Trends

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?

To Buy or Not to Buy: That is the 700MHz Question

A planned auction of spectrum in the 694MHz-790MHz (700MHz) band in Sweden has been postponed, while the recent sale of frequencies in the same band in India attracted no bidders.

Mobile Services No Longer a Cash Cow

Over the past few years, mobile operators across several markets have seen declining service revenues and falling levels of average revenue per user (ARPU).

It’s possible that mobile services are no longer the big moneymaker they were in the early 2000s. Here’s why.

Sultanate of Swing: Oman’s Mobile Users Shifting to MVNOs

Oman’s wireless market is shifting thanks to the growing popularity of MVNO services.

The Sultanate is home to two established network operators – Omantel and Ooredoo – as well as a pair of low-cost, pre-paid resellers in the shape of FRiENDi Mobile and Majan Telecommunication, which trades under the name Renna Mobile.

Iliad's Odyssey: Major Changes Coming to Italy's Wireless Sector

The market dynamic of Italy’s wireless sector is set for a major shake-up with the European Commission's (EC) recently-approved merger of the number three and four wireless players, Wind and 3 Italia.

The Politics of Broadband in Australia

Broadband users had real skin in the game during Australia’s last parliamentary election. This is big, considering Australia is in the middle of the world’s craziest broadband project.

Big in Japan: UQ Continues to Spur WiMAX Growth

Once the hot new technology in telecoms, you could be forgiven for thinking that WiMAX is yesterday’s news. Many operators have already abandoned their WiMAX rollout plans in favour of LTE mobile systems or fixed line alternatives.

There is one country, however, where WiMAX is not only surviving, but thriving.