Optus unveils billion dollar mobile spruce-up

Under the stated strategy, Optus will build 500 new mobile sites across regional and remote parts of Australia, including 114 sites under the federal government’s mobile black spots program. It will also complete its 4G upgrade program with more than ... ( read original story ...)

China 4G base tops 884M, on track to hit 1B in Dec

At the end of Q2, 4G connections accounted for 65 per cent of China’s 1.37 billion total mobile connections. Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom ... ( read original story ...)

The $20 phone that could get SA operators salivating

Qualcomm has built a sub-$20 4G/LTE “reference design” phone that it hopes third-party manufacturers will soon bring to the South African market. Apart from lowering the bar to access, the phone, once built by smartphone makers, could have a big impact ... ( read original story ...)

Ghana’s govt rejects calls for 4G license price slash

Ursula Owusu Ekuful, Ghana's communications minister, said the government has no plans to reduce the cost of the remaining operating license for 4G spectrum. To date MTN is the only operator to have secured the license at a cost of US$67.5 million – a ... ( read original story ...)