Category: 4G/LTE


Rakuten Mobile loss almost doubled in Q2

Operating loss incurred at Japan’s challenger operator increased by 85% in Q2 to reach $900 million, which the company attributed to aggressive investment in network rollout and rising roaming cost.

Closure of Sprint 4G network probably not a big deal to T-Mobile US

When T-Mobile US published its Q2 results last week it once again talked up the progress it is making in integrating Sprint and upgraded its merger synergies guidance for the second consecutive quarter. But it didn’t think to mention its plans for closing down Sprint’s LTE network next summer; it took the eagle eyes of LightReading to notice it had sneaked that piece of information onto its Website.

Rakuten to build mobile network for 1&1

Rakuten announced partnership with 1&1 to build “Europe’s first fully virtualised mobile network” for the German greenfield operator. The company also set up a separate unit to drive global expansion.

Three UK hails ongoing momentum in H1

Revenue at the UK-based operator increased 5% in the first six months of the year, but prepaid customer growth and roaming remain areas of concern.

Rumours of Vodafone Idea giveaway persist as Birla steps down

Indian billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla has stepped down as non-executive chairman of Vodafone Idea sending the troubled telco’s shares into freefall as rumours that its main shareholders are prepared to give away their stakes for free continue to swirl.

Rakuten acquires OpenRAN partner Altiostar

Rakuten announced that it has completed the acquisition of the software company Altiostar, which it had already partly owned and has collaborated closely on OpenRAN.

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