LTE users forecast to grow by 187.7% CAGR over 5 yrs – study

LTE users forecast to grow by 187.7% CAGR over 5 yrs – study
(Telecompaper) The worldwide LTE subscriber base is forecast to experience a 187.7 percent CAGR between 2010-2015, according to Portio Research. While WiMAX has enjoyed a first mover advantage and a clear head-start, the nature of LTE as natural progression for MNOs operating on GSM/UMTS networks and its ability to lower the cost of delivering data services are expected to drive a surge in LTE network deployments in the coming years. This growth will see the worldwide LTE subscriber base pass 200 million by the end of 2015, six years after the technology’s launch in late 2009, whereas the worldwide 3G subscriber base reached only 100 million in the first six years after its launch, writes Portio. Migrating to LTE is not just the preserve of the developed and saturated markets in North America and Western Europe, with MNOs in developing markets also proactively doing the same; though understandably LTE’s scale and use will markedly vary between markets.[Lees verder]

Eircom Wholesale launches NGN Ethernet services
(Telecompaper) Incumbent carrier Eircom Wholesale has launched the NGN Ethernet services in Ireland with speeds of up to 1 Gbps. With an investment of EUR 100 million, over 500 exchanges are served and regions which can now access fibre services include Youghal, Mullingar, Enniscorthy, Drogheda and Kilkenny. The company will increase the number of exchanges as the roll-out progresses into 2011.[Lees verder]

Orange to sell own-brand tablet for Christmas – report
(Telecompaper) Orange France is preparing to sell a tablet under the Orange brand made by an unnamed Asian manufacturer, writes Les Echos. The operator aims to bring internet tablets to more consumers by lowering their price point to under EUR 250, unsubsidised, compared to the iPad’s EUR 600 standalone product price. It will be one of three tablets Orange France aims to bring to market in time for the Christmas shopping period. Talks have been underway with Apple for the operator to sell the iPad directly, rather than only demonstrating it in flagship stores and offering iPad service plans. The third tablet device to be offered by Orange France is one of the many announced by several manufacturers but yet to be released. The Orange tablet will be 3G-enabled and Google Android operating system-based. If customers sign up for one or two year subscriptions, the device can be reduced to under EUR 100. Orange France has been selling its first own-brand Android smartphone, the Boston, since April. It sells for EUR 120 without a subscription, from EUR 1 with one and is also available to prepay customers. As well as in France, the Boston is sold in Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. More than 100,000 units were reportedly sold across Europe in less than five months. Orange’s Tabbee tablet, developed in-house and launched in April last year, has met mitigated success. Les Echos writes that the operator’s move to an Android tablet marks its determination to retake control in a market dominated, so far, by Apple.[Lees verder]

LTE users forecast to grow by 187.7% CAGR over 5 yrs – study
(Telecompaper) The worldwide LTE subscriber base is forecast to experience a 187.7 percent CAGR between 2010-2015, according to Portio Research. While WiMAX has enjoyed a first mover advantage and a clear head-start, the nature of LTE as natural progression for MNOs operating on GSM/UMTS networks and its ability to lower the cost of delivering data services are expected to drive a surge in LTE network deployments in the coming years. This growth will see the worldwide LTE subscriber base pass 200 million by the end of 2015, six years after the technology’s launch in late 2009, whereas the worldwide 3G subscriber base reached only 100 million in the first six years after its launch, writes Portio. Migrating to LTE is not just the preserve of the developed and saturated markets in North America and Western Europe, with MNOs in developing markets also proactively doing the same; though understandably LTE’s scale and use will markedly vary between markets.[Lees verder]

Eircom Wholesale launches NGN Ethernet services
(Telecompaper) Incumbent carrier Eircom Wholesale has launched the NGN Ethernet services in Ireland with speeds of up to 1 Gbps. With an investment of EUR 100 million, over 500 exchanges are served and regions which can now access fibre services include Youghal, Mullingar, Enniscorthy, Drogheda and Kilkenny. The company will increase the number of exchanges as the roll-out progresses into 2011.[Lees verder]

Orange to sell own-brand tablet for Christmas – report
(Telecompaper) Orange France is preparing to sell a tablet under the Orange brand made by an unnamed Asian manufacturer, writes Les Echos. The operator aims to bring internet tablets to more consumers by lowering their price point to under EUR 250, unsubsidised, compared to the iPad’s EUR 600 standalone product price. It will be one of three tablets Orange France aims to bring to market in time for the Christmas shopping period. Talks have been underway with Apple for the operator to sell the iPad directly, rather than only demonstrating it in flagship stores and offering iPad service plans. The third tablet device to be offered by Orange France is one of the many announced by several manufacturers but yet to be released. The Orange tablet will be 3G-enabled and Google Android operating system-based. If customers sign up for one or two year subscriptions, the device can be reduced to under EUR 100. Orange France has been selling its first own-brand Android smartphone, the Boston, since April. It sells for EUR 120 without a subscription, from EUR 1 with one and is also available to prepay customers. As well as in France, the Boston is sold in Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. More than 100,000 units were reportedly sold across Europe in less than five months. Orange’s Tabbee tablet, developed in-house and launched in April last year, has met mitigated success. Les Echos writes that the operator’s move to an Android tablet marks its determination to retake control in a market dominated, so far, by Apple.[Lees verder]