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  • Samsung Electronics Co overtook Apple Inc as the world’s top smartphone maker in the July-September period with a 44 percent jump in shipments, and forecast strong sales in the current quarter in a clear warning to its rivals.
  • In the handset division, Samsung has no real rival models to challenge its products except for the iPhone 4S. Apple and Samsung will continue to dominate the market in the fourth quarter,” Reuters quoted Kim Hyun-joong, a fund manager at Midas Asset Management, which owns Samsung shares as saying.
  • Profits from the South Korean firm’s telecoms division, announced on Friday, more than doubled from a year ago to a record 2.5 trillion won ($2.2 billion) and accounted for 60 percent of Samsung’s total profit, offsetting a plunge in earnings from its bread-and-butter memory chips.
  • Shipments of smartphones jumped 44 percent from the preceding quarter to 27.8 million units, up nearly four times from a year ago, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. Apple’s iPhone sales shrank by 16 percent to 17.1 million units in the third quarter. Samsung had 23.8 percent of the global smartphone market in the third quarter, 9 points higher than Apple. Samsung’s flagship Galaxy line of products is powered by Google’s Android software.

  • Singapore, Japan, and South Korea remain the most ambitious in the world when it comes to broadband services, according to a new study from the Economist Intelligence Unit.
  • Now in its third edition, the government broadband report shows that East Asian governments are targeting faster services and greater coverage than other countries. Already considered some of the most advanced broadband economies in the world, all three will significantly extend their lead if they meet targets.
  • Each has an official plan to provide 1Gbps services within the next two to five years, and both Singapore and Japan aim to cover more than 90% of households with these services over that time frame.
  • In Europe, governments have been focused on addressing regional and rural areas the private sector would struggle to serve profitably,” says Iain Morris, editor of the report. “As a result, target speeds tend to range from 20Mbps to 50Mbps for between 75% and 90% of households.”
  • Northern countries, including Estonia, Finland and Sweden, are typically more aggressive, targeting speeds of 100Mbps for between 90% and 100% of households within the next five to 10 years.
  • Approaches vary in other parts of the world, although higher levels of public-sector funding per household covered generally correspond to more government intervention.
  • Australia is spending the most in public-sector funds per household covered of any country in the world, with a government plan to create, own and operate an ultra-fast network in almost all parts of the country.
  • In the US and Canada, governments are mainly focused on reducing the so-called ‘digital divide’ by funding network rollout in rural areas

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  • South Korea’s top mobile carrier SK Telecom said Wednesday it would this year offer seven smartphone models and one tablet device running on ultra-high-speed network technology.
  • SK launched its super-fast 4G wireless services, based on Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology, in Seoul in June and plans to secure national coverage by 2013.
  • LTE promises fast data traffic and quicker access to applications such as television programmes, movies and video conferencing. The company said it would this month launch two phones, from Samsung Electronics and Taiwan’s HTC Corp, for its LTE service.
  • Samsung will offer two additional LTE smartphones through SK Telecom in October and November. Its tablet PC, the Galaxy Tab 8.9, will hit the local market before December with LTE technology. LG Electronics will release its first LTE smartphone next month, while Pantech will provide two LTE smartphones in October and December, SK said in a statement.
  • The carrier said it aims to lure 500,000 LTE subscribers by December, five million next year and 15 million by 2014.

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