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Telenet Turns to ZTE to Transform BASE Network in Belgium

ZTE has announced the signing of a network modernization deal with Telenet, the largest provider of cable broadband services in Belgium. Telenet acquired mobile operator BASE from KPN for EUR 1.325 billion in 2015. ZTE has been selected by Telenet as the official vendor for its national UniRan radio access network in Belgium. Telenet has announced its intention to invest ... Read More »

Extending battery life for mobile devices

In a paper presented today at the Association for Computing Machinery’s special interest group on data communication (SIGCOMM) conference in Florian polis, Brazil, a team of computer science researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst led by professor Deepak Ganesan introduced a new radio technology that allows small mobile devices to take advantage of battery power in larger devices nearby ... Read More »

Five of Top 10 Worldwide Mobile Phone Vendors Increased Sales

Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 344 million units in the second quarter of 2016, a 4.3 percent increase over the same period in 2015, according to Gartner. �Overall sales of mobile phones contracted by 0.5 percent with only five vendors from the top 10 showing growth. Among them were four Chinese manufacturers (Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi and BBK ... Read More »

Smartphone shipments to grow 5% in 2016 despite Apple posting first annual decline

Shipments in Asia Pacific (excluding Greater China) are expected to grow by 13%. ‘The smart phone markets in India and the Philippines are performing well in 2016, with annual growth expected to reach 21% and 26% respectively,’ said Ishan Dutt, Research Analyst. ‘Smart phone penetration in these markets remains low, meaning there is a big opportunity for vendors. Growth in ... Read More »

Australian Smartphone Market Holds it Breath in Anticipation of Multiple Vendor Releases

The Australian mobile phone slide continued in 2016Q2 as only 1.8 million mobile phones were shipped as opposed to 2.2 million units one year ago. This represented a fall of 18% YoY for the overall mobile phone market, which includes feature phones and smartphones, as it experienced its third consecutive quarter of double digit YoY decline. According to the International ... Read More »

Slovak Telekom demonstrates Gigabit-class LTE solution using Ericsson technology

Ericsson and Slovak Telekom have successfully demonstrated an over the air LTE Advanced solution with data speeds up to 900Mbps. The demonstration represents the continuation of a long-term cooperation between Ericsson, Slovak Telekom and Qualcomm. The Ericsson Radio System equipment and software installed in Slovak Telekom’s commercial network demonstrated Gigabit-class LTE with peak data speeds up to 900Mbps. Ericsson RAN ... Read More »

After Successive Declines, Indian Smartphone Market Recovers

According to the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone market revived after declining for two successive quarters by registering 27.5 million units of smartphones shipments in CY Q2 2016. Smartphone shipment posted a healthy 17.1 percent growth over previous quarter and a marginal 3.7 percent growth over Q2 2015. Both global and Indian vendor’s shipments declined year-on-year, ... Read More »

Fungi recycle rechargeable lithium-ion batteries

Although rechargeable batteries in smartphones, cars and tablets can be charged again and again, they don’t last forever. Old batteries often wind up in landfills or incinerators, potentially harming the environment. And valuable materials remain locked inside. Now, a team of researchers is turning to naturally occurring fungi to drive an environmentally friendly recycling process to extract cobalt and lithium ... Read More »

Gartner Hype Cycle Highlights China's Aggressive Investment in High Tech

Despite the slowdown in GDP growth to 6.9 percent in 2015, China is still making aggressive investments to drive the adoption of high technology by local enterprises and organizations, according to Gartner. “The Chinese economy is facing challenges as it nears the end of its “demographic dividend” fueled by an oversupply of low-technology markets, said Matthew Cheung, research director at ... Read More »

44% Of Indian Smartphone Owners Likely to Replace Device in Next 6 Months

Some 800 models compete for mind and wallet share of the $16 billion Indian smartphone market, according to the latest research by Strategy Analytics. The report identifies online as the preferred channel for the next smartphone purchase by most Indian smartphone owners. The report, which uses on-device polling from the AppOptix consumer telemetry platform, finds that battery is the dominant ... Read More »