Mobile Communications International April 2012
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Operator group Vodafone has announced an NFC mobile payment service in Spain. The group plans to launch the service at the end of November, with launches in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK to follow.
Norwegian carrier Telenor has teamed up with DNB, the country’s largest bank, and identity management specialist Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) to introduce Norway’s first commercial NFC project.
The latest version of the Isis mobile wallet service has been launched across the US, following 18 months of testing in Texas and Utah by AT&T, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless.
iPhone maker Apple looks to be considering adopting NFC as details of a patent application emerge for gifting media files from one iOS user to another.
Brazilian operators are missing out on revenues totalling R$40bn because they are not satisfying the coverage requirements of customers. And it is claimed that the prime reason they are not satisfying those coverage requirements is because the government is making it prohibitively difficult for them to do so. Yet the regulator has warned operators that if they do not begin satisfying customers, it will fine them and take their spectrum licences away. That must feel like a right kick in the Brazil nuts.
Independent consultant and one-time head of research and development for UK regulator Ofcom, William Webb asks whether operators really need to own the spectrum in which their services operate. If radio access infrastructure can be outsourced or shared and the core can be virtualised, why shouldn’t the industry look at innovative usage models for spectrum?