The Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus went on sale today to long lines in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the United Kingdom. The new phones are not officially on sale in China yet, but that is not stopping gray-market electronics dealers from hawking the new phones for hefty premiums.
Bankrupt wireless firm LightSquared burned through $81.4 million in August, and the company has now lost $1.6 billion since it filed for bankruptcy protection in May 2012. The losses are piling up as Philip Falcone and his Harbinger Capital Partners hedge fund struggle to maintain control of the firm as it seeks to exit bankruptcy.
LTE Advanced is advancing. According to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), 79 carriers in total have launched, have deployed or are trialing LTE Advanced technologies in their networks. The GSA also said 21 operators have launched LTE Advanced carrier aggregation in 14 countries.
Microsoft slashed 2,100 employees from its work force, part of a previously announced plan to cut 18,000 workers as the software giant integrates former Nokia employees and shifts its focus to the cloud, mobile and productivity tools. As a result of this round of cuts, Microsoft will also close its Silicon Valley research-and-development lab.
Qualcomm unveiled a software toolkit at its annual Uplinq developers conference that enables developers take advantage of LTE Broadcast technology, and it got a vote of confidence on the technology from Facebook. However, the company stayed mum on its troubles in China, where it is still the focus of an antitrust probe.
Verizon Wireless said it expanded its deployment of AWS spectrum to boost capacity for LTE service to 22 additional markets, making it available in four out of five of its LTE markets nationwide. Since the carrier has around 500 LTE markets in total, that brings the AWS deployment to roughly 400 markets.
Telefónica agreed to acquire Vivendi's Brazilian broadband business GVT for just over €7 billion ($9 billion) in cash and stocks, following three weeks of exclusive negotiations.
The challenge of how operators can pack more traffic and services on the infrastructure it already has and improve subscribers' experience is not a new one--but there has been great innovation in the tools, their availability and their effectiveness over the last few years. Our understanding of how traffic dynamics have changed and continue to change, and how to track them in live networks makes the case for active traffic management much more compelling from a cost-saving and revenue-generating perspective.
EE has launched a "refreshed" range of SIM-only LTE plans as a latest salvo in the LTE subscriber acquisition wars between UK operators.
Huawei is aiming to crack into the market for technology sales to large businesses as a way to diversify its revenue streams and make use of what it has learned in the telecoms market. The company said it has had a compound annual growth rate of 40 percent in each of the years since it launched its enterprise business in 2011, and based on that growth the company expects to expand its enterprise business to $10 billion annually by 2017.
Mosaik Solutions is getting into the wireless-network-testing market and aims to provide carriers and M2M-solution providers with a more efficient way to measure how end-user devices are performing on networks.
Apple put a major new focus on how it safeguards its users' private information and launched a website to keep its customers better informed of how their data is stored and protected. Meanwhile, amid concerns that its new iPhones and forthcoming Apple Watch wearable device will be collecting reams of health data, the company reportedly sent emissaries to quell concerns in Congress.
Ericsson is exiting the wireless-modem business and will most likely slash about 1,000 jobs as a result. The decision comes as pricing pressure builds in the stand-alone-modem business and more device makers choose to buy system-on-a-chip solutions with modems married to application processors, which Ericsson does not offer.
Berg Insight revealed the sector of personal navigation is rapidly becoming a mobile play, as the number of personal navigation devices (PNDs) shipped fell in 2013 while the number of people utilising mobile navigation apps grew.
Ericsson is consulting with workers unions and representatives over the lay off of around 1,000 staff from its modems business after announcing it will quit the sector in favour of an increased focus on its radio networks unit.
Some 331 operators have commercially launched LTE networks and service in 112 countries, according to data released by the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).
Time is speeding up in the wireless industry. Though advanced markets have rolled out significant LTE and LTE Advanced footprints, many markets worldwide are just now dipping their toes into the LTE pool. Nonetheless, the collective industry already has 5G on its mind, with most pundits calling for requirements and specs to be laid out in the next couple of years in time for commercial rollouts in little more than five years.
Pacific DataVision, led by former Nextel Communications co-founders Morgan O'Brien and Brian McAuley, acquired all of Sprint's 900 MHz licenses, giving it some 6 MHz of bandwidth nationwide for use in a push-to-talk radio network. The mobile workforce communications provider is also seeking FCC permission to launch a wireless broadband offering using its newly acquired spectrum.
The board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) approved the issuance of a request for information (RFI) and a statement of objectives, which are intended to help FirstNet develop a comprehensive network acquisition strategy. In addition, the board approved a public notice that seeks input regarding preliminary interpretations of the law that created FirstNet, and it approved a $120 million management budget for fiscal year 2015.
NICE, France--Savings in both operating and capital expenditure are often cited as leading drivers behind the move towards software-defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV), but operators themselves say service agility and new revenue really makes the business case.