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COMMS VISION NEWS: LTE hype versus 4G reality

Much of the UK remains spellbound by 4G glamour but for now it has no significant part to play in creating growth, according to Steven Hartley, Practice Leader for Telco Strategy at Ovum.

Q3 smartphone shipments exceed 157 million, finds Juniper

Mobile analyst firm Juniper Research estimates that the number of smartphone shipments exceeded 157 million in Q3 this year, with Samsung increasing its lead in terms of unit shipments.

Ownership of mobile devices to reach 7.1 billion in 2013

The ownership of mobile devices is set to reach 7.1 billion next year, according to a market researcher GfK.

In 2013, the 4% forecasted growth for tech products in Western Europe will be driven by Media Tablets and Smartphones, it says. Currently, mobility represents 91% of all computing form factor indirect sales in the UK based on volume.

Mobile connections boom as m2m grows

New research by the GSMA has concluded that by Q4 2012, total mobile connections will stand at 6.8 billion including machine-to machine (M2M) communications, or 5.9 billion excluding M2M and inactive SIM cards.

Mobile banking rises up the agenda

A study investigating the top business priorities for the Financial Services industry in the UK shows that mobile will be an increasingly important channel for British financial institutions over the next three years.

In a study conducted by Fujitsu 49% of organisations stated that mobile banking is important to customers today, while 71% predict it will be by 2015.

Mobile operators agree faster timetable for 4G roll-out

The UK's mobile operators have established a faster 4G roll-out timetable, putting rivalries aside they met Ofcom and the government and reached an agreement to launch services by spring 2013, six months earlier than planned.

Following the agreement O2 and Vodafone will not to pursue threatened legal action against EE.

Mainline ‘inundated’ following 4G on EE and iPhone 5 launches

Mainline Digital Communications has been ‘inundated' with dealer enquiries following the announcement of EE's new 4G network and the news that Apple's iPhone 5 will initially be available on 4G only from EE in the UK.

Avenir Telecom introduces 30% Orange commission scheme

Mobile telecoms distributor Avenir Telecom has announced a new commission scheme for its stockists who deal with Orange. 
From 1st September all Avenir Telecom's stockists will receive 30% commission for both new Orange connections and Orange upgrades.

Nokia launches new Lumia smartphones

Nokia's decision to unveil its second generation Lumia devices in the US is significant for the Finnish handset manufacturer, which has always struggled to make an impact in the country, even before the advent of Apple's iPhone, according to Tony Cripps, principal analyst, devices and platforms, Ovum.

Mainline Digital Communications launches new incentive programme

Following the recent success of its series of BlackBerry training sessions, Mainline Digital Communications has launched a new incentive programme designed to help dealers to motivate their staff and to boost sales.

The promotion, in conjunction with Everything Everywhere and BlackBerry, is running until 30th September and is open to all members of staff from each active Mainline dealer.

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