Internet networking form Akamai recently revealed its quarterly State of the Internet report, noting that global mobile data traffic doubled year-over-year in the third quarter of 2012, the latest quarter for which its data is available.
Cell sites' energy costs cause a significant hit on overall network opex, and the hit promises to get even more painful as energy prices skyrocket worldwide. That's why mobile operators have placed improving energy efficiency at the top of their task list.
Ericsson is pushing further into the TV and media business with the acquisition of IT consultancy Devoteam's Telecom & Media operations in France. The move will see 400 French-based consultants with expertise in IP multimedia subsystems, delivery platforms and radio/TV networks join Ericsson by the second quarter.
Huawei would consider an IPO, said a company executive in announcing the company's 2012 results, which included a 33 percent increase in net profit and sales that could exceed those of long-time market leader Ericsson.
Nokia Siemens Networks was a provider of radio access network (RAN) and mobile management entity (MME) equipment in 11 markets for U.S. Cellular's second wave of LTE launches, which occurred in late 2012.
A top executive confirmed Verizon Wireless is working to deliver multicast video to customers using LTE Broadcast, a technology other mobile operators including Clearwire are reportedly starting to consider.
Unwired Planet, formerly Openwave Systems, purchased a portfolio of nearly 2,000 patents from Ericsson, including intellectual property relating to 2G, 3G and LTE technologies.
Ericsson sold close to 2,000 wireless patents to Unwired Planet, formerly Openwave Systems, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The deal gives Unwired Planet some potential ammunition in patent battles.
Over-the-top voice services beware. AT&T Mobility is currently in alpha testing of a new Call Management API service that will let customers take their existing AT&T mobile phone number with them regardless of what device they are using.
Ericsson may have slipped behind rival Huawei in total sales last year, according to analyst estimates, though it is not clear if Huawei has actually overtaken Ericsson as the world's largest infrastructure vendor by revenue.