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Video: Ovum talks forecasting, content and Apple

We spoke to Ed Barton, Chief Analyst for Entertainment at Ovum about the perils of forecasting, trends in video content and what Apple might be planning.
This video interview was shot on 12 September at Ovum’s Digital Futures event, just before the big Apple iPhone X announcement. Ed and Scott nonetheless decided to speculate about the launches, so you can see if they were remotely near the mark. The two also discuss the increasing business importance of premium content and have a chat about Ovum’s latest innovations in the area of forecasting.

T-Mobile pulls away from Sprint, challenges AT&T in Mexico

US-based MNO T-Mobile has revealed its subscriber figures for the second quarter of 2015, announcing total additions of 2.07 million customers. Meanwhile, the carrier also announced a new borderless roaming service for customers traveling to Mexico or Canada.

KT to launch 1Gbps LTE service this week

Various reports have claimed that KT, South Korea’s second largest mobile player, is ready to launch an LTE network capable of achieving more than 1Gbps download speeds. The service will be made available this week.

EE leads Europe with 10 million 4G subscribers

UK operator EE claims it has become the first European telco to surpass 10 million 4G LTE customers, and also announced that 4G data has overtaken 3G data consumption on its network for the first time.

Huawei and HKT claim 440Mbps LTE-A live test

HKT, the mobile subsidiary of telco PCCW, has announced the successful live testing of LTE-A carrier aggregation (CA) alongside Huawei. The telco claims to have achieved peak download rate speeds of 440Mbps.

Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia merge could form infrastructure powerhouse – Ovum

Speculation has intensified this week over a potential move by Nokia to acquire rival network kit maker Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), in what could be a serious shake up of the telecoms infrastructure market. This morning, ALU released a statement confirming that the two parties are currently in talks.

Rogers introduces Roam Like Home for European travellers

Rogers Communications has given Canadian mobile users the green light to go data crazy abroad by implementing its “Roam Like Home” policy across 35 European countries. As of Wednesday, 15th April, customers on the Share Everything tariff will be able to gain unlimited access to data, minutes and texts for a one off payment of $10 per day.

Vodafone Greece targets multiplay with Hellas Online acquisition

Vodafone Greece has moved closer to becoming a multiplay service provider by acquiring 72.7% of Hellas Online (HOL), the country’s second largest broadband and fixed-line services provider. The mobile operator acquired Hellas Online for a total cash sum of €72.7m (£57.56m).

Africa mobile data use rising, broadband speed lags – report

Mobile data connections and services continue to grow strongly in Africa, but the continent lags behind most of the world in terms of high-speed broadband connectivity, according to a report by analyst firm Ovum. However, mobile broadband connections in Africa are set to rise from 96 million in 2013 to 950 million to cover 77.3% of all mobile subscriptions in the continent by the end of 2019.

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