Nigeria – ZTE highlights Nigeria’s key role in mobile
Chinese technology powerhouse ZTE has described Nigeria as a key global market for the brand. While visiting the country to announce an expanded range of devices available in the market, ZTE vice president Shen Hui stated: ‘Nigeria has always been the leading information window for West Africa. Therefore, we believe Nigeria is a great choice for ZTE’s brand exposure.’
Egypt – 4G rollout
Egypt is a step nearer reaching 4G as all three networks – Orange, Vodafone Egypt and Etisalat Misr – signed licence agreements in October for the spectrum and government approval required to launch the networks.
All three mobile networks in the country had initially refused the offer of 4G licences due to the amount of spectrum offered being too small to support a national 4G rollout. State-owned fixed line entity Telecom Egypt agreed to the initial offer as a method of entering the operator space.
Pakistan – OTT threatens operators
Tests in Pakistan carried out by fraud specialists Revactor reveal that up to 45% of calls in the country classify as being OTT bypass – where a regular number is dialled but the call is received by an OTT app. This leaves operators paying the termination charge and taxes while receiving none of the associated revenues.
Hong Kong – Qualcomm announces new chipsets
Qualcomm used its 4G/5G summit in Hong Kong to announce three Snapdragon processors – Snapdragon 653, Snapdragon 626 and Snapdragon 427. Designed for ‘high performance and high volume’ devices, charging time reduction remains a key focus with all three featuring their Quick Charge 3.0 technology.
Australia – Lycamobile rolls out 4G
UK-based global MVNO Lycamobile announced the launch of its 4G data services across Australia, using Australian operator Telstra’s network. Lycamobile has a long history with the network, having initially launched in Australia using its 2G network. The 4G rollout gives Lycamobile 95% population coverage across Australia.
Australia & New Zealand broadband
A BT-commissioned Analysys Mason report comparing the UK’s broadband services with Australia & New Zealand’s has been released. The paper finds that despite the Oceanic nations spending more per capita, the UK is still outperforming them in the broadband space. However, low overall population densities in New Zealand and Australia may help to explain the disparity.
Russia – Yandex launches space saver UI
Russian internet service and tech specialist Yandex is looking to expand into more markets through its Yandex Launcher, a space-saving white-labelled UI that replaces pay-for-space apps with app suggestions that generate revenue for the manufacturer. Manufacturers signed up to use the software include Wiley Fox, ZTE and Posh Mobile.
Belgium – Transatel chosen as JIM Mobile enabler
Belgian media group MEDIALAAN has hired Transatel to enable JIM Mobile and Mobile Viking to reach full MVNO status. When Liberty Global acquired Base – Belgium’s third largest network – the European Commission allowed the acquisition as long as MEDIALAAN was able to compete independently as a full MVNO.
USA – VR Survey reveals low awareness
Manufacturers such as HTC, Samsung and Playstation see the US as a key market for VR, but 58% of Americans who have heard of VR are unable to explain what it is according to a survey by reportlinker.
The data also supported Occulus founder, Palmer Lucky’s suggestion that the price of headsets would need to drop drastically to achieve mass adoption.
Mexico – Bienvenido Freedom Pop
US-based international MVNO Freedom Pop is to launch in Mexico following the announcement of a joint venture with Dish Mexico – a satellite pay TV company.
Freedom Pop specialises in giving free minutes, data and texts and then upselling beyond the initial free allowance. The provider told El Economista it aims to reach one million customers in Mexico as part of its ‘early years’ plan. The MVNO launched in the UK in September last year.