Telecom Sector

Vodafone suffers worst sales slump in three years

Mobile phone giant Vodafone suffered a plunge of 5.2 per cent in its UK revenue to just over £1.2 billion in the final quarter of last year, as sales slipped to lowest level in three years.

Vodafone said it gained 253,000 new contract customers in the final three months of 2012 in the UK, but also suffered the loss of 23,000 pay-as-you-go users during the same three months. The company has now around 19.5 million customers in the UK.

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AT&T to sell Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and ATIV Smart PC from November 9

In a Monday announcement, bigwig US wireless carrier AT&T made a disclosure about its forthcoming offerings, and said that it will start selling two new Samsung devices - the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and the ATIV Smart PC - from Friday, November 9, at its US retail stores.

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Verizon expanding its 4G LTE network across Tampa region

On Thursday, one day ahead of the much-awaited launch of the next-generation Apple iPhone - the iPhone 5 -, Verizon Wireless revealed in an announcement that its high-speed 4G LTE network was being expanded across the Tampa region, with several rural part of Hernando County to be included in the expansion.

With the iPhone 5 to be the latest 4G LTE-capable device to hit the markets on September 21, Verizon said that its 4G LTE network is being activated at cell sites across counties like Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas.

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CWA members in Baltimore protest against Verizon’s deal with cable companies

On Thursday, Baltimore City Hall witnessed a protest by nearly 80 members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA); with the demonstrations chiefly underscoring the opposition of a wireless-spectrum deal between Verizon Wireless and cable companies.

Protesting against the deal, the CWA members said that the agreement between Verizon and the cable companies will have an adverse effect on Baltimore's chances of ever receiving the FiOS network - the next-generation Internet broadband network from the bigwig telecom company.

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Old NYC payphones transformed into free Wi-Fi hotspots

In a noteworthy move which will mark innovative use of the antiquated payphones, New York City's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications has announced a new pilot program under which the old payphones in the city will be transformed into `free and unlimited' Wi-Fi hotspots.

With the city's first payphones-turned-Wi-Fi hotspots introduced by the department on Wednesday, the new pilot program will essentially offer free public Wi-Fi access for the people of the five boroughs, by making use of the existing infrastructure which is already in place in the city.

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