Report: China Not Sitting Out the LTE Smartphone ‘Revolution’

Report China Not Sitting Out the LTE Smartphone 'Revolution'According to market research firm Infonetics Research, China is not looking at playing a small role in the LTE smartphone revolution taking place the world over.

Freshly released excerpts from the research firm’s 1st quarter 2014 report exploring the mobile market points to China’s increasing interest and ballooning stake in 4G LTE.

“The tremendous LTE network build taking place in China is going to result in a significant upside for LTE-enabled smartphones and tablets. Specifically, TDD-LTE devices are poised to be the world’s fastest-growing segment as the Chinese market joins the LTE smartphone revolution,” explains Godfrey Chua, directing analyst for M2M and The Internet of Things at Infonetics Research.
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Which Carrier is Tops for Tablet Growth?

Which Carrier is Tops for Tablet GrowthMMW was privy to an advance look at Strategy Analytics’ new Wireless Operator Strategies (WOS) service report, which estimates that tablets with mobile broadband subscriptions using 3G and 4G LTE will grow more than five times in the next five years.

All told, tablets will reach nearly 250 million people in 2018 at a global level.

“In emerging markets, operators are seeing some success using their own-branded tablets to drive up the total addressable market for 3G / 4G tablets,” says Phil Kendall, Executive Director of Wireless Operator Strategies. “We are also seeing more ‘comes with data’ models where device purchase includes a free monthly data allowance, such as HP’s DataPass”
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ABI: Spectrum Repurposing is Gaining Momentum

ABI Spectrum Repurposing is Gaining MomentumMajor carriers the world over have their work cut out for them. And it seems they’re up to the task.

Spectrum repurposing is gaining momentum, says ABI in a new report indicating that the launch of Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services by major carriers first in South Korea and soon in the United States is part of the effort to move voice calls from the circuit switched 2G and 3G networks to the packet switched LTE networks.

To achieve this, operators have built extensive LTE networks, which also serve as a marketing tool to stay in competition.
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Apple’s iPhone 5 Debuts on Virgin Mobile Next Friday

One week from today, Apple’s iPhone 5 will land on Virgin Mobile USA for a reported $550 off-contract.

Months in the making, the prepaid carrier has formally announced plans to bring the flagship Apple smartphone to its Beyond Talk plans beginning Friday, June 28th. That means unlimited 3G/4G LTE data and messaging starting at $35 per month.

Customers, the carrier said today, can also receive a $5 per-month plan discount when they register and sign up for automatic monthly payments with a credit card, debit card or PayPal account, making the iPhone 5 available on Virgin Mobile for $30 per month.

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China Mobile Investing Billions in 4G Network

The world’s largest mobile carrier, which has twice as many subscribers as the entire population of the United States, will invest upwards of $4 billion this year to build its 4G network.

China Mobile is believed to be making the effort at least partially in response to the looming arrival of Apple’s iPhone on its sprawling network with more than 700 million subscribers.

Reuters confirmed on Thursday, however, that the carrier already has 10 million customers who own the iPhone despite the incompatibility of the smartphone with China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA 3G technology.

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Sprint’s 4G LTE Gets Another Push

Earlier this month, Sprint expanded its 4G LTE footprint to 28 more locations across the United States. This week, more key locations were added to the list.

On Monday, Sprint announced that it is offering 4G LTE in even more cities effective immediately.

Among the new locations are:

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China Logged 83% Growth in 3G Subscribers Last Year

As expected, China saw a massive increase in all matters related to mobile during 2012. According to published industry estimates on Tuesday, the number of mobile 3G subscribers in China ballooned by 83 percent in 2012.

Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets says China had 233 million 3G subscribers at the close of 2012. That figure was 127.5 million at the close of 2011.

Apple Insider gained access to White’s most recent note to investors, showing that China gained 11.8 million 3G subscribers just in the month of December 2012.

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