Pete Bell

Pete Bell is a Research Analyst for TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database and also contributes to the daily CommsUpdate newsletter. He has a particular interest in wireless broadband and was responsible for TeleGeography’s 4G Research Service until it was integrated into GlobalComms.

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To Xfinity and Beyond? When Cablecos Go Wireless

U.S. cableco Comcast has announced that it’s entering the country’s MVNO sector with the launch of its Xfinity Mobile service, which piggybacks on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network and uses Xfinity’s 16 million Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide.

Brexit Bruising: Will Break-up Bring Higher Mobile Fees?

The recent move by the European Union to cap international mobile roaming charges is good news for end users across the EU. But will customers in the UK face higher bills when traveling after Brexit in 2019?

Here’s how the move will impact mobile users.

Another Fine Mess: ZTE’s Penalty for Sanction Violation, Explained

Chinese equipment supplier ZTE Corporation has agreed to pay a $892.4 million fine after pleading guilty to breaking U.S. trade sanctions against Iran and North Korea.

Tele2: International Operations Still Playing Their Part

Sweden-based mobile, broadband, and fixed-line group Tele2 has slimmed down its international operations in recent years, but it still has its eyes on growth.

Virgin Expands Its Reach, MVNO Makes Its Mark in Latin America

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently announced that they are set to launch the latest Virgin Mobile MVNO operation.

BT Fed to Lions After Accounting Scandal

The UK-based BT Group has been hit hard by an accounting scandal at its Italian business services subsidiary BT Italia.

2G is Fading Away, But it Might Outlive 3G in Europe

The announcement by AT&T that it switched off its GSM network on January 1, 2017, means it is the latest in a line of operators who have moved away from 2G services.

But don’t wave goodbye just yet – there are a few 2G holdouts in the mix.

Cellular Slowdown: User Numbers Reaching a Plateau

The mobile industry’s days of dizzying subscriber growth appear to be long gone. Double-digit growth was last seen in 2011; global user numbers are leveling off.

Jio Whizz: India’s Newest Cellco Hits the Ground Running

It is unlikely that any operator has made a bigger splash following its launch than Reliance Jio Infocomm in India.

The cellco issued a press release earlier this month claiming to have signed up 52 million customers in 83 days. That’s an average of over 626,000 net additions every 24 hours – or more than seven new users a second.

Rise of the Machines: Narrowband Internet of Things Takes Off

The last few weeks have seen a flurry of announcements regarding trials and proposed commercial rollouts of Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology.

So what can we expect to see from NB-IoT and which operators are looking to deploy it?