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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 [...]

Verizon upgrades to Rev. A

US mobile operator Verizon Wireless said Thursday that it has started upgrading its 3G network to cdma2000 1x EV-DO Revision A. The network upgrade will launch initially in parts of Massachusetts, Virginia, Chicago, Indiana, Utah and Florida. Verizon claims that customers in those areas will receive data uplink speeds significantly faster than the company’s existing [...]

Maxis trials WiMAX

Malaysian carrier Maxis Communications has embarked on a six month trial of 802.16e mobile WiMAX using kit supplied by Motorola. The trial in the country’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur is among four Maxis live trial sites using Moto kit in the 2.5GHz spectrum. Due to its capacity management capabilities for high broadband traffic the [...]

DNA network evolves

Swedish vendor Ericsson has completed its HSDPA upgrade on Finish operator DNA’s WCDMA network. The contract for the upgrade was signed late in December last year. Launched in 2001, DNA is Finland’s fourth placed but fastest growing mobile operator. Figures from Informa’s World Cellular Information Service put its total subscriber base at 978,400 as of [...]

Ruckus beefs up wireless broadband

Smart wifi developer, Ruckus Wireless, added to its portfolio on Monday with a consumer device designed to connect a home wifi network with a wireless metro network. MetroFlex DZ gives subscribers wireless connectivity to outdoor broadband metro networks while simultaneously providing indoor wifi connectivity. Selina Lo, CEO of Ruckus Wireless, told telecoms.com that the company [...]

China begins 3G commercialisation

Leading Chinese operator China Mobile is now understood to be in the process of building out a commercial TD-SCDMA 3G network in five major Chinese cities as a prelude to a nationwide roll out. The operator is expected to begin offering commercial GSM-TD-SCDMA services via dual mode handsets in the second half of the year. [...]

Nokia Siemens assesses product line

Following the mega-merger between Nokia and Siemens last year, the new entity on Monday said it would start sharing its proposed product portfolio plan with employees and customers as early as next week. The company said planning is still underway to assess the personnel, site and country-level impact of the proposed portfolio as well as [...]

Alcatel-Lucent spooks market

Newly formed monster vendor Alcatel-Lucent sent a shudder through the investor community on Tuesday, when it warned of an expected drop in profits for 2006. In morning trading, shares in the company dropped almost 11 per cent as on an adjusted pro-forma basis, Alcatel-Lucent said it expects full year 2006 revenue to be approximately Eur18.3bn, [...]

802.11n draft 1.10 signed off

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) said this week the 802.11 working group has unanimously approved draft 1.10 for the 802.11n specification. All that is left now is for the IEEE to sign off the draft, which will be the final specification for the technology. However, the draft is not expected to be [...]

US Army wants a UMTS network to play with

The US Army’s Communications Electronics Command has ordered an HSDPA-enabled UMTS network from Nokia North America, with a view to “exploring the possibilities of 3G wireless broadband for defence purposes”. The system will be installed at one of the Army’s Research & Development Centres. This seems to be part of a broader test program, as [...]

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