The British carrier EE, which got a headstart on its rivals in offering high-speed 4G/LTE mobile broadband, said on Tuesday that it now has over 2 million 4G subscribers. What’s more, takeup seems to be accelerating – it took 10 months to score a million, and only 4 months to score the second million – and EE claimed it has the fastest 4G sign-up rate outside South Korea. The company, a joint venture of Deutsche Telekom and Orange, also said its LTE services would cover 70 percent of the UK population by the end of this month.
Dish Network is reportedly considering making a bid for T-Mobile in a move that could result in a bidding war against Sprint. While federal regulators might be inclined to put the kibosh on a Sprint/T-Mo tie-up, a Dish acquisition could make the nation’s fourth-largest carrier even more disruptive.
FreedomPop became a full-service mobile operator today, selling its first smartphone coupled with voice and data service. The difference between FreedomPop and your typical carrier is that its services are entirely IP based.
In 2008 Sprint promised to build a network that would change the face of the U.S. mobile industry. It never delivered. Now that SoftBank has reinvigorated the carrier, it’s time to hold Sprint to its word.
Sprint has big plans for its digital wallet. It wants to become a “virtual bank” for customers who don’t have checking accounts and a supplemental financial service for those that do.
The deal puts Oracle at the exact point where enterprise and telecom networks meet and taps Oracle into the emerging 4G VoIP space. Oracle could also use Acme expand its carrier cloud business
eVolution Networks is shutting down Digicel’s cell sites during off-peak hours. By putting the network into sleep mode, Digicel estimates it can cut its energy bill by 23 percent.
Kajeet plans to offer some kind of 4G mobile broadband service for kids, though it was a bit stingy with the details. Chances are it will start selling dongles and hotspots directly to families, turning modems into virtual nannies.
Mobile operators believe their networks will enjoy a second life as the backbone of the internet of things, but a French startup Sigfox begs to differ. It’s building a dedicated network in France designed to connect objects and machines, not people.
Hotels, airlines and grocery stores already link everything imaginable to their loyalty card programs. Why not 4G, as well? Sprint wants to make it easy for the hospitality and retail industries to become mini-virtual operators renting and selling mobile data modems to their customers.