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Mobile broadband users near quarter billion mark

Mobile broadband users hit quarter billion mark

Mobile broadband subscribers worldwide topped the 225 million mark at the end of March 2009, representing 93 per cent year on year growth.

O2 UK – a data king with patchy 3G coverage

Mobile operator O2 UK may be asserting it authority as the country’s data king by inking exclusivity deals with both Apple for the iPhone and Palm for the Pre, but 3G coverage maps released by the UK watchdog this week may take some of the wind out of its sails.

XG field testing WiMAX, LTE rival tech.

XG field testing WiMAX, LTE rival tech.

Secretive US startup XG Technology is still pitching its wares, claiming this week that it is field testing its obscure wireless broadband platform.

DoCoMo takes 35 per cent of PacketVideo

DoCoMo buys into PacketVideo

Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo on Sunday acquired a 35 per cent stake in multimedia software firm PacketVideo, owned by wireless broadband vendor NextWave Wireless.

India on target for 500 mil. connections by 2010

India on target for 500 mil. connections by 2010

At current growth rates, India’s target of 500 million fixed and mobile phone connections by 2010 is well within reach, the government said Thursday.

Cosmote swoops on Zapp in Romania

Cosmote swoops on Zapp in Romania

Greek carrier Cosmote has signed an agreement to acquire Romanian mobile operator Telemobil, which operates under the brand Zapp.

2008 – the year of 3G for Latin America

Latin America in a 3G spin

Almost every Latin American mobile operator launched 3G services in 2008, as the region’s carriers scrambled to push data services in order to offset falling voice revenues and satisfy consumers’ growing hunger for value added products.

Finland blazes UMTS900 trail

Finland blazes UMTS900 trail

The Finns have long been at the forefront of the spectrum refarming movement, and the deployment of 3G in the 900MHz band made further headway this week with TeliaSonera.

Indian 3G awards to be delayed until year end

Indian 3G awards to be delayed until year end

The official award of 3G wireless spectrum in India may now be delayed until the end of 2009, and possibly even later, industry watchers warned on Tuesday.

AT&T confirms LTE rollout for 2011, upgrades to HSPA

AT&T confirms LTE rollout for 2011

US carrier AT&T has announced plans to upgrade its 3G network with High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2, as it paves the way for a roll out of LTE in 2011.

MTS launches indoor 3G in Moscow

MTS launches indoor 3G in Moscow

Leading Russian operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) said this week that it has switched on its first phase 3G network in Moscow.

Orange sees mobile data usage double in 12 months

Orange sees mobile data usage double in 12 months

Mobile data usage over handsets and dongles has more than doubled in the past 12 months to the end of February, according to mobile operator Orange UK.

Alcatel-Lucent wins $1.7bn in Chinese 3G deals

Alcatel-Lucent wins $1.7bn in Chinese 3G deals

Mega vendor Alcatel-Lucent said this week that it has scored infrastructure agreements worth $1.7bn from Chinese carriers China Mobile and China Telecom.

T-Mobile USA unleashes 3G modem

T-Mo unleashes 3G modem

Now that T-Mobile USA has finally got reasonable coverage on its 3G network, the company is ready to push usage with the launch of its first 3G modem.

India’s state-owned players kick-start 3G

India kicks starts 3G

MTNL, meanwhile, has begun 3G in central New Delhi with the stated aim of attracting 200,000 to the service within two years. State-owned BSNL and MTNL have each announced 3G service launches this week. BTNL has rolled out 3G services in an additional 11 cities following on from the launch of its first 3G service [...]

China’s 3G wall comes down

China's 3G wall comes down

Huawei and ZTE are the only clear-cut winners to emerge so far. Who are the winners and losers from the award of 3G licences in China last month? As widely expected, China Mobile was granted a TD-SCDMA licence, China Unicom a WCDMA concession, and a CDMA2000 EV-DO licence was awarded to China Telecom. But as [...]

3G a let-down in the US

The four major 3G operators in the US are failing to deliver the speeds that customers expect. These not altogether surprising findings come from analyst firm Gartner, which says that while most 3G providers in the US typically market speeds as high as 1.8Mbps, the actual speeds are generally between 300Kbps and 700bps. That is [...]

India to issue WiMAX and 3G guidelines in June

The Indian government is to issue guidelines on the auction of 3G and WiMAX network licences next month, according to telecom minister Andimuthu Raja. Speaking at a recent industry conference in Delhi, Raja said the licence conditions would allow for foreign participation. Under Indian law, up to 74 per cent of an Indian company can [...]

Managing wireless data limits

With 3G wireless broadband subscriptions forecast to exceed global DSL connections by as early as 2010, mobile carriers are slowly coming round to the realisation that the finite resources of the wireless last mile could pose some serious problems going forward.

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Messaging for the masses

Issue 126 November 2005

Featuring:

DRM: The rights and the wrongs

3G: As seen on mobile TV

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