3GPP embraces broadcast requirements for 4G and 5G mobile

The next major update of the 3GPP mobile broadband standard will include features to enable public service broadcasters to deliver their content to 4G – and ultimately 5G – devices, according to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). 3GPP Release 14, which is expected in June, will include a standardised interface for broadcasters to provide content […]

African mobile broadband connections to reach 1bn in 2021

There will be 1 billion mobile broadband connections in Africa in 2021, including 157.4 million 4G LTE connections, according to Ovum. The research firm has tipped the number of fixed broadband connections to also “increase significantly over the coming years”, albeit from a very low base of 13.78 million at the end of 2016 to […]

Latvia’s LMT planning 4G TV offering

Latvian mobile network operator Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT) is planning to launch an OTT TV service to complement its 4G mobile offering in the second half of this year. LMT president Juris Binde told local press that the service, called LMRT Mājas Viedtelevizija (LMT Home TV) would enable users to create personalised selections of applications […]

Netflix partners with Vodafone Italy

Netflix has partnered with Vodafone in Italy, with the operator due to introduce exclusive promotional offers that will bundle Netflix subscriptions with fibre or 4G services.  The deal, which comes ahead of Netflix’s launch in Italy next month, is designed to make it easy for Italians to sign up and pay for their monthly Netflix […]

RCS & RDS launching LTE 4G mobile

Romanian cable operator RCS & RDS is launching a LTE mobile service in 25 cities following its acquisition of a 4G licence. The service will be made available in 12 cities – Bucharest, Cluj, Timisoara, Brasov, Oradea, Craiova, Constanta, Iasi, Arad, Sibiu, Pitesti and Ploiesti – by the end of September. This will be followed […]

LTE subscriptions to reach 1.4 billion by year-end

There will be nearly 1.37 billion 4G LTE subscribers worldwide by the end of 2015, up from nearly 650 million in 2014, according to ABI Research.  The latest forecast predicts that the global LTE subscriber base will exceed 3.5 billion by 2020, demonstrating a five-year compound annual growth rate of 20.8%. “The exponential rise in […]

EE and BBC trial 4G broadcast at FA Cup Final

UK mobile operator EE carried out a successful live 4G broadcast trial during the FA Cup final at Wembley over the weekend.  EE connected multiple tablets to three BBC-supplied broadcast streams of live footage over its 4G mobile network in what it described as a demonstration of “the future of television on-the-go.” Viewers were able […]

Telekom Slovenije to offer TV over LTE/4G

Slovenian telco, Telekom Slovenije, is preparing to roll out television, internet and fixed telephone services over its LTE/4G network. The new solution will be available starting next month and will be available to those who live in areas where a broadband cable connection is not possible, but where LTE/4G is already available. “Telekom Slovenije is among […]

Numericable-SFR sets ambitious network targets as it posts EBITDA growth

French cable operator Numericable-SFR has hailed a “return to growth” in the first quarter, driven by a 6.7% in its very high-speed broadband base to 1.595 million. The operator also set ambitious targets for fibre and 4G growth.  Numericable-SFR’s ADSL base declined by 4% to 4.925 million in the year to March. The group’s total […]

Channel 4 revamps 4oD app with mobile focus

UK terrestrial broadcaster Channel 4 has launched an updated, “fully mobile” version of its 4oD catch-up app with new streaming options and short-form content. The broadcaster is now offering streaming over 3G and 4G networks for the first time on iOS and Android devices. Channel 4 is also rolling out exclusive mobile-focused short content to […]