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Ofcom drives TV white space utilisation

Ofcom is supporting white space technology development

Ofcom has announced it is coordinating testing of wireless technology that uses white space spectrum to potentially deliver a range of digital services including internet access in rural areas, wifi-like services, video streaming or M2M connectivity.

Deutsche Telekom, China Mobile in bed with connected cars

China Mobile and Deutsche Telekom agree on a new Machine-to-Machine venture

Deutsche Telekom and China Mobile have announced a connected cars joint venture to be established in China at the beginning of next year. The initiative is targeted at the automotive industry and aims to enable the provision of 4G-based vehicle information services to ‘connected’ drivers.

European Commission deregulates fixed line markets

European Commission "cutting red tape"

The European Commission has confirmed that two fixed line markets will no longer be subject to regulation in Europe. The retail market for access to fixed telephony, and the wholesale market for fixed call origination will no longer be affected by price caps.

CaixaBank launches Gemalto-powered NFC mobile payment wristband

CaixaBank and Gemalto have joined forces to release the NFC-enabled wristband

CaixaBank, one of Spain’s largest banks, has moved into the wearable payment technology space with the launch of an NFC-enabled wristband capable of making contactless payments. Security vendor Gemalto has supplied its Optelio Contactless MiniTag, which links the wristband to the user’s existing payment card.

BT partners with Huawei for 3 Tbps over existing fibre

BT R&D MD Tim Whitley

BT and Huawei have successfully trialled a 3 Terabit per second (Tbps) super channel connection over an existing fibre optic link, paving the way for significant capacity on BT’s core fibre optic networks without having to replace cables.

EU and China closer to resolving telecom dispute – report

China and EU edge closer to end a long-standing telecoms dispute

It has been reported the EU is close to reaching an agreement with China to end a dispute between the trade partners over alleged illegal government subsidies to Chinese telecoms manufacturers.

Wi-Fi Alliance announces upgrades to Passpoint standard

Wi-Fi Alliance claims to make public access easier.

The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced the upgrade of Passpoint, a certified programme to enable more sophisticated connectivity for mobile devices in wifi hotspots. The alliance claims the new, improved Passpoint will now deliver a more streamlined method of creating new user accounts and connecting wifi-only devices to public wifi hotspots. The upgrade to Passpoint will feature WPA2 [...]

EE TV introduces quad-play with a mobile angle

EETV and a tablet as a remote

EE has once more piled competitive pressure on rival UK operators with the launch of EE TV, becoming the first UK mobile network owner to offer quad-play. The EE TV box allows subscribers to stream Freeview and on-demand content over wifi and across four devices simultaneously.

TXO highlights £10m telco recycling opportunity

Old kit could help telcos save and make more moeny

Telcos are sitting on a ‘goldmine’ of equipment assets and could generate significant extra revenues through recycling redundant hardware, according to TXO Systems, a UK-based telecom hardware asset management specialist.

Alcatel-Lucent’s SDN subsidiary confirms cloud data centre implementation

Nuage Networks provides data centre SDN to OVH

Alcatel-Lucent’s software defined networking (SDN) specialist subsidiary, Nuage Networks, has announced that it will be providing its Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) to global hosting firm OVH. The deployment of VSP across data centres across Europe and North America will deliver “OpenStack as a Service” to OVH.

Ericsson, SingTel and Qualcomm claim first FDD/TDD carrier aggregation

Ericsson, SingTel and Qualcomm enable enhanced LTE-A performance

Ericsson, SingTel and Qualcomm Technologies have announced the successful demonstration of frequency division duplex (FDD) and time division duplex (TDD) carrier aggregation of the LTE Advanced network. The aggregated approach allows for more efficient use of spectrum, and increased network speeds.

Samsung guidance reveals smartphone struggles

Samsung is finding harder to make money from smartphones

Samsung’s Q3 2014 pre-earnings guidance concedes the Korean giant is finding it tough to keep growing its smartphone shipments. Revealing that profits are likely to come in well below analyst expectations, Samsung pinned the blame mainly on its mobile business.

BT’s consumer mobile plans in trouble – report

BT is using EE for MVNO services

It has been reported that BT has run into technical difficulties that are delaying its planned return to the consumer mobile market. As reported by the Telegraph, the telco has encountered problems in the technology designed to direct voice and data traffic over wifi rather than 4G.

Nokia and du claim Middle East’s first VoLTE call

Nokia and du claim first VoLTE call in the Middle East

Nokia Networks and UAE-based telco du claim to have successfully connected the region’s first voice over LTE (VoLTE) call on a commercial network. The implementation of Nokia’s VoLTE solution and professional services on du’s network took just 80 days, which the Finnish vendor claims is the world’s fastest deployment of VoLTE.

Hyperoptic ramps up FTTH distribution

Hyperoptic aiming to bring FTTH connectivity across the UK

UK incumbent BT is facing growing competition in the fibre broadband market from fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) vendor Hyperoptic. The FTTH specialist focuses on delivering fibre broadband directly to consumer premises in newly built homes.

HP split could lead to increased telco focus

HP business split could see greater emphasis on telco solutions

Technology giant Hewlett-Packard is reportedly close to dividing into two separate companies, with an official announcement thought to be in the offing. The split is likely to produce companies focusing on PCs and printers, and corporate computing, respectively.

TeliaSonera acquires cloud & hosting outfit Ipeer

TeliaSonera acquires cloud & hosting company

TeliaSonera has acquired Ipeer AB, a cloud and hosting service provider for the Swedish corporate sector. According to TeliaSonera, the purchase will enhance its network and access portfolio, and enable it to offer completely new solutions to customers.

Orange focuses on IoT in product showcase

Orange CEO Stephane Richard

Orange has announced a host of new products and services at its third annual hello show in Paris. The company seemed determined to address almost every aspect of modern life as it showcased some 20-odd products and product enhancements for “connected home, connected business and on-the-go.”

European Commission antitrust probe clears ISPs

No wrong-doing found by the European Commission.

The European Commission has announced that an investigation into content delivery antitrust has failed to find evidence of wrong-doing by internet service providers. Inspections were carried out after concerns were raised about the potential abuse of dominant market positions and violation of EU antitrust regulations.

Ofcom will be leaderless in early 2015

Ed Richards will be stepping down in December

UK communications regulator Ofcom has announced that Ed Richards, the group’s Chief Executive, will be standing down from his role at the end of 2014. The search for his successor is under way, and is targeted for completion in early 2015, despite Ofcom apparently having had significant advance warning of his departure.

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