Thailand’s dtac gives away SIMs to boost data usage

Thailand’s dtac is giving away 650,000 3G and 4G SIM cards to customers buying low-cost smartphones in a campaign to boost mobile data usage. The operator aims to increase its data user base from 54 per cent to 60 per …

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Fast-growing India forecast to have 1.4B mobile connections in 2020

India’s mobile connections are forecast to expand 50 per cent to 1.4 billion by 2020, when mobile penetration will reach 100 per cent. The country currently has 970 million mobile connections, with about 80 per cent of subscribers on 2G …

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North Korea shuts down mobile internet access for foreigners

Foreigners in North Korea are reportedly no longer able to access the internet via 3G mobile phones, an announcement from the country’s sole mobile provider, Koryolink, revealed. While North Koreans are not able to access the full internet, foreigners and …

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AIS and TrueMove gain market share at dtac’s expense — Fitch

Thailand’s mobile players are facing increased competition, with all operators competing aggressively on data, and revenue in the saturated voice market forecast to drop 10-15 per cent this year after falling 12 per cent last year. Competitive data pricing and …

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India’s Airtel follows Idea in boosting data tariffs

India’s largest mobile operator Bharti Airtel followed Idea Cellular’s lead by increasing 2G and 3G data prices for prepaid customers. An Airtel representative said that prepaid data tariffs have increased due to it discontinuing discounts. Its prepaid 2G customers will …

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CEO Spotlight: Kaan Terzioglu, Turkcell

Within four weeks of joining Turkcell as CEO, Kaan Terzioglu made his impact by redefining the company as an integrated telecoms and technology provider, with the aim of closely integrating fixed and mobile. Now, after just over two months in …

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Telenor Norway to shut down 3G network in 2020; five years before 2G

Telenor Norway’s CTO, Magnus Zetterberg, said the company plans to completely shut down its 3G network in 2020, five years before it closes 2G in 2025. Speaking at the company’s analyst and investor day, Zetterberg talked up the company’s evolution …

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Telstra signs 3G wholesale deal with Woolworths

Australia’s largest supermarket chain Woolworths has signed a wholesale agreement with Telstra to use its 3G network to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Woolworths will use Telstra’s 850MHz and 2.1GHz networks, which reach 98.5 per cent of the …

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LTE drives 10% growth in mobile infrastructure spend

The global mobile infrastructure market expanded 10 per cent to $46.8 billion last year, due in large part to a surge in LTE network spending. LTE revenue jumped 69 per cent in 2014, with China Mobile’s massive TD-LTE deployment – …

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