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IEEE raises the bar on 802.16 [

The IEEE has opened a new working group in the 802.16 standard, best known as WiMAX. The group’s aim is nothing to develop a new version of the technology capable of gigabit speeds. This would, if successful, put the LTE and EV-DO Revision C communities’ feet to the fire in terms of 4G. WiMAX was [...]

WiMAX cheaper than 3G, but for how long?

WiMAX spectrum is significantly cheaper than 3G bandwidth and in some cases has been less than one thousandth of the cost of 3G for a given geographic area, according to figures from Pyramid Research. The analyst notes that a correlation exists between the price per MHz per person and the GDP per capita of the [...]

E-Plus outsources network management

KPN’s German mobile unit, E-Plus, has outsourced almost its entire network to monster vendor Alcatel-Lucent. On Tuesday, the mobile operator tapped Alcatel-Lucent to manage the operational business divisions responsible for the operation, maintenance and deployment of its cellular network. The switchover will take place on March 1 and will allow E-Plus to concentrate on its [...]

One third of US web users are wireless

Over one third of US internet users have logged on using a wireless connection, according to figures released by the Pew Internet & American Life Project on Monday. A majority of wireless users (72 per cent) use the technology to check email on a typical day, compared to 63 per cent of home broadband users [...]

China Netcom not interested in homebrew 3G

Chinese fixed line player, China Netcom, has reportedly said that it is not interested in building a network based on the country’s homegrown TD-SCDMA platform. Instead, Netcom, which has no mobile operations of its own, is understood to be interested in China Unicom’s GSM network and an upgrade path to WCDMA. The operator also criticised [...]

Ericsson makes play for IPTV firm

Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson revealed on Monday that it has made a public cash offer of SKr9.8bn (Eur1bn) for Norwegian IPTV firm Tandberg Television. Ericsson said the potential acquisition would be part of its drive into the IPTV market, and would expand the vendor’s customer base to include cable and satellite operators as well as [...]

Skype invokes 60′s ruling to open up networks

VoIP champ, Skype, has petitioned the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to apply an American legal precedent, known as the Carterfone decision, to wireless networks. It is suggested that if the firm is successful, the networks would be opened up, making it much easier to use Skype-like services over them. Carterphone dates back to 1968 [...]

AT&T sells spectrum to Clearwire

US operator AT&T sold $300m worth of spectrum to WiMAX player Clearwire, earlier this week. The deal involved all 2.5GHz spectrum currently licensed to, or leased by, BellSouth which has now merged with AT&T and formed part of the conditions of the merger. The sale includes EBS (Education Broadband Service) spectrum, which is reserved for [...]

Powerline tech gets EC boost

The European Commission this week approved financing of Eur9.06m to support field deployments of Broadband over Powerline (BPL) internet access. Opera, the Open PLC European Research Alliance, is the standardisation body behind the technology and over the next two years, the objective of Opera Phase II will be to catalyse the deployment of low cost [...]

Turkey to join 3G party

Turkey has given the go ahead for four 3G licences with tenders to be launched in six months, the official gazette said Friday. The Turkish government set the minimum prices for the four types of licence at Eur252m (£169.6m), Eur224m, Eur194m and Eur140m according to the gazette. Initially four licences will be offered but if [...]

Dual mode dream comes true

Dual mode handsets are no longer an aspiration but are now a reality according to the Wi-Fi Alliance which announced Monday that it has certified nearly 100 wifi phones since 2004, with more to come this year.According to the Alliance, the days of perception of “wifi versus cellular” are over, with major operators, including UK [...]

India to have 650 million connections by 2012

650 million telephone connections are expected in India by 2012, including at least 200 million in rural areas, according to the Indian government Tuesday. The country’s annual Economic Survey 2006-07, suggests that of the 650 million connections, 66 million will be over wire with 584 million wireless connections. The survey adds that, coupled with the [...]

Brothers warn Vodafone to back off in Essar bid

Two of India’s wealthiest brothers have threatened to block Vodafone’s plans to buy mobile operator, Hutchison Essar. Ravi and Sashi Ruia, both managers at Essar, have told the British firm that they will use special ‘operating rights’ to hamper its ability to develop Essar’s business if it wins the $20bn auction for the firm. While [...]

Qualcomm jacks HSPA speed with MIMO move

CDMA pioneer Qualcomm on Monday announced the expansion of its product roadmap to include HSPA. Speaking to Telecoms.com at the 3GSM World Congress, William Davidson, vice president of global marketing and investor relations, said Qualcomm’s HSPA+ initiative includes support for MIMO technology. Based on the 3GPP Release 7 standard, HSPA+ claims data rates of up [...]

Qualcomm descrambles mobile TV

Qualcomm moved to unify three of the leading mobile TV technologies in a single device this week, with the news that its Universal Broadcast Modem (UBM) chip is sampling ahead of schedule. Mobile TV has made its appearance as one of the most gripping topics at 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona this year and the [...]

Heads roll at Alcatel-Lucent

Newly formed monster vendor Alcatel-Lucent said Friday that it would cut 12,500 jobs over three years after delivering a loss in the fourth quarter and a significant reduction in full year profits. In the first quarter of reported results as a combined company, Alcatel-Lucent posted a loss of Eur618m compared to a profit of Eur381m [...]

Three EU states embrace UMTS900

Finland, France and Portugal are expected to lead the way in rolling out UMTS900, according to telecoms.com’s parent Informa Telecoms & Media. On January 1, the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) cleared the path for the roll out of UMTS900 in its 47 member states. The authority has adopted a decision to [...]

Vodafone, Orange to share 3G networks

UK operators Vodafone and Orange on Thursday announced an agreement to share their 3G Radio Access Networks (RANs). The project outlines plans for the two networks to be combined over a number of years and covers both existing and new buildouts of their 3G networks. Regarding 2G, the companies will continue to explore opportunities for [...]

FLO standardisation moves along

The FLO Forum, a trade association of proponents of Qualcomm’s FLO (Forward Link Only) technology, on Tuesday said they had submitted the FLO Transport Specification to the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR-47.1 subcommittee. The move marks another milestone in the open standardisation of FLO technology, the Forum said. The proposed standard specifies the framing formats [...]

Orange taps Ericsson for network management

Swedish vendor Ericsson has been tapped by Orange for a major managed services contract in the Netherlands. The agreement covers operations, rollout and field maintenance of the Orange mobile network. During the process, 190 jobs will be transferred to Ericsson. The agreement, which covers a time frame of five years, will allow Orange Netherlands to [...]

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