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China Mobile and Clearwire collaborate on TD-LTE

The two operators  plan to establish 4G mobile broadband labs in the US and China

The world’s biggest carrier in terms of subscribers, China Mobile, is testing interoperability specifications for the time division flavour of LTE (TD-LTE) with US operator Clearwire.

Reducing copper in cables to beat thieves

The high price of copper makes it attractive for thieves

With copper theft on the rise due to the value of the metal used in communications equipment, a component manufacturer has developed an alternative cable which uses less copper.

Do consumer telematics services have real potential?

Gosling will develop communication technologies for seafaring robots

The embedding of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications technology within commercial vehicles for the purpose of allowing fleet tracking is already a mature market in the enterprise services sector. The value proposition for fleet owners in terms of the implications for their internal operations as well as for the services that they can offer to their own customers as is clear.

LightSquared names new CFO

LightSquared's new CFO specialises in corporate development and M&A

US LTE wholesaler LightSquared on Tuesday announced the appointment of Marc Montagner as chief financial officer, who until recently held the role of senior vice president of corporate development and M&A at Sprint Nextel.

Mobile network predictions for 2012

2011: Predictions for the year ahead

As operators in highly competitive, developed markets continue to invest in mobile broadband networks during 2012, we expect them to focus on two key areas for the following year: technologies critical to maintaining a high user experience and initiatives providing additional profit growth opportunities while reducing costs. Key areas for network investments include backhaul, network sharing and traffic optimization.

LTE North America Award Preview – Best Enabling Technology for LTE

The LTE North America Awards will take place on the 8 November 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas, USA

The LTE North America awards 2011 are taking place on the 8th November 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas, USA. The awards celebrate the innovation and excellence in that has taken place over the past 12 months in the LTE industry and features 60 nominees across 9 categories. In the lead up to the awards, we are featuring close looks at each of the companies shortlisted and here we bring you a preview of the category: Best Enabling Technology for LTE.

LTE North America Award Preview – Best Chipset / Processor Product

The LTE North America Awards will take place on the 8 November 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas, USA

The LTE North America awards 2011 are taking place next week on the 8th November 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas, USA. The awards celebrate the innovation and excellence in that has taken place over the past 12 months in the LTE industry and features 60 nominees across 9 categories. In the lead up to the awards, we are featuring close looks at each of the companies shortlisted and here we bring you a preview of the category: Best Chipset / Processor Product.

Femto competition driving free offerings

Small cell base stations are set to play an important role

A growth in markets with multiple femtocell offerings is driving operators to offer the products for free, according to a new study from Informa Telecoms & Media. Femtocell services are currently available in 23 countries around the world, and 43 per cent of these countries have multiple operators offering the technology, the firm said. For the majority of these countries, at least one operator offers the devices free of charge.

Small cells still raising more questions than answers

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Small cells promise to boost capacity and throughput in areas of high usage more cheaply than macro cell deployments, while allowing more efficient use of spectrum than macros, and providing improved coverage at the cell edge and indoors. Bringing the radio signal closer to the user should also help to improve device battery life.

WAC’s best bet is to focus on OneAPI aggregation

OTT messaging apps have proved popular

It’s perhaps too easy and fashionable to trash multilateral operator initiatives – to think they are doomed to failure from the word go. But their dismal track record supports such cynicism. And after attending Informa’s WAC Focus Day in Berlin a couple of weeks ago, one couldn’t help but leave the event with a pessimistic view of the prospects for the Wholesale Applications Community, or WAC for short.

The half life of ideas is converging on zero

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The Informer feels like he’s just got back from the future. He’s been attending the inaugural Wired event in London, which is sponsored by Telefónica O2 and serves as a tank for some of the tech and art sectors most interesting brains to swim around in.

He’s heard about the origins of the digital universe from George Dyson, collaborative consumption from Rachel Botsman, and immortality from Richard Seymour, seen 3D printing in action and watched unmanned drones and robots zip about the place.

Small cell start-up challenges femto vendors

SpiderCloud CEO Mike Gallagher

US network technology startup SpiderCloud, which has developed a miniature 3G RAN, says it has solved the problem of in-building offload for enterprise use in commercial 3G cellular networks. The firm’s CEO, former Flarion exec Mike Gallagher, told Telecoms.com that none of the femtocell solutions on the market can compete with his firm’s new solution, and said he was prepared to have a “bake-off” with any vendor that claimed to have a product that could deliver the same performance.

Another mobile Linux is born; Meego comes and goes

The short-lived Nokia N9

While long suspected, the reasons for ex-CTO Rich Green’s departure from Nokia have this week become clear. The Finnish firm’s first and last Meego-based handset was released Tuesday, while the OS itself was formally executed with a view to what’s left being assimilated by the LiMo and Linux Foundations.

LightSquared says interference issue solved by filter

Sanjiv Ahuja, LIghtSquared CEO said the interference issue was solved

Aspiring US wholesale player LightSquared, which is planning a nationwide wireless broadband offering over satellite and LTE networks, has released details of a technical solution that it says will put an end to interference between its network and GPS devices.

Subex sells service fulfilment business to NetCracker

Subex is re-focusing on core activities

Indian BSS player Subex has announced the sale of its Activation business, which consists of its service fulfilment suite, to OSS company NetCracker, part of the NEC group, for an undisclosed sum.

Early signs promising for AT&T LTE network speeds

Initial testing on AT&T's LTE network has revealed impressive speeds

AT&T’s LTE network, which launched on Sunday, is delivering impressive speeds, according to initial testing from Signals Research cited by Mobile Business Briefing. The operator launched its LTE network in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston, and at the latter location the analyst house achieved an average speed of 23.6Mbps after downloading a hefty 90Gb of data over a three-day period using a Sierra Wireless USBConnect Momentum 4G dongle.

Wake-up call: Industry collaboration needed to make Beyond 4G networks carry 1000 times more traffic by 2020

There is room for a ten-fold increase in mobile broadband subscribers and possibly up to 100 times higher traffic per user

Global demand for mobile broadband is accelerating as more people start to use more online services. Data-hungry services like video and mobile gaming will become more popular, while the rise of machine-to-machine communications will only add to the pressure on mobile networks.

Telefonica signs PaymentOne for carrier billing in Germany

Carrier billing plays on the operator relationship with the end user

Right now it seems like operators are falling over themselves to establish direct carrier billing functionality. Telefónica, which already signed up Boku earlier this week, seems to be spreading its bets through a secondary deal with PaymentOne.

Bangladesh to get IP, HD and 3G ready broadcast network

Maasranga will deploy an all IP broadcast network

Bangladeshi broadcaster Maasranga, part of local conglomerate the Square Group, is upgrading its network to launch the first fully IP-based digital, HD and 3G-enabled rich media network in the country.

Cisco spends $31m on network management suite

Networking giant Cisco is seeking to boost its service provider offering through the $31m acquisition of software developer Axioss, which specialises in network management tools.

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