Second placed Japanese operator KDDI has tapped Motorola and NEC to build its LTE network, with an eye to launching commercial services in late 2012.
The Nortel fire sale continues with the company this week announcing the auction of its Carrier Networks Packet Core assets.
Not content with engineering a large scale merger in the UK with French owned carrier Orange, Deutsche Telekom has now set its sites on some monster consolidation in the US. That’s the rumour, anyway, and as any follower of international soccer-ball knows, you can never discount the Germans.
US carrier and WiMAX pin up Sprint has announced plans to expand its wireless broadband operations into 17 new markets.
It looks like US carrier Sprint Nextel delivered the good news first – announcing the acquisition of Virgin Mobile USA earlier in the week. Because the bad news followed on Wednesday, when Sprint recorded a net loss for the second quarter which increased 12 per cent year on year to $384m from $344m in the same period last year.
Mobile broadband subscribers worldwide topped the 225 million mark at the end of March 2009, representing 93 per cent year on year growth.
Denmark this week got the auction process for its 2.5GHz spectrum underway, with the National IT and Telecom Agency (NITA) announcing a public consultation on the auction.
PC manufacturer Dell has finally confirmed plans to make a play for the mobile space, although the focus might be more on mobile devices than mobile handsets.
Secretive US startup XG Technology is still pitching its wares, claiming this week that it is field testing its obscure wireless broadband platform.
HSPA is on a roll. According to figures supplied by market research firm Wireless Intelligence, there were 245 HSPA networks in commercial service worldwide as of mid-May 2009. Moreover, a further 113 HSPA networks are in the process of being deployed, trialled or planned.
Dennis Sverdlov, Yota CEO, talks to Ken Wieland about his ambitious plans to use WiMAX to dominate the fixed and mobile broadband markets in Russia.
US cable carrier Comcast, one of the backers of WiMAX operation Clearwire, has announced plans to launch its own wireless broadband service under the High-Speed 2go brand.
“We must stop the confusion about which technology is going to win; it achieves nothing positive and risks damage to the entire industry.”
Issue 158 April 2009
WiMAX – It’s crunch time for the flagship WiMAX carriers, in particular US firm Clearwire.
Chris Bannister: The CEO of Polish operator Play talks to MCI about breaking into a saturated market.
Boris Nemsic: As he moves to Russian carrier Vimpelcom, Boris Nemsic reflects on 13 years at Telekom Austria.
WiMAX is holding its own, despite the economic downturn, although it will come under increasing pressure to prove itself over the next couple of years with the rise of HSPA and LTE.
Two of the three WiMAX licence winners in Bangladesh, according to local reports, have missed the deadline to pay the full licence fee and are struggling to raise the necessary cash.
Samsung and Yota, a Russian mobile WiMAX operator, have announced the introduction of what they say is the first ’4G’ ready netbook (mini-notebook) in Russia.
WiMAX USB dongles, currently priced between $60 and $85, are too high to generate significant volumes. So says Raj Singh, CEO of Wavesat, a privately-held fabless chipset supplier headquartered in Canada. “We’re aiming for $35 WiMAX dongles by Q1 2010, and CPE devices at around $50,” he says. Wavesat doesn’t manufacture devices, but rather supplies [...]
“We anticipate a boom in WiMAX take-up for fixed applications in emerging markets this year,” says Wei Yuan, senior director of global marketing at ZTE’s WiMAX solutions business. Speaking to telecoms.com at the MWC event in Barcelona, Wei Yuan believes that Russia, the CIS, the Middle East and Africa hold out most promise for WiMAX [...]
The CEO of Israeli WiMAX vendor Alvarion, Tzvika Friedman, has voiced his anger over the firm’s exposure to the strife of its distribution partner Nortel Networks. Speaking to Telecoms.com yesterday he accused the Canadian firm of exploiting Chapter 11 rules to avoid paying Alvarion money the firm is owed – and vowed to reclaim it [...]