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The Road to 5G: Not Such a Straight Path

Verizon Communications has succeeded with its $3.1 billion takeover move for Straight Path Communications, giving it access to the potentially crucial 5G-suitable millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum, including 28GHz and 39GHz licenses. Straight Path had been a target of AT&T, but Verizon came up with a much bigger offer.

What does this mean for the future of 5G mobile services in the U.S.?

Hanoi Rocks: Vietnam Gets Nationwide 4G Network

Vietnamese mobile operator Viettel announced the commercial launch of its 4G LTE network, which boasts coverage for 95 percent of the population.

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.