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4G subs to reach 2bn globally this year

The number of LTE subscriptions worldwide will approach 2 billion by the end of this year and will grow almost threefold by 2022, according to new analyst company statistics published this week. There will be 1.9 billion user-linked 4G subscriptions – that is handsets, modems, tablets and connected devices, but ...

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LTE networks exceed 500 worldwide

The 500th LTE network in the world was commercially launched in May and the number is growing quickly. There are now 503 commercial LTE networks in 167 countries, according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), which predicts the total will rise to at least 550 by the end of ...

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Beeline predicts Russian mobile market slowdown

Beeline this week issued a pessimistic forecast for Russia’s mobile market in 2016, as competition between the country’s operators heats up. In its annual market report, published on Monday, the Vimpelcom-owned operator said 2015 was the first year of declining revenue growth in Russia, caused by various factors, not least ...

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IoT connections to overtake handsets in 2018

Ericsson on Wednesday predicted that the number of IoT connections worldwide will overtake mobile phone connections in 2018. According to the company’s latest Mobility Report, overall connections will number 27.5 billion by 2021, with the IoT accounting for 15.7 billion of that total. By comparison, the number of mobile phone ...

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Ooredoo launches 1-Gbps fibre broadband in Qatar

Ooredoo Qatar has launched a 1-Gbps fibre broadband offering and a new premier WiFi service designed to provide better coverage for customers living in large homes. The telco announced the arrival of 1-Gbps fibre at the weekend, although it has not disclosed how widely available the service is. Its existing ...

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Nokia creates Digital Health business

Nokia on Tuesday announced it has completed the acquisition of m-health device maker Withings and created a new Digital Health unit within its organisation as a result. The closure of the deal comes ahead of schedule. The Finnish equipment maker unveiled plans to buy Withings just over a month ago ...

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