Category: Networks

Mobily pulls fibre to 2,000 sites

At 3GSM World Congress in February, sister publication MCI reported that an unidentified but major Middle Eastern carrier was in the process of pulling fibre to 2,000 cell sites. At the IMS World Forum in Monte Carlo yesterday, the mystery glass blower was unmasked as Mobily, Saudi Arabia’s second carrier, which recently launched an […]

Wifi hotspots set for growth surge

This year, the number of wifi hotspots worldwide will grow by nearly 25 per cent to 179,500, according to forecasts from ABI Research. While almost three quarters of these sites are in North America and Europe, the Asia Pacific region is growing very rapidly, despite the fact that growth in China has been much slower […]

Wifi worries teachers as Cloud envelopes City

British teaching unions have expressed concerns over the safety of wifi networks in schools on the day that UK wireless broadband operator The Cloud switches on what it claims is “Europe’s most advanced wifi network”, providing coverage in the City of London financial district. Philip Parkin, the general secretary of UK body the Professional Association […]

AT&T zaps Cingular for business

US telco AT&T’s separate mobile and fixed brands are at an end, at least as far as businesses are concerned. Since the mega-merger late last year, it has been the company’s policy to mash its assorted logos into the AT&T name, with the Cingular Wireless mobile brand being first on the list. Now, the first […]

Airwave snapped up for Eur3bn

Australian investment bank Macquarie has bought Telefonica O2’s emergency services unit, Airwave, for Eur2.982bn in cash. The UK-based operation will come under the ownership of Guardian Digital Communications, a new company wholly owned by two Macquarie investment funds managed by Macquarie. The Australian firm said it is taking a long term view of the investments […]

Italian province gets unwired with meshnet

Over half the Italian province of Brescia has no broadband internet service, something the provincial government suspects is a serious drag on economic growth. So, the government is building out a wireless mesh network using Cisco’s Outdoor Wireless products. For an initial investment of Eur2m, the province estimates it will contribute some Eur139m to the […]

Eastern Europeans roam with MACH

Mobilkom Austria has renewed its contract with clearing and settlement firm MACH. The deal includes Mobilkom Austria and its subsidiaries: Mobiltel in Bulgaria, Vipnet in Croatia, Si.mobil in Slovenia, Mobilkom Liechtenstein and mobile communication providers currently being established in Serbia and Macedonia. With travel and tourism on the rise across the region, Mobilkom said the […]

Kit vendors win big in India

Fourth placed Indian mobile operator, Hutchison Essar, is reportedly moving ahead with a $2bn tender for 35-40 million GSM lines. The decision to go ahead with the contract comes as the operator’s shareholding structure is being investigated following Vodafone’s acquisition $11.1 billion deal to acquire 67 per cent of Hutchison Essar. The controversial deal appears […]

France Telecom hires Morgan Stanley on TI offer

According to weekend reports, France Telecom has hired Morgan Stanley to advise it on a counteroffer for Telecom Italia (TI). The UK’s Times newspaper and Italian daily, La Repubblica, said the French giant has hired the financial services firm on the potential acquisition of Olimpia, which is owned by Pirelli.Pirelli has an 18 per cent […]

More than one 3G licence for China, Reding told

European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, Viviane Reding, was told Thursday during a trip to China that the country would “probably” award more than one 3G licence. After her meeting with the Chinese information industry minister, Wang Xudong, Reding said he told her that China was sticking to its policy of remaining “technology neutral” […]

Tamil Tigers hack satellite

Sri Lankan terrorist group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, otherwise known as the Tamil Tigers, have hacked an Intelsat satellite and are using it to broadcast TV and radio messages. In a statement, satellite comms firm Intelsat, said its technical experts met with Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United States, Bernard Goonetilleke, earlier this […]

Alcatel delivers TD-SCDMA to China

Alcatel-Lucent’s Chinese subsidiary, Alcatel Shanghai Bell, has teamed up with Chinese vendor Datang Mobile in a successful bid to provide homegrown TD-SCDMA 3G kit to leading operator China Mobile. Datang and Alcatel will deploy TD-SCDMA network equipment for China Mobile in Shanghai and in the southern city of Guangzhou. Alcatel will provide the Node B […]

IPWireless bought for $100m

US wireless broadband vendor, NextWave Wireless, said Monday that it has agreed to purchase UMTS-TDD kit supplier IPWireless for $100m. An additional consideration of up to $135m will be paid based on the achievement of certain revenue milestones in the 2007 to 2009 timeframe, the companies said. IPWireless is one of the biggest proponents of […]

Nokia to do WiMAX for Pipex

Infrastructure vendor Nokia Siemens Networks scored another WiMAX contract Thursday, after being tapped by UK service provider Pipex Wireless to deliver kit for its nationwide network. Pipex and Nokia Siemens are now working on 802.16e-2005 equipment specification, network design and service definition in readiness for a pilot deployment during this year, the company said. Nokia […]

Nokia Siemens warns of market slowdown

Monster vendor Nokia Siemens, which started operations as a merged entity on Sunday, has warned of a slowdown in growth of the infrastructure market. The Finnish-German joint venture said that “over the last couple of months there has been a narrowing of visibility and indications of a slowdown in spending in some regions”. Updating its […]

Carphone interested in mobile TV?

Carphone Warehouse, Sky and Channel 4 could all be seeking to get into the UK’s mobile TV business according to a document released by Ofcom late last week. The communications watchdog said it has received two applications for the Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) national radio multiplex licence, which will allow the licensees to broadcast of […]

Japan cableco trials mobile WiMAX

Japanese cable operator Reinan Cable Network said Monday that it has completed a trial of Huawei’s mobile WiMAX platform. The trials are an early step in the u-Japan Plan – a Japanese government initiative to implement seamless broadband coverage throughout Japan by 2010. Reinan Cable said it selected WiMAX for its large coverage footprint and […]

UK watchdog issues VoIP regulations

UK telecoms watchdog, Ofcom, this week introduced a new regulatory code for VoIP providers as it readies itself to regulate the sector starting this summer. The watchdog said the move was to ensure consumers have access to information about the capabilities of their service. Recognising the phenomenal growth of VoIP – forecasts predict three million […]

US awards huge contract, spurns

The US General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded America’s biggest ever telecommunications contract – a ten year deal worth $48bn – to AT&T, Qwest and Verizon. Sprint Nextel was not chosen. Each of the winners will split $525m and pitch against one another with different federal agencies for varying contracts. Each of those government agencies […]

Reding considers splitting telcos

Dominant players in telecommunications could be forced to separate their networks from their services as part of an overhaul being considered by the EU, the FT reported Thursday. Using the UK as an example, EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding told the financial daily that “functional separation” worked and led to increased competition and faster adoption […]


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