In his first quarterly conference call with investors as Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella promised the company would work to innovate more quickly in an effort to redefine itself as a mobile-first, cloud-first company. Nadella also explained Microsoft's recent decision to eliminate licensing fees for Windows device makers that are building smartphones and tablets with screens smaller than nine inches.
The shift away from the traditional U.S. model of a subsidized smartphone in exchange for a two-year contract appears to be accelerating and is likely going to continue to do so for the next few quarters. However, the shift might not be in the best interests of carriers, handset makers or consumers in the long run.
Time Warner Cable thinks of Hotspot 2.0 Wi-Fi access points as "complementary" to a cellular contract, but not likely as a replacement, according to CEO Rob Marcus. Hotspot 2.0, Marcus said in prepared remarks during an analyst conference, "will make our ever-expanding Wi-Fi network more secure and even easier to use." It also "makes our HSD (high-speed data) product more valuable," he added later.
Qualcomm continued to chug along in the first quarter, posting gains in revenue and profit, but the company could face significant challenges in China, one of its growth markets, as consumers wait to buy smartphones equipped with faster TD-LTE technology.
Facebook saw a surge in mobile advertising revenue in the first quarter and the social network said it now counts more than 1 billion mobile monthly active users.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler plans to circulate a draft proposal on new net neutrality regulations that could allow broadband providers to give preferential treatment to traffic from some content providers who pay for the privilege on "commercially reasonable terms." However, the new proposal would not apply to wireless carriers, according to an FCC official familiar with the proposal.
It's been more than two years since operators first started hinting that Voice over LTE would be widely deployed as a way to make their networks more efficient and provide customers with more advanced voice services. But after many fits and starts, the technology has yet to see any widespread traction in the U.S. market.
Telrad, which bought Alvarion's WiMAX business about 14 months ago, is gearing up to sell production TD-LTE networks soon. But a company executive contends many of Telrad's customers are actually in no rush to deploy TD-LTE.
Redmond, Wash.-based Ossia has been demonstrating for investors the latest generation of its Cota wireless charging technology, which can charge a mobile device from up to 40 feet away without requiring direct line of sight.
The Alliance for Telecommunications Solutions (ATIS) released a new standard for LTE Multicast content delivery to mobile devices based upon the Evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast System (eMBMS).
Apple easily beat analysts' expectations for iPhone sales in its most recent quarter, delivering 43.7 million iPhone unit sales. However, the company's iPad sales fell below analysts' expectations, and were lower than Apple's iPad sales in the year-ago period.
Drexel University in Philadelphia has joined a handful of other universities using WiMAX technology in an effort to meet the data transfer demands of U.S. research institutions.
Several U.S. wireless carriers have either pushed back their commercial launches of Voice over LTE or said they are not rushing to deploy VoLTE. According to a senior Ericsson executive, that's not exactly a surprise.
A technology integrator in Iceland has used Range Networks' open-source OpenBTS software to create a helicopter-based GSM network that can be used to find lost hikers and others in the Icelandic highlands.
As expected, the FCC issued updated proposals regarding a three-tiered access and spectrum-sharing model for the 3.5 GHz band, with a flexible approach now being proposed for the priority access tier that could include auctioned licenses under certain conditions.
Orange could be lining up France's Treasury chief, Ramon Fernandez, as its next chief financial officer, reports say, as CEO Stéphane Richard looks for new blood to help him improve the company's competitive position during his second term in office.
Ericsson said sales declined by 7 per cent to 47.5 billion krona (€5.2 billion/$7.2 billion) in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the previous year when adjusted for currency, although the Sweden-based equipment manufacturer said efforts to improve its profit margin are having a positive impact.
Alcatel-Lucent is paving the way for LTE in Thailand by constructing the country's first 100G optical network, said local operator DTAC.
Huawei executive vice president, Eric Xu, said the company will end its practice of rotating its CEO as part of changes to the management structure designed to prepare the company for the departure of founder, Ren Zhengfei.
Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has stepped up its local presence in Myanmar by opening two offices in the country's former capital Yangon, previously known as Rangoon.
Now IP Multimedia Subsystem is gaining traction with VoLTE it is becoming a viable solution for enterprise communications with revenue expected to reach $1.2 billion (€866 million) through 2019.
Netflix has stepped up the argument in favour of 'strong net neutrality', even as it negotiates connectivy deals with ISPs on both sides of the Atlantic to ensure decent services for its end-users. It's a war of words that will continue, and there is clearly a great deal at stake for both sides. However, beyond the commercial bun fights over who should pay and how, much more needs to be clarified; the devil with net neutrality is in the detail.
International roaming is a major growth opportunity for operators in the face of domestic market saturation, however tales of bill shock for data roamers do little for operators' reputation with consumers, and are sparking attempts to eliminate roaming fees altogether.
The Czech market for mobile virtual network operators has continued to grow in the first few months of 2014 after the country registered 50 MVNOs and secondary mobile brands at the end of 2013, according to reports from the Czech News Agency (CTK).
Mobile service revenues in Eastern Europe grew 4.3 per cent year on year in the fourth quarter of 2013 as LTE subscriber adoptions continued to gather pace.
Juniper Networks has offered a plug-in for its OpenContrail controller to the OpenDaylight Project. According to a description on the OpenDaylight wiki log, the plug-in "will provide the integration/interworking between the OpenDaylight controller and OpenContrail."
A new report from Signals Research indicates that the transition from WiMAX to TD-LTE is occurring much more quickly than originally anticipated.
Google's Project Loon airborne Internet tests have reportedly expanded to the Nevada desert, where the company is relying upon paired radio spectrum that is commonly used for LTE transmissions.