MegaFon given green light to acquire Scartel

The move should reduce the cost of LTE rollout

Third placed Russian cellco MegaFon has had its proposal to acquire 4G operator Scartel approved by the competition watchdog.

Openet extends policy management with Forkstream acquisition

B/OSS specialist Openet on Tuesday announced the acquisition of Irish policy management firm Forkstream, for an undisclosed sum.

Dish serves up $25.5bn Sprint offer to foil Softbank deal

Dish Network has made a $25.5bn offer to merge with Sprint

Fresh from its attempt to scupper a potential deal between US operator Sprint Nextel and Wimax operator Clearwire, Dish Network is now going right for the source with a $25.5bn offer to merge with Sprint.

CTO, MobinNet: “TD-LTE is a better choice for delivering mobile data than FDD LTE”

Nima Pournejatian is CTO of MobinNet, Iran

Nima PourNejatian, CTO, MobinNet, Iran is speaking on Day One of the inaugural TD-LTE Summit taking place on the 23rd-24th April 2013 at the Fairmont Singapore Hotel, Singapore. Ahead of the show we speak to him on the subject of what the advantages TD-LTE brings to operators and what MobinNet’s plans are for the technology.

WiMAX Forum embraces TD-LTE


The WiMAX Forum has agreed to integrate elements of the TD-LTE standard into the platform; effectively joining forces with the technology that once its major rival, according to a report on Rethink Wireless. The move is seen as a tacit admission that the telecoms world has moved on from the WiMAX standard.

Rumours of Telekom Malaysia deal to buy WiMAX king P1 don’t add up

Malaysia's P1 unveils 2.0 Evolution Plan

Like most other people in the telecoms industry I do love a good rumour, there’s simply nothing better than working out the different reasons behind a rumoured deal and then wondering if there’s some magic angle that you’re missing, the link that makes the whole thing make perfect sense.

Free data service aims to disrupt US mobile market

FreedomPop aims to shake up the US mobile market with its free 4G offering

A US start-up is aiming to disrupt the wireless broadband market with its commitment to deliver free 4G services to its users. FreedomPop has launched the beta version of its service and will be offering 500MB of free data usage to each of its customers using US wholesale operator Clearwire’s WiMAX network.

MTS rips and replaces WiMAX with TD-LTE

Leading Russian carrier MTS has launched a TD-LTE network across most of Moscow and 40 other major residential areas in the Moscow region.

TeliaSonera boosts presence in Kazakhstan

TeliaSonera boosts its presence in Kazakhstan

International operator TeliaSonera has announced that it is to acquire Alem Communications, a WiMAX operator in Kazakhstan, for $170m. Stockholm-headquartered TeliaSonera, which has an extensive footprint in Eastern Europe, already holds the leading position in the Kazakh cellular market through its local subsidiary Kcell (GSM Kzakhstan).

P1 Networks: “We see TD-LTE as our next step in the evolution of 4G”

Michael Lai, CEO of P1 Networks

We speak to Michael Lai, CEO of Malaysian communications provider P1 Networks, about the progress his company has made in its rollout of TD-LTE services, and how he plans to achieve Return On Investment for these services

Changing the landscape

Nima Pournejatian is chief technology officer, of Iran’s MobinNet

Nima Pournejatian is the chief technology officer of Iran’s MobinNET Telecom and is speaking on day one of the Broadband MEA conference, due to be held on the 27th March 2012, at the Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, Dubai, UAE. We catch up with him to find out more about how MobinNET is changing the landscape of the broadband market in Iran.

Clearwire raises $715.5m to fund LTE plans

Clearwire has raised $715.5 to fund its LTE plans

US WiMAX player Clearwire has announced that it has raised $715.5m from its shareholders to fund its deployment of 4G LTE technology. The firm said it will use the funds for operations and maintenance as well as new network construction.

A land of opportunity

Jayhun Mollazade, CEO of Azqtel. Its WiMAX network covers the city of Baku, Azerbaijan

Jayhun Mollazade was a man with an idea. As an Azerbaijani citizen living in the USA he saw an opportunity to dramatically improve the ageing and archaic soviet telecoms infrastructure of the former Soviet state. Over the past five years, Azerbaijan has put an emphasis on developing its ICT sector and as a result the country now has three mobile carriers along with several ISPs offering ADSL based fixed-line internet connectivity. While the broadband market was growing by 30-40 per cent each year only one of the local carriers was offering 3G services and Mollazade and his partners saw that there was a real opportunity to offer high speed wireless data services.

Wimax still alive as Greenpacket announces EU deals

Greenpacket insists Wimax still has a part to play in bringing broadband to EU households

Mobile broadband and networking solutions provider Greenpacket insists that WiMAX technology still has a place in bringing 4G to consumers in Europe after it announced that it has secured 4G device deals with EU operators Aria and Max Telecom.

Signaling: the other bottleneck?

NSN aims to reduce the signalling load for M2M apps

Much has been said and written of late about congestion in mobile data networks, a subject brought to the fore by the introduction of the iPhone and its subsequent clones. Indeed, the problem has precipitated a whole new sub-section of the OSS/BSS industry devoted specifically to identifying and controlling wireless broadband data traffic. There is potentially an equally serious problem however in the form of congestion on the signaling channel caused by ‘chatty’ applications and the signaling requirements of increasingly complex services running on smartphones.

Profit and loss


It’s results week, and the Q2s are out for a lot of the big names in the industry. For some it’s a chance to boast of great riches and for others a humbling of Murdochian proportions. So who’s up and who’s down? It was all smiles at leading industry supplier Ericsson, where profits for the quarter were up a whopping 59 per cent year on year at SEK3.2bn ($508.1m).

Dual-mode LTE/WiMAX devices on the way

Sequans is partnering with with Malaysian operator P1 and networking provider Greenpacket to develop dual-mode LTE/Wimax devices

Sequans, the 4G chipset maker, is working with Malaysian operator Packet One and networking provider Greenpacket to develop reference designs for dual-mode LTE/Wimax devices. The intention is to create a complete eco-system of 4G networking solutions and devices by the end of 2011.

NextWave facing second bankruptcy

NextWave has sold almost all its assets

Troubled US wireless broadband player NextWave Wireless is seeking to stave off a second bankruptcy with a waiver that will now expire August 1. The firm had been under obligation to repay $129m in secured debt by June 30.

UQC’s WiMAX 2 upgrade opens up new possibilities

Screamer Telecoms offices in South Africa were reportedly raided by the communications authorities this weekend

Having lived the first half of my adult life in the UK and the second half in Australia, it is little wonder that I have such a strong affinity with the underdog in a given situation, since both countries have cultures that root for the little guy to succeed over a bigger, stronger opponent.

Erase and rewind


In a week during which the UK distinguished itself as the “Whiplash Capital of Europe” thanks to its rep for filing dodgy insurance claims, The Informer is pleased to note that, in the technology world at least, injury-preventing U-turns have been the order of the day.