Vodafone said it has become the first network operator in the world to successfully trial LTE carrier aggregation on a live network using both licensed and unlicensed spectrum, as it investigates new ways to deal with rapidly growing mobile data usage.
ZTE said it has won LTE contracts for Cameroon and Zambia from Afrimax. Meanwhile Facebook has partnered with Airtel Africa to roll out Free Basics in 17 markets.
The next generation of Wi-Fi calling-- where the service is embedded in the smartphone and accessed via the normal phone dialler-- is offering operators a way to take back control by enabling them to provide voice services in areas where they have little or no coverage due to poor signal strength.
Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao hailed the group's performance in the six months to end-September as an "important turning point" after it returned to organic service revenue and EBITDA growth.
Vodafone, Telecom Italia and Etisalat committed to opening six Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) open laboratories as part of their involvement in a new industry forum focussed on promoting the development of the technology.
Vodafone and Globacom entered into a new partner market agreement for Nigeria and the Republic of Benin.
The connected car concept is taking hold in the European market as three of the region's largest wireless operators-- Vodafone, Orange and Deutsche Telekom-- are taking the lead in developing new services.
Connected cars are one of the fastest growing segments of the broader machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) sectors. Network operators and in-car telematics hardware producers are increasingly cashing in on a market that SNS Research forecasts could generate revenues of $40 billion (€36.2 billion) by 2020.
There are a host of ways to make money off of connected cars. The revenue streams will be generated by services including infotainment, navigation, fleet management, remote diagnostics, automatic crash notification, safety enhancements, usage based insurance (UBI), traffic management and-- ultimately-- autonomous driving. Despite that prediction, the term "connected car" remains something of a catch-all, making it hard to determine which companies are actually making money from the market in Europe today, or indeed what exactly a "connected" car actually is.
Du said an extended partnership deal with Vodafone will enable it to beef up the machine-to-machine (M2M) services it offers to businesses throughout the United Arab Emirates (UAE).