Category: Networks

Gartner warns operators to stay focused

Industry analyst Gartner has warned that operators are in increasing danger of drifting away from their core business. Instead, the analyst believes carriers should bite the bullet and face a future where they have to survive on much lower margins than today. With the onset of mobile broadband and IP as core carrier strategies, there […]

US accuses China over 3G

America’s Commerce Secretary has publicly criticised China for its 3G strategy, accusing the country of stifling innovation by snubbing global standards. Carlos M. Gutierrez on Tuesday slammed China’s chosen route on 3G in what he termed “pockets of standards” which he claimed harmed the prospects for innovation. In particular, he referred to the continuing wait […]

FMC high on UK business agenda?

Over half of UK businesses are believed to be considering Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) in a positive light. Research conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of software and services vendor Martin Dawes Systems estimates that 10 per cent of UK companies are already using the technology and another 7 per cent are planning to implement […]

SFR pilots UMTS900 with Nokia

Nokia and French operator SFR said Friday they have carried out a technical pilot on UMTS 3G voice calling in the 900MHz band (UMTS900). Because of its lower frequency, UMTS900 is anticipated to provide between two and four times more coverage than the most commonly used 2GHz band as well as increased indoor coverage. The […]

Vonage to resell wifi access

Internet telephony player Vonage said Monday that it has signed a three year contract with US internet service provider EarthLink to offer wifi internet access in select cities throughout the US. Under terms of the agreement, Vonage will buy internet access on a wholesale basis from EarthLink in all cities where the company will build, […]

Sprint adds Nokia to WiMAX party

Sprint Nextel on Friday announced that it has picked Nokia as a “key infrastructure and consumer electronic device provider” for its 4G WiMAX mobility network. The advanced network will, according to Sprint, be designed to allow users to experience high bandwidth mobile internet connectivity at access speeds significantly higher than today’s wireless networks. Nokia joins […]

Spectrum auction causes drama

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has weighed in as an unlikely commentator on the UK’s digital switchover between 2008 and 2012. Ofcom’s proposal to release the UHF band, which occupies the frequencies 470 to 862MHz, has caused concern among the theatre and media industries. At present, one block of spectrum known as Channel 69 is reserved […]

Telefonica considers offloading Airwave

Spanish operator Telefonica, the owner of UK-based mobileco O2, said Friday that it was considering offloading the public safety communications unit of the UK operation. Telefonica acquired Airwave, which operates and manages communications services for the police, ambulance and fire and rescue services, when it bought up O2 in 2005. The division operates the world’s […]

Nokia, M1 claim HSUPA first

Finnish vendor Nokia and Singaporean cellco MobileOne (M1) on Monday claimed to have made the first High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) data call in Southeast Asia. The call was made on a test network using a Nokia provided HSUPA-capable device. The companies involved claim the trial delivered a connection from device to the 3G […]

Indian op deploys WiMAX

Indian operator BSNL said Friday it has tapped Aperto Networks to deliver WiMAX base stations and subscriber units for the deployment of a wireless broadband network across six cities and four rural areas in India. The six initial cities getting the WiMAX equipment are Kolkata in West Bengal, Bangalore in Karnataka, Chennai in Tamil Nadu, […]

Two year sentence for wireless revenge

An American has been sent to prison for two years for bringing down his former employer’s wireless internet service. Ryan Fisher, 24, of Utah was sent down by the District Court for Utah after he caused 170 customers of SBT Internet and another carrier to lose their wireless internet connections for up to three weeks, […]

France begins super fast broadband rollout

France Telecom on Friday morning stepped up plans for the roll out of its super fast Fibre To The Home (FTTH) broadband network. The operator said that the early stage deployment phase will run from 2007 to 2008, with the aim of having 150,000 to 200,000 customers connected by the end of 2008 out of […]

Ericsson swings axe, 400 jobs to go

Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson said Monday that its reorganization project is running according to plan and the new organization will be up and running as of January 1. However, the company said it “has identified certain excess headcount as a consequence of the new organization.” Although Ericsson has said it will reduce headcount by an […]

O2 favours picocells

UK mobileco O2 has been heard making encouraging noises about picocells and femtocells of late. Where many of its peers are opting to do Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) via wifi, using UMA or SIP-enable phones, O2 looks to be favouring small indoor GSM basestations to do the same job. The news should come as no […]

DoCoMo steps up Super 3G plans

Japan’s first placed mobile operator, NTT DoCoMo, said Tuesday that it has selected local vendors NEC and Fujitsu to deliver prototype and commercial equipment for the deployment of Super 3G. Super 3G is DoCoMo’s own proposal for the evolution of 3G and has been submitted to the 3GPP working group for consideration as part of […]

Vodafone targets business users

UK mobileco Vodafone steeped up its enterprise mobility strategy on Monday afternoon via the acquisition of two companies and a partnership with a third. Vodafone UK is to acquire enterprise mobility consultancy Aspective and customer services and fleet management provider Isis Telecommunications. In addition, the operator has also signed an exclusive strategic partnership with Fiberlink, […]

3 Denmark intros HSPA

Hutchison Whampoa’s Danish 3G operation, 3 Scandinavia, switched on its High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network on Tuesday, delivering download speeds averaging 1Mbps to 1.5Mbps and peak speeds of up to 3.6Mbps. The higher speeds will initially be supported buy data cards targeted at business users but consumers are likely to benefit from more accessible […]

Wifi users “reckless”

UK wifi users are knowingly exposing themselves to the risk of data and identity theft, according to research commissioned by security shop Steganos. The study estimates that 86 per cent of UK wifi users know there is a risk that their data could be intercepted when connecting via a hotspot, yet only 22 per cent […]

Iraq to get WiMAX

Iraqi telecoms firm Iraqtel, a subsidiary of Al Emaar Holding Group, said on Saturday that it plans to roll out the country’s first WiMAX network to deliver advanced voice and broadband services. Iraqtel has tapped WiMAX equipment vendor Redline Communications to deliver the infrastructure and will begin deployment of the network in Basrah, to be […]

BT flogs satellite broadcast unit

Just one day after splashing out £67m on broadband player PlusNet, BT has agreed to sell its satellite broadcast business to Arqiva for £25m in cash. On Friday, broadcast network owner Arqiva said it would acquire BT’s Satellite Broadcast Services customer contracts and operations in the UK, France, Italy, the Netherlands and the US. The […]

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