
Worldwide smartphone shipments will slow to 8.3 per cent annual growth in 2017 and 6.2 per cent in 2018, according to latest figures from IDC. This contrasts with 39.2 per cent growth from 2012 to 2013, when smartphone units surpassed 1 billion for the first time.
BARCELONA, Spain - Hot on the heels of contract awards from Vodafone this week, Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) and Ericsson agreed vendor-financing deals worth a total 2.1 billion riyals (€410 million/$560 million) with Saudi Arabian operator Mobily.
BARCELONA, Spain--Attendees at this year's Mobile World Congress were treated to a plethora of announcements and discussions regarding all varieties of network virtualization, so much so that the show seems to have morphed into the Virtual World Congress even if it is not rebranded as such.
Telefónica has unveiled a new organisational structure that will see the elimination of the Digital brand, the creation of a new chief commercial digital officer and the integration of its European, Latin American and digital units into the global corporate group The Spanish operator hopes the reorganisation will save around €1.5B ($2.05 billion) in costs.
BARCELONA, Spain--There was a surprising number of new phones announced at this year's Mobile World Congress trade show here, including the flagship Galaxy S5 from the world's largest handset maker and the Nokia X Android phone from a company about to be acquired by Windows Phone vendor Microsoft. Further, a handful of upstart operating system vendors--including Tizen, Firefox and Ubuntu--used MWC to attempt to generate some momentum against market leaders Android and iOS.
AT&T's naming of four suppliers for its Domain 2.0 initiative brought sudden fame and glory to Affirmed Networks, a company that had been a little-known provider of virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) technology.
Mobile operators should be rolling out public Wi-Fi access points in order to secure locations for current offloading operations as well as for future placement of equipment such as small cells, and one way to build up an inventory of locations is to offer venue owners Wi-Fi as a service (Waas), said Selina Lo, CEO of Ruckus Wireless.
BARCELONA, Spain--AT&T Mobility's Kris Rinne acknowledged the carrier has delayed its planned launch of Voice over LTE technology. The carrier had previously said it would launch the service by the end of 2013, but Rinne confirmed to FierceWireless that AT&T is still working on its VoLTE implementation.
According to a new report from research firm IDC, Google's Android platform is predicted to maintain the top spot among smartphone platforms this year, with 78.9 percent global market share.
BARCELONA, Spain--As proof that innovation often comes from smaller operators, regional player C Spire said that its video day passes, which let customers purchase a buckets of time for streaming video, have helped reduce churn by at least 20 percent.