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Category: Networks

T-Mobile rolls out picocells

T-Mobile International said Wednesday it has begun deploying picocells through a partnership with equipment vendor ip.access. The move explains T-Mobile UK’s recent interest in the 414-420MHz spectrum band. Picocells and femtocells are used to supplement cellular networks by providing dedicated in building coverage and extended capacity. The platform uses existing IP connections to provide cost-effective […]

Cloudy forecasts and rain spoil Telstra 3G launch

Australian carrier Telstra activated it’s A$1bn (£400m) 3G network on Friday, delivering voice and wireless broadband services to 98 per cent of the population. Telstra chief executive Sol Trujillo switched on the NEXT GTM network, which runs HSDPA in the 850MHz band, introducing video calling to locations across regional Australia, including Thursday Island, Southport, Cape […]

Mobile firms to be grilled on spying

The US House Energy and Commerce Committee is to question executives from major US telcos later this week as part of the inquiry into the Hewlett-Packard “pretexting” scandal. Cingular, T-Mobile USA, Verizon, and Sprint-Nextel have all been summoned to face the committee on Friday, which will also interview the former HP director Patricia Dunn, CEO […]

Home wifi heading for meltdown?

Wireless home networks are heading for meltdown, as the technology struggles to keep pace with an increasing slew of multimedia content being thrown at it. As David Callisch, communications director at Ruckus Wireless pointed out to telecoms.com, anyone who has tried streaming audio or video from one device to another over wifi will be familiar […]

Ericsson to reorganise, hires 500 engineers

The world’s leading maker of mobile phone networks, Ericsson said Friday it is reorganising itself into three units and will recruit 500 engineers to accelerate its research and development in “growth areas”. The Swedish giant said in a statement that the three new units will include networks, global services and multimedia and will be running […]

Cosmote applies for Romanian 3G licence

A formal offer for a 3G licence has been submitted to the Romanian General Inspectorate for Communications and Information Technology, Cosmote’s Romanian unit said on Monday. Bids for the licences – worth around $35m – will be announced by the government later this month According to Cosmote the company has already accounted for both the […]

Samsung demos 4G

Samsung Electronics has unveiled its fledgling 4G technology in Jeju, South Korea. The electronics firm demonstrated a transmitter and receiver capable of exchanging data at 100MB/second while traveling in a vehicle moving at 35mph +. According to the firm, its 4G technology could, theoretically, make it possible to download a 300MB of data in around […]

Huawei wins Vivo GSM deal

Chinese equipment vendor Huawei received a boon from Spanish carrier Telefonica Monday, when it bagged the contract to roll out a GSM overlay on Brazilian subsidiary Vivo’s network. Brazilian operator Vivo thumbed its nose at the CDMA fraternity last month with the announcement that it is to deploy a GSM/WCDMA network overlay. Vivo, which is […]

Milton Keynes gets WiMAX

Milton Keynes, (in)famous for its concrete cows, has been revealed as the first UK town to get a taste of WiMAX wireless broadband. UK wireless broadband licensee, Pipex, which is presently trialling the technology in the 3.6GHz spectrum band in Stratford-upon-Avon, said last week it is on track to roll out commercial services in 2007. […]

ZTE expands Sri Lanka CDMA network

Chinese manufacturer ZTE said Tuesday that it has been contracted to expand the CDMA network of Sri Lanka’s former state owned carrier, Sri Lanka Telecom. ZTE has been commissioned to deploy an all IP cdma2000 network based on what it claims is the world’s first commercial interoperability specification (IOS) 5.0-based system. The deployment of this […]

Nokia wins Norwegian contract

Norwegian operator Telenor has awarded Finnish manufacturer Nokia a global frame agreement for its cellular networks. Under the agreement, Nokia will supply Telenor with Nokia Hopper microwave radios to be used for transmission from both base stations and fixed applications when new sites are deployed, or an increase in capacity is needed. The agreement covers […]

Google launches free wi-fi service

Internet giant Google launched a freely accessible wi-fi network in its hometown of Mountain View Wednesday. Radios hanging on lampposts throughout the city are now broadcasting an 802.11b/g signal that it publicly accessible by any residents, businesses and visitors within the area of coverage. Google states the network “is a way for us to give […]

Pipex trumpets WiMAX success

UK wireless broadband licensee, Pipex Wireless, said Wednesday it is on track to roll out commercial services in 2007, following successful testing of WiMAX technology. Pipex Wireless, a joint venture between the Pipex ISP and Intel, recently completed the latest phase of its 3.6GHz WiMAX trial in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, in partnership with kit supplier Airspan […]

Revision C framework coming together

Technical standards authority, the 3GPP2, said Wednesday it has completed a Technology Evolution Framework (TEF) outlining the evolution of cdma2000 beyond 2010 with regards to end to end system capabilities. The framework is based on projected advances in wireless and networking technologies over the next decade, including the evolution of mobile devices, improvements in the […]

Ericsson scores big ticket deals in China

Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson said Monday it has won over $550m (£291m) worth of GSM contracts with leading Chinese cellco, China Mobile. The contracts, which cover expansion projects in 17 regions, have been agreed throughout the first half of the year and deliveries are already underway. Under the contracts, Ericsson will provide China Mobile with […]

IPWireless disappointed by Sprint decision

Sprint Nextel’s decision to run with 802.16e WiMAX for its mobile broadband offering comes as a major blow to the proponents of rival technologies. One vendor which has expressed its disappointment at the decision is IPWireless, the UMTS TDD specialist which at one point looked like it was in the running for the deal. Sprint […]

Sprint bets $3bn on mobile WiMAX

US carrier Sprint Nextel Tuesday confirmed plans to develop and deploy a mobile WiMAX IEEE 802.16e network in the 2.5GHz band. Sprint has signed up Intel, Motorola and Samsung to develop a nationwide network infrastructure as well as mobile WiMAX-enabled chipsets for consumer electronics. Gary Forsee, president and chief executive of Sprint Nextel said the […]

Telstra scraps fibre network plan

Australia’s incumbent carrier Telstra, is reported to have abandoned its A$4bn (£1.6bn) fibre network after a dispute with the competition regulator. The state run operator scrapped the project after reportedly failing to reach an agreement on how much it would charge rivals to access the high speed network. With the Australian government putting increasing pressure […]

Worldwide shipments of PDAs reached a record 3.7 million units during the second quarter, up 2.7 per cent from the same period a year ago, according to industry analyst Gartner.

Swedish vendor Ericsson on Monday laid claim to being the first vendor to complete WCDMA/UMTS 3G calls on all nine 3GPP-defined frequency bands. Initially deployed on the 2100MHz band, vendors and operators are increasingly looking at deploying WCDMA and HSDPA on frequency bands typically used for 2G technologies such as GSM. Using its U310 and […]

FLO wins TIA approval

MediaFLO USA, a division of US chipshop Qualcomm, announced that its Forward Link Only (FLO) mobile TV technology has won approval from the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). The TIA has granted official approval for the FLO Air Interface Specification (AIS) in a move which is expected to accelerate the standardisation and delivery of MediaFLO-based services. […]

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