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Mobile broadband numbers hit new record as 4G connections break 1 billion mark

The developing world has been boosting its speeds and improving the experience for smartphone users.

According to the results of a recent study conducted by the GSMA, the number of global 4G mobile broadband connections has now reached the point that it has broken the 1 billion mark, for the first time.

In fact, the GSMA is now predicting that, by the year 2020, 4G will represent one in three mobile connections.

The results of the study were shared within this year’s global edition of the “Mobile Economy” report series from the GSMA. It suggested that there is currently a rapid change in technology as 3G mobile broadband shifts in favor of 4G networks. Moreover, it pointed out that this trend is occurring in both developed and developing economies. The outcome is that there is a greater drive in smartphone adoption, digital innovation, and in the growth of mobile data.

The report indicate that 2015 saw mobile broadband growth and acceleration that was unprecedented.

4G Mobile BroadbandData from the study suggested that the world economy saw a $3.1 trillion shot in the arm from the mobile industry. This indicates that the share of the global GDP representing that industry is a massive 4.2 percent.

By the close of last year, 4G was behind more than one billion of the total 7.3 billion mobile connections. In fact, that figure means that there was a doubling of the number of 4G connections that were made, last year, greatly because of the expansion of mobile networks at this level, within developing economies. By the time 2015 came to an end, there were 151 different countries with a total of 451 live LTE networks.

According to the GSMA director general, Mats Granryd, “Our new report reveals that mobile broadband is now a truly global phenomenon, extending high-speed connectivity and services to citizens in all corners of the world.” He went on to say that last year’s growth in mobile technology connections was greater than it had ever been, before and was a “testament to the billions of dollars that mobile operators have invested in next-generation networks, services and spectrum in recent years.”

European mobile networks will no longer add roaming charges

The E.U. has now reached an agreement with the companies to abolish these added fees by June 2017.

The European Union has managed to reach an agreement with its mobile networks to do away with roaming charges, in a move that will go into effect in two years’ time, in June 2017.

The official agreement between the E.U. and the companies remains in its preliminary form.

While the first stage of the agreement with the mobile networks is complete, it must still receive the approval of the European Parliament as well as other E.U. governments before it can be officially signed into a law. However, it is believed that this process will be completed without any notable hiccups. When the law is implemented, it means that travelers who use their mobile phones in any of the 28 countries of the European Union will pay the same amount for the calls, texts, and data that they use as they would if they had remained within their own home country.

Before the June 2017 law goes into effect, mobile networks will have their roaming charges capped.

Mobile Networks in Europe This will keep the upper possible limit charged to smartphone customers at €0.05 per minute of talk, and per megabyte of data. That cap will go into effect as of April 2016. This is a massive reduction from the current cap of €0.19 and €0.20, respectively.

Cell phone networks will still be able to adopt a fair use policy, which will mean that it will not be possible for an individual to register and pay for a mobile phone outside of their country of residence so that they can use it at home. This stops people from paying for cellular service in a country that offers cheaper rates than their own home nation.

The law will also feature a clause that will make it possible for the networks to be able to “impose minimal surcharges”, should they be able to prove that their having to comply with the current system that blocks roaming fees would cause them to have to increase the prices on their domestic service contracts.