IHS Markit: high speed broadband reaches 75% of European homes

High speed broadband services were available in more than three quarters of homes in the 28 countries of the European Union at the end of June 2017, according to IHS Markit. The research firm said that for the first time, 4G LTE availability matched 3G HSPA networks in terms of the number of households covered. […]

Ericsson: video to account for 75% of all mobile traffic

Mobile video traffic will grow by around 50% annually between 2016 and 2022 to account for nearly 75% of all mobile traffic, according to the latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report. Ericsson said it expects social networking to grow by 38% annually over the next six years. However, its relative share of traffic will […]

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 […]

Liberty Global and CableLabs join wireless technology alliance

International cable operator Liberty Global and US-based cable technology body CableLabs have joned the MulteFire Alliance, a consortium set up to develop next-generation wireless technology. The pair said they aimed to collaborate with the alliance to make wireless technology more widely available. Thje MulteFire Alliance’s main goal is to ensure that LTE mobile standards are […]

Cyfrowy Polsat offers HBO Go to LTE subscribers

Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat has made the HBO Go mobile TV service from premium channel provider HBO available to its LTE mobile broadband subscribers. Customers who sign up for Cyfrowy Polsat’s LTE offering can receive HBO Go without a contract for PLN20 (€10.45) a month. The operator’s LTE plus HBO Go offering costs […]

CSA authorises 700MHz airport communications LTE trial

French media regulator the CSA has authorised Aéroports de Paris unit Hub One to begin a trial of the use of LTE in the 700MHz band – currently used for digital-terrestrial broadcasting – at Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport. Hub One has been planning to test the use of 700MHz for critical communications between police, fire and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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