The U.K. mobile carrier EE, which also offers fixed-line services, has launched a TV service called EE TV, featuring a set-top box that lets customers use their smartphones or tablets as the remote control. They can also watch programming on their mobile devices, with the possibility for up to four different streams of live or recorded shows. EE said it will in the future allow them to watch while on the move too, through the firm’s 4G network. The service will include standard Freeview live channels as well as the likes of Daily Motion, YouTube and Wuaki.tv.
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Verizon’s double-wide LTE network has made its first appearance in New York — spotted by a GigaOM reader. Clocking in at 80 Mbps, the network is already speedy, but it likely will be even faster when it officially launches.
AT&T is done with its major-metro phase of its LTE rollout. From here on out it will be building its new network in increasingly smaller cities and towns to hit its 250 million-person year-end coverage goal.
Verizon activated 4.5 million LTE devices in the third quarter, an increase of 1.3 million over Q2. While the iPhone 5 was introduced only 10 days before the close of the quarter the new LTE-powered Apple phone contributed to that growth.
In two years, Verizon has signed up 11 million LTE customers, but those customers account for more than a third of all mobile data traffic. With LTE iPhone 5 sales getting into full swing, Verizon expects more than half of traffic to be on 4G soon.
A new survey explains that the no. 1 frustration on tablets and smartphones is the slow loading of web pages. That shouldn’t surprise, but the preferred activities for a smartphone and a tablet just might, suggesting that we’re not ready to dump the phone just yet.
Sprint isn’t holding anything back when it comes to supporting its MVNO partners. Ting will not only get access to a device Sprint started selling only last month, but it will gain immediate entry onto Sprint’s brand new LTE network — permissions other carriers would never grant.
Despite Verizon’s evangelizing push to convert its subscribers to 4G LTE, the 3G iPhone remains king at the country’s largest operator. At its second-quarter earnings call on Thursday, Verizon reported selling 2.7 million iPhones, compared to 2.5 million 4G Android phone sales.
Mobile data gateway maker Stoke already has some impressive investors from the telecom world, Japan’s NTT DoCoMo and India’s Reliance Communications, but it’s adding a third. Samsung is making a $5 million strategic investment, betting that its LTE triage and security technology has a bright future.