Category: Operator


France Telecom looking to “adapt and conquer”

France Telecom (FT) has announced a two-phased strategic and financial plan for 2011-2015 which the company is calling “adapt to conquer.” Announced at the telco’s Investor Day on Tuesday, the strategy, which is part of the group’s ongoing “Conquests” programme, will focus on investment and cost reduction to improve cash flow and growth at the company.

LG Revolution LTE smartphone arrives on Verizon Wireless

The limited roster of LTE enabled smartphones worldwide was boosted yesterday by the arrival of the LG Revolution on Verizon Wireless in the US. The operator said that the device, which is now available online and in stores, will deliver download speeds between 5 and 12Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5Mbps, in areas covered by its LTE network.

Simplifying the customer experience

During the TM Forum Management World, telecoms.com caught up with Deutsche Telekom
CTO Olivier Baujard and the company’s CIO Steffen Roehn to chat about the cloud, enterprise applications and the retirement of legacy applications to make room for a new wave of apps.

Ford demos car communication via LTE modules

A research project conducted by Ford has demonstrated that LTE is highly suitable for automotive communications applications. The findings of the CoOperative Card Extended (CoCarEX) research project were demonstrated yesterday in Dusseldorf, Germany and proved that LTE latency is low enough for it to provide time-critical driver assistance functions.

Telstra boss: up to 5GHz to be used for mobile broadband

Frequencies as high as 5GHz could be allocated for mobile broadband, according to Brian Miller, general manager of Australian telco Telstra. The comments were made during Miller’s speech at the Radcomms 2011 conference in Sydney, according to a report from local publication Australian IT.

O2 tops UK mobile broadband performance study

UK mobile broadband users accessing the web over dongles and datacards are getting average throughput of 1.5Mbit/s, according to research released Thursday by UK regulator Ofcom. But there were significant differences between the five carriers’ performance, with O2 delivering the best performance, and Orange the worst. 3UK outperformed T-Mobile, with which it shares a 3G network.

AT&T announces first five markets for LTE

Following a demo of its LTE network last week, US carrier AT&T has announced the first five markets into which it will launch LTE services – Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio. The news was made by John Donovan, chief technology officer for AT&T on his company blog. Donovan did not provide an exact date for the launch, stating only that the networks would be rolled out, “this summer”.

Going digital

In this video, taken at TM Forum Management World, held in Ireland this week, Steve Shurrock, CEO of O2 Ireland talks about the ‘digitalisation’ of the health sector and the merging of the phone and the wallet as the operators makes its first moves in the financial services space.

Life on quality street

What’s been interesting about this year’s TM Forum Management World event is the palpable buzz that, far from doom-and-gloom for the carriers, what we’re actually sitting in is the eye of a storm of opportunity, if only carriers shake off their reputation for being built for love rather than speed and start injecting a little agility into their processes.

Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale join forces for first UK LTE trial

The UK will finally get a taste of LTE following the announcement that Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale are to combine for a live trial of the technology. The trial will begin in September and is set to run into early next year. It will take place in the St Newlyn East area of South Newquay, Cornwall.

LTE World Summit: Reality settles in

Messages from the LTE World Summit ripple throughout the mobile market globally, as it is the biggest event for the new technology where operators, vendors, regulators and other stakeholders share and discuss about the new technology and its progress in the market. As such, it is an ideal gauge of commercial aspects of the technology and Informa’s analysts have identified several key trends, some of which were expected, some of which were not.

T-Mobile USA launches 42Mbps HSPA+ network upgrade

T-Mobile USA said it has doubled the headline speeds of its HSPA+ network to 42Mbps in 55 US markets, taking the fight to rival LTE network operators. It will this week release a mobile broadband dongle capable of making use of the increased speeds, the ZTE manufactured T-Mobile Rocket 3.0.

Telstra lights up first LTE base stations

Telstra, the Australian telecommunications company has announced that it has switched on the first base stations in Australia that use LTE technology. The stations are located in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane and the telco said 4G data had been sent over the network for the first time.

LTE World Summit 2011: Tweets from the floor

Earlier this week the seventh annual LTE World Summit 2011 took place at the RAI, Amsterdam on the 17th-18th May 2011. The event proved a great success, attracting over 1,750 attendees, with speakers representing more than 160 operators from more than 110 different countries. Like LTE itself, this was a truly global event.

Orange launches contactless mobile wallet

The UK arm of France Telecom’s Orange has launched what it says is the first contactless mobile phone-based payment services, allowing customers to make purchases up to the value of £15. The service has been developed in conjunction with Barclaycard, and will use the credit card firm’s network of contactless readers, deployed in more than […]

O2 UK announces mobile payment partners

UK carrier O2 has announced the companies it will be partnering with to deploy its mobile wallet service in the second half of 2011. O2, the UK arm of Spanish incumbent Telefónica, said it would be working with Wave Crest, FIS, Intelligent Environments and Visa Europe.

China Mobile and Apple agree on LTE-TDD iPhone

While the signs are that the next iPhone will not feature LTE, Apple has “reached consensus” with China Mobile on the use of the carrier’s forthcoming TDD-LTE network for a future iPhone.

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