A familiar refrain among consumers is that cellular, pay TV, and broadband are overpriced. But if you take a look at the cost of providing some of these services, plot them against demand and usage patterns, and consider some of the unique aspects of the North America market and geography, a different picture emerges. So here's my take, in terms of what looks reasonable from the perspective of the consumer, and service providers' requirement to operate a viable business.
Bouygues Telecom said it achieved speeds of more than 1 Gbps in tests on its 4G network with Huawei, becoming the latest operator in Europe to join what some have dubbed the "Gigabit LTE" club at least in terms of trials.
Some industry analysts have speculated that it may take several years before carriers can begin to deploy services on the 600 MHz airwaves that the FCC will put up for auction in the coming weeks. But T-Mobile executives think they may be able to begin to leverage that spectrum as early as 2017.
Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub said additional spectrum is essential to matching demand for mobile data services in South Africa, which he noted is falling behind in terms of fixed broadband rollout and access.
EE took another step towards meeting recently announced LTE network coverage goals by contracting satellite network operator Avanti Communications Group (Avanti) to provide cellular backhaul services in the UK.
Shares of U.S. Cellular plummeted after the carrier fell well short of expectations in its quarterly earnings. The nation's fifth-largest mobile operator posted first-quarter revenue of $958 million, below the $972.2 million expected by three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research, according to the AP.
MTN Ghana contracted Ericsson to deploy an LTE network in the region around the country's capital Accra-- a move the infrastructure vendor said would cover some 16 million subscribers.
T-Mobile US executives are content with T-Mobile's current pricetag for unlimited talking, texting and data, partially as a result of the carrier's continued efforts to expand and improve its wireless network. Indeed, only 50 percent of T-Mobile's spectrum is currently used for LTE service-- meaning T-Mobile still has a significant amount of spectrum it can refarm for LTE.
AT&T has validated Altair Semiconductor's FourGee-1160 Cat-1 chipset, which is designed to improve time-to-market and reduce costs associated with the introduction of new Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
The recent ratification of the Cat M1 standard and later Cat M2 indicates that LTE will rapidly replace 2G and 3G connections in some of the major M2M markets.