Telekom Austria has outlined its broadband expansion plans, saying it will start its countrywide Long Term Evolution (LTE) rollout in 2012 and extend its "Gigaspeed" (up to 30 Mbit/s downstream) fixed broadband service to 2.1 million homes (about 50 percent of households) by the end of this year and 2.75 million homes (66 percent of total) by the end of 2015. With LTE, Telekom Austria plans to cover all provincial capitals and urban centers by 2015. (See Telekom Austria Unveils Broadband Plan and MWC 2011: Telekom Austria Jazzed About LTE.)
Make your minds up! On Friday we brought you news of a study that concluded British consumers are scaredy-cats when it comes to the concept of the NFC-enabled "mobile wallet." Today, reports Bloomberg, another survey has come along, this time from Barclays Corporate, predicting that Brits will spend £19.3 billion ($30.5 billion) by 2021 on purchases using their mobiles.