Category: Networks


SFR looks to clouds for enterprise offering

French carrier SFR has tapped HP to build it a complete cloud services platform designed to enable the service provider to offer cloud-based services with utility-based pricing to French companies.

Qualcomm bid to block WiMAX in India

At its Uplinq developer event in San Diego on Wednesday, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs took some time out to talk about the various projects in which the firm is involved, and how he sees the investments panning out.

Trials and jubilations

As Nordic LTE champion TeliaSonera prepares to launch 4G services in Sweden’s second largest city, Gothenburg, telecoms.com caught up with Mike Thelander, CEO of Signals Research, who has first hand experience of LTE through his drive testing of the TeliaSonera LTE network in Stockholm.

Telstra signs deal with NBN… so now what?

The announcement from Canberra came on a lazy Sunday afternoon when most of Australia’s movers and shakers were away from their desks – all except Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Telstra Chairwoman Catherine Livingstone, who emerged from Parliament House to announce that they had finally struck a deal for Telstra to sell its fixed-line assets to the National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co.).

Obama plans to free up 500MHz of spectrum

There may be another spectrum auction on the horizon as US president Barack Obama on Monday outlined a plan to free up and release 500MHz of spectrum for wireless broadband.

Different strokes

While LTE technology is seen as an opportunity to converge wireless operators worldwide on one standardised platform, the actual drivers encouraging carriers to follow this route are wildly different. At the recent LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, we spoke with Stéphane Téral, directing analyst at Infonetics Research and got his thoughts on the matter.

The need for a migration path to LTE sounds like surrender for WiMAX

A number of high-profile setbacks in recent weeks have further dented the already weakened business case for WiMAX.

In a widely anticipated move, Russian operator Yota revealed plans in May to switch tack and start rolling out LTE. The company, which has always preferred to describe itself as a mobile broadband provider rather than a WiMAX operator, had been rumored for some time to be contemplating the change. It will start to deploy LTE networks in five cities later this year.

European carriers explore mobile TV in TDD

The wireless operator community is taking another crack at mobile TV, with a technology that also holds promise for the little used TDD spectrum, which most operators have left gathering spectral dust.

An industry in the grip of femto fever?

Global femtocell deployments have more than doubled in the last nine months, suggesting a maturity of the technology and a growing acceptance of the potential business models.

Telstra almost strikes deal to upgrade fixed network

Australian incumbent Telstra will be a major participant in the national broadband network roll out after all. Over the weekend the carrier struck a deal worth approximately A$11bn with the Australian Government, almost cementing its involvement in the wade reaching project.

LTE: Stéphane Téral, Infonetics Research

At the LTE World Summit, Stéphane Téral, principal analyst at Infonetics Research talks to telecoms.com about SON and SDR and the future of more efficient and productive networks.

Femtos win more support in US

Expect to hear plenty of news about femtocells this week as the Femto World Summit kicks off in London. Telecoms.com had a briefing with what felt like the entire femto ecosystem on Monday morning ahead of the conference and came away with the sense that the technology and the business model are winning acceptance and adoption. The latest carrier to fly the femto flag being US rural player Mosaic Telecom.

WiMAX player exits UK

UK-based communications firm and WiMAX operator the Daisy Group on Thursday offloaded its loss making WiMAX assets in the country for just £12.5m.

Femtos extend reach into WiMAX territory

The Femto Forum joined forces with the WiMAX Forum on Thursday, publishing the first standard designed to bring both networking technologies closer together.

Mobile operators may look to exit voice business, says consultancy

The provision of data access is now the most important part of a mobile operator’s business and some may decide in the future that offering voice services does not make economic sense. So says industry consultancy Northstream in a recently released white paper.

Reliance Communications to spin off tower business

Indian fixed and mobile operator Reliance Communications (RCOM) has announced that it is to spin out its cell tower subsidiary Reliance Infratel. The move would create the world’s largest independent telecoms infrastructure company, the firm said Monday.

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