Big shot IP lawyers must have been rubbing their hands greedily this week when leading handset vendor Nokia filed suit against Apple for infringing on its patents for GSM, UMTS 3G and wifi.
Finnish handset vendor Nokia launched its assault on China’s 3G market this week, introducing its first device built for China’s homegrown TD-SCDMA technology.
Mobile broadband is fast becoming the key revenue driver for operators, yet key players are providing a sluggish user experience based on webpage size and download performance.
South Korean carrier SK Telecom has sold its entire 3.8 per cent stake in China Unicom back to the Chinese firm after incurring a loss on the investment.
Greenland’s only mobile operator, Tele Greenland, has struck a deal with Nokia Siemens Networks to bring 3G services to the far north of Western Europe.
As the competition in the global telecom market becomes increasingly fierce, the 2G and 3G bearer services coexist, the traffic bandwidth increases constantly and the interfaces tend to be IP-based, the bearer networks are required to provide powerful multi-service bearer capability, statistical multiplexing, differentiated QoS, carrier-class service guarantee, high precision clock synchronization, and excellent network extensibility.
Analysts have reason to believe that the long awaited Indian 3G spectrum auction may take place sooner rather than later, although its expected impact on competition and technology is thought to be vastly overstated.
Mobile broadband subscribers worldwide topped the 225 million mark at the end of March 2009, representing 93 per cent year on year growth.
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.
Secretive US startup XG Technology is still pitching its wares, claiming this week that it is field testing its obscure wireless broadband platform.
Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo on Sunday acquired a 35 per cent stake in multimedia software firm PacketVideo, owned by wireless broadband vendor NextWave Wireless.
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.
Greek carrier Cosmote has signed an agreement to acquire Romanian mobile operator Telemobil, which operates under the brand Zapp.
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.
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.