Users of 4G networks will hit a billion by 2017, according to a report released today. The Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) also predicts that the number of global mobile connections would reach eight billion within four years, almost a 5,000 per cent increase from the 176 million connections in 2013. Chief strategy officer at the GSMA Hyunmi Yang said that by shifting to 4G, mobile operators are likely to see an increase in revenue, due to the fact that 4G users consume twice as much data as those on other networks. Very sneaky!
Qualcomm, one of the world's largest chip making firms, is facing an antitrust probe from a Chinese commission for apparently violating an anti-monopoly law. The investigation by China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) was announced yesterday by the company, which was advised to keep the substance of the probe confidential. This comes just as the chip maker unveiled a new line of chips that it hopes will take advantage of the booming Asian market. Embarrassing for Qualcomm, then – but not as embarrassing as their CES 2013 keynote, at least. Will anything ever be?
Apple will be bringing the Black Friday feeding frenzy to our green and pleasant land, with the Cupertino-based company announcing that 29 November would be a "one-day Apple shopping event." The offers will be available both in stores and online, but no one's quite sure exactly what will be on offer. iPads for the price of a Hudl? iPhones for the price of a Alcatel 1010? No one knows, and if you think Apple's telling, you don't know your fruit.
The UK government's Cyber Security Summit 2013 went off without a hitch today. Surrounded by some of the world's most beautiful buildings (but inside one of its ugliest), the conference saw MP Andrew Miller warn delegates that "privacy is more valuable than you realise," and Neil Kenward of the Cabinet Office Cyber Programme, outline the government's cyber security strategy for the future, and how it hopes it will be "an engine of economic growth."
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