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The wireless industry may be a global one, and standards and operators are increasingly multinational. However, trends and patterns remain sharply different in various regions, and the rise of mobile usage in some parts of the world – and saturation in others – helps shape the overall market and the strategies of the carriers and vendors

Rethink Wireless provides daily news updates on the whole wireless and mobile industry, but also analyzes the developments on a regional basis, highlighting the key differences between mobile services and usage across territories.

Key patterns include the rise of mobile usage in India, China and other huge markets; the pioneering role of Japan and Korea; the saturation of Western Europe and the expansion of its carriers into new areas; the evolution of simple mobile services into mobile broadband in Europe and North America.

E-Plus/O2 merger to create biggest German cellco

24 July, 2013

KPN to sell its German unit to Telefonica for €5bn plus a 17.6% stake, but long approval process awaits

Apple and Intel shop for motion control in Israel

16 July, 2013

Intel reported to have acquired Omek Interactive, while Apple is said to be in talks with Kinect chip supplier PrimeSense

AT&T boosts spectrum with Leap purchase

15 July, 2013

Regulators may resist, but giant cellco is after AWS licences and LTE users - though perhaps not the prepaid base

Russia revives notion of shared 4G network

9 July, 2013

Ministry proposes taking back LTE spectrum from four main operators, to create state-owned, wholesale system

Sprint set to win twin deals next week

5 July, 2013

FCC said to vote in favor of Softbank buying 78% stake, key Clearwire shareholder backs Sprint's offer

Apple to create 150Mbps iPhone for SKT?

3 July, 2013

With next iPhone likely to arrive in September, company needs a radical update to reawaken enthusiasm

Renesas to exit LTE modem business

1 July, 2013

Japanese electronics group to close the unit it acquired from Nokia in 2010, having failed to make market impact

SKT and Samsung team on 'LTE-A' launch

26 June, 2013

Korean cellco deploys key LTE-A elements to boost coverage and speeds, and launches new services with updated Galaxy S4

Russian LTE expands amid M&A frenzy

21 June, 2013

MTS hires Ericsson to expand its 4G network while rival MegaFon looks for potential deals with Yota or Rostelecom

Taiwan to probe Apple's handset business practices

14 June, 2013

Fair trade agency to investigate terms of carrier deals and whether iPhone maker illegally influenced pricing

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